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Mary Acklin, ERYT-200
I first discovered yoga in high school as a way to get fit. I carried yoga with me coming back to it throughout college, then moving to NYC for my first job and eventually found it as an important way to slow down my racing mind and relieve stress. After getting laid off in 2014 and needing to find what was next for me, I started a daily practice that kept me calm, focused and eventually, inspired about life again. This is when I decided to teach. My goal is to help students find their own yoga spark in their lives, whatever and wherever that may be. I am inspired by a practice that is challenging and focused on looking within, finding it important to stay in poses, breathe and notice. Alignment, self- massage and breath work are avenues you can find in my classes.
IN MY CLASS, EXPECT: Slow and deliberate movement with long holds and sweet releases. There with be opportunities for alignment, self-massage, and lots of breath work. Suitable for all levels and great for beginners or those who like to take their vinyasa a little bit slower.
Maryellen Baverso, RYT-500
I believe in a constant path of self-discovery and through the guidance of yoga we can move closer to who we are and what we want. As an introspective extrovert and kinesthetic learner, I was naturally drawn to the practices of yoga. While living overseas in Indonesia as a Peace Corps Volunteer, sharing yoga was a tool that produced meaningful connections with the women in my village, and teachers and students at my school. I observed so many familiar insecurities and I knew from experience that the teachings of yoga build confidence and bring joy to the surface. When language and cultural barriers got in the way, yoga helped open space for real conversations. Yoga truly impacted my experience, built strong relationships, and generated profound connections in my community. Upon returning to the Pittsburgh in 2014, I completed my Level One 200-hour training and immediately started assisted a weekly class. I learned a ton through observing, listening, and assisting my teacher. I discovered my niche for reading people’s energy and offering assists through safe and effective hands-on adjustments. In the summer of 2017, I returned to a Level One training in New York to clean up my personal practiced and navigate my next journey as a teacher. By the end of the summer, I left my job to focus on teaching and immersed myself in a Level Two 300-hour training program with YogaWorks. I’m overwhelmed with gratitude for the opportunity to devote time to my own practice on the mat and in the teacher seat. My style is greatly influenced by Iyengar, Ashtanga, Power, Pranayama and Subtle body methodologies. As a teacher I want my students to feel alive and inspired by the work they create on their mats and to skip off into their world more confident, honest, and open with who they are right now.
IN MY CLASS, EXPECT: To build heat and refine alignment with intuitive sequencing that spikes curiosity in your practice. Experience space that invites an abundance of energy, joy, and reconnection to your body and mind. Music, hands-on adjustments, freeing environment. Suitable for all levels.
Kristen Boyer, ERYT-200
Kristen completed her 200-hour training in 2016 at Thank Yoga Studio in Columbus, Ohio. Curiosity is the driver of her own practice and she uses the same objective with her students. She does not teach according to any one lineage, instead offering choices and ways to relate and integrate. She uses music as a method to stimulate the brain to release euphoric thoughts and creative movement, allowing yoga to be a dance of fluid motion. We will work together to discover our breath and notice our bodies and how they operate, becoming familiar with ourselves so we can learn more about who we are and what we need. The flow is creative and instinctive, so it’s always changing, as we are.
IN MY CLASS, EXPECT: Stringing together a series of innovative flows, equal parts fire and focus. Invite in space for curiosity, self-discovery and the opportunity for hands-on adjustments as the breath and music guide you deeper into your practice. Come exactly as you are - regardless of your experience level.
Alysha Bokuniewicz, ERYT-200
I began the practice of yoga ten years ago in Los Angeles. I had promised a friend I would accompany her to a 7a class but, having partaken in some youthful indiscretion the previous night, there was no part of me that felt yogic when the alarm went off at 6a that morning. Begrudgingly, I upheld my commitment. Despite the very humbling effect of the mirrors and the sensation of having one's butt handed to oneself, I walked out feeling somehow better. For the first time in my life, I was able to be okay being still in both mind and body. I wish I could tell you that this was the beginning of a committed, decade-long devotion to yoga but the truth is that it would be a full 6 years and 2500 miles before I established a meaningful personal practice, ever busying myself with a million other things. The shift to dedicated practitioner was natural and slow and quiet until one morning I woke to the realization that my practice was now front and center. It is my privilege to tell you that my journey into teaching was a gift that began within the four walls of this very studio, immersed in the support and guidance of these very teachers, and it is my hope that any student entering my class walks away feeling "somehow better".
