All posts tagged: Matrika Yoga

Ode to Miss Joyce

Miss Joyce is the name that I gave, as a young child, to my teacher-ego.  It was clear to me at a very young age that one of the greatest values of knowing anything was to be able to share that knowledge with as many people as possible.  I forced my younger sister to take my reading classes.  Having just learned to read myself, I was quite a passionate teacher.  Whatever I lacked in experience, I made up for in my soul’s dedication to sharing. The journey continues as I am spilling over with renewed passion for sharing everything I know about yoga and meditation with you.  Even as the news reports of savage pain, increasing violence, poverty and grief beyond measure, I know that we have the ability to gather as a community to embody and disperse healing energy and light.  It is not selfish to make time for your practice.  It is, perhaps, the most powerful thing you can do to make change in the world–one cell at a time.  Yoga and meditation …

Meteor of Your Laughter

“…let the meteor of your laughter fly: electrify the natural names of things!”  ~Pablo Neruda* There came a day recently when I realized that there wasn’t enough beauty in my life.  Not because beauty did not exist–within me, around me, near me and within my reach.  I was not opening my eyes to it, feeling it, seeking it out and making it a priority.  When I came to this awareness of the separation I had created between myself and beauty, I decided to return to some of my favorites from the past: Shakespeare, novels, poetry, music, dancing and sitting in the library.  It is within these things that I find the connective tissue in between my existence and beauty in the form of hints, reminders, clues, rhythm and creative inquiry. Although this is entirely taken out of context, I find this mantra to be brutal, sharp and instructive: Let the meteor of your laughter fly.  Electrify the natural names of things. Today, I tune into my capacity for laughter.  A laughter with velocity, speed and …

A Few of My Favorite Things

Right now, I’m trying some new to me books and products and want to share what I am loving right now with you: Body and Beauty Love Your Face Cream Original Formula by Indian Meadow Herbals I bought mine at the East End Food Co-op in Pittsburgh and you should ask for this amazing product at your local health food store. The cream is pretty thick and oily and a little goes a long way.  The best is to put it on your face when it is still wet and then it absorbs really quickly leaving your face super duper soft and lovely. Yoga and Meditation Balm by Badger Balm I, again, bought mine at the East End Food Co-op in Pittsburgh, but Badger Balm is everywhere you look these days (yes, Walgreens…..).  I’m not a big fan of orange scented anything.  It’s supposed to lift your spirits, but it usually just smells too sweet for my taste and I feel kind of nauseated.  But, this has orange and cedar and I love to rub …

Fertility

NOTE: this is a dated blog post that describes services and packages that are no longer available.  If you are interested in my optimum fertility and reproductive health services, please follow this link to the current packages.  Optimum Fertility             Reproductive Health and Fertility Coaching   Irregular Periods? PMS? Moody? Bloated? Doubled over and missing out on activities and work due to cramps, migraine headaches or back pain?  Does your period just go on and on and on?  Is “heavy” flow an understatement? PCOS? (Poly-cystic Ovarian Syndrome) Anovulation?  Not ovulating due to low body fat, endocrine disruption or trying to regain fertility after being on birth control pills or other hormone based birth control? Trying to conceive for over 6-months without a pregnancy?  Miscarriage?  Unexplained infertility?  Considering IVF or other medically assisted reproduction therapy?   There is no reason to suffer!  I offer personalized coaching services where we address your greatest concerns, create do-able action plans for addressing your needs and all the support and confidence you need to improve …

Keeping Cool with Yoga

Top Three Ways to Cool Down with Yoga and Meditation You might not think of yoga when you consider ways to cool down.  As a matter of fact, with the proliferation of hot yoga, you may only think of yoga as an activity that is meant to generate heat.  But, yoga and meditation offer a variety of ways to help balance your experience of heat. First, we should explore the concept of “heat” in the context of yoga.  There are many different ways to look at heat and fire in energetic principles, asana/movement, and pranayama/breath.  One approach to heat is to examine the “agni” or digestive fires located in the navel center.  The heat produced during the effort of practicing yoga poses (asana) is designed to clear “energetic” impurities.  An example of an “energetic” impurity might be an emotional block or a mental pattern that is no longer helpful.  This allows energy to move more freely through the subtle body and creates potential where there may have not been any before the block was removed. …

FREE Guided Meditation Webcast

Guided Meditation Recording Oh no!  Did you miss the live webcast? Download the MP3 and listen at your convenience and practice as often as you like (but not while driving–PLEASE)!  The recorded meditation will be available within an hour of the end of the live webcast. Online Book Club Courses I offer an online book club that features my favorite books on Buddhism, meditation, yoga, philosophy, anthropology, science, the body, anatomy, energy and more.  You can enroll anytime in my book club style course on the Buddha’s Four Noble Truths.  The cost is $25 and we spend five-weeks on this book: Dancing with Life by Phillip Moffitt.  The cost of the book is not included in the participation fees.  Start anytime and read and watch the videos and complete the worksheets all at your own pace and convenience. Newsletter Subscribe to Sharon’s Newsletter My newsletter members get exclusive access to additional FREE guided meditations, webcast seminars and yoga trainings.  If you aren’t already getting my newsletter, please sign-up today.  Upon registration you will immediately receive …

