Embody Hot Yoga

Em·body: verb, to give a body to a spirit, to bring together into an organized whole.
    “em-” “put in or into, bring to a certain state”
    “body” “the material part or nature of a human being

At Embody Hot Yoga 
W
e believe that yoga is for everyone and we strive to make it feel that way when you walk through our doors. Embody provides a place where you can transition from your busy life to a space where you can experience your present moment.

Our Mission
Is to provide a space where you can learn to embrace yourself, no matter how you are feeling, and to leave class feeling better than when you first came in.  The practice of yoga is our passion at Embody Hot Yoga and we hope that our enthusiasm helps to instill our student’s with excitement for their own practice.

Schedule

PLEASE READ! Please be sure to view our cancellation policy before purchasing your package! You must cancel your class at least 2 hours before the class time starts. Failure to show up for a class you reserved is considered a late cancellation. Late cancellations will result in either the session being lost or a $5 fee to your credit card on file. 

OFFERINGS

Group Yoga Events

Embody offers group events led by one of our instructors! This can be on-site, or we can travel to you! These are great for corporate team-building, as well as parties, such as birthday, bachelorette, and holiday/themed parties to name just a few.

Prices vary depending on size of the group, location, and desired intention for the class. A rental fee may be assessed if you’d like to utilize the studio space past the class time.  Interested in arranging a group event and want to find out more? Contact us or visit us in person at a weekly class. 

Massage / Reiki

Embody Hot Yoga has partnered with various massage and reiki practitioners in the community, and is proud to offer a space at our studio where our clients can experience the healing effects of these practices. Interested in an on-site massage or reiki session? Contact us with any questions regarding prices and practitioners.

We are always interested in practitioners that would like to sublet our private room for massage or reiki! If this is something you’re interested in, and you want to find out more about how you can rent our space, contact us!

Studio Rental

Are you a small business owner that at times needs a space to host events, parties, or workshops? Consider renting out our studio space! Our studio is conveniently located on the main street of Bridgeville less than a mile away from the highway, and twenty minutes away from downtown Pittsburgh. 

Vinyasa Yoga

Embody Hot Yoga offers vinyasa style group classes throughout the week. Vinyasa is a popular type of yoga that incorporates regulated breath with movement between poses.

While the basic structure of our classes will be similar to one another, there is a great deal of variation between classes and instructors, so you’ll always have something different to look forward to each class.

As our name implies, Embody Hot Yoga’s classes take place in a heated room that is set to 85-95℉, unless otherwise specified. Note that the actual temperature of the room will greatly depend on the outside weather.

We offer essential oil scented cold compresses at the end of class that can be placed on your forehead during savasana

NOT INTO HEAT OR VINYASA?

Embody offers various pop-up classes, such as Yin yoga or True Restorative yoga, on a bi-weekly basis. These classes are warm, not hot, and will tend to hold yoga postures for longer periods of time, often with the support of props. Regular class passes can be used towards these pop-ups, unless otherwise specified. 

FIRST TIME FOR HOT YOGA?

Keep scrolling to our FAQ section to  find out what to bring, where to park, and what to expect for your hot yoga experience. 

PRICING

You can sign up for a yoga class or buy one of our yoga packages here –  We have many benefits that include:

  • Flexible scheduling
  • Choice of instructors
  • Private session

You can register for as many yoga classes as you would like or buy a longer-term package.

In order to register for a specific Embody Hot Yoga class, you’ll need to complete a registration form and become a member.

EVENTS

About Us

Niki Erdner (Owner and Co-founder)

Niki found yoga as a movement modality in 2010. She practiced on and off again until 2013, when her practice deepened, and it became much more than just a work-out and transitioned into a way of life. Niki traveled to India for the month of September of 2019 to pursue her 200 hour teacher training at the Rishikesh Vinyasa Yoga School. She returned home and immediately became a practicing instructor. Niki is both a dedicated student and teacher, and continues to educate herself in all things related to yoga. She recently finished her 300 hour teacher training with Authentic Movements, which placed an emphasis on arm balances and inversions.

Niki’s regularly scheduled classes are Sundays at 10, and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:00 am.

Lindsay Namuth (Owner and Co-founder)

Lindsay originally began practicing yoga to help ease her anxiety. Once getting deeper into her practice, she realized that yoga was a lifestyle she was drawn to, that naturally alleviated the anxiety she was once facing. Lindsay traveled to Costa Rica to pursue her 200 hour teacher training at Nexus Institute of Yoga & Wellness. Upon returning home, Lindsay immediately began teaching and continued to learn other styles of yoga, while traveling. Lindsay is a lifelong student of yoga, and hopes to pursue her 300 hour training in India in the near future.

