By Rachel Jones

We say it all the time, a casual farewell without any sentiment behind it: “Take care.” But these two words need to be our mantra in 2018. You can’t pour from an empty cup, so how do you expect to be there for others — on a personal or professional level — if you haven’t been there for yourself first? Taking care of yourself isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity. Take your dog for a walk, set aside some time for meditation, schedule a massage — anything to soothe mental stress and re-energize your spirit.

We’re not the only ones encouraging the practice! Zeb Homison, owner of Yoga Factory Pittsburgh, says, “Self-care is hugely important these days! There are so many ways to lose your self-awareness in our world. What you eat, how you treat yourself, how you think about yourself, and what you do — these all have a huge impact on your whole self.” Make a positive change this season with workshops, classes, and self-care tips from these local experts.

The Barre Code


  • TBC (strength-based workout that incorporates HIIT and plyometric exercises)
  • Brawl (cardio kickboxing sequences plus strengthening work for the thighs and glutes)
  • Barre Code (full-body workout to lengthen and strengthen muscles)
  • Burn (a Barre Code class held in a room heated to 95ºF)

+ The Barre Code is hosting a Bring Your Boy to the Barre class throughout Valentine’s week, so you can sweat with your sweetie. Plus, The Barre Code is part of Carnegie Museum of Art Wellness Days on March 4!

*NEW FOR 2018:
Interval Brawl (a mix of kickboxing-inspired moves from the signature Brawl class and cardio intervals in easy-to-learn combinations and sequences for any fitness level)

“At The Barre Code, we are a community of women, supporting each other inside and outside of the studio. We want you to walk into our classes and forget about your long to-do list and take the 50 minutes just for you to build not just physical strength, but mental strength as well. Taking time each day for yourself is important, so you can be the strongest version of yourself.” — Meredith Ward Ley, The Barre Code

The Barre Code, 741 Providence Blvd., McCandless Crossings, North Hills. 412.364.4230. 804 S. Aiken Ave., Shadyside. 412.802.8585.

Clearly Pilates


  • Private and Semi-private Pilates Equipment Sessions (all equipment offered)
  • Pilates Mat — Beginner and Beyond Beginner
  • Pilates Stick — Barre
  • SPIN®
  • SPIN®-Stretch
  • Buns and Guns (Spinning® and Body Blade®)

+ Try the Most Very-est Beginner Pilates 8-week Session! Starting February 4 or 5, you’ll learn the Classical Pilates Level 1 Mat and Reformer Order through a mix of lecture and movement. Space is limited, so sign up today at

“I acquired an interest in whole food, plant-based nutrition after watching two dear friends battle cancer and noting that their doctors prescribed this eating plan as a way to fight their cancer and stave off other diseases and inflammation. I’m studying to earn my certification from Cornell University’s Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies in Plant-Based Nutrition, and am hoping to help clients from the inside out and the outside in by providing tools and information on eating better to feel better.” — Clare Westwood, Clearly Pilates

Clearly Pilates, 409 Broad St., Suite 110, Sewickley. 412.999.0215.

Elevate Fusion Fitness

This boutique fitness studio offers Pittsburgh’s only VersaClimber classes. Salúd Express offers smoothies, juices, bowls, and more for pre- or post-workout snacks. And thanks to a partnership with Lululemon, clients can shop for athletic apparel onsite.

+ Try the 30-minute group class on the VersaClimber machine for a full-body workout choreographed to a pumping playlist.

“For us at Elevate Fusion Fitness, self-care is not just about being physically fit. We feel your mind and spirit also need to be fed. Our goal is to create a community of like-minded individuals, encouraging each other to reach their goals and striving to maintain a healthy and beautiful way of life.” — Jordan Rose, Elevate Fusion Fitness

Elevate Fusion Fitness, 5247 Butler St., Lawrenceville.

Himalayan Institute of Pittsburgh


  • Hatha I
  • Hatha II
  • Movement Breath Meditation
  • + 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Certification starts this April!

+ Look for Ayurveda Yoga Consultations, which is the science of the natural world, as well as Ayurvedic and Cooking workshops.

