Meet our inspiring, compassionate and authentic team of yoga teachers…
ERYT 200, Owner of Human Breathing
Ronnie was raised on a farm
in the hardscrabble coal mining region near Johnstown, PA. As a child
he yearned to be outdoors and gravitated to sports as an outlet for
physical and emotional energy. He discovered soccer in high school and
soon earned a reputation as a fierce competitor.
Ronnie attended Saint Francis
College in Loretto, PA and earned a spot on the NCAA Division 1 Men’s
Soccer team. Though that freshman season marked a person highlight, his
tough-and-hurtle style of play eventually culminated in a debilitating
hip injury which left him in terrible pain, unable to compete, and
feeling lost and hopeless. With the help of friends, he turned to
theater and mountain biking as creative and physical outlets. He
carried on, but the pain stayed with him.
Ronnie Coughenour (right) and
After earning his bachelor’s
degree in English, Ronnie moved to Hazleton, PA to write and be close to
nature. When the money ran out, he took a corporate job in Malvern, PA
where he worked seven years as a software developer. At night he earned
a master’s degree in Elementary Education from West Chester University
with the plan of moving back to rural PA to teach second grade.
Plans shifted when Ronnie met
Judy (aka Coco) in 2001. Judy ushered him to his first yoga class where
he underwent a transformative realization. Ronnie explains “I realized
I didn’t have to remain trapped in a body that was perpetually breaking
down—instead I could do something constructive with the pain I was
Ronnie and Judy married a few
months later. When their first child was born in 2004, Ronnie launched
a new career as a full-time parent and yoga teacher.
“I realized I didn’t have to
remain trapped in a body that was perpetually breaking down—instead I
could do something constructive with the pain I was feeling.”
Ronnie earned his 200-hour Registered
Yoga Teacher certification from the Spirit of Yoga in Downingtown.
Eager to teach, he worked at several studios in Downingtown, Exton and
Chester Springs and eventually began teaching classes in his home. He
saw these classes grow by word-of-mouth until it was clear a bigger a
space was needed. In October of 2009, he opened the Human Breathing
Yoga Studio in Morgantown, PA.
After nearly two decades, yoga
continues to be a source of delight and solace for Ronnie. He explains, ”Yoga helps me to unwind and relax. Yoga keeps my
spirits lifted. I practice yoga because it is a continual source of fun
and exploration for me and I can see myself practicing into old age for
the same reasons.”
His teachings are drawn from
his daily practice, observations and yogic texts. He shares these
lessons because he enjoys being around relaxed, grounded, happy people
and finds that students who practice regularly embody these qualities.
Through a combination of asana, meditation and breathwork, he invites
students to find freedom from pain and create comfortable personal
space to live in joyfully.
Ronnie and his wife reside in
Morgantown along with their two children and several other beautiful
creatures. They like to travel, ride bikes, garden and cook. Ronnie
also works odd jobs that allow him to be outdoors or around live music.
He likes to think he could be a comedian but that hasn’t happened yet…
in the late 70’s and raised in Lansdowne, PA (3
miles west of Philadelphia), Daniel moved to rural Berks County in 2001
to pursue a lifestyle of musical and meditative practice.
the inner connection to yoga early in life Daniel explains “As
long as I can remember I’ve craved physical balance and
spiritual growth. I practiced headstands & meditation long before I
ever learned what yoga is. Somewhere
Daniel Bower on right (2018)
age 22 I got an instructional asana book and have been practicing ever
since. The benefits have proven undeniably enriching.”
January 2010, Daniel attended a yogic lifestyle emersion in Hawaii at
Konalani Yoga Ashram where he earned his 200-hour teaching
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are
compared to what lies within us.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
his wife and young son currently reside in bustling Phoenixville, PA.
Daniel is a full-time musician. He is the music director for a Lutheran
church and runs a recording studio. He performs regularly near and far
in several bands including Frog Holler, Neo Trio and The Manatawny
Creek Ramblers, providing vocals and playing drums, guitar, banjo &
mandolin. He also plays for kids of all ages.
