2008 - Issue 19
Finally, Summer has arrived!
I love the warmth from the sun. I'm a very happy camper now.
As you probably know, during
the summer we cut down the classes we teach. We still have many classes
available for you to choose from though.
You'll find all our classes on our website
www.intoyoga.ca on our
For Greentree Village
you can download a registration form
from the classes
In last month's Newsletter, I
put out a request that you let me know what classes you'd like to have in the
Burnaby and Coquitlam areas. I'm still open to suggestions as to times,
days, and class options. Please email them to
I hope you enjoy reading this
month's Newsletter. It too has been condensed somewhat for the summer
this issue you will find the following
1) Your Input Needed
Summer Class Schedule
3) YogaMonth 09.2008
Yogathon and Blissfest
5) Natural Remedies for Kids
Try This Pose
Invite Us to Work
Recipe - Red Pepper Vinaigrette
Spirit of India Tour
Quips and Quotes
Your Contributions Welcome
Email A Friend
1) Your Input Needed
We have the chance to offer some new classes at Greentree Village, and
some Vancouver locations. We are looking for your input as to what
you'd like to see, and when you'd like to see it. Greentree has
also opened up their days and weekends, so we can offer classes Monday
to Sunday in the daytime. We need to know what interests you and
what location you'd like to see the classes offered.
2) Summer Class Schedule
Summer classes are beginning this month. Make sure you
to find our full schedule.
Yoga Month 09.2008 is a
national awareness campaign to inspire a healthy lifestyle. The core of the Yoga
Month campaign is a 10 City Yoga Health Festival Tour that will take place
during the month of September in cities throughout the US and Canada. Yoga
Month 09.2008 is supported by national magazines like Yoga Journal, Whole Life
Times, Yoga Mates, Newsweek, and Health Magazine. Shiva Rea, Seane Corn, Bryan
Kest, Mariel Hemingway, and other yoga powerhouses will celebrate Yoga Month by
participating in the tour. All proceeds from the 10 City Yoga Health Festival
Tour will benefit Youth Health Alliance, a nonprofit organization that
provides FREE enrichment, recreational, and academic programs to at-risk youth.
An all-inclusive VIP PASS ($88)
is offered for festivals taking place in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco,
Denver, Austin, Chicago, New York City, Boston, Miami and Vancouver. The VIP
PASS provides full access to festival workshops, concerts and special events.
To find out more about the event, tlease visit
http://www.yogamonth.org/event/preregister.php and put in
Teacher's Associate ID #4293 when ordering your
4) Yogathon and Blissfest for Camp
Moomba: July 12, 2008
An all day festival celebrating community and inter-connection that has
become Vancouver’s most anticipated yoga event. This is our 6th year of
spreading the love through this amazing festival, which is the primary
fundraiser for Camp Moomba, a camp for children impacted by HIV/AIDS.
Join Eoin Finn.
Natural Remedies for Kids (and Adults too)
Not only is this a Canadian company run by a mom
entrepreneur, I'm allowing myself a little nepotism, as this is my
Submitted by Angie Reid
As many people are beginning to realize, many
ingredients in cosmetics and sunscreens contain things that are becoming more
and more dangerous to our health especially to our children’s health. They are
developing allergies at an alarming rate and cases of skin rashes and kinds of
eczemas that were never heard of before. This is why we have developed our own
line of products that does not contain any of these “swear” words. We use no
‘dyes #’, we don’t use synthetic smells, and we don’t use parabens or mineral
oils, and we especially don’t use Paba.
Our sunscreen (Sun Blocker) has been used all
over the world and people call it the best (at SPF 30). But the best part is, if
you forget to put it on and do get burned you can still put it on and by
tomorrow you’d swear you’d never been burned. It can also be used on burns
received in the kitchen or other places. What makes it so good is that is has
oils used by natives in the south seas to keep their skin moist and supple in
the hot sun, including coconut oil, Carnuba wax, Beta-carotene, Shea butter, and
essential oils like Niauoli which is amazing for skin and preventing sunburn in
the proper blend. It is safe for babies all the way to grandma. Some people use
it as a night cream or day cream to stop the rays of the sun causing age damage.
