SARAH

I began practicing yoga in 2004 to look for a way to relax, deal with stress, and build mental and physical strength. Over the course of ten years, I practiced several different styles of yoga.

In 2010, I found myself in a power vinyasa yoga studio and that is when I had my “ah ha!” moment. My dedication to yoga began at that moment. Put plainly, yoga has changed my life for the better. Through my practice, I have found inner strength and peace and have increased my strength and flexibility. Less than four months later, I became a certified yoga instructor through Amazing Yoga’s teacher training led by Sean and Karen Conley, specializing in power vinyasa flow.  Since then, I have continued my training, completing Baron Baptiste’s level 1 and 2 teacher training. 

I have also had the privilege of attending other trainings to increase my knowledge and practice including training with Greghor Singleton, Clair McDonald and Bryan Kest. On the most basic (and important) level, I became an instructor to share the practice of yoga with others and continue to build the yoga community. 

By way of education, I hold a M.Ed. in early intervention from the University of Pittsburgh and have worked with children with developmental delays. While working in the field, I specialized in Applied Behavioral Analysis and worked as a behavioral specialist with children with autism. 

When not practicing yoga, I enjoy traveling, cooking and spending time with my family.  My husband and business partner Jordan, our two children and I currently live in Oakmont. Sean and Karen Conley along with all of the Amazing Yoga teachers have taught me so much and have inspired me to open Amazing Yoga Oakmont. I look forward to sharing the practice with you.

JORDAN

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I began practicing yoga in 2008 on a mat in my living room. It was actually an MTV yoga DVD (I ought to be honest from the beginning). A few years and many Sun A’s later I followed a petite brunette into an Amazing Yoga studio (it was Sarah) to take my first “real” class. That class cleared up many misconceptions I had of yoga and opened my eyes up to that completely physically exhausted yet mentally clear feeling you get after an AY class.

From then on, my typical workout of strength training and cardio evolved into a consistent yoga practice. Not only did the powerful Amazing Yoga classes help build strength and cardiovascular fitness but my body also felt good after I was done. This was quite a contrast to the years of bench presses and pavement pounding runs where my body was left aching.

After years of practicing, marrying that petite brunette, having two children and coming to greatly respect Sean and Karen Conley, Sarah and I decided to bring the Amazing Yoga community to Oakmont. Together, we hope to share the invigorating and powerful practice of yoga with the community we call home.

When I’m not practicing yoga, I am bringing health and wellness programs to companies. By education, I am an epidemiologist (long for nerd) and have a passion for preventing things like Type 2 diabetes. One day, I hope skiing, food and my family take up 100% of my time (yoga too).

NATALIE

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My first encounter with yoga was in 2003, when I decided to do a 1-credit yoga class in college, just for fun. It was not until 2009 when I first stepped into a hot yoga class. Having sciatic nerve pain and trying to find ways to alleviate the pain was one reason I started regularly practicing yoga. My first hot yoga class was tough – I did not think I would make it through the entire 75 minutes. To my surprise, however, I felt energized and calm, and had some relief from my physical pain. At that point, I could not wait to go back for another class – I was hooked.

I decided to become a teacher, to share my enthusiasm for the practice of yoga and to help others see and feel the same physical and mental transformations that I had experience for myself.  In January 2013, I completed Level 1 Teacher Training here in Pittsburgh, with Amazing yoga.  Then in August 2014 I completed Level 2 Teacher Training in Costa Rica.

I graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor degree in Nutritional Science.  When I am not teaching yoga, I enjoy spending time with family and friends.  I live in Natrona Heights with my husband Eric and our son Noah.  

SARA M.

Having dabbled around with a few different kinds of yoga throughout college, I first found power vinyasa yoga at Amazing Yoga in early 2012 while I was looking for a “good workout.”  Convinced that it would be a supplement to the other forms of exercise I was doing at the time, I bought a 5 class pass, and took all five classes in that first week. I’ve barely missed a day since! 

It wasn’t long before I realized that yoga had changed me not only physically, but in so many other ways too. It has made me a better person than I ever could be without it. On a day to day basis, my yoga practice has helped me to let go of things I can’t change, to live in the moment, and to not sweat the small stuff. The Amazing Yoga community has brought the most amazing people into my life as well, so many of whom I’m now proud to call my friends. 

In 2013, I attended the Baptiste Institute’s Level 1 teacher training in upstate New York and began teaching shortly afterwards. I took Level 2 in October 2015 in Sedona also through the Baptiste Institute. 

In November 2014, I attended Mindful Resilience for Trauma Recovery training for yoga teachers through the Veteran’s Yoga Project. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to share this amazing practice with others!

When I’m not on my mat, I love seeing live music, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. An early riser, you can often find me behind the desk at the Amazing Yoga- Shadyside studio, checking people in for the 6am classes.

LEIGH

My first experience with yoga was in 2007. At the time I was living in San Diego, CA and a good friend of mine was a "yogi".  She always asked me to go with her to Bikrim which I found out later was the hottest, smelliest yoga everrr BUT, I was totally hooked! Since returning to Pittsburgh in 2008, I’ve tried several styles of yoga and I strongly believe that all forms of yoga are healing. I have really found my niche with Power Vinyassa Yoga though!  What they say about yoga...it's all true! I have experienced many (too many to count) positive changes in myself, spiritually, mentally and physically. With all these discoveries, came a deep desire to share the blessings of yoga with others. That’s when I decided to obtain a certification to teach yoga through Karen & Sean Conley at Amazing Yoga in 2011 and on to a further certification through Dominique Ponko at Yoga Flow in 2012.  Although I am a teacher, I will always be student as I am constantly learning from everyone around me. 

By way of education, I attended Duquesne University and have a BA in Media Communications. I also have been taking acting classes:) I perform with a professional Polynesian dance group, love to spend time with my family and friends, travel, workout, eat, pray and meditate and I really just enjoy all that life has to offer. Oh and I love people!

My sweet little family currently resides in Oakmont. My amazing husband Jacques, beautiful son Melaku and you've probably seen us out running with our big white dog, Isis.