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A new season.

The same great yoga experience.

 

About Us

In October 2020, Solstice Yoga Shala took over the space formerly known and loved as Human Breathing Yoga Studio. Ronnie Coughenour built Human Breathing Yoga Studio with heart and soul in order to introduce the practice of yoga to his beloved community. Solstice Yoga Shala hopes to make the transition into this new season with grace, warmth, and respect to the history of Human Breathing Yoga Studio. With this change, you can expect the same great yoga experience, and know that Ronnie will still bring his infectious laugh to the studio as he continues to teach classes in our space!

The biannual Solstice (combining the Latin words "sol" for "sun", and "sistere" meaning "to stand still”) is the point where the sun appears to reach either its highest or lowest point in the sky, thus ancient astronomers came to know the day as one where the 'Sun Stood Still'. Shala is a Sanskrit word meaning, “home", "space", or "abode”. A Yoga Shala is therefore a 'place of yoga'. Solstice Yoga Shala has embraced the traditional meaning of Shala and created an inviting space for yogis to practice, learn, and grow. Whether you feel as though you are at your "highest" or "lowest" point in your journey, like the sun, we welcome you to come shine your light with us.

The mission of Solstice Yoga Shala is to make yoga accessible for our entire community.

We know that yoga can often feel confusing and intimidating to those whom are unfamiliar, and we encourage anyone interested in the practice to try a complimentary class. 

Click here to contact us for your free class code.

 

Teachers

Cait first discovered yoga at her college gym, feeling silly trying to touch her toes. Over the years, yoga ebbed and flowed in and out of her life, acting as a constant space for grounding when feeling adrift. Born in California, raised at the beaches in New Jersey, Cait found her way home to Warwick, PA in 2018. While living for a little over a year in "Cowtown" (Fort Worth), TX, Cait was able to build a deeper connection with her practice and completed her yoga teacher training at Yoga Forte in 2017. 

She began teaching classes at Human Breathing Yoga Studio and felt an instant connection to the space. After relocating all over the country, she finally felt home. When the opportunity arose to take over the studio, she was honored and excited to continue building a yoga shala in our community.

 

When not practicing on the mat, off the mat Cait is a clinical psychotherapist. Cait is a firm believer in the scientifically proven mental health benefits of yoga. She explains, “I saw the benefit my own yoga practice had on my mental health early on. I am a huge advocate for mental health as I am a therapist and have been personally affected by a family member dying by suicide. I wanted to become a yoga teacher to help others not only connect with their bodies, but also improve their mental health

through movement and meditation.”

Caitlin Brady

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Ronnie Coughenour

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After nearly two decades, yoga continues to be a source of delight and solace for Ronnie. Ronnie first built this studio as Human Breathing Yoga Studio and brought the practice to Morgantown 11 years ago.

 

He explains, ”Yoga helps me to unwind and relax. Yoga keeps my spirits lifted. I practice yoga because it is a continual source of fun and exploration for me and I can see myself practicing into old age for the same reasons.”

While he may no longer be at the helm of managing the studio, he continues to be a well-loved part of the community! Ronnie teaches an all-levels flow class every Saturday that is sure to make you smile!

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Kayla Wallace

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Kayla was first introduced to yoga by her dad in 2009. Fast forward a few years into a deepened practice and Kayla experienced both the mental and emotional benefits that yoga has to offer. 

 

Kayla had the opportunity to take an intensive 4-week teacher training in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 2018 and since then has been teaching weekly vinyasa and slow flow type classes. Kayla then spent a bit of time living in California studying Ayurveda.

 

When Kayla is not in the studio she enjoys hiking with her boyfriend and husky Boone, riding bikes, doing kitchen projects, thrift shopping and spending time with her new niece and nephew. 

 

Kayla believes there is a yoga practice fit for anyone and wants to share the joys of the practice with as many people as she can. She is thankful for the community it has connected her with and looks forward to practicing with you! 

