“Joni is an instructor who lives, breaths, eats and sleeps the tenants of Yoga. Her instruction is gentle, kind and nurturing. She is always welcoming, quick with a warm smile, and willing to listen to her students requests, questions and concerns both Yoga and non-Yoga related. She is truly a knowledgeable and kind soul.”     
~ D. Trombold


 The benefits of yoga are numerous. Here are just a few:

  • improved flexibility
  • increased strength
  • improved posture
  • improved balance
  • improved focus & concentration
  • increased breathing capacity
  • decrease in blood pressure
  • decrease in general back pain
  • can assist in weight loss


Schedule a individual or group private session, or start a yoga class at your company here.


Recommended Yoga Studios in the Pittsburgh area:

Schoolhouse Yoga

BYS Yoga


Recommended Sites About Yoga:

Yoga Alliance

Yoga Journal


If you're interested in a Pittsburgh-based 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Program:

3rd Street Yoga with Joanne VandenHengel


 "The goal in yoga is not to tie ourselves in knots. We're already tied in knots. The aim is to untie the knots in our hearts." ~ Max Strom

Many people think that yoga is just stretching. While stretching is involved, yoga is really about creating balance...a balance of both strength and flexibility in the body; a balance between vibrant energy and quiet stillness; a balance in your life itself.

In my classes and in private sessions, we will work the physical postures of yoga, or "asanas." I also like to weave in bits of meditation and breathwork to help develop a focused and calm mind as well as a strong and flexible body.  

Everyone can do yoga... I always offer modifications, because our bodies are all different, and they might feel different from day to day. Some days you may want to do a challenging pose, other days you might take a more gentle, modified posture. Part of yoga is about learning to connect with your body and listen to your own inner guidance about what you need that day.

I teach in the Pittsburgh, PA area - gentle yoga classes, a moderate paced class, and a class with more advanced postures. I break-down the specifics of each pose and make sure that you are practicing safely so you can fully enjoy the experience of yoga.  Each class ends with a deep relaxation, so you'll feel both envigorated and relaxed.

I also teach special Restorative Yoga Workshops, which involve propping up the body with pillows and blankets, then deeply resting in each pose - this is a great option when you're stressed or your body is tired and sore.

Coming in January, 2016:

a 200 hour Yoga Alliance Approved Mindful Yoga Teacher Training

The 200-hour Yoga Alliance certified Teacher Training program will begin in January 2016.

  • 12 month program

  • 12 weekends (14 hours per weekend; 10am-5pm Saturday & Sunday)

  • 2 Friday evening special sessions (3 hours each)

  • 6 hours not scheduled, TBD on an extra Saturday or Sunday.

  • Immersion on an optional Friday evening through Sunday noon yoga retreat

    • additional fee will apply

    • 12 contact hours on retreat (great for making up missed hours)

  • 180 total contact hours

  • 20 non-contact hours (info below)

Program Requirements

  • attend all training sessions (or make arrangements to make-up missed hours)

  • complete all homework assignments

  • 3-4 hours of observing and assisting in a class taught by an RYT

  • 10 hours of volunteer teaching

  • minimum of 4 hours of attending additional workshops of your choice

  • develop and journal about your own home yoga/meditation practice

  • read books on required reading list

  • complete take home assignments & quizzes

The program includes instruction on:

  • hatha yoga - postures, sequencing, alignment

  • meditation and pranayama

  • anatomy & physiology, including connections to brain health

  • restorative yoga

  • therapeutic gentle yoga

  • yoga history and philosophy

  • adjustments and teaching techniques

  • the art of communication

  • introduction to the subtle body & ayurveda

  • positive psychology philosophy and exercises

This unique program offers an integrated, compassionate perspective of yoga, including the study of postures, breathing exercises, plus relaxation and meditation training, with a focus on the science that is now supporting much of these practices. Additionally, there will be training on positive psychology and how to incorporate gratitude and joy into your own lives as well as the lives of those around you, through the lens of yoga and meditation. Your journey through this training tenders the opportunity for you to awaken to your greatest potential and most compassionate and clear mind. Through this process of self-discovery and self-transformation, you will learn how to nurture your mind, body and spirit, catalyze personal growth, and live life skillfully with a centered, deep-rooted happiness and peace.

Whether you feel called to teach and share what you learn with others, or whether you simply wish to dive into the study of this ancient healing practice for your own personal growth and enlightenment, the addition of the simple, yet hard science facts, about what the practices do for the health of your brain and other systems of the body, will ground you in the knowledge that yoga and meditation are essential practices for a healthy body and peaceful soul.

Required Reading list:

Yoga Toolbox for Teachers and Students by Joseph and Lilian Le Page

Yoga for Wellness by Gary Kraftsow

Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar

Anatomy of Movement by Blandine Calais-Germain

Kripalu Yoga by Richard Faulds

The Wisdom of No Escape by Pema Chodron

How to Know God, The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali by Christopher Isherwood

Optional (highly recommended) Reading list:

Relax and Renew by Judith Lasater

The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Han

Wherever You Go There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn

The Bhagavad Gita (many translations, I like Eknath Easwaran)

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

Dates of Program:

All sessions will take place at the Brain Health Center in Wexford from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sundays, unless otherwise indicated below.

January 23 & 24,

February 20 & 21

March 19 & 20

April 30 & May 1

May 21 & 22

June 11 & 12

July 22 (Friday) 7pm to 10pm: special session at Joni’s house

July 23 & 24

August 20 & 21

September 17 & 18

October 7 (Friday) 6:30pm to 9:30pm: special session at Joni’s house

October 29 & 30

November 12 & 13

December 3 & 4

  • One 6 hour required special session not scheduled yet, will be on a Saturday or Sunday.

  • Graduation ceremony on December 4

Pricing (cash or check only)

$2550 (includes $50 application fee) -Paid in Full by the First Day of Training, January 23, 2016.

EARLY BIRD: $2400 (includes the $50 application fee) - If paid in full by December 1, 2015.

Payment Plans: (does not include $50 application fee)

Credit Card ONLY, card will be charged on Dates below.

3 installments of $900, due December 1, February 1, April 1.

Monthly Plan: $560 deposit due December 1, then $320 due the first of the month Jan thru July.

Making up missed sessions:

Privately scheduled with Joni at a reduced rate of $50 per hour, see Joni directly for details.

Refresher classes for current teachers and special intensive workshops:

A select number of the training sessions will be open for current teachers and/or serious students for the fee of $25 an hour.