YOGA CLASS PRICING
Karma/Donation Classes - These classes are a suggested $5 minimum donation. Donations are typically a 50|50 split between the classes teaching staff and a charity or foundation; but have been a 100% donation to a charity or foundation. PAY HERE
Exercise for Parkinson's Disease - This class which usually has students with PD, MS, GBS|CIDP, and more, aims to help those with neurological conditions. Our Parkinson's students are welcome to enjoy other classes at $5 otherwise it falls under Stretch Classes.
Stretch Classes - (Classes that are 60 minutes or less in time) These classes are $12 drop-in, or you can choose to purchase a 10-Class Pass for $100 which is valid for one year.
Weekly Classes - (Classes that are more than 60 minutes in time) These classes are $18 drop-in, or you can chose to purchase a 10-Class Pass for $150 which is valid for one year.
Unlimited Classes - Valid for all classes, you can take as many classes that interest you for ONE WEEK at $40, ONE MONTH at $135, ONE MONTH with a PARTNER at $210, and ONE YEAR at $1300. These are valid from date of purchase to chosen time frame.
PRIVATE SESSION PRICING
Privates with Sterling or Frank - Available for $100 for 60 minutes.
Privates with Brynn - Available for $75 for 60 minutes, or if you'd like to set-up multiple private sessions, Brynn offers 2 (two) 60-minute sessions for $140, but they must be used within one month of each other.
Privates with Staff - Available for $65 for 60 minutes, or if you'd like to set-up multiple private sessions, our staff offers 2 (two) 60-minute sessions for $125, but they must be used within one month of each other.
Private sessions are available in-studio, online, or at your home (additional cost). The prices above reflect the cost for 1 (one) student. Please contact the instructors directly for rates for in-home privates or those with more than one client.
MEET OUR TEACHERS
Owner, Yoga Instructor
In 2002, Sterling Painton opened Sterling Yoga and Wellness Center, LLC. Her mission is to create a yoga community that nourishes the growth of our body, mind, and spirit with a strong focus on therapeutics, alignment, and not taking life too seriously.
In 2001, Sterling received her 200 hour Teacher Training with the Himalayan Institute of Honesdale, PA and currently holds her 500 hour Teacher Training with Cora Wen's Yoga Bloom Certification Program.
Sterling has completed several intensives and week-long teacher trainings with teacher Manouso Manos, along with having studied and assisted Judith Hason Lasater and Cora Wen throughout the years. Over the past several years, Sterling has completed a Therapeutics Program with Manouso Manos, and the first Advanced Teacher Training Program, a Certified Relax & Renew and Certified Experiential Yoga Anatomy teacher with Judith Hanson Lasater. Currently, she is studying under Doug Keller and various Iyengar teachers that have an anatomy and alignment discipline.
In addition to being an E-RYT (experienced registered yoga teacher), Sterling is also a YACEP, which makes her a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider.
For several decades, Sterling has been an advocate of older adult fitness, teaching senior chair yoga and movement/postural alignment exercises with a specialty in people who are dealing with Parkinson Disease, various other nervous system disorders and auto immune diseases since 2003. Sterling's classes reflect her knowledge of alignment and anatomy mixed with some laughter. Sterling has worked many years with her own hyper-mobility, and many of her clients with hyper-mobility and understands the need for a balance of strength and stability.
I'm passionate about the environment. I believe we could all work a little harder to help Mother Earth - to help ourselves.
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Frank began teaching at Sterling Yoga in 2010. He continues expanding his knowledge attending workshops focusing on various styles of yoga presented by Cora Wen, Bekir Algan, and Doug Keller. His classes focus on flexibility, strength and alignment within the framework of the individual student. Deeply introspective and philosophical, Frank feels many students use their mind in a restrictive manner. He brings a unique mind/body connection and helps students achieve a deeper awareness.
Frank is an IFPA Masters Pro Bodybuilder. As a competitive bodybuilder and powerlifter, he brings a unique aspect of mental focus and strength to his classes. Frank has been a personal trainer since 1995, advising clients about diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes to accomplish their goals. Adding yoga to his regime in 2005 shows that yoga is truly beneficial to an athlete or weekend warrior.
In my classes you can expect to learn anatomy, physiology, muscle awareness and the best dad jokes this side of the Mississippi.
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Studio Manager & Bellydance Teacher
As the studio manager, Erin is responsible for assisting our studio in everything from student and client management, scheduling classes and workshops, and community partnerships. As a member of the Sterling Yoga team, Erin can happily be reached for any questions, such as those about student packages, or those about holding workshops at the studio or studio rental.