Kayla Wallace

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Ronnie Coughenour

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Ronnie Yogabomb loves yoga and craves community. 

He considers himself a yoga informed hillbilly who loves to play bikes and tend family, while waiting out the pandemic in his family’s townhouse with a homeschooling third-grader who beats him at Connect 4 and (inevitably) chess; a high school junior who livestreams school from a bedroom/command center; and his wife, whom he adores.  

They have 3 cats including a small, all-black bobtail named Samhain who serves as Ronnie’s familiar. 

 

He has taught yoga, breathwork and meditation for 13 years. He teaches a moderately active style of yoga which he hopes will sustain him for several decades and is thankful to Solstice Yoga Shala for providing a place to teach. He is immeasurably grateful to Cait for taking the helm of his beloved yoga community. 

 

Ronnie is currently experiencing a significant hug deficit. 

You can practice with him and his wife Saturdays at 9:00am.

Ronnie Coughenour

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Darian Fiorenza

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Darian Fiorenza earned a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher certification, with a specialization in Power Vinyasa, from Power Yoga Works in Malvern.

In addition to her yoga training, Darian is working toward a master’s degree in mental health counseling and art therapy at Holy Family University in Philadelphia. Darian credits her yoga practice for reducing anxiety and improving her overall mental well-being. After experiencing this transformation in herself, she was inspired to become a yoga teacher and share this gift with others.

In her yoga classes, Darian promotes a calming and open environment where students are encouraged to have fun and ask questions, making sure her classes are accessible to all levels. Having rehabilitated multiple knee injuries, Darian is no stranger to pain and how to modify your practice to honor the healing process. 

When she’s not studying, working, or teaching yoga, Darian engages as an active student representative of PAATA (Pennsylvania Art Therapy Association). She also enjoys time with her family, friends, and charming cat, Squeakers. 

Darian Fiorenza

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Jesi Yost

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"I began my yoga journey at the age of 14. My mother & I took a class together and we were the two youngest students! Thank goodness times have changed and yoga now attracts people of all ages. I have carried yoga in my heart and soul ever since. Yoga is a part of my every breath.

I completed a 200 hour yoga certification at The Spirit of Yoga in Downingtown, PA, in January 2007. The Spirit of Yoga is a Yoga Alliance certified school, and Master Yogi, Pam Walsh instructs her students in a very diversified program of Hatha Yoga. 

My teaching style is a bit eclectic, and I take a lighthearted, accessible approach to my classes. Please join me for an all level class, open to students of all fitness levels."

Jesi teaches the first two Sundays of every month, and you can occasionally catch her subbing during the week!

Jesi Yost

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Daniel S. Bower

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Father, Musician, Yogi. I’m 42. My family is my wife Elise, 4 year old Harvey & 6 month old Levon. We live in Phoenixville, PA. I play music for a living & teach yoga to stay sane. 

 

My relationship with yoga started earlier than I can remember because I can’t ever remember not being drawn to headstands & meditation. Around 2007, in an effort to explore and finally name this fascination I got a book from the library called (learn) Yoga in a Weekend. Two days later I had a practice. 

In 2008 I met Ron Coughenour who taught small groups out of his home studio in Elverson, PA. Feeling drawn to his energy & straight shooting teaching style I attended his classes regularly & learned A LOT! In 2010 I went to Hawaii where I trained at the Shambava School of Yoga’s Konalani Ashram. A month later I had my 200hr certificate & have been teaching in the Morgantown yoga community since. 

 

I believe yoga is a sacred practice you share with your body, spirit & mind. My job as a teacher is to safely guide you through your practice with a lot of compassion and minimal distraction.

I love teaching yoga. It grounds me & excites me. What else can I tell you? Please, ask!  

Daniel S. Bower

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Contact Us

Solstice Yoga Shala
 

3605 E Main Street (Route 23)
Morgantown, PA 19543

Tel: 484-284-0426

Email: admin@solsticeyogashala.com

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