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brandy kelley

owner/e-ryt 200 yoga instructor/certified pilates instructor

Energy flows where attention goes. Brandy is a firm believer that by directing our attention toward our true desires,  having a willingness to go with the flow, even if that means venturing out of our comfort zone,  and being receptive to the universe's cues, we play a huge role in manifesting our own destiny.  Opening a Yoga studio has been a dream of Brandy's ever since she received her 200 hour Yoga certification in 2014 from Sangha Center for Yoga and Wellness . Since then, she has taken several scary, yet, exhilarating, life changing leaps, in order to make her dream a reality-opening Shakti Yoga & Pilates! Shakti represents the creative energy that is within us, our intuitive, motivating force, our personal power, and our ability to move and change. To help her students tap into this, Brandy's Yoga classes are based on the energy and needs of the students who show up. She also incorporates astrological and goddess influences, Yoga philosophy, and the wisdom of Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine  (two sciences that teach us that what is going on in nature is also going on inside of us) to help her students feel more balanced as they move through their own changes.  Brandy also completed her Comprehensive Pilates certification through Lates Pilates. The positive mental, emotional, and physical changes that she's experienced through Yoga have been greatly enhanced with Pilates, and she's thrilled to offer this classic practice to you.  Brandy hopes that the energy she's put into Shakti will help to set a spark off within you too!

matthew

matthew duggan

ryt 200 yoga instructor

Slow and steady. Useful advice for races and your practice. Although he received his 200 hr. RYT in a Power Yoga program, Matthew takes a more deliberate approach to his practice. Find the pose, settle in, hold it. Nothing too flashy, just tried and tested asanas to help you discover a whole new level of your practice.

rosemary

rosemary volosin

ryt 500 yoga instructor

Rosemary has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training in June of 2016. The program had an emphasis on the philosophy and meta physical aspects of yoga. During her training, she was introduced to Qi Gong, and Tai Chi, which shares many similarities to yoga in that they are both healing arts. She completed her 200 hour Qi Gong/Tai Chi instructor training with Head Master Michael Leone of Zen Wellness in spring of 2018. She continued her training with Zen Wellness, and in the spring of 2021, completed her 500 hour YTT and 500 hour Qi Gong and Tai Chi instructor certifications. With over 20 years of experience as a nurse practitioner, she appreciates blending eastern and western medicine. Her focus is to share the benefits of these healing, living arts with others. The goal is to gain and maintain a healthy mind body connection, finding both one’s center and one’s edge by practicing postures, movement and breath work. This is a  skillful means of self- care. It increases strength, balance, mobility, stability and grace, and gives us the opportunity to quiet the mind and connect to our true nature.

Lexi

lexi thrower

ryt 200 yoga instructor

Lexi started practicing yoga during her teenage years in search of another way to challenge herself through exercise. She fell in love with the way yoga challenged her both physically and mentally. In 2016, she completed her 200-hour teacher training at BYS yoga in the South Side of Pittsburgh. Since then, she has been instructing different types of yoga to individuals of all levels and ages. This includes leading a yoga program at a summer camp, instructing different athletic groups and organizations at Slippery Rock University, and teaching vinyasa yoga and yin yoga at various studios. Outside of the studio, you can find Lexi spending time with her family, going to the beach, or taking trips to Disney World. You can also find her furthering her academics by working towards her M.S. in Exercise Physiology. 

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victoria mcwilliams

ryt 200 yoga instructor

Hello, my name is Victoria Mcwilliams. I grew up in Phoenix Arizona where I was fully immersed
in the competitive dance world. I continued to study dance in College where I received my
bachelors of fine arts from Point Park University. Following my graduation I traveled to Chicago
where I danced professionally. This time I spent dedicated to dance taught me about
movement, physicality, and the way our bodies move in accordance to our anatomy.
I was first introduced to yoga at a very young age, my aunt is a yoga instructor and I used to
beg to take her class, picture an 8 year old in a room of grown women, I loved it even then! After
college in 2016 is when I started to practice yoga regularly at a local studio. It was not long
before I realized the incredible impact yoga had on both my mental and physical health. Having
struggled with poor relationships with my body and food, I soon found that yoga gave me a new
perspective on the world and my relationship to it.
I completed my 200 hour yoga certification in summer of 2019, and have been teaching in
studio ever since. I have worked in humanitarian and social work where I have received many
trainings in trauma informed care. I feel this approach is so important while teaching yoga and
have become passionate about incorporating it into my practice. I have studied in the Spiritual
Alchemy Academy where I have had the opportunity to learn about our inner workings, spiritual
transformation and how we all connect to one another and the cosmos above. I am also
currently in training to become certified in Kundalini Yoga through the instruction of Guru Singh
at Kundalini University. I am so happy to be teaching here at Shakti Yoga and Pilates! I hope to
see you on the mat!

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cierra paschal

ryt 200 yoga instructor, cpt

Cierra completed her yoga training at the Kula Kamala Foundation in 2018. There, she was immersed in the Yogic lifestyle and learned how to guide others through a practice focused on nourishing the mind, body, and spirit. In her classes at Shakti Yoga, you will find a balance of heat-building, cooling, grounding, and uplifting sessions that will inspire you toward feeling like the highest version of yourself. 

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sherry marentay

ryt 200 yoga instructor, lcsw

Sherry Marentay is a licensed clinical social worker. She has provided mental health counseling to
individuals and couples for over 20 years. Sherry found yoga for herself and has been practicing for over
10 years. It was through her own practice that she found the benefits of yoga on a mental, physical and
emotional level. She decided that this was something that she would like to offer the people that she
works with in counseling as well and further her own practice. In 2021 she attended and completed her
200 hour certification training at One Point One in Pittsburgh. Her classes involve mindful movement
and breath work activating the effects of the practice on our emotional and mental well-being. She
creates a safe space for individuals to find themselves and be present in the here and now.