The first master yogis bent themselves like twist-ties around their enemies, smothering them with relaxing vibes. Now that all of your human and animal enemies are dead or in exile, today's Groupon offers a chance to defeat work-related stress: for $39, you get two months of unlimited yoga at Bikram Yoga Pittsburgh (a $300 value).
Bikram yoga consists of 26 poses and several breathing exercises that center, strengthen, and lengthen every muscle with the muscle-melting powers of a 100-plus-degree room. It's designed to cater to all skill levels, allowing practitioners to choose the rigorousity of each workout. Sweat out toxins and enjoy mind-expanding stretches while breathing deeply; afterward, you'll leave focused, with a cleansed, centered, and worry-free glow that comes with burning around 680 calories. Bikram Yoga Pittsburgh offers its intense 90-minute classes several times every day of the week, and yogurts and yoghees of all skill levels are welcome to attend each and every one.
As one of the only officially certified Bikram yoga studios in Western Pennsylvania, Bikram is luxuriously equipped for sweating and stretching to relaxation and rejuvenation. The studio's ludicrously and competitively flexamiable instructors will help you hold that downward-dog or cobra pose until you're supremely prepared to fight public menace Spider-Man. Class-goers should bring a yoga mat and towel (rentals from the studio are also available), as well as water and a change of clothes; Bikram requires some planning, so be sure to read the FAQ to make sure you've got all the basics.
Yoga Factory Pittsburgh
Though he has studied, practiced, and taught yoga in such far-flung locales as Mexico and Southeast Asia, Zeb Homison counts his childhood living room in western Pennsylvania as the site of his fondest yoga memory. That's where, as a tottering pre-kindergartener, he worked through poses alongside his mother. After studying dance and theater, Homison—now the owner of Yoga Factory Pittsburgh— moved to San Francisco, where he rekindled his relationship with yoga while working at a hot yoga studio.
"When studying yoga, you have to be patient with yourself," says Homison, echoing the philosophy that his staff repeats to encourage students to take their time learning the practice. Together, the team works with patrons, inspiring them through bouts of frustration. "Yoga can be a lifelong process," Homison says, "and you just have to be open to it."