By Rachel Jones
As we worked with the city’s top experts to complete our annual Health & Wellness Guide, we learned that leading happier, healthier lives is not something that happens over night. Nor should it be! It’s something that needs to be done with a thoughtful, balanced approach. “Just like accomplishing any goal in life, it takes time and effort to overcome your habitual patterns and create new ones for a New Year,” says Melissa Dellovade, owner of Pure Barre’s Mt. Lebanon location and co-owner of Murrysville location. “If you stay on track with goals for three whole months, then there is a good chance you will create new habits and enjoy a more balanced life going forward.” Peruse the following pages for the best studios and spas in the area that will help you do just that, and take note of the treasured advice on how to stay balanced throughout 2017!
CLASSES OFFERED: Barre Code (50-minute, full-body workout), Barre-dio (50-minute, dance-inspired cardio workout), Burn (Barre Code class in a 95ºF room), HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), and TBC (Total Body Conditioning or The Boot Camp)
UPCOMING EVENTS: The Barre Code Pittsburgh will be hosting Barre and Brew classes throughout the winter, as well as Barre in the Park and Rooftop Barre classes in the warmer months.
“You can’t pour from an empty cup; take care of yourself first. Then, find a workout you enjoy. If you enjoy your workout and can learn to find it as a release for yourself, it will help your mood and mindset in every other aspect of your life. It’s never too late to take the first step. Every day is a new opportunity to change your life.” — Meredith Ward, owner of The Barre Code Pittsburgh
+ Keep an eye out for pop-up classes at fitness apparel shops across the city!
The Barre Code Pittsburgh, 804 S. Aiken Ave., Shadyside. 412.802.8585. McCandless Crossings, 741 Providence Blvd., North Hills. 412.364.4230. thebarrecode.com.
CLASSES OFFERED: Pure Barre classes lift your seat; tone your thighs, abs, and arms; and burn fat in record-breaking time. Pure Barre Platform is a new, fast-paced version of the traditional class that optimizes cardiovascular results and increases total body strength.
UPCOMING EVENTS: Check out the Lifted Seat Intensive at Pure Barre Peters Township on February 4; Engine House 25 Pop-Up Class on February 9; Ross Park Mall Pop-Up Class with Chelsea Collective on February 11; Bring on the Men at Pure Barre Mt. Lebanon, Pure Barre Peters Township, and Pure Barre Murrysville on February 16; and Lifted Seat Intensive at Pure Barre Mt. Lebanon on February 18.
“My advice to find balance in life is to let go of perfectionism, unplug and enjoy the moment, and exercise and meditate. Exercise is an effective stress reducer. It pumps feel-good endorphins through your body, lifts your mood, and can even serve as a one-two punch by also putting you in a meditative state.” — Melissa Dellovade, owner of Pure Barre’s Mt. Lebanon location and co-owner of Murrysville location
+ Pure Barre Mt. Lebanon is hosting donation-only classes on February 18 at 7:15 a.m., 8:30 a.m.,
and 9:45 a.m. Suggested donations of $10 or pet supplies will go to the Western PA Humane Society!
Pure Barre, 1612 Cochran Road, Mt. Lebanon. 412.248.2424. 203 Blue Spruce Way, Murrysville. 724.519.8571. 4000 Washington Road, Suite 108, Peters Township. 724.941.8663. 1121 Freeport Road, Fox Chapel. 412.408.3335. 5986 Centre Ave., Shadyside. 412.248.3333. 12091 Perry Hwy., Wexford. 724.719.9191. purebarre.com.
CLASSES OFFERED: All rides at Steel Revolution are 45 minutes of cardio that also work your upper body and core. Thanks to the MyZone Heart Monitor System, instructors are able to up the intensity of every ride and push riders to new levels.
UPCOMING EVENTS: New riders only pay $9, half the cost of a normal class. Sign up for two weeks of unlimited classes for $30, too, to test out different instructors’ styles.
“Finding balance in life is all about doing the best you can in that given moment and being accepting of that. It doesn’t matter what you did the day, week, or year before. What you are capable of and what you need in that moment — whether that be a donut or kale smoothie — is what you should focus on.” — Alison Mears, owner of Steel Revolution
+ Check out the 60-minute Battle of the Instructor Classes that get riders to push to new levels while two top instructors battle it out!
Steel Revolution, 731 Copeland St., Shadyside. 412.802.0519. steelrevolutionpgh.com.
