Lakeview Yoga is located in Peters Township, in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. We teach a variety of yoga classes with an emphasis on physical alignment and mindful movement. Our classes are thoughtful and reflexive to promote both physical and mental well-being.
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Kate Olson, Founder
Kate Olson, E-RYT has been a student of yoga since 1998. Kate came to yoga as a way to gain flexibility and quiet her ever busy monkey-mind. Little did she know the amazing changes that were about to occur! After experiencing a physical, mental and spiritual transformation through yoga, Kate wanted to share her experience with others.
She completed the 200 hour teacher training at Yoga H'Om in Pittsburgh. Kate is also a certified Relax and Renew© Trainer, studying under Judith Hanson Lasater. Her teaching is influenced by the many teachers she has studied with over the years including Christy Nones-Mackenzie, Desiree Rumbaugh, Richard Freeman, Rodney Yee, Natasha Rizopolous, and Chrissy Carter.
Kate's classes are inspired by many styles of yoga including vinyasa flow, Ashtanga, Anusara, YogaWorks and restorative. Her classes are fun, engaging, creatively sequenced and always a little bit silly. Kate lives in Peters with her husband and the two true gurus in her life - her children.
Valerie Antonette, Instructor
Valerie was first introduced to yoga in 2001 when she took a class while attending college in Colorado. In 2004, she sought refuge in yoga to help with stress and anxiety related to her career. Since then she has been hooked and has never looked back. In 2008, Valerie completed her 200-hour teacher certification at Yoga H'om in Robinson, Pennsylvania. Since then she has studied with Tiffany Cruikshank, Taylor Harkness, Janet Stone, Joe Barnett, Gina Caputo, Rodney Yee, Chrissy Carter, among others. She teaches vigorous, challenging, but always fun, flow classes; however, Valerie’s passion is Yin Yoga, a practice that opens the body’s deep connective tissues and joints through relaxation and meditation. She loves introducing her students to the world that opens up to them, both physically and emotionally, when they are able to find stillness. In addition to the asana, expect some rockin’ playlists in her yang (flow) classes and guided meditations in her yin classes. In her spare time, she enjoys watching live music, learning and reading about Hindu and Buddhist philosophy, going to the movies, and spending time at home with her boyfriend, her cat, Justice, and her dog, Hank.
Denise Schmitt, Instructor
Denise attended her first yoga class in 2002. After steady and continued practice, she noticed not only increased physical strength but also an unexplained happiness and peace. Yoga was her answer to balance and self-acceptance.
With a background in nursing, Denise is drawn to the healing aspect of yoga. She strives to help others find in themselves the peace, contentment, and strength that she gains from her own practice. She strongly believes that yoga can benefit everyone and that everyone can practice yoga, regardless of age, body type, personality or physical restrictions.
In 2012 Denise completed her 200 hour teacher training with Donna Dyer at Yoga H'Om in Pittsburgh. When not practicing yoga, Denise works as a registered nurse in research and enjoys reading, crafting, being outdoors, and spending time with her husband and two daughters.
Jamie Thornton, Instructor
Jamie Thornton has been practicing yoga for almost 20 years. She began her serious study of yoga in Boston with Helene Gurtner, Linda Chappell, and Kim Welby. While still an English teacher in Boston, she completed her first yoga teacher training with Judith Baker at FRA in Boston. She has also studied with Shiva Rea, Bo Forbes and Cyndi Lee. After moving to Pittsburgh, Jamie completed the 2010 Intensive Teacher Training with 3rd Street Yoga and Schoolhouse Yoga in Pittsburgh with Joanne Vandenhengel. She currently teaches yoga at W.R. Cameron Wellness Center in Washington. A life-long teacher, Jamie continues to relish the satisfaction one gets from teaching. Off the mat, the most valuable thing she has learned in her study is that yoga coaxes us to learn and marvel at the way the body and mind are so intricately and wondrously connected. This recognition brings her glimpses of wisdom, and even bits of wisdom is reason enough to practice yoga forever.
Britney Kwiatek, Instructor
Britney Kwiatek, RYT specializes in beginners, flow and restorative styles of yoga. She completed the 200 hour YogaWorks certification in 2013. Her study was done under the mentorship of Anna Gilbert Zupon at Breathe Yoga Studio in Pittsburgh. 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, and thoughtful sequencing. When she is not practicing yoga or spending time with her husband and two boys, Jude and Julian, you can find her running, cross training, participating in Mud Runs and 5Ks. Rooted in Pittsburgh, Britney looks to share her passion of Yoga to the community.
Monica McClure, Instructor
Since I was a little girl, I knew I needed to be doing something that helped other people, something that 'made a difference'. While it may have taken many years to find that passion (with yoga), I knew I had to share it with other people.
In late 2007, I heard about yoga and its benefits to help heal and empower. I wanted to find ways to feel better as a whole – in my mind, my body, and my soul. In March, 2013, I started my teacher training journey with Donna Dyer and Maggie Borza-Petrie at Yoga H'om. During my training, and since then, I've taken workshops with esteemed teachers Rodney Yee, Tiffany Cruikshank, Tias Little, Maty Ezraty, Kathryn Budig, and Desiree Rumbaugh.
Most of my classes are light-hearted and fun – however I really just want you to spend an hour just listening to your body… to find strength, flexibility, and concentration through breath awareness, patience, and yes, even a good laugh. I teach a class how I would want to be taught a class - feeding students spirituality and positivity in hopes that they'll take what they learn on their mat off their mat and into their life. My job is not just to give you an hour or 90 minutes of a work out, but it's to show you ways to explore your body... to get you somewhere with grace and peace. Embracing the journey of your yoga practice - knowing there will be stumbles, challenges, obstacles, transformation and change - this is what yoga is all about, in my opinion.
When not playing yoga, my full time day job/desk job keeps me busy. I love to travel - I'll hop on a plane, bus, car, boat or train to go anywhere. I have my parents to thank for that, taking vacations every year, exploring Spain when I was 16 and recently a trip to South India. I have a passion for travel, exploration, and doing things I've never done, and I try to keep that same mindset on my yoga mat or in a yoga class.
Vicky Zyra, Instructor
Vicky found yoga in 2000 after purchasing a yoga tape to support her running and weight training regimen. Instantly she realized yoga offered far more than a mere physical workout; it was a lifestyle. Over the years Vicky maintained her practice and in 2011 completed the 100 Hour Yoga Lifestyle Program at Three Rivers Yoga. For a few years yoga took a back seat while Vicky obtained her license in massage therapy.
In 2014, she reconnected with herself on the yoga mat and completed the 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training program at Yoga H'om and Yin Teacher Training at Stray Dog. She is currently enrolled in advanced studies at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health.
Vicky's yogic influences include Tracey Rich & Ganga White (White Lotus), Suzanne Deason, and Rodney Yee. When not providing massage or playing in the studio, Vicky is most likely on a hike, at the beach, or learning something new.
Sarah Jackson, Instructor
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.