January 2010 - Issue 38
I hope you enjoyed
a wonderful Christmas holiday and will entertain a fabulous new
year! I wish everyone a very happy, safe, extraordinary new
I had a little down time over the last couple of weeks, so I decided
to play around with the look of our website. This newsletter
is a reflection of some of the changes. Our logo is slightly
different and the background has changed. I'm hoping I haven't
missed connecting any links. Feel free to send me editing
notes on any website changes that are required.
Well, here we are. Another year come and gone. I'll
celebrate my own year 'come and gone' later this month. But
that's okay, because age is only a number right? I still feel
like I'm in my 30's. My early ones, at that!
Our instructors have enjoyed their days off and are looking forward
to getting back into the swing of things. Last month I
mentioned that we've added some new classes. Here's a reminder
of a few of them.
New class times at Greentree
Village, plus we've added a
Pilates class on Tuesday nights.
Our ever popular
Baby Sign Language classes have been added to Renfrew Community Center.
Greentree Village is now offering Baby and Me Yoga
A Gentle Yoga class has been added at Riley Park Community Center.
Don't forget we'll
be offering a couple of FREE demo classes
this month at
Mount Pleasant and
Sunset Community Centers.
Please take advantage of them. You'll find all our classes
In this month's Newsletter you will find the following topics:
Can Indigestion be
Improved with Yoga?
Nutritional Cleanse Seminars at Work
We Want Your Feedback
Promote YOUR Business
Quips and Quotes
Find us on Twitter and Facebook
Your Contributions Welcome
Email A Friend
Indigestion be Improved with Yoga?
Chris Ramos and Lucas Rockwood
Indigestion, acidity, heartburn and constipation are common
digestive disorders that can be the result of sluggish
metabolism, improper eating habits, busy lifestyle or simply
mental stress. Yoga strives to inculcate healthy living and
dietary habits; it creates equilibrium of the body and mind.
Its postures work out every organ, gland and muscle of the
body, shape them up and provide cure from almost every
illness. A series of asanas is beneficial for the digestive
system too. It will take some regular performance, at least
one week, for these postures to be effective but the reward
will be enduring and permanent. Yoga must be performed on an
empty stomach; after a heavy meal wait for four hours, after
a light meal wait for two hours, and wait at least half an
hour if you have taken a cup of tea or a glass of juice. It
is also important to wear loose and light clothes so that
your movements are not limited.
When you assume
recommended yoga poses, they treat indigestion by confining
the flow of blood to certain parts of the body, on release,
oxygen enriched blood rushes to the digestive organs and the
healing quality of oxygen enables them to perform
accurately. Stretching and bending exercises elongate the
abdominal area and make the discharge of gases from the body
easy. Latent energy that is trapped inside the stomach and
intestines causes various digestive problems; breathing
exercise or Pranayama, through controlled breathing, set
this energy free. After performing yoga you experience a
soothing and calming of the body and mind, your worries and
tensions become insignificant; this relaxes your digestive
system enabling it to digest and eliminate efficiently.
Cobra, Hero, Reclining Bound Angle and an upright
modification of Side Stretch poses are adopted to treat
indigestion. In some of these asanas, entire weight of the
body is exerted on the stomach; this tones and strengthens
stomach muscles enabling them to digest food properly and
then cleanse the body of waste material. All standing
postures like Triangle and Revolve Triangle, Extended Side
Angle, Warrior and Crescent Moon in a lunge position
facilitate digestion. Most of the balancing leg positions
are also of assistance in this malady.
Forward bends enlarge the abdominal region; they also
heat the front part of the body and cool the back of the
body. Twists also improve digestive process. Inversions are
a complicated routine of yoga, but they are fundamental for
inner harmony, general fitness and good absorption of food.
Headstand and Shoulder Stand relieve the pressure of
digestion by reversing the impact of gravity on the
intestines and stomach. These positions should be maintained
for a few minutes to reap optimum advantage. Even if your
indigestion or other digestive disorders are chronic, you
frequently suffer from them or you have been a patient for a
long time, taking up yoga consistently and methodically will
be a great help. Yoga will instill good eating habits; when
you will eat fiber enriched-food like fresh vegetables and
fruits, it will be an added advantage in digestion.
Here's a look at one of the postures mentioned in the
There are many variations to this pose.
Stand with feet as far apart as comfortable, toes
forward, legs straight.
2. Inhaling, raise arms out in ‘T’.
3. Exhaling, bend forward, twisting body to the
right, bringing left hand down on outside of right
thigh or onto floor below shoulder. Extend right hand toward ceiling.
Find a comfortable position for your head, keeping
it in line with the spine. Hold posture and
4. Inhale, exhale, slowly coming to upright
5. Repeat twisting opposite way.
This posture is not meant to take the place of your
doctor. If you are suffering from any
injuries or ailments, please get the advice of your
health practitioner. Practice this posture at
your own risk.
with the improving digestion, the Revolving Triangle helps
to relieve backache and menstrual cramps, improves
circulation to the spinal area, trim the waistline and tone
the kidneys, liver and spleen.
(8- 3/4 Cup Servings)
This popular potluck classic has been lightened with a dressing of
reduced-fat mayo and yogurt. To speed preparation, use
shredded broccoli slaw from the produce aisle. It can
be covered and refrigerated up to two days.
4 slices turkey bacon
1 12- to 16-ounce bag shredded broccoli slaw or 1 large
bunch broccoli (about 1 1/2 pounds)
1/4 cup low-fat or nonfat plain yogurt
1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
Freshly ground pepper to taste
1 8-ounce can low-sodium sliced water chestnuts, rinsed and
1/2 cup finely diced red onion (1/2 medium)
1. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat, turning
frequently, until crisp, 5 to 8 minutes. (Alternatively,
microwave on High for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes.) Drain bacon on paper
towels. Chop coarsely.
2. If using whole broccoli, trim about 3 inches off the
stems. Chop the rest into 1/4-inch pieces.
3. Whisk yogurt, mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper
in a large bowl. Add water chestnuts, onion, bacon and broccoli;
toss to coat. Chill until serving time.
Nutritional Value Per Serving:
4 g fat (1 g sat, 1 g mono)
9 mg cholesterol
9 g carbohydrate
3 g protein
3 g fiber
297 mg sodium
& Nutritional Cleanse Seminars
It's time to start the new year off right. The top
two resolutions every year for most people are to get healthier and
to lose weight. Into Yoga can help with that. Invite us to
your work place and we'll provide a qualified instructor to guide
you and your fellow staff in Yoga or Pilates classes. For
the month of January, request to have your first class for FREE!
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?
Or ask us to come talk about nutritional cleansing. This is an
easy, affordable, proven method of ridding body fat bringing your
body to optimal health, recommended by doctors. A 45 minute
talk at lunch, you can brown bag it, or try some of our delicious
products that will fill you up in no time. There is no
charge for these talks.
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Quips and Quotes
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will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those
who are afraid to try themselves, and those who are afraid that you
will succeed. Ray Goforth
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