Maggi has been teaching Yoga since 2006 in classes, small groups and private settings. Trained and certified 200 and 500 hour Teacher Training through the traditions of The Himalayan Institute, as well as Level I & II iRest Yoga Nidra, my yoga is my joy and my purpose. I am from a Military family…Father a Marine. Oldest Son 82nd Army Airborne. Both died young leaving me with a need to find ways to cope with my own trauma and grief. As a result, I am certified to teach meditation and yoga to military populations through the Warriors At Ease program that was born of a program started at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. This specific training has afforded me a deeper knowledge of the practices of Yoga and Meditation. I opened the Yoga On Mars Studio in February 2016 after teaching in a few studios around Pittsburgh for 10 years. I am a Pa. State licensed Physical Therapist Assistant since 1994 and owned and operated a studio for Alternative Therapies 1999 to 2015. Massage Therapist for 25 years. My personal practice of Yoga and meditation is a part of my everyday routine. I am honored to share this joy everywhere I am invited. These practices are available to Every Body.
Marlene has embraced motion through many phases in her life. From teaching preschool movement and music, dancing, choreographer &
instructor of sacred dance at East Liberty Presbyterian Church to Irish Ceili dancing as well as ballroom dancing, swing and Latin. As the sun set on sacred dance Marlene’s desire to continue in the mind body spirit connection she embraced the invitation to receive her RYT 200 hour yoga teacher certification in the Kripalu style of yoga through Serenity Yoga in Pittsburgh. She teaches yoga, pilates and meditation, specializing in yoga nidra meditation with intention inspired by and trained in the Amrit Method. (See link) www.amrityoga.org. Marlene furthered her study with renowned yogi, Amrit Desai. She also received her certification in Children’s Yoga through Yogaverse. Her passion for wellness compels her to expand her training in other holistic practices. She teaches group and private sessions. Marlene has found her niche teaching private sessions combining practices to meet the needs of her clients in the comfort of their own home. This approach is Marlene’s solution to offer a practice to those who desire the health benefits of these practices but are unable to participate in group classes. Yoga is for every BODY.
Rosemary has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training in June of 2016. The program had an emphasis on the philosophy and meta physical aspects of yoga and the healing arts. During her training, she was introduced to Qi Gong, which shares many similarities to yoga. She completed her 200 hour Qi Gong/Tai Chi instructor training with Head Master Michael Leone of Zen Wellness in spring of 2018. She is continuing with Zen Wellness to get her 300 hour YTT and her 500 hour Qi Gong and Tai Chi instructor certifications. With over 20 years of experience as a nurse practitioner, she appreciates blending eastern and western medicine. Her focus is to share the benefits of self-care of these healing, living arts with others. Qi Gong movements are simple. They can be done anywhere, anytime. In her class, Rosemary combines basic yoga postures and Qi Gong standing, sitting and moving postures, connecting with the breath. The goal is to gain and maintain a healthy mind body connection by finding both one’s center and one’s edge by practicing the postures and movements, increasing strength, balance, mobility, stability and grace. Yoga, Qi Gong and Tai Chi tell us to seek peace and tranquility by quieting the mind and connecting to our true nature through the strength of our breath and movements.
Karen stepped into her first yoga class in September of 2007 looking for stress relief and flexibility. What she found was a whole new perspective and way of living. Yoga has taught me to be more responsive and not so reactive in situations. Yoga also gave me insights and tools to relieve my anxiety and stress along with increasing my strength and flexibility. My teachers encouraged me and I finally enrolled in the Manasaa Yoga Center, in Chicora, PA. for teacher training in June of 2012. There I studied the Science of Kriya Yoga, which focused on the eight limbs of yoga, anatomy, the asanas (poses), pranayama, meditation and the chakras. I received my certification May 2013.
