You bought a pair of yoga pants and a matching mat, and you’re ready to relax, recharge, and refresh. Now what? Whether you’re new in town or new to yoga, we want to share the city’s offerings, and help you find your perfect practice with our annual yoga guide. We’re also highlighting yoga retreats, workshops, and getaways, including a trip to Maya Tulum, MexicoNamaste!

by Rachel Jones
WHIRL's 2013 Yoga Guide

Photograph from L.A. Finfinger

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WHIRL's 2013 Yoga Guide

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Studio Pantera specializes in Hatha and Vinyasa yoga. Every instructor at Studio Pantera is chosen through a very selective admission process, before joining the team. The class sizes are intentionally kept small, so students can get the maximum one-on-one attention and, ultimately, the most they can out of each class.

Classes:
• Hatha yoga
• Vinyasa yoga

Fab feature:
The studio also offers a variety of dance classes, like ballet and hip-hop, to spice up any workout regimen. Taking these cross-training classes can improve flexibility and increase cardio stamina for even better yoga practice.

What’s new:
Studio Pantera owner Anya Lasko opened the studio in 2011.

Prices: $9-$13. Drop-ins and discounted packages are available.

Studio Pantera, 21 E. Main St., Carnegie. 412.722.2054. studiopantera.com.

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WHIRL's 2013 Yoga Guide

Photograph from Laura Petrilla

Pratique Therapeutic Yoga is ideal for the yogi on the go, as students can set up individual instruction with yoga therapist Lilith Bailey-Kroll. Her personalized sessions are far from the traditional yoga class and can even help improve injuries. Whether you’re at home or on the road, your customized is only a Skype chat away.

Classes:
Each 50-minute session is tailored specifically for each student. Wellness sessions are also available for students seeking health tips.

Fab feature:
Students who don’t want to trek it to the studio can enjoy the benefits of yoga at the time and location of their convenience.

What’s new:
Lilith just moved to London, but she’s excited to still offer online classes to her students back in the states.

LocationAt home, at a hotel, at the office — anywhere!

Prices: $85 per session

Pratique Therapeutic Yoga, 412.326.YOGA. pratiquespace.com.

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WHIRL's 2013 Yoga Guide

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This nonprofit studio is focused on how students feel after they leave the studio. Each yoga class teaches lessons for developing a healthy body, a clear mind, and a joyful spirit. But the relaxation and wellness that grows with each class shouldn’t just be present within the walls of the studio. When the class ends, Himalayan Institute instructors encourage their students to work these same principles into their daily lives.

Classes:
• Hatha I
• Hatha II
• Hatha III
• Beginner yoga
• Meditation
• Sanskrit
• Aromatherapy
• Yoga philosophy
• Cooking classes

Upcoming retreats:
2013 will be filled with one-day, in-studio retreats that include yoga, massage, philosophy, and nutrition.

Fab feature:
Himalayan Institute of Pittsburgh offers comprehensive classes, which address physical, mental, and spiritual health.

What’s new:
• Pranayama and Meditation classes, Mondays and Tuesdays, 11:45 am – 12:15 pm

Prices:
• One class: $15
• 10 classes: $110
• Private lesson: $75

Himalayan Institute, 300 Beverly Road, Mt. Lebanon. 412.344.7434. hipyoga.org.

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WHIRL's 2013 Yoga Guide

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Yoga is a workout, but it also centers around a deeper, more spiritual practice. That’s why owner Sterling Painton says, “We don’t just do yoga, we live yoga.” Sterling Yoga offers a variety of classes and workshops, including silk painting, drum circles, and crystal bowl meditation, which embrace the spiritual and mental aspects of yoga. These healing alternatives pair perfectly with its alignment and prop-based yoga classes, which are inspired by BKS Iyengar’s yoga method.

Classes:
• Beginner yoga
• Gentle yoga
• Restorative yoga
• Mixed-level yoga
• Intermediate yoga
• Yoga for athletes
• Kids yoga
• Therapeutic yoga
• Intermediate/advanced yoga
• Energize yoga

Upcoming events:
Sterling Yoga is hosting Cora Wen of Yoga Bloom’s 500-hour Teacher Training Certification.