IN MY CLASS, EXPECT: Usually creative, always purposeful sequencing. Classes begin with movement and flow then transition to longer, active holds. We end in stillness and students are invited to take all or part of their savasana in seated meditation. All levels are welcome and options will be readily available, but new practitioners are encouraged to talk to me so I can ensure you feel supported.
Alicia Broudy-Clawson, ERYT-200
After years of organized sports, strength and conditioning programs, and personal trainers, the last thing Alicia wanted was to be told when, where, and how to exercise. It was yoga that would break the mold of tedious routines and unhealthy expectations. Alicia was first introduced to a powerful yoga practice on her lunch break. She began attending onsite yoga classes twice a week, amazed by this thing called a practice. Her practice. Just as Alicia found a practice of her own, she wants to help those on their own yoga journeys. She completed a 200 hour teacher training with Amazing Yoga and a 50 hour Rocket Yoga training with Yoga ah Studio in Cincinatti. She has completed continuing education hours with Kino MacGregor, Dice Iida-Klein, Taylor Hunt, Chrissy Carter, and Mackenzie Miller. Alicia is also interested in the ways in which yoga studies intersects with some of her graduate work in the field of cultural studies. Yoga encourages mind/body awareness, non-violence to ourselves and others, and "kula." Imagine the possibilities for our growing yoga communities! When Alicia isn’t practicing or teaching, she enjoys hiking, biking, and reading a good book.
IN MY CLASS, EXPECT: Steady, thoughtful movement, with plenty of chances for fun as well. The option for adding inversions into your practice is often present, and they are just that: options! Move, play, and challenge yourself. Suitable for all levels.
Alexandra D'Amico Williams, ERYT-500
For Alexandra, Yoga Asana, or the physical practice of movement, is an opportunity to connect the rhythm of the body, breath and the mind as one. A rhythmic yoga asana class has become the best meditation for Alexandra and she is passionate about sharing this energy with her students. Over the past few years her classes have grown to find the intersection of alignment and flow. Her teaching is primarily rooted in her 500-hr Prana Vinyasa Yoga training, with influence from other forms of movement exercise and her own personal body transformations from injury, pregnancy, and simply the journey of her own practice over time. With over 700 hours of teacher training acquired since 2011, Alexandra loves being a part of the 1.1 Teacher Training Program to pass on what she has learned to others. In Alexandra’s classes you will experience creative and intelligent sequencing that builds on layers, or kramas, making it accessible for the beginner to the dedicated practitioner. You will move to music, build heat and find proper alignment as you flow. Alexandra's goal is simple- to introduce yoga in a way that opens you up to being your best self, and helping students to explore what yoga can be beyond the physical practice.
IN MY CLASS, EXPECT: Creative and intelligent sequencing, building from a foundation to add different stages of development (kramas), allowing each person to find their place in the practice. Music will play, & you'll experience energetic flows rooted in alignment. You will leave warm in your heart and your body. All levels welcome & options will be given, but a degree of previous practice is recommended for Vinyasa.
Krystle Fitzpatrick, ERYT-200
There is more to yoga than just the physical. Krystle first sought out a yoga class 12 years ago in her first year of college, as she was drawn to the philosophies and practice of mindfulness. She quickly came to realize that the physical benefits were an added bonus and enhanced the freeing feeling that comes from movement and being in your body; the meditation in movement. She went on to complete her first immersive teacher training with Baron Baptiste and the Baptiste Yoga Institute in the summer of 2012 in upstate New York. Most recently, she dove deeper into her studies by completing an additional 230hr immersion program with senior teachers at the Asheville Yoga Center in Asheville, NC. Each time you step on your mat you have the opportunity to create something new for yourself. Whether it’s holding a pose, linking movement with breath, or simply sitting in stillness - yoga has the power to change us and our connection to ourself and others. Krystle brings that philosophy into her classes that are filled with energetic flow, breath, and intention.
