Do Yoga Everywhere But a Studio
Pittsburgh has some killer yoga studios, but the city is also full of fun, unique places to take your practice to the next level — sometimes quite literally. From grassy knolls in some of the city’s prettiest parks to the streets of downtown and even surrounded by sculptures in a world-class art museum, here are all of the most inspiring spots in the city where you’ll find a yoga class.
The Carnegie Museum of Art.
On Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., the museum opens the doors of its light-filled, spacious Hall of Architecture for a yoga class led by Stefanie Zito. The class is open to yogis 18 years of age or older, and it costs $75 for a 10-class pass, $50 for members and students. On August 23, the class heads outdoors for the Summer Yoga Splash, which takes place in the outdoor sculpture court complete with a juice bar and a DJ ($10 drop-in rate, $8 for members, $5 for students).
Admire Pittsburgh’s most historic buildings while flowing through an outdoor Vinyasa class at this Market Square yoga class. Classes take place on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. through September 30 and Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. through September 26. Check the website for a complete list of weekly instructors from studios throughout the city.
Highland Park Yoga with The Yoga Hive. This Garfield studio offers a weekly practice in beautiful Highland Park all summer (and early fall, weather permitting). On Sundays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., join the Yoga Hive for a donation-based class just to the left of the fountain.
Ace Hotel. The bar at the Ace Hotel might already be your favorite spot for a Saturday evening nightcap, so it should feel like second nature to come back on Sunday morning for a rejuvenating sweat sesh. On Sundays at 10 a.m., join YogaRoots on Location for a gentle flow class that ends with self-Reiki and aromatherapy using essential oils. The class is open to the public, but a donation of $5 is suggested.
Okay, it may not be the most traditional yoga practice, but pairing your class with a celebratory beer afterward is a great way to motivate yourself to actually make it there. There are yoga classes all over the city at some of Pittsburgh’s best breweries, including All-Levels Yoga + Drinks at 11th Hour Brewing and the aptly named Pigeon on the Roof event at the Distrikt Hotel, which gets you a free brunch drink at Or, The Whale afterward.
Yoga at Bay 41. Whether you are a resident at The Foundry or not, you can add some grit to your flow with this outdoor yoga class under Bay 41’s rusted steel columns along the river in Lawrenceville. There’s one class remaining this year on September 6 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., so you can get in a class before fall sets in.
Yoga on the Lawn at the Great Lawn at the Frick Pittsburgh. Immerse yourself in some serious Pittsburgh history while you flow through outdoor asanas at one of the city’s most beautiful mansions. The class is free, but if you purchase a brunch package, you’ll also enjoy healthy eats (and libations) at the The Café at the Frick. The last class of the year takes place on September 8 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.