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Meditation in Pittsburgh

So….Bhante Pema is traveling in Asia and we are missing the Monday night meditation classes at Yoga Matrika.  Please note that Bhante Pema’s fall meditation class series is filling fast and not only is there a $40 discount when you register for the series before July 1st, 2012, but registering for the series now is the only way to guarantee yourself a space in this amazing class series.  Yoga Matrika offers intimate meditation classes with Bhante Pema for $175 (early bird registration before 7/1/12 makes tuition just $135) for the 12-week series.  There is no other meditation class in Pittsburgh like these.  The environment is calm and supportive and the small-group class series allows you to receive personal attention and build your skills over time. If you need some guidance and inspiration for your practice this summer, why not try an online course?  An online course in meditation will allow you to enjoy the sun, go out and play, and study and practice meditation at your convenience.  It’s hard to come inside and focus when all …

Yoga Studies with Sharon

Yoga Studies with Sharon Sharon Fennimore Rudyk, MA, E-RYT, R-PYT Inquiries Please send an e-mail to Sharon at: sharon@yogamatrika.com if you have any questions, wish to discuss the program or need information before you sign up. You can also call Sharon at 412-855-5692. Tuition This 6-month Yoga Studies program (September 10, 2012 through March 2013) is $1,200. Tuition is paid in monthly $100 payments for 12-months starting with the date of registration. Tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable and payments must be made regardless of your actual participation in scheduled classes and workshops. Register Here This is an intimate program with a maximum of ten participants for each cohort. The program starts in September of each year, but you are encouraged to register and save your space as soon as you decide to make a commitment to the 6-month program of yoga studies. Register by signing a program contract HERE. 6-Month Yoga Studies Program Tuition Includes Classes Up to two-classes per week with Sharon Rudyk. Options include: Tuesday night 5:45 to 7:00 pm Saturday morning: 9:00 …

What Can You Do with $100?

Right now, if you act before May 1, 2012, you can purchase a summer of UNLIMITED YOGA for $100.  Just for the sake of comparison, I thought you might want to consider all the things that you can buy for $100: $100 of Unlimited Yoga in June, July and August a strong, flexible and toned body greater endurance and cardiovascular health injury prevention better sleep studio is air conditioned so you get a break from the heat and humidity less stress and related concerns (headaches, back problems, insomnia, high blood pressure, etc.) Or, $100 will buy you: almost 1 Bon Jovi concert ticket ($112 for the worst seat in the house) one dinner for two at one of these select NY restaurants most of a 10-class pass at Om Yoga in NYC ($140 on sale! Regularly $165.) this lacquer gold fu dog is just $89.99 a John Hancock lego set ($99.85–in the gift ideas for women over 30—you know, a lego set….what every woman over 30 really wants but just doesn’t know how to ask …

Community Supported Yoga

Yoga Matrika is a unique yoga community.  For the past five years, Yoga Matrika has changed location (here, there and back again…..) and some of our most beloved instructors have moved away, drifted away or gone and come back.  But, what has remained the same is that we are a community-based studio that serves the needs of this particular community for: healing and wellness through yoga friendship and support gentle yoga and meditation mindful movement and freedom of expression classes and services for expectant and new moms and families with young children resouces for the development of creativity, kindness, compassion and awareness in a world that does not always value these qualities Yoga Matrika is now offering the unique ability to invest in the studio through the selling of CSY shares.  Community Supported Yoga gives students the ability to invest in an economical way in both their personal practice and the studio. $30 CSY Investment Share/per month Guaranteed Space in One Class per Week Minimum One Year Contract Required $50 CSY Investment Share/per month Guaranteed …

Matrika Prenatal Teacher Training

Yoga Matrika is a Registered School with Yoga Alliance and graduates of our 100-hour Matrika Prenatal Teacher Training Program are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as an R-PYT (you must be at least a 200-hour RYT before you can obtain this specialty registration).  Not able or interested in making the 100-hour commitment?  Yoga Matrika also offers an online course that carries 30 CEU credits.  Anyone, anywhere can take this course as long as you have internet access and a computer.  Study when you can and as you can.  With each tuition payment, you get one year of access to the online course—so take your time!  100-Hour Matrika Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training Features: hybrid course combines a unique online course component with five weekend training intensives program registered with Yoga Alliance so graduates who complete course and all requirements can register as R-PYT (Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher) comprehensive course includes dynamic curriculum in yoga for fertility, yoga and exercise for pregnancy, postnatal yoga and mom and baby yoga embodied anatomy (over 18-hrs.) for fertility, pregnancy …

