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
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.
this issue you will find the following
Twitter and Facebook
Love Your Naked Body
How to Meditate
Yoga at a Discount
Promote Your Business
Recipe - Slow Cooker Beef Stew
Quips and Quotes
Your Contributions Welcome
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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.
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Be invited to one of our June information presentations in Burnaby
June 11 and June 17. Email
firstname.lastname@example.org to be put on our list.
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.Some people will find a five minute meditation
worthwhile, for others, the benefits of longer
meditation are well worth the time.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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NOTE: Practice this posture at your own
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
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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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
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
email@example.com with ADD ME TO HLN in the subject line.
Slow Cooker Beef Stew (6 servings)
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.
- 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
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.
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
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