anaka davis why do you love yoga? the reason i love yoga is because of it's integration of breath, mind, and body. yoga was the practice that empowered me when life handed over the biggest challenges i've ever had to face: cancer, lupus, and drug addiction. through baptiste classes and methodology, i learned how to reclaim power and discipline, and the feelings i continue to encounter, embody, and release through this practice are real and raw. what can we expect from your class? you can expect my classes to ask you to get deep. deep in breath, mind, and especially deep in the body. each flow is designed to call for deep core activation, proper spinal movements, and entire body integration. here you will leave something on your mat and in turn walk out with a greater understanding about yourself. there is a lot of power in holding asana when your mind begins to question or sense self-doubt, expect to persevere and ignite your determination in the discipline of this practice. 

anaka davis

why do you love yoga?

the reason i love yoga is because of it's integration of breath, mind, and body. yoga was the practice that empowered me when life handed over the biggest challenges i've ever had to face: cancer, lupus, and drug addiction. through baptiste classes and methodology, i learned how to reclaim power and discipline, and the feelings i continue to encounter, embody, and release through this practice are real and raw.

what can we expect from your class?

you can expect my classes to ask you to get deep. deep in breath, mind, and especially deep in the body. each flow is designed to call for deep core activation, proper spinal movements, and entire body integration. here you will leave something on your mat and in turn walk out with a greater understanding about yourself. there is a lot of power in holding asana when your mind begins to question or sense self-doubt, expect to persevere and ignite your determination in the discipline of this practice. 

anna shearer why do you love yoga? i love yoga because it's all encompassing. the practice on the mat translates so beautifully to the human experience off the mat. through the use of the physical postures, breath work, and meditation I have seen such a shift in my health, my internal dialogue, my relationships, how I approach and handle a challenge, and much more. i also love yoga because it's accumulative - it may take quite a while before something dials in...and when it does it will likely feel like a miracle, but the reality is that you've been putting in the dedicated work for some time and the benefits of that work have been adding up all along! what can we expect from your class? a flow that will challenge you in a compassionate way. i am known for shouting out 'awesome,' and 'heck yeah,' when students go for it and step outside of their comfort zone, even if it doesn't work. growth happens in the moments of exploration where we are most vulnerable and yet completely willing to face "failure." to me, there is no bigger success than facing the unknown with that kind of courage! 

anna shearer

why do you love yoga?

i love yoga because it's all encompassing. the practice on the mat translates so beautifully to the human experience off the mat. through the use of the physical postures, breath work, and meditation I have seen such a shift in my health, my internal dialogue, my relationships, how I approach and handle a challenge, and much more. i also love yoga because it's accumulative - it may take quite a while before something dials in...and when it does it will likely feel like a miracle, but the reality is that you've been putting in the dedicated work for some time and the benefits of that work have been adding up all along!

what can we expect from your class?

a flow that will challenge you in a compassionate way. i am known for shouting out 'awesome,' and 'heck yeah,' when students go for it and step outside of their comfort zone, even if it doesn't work. growth happens in the moments of exploration where we are most vulnerable and yet completely willing to face "failure." to me, there is no bigger success than facing the unknown with that kind of courage! 

erin foor why do you love yoga? i first arrived on my yoga mat seeking the benefits of a physical practice, which i feel a lot of folks do. though as my practice continued, i found that i kept heading back to my mat not just for the physical challenge but for the growth and clarity that transcended from my mat into my everyday life. whether it be challenges at work, in relationships, or any of the other beautiful complexities of life i am lucky to experience, yoga is a powerful instrument in helping tame my everyday monkey mind :)  i also love how every time i step on my mat i discover something new, a posture, something about my physical body, or a mental shift...whatever it is that day, it's pretty exciting stuff!  what can we expect from your class? a smiling face and a powerful class that will leave students feeling empowered, grounded, and (since 6am's are my jam) ready to tackle the day!

erin foor

why do you love yoga?