• April 3-7, 2013
• August 21-25, 2013
• March 5-9, 2014

Fab feature:
Indulge in the monthly “Heal Yourself Day,” which includes discounted holistic services.

What’s new:
The newest class is Restorative yoga with Reiki Energy Healing, held the first Friday night of each month.

Prices:
• Drop-ins: $15
• One month: $85
• Workshops: $10-$45

Sterling Yoga, 2889 Glenmore Ave., Dormont. 412.260.0533. sterlingyoga.com.

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Known for its massage and spa treatments, Pittsburgh Center for Complementary Health and Healing is now adding yoga to its list of healing practices. The center offers private, semi-private, and private partner yoga classes.

The privacy factor is perfect for advanced students who are working toward personal goals or beginner students who don’t want to feel intimidated. Couples can enjoy partner classes, which incorporate counter-balanced poses to build trust, compassion, and strength.

Classes + prices:
Private/semi-private sessions: $85
Private partner yoga: $95

Receive $20 off initial sessions in January

Pittsburgh Center for Complementary Health and Healing, 1124 S. Braddock Ave., Regent Square. 412.242.4220. pghhealthandhealing.com.

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WHIRL's 2013 Yoga Guide

Photograph from Courtney Seiberling

For a customized practice, try Power yoga. “Power Vinyasa yoga” started in the 90s as a more accessible way to practice. Instead of following a series of poses, Power yoga uses a varied sequence of asanas that emphasizes strength, flexibility, and flow. Whether you take it easy or take it up a notch, you can pose in a way that’s best for your body and soul.

Classes:

South Hills Power Yoga specializes in heated and non-heated Power yoga classes. They also offer:

• Gentle/restorative yoga
• Kids and teens yoga
• Prenatal yoga
• Free meditation classes
• Comprehensive 200-hour Teacher Training Certification and Continuing Education Programs (Recognized by Yoga Alliance)
• Retreats

Upcoming retreat:

Reserve your spot for Vino and Vinyasa on the Lake. It’s only 175 miles from Pittsburgh, but you’ll feel like you went to Italy! Enjoy a tranquil weekend on the banks of Lake Erie, staying in either a Jacuzzi Suite or Comfy Cottage. (Early bird discount until January 31!)

Where: Lakehouse Inn and Winery, Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio.
When: Friday, May 31-Sunday, June 2

Fab feature:

South Hills Power Yoga instructors also incorporate music into a number of classes and feature the iHeart music series, a monthly Power yoga class set to energizing and calming tunes.

What’s new:
A new South Hills Power Yoga studio will open this winter at 4145 Washington Road Waterdam Centre in Peters Township.

Prices:
• Drop in: $13/class, $9/class (with student ID or 55+)
• Class passes and weekly Pay-What-You-Can classes

South Hills Power Yoga, 3045 West Liberty Ave, Dormont. 412.207.9535. southhillspoweryoga.com.

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WHIRL's 2013 Yoga Guide

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Schoolhouse Yoga offers a range of classes to help students find their ideal level of practice. From gentle and beginner level, to advanced and athletic classes, everyone can find where they are most likely to succeed and graduate to the next class when the time is right.

Classes:
• Gentle yoga
• Yoga 1
• Yoga 2
• Kundalini yoga
• Chakra flow
• Yin yoga
• Prenatal yoga
• Mommy and Me
• Ashtanga yoga

Upcoming workshops:
• Yoga Nidra Workshop: Sunday, January 6, 2-3:15 p.m.
• Restorative Yoga Workshop: Sunday, February 3, 2 p.m.
• Meditation Workshop: Sunday, February 3, 6:30 p.m.

Fab feature:
Schoolhouse Yoga features traditional classes, such as Ashtanga and Kundalini yoga, and specialty classes, including Prenatal yoga and Meditation workshops.

What’s new:
Yoga 1, Yoga 2, and Kundalini classes are now available later in the evening, with sessions from 7:45-9 p.m.

Prices:
$8-$15

Schoolhouse Yoga, 2401 Smallman St., Strip District. 2010 Murray Ave., Squirrel Hill. 5417 Walnut St., Second Floor, Shadyside. 7210 McKnight Road, North Hills. 412.401.4444. schoolhouseyoga.com.

