p.s. to kiwanis park info.

so if you see nothing posted, then default to yoga is on!  if it’s a morning with no weather issues assume we are on but you need to look just to make sure.   i will default to posting when we have to cancel for whatever reason.  i just need to ingrain in you to check regardless of thr weather and again if you see nothing posted by 7:30am of that morning, consider it “game on”!!!!

kiwanis park

good morning, yogis.  a beautiful morning arrives so yoga is on at the park.  since we are moving into the warmer weather for sure, always check the Facebook page (social media) or this site for any last minute cancellations due to weather or any unforeseen circumstances.  if you hit the “follow” button, any site updates will automatically cime to your email box.

see you on the courts with maybe something soft and fluffy to cushion head or knees  when you need it!!

Kiwanis Park & Classes @ Schoolhouse Yoga

Yoga at the park is on this morning!  We have finally gotten back on track with the weather.

i am subbing monique’s monday gentle inthe north hills studio and all of diane’s classes this week and next in the north hills.  Make sure you check the website schedule for memorial day changes closures.  The schedule will be changing quarterly again soon and i will be teaching an additional YOGA 1 class on monday mornings at 9:30am before my 11:30am GENTLE.

If you are ever interested in a private for you or others, just send me an email!  Privates are available in the studio or at another location of your chosing.

See you on the courts!


The Dawning of Our 2017 Kiwanis Park Yoga Program is Almost Here!!!!


Well…here we are with less than 3 days until Saturday, and what we ARE HOPING, will be a viable Opening Day!!!!  The forecast is not very positive–but we CAN BE!!  Keep praying yogis 😉

This week the announcement went onto the Shaler Library LED Community Announcement Board & other media and that has brought about new inquiries.  To answer basic questions you can reference the archive section here  but initially, no, you do not have to sign up.  The new season means new waiver completion, so it is important to get there are least 15 minutes early.   Some may remember that our opening day coincides with the Shaler Garden Club.  Their start time is 9am and ours is 8am.   What does this mean?!  It means that they get there early for set up–like 8am!!!!  So we all need to get our cotton-tails on premises perhaps even at 7:30a.  If cancellation occurs, it is usually announced by 7:30am the latest.  So saturday could be challenging for us all that day!!!!   Let’s hope no one makes the news for any more viral videos on bad behavior–we’ll leave that to the politicians and airlines, shall we?! 🤓

So back to our basic information reveal…dress in comfy layers.  Bring a mat or borrow one; bring a dense beach or bath towel; water (hydration preference of your choice) AND  bear spray.  Shoes and socks are usually unimportant as we strip those things down.  Sometimes swimming grippy shoes can be a great solution too in finding comfort, warmth and ability.  Try not to wear fragrance as it will attract bugs and can be hard on your yogi neighbors.  My guess is you are still wondering about the bear spray…YES?!  THAAAAT was just to see if you were paying attention and my little way of saying “try not to take this all so seriously!”  It’s all about joyful discovery.

I want to end with another ‘thank you’ to the Township Municipal Director Tim Rogers who has supported this program since it’s inception.  Sherry Martin is also spectacular in helping to coordinate all of the details year-after-year.  So when you stop off for any reason at the municipal building, you might stop in and give a “low five” to sherry & tim cuz’–your a yogi now and you can fold!!!  High fives are so passé! 😝

So welcome to almost year FOUR!!!!  All are welcome into this program.  The township frowns on walls and prefers to build BRIDGES!!!  Did you see what i did there?!  Your taxes didn’t go up either with this program…it is free to the township and you.  You are are valued as part of this community.  Bond and bind, folks!



Just Checking-In! (New classes starting tonight)

Hello folks,

It has been quite some time since I have posted anything.  Many of you who know me well, know that I abhore this modern world of technology.  I am a fringe dweller and really do resist in most ways staying closely associated with my phone and computer.  Do I enjoy looking at the photos on Instragram almost daily–yes, i do!  So, clearly I am a moderate hypocrit 😉  Most of what I ‘follow’ are remote and beautiful places, animal kingdoms and the amazingly gifted photojournalists who are responsible for these images.  The less I know about the photo, the better.  Our minds are all too adept at creating the most beautiful and extraodinary of stories, and the most horrifying–without one word to indicate this.  That is how magical and destructive our thoughts are!  We are all connected that way, working to overcome the destructive and healing powers of our own private & PUBLIC (nod to the POTUS) thoughts.

