Classes
Class Instructors

Nicole Gauthier-Schatz

e-mail: ngschatz@hsc.wvu.edu

classes: Mindful Flow Yoga, Mindfulness Meditation, Restorative Yoga, Yoga for Inner Balance

Biography

Nicole Gauthier-Schatz has been teaching in the Morgantown community and surrounding areas for 27 years.

Nicole holds certifications as a Stress Management Specialist, Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga Instructor, Holistic Lifestyle Teacher and Yoga Therapist. Nicole is also the co-creator of the Mindful Steps to Stress Less Program.

Nicole seeks to create a safe, non-dogmatic educational environment, where the student is immersed in the process of self-discovery and inner exploration to become a more integrated human. In a safe refuge, students can turn their inner attentiveness to feelings, sensations, and activity of the mind. Students can then experience more freedom and vitality, and connect the practice to their daily life. The practice leads to increased awareness, mental clarity, and emotional wellness, as well as generating strength and suppleness for a healthier, more vibrant and limber body.

Alexandra Amedro

e-mail: alex@latinfitnesswithalex.com

classes: Zumba

Biography

Alexandra was born in Colombia, S.A. and has been teaching Zumba since March 2006.  You don’t need to know how to dance to join her classes. She creates a party-like atmosphere, which is less intimidating for participants who are inexperienced in Latin dance. Participants know that they can just go with the flow and enjoy the party.  What makes her classes unique is the high-energy dance element. A few minutes into one of her hour-long Zumba classes and one thing is clear – it is all in the hips. In one of her Zumba classes you not only learn the basic steps of Latin rhythms, but you also learn some Spanish along the way. Her Zumba classes are 100% latin, full of salsa, merengue, cumbia, samba and much more!

Deborah Yackel

e-mail: dyackel162@gmail.com

classes: Pilates

Biography

Deborah has been a fitness professional for the last 36 years and teaching at Healthworks for more than 20 years. Her career in Pilates started in 2000 with the program of the Ron Fletcher Method. She was honored to have studied under the man who trained under Joseph Pilates himself. It was in Boulder Colorado where she learned the authentic method of technique and skill from an esteemed elder and master of Pilates. Two years later, she received a certification in mat and all equipment by Powerhouse Pilates specializing in Rehabilitative Pilates. She along with several of the physical therapists at Healthworks received this certification yet she was the one who became the coordinator of the program and performed frequent in –service seminars to the staff and our members at Healthworks. After attending several International Educational Conferences with Pilates Method Alliance, Deborah was one of the few fitness professionals selected by Polestar Pilates Education to attend an 8- day intensive training in Miami with the renowned Brent Anderson – PhD, PT, OCS and co- founder of Polestar in Sacramento California. The concept was to specialize in Pilates based rehabilitation and performance enhancement. This series provided an in-depth instruction in the Pilates principles, techniques and practice along with research in movement science, motor learning, bioenergetics, and communication science to the instructional practice.

In continuation of her Pilates instruction and practice, Deborah has completed modules with Balance Body Education in advanced exercises and programming in Mat, Reformer, Trapeze Table, Chair, Ladder Barrel, and small props including advanced and super advanced exercises to challenge clients to achieve their best. Deborah feels that her vast, well rounded education and experience will create safe successful classes for clients at any level.