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 yoga student, you’ll definitely pass by a yoga studio (or five). Chances are there’s an awesome yoga studio right around the corner. Pittsburgh has 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 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 (though, the state-of-the-art heating system and cushiony flooring are built out of metal and rubber-like material). 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 body.
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 our community, taking in some rays by the rivers and seeking out Pittsburgh’s urban green space. They also totally get that your 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.
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.
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 throughout the day 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.
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. Urban Elements tries to put a little Earth, fire, water, air, and space into everything that they do. Whether that’s their Liquid Power Yoga, focusing on the fluid motions of the body, or the burn in your quads from their Ryde & Flow fusion of indoor cycling and yoga, you’re sure in for a treat. ‘Yin and yang’ must mean ‘endless positivity and mean workout’ at this North Shore sweat spot.
What makes power yoga so powerful? How about a vigorous series of asanas (yoga postures) that’s an equally perfect challenge for the power walker 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.
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 4 different locations (South Side, Shady Side, Wexford, and Lawrenceville). If you haven’t noticed, Amazing Yoga can get you pretty pumped about yoga class.
The Shala of Pittsburgh Ashtanga Yoga is doing something new…by doing something pretty old. The Shala owner/instructor Laura Gorham-Huon knows that you can’t beat the classics. And that’s why she opened a Lawrenceville studio solely dedicated to the Ashtanga style of yoga – six challenging series of postures – and particularly the Mysore method of teaching. Mysore means you set the pace. You do the yoga, Laura will decide when to advance you to learn a new posture. It’s the ultimate growing experience.
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 in 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? The breathing and your 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 your breath. 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!) FYI: 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…
Bikram Yoga Squirrel Hill is now I Am Yoga Pittsburgh. What are they? They’re experts in bringing out what 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 classes here, 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. Iyenger-style is unique in that you hold postures longer, use props like blocks, straps, and chairs, and even have some “homework” to complete the practice.
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 when you strengthen and stretch with their Aligned Flow or sit a super chill Yin yoga sesh, they’re there to provide you individualized attention. No more flying by the seat of your yoga pants!
Not to be confused with our Yoga IN The Square, this Regent Square yoga studio comes with a full arsenal of yoga fun. Yoga on the Square takes from a number of traditions to round out their Hatha yoga. Get to make friends with you body with some seriously strengthening/stress relieving yoga – like EmbodiYoga, pretty much a mash-up of yoga and anatomy class.
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 actually wants you to do yoga – “move. be moved.”, they say. That’s why, in addition to a Candlelight Power Flow and Everybody Yoga (welcoming 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. Through heated, all-levels Vinyasa flows, Pure Power builds pure power with a healthy dose of athleticism and spirit.
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