2008 - Issue 18
Holly Smokes! Summer is
right around the corner. Our year is almost half done! Is it just
me, or is time in warp speed?
I have two children. One just recently moved out on her own, and the other
has her graduation ceremony in three days! I'm sure it was about a month
ago, I gave birth. What happened?
Well, life moves on. And so do our classes. Our summer schedule begins
this month. A few classes start in June, others in July and August.
Some classes have a very short session so those of you going on holiday can take
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
For those of you who have
previously requested special times and days for classes you'd like to have, now
is the time to ask again. We have the opportunity to implement new class
outlines with new days and times in many locations for the Fall schedule.
Those requests have to be in within a week or two. So please, if you've
been longing for something, let us know what it is.
Thank you to everyone who took part in our Yoga Mother's Day
Special in May. I hope the woman in your life enjoyed it.
this issue you will find the following
1) Your Input Needed
Summer Class Schedule
3) Have a Healthy Summer
4) Yoga iPod Video Downloads
Invite Us to Work
Try This Pose
Yogathon and Blissfest for Camp Moomba
Recipe - Sweet and Sour Stir-Fry
10) 11 Items You Don't Have to Buy
11) 12 Items You Should Buy Organic
Spirit of India Tour
13) Knowledge Network
Meditates On The Business Of Yoga
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 soon upon us. There are some that
will be starting this month, others will run July and August. Remember to
check our schedule at
for a full list of classes and location. Most of your favorite classes will be
there. Yoga classes ranging
from Beginner to Dynamic Flow, Prenatal, Family, Partners, Baby & Me. Baby Sign Language,
Body Rolling, Yoga That Fits and lots more!
3) Have a Healthy Summer
Some of our top executive and leaders are coming to Burnaby near
Metrotown on Friday June 6 from 7-9pm for a dynamic
presentation about nutritional cleansing. If you're desire is
an improved lifestyle and a happier healthier body, then I'd
like to invite you as my guest to attend.
Find out how easy it is to increase your energy, decrease your
stress level, improve your mental clarity, sleep better,
reduce unhealthy food cravings, shed unwanted body fat, gain
lean muscle, improve your complexion, and just feel great.
Learn how you can keep the results you get!
Our bodies are miracles and know how to stay healthy, if only given the
right tools and fuel to do so. For your personal invite, or more information
please contact Sheri at
604-421-9872, or email
Yoga iPod Video Downloads
How about some downtime
while you're flying high?
These new video meditations will be
joining My Yoga Online's featured content on Air Canada's in-flight on-demand
entertainment system. These classes will begin airing in June on their health
and wellness channel.
You can sample the videos here and download to your Ipod or MP3 player. These
practices were designed for air travel, but are perfect anytime you need to
relax and refresh.
Aero Sleep Guided Meditation
with Daniel Mirecki
A hypnosis style guided meditation to induce a
state of sleep and minimize or eliminate the effects of jet lag. Using a
combination of an ancient yogic meditation and Ericksonian voice induction
hypnosis the listener is transported into a relaxed state, highly conducive to
deep relaxation and sleep. In addition, an affirmation of eliminating the
effects of time zone variance (jet lag) is introduced. This experience results
in an effective and sound rest and readies the practitioner to function
effectively in the new time zone.
Freedom From Flight Anxiety
A three part total freedom from stress program:
1. BODY: relax and unwind
2. BREATH: develop a strong nervous system
3. MIND: find total freedom from anxiety
View and sample our entire selection of Ipod video podcasts
Find out more at www.myyogaonline.com
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
Try this Pose
| Cat Cow
|Helping to relieve constipation,
hemorrhoids, backache, and sciatica, this posture renews flexibility
throughout the spine. The flow of breath is improved and tension
melts away from the body.
You'll notice that the demonstrator is pregnant. I suggest during
pregnancy the inhale bring the body back to a neutral or table top
1. Place hands under shoulders and knees directly under hips, hip
2. Inhaling, lift your tailbone, draw your shoulder blades down
your back, opening your chest, and lift your head. Try to distance
the tailbone and the crown of the head away from each other, so as to
not greatly compress the lower spine.
3. Exhaling, tuck the tailbone toward the floor, arching upward
through the spine and draw the chin in towards the chest.
4. Repeat movement several times.
Create a Yoga Practice for Kids gives some cool ideas for kids to do.
If you want to see some Pilates on the mat, you can check it our
here. To find out how to do each exercise properly, please find a
qualified Pilates instructor.
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.
