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Heated Level 1-2 Vinyasa


This class is taught by:

Erin Malone

Born and raised in Toledo Ohio, Erin is a graduate of St. Ursula Academy ('05) and Ohio University ('09) with a degree in Special Education. She moved to Pittsburgh in 2010. Erin's yoga practice began when Stray Dog opened their doors in January 2011. She found that practicing several times a week helped her maintain a healthy lifestyle and balance the stress of a new job and city.  Erin's love of yoga, the community she found at Stray Dog and her teaching background led her to enroll in the Stray Dog's first Teacher Training Program in October '12. She completed her 200 hour teacher training in January '12.  Erin also completed Yoga Works Kid's Yoga Teacher training with Jocelyn Kay Levy.   Erin appreciates the physicality of a regular yoga practice along with the mental and emotional calm that is found by challenging your mind and body on the mat. Her classes are designed to help students recognize their strength within and allow them to float through a mindful and eclectic flow.

Liz Juchno

Liz was introduced to yoga in the past, but only found her yoga home until she stepped into Stray Dog Yoga Studio. Finding herself yearning for the mental and physical benefits of the practice, she began to devote herself daily to her yoga journey. Encouraged by kind and enlightening teachers, Liz completed her 200 hour teacher training program at Stray Dog Yoga Studio in October 2014. Since then, she has realized this is only the beginning of her yoga journey and continues to dedicate herself to her study and practice. Each time Liz steps onto her mat, she is filled with joy, love and happiness. Liz is excited to share her passion for yoga and encourages anyone who steps onto their mat to smile, find the warmth in their hearts, and a genuine feeling of wellness.

Carolina Rivera

Carolina is a native of Wexford and a North Allegheny graduate. Her first experience with yoga had been at age fifteen. While it was something she appreciated and enjoyed, she didn't become fully immersed in it until a few years later. What started out as just a form of exercise quickly became a therapy. As certain changes and challenges occured, she was able to find a stable ground she could rely on through her practice. Carolina completed her 200 Hour Certification in 2013 and was part of the first graduationg class of the Stray Dog teacher training program. She is very excited to share her practice with others. Her class style focuses on exploring your strength and finding dance within the movement.

Caroline Mazurek

Caroline first discovered yoga at Penn State in 2004. Her practice continued when she moved back to Pittsburgh for graduate school, where it helped her to find balance between work and school. Soon after becoming a Registered Dietitian, she realized that yoga helped to cultivate a mind-body connection that went hand-in-hand with the mindfulness she strove to instill in her clients. In 2010 she completed her yoga teacher training. Currently, Caroline works as a clinical dietitian for UPMC Passavant, as well as a contract dietitian for RED Dietitians. She firmly believes that everyone has the ability to create and nourish a wholesome, healthy life, and that the key ingredient is yoga.

Gretchen Dudek

Gretchen Dudek is a native of Franklin Park. She fell in love with yoga after her daughter Zoey was diagnosed with Type I diabetes at age 3. Finding she needed an outlet for the stress of caring for a child with a lifelong disease, a neighbor suggested she try yoga class. After walking into her first class, she knew it was a going to be an exciting journey. Gretchen is an E-RYT and a 2007 graduate of Third Street Yoga. Influenced by all types of yoga, her classes are a vinyasa flow sprinkled with alignment, and a traditional hatha practice. Her style is a perfect blend that challenges all levels of practitioners. Always aspiring to be the student as well as the teacher, she has trained with various yogis over the years including: Desiree Rumbaugh, Max Strom, Doug Keller, Kathryn Budig, and Amy Wientraub. Gretchen has completed Prenatal training through YogaFit, Restorative training through Judith Lasater's Relax and Renew training, and has worked on therapeutic yoga techniques with Canadian yogi Susi Aldous. Gretchen's classes are inspiring, uplifting, and she leads with ease, humor and compassion.
Level 1-2 classes include targeted warmups, Sun Salutations and carefully sequenced standing postures followed by counter postures, cooling floor work and savasana. Experienced instructors provide plenty of modifications and intensifications so that students can leave feeling balanced and restored.  Level 1-2 classes are accessible to beginner and intermediate practitioners. If you are new to vinyasa yoga, we recommend attending a Level 1 classes before Level 1-2 in order to get the most out of your experience.  The studio is heated to 87-92 degrees for this class.  

Upcoming classes:

  • Wed May 24 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Erin Malone
  • Wed May 24 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Erin Malone
  • Wed May 24 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm with Liz Juchno
  • Thu May 25 8:00 am - 9:15 am with Claire McPherson
  • Thu May 25 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Carolina Rivera
  • Thu May 25 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Erin Malone
  • Sat May 27 8:00 am - 9:15 am with Erin Malone
  • Sat May 27 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Erin Malone
  • Sun May 28 9:00 am - 10:15 am with Caroline Mazurek
  • Mon May 29 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Erin Malone
  • Tue May 30 8:00 am - 9:15 am with Carolina Rivera
  • Tue May 30 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Erin Malone
  • Tue May 30 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Erin Malone
  • Wed May 31 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Gretchen Dudek
  • Wed May 31 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Erin Malone
  • Wed May 31 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm with Liz Juchno
  • Thu Jun 01 8:00 am - 9:15 am with Claire McPherson