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Closing the Studio

This past summer, with just 90-days notice, OM Yoga in New York City closed after 15-years of providing leadership in New York’s yoga scene because they lost their lease.  Cyndi Lee’s response was incredibly graceful and resonates deeply with my own feelings right now: “Also, it sounds cheesy but I’m just super grateful that the causes and conditions arose for me to build that yoga studio and that the community grew and developed, and it’s been beautiful. I feel really proud because there has been no badness, only goodness, and I think it’s time to celebrate that.”  (Original Source/Full Interview) When my baby boy was just six-months old, my dear husband agreed to help me renovate the space at 1406 S. Negley Avenue so that I could start a yoga studio business.  I knew absolutely nothing about running a yoga studio, marketing, websites, etc.  What I knew was that yoga was the most significant force in my life and brought me great peace no matter what was going on.  I felt so strongly about it …

Mindful Flow at mookshi wellness center

I am tickled, delighted and honored to be teaching at mookshi wellness center.  Please join me in this beautiful space dedicated to healing arts.  I am offering two series of Mindful Flow classes this spring.  Due to our desire to maintain the intimate nature of this series, we request that you pre-register.  Students will be warmly welcomed to drop-in to single classes as space permits. Please send Sharon an e-mail to register (sharon@yogamatrika.com) or call (412) 855-5692. Mindful Flow Join me for this esoteric bliss mission!  In this yoga series open to all levels, we move with the breath creating joy in open awareness.  As our practice is a moving meditation, we use a variety of poses, breathing exercises and visualization techniques from Chinese, Tibetan and Indian yoga traditions to create flexibility and strength in body, mind and spirit.  This healing practice will help you feel centered, relaxed and inspired.  Enjoy a stronger and more flexible body as you build a foundation for profound happiness and tranquility. SERIES I: Mondays, March 4, 11, 18 and …

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 …

Meditation Series

This fall, Yoga Matrika is offering a 12-week Meditation Series facilitated by Bhante Pema. This is a very unique opportunity in Pittsburgh to study and practice meditation. By making a 12-week commitment, you will start to see the benefits of regular practice over the course of three-months. Dr. Josephine Briggs, the Director of the National Institutes of Health, National Center for Alternative and Complementary Medicine, says that, “It is now well established that the meditative state can be associated with changes in electrical function of the brain, and recent imaging studies suggest that there may actually be neuroanatomic changes as well.”  In addition, a new study by the Public Library of Science suggests that regular meditation can have a significant impact on stress related illnesses. “The study found that in comparison to a control group of people who had never meditated, a group of regular meditators actually suppressed twice the number of genes that induce stress responses such as high blood pressure and inflammation in the body.Long term effects of the expression of stress-related genes …

Language and Love

The Lost and Forgotten Languages of Shanghai by Ruiyan Xu This is a fabulous novel, a great read and especially recommended for anyone with specific interest in language and identity and the role of language in our relationships.  For anyone who has played the part of the “expat”, the “native” or the “alien”, this novel will both remind and revise how you think language may have played a role in your experiences. This book is recommended by Sharon Fennimore Rudyk, an avid reader and independent yoga instructor in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Find out more about her classes and teacher training programs online https://www.yogamatrika.com/.

Good Reading

Ever since I could read, I’ve taken great joy in the process.  From the selection of the book to finishing the last page, I’m just happiest when I am reading.  I tend to read for the sake of reading and am not particularly attached to any one genre.  This being said, I take great pleasure in reading novels.  There’s something divine about becoming absorbed in the relationships, experiences and processes of other people when you don’t have to worry about the reality of it all. In both of these novels that I recommend below, the characters struggle with considerable problems and negotiate complicated relationships, but neither are tragic.  What I mean to say is, these are not upbeat or funny novels, but they aren’t going to have you crying into your pillow as you fall asleep either.  Perhaps that is what makes them perfect reading  for this transition from the dark of winter to the lush potential of spring. I’ve recently checked-out and read two good books from the Carnegie Library here in Pittsburgh (I’m …

