At Just Breathe, you’ll find the area’s finest, qualified and dedicated instructors. They come from many walks of life, varying backgrounds and have taught throughout the Laurel Highlands area. Most of them have years of yoga/fitness experience.
just breathe is the first Johnstown studio to unite mindful-movement instructors and provide a variety of comprehensive classes dedicated to the healing arts. That diversity allows you to choose from a variety of instructors and classes in both of our convenient locations!
owner / certified instructor
In Lynne's classes, you will find her 30+ years of extensive fitness education intertwined into her yoga practices. She is a lifelong student and believes strongly in quality education.
Lynne holds certifications as:
- Advanced Personal Trainer/ACE American Council Exercise
- Health Coach with ACE American Council on Exercise
- PTA Global Advanced Personal Trainer
- BUTI® Yoga certified teacher
She holds the following trainings:
- RYT 500/ERYT 200 (Registered Yoga Teacher) with Yoga Alliance and is a Continuing Education Yoga Alliance Provider (YACEP).
- Ayurveda Yoga Specialist (120 hrs)
- Comprehensive Peak Pilates Certification (520 hrs)
- Ayurveda Master in Digestion Certification (500 hrs)
- Aromatherapy Training (200 hrs)
- Yoga and Fascia Anatomy training (100 hrs)
- Trauma Sensitive Yoga Certification (100 hrs)
- Advanced Myofascial Training (35 hrs)
- Reiki Master
After many years of teaching group fitness, Lynne found the answer to her maturing body's needs through yoga & pilates and shifted her education path immediately. Yoga ignited a new passion for her and provides a path of healing physically, mentally and emotionally.
Her classes are heavy on cuing the 'what are you feeling' and encouraging everyone to tap into a new sense of awareness of both the physical and energy body. She loves to be real and teaches with a light-heartedness and sense of humor. She thinks life brings enough challenges and heaviness and yoga should be energizing, fun and leave you wanting to come back for more!
Lynne created 'just breathe studios' to give others the opportunity to experience yoga & mindful movement practices in a dedicated, healing and supportive atmosphere.
She looks forward to meeting YOU on the mat!
Adriann began doing yoga in the mid 1990’s to defuse work stress. When her 23-year career ended in a layoff, she decided to teach what she found she loved…yoga! She is a RYT-200 and teaches an interdisciplinary style that she learned through her education at the Omega Institute in NY. She enjoys adding tidbits from various styles of yoga to create her own mix within a safe, structural alignment. She also teaches Bellydance and senior fitness.
Ro began practicing yoga in 2002, mostly a home based practice. When the Just Breathe Studio opened she expanded her practice by experiencing the many styles of yoga presented there. She enrolled in the Anjali Yoga Teacher Training program which became available at the Just Breathe Studio. She completed the program in 2014 and is RYT 200 hour certified through Yoga Alliance. Yoga has become such a big part of her life and she wishes to share both the physical and emotional enjoyment that can come from a regular practice through her gentle, approachable teaching style.
Jody began practicing yoga in 2009 to prepare mind and body for natural childbirth. The newfound peace and calm encouraged her to continue and she’s never looked back. Her teacher training began in 2012 with Joanne Vandenhengel at 3rd Street Yoga and continued through Schoolhouse Yoga’s Teacher Training and Yoga Intensive. Jody will soon be RYT-200 hr certified through Yoga Alliance. She recognizes yoga as an integral part of the connection between mind, body and spirit. She hopes to share her exploration of hatha yoga and the chakra system with you.
Carmen came to yoga for the physical benefits, but quickly realized just how big the yoga world can be. Her personal journey has brought her to admire and appreciate the emotional and spiritual benefits of yoga. Seeking a deeper understanding of this world led her to become RYT-200 certified through Yoga Alliance, having studied under the Anjali Yoga Teacher Training program. She hopes to promote and advocate a yoga practice for all: that yoga can be so much more than just the physical.
Terri is a former classroom teacher who continues her love of learning and teaching through yoga. She completed her training through Anjali Yoga in September 2015 and is registered by Yoga Alliance as RYT-200. Her training is Kripalu Yoga based, with a focus on being fully present in the moment through a combination of yoga postures and breath awareness. Classes range from gentle and meditative to a more vigorous flow style, all with an emphasis on alignment. Terri believes that yoga is a way of life that offers increased strength, greater flexibility, and improved balance both physically and emotionally. It is her desire to share this with others.