Sweet and Sour Stir-Fry (Serves 4)
Vegetarian Times Issue: November 1, 2002 p.26
This dish combines the classic and much-loved
sweet-sour flavors of China. Delicious served on its own, this
generously portioned stir-fry also works well as a topping for Asian
rice or egg noodles. Accompany this with vegetarian dumplings and finish
with a delicate fruit sorbet.
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup white vinegar
4 Tbs. low-sodium soy sauce
3 Tbs. granulated sugar
2 Tbs. cornstarch
2 Tbs. vegetable oil
1 cup cashews, optional garnish
1/2 lb. extra-firm tofu, cubed
3 1/2 cups fresh pineapple cubes (1 medium-sized
1/2 pound snow peas, trimmed
1 red bell pepper, cut into long, thin strips
2 tsp. minced garlic
1 Tbs. minced fresh ginger
To make sauce: Combine pineapple juice, vinegar, soy
sauce, sugar and cornstarch, and mix well. Heat in small saucepan until
slightly thick, and set aside.
Heat oil in large wok over medium and, when hot, add
cashews, and stir-fry for 1 minute. Remove from heat and set aside. Add
tofu, pineapple cubes and snow peas, and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add red
bell pepper, garlic and ginger, and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add
sweet-and-sour sauce, stirring to mix well, and stir-fry for 2 minutes
Remove from heat, garnish with cashews, if using,
and serve alone or over rice or noodles.
Calories: 306, Protein: 10g, Total fat: 10.5g, Carbs: 45g, Cholesterol:
0mg, Sodium: 398mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugars: 29g
11 Items You Don't Have to
as suggested by Dr. Andrew Weil
The best way to reap the health benefits of fruits
and vegetables without exposing yourself to potentially harmful
pesticides is to choose organic produce whenever possible, especially
those varieties which are more likely to be contaminated. But if organic
produce is cutting into your budget, it's okay to buy non-organic
varieties of the fruits and vegetables listed below, which tend to
contain the least amount of pesticides. However, make it a habit to wash
them thoroughly before eating or cooking, to remove dirt and bacteria.
Corn (sweet, frozen)
Peas (sweet, frozen)
11) 12 Items You Should Buy Organic
as suggested by Dr. Andrew Weil
Eating fresh produce is the best way
to obtain daily nutrients, but the pesticides used on many crops remain
a major health concern. By choosing organic foods, you can reap the
health benefits of fruits and vegetables without exposing yourself to
potentially harmful chemicals. Make sure you purchase only organic
varieties of the produce listed below. According to the Environmental
Working Group, common growing practices make these crops the most likely
to contain pesticide residues:
12) 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!
Come and find out more details of this amazing adventure on June 20, at the Thai
House Restaurant at 7 PM, on the corner of Burrard and 7th Avenue for
a special DVD showing of the magic land of India from our 2008 tour.
Thai House Restaurant - Thai 1766 West 7th
Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V6J 3G9 (604) 738-2279.
Please call Michele 604-618-8194 to ensure your reservation.
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 -
Knowledge Network Meditates On The
Business Of Yoga
Yoga, Inc. Premieres Monday, June 23 at 9 p.m.
Knowledge Network would like to bring your attention to a unique documentary on the world of yoga. Today yoga is making some people very rich. Commercialization, legal wrangling and fierce competition now swamp the
industry. Premiering on Knowledge Network on Monday, June 23 at 9 p.m., Yoga, Inc. is an entertaining documentary that explores the question; can yoga survive the war between the sacred and the profane with its good karma intact?
Yoga, Inc. follows several complex characters to tell its surprising story: from Esak
Garcia, the World Yoga Champion, to Bikram Choudhury, a ‘Hollywood Yogi’ and the antithesis of the clichéd benevolent Indian guru.
It seems that the key to really cashing in on yoga is to standardize
and supersize. Yoga chains are popping up everywhere – and putting smaller studios out of business. No wonder purists are scratching their heads. Is nothing sacred?
Yoga, Inc. is an original, irreverent portrait of power, greed and the search for enlightenment. Who controls yoga? How long before the Yoga Olympics are a reality? Does yoga need a code of ethics (the Karma Police)? And can yoga’s fundamental goal of spiritual enlightenment survive our fervor for a quick buck and a firm butt? In a search for answers, Yoga, Inc. provides a colorful snapshot of Spiritualism and Capitalism colliding head on.
Please help Knowledge Network spread the word about
this unique program. Knowledge Network thanks you for your support in informing others about our broadcast of Yoga, Inc. We hope you enjoy the
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