IN MY CLASS, EXPECT: Energy and encouragement. A steady flow of movement, accompanied by music, and often with thoughtful insights for life off of the mat. Suitable for all levels and great for beginners.
Megan Flinn, ERYT-500, LMT
After taking her first official yoga classes at Penn State, Megan experienced her first fully fledged yoga class in New York City when a friend dragged her there kicking and screaming. From that first "real" class where she refused to "OM", things have changed a lot. Inspired by her studios back in NYC, especially Jivamukti, Prema, and the Kula Yoga Project, as well as her 500 hour teachers Ragunath and Sondra Loring, and by her current training with Thomas Myers' Anatomy Trains, Megan's classes are creative, aligned, and have the constant presence of breath and music. Classes are also informed by her inspiration as a Licensed massage Therapist, specializing in myofascial and neuromuscular work. Catch her playing the harmonium, singing, and playing with 1.1 mascot Jerome.
IN MY CLASS, EXPECT: Creative sequences and transitions linking many poses together, always with a clear purpose and reason for every piece of class. Expect alignment and anatomical cues, allowing time to break shapes down in addition to moving with breath. Singing is often an option in these classes. All levels are welcome & modifications will be given, but a degree of previous practice is recommended for Vinyasa.
Sadie Grossman, C-IAYT, MS Yoga Therapy, ERYT-500
Sadie received her 200-hour RYT certification in Hatha yoga in Bali, Indonesia in 2012. Upon completion she moved to Pittsburgh, PA where she began teaching yoga to the Carnegie Mellon University community, leading both credit based courses and working with various teams from the varsity athletics department. Earning her Masters of Science in Yoga Therapy from Maryland University of Integrative Health as well as her 500-hour E-RYT and her International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) certifications, she is the on-site meditation and mindfulness therapist for UPMC’s Wellness and Integrative Oncology Program at Hillman Cancer Center where she conducts trainings for oncology nurses and sees clients privately, with a specialty of working with those who are in active treatment. She participates in seminars throughout the UPMC system and has spoken publicly on her work as a yoga therapist for IAYT's annual symposiums. She is a proud team member of the 1.1 community, both on and off her mat.
IN MY CLASS, EXPECT: A exciting & progressive sequence, starting slow & building intensity, with music throughout and hands-on assists. Suitable for all levels; let her know if you're a beginner or recovering from injury & she can give you some pointers!
Coy Halper, RYT-500
Coy's love of balance, living harmoniously with the natural world, and intuitive nature led her on a path of Yoga and mindfulness exploration. She infuses all aspects of her life approach into her classes, leading students on a journey that extends well beyond the mat. Coy completed her Vinyasa-focused 200-hour teacher training at Pure Yoga in New York City, and still returns to study under their lead instructors. She infuses many styles into class including Slow-flow, Vinyasa, Iyengar, Yin, and Restorative Yoga. Coy has completed a number of meditation trainings and is a certified Reiki practitioner, infusing each class with aspects of these practices.
IN MY CLASS, EXPECT: Moving a bit slower and letting the breath take you deeper. Building up the postures with creative sequencing and precise alignment that brings balance to the body and mind. All levels are welcome.
Monica Kahn RYT-200
Monica first turned to yoga in 2009 during medical school in Chicago, where it provided a source of balance in an otherwise high-stress environment. She was initially drawn to the physical benefits of the practice for her body, as well as its calming effect for her mind. On her first date with her now-husband, she recalls telling him that her life dream was to become a yoga instructor and 5 years later, almost to the day, she proudly completed her RYT-200 training at One Point One Yoga. As a practicing Endocrinologist in the Pittsburgh area, she brings a unique perspective to her students while on their yoga mats. When she is not in the studio or the clinic, she is a proud dog-mom to two adorable pups - Larry David and Grey.
IN MY CLASS, EXPECT: To be welcomed into an encouraging space with creative sequencing that will allow for options to take your practice where you want it to go. I want you to leave class recognizing both your physical and inner strength. All are welcome.
