Hi! I’m Tonimarie! I found yoga when I graduated high school in 2004 with the help of my mother. It took one class for me to be hooked. I found my mat to be my safe place and I always wanted to be on it. After going to college for interior design and cosmetology, and not really loving it, I decided my true love was yoga, and I couldn’t go a day without being on my mat. In 2013 I went to teacher training and received my 200-hour certification at Cleveland Yoga, in Cleveland Ohio, under the tutelage of Tami Schneider. I taught for 2.5 years before moving to Pittsburgh in September 2015 to start my family. My style of teaching is heavily inspired by Baron Baptiste and his power yoga but I prefer a mix of power vinyasa and restorative – I like to push and test the strength of the body yet allow enough time to relax the body as well…knowing when to slow down is a beautiful thing! When I am not teaching yoga, you can find me hanging with my son Remy and boyfriend listening to music and having dance parties! Can't wait to see you on your mat :)
Cassie began her yoga journey in 2011. After developing a consistent practice she realized a deep love to share yoga with the community around her. In 2014 she completed her 200-hour teacher training through South Hills Power Yoga under the instruction of Stacey Vespaziani, Darcy Lyle, Jennifer Lee, and L A Finfinger. Cassie is a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance (200RYT). With a strong belief in life-long learning she has taken a variety of trainings and workshops. She finds her greatest inspiration from Baron Baptiste, Elena Brower, Erica Jago, and Mari Sierra.
Cassie loves teaching all levels of students and believes yoga should be made accessible for everyone. Inspired by her mentors she helped organize Free Yoga at her local Carnegie Library as well as taught “pay what you can” classes in the community.
A strong believer in the transformative power of breath and movement and mindfulness. She seeks to uplift humanity through her art, meditation and practice/instruction of yoga. It is her intention to honor the ancient wisdom of yoga in her classes by focusing on breath and presence.
When Cassie isn’t on her mat you can find her exploring the beauty of nature, most likely traveling somewhere new with her fiancé, Brandon.
Hello, my name is Erika, you can also call me EJ! Yoga captured my interest when I was about 15, I was inspired to go to my first class that my former chiropractor taught. After that, I was hooked! The benefits I absorbed were plentiful and I became Level I & Level II trained through YogaFit. On a physical level, yoga helps improve flexibility, strength, balance, and endurance. On a psychological level, yoga helps to cultivate mindfulness by shifting your awareness to the sensations, thoughts, and emotions that accompany a given pose or exercise. I am gratefully able to say that the mental strength I’ve acquired from yoga & meditation exceeded my expectations. One of my favorite things to do along with my classes is gather the coolest, chillest playlist of music to go with our poses. I love gathering input from my students for things they want to work on. Away from yoga, I’m a full-time college student at CCAC. I am majoring in cyber-security with a certificate in computer forensics. I nanny, clean houses, dog/house sit, and also teach classes at the YMCA & Body Revolution. I also enjoy weightlifting at the gym accompanied with yoga. I play piano, ice skate, play video games, watch Netflix, and I love adventuring in warm weather!
Tish began her yoga journey in 2009, finding the mat after the encouragement of a friend to help her cope with a change of age and ease her mild anxiety. Funny enough, Lindsay was one of her first teachers at a small space in Lower Burrell! With more and more practice, Tish realized that yoga was transforming her from the inside out as she learned to breathe deeply and steady her own mind. In 2016, Tish completed a 200-hour teacher training under the tutelage of Joni Sturgill at the Brain Health Center and is a registered yoga teacher (200 RYT) through Yoga Alliance. Her classes are for all people, giving people the gift of wellness though gentle and restorative practices that guide the mind and body on a journey of physical and mental relaxation, always moving mindfully and slowly. A scientist at heart, Tish has a BS in Health Science and certifications in Cytology and Molecular Biology, and her teaching comes from an analytical approach. She strongly believes that a healthy lifestyle includes taking care of one’s self through proper nutrition, regular medical checkups, and daily exercise that engages the mind and body. Off the mat, Tish studied Tae Kwon Do under Grand Master Philip Ameris and Father Robert Connolly and earned 2 black belts. Tish enjoys hanging out with her husband, family and friends. In addition to practicing yoga, Tish also loves to bike, walk, travel, attends Pirate games and musicals.