The Most Beautiful Bath

This has been going around Facebook for years now, but it is so beautiful and inspiring that I thought I would post it again just in case you missed it or want to see it again. Even more beautiful is this amazing montage of one of my yoga instructor’s home births.   Posted by Sharon Fennimore Rudyk, facilitator of Matrika Prenatal Teacher Training programs, Matrika Prenatal Yoga and Exercise classes and a Pittsburgh doula and childbirth educator.  For more information about doula services and prenatal yoga in Pittsburgh or my new e-book, please call 412-855-5692 or send me an e-mail: sharon@yogamatrika.com.  Website: www.sharonrudykyoga.com

Seven Stress Related Health Problems

Here are seven stress-related health problems you can do something about with gentle yoga and meditation.  Remember, stress isn’t a “feeling”–it is a physiologic response to perceived (or real) danger.  It isn’t in “your head” and yoga and meditation provide release of deeply held tensions, fears and anxieties through physical, mental and spiritual exercises. Heart Disease and Diabetes Stress raises your glucose levels making it harder to manage Type 2 diabetes.  Mindfulness-based meditation programs have been proven to reverse heart disease. Asthma Chronic stress makes asthma worse and children with stressed-out parents are more likely to have asthma. Obesity Stress causes higher levels of the hormone cortisol which makes you collect fat around your middle. Headaches Migraines and tension headaches.  Enough said. Depression and Anxiety Adults who report having stressful jobs (like having a lot of work and very few rewards) have an 80% higher chance of developing depression than adults who do not report a stressful work environment.  It’s unlikely that you can change your work situation overnight, but you can change your response …

Top Three Mother’s Day Secrets

With Mother’s Day fast approaching (May 12, 2013), you may find yourself with the challenging task of figuring out what to get your mother this year.  You’ve smeared mushed food on her clothes, shared bodily fluids, kept her up all night and out all day and basically accepted the sacrifice of this woman’s independence since the moment of your conception as if it was a given.  And, really, now you have to figure out what to buy her that is at all meaningful in the face of this sacrifice?  Talk about pressure!  Well, in this short little blog, I will share five Mother’s Day secrets that are going to relieve the pressure and give you some fabulous ideas for how to really honor your mother. Mother’s Day Secret Number One: Your mother doesn’t need another______________________________ (fill in the blank with any store bought object). Seriously, no more mugs, lipsticks, t-shirts, necklaces, movie tickets, bracelets, t-shirts, stamps, kitchen supplies, notebooks, shoelaces, soaps, lotions or perfumes.  Just stop it with the “stuff” already!  Unless you are under …

Meet Me at The Market

This Saturday I am so very excited to be a vendor at I Made it Healthy Market!  Please come and see me while you are there. It would also be really great if you visited the event page on Facebook and RSVP’d that you were coming.  That way, I can get even more excited knowing that I’ll see you there!   FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE EVENT: I Made it Market (both things for wee ones and also healthy home/body) PLACE: Bakery Square (both indoor and outdoor) DATE/TIME: Saturday, April 20, 2013 from noon to 4:00 pm What am I selling? Catnip toys for your kitty friends ($2 each) Lavender sachets for your drawers, purse or to prevent moths in your yarn stash ($12 bundle of 3) Wool lavender sachets to bring beauty to little corners of your world ($8 each) Lunch box napkin sets for adults and kiddos ($12-18 each set) Organic lavender and flax seed eye pillows with washable cover ($15 each) I will also have treats including discounts on introductory packages and yoga spa sessions …

Love Letter Thursday 2.28.13

28.2.13 Pittsburgh, PA I want to live in a world where everyone believes that each new day represents a completely new opportunity.  It really breaks my heart when I talk with my friends, family or students and they feel as though their future has been determined by the mistakes, adversity or experiences of their past.  I see so many of us feeling stuck and in the feeling place of lacking the velocity to bring ourselves out of a trajectory that has us on the wrong track, but we feel like we just aren’t the “type of person” that makes changes “like that” or perhaps we feel doomed to be just like ______________(fill in the blank with the name of some relative).  Sometimes, it is just so hard to see around the obstacles and challenges in our life. I want you to feel powerful in the face of change and adversity.   So, I’ve created, just for you, a sweet meditation practice where you take a little bit of time (an hour and fifteen minutes to …

