Author Archives: HIP Yoga

Hatha Yoga for Spring Vitality- Community Donation Class

Tuesdays and Fridays
1 – 2 pm

Starting April 17th

led by Ashley Comer,
HI Yoga teacher trainee

Strengthen, energize, and renew your body and mind for spring time. Experience intentional
asana sequencing that builds heat to shed kapha energy after a long winter. Rejuvenate with
a calming relaxation, pranayama, and meditation practice.
This is a donation based community class.

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Self Care Sunday- In honor of Mother’s Day

With Francesca Michelle Gold

May 13th from 1-3pm ~ Himalayan Institute of Pittsburgh
$35 single ~ $30 each with mama/woman of your choice

Spend time this Mother’s Day nurturing your connection with yourself and develop new ways to engage in self care. Sometimes, this is as easy as reframing or discovering a closely held belief about what it means to be taken care of. So often, we expect others to meet our needs and we aren’t even aware of what our needs really are in any given moment.

In this workshop, you’ll work with yoga, writing prompts, and engage in optional sharing to learn more about the ways in which you yearn to be nurtured and cared for.

Francesca Michelle Gold, Yoga Therapist, E-RYT 500 x 2 began teaching in 2011 at HIP and has
since taught extensively in the US and most recently in India. She is known for her practical and down to earth teaching approach. One of her goals in life is to becomea self-proclaimed self care queen. Private Yoga Therapy sessions available.

Self Care Sunday

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Workshops with Shari Friedrichsen

HIP is thrilled to host Shari Friedrichsen, senior faculty at Himalayan Institute, Honesdale!  Don’t miss this opportunity to study and explore the subtler realms of yoga.

June 9th 1-6 pm $90
June 10th 1-6 pm $90
Both days for $150

Working with the Chakras June 9th

Join us in this seminar to see how you can use asana, pranayama, breathing practices and awareness to strengthen the flow of energy through the chakras and reclaim the natural support system that they are for the body, mind and heart. We start with the understanding of how and where the chakras are formed by the nadis, the energy channels, and then see how they can weaken over time through dissipation of the flow or blocking the flow completely. Then we use ourpractice of asana, breath and awareness specifically to strengthen the channels and release thedams that we’ve built through habits and misunderstandings. We reclaim the flow of energy that supports us, that helps us live spiritually in this world. At the end of the session, we step back into our lives with a greater degree of compassion, more intelligent support that comes from the inside,and more resilience to offer the world.

The Three Main Chakras in depth June 10th

Of the six major chakras located along the subtle spinal axis, the three main ones are manipura (3) ,anahata (4) and ajna (6). They govern the other chakras in very sublime and profound ways. The Manipura Chakra at the navel area is the gateway to the lower two chakras and known to give health and radiance to the body. The Anahata Chakra, at the heart area, is the seat of Pure
Consciousness and the source of our innate joy and freedom. The Ajna Chakra in the area of the mind is the Command Center, shining its light on the Vishuddha chakra and governing all six major chakras located within the body. By understanding these particularly powerful centers and their currents, you reach deeper into the well of yoga, enriching the practice you now have in an insightful and meaningful way. We will use asana, pranayama and meditation to access and activate these areas.

Shari Friedrichsen has been teaching and studying yoga for more than 40 years and is a key facilitator at the Himalayan Institute’s Teacher Training & Professional Certification programs. She is a faculty member of the 500-hour teacher training program at 8 Limbs Yoga in Seattle, WA, and also conducts numerous classes, seminars, and trainings worldwide.
Shari has studied asana, meditation, and philosophy with respected teachers Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Rolf Sovik, Amma Karunamayi, and BKS Iyengar. Her unique style integrates subtle and gross anatomical awareness with breath awareness to draw the student into the inner experience of yoga. Her approach uses yoga as a vital, powerful, and compassionate component in healing the body and the psyche. Shari holds the following certi@ications—C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, and YACEP, and has presented over 40 videos


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Ayurvedic Cooking for the Spring

with Kate Kill
Monday April 23
from 12-2 pm
$40 (includes lunch!)

Signs of spring are starting to emerge. As winter thaws, things around us are still cold and damp. We may start to see the earliest flowers pop up and things start to get a little greener.

We look forward to getting a fresh start in the spring. And there are changes that we can incorporate into our diet and our lifestyle to help us feel our best and start out on the right foot.

Join us to learn how to make simple adjustments to keep you in harmony with nature. We will make and enjoy lunch that is healthy, vibrant and just what you need this time of year.

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

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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

$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!

Costa Rica Room Selection

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Beginner’s Yoga

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Sunday Evenings  7:30 – 8:45 pm
April 29th – June 10th

Thursday Evenings 5:45- 7 pm
April 5th- May 24th

$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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Yin Yoga

with Susan Volkar and Tracy Szemanski
Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
12:30 -2:30 pm

Join us in welcoming spring by exploring a Yin Yoga Practice. Yin is a passive practice that targets the connective tissues, ligaments, bones & joints of the body. During the practice, we will integrate essential oils to enhance healing, balance & well being.

No prior yoga experience necessary.

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.

Please join us on the second Friday of each month… next session May 11th!

Time: 7pm – 8pm. Sit for five minutes or stay the whole hour!
Bring: Mat, or props that will comfort. We do offer mats, bolsters, blocks, and blankets for your support.

Please pre-register at the Front Desk

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The Simple Path To Peace

Yogic, Ayurvedic, and Other Practices for a Life Well Lived
with Chris Molinari

May 4th – May 6th

Tuition: $150

Plus accommodations. Please use BOOKING CODE = TSPTP0518 and reserve your accommodations here: Click here

Living a simple and peace-filled life is what many people long for, yet often find difficult to attain amidst the noise and chaos of modern society.  In this workshop, Chris Molinari will present a variety of practical and effective daily strategies, techniques and lifestyle practices to help you create and sustain a more simplified life filled with greater peace and joy.

Cultivating a life of inner calm, increased awareness and a clear sense of wellbeing is not difficult, but it does require consistent practice and attention. The simple practices and lifestyle changes offered in this retreat are influenced by the Yogic and Ayurvedic traditions, as well as modern research into the effects of listening to healing music, positive thinking, and healthy processing of negative emotions. Some of the topics that will be covered include systematic relaxation, the Ayurvedic daily clock, home Yoga practice, and characteristics/benefits of healing music. The retreat will also feature a practicum offered by Himalayan Institute senior faculty for students to experience instruction firsthand from a teacher that is well-practiced in the Himalayan tradition.

At the end of the weekend, students will be peaceful and relaxed and leave well-equipped with a “tool kit” of home practices that are designed to support and maintain a more simple and peaceful life.  The “tools” are practical and easy to apply, even for those with busy and challenging schedules. Outside of workshop times, students will have an opportunity to explore the beautiful 400-acre campus, meditate in the Sri Vidya Shrine and enjoy the company of other spiritual seekers.



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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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