annie federoff

I established Pure Power Yoga in 2015.  I wanted to create a space where people would feel welcomed and empowered.  A space where people could experience the transforming powers of the practice that enriches my life on a daily basis.  A space where others are inspired to embark on a yoga journey of their own.

I graduated from Alderson-Broaddus University where I studied biology.  I initially planned to attend medical school, but it turns out that God had a different plan for my life.  Always having a passion for health and wellness, I opened a personal training company upon graduation in 2009.  Yoga had been a part of my weekly regimen since I was 17 years old, but my “bread and butter” workouts consisted mainly of high intensity interval training.

In 2012 I began to delve deeper into the practice of yoga and decided to attend teacher training with Baron Baptiste in Sedona, AZ.  It was life changing.  I began teaching at several studios in the Pittsburgh area, but knew that I eventually wanted to open a studio in the Robinson area.  When I saw the small “for rent” sign in the window on Campbells Run Road in 2015 I knew it was the perfect location.

Fast forward to today.  We have grown from an empty corner spot into an AMAZING yoga community that uplifts and supports each other. We have 10+ knowledgeable, talented yoga instructors on our roster.  But best of all, we have a space where people can show up – just as they are – to move, to breathe, and to grow.  Whether you are a seasoned yoga practitioner, or have no idea what a “down-dog” looks like, you are welcome HERE.

My classes are sweaty, challenging, and have bumpin’ playlists (well at least I think so!).  I love to mix up my sequencing to keep students’ on their toes, so there’s a good chance that you won’t get the same class twice.  I absolutely love what I do and can’t wait to share this amazing practice with you!


danielle evonich

I walked into my first yoga class feeling depleted, to say the least. I don’t think I had taken a deep breath in a very long time. It wasn’t a music class, but I can still hear the theme from Rocky playing in the background. The transformation had begun.

In 2013 I took the steps to become certified in Power Vinyasa Yoga. Soon after, I was given the fortunate opportunity to create classes for refugees new to Pittsburgh. We had no mats, no common language, just a willingness to show up. And change happened.

We show up, and yoga meets us exactly where we are. Good days, busy days, want to stay in bed days, new mat, no mat….one breath at a time something inside of us opens, awakens to the limitless possibilities unfolding.

My classes focus on the breath, warm the body, build heat with a moderate flow, refine alignment to sculpt the pose around your body, offer plenty of opportunities for challenge and always your choice to take rest. If you’re new to the practice, or working with something new, let me know. I’m here to support you.


nadia moore

I first started dabbling with yoga in my dorm room in college, during my time as a competitive athlete, but it wasn’t until I found my way into a hot power yoga studio in 2010 that I developed a passion for the practice.  I was first attracted to the physical challenge of the practice but soon discovered that I was able to connect with my body and my emotions in new ways.  Through yoga, I have been able to cultivate the positive in my life, to respond to challenges I’m faced with, with love.  I enjoy discovering new transitions on my mat, and the feeling of peace I have at the end of practice.  I earned my teaching certification through Amazing Yoga, training in 2014 and 2016, and have taken workshops with Bryan Kest and Kathryn Budig, as well as practicing Iyengar and hot power yoga.    I try to bring some playfulness to my teaching while giving my students to space to explore, learn, and have fun.

Off my mat, I am a die hard sports fan, and especially love cheering for the Pens.  I also spend lots time with my wonderful husband, amazing family and friends, and my yogi squad.


colleen moran

Growing up as a dancer, I took yoga classes here and there to add some variety. I always enjoyed it, but
it wasn’t until after college that my yoga journey really began. The physical aspects of the practice were the initial draw, but as I continued to show up on my mat I quickly realized there was more – a lot more.
At a place in my life where I was feeling very lost and inauthentic, yoga provided the tools and teachings I needed in those exact moments.
I teach to engage and challenge others to be the best version of themselves. Being able to share the practice of yoga and make a positive impact is truly a gift. Some days are easier than others, but continuing to show-up and put in the work is what really matters, both on and off the mat.
My classes are challenging yet approachable and offer an opportunity for reflection and mindfulness.

