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. The studio has a strong focus on therapeutics and alignment honoring the Iyengar tradition.
Sterling has completed several intensives and week-long Teacher Trainings with Senior Iyengar teacher Manouso Manos whom she currently studies under along with having studied and assisting Judith Hason Lasater and Cora Wen throughout the years.
Currently, Sterling is completing a Therapeutic Program in LA with her teacher, Manouso Manos. In 2013, Sterling completed the first Advanced Teacher Training Program with Judith Hanson Lasater. Over the past several years, Sterling has become a Relax & Renew Certified Teacher, Certified in Experiential Yoga Anatomy and various workshop CEC hours with Judith Lasater and Doug Keller. She also completed a year-long, deep study in the Iyengar tradition with Sara AzariusEichmiller. For several decades, Sterling has been an advocate of older adult fitness teaching Senior Chair Yoga and group exercise with a specialty in People who are dealing with Parkinson Disease since 2003. 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.
She continues to expand her knowledge through classes and workshops with her teacher and teacher's with an anatomy and alignment disciplines. Sterling's classes reflect her knowledge of alignment and anatomy mixed with some laughter.
In addition to being an RYT and E-RYT, Sterling is also a YACEP, which makes her a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider.
Owner, Yoga instructor
Frank began teaching at Sterling Yoga in 2001 and received his Yogafit Teacher Training in 2008. 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 strength, stamina, and balance within the framework of the individual student. Deeply introspective and philosophical, Frank feels many students use their mind in a restricctive 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.
Yoga Instructor & Reiki Master
Nicole has been a Reiki practitioner since 2009, receiving her Reiki II and Reiki Master Attunements from Rev. Dr. Linda Martin in 2013 and 2014 respectively. Nicole uses the Usui/Hayashi Reiki System during her healing sessions. She also has her 200 RYT Yoga Bloom Certification with CoraWen and is a Relax and Renew Certified Yoga instructor with Judith Hanson Lasater.
Nicole Druga, Reiki Master
Available evenings and weekends
To schedule an appointment: Call (724) 747 - 2251
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 dedicated 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 also organizes Sterling Yoga Bellydance along with Leah.
To contact Erin directly:
Call or text (412) 592 - 1414 or email
Brynn took her first yoga class in 2007 with owner Sterling Painton and has been a student of Sterling’s and the studio ever since! Brynn teaches yoga that is driven by the style and teachings of B.K.S Iyengar. As someone with scoliosis and hyper-mobility in their joints and muscles, the precise alignments and therapeutic approach of Iyengar yoga have been essential to her physical and emotional well-being. She specializes in teaching those with back-related issues and receives ongoing training to work with students with scoliosis. She has studied with and would like to continue learning from Senior Iyengar teachers Manouso Manos, 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.
Sarah loves sharing her joy of yoga and its transformational power with her students. Since discovering yoga in 2009, she has been on a path of curious exploration and intriguing discoveries. While instantly drawn to the therapeuticalignment of Iyengar yoga, she pulls inspiration for her classes from variousstylesweaving breath work, meditation, humor, and spaceinto the physical practice.She received her 200-hour training at Schoolhouse Yoga and completed a specialized prenatal training with AmalaSchool of Prenatal Yoga in Chicago.
Sarah believes that students shouldn’t have to fit the yoga, yoga should fit the student, and thus her goal for each class is to create space for students to cultivate and realize their own strengths and intentions, and to feel more united with the wisest parts of themselves.
Off the mat, you can find Sarah biking, renovating, traveling, experimenting with new vegan recipes, and salsa dancing.
“Sterling Doga” is a dog-friendly yoga class that was fondly named after the yoga studio that inspired Kristen’s yoga practice. Naturally, her at-home practice changed upon bringing two puppies home, but by including them she feels that they are, in a sense, healing each other through doggy massage, hands-on healing techniques, using essential oils, flower essences, and more. She says, “Having Zuzu & Rufus on the mat with me amplifies the positive qualities of yoga while also allowing me to spend quality time with them that we all look forward to each day.”
Kristen can be seen at the studio taking classes, co-teaching workshops on the nervous system with Sterling, and teaching classes on ways to incorporate essential oils into a healthy lifestyle. She has had the opportunity to study with Judith Hanson Lasater and Cora Wen.
Kristen is a Special Education Teacher of preschoolers with special needs, and she is the Chair for the Pittsburgh Walk & Roll for GBS|CIDP. In her free time, Kristen also enjoys Broadway musicals, long hikes with her husband and the dogs, reading books, and “no-technology” evenings!!
