New Year Keys to Success

 It's a New Year and here are some Keys to your Successful Wellness Lifestyle! 

by Lara Alexiou



     Small, daily successes keep you motivated on your way of wellness. Find positive, little consistent routines within your day to keep you grounded and focused in the chaos life inevitably brings.

Use the SHY App to check into your class ahead of time. This not only ensures your spot, you can link it to your calendar to remind you that class is coming up. Finding a routine and being accountable - like checking in ahead of time - allows you to thoughtfully plan your Hot Yoga routine in advance.

You'll enjoy keeping the commitment you made to yourself to attend. After all, the promises we make to ourselves are the easiest to break, but also the most rewarding in their followthrough.

Over time, seeing your progress and feeling your best will be motivation enough and class will become a favorite part of your day! 


   When you attend your class, you're building a solid foundation for your mind and body that reaches outside the Hot Room.

Try your best every time. Don't expect to understand every piece of every posture when you begin. Just do what your strength and flexibility allows as you understand the posture. Our trained staff is keeping eye on your alignment and will help you make necessary adjustments to maximize your personal potential. 

A Hot Yoga practice builds not only your body, but your determination and confidence. Improvements in your postures really will extend to your whole world. Hard to believe? Just ask anyone in class with you to share their story!

 Be Consistent:

Familiar with the fable about the Tortoise and Hare? The fast Rabbit doesn't win the race. The Tortoise perseveres with his slow and steady behavior. 

Choose a schedule you can maintain. Being consistent and committing to yourself creates lasting transformation.


 Every Class Counts:

    Need a little more motivation to keep up your healthy lifestyle? Now, every class you attend at  Steamtown Yoga not only benefits you and those around you, but also those less fortunate. 


We've partnered with Sweat Angels who connects us each month with a specific charity. 

When you maintain your practice and "check-in" to Steamtown hot yoga on Facebook or use our location tag in Instagram, you help someone in need.

Our December charity is #toysfortots and using the unique hashtag #books4kids when you checked in to Steamtown Hot Yoga, every 15 check-in donated a book to a child.

By the second week of December, we collectively through the orginazation contributed to more than 15,000 books for kids.

More about the program can be found at: in the events tab.

In January it's cold out! And many people lack the resources they need to protect against the winter weather. Our January charity is Soles4Souls to help those in need stay warm.

Every 10 check-ins helps along with #keepamericawarm, provides a winter coat to someone in need.

If you are reading this and already are a member, please help grow the SHY community and introduce a friend to your yoga lifestyle. 

If you are new and are thinking about getting started, navigate to the new student tab, sign up, and get ready to step into your best self!  


Yanni & Lara


The best time to plant a tree was 10 years ago. The second best time is now.

What a humbling feeling. It's hard to believe that 9 years ago there was one student in the very first class at our original location on Moisic street. 6 years later with savings, help from all of you in this wonderful community and our families - Lara and I married and relocated Steamtown yoga into the heart of Scranton.  

Lara's first student Martha Wells still maintaines her 3 time a week practice as do many of the original members who followed. Since then the SHY community has grown into a thriving yoga culture now based in the heart of this beautiful city. SHY now has a wonderful staff and offers 28 classes a week plus workshops, advanced programs and international yoga retreats.

We stay true to our hot yoga lineage rooted from Bishnu Gosh combined with Taoist forms and philosophies steeped in the Eastern Healing Arts.


It can't go without mention to also thank all of the local community and business leaders who work hard for this renaissance and revitalization of Scranton. We couldn't ask for better neighbors. thank you all for your continued support and loyalty to the SHY practice and this beautiful historic city. 

It is an honor to be among you.  

Love and blessings to all of you past, present and future yogis! 



Lara & Yanni