i first arrived on my yoga mat seeking the benefits of a physical practice, which i feel a lot of folks do. though as my practice continued, i found that i kept heading back to my mat not just for the physical challenge but for the growth and clarity that transcended from my mat into my everyday life. whether it be challenges at work, in relationships, or any of the other beautiful complexities of life i am lucky to experience, yoga is a powerful instrument in helping tame my everyday monkey mind :)  i also love how every time i step on my mat i discover something new, a posture, something about my physical body, or a mental shift...whatever it is that day, it's pretty exciting stuff! 

what can we expect from your class?

a smiling face and a powerful class that will leave students feeling empowered, grounded, and (since 6am's are my jam) ready to tackle the day!

laura jarzab why do you love yoga? i love yoga because it's challenging and empowering! i may fall or never get something perfectly, but that is the best part: yoga isn't about being perfect at all. what it is about is finding my edge, my internal fire and exceeding even my own expectations for myself. i also love it because yoga is not only a physical practice on my mat but something i practice throughout the day, everywhere I go. over the years i've seen my progression first hand mentally and physically, and i’ve learned and grown from this practice more than i ever could have imagined. it forces me to be thoughtful and ask myself "why?” through all that i do. why am i pushing myself? why am i holding back? yoga helps me answer that. it’s about what your body needs, what your soul needs, and honoring that every single day.  what can we expect from your class? challenges, sass, sweat, and smiles :)

laura jarzab

why do you love yoga?

i love yoga because it's challenging and empowering! i may fall or never get something perfectly, but that is the best part: yoga isn't about being perfect at all. what it is about is finding my edge, my internal fire and exceeding even my own expectations for myself. i also love it because yoga is not only a physical practice on my mat but something i practice throughout the day, everywhere I go. over the years i've seen my progression first hand mentally and physically, and i’ve learned and grown from this practice more than i ever could have imagined. it forces me to be thoughtful and ask myself "why?” through all that i do. why am i pushing myself? why am i holding back? yoga helps me answer that. it’s about what your body needs, what your soul needs, and honoring that every single day. 

what can we expect from your class?

challenges, sass, sweat, and smiles :)

m'le leach why do you love yoga? what i love about yoga is that there is always room for growth. there’s so much to explore and so much to learn. the physical challenge always brings me to my mat, but the mental challenge keeps me there. i love the moment when you notice yourself getting tired and wanting to back off… so you find the power to dig a little deeper, and then once you realize your leg isn’t going to fall off, you smile… because you remember how awesome you are. that’s my favorite. what can we expect from your class? sweat puddles and giggles tied into sneak attack challenges to keep things spicy, with a lovely balance of sweetness. 

m'le leach

why do you love yoga?

what i love about yoga is that there is always room for growth. there’s so much to explore and so much to learn. the physical challenge always brings me to my mat, but the mental challenge keeps me there. i love the moment when you notice yourself getting tired and wanting to back off… so you find the power to dig a little deeper, and then once you realize your leg isn’t going to fall off, you smile… because you remember how awesome you are. that’s my favorite.

what can we expect from your class?

sweat puddles and giggles tied into sneak attack challenges to keep things spicy, with a lovely balance of sweetness. 

matt parente why do you love yoga? I love yoga for its challenges. it challenges every aspect of my life. yoga is the union of mind, body and soul and always proves to be a challenge when trying to balance them in this hectic life we love and live. whatever the struggle may be yoga can be the vehicle to finding a solution. it's not easy and when it feels like it's getting easier there are new and exciting challenges awaiting. what can we expect from your class? in my class you can expect to be challenged in all aspects of your life. physically, sure no problem. you will work hard, you will sweat, and you will be challenged mentally in a loving way that encourages you to push yourself beyond what you once thought was possible. once you begin to break the barriers of the body and mind you will start to see glimpses of your soul that will help guide you in all areas of life–on and off the mat. 

matt parente

why do you love yoga?

