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

YOUR FIRST CLASS @ GREEN HEIRESS IS ON THE HOUSE!!!

~ 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

What is Given

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So there is no doubt that we are INDEED advancing into the fall-like temps and blustery days.  What a week it has been!  The “Black Moon” is upon us and it does feel that there is a very distinct energy swirling all around us.  It is is important to try and remain grounded and find things to anchor us–that bring comfort in these days ahead, that can so easily be full of bleakness.  Every one of us can struggle with balancing our energies and state of mind at these times of the year with what can seem to be such a pervasive sense of darkness.   We must keep reminding our selves to ‘dig deep’ and try to see that what we are given, is usually far more than what is taken away.   Seek the light in hobbies and activities that center and comfort us.  Stay connected in what we know creates and feeds our passions and interests.  Affiliate with those who allow us to be who we are, without judgement and continual expectations.  We must continue to cultivate a landscape of constant care where our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health & actualization are concerned.  Even at times when it feels that we are stagnant, there is still a subtle trajectory.  Always easier to detect as we look back but not always when we are “in it”.  A simple mantra or two of your creation chanted daily and posted somewhere to constantly jog you into remembering your truth and intentions, can be a super tool!

…and now the bad news!  KIWANIS PARK tomorrow is cancelled due to the monsoon-like weather.  It will be far too wet and probably on and off rain all morning per the forecast.  Better to cancel now so we all can get more zzzzz’s!!!  I think this year will be an early end to the season.  More than likely next saturday will be the last session this year.  Stay tuned for the final word next week.

Have a wonderful weekend all and keep your chin up…that’s were the double rainbows are! 🙂

 

SCHOOLHOUSE YOGA SCHEDULE this Week

good morning, yogi community.  i don’t always post my teaching schedule but since some of you asked on saturday at the park, i thought i would make it easier to find than scrolling through the archive posts.

 

i am subbing 4 extra classes (all in the north hills studio on the access road to ross park by half price books or on mcknight road, lower lot) at schoolhouse yoga this week and there is NO KIWANIS PARK YOGA on saturday.  my schedule is as follows with extras included:

monday
4:30p – 5:45p GENTLE. (North Hills)
6:30p – 7:45p YOGA I (North Hills)

tuesday
11:30am – 12:45pm GENTLE (Chair Centered) (North Hills)

friday
9:30am – 11:00am YOGA 1 (North Hills)
11:30a – 12:45p GENTLE (North Hills)

saturday
10:00am – 11:15am GENTLE (Squirrel Hill)

sunday
9:00am – 10:30am YOGA 1 (North Hills)
11:00am – 12:15am GENTLE (North Hills)

have a wonderful week and please work to take care of yourself. rest and listen to your body. if you sleep with your cell phone on and next to your bed, you might try turning it completely off if you have that ability and put it in a drawer away from you. notice the difference in your quality of sleep upon wakening and your maintained ability to function/focus throughout the day with this one adjustment. it could make a huge difference in your life. de-accessorize, de-accessorize, de-accessorize! 🙂

happy monday!!!

p.s. nice article posted on the facebook page on muscle mass and aging.  data that was completely positive and unknown to me and probably to you as well!!

Soujourner House Fundraiser Thank You & Yoga This Morning

Good morning all.   I wanted to offer a very huge thank you to all who showed up last week and made offerings for Sojourner House.  You all raised $114.00!!!!  Count along with that several phones and some much needed moving-around-in gear.   Your generosity is wonderful and these women will appreciate every ounce of it.

So far, so good this morning dodging rain.  It is early yet but if it starts in earnest between now and 8am, it will be a cancellation.

Millvale days are going on this weekend!   Enjoy your weekend and remember WE ARE OFF NEXT SATURDAY AT THE PARK because i have an early morning event class happening in the city.  I am sorry there will be no yoga but not sorry that you can allow yourself to snuggle in a bit longer!!!

 

Updates to Schedule & Miscellaneous Information

hello dear yogis!  i just wanted to first wish you all a restorative labor day weekend.  as most of us have had some change to our schedule and lives as we shift into fall, it does seem that the ease and wonderful synchronized rhythm of the summer months has begun to wane along with the sunlight.  it is again the decent into the areas of our lives where we are forced to be more introspective and sedentary and for many of us, that can mean some real mood shifts and difficulty in adjusting to these seasonal transitions.  is it crucial at these times to really observe our habits and emotions and work to bolster our methods of coping and moving through these often mercurial chapters.  keen awareness of our internal dialogue and the ways in which we can easily sabotage our efforts to extricate ourselves is an important part of that process.  letting others help us along the way, letting go of trying ‘to do it all’ because others appear to do it ‘so why can’t we?!’.   we must learn that overextending in our practice and in our lives can only do damage.   so try to slow down and create a different pace as we migrate once again into what can be our most challenging season(s).

the next order of business is a little tweaking of the KIWANIS PARK SCHEDULE.  as many of you have it marked already, tomorrow is an “off” day at the park in observation of the Labor Day holiday.  we will be back on next saturday, september 10th.  a CHANGE TO THE PRINTED SCHEDULE is we will not have practice on september 24th as i will be up even earlier teaching for the midwives at their conference this weekend.   as always, please check the schedule every saturday morning for any emergency posts even if it is a beautiful saturday morning!!!  if you see nothing posted on Facebook, twitter or this site (i try to do update all at the same time) on that day–we are on!!!  i can’t stress it enough that by hitting the “follow” button on this site you will automaticly receive a link via your email anytime an update has been posted.  that way all you have to do is check your email.  just one way to lessen the burden on yourself (did you read that first paragraphy?! lol)   ;^)   and remember, we go as far into the fall as the weather and our bones will allow so don’t think that we are done as most programs are by this time.  this program is not a funded program as some of you know.  the township has been wonderful in allowing a 3rd year and so every time you stop in to the municipal building, you might just consider giving a personal “thanks” to tim rogers and sherry who are so gracious enough to work with me every year on bringing it back.  it is imperative that i thank you from every chamber of my heart for your generosity.   we don’t live in a perfect world but on saturday morning with you all, it does seem something a little closer to that paradigm.  that you share so graciously is so very special.

…and in closing, a little news on a new effort.  i am able to share yoga with some special women.  these are the women of sojourner house who are so courageous and work to regain control over their lives and those of their children.  the saturday we start again–september 10th–all donations will go to sojourner house.   there is much that this non-profit could put these funds toward.   there is never any obligation for a donation.  this is not about pandering.  we all have to deal with people wanting something from us daily.  i just want to let you know because some have asked when this would happen and i have mentioned that it was in the pipeline.  so next saturday is the designated day, and something that might strike your fancy more is, if you have a cell phone sitting around that you don’t use, or some gently worn workout clothes of some sort, they can certainly use them.  this non-profit has very limited resources and not all staff are able to have cell phones because it’s not in the budget.  it is my fervent hope that we can help a little with that.  feel free to go to their site and check out how beautiful their mission work is…www.sojournerhousepa.org.  a little video attached to inspire and remind us all of how what blessings we have in our lives.

peace out and remember to tune out to tune in!  ;^)