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April 2010
- Issue 41

I have a favour to ask of you.  I have inadvertently deleted my March 2010 newsletter.  If, by chance, you have kept a copy in your files, I would be ever so grateful if you could email me a copy.

Spring classes begin this month.  We're excited to be offering some new classes, new instructors, and new locations.  Find them at www.intoyoga.ca/classes.htm.

I hope some of you took the opportunity of checking out www.FitDeck.com. These special playing cards allow you to design your own fitness workout and make it different every time.  Affordable and fun, it's worth having a look.

I'm also experiencing a new kind of sitting stool.  It's great for people who have difficulty sitting on the floor.  I'll be bringing it to classes I teach and letting people try it.  But if you want, you can go to www.freechair.net and have a look.  It has some rocking motion, so it allows you to find a sitting angle that's comfortable while supporting the hips, pelvis and spine.  At the FreeChair website, you'll find the prices in Euros (sorry free refers to the sitting style, not the price), but as you go through the shopping cart, you can change it to Canadian Dollars.  The price is $69.99 Canadian, plus $12 for shipping.  You'll also be asked for a Reference Code.  Please put INTOYOGA.

If you love to cycle around town, try our new Yoga for Cyclists classes offered at Hastings community Center.  If you suffer from anxiety (which can pretty much relate to all of us in someway or another), our new Yoga for Anxiety Relief classes at Mt Pleasant Community Center may be a class you're interested in.

Yoga for Tots
and Baby Sign Language are a couple of new classes being offer at Mt Pleasant Community Center and Queensborough Community Centers.

I hope we'll see you this month in class.

Enjoy our April Newsletter.

Intro to Yoga Philosophy
Yoga Retreats
Recipe - Potato and Sweet Potato Torte
Yoga/Pilates & Nutritional Cleanse Seminars at Work
Benefits of Baby Yoga  
We Want Your Feedback 
Promote YOUR Business
Quips and Quotes
Find us on Twitter and Facebook
Past Newsletters
Your Contributions Welcome
Our Privacy Policy
Email A Friend 

Intro to Yoga Philosophy
By Richard Rosen
published in The Yoga Journal

In yoga, stillness is as much a state of mind as a lack of movement.

Most of us don't spend much time thinking about the material nature of human consciousness, but in classical yoga, consciousness is at the heart of the practice. According to Patanjali's Yoga Sutra, the so-called contents of our consciousness—perceptions, thoughts, emotions, memories, fantasies, even dreams—have a kind of material existence (though naturally, the matter is a lot subtler than that of a tree or a rock). Furthermore, these contents are in constant fluctuation. The word Patanjali uses in sutra 1.2 to aptly describe this movement is vritti (pronounced VRIT-tee), which means "to revolve" or "to whirl about."

While we can't physically touch the vrittis, or fluctuations of mind, we can easily experience them. Close your eyes and, for a few minutes, direct your awareness away from the outer world. If you're a contemplative person, you've probably done this many times before. It's possible to consciously step away from the contents of your mind and observe them more or less "objectively," at least briefly.

Of course, even trained meditators get swept up in the tumultuous vritti parade again and again. That's because, says Patanjali, we don't simply have these fluctuations, we unconsciously identify ourselves with them—so closely that we become them and define ourselves through them. This is our big mistake. Because the contents of our consciousness are circumscribed in both time and space, we also believe ourselves to be ephemeral, finite creatures cut off from all other creatures around us and from the world at large. This nagging inkling of impermanence, temporality, and alienation is a source of great existential sorrow, which taints everything we do. In fact, the contents of our minds are simply passing fancies, mere ripples on the surface of the infinite ocean of our consciousness. Our thoughts and feelings are no more us than the waves are the ocean.

This raises a big question then, maybe the biggest: Who are we really? Ask yourself: In the little self-observation exercise above, who was observing the contents? According to Patanjali, it's the true self, called the Seer (drashtri), who is eternal, illimitable, unchanging, and perpetually joyful (1.3). The Seer is a light source, as it were, that shines on our world—including the contents of our mind, or "consciousness"—but is in no way affected by or attached to whatever happens in those worlds. It isn't hard to contact the Seer anytime you like. But maintaining this contact for more than a couple of minutes is a huge challenge, especially when going about your worldly business outside a formal meditation session.

But that's exactly what Patanjali instructs us to do: permanently shift our identity orientation away from the contents and onto the Seer. Yoga, as Patanjali famously defines it, is the "restriction of the fluctuations of consciousness." The practice begins by sitting and calming the fluctuations of the body, breath, and senses, and then the more elusive whirlings of consciousness.

