Liza Pucciarelli

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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.

NANCY VERDON

Yoga. Such a simple word has come to mean so much-

My love for the Amazing yoga community began in 2009 when I made the journey from New Jersey to Pittsburgh to attend Duquesne University. In hopes of meeting new friends and staying in shape while on my new “college food” diet, I decided to try yoga and the rest is history.

Amazing Yoga was a comfortable atmosphere of non-judgement. My mat became a place of growth, where I was constantly challenging my body and beliefs. I was able to rediscover things that I loved about my body, and realized just how strong mentally and physically I was becoming. Yoga became my outlet- an outlet to relieve myself of all the nonsense that built in my mind during the day. The studio quickly became a place where I could express myself, regain clarity and elevate my spirit. I moved back to Pittsburgh in 2014 and picked up right where I left off; and when the opportunity to manage the Southside studio came up, I immediately jumped on it.

Outside of managing the South Side studio, I work for Deloitte as an International Tax Consultant. Yoga has taught me that our practice translates into useful tools outside of the studio. Finding comfort in the discomfort of situations has helped me maintain my positive attitude through long hours in public accounting. I learned how to take the peace that each practice brought me, and start each day with gratitude (a morning mantra that I now live by).

When I am not doing taxes or back-bending, I love to travel, try new recipes and relax outside. The most important asset to each of us should be our health and that’s why I chose, through the practice of yoga, to give my body something back for all that it gives me. I am a firm believer that yoga is for everyone, whether you have been practicing for 10 years or 10 days we are constantly developing. Amazing Yoga has always been a piece of home to me as I continue to try and keep my life as balanced as my headstands.

KELLY TRUMBULL

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Kelly is thrilled to manage the AY South Side studio.  An avid Amazing Yoga practitioner for the past five years, Kelly credits the practice with keeping her grounded, focused, and present on and off the mat.  She is thankful to be part of such a wonderful community of yogis.  When she’s not practicing yoga, she teaches acting at Carnegie Mellon and Point Park University and works as an actor in theater, TV, and film in Pittsburgh.  She also enjoys hikes with her pups, game nights with her friends, and spending time with her great family.  

Kathy Caracciolo

My yoga journey started around 2010 when my friend told me we should try yoga at Amazing Yoga.  We were used to cycling, aerobics, running, but had never tried yoga.  I quickly became hooked! I loved the sweating, how sore I felt, and how relaxed I was after.  It became such a great compliment to my other workouts, but then gradually became my main love.  Yoga has become part of my life because of the physical and mental benefits.   After my son was born, I was diagnosed with post-partum depression. I lost touch with my practice for a while, but eventually it was yoga that brought me back from the depression.  Now, I appreciate how the practice is healthy for my overall well-being and not just a workout.  I became a work exchange in 2015 and now I'm so grateful to be a manager!  When I'm not at the studio, I'm a preschool teacher's aide in Wexford or spending time with my son and husband.  

STEPHANIE ARMBRUSTER

My relationship with yoga began in January of 2012. I was looking for a practice that would keep me in shape and offer some much needed time for self-reflection. I was in the midst of navigating a new job, the loss of a loved one, a new apartment, and a difficult time in my love life. A friend recommended that I try a class at AY. I was new to yoga and had no idea what to expect. After my first class, I was hooked.

The physical benefits of yoga cannot be denied and the emotional benefits are transformative. Within a few brief months, I was in the best shape of my life, and was more in touch with myself than I had ever been. Four years later, when Sean offered to bring me on as a manager, I couldn’t have been more grateful. AY has become a huge part of my life and my practice inspires me every day. Yoga has taught me to listen to body and not just my mind, to be patient, and most importantly, to let go.

When I’m not on my mat, I work as a visual artist and digital marketing strategist. I love to travel, cook, read and listen to techno.