char shields

All our Speakers confirmed for this Conference

char shields

Instructor, RYT


Char, originally from San Antonio and Los Angeles, has been an athlete for her entire life. She first was introduced to yoga as cross training for her club swim team. It caught her attention right away by working so many muscles that she didn’t know existed! Char continued to do small yoga sessions with her team and Rodney Yee DVDs at home.


After her collegiate swim career came to an unexpected end, she rediscovered her love of yoga. There was a very active yoga club at her university and she dove headfirst back into her practice. Her first, true yoga instructors were also students at her school. She was heavily inspired by them, their classes, and their teaching styles. She didn’t know much about yoga at the time but knew she wanted to be a teacher like them.  In 2014, she moved to Pittsburgh and strove to find a yoga environment like she found in college. Thanks to ClassPass, she found The Om Lounge. She graduated from Om Lounge’s YTT program in May 2021.


Char strives to lead her students towards greater mind/body awareness and listening to their bodies. Outside of the studio, she works for a wedding florist and can be found at a live concert or musical, cooking up a new recipe, or running at North Park.