Kick off the new year with healthy activities in Squirrel Hill

We don’t know about you, but the start of a new year always inspires us to make healthy and positive changes to our lives. Something that is always a priority, year after year, is self care and wellness. Fortunately, we live in a neighborhood that makes it easy to try something new that’s also good for our well-being. Check out some of our suggestions below for local businesses and organizations that will help you get your 2023 off to a healthy start!

Practice the ancient Chinese art of T’ai Chi, a moving meditation that combines mindfulness, coordination of breathing and body movement. Stan and Patty Swartz have been studied T’ai Chi for more than 30 years and share their knowledge in classes around the city and world. In 2023, consider taking a class with Swartz T’ai Chi, which offers beginner through advanced classes. The 8-week beginner series takes place on Mondays from 7:30 – 8:30 pm at the Church of the Redeemer in Squirrel Hill. Click here to register or learn more about Swartz T’ai Chi.

Commit to a healthy 2023 with the JCC Squirrel Hill. Whether you want to join them for group exercise classes, train for a DEKA Strong Competition, take swim lessons in their lap pool, or upgrade to a Centerfit Platinum membership, there are many ways to reach your fitness goals at the JCC. Check out their 2023 Winter-Spring program guide here.

Levity Float Studio on Murray Avenue brings a new method of meditation to the neighborhood. The studio offers sixty and ninety-minute float sessions, as well as bundle and membership options. Sensory deprivation float tanks can help relieve stress, improve sleep, relax the mind and decrease physical tension. Schedule a float session to relax and recharge in 2023.

There are many mental health benefits of volunteering. The community-based programs at Friendship Circle aim to enrich the lives of all participants through friendship, fun, opportunities to grow, a volunteer events. Become a FC Member and participate in activities like cooking, sports, social outings and more, all while creating lasting and inclusive friendships. (Photo from Friendship Circle)

Join SHUC’s CMU work-study intern, Eviana Barnes, for a class at Yoga Hive in East Liberty. Every class and instructor at Yoga Hive teaches a slightly different practice but most classes are a power vinyasa flow. Sign up for a class with Evi and view the complete schedule here.

Awaken Pittsburgh is a non-profit organization committed to serving people and communities through meditation and mindfulness. Members will gain lifelong skills that will transform their lives during meditation sessions. Join them for in-person and online open meditations on the second Saturday and third Monday of every month. In-person sessions are held in Room 202 of the Squirrel Hill JCC.

Care for your mental health AND the neighborhood’s health by volunteering as a Tree Tender with Tree Pittsburgh. The city’s young trees need care during the winter months. Check the Tree Pittsburgh events calendar for upcoming Pruning Workshops and other ways to volunteer.

If you’d like to schedule a Pruning Workshop in your neighborhood, contact

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For over fifty years, the Coalition has been an active and important link in the community. It has served as a sounding board for new ideas, as well as a “watchdog” in the areas of public safety, education, residential quality, the business district, and parks and open space. With its focus on the quality of life in the 14th Ward, SHUC continues to monitor activities and future developments in the community through a range of standing committees.


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