A new season.
The same great yoga experience.
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.
You may walk-in to any regularly scheduled class, or sign up ahead of time using coupon code FIRSTFREE.
Kayla was first exposed to yoga during her high school years and attended a few classes at the original Human Breathing Yoga Studio here in Morgantown, PA. However, it wasn't until knee surgery left her couch bound in college that Kayla leaned on the physical practice of yoga to return to feeling like a strong, able-bodied athlete again.
With a consistent yoga practice, in combination with meditation, Kayla noticed the mental health benefits of the practice and found relief from anxiety. The spiritual and sacred nature of the practice has offered Kayla a sense of grounding, direction, and connection that she strives to share with her students.
Kayla took a deeper dive into the practice when attending a 4-week immersive teacher training in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Shortly after, Kayla spent about a year in Nevada City, California studying Ayurveda and enjoying the Sierra Nevada mountains. Upon moving back to Morgantown, Kayla began teaching at Solstice Yoga Shala (formerly Human Breathing Yoga Studio) and has been so for over 4 years. She has taught at various studios in West Chester, Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, Camp Hill, and Hershey, PA.
As a Morgantown native, it is full circle for Kayla to become the next leader of Solstice Yoga Shala. Following in the path of original owner Ron and previous owner Cait, it is a great honor to lead this beloved studio and its' loyal community.
Kayla believes that leadership means to bring out the best in others, and that is what she strives to do for our teachers, students, and community.
ERYT 200 Ronnie Yogabomb loves yoga and craves community. He has taught yoga, breathwork and meditation for 13 years. He considers himself a yoga-informed hillbilly who loves to play bikes and tend family; this includes a 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 an all-black bobtail named Samhain, Ronnie's familiar.
RYT 200 Cait discovered yoga at her college gym, feeling silly trying to touch her toes. Born in California, raised at the beaches in New Jersey, then completing her YTT in Texas, Cait found her way home to Warwick, PA in 2018. Cait works as a clinical psychotherapist, advocating the mental health benefits of yoga & meditation. When she's not seeing clients or teaching classes, she enjoys spending time with her husband Wyatt, son Roarke, and their dog Manny.
RYT 200 With a specialization in Power Vinyasa, from Power Yoga Works, 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.
RYT 200 Lynn discovered yoga in 2012 while on a quest for physical and emotional grounding. This led to the realization of improved strength and flexibility as well as the emotional benefits that followed her off the mat. She believes yoga is the art of being present with the moment by moment experience of being alive. In alignment with her faith, Lynn’s personal mission is to live, love, and serve. Her passions include spending time with family, hiking, camping, and dance parties!
ERYT 200 Jesi began her yoga journey at the age of 14 where her and her mother took a class together and they were the two youngest students! Thank goodness times have changed and yoga now attracts people of all ages. Jesi has carried yoga in her heart and soul ever since. Yoga is a part of her every breath. Her teaching style is a bit eclectic, and she takes a lighthearted, accessible approach to class.
RYT 500 April received her 200-hr Hatha Yoga Certification from the Shambhava School of Yoga in 2006. April has extensive certifications in principles of alignment, Vedic Thai-Yoga Bodywork, and Thai Massage. In 2012 she completed a 300-hr Yoga Therapy course from The Yoga Life Institute. In 2019, she received a certification in Holistic nutrition from the American Fitness Professionals Association. April also enjoys playing the guitar and singing, bike riding, hiking, hula hooping, and skiing.
RN, E-RYT 200 Jen has delved into both the medical and holistic healing arts over the past decade+. As a former nurse, Jen’s yoga and sound immersion offerings are uniquely catered to the energy of the room or individual as learned from the bedside. Every session is intended for the recipient to feel safe, warm and comfortable so they are able to release and deepen into their journey, remembering they are whole just as they are. Recently she's begun to curate her soundscapes into ambient music.