Dory began taking yoga classes and doing a home practice over 12 years ago to help deal with the stress at work and to lose weight. Since retiring in 2014 she went on to complete the 200 hour yoga training program with Anjali Yoga. She knows maintains her 200 RYT designation through Yoga Alliance. Dory is interested in many styles of yoga, but focuses primarily on alignment in her classes. She believes that it is important that you continue to move your body as you age and enjoys helping people to achieve this goal through the gentle practice of yoga.
Jill teaches an all-levels power vinyasa class. Since she began practicing yoga over 4 years ago, it has completely changed her life. She completed her 200hr YTT in 2016 and hopes to share the yoga love with other who can benefit from yoga as well.
Heidi is a 200 RYT and also holds certifications as Yoga Ganster and is a Wellcoaches Trained Wellness Coach.
Heidi has worked for 10 years in the social services field and has a passion for the community. She believes we all have a place, we all can identify our strengths and manifest our unique gifts. Her hope is by leading individuals through coaching in a supportive community grounded in the yogic path, we can all discover our own path and speak our truth to a world that is hurting. She is a strong believer that we should all approach yoga as a 'come as you are' approach - Yoga is for EVERY BODY!
Jenn has been practicing yoga since 2008, but started to intensify her practice in 2011 after depression and anxiety began to affect her work as a college student in Baltimore, Maryland. The connection of breath and movement that the asana branch of the yoga practice brought began to open up new possibilities of calm and focus to her life.
She began teaching privates in 2016, and completed her 200 Hour YTT in July 2018 under renowned hatha yoga teacher Brett Larkin. She began teaching groups in September 2018, and loves the camaraderie of a group practice! She continues to practice and train in the hatha and vinyasa yoga lineage, but also loves to mix in some restorative, yin, and pranayama (breath training) in her practices. As a musician, she also loves to incorporate different playlists into each unique class, as well as bring the occasional instrument to class to help people relax into savasana.
Lauren (Pappas) Repak
Trained as a classical ballet dancer, Lauren’s interest in yoga and Pilates began as a teenager when she danced for the Johnstown Concert Ballet. She then attended Shenandoah University to earn a BA in Dance. While at Shenandoah, Lauren studied courses such as kinesiology, biomechanics, and anatomy and physiology. These courses both enhanced her dance/movement education and prepared her for SU’s Pilates teacher training program. She received her Pilates mat certification under Kim Gibilisco (PMA CPT, PMA Board Director) in 2006-2007. For several years, Lauren primarily practiced and taught Pilates as she was “on the fence” about yoga. ;) Lauren finally caved and decided to take a level one teacher training course through YogaFit in 2011.
Lauren specializes in trauma-sensitive yoga (yoga for PTSD, Addiction/Recovery, Restorative Therapeutics, Mood Balancing, Thai Energy/Massage). As a pre-PA student, her teaching style is anatomically-based with safety and efficacy at the foundation. Lauren also strives to tailor her classes for each of her students, creating an inclusive environment for all practitioners to experience. Most of all, Lauren’s energy helps her students find the will to “work” through their practice so that they can find their “bliss” not only in Savasana, but also in their day-to-day lives.
Amy has been a student of yoga since 2003. As her practice unfolded, her understanding of the connection between the body, mind and soul deepened and her interest in yoga expanded. It was her love of the practice that inspired her to complete the Anjali Yoga Teacher Training in September, 2014.
Yoga has been the vehicle for her spiritual journey. Amy believes yoga is a personal practice; therefore she encourages her students to quiet their minds, open their hearts, and be in their bodies. It is her intention to provide a serene, safe, and welcoming space where students, both new and experienced, can explore their own physical and spiritual practice.
Lesley is a graduate of the Himalayan Institute of Pittsburgh's 200 hr teacher training program.
Her training focused primarily on relaxation techniques & meditation, specifically mantra meditation.
In Sept 2017, she completed training through Transformation Yoga Project, which focuses on teaching yoga to drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs and those in prisons or other institutions.
Lesley was inspired to become a yoga teacher because of her own powerful and transformative experience that yoga and meditation provided.
She feels strongly about digging deep into these ancient traditions of yoga and sharing the practices with others~ helping others to accept themselves just as they are and to feel more connected to the calm, stable, and sacred place that lies within each of us.