Joy In Movement Studio

 

Our studio is a place to embrace movement of all kinds leading to a healthier and happier community.

 

We want everyone who walks into our door to feel welcome, encouraged, motivated and eager to return.  Whether you are looking for a place to sweat it out in a power yoga class, want to get your feet wet using dance as exercise  or looking for yoga foundations and increased flexibility, you will find your movement here. 

Emily Christian-Michaels

Owner/Manager

What brings you joy?

Seeing people smile, being a doula and family.

Emily lives in Bellevue with her husband Sam, two boys Ellington and Bowie, dog and two cats.  She created Joy In Movement to further a sense of community around a healthy lifestyle and exercise. She feels that everyone can benefit from finding ways to move their bodies that brings them joy and health. 

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Ali Long

Instructor

What brings you joy?

Music, movement, and strong relationships bring me unbridled joy!

Ali first started practicing yoga seriously to find light during a dark time in graduate school for music. She repeatedly turned to her mat seeking a judgement-free place to find presence, joy, and light during a time of a lot of rejection and criticism. After moving away from her support network to become a public school music teacher, Ali found the yoga community to be so comforting and welcoming-- it is at this time that she started considering sharing this gift with others. She was already a teacher and loved yoga, so why not combine the two! Ali attended a yoga class with her disabled sister where her eyes were opened to just how many people she could reach with this gift, and she was sold! Ali completed her 200 hr YTT at One Point One Yoga in Pittsburgh, PA in January 2020. She also completed an Adaptive Yoga Training at Yoga Home in Conshohocken, PA. 

 

In my classes expect something for everyone! We will start slow, finding ease first, building into a strong, structured flow often leading to a peak pose. I will offer many adaptations and modifications to make every yogi feel welcome in my class. Class will end with a sweet, juicy savasana that will send you home smiling and peaceful.

Lauren Armanious

Instructor

What brings you joy?

My husband, my family, my friends, and the ability to teach others things that I am passionate about bring me so much joy for which I am continually grateful.

After graduating college in 2010, and enduring countless injuries from playing collegiate softball, Lauren began to turn to anything that would assist her achy body. Her sister encouraged the idea of practicing yoga.  The first few classes were extremely challenging but the practice of yoga soon became part of her lifestyle. 

 

Lauren implements yoga as her main workout; practicing all styles of yoga 3-5 times a week for the past 10 years. However, the idea of yoga challenging and calming the mind and using breath work to energize the spirit took longer to apply, yet yielded powerful results.  She completed her YTT 200 hour training in 2020 from One Point One Yoga in Pittsburgh and immediately took to the well rounded, breath focused, and classically rooted approach to yoga to which Lauren was so deeply attracted.  

 

Lauren uses her ballet and athletic background in creating her sequences.  You can expect a well paced and fluid practice that focuses on linking the breath to movement, arriving at challenging yet interchangeable poses, with invigorating music to add to the theme of each class.  She holds a Masters in Teaching and works at Mount Pleasant Area School District as a Social Studies teacher where she also conducts yoga sessions for faculty, staff, and varsity sports teams.

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Katie Paskorz
Instructor

What brings you joy? 

So many things bring me joy. Snuggles with my two doggies Theo and Daisy. A massive bowl of pasta. A cup (or three) of my husband’s expertly crafted but simple drip coffee. Silly and warm moments with my family and friends.

In 2015 I had found myself in a real mental health low. I was stuck in a high-stress job I hated and an internal struggle with an anxious mind that never stopped. So I had the idea to try to find something that I could do to totally exhaust my body and mind and relieve all the stress built up during my workday. That’s when I discovered hot yoga. That first week I was so filled with so much relief, I cried in every class. I also slept the best I had in years. I was immediately addicted. Then the real lessons started. If I could get through holding chair pose in a 98-degree studio, then I could get through anything.

Two years later, I decided to start training as a yoga teacher. I taught privately for about a year. Unfortunately, life and work got in the way of teaching, but I continued taking classes. In 2019 I started a Web Design and Development business, and during the pandemic, I discovered a new lease on life. I also felt that I had been missing teaching and am so happy to be allowed the opportunity to start again.

