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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kiwanis park saturday morning update

it’s in the bird’s song…yoga is on this morn. see you at 8am. take your time and be careful coming up the hill. there may be more baseball happening, so you might need an earlier start to find a spot.

Community Informational Offerings & Schoolhouse Yoga Subbing Updates

Happy Monday, community! I thought i would share some deeply inspiring information about a charity I had only just learned about quite by accident. As every client has a story, last Tuesday I had a more expansive conversation with a very dedicated client. As discussions often wind around and branch off into uncharted territory, this one was no different. Somehow, we got onto the subject of a non-profit that has been in existence for some time–but is truly extraordinary! This client is a writer and in 1999 wrote a published piece on the Homeless Children’s Education Fund which was founded by Dr. Joseph Lagana. There are MANY non-profits we know, but this one in particular really targets a vitally important and often forgotten demographic. I have provided a link to this outstanding charity that many may include in their cadre of non-profits to donate to. The greater their visibility, the greater their reach! Aleita Hermanowski is the author and she has her own amazing story along with mad writing skills! (see link below)

https://www.bluetoad.com/publication/?i=460287&ver=html5&p=22#{“page”:”22″,”issue_id”:460287}

So, how about we connect the dots to the above Ms. Hermanowski #1…yes, there is another! Serendipity would have it that as I learned about this charity, I also learned about Ms. Hermanowski #2 IN PRINT AGAIN!!!! We have a new business in Etna that is now open….

http://triblive.com/local/hamptonshaler/13734812-74/etnas-shiny-bean-open-for-business

So that means that we have to make some dates yogis!!!!!

I want to thank Aleita for introducing this charity and allowing me to reissue this information. It’s old but it’s still accurate and maybe some of you can really actively be a part of this organization, as I know so many teachers (former and current) who are always wanting to further their passion/mission where our youth are concerned. The census can’t even capture accurate numbers but it would blow our minds if we knew what the real-time stats were of those that were homeless and in a state of “transition”!

And the least important focus of this update is that i am subbing Abby Ritter’s yoga 1 and gentle in squirrel hill this thursday morning at Schoolhouse Yoga (www.schoolhouseyoga.com). There are those who are interested and those who are not and there you have it!!

To the yogis I know are going through some absolutely obscene chaos–you are held in many ways. May you find strength.

We shall hope for a meeting at the park on Saturday! It is looking encouraging :))) Think well and be well!!

and a pic from our last morning practice sky…

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.