The Studio at ASCEND

The Studio at ASCEND offers a full schedule of varied yoga classes and workshops led by experienced and dedicated teachers. All classes will help students develop, maintain, and progress their yoga and meditation practice, while focusing on proper alignment and form.

Class Descriptions

Our 60-minute classes vary by style and experience levels. Similar to the V Grading Scale for bouldering, our "Y Grading Scale" indicates recommended experience levels for yoga. For example, Y1 is great for beginners, while Y2 is suited for the intermediate yogi, and Y3 will challenge our most advanced practitioners. Here’s a bit more on each class type.

Yoga for Climbers

Yoga for Climbers is geared towards stretching, lengthening, and strengthening muscles commonly used and abused in climbing. This 60-minute class is currently available in levels Y1-Y2.

Vinyasa Flow

Vinyasa Flow connects breath work to movement to build strength, endurance, and flexibility. Advanced classes will delve into arm balances and inversions. This 60-minute class is currently available in levels Y1-Y3.

Alignment Based Yoga

Alignment Based Yoga will refine poses through static holds and the use of props. This 60-minute class is currently available in levels Y1-Y2.

Acro Yoga

Acro Yoga combines yoga and acrobatics into a partner-based practice. This 60-minute class is currently available in levels Y1-Y3.

Core and Legs

Core and Legs focuses on building up and burning out our core and leg muscles in an intense and athletic yoga practice. This 60-minute class is currently available in level Y2.

Mobility and Self Care

Mobility and Self Care combines mobility exercises, corrective movements, and self-myofascial release massage with breath work and yoga poses. This 60-minute class is currently available in levels Y1-Y2.

Climbing Recovery

Climbing recovery incorporates restorative and yin yoga poses and the use of props to help release muscle strain and encourage total relaxation. This 60-minute class is currently available in level Y1.

Hatha Flow

Hatha flow provides a breath-focused practice, incorporating pranayama and meditation. This 60-minute class is currently available in levels Y1-Y2.

Embodied Yoga for Athletes

Embodied Yoga for Athletes will explore all concepts of ascension (physically, mentally, and energetically) in a somatic way, building strength for body and mind function optimally. This 60-minute class is currently available in level Y2.

Yoga Pricing

A Day Pass includes unlimited climbing, use of our fitness equipment, and one yoga class, which is obviously pretty awesome. If you're a Basic Member, drop in for $6. Better yet, go get yourself a Premium Membership for unlimited climbing, yoga, and fitness classes, along with some pretty awesome perks.

No need to sign up to register - the studio operates on a first come first serve basis, so get in early and feel great later. Mats and props are available for borrowing, and also for purchase in our retail shop. You must be 14 or older to participate in regularly scheduled yoga classes.

Meet Your Instructors
Alyssa Kuzins

Alyssa (RYT 200) discovered yoga in college, but did not practice it seriously until the summer immediately following graduation. Her first yoga class was at an Iyengar studio where she learned the importance of alignment before she ventured into heated Vinyasa for a more vigorous practice and fell in love. She has taken workshops with international yogis and most recently trained at the renowned Asheville Yoga Center learning Kundalini Yoga. In Alyssa's Flow classes, we connect breath to movement and activate the whole body as we move energy around us. She believes that powerful inner and outer strength is best built with creative, mindful body movements that include holding + flowing the postures, with the breath acting as a major tool to keep you safe, present, and connected. You can check out Alyssa’s IG @sunflowergirlie

Bryann Morgan

Acro yoga first caught Bryann’s eye in 2015 after being the perfect marriage of her cheerleading and yoga background. In the last year she’s performed, traveled, and studied with the Pittsburgh acro community and is now excited to share this passion with the ASCEND community. She believes that with acro-yoga you should tap into your inner child and just "play!” You can check out Bryann’s IG @bryannmorgan

Cara Bessko

Cara has been teaching consistently for thirteen years, studying inside various schools with many mentors. Her foundation comes from a heavy focus on anatomy, somatics, and trauma informed work. Working with professional athletes has given her an even deeper appreciation of what the human body is capable of, especially when combining mental balance along with the physical. Cara allows the practice to meet you where you are. All are welcome, all ways and always. You can check out Kayrna’s IG

Chelsea Comiskey

Chelsea, RYT, completed her 200-hour training with Schoolhouse Yoga. Her classes capture the challenges of refining foundational poses and finding intention through stillness. Her instruction guides students towards a better understanding of anatomy to safely build upon individual strength and range of motion. She incorporates alignment, breath-work and meditation. She believes that every student can benefit from a mindful practice. You can check out Chelsea’s IG @chelsealynyoga

