Sharon is a licensed personal trainer through International Fitness Professionals of America. In addition to her training license, she holds certifications in Spinning, Yoga, Mat and Reformer Pilates. She embraces cross training and loves bootcamps, mud runs and all styles of yoga. She has maintained her credentials and attends workshops across the country to keep up with the latest trends in the fitness industry. She recently completed a level one training with Baron Baptiste in Sedona, Arizona. She holds sports specific certifications for golf, soccer and volleyball. She has been in the fitness industry for 12 years and is committed to encouraging healthy lifestyles for everyone.
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.
I took my first power yoga class in 2009 on my summer break from Penn State. The feeling of strength and serenity as a result of the first class had me hooked.After 2 years of practicing, I decided I wanted to dig deeper into my yoga practice and that’s when I began a 200 hour teacher training program at South Hills Power Yoga. I have almost been teaching for a year now and can say that I have personally seen both the physical and mental benefits that yoga brings to those practicing. I love that no matter how you are feeling before yoga, you always leave feeling a little brighter and better both physically and emotionally!! I teach vinyasa flow yoga and focus on strength and alignment. I believe that my classes can fit each person, no matter how young or old, short or tall! Each class is challenging no matter how new, or advanced a student is.
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.
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