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Into Yoga Newsletter

April 2008 - Issue 16


Yeah!  SPRING TIME!!  Weather can only get better now.  I'm so positive, I even removed my snow tires from my car!


Spring registration is underway.  Classes begin this month.  Please call the location of choice to register.  All classes can be found on our website on our classes page.  For Greentree Village in Burnaby and Precision Dance Studio in Coquitlam you can download a registration form from the classes page.


We'd like to know what kind of classes or workshops you'd like us to offer. Please drop us a line at and let us know.  If you have comments, suggestions, complaints or compliments, we want to hear them too.  Email us and let us know.


In this issue you will find the following topics:


  1)    Spring Class Schedule

  2)    Our Classes

  3)    Invite Us to Work

  4)    Try This Pose

  5)    Interesting Sites 

  6)    Recipe - Potato-Rosemary-Crusted Fish Fillets

  7)    Quips and Quotes

  8)    Past Newsletters

  9)    Your Contributions Welcome

 10)    Our Privacy Policy

 11)    Email A Friend


1)    Spring Class Schedule

Our new schedule is up and available at  We have Yoga classes ranging from Beginner to Dynamic Flow, Prenatal, Family, Partners, Baby & Me.  Try our Pilates classes or check out the Baby Sign Language.  And we still have Body Rolling, Yoga That Fits and lots more too!

2)   Our Classes

For a list of locations please visit

Baby & Me Yoga classes are designed with mom and her new baby in mind.  Connect with your young one with playful asana (exercises) while you stretch, breathe and relax your body back into shape.  You will have a chance to share with other moms, while your baby is stimulated physically, emotionally and socially.  This class is best suited for moms who have healed after delivery and for babes who are not yet very mobile, unless otherwise specified.  Previous yoga experience is not necessary.

Baby Sign Language  Did you know that babies understand and can communicate long before they are able to speak? Using songs and games, learn basic American Sign Language (ASL) hand gestures, to facilitate this communication with your hearing child. Increase understanding of your child's needs and want, alleviating much unneeded frustration. Research shows that babies who learn Sign Language learn quicker and talk earlier. Bring your baby to class. Sleeping babies welcome. Babies 0-18 months.

Body Rolling is the practice of using one's body weight to roll over a specially designed ball to stimulate bone, free connective tissue and create more space around the joints. Body Rolling combines strengthening and toning of exercise with the release of a deep massage. It stretches muscles, frees restriction, and increases blood flow, while realigning the body to promote healing. Give yourself a deep massage, release tight muscles, and increase your energy, strength and vitality.

Dynamic Flow Yoga is comprised of a series of vinyasa asanas (flowing postures), this class will give you a solid connection to the breath as you flow through a cycle of postures designed to awaken and build a powerful level of energy and heat in the body. Both new and experienced practitioners welcome. 

Family Yoga explores the dimensions of yoga through breath, body movement and imagination with the ones you love. This active yet focused class will help each member of the family become more centered and calm, while increasing flexibility. Postures are chosen that both adult and child can share and explore together.

Hatha Yoga Combining asana (postures or exercises), pranayama (breathing techniques) and relaxation, feel calm with an undertone of energy when you leave the class. Using both classical (slow, meditative, static postures) and flow (sequential movement with breath) styles of asana, tension and anxiety are relieved and a more profound connection with the body is developed. Pick from Beginner Level, Intermediate Level or a combination of the two.

Infant Massage offers parents/caregivers the time to bond with baby as they learn hands on techniques to confidently massage their little one. Applications, benefits and contra-indications will be discussed. Parents will be encouraged to explore and discuss amongst themselves, as well as to tend to their baby’s needs whenever they arise. Best suited for babies between the ages of 2 and 10 months.

Partner Yoga creates union which is the essence of Yoga.  Creating unity in postures with another person can cultivate a sense of balance and well-being offering valuable insight and understanding into any loving relationship.  The practice of partner yoga explores the understanding of postures, the importance of breathing techniques and the mind-body connection and allows partners to learn and explore aspects which are unattainable through individual Yoga practice.  Exploring Yoga with a lover, friend, family member or any other loving relationship can also deepen your interpersonal connections.

