Yoga is kind of a big deal. Everywhere you look there’s someone rocking lululemon leggings on their way to practice with a mat slung over one shoulder.
And even if you don’t pass by a mat-toting yoga student, you’ll definitely pass by a yoga studio (or five). Chances are there’s an awesome spot right around the corner dishing out hot yoga, HOTTER yoga, aerial silks, slow flow… you name it. All hours of the day, every day, all over town, yogis are deepening their practice with smiles on their faces.
Want in on the action? Grab your mat and get to one of these incredible yoga studios in Pittsburgh for your next sweat session.
Looking to round out a hectic week? Try Verve 360, where you’ll practice a yoga that brings everything full circle. Sculpt the body, relax the mind, and (literally) lift your spirits during an aerial flow that suspends all worries. Plus, the Downtown location makes attending a class pretty darn convenient no matter what your schedule looks like. True to their name, Verve offers 360˚ of wellness — from yoga and massage therapy to chiropractic care and a full-service salon.
Power and peace, please. North Shore’s Urban Elements tries to put a little Earth, fire, water, air, and space into everything they do. Focus on the fluid motions of your body in their Liquid Power Yoga class. Or, feel the burn in your quads during their Ryde & Flow indoor cycling and yoga fusion class. No matter which sessions you try, prepare for an energy-balancing experience that’ll leave you with a zen state of mind.
Yoga’s for everyone — no matter how muscular, flexible, or experienced you may be. And this Bethel Park studio really backs that sentiment up by specializing in practices for the whole family. In addition to their Basic, Power, and Restorative classes, Yoga Innovations tacks on prenatal, Mommy & Me, Kids’ Yoga, and Teen Yoga. Plus, they’re inviting the whole squad to join in on the Strong Families Power Yoga practice —bringing a whole new meaning to the term “fit fam”.
Class is always in session at Schoolhouse Yoga. And that’s not just because they offer Ashtanga yoga, gentle yoga, prenatal yoga, and differing levels of introduction to yoga (the education and support certainly justify the “schoolhouse” name). Though, at their Squirrel Hill, East Liberty, and North Hills studios, there’s no class valedictorian. No gold stars. It’s about you, your practice, and learning about your body each and every day.
Yoga Love in Shadyside is brought to you by people who love yoga, for people who love yoga. While their bread and butter is Vinyasa Flow, they’re passionate about exploration and cultivating new experiences. Expand your practice with acroyoga, yoga with weights, and meditation. Wanna veer off into your own flow instead? Try “open studio” time for a chance to dip your feet into a casual practice, or commit to a tricky pose without the fear of disrupting a full-on class.
Stray Dog Yoga in Wexford found their guiding light when, yes, a stray dog wandered into their lives, helping them discover the selfless power of humor, love, and acceptance. And while that’s (figuratively) what the studio was built on, the state-of-the-art heating system and cushiony flooring are actually built from metal and rubber-like material designed to help deepen your flow. At Stray Dog, it’s all about celebrating your own, personal journey. So, you can feel comfortable in their heated Vinyasa-based classes, whether you’re capable of a full-blown handstand, or just mastered your first forward fold.
Does BYS mean “best yoga studio?” It’s a definite possibility. And with their South Side studio offering Hatha- and Vinyasa-based flows ‘round the clock, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to judge for yourself. BYS Yoga is all about being accessible, cooperative, and uplifting while getting you in touch with the traditional roots of yoga. And because they’re yogic experts, prepare to absorb some knowledge as you balance out the energetic body.
Inhale understands everyday yinzer life. Inside their Downtown and Northside studios, they practice yoga focusing on breath, movement, alignment, and meditation. Outside the studio, they’re all about building community, taking in rays by the rivers and seeking out Pittsburgh’s urban green space (or occupying Federal Galley). And when life gets crazy, they have your back with chill classes that’ll help you workout around a busy schedule — try Morning Yoga, sneak in for the Lunch Break, or howl at the Moonlight Mondays’ nighttime rooftop yoga at Hotel Monaco.
The Yoga Hive is home to a swarm of busy instructors and eager students alike. Offering power Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and even dynamic stretching for athletes, you’ll find classes that fit every mood and lifestyle at this Garfield-based studio. And stay on the lookout for their stellar workshops and events — like a series on hip opening or energy freeflow and the ever-popular outdoor yoga at KayaFest in The Strip. Trust us — after just one class, you’ll be ready to join in on the Hive Sweat Tribe, too!
Paint your mat with the art of yoga in a practice built to inspire creativity and self love. YOGAMOTIF’s Hatha-style classes ask you to slow down, respect the process, and relax into your body. Wanna connect to your inner artist? Go for the Yoga Paint Party. Hoping to alleviate pain? Hypnotic Yoga does just that. Need a little more? Check in for Selfcare Sundays and Artist Kickback workshops that’ll fuel creative release and relaxation.
Strip away all the distractions of life—the stress, the drama, the noise—and what’s left? Your breath and beating heart. Yoga Flow wants you to get in touch with both. They’re your go-to sweat spot for Ujjayi Vinyasa yoga — a heated, active practice that focuses on breathing techniques that mimic the calming sound of ocean waves. And it’s something all of Pittsburgh can get down with because in addition to their Shadyside studio, they’ve invaded the South Hills, Aspinwall, Murrysville, and Irwin with their mindful movement and soothing practice.
The Om Lounge brings some seriously zen energy to East Liberty. They’re all about honoring yourself through space and presence while adding a little personalization to the traditional process. Join the Om Happy Hour, where students practice to the tempo of feel-good music (anything from Motown to dubstep) that feeds the soul. Wanna crank it up a notch? Try Om Spice for some extra heat during a creative flow you won’t find anywhere else.