Holly Kepins, RYT-200
Holly began her relationship with yoga 10 years ago as a “add on” to her exercise routine. After years of piling too much on my plate, she discovered yoga could be more than stretching and considered it to be a safe haven for her thoughts and body. She began utilizing the practice on the mat to explore her mind and movement differently. She discovered the art of mindfulness as well as how to build resilience in her body and spirit. She completed the 200-hour teacher training at One Point One Yoga in August 2019 and has been completely jazzed to assist others in deepening their own journey with this amazing practice. When she's not practicing all of the yoga, you can catch her keeping up a regular exercise routine, working as a behavioral health therapist, or petting her cat, Princey.
IN MY CLASS, EXPECT: A creative flow that will leave you with a sense of balance in your mind and body. The atmosphere is meant to spark positivity and light as well as self compassion. My classes are appropriate for all levels.
Tani Klein, RYT-200
Tani found yoga in 2012 while attending college. She practiced mainly for the physical benefits but soon realized it was so much more than just the postures. Yoga became her therapy and sanctuary. After practicing for several years she received her level one – 200 hour teacher training. She loves all styles of yoga and has devoted time towards the practice of ashtanga yoga. Her personal credence as a yoga teacher is to provide a safe and fun atmosphere for people to explore breath and movement. It is her desire to help students find their inner strength and grace on their mats so that they can develop these
attributes into their daily lives.
IN MY CLASS, EXPECT: Building heat through fun, continuous flow. We will find ease and strength while jamming to some music. Come as you are and options will be given for all levels of yogis.
Lynn Lebowitz, ERYT-200
While yoga started as a compliment to Lynn’s other “work-outs”, she quickly learned that yoga offered way more than fitness. Lynn has experienced first hand, the power of yoga to heal body, mind, and spirit.
During a difficult time in 2007 Lynn found safety on her mat to honor her circumstances and connect with breath and presence. 10 years later she was faced with a physical set back and was beyond grateful that she could access her yoga practice for both physical and emotional healing.
Lynn believes that yoga is about harnessing physical wellness and wholeness, while also cultivating awareness, balance, and peace. While Lynn is sometimes referred to as “Yoga Mama”, don’t be fooled into thinking that her classes are nap worthy. Helping others to access their strength and resilience is her sweet spot. She received her 200 hour teaching certification in 2012 and has loved teaching ever since.
IN MY CLASS, EXPECT: A smooth and steady flow of movement, starting slowly and building momentum. Clear instruction and simple yet effective transitions create a balanced experience and make these classes wonderful for anyone looking to cultivate both strength and ease within their practice. Come as you are, and take what you need.
Eva Lin, ERYT-200
I found yoga in 2009 in the midst of a stressful job. What started as a form of exercise, I soon realized that yoga was much more than just the physical poses and dove deeper into the practice with a Iyengar, Ashtanga, and Vini based 200-hour teacher training through Yogaworks. I've continued my training with workshops from Live Love Teach, Chrissy Carter, and most recently a Yin training with Richard Gartner. I am passionate about exploring our yoga practice as a way to discover new things about ourselves to apply to our daily lives and help us all be a little bit more loving, compassionate, and mindful. I believe with good intentions, you can manifest anything you want in your life, and I love helping people realize their potential. I think that yoga is truly for everyone - whether that's a physical asana practice or just taking a moment to breathe. Last year, I created a personal project called Yoga Universal to tell the stories of atypical yogis or yogis who've used the practice to overcome huge obstacles, hoping to inspire people who might think yoga isn't for them. If you have a interesting story to share, please reach out! When I'm not teaching or practicing, you can find me taking photographs, traveling the world with my husband, and cuddling with our Frenchies Lola & Stella.
IN MY CLASS, EXPECT: Meditation and mindfulness to take with you off your mat. Slow flow, longer holds, and focus on alignment. Using breath to guide you deeper into poses. Suitable for all levels, great for beginners.