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WHIRL's 2013 Yoga Guide

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Crank it up with Bikram yoga. These classes take place in a heated studio and the focus is on controlling breathing while completing physically challenging poses. Students get the added cleansing and healing benefits from the extra sweat. At Bikram Yoga Pittsburgh, students take on 90 minutes of a series of 26 poses in a 105-degree room. If you’re hot in class, you’ll look even hotter after!

Classes:
Yogis of all levels can take the Bikram yoga classes.

Upcoming retreats:
Check the website for “Night Sweats.” All proceeds from these late-night classes are donated to local charities.

Fab feature:
Bikram yoga is known as “the original hot yoga.”

What’s new:
The new facility offers one of the largest yoga rooms in Pittsburgh (1,600 square feet!) with multiple showers in each changing area and a spacious reception area.

Instructors:
All nine instructors have trained with Bikram Choudhury himself during his vigorous nine-week program.

Prices:
• Single lesson: $16
• 10 lessons: $130
• One-month unlimited: $150

Bikram Yoga Pittsburgh, 3418 Penn Ave., Strip District. 412.513.5000. bypgh.com.

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WHIRL's 2013 Yoga Guide

Photograph from Nick Conti

Lisa and Paul Stugart wanted to create a yoga studio where beginners and experienced yogis alike would get the most out of their practice, separate from the bustle and intensity of their gym, VYGOR Fitness. That’s when take yoga was born. The studio caters to the personal needs of each student, even offering a free, seven-day trial to allow students to truly experience take yoga. Many classes are heated to 92 to 98 degrees, and students are encouraged to explore all class options.

Classes:
• Beginner yoga
• Vinyasa Flow yoga
• Forrest yoga
• Yin yoga
• Kid’s yoga
• Private sessions
• Pilates, Mat, Chair & Reformer
• Private yoga and pilates sessions

Upcoming workshops:
Check take yoga’s website for the new workshop featured every month.

Fab feature:
take yoga’s boutique has an extensive collection of Jade clothes and accessories and Manduka mats. It’s also the exclusive retailer of Lucy clothes in Pennsylvania.

What’s new:
A new 3,000 square foot take yoga location opens in Allison Park in March 2013.

Prices:
• Drop-ins: $16
• One month: $69
• One year: $54/month
• 6, 12, and 30 session class packages available

take yoga, 3390 Saxonburg Blvd., Glenshaw. 1701 Duncan Ave., Allison Park. 412.767.5240. takeyogastudio.com.

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WHIRL's 2013 Yoga Guide

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Tucked away in Bethel Park, owner Claire Baer says Yoga Innovations is one of Pittsburgh’s best kept yoga secrets. As the first hot yoga studio in the South Hills, Yoga Innovations provides a variety of classes that are challenging yet comfortable. The studio strives to make yoga accessible to all students by offering donation-based classes in addition to the regular class schedule.

Classes:
• Basic yoga
• Heated Power yoga
• Unheated Power yoga
• Prenatal yoga
• Pilates

Upcoming workshops:
Fundamentals of the Flow workshop February 2013

Fab feature:
ERYT Baer received certification from Yoga Alliance, specializing in prenatal yoga.

What’s new:
The Yoga Innovations crew redecorated the entire place with beautiful features, including a tree painted in the studio.

Prices:
• Drop-ins: $14
Student and class packages available

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

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WHIRL's 2013 Yoga Guide

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Choose from a variety of classes, a full-service yoga studio, and wellness options in BYS Yoga’s South Side location. Or, enjoy the outdoor class offerings, available every Saturday and Sunday, June through September. BYS Yoga instructors are also available to host non-studio and private instruction classes, including Corporate Yoga & Wellness programs.

Classes:

• Gentle yoga
• Basics yoga
• Level 2 yoga
• Hatha yoga
• Vinyasa yoga
• Chakra Flow/Kundalini
• Yin yoga
• Yin Scento
• Restorative
• Jivamukti
• Meditation
• Moon salutation
• Women’s healing circle
• Yin Scents yoga
• YogaRhythmics®
• Candlelight open level yoga
• Capoeira (for kids or adults)
• Live music

Upcoming workshop:
Set the tone for the upcoming year by attending the annual “New Year: Renewed” class and open house at BYS: January 4 from 6:30-10 p.m.

