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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Dana Ramous

Dana is a prenatal certified yoga instructor who helps pregnant women and new mamas find balance in life through yoga, community, a little humor and a lot of inspiration.

Sanna Carapellotti

I took my first yoga class in 1989 and thought it was a strange thing to do. Now, I realize, and the research reveals its value, that is, to promote health, integrity, and vitality in all aspects of self. It is not just exercise. After taking the RYT 200 hour instructor training at Himalayan Institute and courses with Max Strom to improve my practice, I continue to teach three classes a week. My focus is on the finer details of poses, core work, and hip stability. As a Master Healer and Strategist, I also teach the Emotional Freedom Technique and offer other healing experiences at the Himalayan Institute. In my yoga instruction, attendees experience snippets of mind-body techniques. A commitment to yoga moves you toward a more directed, healthier lifestyle, reduces anxiety, and is an essential component of trauma healing. Join me on Friday mornings at 10!

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.

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.”

Naomi Schademan

Naomi Schademan is a yoga student who is passionate about sharing the techniques and teachings that facilitate her own growth, joy, and well-being. For five years, Naomi resided at the Himalayan Institute’s headquarters in Honesdale, PA, where she served as a karma yogi and trained for hundreds of hours in yoga, meditation, tantra, and ayurveda with HI faculty. Deeply honored to be a steward of the Himalayan Tradition, Naomi’s classes draw from the teachings that have been passed on from her teachers and her own yoga practice and are devoted to connecting to the Divine within. She teaches group and private yoga classes and workshops on yoga and Vishoka Meditation.

Meg Gilson

Meg is a 200 hour certified Hatha yoga teacher trained at the Himalayan Institute of Pittsburgh. Meg believes that the practice of yoga and becoming aware of the connection between mind, body and breath can benefit us not only on the mat, but in our daily lives. Through teaching yoga, Meg hopes to bring awareness to the positive energy and joy that exists within us all and can empower us to find inner peace and happiness as our true selves.