Leta Koontz, E-RYT, has been studying yoga since 1998. Her first instructor
was Lori Brungard. Leta has trained at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute
in Mysore, India, and has been certified to teach yoga by the Himalayan Institute.
She also completed Ashtanga Yoga teacher training with Tim Miller. Leta is the
founder of Schoolhouse Yoga.
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Linda Meacci, E-RYT, is one of Pittsburgh’s most experienced therapeutic yoga instructors. She is a gifted communicator and teacher who recognizes the great potential within each individual, drawing upon her experience as performing artist, athlete, and yogi to create a safe, yet challenging environment for self-exploration.
Students thrive on Linda’s innovative teaching style—she synthesizes principles of yoga, movement disciplines and therapeutic bodywork to adeptly guide students to the “Aha!” moment. Her instruction is clear, pinpointed and infused with enthusiasm, compassion and joy.
Linda draws inspiration from a wide range of teachings and yoga styles, taking elements of each to craft an instructional approach that best serves her students. In addition to teaching weekly classes and private sessions, Linda also facilitates workshops, Teacher Training sessions and destination retreats that can be taken for continuing education credits. Off the mat, Linda thrives on a love of nature, travel and her spiritual path, Surat Shabda Yoga.
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Kendell began her practice of yoga in 1993 during her graduate studies in Cinncinati. She found that the
practice gave her peace of mind and focus during the stress of her MFA program. Kendell discovered Kundalini
yoga while living in Los Angeles and fell in love with the invigorating and meditative healing aspects of the
practice. In 2005 she began teaching yoga in Pittsburgh and completed her 200 hour teacher training with Joanne
VandenHengel in 2008. Over the years she has practiced several different styles of yoga, but her love of combining
Kundalini yoga with flowing hatha yoga is what fuels her practice and her classes. Her classes are designed to
work the body by using various sun salutations and hatha yoga postures, calm the mind with breath and meditation
techniques and heal the soul through positive affirmations and invigorating Kundalini exercises.
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Richard Gartner, RYT, is one of Pittsburgh's most resourceful, knowledgeable
and uplifting yoga teachers. His instructions are accurate without
being finicky. He fosters a non-dogmatic and compassionate attitude
about students' faculty and circumstances.
The teachings fuse traditional posture and breathwork with
contemporary anatomy and bodywork. It draws from all forms of yoga,
trigger-point therapy, mindfulness techniques and common sense.
Richard is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga
Alliance. His workshops can be taken for continuing education credit.
My love of yoga has grown through years of studying under precise instructions of alignment
from Iyengar trained teachers, and beautiful metaphors from Rodney Yee, which he has collected
over the years from his instructors. I teach my students to explore and witness the potential
for change and to empower them to live in the body in which they currently reside. To accept
the body as it is today, but to know that a change can be affected when a dialogue occurs with
the body, mind, breath and soul.
Joni Sturgill, RYT, has been studying yoga and meditation since 1999 and earned her
200 hour teacher certification through 3rd Street Yoga in 2006. Joni’s continued
studies with Max Strom, Judith Lasater, Pema Chodron, and her teachers at Kripalu
have inspired her to help students transform through breathwork, meditation, alignment
and movement. Helping people manage their stress and recover from injuries is a
passion of Joni's. In October of 2013, Joni will graduate with her ERYT 500 hour
certification from Kripalu. She teaches monthly meditation workshops and restorative
yoga workshops at Schoolhouse. Joni is a certified holistic health counselor and is
also currently working on a Master's in Counseling Psychology.
Laurie has a strong background in gymnastics and has competed in triathlons. In 2003,
she discovered Schoolhouse Yoga and became inspired to study yoga. She has studied
with Manju Jois, Angelique Sneeden, Tim Miller, and Doug Swenson. Laurie completed
teacher trainings in Ashtanga yoga with both David Swenson and Tim Miller.
Becky Mingo has been practicing Ashtanga yoga since 1995. She traveled to India in 1999 to
study with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Becky has studied locally with Lori Brungard and Angelique
Sneeden. In her travels, she has studied and taken workshops with Chuck Miller, Maty Ezraty,
Doug Swenson, Sharon Gannon and David Life. Before discovering yoga, Becky spend years
studying dance, primarily ballet. She has been teaching yoga since 2001, her focus is a
traditional Ashtanga practice.
