Kate Mackin

E-RYT 500, Ayurvedic Health Counselor (NAMA certified)


Kate serves as President on the Board of Directors for the Himalayan Institute of Pittsburgh and is a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider.  Drawing from the Himalayan Tradition, she blends yogic and Ayurvedic techniques to promote wellness on all levels. Kate enjoys leading corporate seminars and retreats in and out of the country. She also works with athletes to optimize peak efficiency and students, teaching them mindfulness and yoga practices that they can carry with them throughout their lives.

Judie Markley


I have been teaching yoga for over 10 years, certified by the Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy since 1998. I continue my practice, education and study of the Himalayan tradition and currently teach Aromatherapy workshops at the Pittsburgh center. I have been Secretary of the Himalayan Institute of Pittsburgh since its inception.

Gene Ellsworth


I am certified by the Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy and I teach combination of hatha and flow yoga. I began my yoga training as a result of my affiliation with the Dean Ornish Program and I emphasize the importance of breath in stress reduction and the impact of yoga and meditation on a healthier lifestyle.

Dee Gazdik


I have studied Hatha yoga for 13 years and have taught for over a decade.  It brings me great joy to see so many transformed by the practice of asana, pranayama, meditation and relaxation. I observe so many students starting the inward journey that brings joy, love, acceptance, mindfulness and peace and that is the fire that burns within me to keep teaching. I welcome all questions that my students have and the questions bring me to a deeper level of understanding how important the relationship between teacher and students is, that connection allows me to deepen and continue growing on my own journey.  When I’m not teaching,I work as a floral designer and enjoy spending time with my husband, dog and many friends.  I am certified by the Himalayan Institute of yoga Science and Philosophy.

Abigail Ritter


There is a sacred space within each of us, our “Temple Within,” where strength, light, and love live. I am a 200 and 500 hour certified Hatha yoga teacher, trained through the Himalayan Institute. My teaching of yoga allows each student to connect to this sacred space through awareness of the subtle body.

Beverly Gray


I began my yoga journey ten years ago, stumbling upon a class after a traumatic life experience, searching for meaning. What I found was that the healing power of yoga through self-awareness and practice was incomparable.  I know that whatever experience I had prior to that class led me there. Wanting to deepen my experience, I earned my 200 hour RYT Training in 2014. I consider it a great honor to be sharing the tradition of the Himalayan Institute with my students, who are my best teachers, and I bow to them. The depth of knowledge within this ancient practice is vast, there is much to be learned; happily, the journey never ends.  I believe in the sacred space and light within all of us. My goal is to allow each student to connect with and tap into that energy, both on and off the mat, through asana, breath work, and mindfulness. It is my hope to create a safe space for my students filled with compassion and openness, guiding them to find comfort in their own stillness.
When I am not teaching at the Himalayan, you might find me at Lincoln Elementary School where I work as a teacher aide, spending time with my two teenage boys and husband, cooking or writing.

Colleen Dougherty


As Colleen sees it, great fortune brought her to the doorstep of the happy Himalayan Pittsburgh community 6 years ago…a place I feel is genuinely devoted to teaching the disciplines of yoga to aspirants.  I think that intuitively we each know and seek the power and beauty of feeling whole and we are drawn to the practices of yoga to support this yearning.  In 2009 Colleen completed the teacher training program, but says, “The truth is, of course,we are all teaching and learning from each other everyday at the Himalayan.”

Susannah Azzaro


I have been practicing yoga for about 16 years…at times off-and-on, and at times very regularly. In 2013, I completed the teacher training program through the Himalayan Institute. I have a background in ballet, and definitely continue to crave moving and stretching, but it is the infinitely deep layers of yoga relating to union of mind, breath, body, and spirit that fascinate and inspire me to practice and teach.

Jennie Bolas


I was introduced to yoga at one of the beginner’s classes held at the Himalayan Institute and became enlightened about the wonderful spiritual and physical benefits of yoga. Through the guidance and encouragement of Beth May, a fellow Himalayan Institute instructor, I completed the 200-hour teacher training with the Himalayan Institute in 2013. I enjoy teaching classes that focus on building awareness of the body, proper alignment and breath.  My goal is to make yoga accessible for people of any age and background.  I believes that if someone can commit to a 10-20 minute practice a day along with 10 minutes of meditation, it can make a dramatic impact in their relationships, career and health because it did for me.

Kara Heinrich


Through my daily yoga practice, I have created a healthy lifestyle full of joy and peace. I am a 200 hour certified Hatha Yoga Instructor trained through the Himalayan Institute and have been teaching since March, 2015 to the present. Our Center is truly a community of students and instructors committed to strengthening the “internal fire” within each of us. By lighting the “internal fire”, we can then illuminate the outside world and mindfully manage our paths in this ever changing stressful world. I’d love for you to join me every Saturday when I guide the Hatha I level 10-11:30 am class.  Photo by Nicole Begley. “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” — Anais Nin

Tracy Szemanski


I found the Himalayan Institute, because I was looking for a beginner’s class. I was lead there, I know this only in hindsight. I remember when I first could have been introduced to yoga at a gym I belonged to, but I was not willing to give it a try because of my ignorance. This was before the internet. The beginner’s class was a very important foundation for my practice. I was challenged by the practice, although I had always been active physically, the asana challenged me in a different way. I came to Yoga for the physical aspects of the practice and was drawn to the deeper aspects of the yoga philosophy. I completed the teacher training in 2014/2015 to deepen my knowledge of the Himalayan tradition. I recently started teaching and especially enjoy the mini-yogi’s class. I am grateful and proud to be a part of this Yoga School. When not involved in yoga, you will find me hiking or walking my precious pooches, Sidney & Tilly or spending time with my precious human children, Jacob & Ali, when they are back in the area.

