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!
Growing up in Pittsburgh, I was a child in perpetual motion! Soccer, tennis, track, and boxing kept me active and fostered in me a deep connection to exercise. I was introduced to yoga when my mom had me tag along to her classes, but it wasn’t until a little later that I realized I truly needed the mindfulness and self-kindness it added to my life. When I was 20, I went to yoga teacher training in Montezuma, Costa Rica with the Warrior One School of Yoga, and became a certified RTY-200 Vinyasa yoga instructor. I’ve gone on to train in Yin and Restorative styles of yoga, and am currently working toward my 500-hour teaching certification.
In my class, expect thoughtful, creative sequencing, an emphasis on mindfulness and presence, and a great playlist. When I’m not teaching, you can find me living in the Strip District with my husband, Cody, and my dog, Sundance.
When I was in third grade, my guidance counselor told my parents I should never have a job at a desk. Thankfully, they encouraged me to explore a career that suited my energy and passions! I feel so grateful to have the opportunity to stay in motion, do what I love, and be a part of such a genuinely caring and uplifting community at PPY.
I’m looking forward to seeing you in class!
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.
My yoga journey began in January of 2015. I was in a headspace unfamiliar to myself, lacking zest for life and contentment from all fronts. I knew I needed to amp-up my endorphins. And what gets our endorphins going? – Exercise. I grew up playing volleyball and cheerleading, but never stuck with an exercise regimen outside of that. One day as I was driving home from work, I saw a Pure Power Yoga sign inviting students of all levels to join. The rest is history.
I started attending yoga practice at Pure Power Yoga three to four times a week. Even as a beginner, I was very interested and eager to learn what yoga had to offer. From my very first class I knew there was so much more to the physical benefits such as endurance and core strength, that yoga brought in my life. Through practice I learned that we all go through the motions of the daily hustle and bustle of our lives. Often not living, just going through the motions.
BREATHE. This very simple and short word is said a lot at class. But this very mindless task brings so much more to one’s self-awareness than we can imagine. As we go through the motions of our practice and life, breathe through it. Live in each moment – the good, the bad and the ugly. Breathe through it all. Yoga taught me that through the hardships of life and/or the challenging poses of class, breathing allows you to control your chaos, instead of the chaos controlling you. Pure Power Yoga and the practice has made me stronger physically, mentally and emotionally.
And if the self-realization was not enough of a blessing, a wonderful friendship has blossomed at Pure Power Yoga for me too. Annie Federoff, owner of Pure Power Yoga, has become my best friend. Armed with our passion for the practice and our drive to help others, I have taken the role of Operations Manager at the studio managing our events, communications, and administrative day-to-day operations.
My yoga journey began in 2013 in my last year of nursing school. The practice of Power yoga became a way for me to maintain the strength and flexibility I had developed over a lifetime of gymnastics. I loved that the movements were dynamic and challenging but without the harmful impact on my joints. The practice gave me a new understanding of alignment and also a greater sense of peace.
Over the past four years I have worked full-time as an ICU nurse in five different hospitals around the US. The stress began to take a toll on my body and once I recognized that I returned to my yoga mat with a different intention. While I still love the physical practice of yoga, I am most interested in using movement, breath and body awareness to cultivate a greater understanding of the body and where our bodies hold tension so that we are able to release it. I hope that by coming to your mat you will let go of expectations and restrictions you’ve placed on yourself so that you can explore, play and appreciate all that your amazing body is capable of.
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.
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!