As we transition back to some sense of normalcy, I will be teaching both virtual and in-person classes. Stay tuned for more details over the coming weeks.


Wed 6:30pm - Virtual

Power Yoga 60 - Urban Elements

Register for class on MindBody Online. Cost is $7 for a drop-in, or check out the membership packages.  

Sat 10am - Point State Park

Yoga Strong 75 - Yoga Love

We will meet under the covered bridge in the center of the park. Registration is required and social distance will be enforced. Class is limited to 19 students. If there's inclement weather, students will emailed a link for a live stream.


Kayla Hersperger is a Pittsburgh-based yoga teacher and student. She inspires her students to integrate the wisdom of yoga into daily life through breath, meditation, oils, and spiritual guidance.

In her vinyasa classes, you will find creative sequencing inspired by fire and music, always linked with an intention and sometimes supported with essential oil. Kayla's classes are challenging and fun, providing a safe space for students to try new things and explore the boundaries of their practice. She offers options for beginners but, unless a class is specifically described as "all levels," some vinyasa experience is recommended.

Her day job is at Slippery Rock University where she works in marketing and recruitment. You can usually find her walking her dog, Cici, around the Northside of Pittsburgh. 



Yoga Strong

Yoga Love (East Lib)
5:30pm Tuesday (60 min)

10:00am Saturday (75 min)

Urban Elements and Cycology

Power Yoga

Urban Elements (Northshore)
6:45pm Wednesday  (60 min)



Be Your Own Beloved

February 9, 2020

This self-care yoga workshop is designed to enhance your self-care practice. Being your own beloved means treating yourself with the same love and kindness as you would to a dear friend. Just like you cannot fill from an empty cup, you cannot fully love someone else until you love yourself.

Journey to Headstand

Saturday January 12, 2019

Kayla's workshop will show you how to confidently integrate headstand into your yoga practice. You’ll practice the fundamentals, learn the skills necessary to build stability, and play with fun variations and transitions.

Yoga in the Park

May - Sept

I'll be partnering with the Counseling Wellness Center of Pittsburgh to offer free summer yoga in Allegheny Commons park! 

Look for 2020 dates soon!

Yoga in the Square

August 2018 & June 2019

Breathe, stretch, and flow under the sunshine with a few hundred of your neighbors and Pittsburgh’s top yogis. Oh, and did we mention it’s totally free!?

Pitt Mindfulness Fair

April 7, 2018

Kayla will gave a talk at the Pitt Mindfulness Fair. The title was Mindfulness in Social Media Communities. 

Check out the video of this talk here

Yoga Fest

July 14-15, 2018

The seventh annual One WHIRL Yoga Fest returns to Point State Park for two days! Join us in Downtown Pittsburgh from sunrise to sunset for a picturesque day of yoga classes with local instructors, vendor demonstrations, workshops, and good vibes.





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