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New Facility is an Expansion of Pure Yoga Pilates Studio at East Coast Health and Fitness

by on February 10, 2013 8:38 AM

Renowned yoga and Pilates instructors Kerry Bestwick and Janet Egerer are in the process of launching a studio that promises to go above and beyond just a physical workout. Described as a “mind and body experience” and “soul-fueling,” the pair will open PYP Studio, a yoga and Pilates facility, in State College.

The new studio is an extension of Pure Yoga Pilates Studio, located at East Coast Health and Fitness, which Bestwick has owned since 2007.

“After many long conversations and much soul searching, Janet and I have decided to move forward together to a new space,” Bestwick said in a press release. “This is the natural evolution of our wonderful collaboration over the past year.”

Bestwick, of Port Matilda, said the new studio, which most likely will have a soft opening in August, is inspired by the success and growth of the current PYP Studio.

“Partnering with Janet … allows us to expand its offerings,” she said, as well as its physical space.

It’s unknown at this time where the studio will be located, or when it will officially be open, Bestwick said, but current plans are to have a grand opening in September.

The current studio offers yoga and Pilates, as well as a variety of other classes that focus on both the mind and body, Bestwick said. She and Egerer refer to PYP as a “mind and body center of excellence,” she said.

But because of its growth, PYP has been able to extend its menu, she said.

“Over the last five years that studio has evolved,” Bestwick said. “(We’ll be) increasing creative exercise components. We want it to be an experience.”

The studio currently employs eight instructors, Bestwick said, but that number is expected to increase when the new studio opens. Currently 12 classes are offered a week, as well as programs geared toward nutrition and meditation, she said.

Additionally, the studio has Pilates machines, and operates both group classes and private training in one room, which can get busy at times, they said.

“The (new) space will be bigger,” Egerer said.

Egerer, who is in her 14th year teaching group fitness and exercise, brings a “wealth of knowledge” into the new partnership, Bestwick said.

Egerer, of State College, best describes the alliance as “yin/yang,” she said, since both she and Bestwick offer different areas of expertise that work together perfectly.

“It’s a good marriage,” Egerer said.

Certified as a group and personal fitness trainer with the American Council of Exercise, Bestwick has taught classes at several local studios, as well as the Health Matters program at Penn State. Bestwick, originally from Great Britain, is also a certified life coach, and has an international following with her yoga and Pilates DVD, according to the press release.

Egerer, a registered yoga instructor, began teaching group fitness classes as an undergraduate student at Penn State in 1999. Since then, she has taught personal fitness throughout the northeast, and in Virginia and Florida. Her credentials include the American Council of Exercise and the United States Marine Corps, according to the release.

East Coast Health and Fitness, which will house PYP Studio until further notice, is located on Hamilton Avenue in State College. For more information visit PYP Studio on Facebook or

Staff Writer at The Centre County Gazette
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