Lindsay’s regularly scheduled classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:00 pm, Saturdays at 9:00 am.

Jen S. (Instructor)

Jen is a classically trained yoga teacher whose personal mission is to bring meaningful yoga to as many people as possible. She has completed trainings in Transcend Aerial Yoga, Principle-Based Partner Yoga®, Yin Yoga, and LoveYourBrain® (yoga for TBI survivors.) Her educational background includes a B.S. from Kent State and a Master’s from CMU.

Jen has studied and practiced yoga for over 20 years. She is grateful to her yogic influences – Sandra Anderson, Dharma Mittra, David Swenson, Seane Corn, Sarah Powers, and Judith Hanson Lasater – for their wisdom and guidance. She has taught yoga and other mind/body topics at many local studios, corporate offices, gyms, parks, YMCAs, and university settings all over the greater Pittsburgh area. She loves to take bring yoga to unusual places.  

Jen is also the co-founder of NamastHay Goat Yoga of Pittsburgh©, the area’s first and biggest goat yoga enterprise. When she’s not practicing or teaching, Jen enjoys distance cycling, hiking, paddleboarding and supporting local humane causes.

Catch Jen on the mat on Mondays at 6:00 pm.

Sam L. (Instructor)

Sam has been practicing and teaching yoga for over 10 years. Understanding the symbiotic relationship between the mind and body drove her to begin her path as a Coach and Teacher. She currently runs her independent business, Samantha Ellen  Wellness, as a private Personal Trainer, Yoga Teacher, Nutrition Coach, and Group Exercise Instructor. She is registered with Yoga Alliance and teaches individual/group yoga and fitness classes around the Greater Pittsburgh area. Sam strives to create an environment that is empowering, safe, and limitless. She believes the body benefits from movement, the mind benefits from stillness and works to create a balance between the two. Sam’s goal is to motivate her students to invest in themselves by encouraging them to experience everything from the 8 limbs of yoga to strength/resistance training; because she believes our bodies need it all!

Catch Sam on the mat on Tuesdays at 9:30 am.

Torre E. (Instructor)

Torre started her yoga journey in 2012 with not much of an understanding of what yoga truly was. At first Torre was just looking for a new way to occupy her time. It didn’t take long for it to become something so much more than that. After understanding how we can hold feelings, emotions, and tensions in the body, Torre began to incorporate yoga into her daily life. Not only did she do this for herself and personal wellbeing, but she has also incorporated it into her work, proving just how accessible and adaptable yoga can actually be. Torre works in mental health, and loves being able to to help teach the tolls needed for self-regulation, as well as the understanding and ability to bring awareness in the breath and body. Torre also loves providing the space to let you explore your boundaries in a challenging and physical way. 

Catch Torre on the mat on Thursdays at 9:30 am.

Hannah D. (Instructor)

Hannah has been practicing yoga for over 15 years. She started practicing to help with my anxiety and build a better mind/body relationship with herself. The mind/body relationship is something she is a huge believer in. Hannah has devoted her personal and professional life to better understanding how our brains and bodies work together to create this complex being that is ourselves. Hannah’s teaching style is very reflective of this and she tries to bring breath work and awareness to each of her classes through intention setting and flow. She believes that everyone can grow and learn about themselves on a deeper level through yoga and she is so honored to be a part of your journey!

Catch Hannah on the mat on Sundays at 4:30 pm.

Jaymie F. (Instructor)

Jaymie first came to yoga as a dancer to improve strength and flexibility. When she was no longer dancing regularly, she started doing yoga on its own as a way to stay connected to her body. She fell in love with the physical benefits first, and then the mental and emotional benefits that followed!

In October of 2022, she officially became a 200 hour certified yoga teacher (RYT). She has been teaching yoga ever since, while also remaining devoted to her own personal practice. Jaymie’s goal is to provide a safe space for her students to practice being fully present and connected to their minds and bodies on the mat, so they can take what they learn with them off the mat into their daily lives.

Catch Jaymie on the mat on Fridays at 7:00 am.

