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Amie

Yoga

Amie first found yoga as a way to manage migraines, anxiety and depression but quickly fell in love with the overall peace and calm it brought into her life. After experiencing the positive effects of yoga firsthand, she wanted to teach to help others find balance in their lives too. Amie completed a yin yoga immersion with Katherine Zitterbart, a 200 hour training in power vinyasa and traditional hot (Bikram/Ghosh style) yoga with Erin Annarella-Kreidler of The Yoga Folk and a Buti Yoga Certification. She hopes to help others understand yoga, to not be nervous or have misconceptions like she once did. To realize that we all have our battles, but what you learn in class translates to everyday situations and we don't have to be so hard on ourselves, or each other. She hopes to foster a safe and welcoming environment at I Am Yoga and is grateful for the amazing community there. ​When not in the studio, you can find Amie volunteering with Biggies Bullies, enjoying all things Pittsburgh and spending time with her husband, Adam, and their two cats Winston and Penny.

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CASSANDRA

Yoga


Meet Cassandra! She is strong in her yoga. This yoga called ‘asana’ is of the physical nature. She is also very strong in yoga of the mind ‘Raja yoga’. Kirtan (mantra) is a useful tool for this. Flexibility with forgiveness are the keys to self improvement found in this yoga practice. Cassandra finds truth in the here and now. Yoga brings out the good in everyone who practices with (+) intentions! 

Cassandra is certificated and/or studied in: 
Power Flow - Amazing Yoga (April 2017) 
PyroPilates - Missy Barrett-Jones (2017)
Yin Yoga - Katherine Zitterbart (2017)
26/2 Method by Rebecca Rankin’s personal guidance (2018)
Yoga Balancing Workshops with Erin Annarella-Kreidler (2018) 
26/2 Workshops w/ Mary Jarvis (2018) 
Additional Yoga Fun by Michael Lübbert (2018-present)

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Because yoga can often feel a little intimidating, Joyce understands the importance of creating a kind, nonjudgmental space for students to explore yoga in a way that honors their own bodies. With a childhood deeply rooted in music and dance, she offers unheated classes set to music that will awaken and invigorate your soul as you move through unique, progressive flows designed to ignite your inner fire. Intentional movements and thoughtful transitions will have you moving 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.  While Joyce’s classes unite physical asana with heartfelt intentions, she always allows the opportunity for laughter – usually brought on by her corny jokes – during practice as a way to lighten the heaviness that can exist in and around us. She completed her 200-Hour Vinyasa Teacher Training with One Point One Yoga in 2017, and has received further trainings in trauma sensitivity, accessibility, functional movement, and restorative techniques and methodologies. Outside of yoga, Joyce works for Actors’ Equity Association based in New York City. She enjoys obsessing over her French Bulldog Slater, seeing live music, and drinking all of the bubble tea. 

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Yoga & Pilates

At the core of her being, Kelly is a teacher. Her years of formally teaching English, Spanish, Portuguese, kindergarten, and first grade have laid a strong foundation for Kelly to truly communicate fitness material to her students. In 2017, Kelly made the move into teaching fitness and views the body as just another language to learn. She is certified in Classical Pilates, Power Vinyasa Yoga, and the HIIT/Pilates blend of PyroPilates. In her classes, you will hear dialogue that speaks to both the anatomy of the body and the way we think about the experiences we are having in our bodies. She will encourage you to meet your body exactly where it is at and challenge yourself at your own pace. Kelly believes that while we come together in class for connection and shared energy, we are also all responsible for tuning in to ourselves and moving in our bodies with care and intention. Some days are days to push a little harder, and some days are days to hold a little back. Kelly aspires to make her classes accessible to all ages and abilities and she hopes you will join her on the mat soon! 


