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! 

joane wire why do you love yoga?  while I love the physicality of yoga, the reason I come back to my mat is what it does for me mentally and emotionally. it’s through breath, movement and REALLY being in the present moment during practice that I find clarity of heart and soul. the layers shed allowing more compassion, openness and understanding of both self and others. for me, yoga continues to be a powerful journey of rediscovery. as for the defined arms−total bonus. what can we expect from your class? expect a fun and challenging flow to build strength, balance, flexibility and stamina. I encourage you to explore your limits, tune into your body and nudge your edge. I’m less worried about kicking your ass than kicking your mind. When you come toe to toe with yourself on your mat, you realize you have the power to do anything. 

joane wire

why do you love yoga? 

while I love the physicality of yoga, the reason I come back to my mat is what it does for me mentally and emotionally. it’s through breath, movement and REALLY being in the present moment during practice that I find clarity of heart and soul. the layers shed allowing more compassion, openness and understanding of both self and others. for me, yoga continues to be a powerful journey of rediscovery. as for the defined arms−total bonus.

what can we expect from your class?

expect a fun and challenging flow to build strength, balance, flexibility and stamina. I encourage you to explore your limits, tune into your body and nudge your edge. I’m less worried about kicking your ass than kicking your mind. When you come toe to toe with yourself on your mat, you realize you have the power to do anything. 

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 breath, 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 breath, arouse new potentials, and yes, get pretty sweaty.

reka juhasz (pronounced ray-ka)  why do you love yoga? I don't know if you can love something that you feel is an integral part of you. do you love breathing? I would rather answer the question "why do you keep going back to your mat?" and the answer is because I am whole on my mat. I go there for superficial reasons—wanting a better body, selfish reasons—to be alone and connect with me only, but at the end it's always about so much more. I don't quite feel this at peace anywhere else–yoga resets me. what can we expect from your class?  badass assists. and for the rest, well, I like to leave room for magic.

reka juhasz (pronounced ray-ka) 

why do you love yoga?

I don't know if you can love something that you feel is an integral part of you. do you love breathing? I would rather answer the question "why do you keep going back to your mat?" and the answer is because I am whole on my mat. I go there for superficial reasons—wanting a better body, selfish reasons—to be alone and connect with me only, but at the end it's always about so much more. I don't quite feel this at peace anywhere else–yoga resets me.

what can we expect from your class? 

badass assists. and for the rest, well, I like to leave room for magic.

sara barry why do you love yoga? my yoga journey began in 2008.  one day I woke up with serious back pain, and realized that I had spent the last year doing nothing but going to work and sleeping, attempting to heal and grieve a loss that I still cope with every day. in attempt to alleviate that physical pain, I went to my first yoga class. and then I went to another. and the journey continued. step by step yoga provided the bridge through which I could come back to life and continue forward, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  that's why I love yoga.  yoga is whatever you need it to be. it is a bridge and a path. I completed yoga teacher training in 2014, intending only to advance my own practice and never to actually "teach."  the path surprised me again, however.  I learn so much from each and every participant in a class.  it truly is a joy and a privilege to instruct, and brings me into the present in a way few other things can. what can we expect from your class? students should expect to be challenged with me, but perhaps not in the way they expect. we are here to feel stronger, lighter, and a sense of freedom difficult to achieve through other means. to me that means having fun and being joyful! we'll work from the outside in with the postures, the inside out through our awareness, and meet in the middle through our breath. the only thing required is that you show up, breathe, and begin to open up to the knowledge that you truly are powerful beyond measure.

sara barry

why do you love yoga?

my yoga journey began in 2008.  one day I woke up with serious back pain, and realized that I had spent the last year doing nothing but going to work and sleeping, attempting to heal and grieve a loss that I still cope with every day. in attempt to alleviate that physical pain, I went to my first yoga class. and then I went to another. and the journey continued. step by step yoga provided the bridge through which I could come back to life and continue forward, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  that's why I love yoga.  yoga is whatever you need it to be. it is a bridge and a path.

I completed yoga teacher training in 2014, intending only to advance my own practice and never to actually "teach."  the path surprised me again, however.  I learn so much from each and every participant in a class.  it truly is a joy and a privilege to instruct, and brings me into the present in a way few other things can.

what can we expect from your class?

students should expect to be challenged with me, but perhaps not in the way they expect. we are here to feel stronger, lighter, and a sense of freedom difficult to achieve through other means. to me that means having fun and being joyful! we'll work from the outside in with the postures, the inside out through our awareness, and meet in the middle through our breath. the only thing required is that you show up, breathe, and begin to open up to the knowledge that you truly are powerful beyond measure.

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.