Michelle is the founder and executive director of Love Allegheny. She is the co-founder of Yoga for the Emotions, is a Certified iRest Yoga Nidra instructor & a Certified Warriors at Ease Teacher that has been teaching with a 400 hour teaching certification since 2010 at The Iyengar Institute of Pittsburgh, formerly Yoga on Centre. Michelle began yoga and meditation almost twenty years ago, in 2001, as a tool to manage stress.
She has offered stress management programs in corporate settings, with teens, at Mercy hospital: breathing for neurological recovery, as well as with veterans and the general population.
Michelle's approach to the body in yoga is also greatly influenced by the teachings of Dr. Murray Bowen's Bowen Family Systems Theory during two years of the basic seminar offered through Western Pennsylvania Family Center as well as over two decades of personal and continued study.
400 Hour teacher training by Iyengar Instructor Sara Azarius of The Iyengar Institute of Pgh.; Certified iRest® Yoga Nidra Teacherby Richard Miller, PhD.; Certified Warriors at Ease teacher including trauma sensitive meditation.;Certified Reiki Master by Kathy Duffy and Janet Jackson of Energy Connection.;Certified Yoga for Golfersby Katherine Roberts; CPR & AED Certified.;NOLS Wilderness First Aid Certified.Insured & ongoing
Lauren first emerged into the vibrant world of art and creative self-expression in 2012. Since childhood, art has given her a place to play and find expression when words are not enough. Studio Eight15 Art Wellness is modern destination offering creative lifestyle and wellness content to fuel your everyday life and connect to self. Through online tutorials, classes, workshops, and a thriving community we explore the worlds of intuitive painting, mindfulness, and process.
Luke, a US ARMY Veteran, is fully certified Warriors at Ease Instructor. (WAE emphasizes the power of yoga and meditation, through evidence based practices, to support the health and healing of service members, veterans, and their families. It provides specific training to offer yoga and meditation to individuals with PTS, MST, TBI and amputation.) Prior to his Warriors at Ease certification, Luke completed 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training and is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) as well as a Certified Meditation Instructor (CMI).
Luke is a volunteer yoga instructor for the Butler Veteran’s Administration HealthCare System where he teaches classes based on his Warriors at Ease Training. He offers the same training at Semper Fi Odyssey, a Veteran’s reintegration program.
Luke teaches Meditation Workshops throughout the Pittsburgh area as well as offering one on one instruction on a limited basis. All of Luke’s instruction focuses on the evolving scientific study of somatics, brain/ body relationship, and how developing awareness of the relationship, via yoga and meditation, can help us gain insight and relieve trauma and anxiety.
Luke’s approach to teaching beginners is to let them experience several types of meditation so that they might find which practice resonates with them. He incorporates discussion of the science behind meditation to help de-mystify the practice. This also helps to show how meditation influences the mind to help us find deeper understanding and compassion for ourselves and others. Most importantly, he reminds his students to smile and give themselves permission to just be here now.
Martha D’Abruzzo, LCSW, 200 hr Yoga Teacher, iRest Level 2 Teacher. Martha has been working in the field of social work for 15 years and is the owner of Garden of Mind Psychotherapy and Wellness in the Highland Park area of Pittsburgh. Her areas of special focus are relational and family systems therapy, trauma recovery, body psychotherapy, and whole person integrative wellness. Martha is well connected with a number of other professionals who offer wellness services and has an appreciation for the many perspectives from which we can approach healing and growth. She is well versed in a variety of alternative and complementary health and mental health practices as well as the nature of the conditions for which these interventions are most effective. She sees her role as a social worker to meet individuals and groups where they are at and enjoys finding opportunities to connect area resources with unique interests and needs individuals and groups identify for themselves.