Sunday, a dreary February day. Cold. Bad roads. It's been snowing in Pittsburgh all day… a perfect day to spend at home, isn't it?
Not for Pittsburgh yoga fans. In the heart of Pittsburgh, inside the Pittsburgh Opera building, positive energy was flowing all day.
Stretch. Take a breathe. Relax. Do a camel pose…
Welcome to the Pittsburgh Yoga Expo 2014, a place where people you meet will defy real-time all your preconceptions about what a human body can do.
Pittsburgh Yoga Expo is an annual event, this year marked its third-year anniversary. It was founded here by Rebecca Rankin, a certified Bikram Yoga teacher and co-owner of Bikram Yoga Squirrel Hill. Rebecca came to Pittsburgh four years ago, before that she lived in San Francisco and travelled throughout Europe sharing her passion for yoga.
She says that interest in yoga in Pittsburgh is definitely growing, this year there have been more than 300 people pre-registered to be part of Yoga Expo. Tickets cost you $15 in advance or you could pay $25 at the door and get in.
It does not matter whether you are a pro or just a beginner. Everyone was welcome. There were instructors willing to answer questions and sign you up for yoga classes in Pittsburgh and Dormont, healing specialists ready to give advice and nine consecutive workshops, where yoga enthusiasts could practice Chakra Yoga, Forrest Yoga, and Bikram Yoga, learn arm balancing and a grasshopper pose.
If you were sick of Pittsburgh's long winter and wanted to warm up your body and challenge it with complicated stretching exercises along with dozens of Pittsburgh yogis, it would be a place for you. For an event where physical challenge matches the promise for spiritual growth, Pittsburgh Yoga Expo was a success, just take a look at the stream of tweets from the participants. And be on the lookout for an article in the Post-Gazette by Lauren Lindstrom.
Six straight hours of yoga was actually way more awesome than it sounds. Hopefully my body doesn't hate me tomorrow! #PittsburghYogaExpo— Erica (@ericatweete) February 9, 2014
Embracing Shakti Energy at the Pittsburgh Yoga Expo w/ Jenn!— BYS Yoga (@BYSYoga) February 9, 2014