Jen Clark, RYT, began her study of Ashtanga yoga in Denver, Colorado in 1998 and
afterwards has gone on to study many styles of yoga. Since giving birth to two baby
girls, she realized the immeasurable benefits that yoga has on the body and soul.
Jen is grateful to have studied with Max Strom, David Swenson, Doug Swenson, Desiree
Rumbaugh and others all of whom have influenced her teaching style. She loves to
incorporate different yoga styles that come together in a vinyasa (flow) style class.
Jen hopes that all of her students gain both a sense of peacefulness and strength
with their yoga practice. Jen completed her 200 hour teacher training program through
3rd Street Yoga School.
Brenda Maser enjoys sharing her love of yoga with her students, encouraging them to challenge
their bodies, quiet their minds, open their hearts and take the practice of yoga off
the mat and into their lives. Brenda, RYT, completed the Schoolhouse Yoga Teacher
Training Program and has been an enthusiastic yoga practitioner since 2001. Her hope
is that each student will experience the joy and amazing benefits of yoga.
Karleen Preator, RYT, began practicing yoga in 1977 and completed her teacher training with
3rd Street Yoga in 2010, continuing her training with Max Strom, Theresa Murphy,
Doug Keller, and our own Richard Gartner. Karleen brings her passion for movement, fitness,
and humor into her classes, with the intention to challenge the body and calm the mind.
She provides detailed instructions to allow students of every level to enjoy the yoga
experience and emphasizes the personal practice of yoga as the perfect practice. When
not practicing yoga (or working), Karleen spends her time running, hiking, skiing, and kayaking.
Mita Ghosal completed the 500 Hour Professional Program through Yoga Works in Los
Angeles where she was a regular teacher on the schedule for many years. She has been
practicing Ashtanga since 2005 and has studied this system under the late Sri K Pattabhi
Jois, his grandson Sharat as well as many other gifted Ashtanga teachers including
Richard Freeman, Heather Duplex, Joel Bender and Kino McGregor. A former professional
dancer, Mita brings her love of movement and knowledge of the body to her teaching.
She hopes to inspire her students to find joy, self-awareness and compassion through
Kristie Lindblom, RYT200, RYT500, is a registered instructor with Yoga Alliance
and a Certified Yoga Therapist specializing in chronic disease. She began her
journey with Yoga in 1994 with Marina Votta and has been honored to receive the
teachings of Bob and Cindi Barton, Cheri Clampett, Arturo Peal, Donna Farhi, and
Laurel Hodory, among others. After receiving her BFA in Dance from Point Park
University in 2003 along with a BA in Education, her dance career ended abruptly
when she had a defibrillator/pacemaker placed as a result of a congenital heart
condition. She found her daily practice a sustaining constant that carried her
through that life altering experience, which led her to her passion of sharing
the healing qualities of yoga. Her classes are breath focused, empowering, and
healing as she infuses them with a combination of western scientific knowledge and
ancient yogic wisdom. In addition to her Hatha and Therapeutic yoga training,
Kristie holds a certification in Dynamic Pregnancy Prenatal Yoga™, and is
trained in Highmark’s Discover Relaxation With I/II. Kristie is especially honored
to work with the Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reducing Heart Disease as a Stress Management
Specialist and instructor at Pittsburgh's branch of the American Heart Association.
Diane Dice, E-RYT, began practicing yoga in 1999 with Ruth Rittenhouse of the Himalayan
Institute of Pittsburgh in both the Sivananda and Himalayan Traditions. The strength,
flexibility and peace she found through her personal practice inspired her to pursue
a 200-hour teacher training certificate with Joanne VandenHengel at Schoolhouse Yoga.
Diane's background in engineering and business management contribute to her analytical
style and her ability to craft effective classes and techniques for the busy lives we
all lead. Her goal in every class is to create a safe environment with clear instruction
so that her students are empowered to make the most of every moment.
