Yoga is the latest addition to growing Downtown activities

| Friday, May 30, 2014, 7:20 p.m.

Sunday mornings have become more flexible.

Those looking to spice up their exercise routine can bend and stretch in Market Square at 10 a.m. Sundays through Aug. 24 at Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership's newest summer project, Yoga in the Square.

Whether you've mastered the tricep-toning firefly or are more of a downward-dog enthusiast, the free event is open to yoga practitioners of all levels to recharge minds, bodies and spirits. Participants will need to bring their own mats for the hourlong practice, but a group of local, seasoned yoga instructors will take care of the rest.

In the past, the Downtown Partnership has sponsored events like Project Pop Up Patio on Strawberry Way, which will return this year, and Project Pop Up Play, a gaming experience featuring large-scale classics like chess and Jenga in plazas throughout the city. It continues to support the Market Square farmers markets, pop-up night markets and Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's gallery crawls.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the partnership is launching this event in conjunction with athletic clothing brand Lululemon in an effort to promote healthy living, says Leigh White, vice president of marketing and communications.

White says they drew inspiration for the project from the success of the yoga practices held during the Knit the Bridge event last summer.

“We thought (yoga) was just perfect,” she says. “We want people to come from all over the region to experience Downtown in an outdoor, different way.”

The partnership has joined forces with River Life and Venture Outdoors to continue to explore new, healthy ways to experience Downtown. White says the organization hopes to unveil similar events in the future.

“Our overall mission is to improve vitality in Downtown Pittsburgh, whether that's for a moment or a lifetime,” White says.

The first yoga session will be on June 1.

Emma Deihle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-8513 or

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