our team of instructors at elevate yoga pittsburgh

Walter Nesbit, Owner of Elevate Yoga Pittsburgh (formerly Movement Studio Pittsburgh.  If you're looking for Kickboxing, Women's Self Defense and Martial Arts that is now located at Premier Martial Arts, Oakdale.

Walter Nesbit, Owner / Master Trainer

HKC Kettlebell Instructor, TRX Instructor, Kickboxing Instructor 

(2nd Degree Black Belt), Personal Trainer, Certified Nutritionist 

Walt has been instructing wide variety of disciplines for 31 years. Walt is a big proponent of health; it's not about the waistline it's about living a long and healthy life. Under his instruction, clients with ailments have improved range of motion, strength, and reduced, if not eliminated pain. He is an ACE certified personal trainer and his main focus is helping others achieve their goals, maintain those goals and rehabilitate. He is a very disciplined and compassionate instructor who develops strength training programs based on personal needs, and cares about each individual who steps through the door.  You'll find Walt teaching TRX Suspension Training Classes at EYP.  Kickboxing, Woman's Self Defense and Martial Arts at Premier Martial Arts, Oakdale.

Monica Kessler, Yoga Instructor, Aerial Yoga Instructor, Business Manager of Elevate Yoga Pittsburgh.  Teaches a variety of yoga, aerial yoga, kids yoga, events and workshops.

Monica Kessler, Instructor & Business Mgr.


Fitness and physical activities have always been a part of Monica's life.  In her senior year of high school, Monica suffered lower back trauma in a car accident.  After years of chronic issues, Monica turned to her personal trainer, Walt Nesbit and also a yoga class at the gym she was attending. With a desire to learn more about this beautiful practice, Monica arrived at Donna Dyer's Yoga H'om. It was there, that the 'yoga' she had been practicing transformed from being just a physical exercise, into a complete mind, body healing and life changing experience. Knowing how greatly yoga affected her life, Monica knew in her heart that she had to share this practice with others and enrolled into Donna's 200-hour teacher training program in 2011.  The desire to learn and share yoga takes Monica to many places. In 2015, Monica tried her first Aerial Yoga class at a Wanderlust Festival.  At that moment, she found her love for FLIGHT and FREEDOM which also relieved her of lower back pain.  In July of 2016, Monica became a certified Aerial Yoga Instructor, through Jayne Bernasconi, from Yoga on York.  Monica is also a TRX Suspension Trainer which expands her knowledge of teaching suspension for strength and balance. Monica's intention is to uplift and send you on your way to a better day. She will continue to grow and expand her knowledge by studying under her master teachers, Gina Caputo, Rodney Yee, Richard Freeman, Max Strom, Kino MacGregor.   


Raeanne Fryer


 Raeanne’s journey with yoga began to deepen in her early 20’s, a time where she needed peace, grounding, and forgiveness. What she didn’t know was that yoga would become so much more than a physical practice and would eventually lead her to a desire to teach and inspire others to explore the possibilities that yoga presents. Raeanne teaches yoga to create a space for deep connection, transformation, and healing. She hopes to create a safe and joyful environment for you to explore the sense of wonder and serenity that yoga brings. Certifications: 200 RYT - Three Rivers Yoga. Kids Yoga Teacher Certificate - Kidding Around Yoga. 


Rhonda Dare


The science of physical movement in her veins.  Rhonda graduated from Frostburg State University with a B.S. in Exercise and Sports Science.   She's always looking for something new and exciting in the fitness world.  The first thing Rhonda said to her husband after coming home from her first aerial yoga class was, “This is my new favorite thing ever!” And it was from that day that her passion and curiosity for everything aerial kept growing. Rhonda loves aerial yoga because of all the elements it encompasses—focus and play, trust and flight, strength and grace.  Rhonda completed her Aerial Yoga teacher training at Jayne Bernasconi’s Yoga on York, and it’s with this certification, along with her years of experience in teaching group fitness, that she hopes to be each student’s biggest cheerleader. Rhonda is a big advocate for celebrating having the courage to try. It’s that very courage that brought aerial yoga into Rhonda’s life, and it’s what she hopes to instill in everyone that walks through the door. Her own aerial yoga practice is ever-evolving, and you’ll likely see her attending her fellow teacher’s classes as an eager student.  When Rhonda is not playing in her hammock, you can likely find her on a long walk or adoring her pets.


Lisa Haslett


Yoga has been a part of Lisa’s life for over 20 years, and her practice has helped her grow stronger, more flexible and fearless, both on and off the mat.  Lisa completed her 200-hour Yoga Alliance training with Sangha Wellness Center and is currently completing 300-hour advanced training with Healthy Body, Peaceful Soul. Lisa will always be a student of the practice and is a life-long learner.  Lisa’s mantra on yoga is best described by the following quote: "Practicing yoga is a privilege. And with this privilege comes a duty to be kind, to share a smile, and to offer the yoga from your mat into the rest of your life." by Maty Ezraty.  When she is not teaching, Lisa is working as a neonatal nurse practitioner for many Children’s hospitals in the Tristate area. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys spending time outdoors in the sunshine with her two dogs Jade and Duce, drinking coffee, traveling, dancing, and practicing meditation.

Teacher Jen Stratakis teaches Yin and Restorative Yoga at Elevated Yoga Pittsburgh!

Jen Stratakis


Jen is a classically trained yoga teacher whose personal mission is to bring meaningful yoga to as many people as possible. She has completed trainings in Transcend Aerial Yoga, Principle-Based Partner Yoga®, Yin Yoga, and LoveYourBrain®  (yoga for TBI survivors.) Her educational background includes a B.S. from Kent State and a Master's from CMU. 

Jen has studied and practiced yoga for over 15 years. She is grateful to her yogic influences – Sandra Anderson, Dharma Mittra, David Swenson, Seane Corn, Sarah Powers, and Judith Hanson Lasater - for their wisdom and guidance. When she's not practicing or teaching yoga or other mind/body topics, Jen enjoys distance cycling, hiking, paddleboarding and supporting local humane causes.



Mary Sandora


Mary has been practicing yoga as a form of stress management for over 20 years. However it has been in the last 10 years that a dedicated regular practice was established. Travel for work gave Mary the opportunity to experience several different styles and studios in various cities. There were many excellent instructors who have served as inspiration; however it was at Donna Dyer's Yoga H'om that she realized yoga was more of a life style choice rather than an exercise routine.  In 2014 she decided to retire from the corporate world and make yoga a priority in her life. In 2015 she completed the 200 hour teacher training certification. The intention was not to look for a retirement job, but rather to share the love of yoga and its excellent healing properties with others. Mary's goal is to guide others on their path of spiritual and physical healing through yoga.


ELEVATED YOGA PITTSBURGH IS A YOGA STUDIO OFFERING VARIETY OF MAT YOGA CLASSES, AERIAL YOGA CLASSES , TRX SUSPENSION TRAINING CLASSES, LOCATED IN IMPERIAL, PA AND SERVICING THE SURROUNDING AREAS OF PITTSBURGH. Serving the Imperial, Oakdale, McDonald, Clinton, Sturgeon, South Fayette, Robinson Township, Findley Township, Burgettstown, North Fayette, Moon, Kennedy, Roselyn Farms, Carnegie, Pittsburgh, Mt. Lebanon, Greentree, Sewickley, Rennerdale, Beaver, Hopewell, Aliquippa, Monaca, Center Township, Lawrenceville, Canonsburg, South Hills, Cecil, Bethel Park, Bridgeville Pennsylvania areas, along with Weirton, West Virginia, Steubenville, Ohio areas.