All posts tagged: yoga philosophy

Hope, Marx, and the Body

I have had the great fortune of studying with and, in some cases, just been able to listen to, some people that I would consider to be genuine geniuses.  My fortune has been so great, that it would not be possible to list everyone here.  One of these people is David Harvey, who I met and studied with when I was a student at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York.  David Harvey is a critical geographer and anthropologist with significant passion for improving the conditions of life for humans everywhere.  Anyone who has studied Anthropology, or perhaps, any social science, knows that, it doesn’t look good for humans.  Almost every ethnography documents some kind of suffering—-the kind that we inflict on each other, the kind that we inflict on ourselves and the tragedies inherent with war, famine, natural disaster, racism, disease and the list goes on.  After six years of graduate work in Anthropology, I can tell you that the research consistently reveals that we aren’t that nice to one another and we don’t …

Practice, Dharma & Brunch

Join Sharon for this deep yoga study opportunity on the third Sunday of every month (no classes in July or August). We start with a practice of deep, long-held asana—-in a combination of yin-restorative styles that incorporates aromatherapy, breath and energetic therapies. The practice is supported by a theme based in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and other classical yoga texts. After practice, Sharon discusses the sutra or text related to the theme and provides a variety of interpretations and applications for daily life. Sweet breads, muffins, bagels and other morning treats provided for all who pre-register. These gatherings are designed to be a mini-retreat—relaxing, inspirational and rejuvenating! Tuition & Registration Tuition: $25 OR 1-class from package + $10 (Included in Yoga for Life Packages) Kindly RSVP at least one week prior to each session so that Sharon can prepare an appropriate number of handouts and brunch items. In order to save your space, please send Sharon an e-mail to sharon@yogamatrika.com or call her (412) 855-5692 and leave a voicemail. Even if you have a Yoga for …

Advanced Yoga Studies

PRE-REGISTER for ALL ADVANCED STUDIES COURSES Advanced Yoga Studies are courses for all adult yoga practitioners, yoga teachers and other professionals who feel that they would benefit from an in-depth study of various aspects of yoga from a physical, mental and spiritual perspective. Whether you have been teaching for years and feel like you need some new inspiration or you have just been practicing yoga for 6-months and have a significant interest in one or more areas of yoga practice, these courses are for you. Most of these courses are required for the 200-hour teacher training program and all of them carry continuing education credits that can be used to maintain your registration status with Yoga Alliance and other professional organizations. While these courses carry credits that are beneficial for yoga instructors, you do not need to be an instructor to benefit from this type of deep study of yoga. Please join us and explore what you have always known to be true—-life is yoga! Foundations of Practice Facilitated by Sharon Fennimore Rudyk, MA, E-RYT, …

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 …

Desire & Deserve

I was recently supervising my preschooler in the tub and, while he engaged in an imaginary battle between a Thomas the Tank Engine bath squirter and a Fisher Price fisherman, decided to pick up my shampoo bottle and read the text.  This text informed me that, by using this particular product, I would obtain results that would give me the hair that I both desired and deserved. The desired part, I could identify with.  Of course, I desire healthy, shiny, full, fresh smelling and bouncy hair with appropriate fullness.  I certainly desire to protect my hair from anything that might cause damage.  This may be a whole lot of hope to place in dead skin cells, but I could not deny as I read the back of that bottle that, yes, I desired these things.  Admittedly, I also made my purchase with some hope that using this particular product would, in fact, help me obtain a head of hair that had just this list of delicious qualities.  For those of you who know me, I …