All posts tagged: fall yoga Pittsburgh

Yoga Matrika Schedule

Creating a schedule of yoga classes for Yoga Matrika has always provided me with great illumination and inspiration.  When I first opened the little studio on South Negley, I was teaching the majority of classes myself and a number of very talented local instructors generously agreed to teach a few classes each week.  But, for the most part, it was me and there were less than 10-classes on the schedule each week.  The reality of finding talented instructors who were a good match for Yoga Matrika proved to be one of my earliest challenges in this business. Then, what started to happen was that the Universe started to send me fabulous instructors and many of these teachers have shaped the path of Yoga Matrika.  For example, Heidi —–an angel who took over at the studio without any guidance when I needed to travel for my grandmother’s funeral.  And Julie who became one of the community’s favorite prenatal instructors after agreeing to take some of my own classes without very much guidance or support.  And Bethany, …

August Sound Yoga

Last night, as I listened to the sounds of insects singing outside my open August window, I exclaimed my profound love for the night sounds of this month in Pittsburgh.  I have been reading a lot about sound yoga and thinking about ways to include sound and chanting in my practice and teaching on a more regular basis.  Listening to these beautiful night sounds that are so very unique to the end of summer, I felt a sensation of hope wash across my forehead and through my throat and heart.  Please join me in an exercise in sound yoga! At some point in your day or night, make a commitment to taking 15-minutes to soften your ears into your environment and experience sound vibration.  See where the sound vibrates the most and notice the quality of your breath as you listen.  Soften your jaw and relax the muscles and bones of your face.  Without judgement, let the sounds enter you.  Listen without hearing and hear without listening.  Notice if you start to build attachment to …