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Into Yoga Newsletter

 June 2009 - Issue 30


I love June.  Another three weeks and summer is here!  But you don't have to wait 3 weeks for registration.  Some locations are accepting it now.  So don't wait - REGISTER NOW!!  Please always check our classes at www.intoyoga.ca/classes.htm

We had a great time at the Health and Beauty show in May. I'd like to thank everyone who came by our booth to see us. I hope you enjoyed your time there.
 


In this issue you will find the following topics:

Twitter and Facebook
Love Your Naked Body
How to Meditate
Yoga at a Discount 
Yogathon  
Book Tour
Promote Your Business
Recipe - Slow Cooker Beef Stew
Quips and Quotes
Past Newsletters
Your Contributions Welcome
Our Privacy Policy
Email A Friend

 



Twitter and Facebook

As many of you know, I've been on Facebook for awhile.  But I'm totally new to this Twitter phenomenon.  I'm still not sure I really get it.  But you can find me on Facebook by searching Sheri Kauhausen.  You'll find me on Twitter @sherisplace.  Maybe someone can clue me in on how to use it!
 

Love Your Naked Body

Join us at 7pm on either Thursday June 11 or Wednesday June 17.

Are you looking for a way to get your body beautiful?  Do you want to look great in your swim suit?  Do you want to feel great internallyDo you want it FAST?  Let me introduce you to nutritional cleansing.  Combined with raw, organic foods consumed in liquid form, nutritional cleansing will help your body be the miracle it was meant to be. 

This is a complete cleansing and nutritional support system that is designed to cleanse the body of impurities and at the same time supports overall nutritional health and slows the process of aging.  You'll love the results.  I guarantee it!

Products to fit your lifestyle and your budget.  I can even show you how to use them for free.  Call me at 604.421.9872.

Be invited to one of our June information presentations in Burnaby June 11 and June 17.  Email sheri@cleanseyourbody.ca to be put on our list.


How to Meditate

Meditation is a mental discipline by which one attempts to get beyond the conditioned, "thinking" mind into a deeper state of relaxation or awareness. There are many different meditation methods.

At the core of meditation is the goal to focus and eventually quiet your mind. As you progress, you will find that you can meditate anywhere and at any time, accessing an inner calm no matter what's going on around you. But first, you have to learn to tame your mind.

1)  Make time to meditate. Set aside enough time in your daily routine for meditating. The effects of meditation are most noticeable when you do it regularly and consistently rather than sporadically.
 

  • Some people will find a five minute meditation worthwhile, for others, the benefits of longer meditation are well worth the time.
     
  • You can meditate at any time of day; some people like to start their day off with meditation, others like to end the day by clearing their mind, and some prefer to find refuge in meditation in the middle of a busy day. Generally, however, the easiest time to meditate is in the morning, before the day's events tire your body out and give your mind more to think about.
     
  • Don't meditate immediately following a meal, or when you are likely to be hungry. The body's digestive system can be very distracting.

    2)  Find or create a quiet, relaxing environment. It's especially important, when you're starting out, to avoid any obstacles to attention. Turn off any TV sets, phone(s) or other noisy appliances. If you play music, make sure it's calm, repetitive and gentle, so as not to break your concentration. Meditating outside can be conducive, as long as you don't sit near a busy roadway or another source of loud noise.


  • 3)  Sit on level ground. Sit on a cushion if the ground is uncomfortable. You don't have to twist your limbs into the lotus position or adopt any unusual postures. The important thing is to keep your back straight, as this will help with breathing later on.
     
  • You can also meditate on a chair. Make sure your back is straight (whether you lean against the chair or sit free does not matter). Your feet should rest solidly on the ground.
     
  • Any position in which you're relaxed but your back is straight is permissible, even lying down - but be careful that you're not so relaxed that you fall asleep. In warm weather, consider watching the clouds.


  • 4)  Keep your eyes half-open without focusing on anything. If this is too distracting or difficult, close them or find something steady to focus on such as a small candle flame.

    5)  Breathe deeply and slowly from your abdomen rather than your chest. You should feel your stomach rise and fall while your chest stays relatively still. Healthy, stress relieving breathing may be done by inhaling for count of 3, exhaling for count of 6, repeat over and over for 15 to 20 minutes. This expels the used air and more completely oxygenates your blood, lowering heart rate and blood pressure. Many high blood pressure patients have dropped their blood pressure as much as 50 points, allowing them to decrease or eliminate the need for medication. This breathing exercise should be done on a regular basis.


    6)  Relax every muscle in your body. Don't rush this, as it takes time to fully relax. Do it bit by bit, starting at your toes, and working up to your head, until the tension melts away.

    7)  Focus your attention. You may notice that your mind wants to wander, bouncing from thought to thought, making observations about other things. Gently bring your attention back to a single point until it rests there naturally. The goal is to allow the "chattering" in your mind to gradually fade away. Find an "anchor" to settle your mind.
  • Let your attention rest on the flow of your breath. Listen to it, follow it, but make no judgments on it (such as "It sounds a little raspy...maybe I'm getting a cold?").
     
