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.
If you ever practice with me you’ll notice that I smile a lot. It’s because the practice gets into my soul. I want others to experience the same thing. I think everyone has a motivation for practicing. Some days I’m simply moved by the physical part of the practice. Other days I’m moved by the spiritual connection I have with the practice. It’s my time to be at peace with myself so that I can be a better person.
My teaching style is athletic and strong, but also focuses on your individual timing, meditation and cleansing breaths. I strive for a clear, awake mind, and living a purposeful life both on and off the mat! My aim as a yoga teacher is to challenge you physically, to help you to be present in yourself, to feel whatever comes up and be okay with who you are, on and off the mat, and maybe laugh a little.
Yoga provides me with stress relief and helps me achieve peace and balance in my personal life. The transformative nature of vinyasa flow re-awakened my spirit and brought me much needed inner strength in ways I had not experienced before. I am grateful to be able to practice and hope to be able to do so for a long time to come. I am happy to have the opportunity to provide other people the chance to explore yoga to discover what it can mean for them.
I have 200+ RYT hours of yoga training with Yoga Fit and continue to study from as many teachers as I can. I am also certified in Pilates Levels I and II, and Reiki healing. I take training courses as much as possible so that I can become a better teacher and share my knowledge. It’s a work in progress, for sure, but I know that after I practice, I feel stronger, healthier, happier and better suited to take care of the needs of my loved ones.
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!
Louisiana Native, Y’ALL! Shout out to my Alma Mater Louisiana Tech University and Bulldogs! 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 cannot express to you in words how mind blown I was. It was one of the biggest “WOW” moments that I have ever had and I 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 six 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 with yoga.
In August of 2018 I yet again stepped out of my comfort zone and completed level one training in Phoenicia, NY with the Baptiste Institute. Level one was one of the best lifetime experiences and it was just the beginning. Yoga has empowered and transformed me into a completely different person mentally and physically in almost every aspect of my life. I look forward to helping students achieve the same experiences I’ve had over the years. Namaste and I look forward to seeing everyone on the mat!
I have been practicing yoga for over ten years, and teaching for the last four. I completed my 200 hour teacher training with Amazing Yoga in 2011 and continue to attend workshops and trainings to enhance my personal practice. I have most recently completed a chakra training and have taken workshops with Bryan Kest, Kathryn Budig, and Kino MacGregor just to name a few.
I have found that yoga greatly enhances my active lifestyle and is the perfect complement to my hectic days as a school teacher.