I love yoga for its challenges. it challenges every aspect of my life. yoga is the union of mind, body and soul and always proves to be a challenge when trying to balance them in this hectic life we love and live. whatever the struggle may be yoga can be the vehicle to finding a solution. it's not easy and when it feels like it's getting easier there are new and exciting challenges awaiting.

what can we expect from your class?

in my class you can expect to be challenged in all aspects of your life. physically, sure no problem. you will work hard, you will sweat, and you will be challenged mentally in a loving way that encourages you to push yourself beyond what you once thought was possible. once you begin to break the barriers of the body and mind you will start to see glimpses of your soul that will help guide you in all areas of life–on and off the mat. 

natalia calzada why do you love yoga? my yoga journey began in equal parts in studios in morgantown, wv and pittsburgh during my last year of college. I did not know what I was seeking until having found it in yoga; and thus, it was love from the very beginning. I was inspired by the symbiotic changes yoga produced in my body, mind and spirit. not only did I experience the power of physical asana, but I found solace in the meditative component of yoga. I was struck by how I was able to quiet my mind and find tranquility. many teachers have inspired me over the last couple years, but I have always felt a basal connection to a power vinyasa flow. this inclination ultimately led to my decision to formally train with baron baptiste. as a perpetual student of yoga, I am constantly learning new ways to challenge and empower others. what can we expect from your class? students can expect a strong flow where we will breathe, arouse new potentials, and yes, get pretty sweaty.

natalia calzada

why do you love yoga?

my yoga journey began in equal parts in studios in morgantown, wv and pittsburgh during my last year of college. I did not know what I was seeking until having found it in yoga; and thus, it was love from the very beginning. I was inspired by the symbiotic changes yoga produced in my body, mind and spirit. not only did I experience the power of physical asana, but I found solace in the meditative component of yoga. I was struck by how I was able to quiet my mind and find tranquility. many teachers have inspired me over the last couple years, but I have always felt a basal connection to a power vinyasa flow. this inclination ultimately led to my decision to formally train with baron baptiste. as a perpetual student of yoga, I am constantly learning new ways to challenge and empower others.

what can we expect from your class?

students can expect a strong flow where we will breathe, arouse new potentials, and yes, get pretty sweaty.

tori reynolds why do you love yoga? this question makes me think of a time early on when I realized I was no longer just “going to yoga.” the more I practiced, the more I could see that everything was connected to each other and itself, and the separation I once believed in was not actually there. I got to know myself better, released a good amount of resistance I had to what life could offer me, and felt a new found sense of fluidity ease into my existence. so what I first thought of as the missing piece of the puzzle turned out to be the whole puzzle put together, and once you figure that out there’s really no going back.  what can we expect from your class? simplicity in thought, creativity in movement. I like to challenge myself and my students in ways that feel just different enough to keep you on your toes, but still carry a sense of familiarity. I’m also a firm believer in not overwhelming my students with information. in my opinion, we are often walking into a class with a lot on our plate. so if we have enough overload going on in our minds, we probably don’t need more. I like to give everyone just enough of the details to keep them engaged and moving in a way that will leave them wondering where the time went. 

tori reynolds

why do you love yoga?

this question makes me think of a time early on when I realized I was no longer just “going to yoga.” the more I practiced, the more I could see that everything was connected to each other and itself, and the separation I once believed in was not actually there. I got to know myself better, released a good amount of resistance I had to what life could offer me, and felt a new found sense of fluidity ease into my existence. so what I first thought of as the missing piece of the puzzle turned out to be the whole puzzle put together, and once you figure that out there’s really no going back. 

what can we expect from your class?

simplicity in thought, creativity in movement. I like to challenge myself and my students in ways that feel just different enough to keep you on your toes, but still carry a sense of familiarity. I’m also a firm believer in not overwhelming my students with information. in my opinion, we are often walking into a class with a lot on our plate. so if we have enough overload going on in our minds, we probably don’t need more. I like to give everyone just enough of the details to keep them engaged and moving in a way that will leave them wondering where the time went.