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Yoga is an ancient Indian spiritual, physical and mental practice to unite the mind, body and spirit. Now commonly used for fitness and relaxation, there are many different types of yoga classes available ranging from fitness-focused power yoga to the more involved full practice of Ashtanga yoga. If you have been thinking of trying yoga or are new to the city and looking for a place to continue the practice, here are some great places in Pittsburgh that offer a wide variety of yoga options.
Way Wellness Center
1150 Freeport Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
(412) 772-1461
www.waywellnesscenter.com

Way Wellness Center in Fox Chapel not only offers a variety of massage and wellness activities, but also offers yoga, tai chi and mediation classes. At the center you can enjoy instructor-led Ashtanga or Hatha yoga, tai chi or meditation. If you want to get your heart pumping, Zumba is also offered in the yoga studio. You can choose to pay for a number of classes, unlimited monthly classes or a drop-in rate as you find time to attend.

X Shadyside
5608 Walnut St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
(412) 363-9999
www.xshadyside.com

If you are looking for a 24 hour fitness option with your yoga, X Shadyside is the place for you. This studio offers instructor led morning yoga, power yoga and beginner Ashtanga yoga. The center opens at 6 a.m. on Monday and stays open 24 hours until Friday at 9 p.m. There are also select weekend hours. It’s perfect if you need to fit a little extra fitness time into your busy schedule.

Yoga Digs
1224 E. Carson St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
(412) 447-8584
www.yogadigs.com

Located in the South Side, Yoga Digs offers a variety of instructor led courses. Try power yoga, building blocks or group meditation as well as candlelight sessions or even private yoga instruction. If you are in need of the perfect happy hour after a long day at work, Yoga Digs offers a special rooftop power flow yoga class at SKYBAR on Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m. It’s the perfect way to let go of stress and get into the flow of the work week.

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Urban Elements
208 Federal St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 904-1003
www.uepgh.com

Urban Elements offers the best of power yoga instruction and indoor cycling at a convenient downtown location. Sign up for instructor led classes in power yoga in the Baptiste/Vinyasa style. If your office could stand to be a little more zen, Urban Elements offers corporate yoga and meditation classes and retreats that can be custom designed for the needs of your team. Let the stress flow out and the great ideas flow in.

Bend Yoga
808 Penn Ave., 2nd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 339-9838
www.bendyoga.com

Another great downtown yoga studio is Bend Yoga. This studio offers a great group of instructors and also offers instructor training. Traditional Vinyasa flow and Ashtanga yoga classes are mixed in with more unique concepts such as Acro-yoga, a combination of acrobatics and yoga for maximum flexibility. If you are new to yoga, try Bend Yoga’s $5 Karma Class taught by newly-graduated instructors. This course is suitable for all levels and offers a great introduction to the practice of yoga.

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Jennifer Stockdale is a native of the greater Pittsburgh, PA area. She is a restaurant marketer and wine enthusiast and one of the hosts of the East Coast Wine Geeks Podcast. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.