By: Renee Fisher
This month I went to Amazing Yoga in Shadyside and checked out their 75-minute basics class.
I took a semester of yoga in college for my physical education credits a few years ago, so I thought that basics would be a piece of cake. Well, Amazing Yoga kicked my butt; I definitely got my money's worth ($15 for the one class) because I'm still feeling sore a few days later.
Amazing Yoga is a hot yoga studio, with the thermostat cranked up to 92 degrees, and just a few minutes into the session, I was soaked in sweat. My advice to any new hot yogis (that I wish I had known in retrospect) are to bring a towel with you so you don't try to dab off your face sweat on your soaked shirt, and if you have long hair to opt for a bun instead of a ponytail (hair sticking to your sweaty neck is no fun).
The class started with a series of basic sun salutations, and I started to wonder if I was going to be able to handle 75 minutes of forcing my out-of-shape body through a downward dog and chaturanga over and over again. The beginning of the class was the hardest for me, though, and when the class was dismissed, I couldn't believe over an hour had passed. After the sun salutations, the instructor took us through a few different balancing poses before we moved to some floor work including bridges and even crunches. Once the class was over, I felt exhausted and energized at the same time.
As well as Shadyside, Amazing Yoga has locations in Lawrenceville, Wexford, and South Side. You can purchase one class at a time, like I did, or buy a package of anywhere from 5 to 30 classes. They also sell a month's worth of unlimited classes if you want to do yoga all day every day.
I would definitely recommend Amazing Yoga to anyone who is trying to get back into the swing of a fitness routine. The Sunday morning class set the tone for my whole week and I feel inspired to keep making healthy choices.
Amazing Yoga • 730 Copeland Street • Pittsburgh, PA 15232 • (412)681-1092 • amazingyoga.net
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