Spring Meditation Series with Bhante Pema

Believe it or not, Bhante Pema’s Spring Meditation Series at Yoga Matrika is almost full already and it is not even February!  This is a very special opportunity for all adults who are interested in meditation in Pittsburgh to gather in this intimate space and learn from this most wonderful teacher.  If you are interested in practicing with Bhante Pema on Monday nights, please register soon to save your place in this series.  If space is available, we will open the class to drop-in students, but please do not count on this.  Pregnant students are welcome to attend as meditation is a beautiful and supportive practice while you are expecting.  Chairs are provided for anyone who would be more comfortable sitting in a more supported way during class. Spring Series: Monday Nights from 7:30 to 8:45 pm March 12 through May 28th 12-classes in the series for $130 REGISTER HERE Join Bhante Pema, the current Abbot of the Pittsburgh Buddhist Center, for this 12-week mediation course. The cost for the series of 12-classes is $130. …

Stress Free Stress Reduction

At the Duke University Center for Integrative Medicine, an 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program costs $454.  At Yoga Matrika, Kirsi Jansa is offering a beautiful meditation-based stress reduction program called Healing Relaxation in the Tara Rokpa Style and the 6-week tuition is $150.  [ Flyer] While I recognize that even $150 is a singificant investment for most of us “normal” people and, even more challenging may be finding 2-hours free on a Saturday afternoon to make it happen, the reality is that this is an investment of $150 that can change your life.  This program is priced competitively in comparison with other programs of similar quality and is open to everyone—-absolutely no experience is required.  This is not a religious practice and we are very respectful of all religious and spiritual practices and orientations.  If anything, a program like this is likely to deepen your commitment to your current spiritual practice. How do yoga and meditation help reduce stress?  There are a lot of different answers to this question, but one of the most basic …

A Sutra is for Saying

In order to understand Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, we can’t just read them.  We must chant them and chant them together so that we absorb the vibration of meaning on the deepest level possible. You are welcome to a Satsang this Friday night at Yoga Matrika, 1406 S. Negley Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217 for an interactive and festive lecture/discussion on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and their significance for our practice and our lives. Read more and register here ($15 pre-register/$20 at the door).

A Chakra is not A Rash

A Chakra is not a rash, a medication for indigestion or a travel destination. Unless you’ve been under a rock for the last twenty years, you’ve heard this term hundreds of times as even daytime talk show hosts like Ellen throw the word around casually like everyone must know what she means.  But, do you really KNOW? Come explore the lower chakras with Kendell Romanelli at Yoga Matrika in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh on Sunday, October 23 from 2:00-4:00 pm. Read more and register here.

Ashtanga Yoga at Matrika

Introduction to Ashtanga Yoga Facilitated by Lynn Rescigno Sundays from 4:00-5:15 pm Series Cost $40* [REGISTER ONLINE HERE] Dates: October 30, November 6, 13, 20 Location: Yoga Matrika, 1406 S. Negley Avenue, Squirrel Hill *Drop-in students admitted as space permits.  Drop-in tuition is available here.     What is ashtanga? [Thank you to Annie Grover Pace for this informative article.  This text is taken directly from her original.] Ashtanga Yoga, practiced in its correct sequential order, gradually leads the practitioner to rediscovering his or her fullest potential on all levels of human consciousness—physical, psychological, and spiritual. Through this practice of correct breathing (Ujjayi Pranayama), postures (asanas), and gazing point (driste), we gain control of the senses and a deep awareness of our selves. By maintaining this discipline with regularity and devotion, one acquires steadiness of body and mind. “Ashtanga” literally means eight limbs. They are described by Patanjali as: Yama (abstinences), Niyama (observances), Asana (postures), Pranayama (breath control), Pratyahara (sense withdrawal), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation), and Samadhi (contemplation). These branches support each other. Asana practice …

Do You Know Your Heart?

