2009 - Issue 28
YESSSS!! Spring is here!
Now that we've moved from snow to rain, we know the sunshine will soon be on
it's way. Our home is now tarp and scaffolding free, so when that yellow
globe peeks out, we're ready! However, we're still a ways from
completely finished. Now comes the new paint on the inside. I'm
excited that we're seeing the light (sun) at the end of the tunnel. By the
time I write my next newsletter, we should be living in what will feel like a
brand new home!
With Springtime comes the urge
to get fit and trim for summer. So we have an array of classes to fit your
needs. Please see our class listings at
We hope you will try our
Lunch) and a Yogi which we're offering at Hastings Community Center and Mt
Pleasant Community Centers. Prepare some great food, and practice some
A big thank you to those of you who have registered and paid for classes early.
We appreciate all payments to be received at least a week prior to class start
date, so we know well in advance that we have enough people. This is not
happening with all classes.
So if you plan on attending a class, please
get your payment in TODAY. Don't risk waiting and find that the class
is already full, or worse yet, has been
CANCELLED due to insufficient
We are always interested in what kind of classes you'd like to have in your
Please email us at
there is a class you'd particularly like to see.
We hope you enjoy what you read in this newsletter.
this issue you will find the following
1) Bring Yoga
Try This Pose
Recipe - Smoothie
Quips and Quotes
Your Contributions Welcome
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Yoga to Work
If you work in an office, or know someone who does, consider bringing
one of our Yoga instructors in to teach a Yoga class. We can offer a
schedule before or after work, or the most popular time - at lunch.
Talk to your co-workers and co-ordinate a minimum of 10 on-site Yoga class at
your office. With at least 10 paid participants, you can
participate in the classes for FREE.
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, feel better and enjoy their jobs more.
Ask us about our Pilates Classes and Yamuna Body Rolling Classes.
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
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Try this Pose - Crow
A more advanced posture, the Crow helps to strengthen the
wrists, arms, and abdominal muscles. It improves
balance, coordination and concentration. Circulation
to the facial area is improved thus helping to counteract wrinkles
in the area.
If you haven't done this posture before, I'd recommend
practicing on a carpet, and put a pillow or cushion in front
of your hands. If you fall forward, and you probably
will, you'll fall into the cushion. I'd also suggest if you
wear classes, to remove them before practicing this pose.
When you're ready to lift your second foot from the floor,
do so slowly and with caution. It will probably take
you several weeks, if not months of practice, before you are
stable in this complete posture. Do not rush it.
with feet and knees parted, arms extended, palms on floor,
fingers forward and spread wide. Middle fingers should be
parallel with each other.
2. Bending the elbows, lift your bum up
high and place your knees on the back of the upper arms.
3. Find a focal point. Contract
your abdominal muscles while exhaling and slowly lean
forward, lifting only one foot from the floor. Find
4. With your next exhalation and without pushing off, pick
the toes of your other foot gently off the floor to balance on hands only, keeping
bent. Hold the posture and breathe.
5. Inhale. Exhale, slowly your lower feet to
NOTE: Practice this posture at your own
Banana Smoothie (1 Serving)
This a very quick smoothie that is good for breakfast or as a snack. In addition
to soy isoflavones, this drink provides a good dose of calcium and potassium,
lots of vitamin C, plus four grams of fiber — more than many breakfast cereals.
1/2 cup soy milk (organic and calcium-enriched)
1/2 cup orange juice (calcium-enriched)
Peel the banana, break it into pieces and put it in the blender with the
soy milk and orange juice. Blend until smooth and serve. If you like,
use frozen banana chunks or add a couple of ice cubes.
202 calories; 2 g total fat (1 g sat); 0 mg cholesterol; 44 g
carbohydrate; 5 g protein; 4 g fiber; 64 mg sodium
Yoga Health Benefits
Regular practice of yoga can do wonders for your body and mind. If
you practice yoga you will discover that the mind works together
with the body to promote overall well-being.
After every yoga
class you will feel more energized, more peaceful and very positive.
The practice itself will make you more aware of your body, its
movements and its alignment and you will start understanding
yourself better. You can prevent back pain by enhancing strength and
flexibility, arthritis by providing relief to aching joints and give
a relief to tensed muscles.
Yoga practice can help respiratory problems by teaching students
how to control their breathing and improve their lung efficiency. It
can help in other conditions like: chronic fatigue, diabetes,
digestive disorders and varicose veins.
Through practice of yoga the aging process can be slowed down by
keeping the body clean, flexible and well lubricated. By stimulating
the thyroid gland through some of the yogic poses the body
metabolism improves helping in weight reduction.
Yoga works not only on a physical level but also has many
psychological benefits as it reduces stress, depression and anxiety
helping to increase a feeling of well-being and peace.
It improves memory, concentration as well as social skills and
The biochemical benefits of yoga practice are: lower
cholesterol levels, lower sugar levels, lower sodium levels, increases
hemoglobin and vitamin C level.
Yoga is a very enjoyable fitness program, which can be practiced by
anyone and from which everyone can benefit. It promotes good health and
reduces stress and tension. It stimulates and relaxes at the same time.
It enhances concentration and provides flexibility, stamina and
strength. It addresses our physical, mental and emotional needs and
provides us with lots of health benefits.
Every day practice of yoga
can prevent or reduce the need for medication and in some cases can work
in conjunction with a medical regimen.
There are many different styles of yoga on the market today and
choosing the right one for you could be confusing and frustrating. So,
if you are new to yoga try different classes and see which one you like
it. Some classes are more dynamic, like Ashtanga yoga and some more
relaxed like Hatha yoga.
Remember: after a yoga class you should feel relaxed and peaceful and
at the same time rejuvenated. If you don't try somewhere else and find a
class where there is relaxation at the beginning and the end of the
Barbara Tomasik is a Certified Yoga trainer and also a Teacher in
Physical Education based in London England. She has been learning,
practicing and teaching many styles of yoga for around 10 years. For
more information about the author check
5) Quips and
The original nature of non-seeking is perfect in itself. If one tries to
be too clever and supplement it with unnecessary qualities, then it will be
contaminated and destroyed. ~ Chuang Tzu
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