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Into Yoga Newsletter

December 2008 - Issue 24
 


 


Another 31 days and we're into a new year!  Can you believe it?  I hope you take the time each day to recognize and enjoy the little things in life.  Be grateful for each moment you  have,  no matter how fast it goes by.  My youngest child turned eighteen this year.  It seems as though I just turned around and she went from newborn to adulthood.  I am grateful for the time I spent with my children.  Even, no especially, those times where I had to (no, chose to) drop everything to JUST BE with them.  Keep your loved ones close, and above all, remember to love yourself.

I wish to thank everyone who stopped by our table at the Mompreneur event at the Roundhouse Community Center on November 22. It was great to see you all!  I hope you enjoyed yourself, there was a lot to see.

The new class schedule for January 2009 is now up on our website.  You can visit at www.intoyoga.ca/classes.htm.  Remember to register early to avoid disappointment of either a full class or a canceled class.

May I wish you an early HAPPY HOLIDAYS!  Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, some other tradition or none at all, may all things be bright in your future.

I hope you enjoy reading this month's Newsletter.

In this issue you will find the following topics:


     1)    Winter Classes
     2)    Yoga - to Force or to Feel
     3)    Try This Pose
     4)    Invite Us to Work   
     5)    Quips and Quotes
     6)    Past Newsletters
     7)    Your Contributions Welcom8
     8)    Our Privacy Policy
     9)    Email A Friend
 


1)    Winter Classes

Our winter session begins in January.  Most registration will begin the first week of December.  Please register early and make sure you get your payment in promptly.  You will find a registration form on line for Burnaby and Coquitlam classes only.  All other locations do their own registration.  You'll find all locations, times, registration info etc on our webpage at www.intoyoga.ca/classes.htm.  Please visit us at www.intoyoga.ca often.

Beginning January we will be offering Baby Sign Language at the Roundhouse Community Center at the corner of Pacific and Drake in Vancouver on Mondays at 1:45pm.  Also  new is Yamuna Body Rolling being offered at Kerrisdale Community Center on Mondays at 12:00pm.

Our Burnaby and Coquitlam classes will allow you the option to add a Nutritional Cleanse Package with your Yoga classes.  *Nutritional Cleansing will help your body dispose of the impurities that are absorbed from the foods we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe. Release unwanted pounds and inches (and keep them off) easily and quickly using our nutritional cleanse products and coupling it with Yoga classes. Benefits can include improved strength, clear complexion, increased energy, reduced stress, deeper sleep, fat loss, and more. Feel, look and be healthier and more vibrant. Get the results you want without unwanted side effects of a traditional cleanse. Products, yoga classes and unlimited coaching included.
*Nutritional Cleanse products may be purchased without the Yoga classes at an adjusted cost.  Call us at 604-421-9872 for more details.
 


2)    Yoga - to Force or to Feel?
published at www.ezinearticles.com

Most of us who do yoga yearn for more from the practice than just physical benefits--indeed, for more than just benefit to ourselves. But how can twisting our bodies, opening our hips, and straightening our legs make a difference in the wider world? How can lifting our chests help lift up this troubled planet?

Our asana practice can have a positive impact because it constantly asks us to become more sensitive, more conscious, more aware of ourselves--not just our bodies but also our minds, feelings, emotions, and our very nature. The real value of asana practice is that it can teach us to tune in and truly feel. As our sensitivity increases, life becomes more rich and enjoyable because we can taste the unique flavor of each individual moment. More important, we also become more aware of what moves us toward out dharma and what takes us away from it. This awareness makes us clearer and more peaceful, more able to elegantly handle life's endless dilemmas without feeling overwhelmed or fearful. As a result, we become more effective in all of our actions, and our presence begins to inspire and bring out the best in people around us.

The opposite of feeling is forcing. When we force, we cannot feel, and when we feel, we cannot force. The moment we start to force, we begin to lose awareness of the effect our efforts have on our nervous system, on the situation itself, and on the other people involved. Forcing makes us angry, inflexible, and intolerant; raises our blood pressure; and can eventually create heart problems. Feeling, on the other hand, makes us calmer, more receptive, more understanding, and healthier.

If we force ourselves into Ardha Matsyendrasana II (Half Lord of the Fishes Pose II), the spine will twist where it always has, where it needs the twist the least. In this pose, it is particularly easy to force the body while attempting to reach around the back and grab the shin. To the extent that the desire to do this comes from the ego's urge to satisfy itself--just to prove we can do this pose--it manifests itself as force. Feeling, on the other hand, allows us to tune in to the habitual tendencies of the body and sense which vertebrae are twisting and which are not. Cultivating feeling in Ardha Matsyendrasana II allows movement where there was stagnation, release where there was stiffness, and freedom where there was bondage.

