All posts tagged: Yoga workshops Pittsburgh

Menstrual Education 1974 Style

Our understanding about our menstrual cycle—what it means, how we manage it and what we are permitted to do and not do when “Aunt Flo” visits is developed in a unique time and space. The cultural implications of education, communication and general knowledge is significant. Watch this incredible menstrual education video from 1974 and you will be amazed at how our understanding today is both very different and very much the same as the way menstruation is depicted in this educational film. PERIOD. A workshop for women facilitated by Sharon F. Rudyk SUNDAY, April 14, 2013 from 1:00 to 3:30 pm $35 (tuition includes a cycle tracker kit and all handouts) Register by calling Sharon (412) 855-5692 or by sending an e-mail to: sharon@yogamatrika.com In this workshop, you will be re-introduced to your amazing menstrual cycle on physical, spiritual and energetic levels.  The cost of the workshop includes a kit with everything you need to learn about fertility signs and tracking the length and phases of your own unique cycle.  Never be surprised by your …

A Sutra is for Saying

In order to understand Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, we can’t just read them.  We must chant them and chant them together so that we absorb the vibration of meaning on the deepest level possible. You are welcome to a Satsang this Friday night at Yoga Matrika, 1406 S. Negley Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217 for an interactive and festive lecture/discussion on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and their significance for our practice and our lives. Read more and register here ($15 pre-register/$20 at the door).

A Chakra is not A Rash

A Chakra is not a rash, a medication for indigestion or a travel destination. Unless you’ve been under a rock for the last twenty years, you’ve heard this term hundreds of times as even daytime talk show hosts like Ellen throw the word around casually like everyone must know what she means.  But, do you really KNOW? Come explore the lower chakras with Kendell Romanelli at Yoga Matrika in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh on Sunday, October 23 from 2:00-4:00 pm. Read more and register here.

Ashtanga Yoga at Matrika

Introduction to Ashtanga Yoga Facilitated by Lynn Rescigno Sundays from 4:00-5:15 pm Series Cost $40* [REGISTER ONLINE HERE] Dates: October 30, November 6, 13, 20 Location: Yoga Matrika, 1406 S. Negley Avenue, Squirrel Hill *Drop-in students admitted as space permits.  Drop-in tuition is available here.     What is ashtanga? [Thank you to Annie Grover Pace for this informative article.  This text is taken directly from her original.] Ashtanga Yoga, practiced in its correct sequential order, gradually leads the practitioner to rediscovering his or her fullest potential on all levels of human consciousness—physical, psychological, and spiritual. Through this practice of correct breathing (Ujjayi Pranayama), postures (asanas), and gazing point (driste), we gain control of the senses and a deep awareness of our selves. By maintaining this discipline with regularity and devotion, one acquires steadiness of body and mind. “Ashtanga” literally means eight limbs. They are described by Patanjali as: Yama (abstinences), Niyama (observances), Asana (postures), Pranayama (breath control), Pratyahara (sense withdrawal), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation), and Samadhi (contemplation). These branches support each other. Asana practice …

Do You Know Your Heart?

This weekend, Plamen Karagyozov will be facilitating a three-hour workshop featuring the heart salutations at Yoga Matrika, an intimate space for yoga, meditation and healing in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh.  Acquaint Your Heart will be held from 1:00 to 4:00pm on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at Yoga Matrika. If you were asked to describe your heart’s desire, most likely, you would immediately formulate a cerebral response that would be conditioned by culture, religion, traditions, expectations and other aspects of your unique human experience.  In reality, the heart is the very first organ of intelligence that you formed in your embryonic state.  We can learn how to consult the heart, listen to the heart and act on the heart through yoga and movement practices that draw upon our embodied intelligence to gain access to this important source of information. The Heart Salutations that Plamen will offer in the workshop are a twelve step sequence flow (vinyasa) of energetic seals of the whole body(mudras) and asana that are accompanied by the breath (pranayama). At first, the body is …

Why Restore?

This Sunday (October 2, 2011), Lisa Clark is going to be offering a Restorative Yoga workshop at Yoga Matrika, a most cozy and intimate community-based yoga studio in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh.  The workshop is just two-hours long, but the effects will last a lifetime. You might wonder what the benefits of restorative yoga are, especially if you are healthy, injury free, athletic and tend to prefer active yoga practices with an emphasis on physical challenges.  Or, you might know that you desperately need a restorative practice, but can’t seem to justify the investment of time or money.  Maybe you aren’t even sure what restorative yoga is, but anything that might give you some peace and quiet for two hours just can’t be a bad thing……….. So, for the curious, here are some of the unique benefits of restorative yoga practices: Activate your parasympathetic nervous system to fight illness and support optimum fertility, hormone balance, immune system and clarity of mind. Lowers blood pressure.  Yes, even the Food and Drug Administration suggests that restorative yoga is …

