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Editors' Pick

Best Group Fitness Instructor

You’ll see certified group fitness instructor and Bethesda resident Karen Leder at CorePower Yoga, Lotus Point Wellness and Next Phase, working with students of all levels—including her three high school- and college-age kids. Through unique class themes, such as “acceptance” on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the instructor of four years modifies poses and instruction. During yoga sculpt, a strength-based class with weights, Leder turns on music. When she’s working with clients who are receiving professional counseling for anxiety and personal loss, she puts more of a focus on the mind. After tragic global events, Leder, who ends her practices with inspirational quotations, leaves students hopeful and strong in body and mind. 

CorePower Yoga, 6708 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, 301-951-9642; Lotus Point Wellness, 4405 East West Highway, Suite 508, Bethesda,301-960-1198; Next Phase, 7610 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, 240-483-0414​