CLASSES OFFERED: Spin (as run by Steel Revolution), Vinyasa Yoga, Express Yoga, U.Fit (bodyweight boot camp), Fatbell Revolution (Kettlebell training), #powerful (Union Fitness’ take on CrossFit)
UPCOMING EVENTS: Join the monthly North Side Community Sweat events, which include pay-what-you-can classes that support local charities, in March, April, and May. Plus, keep an eye out for Happy Hour Run Groups that venture through different neighborhoods but always end at a pub for a pint!
“Looking for balance is great, but in order to achieve balance you have to remove the baggage that is keeping you out of balance to begin with: bad habits. You have to commit to consciously making better decisions and creating healthier habits for yourself. Write down your goals, commit to achieving them, and don’t accept your old excuses.” — Casey Williams, owner of Union Fitness
+ Stay tuned for the Union Fitness Strength Lab, a 3,000-square-foot free weight facility with hands-on coaching and programming, opening soon!
Union Fitness, Nova Place, 100 S. Commons, North Shore. 412.224.5220. unionfitness.com.
CLASSES OFFERED: Crunch N Punch (circuit workout that incorporates boxing basics, abs, core, and strength training), Kick Fit (full-body cardio workout that focuses on kicking and punching combinations), Punch N Pedal (circuit workout that combines boxing and cycling), TKO Boxing (six rounds of basic punches, punching combinations, and other boxing techniques plus five rounds of abs, core, and strength training), and TKO Kick (six rounds of kicking and punching combinations plus five rounds of abs, core, and strength training)
UPCOMING EVENTS: Show yourself some love on Valentine’s Day with TKO Boxing at 6 p.m.
“How we find balance in life is different for each individual, but for me, balance is about the sense of control I feel over various elements in my life and managing those in an effort to feel stress free, self-confident, and motivated. Be intentional; assess the various aspects of your life to identify the areas you want to focus on; set attainable goals; focus on nutrition, exercise, and sleep; find an activity or hobby that doesn’t feel like more work; and reward yourself.” — Anthony Colonna, owner/head trainer of Warriors Fitness
+ One-on-one, personal training sessions are available, too!
Warriors Fitness, 600 Iron City Dr., Green Tree. 412.512.3261. warriors-fitness.com
20/20/20 (20 minutes each of Body Sculpt, Step or Cardio, and Core)
3D Equipment Pilates Class
Core Cardio Pilates Equipment Class
Cycling for Beginners
Fit & Flexible
Pilates with Props
Reformer for Joint Pain
Step & Sculpt
Stretch & Activate
Stretch & Flexibility
Stretch & Flexibility H2O
Sunrise Vinyasa Yoga
Total Body Pilates Equipment Class
Total Body Sculpt
Zumba for Beginners®
UPCOMING EVENTS: Try yoga for the first time for free! Community yoga classes are offered every Friday at 5 p.m. throughout the year.
“We at the Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center believe that the path to wellness is found through a four-pillar approach: mindset, nutrition, movement, and recovery. Our team believes that equal focus on these pillars is the best way to find balance in creating a healthy lifestyle.” — Debbie Roytas, executive director of Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center
+ One-on-one and group sessions with personal trainers are available, too!
Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center, Wellness Way, Washington. 724.225.9355. wrcameronwellness.org.
CLASSES OFFERED: Pilates Equipment (Private and Group), Pilates Mat (Classical and Varied), Pilates Stick Spin®, and Spin® Fusion
UPCOMING EVENTS: Owner Clare Westwood has been invited to teach Pilates on Celebrity Cruise Line’s “Journey to Wellness.” The seven-day cruise through Jamaica, Mexico, and the Grand Caymans features on-board fitness and healthy cooking classes, and sets sail on February 25.
“It is difficult on some days to find a full hour to devote to working out. On days like that, I try to do mini bursts of exercise, like a 20-minute fast walk and then ab work later in the day. I try to do something, even a little thing, every day.” — Clare Westwood, owner of Clearly Pilates
+ Private and Group Pilates Equipment classes are now available at a discounted rate with Peak Pilates apprentice instructors!
Clearly Pilates, 409 Broad St., Sewickley. 412.999.0215. clearlypilates.com.
