All posts tagged: Pittsburgh meditation

Tibetan Yoga Classes

Tibetan Yoga on Wednesday Mornings 10:00 am In my personal practice of yoga, in the past five-years, I have started to bring more and more of my meditation into my yoga and more of my yoga into my meditation.  Essentially, it is now one practice.  This is possible because the type of somatic meditation that I practice (somatic meaning “of the body”) is rooted in Vajrayana Buddhism.  This is one of the major schools of Buddhist practice and thought that is based on the idea that we all already possess Buddha-nature in ourselves and that enlightenment is just the recognition of our true nature.  The practice has more to do with learning techniques that access much more than the physical body and bring us into a state of open awareness to things as they are.  It is in this “space” where all potential and opportunity exists.  We don’t need to make anything, improve on anything, get more flexible or strong or change anything.  Rather, we use our tools of somatic awareness to enter into an …

Everything Changes

[I said to Suzuki Roshi,] “I could listen to you for a thousand years and still not get it.  Could you just please put it in a nutshell?  Can you reduce Buddhism to one phrase?”…He was not a man you could pin down, and he didn’t like to give his students something definite to cling to. He had often said not to have “some idea” of what Buddhism was.  But Suzuki did answer.  He looked at me and said, “Everything changes.” ~David Chadwick For the past 24-hours, here in Pittsburgh we have been bathed in the light of the sun through clear blue skies. I feel the sun in the fluids of my body and, all of a sudden, my dreams seem possible.  When you live in a place that offers shades of gray (and not in the exciting way) for most days of the year, the light of the sun brings profound shifts in conciousness.  This shift is welcomed because it is warm, light and inspiring.  As much as this change in season from …

Yoga and Meditation Class Schedule

Here is Sharon Fennimore’s current group yoga and meditation class schedule WEEKLY CLASSES MONDAYS 7:00 to 8:15 pm RESTORATIVE YOGA @ Mookshi Wellness Center RESTORATIVE YOGA is a nourishing practice for all experience levels and physical abilities.  A combination of mindful movements, supported asana, breathing and meditation practices that are designed to bring you into a deep state of relaxation.  The movements bring your spine through a full range of motion in the most gentle way possible allowing you to release tension and access a state of well-being.  Mookshi Wellness Center provides ALL the equipment you need (blankets, yoga mat, bolsters, and blocks).  Just wear comfortable clothes and get prepared to be really, really relaxed. WEDNESDAYS 10:00 to 11:00 am WISDOM BODY YOGA and MEDITATION @Mookshi Wellness Center WISDOM BODY YOGA and MEDITATION is a combination of secular Tibetan Buddhist practices for movement, breathing and sounding.  We practice some floor poses, a sequence of nine cleansing breaths and then groups of exercises to calm the mind, release tension in the body and create a state of …

What is a Health Coach Session?

Recently, my sister suggested to me that I start a website called “NotaDoctor.com” and offer intuitive medical counseling to clients.  You see, I’m not a doctor.  I’m not a doctor by any definition.  But, after 20-years of facilitating yoga and movement therapies, studying anatomy and reading as much as I can about the relationship between mind and body combined with a natural ability to “see” my clients as whole and well regardless of their current health and wellness concerns, I have a great deal to offer my students and clients. These sessions are especially helpful for adults who have been told by their therapist or doctor that meditation, mindfulness practices or yoga would be helpful to them in their healing or wellness, but they don’t know where to begin.  I can work with you on sequences of breathing, visualization, relaxation, meditation and/or gentle movements that help you make these healing practices a part of your daily life.  There are many different kinds of meditation and I can help you decide what works best for your …

No Time to Meditate

I know.  You don’t have time to meditate.  I don’t have time to meditate either.  No one has time to meditate and yet we all have all the time we are ever going to have.  We strive for peace, beauty and happiness, but our hours, days, weeks and then years seem to slip away and we are just as behind on our “to do” lists as we ever were.  While we are busy, it seems we are making things happen, being productive and that we are with purpose.  Resting and calming are considered luxuries that we simply can’t afford. Our failure to rest makes us prone to panic, anxiety and depression.  Our unhappiness creates mental chaos and we find that even small decisions are hard to make with clarity.  Our sleep is elusive and of poor quality and we can’t remember our last dream.  Our health is “ok”, but we suffer headaches, digestive problems, chronic low back ache, exhaustion and most of the time we can function, but it always feels like just getting by. …

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 …

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 …

Happiness

Happiness ~Deborah Warren   You think of it as a summer that’s somewhere else, where the insects are rubies and emeralds in the trees, flitting through hymns you’ll be able to hear–tomorrow, where petals quiver out on the air like flames. And plumed birds flash around it, scarlet peacocks waiting there, tricked out for your arrival: Music and beauty;  that’s what you want from it.   What it is is the opposite of that. It’s here already, here in your local April– what did you picture? A bauble from the sun? A star come down and planted in a garden (up the road) and even at noon the dew hanging like beads of heaven on its leaves? No. It’s more like burdock, say, or vetch.   You want it to be the color of sherbet;  strange; a tulip in blue or melons with violet flesh, or a tree with arpeggios where the fruit should be, tended by gods who amuse you while you eat– who fan it with gold-hinged wings and delicious antics; sweeter, really, …

