Prima Yoga Inc. was established in September 2011 and is owned and operated by Pittsburgh native Jamie Malinowski. After graduating from the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Economics, Jamie began a ten-year career in pharmaceutical sales. To supplement conventional physical therapy after experiencing chronic lower back pain, Jamie began practicing yoga at the Bikram Yoga College of India in Alexandria, VA in 2008. While under the tutelage of senior instructor Jim Ambrogi, she acquired her Yoga Alliance RYT 200 certification and became a certified instructor of the Barkan Method of Hot Yoga. Prima Yoga is the realization of Jamie’s lifelong aspiration of becoming a small business owner. It has also given her a platform for sharing her passion for healthy living with others. She regularly attends workshops and seminars across the country to gain exposure to additional styles of yoga to incorporate into her personal practice and into the studio. Jamie and her husband live in the Mars area with their two Boxer puppies.
Megan Homison, also a Pittsburgh native, dabbled in yoga during college, however she began practicing regularly in 2011 at Prima Yoga. As a former gymnast, and gymnastic coach for over seven years Megan was drawn to the precise alignment and discipline Bikram yoga required. She began apprenticing at Prima Yoga under Jamie’s direction, and began teaching in June 2012. Megan holds a B.A. in Interior Design and a Master’s in Interior Architecture from Chatham College. She spends her days as the lead Interior Designer for the VA Healthcare System Pittsburgh. Megan and her husband live in Cranberry Twp., with their two Puggles.
Megan Flinn completed her Yoga Alliance RYT 200 certification in Brooklyn, NY in 2010, where she learned to appreciate the need for a calm and quiet respite from the daily grind of the city. After being dragged to yoga by a friend under the caveat that “I’ll stretch and stuff, but nothing touchy feely!” she promptly fell in love with not just the physical aspects of yoga, but the philosophical and yes, sometimes touchy feely parts as well. She draws her teaching techniques from Jivamutki and Dharma Mittra. She’s living proof that yoga can not only provide a great and athletic workout, but can offer you peace of mind, strength of spirit, and a rosier, less “Type-A” frame of mind. Her classes mix a strong, fast paced flow with consistent connection to the breath, and an ever present challenge for her students to loosen up, live in the moment and have some fun. Megan and her husband recently relocated from NYC to the North Hills area.
Jessica Seibert, also a Pittsburgh native was introduced to yoga in 2009 while attending Duquense University. Practicing at first locally and then around the world, the results she saw and her desire to work with others drove her to seek and eventually obtain a RYT 200 certification from Yoga Flow Pittsburgh. Jessica teaches a fast-paced Vinyasa flow class guided by music and breath with a focus on strengthening the body and mind both on and off the mat. Away from the mat, she spends her time as a Supply Chain Analyst for Alcoa and regularly volunteers in the community.
Brooke Dorsch began practicing yoga more than ten years ago as a way to stay fit for her wedding. Through the years, yoga has helped Brooke keep her life centered and less chaotic. Her journey led her to YogaWorks teacher training at BYS in Pittsburgh. Under the direction of Anna Gilbert Zupon, Brooke received her RYT 200 certification in 2014. As a previous PY student, Brooke is excited to become part of Prima Yoga’s team. Brooke is a speech therapist and mother of two. Brooke lives with her husband and children in Wexford, PA.
Chris Cornman, a Pittsburgh native, began practicing yoga to balance out the other strenuous activities he enjoys like running, cross-fit and strength training. After practicing consistently, Chris experienced the results and benefits of Bikram yoga, for him increased vitality, happiness and resilience to aches/pains. With a B.S. in Information Sciences and Technology from Penn State, Chris spent years working in the technology field. Eventually, Chris changed career paths to focus on wellness and helping others and became a PA Licensed and Nationally Certified Massage Therapist (LMT, NCBTMB). Chris discovered Prima Yoga in the summer of 2013, and shortly after began training to become an instructor. Chris started teaching Bikram yoga in December 2013 and loves teaching the practice and sharing the many benefits with students. Chris currently lives with his wife in Ambridge, PA.
Kimmy Byers is a Pittsburgh native and 2004 graduate of The Pennsylvania State University, where she earned a degree in Marketing and served as Captain of the Penn State Large Co-Ed Cheerleading Squad. Kimmy was initially drawn to yoga with the hope that it might ease her low back pain, which was brought on from years of competitive cheerleading and gymnastics. Not only did she find yoga relieved her back pain, but in addition yoga has proved to be an effective way for her to manage stress. She received her RYT 200 certification from YogaWorks under the direction of Anna Gilbert Zupon. Kimmy is also a Sales Manager at McKesson Corporation and currently resides in the North Hills with her husband, Chris.
Lauren Black began practicing yoga with a friend who was seeking relief from anxiety. Amazed at how quickly their stress levels improved, Lauren decided that she wanted to help others by introducing them to yoga. While studying at Penn State, she trained for and eventually received her RYT 200 certification. In her senior year, she began teaching both Bikram and Vinyasa. She went on to teach in Chicago at Infuse Yoga and Interchange Medical Wellness Center. After a two-year teaching hiatus, she is excited to be working with Prima Yoga. Lauren is a copywriter for an ad agency in Pittsburgh. Newly married, she and her husband have settled in Seven Fields, with their Welsh Corgi puppy and Guinea pig.