I’m 200hr certified through GoYoga in Columbus, Ohio. After receiving my certification in 2015 I began teaching vinyasa based yoga classes. New to the Pittsburgh area as of 2017, when I found

I am very excited to be a part of the Pure Power team and look forward to seeing you on your mat!


jenna marsh

I began practicing yoga several years ago but was fairly inconsistent in my practice. Last year, in an effort to focus more on my health and wellness, I came back to my mat and I haven’t looked back since. I fell in love with the style of Power Yoga, the heat of the room, and how it made me feel. Both the physical and mental benefits I receive from the practice affirmed that I wanted to share these benefits with others. I completed my 200 hour teacher training in July 2018. Applying the philosophy of yoga to our everyday lives is also an interest of mine.

I am very excited to be a part of the Pure Power team and look forward to seeing you on your mat!


danielle forchette

Inspired by practitioners of all ages and experiences, I draw on over twenty years of individual yoga practice and a commitment to yoga for all. I am a 200RYT with Yoga Alliance and have five years of experience teaching power, vinyasa and restorative yoga in studios as well as workplace and community settings in Chicago and Pittsburgh. My ongoing study of yoga is centered around fostering accessible spaces to facilitate breath, movement, and mindfulness.I am excited to join the community at Pure Power Yoga. I welcome students to bring their full selves to our practice together. As a guide, I strive to stay open and present with each student, supporting their exploration of how yoga can meet them where they are at right now.

 

 


diane elms

From Diane’s first experience with yoga to now, a lot has changed! From a collegiate sprinter wanting nothing to do with yoga as her then “type A” persona “wasn’t flexible enough”; to being blessed with the practice as a tool to heal a diagnosed condition.  She is forever grateful to know and teach yoga..and you’ll see that in her smile!

The relationship between mind, body, breath, and spirit never ceases to amaze her. And sometimes, it just feels good to move! Expect to flow with mindful breath and awareness; continually learning your own sense of peace in body and soul during Diane’s Vinyasa-based classes. Whether in movement or in stillness, we can find both work and peace.While Diane isn’t enjoying the physical practice of yoga, she is likely with family and friends around a kitchen table, on a hike or run, serving in Pittsburgh community, or dreaming up the next big (or small) travel destination — preferably all over music!


leah younkins

I have been practicing yoga since 2007.  As a high school Special Education Teacher, I thought that yoga would help relieve stress while providing good exercise.  I found it to be so much more!  Yoga is a way to clear my mind, focus on my abilities and grow, and be active in a non-competitive, accepting environment. I decided to further my practice and enrolled in South Hills Power Yoga’s Teacher Training Program.  In the summer of 2015, I completed the program, becoming a certified Power Vinyasa Flow Teacher.
I love that yoga is both a physical and mental practice, athletic and non-competitive, supportive and non-judgmental.  The peace, calm, and bliss I get from every practice are fantastic, and I love even more that these qualities continue to ease into all parts of my life.  I hope to share that peace, calm, and bliss in all my classes with all of my students.
I am SO excited that Pure Power Yoga opened so close to my home in Moon!  I love the PPY community- both as a student and a teacher.

I am very excited to be a part of the Pure Power team and look forward to seeing you on your mat!


lisa planavsky

ERYT200/500 Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, Y12SR, The Essential Low Back plus other trainings. I am a member of Yoga Alliance.
I completed my teacher training at Jiva Yoga on Hilton Head Island in January 2013. I never planned on teaching afterward, (However, I have been teaching right out of the gate!!), I only wanted to dive deeper into this “yoga” that I really connected with. Plus, I needed some straight-up solace to get through the stuff life was hurtling at me at that time. I tried a few other types of “help” but my JivaTT was life-enhancing, I believe it saved me!
JivaTT is one of the best accomplishments of my life next to my family (hubby and 3 children) and many friends. I have become a much better version of myself because of yoga and my amazing training at Jiva! (can you tell I love Jiva!!)
I have studied under Vicki Rioux Rickard, Jean Rioux, Nikki Myers, Robyn Rothenberg, Jamie Perkunas, Jason Crandell and many other yoga teachers locally and otherwise.
My classes are known for being creative, fun, challenging, thoughtful and always safe. They have been dubbed “spa-yoga!” I love that…
I hope to see you on your mat!
-Lisa P 🙂