Yoga Instructors

Meet Charity

The Facts: Charity Castner teaches yoga classes at H2L Studio. She’s certified in tradition Hatha Yoga.

Her History:  After having her first child, she instructors yoga harrisburgfell 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

Meet Deborah

Picture of Deborah for cycling, reiki, pilates classes teacherThe Facts: Deborah Kearns teaches Pilates, Yoga, and Cycling classes at H2L and as a Reiki Master Practitioner also offers private Reiki sessions. She is certified through Peak Pilates (mat and equipment), a 200RYT with Yoga Fit,  a Schwinn Cycling Instructor, TRX certified trainer, and has received Reiki training locally with Rickie Meryl Freedman, and in New York City and Asheville, NC with Allison Hayes.

Her History: A former Adjunct Professor of Humanities, Deborah gravitated towards Pilates, Yoga, Reiki and Cycling to help her lead a healthier and happier life. A perpetual student, Deborah enjoys learning something new from each client and each class she teaches at H2L. When not at the studio Deborah loves being with her husband Mark, her children Courtney and Kyle, her dog Boomer, her cat Tess, and also loves traveling, writing, and reading.
What to Expect: During Deborah’s classes, you can expect her to remind you that everything you are doing is just a practice, not a perfect, and that giggling is highly encouraged.
Favorite Quote: “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” -Buddha
Guilty Pleasure: Tootsie Rolls and Caramel Creams

Meet Irene

yoga teachers mechanicsburgThe Facts: Irene Clauser 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!

Meet Lissa

The Facts: Lissa Schubert 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. Lissa SchubertShe 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!

Meet Melissa

The Facts: You will see Melissa Platt leading yoga classes at H2L. She became RYT 200 Hr Certified with Yoga Alliance in March of 2018.

Her History: Melissa graduated from Penn State in 2012 and has always been an active soul. After college, she randomly took a Power Vinyasa class to switch up her running, HIIT, and weight lifting routine. She ended up falling in love with it. The challenging flow and connecting breath to movement help her sink into a meditative state. After taking classes for a couple of months, she realized things started to fall into place- she felt more grounded and powerful. Her love of Power Vinyasa grew tenfold that she enrolled in a 200-hour Teacher Training Program in spring of 2018 to spread the lessons this yoga style has taught her. When she’s not working up a sweat or at her 9-5 grind, she enjoys time with her family, friends, and pup Heffner. She enjoys cooking and hosting breakfast/brunch/dinner parties. Most likely spotted: outdoors soaking up nature, a coffee shop drinking lattes, or a local restaurant reassuring the waiter she didn’t order too much food.

What to expect: One breath, one movement. A flow that will build a fire within to help wring out what no longer serves, leaving you exactly where you should be with everything you need. You will hear the class breathing as one, a mix of music, and the occasional singing.

Favorite quote: Nothing changes if nothing changes

Guilty Pleasures: Afternoon Little Amp’s Dirty Chia Lattes, Coffee Ice Cream, Espresso Martini Night Caps

Meet Monica

yoga and cycling near harrisburgThe Facts: Monica Foster teaches Yoga and Cycling here at H2L. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher 200 hours certified and is certified with Schwinn cycling, Barre Intensity and TRX suspension trainers.

Her History: Her yoga practice has developed and grown over the past several years on and off the mat. With a transformed understanding of how to unite the body, breath and mind; she brings an enthusiastic energy to teaching and enjoys sharing the gift of yoga with others. She believes everyone could use a little yoga in their lives and that the benefits go far beyond time spent in the studio.

Yoga has been a part of her journey for many years… cycling, however, is a new adventure. Monica loves the balance between a good butt kicking cardio ride and building strength/flexibility through asanas (yoga poses). The Ying and Yang aspect of Cycling and Yoga keep her passionate about teaching both styles of class.

Through teaching, she hopes to encourage others to celebrate their own personal journey and always be open to new discoveries. Monica enjoys reading, going out to eat and spending time outdoors with her husband and daughters.

What to Expect: In Monica’s classes, you can expect to hear a variety of music, from AC/DC to Michael Jackson or totally releasing with Trevor Hall in Savasana. There will be hill climbs, planks, upper body strengthening, warriors, sun salutations, breathless intervals, lots of energy and fun… certainly not packing that all into one style of class, so come out to Yoga and Cycling to get it all!

Favorite Quote: Each moment is an opportunity to make a clear choice of right action.

Guilty Pleasure: Oreos and reality T.V.

Meet Sarah

head shot of sarah ballardThe Facts: Sarah Ballard teaches Yoga classes at H2L Studio. She’s a certified and registered 200-hr e-RYT, 500-hr RYT, and Certified Children’s Yoga Teacher.

Her History:  Sarah stands by living a life full of joy, gratitude, and free of judgment. These feelings inform and guide Sarah’s teaching and practice, which is focused on helping her students better connect with themselves and with their surroundings.

What to Expect: During Sarah’s classes, you can expect to be positively challenged, abundantly supported, and more empowered by your own self-awareness and relationship with your body. She loves movement, music, effort, ease, and humor. Come to class ready to be moved + inspired.

Favorite Quote: “There is enough love in every breath to support every person and situation you come across. Never doubt for one single second that you have exactly what it takes to change a life and shift a soul. Reach out to others with love and hope and watch as it comes flooding back to you in return.” — Nicole Ahr

Guilty Pleasure:  Sleeping in (i.e. past 6 a.m.)