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 with live musicians at events such as Pyrotopia and the Dormont Street Festival. She also enjoys the thrill of lighting her hula hoop on fire, given she has a dependable safety person! Currently, Abbey is wholly invested in health and spiritual growth through nutrition, hoop dance, yoga, and other forms of physical activity and expression. She strongly believes that movement is medicine, and it can cure almost anything that she will face in life.
Siobhan found a love for Buti Yoga in 2015 after dabbling in Vinyasa years prior and got certified to teach Buti Yoga later that year. Siobhan's favorite thing about Buti Yoga is the empowered female centered energy that she has only been able to find through this practice. With an extended dance background, Buti Yoga has given her the ability to fuse her love for Yoga and dance into one dynamic practice. She describes Buti has her soul mate workout, as it never truly feels like a burden, more so something that feeds her on a physical and spiritual level. She recently completed her 200 hour program in July 2017 and is certified through the Yoga Alliance. You can find her playing a soulful blend of hip hop, R & B, tribal beats and EDM in class.
Laura received her 200 Hour Certification from South Hills Power Yoga in August 2014, from lead E-RYT teachers Stacey Vespaziani & Darcy Lyle. This training also included Friday Night Master classes with: Jennifer Lee, L.A. Finfinger & Candace Lain-Fabus.
Since then, she has become a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) 200 Hours with Yoga Alliance. Jackson has also completed 12 YACEP hours in the Art of Hands-on-Assisting with Darcy Lyle of South Hills Power Yoga.
Most recently, Laura participated in a 12 YACEP Hour Yin Yoga Immersion/Teacher Training with Richard Gartner of Frameworks Yoga, at BYS Yoga Collective.
A true student of yoga, Miss Jackson has had the opportunity to study Ashtanga yoga with Kim MacGregor & Tim Miller here in Pittsburgh. Last year, Laura was lucky enough to attend Kino MacGregor’s week-long Mysore Style Ashtanga Yoga Retreat at the Miami Life Center in South Beach, Miami.Her continuing education has been nurtured by several local and national yoga teachers: Kendall Romanelli, Susie Popovich, Joni Sturgill, Hayley Worthman, L.A. Finfinger, Kate Olson, Lizandra Vidal, Laura Gorham-Huon, LouAnn McBride, Holly Koenig & Dezza Pastor.
Photo Courtesy of Levana Melamed Photography
Hailey Corton, B.S.
Yoga instructor, Licensed Massage therapist, Reiki Master, Reflexologist, Personal Trainer
Yoga entered into Hailey's life at a time when she was very lost, hurt, and basically at her personal rock bottom. After each class she began to realize what it felt like to find stillness, peace and to truly let go, learning that the past is past. Be present; that's what yoga teaches you.
Hailey teaches with a passion for helping people better their bodies and minds and a long history of studying anatomy, physiology, and exercise. As a licensed massage therapist, she knew she could apply this knowledge for her yoga students of all ages and abilities. She approaches her classes with the science of anatomy, healing of massage, and stillness of mindful meditation.
In addition, Hailey has received her Bachelors of Science in Health and Wellness in 2017 from Kaplan University, and her Personal Trainer Certification from National Academy of Sports Medicine.
Health and wellness, and healing and mindfulness are the true passions of her life and she wants to share them for the rest of her life.
Hailey Corton - LMT, Reflexologist, & Reiki Master
To schedule an appointment: Call (412) 657-0104
Beth has been practicing yoga for 4 years and has appreciated the journey that she endeavored on. The more she learned about poses and meditation the more she wanted to share her knowledge with others. She enjoys showing others how to be mindful of their own bodies and what their bodies need. Beth is currently taking a class to receive her 200 Hour Mindful Yoga Teacher Training with Joni Sturgil. Beth has been enjoying this process to become a yoga instructor.
Leah has been active in the Belly Dance community since 2008 when a friend encouraged her to take up the dance form as a fun activity. Little did she know, it would re-spark her passion for dance. As a child, Leah started dancing at the age of 3 studying tap, jazz, ballet and tumbling. She studied ballet and Polynesian dance until the age of 12 when, after an unfortunate bullying incident, she stopped dancing. At the age of 29 she decided it was time to return to dance and never looked back.
She has studied under multiple teachers in Pittsburgh and Ohio. Additionally, she has participated in many workshops taught by world renowned dancers and has been lucky to dance in several student troupes over the years. A lover of all forms of art with a degree in Fine Arts, Leah has always felt a pull towards music and it fills her life. She believes music creates an energy and that dance helps to emote and bring physicality to the notes that one hears.