Totally Yoga is your spot if you live just north of the city. This Shaler-area hotbox, right on Babcock Blvd., offers yoga basics, all-levels Vinyasa flows, and $5 cash classes. Plus, private sessions are available for anyone lookin’ to throw a yoga bash or benefit from some one-on-one time. Empower yourself to embark on a yoga journey as you sweat your way to a healthier you.
We’re all comfortable doing yoga on our well-used mats, but what about a yoga wall? Formerly, Exhale Pittsburgh, Illume Pittsburgh is mixing things up in their Downtown studio. Their Propped Up Yoga class challenges students by using props like the yoga wall to explore new alignment within the asanas. Still not adventurous enough for you? Move to the sounds of stoner metal, industrial, and space doom music in their Black Yo)))ga class. Also offering traditional Yin + Yang, Align + Flow, and lyengar yoga classes, you’ll leave feeling those positive vibes all throughout your system.
What makes power yoga so powerful? How about a vigorous series of poses that provide an equally perfect challenge for the power walker and powerlifter alike? Yeah, we’re in. South Hills Power Yoga’s athletic-style Vinyasa is straight-up empowering. And hot. Once you get moving, you’ll breath deeper, lengthen and strengthen, and sweat like never before. Get in on the action by heading over to their Dormont and Peters Township studios for a muscle-building flow.
We can’t get enough of these one-of-a-kind practices. Amazing Yoga’s take on wellness is refreshing, as instructors work to cultivate an energy that’s both strong and gentle. They make heated yoga too cool with signature flows, mindful relaxation, and even a Vinyasa to the tune of your favorite hip-hop beats — all across three studio locations (South Side, Shadyside, and Wexford). If you haven’t noticed, the team here knows how to get just about anyone pumped about yoga class. After all, there’s a reason they’re called “amazing”.
Think you know hot? We know hotter. At Yoga Factory Pittsburgh (formerly Bikram Yoga Pittsburgh) in Lawrenceville, they crank the thermostat all the way up to a toasty temperature above 105˚. Their top class, Original Hot Yoga, goes through the traditional 26 postures and Pranayama breathing exercises of Bikram yoga for one highly effective workout. In addition to their traditional Bikram practice, their Glowga, Yin, and YF HIIT classes leave yogis with an empowering philosophy and unique yoga experience. Fitt Tip: Don’t be surprised to see ladies rocking their favorite sports bras or guys going for the shirtless look — when you feel the heat, you’re gonna want to dress as light as possible, too.
The Shala of Pittsburgh Ashtanga Yoga is doing something new by doing something pretty old. Owner and instructor Laura Gorham-Huon knows you can’t beat the classics, which is why she opened a Lawrenceville studio solely dedicated to the Ashtanga style of yoga. Focused on six challenging series of postures—and particularly the Mysore method of teaching—classes at The Shala test your discipline and patience. You set the pace, Laura decides when to advance you to a new posture. It’s the ultimate growing experience.
Formerly Bikram Yoga Squirrel Hill, the experts at I Am Yoga Pittsburgh want you to embrace and explore who YOU really are by bringing a little creativity to the mat. Try out their signature Hot 90, where you’ll hit the 26 postures of a traditional Bikram practice — they say you can burn 600 calories per 90-minute class! But they also mix it up; they’ve added Yin, Vinyasa Flow, and a beat-based Hot90: Cool Tunes & Hot Yoga to their traditional offerings. And after a heart-pumping heated class, don’t be surprised if you find yourself with a new mantra: “I am strong. I am whole. I am… obscenely sweaty.”
Can the excuses, guys — lyengar Yoga Institute Pittsburgh pledges that “no one is too stiff, too out of shape, or too old” for regular practice. Their Centre Ave. studio is the perfect spot to unfurl your new mat and to give Iyengar yoga a shot. \ Not sure what to expect? Iyengar style is unique in that it challenges you to hold postures longer as you use props like blocks, straps, and chairs to cultivate a dynamic practice. Here, think of class as less of a workout session and more of a learning opportunity.
The study and practice of yoga is a step-by-step process. At One Point One Yoga, you’ll enter a no-judgement zone where the focus is collaboration, not competition. Through classes like Meditate and Move, The Slow Down, and Work it Out, One Point One balances the forces of relaxation, energy, and rejuvenation in every session.
Founded on the principles of kula (community) and seva (service), Salt Power Yoga in Sewickley and Seven Fields will take you through a flurry of movement, a discovery of strength, and a realization of newfound energy — and you’ll find yourself seriously sweaty along the way. This heated, Vinyasa-based community encourages you to leave your expectations at the door and just move. That’s why they’ve designed unique Happy Hour and Everybody Yoga (welcoming those of special needs) classes in addition to opening their doors fo’ FREE on Sundays.
Pure Power Yoga is locking down the yoga lifestyle in Robinson. Together, this tight-knit community inspires you to shine in practice and in everyday life. Connect with your best self and find your power with heated, all-level Vinyasa flows that offer a healthy dose of athleticism and spirit.
Bloomfield Yoga, conveniently located on the main Liberty Ave. drag, has just about everything you’re after. From foundations to acroyoga, they encourage students to connect with a practice that serves — no matter what level you’re working at. The bright, open space provides the perfect atmosphere for a little Vinyasa with the PGH community. Plus, weekly pay-what-you-can classes make it possible for just about anyone to get in on the action.
**Updated by Cassidy Zimmerman, August 2018