InShaler Magazine and Details on the Park Program

Hello new readers and those just discovering that Shaler Township has had a community yoga program in place for the third year starting this May.  The program is truly inclusive and made available to anyone that is able to attend.  You do not have to be an established practitioner or have any other kind of yoga acumen.  We are a mix of all experiences and walks of life.

 

We meet on the tennis courts before 8am with class starting promptly at this time.  We go through a gentle series which can be made more difficult should the practitioner desire that.  One’s practice is always a personal endeavor even with someone guiding you, it should only be about where you feel safe to go and no one can make you do otherwise.  As teachers, we give you an offering and what you do with it is by and large, your choice.  the goal is to create more unity  between mind and body and self-care is oart of that.

You will need a mat, a towel for cushioning or rolling otherwise known as prop use!  if you have a block or strap or both–bring what you have 🙂  there is no such thing as “yoga clothes” that should preclude you from a practice.  anything light and comfortable.  dress in layers as the season is so unpredictable right now.   we do not want to be distracted by the ideas about how we look, our concerns are about whether we have comfort and how that allows us to more truly deeper into a mind/body practice.

I would like to mention something about religion in relation to yoga as i have had some interesting diaologue as of late.  Yoga is absolutely not a religion and there is no one looking to recruit anyone!  The yogic practices are philosophies.   Some are devout in their practices of the “8 limbs” and some incorporate just a bit into their lives.  It is not anything you have to even consider.  The physical practice known as “asana” is just one limb and it is what most people understand in the western world that “yoga” is primarily.  “yoga” is beyond this and has nothing to do with trying to indoctrinite those who discover it via movement (primarily).  In order to experience life, one must be present/connected and if anything, yoga can be our greatest tool or instrument to facilitate this.  The masses are discovering this.  Learning how to live a life where fear does not drive us is something we all work on.  This is a struggle united that we all can work to neutralize in many ways.  Yoga is one very powerful option.

Parking and set-up can be a little tricky with everyone coming right before start time so try and give yourself ample time.  If you are new, there is a simple waiver to complete.  The word is out and everyone knows that yoga under the skies of breaking dawn is a glory to behold!  Come share the power of your own being and discover that if you can breathe, you can call yourself a yogi!  ;^)

Be sure as we move through the season, to “follow” this site, so when cancellations are posted, an email link will be sent to you.  You can also follow/check the “lizzzrrd lounge studios” facebook page and twitter @lizzzrrdlounge.  We try to go for as l9ng as we can tolerate the changing season.

Thank you for staying connected here and “Welcome” to all the new faces that we will meet and are reading this, and to the existing yogis–BIG GROUP COLLECTIVE HUG!!!!  I can almost smell the warm asphalt of the courts!!!  :))))

Any questions or concerns, please send me an email.

Namaste all and see you soon!!!

🙂 lizzie

 

 

 

 

 

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Schoolhouse Yoga Subbing & Early Park Update

Just a little note to some who are interested that I will be subbing both of Diane’s morning classes in the North Hills (9:30am Yoga 1 and 11:30a Gentle) tomorrow morning.

Also, it looks like we may be rained out for Saturday but we can still keep hoping. With these violent rains, I hope everyone has been safe and free from harm. Stay tuned for final affirmation to come…

Happy summer solstice. Even where there is no light, there can still be hope.

Kiwanis Park Saturday Update

Some yoga to greet our morn is on this morning! The Tribune Review did a lovely encapsulation of what our practice means. Thank you, Jody!! And thank you to you all for allowing them to interview you and capture you on film. Communities working toward wholeness and inclusivity could not be any more important than at this time. It is good that we can encourage and celebrate that.

Remember…drive slow as you approach the grade up the hill to the courts. Car will love you more!

here’s the link…

http://triblive.com/local/hamptonshaler/13698767-74/shaler-residents-visitors-rise-and-shine-for-yoga-in-the-park

Memorial Day Practice on Saturday Morning @ Kiwanis Park

The weather continues to be spectacular, so this will be an early reminder that yoga is planned tomorrow at the park (tennis courts). Plan on an 8am start as usual, and if you are new, give yourself some extra time to fill out a little waiver. Remember you may want to refrain from using personal products with scents as you may become highly attractive/consumable to to the insect nation.

There will be no follow up notice tomorrow morning unless we have an emergency cancellation. I am experiencing a small medical condition but i still have a spare eye 😉

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i thought it would be nice to introduce many of you to Schoolhouse Yoga’s North Hills studio right at the Ross Park Mall entry (by Half Price Books). It is one of the 3 studios all over the city and one of the loveliest with it’s light-filled space. Sometimes before I teach later on Saturdays, i can sneak some “restorative” yoga in before I teach my formal 2pm Restorative. As you can see, it is a lush supported practice. It is the most ‘nutritionally dense’ and healing forms of practice according to (medical) experts. If you have never had ‘the studio experience’–it can be a very luxurious, highly punctuated variation on your practice meaning–you can go deeper.

kiwanis park cancelled due to rain and safety issues tomorrow morn

in light of rain predicted through the morning and the concern over the hunt for the two home intruders and because far too many of you really want to be home watching THE WEDDING–doesn’t it just make sense to cancel tomorrow?! so let’s take the morn and rest while we can. we will set our eyes on the following saturday which is memorial day weekend. safety is everything and the conditions don’t seem to be in our favor for tomorrow aa it stands now. so get some good rest and we will try again for another saturday.

