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Meet Our Instructors

Kate
Kate Mackin

Kate Mackin

E-RYT 500

Kate Mackin is passionate about living a healthy, abundant life and wants to help others do the same. She blends yogic and Ayurvedic techniques to promote wellness on all levels. She enjoys leading corporate seminars and retreats in and out of the country and works with athletes to optimize peak efficiency. Kate created a Mindfulness for Schools curriculum to train students and teachers in mindfulness and yoga practices that they can carry with them throughout their lives. She trains yoga teachers at the 200 and 300 hour levels and is a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider.

Mondays & Wednesdays 10-11:15am

Join me for a well-rounded practice that will keep your joints healthy, muscles toned and organs working efficiently. This class helps to improve strength, flexibility, and balance. By incorporating breath awareness into the classes, you will also reduce stress, balance the nervous system and leave feeling refreshed and focused.

Kate also teaches private lessons in addition to her regularly scheduled classes. You can book either a 30 minute or 60 minute private yoga lesson with her using the links below.

Monette Shuttleworth

E-RYT 200, RYT 500, Level I Restorative Relax and Renew®, YACEP

Monette is a compassionate yoga professional who believes that the practice of Hatha Yoga is accessible to any age and any level of ability and that its integration into one’s lifestyle may truly transform the mind, body, and spirit. She teaches from the voice of her own experience and is trained in the Himalayan tradition under the esteemed Kate Mackin. Monette holds an additional certification in Restorative Yoga and actively teaches the practice of Yin Yoga. She offers her services in private, corporate, and healthcare environments. She forever seeks to advance her knowledge through continued education.

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Tuesdays 8:45-9:45am

A hatha-based class that focuses on the student’s individual needs and offers variations with creatively cued methods of adapting the practice of yoga, making it possible for everyone to enjoy a harmonious experience. Come cultivate a sustainable balance of energy, and feel fully awakened, calm, and clear. Delight in the soft still voice of Shavasana where Monette holds a safe space for the healing powers of prana to assimilate. Om, Shanti.

Thursdays & Saturdays 10-11:30am

A hatha-based class that focuses on the student’s individual needs and offers variations with creatively cued methods of adapting the practice of yoga, making it possible for everyone to enjoy a harmonious experience. Come cultivate a sustainable balance of energy, and feel fully awakened, calm, and clear. Delight in the soft still voice of Shavasana where Monette holds a safe space for the healing powers of prana to assimilate. Om, Shanti.

Monette also teaches private lessons in addition to her regularly scheduled classes. You can book either a 30 minute or 60 minute private yoga lesson with her using the links below.

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Susannah Azzaro

RYT 500

In her Hatha classes, Susannah recognizes all bodies have different capabilities and needs and offers modifications that support and encourage students to take care of themselves. She balances just the right amount of cuing with silence so students can better sense the subtle effects of their practice. Susannah finds the infinitely deep layers of yoga fascinating and strives to weave nuggets of philosophy into her classes so students leave class feeling physically better, inspired and curious to learn and practice more.

Sundays 10-11am

A non-vinyasa-based yoga practice that focuses on increasing awareness, flexibility, and stability of body and mind, Hatha I includes centering and warm ups, pranayama, sun salutations, standing and balancing postures, gentle backbends and twists, forward bends, restorative inversions, and savasana. All are welcome, but some experience with yoga or movement practices is preferable.

Dana Ramous

RYT 200, PRYT, and Kid’s Yoga Certified Teacher

Dana has always been very passionate about exercising, but it wasn’t until she was pregnant with her first baby that she knew she wanted to teach yoga. She realized that the beautiful thing about yoga is that you can do it during every stage of life. Yoga meets you exactly where you are and as you are. As an RYT 200, PRYT, Kid’s Yoga certified teacher, and a mom of three, Dana's goal is to help students find balance through yoga, community, a little humor, and a lot of inspiration.

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Third Sunday of the Month 1-2pm

A fun way to expose kids to the yoga environment, while fostering quality time with mom. This class is best suited for kids ages 3-6.

Dana also teaches private prenatal yoga in addition to her regularly scheduled classes. You can book either a 30 minute or 60 minute private yoga lesson with her using the links below.

