Meet the Teachers

Jenn Ferris-Glick
Hatha | Meditation 

Jenn (E-RYT200) has always been obsessed with behavior, both human and animal. She loves to watch how people experience, learn, move, and heal in the world--off the mat and on the mat. Since 2001, she has been using the lens of contemplative science (i.e., meditation, yoga, and therapeutic techniques) to help people access their body, mind and spirit in a much deeper way. For Jenn, this means allowing individuals to peel away the layers that cause the physical symptoms of trauma, stress, anxiety, and depression. In the last few years, she has been fully engaged in being a wife to Chad Glick, a mother of three human children, Oliver, Otto, & Wolf - and three fur-babies, Jezeus & Durga (Bullmastiffs) and Matilda, the tortoiseshell cat. Jenn is the owner of the soon-to-be Exhale Pittsburgh, the sister studio to Inhale Pittsburgh, and the leader of the Pittsburgh Dharma Punx.

Wednesday: 10-10:45 a.m. (Om, Baby Om)
Thursday:  6:15-7:15 p.m (Foundations)

Cheyenne Knorr
Ashtanga | Vinyasa

Cheyenne (RYT 200) started practicing yoga in 2009 when an instructor walked into her life at just the right time--when she needed yoga. After taking just a few classes she knew that yoga was meant to be in her life and it became a daily discipline and she was soon inspired to teach it to others. She received her training at Aura Wellness Center in Massachusetts.  Always looking for ways to deepen and improve her practice, she has taken workshops with the likes of Sri Dharma Mittra in New York and Tim Miller in San Diego.  Cheyenne is a devout practitioner of Ashtanga Yoga (which she credits with cracking her heart and life wide open) and you'll find most of the Primary Series in her well-rounded classes. Each class starts with a pranayama (breathing) exercise and ends with a guided meditation into savasana. You might even get lucky and share class with Cheyenne's four-year-old daughter Lina. 

Tuesday: 6:15-7:15 p.m. (Vinyasa Flow)
Thursday: 7:30-9:00 (Ashtanga Primary Series)

Allison Kong

Allison (RYT 200) didn’t expect that joining her best friend on a whim to a yoga class in 2006 would bring an extraordinary change to her life. Yoga helped her find calm, refocus, and gain new perspective. She became even more fascinated with the benefits of yoga after seeing how the practice and guided-meditation have made huge improvements in insomniac patients and her mother's anxiety. Upon returning from a trip to Nepal where she practiced yoga and studied sutras with the locals, Allison pursued yoga teacher training with Lynn Rescigno here in Pittsburgh. When you come to Allison's class, her goal is to make you feel like a better version of yourself by learning how to listen to your body. She also focuses a lot on breath, a vehicle to deepen anyone’s yoga practice. You will find hints of Jivamukti and Viniyoga when your own your mat with her. Off the mat, Allison spends time exploring her new home in Pittsburgh and works full-time in clinical research. Her guilty pleasures are cookie batter and cat videos.

Monday: 6:15-7:15 p.m. (Foundations) &  7:30-8:30 (Slow Flow)


Ria Kuroki
Hatha | Vinyasa

Ria, (RYT 200) who is originally from Japan and spent the last decade in LA, still remembers her first yoga class. She was reminded of how inflexible and unconfident she'd become since in her teenage ballerina days. But she stayed because it was time to stop running away from her problems, and three months of diligent yoga practice later, Ria discovered her inner power in a Savasana. She found the control to end negative relationships and eliminate bad habits. She gained energy and lost weight. And it was the very first time she felt comfortable with herself.  Wanting to share this amazing, ancient wisdom with others, Ria travelled to India to complete her 200 HR teacher training. In Ria's classes, she creates a safe and comfortable place for everyone to practice yoga.  “Find your own yoga," she says. "When a body and mind get aligned, you can’t imagine how light and comfortable you feel!" When Ria is not on her mat, she's getting to know the 'Burgh and making some very scrumptious vegan chocolate.  