It’s all natural and synthetic free. We have
many products to choose from. We have Sun Blocker, Prego sticks for mommies to
be, creams and lotions for the whole family including baby. Check us out at
Try this Pose
like a dog can be fun and firming. The Hydrant will help to tone
your thighs which strengthening the back, abdominal, arm and leg
Try to keep your foot flexed as you move through the different
positions. Also try to keep your body weight centered as much as
possible so you're not swaying from side to side.
To avoid lower back strain elbows may be bent or entire
forearm placed on floor, palms down.
1. Kneel on hands and knees, hands under
shoulders, legs hip distance apart. Look down at floor
2. Inhale, keeping right foot on floor, raise right knee out to
3. Exhale, lowering knee back down to floor
4. Inhale, raise right knee and foot so they are both parallel
to floor. Flex foot
5. Exhale, slowly draw right knee up toward shoulder. Do not
drop hip. Keep foot flexed
6. Inhale, bringing bent knee back so inner thigh is parallel to
7. Exhale, lowering knee back down to floor
8. Inhale, raise right knee and foot so they are both parallel
to floor. Flex foot
9. Exhale, straighten right leg to the side so whole inner leg
is parallel to floor. Keep foot flexed
10. Inhale, lower heel to floor
11. Exhale, raise leg back up
12. Inhale, bending knee so inner thigh is parallel to floor
13. Exhale, lower right knee to floor
14. Inhale, extending leg out behind at hip level
15. Exhale, lower toes to floor
16. Inhale, raising foot off of floor with straight leg
17. Exhale, lowering bent knee to floor
18 Inhale, raise right leg extending out back, parallel with
19. Exhaling, cross right leg over left leg and lower toes to
floor, looking over left shoulder
20. Inhaling, raise right leg and bring leg and head back to
21. Exhaling, lower knee to floor
22. Repeat with left leg
- NOTE - The above exercise may be performed separately or as
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
improved memory, focus and concentration
reduced stress and tension
* boosted immune system
lower blood pressure
improved self esteem
more firmed, toned and flexible body
relief of common ailments such as backache and fatigue
Benefits to the
enhanced decision making
better team spirit
lower health care costs
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
We've all heard about the dangers of using cell phones. I
don't know whether this is true or fake. But someone sent this to me
and I wanted to pass it on to let you decide. Check this video on
Thinking about an exotic Yoga Retreat? Try
Red Pepper Vinaigrette (Serves 8)
This salad dressing is nothing like your basic
vinaigrette formula – but you'll soon want to use it nearly every day.
The classic vinaigrette is made with 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar. As
you can see, this version has no oil in it at all, making it extremely
low in calories. But don't worry – it's very high in flavor. Once you've
tried this I'm sure it'll become your basic everyday staple for salad.
And you can never eat too much salad!
1/4 cup apple juice
1/4 cup cider vinegar
2 tablespoons chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 teaspoon dried whole oregano
Pinches of rosemary and thyme
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 of a roasted red bell pepper
Combine all ingredients in a blender container. Blend to mix
8 calories; 0 g total fat (0 g sat); 0 mg cholesterol; 2
g carbohydrate; 0 g protein; 0 g fiber; 50 mg sodium
10) Spirit of
Submitted by Michele Labelle
Labelle, Certified Hatha Yoga Teacher on her annual pilgrimage to India Mar 2-15
2009. Read about the last guided tour below, then follow the
link to find out more about the 2009 tour.
India’s charm lies in its colorful play of contrasts. Jasmine incense burning as
you walk by a little shrine and Ganesh, the half elephant half human god, is
available to you as you pray. He is the remover of all obstacles. I couldn’t
imagine traveling alone in India. That is why The Spirit of India is a wonderful
way of exploring India’s magic in a group setting. Like minded travelers ready
to explore new adventures.
