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Into Yoga Newsletter

June 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 advantage.

You'll find all our classes on our website on our classes page.  For Greentree Village in Burnaby you can download a registration form from the classes page.


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. 


In this issue you will find the following topics:

  1)    Your Input Needed
  2)    Summer Class Schedule
  3)    Have a Healthy Summer
  4)    Yoga iPod Video Downloads
  5)    Invite Us to Work
  6)    Try This Pose
  7)    Interesting Sites 
  8)    Yogathon and Blissfest for Camp Moomba
  9)    Recipe - Sweet and Sour Stir-Fry
 10)    11 Items You Don't Have to Buy Organic
 11)    12 Items You Should Buy Organic
 12)    Spirit of India Tour
 13)    Knowledge Network Meditates On The Business Of Yoga
 14)    Quips and Quotes
 15)    Past Newsletters
 16)    Your Contributions Welcome
 17)    Our Privacy Policy
 18)    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

4)    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
with Padma

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

5)    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

6)    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 position.

1.  Place hands under shoulders and knees directly under hips, hip distance apart.
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.

7)    Interesting Sites

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. 

8)    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.

9)    Recipe
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.

Ingredient List

  • 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 pineapple)

  • 1/2 pound snow peas, trimmed

  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into long, thin strips

  • 2 tsp. minced garlic

  • 1 Tbs. minced fresh ginger


  1. 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.

  2. 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 more.

  3. Remove from heat, garnish with cashews, if using, and serve alone or over rice or noodles.

Nutritional Information
Calories: 306, Protein: 10g, Total fat: 10.5g, Carbs: 45g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 398mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugars: 29g

10)    11 Items You Don't Have to Buy Organic
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. 

  1. Asparagus

  2. Avocados

  3. Bananas

  4. Broccoli

  5. Cabbage

  6. Corn (sweet, frozen)

  7. Kiwi

  8. Mangos

  9. Onions

  10. Pineapples

  11. 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:

  1. Apples

  2. Bell Peppers

  3. Celery

  4. Cherries

  5. Imported Grapes

  6. Nectarines

  7. Peaches

  8. Pears

  9. Potatoes

  10. Raspberries

  11. Spinach

  12. Strawberries

12)    Spirit of India Tour
Submitted by Michele Labelle

Join Michele 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 India.
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 very pleasant.
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 - Mar/08)

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 - Mar/08)

13)    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 program. 

Alayne Campbell
Communications Officer
Knowledge Network
4355 Mathissi Place
Burnaby, British Columbia V5G 4S8
Ph: 604-431-3224
Fax: 604-431-3387

14)    Quips and Quotes

I am silent that I may hear, I am still that I may see, I am serene that I may be. ~Source unknown

15)    Past Newsletters

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