Thanksgiving Week Schedule

As we are on the eve of Thanksgiving, I want to extend profound thanks to all who have entered my life as a result of yoga’s far reach.  This last year since the studio’s closing has been a very interesting blend of highs and lows–just like for all of us.  The wish for us all is to continue to notice and give thanks for all that we are, have and manage to be, despite these times of great unknowning.  What makes it all tolerable is the kindness of others along the way.

This week’s teaching is as follows…



Schoolhouse Yoga (Squirrell Hill) | 7:30pm – 8:45p Yoga I (subbing for Janna)


Schoolhouse Yoga (North Hills) | 9:30am – 11:00am Yoga 1 (subbing for Diane)

Schoolhouse Yoga (North Hills) | 11:15am – 12:30am Gentle (subbing for Diane)


Millvale Community Library (MCL) – CXL’D THIS WEEK


Schoolhouse Yoga (North Hills) | 10:30am – 11:45am Yoga 1  (New class Times starting next Sunday — CHECK SCHEDULE)

Wishing you and yours peace as always.    Community (UPMC & MCL) classes resume next week.

Happy Holidays

Schedule Reminders This Week & Miscellaneous Stuff

As we venture into the second week of the new schedule, I just wanted to remind you all that this Saturday’s 12:30pm mindful flow is cancelled.  Cancellations don’t happen often but as we head into the winter months, it is good to take this time to remind patrons that school cancellations and delays affect the morning schedule.  Please be sure to check the website blog/facebook or for more immediate info, follow the studio on twitter (@lizzzrrdlounge), when the weather gets frightful.  Your understanding is so appreciated at these times in particular.

Saturday is looking absolutely spot-on for yoga at kiwanis!  How are we getting so lucky?!  I may be dating myself by saying this but “somebody up there likes me/us!”  And doesn’t that make you wonder where this icon went?!  I digress as usual….

A workshop is in the planning stages.  It is not necessarily a workshop built around the asanas, which is just one limb of the eight limbs of yoga but there may be a component though.  Are you getting curious?1  I hope so.  It’s part of the dual function of the studio as well, not only to furnish the space to facilitate our asana practice, but to really cultivate other avenues in order to bring us closer to our selves, and our own true nature.  To move us toward action.  So stay tuned, being born takes some time and lots of really good coffee and conversation…which reminds me!  if you ever have an idea that you want to share, please always feel free.  The studio IS a communal space.  It can can serve many purposes and people.  Just contact me via any which way you can 🙂

Back to the business of schedules…

New schedules have been printed, so be sure to grab one when you can!

Friday’s schedule:

8:15am – 9:00am        the mindful Xpress

9:15am – 10:30am     mindful flow

6:00pm – 7:15pm       mindful flow

Saturday’s Schedule:  (modified)

8:00am – 9:00am        yoga in the park (kiwanis – shaler)  FREE!

10:00am – 10:45am   gentle

11:00am – 12:00pm   basics


That’s it for today.  I hope that everyone is managing to get through what has been a very interesting week within our nation’s history.  Let’s hope that the anxiety and hysteria continually created by the media begins to die down soon.

Be well and don’t forget to hit the “follow” button on this site if you automatically want to be notified when any new activity is posted.


New Fall Schedule Starts Monday, 9/23/13

Thank you for being so patient about the new schedule, it is finally here!


4:00pm – 4:45pm Walking Meditation (or sitting if you like!)
5:00pm – 5:45pm Gentle
6:00pm – 7:00pm Basics


8:15am – 9:00am Gentle
9:15am – 10:30am Mindful Flow
6:00pm – 7:15pm Mindful Flow


8:15am – 9:00am The Mindful Express
9:15am – 10:30am Mindful Flow
6:00pm – 7:15pm Mindful Flow


10:00am – 10:45am Gentle
11:00am – 12:00pm Basics
12:30pm – 1:30pm Flow

The studio remains closed on TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS and SUNDAYS to promote other community outreach projects.

Please note than on SATURDAY, OCT. 5th, there will only be the 10:am – 10:45am Gentle and Park Yoga if the weather allows from 8:00am – 9:00am at Kiwanis Park. Park Yoga is scheduled to run through October weather-permitting. Just make sure you check in the morning of to make sure. Tomorrow morning is looking pretty ‘sketchy’ so be sure to check, I usually post the definitive answer around 7:00am.

Fall Schedule 2013 & A Thank You Repost from Facebook

Golden Moon


my silent witness. a weekend of blessings from the community. i still sit in wonder at how the most incredible people keep walking thru the door, supporting the mission of the studio. it is days like these last few that just fill me up again.

thank you wonderful, beautiful yogis yet again. there can never be enough gratitude dispensed. NEVER.



FALL SCHEDULE: [starting in september–exactly when to be determined 😉 ]

An aside this morning regarding the schedule in the works for the fall…I thought I would give you a peek into what the schedule is looking like. This is your chance to let me know what you think. The days of closure for the studio are planned for a reason. The days off are not necessarily days off but opportunities for other yoga projects, often within the community-at-large. As the studio grows in numbers, this will begin to create new windows of practice on what are now “off” days. So please feel free to send me your feedback–positive or negative–it’s all important.

Notice there is a new style of class added to friday and saturday’s opening Basics @ 10:00am is now a donation class. As we head into the colder months, the hope is to keep the park folk steeped in their saturday practice. If we can fit the bodies in that want to be there, oh what a happy practice it will be! yoga mats like to cuddle too 🙂

4:00p – 4:45p Walking Meditation…..Donation
5:00p – 5:45p Gentle……………..Donation
6:00p – 7:00p Basics

8:15a – 9:00a Gentle
9:15a – 10:30a Mindful Flow
6:00p – 7:15p Mindful Flow

8:15a – 8:45a The Mindful Express*
9:15a – 10:30a Mindful Flow
6:00p – 7:15p Mindful Flow

[8:00a – 9:00a Kiwanis Park (Shaler) Gentle Yoga…………FREE! Thru 10/3 and
possibly beyond weather permitting]
10:00a – 11:00a Basics……………..Donation
11:30a – 12:15p Gentle
12:30p – 1:30p Mindful Flow (time is not a typo–60 minutes is correct!)