“Yoga and meditation not only keep our bodies healthy, but also help us process the information that we take in every day. We learn how to incorporate new ideas and experiences into our lives while letting go of what doesn’t serve us. Himalayan Institute of Pittsburgh also offers training in Ayurveda, the science of the natural world. Ayurveda helps to balance the elements within us with those found inherent in the world around us to maximize wellness.” — Kate Kill, Himalayan Institute of Pittsburgh

Himalayan Institute of Pittsburgh, 300 Beverly Road, Mt. Lebanon. 412.344.7434.


Offering a multitude of workshops and services that support healthy lifestyles and community connections, ONE WHIRL Studio also sells the Safe Yoga Block, ONE WHIRL Leggings, and Yoga Mat. Also available is the BootBud, which is patent-pending and recommended by orthopedic surgeons for those who wear medical walking boots.

+ In a partnership with A Glimmer of Hope, ONE WHIRL Studio is honoring breast cancer patients with a three-month, complimentary program of meditation, yoga, emotional therapy, and nutrition. Self-care and wellness practices like filtered water, essential oils, healthy skincare products, fitness clothing, massage, and manicures will also be included. The debut group of eight women will be followed by the ONE WHIRL Studio team for input on the effectiveness of these practices, and the data will be used for research purposes.

ONE WHIRL Studio, 5314 Butler St., Upper Lawrenceville.

Salt Power Yoga


  • Heated Power Vinyasa
  • Warm Flow
  • Restorative Yoga (held at the Sewickley studio, Fridays at 7:30 p.m.)
  • Candlelight Yoga (a Heated Power Vinyasa class practiced in the dark)
  • Everybody Yoga (an all-inclusive class for all ages and abilities)
  • Happy Hour Yoga (weekly, donation-based music class at the Seven Fields studio with proceeds going to a different charity each month)
  • Yoga on the House (free weekly yoga classes at each studio)

+ Beginners or seasoned yogis looking for a refresher course can take the monthly, free ABC Workshop. Schedules will be updated online! While you’re on the site, sign up for the Restorative Yoga and Healing Touch Workshop February 3 at the Sewickley studio and the Fascia Release Workshop on February 24 at the Sewickley studio.

“At Salt Power Yoga, we welcome all to come and practice in our community. Taking care of yourself looks different for every body. We want all to feel they can take care of themselves at Salt, being present with breath and trusting their body, so they can in turn take care of and serve others outside of Salt.” — Rachel Bekelja, Salt Power Yoga

Salt Power Yoga, 203 Highpointe Drive/Blvd., Seven Fields. 724.584.1624. 533 Beaver St., Sewickley. 724.584.1624.

Schoolhouse Yoga


  • Gentle Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Level 1 Yoga
  • Level 2 Yoga
  • Prenatal Yoga
  • Mommy & Me Yoga
  • Yin Yoga
  • Kundalini Yoga
  • Flow Yoga
  • Ashtanga Yoga

+ Schoolhouse Yoga’s workshop schedule is packed this month!

February 2
Moon Salutations with Kendell Romanelli at the North Hills studio

February 3-4
Ashtanga Yoga Workshops with Kino MacGregor at Union Project 

February 11
Family Yoga Workshops with Bailey Zembower at the Squirrel Hill studio
Teen Yoga Workshops with Bailey Zembower at the Squirrel Hill studio

February 16
Kundalini Yoga and Acupuncture with Kendell Romanelli and Qiong Wang at the North Hills studio

February 17
Partner Meditation Workshop with Joni Sturgill at the East Liberty studio

February 18
Prenatal Partner Yoga Workshop with Brenda Maser at the East Liberty studio

“Just like flight attendants tell their passengers, ‘Be sure to put on your own oxygen before helping others,’ it’s important to take care of yourself so that you’re able to take care of others. Yoga, in particular, teaches us to keep our bodies strong and our minds focused and peaceful so that we can bring these qualities to our personal relationships.” — Leta Koontz, Schoolhouse Yoga

Schoolhouse Yoga, 2215-2217 Murray Ave., Squirrel Hill. 5923 Baum Blvd., East Liberty. 7210 McKnight Road, North Hills. 412.401.4444.

South Hills Power Yoga


  • Heated Power Vinyasa Flow
  • Non-heated Power Vinyasa Flow
  • Gentle/Restorative Yoga
  • Kids’ Yoga
  • Prenatal Yoga
  • Free Meditation Classes
  • Comprehensive 200 Hour Teacher Training Certification
  • Continuing Education Programs recognized by Yoga Alliance

+ South Hills Power Yoga offers regular retreats, and a Restorative & Reiki Workshop is in the works for this winter. The exact date is still to be determined, so stay tuned!

