All posts tagged: prenatal yoga Pittsburgh

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 …

Spread Your Lips for a Better Birth

I have a prediction that this may become one of my most popular blog posts.  Just wanted to put that out there right from the start. Ina May Gaskin has noted that: Early in my midwifery career, I observed another fascinating relationship pertaining to the Law of the Sphincter.  I noticed a strong connection between the sphincters of the mouth/throat and those of the cervix and yoni.  A relaxed mouth means a more elastic cervix.  Women whose mouths and throats are open and relaxed during labor and birth rarely need stitches after childbirth. (Gaskin, pg. 178) Research now shows that what Ina May Gaskin observed is also supported by actual anatomical features of the mouth and cervix.(As of 4.16.16 it has come to my attention that this link no longer works.) Cervix and vocal fold tissue behave similarly in smear tests.   So mamma, what can you do to keep all your lips relaxed from your mouth to your perineum? 1. Keep people with you in labor who can help you laugh, remind you to …

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

Top Five Reasons to Enroll in the Matrika Prenatal Teacher Training

Top Five Reasons to Enroll in the Matrika Prenatal Teacher Training Reason Number Five You are a yoga teacher.  More than 80% of American yoga practitioners are women.  If you are a yoga teacher in America, then this program gives you the cultural, social and political information you need to better understand the lived experience of your female students.  You will learn teaching skills and techniques that you can use in ANY class with men and women to improve the quality of experience for your students.  And, as an added bonus, you won’t have to freak out the next time one of your students confides in you before class that she just found out she’s pregnant and wonders if it is still OK to take your class.  Have the confidence you need to work with women. Reason Number Four You are a healing professional that works with women and, well, maybe you are a wee bit burned out.  This online program gives you a unique perspective and will challenge everything that you know and understand …

False Claims

Dear Matrika Moms and Dads: Regardless of how you choose to feed your baby, the fact that this product is available on the market should concern you.  It concerns me. This product makes the claim that “they” (a computer provides a statistical analysis report) can tell you whether or not your milk supply is adequate by analysing information you send them regarding the amount collected while pumping (expressing) milk over a three and a half hour period. My heart breaks thinking about any new mom who is concerned about her milk supply, purchases this product and either finds that she can’t pump milk or becomes upset with the results.  Moms and Dads, this product is a computer program and not a reliable resource!  Please, if you have any concerns at all about your supply, you owe it to yourself and to your baby to contact a reliable HUMAN resource who can weigh your baby, watch you nurse, and address all of your concerns in a personalized way.  Take advantage of breastfeeding hotlines, FREE La Leche …

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 …

Love Midwives? Sure you do!

Midwives provide a high level of quality maternity care not only for the whole woman, but also for the whole family.  Shining Light Prenatal is showing a documentary this Friday on the amazing American midwife and women’s health advocate Ina May Gaskin.  The event is by donation and will support a new scholarship program that Shining Light is offering that will help more women and families access holistic fertility, pregnancy and postpartum care through Deena’s wonderful programming. Highly recommended!  Here is a link to more information

Liquid Gold

There is now evidence that breast milk contains stem cells and the implications, both for the health and well being of newborns and infants and healing potential for mankind, are astounding.  It’s overwhelming really……. Posted by Sharon Fennimore Rudyk, an independent yoga instructor and doula based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Find out more about Sharon on her website www.sharonrudykyoga.com.

New Year Resolution Package

SPECIAL 2013 New Year’s Resolution Package On sale only until December 22nd 24-Classes in January, February and March for $300 Monthly automatic payments of $100 a month for 3-months. Makes each class only $12.50 Packages can be used for ALL yoga and meditation classes including kids yoga, special classes and workshops (in most cases, multiple-classes are taken off the package for workshops).

Prenatal Yoga Pittsburgh

Matrika Prenatal Yoga & Exercise Class Schedule All prenatal yoga classes are offered on an ongoing basis and you can start at any time. $18 drop-in, 6-classes for $90 or 12-classes for $175. Pay with check or credit card at studio. No registration required. Just arrive 10-15 minutes before class.   SATURDAY 9:45-11:00 am Prenatal Yoga & Exercise   Benefits of Yoga and Meditation During Pregnancy Physical Gentle movements improve posture so that you carry baby correctly and prevent backache Improved circulation mean less varicose veins, hemorrhoids and fluid retention Relieve fatigue Alleviate minor discomforts such as heartburn, pain in hip joints and ribs, muscle cramps and headaches Strengthen the body and learn poses that you can use during labor for comfort Learn pelvic floor exercises and other techniques for strengthening your body for birth Stay toned and fit during pregnancy. Fit moms recover faster from birthing. Emotional Balance mood and learn to center body and mind Connect deeply with your baby before they are born Social Meet other expectant mothers Be a part of …