Susan Frenchik


HI-certified yoga since 2009, has been practicing yoga since the late 90’s. She lives with her family in Sewickley and teaches French at Washington and Jefferson College. She firmly believes that joy is an act of resistance. Om namah shivaya.

Susan Volkar


My first experience with yoga was in the early 90’s with a VHS tape that I purchased from a garage sale.  I loved it and was hooked.  There weren’t many yoga classes offered in those days, so I mostly practiced in front of the television.  A few years later I was fortunate to find a great local instructor and began attending her classes.  Having been in the sales field for the past 30 years, I have interacted with many different types of people and believe that everyone can benefit from the practice.  Students appreciate my classes because they are well rounded and challenging if desired, but fun.  I completed the Himalayan Institute Yoga Teacher Training Certifications for RYT 200 hour  in 2014 and the RYT 500 hour in 2019 . Yoga has brought so much to my life including the opportunity to be a part of the amazing Himalayan Institute of Pittsburgh family.

Lorri Spada

200 hour RYT Himalayan Institute 2017; 200 hour Shadyside Yoga 2002


Lorri honors the countless Yoginis and Yogis who have passed along to us the traditions and teaching of Yoga, so needed in our present times. The humble acts of breathing and stretching connect us to the source, the life force, of simply living. Lorri celebrates the inter-being of all of the students she teaches, and thanks them for the lessons that they teach her. Other teachers: BKS Iyengar, Thich Nhat Hanh, Eckart Tolle, Rumi, my kids and their kids.

Lyl Rose


I have been practicing Hatha yoga in the Himalayan tradition for over ten years and teaching for the past seven. I believe yoga is the ultimate connection for personal and spiritual growth by cultivating patience, breath and alignment in a strong and mindful practice. My goal is to share and inspire others to integrate yoga philosophy, pranayama, meditation and grace into the realities of daily life and trust the true teacher within our own hearts. I love Pittsburgh and reside in Crafton with her husband and three beautiful children.

Kate Rosenthal


Kate is a classically trained and certified 200 hour-level yoga teacher who discovered therapeutic yoga as a way to strengthen, stabilize and balance her musculoskeletal system. As her physical body healed, she broadened her knowledge by attending workshops with nationally recognized yoga teachers. Additionally, she began studying the ancient Indian healing system of Ayurveda, also known as the ‘sister science’ of Yoga. While yoga looks at one’s relationship to their body, Ayurveda provides guidance for interacting with the outside world, specifically addressing how to live in harmony with the changing seasons and cycles of life. Kate did her yoga teacher training at the Himalayan Institute of Pittsburgh which offers a broad education in yoga, meditation, pranayama, Ayurveda, and yoga philosophy.Kate is grateful to her many teachers and wants to pay it forward and help others to heal their bodies, minds and spirits by applying principles and techniques from her combined knowledge base of yoga and Ayurveda.

Monette Shuttleworth


Monette tossed twenty years of gym-based yoga out the door when she began her 200 hour teacher training program of Classical Hatha Yoga at the Himalayan Institute. Monette is committed to ensuring safe effective programs of yoga. She loves Shavasana and is deeply rewarded by her students practice of relaxation and meditation. Monette believes that yoga is accessible to all populations and that its integration into one’s lifestyle may truly be transforming to the mind, body and spirit. She takes great satisfaction in sharing her experience to help others achieve their health and wellness goals. Monette is committed to remain teachable, ever seeking to advance her knowledge through continued education. She loves the outdoors; skiing, kayaking, hiking, travel, music and dancing. Monette is a native of the South Hills and spends time helping others and playing a role in service to the community and to her beloved family
Kate is grateful to her many teachers and wants to pay it forward and help others to heal their bodies, minds and spirits by applying principles and techniques from her combined knowledge base of yoga and Ayurveda.

Cathy Tuttle


After attending my first Yoga class in the 70’s with Narendra Rothare in Pittsburgh and beginning to learn about Ayurveda, I quietly began my journey toward empowered health and self-care.

The interest to adapt my classes to suit various levels of physical and emotional needs has led me to teach Hatha I, Gentle and Chair Yoga. Since 2012 I’ve been teaching a variety of yoga classes. Relaxation and meditation are included, depending on the format of the class

I received my MSW (Masters of Social Work) in 1982. For over 20 years this career spanned therapeutic work with addicts, community outreach with laid off steel workers, casework with the elderly and so much more. I have completed the 200 Hour Teacher Training Certification and the Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist Certification with the Himalayan Institute. I am currently enrolled in the 500 Hour Teacher Training Certification Program.