Laura Herrmann is a licensed massage therapist and certified yoga
instructor. She began practicing yoga in 2003 and completed her 200 hour teacher training
through Schoolhouse Yoga in 2010. Previously, Laura attended the University of Pittsburgh
where she earned degrees in English Literature and Linguistics. Her yoga classes typically
include a blend of vigorous vinyasa to warm and tone the muscles, a focus on anatomy to
enhance body awareness and improve structural alignment, and the deep releases of yin yoga
to stretch the connective tissue and invite relaxation. Her classes are challenging, but
remain suitable for all levels. Ever inspired by the beauty of movement and the wisdom
of change, Laura often spends her free time in nature, gardening, dancing, and traveling.
Abby Ritter, RYT, is a 500 hour certified Hatha Yoga teacher trained through the Himalayan Instituite. Abby believes in the importance of subtle body work, and often
incorporates agni sara, aswini mudra and mula bandha into her classes. She enjoys teaching students of any skill level or ability.
Presently, she is in the midst of completing her Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist training through the Himalayan Instituite.
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Discovering yoga in 2009, Lizzie had a devout practice full of transcendance and reformation before becoming a 200-hour certified teacher, some years later. The calling to teach still remains about packaging a practice that is achievable to all who step through the door, with a particular emphashis on personal reclamation and recovery. With a blend of vinyasa and hatha/somatic influences, the intention of instruction is to allow the practitioner to find a sense of expansion and individual expression within the confines of their own body. Lizzie has expertise in working with the trauma-affected individual and works to bring yoga to those who might not have access to it ordinarily within the community.
Lizzie grew up in New York City and New England and is a visual/graphic artist and mother of two children and three cats. She has no prolific academic background by conventional standards, and this punctuates what she believes is the strongest message she consciously and unconsciously conveys via her classes--you are valid, no matter what!
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Joanna was first introduced to yoga in 2000 by her college roommate as a way to deepen her mediation practice.
She strongly connected to the idea of yoga as a moving meditation and as a vehicle to mindfulness, and completed
her 200 hour teacher training through CorePower Yoga in Boulder, Colorado in 2009. Joanna loves to share the benefit of yoga
with absolutely everyone, and truly believes we all can and should find our own practice. Her classes are welcoming, fun, playful,
and challenging, and emphasize breath, intention, and gratitude for ourselves and our community.
Eva found yoga in 2009, discovering vinyasa yoga and expanding her yoga knowledge with an Iyengar and Ashtanga based 200-hour teacher training through Yogaworks. She is passionate about exploring our
yoga practice as a way to discover new things about ourselves to apply in our daily lives, and help us all be more loving, compassionate, and mindful. Her classes focus on movement with alignment, breath,
and yoga philosophy. Through dedicated practice on and off the mat, she hopes to help others live their best life.
Laura began practicing in 2007 completely unaware of how yoga would change her body, mind, and outlook on life. She completed 200 hour YogaWorks Teacher Training with the intention of helping others find strength, flexibility, and space to breathe on and off the mat. Laura’s classes are primarily alignment-based Vinyasa, drawing from her mixed personal practice of Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Vinyasa yoga. Along the way, she discovered the need for some yin alongside the yang of a strength-based practice, and also loves to share the peaceful power of yin yoga with others.
Amy’s classes are a challenging, breath-centric practice. She combines her trainings in Vinyasa and Viniyoga to teach classes that are traditional with movement. Amy will complete her 500hr RYT certification as an AVI Certified Yoga Wellness Instructor and Viniyoga Teacher at the end of this year. She will then continue her study in Viniyoga for Yoga Therapy. Amy feels so fortunate to learn from her teacher Gary Kraftsow, who studied for many years directly under Sri T. Krisnamacarya and T.K.V. Desikachar.
After she became a RN, and reading multiple medical journal articles on the benefits of yoga, she was inspired to attend her first yoga class. While practicing yoga, she was able to find her own joy, peace and spiritual growth. She is currently working on her BSN at Duquesne University so that she can become a certified Holistic Nurse. She also works at the Ayurveda Integrative Wellness Center.
Amy is excited and grateful to share her continuing journey and wants to teach yoga that is accessible to anyone who seeks physical, mental, and spiritual well-being regardless of limitations due to injury and health conditions.
