Conemaugh Fitness Specialist Earns Yoga Certification

January 19, 2016

Lynne McQuillan, a nearly 30 year employee with Conemaugh Health System, recently completed a series of intense educational courses and earned a 500 hour registered yoga teacher (RYT) certification.

“I am a perpetual student and this certification has been a labor of love,” said McQuillan. “I have instructed fitness classes for close to 30 years and ventured into Yoga as a new way to move my body.  I soon found the 5,000 year old practice has so much more to offer if you are open to receiving it. “

McQuillan spent several months traveling all over the Northeast coast to attend courses needed for certification. The sessions included instruction on anatomy and alignment, yoga therapy, prenatal practice, the use of assistive devices, restorative practice, dealing with traumatic events, weight loss and more.

“I always want to teach from a place of safety and knowledge,” said McQuillan.  “Yoga, like any physical activity, can be good for you or it can be dangerous, especially if an instructor isn't properly educated. This higher level of in depth training allows me to be very comfortable in my teaching skills.”

McQuillan has been practicing yoga for 15 years and teaching it for 11. She provides educational programs to Conemaugh employees through the Employee Wellness Center and also offers classes at the Just Breathe Studio in Westwood.

“I enjoy hearing how yoga helps people become their 'best selves',” said McQuillan. “Yoga can help our bodies move and feel better, but it can also help us cope with life far beyond the practice on the mat.”

About Conemaugh Health System

Conemaugh Health System, a member of Duke LifePoint Healthcare, is the largest healthcare provider in west central Pennsylvania, serving over a half-million patients each year through the Conemaugh Physician Group and Medical Staff, a network of hospitals, specialty clinics and patient focused programs. Conemaugh’s 4,500+ employees and 350+ physicians are committed to excellence and repeatedly earn state and national recognition for exceptional clinical outcomes.  Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, the system’s flagship hospital, provides sophisticated technology, the highest levels of trauma and neonatal intensive care and a committed history of training tomorrow’s physician, nurses and allied health providers.