Brice Lynn, Studio Manager
Brice walked into his first yoga class as an excuse to get away from his desk at lunch, unsure of what to expect. Five years later, he has found a way to relieve stress, get a great sweat, and a place where it is okay for him to wear tights. Brice loves the growth that comes from yoga - whether it is gaining the confidence to sing kirtans loud and proud (Radhe, Govindha, Radhe is his favorite) or to trying going upside down, he appreciates that yoga pushes him to do that which he never thought he would. Most importantly, Brice found an amazing community, one that he looks forward to welcoming you to when you visit the studio.
Stephen Moore, ERYT-200
The practice of yoga discovered me later in my life's journey, and I was open and happy to receive it. The physical practice took hold of me and I have stuck with it ever since. Over four years, yoga has been a transformative force, offering me new paths, and the knowledge and skills to successfully follow them.
Early in my practice, I was unaware of the Sutras and their significance, that knowledge would come to me much later. I was, however, following Sutra 1.14. It simply states, "practice becomes firmly grounded when well attended to for a long time, without break and in all earnestness." The seed of yoga that was planted in me, has taken firm root. I continue to tend it and grow the resulting tree, which is my practice. The qualities of patience, devotion and faith are all needed to take yoga's many roads. I continue to cultivate these qualities as a student and as a teacher. I hope to offer and share our unique stories and journeys on the mat. You will also find me on the streets and trails preparing for my next half marathon or reading at the coffee shop.
IN MY CLASS, EXPECT: A flow built on a foundation of strength, focusing on breath, alignment and lines of energy. Allowing each of us to reach a little farther and expand our individual boundaries. We will also find time to smile, as the world is serious enough. There is room for all levels.
Kelly Paola, RYT-200
Encouragement from the yogis in my life initially led me to my mat, but the tools I developed there to cope with the inner working of my mind are what led me to stay. Today, these tools are the foundation of my practice. My yoga is a practice of focusing inward, breathing with intention, and tuning in to cultivate a sense of peace and gratitude towards my body. My practice has helped me find release and stillness of the mind that I had no idea I could find within the 4 corners of a yoga mat. In August 2018, I completed my 200 hour certification at One Point One Yoga, where I have the honor of being a part of a community as a student alongside those I may be fortunate enough to teach.
My mission as an instructor is to help others build a yoga practice that is much deeper than the physical, encouraging students to focus inwards to find release and calm strength amidst movement.
IN MY CLASS, EXPECT: A balance between movement and stillness - creative, dynamic flows with mindful transitions paired with breathwork and meditation to help students focus inward and reap the non-physical benefits of their practice.
Susie Popovich, ERYT-200
Susie was introduced to Yoga through the Ashtanga Yoga system in 2000, and never looked back. Her Rocket and Vinyasa classes are both fun and challenging, with lots of inversions and playtime. She encourages her students to always try new things, and most importantly, to smile while doing it.
She received her 200 hour certification, through It's Yoga Columbus in 2003, and recently, completed two additional Rocket Teacher Trainings through It's Yoga International.
IN MY CLASS, EXPECT: Plenty of playtime, with options for arm balances, inversions, and lots of challenges to your physical practice. You may be required to have fun! All levels are welcome to challenge themselves in these classes, but be ready to work hard and try something new.
Domenique Roach, RYT-200
Domenique initially began attending Yoga classes for the workout as a college student, but after years of exploring Yoga in studios, she knew she wanted to share the gift with those around her as an instructor! While completing her 200 hour training in Vinyasa through One Point One, Domenique gained an understanding of cultivating a sustainable & purposeful Yoga practice to reconnect to one's self, by incorporating mindfulness practices of meditation and breath work along with the physical postures. The philosophy of Yoga, and the practice's ability to bring her back to center is what continues to inspire her today. Domenique loves to share the physical practice to encourage others to be grateful for their bodies and all they're capable of, while reconnecting & quieting minds through mindfulness practices.
IN MY CLASS, EXPECT: A slow start to calm & quiet the mind, working into organic, flowing movement while building strength to prepare for a peak pose. Always moving with control & intention, but allowing time to play! We'll come out of it just as we came in; coming back down to the mat to slow down and settle. Expect a tailored playlist and a long, relaxing final rest!
