26 & 2, Vinyasa, Yin
Amie first found yoga as a way to manage migraines, anxiety and depression but quickly fell in love with the overall peace and calm it brought into her life. After experiencing the positive effects of yoga firsthand, she wanted to teach to help others find balance in their lives too. She hopes to help others understand yoga, to not be nervous or have misconceptions like she once did. To realize that we all have our battles, but what you learn in class translates to everyday situations and we don't have to be so hard on ourselves, or each other. She hopes to foster a safe and welcoming environment at I Am Yoga and is grateful for the amazing community there. Amie has completed certification for various styles of yoga and healing including Bikram, vinyasa, yin, Buti, DEEP and Reiki attunement. When not in the studio, you can find Amie volunteering with Biggies Bullies, enjoying all things Pittsburgh and spending time with her husband, Adam, and their cat Penny Lane.
Yoga has been a part of Amber’s life for over 6 years, and her practice has helped her grow stronger, more flexible and mindful, both on and off the mat. She started her training with Baron Baptiste in 2017, and received her 200 hour from Pure Yoga in New York City in 2019. As a teacher, Amber’s goal is to help others feel balanced on and off their mat by combining body, mind, soul, and movement.
Vinyasa, Buti, DEEP
With a background in yoga, dance and gymnastics, Buti Yoga was a natural fit for Elisha but it wasn't until after a traumatic surgery for endometriosis in 2015 that she decided to take the leap and get certified in Buti Yoga in 2016. She was looking for a way to heal her body from the inside out and to reconnect to herself. Holistic, thorough, and accepting, Elisha encourages her students to push themselves while listening to their bodies.
One of her favorite things about teaching is watching people light up when they try something new and fall in love with what their body is capable of. She earned the nickname Gumby in college for her flexibility, but don’t let that intimidate you; she strongly believes yoga is for every body.
Elisha recently completed her RYT 200 in July of 2017 and her certification in DEEP by Buti in September 2017. Elisha has been a Butisattva for five years. Elisha is a social worker by day.
26 & 2, Vinyasa
Jenny began her yoga practice in 2008 after a serious injury to her spine; suffering a broken neck, C6 and C7 after diving in shallow water. After the injury was healed, she had no access to physical therapy. So, she Googled ways to help herself and found Bikram Yoga. She discovered that the practice healed so much more than her spine.
Jenny took her first training in Los Angeles under the Bikram method in 2012; and intense two month training. She has continued her education into Vinyasa and Restorative styles at I Am Yoga in 2016.
Jenny has taught all ages and all types of people; from children as young as 5 to seniors as old as 97. She has managed studios, created new communities, and taught to thousands of students. Jenny's approach to yoga is to make it fun - so students see and feel results and enjoy the journey to its full potential!
Because yoga can often feel a little intimidating, Joyce understands the importance of creating a kind, nonjudgmental space for students to explore yoga in a way that honors their own bodies. With a childhood deeply rooted in music and dance, she offers unheated classes set to music that will awaken and invigorate your soul as you move through unique, progressive flows designed to ignite your inner fire. Intentional movements and thoughtful transitions will have you moving around your mat in unexpected and playful ways. You’ll be encouraged to try new things, but also be supported to confidently choose options that are best for you. While Joyce’s classes unite physical asana with heartfelt intentions, she always allows the opportunity for laughter – usually brought on by her corny jokes – during practice as a way to lighten the heaviness that can exist in and around us. She completed her 200-Hour Vinyasa Teacher Training with One Point One Yoga in 2017, and has received further trainings in trauma sensitivity, accessibility, functional movement, and restorative techniques and methodologies. Outside of yoga, Joyce works for Actors’ Equity Association based in New York City. She enjoys obsessing over her French Bulldog Slater, seeing live music, and drinking all of the bubble tea.
In 2010, Katelyn discovered her love for yoga through a Yoga 101 college course. She was first drawn to yoga because of her background in dance but fell in love when she discovered how much it helped with mental health. She completed her RYT-200 in 2012 with Moonglow Yoga in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Now, she uses yoga as a way to stay mentally fit and encourages others to do the same. When she’s not doing yoga, she’s working as a barista, reading psychological thrillers and watching documentaries. She is a mental health advocate and is open to sharing her own experiences with hopes of helping others. Katelyn works to make each one her classes a kind and open atmosphere where any yogi can feel comfortable being themselves.