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Jennie Bolas

RYT 200

Jennie was first introduced to yoga at a beginner’s class and became enlightened about the wonderful spiritual and physical benefits of yoga. She completed the 200-hour teacher training in 2013 and has been teaching yoga ever since! Jennie enjoys teaching classes that focus on building awareness of the body, proper alignment, and breath (with a spiritual twist included). Her goal is to make yoga accessible for people of any age and background. She believes if someone can commit to a 10-20 minute practice a day along with 10 minutes of meditation, it can make a dramatic impact in their relationships, career, and health because it did for her.

Tuesdays 7:30-8:30pm

In this class you will receive instructions on the basic principles of yoga and focus on learning foundational poses and breath work. With consistent practice in this relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, you will discover increased flexibility, strength and knowledge of yoga, providing the foundation to move to higher level classes if you choose to do so. 

Kara Heinrich

RYT 200

Kara is a mom, a daughter, a friend, and an employee! She is devoted to many people and communities and attempts to give 100% to each part of her life. Yoga is her practice to restore energy, build strength, and return to her many roles with a fresh perspective. Kara’s teaching style focuses on breathing exercises to purify and nourish an agitated mind, asana postures to strengthen and improve balance, and to overall restore positive energy.

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Sundays 5:30-6:30pm

Enjoy a free yoga class!

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Christianne Johnson

RYT 200

Christianne Johnson completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at the Himalayan Institute of Pittsburgh. She has been practicing yoga for over 15 years and is excited to bring the benefits she has seen in her own life to others. As a busy, full-time working mom of two boys, she believes that balance and self-care are critical for both body and mind. A problem-solver at heart, Christianne offers her students a space to reflect and focus, and believes that yoga is about so much more than just the poses.

Thursdays 6-7pm

This vinyasa flow yoga class offers a dynamic and creative sequence of postures, synchronized with your breath. Move through a series of fluid movements that build strength, flexibility, and balance, while also cultivating mindfulness and inner awareness. The class is suitable for all levels, with variations and modifications offered to accommodate individual needs. 

Megan Gilson

RYT 200

Megan believes that the benefits of yoga extend well beyond the mat and can truly bring joy, peace, and total wellness. She earned her 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher Training Certification in 2022 from the Himalayan Institute of Pittsburgh. Megan focuses on cultivatingpositive energy in her classes through breath, body, and mind awareness for each student to find their unique vibe. She likes to bring nature references into the class - earth and sky, tree and mountain, sun and moon - we’re all connected! Outside of the studio, Meg is a music lover (yes, she takes requests for class playlists!) and listens for nature sounds in class to help relieve stress and anxiety, enjoys running, and is often at a soccer pitch cheering on her son.

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Wednesdays 7-8pm

Focus on mind, body and breath connection while finding alignment by staying in postures for 3-5 breaths in this Hatha I style class. Class includes centering and warmup, a series of standing and seated postures and final relaxation (Shavasana) with essential oils.

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Veerle Grispen

RYT 200

Veerle is a lifelong student of movement (dance) starting with jazz and modern in her youth and branching to classical ballet as an adult. She was introduced to Yoga in her mid-twenties, and yoga has gradually found a prominent place in Veerle’s personal practice. She received her training through the Himalayan Institute of Pittsburgh and is currently 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Certified. Having lived, trained, and raised a family abroad in several countries, Veerle has a keen sense of how yoga can provide a center that few other movement disciplines offer. Becoming a Yoga instructor has humbled and inspired Veerle, and she considers it a unique privilege to be able to assist people on their way. When Veerle isn’t moving, she enjoys baking, nature, and sunshine.

Fridays 10-11:15am

Veerle’s Hatha 1 class will leave you feeling refreshed in your body with a centered mind, ready to tackle the day ahead. Her personality; adaptable, gentle, but thorough, shines through with her hands-on cueing, steady pace, and determination.

Amanda Naccarato

RYT 200

Amanda’s yoga practice focuses on mindful movements, intentional breath, and a willful mind. She loves that yoga is a lifestyle that you truly make your own. You can feel free to challenge your body in a pose or allow your mind to rest. Her mission as an instructor is to build strength from the inside out. Amanda earned her yoga certification at One Point One in Pittsburgh April 2021.

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Sundays 8:30-9:30am

A challenging vinyasa flow connecting breath to movement. In this class, expect to move at a steady pace to keep your practice fluid, creative, and inspiring. The music will be uplifting & motivating to explore the physical depths of your practice. Intended for intermediate to advanced practitioners.

