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 (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.


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,


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.

kiwanis park last practice of the season

today is the last session of 2017!

special love and prayers go to our dear yogi jody rieg and her family as their home was seriously damaged in a fire two weeks ago.  they will be living in temporary housing for months as they work to rebuild and recover.  to know jody is to love her and we do!!!

details about our social gathering are to follow soon.

kiwanis park & schoolhouse teaching saturday update

i am sorry to report that i have been battling illness all week and will not be able to teach any of my saturday classes.  therefore, kiwanis park will be cancelled this week.  please also keep it in your mind that this season, we are going through september.  i will be speaking to tim rogers about our sunday afternoon yoga and potluck gathering which will probably coincide with the last session’s timeframe.  that is the hope, to have some time where those who wish to gather and commune, will be able to do so.  there is such sadness when i have to leave so immediately after class and can’t get to share time with you after.

i will not be teaching at schoolhouse on saturday.  jamie demarco will be subbing for me and she is absolutely wonderful!  my hope is to be teaching on sunday…

please stay well and don’t push yourselves!



kiwanis park saturday update

yoga is on this morning.  please try to remember to bring something dense and fluffy should we need stuffing under our knees, head or any other body parts!

next saturday there will be no yoga at the park. we will resume the saturday after labor day weekend should the weather allow.

next sunday at schoolhouse, only one morning 11am session will be running .  it is labeled “yoga 1” but it will be for those who want gentle too–it is there for all wanting their practice regardless of the classificiation.

see you soon and have a wonderful holiday weekend!