Ali Popivchak, E-RYT


I am a wife, a mom, a yoga teacher, a West Virginia mountain mama, a Steelers fan, a crazy composter, and a chocoholic. I am in touch with my inner child, my inner feminist, and my inner creative.

I believe in community.
I believe in taking care of one other.

I believe in taking care of ourselves.
I believe in the power of the exhale.

I’ve been practicing yoga since my 20’s, but after the birth of my second son, I experienced extreme complications that left me living in pain and sadness. My life was being controlled by doctors and surgeries. I knew in my heart that yoga had the ability to bring me out of the dark hole that I was living in – so I turned to it.

I turned to yoga for self-care, inside and out. I turned to it for breathing, mindful movement, and opening my heart. I turned to it for diving deep inside, finding stillness and peace, and listening to it. For gaining awareness and for gaining true healing.

 I turned to Yoga Therapy.

Yoga Therapy helped me get in touch with my own energy, my own wisdom, and my own guidance. It let me take control of an overwhelming situation. It let me keep moving forward. Each day. In strength.

I am still living with physical reminders of my illness, but I am thriving.  I work to give my students the tools that will help them better understand the messages that their body sends to them, so that they can thrive too. 

Some of My Inspirations:

My students
Joan & Jim Ryan
Leslie Howard
Joanne Spence
Alicia Fronczek
Holly Koenig
Katy Bowman

Some of My Partners:
Sojourner House MOMS
UMPC Mathilda Theiss Health Clinic
Glade Run Lutheran Services
Goodwill Healthy Start House
Mookshi Wellness Center
Schoolhouse Yoga
Sisters Place
Women's Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh
Light of Life rescue mission

GLCC - SAY YES program
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC

412 Youth Zone
The Midwife Center for Birth and Women's Health

Homeless Children's Education Fund
Womanspace East
Family Links

Center for Victims
Market House Healthy Active Living Center

Some of My Training:

Integrative Yoga Therapy Teacher Training, RYT 200: 2014
Pelvic Floor Yoga Workshop with Leslie Howard: 2014
Pelvic Floor Yoga Teacher Training and Certification with Leslie Howard: 2015
Warrior Goddess Training and Ceremonial Fire Walk with HeatherAsh Amara: 2015
Reiki Master Attunement with Alicia Fronczek: 2015
Nutritious Movement RES Certification with Katy Bowman - completed year one


Want to become a student? A partner? Or just have a question about whether Pittsburgh Yoga Therapy is right for you? I’d love to hear from you.