Schedule

  

ASCEND yoga classes operate on a first come first serve basis, so be sure to register by booking online using the calendar below (or by downloading the RGPro Connect app), calling in, or stopping by the front desk. Remember, please always check in at the front desk before heading up to class. A day pass at ASCEND includes unlimited climbing, use of our fitness equipment, and one class - yoga or fitness - which is obviously pretty awesome. If you're a member, register for any fitness or yoga class for free! For day pass and membership rates, check out our Visiting ASCEND page. To stay inspired, follow us on Instagram and watch the video below!

Interested in more that just yoga programming? View the ALL ASCEND Events and Classes Calendar.

Classes

All of our 60-minute classes will help students develop, maintain, and progress their yoga and meditation practice, while focusing on proper alignment and form. By specializing in a wide range of styles ASCEND Yoga is truly for everyone. If you are new to practicing with a particular teacher, please allow yourself a few extra minutes before class begins to discuss with them your level of experience and any physical issues you may have. Mats and props are available for borrowing and also for purchase in our retail shop. Note: You must be 14 or older to participate in regularly scheduled yoga classes.

Please register for classes using the calendar above and remember to always check in at the front desk before heading up to class, even if you're already registered. Thank you!

Flow

Vinyasa flow connecting breath to movement, often including sun salutations and warrior sequences, and sometimes including arm balances and inversions.

Restore

Gentle, long stretches using restorative techniques and props to soften into poses and fully relax.

Yinyasa

Slow and gentle flow incorporating restorative techniques and the use of props.

Acro

Acro combines yoga and acrobatics into a partner-based practice. No partner needed. Varying levels available.

Kinstretch ® Functional Mobility

A movement enhance system that develops maximum body control, flexibility, and usable ranges of motion.

Big Free Yoga

Each month, ASCEND hosts a large-scale, community yoga class in the main climbing area called Big Free Yoga (BFY). The energy is truly inspiring and there's no better way to start your weekend! BFY is also a great way to give ASCEND's yoga teachers the spotlight and provide you with unique experiences. Basically, BFY is awesome and you should come. Here's what you need to know:

WHAT: A BIG FREE YOGA class! Bring a mat and a friend! Each BFY event will have a featured teacher and a unique theme. To save time, please be sure you sign your waiver online before you arrive (you only have to do this your first visit): https://www.ascendpgh.com/waiver
WHERE: ASCEND’s Bouldering Area
WHEN: 8:30a - 9:30a | Doors open at 8a | Doors will lock promptly at 8:30a
BONUS: Stay & Climb for only $10. Rental shoes and chalk are on the house if it's your first visit, otherwise it's just $4 for shoes and $1 for chalk!

UPCOMING BFY DATES + REGISTER TO SAVE TIME

Join the BFY Facebook Event to stay in the loop!

Yoga Workshops

Sometimes you need to take time outside of a class to hone in on the nuances of your practice. Taught by experts, ASCEND Yoga Workshops examine specific topics, poses, and forms in incredible detail and cater to aspiring and accomlished yogis. 

UPCOMING YOGA WORKSHOPS:

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PREVIOUS YOGA WORKSHOPS: Hulahoop Workshop, Release and Connect with Yin Yoga, Backbends at ASCEND, Inversion Foundations, Therapeutic Acro and Thai Massage, Shiatsu Workshop, Handstands for Everyone!, Reflect, Restore, and Re[new year], Personalize Your Practice, Nutrition and Yoga Program, Super Stretch, Functional Mobility and Expressive Dance, Acro Yoga 101, Accessing Functional Strength, Deep Stretch, Icarian Adventures, Core Strength, Envision Your Future, Standing Acro Workshop, Make Shapes Engange Asanas, Partner Yoga + Thai Massage, Sun Salutations, Acro Yoga Fundamentals and Calibrations

Instructors
Cassie Stevens
Cassie Stevens

Cassie began her yoga journey in 2011. Yoga became a weekly ritual of self care and a way to find metal clarity and more physical strength. After developing a consistent practice she realized a deep love to share yoga with the community around her. In 2014 she completed her 200hr teacher training through South Hills Power Yoga. With a strong curiosity and belief in life-long learning she continues to enroll in a variety trainings and workshops. Cassie finds her greatest inspiration from Elena Brower, Erica Jago, and Mari Sierra.