CLASSES OFFERED: Dragonfly Pilates teaches Private, Semi-Private, and Group Classes, including Balanced Body Barre, Bodhi Suspension System, Kettlebell Fusion, Pilates Apparatus, Pilates Mat, Restorative Pilates, and Stretch
UPCOMING EVENTS: Learn about your postural faults and how to keep them at bay during the Perfect Posture Workshop on February 4 from 12-2 p.m. Eliminate any troublesome tightness, soreness, or discomfort with the easy exercises taught at the Relax and Release! workshop March 18 from 12-2 p.m.
“Always remember to prioritize your health. We schedule work appointments and other maintenance, but we must always make sure to treat our health with equal priority to those other things. Lastly, we should always be kind to ourselves.” — Misty Lynne Cauthen, owner of Dragonfly Pilates
+ Pre-register for these events today to reserve your spot!
Dragonfly Pilates, LLC, 5518 Walnut St., Shadyside. 412.586.5059. 3851 Old William Penn Hwy., Murrysville. 724.325.0004. dragonflypilates.com.
SERVICES OFFERED: Haute Sauna Studio provides FAR infrared sauna pods that can burn up to 600 calories in one 30-minute session. The FAR infrared waves penetrate the skin two to three inches deeper than traditional saunas, withdrawing even more toxins from a cellular level and promoting a deeper, healthier, natural, and detoxifying sweat.
UPCOMING EVENTS: Fully customized packages are available for those looking to host a bridal party, post-bachelor/bachelorette party detox, or even a corporate team-building event.
“According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, over 500 chemicals have been detected in human tissue. A sauna is one of the most effective methods of removing toxins from the body.” — Kelly Miller, co-owner of Haute Sauna Studio
+ Long-term use has shown to assist in weight loss, skin purification, stress reduction, pain relief, and relief from arthritis, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and Psoriasis.
Haute Sauna Studio, 8350 Perry Hwy., Suite 5, McCandless. 412.536.1996. hautesaunastudio.com
SERVICES OFFERED: The Sewickley Spa specializes in 41 luxurious treatments, including the signature facial, Swedish massage, couples massage, and the award-winning spa pedicure.
UPCOMING EVENTS: This April, The Sewickley Spa and The Skin Center are hosting an event to teach guests how to look more youthful and refreshed in just minutes. Stay tuned for more details!
“Balance comes from attending to our complete circle of being. Relationships, career, health, spirituality, learning — the foundations of life. If we shortchange one area, we pay the price down the line.” — Dorothy Andreas, president of The Sewickley Spa
+ The Sewickley Spa recently aligned with The Skin Center, so injections and other steps in the “preservation process” are now available, too!
The Sewickley Spa, 337 Beaver St., Sewickley. 412.741.4240. sewickleyspa.com.
SERVICES OFFERED: Acupuncture, Body Wraps, Cupping, Foot Reflexology, Makeup Applications, Massages, Nail Services, Reiki, and Skin Care
UPCOMING EVENTS: Support the Go Red American Heart Association Fund while enjoying a fun night with friends at the Go Red Girls Night! On February 28, enjoy mini spa services, heart healthy recipes and hors d’oeuvres from the Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center’s dietitians, and an introduction to meditation for stress reduction.
Remember to make time for yourself and your mental, physical, and emotional recovery. Recovery is about returning to a balanced state and re-energizing your mind and body to prepare for each day. Spa services of any kind are a wonderful way to recover.” — Debbie Roytas, executive director of Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center
+ Save 15 percent when you choose four services for a customized spa day!
Spa Harmony, Wellness Way, Washington. 724.225.9355. wrcameronwellness.org.
CLASSES OFFERED: $5 Community Classes, Corporate Seminars, Hatha I, Hatha II, and Learn to Meditate
UPCOMING EVENTS: Join the Himalayan Institute of Pittsburgh for a retreat to Honesdale, Pa., on March 17-19.Forgiveness: The Art of Letting Go teaches participates how to use the wisdom of Yoga Sutras and other yogic techniques to release negative thoughts and feelings, and make room for acceptance and healing. Register for the retreat before February 20, and receive a $25 discount!
“Learn how to breathe correctly, then practice diaphragmatic breathing on a regular basis. When life becomes overwhelming, you will have the skills you need to bring your nervous system back into place.” — Kate Kill, owner of Himalayan Institute of Pittsburgh
+ Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist certification classes are available starting in September. Stay tuned for more details!
Himalayan Institute of Pittsburgh, 300 Beverly Road, Mt. Lebanon. 412.344.7434. hipyoga.org.
