Moni Wesner started her yogic journey in 1996 at Omega with a weeklong course on Mindfullness Meditation with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli. This led to a daily practice of meditation and gentle Hatha Yoga. At age 60, she wanted to find a way to become a healthy and happy old woman. In the following years she studied more Hatha Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga with nationally known teachers at Omega each summer.
In 2001 she found her true teacher, Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa. It was the start of the study of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. As a retired physician, the ancient and pure teachings made perfect sense to her as all aspects of it can be explained by modern science. She became a teacher in 2005, just to learn more about the science and art of Kundalini Yoga for her personal reasons.
Once she was certified as a teacher by the International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association, students appeared and she has taught
students of all ages and all abilities ever since. In her words – as long as we can breathe, we can practice yoga. In her classes the experienced yogi or athlete and the very beginner have a meaningful experience. Moni considers herself the best advertisement of Kundalini Yoga – 21 years later she is indeed a happy, healthy, drug free old woman!
Myrna took her very first yoga class in 2002 and it was love at first full body twist. She began training immediately, becoming certified to teach in 2004 by the National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association. Already an aerobics instructor at the YMCA since 1998, the shift to yoga was seamless. She since has taught workshops in and around Pittsburgh, including a teacher training at Schoolhouse Yoga, warm-ups for runners at the Pittsburgh Marathon and annual workshops for young adults at the Children’s Museum.
YogaNuvo was born when she became aware of a need for affordable, alternative and gentle physical fitness options in the community. Having taken classes in belly dance, Pilates, tai chi and hula hooping (believe it), she began to fuse these disciplines into her yoga classes and formed YogaNuvo with its signature flow.
Kate flirted with yoga for a dozen years, but didn’t believe it had any benefits beyond physical exercise until committing to regular practice in 2007. After three weeks, the mental and spiritual benefits of a quieter mind and a more open heart began to reveal themselves, inviting her to explore why yoga works so much better than antidepressants to help you trust that everything’s as it should be. As a registered nurse and a perpetual student of yoga, Kate loves finding ways that the two disciplines connect and complement each other. She completed her foundational teacher training with Corina Benner, Victoria Ladd and Julie Pogashevsky at Wake Up Yoga in May 2010, and Yin teacher training with Daniel Shankin at Jai! in May 2011, both in Philadelphia.