And so we begin anew…

Hello again and welcome to our 6th year of yoga in the park at Kiwanis!!! Many of you are probably saying to yourself “REALLY?! WHO KNEW!” Well, we sort of did. And now, more and more are happily learning about the program which is free to all—meaning neighboring communities—that’s what the “ALL” part is about!!! INCLUSION 🙂

The intent of the program is about many things. I could go a longer route and tell you that right now i am sitting in the shaler library typing this out to you because it allows me to procrastinate even longer on the things i should have done a week ago. If i am TRULY honest, it might be more like 3 WEEKS!!! I also have piles of laundry that need to get to the laundromat which of course implies that there might be a mess at home, and again, it may be more about the plural versus the singular reference. That says nothing about the pets and the kids and the yard and all of the other things that need attention/tending…which brings us back to this rather lovely writing distraction of acquainting and reacquainting (with you). I am sure i am not in the singular where messy lives are concerned. everyone has their own private mess—of a life, of a house, of a job, a relationship…

We can all put on our masks and go about our business and no one would ever guess looking at us what we battle daily. That is the truth. And this is where we come back to the area of yoga…we all know what the truth does. It is the portal to our freedom. What we all work and struggle with is: ultimate balance and truth, and the process of learning to let go. It is up to us to allow that possibility for expansion and acceptance and refusal to let fear take the wheel. The intention behind the program at the park, aside from the physical conditioning, is to allow ourselves the space and time to see what lies within our hearts. We know what is in our minds–because that is where many of our obstacles originate; it is moving back to the idea that our truth may not be so complicated–simply hidden and quieted. our physical (asana) practice helps us to shake things loose and awaken. Together we move, we breath, we feel—WE LAUGH!!! All that will be asked of you is to release your ideas about anything. Create vastness. Starting in the mind…

So to the minds that are still running analytics and inquiries: what will you need? It is all answered in prior posts but for sake of ease—a mat (borrow, beg or buy), comfy layered clothes (it can be chilly), shoes are unnecessary unless they are keen’s (then i will keep them). Bring good hydration, do not eat a substantial meal for at least 2 hours prior. If you suffer from low-blood sugar and are thinking nothing is better at all…some healthy glucose like fruit or a little yogurt is good no less than an hour before. BRING A BIG DENSE TOWEL of some sort or a throw/shawl! We will use them. A BELT!! Ladies if you have a partner in your life and they are a male, usually the longer the belt is, the better!! A winter scarf works and WE KNOW you have not packed them away yet!!!! If you have aqua/water shoes (slip-ons), they can be nice to use. If you have socks with grippy bottoms, again, they are also helpful for those who like to have something on their feet. Foot phobias are real and i do understand. If you have an old round bolster pillow, they are SUPER DUPER!!! Any props you own, they are welcome! These things are used as aides. you don’t need to bring them all the first time and every time, but acquire them slowly. You do not need “yoga clothes” AT ALL!!!! When we are practicing, there is not one of us that holds on long to the idea that ‘someone is watching us’. We have abandoned you (sorry!) and created our own world on our mat. Our reality is a place of our making. The hardest part OF OUR PRACTICE is maintaining our vigil over our the conscious mind and running interference with the ego. it is a recalibration and seamless integration we are crafting. it is not a religion but more about your own music and hearing it once again.

If you have never taken a yoga class, you have not lost your validity one iota. Yoga (nowadays) is like autism. When you have taken one yoga class, you have met one variation of the practice. In the western world at this time, classes are often an amalgamation and though it often creates great frustration and consternation to the “purists”, it is still an introduction on some level.

it is important to stay tuned into social media the night before and especially the morning of, when we have inclement weather. usually, every saturday we are to convene, i post on this website by 7:30am and it automatically updates the Facebook (lizzzrrd lounge studios) page. you have to hit the “follow” button at lizzzrrd.com (wordpress site) if you want to get an email notification that a new entry has been made to the site/Facebook. there have been on rare occasions an emergency cancellation. social media will indicate this. please check it!

lastly, come early especially since it is the new season. waivers take a little but of your time and must be completed. the shaler plant club’s sale is tomorrow at 9am but they set-up early meaning parking will be a little nutty.

we practice on the TENNIS COURTS! it sits above the pool and the road to get their circles the ballfied. please go slow and be mindful of pedestrians…and bears.

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and lastly, i don’t capitalize. grammar nazis can berate me when you we meet.

peace out and here’s hoping tomorrow is our day!!! we sure don’t want a repeat of last year. i could probably say that again and again.

can’t wait to see all of you!!! there will be hugs :))))

good night and sorry this came so late. you will have mail in the morning and maybe sun too!

sweet dreams,

lizzie

p.s. those pics are especially for donna…the glory after every storm. be safe all.

Quick February 2018 Update

 

i am subbing diane’s 6:30p yoga 1 @ schoolhouse yoga’s north hills studio tonight. thanking Dobra Tea (Pittsburgh, PA) and their amazing miso soup, rosemary hotcha and bean paste delicacies for fueling tonight’s class. if you love miso soup–they have one of the best in the area…i know, it makes no sense. so maybe now is a good time to ask yourself…SELF! when are you gonna stop OVER-thinking EVERYTHING?!

stay safe and warm with this unpredictable weather. check the Schoolhouse Yoga site for quarterly changes come march 1st. my schedule will change to the following:

tuesday • north hills
11a – 12:15p Gentle & meditation

saturday • squirrel hill
10:15a – 11:30a gentle

saturday • north hills
2:00p – 3:15p restorative

sunday • north hills
11:00a – 12:15p gentle

keep your eyes tuned to the “inshaler magazine” for spring info on the 2018 kiwanis park yoga program. we traditionally start on the first saturday in may.