Shayla Cammarata

Since middle school my preferred method of exercise was running. Nothing compared to the "runner's high." I started practicing vinyasa yoga in 2013 as part of a training program for an upcoming half marathon. About a month before the race I found out I had a stress fracture in my hip. Despite my efforts to get back after rest and rehab, my love affair with long distance running came to an end. 

We moved to the North Hills that fall and I found a local yoga studio in Wexford, Amazing Yoga. Walking into the studio, I had no idea the world that was about to open up for me. It was hard and intense but I felt invigorated. I had found my "runner's high" again. But where running had been an outlet for stress in my life, yoga was teaching me how to live my life. Every time I came to my mat I learned something new and I would take those lessons into my daily life; when to soften, when to push and most simple of all, how to breath. It is the profound changes I have seen with my family, my work and most of all myself that brings me back to my mat. My son equates it to the Hulk turning back into Bruce Banner. I don't think it's quite that extreme but you get the picture.

In April 2017 I signed up for Level 1 at Blue Spirit in Costa Rica with the intention to deepen my practice and take some time to reflect. I left with more clarity and peace than I've ever felt in my life. I knew if I could share my love for this practice with others, our world could truly be a different place.  I'm beyond grateful to have that opportunity in a place that has become my sanctuary.

When I'm not on my mat, I take my yoga with me as an emergency medicine physician. I've shared 13 years with my husband Sean and we are blessed with 2 wonderful children, Dean (9) and Grace (1), and our Boston Terrier, Woody.  I love to travel, spend time with friends, color and garden. A very full and happy life.

Liza Pucciarelli

This is pretty much your typical love story-my love for this practice, unexpectedly, started in 2010. At 14 years old, I stepped into the doors of Amazing Yoga just searching for a way to deal with the pain in my body, just learning I had herniated multiple discs in my lower back. What started as a way to manage pain, turned into an admiration for this practice and Amazing Yoga. Because of yoga, I finally accept myself for who I am today-just a girl with frizzy hair who is trying her best. Looking back at it now, it really was love at first sight.
 
In September 2016, I was ready for something new, so I signed up for teacher training. In September 2016, I completed Level 1 in Wexford, Pennsylvania. I had the intention of attending to spice up my practice, but I left with something I could have never predicted-a heavy desire to share my love for yoga with others. A month later, I was given the opportunity to teach at Amazing Yoga and for that, I am forever grateful. In that short amount of time, I figured out I wanted to dig deeper into my teaching. In February 2017, I completed Level 2 in Tulum, Mexico. I look forward to finding ways to continue to learn about this practice for myself as a student, but more importantly, as a teacher for my students.
 
In addition to teaching, I am the Assistant Manager at our Shadyside Studio. I am constantly searching for ways to give back to the place that has given me everything and to give back to the two people that have made all of this possible, Sean and Karen. It is an honor and a privilege to be a part of Amazing Yoga-I will never take it for granted.
 
When I am not at the studios, I am in class at Duquesne University pursuing a degree in accounting or I am at taco night with my partner in crime, Ryan. The truth is, I have everything I could ever need and more-a healthy body to carry me through my life, breath to slow down my crazy mind, people who support me, gel to tame my frizzy hair and most importantly Amazing Yoga, a place I call home.