Our Teachers

Abundant Strength is proud and grateful to have such talented and educated teachers. Here you can find out a little bit about each teacher.

Darcy Lyle

Darcy is both the owner and a teacher at Abundant Strength. She has been teaching yoga in Pittsburgh since 2003.  Her teaching style is centered on strength without struggle, intensity without urgency.  Darcy is deeply inspired at the possibilities of new learning, new boundaries, on and off the mat.

When she is not teaching or practicing yoga, Darcy can be found tending to her gardens, parenting her son, or climbing up a mountain.

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I have been teaching yoga in Pittsburgh since 2003, and have loved every moment of it!  My teaching style is centered on strength without struggle, intensity without urgency.  I am deeply inspired at the possibilities of new learning, new boundaries, on and off the mat.

When I am not teaching or practicing yoga, I can be found tending to my gardens, parenting my son, or climbing up a mountain.

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DARCY LYLE

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My affinity to power yoga developed from the depth to which my practice could take me physically and, more profoundly, mentally….and within this, the understanding that there is unlimited space to grow. I feel so fortunate to be able to share this with others as I guide them through their practice

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MARGARET RIOTTO

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I grew up a kinetic learner, using movement to explore and understand the world around me.  With a BA in Dance study, a 200 hr Hatha Yoga certification, a 30 hr Vinyasa certification, and a 32 hour Restorative Yoga certification under my belt, not much has changed in my adult life.  I rely on movement to express and understand emotions or ideas, induce creativity, soothe anxiety, and simply to connect.  I am a firm believer in the art of play and want to bring the joy of movement into all of my classes.  My style of yoga classes are slow, playful, strengthening, and healing.

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BETHANY TRAYNOR

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I live my life from a place of gratitude. There is joy in challenges and laughter in the work. I’ve always loved physical movement- it connects my body, mind and spirit. I started teaching spin 20 years ago and then gained certifications in boot camp, personal training and yoga. My teaching style melds physical strength with the connection to our inner self. Yoga gives us the opportunity to become more aware of how these are laced together.

 

I enjoy working as the intranet manager at my company and love spending time with my husband, two boys and our dogs hiking and playing in the woods.

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ERIN SCANLON

I stepped onto a yoga mat for the first time in 2013 with no idea of what to expect.  An hour later I was exhausted and energized at the same time, but yet reluctant to leave the class and venture back into the real world.  After practicing regularly, I began to feel like I was more “me” than I had been in a long time. I still step onto my mat without expectations, allowing what’s happening in my body and mind to guide my practice, and knowing that each day it will be different.

After obtaining my 200 hour certification, I become certified to teach yoga to those living with cancer through Tari Prinster’s y4c teacher training in June 2018.  I am currently studying to become a yoga therapist through Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy with Brandt Passalacqua.

After finding (and continuing to find!) that yoga can aid in healing both mentally and physically in myself, teaching has become the ultimate way for me to share my passion for yoga with others.  I truly believe that yoga is for every body and level of ability.

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SHAWNA LOCKE

I began teaching Power Yoga in 2016 as a way to combine the insights of traditional yoga philosophy with a fast-moving, athletic practice, becoming a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200) through South Hills Power Yoga.

 

To balance the warming, strenuous movements of Power Yoga with quieter, longer-held poses, I earned a 50-hour Yin Yoga certificate from Bernie Clark in 2018. I have done additional training with Richard Gartner, Darcy Lyle, and Holly Koenig.

 

When I’m not in the studio, I’m generally studying or teaching the philosophy of medieval Europe and China.

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MICHAEL HARRINGTON

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I am small but mighty; a mover and a shaker. I love the hustle. I’m notorious for not letting grass grow under my feet. My yoga classes are strength-based, filled with flow, and encouraging you to tap into your inner edge. At the end of the day, all I ask is that you show up for yourself and honor what you, your body, and your mind needs from the practice to fill you up, and help you be the best version of yourself.