Erin can also be found teaching or planning different events as half of Sterling Yoga Bellydance. Erin has been studying bellydance since 2006, and is currently working towards both her HOT POT ITS Level 1 & 2 teaching certification after studying with creator AMY SIGIL, and STAGE ONE DANCE COHESION with sought after instructor APRIL ROSE. Erin has also completed the Phase One of JILL PARKER's ALCHEMY: THE SCIENCE, CRAFT, & SORCERY OF BELLYDANCE Program, and holds BELLADONA’s BOHEMIAN BLADE CERTIFICATION in Apprentice. Erin & Leah, along with their students and friends, perform as Ametrine Dance Collective, representing different styles of the dance form.
Leah & Erin of Sterling Yoga Bellydance strive to produce quality events for the Greater Pittsburgh Area. In addition to hosting international instructors such as SAHRA SAEEDA for the first segment of her JOURNEY THROUGH EGYPT program, they’ve hosted both CHUDNEY RAKS & MICHELLE SORENSEN for a weekend of boutique workshops and gala show, and sponsored professional photographers STEREO VISIO PHOTOGRAPHY for a marathon photo-shoot weekend. Annually they host roughly 3 shows.
Additionally, Erin performs with Liz Hays as Golden Gun Fusion Bellydance, and with JOANNA ABEL & 3RD STREET BELLYDANCE. Joanna also leads Swords & Silks, the premier bellydance troupe for The Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival which is composed of 3rd Street Bellydance, MARIA HAMER'S EVIL EYE, and friends. With Joanna, Erin has also helped to host events that tour multiple states, including The ENCHANTED CREATURE BALL which is set to tour Pittsburgh, Columbus, and Syracuse in Spring 2020.
For 2022 I am striving to submit my work and show proficiency in the dance certifications I am currently working on; and focus on carving out a practice that helps me to become more self-relying.
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Brynn found yoga as a teenager in 2007, attending her first class at the JCC in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. It is there she was connected with Sterling Painton, who has been her teacher since. Brynn came to yoga seeking to manage her depression, and it has also been instrumental in helping to manage her back pain as well as deepening her spirituality.
Brynn practices and teaches yoga that is driven by the style and teachings of B.K.S Iyengar. As someone with scoliosis and hyper-mobility syndrome, the precise alignments and therapeutic approach of Iyengar yoga have been essential to her physical and emotional well-being. Brynn specializes in teaching those with back-related issues, and continues to receive training to work with students with scoliosis.
Brynn continues to study with Senior Iyengar teachers Rita Manos-Lewis and Elise Browning-Miller. In 2018, she completed a 200-hour Mindful Yoga teacher training with Joni Sturgill of Healthy Body Peaceful Soul.
If I was asked to teach a room of strangers something in 5 minutes I would teach them the importance of keeping your feet and your psoas muscles both strong and flexible!
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Laura received her 200-hour certification in August 2014 from South Hills Power Yoga with lead E-RYTs Stacey Vespaziani and Darcy Lyle. This training also included Friday night Master classes with Jennifer Lee, Candace Lain-Fabius and L.A. Finfinger. Since then, she has become a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance.
Thanks to Richard Gartner of Frameworks Yoga, Jackson also became certified in Yin Yoga in October 2017 at BYS Yoga Collective.
Miss Jackson completed a Yoga for Chronic Pain training with Sadie Grossman (C-IAYT, MS Yoga Therapy, E-RYT 500) and Lisa Papenbrock, D.C. at One Point One Yoga in the Bloomfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Laura is now an Accessible Yoga Ambassador, thanks to participating in a training with Amber Karnes (RYT 500) at Yoga U PGH.
January 2021, Laura finished up a Restorative Yoga training with Gracie Jurkowski of Das Atemhaus. Most recently, Jackson became a Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist (FRCms), thanks to an online seminar she attended with Functional Anatomy Seminars in April 2021.
Laura is very passionate about making her classes inclusive for larger bodies, the LGBTQIA+ community, POC, folks with a limited range of motion, and people more advanced in age.
In my class(es) you can expect laughter, inclusiveness, props, breath and a variety of options.
Photo Courtesy of Levana Melamed Photography
Kristen has been studying the Iyengar and therapeutic yoga traditions with Sterling Painton for 10+ years at Sterling Yoga & Wellness Center. She is grateful to have had the opportunity to study with Judith Hanson Lasater, Cora Wen, and Manouso Manos. She uses her own daily yoga practice to maintain her overall physical, mental, and emotional health while living with a rare autoimmune disease, Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy. In the six years that has had Zuzu, she has discovered that not only can dogs be drawn to their human’s yoga practice because they want to spend time with them, but they can also reap immense health and behavioral outcomes as well. The duo is very in tune with each other, and Kristen often describes Zuzu as being more than her pet, but an “unofficial” emotional support dog. During a restorative yoga class or meditation class, Zuzu will often lie on Kristen’s stomach, crown of the head, or feet which enables them to both feel more connected and profoundly relaxed. After a meditation class with Frank, Zuzu’s eyes will appear brighter and whiter than at the start of the session.