Wednesday: 7:30-8:45 p.m. (Vinyasa Flow)
Thursday: 6:30-7:30 a.m. (Morning Yoga)

Alyssa Kuzins
Vinyasa | Meditation

Alyssa (RYT 200) discovered yoga in college, but did not practice it seriously until the summer immediately following graduation.  Her first yoga class was at an Iyengar studio in Pittsburgh where she learned the importance of alignment, before she ventured into Yoga Flow for heated Vinyasa classes for a more vigorous practice. Eventually, Alyssa realized that her grad school path in Public History was no longer in alignment with her truth; therefore, despite a very uncertain future, she took a leap of faith and quit her master’s program for a “yoga career.” Today she teaches both Vinyasa and meditation. Alyssa's classes always leave you feeling clear, connected, and light. Her lunchtime Move & Meditate class involves a mix of grounding asana work, breath work, some discussion,  and sometimes group mantra chanting. Alyssa is also the Founder of Blossom and Flow a 4 month women’s circle (held every January at Inhale Pittsburgh), a #DesireMap Life Coach, and a Biz + Branding Coach to soulful women who seek a life of alignment. And she hosts a book club (Chapter & Chants) here at the studio. 

Thursday: 1:15-2:00 p.m. (Move & Meditate)


Janna Hockenjos

Janna (E-RYT 200) discovered yoga when she was 13. It was a whole winter dedicated to teaching herself how to do a headstand in her living room with the help of a yoga book. She didn’t return to a regular practice until yoga served as the much-needed balance to a twenty-something life in New York City. Janna received her 200 HR training from Sonic Yoga in New York City and did an apprenticeship at Mala Yoga in Brooklyn. Janna teaches a Vinyasa style class that focuses on both the physical and subtle body. Her students experience the flow of prana, music, and message set to the firm foundations of asana and alignment. Outside of regular classes, she specializes in teaching yoga to those who live with brain injury and PSTD. Janna is the owner of Inhale Pittsburgh, a Lululemon ambassador, and two-time published author.  When she’s not on her mat or keeping Inhale Pittsburgh ship-shape, she is busy writing, discovering this cool city, or walking Mae Belle in the Mexican War Streets. And when it's warm out, look for her doing yoga on a paddle board or maybe join a SUP Yoga class she's teaching. 

Monday: 6:30-7:30 a.m. (Morning Yoga) & 12:05-12:55 p.m. (Lunch Break)
Tuesday: 12:05-12:55 p.m. (Lunch Break) & 7:30-8:45 p.m. (Vinyasa Flow)
Friday:  6:30-7:30 a.m. (Morning Yoga) & 12:05-12:55 p.m. (Lunch Break)

Amanda Rubio

Amanda (RYT 200) began practicing yoga at the age of 26, at a time when she was looking for something to change her outlook on life and bring her to a place of greater awareness and openness.  Seven years later, Amanda received her 200 HR training from Amazing Yoga in Pittsburgh and now teaches a Vinyasa flow practice that, while very physical, strives to help students become more conscious, present, and aware through focusing on breath and meditation. In 2014, Amanda co-founded MoWa Yoga, a pop-up yoga community focused on bringing yoga with intention to the overlook pods on Mount Washington and other unique spaces around Pittsburgh. Amanda continues her work as the principal of MoWa Yoga, and by teaching at several studios throughout the city. When not teaching or practicing, Amanda works as a civil litigation attorney, and spends her free time exercising, traveling, reading, writing, and spending time with her boyfriend Andy, her friends, and her cat Martie McFly.

