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Terra DeArment"I have practiced various froms of yoga for over 20 years. I began as a teenager trying to find relief from chronic migraines and issues stemming from scoliosis. I worked as a cosmetologist for 15years and even recieved a teaching degree in cosmetology, but when my 3rd baby came along I decided to devote myself to my family. As they grew I began focusing a little more on myself again and reconnected with my passion for Yoga, this time it meant so much more to me for so many reasons. In 2019 I recieved a level one training from Amazing Yoga in Pittsburgh and began teaching in a gym to find my voice. I continued to teach all through the beginning of the pandemic until things shut down & I decided to complete a 200hr Certification from Aligned Yoga, I continued to teach in multiple locations while attending the Small Business Jumpstart Program until I found the current location for Breathe In Yoga. In 2021 I completed a 300hr training, making me a RYT500, and am continuing my education in an Ashtanga Training. I will always continue to study this beautiful practice! I love Yoga, I love helping people find joy and laughter. Over the years with the help of my loved ones have completely changed my life from traumas and addictions to what it is now & Yoga has been amazing tool to help guide me on the path of growth, love, confidence and connection."
Meghan McCurdy"After signing up for a yoga class at Breathe In Yoga in December, I immediately fell in love with it and began searching for a way to incorporate more yoga in to my life. After a few more classes, I knew I was hooked! Through chatting with Terra, I knew that I wanted to teach and learn as much as I could about yoga! I signed up for the Aligned Yoga 200 hour certification and began my journey to becoming a yoga instructor. I have always gravitated towards helping people in some way, and I have always loved health and fitness. I graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2017 with a B.A. in Psychology and Criminal Justice and went on to complete my Masters Degree in 2019 in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, with a concentration in Addictions Counseling. I currently work as a Therapist and Drug and Alcohol Project Manager at Mercy House of Meadville. I am also currently working towards completing my NASM Certification to become a Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Nutrition Coach. As a therapist and avid fitness enthusiast, I couldn’t think of a better way to combine the two of my passions, then by helping people become the best versions of themselves through yoga, meditation and building a better mind-body connection. Yoga has become a great outlet for me physically and mentally and allows me to push myself to new limits, meet new people, and better my own mind-body connection. Through my own growth and practice, I strive to be the best version of myself, so that I can continue to help others to become the best versions of themselves. I am beyond excited to begin teaching at Breathe In Yoga and look forward to continuing to grow my knowledge and expand my practice!"
Connie Youngblood"I began working out in earnest when my daughter was three which was over 40 years ago. I was looking for a way to get back into shape after having two children and frankly I was looking for a group exercise setting. This was the heyday of “dance aerobics” and the best place to take a class in Meadville was with Carla Chisholm. During this time, we moved from church basement to church basement and even took class in a racket ball court! When the predecessor to Keystone Strength, The Body Firm, opened it was amazing. We had a dedicated space to take our classes and they were so much fun. About 4 months after the Body Firm opened, I was asked to teach Rock Aerobics to pre-teens and Kids Aerobics to K-6 children. Not long after that I transitioned into teaching adults Low Impact aerobics which is still part of my schedule today. My first impressions of yoga were “this is not for me” and “it moves too slow” and “it can’t possibly be a serious workout.” I misinformed and soon learned of the benefits when I tried yoga classes at The Body Firm and the YWCA in the early 2000’s. I looked forward to my yoga classes to release stress from my challenges as a school administrator. I developed increased flexibility and found my yoga practice enhanced the benefits from my other fitness classes. I became certified in yoga and developed the Relax/Refresh yoga format I teach today. It is a combination of hatha yoga, yin yoga, Pilates and Iyengar yoga. Over time I have added props like blocks, straps, and Pilates balls to keep practices interesting and to increase flexibility and strength. I use a variety of music including traditional chants, nature sounds, modern yoga flow music and even familiar standards like Elton John and the Beatles. The practices are designed to enhance your fitness regimen. They appeal to young athletes as well as retirees because we all can benefit from stress relief, purposeful stretching, increased flexibility, and strength training. Professional CredentialsCertifications in classic aerobics and yogaStudied at Pro Health Fitness Center in Merritt Island, Florida and Zen Yoga in Cocoa, Florida.Doctor of Education in Educational Foundations, Research, Technology and Leadership from Youngstown State UniversityProfessor in Middle and Secondary Education and Educational Leadership at Edinboro UniversityRetired public school educator and school superintendent after 41 years of service
Brooke BraceIt was on a fateful day during the summer of 2014 when Brooke stumbled upon her first Pilatesworkout video online. She had just wrapped up her freshman year at Slippery Rock University,when she felt the toll of college hit her; a rundown body, poor regular diet, awful sleep schedule,bad posture from sitting at a desk, plus the mental stress from studying and finding a new sociallife. She found herself looking for a lifestyle change that would benefit her body and mind in thelong run. Brooke knew nothing about Pilates, but needed to start somewhere in her journey.With that, she clicked on the video, and never looked back.Pilates became a huge part of Brooke's weekly routine. She continued to practice throughoutcollege and post-graduation where she spent four years living in Boston, MA. While most of herpractice was at home, Brooke also loved attending classes that challenged her to execute eachmove correctly, making her stronger than before. Throughout her pregnancy she practicedPilates safely, and even used it to gently, yet effectively, heal her body postpartum. ThoughBrooke has expanded her exercise routine to include HIIT, weights, and now Yoga, she hasfound herself to be grounded in Pilates time and time again.In winter of 2022, Brooke became officially certified through AFPA in order to teach Pilates toeveryone eager to learn. Whether you're new or familiar with Pilates, you are welcomed toBrooke's class with open arms! You'll have fun and feel good while doing so.
Leah LeslieYoga has provided me a spiritual path; an awareness which continues to manifest bothon and off the mat. Throughout my practice, I have come to nurture my true self,understand and dispel flaws in my inner narrative, and reconnect with my body. As aresult, peace has become more familiar. I have learned that slowing down is powerful and noticing these truths is how we can begin to restore. I completed my under graduate coursework at University of Pittsburgh, majoring insocial sciences and psychology and completed my graduate coursework with EdinboroUniversity, with a master degree in clinical mental health counseling and art therapy. Icurrently work full time at a hospital as an inpatient counselor and art therapist,specializing in trauma and addictions. I completed my 200-YTT with My Vinyasa Practice in April 2022. Yin has always beenmy focus as it is the perfect adjunct to trauma care whereas it targets the connectivetissues of the body where trauma is often stored as unprocessed material causing pain,both physical and emotional. My passion has always been to help others find their voice,release what no longer serves them, and foster resiliency. I want to help share yoga asan option to end any unnecessary suffering that often accompanies the human condition.