Always having a passion for health and wellness, in 2009 I decided to ditch my dreams of becoming a doctor and pursue a career in the fitness industry. In 2010 I opened a personal training company, specializing in women’s bootcamps, one-on-one, and corporate training. I absolutely loved the high intensity workouts and the results that they were providing but I seemed to be missing a few other benefits. On a quest to increase my flexibility and gain a more quiet mind I began taking heated power yoga classes. I was AMAZED by my experience and immediately hooked! Not only was I becoming more flexible and enjoying a peaceful mind, I also noticed I was becoming leaner and stronger. I found myself thinking “wow this ‘stuff’ really does work!”
In 2012 I completed Level 1 training in Sedona, Arizona with Baron Baptiste and 120 other “eager to learn” yogis. I returned to Pittsburgh empowered and excited to share my experience with any and everyone. I began teaching at a few studios in the area but always knew that I eventually wanted to open my own studio. Well, here it is! I sincerely hope that you are able to experience all of the benefits of heated power yoga and join us in expanding the Pittsburgh yoga community. I look forward to seeing you on your mat!
I’ve always stayed active with soccer, tennis, and boxing, but my first experience with yoga was in the summer of 2012. I instantly felt peace and connection to my body, and it became my favorite way to move. I was used to pushing myself past physical limits and ignoring pain when competing in athletics. What I was most drawn to about yoga was that I could listen to my body and be compassionate towards it, and still feel the physical benefits of exercise. I was hooked, and rarely went a day without practicing. In May of 2015, I attended the Yoga Alliance accredited Warrior 1 Vinyasa school for a month long, 200 hour teacher training in Montezuma, Costa Rica. I felt a passion for learning there that I had never experienced in school, and I knew for sure that teaching yoga was what I wanted to do. I’m thrilled to be able to share my passion at Pure Power Yoga!
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 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.
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!