Founder / Certified Yoga Teacher • Erin was born in western Pennsylvania and raised in Westmoreland County. Graduate school and pursuing a career in theater as a singer and actress took her “gypsy life” all around the country. In 2002, while living in New York City, Erin found yoga through a good friend and attended her first yoga class. With that first class, she was hooked and knew this yoga thing had to be a part of her life. Unable to afford the classes, she worked at various studios and looked for an opportunity to attend an in-depth teacher training. While living in Chicago, she earned that opportunity through the generous help of 105f Chicago- formerly Bikram Yoga Chicago.
After 6 years of nearly daily practice, Erin attended a rigorous 500 + hour, consecutive 2-month full-immersion training in Mexico with Bikram and Rajashree Choudhury and many senior teachers in the hot-yoga community. Since becoming a certified teacher in 2008, Erin began practicing other styles of yoga such as Ashtanga (with Day Christensen of DayOne Yoga) and Vinyasa/Power Vinyasa Yoga at Moksha Yoga and Yogaview in Chicago. Erin additionally certified in Power Vinyasa Yoga (a yoga she deeply loves and focuses on). Erin has attended seminars and workshops with such well-known teachers as Day Christensen, Tim Miller, Kino MacGregor, Tim Feldman and others.
In addition to teaching yoga, Erin earned a Master of Fine Arts in Performance and has taught voice, public speaking, dialects, and acting at the college/conservatory level since 1998, and worked as a professional theatrical voice-coach regionally and on Broadway, still teaches voice and speech independently, and is a member of Actor’s Equity Association.
Yoga truly changed Erin’s life and set her on a path that once seemed unimaginable: leaving a career in theater, getting married, running a yoga studio, having a child, and moving back HOME to Westmoreland County, Western Pennsylvania. Her mission is to bring yoga to all types of people and make it accessible to all.
A graduate of Kiski Area High School, Aly Clark grew up just minutes from our studio. She went on to attend Duquesne University, and earned a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy. As a former competitive gymnast, she became interested in yoga as a way to maintain her balance, strength, and flexibility. Aly's first experience with yoga was in 2012 and she was immediately hooked.
As her practice continued to grow, she began to realize the powerful emotional and spiritual benefits of yoga in additional to the physical. The desire to share the positive effects of yoga with others, along with wanting to continue to grow within her own practice, drove Aly to complete her 200 hour training in power vinyasa and traditional hot yoga. She hopes to use her training combined with her knowledge of health and wellness from her career in healthcare to help others use yoga as a way of healing the mind and the body.
When not in the studio, Aly loves to spend time doing anything crafty, visiting her beloved Walt Disney World, or just hanging out with her husband, Tony, and their dogs Linus and Shroeder.
Betsy has been practicing yoga for nearly 15 years. Her yoga is rooted in vinyasa with a blossoming love for meditation, pranayama, yin, and restorative practices. As a teacher, she aims to uplift and inspire anyone looking to feel better in mind, body, and spirit. She completed a 200-hour Holistic Yoga Flow training with Travis Eliot and Lauren Eckstrom in Los Angeles at the end of 2015.
Training became a great source of healing following her Mesothelioma cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatments in 2014 and again in 2016. Today she is in good health and continues to pursue a variety of training to widen her breadth of knowledge. In the fall of 2017, she completed a 100 hour Traditional Hot Yoga Mentorship with Erin Annarella-Kreidler at The Yoga Folk.
Betsy lives in Leechburg with her husband and two dogs where they cultivate vegetables, fruits, and flowers on their 12-acre homestead. Visit Bloom By Betsy to learn more.
Tonimarie grew up in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. A gymnastics injury in 2003 led her to discover yoga and she has been hooked ever since.
She completed her 200-hour training in Power Vinyasa at Cleveland Yoga Studio in 2013. Her style of teaching is Slow Burn. She appreciates how moving from pose to pose slowly and holding the pose longer allows you to connect with your breath and body.
Tonimarie moved to the Pittsburgh/Kiski Valley area in 2015 to live with her boyfriend, Dustin, following the birth of their son, Remy. When she is not on her mat, she enjoys reading, experiencing live music, and taking her son on adventures.
Yoga Teacher • Katherine has decades of experience with bodies and movement. She is certified in Traditional Hot Yoga (500 hours) and is fluent in the Heal method, Vinyasa, Restorative, and Yin. Katherine has specialized in Yin Yoga since 2007, and she teaches it from a Taoist (Chinese) perspective (most of the yoga taught these days originates in India). In addition to teaching at The Yoga Folk, Katherine teaches throughout the city of Pittsburgh including The Pittsburgh Ballet Theater. She has completed over 2000 hours of additional education and training, including studies in Esoteric Taoism, Vajrayana Buddhism, and Communication.