* THIS IS A NEW CLASS CONCEPT! Entitled “The Mindful Express” for those just wanting to start into their frday with a very predictable practice of slow flowing Sun A and Sun B’s with a few long holds on some indivual asanas but it is primarily a moving meditation through the sun salutations followed by a seated meditation. It is for the mind that is hard to manage and after a long week, needs the emptying process of a mostly predictable sequence followed by the release of inner buildup. With an early start, it is meant to give you a dose of energy adjustments before you begin your official work/production day.


Enjoy your day 🙂

Community Updates & New Kiwanis Park Dates

First, a super high-five to the folks who ventured out to the studio yesterday! I loved that I got to spend more time personally getting to know you and that you could see what the experience was to practice within the walls of the studio space. It is important to find a studio that suits your needs and goals. There are many different types and if your practice is to grow, then it is important to scout out your ‘sanctuary’. Thank you for accepting the invitation!

Some of you who follow the studio on facebook know that another community outreach project is directed toward the women and children of HEARTH. The new offices and apartments have moved into the former Zoar Home after complete renovation to the existing structure and grounds. What stands now is a magnificent campus of apartments, offices and landscape to be turned into gardens, play areas for the children and other areas of function use. The apartments themselves, 20 in all with two being retrofitted and allocated to handi-capable clients. The apartments are all unique, meaning the floor plans are different for each and every unit. The ceilings are sweeping and the lighting is grand. It is hard not to be filled with joy waking up and returning, day-after-day to such a space. Most of these families are coming from poverty and despair and these new beginnings could not be better. The two-year restoration and rejuvination of these families self-esteem, living skills and educational enrichment are fundamental to their success. HEARTH has an 85% success rate with getting these families to sustain themselves (as document in their tracking reports for 5 years after their release from the program). Their methodology works. Supporting their efforts as a community is so important. Their children will be entering the Shaler Area School District and will be walking side-by-side with our children. I could not be happier that they are getting the same chances my children are and that collectively, their energies and experiences will offer a whole new opportunity for understanding.

Another community project is on the heels of being announced. Yesterday I met with the Director and things are being finalized. This is another opportunity to bring yoga to a sector of the community that might not ordinarily have exposure/opportunity. I am very excited because it is in collaboration with a new space that is also about the confluence of knowledge and expression; nurturing the mind, body and soul. What could be better!!! [dip it in chocolate maybe…lol 🙂 ]

Okay, onto the dates for Kiwanis Park now…it was a major bummer to get rained-out like that but it was the plan that day for the universe. It brought us to other opportunities. So just as was stated in the past, the weather will predict the practice. Make sure that you hit the “follow” button on this site so that your email will be captured and an automatic email will come to your box with a link every time a new post has been added to this site. It’s less remembering for you. Otherwise if you like to remain under the radar, continue to direct yourself to the facebook page and here accordingly. The choice is yours 🙂

Drum roll on the dates…




OCTOBER: (if weather holds up)

As always, please email all questions, comments (good & bad), etc. to Monday’s 4:30pm (walking) Meditation & 5:15pm Fibromyalgia/Gentle (45 min) are always donation-based. So if you are doing your best Curious George impression…come get UNcurious!

As always, I must thank you again for continuing to follow and attend and take in with deep consideration anything that appears on this site. Your ACTIVE support has been very affirmational and motivational. Keep on breathing and doing from the heart!

Have a beautiful Sunday!

Michael Jackson at Kiwanis… (No Yoga Next Saturday!!! BOO)

…who KNEW?!  thank you, michael, for giving us a little more “oomph” in our downdog!  maybe some outkast for our next session so we can “shake it like a polaroid picture”!  it just goes to show we never know what we are in for when we show up on our mats…EVER.   aside from the external components, the practice is driven by you; the instructor is really quite insignificant.  so the next time you come to your mat, remember that it is you who is creating your own starting and ending point on your mat, nothing else matters.  external input is yours to do with it what you will.  the question is how will you let it influence your practice– or not?

next week is the 4th of july holiday week and apparently next saturday the township has something planned so we will reconvene the FOLLOWING SATURDAY of JULY 13th @ 8:00am.  no yoga on saturday, july 6th.  please mark your calendars and pass the word along.

so in the meantime, everyone please be safe, happy, healthy and enjoy what time you have over the holidays to fully rejoice in the moment.   we don’t need any more reminders of how short life is.

happy 4th, 5th and all of the days to follow.  live, love, laugh and linger a while–life stretches out when you do.   🙂




due to the extreme weather conditions and the 2-hour school delays posted to all major school districts in the area, tomorrow’s (wednesday, 1/23) 9:15a class must be cancelled.  this will be the rule when there are 2-hour school delays.  thank you for your understanding and patience.

Sunday’s Happenings…

…sumitta hudson led a wonderful meditation that led to our enlightenment on the art of tuva. most everyone had a go at it…MOST EVERYONE 🙂

next sunday (1/13/13) sumitta hudson will be out of town so the meditation will be abbreviated and led by me and there will be an extention of the yoga BASICS by 30 minutes. it’s a trade off! yoga BASICS from 9:15am until 10:30am and then meditation will immediately follow, lasting until 11:00am.

enjoy your evening.