Nicole L-S. (Instructor)

Dancing, tumbling or cheerleading in some capacity since the first grade, yoga seemed like a natural fit for Nicole when slowly returning to physical activity after tearing her ACL. Initially a low impact way to move her body, yoga has grown to fill up more and more space in her life over the years. Having personally experienced the physical and mental benefits of the practice, Nicole feels honored to share yoga with others and guide her students on their mats.

In Nicole’s classes you can expect an engaging blend of movement and stillness. Incorporating her dance moves as funky transitions and flows, Nicole’s classes will keep you on your toes (perhaps literally and figuratively). Because music is deeply ingrained in her appreciation for movement, she hopes her fine tuned musicality will make you love practicing to her playlists as much as she does.

When she’s not on her mat, you can find Nicole baking, cooking, cuddling her cats, teaching undergraduate political science courses, finishing her doctoral dissertation, or spending time with her husband, Johnny.

Catch Nicole on the mat on Wednesdays at 6:00 and 7:30 pm.

Emily G. (Instructor)

After Emily graduated from college, she was unemployed, and frankly, so unmotivated. Despite the low place she was in, she found it in her to go to a hot yoga class at a studio nearby her apartment every single day. Week by week, she noticed herself getting stronger, and craving the satisfaction of staying committed to something good for her body and mind. Emily fell in love with who she was on her mat, and soon, she started to take that energy off the mat with her, too. A few years, a job, and a lot of growth later, Emily earned her first 200 hour instructor certification and started teaching weekly classes. Yoga has been one of the biggest pillars of support and transformation in Emily’s life. Helping as many people as she can to feel good in their bodies and in control of their minds is the best way she’s found to pay it all forward.

Emily has taken over the Saturday 9:00 am class!

FAQs

It’s my first time at the studio. What do I need to know?

Welcome! Embody Hot Yoga offers weekly, heated vinyasa style classes in a hot room. We also offer various monthly pop-up classes and special events and workshops. 

We do ask that you sign up for class in advance.

Your first visit, we ask that you arrive 15 minutes early, so that the instructor can show you around, answer any questions you may have, and get settled into the studio! We ask that you leave your shoes and cell phones outside of the studio. Cubbies are provided for you to store your belongings during class. If you have any physical limitations or injuries, feel free to let the instructor know before class! 

Props, such as blocks, straps, and blankets are available for you to use. Please clean up after yourself with the provided prop spray.

Please avoid applying strong perfumes or scented lotions prior to class. Wear comfortable athletic style clothing, and be prepared to sweat! 

Embody Hot Yoga reserves the right to cancel class if only one person is signed up. Your class session would be refunded if the studio needs to cancel. 

What should I bring with me to class?

A mat, water (there is water for sale for $1), a towel if you’d like (there are complimentary hand towels at the studio to use), and an open mind and heart.

Do you have mats for rent?

Embody Hot Yoga has mats that are free to use. Mat towels can be rented for $1. 

How hot is the room?

As our name implies, Embody Hot Yoga’s classes take place in a heated room that is set to 85-95℉, unless otherwise specified. Note that the actual temperature of the room will greatly depend on the outside weather, with summer times being more humid in the studio. Be prepared to sweat!

Essential oil scented cold compresses are offered at the end of each heated class for your savasana. 

Do I need to sign up for class in advance, and how do I do so?

Yes, we ask that you please sign up prior to class, as there is a maximum capacity of 17 students per class. Please also see below for our cancellation policy. 

You can sign up for class several ways! First you can reserve your spot through our website, by clicking “reserve” next to the class you would like to attend!

I’m new to yoga. Is there a class specifically for beginners?

At Embody Hot Yoga, all of our classes are created with all levels of yoga students in mind, and in any given class, you’ll have a mix of all different types of students at various stages in life! The instructors are great at offering different variations for all levels. We do not offer a class designed for a specifically beginner level at this time (unless it’s a specified workshop or event).

Do you have a first time special for new students?

Embody Hot Yoga has an amazing intro offer for new students, where for just $30, you can come to the studio 30 days unlimited! This allows you to try various class times and instructors and see what is the best fit for you without having to make a huge financial commitment. 

What is vinyasa style? Do you offer any other types of yoga?

Vinyasa is a popular type of yoga that incorporates regulated breath with movement between poses. While the basic structure of our classes will be similar to one another, there is a great deal of variation between classes and instructors, so you’ll always have something different to look forward to each class. Cold, essential oil compresses are offered at the end of heated vinyasa classes. 

