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.
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.
Adrenaline Barre Fitness's new, upscale fitness boutique hosts dynamic classes designed to shape both mind and body. Using a ballet barre for support, students perform small, isometric, dance-inspired movements to tone the body from head to webbed swan toes. Separate showers and changing areas are available.
Verve is a multi-faceted villa of flexibility that provides yoga classes for everyone from newbies with ligaments as rigid as toy soldiers to seasoned veterans as flexible as a reed in the breeze. With today’s Groupon rolled up like a practice mat, head over to the spacious studio to engage in a series of health-boosting poses that improve strength, flexibility, and overall calmness of the mind. With lessons guided by a staff of trained instructors, students of all experience and fitness levels will find a paved path to fitness within Verve’s hallowed halls. Yoga classes are currently offered four days a week. Consult the schedule to find yoga class times that work within hectic schedules full of work, family, and daily cyborg battles.
Personal trainer Ariana Chernin and choreographer and fitness instructor Jillian Lorenz, designed their signature Barre Bee Fit workouts for women's bodies. At their chain of boutique studios, instructors teach the fitness system's unique cocktail of ballet barre work and calorie-torching choreography, which can incorporate free weights and kettlebells. To keep routines engaging, the team introduces new props and moves weekly, and sets each workout to a motivational soundtrack.
Dominique Ponko sits at the head of the class, leading yogis through muscle-lengthening postures with the steady flow of her deep, rhythmic inhales and exhales. It’s been a long journey for Dominique. She first sought out yoga at the age of 26 to help her cope with life-threatening seizures and a slow-growing brain tumor. Yoga comforted her through three difficult years, welcoming her into a space for healing spiritually before she was able to find the proper medicine to help her heal physically. Though still a little shaky, Dominique has triumphed and opened four yoga studios—voted Best of the ‘Burgh in 2010—to inspire her students to ease their ailments, build strength, and find inner peace.
During her studio's heated Vinyasa-flow classes, an enthusiastic and supportive instructor guides students through a series of strengthening postures that work to increase flexibility and build muscles. Warm, balmy air courses through the studio, pricking beads of sweat on brows to help detox bodies and loosen stiff muscles into deep, soothing stretches.