Wednesday: 6:30-7:30 a.m. (Morning Yoga)
Saturday: 9:30-10:30 a.m. (Morning Yoga)

Sydney Shoff

Sydney (RYT 200) realized the importance of connecting to your body through movement by growing up as a dancer.  A natural progression from dance to yoga occurred in high school where she began to notice subtle physical and mental changes, which made yoga a staple in Sydney's life.  After a retreat in Nosara, Costa Rica, she knew she had to deepen her practice and share yoga with others. As a teacher, Sydney wants to bring the same sense of peace to her students that yoga has provided her. In her Vinyasa flow classes, you will find both strength and relaxation, all the while her goal is to quiet the thoughts that crowd our heads to make room for love and mindfulness. Sydney is committed learning for her own personal growth and also to be her best self for her students. Off the mat, you will most likely find Sydney working at James Gallery or planning her next traveling adventure with her man. She also loves capturing moments with photography and doing absolutely anything outdoors, from making s'mores by the fire to biking.

Tuesday: 6:30-7:30 a.m. (Morning Yoga)
Wednesday: 6:15-7:15 p.m. (Foundations)

Samantha Small

Sam (RYT 200) was involved in many physical activities and sports such as basketball, track and field, and softball when she was growing up. Physical activity was believed to be essential to her well-being, until she moved to Pittsburgh in 2009 and stepped onto her first yoga mat in 2010. Then she realized that there is so much more to overall well-being. Sam began to feel a calmness of mind that she's never known. Sam's yoga practice changed dramatically after completing her 200 HR training with Lynn Rescigno. Transforming her practice from a physical activity to a mind-body experience through asana and meditation is what drives Sam. When taking Sam's classes, you can expect creative Vinyasa sequences filled with alignment cues and breath focus. You can also expect music, smiles, and lots of laughs throughout. Off of her mat, Sam is a Doctoral School Psychology student at Duquesne University, and she plans on researching how yoga effects students in a school setting. She also enjoys attending concerts (especially any genre of metal), hiking, painting, and all the things that feed her creative soul.

Thursday: 12:05-12:55 p.m. (Lunch Break)

Joanna Studeny

Joanna (E-RYT 200) completed her 20O HR teacher training through Core Power Yoga in Boulder, Colorado in 2009, after practicing for almost a decade.  First drawn to yoga to help with a very terrible meditation practice while studying Buddhism in college, Joanna found a breath-focused asana practice to be an incredibly helpful tool for chilling out her crazy mind and cultivating a practice of mindfulness.  Her classes are light-hearted and fun, and often include challenging poses to emphasize both the limitless nature of our yoga practice as well as the impermanence of the physical form.  When she's not on her mat, you can find her rock climbing, stand-up paddling, failing at slack-lining, or hiking with her horse-dog. 

Wednesday: 12:05-12:55 p.m. (Lunch Break)

Stefanie Zito

Stefanie (500-HR) began her yoga journey in 2010 simply looking for a low impact workout to assist her recovery from a serious bicycle accident. Originally, she had only expected to approach yoga as another way to safely move, heal, and build strength, but what she discovered was so much more. This practice has become inseparable from the overall way in which she lives both on and off the mat. Yoga has become not only a moving meditation, but a lifestyle by which she engages the world with a growing discovery of beauty, spaciousness, and breath. Stefanie is continually humbled and inspired by this healing and life-changing power of dynamic, joyful, and intentional movement that unites body, mind, and spirit. In 2013, Stefanie completed her 200-hour YogaWorks certification under Anna Gilbert Zupon here in Pittsburgh, and has since gone on to complete her 300-hour YogaWorks certification in New York City studying under her mentor, Caitlin Casella. In 2016 she became certified to teach Love Your Brain friendly classes, which specialize in work with TBI survivors. Off the mat, you can expect to find Stefanie eating pizza with her main squeeze, painting pictures, or playing with her 2 scottie dogs, Penny and Dooley.

Saturday: 1:00 - 2:15 p.m. (Prenatal Yoga)


We also have a pretty great group of teachers on our sub list that you will see teaching and practicing at the studio.

Maryellen Braverso | Stefanie Zito | Joni Sturgill | Laura Jackson | Tamaryn Kelley | Caitlin Lasky | Max Novelli