Founded in Bridgeville, PA, Bend the Bridge Yoga is a space that offers tranquility, balance, strength and community.
Bend the Bridge Yoga was born on an idea of passion between yoga, human connection, and maintaining a long term healthy physical and mental lifestyle. Our outer and inner bodies are constantly shifting. Bend the Bridge will be a place that can bridge the gaps between body, breath and mind. It takes a village no matter what circumstance you are in and Bend the Bridge is here to hold a loving space for you to build your bridge.
3249 Washington Pike, #1001 Bridgeville, PA 15017
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In Vinyasa Foundations we will break down the fundamental postures of the Vinyasa flow practice. A great opportunity to learn how to build a Vinyasa flow practice or refine your current practice to get the most out of it. All levels are welcome
6 Week beginner's series - Next Session Starts October 7th 2019
A perfect opportunity to start from the ground up with yoga our 6 week beginner's series will cover the basics of yoga including breath, proper alignment of basic poses and modifications for injuries. Once you have signed up for the series you will be with the same group once a week for 6 weeks, encouraging a more comfortable environment for those who are not sure where to start. At the end of the 6 week series, you will find yourself more focused, grounded and stronger...mind, body and spirit.
A regular flow class, connecting the breath with each movement and cultivating heat in the body throughout the flow. Modifications and amplifications are offered during the class so that one can tailor the practice to their needs.
A slower paced Vinyasa flow that will warm and strengthen the body. A perfect next step from our Vinyasa Foundations and Beginner's Series classes.
Warm Vinyasa Flow
A Vinyasa flow practice in a room that is heated between 86-90 degrees. A purifying and detoxifying way to start or finish your day.
In these classes, we will use props and blankets to modify traditional yoga poses. The supportive postures gently open the body to deep relaxation. Restorative/Gentle yoga is a perfect way to slow down and find stillness, especially during stressful times. Postures are held for extended times with the support of props..
Our prenatal yoga classes are designed especially for the pregnant woman's needs. You will learn effective breathing techniques, pelvic floor exercises, fetal positioning for labor, as well as postures to release tension in the neck, shoulders and back. Classes also provide a a supportive and caring community among expectant mothers. No previous yoga experience is necessary.
Mommy & Me Postnatal Yoga (birth to crawlers)
A yoga class that allows mothers to practice yoga in a supportive community environment. Expect to gradually build strength back to your body as you progress. Babies are often incorporated into the practice through interactive exercises and songs. 4-6 weeks postpartum up to crawlers.
A Yoga inspired series of stretches, BTB stretch is a perfect compliment to any existing fitness regimen or anyone looking to get a good stretch in. Runners, athletes, and anyone looking to ease back into healing or movement, this class is sure to help you open up and find flexibility in a very replenishing way!
Yoga For The Special Child and Adult
Hatha based yoga specifically designed and adapted for infants, children, and adults with special needs.
This type of practice can be beneficial to individuals with Down’s Syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, as well as other developmental challenges. This gentle and gradual practice uses breathing, singing, deep relaxation/calming, as well as physical poses (asanas) customized to meet the needs of each individual.
Erin is a certified yoga instructor who has been practicing yoga for 18 years and teaching for the past 9. Currently the owner of Bend the Bridge Yoga in Bridgeville, Erin received her 200 hour teacher certification in Austin, TX and since then has practiced and taught in Orlando, FL and Northern Virginia before moving to the Pittsburgh area with her family in 2015. A passionate and enthusiastic yoga teacher, Erin has become known for a style that is welcoming, diverse, and nurturing. She is experienced in teaching Vinyasa Flow, Gentle/Restorative, Beginners, Prenatal and Children’s Yoga. Outside of running her studio, Erin is raising two daughters (Charlie, 9 and Marlowe, 6) with her husband Zeb, and also finds time to care for their 6 spirited pets. She also loves to travel back to her yoga roots in Austin, TX for training and workshops. Yoga has played a significant role in guiding her through balancing self, family and life. She is grateful to share that with others and teach what she loves.