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SARAH REED-LIEB

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I am a wellness enthusiast. I enjoy staying active, cooking yummy foods and love to share my knowledge of healthy living with everyone I meet. I started my journey in teaching yoga in 2016 by completing a 200-hour teacher training at South Hills Power Yoga and continue to grow my teaching through workshops and trainings. Yoga changed my life and I feel compelled to share my passion with the local community. For me, yoga is more than just a form of exercise, it is therapy. Yoga is physically, emotionally and spiritually healing and 100% life changing. When I am not at the studio or teaching at a local library you can find me working as an office manager, hanging out with my husband and two cats, cooking, drinking tea or tequila, hiking, or spending quality time with my friends and family. I enjoy creating creative flows to challenge the mind and body while focusing on alignment and strength building in my classes. I am here to serve my community and look forward to seeing you on your mat soon!

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ELIZABETH SMALL

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I have been teaching yoga since 2010. I love sharing this practice with other people. I practice yoga not to get better at yoga, but to get better at life! Still working on that!

I have a great husband, three teenage kids (two girls and a boy) and two dogs. I enjoy walking my dogs in the woods, reading, cooking, playing tennis, and have developed a new infatuation with paddle tennis. When anyone tells me to picture my happy place, it is with my family on a boat on the lake!  

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KATE MAYBERRY

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I found yoga over 18 years ago after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 1994. My doctors thought that yoga may help with MS’s symptoms. At first, I resisted mightily but after a few months, I began practicing regularly and incorporating yoga philosophies into my daily life. On my journey, each day I find new ways to incorporate yoga into my life.

I completed my 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) training with South Hills Power Yoga in 2012 and have also been fortunate to study with renown yogis Cyndi Lee, Rodney Yee, Shiva Rea, and Judith Lasater. I have so much admiration and gratitude for all my teachers.

I have been married to a wonderful man, Doug, for almost a quarter of a century and have three terrific children: John, Katie, and Matt and three fur babies, all rescues. I love to go hiking and visiting all seven continents is on my bucket list (except maybe Antarctica! Brrr!)

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DEB WHITE

I am a doer, constantly on the go. I love the sweat, but crave the calm. I yearn to flow, but thrive in the stillness. I build strength, yet melt into softness. I aspire, but also accept. I look for the balance of yoga both on and off my mat whether it be teaching, raising my son, or experiencing the simplest yet most extraordinary moments of life. We do not do yoga - we are yoga, and I’m here to share.

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AMANDA BILITSKI

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I believe we all face stressful situations in life.  The details vary, but the feelings are universal.

 

In 2015, feeling overwhelmed by work as a CRNA (nurse anesthetist) while balancing motherhood and sense of self, I enrolled in an eight week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) class.  I learned to routinely meditate and expanded my yoga knowledge beyond the physical practice.

 

The MBSR benefits were so great, I repeated the course not realizing how helpful it would become while navigating grief following the loss of my stillborn daughter in September 2016.

 

To deepen my yoga practice, in August 2017, I completed my yoga teacher training through South Hills Power Yoga.  The solace, restoration, and sense of community I found in my training led me to teaching in the Washington area.  

 

I trained with Jillian Pransky in New York City, receiving my Restorative Yoga certification in 2018.  Combining my love of yoga with my medical background, I trained with Tari Prinster, earning my Yoga for Cancer (y4c) certification in 2019.

 

I strive to use yoga as an awareness and stress reduction tool, recognizing every student has a unique journey through life.

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AMY PELKEY

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I was first introduced to yoga when I was 19. I was coaching the daughter of a Sumits Yoga studio owner and she convinced me to come. From that day on I was changed. I began to ask for classes as my Christmas and birthday presents, and I was heart broken when I had to go home on breaks and there was no yoga in my home town. Yoga has become such a huge part of my daily life, and I am so grateful that I decided to venture into the next part of my journey….teaching. I now have the humbling honor and privilege to lead others on their amazing yoga journeys. 

The certification process was a beautiful journey in and of itself, leading to life long friendships and a deeper understanding of who I am as a person. If I can create a safe space and allow someone to open themselves up to their true self, then I know that I have answered a great call upon my life. I am so grateful to be on this next leg of adventure through my yoga practice and can’t wait to share my time with all of you!

When I’m not on my mat you can find me traveling, hiking, or playing with my Cavapoo!

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JUSTINE MEIER

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