Bailey Zembower-Borrow began her yoga practice at age 13 and is eager to share with others the balance, peace, and confidence that yoga has provided for her from a young age. Bailey completed the 200 hour teacher training at Schoolhouse Yoga while finishing her Master's in Counseling Psychology. Bailey believes in the power of practicing non-judgment and seeks to share self-acceptance and the joy of yoga with her students. She has completed and presented research related to the effects of yoga and mindfulness meditation on the positive psychological characteristics of college females as well as yoga as a therapeutic intervention for clinicians who work with trauma. As a therapist, Bailey specializes in working with children and adolescents and often uses yoga as a therapeutic tool. From energetic preschoolers to troubled teenagers and everywhere beyond and in between, it is Bailey's mission as a yoga instructor to create playful, upbeat classes with pace and postures accessible for everyone!
Jamie DeMarco began practicing yoga in 2007. A former gymnast, she was initially drawn to this practice
because of its union of strength, flexibility, and balance. Over the years her love and appreciation
of yoga has grown exponentially, with deeper knowledge of not just the physical, but also the mental
benefits. Jamie received her Level 1 teacher training through Amazing Yoga in 2014. She then sought
out Schoolhouse Yoga in 2015 to receive her 200 hour teacher training. Jamie received her Doctorate
in Physical Therapy from the University of Pittsburgh in 2005. She brings a strong anatomical focus
to the practice and is knowledgable in modifications for those students suffering injuries.
She is currently pursuing her Professional Yoga Therapist certification. Jamie resides in Wexford with
her husband and two children.
Jennifer began practicing Yoga in New York at Life in Motion Studio and fell in love with Jivamukti
and Bhakti Yoga. After practicing for many years, Jennifer completed her Teacher Training with
Joanne VandenHengel and Third Street Yoga in 2012. Jennifer’s classes combine a lovely mix of
challenging poses that flow with a meditative and spiritual aspect. Drawing on her experience
as a professional actress, Jennifer brings creativity and humour to the mat and to her students,
and believes that yoga is a way to physical, mental and spiritual enlightenment and peace, and
heals not only the practitioner, but the world. Jennifer specializes in Yoga 1, Yoga 2, Mommy
and Me, and Yoga Groove/Move (yoga with a little infusion of dance). When not teaching Yoga
at Schoolhouse, Jennifer teaches at Duquesne University, likes to dance, and serves as the
artistic director of Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks.
Zo de Runtz
Zo de Runtz, RYT, turned to yoga, over 20 years ago, to help restore her body after
childbirth, and provide peace of mind amidst the challenges of raising three children.
Over the years, she has studied various styles of yoga, with various teachers, including
Max Strom, Ravi Singh and Ana Brett, Amy Weintraub, and many of the teachers at Schoolhouse
Yoga; she also studies the writings of Pema Chodron and Thich Naht Hanh. Zo completed
her 200 hour teacher training at Schoolhouse Yoga in 2015; and completed the Veterans Yoga
Project, Level 1 training in 2016. Zo's classes blend breathwork, asana, meditation,
Kundalini kriyas, humour, and silence. She is passionate about yoga's role in helping to
alleviate symptoms of trauma. She encourages students to move with and explore their own
breath, their own bodies, their own yoga, both on and off the mat. She is eternally grateful
to Gideon Enz for opening her eyes, heart, and soul to the beauty of practice.
Stefanie began her yoga journey in 2010 by looking for a low impact workout upon recovering from
a serious bicycle accident. Originally, she had only expected to approach yoga as another way to
safely move, heal, and build strength, but what she discovered was so much more. This practice has
become inseparable from the overall way in which lives. Yoga has become not only a moving meditation,
but a lifestyle by which she engages the world with a growing discovery of beauty, spaciousness,
and breath. Stefanie is continually humbled and inspired by this healing and life-changing power
of dynamic, joyful, and intentional movement that unites body, mind, and spirit. Stefanie is a
500-hour YogaWorks certified instructor. She is also certified to teach Love Your Brain friendly
classes, which specialize in work with TBI survivors.
Jill Clary, RYT, began practicing yoga in 2003 when weekly classes were offered through her workplace.
She developed a regular yoga practice both at home and in local studios and in 2015 completed the
Schoolhouse Yoga Teacher Training program. She is a firm believer that yoga is for everyone and
her classes, combining different yoga styles such as Ashtanga, Kundalini, and Yin, along with
breath work and meditation, move from slow to a challenging flow. She welcomes you to her classes.