I am looking forward to sharing my love of yoga as I continue on my journey of exploring and learning more about yoga. My focus is on alignment, realizing every body is different, and allowing students to be comfortable within their poses. I take the focus inward listening to the body, respecting and accepting what it reveals. There is no competition or pain in yoga! That's what I love about it. You work within a pose where you are. You don't have to be flexible, that just happens with practice.
I am a RYT 200, a Certified Kidding Around Yoga Instructor and a Reiki Master Practitioner.
Suma started practicing yoga in 2008 after a serious foot injury. Little did she know how this decision would transform her life and outlook. She practices yoga because it grounds her in many ways. Her daily practice includes pranayama and meditation, which have provided vast benefits, both internal and external. Suma has two philosophies she lives by: 1) I truly believe that things happen for a reason and every person I meet is there to serve a purpose (for me to learn something from them); 2) I also believe "How you do anything is how you do everything" and can be applied to any aspect of life. Managing breath is the first step in managing anything else because she equates breath with energy. The 200-teacher training program brought together her Vedantic (spiritual) learnings with the intricacies of yoga. The 10-day silent meditation, Vipassana, course she took in Igatpuri, India in 2017 made an immense impact on her life by providing a valuable insight. She applies “the law of impermanence” to every aspect of her life by feeling the freedom in letting go. She feels her body-mind-soul in sync with each other (So Hum). Along with asanas, she teaches pranayama, and meditation in her classes.
Laura Jeffries was introduced to Yoga in 2009, under Ania Ela, a yoga teacher and light worker. As she was introduced to this holistic and wellness path, Laura would like to share her journey with others, as it was shared with her. In 2011, she completed her studies at The Red Lotus School of Yoga, under Brian Granader. She became certified with the International Yoga Alliance and now holds an E-RYT 200 and YACEP level certification. Since studying the philosophy behind yoga, she has found an inner strength and spirituality she shares with her students. Her teachings of philosophy include incorporating the lifestyle teachings of yoga in each lesson so that yoga can be practiced both on and off the mat. Students at every level of experience are welcome to take this journey with Laura and continue to learn and grow in humility, self-acceptance, and gratitude.
“When One teaches, Two learn.”
This quote reflects Janet’s philosophy not just for yoga but also for life. An Elementary educator for thirty years Janet came to yoga when training for her first marathon. Back then she looked at it as an exercise, a form of stretching. Only after retiring and moving to Cape Cod did she begin to realize the benefits of the practice at a physical, emotional and mental level. Janet completed her 200 hour Yoga Alliance certification at Innerglow/Open Studio on the Cape in 2015 and has been teaching and learning from her students ever since. She received 60 hours of training from Joshua Summers in Yin Yoga Foundations and Mindfulness. Janet also has certifications in Senior/Chair Yoga and Trauma Informed Yoga. In addition she has trained and participated in Bodhi and Mind a Boston based organization that brought yoga to individuals dealing with breast cancer.
A Pittsburgh native, Brooke began practicing regularly in 2013 while postpartum to not only rebuild her strength and endurance, but to supplement physical therapy from a sports-related shoulder injury. Brooke attended a local ujjayi vinyasa studio and was immediately hooked. In 2016, Brooke completed her RYT-200 with Totally Yoga for vinyasa yoga. After 2 years of teaching, she realized that there was a major need in the Pittsburgh area to support prenatal and postpartum mothers. In February 2018, Brooke completed her 85-RPYT with Shining Light Prenatal Education under the one of the country's most prestigious birth-workers, Deena Blumenfeld. From infancy and beyond, Brooke believes everyone can benefit from yoga. When teaching, Brooke strives to make postures accessible to every student, focusing on the alignment and reaching safe Range of Motion (ROM) rather than the depth of each pose and educating about risks of injury. Brooke's classes are often very educational providing detail about the anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology to help her students understand their practice and take educational tools with them for their home practice. Brooke resides on her farm in Valencia with her husband, Shane, her daughter, Dahlia, and her two dogs, Rhys and Sophie.
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