This weekend, Plamen Karagyozov will be facilitating a three-hour workshop featuring the heart salutations at Yoga Matrika, an intimate space for yoga, meditation and healing in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh.  Acquaint Your Heart will be held from 1:00 to 4:00pm on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at Yoga Matrika. If you were asked to describe your heart’s desire, most likely, you would immediately formulate a cerebral response that would be conditioned by culture, religion, traditions, expectations and other aspects of your unique human experience.  In reality, the heart is the very first organ of intelligence that you formed in your embryonic state.  We can learn how to consult the heart, listen to the heart and act on the heart through yoga and movement practices that draw upon our embodied intelligence to gain access to this important source of information. The Heart Salutations that Plamen will offer in the workshop are a twelve step sequence flow (vinyasa) of energetic seals of the whole body(mudras) and asana that are accompanied by the breath (pranayama). At first, the body is …

Why Restore?

This Sunday (October 2, 2011), Lisa Clark is going to be offering a Restorative Yoga workshop at Yoga Matrika, a most cozy and intimate community-based yoga studio in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh.  The workshop is just two-hours long, but the effects will last a lifetime. You might wonder what the benefits of restorative yoga are, especially if you are healthy, injury free, athletic and tend to prefer active yoga practices with an emphasis on physical challenges.  Or, you might know that you desperately need a restorative practice, but can’t seem to justify the investment of time or money.  Maybe you aren’t even sure what restorative yoga is, but anything that might give you some peace and quiet for two hours just can’t be a bad thing……….. So, for the curious, here are some of the unique benefits of restorative yoga practices: Activate your parasympathetic nervous system to fight illness and support optimum fertility, hormone balance, immune system and clarity of mind. Lowers blood pressure.  Yes, even the Food and Drug Administration suggests that restorative yoga is …

Spring Preparation #7: Run and Run Safely

Anyone who knows me understands that I personally only run when chased.  Or, perhaps, if there is a shout-out for free beer and pizza.  Even then, it would have to be really good beer.  But, I support all of my yoga students and the yogis “out there” who do run joyfully just for the sake of running and wanted to share information about this fabulous workshop for runners being offered in Pittsburgh on the first day of spring!  One of the facilitators, Linda Meacci, is both a fabulous yogini and instructor and has always been supportive of Yoga Matrika.  It is my delight to promote her work to share this essential practice and tools for running as safely as possible. Resistance Stretching and Yoga Conditioning for Runners and Endurance Athletes w/ Linda Meacci and Lucas Marsak Sunday, March 20, 2011 2:30pm-5:00pm Schoolhouse Yoga / South Side Works Studio  www.schoolhouseyoga.com $30 in advance / $35 at the door Calling all runners, endurance athletes and Pittsburgh Marathoners! Is it time to inject new life into your training? …

Spring Preparation #6: Make a Commitment

The kind of commitment that I’m talking about is also sometimes referred to as “put your money where your mouth is.”  You know that you want to make a commitment to developing your yoga practice, your meditation practice or both.  Maybe you’ve been meaning to try yoga for a while.  Perhaps, after the 15th article you’ve read this month about the benefits of meditation you feel almost obligated to give it a try.  Maybe you’ve let your mat get dusty this winter or it might even be frozen in your trunk? Whether you’ve never done yoga or meditated before or you’ve been a yogi at heart for forever, this season of renewal reminds us of the value of commitment.  Registering for an 8-week small group series with Sharon for this spring is an excellent way to ease yourself back on your mat or cushion or find out what all the buzz is about for yourself for the very first time. Here are just some of the benefits to committing to a private small-group class over …

Optimize Fertility with Yoga

Read about yoga, stress and fertility here. Read about classes in meditation and yoga to support optimum fertility here. Yoga Benefits that Optimize Fertility and Reproductive Health stress relief hormone balance endocrine system support increased circulation to reproductive organs enhanced quality of sleep decreased anxiety and fear Yoga is a magnificent form of preparation for all creative activities and having a regular yoga practice is a beautiful way to support optimum fertility and reproductive health for men and women. Rather than think of yoga as one more thing you can do to help get pregnant or as an addition to any treatment you may be receiving for an “infertility” diagnosis, we believe that yoga should be something that you do for yourself. Enjoy! Our classroom environment is kept to a comfortable temperature and we offer non-competitive classes that are ideal for women and men that are actively trying to conceive. All yoga and meditation classes on the schedule are excellent for supporting reproductive health. Yoga for Optimum Fertility Series Four-Week Series on Thursdays from 6:00 …