In the stillness we create, we're able to recognize the fallacy and unhealthiness of our limited and self-limiting identity, and allow it to spontaneously fall away. What remains, Patanjali concludes, is the self or the Seer, abiding forever in its true essence.

Richard Rosen, who teaches in Oakland and Berkeley, California, has been writing for Yoga Journal since the 1970s.


Yoga Retreats

Finding Your Elegance: A Yoga Retreat
Living From Your Truth Tour 2010
The English Inn, Victoria, BC
Apr 23 - 25, 2010

Heather Eschuk in partnership with The English Inn, are excited to announce the first stop on the Living From Your Truth Tour 2010, Finding Your Elegance: A Yoga Retreat.

Whether you are new to yoga or a seasoned yogi you can transform your approach to yoga by living from your trugh.  Gain perspective on what is holding you back from detoxifying the old, embracing change and living up to your fullest potential.  Be prepared to find your elegance.

Registration $499*

*Price Includes 2 Night Stay, 2 Vegetarian Breakfasts, A Dinner Buffet, 10 hours of yoga instruction, and communal acupuncture. 

Ro register or for more information contact:

Heather Eschuk


Explore Tantric Yoga with Rod Stryker

South Okanagan Yoga Academy and Okanagan Yoga Essentials present…
Rod Stryker
Explore Tantra Yoga Friday 6pm to Sunday 1pm June 11-13, 2010

For more information or to register go to www.soyayoga.com/stryker.html


Potato and Sweet Potato Torte
(6 Servings)

Layers of potatoes and sweet potatoes meld into an impressive vegetable "cake" that forms a golden crust during baking. Serve as a vegetarian centerpiece or with roast poultry or pork.

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 large leeks, trimmed, washed (see Tip) and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
Freshly ground pepper to taste
1 pound sweet potatoes (about 2 small), peeled and cut into 1/8-inch-thick slices
1 pound all-purpose potatoes, preferably Yukon Gold (2-4 medium), peeled and cut into 1/8-inch-thick slices

1. Position oven rack at the lowest level; preheat to 450°F. Coat a 9 1/2-inch, deep-dish pie pan with cooking spray. Line the bottom with parchment paper or foil and lightly coat with cooking spray.

2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add leeks and thyme; cook, stirring often, until tender, about 5 minutes. (If necessary, add 1 to 2 tablespoons water to prevent scorching.) Season with 1/8 teaspoon salt and pepper.

3. Arrange half the sweet potato slices, slightly overlapping, in the prepared pie pan and season with a little of the remaining salt and pepper. Spread one-third of the leeks over the top. Arrange half the potato slices over the leeks and season with salt and pepper. Top with another third of the leeks. Layer the remaining sweet potatoes, leeks and potatoes in the same manner. Cover the pan tightly with foil.

4. Bake the torte until the vegetables are tender, about 45 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of the torte to loosen it. Invert onto a serving plate. Remove paper or foil and serve.


The torte will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat, covered, in a 350°f oven.

To clean leeks: Trim and discard coarse green tops. Split leeks lengthwise with a sharp knife, beginning about 1 inch from the root end and cutting toward the green end. Leave root end attached. Swish leeks repeatedly in a basin of cold water to remove grit. Alternatively, trim roots and ragged tops. Slice leeks and place in plenty of water, then drain. Repeat a few times. The slices do not absorb water or lose flavor and the process is faster.

Nutritional Value Per Serving
144 calories
3 g fat (0 g sat, 2 g mono)
0 mg cholesterol
30 g carbohydrate
4 g protein
4 g fiber
221 mg sodium


Yoga/Pilates & Nutritional Cleanse Seminars at Work

Have you achieved your New Year's Goals yet?  Spring has arrived.  So if your answer is no, and your goal is better health or weight loss, then perhaps it's time for a "Spring cleaning."

Our nutritional cleanse systems offer rapid results, with little or not cost.  A combination of meal replacement shakes, regular meals and a cleansing drink, can give your body the healthy look and feel you've been striving for.  It's easy to get started, just email sheri@cleanseyourbody.ca or call me at 604.421.9872.

All health regimes should include a good dose of exercise.  Yoga or Pilates at work allows you to obtain that without having to use precious "after hours" to head to the gym.

We have instructors available to suit your time - early morning, lunch time, or after work.  You choose.  Clear a room, bring a Yoga/Pilates mat and we'll be there!

If you want to look and feel better this year, what could be easier than taking a break at work and moving into a state of perfect bliss for 45 minutes once or twice a week?

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


Benefits of Baby Yoga
by Sarah Matthews

Many brand-new mothers look for a gentle exercise class that will not only help them ease their post-pregnancy bodies back into shape, but will also improve their posture and flexibility while giving them back some pre-baby physical confidence. But finding quality childcare while they waltz off to the gym for an hour or two is not always feasible - either practically or financially.