Clayton Weakley

Clayton is a lifelong student of the body and the mind, and encourages others to be students of their own bodies as well. After working a desk job for years, he realized how sitting all day can destroy the lower back, hips, and neck. Over the last 10 years, he has passionately devoted himself to learning how to heal his low back pain and sciatica through yoga and mindfulness. Most recently, Clayton has incorporated Functional Range Conditioning (FRC), Yoga Tune Up (R) and self-myofascial release to help facilitate the healing process, and increase mobility and useable range of motion. Clayton went to Pitt for his Master's in Exercise Physiology. For more of his personal yoga and climbing practice, check out his IG @zen.punk

Darcy Lyle

Darcy teaches yoga, acroyoga, and slacklining here in Pittsburgh and across the country. Her teaching is inspired by the endless possibilities of breath, meditation and movement. She believes in playing in the space between what you can and cannot do as often as possible, so that our malleable bodies and minds continue to adapt to greater feats. You can check out Darcy's IG @yogadarcy

Joanna Studeny

First led to yoga through her college meditation studies, almost two decades later Joanna still finds yoga to be the best way to understand ones true self. While Joanna's classes can be physically challenging, she urges the use of breathe as a guide to finding softness within our poses and our thoughts. A climber and fitness enthusiast herself, she also brings to her classes the knowledge she gained teaching yoga in Colorado where she worked primarily with athletes, helping them relax overused muscles as well as competitive motivations. She completed her 200 hour training through Core Power Yoga in 2009, the same year she graduated from law school. Joanna is forever grateful for her journey from office life to full-time yoga life and managing the yoga program at ASCEND. You can check out Joanna's IG @jogayoga

Julie Young

Julie first stepped on to a yoga mat in 2008. What kept bringing her back was the reality that, sometimes, a class could leave her feeling like it was the only time she took a breath that day. Yoga gifted her self-acceptance and serves as a first line of defense against anxiety, stress & depression. In 2014, she traveled to Rishikesh in India to receive her 200-hour teacher certification. Prepare to work towards connecting your breath with your movement (it isn’t called a practice for nothing) while refining your alignment. Learn to feel comfortable in the face of vulnerability and accept what and where your practice is on the day you come to class. You can check out Julie’s IG @yinz_and_yang

Kara Kernan

Kara has been a yoga student for over 10 years and completed her teacher training through Schoolhouse Yoga in 2015. The core philosophy of Kara’s classes is that everyone is capable to feel strong and empowered in their own bodies. Her classes focus on dynamic movements, breath work, and proper alignment in order to guide students down a path of self-discovery. Kara creates a supportive environment for students through clear, creative, compassionate, and enthusiastic guidance. You can check out Kara’s IG @kara_k_pgh

Karyna Kerin

Karyna has been practicing yoga for several years and completed her 200 RYT focused in Baptiste Power Yoga in 2015. One of her strengths as an instructor is that she can keep a session fun while also kicking your butt and making you sweat. You can usually find a moderate paced class with music and playful flows that will challenge you both physically and mentally. In addition to teaching yoga, Karyna teaches indoor cycling and loves snowboarding and traveling. You can check out more about Kayrna’s practice on her IG or by vising HERE.

Marguerite White

After growing up with a Buddhist father and yogini mother, Marguerite found her own practice in college, and completed her 200 Hour training in 2011 through Corepower Yoga in Boulder, Colorado. While her teaching remains rooted in power vinyasa flow, Marguerite has since studied and taught yin, restorative, gentle, and children’s yoga, all of which have influenced her growth as a teacher and student. Marguerite approaches every class with the intention to balance breath, strength, mindful focus, and a sense of play through safe and creative sequencing, leading students through what one has described as a “fresh, funky flow” day after day.

Nick Koroly

Nick is an avid climber and has been doing acro-yoga in the Pittsburgh area since 2015. Since then, he has traveled practicing with acro groups and communities across the United States. Nick believes that acro-yoga and climbing can go hand-in-hand with building trust and communication with partners.

Raelynn Gigler

Raelynn completed her 200 hour yoga certification with Schoolhouse Yoga this past October. During her final year at Pitt she took climbing and yoga classes and recognized how well the two worked together. Yoga has been such a positive life changing experience for her, she hopes she can bring that joy and knowledge to others.

Sarah Hall

Since discovering yoga in 2009, Sarah has been on a path of curious exploration and intriguing discoveries and loves sharing the journey with her students. While instantly drawn to the therapeutic alignment of Iyengar yoga, she pulls inspiration for her classes from various styles weaving breath work, meditation, humor, and space into the physical practice. She received her 200-hour training at Schoolhouse Yoga and completed a specialized prenatal training with Amala School of Prenatal Yoga in Chicago. Sarah believes students shouldn’t have to fit the yoga, yoga should fit the student, and thus her goal for each class is to create space for students to cultivate and realize their own strengths and intentions, and to feel more united with the wisest parts of themselves.

Tata Beretsky

Tara began yoga to ease chronic pain and very quickly found that meditation and movement are truly the cure for what ails ya. Tara's classes focus on mindful breath and alignment with a healthy mix of both standing and seated postures. Leave your troubles at the door and come into the breath. You can check out Tara’s IG @thelippiehippie