Rebecca Robertson, ERYT-200
I grew up surrounded by rhythm and movement. Practicing improvisational dance and music as a girl first taught me the power of a present mind, awareness of breath, and acute attention to my body. My yoga teaching, and practice over the years have advanced and transformed the melding of these elements together. Every day still it offers me surprise, and teaches me new things.
My classes are often inspired by music, and how it harnesses flow in the body. I ask students to let go of expectation, tune in to their body, and search for the interesting in every class. All are welcome.
IN MY CLASS, EXPECT: Music to move to, an exciting flow and a lot of fun! Class will offer challenges to experienced yogis and softer options for those wanted to take it easy. Suitable for all levels.
Amanda Rubio, ERYT-200
Amanda first experienced yoga in 2007, while seeking some sort of safe harbor and stress relief in the midst of personal struggle. Through years of practice, she continues to achieve greater awareness, openness, and consciousness, and consistently uses yoga and pranayama to manage anxiety and stress. In 2014, wanting to combine her natural love of interacting with people with her love of yoga, Amanda began her teacher training, receiving her 200HR certification in 2015. She teaches a vinyasa flow practice that, while very physical, strives to help students become more conscious, present, and mindful through the use of breath and meditation. When she's not teaching or on the mat, Amanda works as an attorney, and enjoys regular exercise, traveling, and spending time with her loved ones.
IN MY CLASS, EXPECT: A challenging flow focusing on strength building, with long holds and a focus on breath and the meditative qualities of yoga. Suitable for all levels, and good for beginners.
Sara Schneider, ERYT-200
Sara stumbled upon a yoga class in college and was instantly hooked with the connection between mind, body and movement. After years of taking dance lessons, yoga became a new outlet for creativity and expression. Sara developed a deeper interest in the teachings of yoga as well as the physical asanas, and enrolled in One Point One's 200 hour Teacher Training in the fall of 2016. When not practicing or spending time with friends and family, Sara works as a Program Manager at a robotics medical device company. She hopes to spread the powerful effects of yoga to each and every one of her students. Sara's classes focus on slowing down the breath, quieting the mind, and letting go and flowing to music - just like a dance.
IN MY CLASS, EXPECT: An opportunity for grounding and centering followed by movement and flow. We’ll focus on linking our breath to our movement, using each inhale and exhale to focus on an intention. Come with a sense of excitement and be ready to explore your yoga practice beyond the physical postures. All are welcome.
Hallie Stotsky, ERYT-200
Hallie is a Pittsburgh based Power Vinyasa yoga teacher, new mom, wife, daughter, friend ... and lover of good food and craft beer. She completed her 200-hour training through South Hills Power Yoga in 2013 and allowed it to completely transform her life by diving all in to teaching. She first found yoga her senior year of college at Chatham University as a physical replacement from college sports; but during grad school while earning her MEd from Pitt is when it transformed into the full mind, body, spirit.
When not teaching in the studio Hallie works at Pitt as the Coordinator of the Stress Free Zone, teaching college students the important practice of mindfulness and meditation.
IN MY CLASS, EXPECT: Mindful movements with strength and power incorporated into every class. Instruction will be fun and clear, with options given for everyone. Suitable for all levels.
Joyce Vinzani, RYT-200
A dancer since the age of 5, Joyce discovered that the intentional movement and thoughtful transitions of yoga allowed her to explore her childhood passion in a new and challenging way as an adult. Having attended her first concert at the very young age of 3 months (The Monkees!), she grew up inspired by how music can awaken the mind, energize the body, and even heal the soul. Through unique, progressive flows, her classes explore the fluidity of movement, while her music seeks to empower and uplift students physically and emotionally. Joyce completed her 200-Hour Teacher Training with One Point One Yoga in 2017, and has received further trainings in trauma sensitivity, accessibility, and
IN MY CLASS, EXPECT: An opportunity to move around your mat in unexpected and playful ways. You’ll be encouraged to try new things, but also be supported to confidently choose options that are best for you. Laughter and smiles are always welcome.
