Yoga in Pittsburgh: Where to get your sweat on and relax with an om

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If working on your fitness (and lavishing in self-care) are part of your goals for the year, these Pittsburgh yoga studios can help.

New to yoga? No worries. Yoga Journal explains all the different types of yoga and we’ll reference their definitions here, like Ashtanga, Bikram, and Iyengar yoga. If you’re an adventurous yogi, try out some of Pittsburgh’s many weird yoga classes.

This guide focuses specifically on yoga studios within the city limits, not gyms that happen to offer yoga, and they’re organized in categories by their specialty. Did we miss your favorite studio? Tell us.


Ashtanga

An athletic practice, the inspiration for many vinyasa classes.

The Shala of Pittsburgh Ashtanga Yoga (Lawrenceville)

Look for Ashtanga yoga, which comprises six challenging series of postures using a vinyasa method, at a variety of skill levels.

Don’t miss: The opportunity to practice at your own pace during Mysore classes.


Bikram

A hot — very hot — class focusing on a series of standing and floor poses, along with breathing exercises.

I Am Yoga Pittsburgh (Squirrel Hill)

Expect Bikram yoga, plus a shorter version of a Bikram class. Also, heated vinyasa flow and cool (as in temperature) yin yoga.

Don’t miss: Buti Yoga classes, described as “a female-centric power yoga with cardio-intensive tribal dance + body sculpting primal movement + plyometrics.”

Yoga Factory (Lawrenceville)

Get ready to sweat. At this Birkam-method studio, instructors lead the traditional hot yoga sequence of 26 postures and two breathing exercises performed in a hot room.

Don’t miss: Once you get familiar with the Bikram method, try out Yoga Jamz, a.k.a. Glowga, which covers the original postures but adds in music and few instruction notes.


Heated Power Yoga

Amazing Yoga (Lawrenceville, Shadyside, South Side)

The signature all-levels flow class is aimed up firing up the core and building strength.

Don’t miss: Bieber and Bubbles, a flow workshop set to Bieber tunes, followed by popping some bubbly.

Urban Elements (North Side)

Look for 60-minute and 75-minute-long power yoga classes.

Don’t miss: The Ryde & Flow 75, a cycling-yoga fusion.


Heated Vinyasa

Flowing sequences of movements in a heated room.

Yoga Hive (Garfield)

Lightly heated vinyasa yoga.

Don’t miss: The Sweat Hotel, where tradition meets modernity. During this vinyasa practice, listen to a soundtrack of hip-hop and R&B.

Yoga Love (East Liberty)

With a specialty in vinyasa flow, the studio also offers beginner classes, meditation and open studio time. The studio is heated to 80°F.

Don’t miss: Yoga with weights, a way to increase the challenge and sculpt some muscle.

Yoga Flow (Shadyside)

This studio situated along Walnut Street is a heated Ujjayi Vinyasa studio with dozens of classes options each week.

Don’t miss: A different focus each month. In January, for example, the studio is focusing on Nadi Shodhana (alternate nostril breathing).


Iyengar

An opportunity to hone in on alignment in yoga poses.

Iyengar Yoga Institute of Pittsburgh (Shadyside)

Iyengar Yoga is dedicated to accessibility through detailed instruction and adaptation. Teachers modify the classic yoga poses as needed with the use of props such as blocks, blankets and belts.

Don’t miss: Happy Joints, a class designed for those suffering from arthritis, bursitis, inflammation, pain and limited range of motion in the joints.


Jack of all trades

These studios offer a variety of yoga styles.

BYS Yoga (South Side)

Classes offer a mix of hatha and vinyasa styles.

Don’t miss: Restorative classes focusing on active relaxation, yin yoga principles and meditation.

Illume Pittsburgh (Downtown)

A wide variety of yoga classes, from Iyengar to Propped Up Yoga.

Don’t miss: “BLACK YO)))GA,” a practice set to drone, noise, stoner metal, ambient, industrial, space doom and other ‘traditional’ meditation music.

Inhale Pittsburgh (Downtown)

From traditional vinyasa classes to slow flow classes, look for dozens of classes each week.

Don’t miss: The weekly Move & Meditate class, an opportunity to explore slow movements, meditation and chanting.

Mookshi Wellness Center (Wilkinsburg)

Hatha, Kundalini, vinyasa, restorative, sun salutations — it’s all here.

Don’t miss: Yoga Nidra, a.k.a. yogic sleep. It’s a guided relaxation experience open to anyone.

Schoolhouse Yoga (East Liberty, Squirrel Hill)

Choose between a variety of yoga styles — ashtanga, flow, gentle, Mysore, restorative, and more.

Don’t miss: Special workshops, such as a prenatal yoga class and partner meditation.


Restorative

Samira Yoga (Point Breeze)

This is the spot for gentle yoga and yin yoga, a chance to rest and restore.

Don’t miss: Soothing Samira Yoga Experience, which features meditation, essential oils, aromatherapy and sounds and/or music.


Vinyasa

Northside Yoga (North Side)

Experience flow classes, some fast paced, some gentler.

Don’t miss: A donation-based class called Northside for the Northside, in which proceeds benefit a local North Side area charity.

One Point One (Garfield)

A variety of vinyasa classes in 60, 75, and 90-minute durations.

Don’t miss: The Sutra Circles because not all vinyasa is fast. Once a month, this class focuses on slow flow and active stretching, wrapped up with restorative postures to send you off to dream land.


Youth

Yoga Monsters (Lawrenceville)

It’s yoga just for kids. Yoga Monsters is designed to teach children relaxation, focus and self-control. Classes are broken down into ages 3-7 and ages 8-13.

Don’t miss: Opportunities for kids to use their imagination and creativity while building strength, flexibility and improving social skills.