​Yoga Classes 

What is Yoga?

Using a combination of postures (asanas), breathing exercises, relaxation, and meditative techniques, yoga promotes overall health and well-being in a number of ways:

  • Strength Yoga helps to tone and strengthen every part of the body.
  • Flexibility A natural ease is established through correct stretching.
  • Agility Yoga improves coordination and balance.
  • Posture Balance, tone, and flexibility create an upright and effortless posture.
  • Energy Improved circulation and deep relaxation improve sense of well-being.
  • Heart Yoga helps with the regulation of blood pressure and improves cardiovascular health.
  • Mental Health Deep relaxation reduces stress and increases concentration.

People of all ages and physical abilities can practice yoga. If you have any questions or physical conditions that you believe might prevent you from doing yoga, check with your physician or the yoga instructor at the center before taking your first class.

Classes Offered:

Mondays

Mindful Yoga: 2-3:15pm

All experience levels welcome. Class is gentle but not without its challenges. Emphasis is on safe alignment and mindful awareness, cultivating an accepting, experimental attitude to what is arising in the present moment.

This is a good class for students new to yoga or anyone interested in mindfulness meditation.

Postures taught:

  • Supine
  • Prone
  • Kneeling
  • Seated
  • Standing
  • Balance

Classes begin and end with brief mindfulness meditation instruction. Modifications for all postures are gladly offered. Feel free to come early to speak with Deanna about specific issues and how we might work with them.

Teacher: Deanna Burkett, MA, MS, RYT, burkettdl@upmc.edu

Kripalu Yoga: 5:30-6:45pm

Postures taught:

  • Standing
  • Seated
  • Supine
  • Prone
  • Balance

Postures are taught with emphasis on alignment and usage of yoga props (blocks, straps, bolsters, the wall) to facilitate a safe, thorough experience of the postures.

Emphasis on mindful awareness is maintained throughout the class and instruction follows the Kripalu system of "Breathe, Feel, Observe, and Allow."

Posture modifications gladly offered. Class begins and ends with brief meditation.

Teacher: Deanna Burkett, MA, MS, RYT, burkettdl@upmc.edu

Cost: 50$ for 4 sessions or 15$ to drop in; Bundled classed do not carry forward to the next month. In months with 5 Mondays, class does not meet on 5th Monday.

Wednesdays

YOGA: Level 2

Session #1

Raja Yoga

  • Yamas & Niyamas (guiding principles of yoga)
  • Asanas (postures)
  • Pranayama (breathing Exercises)
  • Dharana (Concentration /Focus exercises)

Fees - Yoga 1 and Yoga 2

  • 4 classes is $50, if paid in full.
  • “Drop-In” fee – 1 class is $15
  • “Drop-In” fee applies for classes paid for less than full session.
  • Small class size - 6 person maximum so that attention can be given to everyone.

Note: In an effort to keep the Yoga classes affordable, we cannot give refunds for missed classes or carry missed classes to the next session.

Instructor: Alicja W. Walczak, MS, CRS

Private Individual Instruction

Alicja W. Walczak, MS, CRS offers private, individual instruction by appointment only.

  • The cost for one person, 1 hour class is $50, or purchase a package of four, 1 hour classes for $175.
  • The cost for two persons, 1 hour class is $27 each, or a package of four, 1 hour classes for $95 each
  • There are no refunds if one person misses a class

Call the Center for Integrative Medicine at 412-623-3023 with your name, e-mail address, and telephone number if you are interested in attending a YOGA class.

​Contact Us

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Pittsburgh, PA 15232

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