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 working toward YogaFit’s 200-hour Yoga Alliance-approved Training Program due to complete in May 2014, 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 26 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. All of the trainings from my Partylite training to my spiritual training to my yoga training has all come together beautifully as I share the knowledge with you that I know as truth! XOXO Namaste
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.
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.
I started yoga approximately 5 years and 50 lbs ago by popping a DVD in. After the weight loss everyone would ask how I did it and many were shocked and in disbelief when “yoga” would be my answer! A lot of my friends and coworkers had never tried but were curious so I found myself demonstrating poses often. I first noticed the mental benefits of my practice when at my restaurant job I would be in the middle of a rush, yet calmly breathing. I began getting comments like “how do you stay so relaxed when we are insanely busy like this?!” Pranayama breathing, of course! Since then my journey of teaching has consisted of Fitours 200 hour instructor certification twice through, 30 hours of a specialized k-8 children’s instructor certification & yoga therapy internships at Western Psych in Oakland. Ive instructed chair yoga for the retired crowd and fun after-school yoga at Fort
Cherry Elementary, but my secret love is yoga for the athlete and I have worked with and instructed some of the most amazing MMA fighters in the area! Staying calm and focused during the game, fight, meet ect and possessing the ability to read your opponent is essential! I even went on to own a studio for about a year but am excited to get back to just leading the occasional class while using this time to be mommy! Thanks and can’t wait to meet you!