Sharon Beddard-Hess, E-RYT 500
IMG_1085Sharon has been studying and instructing yoga for thirty-five years. Her training has been with teachers from many different disciplines; Judith Lasater, Rodney Yee, Dean Lerner, Manuso Manos among a few. She is certified in restorative yoga “Relax and Renew” through Judith Lasater and has worked with Sarah Powers, “Insight Yoga Training” focusing on Eastern approaches to healing and well-being. Sharon’s classes are an eclectic mix of all the teachers she has studied with. Her classes are thought to be both gentle and challenging. Her ability to differentiate instruction is very evident in her teaching techniques. Attention is given to body alignment and the integration of the breath and movement. Restorative poses and a deep relaxation are also an important part of every class. The end result is a positive feeling toward life and health.
Carol McClenahan, RYT 200

Carol has enjoyed teaching yoga for 30 years, including yoga for persons with special needs. She received her training at an ashram in Florida and has refined her teaching skills by attending workshops throughout the country and in Jaipur, India. In addition to teaching at Yoga in Sewickley, she taught for the Dr. Dean Ornish Program for reversing heart disease at Allegheny General Hospital. Carol is registered with Yoga Alliance and a member of International Association of Yoga Therapists.

Terri L. Neese, E-RYT 500

Terri was lead down the path of yoga over 10 years ago after a lifelong interest in physical fitness and good health. Making the commitment to learn more she now commits to co- facilitating teacher training at the 200 and 500 hour levels. Taking an interest and respect for all the lineages, as well as the philosophy and history behind this practice her class will leave you with more than just a yoga class. With a great interest in the details of anatomy and muscular energy she has trained with many master yoga teachers as well as worked with physical therapists and doctors to get the most informed information to keep students safe and healthy while practicing. Terri considers every student another opportunity to learn as she modifies and adapts the classes for the individual needs.

Laura Mastorrocco, RYT-200

Laura has been sharing her passion for yoga with students since 2009 when she taught in Michigan. Her background in Iyengar, Vinyasa and Anusara Yoga flavor her practice. She deepened her practice at Schoolhouse Yoga in East Liberty where she learned a more therapeutic approach to yoga and received her 200-hour training. Off the mat, Laura strives to apply the principles of yoga to her life and the strength, flexibility and relaxed state that she gains from her practice to improve her distance running, mountain biking and skiing.

Kristin Coy, RYT-200

Kristin’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. Kristin completed her Vinyasa-focused 200-hour teacher training at Pure Yoga NYC, under the tutelage of lead instructors Kay Kay Clivio (Forrest Yoga) and Adam Vitolo (Iyengar), followed by a 100-hour mentorship under Kay Kay. Kristin brings a variety of styles and influences into her classes, including Meditation, Iyengar-influenced Alignment, Yin, and Restorative Yoga. She has also completed a number of meditation trainings and is also a certified Reiki 1 practitioner.

Carol Beck, RYT-500

Carol began practicing yoga in 1998 and began teaching in 2002 after completing over 650 hours of intense teacher training. Carol continues to enhance her training by studying with a variety of yoga teachers. Her classes are structured so one can learn to face the challenges of life with a calm breath, a steady mind, and balance. Carol encourages and supports yoga as a tool for deepening inner body awareness through the breath.

 Martha Karipin, RYT-500

Martha Karipin, a musician and an educator, came to yoga in 2003 hoping to improve her general health. She was immediately attracted to the spiritual qualities of the practice and since then has explored yoga and music as a pathway to deep inner awareness. She has attended workshops with Desire Rumbaugh, Judith Lasater, Max Strom, Erich Schiffmann, and other nationally known teachers. Her greatest enjoyment comes when students discover their own inner teacher and indicate an awareness for the healing aspects of breath and movement to unite body, mind, and spirit.