5 Great Places in Pittsburgh to Practice Your Downward Dog
Get a workout for your mind AND body (and maybe find some inner peace) at these local yoga studios.
Breathe in. Now breathe out. Ahhhhhhh. Boy, that felt good, didn’t it?
Yoga is all about connecting to your breath and to your mind and to a bunch of other good stuff. While the ancient practice — and all the Warrior poses, backbends and headstands that come with it — promotes strength and flexibility, it also encourages spiritual well-being and a calm mind.
Pittsburgh is no stranger to yoga. The 'Burgh has a number of kick-Asana (see what we did there?) studios offering a variety of disciplines, including vinyasa, hatha, bikram, ashtanga and aerial — just to name a few!
Though each studio is om-azing in its own way, here are a few of our favorite places to get our Downward Dog on.
P.S. You don’t need to be super in shape or have the ability to bend like a pretzel to give yoga a try. Practitioners are urged to go at their own pace, whether that means dropping into a energetic chaturanga or resting in a restorative child’s pose.
And if you happen to fall on your face while trying something new, embrace it. True yogis find joy in every pose, even the unexpected face plant. Namaste!
photo courtesy of salt power yoga
The name says it all. The power yoga studio, which has locations in Seven Fields and Sewickley, heats its room to a sweaty (hence the salt) 90 to 95 degrees for power vinyasa flow sessions. The studio, which offers donation-based “happy hour” classes every Friday to benefit local nonprofits, also practices good karma with monthly Everybody Yoga events, a free practice for kids, families and those with special needs.
203 Highpointe Drive, Seven Fields and 533 Beaver St., Sewickley; 724/584-1624, saltpoweryoga.com
photo courtesy of yoga hive
Along with a variety of vinyasa flow and power flow classes, Yoga Hive, which has locations in the Strip District and Garfield, offers Budokon, a unique fusion between yoga and the martial arts. Interested in getting bendy on the job? The YogaBreak program offers onsite yoga classes at your workplace. Once the warmer weather hits, Yoga Hive takes its practice outdoors with summer sessions at nearby Highland Park.
5491 Penn Ave., Garfield and 2517 Penn Ave., Strip District; 412/362-4483, yogahivepgh.com
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Opened in 2001, Amazing Yoga offers power flow classes at three locations (Wexford, Shadyside and South Side). For those looking to get some healthy grub after a sweat session, the South Side location is home to the Amazing Cafe, which serves fresh, GMO-free fare, smoothies and juices. Amazing Yoga also has, well, amazing, yoga retreats, plus teacher trainings, in exotic locations. In fact, this year’s winter retreat takes place in Costa Rica. Yes, you can book your tickets now.
1506 E. Carson St., South Side, 412/432-5950; 2622 Brandt School Road, Wexford, 724/935-2240; 730 Copeland St., Shadyside, 412/681-1092, amazingyoga.net
PHOTO by carmon rinehart COURTESY OF BYS YOGA
Find your preferred method of flow at BYS Yoga. Besides the more traditional hatha/vinyasa combination sessions, the South Side-based studio offers a variety of more unusual options, including the music-based, creative YogaRhythmics (which includes some free-form movement) and the fun, fast-paced “Rocket” yoga. For those looking to relax and destress, consider the upcoming restorative yoga workshop. It involves blankets, blocks and other props to support your yoga poses.
1113 E. Carson St., third floor, South Side; 412/481-9642, bys-yoga.com
PHOTO COURTESY OF BIKRAM YOGA PITTSBURGH
If you like feeling hot, hot, hot, bikram-style yoga may be for you. Performed in a room heated to roughly 105 degrees, each of Bikram Yoga Pittsburgh’s 90-minute sessions consist of 26 physically challenging moves that work the entire body. Don’t forget to prepare by drinking lots of water throughout the day before class. Bikram Yoga Pittsburgh— which bills itself as the city’s original hot yoga studio — is located in Lawrenceville. It also recently took over the former Prima Yoga in Cranberry Township.
3418 Penn Ave., Lawrenceville, 412/513-5000 and 20273 Route 19, Cranberry Township, 724/814-9676, bypgh.com
We’d also like to give a shoutout to these great yoga studios:
With locations in Squirrel Hill, East Liberty and the North Hills, Schoolhouse Yoga teaches several styles of yoga (including Yin Yoga) and offers prenatal yoga, Mommy & Me classes and Mysore Yoga, a traditional way of learning ashtanga yoga based on the way it’s taught in Mysore, India.
2215-2217 Murray Ave., Squirrel Hill; 5923 Baum Blvd., East Liberty; 7210 McKnight Road, Ross Township, 412/401-4444, schoolhouseyoga.com
Yoga Flow is all around Pittsburgh! The heated vinyasa flow studio, which also offers teacher trainings and retreats, has locations in Aspinwall, Murrysville, South Hills, Irwin and Shadyside. Check Yoga Flow’s website for upcoming yoga workshops — including yoga for runners.
4606 William Penn Highway, Murrysville,724/733-5038; 345 Freeport Road, Aspinwall, 412/781-4140; 1748 North Highland Road, Upper St. Clair, 412/595-8455; 5433 Walnut Street, Shadyside, 412/621-1157; 7830 Route 30, Irwin, 724/515-7676, yogaflowpittsburgh.com
With locations in Dormont and Peters Township, the power yoga studio specializes in a vigorous, fitness-based approach to vinyasa flow yoga. The studio also offers weekly prenatal classes and monthly kids classes, as well as various workshops, teacher trainings and retreats.
3045 W. Liberty Ave., Dormont, 412/207-9535 and 4145 Washington Road, McMurray; 724/260-0011, southhillspoweryoga.com
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