Ayurvedic Self-Care for the Holidays

with Kate Kill
December 4th
1 – 3 pm

In our efforts to create festive, happy experiences for our family and friends, sometimes we are left feeling frazzled and burnt out. We may end up not enjoying this special time ourselves. Join us to stay balanced in the chaos!

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

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Beginner’s Yoga

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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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Restorative Yoga Workshop

                                                     Restorative Yoga Workshop

with Bev Gray and Susannah Azzaro
Friday, Dec 7 at 7 pm

Ah, the holidays. A time of family, friends, food and celebration. A time when many of us extend ourselves too much, not taking the time to care for ourselves. This can lead to illness and damper your holiday joy. Take an evening to nourish yourself with me and Susannah, and replenish your joy!

Restorative yoga poses help relieve the effects of chronic stress and help you to develop body and mind awareness.  During this workshop, you will have the opportunity to quietly rest in soothing and supported postures, using blankets, bolsters and pillows.  All postures are done in a passive manner with lots of support; no previous yoga experience is required!

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

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Yin Yoga Session Class

Yin Yoga session class
with Tracy Szemanski and Susan Volkar


Nov 7, 14, 28
Dec 5, 12, 19
7:15 – 8:30 pm

$72 walk-in price $16/class

Join us for this Yin Yoga session. We will practice mindfulness, kindness, and inquiry; discover greater balance and fluidity in mind and body, and tap into the benefits of accessing the parasympathetic nervous system. The methodical practice will help to calm the mind and open the body.

No prior yoga experience necessary.
Please pre-register. 48-hour notice is required for refunds.

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New Saturday Hatha II Class 8:30 – 9:45 am

Hatha II level class on Saturdays!

Starting this Saturday, Sept 22 at 8:30-9:45 am. You are looking for a more challenging class?

Join Ashley at HIP to build strength, go inward, calm the nervous system and obtain peace to start your Saturday.
Need an earlier timeframe on a weekend? Come on over to HIP this Saturday!

Drop in price is $16.00 – come on. Best deal in Pittsburgh Yoga.

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Sunrise Yoga with Dione

We have a fantastic way to start your day!
Join Dione every Tuesday morning from 6-7 am at the Himalayan Institute of Pittsburgh!

Dione will guide you through the traditional Hatha I Asana postures in a lovely way to awaken the senses and practice
yoga in our beautiful center.

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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 Kill, 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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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 Fall Community Meditations:

We must skip our community Meditation this September to prepare for the Flea Market! But, we will resume in October!

Dates: October 12th, November 9th, December 7th

~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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Chyawanprash Cookies

From the Himalayan Institute

1 cup butter (2 sticks)
2 cups dark brown sugar
2 eggs
1 jar of Chyawaprash

5 cups white flour
3 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Ginger root powder

Raw Sugar

Directions: Pre-heat oven at 350

1. In mixer, cream together butter & brown sugar then add eggs (one at a time). Blend well then add chyawanprash. Use a knife to get it out of the jar.

2. Combine flour, baking soda, ginger and salt; gradually add to the wet ingredients until blended well. Use a spoon to scoop into a medium size ball. Dip one side in raw sugar and place on a lined cookie sheet, sugar side up. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

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