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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 year!

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 classes.

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 listed at www.intoyoga.ca/classes.htm.

In this month's Newsletter you will find the following topics:

Can Indigestion be Improved with Yoga?
Recipe - Broccoli Slaw 
Yoga/Pilates & Nutritional Cleanse Seminars at Work
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 

Can Indigestion be Improved with Yoga?

By 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.

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


Revolving Triangle

Here's a look at one of the postures mentioned in the article above.  There are many variations to this pose. 

1. 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 breathe.

4. Inhale, exhale, slowly coming to upright position.

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.

Along 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.




Broccoli Slaw
(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 coarsely chopped
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:
80 calories
4 g fat (1 g sat, 1 g mono)
9 mg cholesterol
9 g carbohydrate
3 g protein
3 g fiber
297 mg sodium


Yoga/Pilates & Nutritional Cleanse Seminars at Work

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.

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


We Want Your Feedback

Have you experienced classes with us before?  If so, we'd like to hear from you.  The good and the bad.  Tell us what you like.  How have they improved your life?  What keeps you coming back?  Plus, tell us what we could do better (but be kind).  What can we improve and what would you like to see that we're not providing?  Email your comments to info@intoyoga.ca.  We're listening. 

Promote YOUR Business

Are you a woman business owner, professional or entrepreneur interested in creating more referrals for your business

I have become an area coordinator for The Heart Link Network, a fun, non-threatening, non-membership networking event showcasing women who are serious about growing their business.

Our events are held in a warm environment with dinner provided. It is a powerful, unique and effective marketing tool specifically designed to link women so they can nurture, support, enrich and resource one another in both personal and professional ways.

Consider joining our Heart Link Networking Group. You can find more details at www.meetup.com/Burnaby-Heart-Link. Or simply register and lock in your business category at www.V5A4B7.TheHeartLinkNetwork.com.  Be added to our news updates and invites by emailing sheri@cleanseyourbody.ca with ADD ME TO HLN in the subject line.


Quips and Quotes

There are two types of people who 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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