My passion for yoga is rooted in two main aspects: exploration and connection. My yoga journey began many years ago where I was introduced to the idea that my body is not just a vehicle on which to carry around my head. I quickly fell in love with the meditative nature of the vinyasa flow style of yoga where breath is linked to movement. After developing a strong personal practice by attending studios and practicing in my living room, I completed a 200 hour teacher training program at South Hills Power Yoga. Through my style of teaching, I hope to build strength, mindfulness, and presence in my students. I strive to encourage students to find precision in alignment, cultivate calmness through deep breathing, and explore their experience of the poses. When I am not teaching or doing yoga, I am having fun raising my daughter with my husband, doing some pretty neat neuroscience research, spending time with friends and family, and finding delicious new recipes to cook.
Rehabilitation after spinal surgery led Nichelle down her path to yoga! She was looking for a way to strengthen her core, stay toned, and become mentally fit. Her first class of hot yoga was all it took in 2008 to lead her to a 200 hour certification through Yoga Flow in 2013! Nichelle feels yoga is an emotionally connected workout that allows individuals to challenge themselves on a completely personal level. Vinyasa yoga has opened her up to a deepened sense of confidence, a strong appreciation of self and a newly flexible soul. She hopes to inspire students to develop a passionate yoga practice and benefit from all the positive rewards one breath at a time!
Yoga has been a slow journey for me. I started in high school with an old VHS tape from the 80’s. A great dollar bargain box find at a garage sale. I’m a long distance runner and figured it was a good way to stretch. I found myself watching it, two or three times a week. It never got old; fish pose at the end was always such a release. Then life happened and my yoga practice was lost for many years. It didn’t really start again the pay what you can classes at Dormont Library started. At least once a week I found myself at the Library or Amazing Yoga on the South Side. Then when SHYP opened and the opportunity for the work / trade program became available; I was able to really take advantage of hot yoga. This is hands down, the best thing that ever happened to me. I love that it challenges me on a daily basis, I love that it helps me become emotionally stronger to make better choices. I love that certain poses can make you have emotional responses to release things that aren’t good for you. Or to have visions to make your life better. I love that it helps me to see things more clearly. And Now I love sharing what I have found through it, with others.
My yoga journey began when a friend took me to my first hot yoga studio. I was hooked instantly! I left feeling incredible, I was more relaxed than I have ever felt after a work out and yet energized and clear headed. I immediately went home and told my husband, ”honey, I think I’m addicted but I think I should go back one more time to make sure.” It wasn’t long before I knew that I not only needed to learn as much as I could about this amazing ancient practice, but I also needed to share that knowledge with others the physical and emotional benefits that I have received with a regular yoga practice. Currently Certified with YogaFit’s 200-hour Yoga Alliance-approved Training Program, as well as working toward YogaFit’s 100 Hour Warriors Program. Off the mat I am a mom of 2 beautiful children and a wife of 28 years… I am a Partylite Leader for the last 13 years. For the last 5 years, I have taken vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience of the spirit as part of the 3rd order of Franciscans. A contemplative order of lay and is a born again spirit filled Christian. Each day trying to learn and grow. All of the trainings from my Partylite training to my spiritual training to my yoga training has come together beautifully as I share the knowledge with you that I know as truth! XOXO Namaste & Blessings
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Amanda took her first yoga class in college and vowed she would not return. After a few years, three knee surgeries and a suggestion from her doctor that she use yoga as part of her physical therapy routine, she returned to her mat and found a new appreciation and love for yoga. In 2011 Amanda attended her first “Hot” Yoga class and hasn’t looked back. Amanda completed her 200 hour certification with Yoga Flow Pittsburgh in the spring of 2013 and is registered with Yoga Alliance.In addition to yoga Amanda is also a Barre fitness instructor. She loves how Barre classes mix elements of dance, yoga, pilates and fitness, increasing strength and flexibility while overall being easy on the joints and body. Each and every time she steps into the room, the routine is different and her students receive an amazing full body workout. She’s passionate about working with students to promote a healthier life, and to reach personal goals on and off the mat.