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Lauren

Yoga 

Lauren continually surrenders to a life that is filled with unconditional love, fun, laughter, family, friends, knowledge, grace, the teachings and the practice of yoga, time well spent, meaningful connections/relationships, vitality and endless opportunity. Lauren's first yoga experience in 2008 was uncomfortable, foreign, but also pleasantly indescribable. It has been said you have got to lose your mind to find your heart so she returned back to her mat in 2009 when she knew she needed something. She began meditating. Meditation inspired breath work, breath work inspired the physical practice. The physical practice inspired love; love inspired the desire to share. Lauren began teaching in 2011, she completed her 200-RYT through Studio Oxygen in Canfield, OH. Although she was trained Baptiste Power, she integrates her interest of psychology, psychophysiology, Buddhism, self-discovery and life questions and offerings into her classes. You can expect a challenging, awareness-provoking, powerfully peaceful experience. Lauren also holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Anthropology from Youngstown State University. 

Meredith

Pilates

Hi! My name is Meredith and I am thrilled to join I Am Yoga’s team as a hot Pilates instructor. I was introduced to the world of yoga while working as a travel nurse in Los Angeles. My body didn’t appreciate all the years of high impact exercises I grew up with, so I knew I needed to change my routine. Some friends suggested I go with them to a heated vinyasa class and I fell in love with it. After relocating back to Pittsburgh, I continued my yoga practice at I Am Yoga. When hot Pilates was introduced to the studio, I knew I found my niche. The high intensity and loud music combined with the low impact and mindfulness (plus a hot room) was the perfect mix of qualities I used to love in a workout and what I now appreciate from yoga. I completed Inferno Hot Pilates teacher training under the creator of the Hot Pilates movement, Gabriella Walters. When I’m not beside you sweating it out, you can find me at Children’s Hospital where I work full-time as a nurse. See you all on the mat!

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At her first hot yoga class, Mica couldn’t fully raise her left arm for Standing Bow. She came to the practice with injuries from riding as a bike courier and severe carpal tunnel from years of playing instruments. Over time, the yoga healed both her shoulder and wrists. 18 years later, she still has full range of motion in her shoulder and plays guitar pain-free. In 2012, Mica graduated magna cum laude from UC Berkeley with a BA in English and rhetoric. That summer, she earned her 200-hour Yoga Alliance teaching certificate in Southern California. In 2017, Mica graduated from UC Hastings College of the Law with a JD in social justice. Post-graduation, she moved to Pittsburgh for a fellowship in women's rights law. Mica passed the Pennsylvania bar in November 2017, and plans on making Pittsburgh her permanent home.

Originally from Boston, Mica is a professional singer-songwriter. She has two full-length solo CDs and has won numerous songwriting competitions. Her original music is featured in the syndicated TV series Ghost Whisperer. Mica enjoys Goodwill hunting; road adventures; supernatural horror flicks with her partner, Tim; running stairs in her north-side mountain neighborhood; vegan cooking; reading heady historical fiction; and—of course—yoga.

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Michael

Yoga

By bringing attention to how and why yoga works for us, Michael helps his students to transcend the physical practice and make positive shifts in their lives. Practicing for nine years and teaching since 2011, he completed his 200 hour training with Yoga to the People in NYC. He seizes every opportunity to share the beauty that Yoga has helped him to experience. He completed his 500 hour training with Philip Urso and Live, Love, Teach, with whom he is presently a facilitator-in-training. LLT has inspired him to develop a new model for more fully incorporating the 8 Limbs of Yoga and the teachings of Eckhart Tolle into a Flow class–taking the practice beyond the physical, using breath as an energetic conduit for connection of mental/emotional awareness with visceral sensations felt in the body. Michael placed first in the PA state regional, 2016 USA YogaAsana Championship and participated in nationals last May. When not on the mat, Michael is a musician and poet.

As a performer he has opened up for national acts such as The Flaming Lips, Wiz Khalif, and Andrew WK. His ongoing documentary project is called Yoga Pilgrims: an opened sourced film of interviews with diverse yogis, Yoga classes in unexpected locations, and the message that Yoga is Love.

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ELISHA

Yoga & Pilates

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Jenny began her yoga practice in 2008 after a serious injury to her spine; suffering a broken neck, C6 and C7 after diving in shallow water. After the injury was healed, she had no access to physical therapy. So, she Googled ways to help herself and found Bikram Yoga. She discovered that the practice healed so much more than her spine.

