All posts tagged: yoga Squirrel Hill

Matrika on the Go

  I’m taking matrika style on the go and you can find me offering yoga and meditation classes on Sundays and Mondays at mookshi wellness center!  Save your space in a series today.  I’m also offering a workshop for women and one for meditators.  I hope to see you at mookshi soon! GROUP CLASSES Mindful Flow Join me for this esoteric bliss mission!  In this yoga series open to all levels, we move with the breath creating joy in open awareness.  As our practice is a moving meditation, we use a variety of poses, breathing exercises and visualization techniques from Chinese, Tibetan and Indian yoga traditions to create flexibility and strength in body, mind and spirit.  This healing practice will help you feel centered, relaxed and inspired.  Enjoy a stronger and more flexible body as you build a foundation for profound happiness and tranquility. SERIES I: Mondays, March 4, 11, 18 and April 1 from 10:00-11:15 am SERIES II: Mondays, April 8, 15, 22, 29  from 10:00-11:15 am Tuition: $60 for each series of 4-classes …

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).

Have a Cuppa for Holiday Tension

Many of my yoga students confide in me that they “can’t meditate.”  In most cases, this is based on a misunderstanding of what meditation is.  In many cases, I inform my students that, in fact, they have been meditating with me for years in our practices together!  Here is a meditation in the form of a tea drinking ritual that everyone can enjoy and an added breathing exercise with aromatherpy for even more emotional balance. Making an excellent cup of tea takes time.  Use this time to focus on what you are doing.  This ritual starts with the selection of your tea making equipment and mug.  If at all possible, boil fresh water in a kettle on the stove or an electric kettle.  If you must use a microwave, then you must, but for this ritual, it would be most effective if you boiled the water using heat generated from electricity or natural gas so that you can listen to the sound of the water bubbling and boiling.  The type of tea that we will …

Winter Class Descriptions

Check out the Winter Schedule during our preview in December (December 8-22, 2012)! MATRIKA YOGA An all-levels practice that combines techniques for physical postures (asana), breathing exercises (pranayama), visualization, stretching and relaxation from Tibetan, Chinese and Indian yoga traditions.  Explore sensation and movement in body and mind as you build strength, increase endurance, flexibility and balance while relieving tension and stress. MATRIKA FLOW YOGA This is an eclectic hatha yoga practice similar to Matrika Yoga classes with an emphasis on longer vinyasa flow style sequences.  Students of all levels who prefer a more physically active yoga practice will enjoy this class.  This is a mindful flow practice and students are invited to flow at their own level and pace. MATRIKA CALM/MEDITATION All-levels meditation practices are one-hour in length.  All sessions include some mindful movement, breath awareness and instruction in a variety of seated meditation techniques.  Great for stress management YOGA THERAPEUTICS In these classes we use proven yoga techniques to address our physical, mental and energetic health issues.  Based on student request and intake information, …

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 …

Good Reads for Kids

So far, I’ve limited my “good reads”* list to books for adults.  But,, as my 5-6 year old son has started to expand his capacity for narrative, we’ve been reading longer books and we’ve recently found a few true gems.  I’m inspired to offer my dear readers some lovely books to share with a child.  Even if it is just your “inner child”……ENJOY! *Please note that ALL of my “good reads” can be found at the Carnegie Public Library of Pittsburgh.  I know because that is where I found them!  I just provide some links below to Amazon so you can find out more about the book (you know, I’m friends with a lot of librarians so I know how important an ISBN number can be to some people…….).  I’m not suggesting that you buy the books, but I imagine these would make wonderful gifts for a child in your life. 1. The No. 1 Car Spotter by Atinuke and illustrated by Warwick Johnson Cadwell This was a really amazing book to read outloud to …

Day 5, Week 1: 8-Weeks with Rodney Yee

I just couldn’t help myself.  I am not doing well with this meditation after savasana routine.  Honestly, I’m exhausted.  I’m doing my practice after a long day and night of mothering, working full time and dealing with the world and all the thoughts rumbling in my head.  After savasana, the only thing left is to have a cup of tea, blog and take myself to bed.  I understand completely why the meditation is after the savasana, but it isn’t a realistic order of things for me personally.  So, yet another night of modifying the prescribed practice…….legs up the wall, meditation, savasana. Please feel free to join me in my 8-week program with Rodney Yee. You can share your own experience by leaving comments on this blog. It’s OK if you start on a different day or we get out of sync. This is going to be fun! Posted by Sharon Fennimore Rudyk, the fearless leader of Team Matrika. Are you in Pittsburgh, PA? Join us for a great class at Yoga Matrika in Squirrel Hill.

