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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New Teaching Schedule

as most of you know, i eschew social media and am terrible about broadcasting where i am teaching now that i am physically and emotionally ready to teach again aside from yoga in the park at kiwanis.

i have started teaching at Rival Yoga in the duncan manor shopping plaza (if you know the former Take Yoga–this is the location). i teach thursdays–so today–from noon to 1:00p, and it is a gentle/restorative class for sure.

my teaching has also moved in a direction of working with young adults and adults with intellectual disabilities (autism and other percasive disorders). as a single mother raising two children and autism raising (let the definition move in many ways) me, there will always be a special understanding and connection to those in this community. i teach at shawn mcgill consulting on mt. royal boulevard in shaler/glenshaw. many of you drive by and have seen the lighted hands reaching toward the earth sign–that is the the offices of shawn and staff. they are a social services agency and shawn was presented with the Temple Grandin award last year for work in the autism community (which has been decades). little obscure sign, big work and impact. on saturdays, we hold a group yoga class for these clients and others and we also do additinal work privately (office or home). if you have questions or interest or want to refer someone our way, please just reach out.

so based on the above paragraph, shawn’s offices will be the new location for a public evening class or two. wednesday at 6p (one hour) will start a hybrid yoga1/gentle mix and if you know my teaching style and have attended a class, you would know that you are often doing secret YOGA I moves only you didn’t know it!!! there is a fine line and that is what exists in the mind. it is not the yoga wikipedia reference table! 🙂

a second class is in the works. if you would like to offer some feedback about what you might like to see, that is fine. we all know pittsburgh is saturated with yoga so there are plenty of places to go.

some have asked whether i still teach privately. the answer is yes and this means you can request i come to your home (private or small group of moms, etc), you may start a workplace class or i can work in other venues.

lastly, this is the time for my website expansion and i will be working on the addition of adding “products” for folks to do where ever. so many clients have asked me to so this as they live all over the world and i have not come into this century–until now. those who struggle to get out of bed and try to work to ‘right’ their brain, and emotions, and then have the further arduous task of knocking on the body’s door and asking our parts to join the dance–REALLY?! “not today” might be an answer for a different day if there is more readily available connection to you all. there is nothing that sets me apart from all of you. the struggle has never been more real for each of us on this planet. let’s do the best we can a little at a time, and remember, we can only do what we can starting with ourselves.

so…

this was sent to me from the devastated regions of the ozark mountains.

it does make sense, when nothing else does.

and so the hope will be for a saturday practice in the park. as always, an early morning update will find you…or you find it if you haven’t hit the “follow” button (on the site).

and for the GRAND FINALE!!!

kiwanis park saturday morning update

a good solid morning with no rain. cool temps mean layer-up for sure and please bring a something long to use as a strap (if you have a yoga strap bring it please!) such as a belt (bathrobe belts work especially well) , long sleeve shirt, scarf, with stretch, long resistance bands, jumprope, etc. it would be nice to work on our hips and hamstrings a bit more deeply.

you want to be comfortable with the cool air so i emphasize, be sure not to skimp on comfort thinking you will be moving and will warm up. that isn’t always the case! self care starts the moment we open our eyes.

this week a lot of new folks have learned about the program. we welcome you and reinforce the idea that you can come any saturday and there is no obligation for commitment or for you to have any prior exposure/knowledge-base. all are welcome always.

see you on the courts for an 8am start!