Fiorenza earned a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher certification from
Power Yoga Works in Malvern where she also earned a specialized Power
addition to her yoga teacher training, Darian earned a bachelor’s
degree in Psychology from West Chester University and is currently
working toward a master’s degree in mental health
counselling and art therapy at Holy Family University in Philadelphia.
credits her yoga practice for reducing anxiety and improving her
overall mental well-being. After experiencing this transformation in herself,
she was inspired to become a yoga teacher and share this gift with
others. Darian explains, “I have found yoga to be such a
gift in my life and I wanted to be able to give that gift to others. I
am the best version of myself when I practice and teach yoga.”
“I am the best version of myself when I practice
and teach yoga.” –Darian Fiorenza
yoga classes, Darian promotes a calming and open environment where
students are encouraged to have fun and feel free to ask questions.
Having rehabilitated multiple knee injuries, Darian is no stranger to
pain and how to modify your practice to honor the healing process.
she’s not studying or teaching yoga,
Darian works as an art workshop assistant in Malvern. She also enjoys
time with her family, friends and charming cat.
Garcia began practicing yoga as a teen
Garcia is one of those rare and fortunate creatures who discovered yoga
early in life. He began practicing while in high school where he first
encountered teachers from Human Breathing. His early exposure to yoga
helped set course for a lifetime of spirituality and helping others.
Mario explains “Yoga has allowed me to have first-hand
experience of the latent potential for inner peace, which in turn has
helped blossom the latent potential to empathize and feel compassion
for all Beings.”
graduating high school, Mario moved to Puerto Rico to continue his
education and be near his extended family, but he didn’t leave yoga behind. He found a yoga
studio in Puerto Rico where he continued his practice.
“The whole world, in all
ten directions, is One bright jewel.” -Zen Master Dogen
of 2017 things took an unexpected turn when Hurricane Maria wreaked
devastation in Puerto Rico. Mario was grateful that he and his loved
ones were unharmed. After helping in the cleanup and recovery efforts
immediately following the storm, Mario returned to Pennsylvania where
he enrolled at West Chester University and would eventually earn his
bachelor’s degree in Psychology.
remained a central part of Mario’s
life and he “yearned for the
opportunity the deepen [his] practice and share it with others.” In 2019 Mario earned his yoga
teacher certification from the Kula Kamala Foundation & Yoga Ashram
in nearby Alsace, Pennsylvania. He also holds a Reiki I certification.
now resides in Honey Brook with Lulu and Koko, two spry Mini Australian
Shepherds who keep him on his feet. He also skateboards, listens to
stand-up comedy and attends spiritual retreats, workshops and
gatherings whenever possible. Starting this Fall, Mario will begin
studies for his Master’s
in Psychology at West Chester University and work as a classroom aide
at the Twin Valley Middle School.
enjoys teaching gentle yoga and encouraging students to find joy and be
compassionate toward themselves. You will often find him experimenting
with new techniques because yoga, like life, is a journey.
Cait Gilmartin was born in
California and raised in Point Pleasant, NJ. After graduating from
Rutgers University, she moved to Texas where she earned her yoga
teacher certification from Yoga Forte near Dallas. In 2017 Cait
returned east to her current home in nearby Warwick, PA.
Cait is a full-time mental health
professional and licensed social worker (LSW). She holds a master’s degree in Social Work and is
working toward her licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) status.
Cait currently works as a
behavioral health therapist at Brandywine Hospital. She also sees
clients in a private practice for outpatient therapy.
Cait Gilmartin (2019)
Cait is a
firm believer in the scientifically proven mental health benefits of
yoga. She explains “I
saw the benefit my own yoga practice had on my mental health early on.
