All posts tagged: peace

Beautiful and Sensual

I have been using essential oils in my practice and for self-care for many years.  It all started when I participated in some classes and workshops taught by Amy Galper and Schuyler Grant around yoga, acupressure, and aromatherapy about sixteen or so years ago. A couple weeks ago, I received an offer from Utama Spice.  They very generously sent me a complimentary nebulizing essential oil diffuser with a bottle of their own Cajeput essential oil in exchange for my honest review of their products on my blog.  How could I say no?  Also, I very much appreciated the genuinely personal communication I received from Utama.  I made it clear that I would only write a completely honest review and they were in agreement with the conditions I presented to them.  As soon as I opened the package from Utama, I knew I was in for a treat.  The Danau Satu diffuser came in the most tasteful packaging with a floral decoration.  As soon as I pulled it out of the box I was amazed at …

Direct vs. Indirect

As I like to keep this Yoga Matrika blog  focused on yoga and take a mindful approach to all issues, I wasn’t sure whether or not I wanted to bring this highly charged issue to the blog.  I decided to bring it here, not to have a debate on abortion—right or wrong?  Legal or illegal?  Instead, I wanted to question and explore what happens when we fail to use all of our intelligence to consider challenging questions.  The original posting is below and it is from the Women’s Health Policy Report that is put out weekly by the National Partnership for Women and Families. The issue in the article, in case what I have already said has infuriated you or led you to believe that you don’t want to or just can’t read any further, is that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have made a clarification on abortion.  Direct abortion is when you terminate a pregnancy for the only purpose of terminating the pregnancy. In summary, direct=bad, very bad, super bad.  Indirect is when …

What is iRest?

This Sunday, Mickie Diamond is going to be facilitating a Yoga Nidra: iRest workshop, this Sunday, June 6th from 4:00 to 5:15 pm.  The cost of the workshop is $15.  REGISTER HERE This workshop is for everyone and no experience with yoga or meditation is required.  Just wear comfortable clothing and keep an open mind—-it will be lots of fun and you will leave deeply relaxed with some skills that you can use in your real life off the mat. Here is some information about iRest that I have taken from the Integrative Restoration Institute website: Would you like to live with greater ease of being, feel more relaxed, and sleep more soundly? Would you like to develop “tools for life” that enable you to rise above stress, anxiety, fear, pain, and emotional and mental turmoil? iRest is a deeply relaxing transformative practice that leads to physical, psychological, and spiritual health, healing, and well-being. A non-movement-based meditation, iRest invites you to discover an intrinsic sense of peace that is always present, regardless of your life …

Resolution Revolution

I’ve been frustrated lately and overwhelmed—-by my work, by my work relationships, by the fact that my husband has become obsessed with watching CSPAN and mostly by what I feel around me in the energetic field.  We are exhausted and want more from our leaders, our medical system, our businesses and banks.  We want people who have power to start using it in a way that is GOOD and GENEROUS and RIGHT.  Then, this morning, I woke up and I realised that we must have a REVOLUTION.  We must have a great social movement in which EVERY PERSON decides to live each day according to their highest self.  We must STOP violence against ourselves and open to the potential of every moment because it is in our collective pledge to make every moment, every decision and every interaction one that matters that true REVOLUTION will happen.  We will, collectively, create a joyful and responsible energy–an energy where anyone who suggests that not protecting the earth, our heath and our ability to protect and nurture our children …

FABULOUS Yoga Workshops in Pittsburgh

Honestly, I am just delighted, amazed, honored and excited to host these fabulous workshop and special series facilitators—-certainly some of the BEST that Pittsburgh has to offer for yoga, movement and being creative, spiritual and juicy delicious!  Some of these workshops are happening SOON—don’t miss a chance to pre-register and save $$$ and guarantee your space is saved. SEASON of LIGHT, BODY of PEACE  Click Here: Video of Elsie about Workshop Facilitated by Elsie Escobar Sunday, December 6 from 12:30-2:30 pm $25 pre-registration/$35 at the door (space allowing) Set an intention for the holiday season and the approaching New Year and learn some techniques for setting priorities and making time for the beauty and grace available to us during this special time of year.  This is a great way to start a stress free holiday season!     Meditation Session with Bhante Pemaratana Monday, December 7, 2009  7:30-8:45 pm Location: PEACE ROOM (use side door to YOGA MATRIKA) Cost: by donation  (suggested $5 per session) Everyone is welcome.  No experience with meditation required. Bhante Pema will lead the …

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!  …

A Great Healing

About 2-weeks ago now, I went to the emergency room in some of the worst pain I have ever been in.  The back of my throat was blistered and I had a deep pain in my upper chest.  For three-nights I had been up with this terrible pain that did not respond to Ibuprofen or any of the over the counter treatments I had to try.  In the emergency room, I was told that I had acid reflux and was given some very powerful medications—-including one that has irreversable neurological problems as one of the common side effects. I had a suspicion that I actually had a viral infection and made an appointment with acupuncturist Melissa Sokulski at the Birch Center.  In addition to the viral infection, I suspected that recent headaches and some of my complaints were related to stress and grief.  I had responded well to acupuncture before, so I had high hopes for this treatment and my recovery. To my absolute amazement, the morning following my treatment, the blisters in the back of my …