The Facts: Charity teaches yoga classes at H2L Studio. She’s certified in tradition Hatha Yoga.
Her History: After having her first child, she fell in love with yoga to help her relax, recharge, refocus and get mentally and physically prepared for being a mom. Charity has been certified since 2009 and teaching ever since. When she isn’t teaching, running around showing houses as a Realtor or chasing kids, you can find her reading, hanging out with family and friends or whipping something up in the kitchen.
What to Expect: During Charity’s gentle classes you will focus on your breathing and slowing down, learning to enjoy the moments of stillness and quiet. During her Vinyasa class, get ready to get that heart rate up and sweat a little.
Favorite Quote: “I drink and I know things.” – Tyrion Lannister
Guilty Pleasure: Cereal! Mainly Capt’n Crunch and ice cream
The Facts: Irene teaches Yoga classes here at H2L Studio. She received her 200-hour certification from Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and is also certified in Child Light Yoga. She teaches vinyasa flow, yin, and restorative yoga.
Her History: Irene is a Penn State graduate and former Domestic Violence Counselor/Advocate who recently became a new mom. She first discovered yoga as a teenager and later became a dedicated student as a young adult. Her study of yoga initially began as a physical practice and later flourished into a study of yogic philosophy, spirituality, and the inner self.
What to Expect: During Irene’s class, you can expect to build some heat with a meditative flow while working on physical and mental strength and flexibility!
Favorite Quote: “The highest spiritual practice is self-observation without judgment.” ~ Swami Kripalu
Guilty Pleasure: Anything with chocolate!
The Facts: Laura teaches Yoga at H2L Studio. She received her 200 RYT certification through Yoga Farm Ithaca as well as a Kunga Kids Yoga certification through Village Yoga in Duck, NC. She continues to grow with continuing education and is working toward a 500hr certification. Laura is registered with Yoga Alliance.
Her History: Laura was introduced to yoga in 2006 and has grown with it over the years. She fell deeper in love with her practice through Ashtanga yoga and in more recent years the variety of vinyasa flow classes. While she has always wanted to teach yoga, she became more aware of the need to introduce the many benefits to children while accompanying her daughter to kid yoga classes. She believes that children truly are our future and the benefits of yoga will help them to grow in a multitude of ways. Laura believes that yoga is so much more than asanas (poses) and is enthusiastic to share with children and adults as well.
What to Expect: In Laura’s kid classes you can expect fun, exercise and games while learning underlying messages such as compassion, courage and gratitude. Upbeat music that kids can relate to energizes the class and brings together the closing during final relaxation. Simple asanas and breath work are explored but the #1 rule for Kid Yoga is to be kind! While connecting the mind and body, her adult classes focus on using the flow of asanas and the breath to build strength, courage, flexibility and a grateful heart.
Favorite Quote: “Like the nubs and shoots about to break ground in the spring, something in our very fiber knows where the light is, even when we can’t see it”
Guilty Pleasure: Justin’s peanut butter cups and microbrews (but not together)
The Facts: Lissa teaches Yoga at H2L Studio. She’s a certified 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher.
Her History: Her yoga practice started back in college as her required gym course. She fell in love instantly and craved more. After finding a lot of classes unsatisfactory, she knew then she wanted to teach yoga and show that it wasn’t about what your body could do, but about what your mind could do as well. Over the last few years, yoga has evolved her both mentally and physically. Learning to unite breath with movement, slowing down, and connecting her to her true being is what yoga has taught her so far. She believes yoga is about creating space and awareness so that we can all open up and be a creative energy center for ourselves in all aspects of our lives.
What to expect in class: In Lissa’s Vinyasa yoga classes, you can expect a slow flow, but don’t let that fool you! You’ll strengthen, tone, balance, stretch, and flow all with some upbeat music, laughs, and overall welcoming energy.
Favorite Quote: “The Nature of Yoga is to shine the light of awareness into the darkest corners of the body.”
Guilty Pleasure: Cake!
The Facts: Steph is a Pilates personal trainer with years of experience. She teaches private pilates training sessions, mat pilates, yoga and barre at H2L Studio. Steph is also a childbirth educator who works to educate women on all their available options to create a positive birth memory as they start their family.
Her History: York College – BS in Biology and a minor in Chemistry, 2009 Lamaze certified childbirth educator, 2010 certified in LesMills BodyFlow, 2011 AFFA practical pilates and practical yoga certificates, 2012 DONA certified birth doula, 2013 Breastfeeding Essentials 20 hour training, 2014 PHI Pilates, Pittsburgh PA: mat pilates and reformer certificates, 2016 PHI Pilates, Pittsburgh PA: wunda/combo chair certificate, 2019 Core Connector’s Academy: Diastasis Recti Resolution through Pilates and Everyday Movement Training, 2021 ICEA – Pelvic Girdle Pain training
What to Expect: Steph focuses on proper alignment and detailed instruction in every area of her teaching. She has a positive disposition, loves to encourage people and empower them with tools to be a good advocate for their own health and well-being.
Favorite Quote: Proverbs 16:3 Commit to the Lord whatever you do and your plans will succeed.