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Emily O'Mara

Instructor

What brings you joy? 

 

Being in nature, exploring new cultures, and hanging out with my dachshund.

I came to yoga years ago looking to improve my body, but I found more than strength and flexibility.  The emotional and mental health benefits I experienced was enough to keep me coming back. 

 

Coming to the mat is much more than a workout.  Yoga reduces stress, removes mental blockages, increases confidence, and provides emotional release.  It teaches patience, endurance, and acceptance.

I completed my 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in October of 2019 at Yoga Vimoksha in Goa, India.  It was one of the best experiences of my life.

“Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured” – BKS Iyengar

Dane Schneider

Instructor

What brings you joy? 


Teaching yoga and Tai chi, but not how most people have experienced in a typical class setting where everyone follows the instructor and does the same poses.
 

My classes are totally focused on you, how you are feeling and what I can do to help you reach your long-term practice goals.
I take a personal trainer approach to yoga, demonstrating the next best pose to help you increase flexibility, strength and endurance. Of course, we have a great time working on breathing, hip openers, folds, inversions and so much more. But when you come to one of my classes, you’ll see everyone
practicing their own yoga at their own pace. And they love that!

 

Some people say that I’m addicted to yoga and Tai chi, because I practice poses all day long, whether I’m at work, driving around or doing anything else during my day. I say I live yoga, because of who it has helped me become and all of the wonderful health, psychological and spiritual benefits I enjoy every day.


If you would like to see what new adventures yoga and Tai chi can do for your life, sign up for one of my
classes!

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Shawnte' Knox

Instructor

What brings you joy? 

Being fully present when participating in activities and events that bring me joy. Joy is a choice, in any part of your journey. Choosing to be fully present and developing the mindset that you deserve time to reset and recharge is a powerful choice that has priceless results.

I am Shawnte Knox, Social Worker, ACE-certified Group Fitness Instructor, and Advocate. I specialize in creating specialized boot camps, HIIT (high intensity interval training), and senior exercise classes. 

I am dedicated to empowering and educating individuals about fitness, health and wellness, and the connection physical health has to mental health. My motto is "Work on becoming the best version of you because you are your only competition." Dedicating one hour a day to yourself is a great way to become intentional with creating space to work on you, for you! I am also the owner of Soul Health Chronicles LLC a health and wellness movement dedicated to shifting the mindset of self-care and fitness.

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Morgan Walker

Instructor

What brings you joy?


Donuts, Running, Yoga and spending time with my husband, Ryan and our two Boston Terriers.

Morgan lives in Bellevue and has been a Yoga Teacher in the Pittsburgh area since 2017. Morgan brings her 10 years of physical therapist assistant experience to her practice, ensuring injury prevention and a balance of stretching and strength. She currently attends Pittsburgh School of Massage where she plans to get her license in massage and continue her Reiki education and bring some of those elements to her yoga classes as well. When she’s not in school, working or teaching she and her husband enjoy distance running with a local Pittsburgh running club and taste testing all the donuts from Pittsburgh bakeries.

In my classes expect a nice warm up preparing our core and the muscles we will use in our standing series working to a peak pose and a nice cool down ensuring an entire body workout, stretch and “work in”. All levels welcome as I will give each stage of the pose, modifications and adjustments to make the class accessible. My hope is that you’ll leave class feeling at peace but also energized. 

Cynthia Burke

Instructor

What brings you joy?

I try to seek joy from nearly everything. Plants, cats, and movement, from belly dance to Hatha yoga spark joy within me. I love music and expressing myself through dance, cooking, and photography. I find deep joy in spreading love, laughter, and generosity and hope to imbue this into my offerings here at Joy in Movement. 

 

Cynthia is a California native that became a joyful practitioner of yoga during her undergraduate studies at UC Santa Cruz in the early 2000s. She relocated to Pennsylvania in 2016 and completed her first 200 Yoga Teacher Training in 2018 at the Mystical Yoga Farm in Guatemala. Since then, she has continued her education to make her teaching style more accessible and inclusive. 

 

She believes yoga is for every BODY and strives to make her classes enjoyable, safe, and welcoming for all. She will be offering Hatha, Chair, and restorative yoga classes from a trauma-informed approach. She currently resides in Bloomfield with her rescue cat Mochi, and a vast array of beautiful house plants. 

