Yoga is kind of a big deal. Everywhere you look there’s someone rocking fancy yoga pants on their way to the studio with a mat slung over one shoulder.
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 yoga studio 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.
Sounds pretty great, doesn’t it? That’s because it is! So grab your mat and get to one of these 23 incredible yoga studios in Pittsburgh for your next sweat session.
Stray Dog Yoga in Wexford found their guiding light when, yes, a stray dog wandered into their lives. Through that, they discovered the selfless power of humor, love, and acceptance. That’s what the Stray Dog studio is built on… figuratively — the state-of-the-art heating system and cushiony flooring are built out of metal and rubber-like material, respectively. And you won’t get any “hey, watch me do this handstand!” during any of their heated Vinyasa-based classes. This is all about celebrating your own journey.
Inhale understands everyday Pittsburgh life. In the 7th Street Downtown studio, they practice yoga, focusing on breath, movement, alignment, and meditation. Outside the studio, they’re all about community, taking in rays by the rivers, and seeking out Pittsburgh’s urban green space. They also totally understand that life can get crazy. That’s why they have classes where you can chill out and workout around a busy schedule — try Morning Yoga, sneak in for the Lunch Break, or howl at Moonlight Mondays, nighttime rooftop yoga on Hotel Monaco.
The Yoga Hive is home to a swarm of busy instructors and a complete offering power Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and even dynamic stretching for athletes. In both the Strip District and Garfield studios, they’ll have you doing sun salutations until it’s time to tell the sun ‘sayonara’. But seriously, the class list here is insane. And you’ll definitely want to watch out for one of their stellar workshops and events — like a series on hip opening or backbends, and the ever-popular outdoor yoga at KayaFest in The Strip. You’ll want to be a part of this Hive Sweat Tribe!
Hmm, how to round out this hectic week? Try Verve 360; they believe in practicing a yoga that’ll bring everything full circle — sculpting the body, relaxing the mind, and lifting your spirits. And being downtown makes attending a class pretty darn convenient. True to their name, they offer 360˚ of wellness, from aerial 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. Whether you’re focusing on the fluid motions of your body in their Liquid Power Yoga class or feeling the burn in your quads during their Ryde & Flow indoor cycling and yoga fusion class, you’re sure in for a treat.
Totally Yoga is totally your spot if you live north of the city. This Shaler-area hotbox offers basics, all-levels Vinyasa-based flows, $5 cash classes, and even private classes if you want some one-on-one (or want throw a yoga bash!). Whatever you choose, know that you’ll be sweating your way to a healthier you.
Need a little extra positive karma in your life? Look no further than Northside Yoga. Offering Hatha Flow, Yin, and Basics classes, you’ll be sure to find something that fits your needs. The best part? Proceeds from their regular karma classes and other events benefit a North Side area charity.
We’re all comfortable doing yoga on our well-used yoga mats, but what about a yoga wall? Formerly, Exhale Pittsburgh, Illume Pittsburgh is mixing things up in their downtown yoga studio. Their Propped Up Yoga class challenges students to explore new ways to learn asanas (postures) using yoga props and a yoga wall. 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 be sure to leave feeling the positive vibes.
What makes power yoga so powerful? How about a vigorous series of asanas (yoga postures) that’s an equally perfect challenge for the powerwalker and the powerlifter alike? Yeah, we’re in. South Hills Power Yoga’s athletic-style Vinyasa yoga is straight-up empowering. And hot. Once you get moving, you’ll breath deeper, lengthen and strengthen, and sweat like you never have before. Get in on the action in Dormont and Peters Township.
You hear us say it all the time: yoga is for everyone. Well, this Bethel Park studio really backs it up, specializing in yoga for each member of your family. In addition to their Basic, Power, and Restorative yoga classes, Yoga Innovations tacks on prenatal, Mommy & Me, Kids Yoga, Teens Yoga, and then invites the whole squad for Strong Families Power Yoga. They bring new meaning to the term FitFam.
