Totally Yoga's Class Instructors
Connie began practicing yoga in 2007 to add variety into her exercise routine. She quickly became passionate about yoga and fully dedicated to her practice. Yoga has totally transformed her mind, body and soul and allowed for self-discovery. She has furthered her vinyasa flow practice over the years by taking countless hours from teachers across the states.
She received her certification through Yoga Flow in Pgh, Pa and is registered through Yoga Alliance. She looks forward to helping other yogis embark on their journey of finding inner strength and peace. Through each breath, she aims to inspire her students to advance not only their practice on the mat but their lives outside of the classroom. Her own practice has shown her to become a more mindful, appreciative person beyond the yoga mat, and she hopes to show fellow yogis how to do the same.
Yoga first found Derek Martin through a significant other in late 2008. Awkward and inflexible, he kept what one could call a consistently irregular practice in his dormitory living room. Only after attending community yoga classes at the Dormont library did Derek experience the energy of peoples' movement & breathe to cues of a teacher in real time. In his teaching he emphasizes the importance of breath and it's vital connection to slow, purposeful movement.
He completed his teacher training at the 200 hour level through South Hills Power Yoga under the instruction of Stacey Vespaziani, LA Finfinger, Darcy Lyle, and Jen Lee. He thanks his mentors and teachers at SHPY for their knowledge and insight as well as all those who come to yoga for contributing to the vibrant, powerful culture that it is.
Jennine walked into her first power vinyasa yoga class with a friend in the spring of 2011. After spending years taking dance classes up until college, she struggled to find a form of physical activity that could fill the void of dance. However, Jennine was immediately drawn to the intensity of yoga and started practicing several times a week. During the summer of 2012, Jennine attended Level 1 Teacher Training with Amazing Yoga in Tulum, Mexico. Initially she attended training to deepen her practice and expand her knowledge, but learned that she also wanted to share the power of yoga with everyone. She has since attended numerous workshops and completed three 30-day yoga challenges.
In March of 2013, Jennine and a few friends organized a yoga benefit class in memory of a good friend, Ryan Gebler, who had recently lost his battle with cancer. Teaching a benefit class filled with so much positive energy and excitement assured the fact that continuing to teach yoga was essential. Jennine believes that yoga has the ability to empower anyone to let go of things holding them back. Yoga has a lasting effect on the mind and body and it is much more than just exercise, it is an experience.
Aside from teaching and practicing yoga, Jennine works as a Cost Analyst for Del Monte Foods in the North Shore. She enjoys spending time with friends and family during her free time.
Ashlee's training has been a mix of formal education and reverent self-study. She apprenticed under Lynn Rescigno of Pittsburgh's Bend Yoga and is certified through YogaFit.
Ashlee began her yoga practice at the age of fifteen. During college in 2008, she traveled to Hyderabad, India and studied with Guru VBVN Rao. She started teaching yoga at the University of Pittsburgh in 2009 under the direction of Susan Gillis-Kruman.
In 2010, Ashlee spent six months in Hawai'i living in and teaching yoga at an artist co-housing community and ecovillage. There she discovered AcroYoga, a blend of partner acrobatics and yoga, and continues to incorporate its aspects of subtle body awareness and self-trust into her classes.
Ashlee draws inspiration from many teachers and styles, including Meghan Currie, Bryan Kest, Sharon Gannon and David Life, Acro, Anusara, Ashtanga and Jivamukti.
Brian has been a student of movement based practice startign in his teens with martial arts. The connection to yoga was instant after his first hot yoga class and proceeded to learn as much as he could, through workshops, retreats and online resources. Taking the leap to teach was the next logical step, completing his 200 hour training with YogaFlow in Pittburgh.
As in the martial arts, yoga is a teacher student pass down, as a teacher you constantly better yourself so that your students then gain knowledge.