All posts tagged: Yoga Point Breeze

University of Pittsburgh Yoga

Yoga Matrika welcomes all University of Pittsburgh students and faculty to our yoga studio in Squirrel Hill.  Just a hop, skip and a jump (with busses stopping less than a block away from the studio) from Oakland.  We offer a special discount for new students: $10 for 10-classes (valid for 10-consecutive days).  After this new student package has expired, we offer a $50 for 7-classes package for full-time students and a variety of economical memberships for adults who are not in school full time.  Finally, our weekend classes, starting with Friday’s 5:30pm Happy Hour Yoga, are all by donation.  We welcome everyone regardless of your ability to pay or touch your toes to all of our weekend classes! Posted by Sharon Fennimore Rudyk, owner and director of Yoga Matrika, an intimate community-based studio on Wilkins Avenue on the border of the Squirrel Hill and Point Breeze neighborhoods of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  https://www.yogamatrika.com/

Carnegie Mellon Yoga Pittsburgh

Are you a Carnegie Mellon student or faculty member looking for a great yoga, meditation or pilates class close to campus?  Yoga Matrika is just a short trip up Wilkins Avenue from campus (5-minutes by bus or car, maybe 10-minutes on a bike).  We have a great introductory deal of $10 for 10-classes in 10-days so you can take a few different classes and see what works best for you in terms of schedule, style and level.  After that, full time college, graduate and professional students can purchase a discounted class card of 7-classes for $50.  These packages are valid for 6-months.  In addition, all of our weekend classes, starting with Friday night’s 5:30pm Happy Hour Yoga, are by donation.  Everyone is welcome to weekend classes regardless of ability to pay. For faculty or students who are expecting or who have young children, Yoga Matrika offers the most comprehensive prenatal yoga, postnatal yoga, family yoga and childrens’ yoga class programs in the city.  Our Family Yoga class on Sundays at 10:45am is by donation and …

Welcome Julika!

WELCOME JULIKA LOMAS Pittsburgh’s yoga community is fortunate to have a new yogini in town.  Yoga Matrika is delighted to welcome Julika Lomas to our community specifically and to Pittsburgh in general.  Julika Lomas will be offering a Core Challenge Vinyasa Flow class on Tuesdays from 8:15 to 9:30am and on Sundays from 7:30 to 8:45 pm.  This will be our most physically challenging yoga class with an emphasis on building strength and toning the entire body.  Enjoy this sweaty and intelligent vinyasa flow class with creative vinyasa series and an energetic flow that is sure to keep you joyful and restored–no matter how grey, icy or cold it may be outside! Please come and try a class with Julika.  Introduce yourself and get ready for a real treat of a class. She starts this Sunday, January 24th at 7:30pm.  Bring your mat, water bottle and a towel and get ready to FLOW. About Julika: After an inspiring journey in various mind and body arts (e.g., fencing, progressive muscle relaxation and M.A. in psychology), I have started …

Remembering the Beginning

I remember my first yoga class.  I was terrified, but also desperate—two emotional qualities that I prefer to limit, never mind experience together!  The terror was due to the absolute distrust that I had that my body could “do” yoga.  The desperation was due to a mounting level of stress that was starting to rule over my days and nights. It was a Bikram class in Philadelphia taught by the extraordinary Joel Pier.  Why was Joel extraordinary?  First, when I went to inquire about the class, he welcomed me in and assured me that my tight, stressed-out, non-flexible and entirely uncoordinated mind and body would only appreciate the task and that it was impossible to fail.  Second, while Joel used the standard Bikram script, he added to it a sense of joy and humour while asking everyone to “just kill themselves!”.  Third, Joel reminded me to smile.  And finally, his patience and insight allowed me to experience the practice on my own, in my own way and safely with respect to my own emotional, spiritual …

Yoga Matrika Schedule

Creating a schedule of yoga classes for Yoga Matrika has always provided me with great illumination and inspiration.  When I first opened the little studio on South Negley, I was teaching the majority of classes myself and a number of very talented local instructors generously agreed to teach a few classes each week.  But, for the most part, it was me and there were less than 10-classes on the schedule each week.  The reality of finding talented instructors who were a good match for Yoga Matrika proved to be one of my earliest challenges in this business. Then, what started to happen was that the Universe started to send me fabulous instructors and many of these teachers have shaped the path of Yoga Matrika.  For example, Heidi —–an angel who took over at the studio without any guidance when I needed to travel for my grandmother’s funeral.  And Julie who became one of the community’s favorite prenatal instructors after agreeing to take some of my own classes without very much guidance or support.  And Bethany, …