Fab feature:
The on-site Corporate Yoga & Wellness programs bring the yoga class right to your office! It’s the perfect way to reboot during the workday.

What’s new:
Starting January 19, Anna Gilbert Zupon will be offering a YogaWorks Teacher Training Program. Aspiring teachers will work through 13 weekends (200 hours) to deepen their practice and learn how to share it with others.

Prices:
• Introductory for new students: $5
• Drop-ins: $10-$15
• Class packages and unlimited passes: $48-$235

BYS Yoga, 1113 E. Carson St., South Side. 412.481.YOGA. bys-yoga.com.

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WHIRL's 2013 Yoga Guide

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It can be intimidating to enter a yoga class for the first time. That’s why the instructors at Yoga Flow try to make the experience as comfortable and relaxing as possible. “People always tell us how peaceful the studio is,” says owner Dominique Ponko. “New students don’t feel self-conscious or nervous. It’s a comforting, family atmosphere.” And, multiple locations means a plethora of class options.

Classes:
• Heated Vinyasa Flow yoga
• Basic yoga
• Beginner yoga
• Level 1 yoga
• Level 2 yoga
• Community classes

Upcoming workshops:

• Beginners Workshop: January 5, 2-4 p.m., South Hills
• Spiritual Awakening Yin Workshop: January 19, 7-9:30 p.m., Shadyside
• Pulse and Flow into 2013: January 19, 2-4 p.m., South Hills ; February 2, 2-4 p.m., Aspinwall
• 200-hour Teacher Training With Yoga Flow and Yoga Alliance: February-July

Fab feature:
Every teacher brings a unique style and thoughtfulness to the practice, so students will never take the same class twice.

What’s new:
Yoga Flow opened a South Hills studio less than a year ago.

Prices:
• Drop-ins: $14 / $9 for students
• One month: $99 / $85 for students

Yoga Flow, 4606 William Penn Hwy., Murrysville. 724.733.5038. 345 Freeport Road, Aspinwall. 412.781.4140. 1748 N. Highland Road, Upper St. Clair. 412.595.8455. 5433 Walnut St., Shadyside. 412.621.1157. yogaflowpittsburgh.com.

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Photographs by Cayla Zahoran | Styling by Allie Wist

WHIRL's 2013 Yoga Guide

1. What the Fluff Jacket, $248, Lululemon Athletica. 2. Onzie Tie Back Top, $36, Bikram Yoga Pittsburgh. 3. Gaiam Yoga Mat, $21.98, Whole Foods Market. 4. Chalet Keep Your Legs Cozy Leg Warmers, $78, Lululemon Athletica. 5. Hugger Mugger Bamboo Block, $21.95, Himalayan Institute of Pittsburgh. 6. Yogarat Hot Yoga Towel, $44, Bikram Yoga Pittsburgh. 7. Neti Wash Ceramic Neti Pot, $16.95, Himalayan Institute of Pittsburgh.

WHIRL's 2013 Yoga Guide

1. Vinyasa Scarf, $48, Lululemon Athletica. 2. Namas Tea Black Tea, $12.95, Himalayan Institute of Pittsburgh. 3. Yogitoes Skidless Mat/Towel, $60, South Hills Power Yoga. 4. Manduka Prolite Yoga Mat, $68, South Hills Power Yoga. 5. South Hills Power Yoga Travel Mug, $25, South Hills Power Yoga. 6. Daily Om Duffel, $128, Lululemon Athletica. 7. Elongate Tank, $58, Lululemon Athletica.

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Yogi Cameron is back! Fashion model turned Ayurvedic teacher Cameron Alborzian is known across the U.S. as the yogi to the stars. After gracing the cover of our January 2012 issue and starring in our Yoga Guide, Alborzian has been working on his new book, The One Plan. This week-by-week guide to restoring natural health and happiness breaks down the abstentions and observations we need to practice in order to find our real selves in just one year. The insightful text is supported by advice from Yogi Cameron’s gurus and his personal experiences. There’s even a section in the back for specific yoga poses to practice during the weeks that correspond with the lifestyle changes he describes. Pick up a copy today and find your path to the real you in 2013.

Yogi Cameron, yogicameron.com.

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This yoga guide is featured in the January 2013 issue of WHIRL Magazine.
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