Rachael began practicing yoga in 2006 for the physical and mental benefits.
Rachael loves the physical challenge of yoga as well as the sense of calm her practice brings her. Aiming to share this with others, Rachael completed her Yoga Teacher Training in 2018.
She is also a wellness coach and has achieved certifications as a Reiki Master, plant-based nutrition, reflexology, children’s yoga, yin yoga and meditation.
Rachael is passionate about helping people who have been touched by cancer and regularly volunteers at Our Clubhouse in Pittsburgh, PA giving reiki and leading a lecture series on Plant-Based Nutrition.
Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate through eCornell and the
T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies
Core Coach Training Program from Wellcoaches, School of Coaching in partnership with the American College of Sports Medicine and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine
Jen Stratakis, E-RYT 500
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 18 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.
She currently teaches yoga and other mind/body topics at Elevate Yoga Pittsburgh, Moon
Parks & Rec, and Yoga H’Om, among others. Jen is also the co-founder of NamastHay Goat
Yoga of Pittsburgh©, the area’s first and biggest goat yoga enterprise. In addition, she is a
meditation affiliate with Listening to Smile, producers of frequency-minded healing music.
When she's not practicing or teaching yoga or other mind/body topics, Jen enjoys distance cycling,
hiking, paddle boarding, and supporting local humane causes.
Rachel Connor is a CYT 240 (Certified Yoga Instructor 240 hours) who teaches under the
Sivananda discipline. She first experienced Yoga in 1979 when her high school Biology teacher, Sr. Antonette Severin, introduced her to the Sun Salutations. Although she dabbled in Yoga for many years,Rachel did not begin a serious practice until 1996, in anticipation of starting a family. Yoga helped her to become physically, mentally, and spiritually fit, and after the birth of her son, she continued her Yoga journey. After striking up a friendship with her Yoga teacher, she eventually was asked to be a sub for the class. In 2004, Rachel enrolled in the Yoga teacher training course through the Aura Wellness Center. Under the auspices of Dr. Paul Jerard ( E-RYT 500) and with direct supervision from her teacher, Janet Martin (200 RYT), she embarked on the 1 year training. Rachel received her certificate in 2005, passing with High Honors.
For the past 16 years, Rachel has consistently practiced and taught Yoga at several local fitness
centers, and she is excited to join the staff of the Wellness Lounge. Rachel’s goal is to help her students achieve strength, flexibility, focus and inner peace through Yoga. Her class combines movement (asana), breath (pranayama), and guided relaxation (yoga nidra) to provide balance in her students’ lives.
In addition to teaching Yoga, Rachel also teaches preschool at the Archangel Gabriel Preschool
and Childcare Center on the St. Malachy Campus in Kennedy Township. She resides in Robinson Township with her husband of 32 years, Tom, her 22 year old son, Brody, and her quirky little dog, Sophie.