At the core of her being, Kelly is a teacher. Her years of formally teaching English, Spanish, Portuguese, kindergarten, and first grade have laid a strong foundation for Kelly to truly communicate fitness material to her students. In 2017, Kelly made the move into teaching fitness and views the body as just another language to learn. She is certified in Classical Pilates, Power Vinyasa Yoga, and the HIIT/Pilates blend of PyroPilates. In her classes, you will hear dialogue that speaks to both the anatomy of the body and the way we think about the experiences we are having in our bodies. She will encourage you to meet your body exactly where it is at and challenge yourself at your own pace. Kelly believes that while we come together in class for connection and shared energy, we are also all responsible for tuning in to ourselves and moving in our bodies with care and intention. Some days are days to push a little harder, and some days are days to hold a little back. Kelly aspires to make her classes accessible to all ages and abilities and she hopes you will join her on the mat soon!
26 & 2, Vinyasa, Yin
Myra creates a welcoming and accepting environment for people to get what they need from their yoga class whether they are experienced practitioners or brand new students, so they can heal, breathe, stretch, and bring more joy to life. She is certified in various lineages of hatha yoga as well as different forms of meditation such as Yoga Nidra, and she brings a calm and thoughtful approach to every student. Myra is a lifelong fitness and outdoor sports enthusiast, has taught abroad and at various US locations with a special fondness for Pittsburgh. She is also a competitor and judge for USA Yoga competitions.
26 & 2, Vinyasa
By bringing attention to how and why yoga works for us, Michael helps his students to transcend the physical practice and make positive shifts in their lives. Practicing for nine years and teaching since 2011, he completed his 200 hour training with Yoga to the People in NYC. He seizes every opportunity to share the beauty that Yoga has helped him to experience. He completed his 500 hour training with Philip Urso and Live, Love, Teach, with whom he is presently a facilitator-in-training. LLT has inspired him to develop a new model for more fully incorporating the 8 Limbs of Yoga and the teachings of Eckhart Tolle into a Flow class–taking the practice beyond the physical, using breath as an energetic conduit for connection of mental/emotional awareness with visceral sensations felt in the body. Michael placed first in the PA state regional, 2016 USA YogaAsana Championship and participated in nationals last May. When not on the mat, Michael is a musician and poet.
As a performer he has opened up for national acts such as The Flaming Lips, Wiz Khalif, and Andrew WK. His ongoing documentary project is called Yoga Pilgrims: an opened sourced film of interviews with diverse yogis, Yoga classes in unexpected locations, and the message that Yoga is Love.
Sierra, a dancer since the age of 3, studied various styles of dance with a foundation in ballet. She has been moving in some way, shape, or form her entire life until she and her husband decided to start their family. After the birth of their third child, knew she needed to get moving again and to feel comfortable in her own skin. It took a little while to become disciplined and keep a steady routine, but once Sierra was introduced to Buti Yoga she was hooked and has been a certified instructor since December 2017. In June 2019, Sierra continued her movement journey by attending the Buti Sculpt+Bands Certification and is currently the only certified Buti Sculpt+Bands instructor in the Pittsburgh area! Sierra resides in Brookline with her husband Ed, their three children Lilianna, Valentina, and Leonardo and their Daschund-Chihuahua mix, Jack.
After completing her undergrad from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Veronica knew she needed a dynamic workout that would combat the daily stress of the 21st century. She found vinyasa yoga shortly after graduation in 2009 where she fell in love with the practice and became inspired to share the benefits of yoga with others. In January of 2012, she obtained her RYT 200. Yoga has helped Veronica foster a positive outlook on life while increasing her self-esteem, strength, and mindfulness on and off of her mat. She hopes that you will find her classes to be grounding, energizing and challenging. When Veronica is not at the studio, you may find her spending time with her two cats and pit mix, cooking new recipes to share with family and friends, or volunteering with her favorite rescue, Biggies Bullies. (photo credit: http://www.jennykarlssonphotography.com/)
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