Maggie White, ERYT-200
When she was young, Maggie could imagine nothing more embarrassing than having a friend over when the deep, resounding sound of om would explode from her mother’s bedroom, signaling the end of daily home practice. Never did she imagine what a large role yoga would play in her adult life. But because some of us can’t seem to help but turn into our mothers, a dabble in classes in college became a home practice after; and when she moved to Boulder, Colorado in 2009, she fell in love with CorePower Yoga, where she would go on to complete her 200 hour training in 2011.
Since arriving in Pittsburgh in the fall of 2012, Maggie has taught at various studios throughout the city, as well as at special events, with corporate partners, and private clients. After a period of studio ownership and teacher training development, she decided to let the management piece go and return her focus to daily teaching and practice. When structuring a class, Maggie draws on her academic background in theater and literature, approaching each return to the mat as narrative in motion, a chapter of physical storytelling and emotional journey.
IN MY CLASS, EXPECT: Continuous movement with a focus on creative sequencing and transitions. By moving with intention through the spaces between the poses, you will explore a constant return to the notion of presence. Fun, eclectic music will play throughout, encouraging a sense of levity and joy.
Laurnie Wilson, ERYT-200
Laurnie first tiptoed onto a mat in 7th grade, not by choice, but as a requirement during a well-meaning, mandatory relaxation session. As someone with a work first, play later upbringing, she hated every minute of “relaxing” when she could have been productive. Years later, in college, this approach to life bit her in the bum. She was burnt out, stressed out and seeking a deeper understanding of self care. As a result, she found her way back to yoga. Although it was the physical practice that drew her in, the other limbs of yoga were what supported her in refocusing and ultimately redirecting the course of her life. She loved practicing in a studio, and yet, she realized that many wellness spaces lacked the diversity she craved. So, she made the choice to become a yoga teacher herself. Laurnie completed her 200-hr yoga teacher training with One Point One Yoga in 2017 and could not be more grateful for the opportunity to share this practice with others. Since then, she has also become an Ayurvedic coach, weaving ancient wisdom into her understanding of mind, body and spirit. Laurnie is passionate about offering classes that are accessible for all bodies and inclusive for all backgrounds, in a space that is safe for all identities. Ultimately, she enjoys having fun with her practice, leaning into the unknown--on and off of her mat--with curiosity, trust, and a willingness to laugh.
IN MY CLASS, EXPECT: Breathwork, an exploration of functional mobility, and vinyasa without music. We’ll approach movement from many angles, bringing compassionate inquiry to the ways we journey on our mats and in our lives. All are welcome.
Lauren Zito, ERYT-200
I “taught” my first yoga class in high school gym after doing some online videos, not quite knowing where chaturanga dandasana ended and urdhva mukha svanasana began. My practice has grown significantly since then. What was first a way to get physically fit, became a mechanism for deep reflection, allowing me time and space to rebuild. It is a place to find grounding and let go. I take my inspiration from trees, building roots to develop strength, finding my own way to expand. Each time you return to the mat is an opportunity to discover something new about yourself, to develop a new connection or a deeper awareness of who and how you are. My hope is that all students, regardless of experience, feel welcome in class and find their own flow.
IN MY CLASS, EXPECT: A balanced flow, starting slow, as we take time to ground down and ease into movement. I ask students to find moments of subtle strength as we move together, to build their roots first before growing, exploring their mat and always finding time to smile. Suitable for all levels and great for beginners.
Stefanie Zito, ERYT-500
Stefanie began her yoga journey by looking for a low impact workout after a serious bicycle accident. She had initially only expected to approach yoga as another way to safely move and build strength to heal, but soon discovered so much more. This practice has become inseparable from the overall way in which she lives, having become not only a moving meditation, but a lifestyle by which to engage this world with a growing discovery of beauty, spaciousness, and breath. Stefanie is continually both humbled and inspired by this healing and life-changing power of dynamic, joyful, and intentional movement that unites body, mind, and spirit.
IN MY CLASS, EXPECT: A come-as-you-are approach, employing both mindful sequencing and clear instruction with a dash of playfulness. My primary goal is to offer a safe and engaging space for each practitioner to be on the mat, while learning to infuse movement with breath, in search of stability, subtlety, strength, and spaciousness within the body and mind. All are welcome!