Kiwanis 2014 2nd Season of “Yoga in the Park” & Other Miscellaneous Information

hello dear yogis!!! for those of you that know me, you know that technology continues to be one of my greatest challenges. i fight it all the way, so my apologies for not getting these dates to you sooner! it seems that the new issue of “In Shaler” Magazine is hot off the press with dates but not much else…so here’s what you need to know:

* classes start at 8:00am SHARP! the word has really spread and as you know, things can get crowded. please be sure to allow for at least 15 minutes of an early arrival so that we can all find our spots and get set up and started without much adieu.

* bring your mat! i do have mats but there is a rental fee in general of $2.00.

* is it really free?! HECK YEAH! you will see a donation box but this is not mandatory. many of you who frequented the studio and know my missions, know that these monies go to defraying the cost of providing outreach work to those whose life could benefit with the therapeutic benefits of yoga. so please don’t feel like you have to pay…it is really for those who can, that do. it is the code we live by as a caring loving species (mostly!).

* what else should i bring? water/hydration, a block if you want and comfy, stretchy clothes. not too loose so that you’ll get caught up or have a ‘wardrobe malfunction’–those are fun but not if you weren’t planning on it! ;o)

* can i bring a friend? and do they have to live in shaler? YES & NO!!! all are welcome…children are welcome to participate but they must be accompanied by a parent if they are under 16. it is courteous to make sure that children are able to preoccupy themselves if they lose interest/focus. we work with what we have and last year the beautuiful infant claire sat on her mom’s mat and just watched the flow go by! so please, just really use your best judgement and see what is best for everyone–mostly your child.

* is there any paperwork? yes, that is part of why coming early is helpful if this is your first exposure to the program. there is a waiver to sign and if you have children, you will have to sign one for them as well.

* what if i have never done yoga before? ….hmmmm, i see no problem here. please don’t fall into that realm of “i am not flexible”. that phrase has no bearing at all when you come to yoga. yoga breeds flexibility, regardless of your bodies natural tendencies. you will find your range of motion, strength, stamina and endurance increased 10-fold with a regular program of yoga. even once a week is enough to reap benefits.

* what type of yoga is this? gee, that is a hard one to answer but essentially, it is a gentle series. there is a flow but it is often modified and articulated a bit more. this way, we move slowly in and out of each asana which protects our bodies, allows us to connect with our breath more effectively, and to really develop a sense of rhythm and cadence that is specific to your level and needs. so for those who have an advanced practice, the opportunity is there to spice it up. the real aim is to connect with our breath, our bodies and where we are in the moment.

* parking is available but the lot can get packed, another reason to high-tail it early!

* class time is 60 minutes therefore we end at 9:00am. if you need to leave early, you are welcome to.

* inclement weather? always check this website…the easiest thing to do is hit the “follow” button and any additions will be emailed to you with link and if you TWEET–follow the studio @lizzzrrdlounge. the facebook page is “lizzzrrd lounge studios” which you can also link to on the blogspot via lizzzrrd.com. this is the most immediate way to stay in the know on cancellations. last year we really lucked out! πŸ™‚

those are most of the “wanna know’s” but an important note this year is that the township is redoing the basketball courts where we normally practice. it seems that the first half of may will have us on the grass. if the tennis courts are not in use, we be able to migrate there. we will have to play it by ear.

PARK DATES:

May: 3, 17, 31
June: 14, 21, 28
July: 5 (tentative), 12, 19, 26
Aug: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Sep: 6, 13, 20, 27
Oct: 4, 11, 18, 25

EMBODY CLASSES:

Embody changed the morning class times to 8:15am on wednesdays and fridays. So if you have the chance to make it to the wexford location (right on 19 by kollinger autobody), come and practice!

MAY 9 – 11:

i will be going through a special training to work with the Prison Yoga Project, one of my missions. this is a great honor and privilege and i am looking forward to meeting pastor james in person and exploring the ways in which the incarcerated and ‘at risk’ youth population can find (re)habilitation.