She believes yoga should be made accessible for everyone. Inspired by her mentors she helped organize a free yoga program at her local Carnegie Library as well as taught “pay what you can” classes in the community. Cassie has recently collaborated alongside Frequency-528 creating a weekly pay what you can Silent Disco style yoga experience. Her classes often incorporate an inspired playlist and creative sequencing. A strong believer in the transformative power of breath and mindful movement. She seeks to uplift others through daily meditation and practice of yoga.

Clayton Weakley
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) and Kinstretch to help facilitate the healing process, and increase mobility and useable ranges of motion. Clayton went to Pitt for his Master's in Exercise Physiology. For more of his personal mobility and climbing practice, check out his IG @clayton.moves or learn more on his website at www.claytonmoves.com.

Gemma DiRenna
Gemma DiRenna

Gemma DiRenna, RYT-200, believes that the practice of yoga is for every body of every age, shape, and ability. Gemma came to the mat in 2006 for a college Hatha course and has since been growing her practice in Hatha, Vinyasa, and restorative formats both at home and under the training of many wonderful teachers in the US and India. A past dance fitness and Spin instructor, Gemma teaches classes that are challenging, balanced and alignment-oriented, and are appropriate for most levels. As a teacher and guide Gemma wishes to nurture and humbly encourage students as they come to their own individual understanding of what joy, peace, and health the path of yoga can provide for them. Follow her around on IG @ohyobo

Hillary Marcott
Hillary Marcott

Hillary has practiced and studied various forms of yoga finding most resonance with Vinyasa Flow. Hillary studied Power Flow with Baron Baptiste in Hawaii, studied a traditional form of yoga with the Himalayan International Yoga Academy in Nepal and completed her certification in the YogaWorks method in Bali. Hillary is passionate about sharing the practices of yoga and helping students find their breath as well as calmness of mind. For Hillary, alignment is of the utmost importance in her personal practice and her teaching to ensure that the physical practice of yoga aids the body in building strength as well as flexibility. Hillary loves to travel, spend time with family and is an animal lover who dedicates her time volunteering at Humane Animal Rescue in East End.

Jamie Hartman
Jamie Hartman

Growing up in Pittsburgh, Jamie was a child in perpetual motion! Soccer, tennis, track, and boxing kept her active and fostered in a deep connection to exercise. She was introduced to yoga when her mom had her tag along to classes, but it wasn’t until a little later that she realized she truly needed the mindfulness and self kindness it added to her life. When Jamie was 20, she went to yoga teacher training in Montezuma, Costa Rica with the Warrior One School of Yoga, and became a certified RTY-200 Vinyasa yoga instructor. She's gone on to train in Yin and Restorative styles of yoga, and is currently working toward her 500-hour teaching certification. In her class, expect thoughtful, creative sequencing, an emphasis on mindfulness and presence, and a great playlist. When Jamie's not teaching, you can find her living in the Strip District with her husband, Cody, and her dog, Sundance. "When I was in third grade, my guidance counselor told my parents I should never have a job at a desk. Thankfully, they encouraged me to explore a career that suited my energy and passions! I feel so grateful to have the opportunity to stay in motion, do what I love, and be a part of the ASCEND community. I’m looking forward to seeing you in class!"

Kalie Williams
Kalie Williams

Kalie started an on again off again relationship with yoga in college as a way to get more active and reduce stress but it wasn’t until after graduation when she moved away from Pittsburgh where she found that wherever she was on her mat, she was home. She went on to complete her 200-hour training with One Point One Yoga in the Spring of 2019 and in her classes aims to offer a sense of community and ease, offering the mind a time away from a world that can so often be demanding and ever-changing. While not on her mat, you can catch Kalie traveling (for work and play), watering her flowers outside of her row-home in the South Side or trying new local foods. Catch her around the studio, typically offering a restorative class or one with ease, and on Instagram as @kaliebee.

Kelly Paola
Kelly Paola

Kelly's yoga practice and teaching style is one of of focusing inward, breathing with intention, and tuning in to cultivate a sense of peace and gratitude towards the body. When she came to her mat for the first time, she developed tools to cope with both the external stressors of life and the inner workings of the mind, which led her to stay. Today, these tools are the foundation of her practice. Kelly feels passionate about sharing the release and stillness of mind she's found within the four corners of a yoga mat. In August 2018, she completed her 200 hour RYT certification at One Point One Yoga in Garfield. Her mission as an instructor is to help others build a yoga practice that is much deeper than the physical, encouraging students to focus inwards to find release and calm strength amidst movement. You can find her on IG @kk_paola