Add More Joy

You deserve the full benefits of meditation.  You work so hard and your days are so full—full of work, of creativity, of passion, of relationships and maybe even full of changing diapers and wiping little faces.   By the end of the day you are exhausted and depleted.  Your stress level is too high and you feel overwhelmed.  You’d like to take a yoga class or learn how to meditate, but you aren’t sure you can add even one more thing to your schedule. For you, I offer private meditation sessions in my unique and flexible three-month program.   I only accept a small number of students at any given time so I can focus on YOU.  You are special to me and I am honored to be your guide on this path to greater joy and liberation from stress, anxiety, worry and guilt.  It’s worth the wait.  Put your name on the waiting list today and you will be one delicious step closer to a better life.  

Health Coach for Women

I provide comprehensive, holistic and compassionate care for women of all ages who want to engage in a positive relationship with their pelvis, reproductive health, endocrine system and menstrual cycles.  This includes: Healing for irregular menstrual cycles Learning how to be aware of and track fertility signs Managing chronic pelvic pain, vaginal pain or hip/low back pain Cesarean and birth recovery including nerve damage, anxiety and abdominal and pelvic floor strengthening Working with symptoms associated with PMS (mood, bloating, headaches, etc.) Alternative support for PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) Infertility, miscarriage and pregnancy loss support Healthy menopause Adrenal Fatigue Anxiety, depression, anger and frustration in relationship to menstrual cycles, fertility, PMS, pelvic pain and infertility WOMEN’S HEALTH CONSULTATION SERVICES 2-Hour Consultation and Evaluation $200 50-Minute Sessions $90 Package of Six Individual Sessions $500 Package of Consultation and Six Individual Sessions $675 HOW DO WE WORK TOGETHER? If you live in Pittsburgh or surrounding suburbs, then we can meet together in person in a beautiful treatment room at Mookshi Wellness Center (401 Biddle Avenue, 2nd Floor above …

NEW Online Meditation Course

Four Noble Truths: Insights and Meditations In this five-week online course, we will explore the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism through Phillip Moffitt’s book, “Dancing with Life: Buddhist Insights for Finding Meaning and Joy in the Face of Suffering.”  The course includes guided required reading of this text and instruction in a variety of mindful meditations that help build compassion and insight.  Introductory tuition $25. You can start the course at ANY time and have immediate access to the first unit upon enrollment.  You have five weeks to take the course from the date you start.  There is no schedule to keep to or required group activities.  Read at your own pace and engage with the videos, worksheets and guided meditations in whatever way is most helpful for you.  No grades.  No pressure.  No requirements. This course is for you if: You want to feel less anxiety, stress and depression You want to learn more about fundamental concepts in Buddhism You need a flexible program that allows you to work at your convenience You wish …

Wanting Mind

Love Letter Thursday 5.16.13 Pittsburgh, PA On this Thursday, I send you some ideas on the wanting mind.  Rooted in desire, the wanting mind is constantly evaluating what we like, don’t like, wish for and don’t wish for.  Although the world keeps changing right underneath our feet, we grasp with the wanting mind and hope (expect?) that somehow we can set the circumstances in place that will allow things to be “just so” and for as long as possible.  This is, exactly, the idea behind the love note itself.  Or is it? In Phillip Moffitt’s book, Emotional Chaos to Clarity (which, by the way, I can’t recommend highly enough), he explores the difference between expectation and possibility.  And, I argue that, based on his explanation of the difference between the two, a love note is exciting because it is filled with possibility rather than expectation.  Sure, you don’t expect to open my little note on Thursday and find something mean spirited, but the reason why you look forward to these notes is because anything is …

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 …

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 …

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

Out of Beer?

Benjamin Franklin said that beer was proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.  But, what happens when you run out of beer? Matthieu Ricard offers some ideas about happiness in this short talk.  Enjoy!

Working the Knots: Yoga and Yarn

NOTE: This is an “older” post from 2012.  I AM offering this workshop on November 15, 2014 at Indie Knit and Spin in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Check out the Indie Knit and Spin website for details and registration information.     Working the Knots: Yoga and Yarn Sunday, January 27th, 4:00-5:30 pm Location: Yoga Matrika Facilitated by Sharon Rudyk (YOGA) and Cosette Cornelius-Bates (YARN) Tuition: $15 Pay on-site with any credit/debit card or personal check.   Join Sharon  (YOGA) and Cosy (YARN) for this delightful workshop for yogis and knitters of all levels.  The workshop begins with some stretches that are helpful for knitters and techniques for enhancing knitting and creativity in general through meditation and visualization.  Once we are warmed up with all our creative juices flowing, we will explore the sensual and social sides of knitting by discussing our current projects and ideas together and receiving guidance from Cosy on a variety of unique techniques for materials, color work and pattern interpretation.  Then, we’ll knit together and close our workshop with a deep relaxation guided …