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 …

Prenatal Yoga Classes in Pittsburgh

Matrika Prenatal Yoga and Exercise Follow this link to Sharon’s awesome Pittsburgh Yoga Doula website for all things delicious, expectant and new!   Group Class Schedule Wednesday at matrika (1406 S. Negley Avenue, Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh 15217) 6:00-7:15 pm Saturday at matrika (1406 S. Negley Avenue, Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh 15217) 9:45-11:00 am Tuition $18 for single drop-in class* $90 for 6-class package *First class is FREE when you buy a package the same day that you take your first class Payment Options Bring a personal check made out to SHARON RUDYK Use a Visa, Mastercard, Discover or any debit card Exact cash (no change is available) Matrika Prenatal Yoga and Exercise classes aren’t just regular classes modified for pregnancy!  Sharon has developed a unique system that prepares mothers in mind, body and spirit with the strength, courage and endurance necessary to enjoy a beautiful pregnancy, powerful labor and birth and mothering a newborn.  No experience with yoga or meditation is required, but Sharon suggests that you discuss with your  care provider and get their support …

Yoga for Meditators

YOGA for MEDITATORS A workshop facilitated by Sharon F. Rudyk SUNDAY, April 28, 2013  from 1:00-3:00 pm $25 Register by calling Sharon (412) 855-5692 or by sending an e-mail to: sharon@yogamatrika.com In this workshop, we will explore a variety of yoga-based movements for body and breath that help prepare the body, mind and spirit for meditation.  Sharon will introduce practice ideas for meditators who want to do yoga to help solve common obstacles faced by adults with a regular meditation practice.  We look at ways to increase energy, calm agitation, relieve stress, open the hips and ease back tension.  In this active workshop we explore asana that provide support for a seated meditation practice and a few restorative and rejuvenating tricks that super-charge the benefits of meditation.  You will learn how to find a more comfortable seat, address aches and pains associated with a seated practice and find relief for physical obstacles that may be preventing you from enjoying a rewarding meditation practice experience. Location: möökshï wellness center, above Biddle’s Escape Café at 401 Biddle …

I’ve Got Soba. Yes I Do!

This post answers the call that regularly haunts yoginis all over the world: I’ve got Soba.  Yes I do! I’ve got Soba. How about you? And, lest we get stuck in some circular nutrition chant that leaves us all hungry and with an increasingly dusty box of soba noodles in our pantries, I’m going to cook my soba noodles tonight.  Yes, I am. I’ve got a box of Soba Pasta that has been giving me the evil eye on my pantry shelf for a more than a few weeks now.  I love soba noodles and I”m pretty sure that at least one of my children will gobble them right up…….but I just haven’t been sure how to make them.  As I have a winter farm share, I’m also trying to take advantage of the local veggies that I have in my fridge that will go bad soon unless I figure out what to do with them—-and SOON! So, tonight, I think I am making this recipe from the Eden Foods website.  I’ll let you know …

Yoga for Women

I am so delighted and honored to have been invited by The Yoga Room in Warren, Ohio to facilitate a workshop on the lunar cycle and womens’ health. In this workshop for women we will explore various cultural, physical and emotional beliefs around transitions in the menstrual cycle. For this experience, we will focus on the moon cycle that brings women through a variety of energetic wisdom cycles that are separate from the menstrual cycle.  Through visualization and meditation, we will learn a specific technique to tune into this energetic moon cycle and to use this cycle to support our creativity, decision making and intuitive trust.  Next, we will explore yoga poses, energy practices and aromatherapy that supports hormone balance, cardiovascular and reproductive organ health and sexual energy through pre-menopause and menopause.  Although this session will be about the cessation of menstruation, the techniques and yoga tools provided will be useful to women in all phases of menstrual cycle and experience. Participants will explore the anatomy of menstruation and the cessation of menstruation from the …

Benefits of Meditation

Hugger Mugger Square Affiliate Banner Wondering about the potential benefits of meditation?  Here are just a few scientifically proven benefits of meditation: 1-Change in Brain Shape: meditation has been shown to increase cortical thickness and increased gray matter and hippocampus size 2-Change in how emotions are processed by the amygdala 3-Meditation changes gene expression and DNA 4-It’s not just for women!  The Department of Defense has invested in meditation programs for marines.  Men benefit greatly from meditation.   5-Meditation is an excellent tool for stress management and stress reduction 6-Meditation has been shown to improve cardiovascular health and prevent cardiac events including stroke   Do you need a new meditation cushion?  Buy one HERE. Posted by Sharon Fennimore Rudyk, an independent yoga and meditation instructor based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Find out more at www.sharonrudykyoga.com.   Animated Dark Banner

Saturday 8:00am

Just imagine—-it hurts a little to get up early, but then you find your way to 1406 S. Negley Avenue and it feels warm and friendly.  It’s OK to eat a light snack right before practice because we will start with an extended centering, intention and breathing practice. Then, you will bloom into a creative flow sequence that clears tension and creates clarity in your connection to your deepest truths.  Then, we practice a sequence of affirmation yoga that not only stretches the body, but aligns the mind with our highest principles.  Then, you are invited to relax.  Really relax. By 9:30, not only are you ready to face the day, but the whole day stretches before your beautiful, vibrant and calm self. All classes in December are just $10.  Bring friends.  If you wish, bring a mug so you can share a cuppa in your post practice glow. I hope I will see you.  This experience can be yours every Saturday.  For a bit more philosophy, please join me on Sunday, December 16th and …