Yoga for Seniors

Yoga Matrika will be offering a new 6-week series of yoga classes for seniors in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh.  The series will cost $45 for credit card payments and $40 for payments by check.  The classes are on Monday afternoons from 1:30 to 2:30pm.  The next series starts on Monday, November 8 and will run through Monday, December 13th.  There are many benefits for starting a yoga practice and we will: Decrease back, neck and shoulder pain Relieve stress Learn balance skills to prevent falls Ease joint discomfort from arthritis Improve quality of sleep Increase strength and flexibility in the body Improve heart health No experience is required and everyone is welcome. To pre-register by mail, please mail (or hand deliver if you are in the neighborhood!) a check for $40 made out to YOGA MATRIKA to: 6520 Wilkins Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.  Registration is also available online through the  Yoga Matrika website.  You can call Sharon with questions (412) 855-5692.

Zen Sitting Group of Pittsburgh

Hogen Green has recently posted the new sitting schedule for the ZSGP.  Everyone is invited to sit with this group that meets by donation at Yoga Matrika in the Peace Room on some Sunday mornings and Tuesday evenings.  The Zen Sitting Group of Pittsburgh has been very generous to Yoga Matrika and it is their beautiful Buddha that creates a sanctuary out of the Peace Room.  If you are interested in Zen, I encourage you to contact Hogen directly.  He provides orientations for those in the community who are new to Zen if you let him know ahead of the meeting that you are coming and require this introduction. Here is the focus for the next group of sittings as communicated by Hogen in his most recent e-mail to the group: The Bodhisattva is the model of practice in Mahayana Buddhism, and our model of how to live a life in the midst of the turmoil and challenges we face both in personal relationships, the life and death of those we know intimately as well …

Cabin Fever & Yoga in Pittsburgh

There was one very brave student at tonight’s class.  She was new to Yoga Matrika and was curious about what the class title, Mindful Yoga, really meant.  I prattled on about Vajra Yoga and not making a distinction between asana practice and meditation and how we create a moving meditation through our practice……….but during our practice together, I started to question the whole thing entirely.  You see, that’s the problem with having an answer to everything—-you miss opportunities for reaching a greater understanding.  In this case, I was incredibly inspired by the clarity of this student’s practice and she taught me a lot about mindfulness.  So, thank you dear student, and hope you come back soon! What I realised is that what I don’t know about mindfulness is a lot.  While there are so very many things that I hope that my Mindful Flow classes mean, the real mindfulness is in the interpretation.  I asked my student to choose an intention for her practice and to anchor that intention with awareness of the breath or …

Remembering the Beginning

I remember my first yoga class.  I was terrified, but also desperate—two emotional qualities that I prefer to limit, never mind experience together!  The terror was due to the absolute distrust that I had that my body could “do” yoga.  The desperation was due to a mounting level of stress that was starting to rule over my days and nights. It was a Bikram class in Philadelphia taught by the extraordinary Joel Pier.  Why was Joel extraordinary?  First, when I went to inquire about the class, he welcomed me in and assured me that my tight, stressed-out, non-flexible and entirely uncoordinated mind and body would only appreciate the task and that it was impossible to fail.  Second, while Joel used the standard Bikram script, he added to it a sense of joy and humour while asking everyone to “just kill themselves!”.  Third, Joel reminded me to smile.  And finally, his patience and insight allowed me to experience the practice on my own, in my own way and safely with respect to my own emotional, spiritual …

OPEN HOUSE: Saturday, December 5

You know you’re curious—-what’s going on in there at 6520 Wilkins Avenue?  Here’s your chance to check out Yoga Matrika’s new studio spaces, share some sweet holiday spirited refreshments and shop for some hand-crafted gifts.  There are many items that are under $10 that are great for office presents, gift exchanges, hostess presents and stocking stuffers.  This is a great craft sale with NO CROWDS, NO PARKING PROBLEMS and great snacks and activities for children! EVERYTHING for sale is locally made and includes: jewelry, aromatherapy, herbal and green teas, eye pillows and scented sachets to create passion, promote peace and some even keep moths out of your woolies!  We have herbal products for pregnant and new moms like lactation support teas, belly balm and vegan nipple creams.  Fleece and knitted hats for babies and young children and felted wool hats—even some handspun and dyed yarn by our lovely local Cosy!  You can also purchase discounted gift certificates and class cards during the open house or purchase a new yoga mat for a friend or yourself!  …