Pregnancy and Beyond

Please check out our Matrika Prenatal Website for all our fertility, pregnancy and postpartum classes, workshops and services. Sign-up for our pregnancy and/or postnatal e-mail newsletter! Matrika Prenatal Yoga & Exercise Class Schedule All prenatal yoga classes are offered on an ongoing basis and you can start at any time.   WEDNESDAY 6:00 to 7:00 pm Prenatal Yoga & Exercise at YOGA MATRIKA Pay online and enroll HERE. THURSDAY 7:00-8:00 pm Seated Meditation at YOGA MATRIKA (2nd & 4th Thursdays) [Note: this is not specifically a pregnancy class, but meditation is a safe and relaxing practice for women during pregnancy. A great class to share with a friend, partner or husband during your pregnancy!] Pay online and enroll HERE. SATURDAY 9:30 to 10:30 am Prenatal Yoga & Exercise at YOGA MATRIKA Pay online and enroll HERE.   Benefits of Yoga and Meditation During Pregnancy Physical Gentle movements improve posture so that you carry baby correctly and prevent backache Improved circulation mean less varicose veins, hemorrhoids and fluid retention Relieve fatigue Alleviate minor discomforts such as …

Prenatal Yoga Pittsburgh

Yoga Matrika has been providing high quality yoga-based services for expectant women, their partners and families, new moms and families with infants in Pittsburgh for almost five-years now.  We were really lucky last week to have the amazing, generous and talented Sandy Yetter of Red Lotus Photography come to the studio last week to capture some of the wonderful energy at the studio in a Mom and Baby class and a Prenatal Yoga class.  Thank you to all the moms who agreed to be present and share their experience with Sandy.  I think that you, dear reader, will agree, there are very special things happening at The Mat! I think a course in photography from a graphic design college may be just the thing I have been looking for!

New Preeclampsia Research

Matrika Prenatal, Pittsburgh’s premier yoga studio dedicated to prenatal yoga, postnatal yoga, family yoga and childbirth education,  is always trying to stay on top of new research in women’s health.  Here is a very interesting study that discusses the role of trophoblasts (a father directed cell) in preeclampsia. Posted by Sharon Rudyk, Director of Yoga Matrika and Matrika Prenatal, an intimate, community-based yoga studio in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Oh Wow!

It was raining, my husband’s cell phone wasn’t working, he was late to work and we pulled up to my son’s school just a minute before we were supposed to pick him up.  I, somewhat frazzled, jumped out of the car and put a bit of a spring in my step as I jogged towards the appropriate door of the school for kindergarten pick-up.  After I jogged a few steps, I heard this male voice beside me say, “Oh Wow!”.  I wasn’t sure what was so wonderful about a crowded elementary school pick-up scene on a rainy afternoon, but something about the tone of the male voice made me feel kind of uneasy.  It was a “Oh Wow” I’m looking at something kind of sexy “Oh Wow” (if you know what I mean).  But, I kept up my little jog until I heard the “Oh Wow” a little louder and a little closer to my body.  It felt even worse.  Then, I heard “Oh Wow, Oh Wow, Oh Wow watch them bounce.”  It was then …

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 …

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 …

Holiday Yoga: A Prenatal Practice

Yoga Matrika is going to be offering a limited number of prenatal yoga classes during the holidays.  In case you don’t live in Pittsburgh and have found this practice online, Yoga Matrika offers prenatal yoga classes in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The good news about this practice is that you can do it anywhere! We all know that even a few stretches and relaxation exercises can make a huge difference in how we feel during pregnancy.  During the holidays, our diets and schedules change and this makes it even more important that we maintain our practice.  Here is a very short practice that is appropriate for pregnant women that you can do at home, if you are traveling or wherever you roam.  For all you Pittsburgh-based Matrika Mammas, I look forward to seeing you again in person for class in the new year! Center & Breathe First step, find a comfortable seat.  You do not have to be sitting on the floor and if you are at all swollen or feel any aches, it may be best …

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 …

New Pittsburgh Yoga Web Resources

I’ve designed two online yoga resources: One for prenatal and postnatal yoga, pilates and exercise classes in Pittsburgh http://www.prenatalyogapittsburgh.com Another just for my own yoga classes, workshops, trainings and private therapeutic yoga sessions: http://www.sharonrudykyoga.info