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Cones and Oms — a delicious combo

The five-part series will combine homemade ice cream with yoga instruction.

What could be better to calm work-week jitters than ice cream and yoga in a sprawling farm setting?

Sarah Reed-Lieb and Kate Clingan are two of the minds behind the project, and they will teach a five-part yoga series called Cones and Oms at Churchview Farm in Baldwin Borough.

The pair met last year through South Hills Power Yoga's teacher training program. Reed-Lieb has hosted large-scale yoga events with success. The series starts Thursday and continues every second Thursday of the month through September. The rain dates for events are the next day.

Through e-mail, Reed-Lieb says, "This event ... didn't come together just through me — Andrea Verosko is the retail operations manager for Millie's Homemade Ice Cream (and a good friend from college) — she approached me back in the fall of 2015 after she saw the events I was hosting, inquiring about creating a yoga and ice cream event.

Reed-Lieb says many others contributed to the event's creation: Chad Townsend (owner of Millie's) and his wife, Lauren; Tara Rockacy (owner of Churchview Farm); and Joe and Anthony Vennare (founders of Fitt Pgh).

The event will run from 6-8:30 p.m. The all-levels yoga flow class will be 75 minutes, followed by ice cream. Reed-Lieb says Cones and Oms can handle a max of 100 attendees.

"The Pittsburgh yoga scene is huge and only seems to get bigger and more fun each year, which is awesome," Reed-Lieb says. "Pittsburghers love to do yoga anywhere they can — Fitt Pgh partners with the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership to host Yoga in the Square at Market Square every Sunday, from the end of May through the beginning of September. The cool thing about this is that it's completely free. Yoga has also been held at the Andy Warhol Museum, PNC Park, breweries in the city, etc."

The Cones and Oms series costs $20 per session. The price covers the yoga session and Millie's Homemade ice cream afterward. She says participants don't need extensive yoga experience to attend. Tickets for each session go on sale the month prior — so June's event is already on sale if you can't make it Thursday.

"The type of yoga that Kate Clingan and I teach is called 'power yoga' ... a vigorous, fitness-based approach to Vinyasa (breath-synchronized) Yoga," Reed-Lieb says.

Reed-Lieb recommends you bring a yoga mat, yoga block, towel and water. Because it's outside and at night, she suggests bringing an outer layer.

For more information, check out the page for the series on Churchview Farm's website, which has links to the individual event pages. You must register in advance.

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