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Gretchen North

RYT 200, MA, MS, CHES

Gretchen is a 25-year practitioner of yoga who received her 200-hour yoga teacher training certification through the Himalayan Institute of Pittsburgh. Her laid back approach is inclusive to most and emphasizes proper alignment and safety. Gretchen is also a Certified Health Education Specialist and Life Coach with over 20 years’ experience in the health, wellness, and personal growth industries.

Wednesdays 5:45-6:45pm

Learn the basics of a yoga practice! You'll practice gentle stretching, breath work, and foundational poses with a focus on proper form, alignment, and use of props.

Stephanie Gumbert

RYT 200

After practicing yoga regularly for over 12 years, Steph decided it was finally  time to start leading classes in 2023 completing her 200 hour yoga teacher training through the Santosha Yoga Institute. She knows just how transformative a yoga practice can be, and while her classes are both calming and mindful, you can expect balance and strength weaved throughout- as well as a great playlist! When Steph isn't teaching yoga, or at her day job, you can find her hiking and biking throughout the trails in Pittsburgh, enjoying live music, or hanging out with her friends and family. 

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Fridays 7-8am

This heated (not hot!) power vinyasa will loosen you up and get your blood pumping without making you sweat buckets. The room's temperature melts the tension/tightness in the body, helping you flow through positions with ease. Your instructor will guide you through a traditional vinyasa sequence. This class is great for intermediate to advanced students as it is faster-paced than a Hatha class. Modifications are always offered.

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Karen Ashby

RYT 200

Karen’s goal is to help students explore the benefits of yoga to the mind, body, and soul and believes all ages and abilities benefit from yoga.  She has been practicing yoga for over 25 years and earned her certification in 2022 at Holy Cow Yoga in Charleston, SC in the Integral Yoga tradition. Karen also teaches in private and corporate environments. She is a lifelong learner and is always finding new dimensions and aspects of yoga to explore.  

Tuesdays 6-7pm

A well-rounded practice that will keep your joints healthy, muscles toned and organs working efficiently, this class helps to improve strength, flexibility and balance. By incorporating breath awareness into the classes, you will also reduce stress, balance the nervous system and leave feeling refreshed and focused.

Uma Purighalla

RYT 200

For 24 years, Dr. Uma Purighalla has practiced Internal Medicine in the South Hills of Pittsburgh for Preferred Primary Care Physicians. She graduated from Drexel University College of Medicine and completed her residency and chief residency at Lenox Hill Hospital. She is now teaching Yoga and its pearls of wisdom regarding health and wellness. Catch her on the mat the first Monday of the month for Yogarhythmix.

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First Monday of the Month 5:30-6:30pm

This tridoshic balancing vinyasa class will be guided by the beat of the music for a smooth energetic lift with a story weaved between the moves. This class is recommended for those students who are comfortable and familiar with basic asanas in an open-flow Hatha Yoga class. 

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Beth Christiano

RYT 200

In addition to her practice as a clinical psychologist, Beth uses yoga as an additional tool to help her patients heal. Somatic movement such as yoga is a great way to help individuals gain a profound opportunity to connect with their bodies, accessing deeper layers of emotion and experience. She has completed a Yoga Therapy training program as a supplement to her yoga training at the 200 level. Beth is currently working towards her 500 level in order to learn more skills to better help her patients.

Fourth Monday of the Month 5:30-6:30pm

This is a specialized class designed to provide individuals with techniques to manage and alleviate anxiety symptoms through the ancient art of yoga. In this class, participants will learn gentle yoga poses, mindful breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques tailored specifically to reduce stress and promote mental well-being. Each session will focus on cultivating self-awareness, fostering a sense of calm, and building resilience to cope with anxiety triggers.

Marta Napoleone Mazzoni

RYT 200

As a Meditation and Yoga instructor, her work focuses on building mindfulness and core strength through muscle activation mobility exercises, while cultivating gratitude, peace, and spiritual connection through somatic breath work and mindfulness practices. As an Advanced Certified Grief Specialist, Marta educates and speaks normalizing grief which is a subject shrouded in shame and misinformation. As a mentor and coach she provides a tool kit to her clients and uses her four pillars of healing: Explorative Travel, Meditative Awareness, Structured Support, and Creative Play to reawaken the heart.

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Mondays 8:30-9:30am, Starts 6/3/24

This class is a slow flow vinyasa mixed with isometric static holds and muscle activation poses. Calm the mind, access the playful soul while working muscles in the body to build strength as we age. Great for beginners alongside more advanced students. This class is taught by Marta Napoleone, a Grief Recovery Specialist and yoga instructor.

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