Okay, okay. They’re amazing. Amazing Yoga’s take on wellness is refreshing (and no, we’re not talking about the green juice at their South Side café). They make heated yoga too cool with signature flows, the basics made fun, and a class to the tune of hip-hop beats, all across four different locations (South Side, Shadyside, Wexford, and Lawrenceville). If you haven’t noticed, Amazing Yoga can get you pretty pumped about yoga class.
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 opportunity 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. Because they’re yogic experts (yogerts?), prepare to have some knowledge dropped on you.
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 (it is a schoolhouse, after all). At their spot in Squirrel Hill (and now East Liberty and North Hills), there’s no class valedictorian. No gold stars. It’s about you, your practice, and learning about your body each and every day.
Strip away all the distractions of life — the stress, the drama, the noise… 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 breathing techniques. It’s something all of Pittsburgh can get down with, because in addition to their Shadyside studio, they’ve invaded the South Hills, Aspinwall, Murraysville, and Irwin.
Think you know hot? We know hotter. At Yoga Factory Pittsburgh (formerly Bikram Yoga Pittsburgh) in Lawrenceville, they crank the thermostat to a toasty 105˚. Their top class, Hot90, goes through the traditional 26 postures and two breathing exercises of Bikram yoga for one highly effective workout (they say you can burn 680 calories per 90-minute class!) Fitt Tip: Don’t be weirded out when everyone’s in just a sports bra and shorts (ladies) or only wearing shorts (guys) — everyone does it and you’re going to want to too when you feel how hot it is…
The Shala of Pittsburgh Ashtanga Yoga is doing something new…by doing something pretty old. Owner/instructor Laura Gorham-Huon knows you can’t beat the classics; that’s 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 (you set the pace)—classes at The Shala test your discipline and patience. You do the yoga, Laura will decide when to advance you to learn 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. They’ve added Yin Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, heated, and non-heated elements to their existing Bikram practice to create an empowering philosophy and unique yoga experience. After taking a class at I Am Yoga Pittsburgh, you’ll be able to say things like “I am strong. I am whole. I am…obscenely sweaty.”
Yoga Love in Shadyside is brought to you by people who love yoga, for people who love yoga, and even people who want to love yoga! While their bread and butter is Vinyasa Flow, they love to play around and expand their practice with acro yoga, yoga with weights, meditation, and “open studio” time, a chance to dip your feet or commit HARD on a tricky pose without the fear of disrupting a full-on class.
Can the excuses, guys — Yoga on Centre pledges that “no one is too stiff, too out of shape, or too old” for yoga at their joint. Their Centre Avenue studio is the perfect spot to unfurl your new mat and to give Iyengar yoga a shot. Actually, it’s the only place in Pittsburgh to give Iyengar yoga a shot. Iyengar-style is unique in that it challenges you hold postures longer, use props like blocks, straps, and chairs. Here, don’t think of class as a workout session, think of it as learning opportunity.
It’s about time you took control of your body. And this time it’s personal. Lending a hand is Inner Hearth Yoga in Point Breeze. They believe that there’s no “one-size-fits-all” yoga. That’s why, whether you’re strengthening and stretching with their Aligned Flow or sitting in a super chill Yin yoga sesh, they’re there to provide you individualized attention. No more flying by the seat of your yoga pants!
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. With Meditate and Move, The Slow Down, and multiple Vinyasa classes available, this is a village you’ll want to be a part of.
Founded on the principles of kula (community) and seva (service), Salt Power Yoga in Sewickley and Seven Fields is inviting you to get salty. Through a flurry of movement, discovery of strength, and showing of newfound energy, you’re going to be drenched with sweat. This heated, Vinyasa-based community encourages you to leave your expectations at the door and “Move. Be Moved.” That’s why, in addition to a Candlelight Power Flow and Everybody Yoga (welcoming those of special needs), they take one for the team and open the 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 yoga and in everyday life. Live your best life and find your power with heated, all-level Vinyasa flows that offer a healthy dose of athleticism and spirit.
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