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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Yoga feeds my center! It creates awareness with its stillness, and defines my presence through it’s movement. I stumbled upon exactly what I needed after years of beating myself up physically and mentally. I became a certified RYT-200 in 2013 after many years of regular time spent on my mat in various studios identifying mentors throughout a brilliant yoga community!
Personally my practice has grown, and continues to shift over time. My goal is to connect a powerful flow to mindful observations with enthusiasm and joy at each breath. I want to share with each student who walks in the door a passion to find their sense of self and just enjoy the moment!
Root to rise…to greatness! Nichelle