Yoga has been a part of Elisabeth's life for 5 years now. Her practice has helped her grow stronger, more flexible and fearless both on and off the mat. Yoga inspires her to live each moment mindfully and to be gentler with herself and her surroundings. She is so grateful to be able to teach something that she is so passionate about. To be able to guide people into a place of peace, a place of no judgments or expectations, and to watch them come alive in class with energy and strength is incredible. In her classes, she loves to combine creative sequencing, a spirit of playfulness, and provide an atmosphere that will allow students to challenge themselves as much as they would like to. Her hope is that you step off your mat feeling refreshed and balanced. Most importantly, she hopes you leave feeling stronger in all aspects...mind, body, and spirit. "Do what you love, love what you do". - Namaste
When it comes to teaching yoga, Amanda’s greatest joy comes from watching how even the simplest of yoga practices can inspire transformation in the lives of her students. Amanda believes that we all arrive at our mat for our own unique reasons. Regardless of those reasons, as we allow the yoga practice into our lives, we then give ourselves a safe space to learn and grow, both on and off our mats. Amanda has learned some of her greatest life lessons from her yoga practice, such as body acceptance and mind-body awareness. She also values the learned ability to transfer the peace and trust that is cultivated on the mat into her daily life. Suffering from sciatica and back pain due to a small curve in her spine, Amanda has found relief through her practice. Amanda believes the yoga practice continually provides opportunities to evolve; the dymanic challenge of balancing self-improvement with self-acceptance led Amanda to the practice almost 10 years ago. She became a certified RYT- 200 after completing training at YogaFlow Pittsburgh in 2017. Amanda is thrilled to be a part of the Bend the Bridge Community and looks forward to seeing you on the mat!
Britney Kwiatek is an RYT specializing in beginners, vigorous flow and restorative practices. Her training comes from a 200 hour YOGAworks certification, 2013. Her study was done under the mentorship of Anna Gilbert Zupon at Breathe Yoga Studio. It is Britney’s mission in conjunction with the mission of Yogaworks to teach a signature style balancing precise instruction, alignment with breath, fluid movement andthoughtful sequencing. Britney’s educational background is a BA in English literature from Dickinson College, Carlise, Pa. Work history involves sales management positions in major medical device companies. When She is not practicing yoga or spending time with her family, as a busy mom of 2 boys, Jude and Julian, Britney loves running, Cross training, Mud Runs and 5K’s. Britney is also very involved in charitable groups/volunteering in and out of the South Fayette Community. Rooted in Pittsburgh, Britney looks to share her passion of Yoga with community. (Photo Credit Colleen Patel Photography)
If you ever practice with Anita you’ll notice that she smiles a lot. It’s because she feels the practice in her soul, and she wants others to experience the same thing. Her teaching style is athletic and strong, but also focuses on your individual timing, meditation and cleansing breaths. She strives for a clear, awake mind, and living a purposeful life both on and off the mat! Her aim as a yoga teacher is to challenge you physically, to help you to be present in yourself, to feel whatever comes up and be okay with who you are, on and off the mat, and maybe laugh a little.
She has 200+ RYT hours of yoga training with Yoga Fit and continues to study from as many teachers as she can. She is also certified in Pilates Levels I and II. She takes training courses as much as possible so that she can become a better teacher and share her knowledge. Her newest ventures are acro-yoga and balance board yoga. It's a work in progress, for sure, but she knows that after she practices, she feels stronger, healthier, happier and better suited to take care of the needs of her loved ones. Namaste.
Yoga is that best friend you need in your life. That no matter what’s going on with you personally, yoga is always going to be there for you. I started practicing yoga when I was either 11 or 12 years old. I actually went to my first studio with my parents. I remember the feeling of, wow that was really fun, I want to keep going, like hanging out with a really awesome friend who makes you feel ridiculously good! As time went on, I grew older, and got a busier schedule, things just changed. Being a fresh young adult in college, I knew that yoga needed to back into my routine of life. Then I was thrown a few too many curve balls, broke down mentally, and just lost all of what I thought of myself. I was physically and mentally running myself into the ground and not taking care of my wants, my needs, and therefore myself. I didn’t just lose my yoga practice for a while, I lost Mallory along the way and what was worse no one even noticed. But yoga being the great friend that it is took me the way I am and welcomed me back with open arms and made me realize that I am so much more than I thought of myself.
I got my Level 1 Certification through YogaFit in 2017 and plan on completing my 200 hour in the near future. By starting my own journey of discovering myself, my strengths, my weakness, my limits, and my breath all through yoga. I want to the same for others. My passion is ALL people big and small. My hope is to lead others into their own journey about discovering themselves, letting go, being mindful, and realizing that “No one can ever make you feel inferior without your consent.” -Eleanor Roosevelt.
Before Deanna got into a routine yoga practice, she would catch a class here and there – after each class, she would think, “I need to do more yoga!” She loved the way it made her feel physically, mentally, emotionally… it opened her, strengthened her, made her feel amazing! Once she began practicing routinely, she couldn’t stop, and she knew that she wanted to share her love of the practice with others. While Deanna knew that yoga would be a good step for her physical health, she did not anticipate how much that would transpose to her mental and emotional well-being. Through the lessons that she learns on her mat, Deanna strives to be positive and embrace those around her with this positive energy. Deanna received her 200-hour training through The Yoga Hive in 2018. She is eternally grateful that she has found this practice of yoga, and is excited to share this passion with my students!
