The proud and pliable recipient of a yoga mat's worth of accolades, Amazing Yoga spreads its limber arms to embrace all practitioners, welcoming stretching sophomores and savants alike. Talented, passionate instructors lead an array of classes over a flexible schedule at each of Amazing Yoga's four studios. Clients can frequent the studio of their choice and stack their chakras in classes such as the Basics, a beginner's power-yoga class that emphasizes foundation postures, helping practitioners build up a strong foundation to withstand floods, high winds, and tickling attacks. Amazing Yoga recommends bringing your own water bottle and a mat to classes, though rental mats are available for $2 per class.
Dedicated to helping ladies get in shape, the staff of certified instructors at Fitness with a Twist lead body-sculpting sessions designed to boost women's self-esteem and sultry quotients. During pole-fitness classes, the instructors divulge pole-dancing techniques, including tantalizing spins and core-strengthening transitions from pole to floor. For an emphasis on sensual choreography, students don a pair of heels and ankle-length burlap sacks while dancing through burlesque-style routines with the help of a chair. In addition to flirt-enhancing fitness sessions, the studio also offers boot camps, Zumba, and full-body toning classes, as well as social gatherings for gals?including birthday bashes and bachelorette parties.
Developed for centuries in China, Kung Fu?or Chinese Martial Arts?includes a series of strengthening and self-defense techniques that have been perfected over thousands of years. At Rothrock's Kung Fu & Tai Chi, these techniques are incorporated into Kung Fu Fit, unique classes for all ages and levels of physicality. These classes combine the techniques of Kung Fu and kickboxing with instructors helping students learn not just to defensive measures, but also how to strengthen and tone their bodies.
Well-versed in Hatha, Vinyasa, Kundalini, and power yoga, studio owner Sasha Reese has made yoga the driving force of her life for the past 14 years. During that time, yoga has helped her find balance in her life, and she now works to help others find their own relationship with yoga. In all her classes, Sasha incorporates meditation, breathing techniques, and the Vinyasa method of flowing between poses in time with breathing.
Millennium Dance Complex has helped some of the country?s most popular celebrities learn their complicated concert choreography. This global studio franchise has worked with the likes of Usher, Justin Timberlake, and Britney Spears. Well-versed in those same expressive moves that their famous students are known for, the instructors at the Pittsburgh studio train everyone from professional dancers to absolute beginners how to captivate an audience using hip-hop, jazz, and contemporary moves while also getting in a fun workout.
Whether you want to stand taller, bend over backwards, or open a pickle jar taped to your back, BYS Yoga offers a suitable yoga style four to five times every day. All classes are taught by qualified instructors who strive to disseminate the healing power of yoga to all who wish to learn. Basics classes concentrate on fundamental Hatha yoga postures for beginning benders, and Chakra flow/Kundalini sessions and open classes—an exploration of seated meditation, pranayama (breathing exercises), and sun salutations—welcome all experience levels. Yin yoga targets ligaments, bones, and joints of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine for added stretching and freer range of motion, and restorative yoga includes "active relaxation" to reduce stress and avoid potholes of frustration on the road to inner peace. Students who have mastered the downward dog and the upward yeti can move on to level two classes. Check out the fall schedule for more information.