At her popular studio, Pure Power Yoga in Robinson, Annie Federoff is empowering her clients to live their best and healthiest lives with the transformative power of yoga.
Q: How long have you practiced yoga?
A: I’ve practiced yoga for 17 years. My brother took me to my first class when I was 17 years old and I loved it from the start.
Q: What started you on your journey to becoming an instructor and opening your own studio?
A: When I graduated college in 2010, I opened a personal training business. I eventually started doing bootcamps at 5:30 in the mornings at a local park. On the days where everyone was really sore and in need of recovery, we would do yoga and everbody loved it. I decided to go to Arizona to obtain my yoga instructors certification from Baron Baptiste. I worked at several studios when I returned home, but always knew that I wanted to open my own in the Robinson area. When the space became available in Robinson, I decided to make the move to open Pure Power Yoga.
Q: What type of yoga does your studio practice?
A: Our studio practices heated power vinyasa yoga. The studio is heated to 90 degrees and 60 percent humidity. It’s not only a great workout, but also a great way to keep your body flexible and to help prevent injuries.
Q: What is Pure Power Yoga’s philosophy?
A: Pure Power Yoga is a way of living—both in and out of the studio. Our students leave empowered, inspired, and lit up to take on their life – and they inspire others.
Q: With the busy holiday season upon us, many people can feel stressed and burned out. Do you have a personal routine that gets you through the busy times?
A: I personally practice yoga every day, either at home or in studio. Whether it is a rigorous 60 minutes, or just 15 minutes of yin poses and deep breathing, I find that a daily practice helps keep me feeling great, both physically and mentally. When the pandemic hit, I decided to start an online channel to help people stay active and to have an outlet to be able to escape all of the stress and anxiety of the situation. I only planned on recording videos for a few weeks during the lockdown, but so many people enjoyed it that there I now have an online library of over 170 different videos on Vimeo. The videos are perfect for anyone looking to add some movement to their routine during the holiday season – and I offer everyone their first 30 days free by using the code “PracticeAtOM” at checkout.
Q: What advice would you give to someone interested in starting yoga?
A: My advice for someone interested in starting yoga would be to just pick a day and get started, whether it’s in studio or online. All the time I hear people say, “I’m not flexible enough to do yoga” and I tell them, “that is exactly the point!” If you need more flexibility, strength, or even inner peace, yoga helps with all of that. I remind new yogis that everyone was a beginner at some point. I also always tell beginners to get a spot in the back of the room so that they can learn by watching the people in front of them.
Q: What can someone expect from their first class?
A: Our staff and yoga community at the studio are super friendly and accommodating to newcomers. You will definitely feel welcome when you walk through our studio doors. I tell newcomers to wear comfortable clothing, hydrate well, and never hesitate to ask questions because we are always happy to help.
Q: Who can benefit from yoga?
A: I believe that everyone can benefit from practicing yoga. Yoga is a holistic approach towards health and well-being which makes it so much more than just a workout. Yoga connects the body with thought processes, leaving the practitioner stronger both physically and mentally.
Q: What’s next for Pure Power Yoga?
A: We are always offering new things at the studio. We have several workshops on the horizon, including arm balancing and a yin-restorative workshop. We lead several retreats per year, both locally and internationally. Our international retreat is in Tulum, Mexico in February 2023, and we have a local retreat to Stonewall Resort in West Virginia every fall. We are also working on launching our teacher training program so that we can certify instructors of our own.
Pure Power Yoga Studio is located at
4898 Campbell’s Run Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15205.
They can be found online at PurePowerYogaPGH.com
Vimeo classes can be viewed at Vimeo.com/ondemand/purepoweryoga