Sarah studied with Lisa Clark for her 200 & 300 Hour EmbodiedYoga Teacher Trainings, and is registered as a 500RYT with the Yoga Alliance. Sarah began her yoga journey in 2013 after her husband returned from Afghanistan, and she began looking for a deeper understanding of the mind-body connection. She never realized yoga would turn into a passion as her practice has served her time & time again to return to home-base, her body and breath. Sarah's teaching style and personal practice involve deep inquiry, observation, mindfulness, and whole bodied expression within the form and practice of yoga. Sarah applies what she knows about developmental movement and experiential anatomy to help awaken, align, and integrate the whole body in her classes. Sarah always come to practice with an open-mind but hopes to guide her students to actively meet the earth & to reach for the stars.
Allie loves to share this practice with students of all ages. Since completing her training through 3rd Street Yoga at Schoolhouse Yoga in 2011, she has taught for the YMCA, Schoolhouse Yoga, Chatham University, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, and private lessons for students recovering from illness and injury in NYC and Pittsburgh. Her sequencing is fun and flowing, with a special focus on helping students safely grow in strength and mobility.
Off the mat, Allie has worked as a voice actor, assistant director, and stage manager. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and the American Guild of Musical Artists.
Growing up as a dancer with a passion for music, Tracey was naturally drawn to the physical discipline and creative expression of yoga. She began practicing through community programs and home videos. In 2011, as a means to ease stress, she developed a consistent practice. Tracey initially enjoyed Vinyasa flow for its beautiful transitions through challenging asanas guided by breath. Her devotion to the practice has led to a greater understanding of the emotional and spiritual aspects of yoga, a life changing and priceless gift. Tracey completed her 200 hour RYT in 2018 through Yoga Flow and feels blessed for the opportunity to “give back” and share her love of yoga through teaching. She is also certified to teach children.
Tracey hopes to inspire students to create time in their lives for physical well-being and space for the peace and serenity so vital to emotional health. She looks forward to a lifelong study of all aspects of yoga to continue to grow as a teacher and a student.
After many years as a yoga student, Cara became a certified instructor in early 2016. Her classes may include anything from hatha flow, iyengar alignment, yin stretching, and restorative poses. Enjoy this unique style of movement with a focus on feeling your target areas to deepen your practice.
The development of Cara's personal practice and teacher training started with Sterling Painton, owner of Sterling Yoga. There are many great Iyengar teachers where she has taken classes and workshops such as Leslie Howard on the pelvic floor. And even the 2016 Iyengar Yoga Convention in Florida, taught by Iyengar's granddaughter!
Cara also has attended several Wanderlust festivals for exploration and new ideas. One of her favorite teachers from Wanderlust led to taking his weekend workshop - Joe Barnett for Yin Yoga with emphasis on anatomy.
For her day job, Cara is in marketing leadership with an extensive background in digital technology. She is thankful for a great start in the business world from Penn State, where she received her B.S. in Marketing. You will still find her at alumni events and football games! She also enjoys volunteering with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, whether it’s sorting food donations or filling children’s backpacks.
Cara is born and raised in Pittsburgh with her entire family in the immediate area. Her parents are thrilled to have her settle down in the 'burgh after living in New Jersey and California. She lives with her rescued pit bull mix in Mt. Lebanon.
Jenna began practicing yoga several years ago but was fairly inconsistent in her practice. Two years ago, in an effort to focus more on her health and wellness, she came back to her mat and she hasn’t looked back since. She fell in love with the style of Power Yoga, the heat of the room, and how it made her feel. Both the physical and mental benefits she receives from the practice affirmed that she wanted to share these benefits with others. She completed her 200 hour Teacher Training in July 2018. Applying the philosophy of yoga to our everyday lives is also an interest of hers.
She is very excited to be a part of the Bend The Bridge Yoga team and looks forward to seeing you on your mat!
Beth is a RYT specializing in yoga for children and adults with special needs. As a pediatric physical therapist, Beth attended her first yoga course in 2015 offered by Sonia Sumar, who teaches internationally, Yoga for the Special Child. Beth was so inspired that she began to learn more about the practice of yoga, making it a part of her own life and using many of the techniques in her physical therapy practice. She continues to learn, taking courses from Sonia Sumar and is a licensed practitioner to teach her method. In October 2017, Beth completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training through Schoolhouse Yoga in Pittsburgh. With a background as a pediatric physical therapist and through her own experience with illness, she is drawn to the peace and healing aspects of yoga. She is inspired by the subtle changes that can occur with regular practice, regardless of age, body type, mental or physical limitations. Her teaching style is nurturing, using breath and movement to help her students find contentment, and a feeling of accomplishment. When not practicing yoga, Beth enjoys anything outdoors as well as traveling with her husband to visit their four grown children who are scattered across the country. Private sessions can be scheduled at the studio with Beth, to learn more about her visit her website at https://bayr08.wixsite.com/yogaforspecialchild
Bobbi is an agent of transformation, she draws on her 25 year battle with diet and exercise along with her back round in health related careers, and deep personal struggles of maintaining a 60 lb. weigh loss for over 20 years to inspire clients to live there life to the fullest. Through compassion and deep connection, Healthy Living Coach, Bobbi DiClaudio works with clients who have tried every diet in the book, tend to view exercise as a form of punishment and are not a fan of counting calories or deprivation.Bobbi’s straightforward attitude, fierce commitment to never ending improvement and pure dedication to sharing what she has earned with others are the backbone for her work. Exploring “mindset, meals and movement” in ways that make transformation sustainable and FUN!Her background in health club management combined with certifications from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and the Institute for Eating Psychology, along with training in Reiki, Color Code Personality Assessment, Personal Development and Leadership are all integral parts of her unique approach.
