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.
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. As a therapist, I am a huge advocate for mental health; 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.”
Cait also loves spending time with family, friends, her husband and their two dogs. Whether it's traveling, DIY-ing or enjoying time outdoors, there will always be a new adventure on Cait's plate!
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 Kayla was first introduced to yoga by her dad in 2009. Fast forward a few years into a deepened practice and Kayla experienced 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. Kayla then spent a bit of time living in California studying Ayurveda. When Kayla's not in the studio she enjoys hiking with her boyfriend and husky Boone, riding bikes, and more!
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.
Jen Ryan, RN, RYT, RPYT
Jen has been delving in the healing arts for well over a decade in both the nursing and yoga fields. Exposed to gong immersion in her mid-twenties, she was pulled wide open from the power of sound and has since accrued a wide array of special instruments. Western Nursing just didn’t cut it for her anymore in its excision of tending to the Spirit, Heart, Mind and Emotions at large, so Jen built Embodied. Angelik Attunement, offering sound immersion, gentle yin yoga, perinatal support and Reiki.
Solstice Yoga Shala
3605 E Main Street (Route 23)
Morgantown, PA 19543