My path to PiYo started after having three daughters in four years. Staying home with my girls, was (and is) my dream job, but I was running low on energy and strength. I was determined to get back into shape. Most workouts I tried were too hard on my weak body but PiYo was the perfect combination of strength and stretch. Finding a workout that I truly loved was so exciting for me, that I had to become certified to share it with others. Being an instructor and Beachbody Coach allows me to help others find their healthiest self, which gives me great joy and confidence. My passion is living a clean, organic lifestyle that honors my body, my family’s, and our Earth. Most of the time, you can find me barefoot in the kitchen cooking, singing and dancing.
I began my fitness and health journey in July 2013 when I had a one year old son, about 40 lbs of baby weight still hanging around (literally) and a wedding dress to fit into in 3 months! I joined my first online challenge group and, with clean eating and home workouts, lost 20 lbs before my wedding. They had to take 12 inches out of my beautiful dress!!! I felt the most confident I have ever felt before when I walked down that aisle. Of course right after the wedding and honeymoon, I lost my wedding dress motivation and started gaining weight back. January 2014 was when I found Insanity. Insanity changed my entire life! Completing that program was me climbing MY Mount Everest! I never felt so accomplished in my life. From there, my journey continued because I was hooked. I became a Beachbody coach in March 2014, started drinking Shakeology every day and began conducting my own online challenge groups. Now, I am proud to say at 31 years old, I am in the best shape of my life and ready to pay if forward to help others achieve their health and fitness goals. Because feeling this good should be something that everyone experiences! I became a certified Insanity Instructor in September 2014 and have been leading my own Insanity classes ever since! Next up for me is the PiYo certification this May, the AFAA Group Fitness certification in late 2015 and simply continuing to spread the health wealth wherever I can. I am beyond thrilled and excited to be bringing this amazing program, Insanity Live, to The Hott Spot Extreme!
I first discovered yoga with a friend and I never planned to return. A few days later, with the same friend, I decided to give it a second chance and I fell so deeply in love with the practice. It not only made me physically feel good, but mentally and emotionally. The magical energy that each person brings to their mat is what makes this practice so beautiful. Leaving all expectations at the door, stepping onto your mat and allowing your potential to unfold. I focus in my class on alignment of the body, deep energetic breathing, flowing through sequences and above all else having fun! Deciding to get my 200 hr RYT at South Hills Power Yoga in November of 2013, was the best decision I ever made. To all my teachers, mentors and fellow trainees and students, thank you thank you THANK YOU!
I first discovered yoga at a gym when I was in college. I was hooked instantly to this challenging workout and found it to be a great supplement to my other activities. I tried it on and off for several years, never dipping further into the practice. Then, in 2009, a running injury forced me to my mat exclusively, and I found I never wanted to leave. I started to reap the non-physical benefits of a steady yoga practice: clarity, peace, strength, and courage. My mat became a safe place to experiment, play, challenge myself, or to just breathe. It was through my yoga practice that I found the strength and courage to change my life, and I have never looked back. I wanted to share all of these wonderful benefits with others, so in 2013, I completed my 200 hour teacher training with South Hills Power Yoga with the hopes of doing just that. I hold a Bachelor’s of Music Education from Mercyhurst College and, when I’m not on my mat, I can be found teaching music in a local public middle school, snuggling with my dog, or baking yummy treats.
Sarah is a genuine yoga practitioner and a devoted Yoga teacher at Hott Spot. Born and raised in Butler County, Sarah spent most of her youth hiking outdoors and running for the track and field team. With a passion for writing, public speaking, and community service Sarah discovered her niche in the communications industry. Upon graduating from Temple University in 2009, Sarah worked as a Production Assistant for the Greater Philadelphia Tourism and Marketing Corporation and reviewed local attractions for the city’s “what’s happening” blog (Uwishunu.com). This past January, Sarah traveled to Costa Rica to complete her 200-hour teacher training with Amazing Yoga. She has also completed workshops with South Hills Power Yoga. In her classes, you will have the chance to move, to release, and to go home feeling better than when you arrived. Outside of work Sarah hopes to train for a half marathon and develop her photography portfolio as an ambitious world traveler.