Day 2, Week One: Home Practice

I was surprised, but I really loved the opening sequence of one-minute downward dog poses followed by one minute standing forward bend poses.  This opening sequence was both grounding and inspiring. Otherwise, I’ve got three words about today’s practice: Too Much Triangle.  And, really, I’m a big fan of triangle pose.  It is both challenging and comforting.  But, I just stopped doing the prescribed number of triangle poses in this practice because they didn’t feel right to me.  I also added a child’s pose into the mix and closed my practice with a chanting session.  Perhaps, after years of having a regular home practice, it is just impossible to go back to following instructions when the instruction doesn’t make sense for how I feel?  I know that, before I had a home practice I might not have even known how I felt and would probably have blindly followed the pictures and the practice as published. Please feel free to join me in my 8-week program with Rodney Yee. You can share your own experience by …

Day One, Week One: Attachment & Weakness

A few weeks ago I threatened to start Rodney Yee’s 8-week Home Yoga Practice program from his book, Moving Towards Balance: 8-Weeks of Yoga with Rodney Yee and blog about my experience.  Today, I’m making good on my threat.  It’s Day One of Week One. Today’s practice involved practicing multiple versions of some standing poses.  Already, I’m kind of frustrated.  After twenty-years of practice, I like doing these poses the way I like doing these poses.  So, today, I met the beast of attachment head on and I did the poses the way Rodney wanted me to.  I’m still going to keep doing the poses my way, but once I got over my attachment issues, I did find that doing the poses in the variety of ways that the practice suggested, I was able to find different sensation in the poses.  It was really an invitation to feel the poses in a variety of different ways and this brought me into deeper awareness of sensation in my body and the alignment and use of my …

Practice What You Preach

For a couple of years now, the book I have used as a reference when planning Matrika Flow classes and that I consistently refer to my students that wish to develop their home practice is Rodney Yee’s text, Moving Toward Balance: 8-Weeks of Yoga with Rodney Yee.  I am very familiar with this book and feel that it has wonderful pictures, very clearly written instructions and well-conceived sequences.  I’ve always felt confident when I refer students and other teachers to this book. But, if I’m going to be completely honest, I’ve never actually done the eight-week program.  So, it’s time for me to step up to the mat and practice what I preach.  My excuse has always been that I have a wonderful daily practice of yoga and meditation that I enjoy and I have never wanted to disrupt it.  Why would I change a good thing?  Well, there are LOTS of reasons why shaking things up a bit might be a good thing and I am going to make a commitment to this 8-week …

Meditation Series

This fall, Yoga Matrika is offering a 12-week Meditation Series facilitated by Bhante Pema. This is a very unique opportunity in Pittsburgh to study and practice meditation. By making a 12-week commitment, you will start to see the benefits of regular practice over the course of three-months. Dr. Josephine Briggs, the Director of the National Institutes of Health, National Center for Alternative and Complementary Medicine, says that, “It is now well established that the meditative state can be associated with changes in electrical function of the brain, and recent imaging studies suggest that there may actually be neuroanatomic changes as well.”  In addition, a new study by the Public Library of Science suggests that regular meditation can have a significant impact on stress related illnesses. “The study found that in comparison to a control group of people who had never meditated, a group of regular meditators actually suppressed twice the number of genes that induce stress responses such as high blood pressure and inflammation in the body.Long term effects of the expression of stress-related genes …

Art of the Inhale

At Yoga Matrika, an intimate community-based yoga studio in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, I offer a class three times a week called Body, Breath and Mind.  These are intermediate level yoga classes with a holistic approach to yoga practices including asana, pranayama, energy anatomy,philosophy and ethics and meditation. This week, one of the pranayama exercises we will practice is Anuloma Krama.  This beautiful breathing practice starts with a complete exhale.  The empty lungs are then filled in two sips of breath with a pause between.  In this sweet ode to the in-breath, we pause to appreciate what it feels like to be full of potential, energy and life.  Then, we realize that we can open just a little bit more.  Then, we pause in this great state of expansion and life before returning to where we began, with a complete exhale. While these instructions are given here for general use, it is important to note that: Many people should not hold their breath, including women who are pregnant.  Please ask your doctor if you have any …

Creative Thursdays at The Mat

Thursday is shaping up to be a very creative day at The Mat!  Located on Wilkins Avenue in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, Yoga Matrika offers great yoga, pilates and mediation classes and now creative play, creative movement and a knitting group.  We are an inclusive community and all of our classes are offered on a contribution basis.  Come and play with us on Thursdays! Each moment rushes from all sides rushes to us the call to love. We are running to contemplate its vast green field. Do you want to come with us? This is not the time to stay at home, But to go out and give yourself to the garden. The dawn of joy has arisen, And this is the moment of union, of vision. ~ Rumi Creative Thursdays stars with a Creative Flow class for adults. Bobbi teaches this creative yoga class from 8:00 to 9:15 am that includes everything you love about yoga and also provides opportunity to move, sway, jump and roll by adding creative movement into the flow.  Absolutely no …

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 …