Look for Kristen & Zuzu’s classes on the Sterling Yoga schedule if you want a dog-friendly experience. Doggie Gym is offered weekly on Thursdays at 7:30-8:15 PM on Zoom. Learn ways to develop a therapeutic movement practice for your dog. Statistics show that veterinarians do more knee surgeries than any other procedures and many injuries are caused by repetitive motion. Kristen started to realize that Zuzu was very hypermobile, and she wanted to be able to help her develop the strength she needed for hiking safely. She was also very grateful for the knowledge she has gained when Rufus needed knee surgery in August 2021. His rehabilitation was especially challenging because he is deaf, so adaptations were made to help him regain his strength and retrain his body out of bad habits. Based on her own experiences, Kristen’s goal is to give dog lovers the tools they need to help prevent injuries from occurring in the first place.
Doga has been offered outdoors in the summer months as a dog-friendly yoga class with a therapeutic focus. Dogs are also suffering from anxiety at higher rates than ever. Kristen and Zuzu demonstrate how to use massage, essential oils, and other tools to develop a stronger bond and trust between owner and canine.
While reading Dr. Karen Becker’s and Rodney Habib’s new book, The Forever Dog, Kristen has learned that there is a name for someone like her, a “longevity junkie.” Dedicated to giving her dogs the best quality of life possible, Kristen studies dog anatomy, nutrition, and alternative modalities of healing including essential oils, healing touch and massage, homeopathic remedies, CBD, and more. Ask her a question about something dog-related and there is a good chance she may have an idea for you based on her own experiences. Kristen shares many experiences and helpful information in her monthly newsletter, “Inhales, Exhales & Puppy Dog Tails.” One her favorite newsletters was all about natural flea & tick prevention. You may read that HERE.
Follow Kristen and her dogs on Facebook and Instagram @sterlingdogapittsburgh. In 2022, follow Kristen @walkandrollpgh as she gears up to organize the 10th Annual Walk & Roll for GBS|CIDP in Pittsburgh!
I'm passionate about dog nutrition, without a doubt. My favorite daily routine has become feeding my dogs and it brings me so much joy to see them try new fresh, whole foods! I want to spread that love and knowledge with everyone, so chances are if you ask me about dog food I'm going to have a whole lot to say!
Hula Hoop Instructor
Abbey's fascination with the hoop began in 2007 as a college student in Vermont. During a weekend trip, she saw a woman in Montreal dressed in a colorful outfit effortlessly moving a hula hoop up and down her body, and she was instantly in love. Abbey promptly went to the local Walmart to buy her first hoop, watched every tutorial YouTube had to offer, and is now proudly 100% self-taught. As one of the few who embraced the art at her school, she received a lot of stares and strange looks. While hoop dancing gained momentum, men and women all over the world found themselves in the hoop! Before hooping, she was forever clumsy and uncoordinated, but that changed as hooping became her gateway into self-care and self-love. She gratefully owes her newfound grace in movement and dance to her hula hoop.
Thanks to Abbey's skill and passion, she's been afforded several amazing opportunities to perform on stage and with live musicians at events such as Pyrotopia,the Dormont Street Festival, the Dark Star Jubilee Festival, and the All Scene Festival.
When not practicing I make nut butter, practice yoga, explore with my dog, and see tons of live music.
Leah Nightingale is a fusion dance artist that has been active in the Pittsburgh bellydance community for over a decade. Originally becoming interested when a friend encouraged her to take up bellydance as a fun activity, bellydance reignited the spark and passion she had for dance. Leah began dancing as a toddler; her studies mostly in ballet and Polynesian, which continued into her early teen life.
Able to study under multiple teachers throughout the Tri-State area, she has also had the opportunity to has attend workshops taught by world renowned dances. These opportunities have given Leah the ability to dance with many troupes over the years. Continuing to deepen her dance education, Leah has participated in KATAYOUN'S Raqs Mosaique™ Training Program, and holds Belladonna’s BOHEMIAN BLADE CERTIFICATION in Apprentice.
Fueling her love of art, as well as her degree in Fine Arts, Leah has always felt a pull towards music, believing that music creates a vibrant energy that dance compliments by helping to emote and bring physicality to the notes. Continuing her connection with music, Leah is the house dancer for the band KING FEZ and can be seen performing with them throughout the Greater Pittsburgh area.
Leah & Erin of Sterling Yoga Bellydance strive to produce quality events for the Greater Pittsburgh Area. In addition to hosting international instructors such as Sahra Saeeda for the first segment of her JOURNEY THROUGH EGYPT program, they’ve hosted both CHUDNEY RAKS & MICHELLE SORENSON for a weekend of boutique workshops and gala show, and sponsored professional photographers STEREO VISION PHOTOGRAPHY for a marathon photo-shoot weekend. Annually they host roughly 3 shows; performing with their students and friends as Ametrine Dance Collective, representing different styles of the dance form.
When not practicing I'm cuddling my nephews #boyaunt, or my 2 lovey cats.