Leah currently holds the title of "House Dancer" for the band King Fez and can be seen performing with them throughout the Greater Pittsburgh area.
Licensed Massage Therapist (LMt), Reiki Master, Reflexologist
Mike Nester is a licensed massage therapist and body worker, certified reflexology, energy worker, and naturopathicaly trained health professional. Michael enjoys working in an informed and personable way with his clients to communicate and understand their individual muscular anatomy and bring balance to their own yoga practice and daily life. Michael earned his diploma in massage therapy from DCI in Monaca, PA in 2014. Michael is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association.
Having received his first attunement in 2011, Michael is a Master Reiki Practitioner and instructor of the Usui System of natural healing, and is a gifted energy worker. Michael continues a tradition of alternative healing that has been passed down from the generations of his family. He brings a deep earth-spirit connection into his energy work and strives in every session to best meet his client's desired outcomes.
Michael utilizes the Ingram method of reflexology, and has worked with hundreds of individuals to better understand and improve their own biology through reflexologic therapy. Michael completed a 5 month mentoring study of reflexology in 2012, under the personal tutelage of two naturopathic physicians in Pittsburgh, PA.
He has worked with the clients and students Sterling Yoga and Wellness since 2012. Mike is available most days and evenings and alternating Saturdays and Sundays by appointment. He is also for in-home consultations and services.
Mike Nestor - LMT, Reflexologist, & Reiki Master
Available weekdays, evenings, and weekends
To schedule an appointment: Call (412) 620-8851
Licensed Massage Therapist
Shannon has 10 years of experience utilizing massage in a physical therapy setting. Shannon offers massage therapy specializing in JFB Myofascial Release. This technique is effective for relieving pain and deep tissue restrictions. It is effective in improving freedom of movement and can allow for deepening of your experience of yoga. Shannon also offers lymph drainage massage services.
Shannon Thompson, LMT & CLT
To schedule an appointment: Call (412) 200 - 0967
Licensed Massage Therapist
Lily has been an occupational therapist assistant since 1998, and a massage therapist since 2008. Lily has studied the John F. Barnes approach of Myofascial Release Massage since 2004, and is considered an Advanced Myofascial Therapist, with 10 seminars/certifications under her belt.
Lily Fineman - LMT
To schedule an appointment: Call (304) 266-2418
Tracy Campbell has been a Reiki Practitioner using the Usui Method of Natural Healing since April 2016, and received her attunements from Nicole Druga, Reiki Master.
Since everything is made up of energy, Tracy’s focus is to make sure that your energy is strong and free flowing. Unbalanced energy cannot flow easily and therefore could result in illness and/or discomfort. To achieve optimal energy balance, she will use a pendulum to check the 7 main points in your body that regulate energy flow (chakras) and she will balance them as necessary. Tracy may also use crystals and aromatherapy during your Reiki session to assist with clearing energy blockages and to enhance the natural healing and balancing process.
Tracy Campbell, Reiki Master
Available weekdays, evenings, and weekends
To schedule an appointment: Call (412) 605 - 4120
Ida Ivehag has been a Reiki Practitioner since April 2016 and received her attunaments in the Usui Method from Nicole Druga, Reiki Master. Originally from Sweden, and living in the U.S. since 2012, some major life changes occurred which forced her to take a step back and slow down. Starting a regular yoga practice helped Ida notice that this was when she could fully breath and connect with herself. In 2015, she became a yoga teacher through South Hills Power Yoga. It was during that time, when her journey of finding herself and her own voice began to take shape, and where she first looked into Reiki, and other holistic healing alternatives, that could help her on this quest. It is her hope to support other people in their own journeys to self, and in finding a more healthy, stress-less lifestyle.
Ida Ivehag, Reiki Master
To schedule an appointment: Call (412) 709 - 0810
Reiki Practitioner & Owner of Pittsburgh Photon Studio
Kelly is an Intuitive Empath, Spirit Channel, Reiki Practitioner, Integrated Bodywork facilitator and Soul Navigator. Kelly has studied with many Healers, Teachers, Mediums, & Soul Mentors where she has spent the last 10 years dedicated to her own growth and awareness. Kelly is the owner/operator of Pittsburgh Photon Studio where she assists others in their understanding of the importance of taking care of our Mind, Body & Spirit. Kelly is available for Sauna Sessions, Reiki Sessions, and Intuitive Soul Navigation sessions.
Kelly Halaja, Pittsburgh Photon Studio
To schedule an appointment: Call (724) 263 - 6502