Just as force and feeling are opposites, so are violence and awareness. We often get angry, and sometimes even outwardly violent, when a situation arises that is not to our ego's liking, rather than using it as an opportunity to become more aware. But violence inevitably breeds more violence. The more forceful and violent we are, the further we move from feeling and awareness; consequently, the more violent we become.

I believe much of the violence in our world comes from our lack of awareness, which has historically manifested itself as an unwillingness to see other people's point of view. When we pause and feel, we become more open and more receptive to the possibility that there are valid ways of thinking other than our own.

Sensitivity is often portrayed as weakness, yet it actually gives us the strength to lower our guard and say to an enemy, "Let's sit down and talk this through. How are you feeling? Why are you behaving the way you are?" People who have the security that comes with deep sensitivity and awareness have no desire to be violent; it is insecurity that contributes to violence. Through feeling, sensitivity, and awareness, we can bring insecurity and its resulting violence to an end.

What does all of this have to do with our individual practice of asanas like Ardha Matsyendrasana II? The awareness that we develop on the yoga mat, though seemingly small, affects all that is. As we become more aware in our yoga practice and in our lives, as we move away from force and violence and toward sensitivity, feeling and awareness, we change our individual consciousness and actions. In turn, these changes influence the consciousness and actions of everyone we meet. Slowly we shift the direction the world is taking. As we practice each asana, whether it be a challenging twist like Ardha Matsyendrasana II or a simple standing pose, we have the opportunity to become the embodiment of peace and to make our practice a prayer for harmony in the world.

2008 Aadil Palkhivala
 

Aadil Palkhivala, world-renowned yoga master, is the founder of Purna Yoga, the owner of the premier yoga studio in the Pacific Northwest, Yoga Centers, the director of The College of Purna Yoga teacher training program, and the author of Fire of Love- For Students of Life, For Teachers of Yoga.

The College of Purna Yoga, the yoga teacher training program founded and directed by Aadil Palkhivala and his wife Mirra, offers training at the 200-hour level, the 500-hour level, and the Purna Yoga Certificate Level. For more information visit http://purnayoga.com/introduction.htm.
 



3)    Try this Pose - Half Spinal Twist/Half Lord of the Fishes (Ardha Matsyendrasana II)

Helping to relieve lower backache and tension in the shoulders and neck area, this posture also increases flexibility in these areas as well.  The Spinal Twist has a therapeutic effect on the nervous system while toning the kidneys, liver, spleen, intestines and pancreas.  The vertebrae is realigned, elimination is improved and fat on the stomach, hips and waist is reduced.

There are many variations on the Spinal Twist.  If you find this one too challenging, extend the right leg flat on the floor.

1.  Sit with both legs extended.  Be sure to pull the muscle from the buttocks away from the sitting bones.
2.  Bend the right leg and pull the heel up toward the left hip, allowing the knee to rest on the floor.
3.  Step the left leg over the right knee, placing the foot flat on the floor.
4.  Inhale, raising the right arm beside the right ear.
5.  Exhaling, twist to the left, bringing the right arm between the chest and upturned left knee. Inhale.
6.  Exhaling, adjust your torso to try to reach the left ankle with your right hand.
7.  Place your left hand on the floor behind your hip, lengthen through both sides of your torso, extending your spine upward.
8.  Exhaling, turn your head and eyes to look toward the left.  Both sitting bones should carry equal weight, your left foot should be flat on the floor, your shoulders should be even, and your spine long.

NOTE:  Practice this posture at your own risk.
 


4)    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 info@intoyoga.ca.  Visit our Corporate page on our website at www.intoyoga.ca/corporate.htm.
 


5)    Quips and Quotes
 
Finger points at the moon, but the moon is not at the tip of the finger. Words point at the truth, but the truth is not in words. To seek illumination through words is to get lost in the web of words and not see the truth. ~Huineng


6)    Past Newsletters

You may read past Newsletters on our website by going to www.intoyoga.ca/articles.htm and clicking on the Newsletters link.
 


7)    Your Contributions Welcome

If you would like to contribute in some way to upcoming newsletters, please contact us at info@intoyoga.ca.  We welcome your views, thoughts, enlightenments, articles, etc.  When contacting us, please be sure to let us know that you'd like to have your contribution inserted into our newsletter.

To submit articles for our website you can visit www.intoyoga.ca/articles.htm to review our guidelines.

 

We'd love to hear what you think of this issue!

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