Learn more at www.bobbidiclaudio.com
Brooke Smokelin, founder of chakrayoghealing and the creator of The Chakra Activation Deck, is an experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT), IKTYA certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher, Yoga Therapist, Sound Healer and Musician. For over 20 years she has studied with teachers in the Kundalini, Sivananda, Ashtanga, and Kriya Yoga traditions, as well as developed a thriving Yoga Therapy and Sound Healing private practice. She offers classes, workshops, workshop series, private and semi-private sessions, retreats, teacher and practitioner training programs in chakra and yoga education, yoga therapy techniques, as well as various vibrational healing/sound therapy modalities. Her aim is to empower students, clients and practitioners with the tools and techniques to positively and powerfully transform their lives.
The cornerstone of Brooke's work is Chakra Yoga, her own unique fusion of classic, static hatha asanas and rhythmic, dynamic kundalini kriyas which explores the physical, metaphysical, emotional, psychological, energetic, and vibrational elements of each of the 7 major chakra-energy centers. By using the yogic tools of pranayama (breathing), asana (posture), mantra (sound forms), and yantra (visual forms), for each chakra, participants gain practices and techniques to imagine, visualize, speak, love, will, feel, and EMBODY their full-spectrum selves. The purpose of her Chakra Yoga is to “tune up” the chakras so that we may get a better sense of these different aspects of consciousness within ourselves and create a beautiful harmonization of our own body, mind, and spirit. Ultimately it is from an awareness of this place of inner resonance and strength that we are able to seek and create harmony with the outer world and with each other.
For more information about Brooke Smokelin, chakrayogahealing, and Vox Lumina musical medicine please go to www.chakrayogahealing.com
You can also purchase her new CHAKRA ACTIVATION DECK, a fabulous tool to support you in designing your own daily yoga practice, at the website above as well.
I was, to put it mildly, a wreck the first time I attended Erin's yoga class. I had body image issues, horrible back pain, and zero yoga experience. Anxiety and fear were running the show. I was afraid I would hurt myself. I was afraid I'd look foolish attempting a practice that was surely meant only for the thin and flexible. But Erin made me feel welcome and calm. She made my mind stop spinning, encouraging the class to focus on what our unique bodies wanted today. After only a few weeks of yoga with Erin, my back pain was completely gone, and I realized the only person judging my body was me. Erin teaches in a way that is uplifting, empowering, and challenging, while offering expert modifications so even beginners like me feel included. (Bonus: she's got great taste in music!) - D. Dannenburg
I've been doing yoga for more than 15 years and Erin is one of the best instructors I've had the pleasure of learning from. She has a calm graceful presence and she radiates joy. She quickly gets to know her students and cares for them genuinely. By asking at the beginning of class what each student needs for their practice, she's able to really tailor the class to everyone's needs. A lot of teachers try this, but Erin succeeds so well. It seems that yoga is intuitive for her, yet she's also able to teach intuitively, as well. Her corrections are wonderful--not too few, not too many, and I appreciate that she cares a lot about form. To boot, she's a sweetheart of a person and has fantastic taste in music! - R. S. Nguyen
"Erin Grace is a wonderful teacher of yoga. As a student and fellow teacher myself, I thoroughly enjoyed taking her pre- and post-natal yoga classes. She holds a calming and nourishing space for beginners and seasoned practitioners alike. She cares about her students and that shows in the community she builds. I highly recommend Erin Grace's yoga classes! - J. Earle
Erin Grace is by far the best yoga instructor I have ever had. After being completely turned off by the idea of yoga a few years ago, after having a bad experience in a beginner’s class, I started taking prenatal yoga when I found out I was pregnant. Erin is the reason I still practice yoga today. She is incredibly helpful and encouraging and always emphasizes listening to your body. She encourages you to challenge yourself while not pushing too far. In Erin’s classes, I never felt that my lack of flexibility or inexperience made me different from any other student. You will not regret taking a yoga class with Erin Grace! -T. Wood