Being fit has always been important to Nancy. She began running as a way to explore the cities she traveled to as a flight attendant and eventually completed three marathons. Over time, running, biking and swimming became a huge part of her life and helped her get through many difficult times. Yoga was always there to compliment these activities. Over time, it became her primary focus and opening her own yoga studio is the culmination of years of practicing and teaching. In addition to completing a 200 hour teacher training in Pittsburgh, Nancy studied in Mexico with Baron Babtiste, where she obtained Level I Certification. She has also practiced with Jonny Kest, Bryan Kest, Gregor Singleton, Natasha Rizopoulos, David Romanelli and Tias Little. Coupled with her own life experience, Nancy hopes to share in her classes the knowledge and perspective she gained from these wonderful teachers. While Nancy’s zest for learning has been satisfied by many life lessons, her greatest teachers have been her children. They have taught her patience, humility, compassion, generosity and how to laugh and truly love unconditionally. The challenges of parenting teach us to dig deeper and engage our inner strength and wisdom to guide us. Her children taught her to be present for each and every moment. Nancy shares these teachings in her classes while empowering students to find their inner strength and mental clarity.
Callahan received 200 Hour Certifications from Dominique Ponko at Yoga Flow in Pittsburgh in 2010 and Jeanmarie Paolillo at YogaWorks, NYC in 2012, and her 500 Hour Certification from Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in 2014. Callahan also completed Yoga Works Kid's Yoga Teacher training with Jocelyn Kay Levy.
Callahan currently teaches Vinyasa Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation at Stray Dog Yoga Studio, as well as private classes and workshops and truly appreciates that this practice allows you to be physical while taking care of your body, mind and soul. Her classes are focused on bringing strength and grace into the daily lives of her students through powerful and mindful sequences.
Lindsay’s first experience with yoga was in 2003, when she escaped to Costa Rica for a week long Baptiste Immersion Bootcamp. She returned with a sense of lightness and peace that she knew would serve her in everyday life. After years of a consistent practice coupled with a passion for preaching the benefits of yoga, it was time to enroll in teacher training. Lindsay was trained and certified with Dominique Ponko of Yoga Flow. Her teaching style emphasizes a strong foundation and the intuition of her students. Freedom of movement, freedom from pain, space, stillness, presence, and the magic of balance—Lindsay invites you to discover these benefits and so much more. Let go and come be curious…you never know what you’ll find on your mat.
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.
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.
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.
Laura completed her 200 hour teacher training at Stray Dog Yoga Studio in 2015. Laura aims to meet her students where they are in their practice, inviting them to develop a loving self awareness of their bodies and minds on and off their mats through light-hearted yet intentional vinyasa flows.
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.
Heather began her love of yoga about 10 years ago. Her practice started as an alternative to running and a great way to spend time with her sister. She was quickly drawn to the mind-body connection and decided to become a certified instructor through Yoga Flow. Heather has her Bachelors degree in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine and her Masters in Physical Therapy. She is currently a Product Specialist sales representative for Tactile Medical. When not working and teaching, Heather enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and children. They reside in Gibsonia.
Jamie DeMarco began practicing yoga in 2007. A former gymnast, she was initially drawn to this practice because of its union of strength, flexibility, and balance. Over the years her love and appreciation of yoga has grown exponentially, with deeper knowledge of not just the physical, but also the mental benefits. Jamie received her Level 1 teacher training through Amazing Yoga in 2014. She then sought out Schoolhouse Yoga in 2015 to receive her 200 hour teacher training. Jamie received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Pittsburgh in 2005. She brings a strong anatomical focus to the practice and is knowledgable in modifications for those students suffering injuries. She is currently pursuing her Professional Yoga Therapist certification. Jamie resides in Wexford with her husband and two children.
Libbie is a Yoga Alliance RYT 200 hr certified yoga instructor, having graduated from Stray Dog Yoga Studio's teacher training program in the fall of 2015. She is trained in Vinyasa Yoga and Yin Yoga. She practices meditation, mainly during rush hour traffic. And she finds the power and beauty of conscious breathing to be helpful on the yoga mat but more importantly, when moving out and about in everyday life. If you ask anyone who knows Libbie, they'll tell you her favorite yoga mantra is "you do you."