Teaching Private Lessons: A Teachers Workshop with Kate Kill

February 13
7-9 pm

Teaching private lessons is rewarding to both the teacher and the
student. As a teacher, you’ve probably noticed there is not enough
time to give instructions tailored to everyone’s needs in group
classes. A more focused practice also gives students more profound results.
This workshop will build your skills as a yoga instructor to offer a systematic approach to
private lessons that stay within your scope of practice. Learn to make the most out of this
time with your students and refine your teaching skills.

Pre-registration is necessary. 48 hour notice is required for refunds.

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Monthly Community Meditation

Our Himalayan Institute of Pittsburgh is a peaceful community, welcome to all. In these turbulent times…let us come together, drop within and meditate…or maybe you have never meditated? You could simply sit in silence. Let’s create a positive energy that will promote peace and carry us throughout our world.

Our Winter Community Meditations:

The 2nd Friday of each Month

Dates: January 11, February 8, March 8, April 12

~No Fee

~Time: 7pm – 8pm. Meditate for fifteen minutes or stay the whole hour.

We provide chairs, mats, bolsters, blocks, and blankets for your support.


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Costa Rica Yoga Retreat 2019

with Kate Kill at the Goddess Garden Center
March 30 – April 6, 2019                         

A Spring Retreat focused on Yoga and Ayurveda
Join us to:

CONNECT WITH NATURE– this retreat is designed to help us remember our true nature, our essence. Join us to feel in harmony with nature, practice and learn in a beautiful setting.
EVALUATE YOUR CURRENT CIRCUMSTANCES– Our lives are busy and many times our habits don’t serve us but they are such an entrenched part of our daily lives that we don’t have the distance to even see them. This retreat will help you take a step back and re-evaluate your life situations and give you space and training to respond new ways.
RECEIVE SUPPORT TO CREATE HEALTHY HABITS– We start each day with meditation and asana class. We also spend time learning about Yoga and Ayurveda and how they can help support balance in your life. There will be plenty of time for relaxation, exploration and introspection. Nourish yourself with fresh, healthy meals. Leave the retreat with ideas to incorporate into your daily routines at home.
FIND HEALING-Spring is the perfect time for renewal. Restore your mental, physical and emotional health. Take the time to process and release old patterns that aren’t serving you anymore.

Early registration until January 1, 2019, $200 deposit to reserve your room

$1500 Single Occupancy (waiting list)
$1300 Double Occupancy
$1200 Triple Occupancy
$1100 Dorm Registration

Until March 1, 2019

$1600 Single Occupancy
$1400 Double Occupancy
$1300 Triple Occupancy
$1200 Dorm

* Each participant receives a complimentary Ayurvedic Health Consultation. Includes accommodations and tuition. Does not include Travel.

This retreat’s focus is “Yoga and Ayurveda: Creating Harmony Within and Without”

We all want to feel a little more balanced.  Yoga practices are designed to systematically build strength in our body while increasing our energy and ability to discriminate.  As we progress, we have the steadiness to start looking at how we interact with the world around us. Ayurveda, the “science of life” helps us manage what we are taking in from our diet, lifestyle habits and relationships.  During this retreat we will explore different yoga practices, learning how to do them effectively and why they work.  These practices will provide needed healing and the empowerment to make a lasting change.  We will also take a closer look at ourselves and our lifestyle, finding ways to create more harmony in ourselves and the way we connect with the world around us.

Sample Daily Schedule:

6:30 Meditation
7-8 am Hatha class
Time for Excursions or Relaxation
3-5 pm Ayurvedic Health Consultations
Afternoon- Free time to explore or relax
5-6 pm Yin Yoga
7-9 pm Lecture and Discussion

Times may change depending on the retreat’s centers meal schedule. More exact times are coming soon!

Kate Mackin, E-RYT 500, Ayurvedic Health Counselor

Kate serves as President on the Board of Directors for the Himalayan Institute of Pittsburgh and is a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider.  Drawing from the Himalayan Tradition, she blends yogic and Ayurvedic techniques to promote wellness on all levels.  Kate enjoys leading corporate seminars and retreats in and out of the country.  She also works with athletes to optimize peak efficiency and students, teaching them mindfulness and yoga practices that they can carry with them throughout their lives.