Kristen Boyer
Kristen Boyer

Kristen completed her 200-hour training in 2016 at Thank Yoga Studio in Columbus, Ohio. Curiosity is the driver of her own practice and she uses the same objective with her students. She does not teach according to any one lineage, instead offering choices and ways to relate and integrate. She uses music as a method to stimulate the brain to release euphoric thoughts and creative movement, allowing yoga to be a dance of fluid motion. We will work together to discover our breath and notice our bodies and how they operate, becoming familiar with ourselves so we can learn more about who we are and what we need. The flow is creative and instinctive, so it’s always changing, as we are. You can check her out at IG @kris10_boyer

Lauren Verzilli
Lauren Verzilli

Lauren continually surrenders to a life that is filled with unconditional love, fun, laughter, family, friends, knowledge, grace, the teachings and the practice of yoga, time well spent, meaningful connections/relationships, vitality and endless opportunity. Lauren’s first yoga experience in 2008 was uncomfortable, foreign, but also pleasantly indescribable. It has been said you’ve got to lose your mind to find your heart so she returned back to her mat in 2009 when she knew she needed something. She began meditating. Meditation inspired breath work, breath work inspired the physical practice. The physical practice inspired love; love inspired the desire to share. Lauren began teaching in 2011, she completed her 200-RYT through Studio Oxygen in Canfield, OH. Although she was trained Baptiste Power, she integrates her interest of psychology, psychophysiology, Buddhism, self-discovery and life’s questions and offerings into her classes. You can expect a challenging, awareness-provoking, powerfully peaceful experience. Lauren also holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Anthropology from Youngstown State University. You can check out Lauren’s IG @lauren_verzilli

Lee Rihtarchik
Lee Rihtarchik

Lee became a student of yoga nearly a decade ago when a college friend first introduced him to the warrior series. He was immediately drawn in by the power of the poses and the mental agility that a yoga practice cultivates, and he quickly began a formal practice. Lee became a teacher in 2015 to share his passion, and he has been teaching in and around the Burgh ever since. In class, Lee embraces a focus on breath and creates an energetic atmosphere in which you can safely challenge yourself both physically and mentally. Expect good music and a good workout, as his ultimate goal is to help each student discover the strength within themselves in a welcoming environment. You can check out Lee’s IG @omie_lee

Rachael Hart
Rachael Hart

Rachael first found her way into a yoga studio as a way to unwind after stressful days as a school teacher. Rachael’s journey into yoga began with Sculpt, a cross between a yoga and workout class. She completed a training to teach the Sculpt format, and with time came to have a greater interest in the yoga aspect of the class. Rachael then completed her 200-hour Teacher Training to better understand the power of the practice. What keeps her coming back to her mat time and time again is the mental component- not only does yoga challenge and work the body but also the mind. Rachael emphasizes breathe in her class, one of the best tools you have to stay present and deepen your practice. Rachael teaches a vinyasa style class and works to incorporate a variety of poses and transitions into her flows. Rachael is happy to help new yogis with foundational postures, and also enjoys designing sequences that enable students to find growth and noticeable progress. Through her class she hopes others will find a sense of community and grounding among many other benefits a yoga practice can offer.

Rachel Dobos
Rachel Dobos

Rachel was welcomed into the loving acro community in 2015. She was drawn in by the thrill of partner work and the excitement of being upside down. In 2017, she became a founding member of Steel City Slackers, a local resource for all things slacklining. Later that year, she joined the Acro Revolution family. You can catch Rachel hanging on a slackline around town, or see her do handstands on friends at her IG @rach.dobos

Sarah Hall
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.

Tani Klein
Tani Klein

Tani found yoga in 2012 while attending college. She practiced mainly for the physical benefits but soon realized it was so much more than just the postures. Yoga became her therapy and sanctuary. After practicing for several years she received her level one – 200 hour teacher training. She loves all styles of yoga and has devoted time towards the practice of ashtanga yoga. Her personal credence as a yoga teacher is to provide a safe and fun atmosphere for people to explore breath and movement. It is her desire to help students find their inner strength and grace on their mats so that they can develop these attributes into their daily lives.

Vahid Vahdat
Vahid Vahdat

Vahid is an engineer by day. By night, he performs partner acrobatics. His practice began as a hobby in 2013. When he realized he was truly in love with acro, he joined the performance groups ThaCrowBats and Pittsburgh Circus Arts Collaborative. Now, Vahid performs regularly at various events and venues around Pittsburgh, including the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh. Vahid loves acrobatics because it brings strength, flexibility, and focus to the mind and body. More importantly, it teaches you to empathize with, understand, and appreciate your acrobatic partner, both physically and emotionally.