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? …

Spring Preparation #5: Spring Ahead in Time

This Saturday night (Or on Sunday morning when we wonder why we are at church/yoga class/work when everyone else failed to show up and know quite honestly that it isn’t about moral superiority …..) we will change our clocks so that they are an hour ahead.  In a pessimistic essence, we lose an hour of sleep and then, by Sunday evening, we’ll have trouble falling asleep as it will feel way too early to turn in.  In our most optimistic essence, we could see this as a head start.  Taking a middle path, we can take this opportunity to explore our attachment to time and re-negotiate our relationship to time. Here are two books that I can recommend that may help you think about time in a different way: Infinite Life (2004) by Robert Thurman This is a series of meditations and spiritual guidance that suggests we can be happier if we live as though our actions and thoughts have infinite implications for both our own happiness and the happiness of all living beings.  The …

Spring Preparation #4: Nourish the Spring Body

In this season, we should be nourishing the body by adding foods that support the yang qualities of spring: Drink mint tea with honey Cook with pungent herbs: basil, fennel, marjoram, rosemary, caraway, dill & bay leaf Whole grains, legumes and seeds Beets, carrots and sweet starchy vegetables Cook vegetables at a higher temperature for shorter periods of time Emphasize raw and sprouted foods Eat moderate amounts of food and avoid late meals All of these ideas were taken from a fabulous nutrition reference: Paul Pritchford.  Healing with Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition.  Third Edition 2002.

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 …

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 …

Grow Something

Hey Pittsburgh!  Don’t be afraid of a little rain……spring is here and all our little blooming friends need a sweet drink.  Speaking of which, have you planned your garden for this year? Here are some of our favorite resources for dreaming of sweet tomatoes, bright wildflowers and local resources: We love these seed  companies: http://www.kitchengardenseeds.com/ http://www.pittsburghgardenexperiment.org http://www.wildseedfarms.com The Urban Gardener on the North Side is a bright spot on Brighton Road: http://www.urbangardenerpgh.com/ Our very own Maria Graziani’s Healcrest Farm: Healcrest Urban Community Farm is an established urban farm in Garfield now in its 4th year of production. The total land, which lies between Atlantic and Pacific Avenues, with the entrance at Hillcrest Street in Garfield Heights, equals 1.7 acres. With 4 established mixed vegetable/herb/fruit gardens, small, young orchard, community fire circle, rainwater collection systems and a pending greenhouse, Healcrest Farm is well on its way to being the strongest single-community local food and green resource in Pittsburgh. http://www.healcrest.com/index.html Gardener’s can stay in great shape for lots of kneeling, squatting and tending with yoga in Pittsburgh.  …

Snow Daze Yoga

SNOW DAZE YOGA This storm has brought tremendous strain, including financial strain, emotional strain and physical injuries to many adults, children, families and animals in our area.  There has been loss of life. Please remain mindful when driving, be generous with one another and support your local small businesses as much as possible.  Be especially kind to the elderly and to young families who have been forced to find alternative childcare arrangements, lose work hours and spend way too much time with young children in confined spaces. Stay safe and use any frustration or fears that you have as a direct connection to all living things that might be having these challenges.  We are all connected and these challenges are neither unique or permanent. Yoga isn’t just what you do on your mat, it is also a way of living that calls on us to  honor our deep connection to all living things.   This snow will melt, but if we can use this opportunity to connect with humanity and offer generosity and care whenever possible, …

A Little Dorothy Parker for Valentine’s Day

But, to cheer ourselves up on this snowy winter weekend of love and chocolate covered cherries…….a little more Dorothy Parker.  My favorite Valentine’s Day read!   ”This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.” Dorothy Parker (1893-1967), U.S. humor writer. Quoted in The Algonquin Wits, ed. Robert E. Drennan (1968). Book review.   Excuse my dust. Her proposed epitaph for herself, quoted in Vanity Fair (June 1925) And she had It. It, hell; she had Those. Regarding a character in Elinor Glyn’s novel It; in her review of same, “Madame Glyn Lectures on ‘It,’ with Illustrations” in The New Yorker (1927–11-26) Salary is no object: I want only enough to keep body and soul apart. New Yorker (4 February 1928) Well, Aimee Semple McPherson has written a book. And were you to call it a little peach, you would not be so much as scratching its surface. It is the story of her life, and it is called In the Service of the King, which title …