Our instructors are all different, with diverse lives, styles and backgrounds but what is consistent is that all of them are kind, committed and inspirational.
Britta McCombie is in her first-year teaching barre, but is a veteran when it comes to taking class. Growing up, Britta was always active in sports, but once competitions came to a close, she found group fitness classes a great way to remain active. In particular, she found Barre to be a fun exercise to stay in shape, but also a place to relax and escape from every day stressors. She looks forward to making classes fun with energetic playlists, while maintaining an atmosphere to help clients achieve their personal goals.
Full time, Britta is a Project Manager at Mon Health Medical Center. When she isn’t in the studio or busy with work, you can find her baking in her kitchen, traveling to explore a new city, or, at the football stadium, cheering on the Mountaineers!
Carla Howe, RYT 200, first found yoga in the late 1990’s through Rodney Yee’s instructional yoga videos. Decades later, after her father’s passing and a chronic health diagnosis, she found a steady practice in Morgantown, WV that ultimately led her to a yoga teacher training program where she gained her certification and life-long friendships. As a teacher, Carla hopes to spread the joy of yoga and bring sustainable health and wellness to others. Outside of yoga, Carla leads a team of education data system experts and enjoys spending time talking, laughing, and cooking with family, friends, and her pets.
Christopher Fomukong, 500-RYT, started his yoga journey in 2015 when a friend suggested that yoga is the best way to cultivate mindfulness. After a few months of practicing Yin Yoga, Chris wanted to deepen his yoga practice which led him to achieve his 200-RYT in 2016. In May 2018, he achieved his 500-RYT. Chris has realized that yoga is a practice of acceptance and gratitude through self-improvement. He believes yoga helps us walk the abstract line between surrender and hard work. Chris is experienced in teaching Vinyasa, Hatha, and Yin Yoga.
“If the doors of perception were cleaned, everything would appear to us as is, infinite” – William Blake
Jennifer Jurosco, Yoga Alliance RYT® 200, began her yoga practice in 2015. While she initially began hot yoga as a respite from the cold, snowy Morgantown winters, she soon realized the positive effect a consistent practice had on her physical and mental health. Linking breath with movement cultivated a newfound stillness of mind and inner peace that she wanted to share with others. Jennifer’s classes include a strong workout with a focus on alignment, sequencing and self-compassion. There is also always great music and sometimes there are bad jokes. She believes that no class is complete without Cat Cow pose and she hopes that students leave her classes feeling confident, strong and grounded. Off the mat, she loves traveling, reading, green juice and great food.
Katy Ellenich, RYT 200, has been doing yoga with her Mom since there was yoga on channel 13. It wasn’t until pursuing her Master’s of Fine Arts at WVU though that she finally found the yoga that made her heart sing. The encouraging atmosphere of the studio and love of teaching and learning prompted her to deepen her practice and obtain her yoga teaching certification. In class, Katy hopes students find power with a laugh and surprise in their strength; always striving to make challenging poses accessible and offer many options so there is something for everyone. With breathing in mind students are encouraged to feel each pose, find all the length in their body, and tap into the meditate qualities of their practice. Off the mat, Katy is writing/editing her thesis and enjoying a very pleasant peninsula while hiking, swimming, rock hunting, kayaking, and so much more with her family and best dog buddy, Moose.
I went through training at Suncrest yoga and has been certified in barre for almost a year. I received 250+ hours of hands on training based on terminology, choreography and anatomy with a focus on modifications and challenges for every level. With a background in 14 years of dancing and 2 years of teaching dance, barre was a fun way to infuse my dance experience and techniques with a workout. I love to inspire people through fun playlists, plank challenges, and emphasizing toning and flexibility exercises!
Mercy is a 200 HR Registered Yoga Teacher and Buti Yoga® certified Instructor. In addition to her passion for yoga, she is equally passionate about her other loves –pole fitness, running, Muay Thai kickboxing, and boxing. She found yoga in 2011 in Houston, Texas following a yoga DVD to improve and recover from her Muay Thai and Pole fitness training. In 2012 she moved from Houston to Morgantown, WV and continued her yoga practice. Several years later, she hit a difficult spot in life and really struggled. It was then that yoga became much more to her. Through sweat and hard work on her mat, she found her space to breathe, to let all things go for the moment, to focus on the here and now, and to move with purpose. By finding that space for her, she found the clarity she needed to rise above the struggles she fought. What she found in yoga she wanted to help others find. A few years later she found Suncrest Yoga’s teacher training program and became certified in 2019.
Michele began practicing yoga in 2009 as a way to combat stress from graduate school and her current job as a WVU History professor, and to soothe sore muscles from cycling, running, and weightlifting. She practiced somewhat regularly upon moving to Morgantown in 2013, and decided to become a Yoga Alliance certified yoga instructor in 2016. Michele thought that teaching yoga was an extension of her day job and she has taught at Suncrest Yoga since 2016. Her classes are challenging and fun and reflect her outlook on life: if something is worth doing, sometimes it has to be a bit difficult. Michele is currently seeking her 500 hour Yoga Alliance certification. Her favorite yoga style for her own practice is Ashtanga. Michele splits her time between Morgantown, Europe, and Mexico, and in her free time enjoys playing with her dog Neil Young, photography, traveling, and of course, teaching yoga!
Rebecca was first introduced to yoga by a very good natured, relentless friend who insisted that she go to a yoga class with her. After some weeks of convincing, Rebecca reluctantly ended up in a hot vinyasa style flow class. After reaching a sweet, sweaty savasana (resting pose) at the end of class, she realized she couldn’t wait to come again. Because of this, Rebecca enjoys inviting the most skeptical of friends to come to yoga with her still to this day.
In 2019, Rebecca did a yoga teaching training with Nicole Yost Ross at Suncrest Yoga in hopes of furthering her own practice. During her time in the program, she also developed a passion for sharing the practice with others and will be completing a 95 hour children’s yoga teacher training in 2020. When attending a class with Rebecca, you can expect to find your breath, move mindfully through your practice, and focus on letting go of the tension that isn’t serving you on your mat.
When not in yoga, some of Rebecca’s other favorite things include reading, helping her rescue animals live their best lives, and sitting down alongside her husband, Jarrett, for a cup of a warm beverage.
Hi! My name is Sierra Davis and I am from Clarksburg, WV but currently reside in Morgantown! I have been a barre instructor since Summer of 2018 and have been passionate about the workout since my first class I took back in high school. I have an extended dance history, and when I retired from the sport in 2018 I knew Barre was the perfect thing for me to keep me moving but also a way to inspire clients to push themselves to be their best physically and mentally. I love to have fun in class and try new exercises!
I am currently getting my Masters at WVU for Integrated Marketing Communications. In my spare time I love to cook, be outside and cheer on my favorite sports teams! I’m looking forward to burning it up in the studio with everyone!