Studio With A Purpose

Your energy and time are valuable!  High energy and vitality is a result of training your body, eating a healthy diet and focusing your mind on quality thoughts.  With our instructors and coaches you will access more energy, be more productive and achieve your goals.   

  • Build strength and flexibility 
  • Personalize healthy eating
  • Cultivate connection
Group Fitness Studio

Our Instructors

Each of our instructors hold a teaching certification in the areas of their experience.  Knowledge is paramount, instructors are required to complete continuing education to ensure that we evolve with expert recommendations for evolving practice techniques.

Carla Higgins – Owner/Certified Yoga Instructor

Carla Higgins – Owner/Certified Yoga Instructor

Hi! I am Carla, the owner of MindBody Yoga + Barre, but most of my time is spent being a highly caffeinated mom, spontaneous friend, dietitian and health coach.

The first hot yoga class I took was a rough experience and I don’t know if I would have stepped back into a yoga studio if it had not been for a running injury. My goal was to feel better running and relax from my stressful corporate job. With a consistent practice I slowly noticed that yoga was teaching me self-inquiry, body awareness and overall contentment (crazy right, at 30 I actually thought I had learned everything about life). Instead of following along mindlessly in class, I really began to listen to what my mind and my body were doing and spent the hour-long class in a deeper self-study.

The ultimate value I realized is that yoga is a path to living a life you love, for me it is balancing wild freedom with grounded intention.  In 2014 I received my 200 hr teacher training from Amazing Yoga and have been teaching around Pittsburgh ever since.

In opening this studio, I wanted to offer more than just a space to exercise.  MindBody Yoga + Barre is a place to be yourself and align with your highest intentions for a balanced mind + body.

Peace, Love, Namaste

Kylie Parisi – Certified Barre Instructor

Kylie Parisi – Certified Barre Instructor

Hi my name is Kylie Parisi. I am a certified barre instructor at MindBody Yoga + Barre. I am from South Fayette and I graduated from Duquesne University with my Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education with a minor in psychology in May 2020. I currently work at South Fayette Elementary School as a building substitute. My whole life revolves around shaping little souls, and I wouldn’t have it any other way! I even spend much of my free time with little ones nannying, babysitting, and having fun!

I have always been active as I was a competitive cheerleader for 12 years. I discovered a love for yoga, barre, and spinning in college. I met my boyfriend at a yoga class and we are always trying new fitness classes together. On the weekends, I love to relax with a good book, while snuggling with my cat. I also love live music and am a music festival junkie, so barre was a perfect fit for me – I love putting movement to the beat of the music. I can’t wait to put some rave themed classes together!

Moving my body every day is essential for both my mental and physical health. I want my class to be a safe place to come, release stress, let loose to the beat of the music. I hope to see you in class and work on making our inner selves just as strong as our outer selves!

Bridget Baranet – Certified Barre Instructor

Bridget Baranet – Certified Barre Instructor

Hi, I’m Bridget Baranet, a certified Barre instructor at MindBody Yoga + Barre.  I grew up in Mt. Lebanon where my husband and I are currently raising our son.  I am a full time mom to our loving, energetic two-year-old boy! Growing up I developed an interest for dance and movement which led me to play various sports, including 6 years of Cheerleading. 

After High School, I began working in the childcare industry as a full time nanny, however I spent my spare time furthering my passion for fitness and exercise. I began regularly partaking in yoga, dance and strength training workouts.  When I took my first barre class, I was instantly drawn to the movement/weight training and the synchronization to the music! 

For the past year, I have been studying Barre techniques, pursuing my certification, all while receiving excellent guidance and training from the MindBody crew.  As a Barre instructor, I strive to create an experience where you can push yourself at your own pace, move your body, relieve stress and have fun!

Karen Nichols – Yoga Instructor

Karen Nichols – Certified Yoga Instructor

Karen is a Certified Yoga Instructor through Yogafit and is an American College of Sports Medicine certified Exercise Physiologist. She has a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology and a bachelor of science in Sports Medicine with a focus on Health and Fitness Promotion. Karen began working in the fitness industry in 2005 and loves helping people find ways to enjoy and fit exercise and wellness into their daily lives. In addition to practicing yoga, Karen loves running and spending time with her husband and daughter.

Meagan Chase – Yoga Instructor

Meagan Chase – Certified Yoga Instructor

Meagan is a recently certified 200 hr instructor. Her passion for yoga began in college where the practice was purely for exercise. As she deepened her practice, she found herself practicing not only for the physical benefits, but the mental & emotional ones too. As a yoga instructor, Meagan wants to guide other yogis down their unique path to achieve the range of benefits of practicing yoga. Expect a mix of spirituality, self awareness and a burn from her classes. Meagan is also a reiki practitioner and lover of all things nature!
Kaitlyn Campbell – Yoga Instructor

Kaitlyn Campbell – Certified Yoga Instructor

Hi, I’m Kaitlyn! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and provide mental health therapy to kids and teens. I grew up locally in Washington and received both undergraduate and master’s degrees at Pitt. I’ve been working as a school therapist for almost a decade in different districts around the area.
I completed my 200 hour yoga training in Pittsburgh and am also certified to teach kids yoga, grades K-12. When I am not working, you can find me exploring the city’s restaurants, lifting weights, singing karaoke, and spending time with my dog and boyfriend. I’ve been practicing yoga since college and find it to be my own form of therapy at home.
I began incorporating yoga into my professional work while at a local high school. It was there that I realized the importance of teaching the mind-body connection to help deal with life’s day-to-day stressors. I now use both my clinical skills and knowledge of yoga to help increase self-awareness, self-care, and mindfulness of my students on and off the mat. In my classes, you can expect a safe space for all ages and abilities to engage in whole body wellness through the practice of poses, breath work and meditation.
Heather Holtschlag - Group Fitness Instructor

Heather Holtschlag – Group Fitness Instructor

Hi Everyone! I’m Heather! I have been teaching a variety of group exercise classes for a few years now, after many years as a fitness enthusiast and class student. I have a bachelor’s degree in journalism and worked for several years in the healthcare public relations field before becoming a mom to two boys, now ages 12 and 10. I returned to part time work a few years ago as the Community Coordinator at Athleta Shadyside and most recently served in the same role for Clean Juice.

My favorite workouts are most often HIIT (high intensity interval training) inspired, and I also love to swim. I also have run a few Pittsburgh half marathons and am constantly working on becoming a better runner.

When I’m not at work or in a class, I’m hanging out with my husband and kids, reading a good book, or going on family adventures!

I am so excited to meet and workout with you!

Balanced Health For You

What Sets Us Apart


Building strong connections within our community is at the core of everything we do.


Have an experienced instructor or coach with insight on effective fitness and nutrition routines.


Develop your focus, be in the flow to reduce stress and increase mental power.


Awaken mindful actions and share it with others.

Client Testimonials

Don't just take our word for it. Here what some of our clients have to say about our yoga and barre classes.

Our Available Classes

We welcome you to come try our studio classes and private sessions as well as on-demand recorded subscriptions. Ask your instructor if you are curious about getting deeper into your practice or would like to discuss modifications.