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A Day of Zen for Mammas

Actually, it seems like this retreat is for anyone and everyone, but the facilitator, Karen Maezen Miller,  is the author of the fabulous book, “Mamma Zen: Walking the Crooked Path of Motherhood.”  This is not a Yoga Matrika retreat, but since it may be of interest to many people in the Yoga Matrika community, I definitely wanted to help spread the word. Link to retreat information (You can register and pay through PayPal) The Plunge in Pittsburgh Oct. 1, 2011 Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Church of the South Hills Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania $75 Where do you go to find a moment’s peace, patience and forgiveness? To calm your mind, reclaim your focus, and restore faith in yourself, your relationships, your work and your life? The Plunge offers you the place and time to find everything you might have thought you’d lost. I’m so lucky to be returning to the rolling hills and rivers of Pittsburgh. Our home for the day is the warm and wonderful Unitarian Universalist Church of the South …

Frozen Food Month

Seriously, did you know that March was Frozen Food Month?  I didn’t know this until I received an e-mail from Giant Eagle supermarkets here in Pittsburgh indicating that there was just one week left to appreciate frozen foods.  From Lean Pockets to Ego waffles to Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (my personal favorite of the frozen edibles), we had a whole month to appreciate frozen foods and I squandered it not realizing my loss.  But, it’s not too late, there’s still a whole week to take advantage of this special time to explore the delights of our freezers. Did you know what else March is? Women’s History Month.  Yes, women share the glory of this month with frozen foods.  So far, President Obama has not yet made an official Women’s History Month 2011 Proclamation.  When he does, it will be posted here. Now, while we mere citizens have an entire week to honor frozen foods and the ladies we love at the same time by buying them some ice cream, the President only has one …

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? …

A View of Homebirth

For many years, way before her beautiful daughters were even a twinkle in her eye, I took yoga classes with Schuyler Grant in New York at Kula Yoga.  She’s a truly gifted yoga teacher and has been an inspiration for me personally and professionally.  While I am not personally the poster-child for homebirth, I was just delighted to come across this YouTube video of Schuyler talking about her personal home birthing experiences that also included these images of her own birth experiences.  They are a reminder of how strong we are and how beautiful it is to give birth.  When the internet is filled with scary stories and terrifying images are everywhere, what a gift it is to have Schuyler share these images that communicate her strength and adoration of her children in every slide. Thank you Schuyler and I hope that all the Matrika Mammas out there ENJOY!  Watch the video by following this link. Posted by Sharon Rudyk, an independent yoga, meditation instructor and childbirth educator in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Find more information on …

Spring Preparation #3: Laugh Outloud

I understand that ironic humor is perhaps an acquired taste, but if you have the taste for it, then I highly recommend the book Half Empty by David Rakoff.  In this intelligent collection of essays, Rakoff explores the darker side of optimism which is sometimes better known as pessimism.  As dark as the essays may get, this is the first book that I have read in a long time that made me laugh outloud on a public bus.  Usually I can control myself or manage a little chuckle that could also be interpreted as a facial tic or perhaps having  something stuck in my teeth.  But, this book made me laugh in an unmistakable way and loud at that. I imagine that it says a lot more about me as a person than it does about the book itself that a collection of essays on pessimism is what brought me into public peals of laughter, but I still recommend the book.  It’s delicious spring reading at its very best.  Dark enough that it doesn’t give …

Prenatal Yoga Pittsburgh

MATRIKA PRENATAL YOGA & EXERCISE Group Class: Sundays from 12:15 to 1:15 pm at Mookshi Wellness Center $5 for your first class Private Classes: Available at your convenience.  Schedule by calling Sharon (412) 855-5692.  FREE phone consultation for all expectant women.  Call to schedule yours today! Matrika Prenatal is a practice available to women in all weeks of pregnancy and does not require any prior experience with yoga or meditation.  This unique combination of yoga, meditation, exercise and childbirth preparation supports expectant women through a healthy pregnancy, labor and birth preparation and beyond.  Gentle stretches and movements ease tension, improve circulation and help relieve common minor pregnancy complaints from insomnia to low back pain. Strengthening exercises and squatting help prepare the pelvic floor for labor and help mom maintain excellent cardiovascular health and endurance. We visualize birth, practice breathing and sounding techniques and discuss birth options including pain management through movement, breathing and sounding.  Of course, we also have a lot of fun and it’s always lovely to connect with other pregnant women in your …

Mom & Baby Yoga

Mom & Baby Yoga Thursdays 11:15 to noon  $10 (exact cash, check or credit cards accepted on site) This is a class for moms to share with babies up to 6-months or crawling (whichever comes first).  We start our practice with some gentle stretches for mom to relieve head, shoulder, neck and head tension and some exercises to prevent or support healing of carpal tunnel pain.  Then, we move on to yoga for baby.  Yes, you read that correctly—yoga for your baby!  Babies love being gently touched, singing songs and mindful movement.  Then, we close with some stretching and stretches for mom and a deep relaxation for everyone. No experience required!  Just pack some diapers, be prepared to feed your baby on demand during the class and bring a blanket for baby to lie on during class. Doing Yoga Together: Preparations and Expectations You love yoga and now you want to make it a part of your child’s life too. We are delighted that this is the case and we have a few things to …

Football, Swimsuits and the Yoga of Feminism

As I teach two prenatal yoga classes every week, I have the honor and joy of watching incredibly strong women embody the true spirit of Warrior poses.  I can actually see the energy rising up through the soles of their feet and into their core to support the amazing act of creation they carry within them.  There is a courage, a dignity and strength of force there that is palpable in the room.  It is, for me, an experience and one that brings me, each class, into a new appreciation for the beauty and strength that is woman. The energy of these movements is the embodiment of grace.  Grace representing the fact that each one of these women has opened their hearts to the potential for immense joy and immeasurable loss and grief.  No words are required.  Through movement and intention, the expression of strength and grace is clear and concise. Last weekend, I was able to catch the very end of the playoff game between the Steelers and the Ravens.  While I can’t say …

Matrika Prenatal

As Yoga Matrika was inspired by the birth of my sweet and passionate son and my interests and expertise in prenatal yoga and supporting moms with young children continues to grow, it is only fitting that our programs in this area now have their very own beautiful website.  Please check out the brand new: www.matrikaprenatal.com Yoga is a practice that supports transformation and pregnancy, childbirth and parenting a newborn are certainly transformative experiences!  It is my sincere desire that every pregnant woman in Pittsburgh have access to a supportive yoga community that will provide the love, guidance and support that make such a positive difference in the experience of pregnancy.  There are many wonderful prenatal yoga instructors here in Pittsburgh and a wide range of options in terms of style, location and personality.  The resources page of www.matrikaprenatal.com lists classes that are outside of the city and I hope that expectant moms will seek out classes that are convenient and reasonable for them.  We will continue to update the resources section of the website and …