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Mahogany Harrington

Instructor

What brings you joy?

The first bite of a perfectly baked fudge brownie.

I first found yoga about a decade ago after taking an Intro To Yoga course in college at IUP. Since then, I have incorporated yoga into my daily lifestyle and fallen in love with the practice of high paced, chatarunga filled, Ashtanga Yoga. Something about the way you feel after working up an intense sweat and leaving it all on the mat really keeps me going!

 

I moved to Pittsburgh in July of 2016 and I have been living in the Belleve/ Avalon area for my entire duration. Since then, I have purchased a house and adopted several animals with hopes to adopt more (once I find the space!) I just completed my first 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training this summer and I am looking forward to continuing my practice by teaching and sharing with others.

Brielle Johnston 

Instructor

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What brings you joy?

Joy comes in different shapes and sizes.  Joy for me is seeing a smile appear on someone else's face. A smile that expresses a million thoughts and emotions.  Joy for me is learning about others through the connection of movement, yoga and simple smile.

Hello Everyone! My name is Brielle and I have been a yoga instructor for two years.  I also had the opportunity to teach one year of Parkinson's Yoga here in Pittsburgh and it was one of the most rewarding jobs I've ever had. I have a Bachelors in Education and I am very passionate about Health and Wellness.

 

I welcome you to get out of your comfort zone and join us in movement.  I promise to keep each class full of positive energy, laughs and lots of smiles! Let's put in some work!

#togetherwearestronger  

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Tiffany Bergman 

Instructor

What brings you joy?

The sun kissing my skin, a warm breeze moving the trees, chirping birds, the beauty of the outdoors, a shared smile.

Tiffany continues to be a student of knowledge, a health educator, and natural humanitarian. Her educational background in Health, Physical Education, and Exercise Physiology has given her a diverse and wide range of professional experiences. She has spent 13 years in the health and fitness industry. She has taught group fitness classes, swim lessons and personal trained clients of all demographics. 

 

Tiffany is a Health and Physical Education teacher at an alternative learning school. She has coached multiple sports over the last 10 years. Some of those sports include youth summer swim teams, Varsity fastpitch softball and JV/ Varsity basketball.

 

Tiffany has been practicing yoga for 10 years. She enjoyed yoga so much she wanted to share her love by teaching to others. She started teaching yoga in 2017. In 2018 she received her Reiki certification. Recently she has obtained her Aromatherapy certification. She is continuing to learn and grow to become a health and spiritual guide to others. 

 

She looks forward to helping others become the best version of themselves, exploring self love, and exploring ways to create joy in each day. Her passion for health goes beyond the physical body, but rather the connection between the mind, body, and spirit. Her goal is to help men and women learn to better love themselves while balancing the mind, body, and spirit within.

Natalie Roberson 

Instructor

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What brings you joy?

My tribe of friends, family, and small dogs. Yoga has given me so much peace and joy: after completing my first teacher training in 2011, I knew that sharing this practice with others was a gift. I call yoga "time travel." Not just the time that seems to go by during class, but the time it gives for reacting to situations. Even a split-second to think is valuable.

My classes focus on teaching a strong and varied practice with emphasis on accessibility, challenge, and fun. Even slow movements can be challenging in their own way. Yoga is meant to be practiced with enjoyment and without judgment. During class we use breath, body, silence, and synchronicity to optimize present-moment awareness and connection.

When not teaching or practicing yoga, you can find me working with data, knitting, reading, or writing for the NoBo Neighbor.

 

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Meagan Roppo
Instructor

What brings you joy?

Being with the people (and pets) I love, reading, and doing yoga! 

 

Hi, I'm Meagan! I have been practicing yoga for 15 years and received my 200-hour teacher training at the Himalayan Institute in 2018. I have specialized training in restorative and chair yoga, and love finding ways to make yoga gentle, accessible, and trauma-informed. 

 

I am graduating with a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology in 2021 and currently see clients for counseling and coaching, with a specialization in perinatal mental health. 


It is my hope that my classes bring you home to your breath and your body. I'm so excited to meet you.