Danielle began her Yoga journey in her teens practicing Yoga and Tai Chi at her family's farm. Her zest for learning has been satisfied through many life experiences, however, it is truly her three children that have taught her patience, humility, compassion, unconditional love and the importance of laughing every day! Danielle is a Yoga Alliance Certified instructor and has completed her 200 hours of teacher training. She invites you to advance a loving self-awareness of your body, mind, and breath through light-hearted yet intentional Yoga flows. Her classes will leave you feeling energized, strong and calm with a sense of peace as she guides you through physical postures taking moments to encourage you along your Yoga journey.
"The most wasted of all days is one without laughter."
- E.E. Cummings.
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.
"Hello, my name is Victoria Mcwilliams. I grew up in Phoenix Arizona where I was fully immersed in the
competitive dance world. I continued to study dance in College where I received my bachelors of fine
arts from Point Park University. Following my graduation I traveled to Chicago where I danced
professionally. This time I spent dedicated to dance taught me about movement, physicality, and the
way our bodies move in accordance to our anatomy.
I completed my 200 hour yoga certification in summer of 2019, and have been teaching in studio ever
since. I have worked in humanitarian and social work where I have received many trainings in trauma
informed care. I feel this approach is so important while teaching yoga and have become passionate
about incorporating it into my practice. I have studied in the Spiritual Alchemy Academy where I have
had the opportunity to learn about our inner workings, spiritual transformation and how we all connect
to one another and the cosmos above. I graduated from Kundalini University in January 2022 where I
received my 200-hour certification in Kundalini yoga. And I am currently in training to become certified
in Prenatal Yoga as well.
You can expect lot’s of fun, heartfelt themes, and a good challenge when taking my classes."
Lacey’s journey to yoga has been calling out for quite some time and in many ways, has only just begun. From her first class back in high school, she knew it was love at first sun salutation. Her recent search for healing and spiritual growth, led Lacey to complete her 200-hour YTT at the beautiful Prana-Veda Studio in Pittsburgh.
In her class, students can expect Vinyasa and Hatha based flows with a splash of breathwork and grounding meditation to strengthen and balance both mind and body. Lacey’s classes are often structured around a specific, topical theme designed to raise self awareness and acceptance. She aims to provide an accessible experience that can be taken off the mat and applied to enhance daily life.
"Yoga, for me, is not just limited to the aspect of physical practice. It is an extraordinary experience and freedom that is gained by observing, understanding and controlling the modulations of the mind. It is the blossoming of one into a whole being through physical, mental, emotional and spiritual growth."
Shikha first became interested in Meditation when she was 9 years old and living in India. Having suffered from Dyscalculia (a type of dyslexia dealing with math), her inability to learn certain things paved a new path to her journey within. Shikha explored meditation & Yogic breathing, and found out that whenever she mediated or listened to profound knowledge, she felt more in harmony with her true being. She has found immense peace, inspiration and depth in talks from Adi Shankara, Swami Vivekananda, Paramhansa Yogananda, and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Shikha's classes generally comprise of gentle mindful movement, Yogic breathing through pranayama, chanting, meditation and simplified Yogic wisdom for self care from Patanjali and other ancient scriptures.
Jamie has been practicing Yoga for over a decade. She has always had a love of health and fitness and found the holistic mind body practice of Yoga appealing for overall wellness. She has completed a Vinyasa teacher training with Stray Dog Yoga in 2014 and is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200). She has completed a program for Yoga therapy open to healthcare professionals, and has obtained her certification as a Professional Yoga Therapist with the Living Well Institute in 2019. Over the years, her practice has evolved to include aspects of Yoga from various lineages.
Her group classes are vinyasa-based and focus on linking the breath with movement. Class begins with gentle movement, followed by core strengthening, standing flow, and ending with traditional poses on the mat. She encourages each student to practice at their own level with modifications and props. Her favorite Yoga teacher saying is “to practice with the body you have today.
Domenique, the owner of Yoga On Mars, is a certified Yoga instructor whose teachings are rooted in the Vinyasa Yoga lineage. While completing her 200-hour training in Vinyasa through One Point One Yoga in Bloomfield, Domenique gained an appreciation for cultivating a sustainable & purposeful Yoga practice, by interweaving breath work and meditation along with the physical postures. The philosophy of Yoga, and the practice's ability to flip her perspective by encouraging self reflection, is what continues to inspire her today. Her personal practice is constantly evolving.
Domenique's classes offer students the opportunity to move through challenging shapes and transitions, often working toward a peak pose. She loves to get students moving in unique, yet functional & healthy ways, that will inspire students to ask questions. As an instructor, she aims to empower students through this movement and exploration. Students can expect an emphasis on the anatomy of shapes in her classes!
Mary Beth received her BS in Nursing and Psychology from Carlow College. After years of Pediatric Nursing, she became a Certified Yoga Instructor in Seattle Washington. She has used her medical background to teach and mentor students in health, wellness and Vinyasa Yoga. She recently moved back to Pittsburgh with her husband after living and raising her daughters in Oregon and CT. Her most remarkable Yoga teaching experience was creating Puppy Yoga with a friend and passing on joy through puppy play, kisses and Yoga poses. She is excited to be able to bring her past experiences to Yoga On Mars.
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