meet our team

at speakeasy, we strive to teach you yoga classes that are strong, safe, educational, and empowering. this is the crew that will do just that!


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 furderer why do you love yoga? i love yoga because as my practice continues, more wonderful layers are revealed. i started yoga as exercise to lose weight, but over time it has become so much more. yoga is a way of life. yoga teaches me to breathe when i’m overwhelmed, meditate when i can’t sit still, move when i want to be docile, and look inward when i want to escape. even better i can take yoga with me anywhere and everywhere i go. i can practice by myself or surrounded by a beautiful community. and since yoga is a lifetime journey, i cannot wait for the next layer to be revealed.  what can we expect from your class? expect to be nurtured but pushed to your edge. i will challenge you and make you smile. i am light-hearted and bring that to the room. i want you to leave feeling fulfilled, light, and very sweaty.

anna furderer

why do you love yoga?

i love yoga because as my practice continues, more wonderful layers are revealed. i started yoga as exercise to lose weight, but over time it has become so much more. yoga is a way of life. yoga teaches me to breathe when i’m overwhelmed, meditate when i can’t sit still, move when i want to be docile, and look inward when i want to escape. even better i can take yoga with me anywhere and everywhere i go. i can practice by myself or surrounded by a beautiful community. and since yoga is a lifetime journey, i cannot wait for the next layer to be revealed. 

what can we expect from your class?

expect to be nurtured but pushed to your edge. i will challenge you and make you smile. i am light-hearted and bring that to the room. i want you to leave feeling fulfilled, light, and very sweaty.

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!

hope collins why do you love yoga? i was first introduced to yoga several years ago as a physical therapy technique after i had been in a car accident. almost right away yoga helped me feel better and recoup strength, but it also taught me so much more. i fell in love with learning how to really breathe, with using that breath to build strength, cultivate mental awareness, and overcome challenges… and now i’ve fallen in love with teaching it to others!   what can we expect from your class? my class will offer a powerful practice that will help you find your best breath and link it to each movement. this is powerful because cultivating a strong, intentional breath pattern can help you push through mental blocks and physically accomplish things you didn’t know you were capable of. yoga is for every body, and my hope is that you will leave my class feeling refreshed and ready to take on your next big adventure for the day.

hope collins

why do you love yoga?

i was first introduced to yoga several years ago as a physical therapy technique after i had been in a car accident. almost right away yoga helped me feel better and recoup strength, but it also taught me so much more. i fell in love with learning how to really breathe, with using that breath to build strength, cultivate mental awareness, and overcome challenges… and now i’ve fallen in love with teaching it to others!  

what can we expect from your class?

my class will offer a powerful practice that will help you find your best breath and link it to each movement. this is powerful because cultivating a strong, intentional breath pattern can help you push through mental blocks and physically accomplish things you didn’t know you were capable of. yoga is for every body, and my hope is that you will leave my class feeling refreshed and ready to take on your next big adventure for the day.

krista stevic why do you love yoga? yoga is my get away. my place I can run to when things feel chaotic and i need to reconnect. but it’s also my safe haven, where i can go when everything is so great and i just need to reflect, or wallow in the good energy. it pushes me when i need pushed and lets me relax when i need that. more times than not, it does both in the same class. what can we expect from your class? in my classes, i try to bring all of that (mentioned above) to the table. i truly believe it is vital for students to get to know their bodies enough to feel comfortable to take what they need and to leave anything they don’t. so I create a space in each practice where students are able to push themselves and get a great work out, but to also feel their energy and give themselves the love they deserve.

krista stevic

why do you love yoga?

yoga is my get away. my place I can run to when things feel chaotic and i need to reconnect. but it’s also my safe haven, where i can go when everything is so great and i just need to reflect, or wallow in the good energy. it pushes me when i need pushed and lets me relax when i need that. more times than not, it does both in the same class.

what can we expect from your class?

in my classes, i try to bring all of that (mentioned above) to the table. i truly believe it is vital for students to get to know their bodies enough to feel comfortable to take what they need and to leave anything they don’t. so I create a space in each practice where students are able to push themselves and get a great work out, but to also feel their energy and give themselves the love they deserve.