Baby yoga classes are a fun way for both baby and parent to interact.

Wouldn't it be great to find a class where both mother and baby are welcome, one that actually encourages the child to participate and thus facilitates parent-child bonding at the same time? Well, mother and baby yoga classes are designed to do just that. In fact, studies have shown that the more a tiny baby is touched, the more secure and loved he or she feels. And the more a woman gets back to her pre-baby shape after giving birth, the better she feels as well.

Baby yoga, therefore, can be a win-win situation for everyone. But if the thought of attending any class that begins with the words "Mommy and Me" makes you want to retch, look away now. However, if you have the stomach for a Mommy and Me baby yoga class - and most new moms have big tummies indeed - then this could be the perfect exercise course for you.

Baby Yoga Basics
Forcing two-month-old Arabella or tiny Tristan to do complicated yoga poses might put you off, so think again. Baby yoga is designed with both child and mom in mind, and aims to have both perform safe, gentle exercises that are calming, relaxing and stress-free. Neither parent nor child has to do anything that is too difficult or beyond their abilities: the goal is to go at a gentle, soothing pace, with lots of breaks for feeding, sleeping or screaming.

Classes concentrate on breathing, meditation, stretching and achieving basic yoga postures, which are designed to give new moms inner balance and help them build up their strength after they have given birth. Often the muscles used in childbirth are the ones concentrated on the most, such as the pelvic floor area, the shoulders and the upper back.

The idea is to prepare women for more intense yoga classes once their children are a bit older - and to help the baby not only sleep and eat better, but to feel better overall. Holding your child as you perform the yoga exercises will help the time go by quicker - and helping him or her to do some basic postures, such as the knees to chest pose, can make them feel more comfortable and calm as well.

What to Expect
Baby yoga classes usually take babies from age six to eight weeks until they begin to crawl, depending on the class. Very young infants are usually incorporated into the exercises themselves, with the adults holding them or exercising over them. The key is to follow your baby's lead: often smaller babies sleep while the mother exercises; when they get a bit older they can actually begin to participate.

Yoga is good for new mothers for a variety of reasons. It not only increases flexibility, movement and the heart rate, all of which are important for shedding that pesky baby weight, but it also restores the alignment of the body, helping to put muscles, tendons and ligaments back into place following the previous nine months of pregnancy. Finally, it helps reduce stress, which any new mother knows is an integral part of new motherhood.

Yoga followers say that even tiny children can perform basic yoga postures (see above), which can help them sleep better, digest their food better and be happier overall. "Physically, one short yoga session is the equivalent of being carried and touched all day. At the end of the day your baby will sleep more deeply and healthfully," the It's a Mom's World website proclaims.

"Developmentally, your baby's internal organs will be stimulated, improving the function of the nervous and digestive systems. Psychologically, the baby learns to cope better with stress and enhances the mother-child bond which increases communication between them.

"Yoga is a perfect way to spend quality time with your baby. Babies' in-born love and physical need for movement and touch are combined naturally in the practice of yoga movements, positions and stretches. The pace is slow and concentrated, which is perfect for the baby's ability to integrate and absorb. Go yoga - and have fun with your baby!"

What to Bring
To get the most of your yoga session, make sure you have the following on hand:

Yoga mat. Real yoga mats are best and they are fairy cheap - get one at a good sporting goods store.

Comfortable clothes for you and your baby. This is not a time to dress up little Tiffany Marie to show off to all the other moms, nor is it the right place to squeeze yourself into tight-fitting Spandex workout gear that you last fit into way back in 1988. Wear something that you can move around in - without worrying if it will split!

Drinks for both you and the baby. Don't ruin the moment by allowing you or Junior to get dehydrated. Make sure you have food - or a breast - on hand as well if Junior is likely to need a feed during the yoga session.

Diapers. Unless your little genius is toilet-trained by six months, take a few more with than you normally would. If you expose Junior to the open air during a massage, he may wet himself - and you don't want to be caught short.

Blankets. Sometimes babies fall asleep during yoga, which gives their mothers time to have a work-out without any interference. Make sure you bring either a blanket or something equally comfortable to lie your baby down on should he or she actually fall asleep. Don't waste the moment!

Baby yoga benefits both mother and child, with exercises designed to help the adult become more flexible and better balanced, while helping the baby digest food easier and sleep better. The classes also help new moms bond better with their babies, feel more confident as a mother and even make new friends. Be warned: your little one might like the experience so much that you'll soon find yourself signing up for toddler yoga next...

Sarah Matthews is a writer for Yodle Local, a business directory and online advertising company.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=S_Matthews


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