Millvale Library:

A saturday program is in the works for seniors and the general population! stay tuned πŸ™‚

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that’s it for now…i think that’s enough!!! ;0/ other than the planning to get to some retreats and continue with private and community yoga, not much has changed other than some more gray hair. hope you all are well and eager to get back to practicing under the heavens!

namaste, friends πŸ™‚

lizzie

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Teaching Starts on 2/5/14 @ Embody Juice Bar & Studio | Wexford, PA

Finally some solid news on where you can catch me teaching on a regular basis. Β  Embody Natural Health (of Lawrenceville) has opened up it’s second location on Route 19 in Wexford. Β It is right near Rita’s Italian Ice if you are familiar with that landmark! Β Follow the link…http://www.embodynaturalhealth.com/

I will be teaching on Wednesday and Friday mornings at 9:15am and it will be the “mindful flow” that you were pretty much accustomed to at LLS. Aimee has a really lovely model and on one side of the building (right) is the juice & food bar and on the other side (left) is the studio. They are connected by a common lounge area which has some couches and books and lots of nice things to cozy up to. Specials run every day so it’s really nice little added bonus to be able to fill up on something hearty and healthy after class. Especially as we are in the throws of this horrid winter season. We all have grown weary and weak from the constant barrage of extreme temperatures. Aimee Woods is an expert on what might be the best remedy for what is ailing you nutritionally.

Please be sure to arrive 10-15 minutes early in order to prepare and set-up. Looking forward to seeing you all again regularly. I am grateful to Aimee for providing the opportunity for former clients to resume their most sacred practice. We are looking for this to be a really supportive endeavor for everyone involved. hands helping hands always!!!

Any questions…shoot me an email! Thank you for your continued fervent support πŸ™‚

namaste

Embody Juice Bar & Studio | Wexford, PA
Embody Juice Bar & Studio | Wexford, PA

Flat Stanley Does Yoga!!! DO YOU?!

Flat Stanley Does Yoga!!!  DO YOU?!

Well, now is your chance if you haven’t already heard! Free yoga is turning up everywhere in the parks all around the region and the most recent addition is right here in Shaler @ Kiwanis Park starting tomorrow @ 8am on the basketball courts!!

We won’t be on our heads but we will be doing yoga and for many, they are not quite sure about WHAT THAT IS or if they even LIKE IT! :-/ So rather than letting the fear and “what you’ve heard” stop you–why not develop your own keen sense of what it is and how it feels in your body! Money won’t be a problem so it’s really just about showing up with a mat–purchased, borrowed or found. There will be a few on hand for rental.

Wear comfy, loose fitting clothes because as you will discover, what you look like isn’t going to be a problem. Guaranteed by the end of practice–you will have forgotten that you even cared! So get swept up in the energy and community of yoga and see if it doesn’t explode all of the misconceptions that are out there.

Tune into this blog for updates and cancellations. Rain means cancellation and the park will be in use during certain event days, so do check in weekly to stay up-to-date.

Eat well, get your rest and set that alarm! Get there early to get a spot and take care of a few details before we start. Other than that…see you in the AM πŸ™‚

A great place to stop and have coffee after saturday morning yoga at kiwanis Park!

A great place to stop and have coffee after saturday morning yoga at kiwanis Park!

today after running errands and getting things in place for saturday (the photo is of the courts where we will be set up), i treated myself to a fantastic cup of java at a sweet little cafe in west view known as the Coffee Buddha (https://www.facebook.com/coffeebuddha) that i had been reading about for months on end. finally, the moment arrived where i could really check it out and see what all the buzz was about. it was definitely “buzzworthy” πŸ™‚

it’s a great cozy little place with lots of good vibes and fantastic coffee. no lie. i had the coronado and it was smooth. every 2nd wednesday of the month at 8:00pm there is a poetry night and open mic night for those aspiring beatniks and closet poets. you don’t have to worry about parking even though there is plenty of street-side parking, there is a lot as well. with the weather really turning a corner, there is a beautiful porch to escape the hub-bub for a little while on. seriously, if you like your star-whatever, all is good but if you really like a good bean without the trek in to the city–this is it. if you love mano-a-mano because of the coffee…you are in the right place. you might just want to bring your slippers πŸ˜‰

FREE Yoga In The Park @ Kiwanis Park, Shaler | Starts 5/4/13

FREE Yoga In The Park @ Kiwanis Park, Shaler | Starts 5/4/13

So the big news I have been working on was developing a free “yoga in the park” series here in Shaler. Thanks to the Shaler Township and it’s DIrector Tim Rogers, it was accepted and begins this saturday, 5/4/13 @ 8:00am on the baseketball courts. The program is open to all!!! All you have to do is bring your mat and any props if you use them (blocks will be provided may we may run out!) and come at least 15 minutes early to set-up and sign some initial paperwork and you are good to go!

The class will be a mindful flow with many suggested adaptations and modifications for those who need it. If you have never done yoga in an open air venue, it makes for quite an interesting practice!!! and if you have never done yoga–this is a wonderful place to start. It is an all levels class. So help pass the word along!!!

Due to this program, the 8:00am class at the studio is cancelled but feel free to trek down to kiwanis!