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 :)

lindsay dalton why do you love yoga? i love yoga because it’s all encompassing. initially i went into it looking to get a good workout, but quickly realized i was in store for so much more than that. i find a sense of home on my mat. no matter what my day looks like, or what state my emotions are in, there’s nothing like knowing i have my practice and breath to lean on. it reminds me that everything is exactly as it should be in the present moment. yoga helps me to surrender to what is, and has helped me recognize and honor the interconnectedness of all things. i’ve learned how to unconditionally love myself, which translates into every single thing that i do, on and off the mat. what can we expect from your class? you can expect a challenging yet sustainable and well rounded sequence that works for your body. i like to remind how my students how personal the yoga practice is, and to move in way that works for you. a place for you to show yourself some love, and to dive deeper within your practice in a way that leaves you feeling confident and ready to take on anything life throws at you.

lindsay dalton

why do you love yoga?

i love yoga because it’s all encompassing. initially i went into it looking to get a good workout, but quickly realized i was in store for so much more than that. i find a sense of home on my mat. no matter what my day looks like, or what state my emotions are in, there’s nothing like knowing i have my practice and breath to lean on. it reminds me that everything is exactly as it should be in the present moment. yoga helps me to surrender to what is, and has helped me recognize and honor the interconnectedness of all things. i’ve learned how to unconditionally love myself, which translates into every single thing that i do, on and off the mat.

what can we expect from your class?

you can expect a challenging yet sustainable and well rounded sequence that works for your body. i like to remind how my students how personal the yoga practice is, and to move in way that works for you. a place for you to show yourself some love, and to dive deeper within your practice in a way that leaves you feeling confident and ready to take on anything life throws at you.

m'le leach why do you love yoga? i love yoga because there’s infinite depths. no matter how i’m feeling day to day, i know i can step on my mat and feel better... and some days it’s okay to not be okay, and when i step on my mat there is no judgement towards what i’m holding onto. i love the challenges, the dedication, but most of all, i love yoga because it helped me love me. yoga guided me in finding the confidence to be myself, which was harder to learn than any pose i’ve ever practiced. in turn, learning more about myself has helped me be more open and accepting to those around me. devoting my life to this practice was one of the best decisions i ever made, and i can’t wait to experience the next depth. what can we expect from your class? i like a good challenge just like everyone else, but i know that every day is different and some days you just need support. so expect enough information to keep you engaged, space to be and feel whatever it is today, and a few really bad jokes (maybe even interpretive dance.. who knows?!?)  because I can’t help myself. i want everyone to leave class feeling better than when they came in. not stiff. not like they need to rest for 3 days. but fully engaged in the moment, and ready for the rest of the day.

m'le leach

why do you love yoga?

i love yoga because there’s infinite depths. no matter how i’m feeling day to day, i know i can step on my mat and feel better... and some days it’s okay to not be okay, and when i step on my mat there is no judgement towards what i’m holding onto. i love the challenges, the dedication, but most of all, i love yoga because it helped me love me. yoga guided me in finding the confidence to be myself, which was harder to learn than any pose i’ve ever practiced. in turn, learning more about myself has helped me be more open and accepting to those around me. devoting my life to this practice was one of the best decisions i ever made, and i can’t wait to experience the next depth.

what can we expect from your class?

i like a good challenge just like everyone else, but i know that every day is different and some days you just need support. so expect enough information to keep you engaged, space to be and feel whatever it is today, and a few really bad jokes (maybe even interpretive dance.. who knows?!?)  because I can’t help myself. i want everyone to leave class feeling better than when they came in. not stiff. not like they need to rest for 3 days. but fully engaged in the moment, and ready for the rest of the day.

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.