“Taking time to pause and check in with oneself is self-care. That is what the practices of yoga and meditation allow practitioners to do.” — Stacey Vespaziani, South Hills Power Yoga

South Hills Power Yoga, 3045 W. Liberty Ave., Dormont. 412.207.9535. 4145 Washington Road, Peters Township. 724.260.0011.

The Sewickley Spa

Offering a luxurious variety of facials, massages, and body therapies, The Sewickley Spa focuses on results-oriented skin care and the ultimate stress relief. Try the Magnificent Pamper Package, which includes a signature spa facial, Lipallure™Treatment, Swedish body massage, back exfoliation treatment, and heated hand and foot therapy. Complete the visit by adding on an award-winning manicure or pedicure!

+ The Sewickley Spa works with The Skin Center to perform injectable treatments. Stay tuned for an educational open house on the treatments this spring!

“We hear it often: ‘I take care of everyone else but neglect myself.’ For over two decades, we have been perfecting the art of self-preservation. It begins with the belief that our guests deserve the very best in every aspect of what we have to offer. As our daily pace quickens, our cortisol levels rise. It is imperative to breathe deeply and recharge our batteries.” — Dorothy Andreas, The Sewickley Spa

The Sewickley Spa, 337 Beaver St., Sewickley. 412.741.4240.

Steel Revolution


  • 45-Minute Power Beat
  • 60-Minute MADE OF STEEL

+ There’s a second Steel Revolution studio coming to Pittsburgh! Look for the second location to open in Lawrenceville’s new Arsenal 201 this spring.

“We believe that you can’t take care of your physical without taking care of your mental. In every class, we try to encourage riders to let go, to be selfish within the walls of our room for 45 minutes, and to change their attitude to ‘I can’ instead of ‘I can’t.’ The most difficult challenges to work through, both mentally and physically, give you the best and most rewarding result. Take care of yourself mentally, and the sweat, the reward, will follow after and feel so much better!” — Alison Mears, Steel Revolution

Steel Revolution, 731 Copeland St., Shadyside. 412.802.0519.

Yoga Factory Pittsburgh


  • Bikram Method
  • Vinyasa
  • Restore
  • HIIT
  • Intermediate Hatha
  • Kids’ Yoga (AKA Yoga Monsters!)

+ International Asana Champion Zeb Homison hosts the Yoga Asana and You workshop on February 17! Join Homison for a morning yoga class, followed by a workshop-style breakdown of Asana, how it benefits your mind and body, and what to be aware of as you go from class to class.

Don’t miss a weekend of workshops with Leslie Kaminov, April 21-22. An internationally recognized lecturer and teacher, Kaminov will join Yoga Factory and Exhale Pittsburgh for a weekend of exploring breath, anatomy, and the mind-body connection.

“[Self-care] starts by taking a step back and slowing down. Notice your habits and see if they serve you or take away from you. Then, you have a chance to make a change. You practice that every time you step on to your mat. The change starts from within!” — Zeb Homison, Yoga Factory Pittsburgh

Yoga Factory Pittsburgh, 3418 Penn Ave., Lawrenceville. 412.513.5000.

Yoga Innovations


  • Power Flow Yoga
  • $5 Cash Power Flow
  • Basic Yoga
  • Power Fusion Yoga
  • Pay What You Can: Warm Flow Yoga
  • Restorative Yoga
  • Candlelight Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Mommy & Me Yoga
  • Power Prenatal Yoga
  • Acoustic Power Flow
  • Rhythm & Flow
  • Rockin’ Power Flow
  • Teen Yoga
  • Kids’ Yoga

+ Look for insightful workshops this spring, including Arm Balancing and Inversions in March and April, Bare it All: Women Only Naked Yoga in April, and Hellingar Workshop in May.

“Self-care is the pillar of our yoga practice. We pride ourselves on being a welcoming and nonjudgmental community, providing classes at all hours of the day and workshops to help further understand the principles of yoga. Our teachers go above and beyond to connect with students, and our events allow students to gather together with a common intention in mind.” — Claire Baer, Yoga Innovations

Yoga Innovations, 102 Broughton Road, Bethel Park. 412.851.9642.

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