Jenny took her first training in Los Angeles under the Bikram method in 2012; and intense two month training. She has continued her education into Vinyasa and Restorative styles at I Am Yoga in 2016.

Jenny has taught all ages and all types of people; from children as young as 5 to seniors as old as 97. She has managed studios, created new communities, and taught to thousands of students. Jenny's approach to yoga is to make it fun - so students see and feel results and enjoy the journey to its full potential! 


With a background in yoga, dance and gymnastics, Buti Yoga was a natural fit for Elisha but it wasn't until after a traumatic surgery for endometriosis in 2015 that she decided to take the leap and get certified in Buti Yoga in 2016. She was looking for a way to heal her body from the inside out and to reconnect to herself. Holistic, thorough, and accepting, Elisha encourages her students to push themselves while listening to their bodies. 

One of her favorite things about teaching is watching people light up when they try something new and fall in love with what their body is capable of. She earned the nickname Gumby in college for her flexibility, but don’t let that intimidate you; she strongly believes yoga is for every body.   

Elisha recently completed her RYT 200 in July of 2017 and her certification in DEEP by Buti in September 2017. Elisha has been a Butisattva for five years. Elisha is a social worker by day. 

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Veronica

Sierra

After completing her undergrad from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Veronica knew she needed a dynamic workout that would combat the daily stress of the 21st century. She found vinyasa yoga shortly after graduation in 2009 where she fell in love with the practice and became inspired to share the benefits of yoga with others. In January of 2012, she obtained her RYT 200. Yoga has helped Veronica foster a positive outlook on life while increasing her self-esteem, strength, and mindfulness on and off of her mat. She hopes that you will find her classes to be grounding, energizing and challenging. When Veronica is not at the studio, you may find her spending time with her two cats and pit mix, cooking new recipes to share with family and friends, or volunteering with her favorite rescue, Biggies Bullies. (photo credit: http://www.jennykarlssonphotography.com/)

Sierra, a dancer since the age of 3, studied various styles of dance with a foundation in ballet. She has been moving in some way, shape, or form her entire life until she and her husband decided to start their family. After the birth of their third child, knew she needed to get moving again and to feel comfortable in her own skin. It took a little while to become disciplined and keep a steady routine, but once Sierra was introduced to Buti Yoga she was hooked and has been a certified instructor since December 2017. In June 2019, Sierra continued her movement journey by attending the Buti Sculpt+Bands Certification and is currently the only certified Buti Sculpt+Bands instructor in the Pittsburgh area! Sierra resides in Brookline with her husband Ed, their three children Lilianna, Valentina, and Leonardo and their Daschund-Chihuahua mix, Jack.

Katelyn

In 2010, Katelyn discovered her love for yoga through a Yoga 101 college course. She was first drawn to yoga because of her background in dance but fell in love when she discovered how much it helped with mental health. She completed her RYT-200 in 2012 with Moonglow Yoga in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Now, she uses yoga as a way to stay mentally fit and encourages others to do the same. When she’s not doing yoga, she’s working as a barista, reading psychological thrillers and watching documentaries. She is a mental health advocate and is open to sharing her own experiences with hopes of helping others. Katelyn works to make each one her classes a kind and open atmosphere where any yogi can feel comfortable being themselves.

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Myra

Yoga

Certified in various lineages of hatha yoga as well as different forms of meditation and alternative healing techniques, Myra brings a calm and thoughtful approach to every student. “I want to create a welcoming and accepting environment for people to get what they need from their yoga class whether they are experienced practitioners or brand new students , so they can heal, breathe, stretch, and bring more joy to life." Myra is a lifelong fitness and outdoor sports enthusiast, has taught abroad and at various US locations with a special fondness for Pittsburgh. She is also an occasional judge for USA Yoga competitions.

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Amber

Yoga

Yoga has been a part of my life for over 6 years, and my practice has helped me grow stronger, more flexible and mindful, both on and off the mat. I started my training with Baron Baptiste in 2017, and received my 200 hour from Pure Yoga in New York City in 2019. As a teacher my goal is to help others feel balanced on and off their mat by combining body, mind, soul, and movement. 

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Kelly

Joyce