Imagine yourself just after sunrise, your first yoga class in the great Thar
dessert at Manvar camp. Surrounded by warm sand dunes and a peaceful blue sky,
three peacocks strolling majestically around the circle where we start the yoga
class. As we move from one posture to the next the rhythm of life in your body
is awakened to something bigger than one could have ever imagined, all is well….
in the great Thar dessert.
After the famous buffet style breakfast we jump into jeeps for our safari tour
in the desert. Exploring village life and the wonderful laughter of children to
observing impala’s and wild camels eating in the tall tree. We return to base
camp to set out our next destination the blue city Jodhpur.
Our first walking tour is to the majestic Meherangarh Fort which was built on a
solid rock foundation. A narrow winding road all the way up to the main gates
where we observe a father playing his traditional violin style like instrument
and his son jiggles
in his coined costume dancing for us to the rhythm of the song. We are all
mesmerized by the music, the well adorned dancing child and the town below,
speckled with blue houses, it’s all so magical.
After our tour in the fort we settle in our comfy hotel. The next day’s
adventure will take us to Jaipur. We drive in our a/c coach and then take our
first train passing everyday Indian life. The markets filled with fresh fruits
and vegetables, a man getting a shave and the shop is a mirror nailed up on the
side of a tree, the children coming home from school 5-7 stuffed in a decorated
tuk-tuk. A family of four on one bicycle and the sacred holy cow taking
precedence everywhere on and along the road. Everywhere you look there is always
honking traffic and people everywhere, approximately 1.1 billion people, the
second largest population in the world exceeded only by that of China.
In Jaipur we are greeted at the Shahpura House Hotel with various flower
garlands, some made of fragrant roses. A cold drink waiting for us in the
waiting area, a reception fit for a queen or king… or princess. We are guided
to our rooms that are vibrantly colored with matching palates of colour bedding
decorated with sequins fit for royalty. We enjoy a nice snack in the shade by
the pool and that evening enjoyed a yoga class on the royal carpets in the
courtyard. The better it gets; the better it gets!
We invite you and your friends to find out about the fun filled Holi festival
and the throwing colour! The Amber Fort, the Taj Mahal and explore the magical
morning and evening Aarti or Puja the celebrations of sunrise and sunset with
priests who do this every single day and night on the holy river of the Ganges.
For more details on The Sprit of India Tour 2009 with Michele Labelle check out
the link to the sacred earth website.
My experience of India opened my heart wider to joy than I believed possible.
Sacred Earth Journeys did a wonderful job of linking a passionate, imaginative,
and fun-loving yoga teacher with a spiritually-knowledgeable Indian tour guide
and healer, who together provided a deep and informative experience of Northern
Laura Gibson, North Vancouver, BC (Spirit of India - Mar/08)
An unforgettable experience enriched by the care and competency of the tour
company, tour guide and our spirited yoga instructor.
Yvonne de la Roche, Vancouver, BC (Spirit of India - Mar/08)
Sacred Earth Journeys offers a variety of very
meaningful and interesting trip destinations. I found it especially rewarding
sharing India with 18 other new acquaintances from various locations in North
America and New Zealand. Not having concerns about trip planning made the tour
Kathleen Murphy and Dale Moore, Parksville, BC
(Spirit of India - Mar/08)
Every day was full of surprises, a gift, and a new way to look at life!
Megan Kleisinger, Abbotsford, BC (Spirit of India
The Spirit of India was a life journey that brought together the perfect
elements to create a life changing experience: the cultural experience of India,
a spiritual tie, yoga practice in a phenomenal setting, and the inspirational
members of the group. You won’t find a trip like this offered anywhere else!
Alejandra Jimenez, Glendale, CA (Spirit of India -
What is Buddha-mind? Your mind is it. When
you see the selfsame essence of it, you can call it suchness. When you see the
changeless nature of it, you can call it Dharmakaya. It does not belong to
anything; therefore, it is called emancipation. It works easily and freely,
never being disturbed by others; therefore, it is called the true path. It was
not born and, therefore, it is not going to perish, so it is called Nirvana. ~
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