Identifying herself as a “heights” girl, Lindsay is so excited to have a sacred space dedicated only to the transformative power of yoga available in her hometown community! Previously a dancer, Lindsay realized the importance of connecting to her body through movement at a young age. She dabbled in yoga for years, but it was in her early 20s when dance phased out of her life that yoga truly entered. She was hooked for life after her very first hot, sweaty, DIFFICULT, yet amazing class at Yoga Flow Murrysville in 2008. After a year of practice, Lindsay sought out teacher training, obtaining Level I, Level II, and Pre-Natal certifications through YogaFit and began teaching in her community at various local gyms and dance studios. It was in 2012 that she completed her 200-hour teacher training through Yoga Flow under the tutelage of Dominique Ponko and became a registered yoga teacher (200RYT) with Yoga Alliance. Since then, Lindsay has added Meditation training by Joni Sturgill and a Kids certification through YogaFit and continues to attend many other workshops and trainings. Lindsay’s classes focus on both the physical and subtle body set to the flow of breath and the beat of music. She always encourages growth and play on the mat by offering challenging poses but ensures that all postures are taken with a heavy anatomical approach and body mindfulness. Off the mat you can find Lindsay working alongside her dad at Peters Funeral Home in the Heights or homesteading in Freeport with her husband, Eli, their two kids, Bing and Remi, dog, cat, and 7 chickens!
Ashley actively started practicing yoga in 2014, finding a way to cope with emotions from everyday life and past trauma. She learned the beauty of connecting the mind with the body to neutralize emotion and grant a deeper recognition and appreciation for the blessings in her life. Ashley is currently finishing her 200 hour teacher training through Yoga Flow under the tutelage of Dominique Ponko and will became a registered yoga teacher (200RYT) with Yoga Alliance at the end of summer 2017. Ashley will be teaching our $5 Community Classes until her training is complete but she finds that her yoga teaching style favors the traditional flow of yoga with a fun musical twist – and she loves giving adjustments! Ashley leads a life filled with compassionate energy and strength. Outside of yoga, she works full-time at Wesco Distribution in Station Square, is a wife to Dustin and mom of 2 beautiful children, Brooks and Annabelle, plus her dog!
Lexi got introduced to yoga in her teenage years and fell in love with the practice and what it did for her life and well-being that she completed her 200 hour teacher training in 2016 through the Pittsburgh Classical Yoga Vinyasa Teacher Training at BYS Yoga in Pittsburgh under the instruction of Lynn Rescigno and became a registered yoga teacher (200RYT) with Yoga Alliance. Lexi’s teaching style includes giving lots of different variations of poses for her students to try and she also likes to incorporate a theme for each class. She also specializes in Teen Yoga, giving to other teens what her instructors did for her in those difficult growing years not that long ago. When not on her mat Lexi enjoys going to the beach, reading, and kayaking – or you can find her studying Exercise Science at Butler Community College.
Ang began her yoga journey over 8 years ago when one of her closest friends convinced her to go to a heated vinyasa class in Shadyside at Yoga Flow. At the time, she was extremely nervous knowing that she had never gone to a yoga class before. But after that first class, she was hooked and took class weekly for years. After experiencing a sudden loss of someone who she was very close with, she really began to rely on yoga as her therapy. It helped heal her heart and it was her place to be calm, breathe and cry with no worries of being judged. It quickly became her sanctuary. It didn’t take long for her to get this burning desire to share this wonderful practice with everyone she knew. If it helped her in her lowest, it could help anyone! She completed her 200 hour training with Yoga Flow in 2014 under the direction of Dominique Ponko and became a registered yoga teacher (200RYT) with Yoga Alliance. Off the mat, you can find Ang hanging out with her boyfriend, traveling the world or hanging out with her friends. She can’t wait to share all the wonderful benefits of yoga with all of you!
Amanda took her first yoga class in college and vowed she would not return. After a few years, three knee surgeries and a suggestion from her doctor that she use yoga as part of her physical therapy routine, she returned to her mat in 2008, and found a new appreciation and love for yoga. She found a way to heal and nourish herself, find calmness and breathe. Drawing on both physical and mental strength Amanda found that yoga is truly the integration of mind, body and spirit. It has taught her to release the stresses of everyday life, and to focus on being present in the moment. Amanda completed her RYT-200 at Yoga Flow under the direction of Dominique Ponko in the spring of 2013, and she looks forward to sharing her love and passion for yoga with others. When not on her mat you can find Amanda teaching Barre or spin classes, in the ceramics studio, boxing, spending time with family and friends, or at the park with her dogs.