Spring Preparation #7: Run and Run Safely

Anyone who knows me understands that I personally only run when chased.  Or, perhaps, if there is a shout-out for free beer and pizza.  Even then, it would have to be really good beer.  But, I support all of my yoga students and the yogis “out there” who do run joyfully just for the sake of running and wanted to share information about this fabulous workshop for runners being offered in Pittsburgh on the first day of spring!  One of the facilitators, Linda Meacci, is both a fabulous yogini and instructor and has always been supportive of Yoga Matrika.  It is my delight to promote her work to share this essential practice and tools for running as safely as possible. Resistance Stretching and Yoga Conditioning for Runners and Endurance Athletes w/ Linda Meacci and Lucas Marsak Sunday, March 20, 2011 2:30pm-5:00pm Schoolhouse Yoga / South Side Works Studio  www.schoolhouseyoga.com $30 in advance / $35 at the door Calling all runners, endurance athletes and Pittsburgh Marathoners! Is it time to inject new life into your training? …

Didgeridoos and Yoga: No kidding!

If you love the digeridoo and yoga, then these fabulous workshops being hosted by the Yoma Room later this month look unique and wonderful.  The Yoma Room is a very supportive friend of Yoga Matrika and I hope you will consider a trip out there for these workshops.  Check out the Yoma Room here: http://www.yomaroom.com Friday, April 30th 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Journeying Through the Chakras This lecture is designed to introduce the novice as well as the experienced healthy living seeker to concepts that include: What is a Chakra? Location of Chakras? What is a Meridian? What are the Dantiens? How are the Chakra, Dantiens and Meridian systems similar? How are Chakras, Dantiens and Meridians interconnected? What are energetic stagnations? What are emotional stagnations? How does the health of my energetic body effect the physical body? What illnesses are rooted in particular chakras/organ energies? General Q and A Chakra Meditation: Joseph has a collection of very unique didgeridoos that give him the ability to change the note or key of the instrument while …

2.20 Yoga Workshop for Women w/Linda Meacci

CIRCLES of STRENGTH A Workshop for Women Facilitated by Linda Meacci, RYT February 20, 2010 2:00 to 4:00 pm $25 in advance/$35 at the door Does a fog of unworthiness shroud your spirit?  Does courage elude you when the going gets tough?  Do you see life as a timeline that is full of obligations and pressures? Do you struggle to be fully present in this moment? This workshop, designed just for women, will guide you to: *  Learn safe ways to build overall body strength *  Integrate the dance of stability and freedom *  Channel emotional energy in healthy ways *  Increase self-confidence *  Tap into your creative source *  Appreciate the circular nature of life experiences on and off the mat This well-balanced practice will blend the yin and the yang–flexibility and strength.  Proper alignment will be emphasized in strength poses such as Caturanga-Dandasana (half plank), and Vasisthasana (side plank) and also in flexibility poses such as Setu-Bandhasana (bridge) and Urdhva-Dhanarasana (wheel).  We will move through sun salutes and warrior postures with stira (steadiness) …

FABULOUS Yoga Workshops in Pittsburgh

Honestly, I am just delighted, amazed, honored and excited to host these fabulous workshop and special series facilitators—-certainly some of the BEST that Pittsburgh has to offer for yoga, movement and being creative, spiritual and juicy delicious!  Some of these workshops are happening SOON—don’t miss a chance to pre-register and save $$$ and guarantee your space is saved. SEASON of LIGHT, BODY of PEACE  Click Here: Video of Elsie about Workshop Facilitated by Elsie Escobar Sunday, December 6 from 12:30-2:30 pm $25 pre-registration/$35 at the door (space allowing) Set an intention for the holiday season and the approaching New Year and learn some techniques for setting priorities and making time for the beauty and grace available to us during this special time of year.  This is a great way to start a stress free holiday season!     Meditation Session with Bhante Pemaratana Monday, December 7, 2009  7:30-8:45 pm Location: PEACE ROOM (use side door to YOGA MATRIKA) Cost: by donation  (suggested $5 per session) Everyone is welcome.  No experience with meditation required. Bhante Pema will lead the …

Yoga Therapy for your Lower Body

There is still room in this healing workshop with Elsie Escobar on Friday night, October 30th.  Elsie will teach you yoga techniques for bringing the lower body into alignment and soothing any pain that you might have in your back, hips, knees, ankles or feet through gentle movement and stretching. Please pre-register for the limited spaces that are still available by calling Sharon at Yoga Matrika (412) 855-5692. Anusara Therapeutics: The Lower Body Friday, October 30 from 6:00-8:00 pm Facilitated by Elsie Escobar Treat your back, hips, knees and ankles to a mini-retreat! $25 pre-register/$35 at the door   Here is a link to a blog entry that talks about the power of Anusara Therapeutics:  http://yogaforgeeks.com/blog/sarahfelicity/tips-and-tricks-from-an-anusara-therapeutics-workshop Here is a link to Elsie’s fabulous online Kula: http://elsiesyogakula.com/

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, …