Pilates - in this class you will not only be taught the pilates exercises but will gain a deep understanding for the method. There will be a strong focus on connecting to the abdominal and pelvic floor muscles which is the key to strengthening the core. The fundamentals of pilates will be explained to you so that the exercises make sense enabling you to execute them to their fullest. You will develop strength and stability while lengthening the muscles and supporting the spine. After a few classes you will be walking taller and feeling far less tension in your back and shoulders.

Power Yoga classes are characterized by the practice of a series of yoga posses which are connected by a vinyasa flow using the breath in order to flow from one pose to the next. This dynamic and vigorous form of yoga is designed to tone the muscles and build internal heat that induces sweat and detoxifies the body. You will experience a well balanced practice by connecting to your inner self.

Prenatal Yoga invites expecting moms to combine exercise and thoughts with each other.  With an emphasis on breath, relaxation and postures that will increase strength and endurance, this class focuses on relieving common discomforts of pregnancy and techniques to reduce pain contributing to an easier delivery.  Doctor's approval is recommended.

Yoga for the Older Adult classes are designed for relatively active men and women over the age of 55.  Emphasis in these classes is on balance, strength and flexibility.  Classes are slow and gentle allowing everyone to work at their own pace.  

Yoga That Fits - Finally! A yoga class tailored to fit. Yoga is the perfect exercise to keep larger bodies fit and flexible. It can be practiced by anyone, regardless of age, size or ability. Yet many people have a hard time finding a yoga class that accommodates them. "Yoga that Fits" classes are taught by certified, mature Hatha Yoga instructors who know first hand the challenges of living large, who will challenge you to make the most of your bodacious body and support you in discovering the many physical and mental benefits of yoga.

See all our classes at

3)    Invite Us to Work

We want to help create a stress-free environment at work.  We believe that staff who take the time to breathe and realign themselves, work better and enjoy their jobs more.

Benefits to the Participant
improved memory, focus and concentration
* reduced stress and tension
* boosted immune system
* lower blood pressure
* improved circulation
* increased energy
* improved self esteem
* a more firmed, toned and flexible body
* relief of common ailments such as backache and fatigue
Benefits to the Employer
* less absenteeism
* improved productivity
* enhanced decision making
* boosted morale
* reduced burnout
* less turnover
* increased motivation
* better team spirit
* lower health care costs
* increased efficiency
* enhanced company/employee relationship

Our rates begin as low as $5 a class.  Please call us today for more information or to set up classes for your work place.  Call 604-421-9872 or email  Visit our Corporate page on our website at

4)    Try this Pose

I thought this month, instead of actual step by step instructions to a single pose, I'd post a few poses that you might find in our Partner Yoga Classes.

5)    Interesting Sites

I thought I'd be a little different this month and give you a couple of TV programs instead.

Namaste - A 30  minute Hatha Vinyasa-style Yoga series seen on A Channel 12 daily at 6:00am.

Signing Time - Developed by a mom with a child who can not hear, this show airs on PBS Channel 43 Thursdays from 2:00pm - 2:30pm.

6)    Recipe

Potato-Rosemary-Crusted Fish Fillets (serves 2)
published at

This simple fish dish is quite elegant with its subtle flavor of rosemary. Don't worry about a few shreds of potato that remain in the skillet. Serve them over the fish. Pair this entrée with steamed asparagus and a large green salad with tomatoes.


12 ounces thick fish fillet, such as cod or halibut, cut in half
1 small potato, about 5 ounces
Salt and black pepper to taste
1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves, crushed
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil


1. Rinse the fish under cold running water and pat dry. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

2. Peel the potato and grate on the large holes of a grater. Squeeze excess water out of potato by pressing between sheets of paper towel.

3. Season the potato with salt, pepper and rosemary and press it around the fish.

4. Heat a nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat and add olive oil. Gently slide the fish into the pan. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes. Turn fish over, using two spatulas, and cook for 3 to 5 minutes more or until potatoes are golden and fish is done.

7)    Quips and Quotes

Knowledge is merely brilliance in organization of ideas and not wisdom. The truly wise person goes beyond knowledge. ~Confucius

8)    Past Newsletters

You may read past Newsletters on our website by going to and clicking on the Newsletters link.

9)    Your Contributions Welcome

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