  • To overcome verbal chatter, recite a mantra (repetition of a sacred word). A single word like "aum" uttered at a steady rhythm is best. You can recite it verbally or just with the voice in your mind. Beginners may find it easier to count their breaths. Try counting your breath from 1 to 10, then simply start again at 1.
     
  • To circumvent images that keep intruding on your thoughts, visualize a place that calms you. It can be real or imaginary. Imagine you are at the top of a staircase leading to a peaceful place. Count your way down the steps until you are peaceful and relaxed.
     
  • For some people, focusing attention on a point or object does exactly the opposite of what meditation is all about. It takes you back to the life of 'focus', 'concentration', 'strain'. In this case, as an alternative to the above techniques, some meditators recommend un-focusing your attention. Instead of focusing attention on a point or an object, this type of meditation is achieved by attaining a state of zero. Take your attention above all thoughts till a point you lose all attention and all thoughts.


  • 8)  Silence your mind. Once you've trained your mind to focus on just one thing at a time, the next step is focus on nothing at all, essentially "clearing" your mind. This requires tremendous discipline but is the pinnacle of meditation. After focusing on a single point as described in the previous step, you can either cast it away, or observe it impartially and let it come and then go, without labeling it as "good" or "bad". Take the same approach to any thoughts which return to your mind until silence perseveres.

    For more information and attributing authors click here.
     

    NOTE:  Practice this posture at your own risk.

     


     Yoga at a Discount

    In this tough economic climate sometimes it's health related things that go by the way side when we're trying to make ends meet.  It's important to us make your health important to you.  It should never be compromised.

    So if you haven't booked your summer corporate Yoga classes do it now!  If you begin your on site classes this month, we are offering an introductory  flat rate of $75/hr when booking with 10 or more participants.  Ask us about our rates for less than 10 people.

    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.

    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 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


    Call 604-421-9872 or email info@intoyoga.ca.  Visit our Corporate page on our website at www.intoyoga.ca/corporate.htm.



    Yogathon

    On July 11th two thousand people will participate in the Camp Moomba Yogathon to raise awareness and funds for children impacted by HIV/AIDS. Participants collect pledges prior to the event and then on the event day they convene to practice yoga.

    UBC Thunderbird Stadium will host Canada’s largest outdoor gathering of yoga instructors, yoga students and people in the ‘health and wellness’ industry. The event will also include a Blissfest Marketplace and Food Fair, a showcase of local consumer products, services and delicacies, a fashion show, and a special musical performances by Eileen Rothe and the Ghost Brothers!

    The event is from 9:30am - 2pm.  The actual yoga class will start around 11:00am and will incorporate many types of Yoga lead by Eoin Finn and other top instructors in the city.

    Anyone can participate.  For more information or to sign up go to www.campmoombayogathon.com.


     

    Book Tour

    Those of you who are serious yogis may be interested in attending talks about an award winning book called "Heavens and Hells of the Mind". It took nearly 20 years to write. Yogis around the globe are finding it a necessity for their personal libraries. Dates and cities listed below.

    Western Canada Book Tour
    Public presentations by Philip Carter, editor of Heavens and Hells of the Mind. For information call 250-832-3814 or 250-358-7766.

    BRITISH COLUMBIA: VANCOUVER
    June 4, Vancouver, Unitarian Church, 949 W. 49th, 7:00 to 9:00pm
    June 5, Vancouver, Ayurveda Yoga Space, 3630 W 4th, 7:00 to 9:00pm
    June 6, Vancouver, North Vancouver Public Library, 1277 Lynn Valley Rd., 1:30 to 3:00.
     


    Promote Your Business

    If you are a woman business owner, professional or entrepreneur, who is interested in creating more referrals for your business, consider joining our Heart Link Networking Group. You can find more details at www.meetup.com/Burnaby-Heart-Link.  Be added to our news updates and invites by emailing sheri@cleanseyourbody.ca with ADD ME TO HLN in the subject line.


    Recipe
    Slow Cooker Beef Stew (6 servings)
    www.allrecipes.com

    As we get busy in the summer and the weather heats up, simmering in the crock pot is a great way to stay cool with little effort.


    Ingredient List

    • 2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1 inch cubes
    • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 1 teaspoon paprika
    • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
    • 3 potatoes, diced
    • 4 carrots, sliced
    • 1 stalk celery, chopped


    Directions

    1.  Place meat in slow cooker. In a small bowl mix together the flour, salt, and pepper; pour over meat, and stir to coat meat with flour mixture. Stir in the garlic, bay leaf, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, onion, beef broth, potatoes, carrots, and celery.

    2.   Cover, and cook on Low setting for 10 to 12 hours, or on High setting for 4 to 6 hours.

    Nutritional Information

    Per SERVING:
    N/A


    Quips and Quotes

    The search for truth is the lie’s way to hide. Stop lying to yourself, and to others, and you are left with truth. ~Sufi Saying


    Past Newsletters

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