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724-777-9969

Email

intothespirithealingarts@gmail.com

Virtual session times vary. Home Sessions please call or email

Melissa's hours M: 10-9 W: 10-10 Th: 3-9 F: 10-7 see booking for Sat/Sun hours

A place for you to discover Yoga with Pepsi Umberger

Pepsi began her journey in health and well-being over 20 years ago working as a personal trainer, Pilates and Yoga instructor, and Health Coach. Pepsi is also a professor of Kinesiology at Penn State University, where she teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Yoga, and the Art and Science of Human Flourishing.

Pepsi has such a soft and welcoming approach to Yoga and presents a view to us in her gentle methodology and unique style of teaching that calms all of the reasons my husband and I have been hesitant to try Yoga for ourselves. Like not wanting to “look bad” as newbies, or fear of trying so hard to “do it right” that we would end up injuring ourselves, or being unsure of learning new poses and actually being able to use them at home, and also missing out on the spiritual nature of Yoga in classes that focus so much on the practice as “exercise and in fast-paced” styles.

 

I’ll let Pepsi tell you more about herself…

Yes, my first name really is Pepsi. My parents pictured me bubbly, active, and full of life, so they went for it. It has given me a great sense of humor.

My focus on wellbeing shifted in 2020 in a period of tremendous loss for my family and society as a whole. I was able to use my struggles to build resilience through the suffering, to learn trauma-informed yoga practice and somatic exercises to heal the mind, body and heart.

I strive to bring yoga and mindfulness into my everyday life.

What I bring to my yoga classes is a place of community that fosters connection, acceptance, curiosity, healing, and love for all to grow and flourish with peace and joy. I also spend my time doing puppy and kitten yoga for animal rescue and teaching neurodivergent yoga practices to children. When I am not teaching, I am blessed to share my life with my husband, son, and four dogs.

 

Pepsi will bring great new opportunities to Into The Spirit for our community, clients, students, and supporters with Yoga for everyone and anyone and a very special yoga workshop built just for Moms of neurodivergent kids. Read on to learn more, check out upcoming free community events in Cranberry Township with Pepsi, and scroll to the bottom of the page to sign up.

Pepsi’s Programs:

Relax, Reset, and Rejuvenate Yoga

Yoga is a place for you to let go of the hustle and bustle of daily life and to allow yourself a place to indulge in self-care and self-love.

When was the last time you just stopped and did nothing, and I truly mean nothing? In this class we will reset the brain allowing the nervous system to relax through mindfulness and meditation, renew the body through gentle Yin and Restorative Yoga, and Rejuvenate the Soul the somatic and polyvagal exercises the release stress and reset the nervous system.

  • Yin and Restorative Yoga —  *Yin floor-based poses that are very gently practice that focus on holding rather than flowing. It is not designed to be exercise, it meant to be a space that you can connect to the body and release tension in hips and back. Each pose works on different areas of the body that can create emotional release.       * Restorative Yoga — This is about meeting the body where it is at by using pillows, blankets and props to make your body feel supported while resetting the parasympathetic nervous system.
  • Polyvagal Exercise — We use gentle exercises to relax the parasympathetic nervous system to help you get out of fight and flight.
  • Somatic Exercise — Grounding exercise to help connect to present moment using breathwork and gently exercises.

In each class we will meditate, practice Yoga and reconnect to ourselves to restore inner peace.

Soul Care: Rest, Reset, and Refresh for Moms with Neurodivergent Kids

Moms of Neurodivergent kids are always thinking and working to help their kids.

If it is not thinking of what service, what doctor, or what program does my kid need –  then it is taking them to the service, program, or doctor.

If you are not doing that, you are arguing with the school about IEP or with insurance about covering something that should be covered for your kid.

As a mom of a neurodivergent kid, I am tired … not the regular tired … like the tired in my soul tired. If you are like me and need to relax, renew, and rejuvenate this yoga workshop is for you.