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.

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 Pure Power
Yoga I knew it was going to be a special place for me.  See you on your mats!

cat cantella

Hi, I’m Cat!  On my mat, I love to experience the feeling of strength and trying something new.  I first began to dabble in yoga as a means of stretching between workouts about 10 years ago.  Since then, the process of expanding the mind with breath, and being brave enough to try something new is my driving force in my own practice.
So, in my class expect to see creative sequences, use of props, and energy in class!
Outside of yoga, I enjoy hiking with my dogs, trying out all types of fitness classes, spending time with my family, and cooking!

torre eaborn

I started my yoga journey in 2012 with not much of an understanding of what yoga truly was, let alone Power Yoga. At first I was just looking for a new way to occupy my time. It didn’t take long for it to become something so much more than that. 

After understanding how we can hold feelings, emotions and tension in the body I began to incorporate yoga into my daily life. Not only did I do this for myself and personal wellbeing but also into my work, proving just how accessible and adaptable yoga can actually be. Working in mental health, I love being able to help teach the tools needed for self regulation, as well as the understanding and ability to bring awareness into the breath and body. AND I also love providing the space to let you explore your boundaries in a challenging and physical way.

In addition to a 200 hr teaching training, I have multiple trauma informed yoga certifications.


stacey schaeffer

I began practicing yoga in 2001 while living in Chicago.  I was going through some difficult situations in my life at that time and yoga just came naturally. I experimented with a few different styles: Bikram, Anusara, Ashtanga , Iyengar and eventually moved back to Pittsburgh in 2007 and became certified as an instructor in 2016. I started coming to PPY a few years ago and just fell in love with this community. A dedicated home space and daily morning practice help me to stay centered and focus for my job as a hospice nurse which can be emotionally and physically exhausting .
I love it when I hear people say that yoga is just ‘stretching’. Yoga to me is the harmony of breath and movement and when they come together the right way it becomes effortless and results are life changing both on and off your mat. I look forward to the opportunity to teach here at PPY and be part of this amazing community!

jeremy cook

Louisiana Native and Louisiana Tech University Alumni! Over the years, I have always tried to stay active with various physical activities by running, different circuit trainings, etc. but always felt like something was missing. I wanted and needed more. In 2012 a really good friend from my hometown Ruston, Louisiana had been begging me like there was no tomorrow to try a Hot Yoga class at one of the local home studios.
At first, my perception was “this isn’t going to be for me,’’ but I try to have an opened mind with everything and will do almost anything for my friends. So I said OK! After that first night of class, I can not express to you in words how mind blown I was. It was one of the biggest “WOW” moment I have ever had and was 100% grateful for stepping outside of my comfort zone to try something new. Long story short Yoga proved me wrong. To this day I haven’t forgotten my very first class and I never will. Fast forward Eight years later, and one move to Pittsburgh that was supposed to be only two months long in 2016, I’m still going strong and there hasn’t been a week to pass where I haven’t practiced some form of Yoga. Since day one of my very first practice, I have never been more passionate about wanting to know more about something than I have Yoga.
In August of 2018 I yet again stepped out of my comfort zone and completed Level One Training Journey Into Power in Phoenicia, NY with the Baptiste Institute. Level One was one of the best Lifetime experiences and it was just the beginning. There is a lifetime of continuous learning and I’m looking forward to it. Yoga has Empowered and transformed me into a completely different person mentally and Physically in almost every aspect of my life with work, family, ect. Practice has truly allowed me to “Be a Yes, Give Up What I Must, Come from you are ready now” and I look forward to hopefully help students achieve the same experiences I’ve had over the years.

carrie murrer

Pure power yoga is where I fell in love with power vinyasa yoga. I discovered this studio a few years ago when I came home to visit my family when I was on a break from school. I became hooked instantly. And ever since I found power vinyasa yoga, I persistently sought out yoga classes wherever I was living. Fortunately for me, I had a break in my schedule and was able to pursue a yoga teacher training. I wanted to learn how to share my love of yoga with others through teaching. I hope that my passion and enthusiasm for yoga comes across whenever you take my class. Yoga is great for the body in so many ways- I hope you become hooked too! I am forever grateful for this studio.


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.


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 🙂