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
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
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
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
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 – 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 – Certified Yoga Instructor
Kaitlyn Campbell – Certified Yoga 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.
Don't just take our word for it. Here what some of our clients have to say about our yoga and barre classes.
“Carla’s yoga class is amazing!
Her calming voice and great music selection keep you motivated throughout class, taking your mind and body to depth’s you wouldn’t think possible. Feel refreshed, stretched and strengthened.
She’s a wealth of knowledge and truly cares about each person.”
“Going to Bre’s Barre class is the highlight of my week! Not only is she knowledgeable in what she does, but she is an amazing motivator!
She is in tune with each person in the room and able to inspire confidence no matter what your ability level is. The professionalism and kindness at MindBody Yoga + Barre is unmatched, once you take a class you will feel like family!”
“I took barre for the first time and was blown away!
Bre has had a distinct reputation as a barre instructor in the south hills for years, so I decided to give-it-a-go and find out what the hype was about —both about the instructor and this type of low impact, high reps, music driven group exercise class. As a former college athlete, I crave challenges and want results.
Bre’s barre class did not disappoint! Bre’s positivity is infectious. She is wildly strong and makes you want to keep coming back for more!”
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.