Costa Rica Room Selection

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Tuesday Evening Meditation

Meditation, Energetic Self-Care & Energy Balancing Session  7:30 – 9 pm

Relax and Renew with Rev. Linda Despines, RN

Each session is $15. Session schedule: January 8 & 22, February 12 & 26, March 12 & 26

Discover the lifetime benefits of meditation
Experience a relaxed body and quiet mind
Learn easy, fun techniques to balance and harmonize your being and
energy field
These simple techniques easily bring calmness and relaxation
Each class includes gentle energy movements & techniques, and a guided
meditation. These are all designed to assist you in building positive
energy habits, and wellness!!!
All Levels of Practitioners are Welcome!!!

Please RSVP Linda Despines @ Ldespines@aol.com if you plan to attend
the session by 2pm the day of the session.
I look forward to seeing you!
Please note that the session will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather!!!

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Learn to Meditate Workshop with Michele Weis

February 2nd- rescheduled date due to inclement weather
1-3 pm

A well-designed approach to meditation makes it easier to quiet the everyday mind and helps us reach the same
deep level of meditation day after day (Rolf Sovik, Moving Inward).
This workshop offers a fundamental exploration of the benefits of meditation and the techniques of posture,
relaxation, breath awareness and mantra. Through theory and practice, the participant will be ready to establish
a home meditation practice. A guided audio meditation is included with this workshop.

Pre-registration is necessary. 48 hour notice is required for refunds.

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Yin Yoga class

with Tracy Szemanski and Susan Volkar

February 1st
7 – 9 pm

Join us to explore a Yin Yoga Practice. During this meditative practice we hold poses
while focusing on the breath. The practice targets the fascia and calms the nervous
system. We integrate essential oils to enhance healing, balance & well being.
No prior yoga experience necessary. Please pre-register. 48 hour notice is required for refunds.

Saturday, February 2nd 7-9 back up in case of inclement weather

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Community Yoga Class

On-going Donation Class

Starts January 16th, 2019

6-7 pm
Rotating staff
All levels

We are happy to have you as part of the Himalayan community! Please join us for this special class led by our HIP staff.

All proceeds go to our “Moving Our Mission Forward” Fund.

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January Special

January Special
Mom & Dad Appreciation Month
20% of 4 and 10 class passes

We know that you are busy. Your health and wellness may have gotten pushed to the end of your priority list. But trust us! Your family will thank you and things will fall into place when you take care of yourself first (or at all).

Join a yoga class and reconnect with a sense aliveness and balance. You can even come right after dropping your kids to school. If you are newer to yoga, you may want to try our Tuesday am Hatha I class at 8:45. If you are up for a challenge, try our Friday Hatha II class at 8:45 am. Use the discount for any of our ongoing classes. We hope to see you soon!

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An Advanced, Complete Practice with Brian Dunn


Thursday Evenings

7-8:30 pm

Jan 10 – Feb 14


Join this special series with Brian to enjoy the full benefits of yoga. He will lead you through a challenging series complete with pranayama and meditation.

Pre-registration is necessary. 48 hour notice is required for refunds.

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Beginner’s Yoga

Beginners ImageTwo formats!

Sunday Evenings  7:30 – 8:45 pm with Jennie Bolas
Ongoing: please come anytime and use your class pass

Thursday Evenings 5:45- 7 pm with Anne Pillion
Progressive: January 10-Feb 28

$96 for 8 weeks

More and more people are discovering the benefits of yoga.  Whether you are interested in flexibility, strength, stress reduction or balance, it helps to learn the fundamentals of yoga in a systematic, non-threatening way.

This class will cover the basics of breath awareness and different types of yoga postures (asanas).  Throughout the session we will encourage a healthy connection between breath and posture, increasing body awareness, and ease in movement.  The class will also explore relaxation techniques to increase your sense of well being and balance.

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