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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Fall Tune Up – New Member Special!

Fall Tune-Up: Ready to set your intention and focus on your daily practice in our beautiful center?

Fall Special for new members: $50.00 for 1 month Unlimited Yoga Classes!

We challenge and motivate you to hone your practice to be the best YOU this Fall!


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The Art of Creating a Floral Bouquet

With Dee Gadzik

October 4, 2018
2:20 -4:30 pm

A floral bouquet can give the ease of maintaining the shape and the replenishment of water or changing the vase an easy task!

In this class, you will learn how to arrange a bouquet and make a decorative bow or a small wrap with pearl pins. You will create a beautiful bouquet home to take home with you!  Pre-registration is necessary.

48-hour notice is necessary for refunds.

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Yoga and the Power of Intention

Yoga and the Power of Intention
with Susannah Azzaro


October 24

7 – 8:30 pm


What does it really mean when a yoga teacher invites you to set an intention in class? How can you actively
participate in the creation of reality both on and off your mat?
Through discussion, journaling, gentle movement, and guided relaxation, we will bring more clarity to the practice
of intention-setting (often called sankalpa) and experience how this powerful and subtle act can shift energy in our
lives.  This workshop is appropriate for EVERYONE! Whether intention-setting is part of a yoga practice or not, all are

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

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Yin Yoga Session Class

Yin Yoga session
with Tracy Szemanski
Sept 19 – Oct 10
7 – 8 pm
walk-in price $16/

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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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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Stealing from Myself by Bev Gray

Last night I taught my usual Tuesday night yoga class, the one I’ve been teaching now for a year and a half. It’s typically a small class, with some regulars and some drop-in’s who attend intermittently. The pace is even and the asanas are mildly challenging.

For the past couple weeks, some of the students attending this class have been teacher trainees from another yoga studio; part of their training encourages them to go to different studios and experience different styles (very cool, I must say).

Last night’s visiting attendees were two women: one instructor and one trainee. Both were young and energetic, the instructor thin and lithe, her upper body overlaid with colorful tattoos. Her asanas were nearly perfect and lovely to watch.

Like most instructors, I’m sure, I always feel a little intimidated when an instructor shows up for my class; feeling not so much that I’m being judged, but watched. Very carefully. I do the same when I attend a fellow teacher’s class. I’m not judging, but always searching. Searching for new ways to explain a pose or inspire students (or myself). I recognize that my style is mine, that theirs is theirs, and that instructors can’t be compared. I have tremendous respect for all teachers. What intimidates me, however, is knowledge.

Yoga is so deep and vast that when I meet other teachers (especially if they practice a different style), I am always overwhelmed at how much I DON’T know. I am suddenly reduced to a student, a child seeking approval, feeling inadequate.

“No, I don’t remember what my dosha is.”

“No, I’ve never practiced ashtanga yoga (at least I don’t think I have).”

“Nope, never heard of the hasta or the pada bandhas.”

“No, I haven’t read the Bhagavad Gita from beginning to end.”

“No, I can’t do a handstand or hold a hip balance with straight arms and legs for more than a few breaths.”

“No, I don’t make a habit of adjusting my students.”

Cerebrally, I know that we are never “done” when it comes to yoga; that the depth of this practice is vast and never-ending. So why do I feel so less-than when I discover something I don’t know? And how do I release the self-judgement for not knowing everything about something which is fundamentally unknowable?

As always, I look to the Yamas and Niyamas for guidance. The Yamas and the Niyamas are the first two limbs of the 8-Fold path of yogic philosophy. Taken from the Yoga Sutras, there are five Yamas, or restraints, and five Niyamas, or observances.

For this particular experience, Astaya, the Yama of non-stealing, spoke to me. According to Deborah Adele, in her book, The Yamas and the Niyamas, “Astaya guides our attempts and tendencies to look outwardly for satisfaction.” In looking outward, we are stealing our joy and ability to look inward. Astaya asks us to shift our awareness of others to ourselves.

So in looking inward, I can appreciate how far I’ve come, without the distraction of comparing myself to others; because comparing either leaves you feeling dejected or superior, and neither is a healthy alternative. And often what we reach for is not necessarily what we want, but what may look good at the time. In our culture, we have much to compete with. There are pretty little baubles, bangles and beads in front of us wherever we go. If we keep reaching out for things just because they are there, we aren’t fulfilling our truth.

I don’t see myself as a teacher, really, but a guide. I share what I know and take in what my students teach me. I don’t feel I will ever be one of those instructors that people seek out, revered as a master in my field. I work full-time, have a family, so my ability (and let’s face it, energy) to study and immerse myself are limited. But I love my class and my students and take the moments I do have very seriously.

No, I am not trained in Ayurveda. No, I can’t twist my 49 year-old body into asanas that a tattooed twenty-something can do. And yes, there is an enormous amount of knowledge yet to be discovered. Astaya encourages me to “be where I am,” appreciate the journey and discover where I really want to go.

Oh, and I don’t have any tattoos. Just sayin’.

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