I am a huge advocate for mental health as I am a therapist and have
been personally affected by a family member dying by suicide. I wanted
to become a yoga teacher to help others not only connect with their
bodies, but also improve their mental health through movement and
“The sun is a daily
reminder that we, too can rise again from the darkness…
that we too can shine our own light.” -s. ajna
enjoys teaching a variety of yoga styles, from vinyasa to yin yoga. She
describes her teaching style as “eclectic.” With upbeat music playing in the
background, Cait encourages students to explore on their mat with
different modifications and movements to find what feels right in their
body. Laughter and chatting are common in Cait’s
to travel. She has lived in Costa Rica and Turkey and travelled
throughout Europe. Fortunately, she’s
engaged to a commercial airline pilot and the couple has made it their
mission to visit all 50 states. When she’s
not travelling, Cait can be found hiking the trails in Warwick with her
Born and raised in Chester county,
Leah Huganir is a shining product of our beautiful slice of
When she started practicing yoga 6
years ago, Leah knew she found something special. Leah explains “Yoga helped me better understand
myself and other human beings.”
Her journey took her to studios and mentors throughout the Philadelphia
area where she practiced and studied various techniques and styles of
Leah decided it was time to share
yoga “with as many humans as
possible.” In 2017 she earned her
200-hour certification from Evolve Yoga in Exton. She teaches strong
Vinyasa (flow) yoga and has certifications in aerial yoga, meditation,
restorative yoga, yoga for recovery, and yoga for traumatic brain
Leah Huganir (2018)
her yoga training invaluable in helping navigate day to day life and
work situations. She works full time for a local pharmaceutical
company, and lives with her husband and young son who she calls “the most fun, happy, awesome
humans that I know!”
“For small creatures such
as we, the vastness is bearable
only through love.” -Carl Sagan
addition to teaching at Human Breathing, Leah teaches weekly classes at
work, and volunteers as a yoga teacher for the Coatesville VA Medical
Center, and for Love Your Brain, an organization that runs yoga
workshops for people with traumatic brain injuries.
classes are physically powerful yet emotionally, mentally and
spiritually gentle. Her positivity is genuine and infectious, the
results of which can be seen in the sweaty grins of her students as
they exit the studio.
follow Leah on Facebook at “Leah
Huganir Yoga RYT 200”
and learn more about the Love Your Brain organization by visiting www.loveyourbrain.com.
Wallace was born and raised in neighboring Elverson. As an accomplished
high school and college athlete, she found yoga to be an effective
complement to her competitive sports training. Kayla explains “After a
few knee surgeries yoga became the most gentle way for me to get
physical exercise, yet left me feeling profoundly strong in body, mind
graduating from college, Kayla travelled to Portsmouth, New Hampshire
where she earned her yoga teacher certification from Barre & Soul
yoga classes are nurturing yet invigorating. She demonstrates genuine
compassion for her students, encouraging them to explore, learn, grown
and heal through their practice.
she’s not at the studio, Kayla enjoys spending time with her family and
exploring the beautiful outdoors by hiking, paddle boarding and bike
“Yoga became the most gentle way
for me to get physical exercise, yet left me feeling profoundly strong
in body, mind and spirit. ” -Kayla Wallace
Jesi Yost (2017)
Jesi began her yoga journey at the
age of 14 when she and her mother took their first yoga class together.
She was hooked. Jesi explains “I
have carried yoga in my heart and soul ever since. Yoga is part of my
She completed her 200-hour yoga
certification at The Spirit of Yoga in Downingtown where she studied
alongside Ronnie Coughenour who would eventually become owner of Human
Breathing. They became fast friends and when Human Breathing opened its
doors, Jesi was promptly recruited to become a teacher.
classes are fun and lighthearted. With a huge and generous spirit, she
reminds students not to take life too seriously.
“I have carried yoga in my
heart and soul ever since [my first class].
Yoga is part of my every breath.” -Jesi Yost
Jesi lives in Shillington, PA with her husband
and their adorable dog and cat. She is a full-time photographer whose
work covering local events is regularly featured in newspapers. Jesi
also skates for the Reading Derby Girls, a roller derby team that
competes throughout the region.
You can connect with Jesi on Facebook by liking
Second Star to the Right Yoga.