Nicole McLaughlin-Lublin – Coordinator
Nicole McL first came to yoga in search of way to ease stress and anxiety. As her practice advanced, not only did she gain more of a sense of calm, but also noticed that yoga’s physical and spiritual benefits were transforming many areas of her life, both personal and professional. That’s what inspired her to teach. She completed her 200-hour certification with Pink Lotus Yoga in Lakewood and continues to seek ways to learn and grow, both as a teacher and practitioner. Nicole believes that yoga is for everybody and that everybody’s yoga journey is personal. She seeks to offer a safe and fun environment for others to develop their own practice and discover yoga’s life-changing benefits for themselves. Away from the mat, she’s an actor, singer, French cooking enthusiast, die-hard KISS fan, and dreamer.
Shannon visited ashrams with her parents as a child and then many years later, found herself in a yoga class one day. Though unfamiliar with the poses, the breath, and of course – sanskrit, she immediately felt a sense of belonging and of coming home. The experience resonated so deeply with her that she knew she had taken her first steps on a life-long path of study, practice, and devotion. She has completed her 200hr certification with Bernadette Birney, Restorative training with Jillian Pranksy, Prenatal Certification with Sue Elkind and her 500hr advanced training with Tiffany Cruikshank of Yoga Medicine. She also continues to study yoga philosophy with Dr. Douglas Brooks. Shannon is also a certified lifeguard, PaddleFit, and Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga Teacher. She has also completed Trauma Informed and Yoga Activist training with Off The Mat and Into the World with Sean Corne, Suzanne Sterling, and Hala Khoury. She is also a Lululemon Ambassador.
A lifelong team sports athlete, Amber discovered yoga in 2009 and fell in love with the mind-body-spirit connection each class allowed her to explore. She began teaching Bootybarre in 2016, but gravitated toward Zen Barre in 2018 because of the heavy yoga influence. She completed level one YogaFit training and Yoga Shred training in the summer 2018 and is on track to complete 200 hour yoga teacher training, along with Zen Barre Spark. Join her for Zen Barre to experience a full-body workout while connecting breath and intention.
Leo has been practicing yoga for eight years. That practice led him to teaching, because he wanted to tell others how much yoga could help them but thought it would be a bad idea to give such advice without the proper credentials. (Would a doctor give a patient advice without years of training?) He completed 200hr Ananda Bhakti Hatha Yoga teacher training with Denys Morgan and Julie Brown and now teaches a Hatha-style Vinyasa class that he’s named “Leoga.” His great love of yoga combined with a love of music and humorous approach to teaching makes his class unique. Please join him for a union of body, spirit, and mind, as you engage on your mat for an enjoyable yoga journey!