2016 was one of the most powerful years on record.  Do i really need to state WHY?!  Again, I’ll leave that to your own mind to construct :). As we are almost a quarter into 2017, the residue of 2016 lingers in so many ways.  The “we” that WE ARE, must continue to let go of our sometimes continual state of anger and disappointment with all things in our lives that have turned out–not as we had hoped, or planned.  Why do we continue to project and expect?!  Because it is something so often we have learned from a young age and it is a natural tendency;  nurture and nature!  It is in our nature to look beyond and IMAGINE!  our phrophecy, our destiny, our demise…it’s all swirling around there in your unrelenting gray matter!!!  I will connect that idea and personalize this by sharing that much of my own 2016 and 2017 has been spent retraining and really coralling much of these old negative thought patterns and also working to heal two concurrent concussions and cases of whiplash.  It has been an emotional and physical rollercoaster.  I have nothing to complain about though because all of us know that there are battles and challenges that far too many in this world are valiantly working to conquer.  Complaining less and really seeing the big picture once we pull the curtain of thoughts and ego to the side–only then can we really be present for ourselves and others.  None of it is easy and often times, there are people around us who model and reinforce certain behaviors in our lives that are not always conducive to our overall mental, emotional and physical health.  This is why a practice of anything that brings you peace and connection (to your true self), is more important than ever.  For many who have discovered the “asana” yoga practice, this is your direct link but not necessarily your ONLY link.  For others, they have discovered their “zen” or “yoga” through another method.  It does not make it wrong or any less powerful.  If you believe that you don’t know what is best for you, then your battle is even more gargantuan.  Knowledge and wisdom are not the same.

Enough ramblings and more to the imporant parts of why I came on today.  I start teaching at a new holistic center today and here is the addition of more information!

~ New Saturday Gentle class @ Schoolhouse Yoga (N. Hills) studio added from 2p – 3:15p.

~ Additional classes at new Holistic Center in Aspinwall next to Randita’s!

Follow link >>>>>>>>  Greenheiressholistichealth.com

Tuesday: 9:30a – 10:30a Gentle Beginnings

Thursday: 4:30p – 5:30p Gentle & 6:00p – 7:00p Radiate Lab


~ Kiwanis Park Yoga for 2017 Schedule has been finalized and will start on SATURDAY, MAY 6th!!!  (Always the first saturday in May)  Keep your eyes peeled for the schedule coming out in the “InSHALER” magazine.  I will also post here soon since many don’t get it.  You can immigrate to shaler from anywhere for yoga and you will not be turned away! 😉  a little humor to release those sharp corners.

And in closing, as I sit here working on getting my taxes prepared to be PREPARED–I hope we collectively let 2017 be less about feeding our own egos and phsycodramas and more about being awake to others without comparisons or judgements.  Cliff note version:  think less, love more.  It’s that easy!

peace out, yogis.



Kiwanis 2016 Season is a Wrap!

Well, here we are again with a rain out and Shaler Areas’ Homecoming weekend.  With the hopes that tomorrow’s park session would be our last, it does not see that we will get the chance.   As fate would have it, I am struggling with a serious injury and need to lighten up my teaching schedule until i have recovered.  I am still teaching, just nixing my sunday classes for the next two weekends at Schoolhouse.  I will still be doing the gentle in the North Hills and Squirrel Hill studios.

I want to thank all who took the time to come and practice at the park.  So many of you recruited friends and family to tag-a-long.  A great wealth of thanks to you all for contributing more than you could ever know.  And speaking of contributions, your monetary donations are vital in helping fuel teaching endeavors and making ends meet as a yoga teacher.  Your generosity is always incredible.  Teaching yoga is far from lucrative money-wise, but it sure is about hitting a certain lottery in matters of the spirit/heart.  We are, so often, in such great mutual admiration of one another.  It is never a one-way experience!

As a follow-up on the donations you made to Sojourner House, the women came yesterday and i presented all that was offered by you to the program after their 2nd class.  They were extremely greatful!!!

Moving through the winter months, please keep taking care of yourselves (even if it’s just for 5 minutes) and look for updates.  Always feel free to reach out even if it is just a ‘hello again’!  plan on the first saturday in May for our next beginning.  I always work on formal confirmation with Tim Rogers before May rolls around, but unofficially–program your brain for May 2017!

Peace to you and the hope and prayer that all things good continue to bestow themselves upon you and yours.  and when they don’t, may you find the courage within to muddle through in whatever way it takes…crawling still wins races!

– lizzie