Adrienne received her Yoga Teaching Certification at the Sivananda Vedanta Centre in Val Morin, Quebec, Canada, in 1999. During that time, she studied yoga asanas (postures), yogic philosophy, meditation and chanting. Over the years she has studied yoga from various other teachers, thus influenced by an array of styles. In addition, Adrienne once worked as a physical therapy aide and is now mentored by her personal physical therapist. The science of body mechanics has taught her the most about kinesiology and physiology. Her personal style can be characterized as a slow, purposeful vinyasa flow.
Adrienne received her BFA in Modern Dance and Choreography from the Ohio University School of Dance. There she studied dance intensively, as well as teaching/pedagogy, anatomy and kinesiology, as well as the Pilates Method, Bartenieff Fundamentals, and the Feldenkrais Method, thus giving her extensive body knowledge. She danced professionally with the Pittsburgh Dance Alloy and LABCO Dance, taught dance to children in the Pittsburgh Public schools, and choreographed locally. She also wrote as a dance critic for 7 years with Examiner and Coal Hill Review (CHR), two online publications. You can see her CHR articles here: http://www.coalhillreview.com/?cat=496. In addition, Adrienne writes creative non-fiction and has been published by the Silk Road Review literary magazine, and the Elephant Journal: http://www.elephantjournal.com/2014/02/a-positive-attitude-can-make-us-miserable-adrienne-totino/.
Adrienne teaches a wide variety of private and group yoga classes, ranging from beginner to advanced. Blending yoga with her knowledge of anatomy and alignment, the class is truly created for the students.
Using breath support and flow of the body, Adrienne creates a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere where each individual can work at their own pace, while still being challenged. Adrienne firmly believes there is a way for everyone to do yoga. She can create a variation for the student at any level, age, or physicality.
Adrienne is known for giving plenty of individual attention and answering questions that arise, even in the largest of class settings. Her careful attention to detail, “gentle correction” of students and “generous spirit” make her classes distinctive.