Embody Hot Yoga does also offer different styles of yoga, such as Yin and Restorative. The studio temperature for these slow-flow pop ups are warm, not hot. Also be sure to check out the various special events that Embody Hot Yoga offers!

Where should I park?

There is a parking lot that has designated spots for students behind the studio on the right side of Hickman Street. Note that some spots are reserved for other businesses. This parking is on a first come, first serve basis. There is also an additional paid parking lot across Washington Avenue, behind LaBella Bean. Street parking is available for a small fee Monday-Saturday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. You can use the meters to pay or download the parking app to pay via phone.

Can I arrive late or leave early?

Instructors will leave the door unlocked for 5 minutes before class, but we ask that you please reach out to the studio if you are running late so that the instructor knows you intend on coming. If you no-show, the cancellation policy may be applied to your account. 

Plan on staying for the entire class. Savasana is an important part of any yoga class, and leaving early can disrupt your fellow yogis. If you do need to leave early for whatever reason, please inform the instructor and set up your mat somewhere near the doorway. 

What is your cancellation policy?

You may cancel your reservation up to two hours before a class is scheduled to start, or the cancellation is considered “late”. Embody Hot Yoga reserves the right to enforce a late cancellation or no-show fee. A $5 fee will be charged for late cancellations and no-shows for clients that have an unlimited membership. For clients that have class passes or are using a drop in, the session will be lost. 

How do I know how many classes I have left or when my package expires?

If you use the MINDBODY app to schedule, you can view your current packages, including how many classes you have left and when they expire, by opening the app, clicking “profile” on the bottom far right, and clicking “passes.”

If you use the desktop version of MINDBODY to schedule, visit your Account Info page, where you can see your current package information.  

I have a class pass package. How long do I have to use it?

Class pass packages activate on the date of purchase. The 5 class pass expires after 60 days, the 10 class pass after 100 days, and the 20 class pass after 180 days.

(Note that unlimited monthly packages activate on the date of your first visit for the package, not the date of purchase.) 

Am I able to extend my package?

All packages carry expirations dates. Outside of medical reasons, packages cannot be extended, so please be mindful of your expiration dates!

When do you typically run promotions?

Embody Hot Yoga typically offers a spring sale in March, a summer sale in June or July, a Fall sale in October, and a gift card promotion from Thanksgiving until the New Year.

I have a gift card. How do I use it?

Gift cards cannot be applied on purchases through the MINDBODY app, only through the desktop version of MINDBODY. To redeem a gift card, visit Embody Hot Yoga’s online store and select what item you would like to purchase. Once in the shopping cart, enter the gift card number, which can be found on the receipt or gift receipt emailed to you after the purchase of the gift card. 

How can I purchase a gift card? 

Gift cards can be purchased for yourself or others through the desktop version of MINDBODY, but not the app. Visit Embody Hot Yoga’s gift card online store to make the purchase. You will be emailed a receipt that will contain the gift card ID number, which will be needed to apply the gift card for purchases. 

I have a promo code. How do I use it?

Promo codes cannot be applied on purchases made through the MINDBODY app, only through the desktop version of MINDBODY. To enter a promo code, visit Embody Hot Yoga’s online store and select what item you would like to purchase. Once in the shopping cart, enter the promo code in the appropriate window for it to be applied to your purchase.

I have an account balance. How do I see it and how do I use it?

Account balances can only be viewed and applied towards purchases on the desktop version of MINDBODY, and not through the app. To see what your account balance is go to “My Info” on your online account with Embody Hot Yoga. Account balances will show in the shopping cart page, where you can opt to use the credit for your purchase or not.  

I’d like to schedule a massage or Reiki session. How do I go about that?

Email embodyhotyoga@gmail.com or ask an instructor in the studio for practitioner information. Scheduling for sessions is done directly with the practitioner. 

Do you offer private sessions?

Yes, Embody offers various pricing options for different sized private classes! These can occur in the studio, or we can come to you! You can purchase a private session(s) with one of the instructors on the app under the “Privates” tab in the pricing options or through the Online Store. Embody Hot Yoga loves to do private group events, perfect for corporate team-building, or parties, such as birthday, bachelorette, or holiday or themed group sessions to name just a few. A studio rental fee will be assessed if you’d like to utilize the studio space past the class time. 

We also love to work with you one-on-one to help you grow your practices, and work on specific things like arm balances or inversions.

You can speak with one of the instructors to let them know what kind of private session you are interested in, or email us at embodyhotyoga.com to get something scheduled!