It’s a safe bet that many of us have spent much of the last year working hunched over our computers or curled up on the couch, and if you’re like me, your body is tired of it.
Yoga is a great way to rebuild a routine of mindfully moving your body and focusing your mind (on something other than Zoom calls and streaming binges). In fact, yoga can be an essential part of a holistic health routine for feeling your best and understanding what your body needs.
If you’re looking for a new studio to call home or are ready to start a yoga practice for the first time ever, try one of these five Pittsburgh yoga studios that focus on helping you connect with the ancient health and healing benefits of practicing yoga.
Thrive On Health
Thrive on Health is your one-stop shop for all things self-care in Pittsburgh! This boutique wellness center offers a lot of different ways to relax and connect to yourself, including traditional and Thai yoga massage, Reiki energy work, card readings, infrared sauna, and acupuncture.
Acupuncture is a new service at Thrive On Health. You can schedule a 30-minute session tailored specifically to your health and wellness needs. Book it online at any time and you can expect a quick, energetic tuneup to get you back into your body and learn more about what this healing art can do for you.
The Himalayan Institute
At the Himalayan Institute, yoga truly is for everyone. Whether you’re an expert in zen or are looking to bring yoga into your self-care routine for the first time, The Himalayan Institute offers a range of in-person and online classes that are friendly for all experience levels, as well as meditation classes, massage, and acupuncture services, workshops, and wellness retreats.
Best of all, the Himalayan Institute can work with you to introduce yoga as part of a holistic lifestyle centered on feeling your best by optimizing your diet, sleep, and mental and emotional hygiene. Drop-in for a class to learn more about how a regular yoga practice can help you find balance in your day-to-day life.
Aither Yoga offers high-tech ways to take your yoga practice to the next level with their Clean Yoga sessions and innovative air-cleaning technologies. Using ionic filtration and continuous air movement to help keep the air you breathe in their space fresh and clean, Aither Yoga might just have the most refreshing oxygen in the city.
Aither’s Clean Yoga classes feature multiple options with different styles and points of focus for yogis of all skill levels, including vinyasa-based classes like Clean Exploration and Clean Power as well as breath-focused sessions like Clean Reset and Clean Movement. Be sure to check out their newest offering: a functional training and conditioning class called Clean Strength that can help you enhance the natural movement of your body.
Yoga Hive has so many options for enjoying a quick flow that it’s surprising you’re not doing yoga right now! For over a decade, Yoga Hive has offered a wide range of power vinyasa yoga classes, and its team of instructors is excited to safely welcome yogis back to their heated Garfield studio for some restorative work on the mat. Not ready for in-studio sessions? You can always hop on a live Zoom session with one of Yoga Hive’s instructors, or, thanks to Yoga Hive’s “Hive At Home” program, access a virtual library of free yoga sessions and guided meditations whenever you need a boost. Yoga Hive also offers one-on-one yogic therapy sessions to help maximize wellness and therapeutic benefits.
In addition to upcoming in-studio classes, Yoga Hive hosts outdoor yoga sessions at both Highland Park and Schenley Park, and the studio is planning a retreat to the Catskills in late July — and if you’re interested, you should sign up quickly! Follow them on Instagram at @yogahivepgh.
“Healthy Body, Healthy Mind” is the motto at Schoolhouse Yoga, and whether you’re looking for some compassionate, expert-led self-care sessions for the mind or a movement routine to strengthen and restore the body, Schoolhouse can guide you. For almost two decades, Schoolhouse Yoga has made yoga’s many benefits accessible to all, and their certified trainers can help you develop a routine that will improve the strength, flexibility, and balance of your body and mind.
In addition to introductory and power yoga classes, Schoolhouse Yoga offers specialized sessions like prenatal yoga, “mommy and me” classes, and gentle yoga, many of which are available online. Follow them on Instagram at @schoolhouseyoga.This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.