CLASSES OFFERED: Everybody Yoga (for all ages and abilities), Heated Power Flow Yoga, Warm Flow Yoga, and “Yoga on the House”
UPCOMING EVENTS: Visit saltpoweryoga.com to sign up for ABC workshops, Acupuncture and Yin Yoga workshops, and Happy Hour Charity Classes with music!
“Finding balance for some of us might seem like an elusive goal. Instead of going it alone, focus on building a support system. Your supports might include a group of good friends, a trusted counselor, a yoga or CrossFit community, or even a knitting or book club. Find what fills you up, so when you are depleted, you know right where to turn.” — Rachel Bekelja, owner of Salt Power Yoga
+ Check out the weekly evening Restorative Yoga classes!
Salt Power Yoga, 533 Beaver St., Sewickley. 203 Highpointe Dr./Blvd., Seven Fields. 724.584.1624. saltpoweryoga.com.
CLASSES OFFERED: Ashtanga Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Mommy & Me Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Yoga I, and Yoga II
UPCOMING EVENTS: Schoolhouse Yoga’s Teacher Training and Yoga Intensive starts in February, allowing students to learn from the top yoga instructors in Pittsburgh. The curriculum, which was approved and certified by Yoga Alliance, covers the history of yoga, yogic philosophy, yoga sutras, anatomy and physiology, adjustments and teaching techniques, meditation, Ayurveda, Ashtanga Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Therapeutic Yoga, and more.
“The Hindu religion promotes four aims in life, and I think they provide a nice guideline to help achieve balance in life. The four aims are: Dharma (using your special skills to do good things in the world), Artha (taking care of business at work and home), Kama (enjoying music, art, food, and love), and Moksha (devoting time and energy to your personal enlightenment and spiritual development).” — Leta Koontz, principal of Schoolhouse Yoga
+ Chair/Seated Yoga is now available for anyone who has trouble getting down on the floor and standing back up.
Schoolhouse Yoga, 2215-2217 Murray Ave., Squirrel Hill. 5923 Baum Blvd., East Liberty. 7210 McKnight Road, North Hills. 412.401.4444. schoolhouseyoga.com.
CLASSES OFFERED: Free Meditation Classes, Gentle/Restorative Yoga, Heated Power Vinyasa Yoga, Kids’ Yoga, Non-heated Power Vinyasa Yoga, and Prenatal Yoga
UPCOMING EVENTS: Keep an eye out for workshops in the year to come.
“Now is the perfect time to set new intentions and move toward a more balanced life. Start today, just as you are.” — Stacey Vespaziani, owner of South Hills Power Yoga
+ South Hills Power Yoga’s 200-hour Teacher Training Certification and Continuing Education Programs are recognized by Yoga Alliance!
South Hills Power Yoga, 3045 W. Liberty Ave., Dormont. 412.207.9535. 4145 Washington Road, Peters Township. 724.260.0011. southhillspoweryoga.com.
CLASSES OFFERED: Bikram Method (Beginner and Intermediate)
UPCOMING EVENTS: Learn how to instruct others on the traditional Bikram method of 26 poses and 2 breathing exercises in a heated room during Yoga Factory Pittsburgh’s Teacher Training in July 2017.
“Challenge your body and your mind! It’s not enough to go to the gym and tune out, or sit on the couch and daydream. Make a change in your life for the positive.” — Zeb Homison, director of Yoga Factory Pittsburgh
+ Check out the new Vinyasa Yoga and Restorative Yoga classes, too!
Yoga Factory Pittsburgh, 3418 Penn Ave., Lawrenceville. 412.513.5000. bypgh.com.
CLASSES OFFERED: $5 Cash Classes, Candlelight Yoga, Family Yoga, Meditation, Mommy & Me Power Yoga, Pay-What-You-Can Classes, Power Prenatal Yoga, Power Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Rhythm and Flow (an instrumental-led yoga class), Sunrise Yoga, Teacher Training, Weekly Teen and Kids’ Yoga, and Yoga for Toddlers
UPCOMING EVENTS: Escape to the Winter Yoga Retreat at Seven Springs, March 10-12.
“Set goals aimed at how you want to feel and then take actions to deliver that said feeling. Be selective in what you commit yourself to. Give yourself permission to do less — so you spend your energy on tasks that refill your spirit instead of draining it, consequently producing better results all around.” — Claire Baer, owner of Yoga Innovations
+ Pittsburgh Yoga Moms meets up the first Monday of every month. For more details, visit meetup.com.
Yoga Innovations, 102 Broughton Road, Bethel Park. 412.851.9642. yogainnovations.com.