March 2010 - Issue 40
Well, Olympics have come and
gone. I hope you had a chance to enjoy yourself during those
hectic 18 days.
I'm always looking for new things to do with Yoga and Wellness.
Someone sent me information about a company called
FitDeck. Using a series of special playing cards, you can
set and design your own workout from Yoga to Pilates to Fitness
to Sports and many more. From $10 - $15 they have lots of
different playing packs. Each card represents about a
minute of activity. Decide how much time you have, pick
your cards, and have fun! Check out their website at
Many of you have asked me about our Nutritional Cleansing
support system. On Saturday March 6, I'd like to offer you
the chance to come find out. There will be an information
presentation being held in Richmond and I'd like to offer a
reserved seat to you. If you are interested, please let me
know. You can attend in the morning, or you can stay all
day. Please feel free to invite your friends. You'll
find out how to be healthier, release excess weight and inches,
increase your energy and more. You'll also find out how
you can do it with little or no cost (and should I say - no
exercise?). There is absolutely no obligation. Come
just for the information, or to implement another path on your
journey to creating the best YOU! Email
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March begins our Spring season of classes. Along with our
regular classes we will be offering a few more specialized
class, Yoga for Cyclists
Hastings Community Center and
Yoga for Anxiety
Relief at Mt Pleasant Community Center. We've
also included a Yoga Tots for 2 -
5 year olds at Mt Pleasant Community Center on Sunday
mornings (parent participation is optional), and a new
Language class in New Westminster at Queensbourough
We've changed some times for a few classes, so please be sure to
check classes at
www.intoyoga.ca/classes.htm. To find each facility easier, we've
added a link to a map to each of the locations.
We look forward to seeing you this month. I hope you'll
enjoy the topics of our March Newsletter.
Recipe - Mega Veggie Burrito
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by Melanie Haiken
your feet just a little attention, and your whole body will feel
hold us up all day long, they get us everywhere we need to go,
and they connect our bodies to the earth. Some yoga teachers
even call the feet the "roots" of the body.
for all that our feet do for us, we don't do much for them in
return. We cram them into tight shoes, pound along on them all
day, and generally ignore them unless they're giving us serious
trouble. The result is that at some point in their lives 7 of 10
people will suffer from foot problems, many of which are
Robert Kornfeld, a holistic podiatrist in New York City, says
he's seen it all: people hobbling in with knobby, inflamed
bunions and hammer toes, the dull throb of tendinitis, the achy
soles of plantar fasciitis.
aren't just niggling minor ailments; some foot problems can
alter the foot's structure and trigger pain elsewhere in the
body. "I sing that song to my patients," Kornfeld says: "'The
foot bone's connected to the leg bone...'" In fact, experts say
one of the most important reasons to treat foot problems early
is to prevent them from throwing the knees, hips, back, and
shoulders out of whack.
one of the best ways to take care of your feet is with yoga. "I
recommend that all my patients start yoga immediately," Kornfeld
says. "When you treat foot problems with yoga, you end up
treating back pain, hip pain, all kinds of structural problems.
Not only does it stretch out the muscles and lead to a greater
range of motion, but it helps heal the root issue of
inflammation as well."
fact, yoga gives feet a healthy workout that they rarely get any
other way. "You couldn't ask for a better set of tools to
reawaken the feet," says yoga teacher Rodney Yee, of the
Piedmont Yoga Studio in Oakland, California. Below, some tips
from the experts on how best to use yoga to prevent or treat
Throw Your Weight Around
The first place to begin
building awareness of your feet is in standing poses such as
Tadasana (Mountain Pose). Before you start the pose, think
about how you naturally stand, suggests Janice Gates, a
specialist in therapeutic yoga and the founding director of the
Yoga Garden Studio in San Anselmo, California. Do you tend to
put your weight on the inner edge of your foot, which tends to
make your legs bow inward, or on the outer edge, which tends to
make the knees bow out? (If you can't tell, check the bottoms of
your shoes—you can often tell from the way the soles are
Notice how your weight falls, and then play with it by rocking
forward and back, lifting first your toes, then your heels. If
you tend to stand perched a little forward, try shifting your
weight back a bit, and vice versa.
try lifting the arch of your foot while pushing down around the
edges, creating both a sense of rooting into the earth and
lifting energy up from the center, to form the Mula Bandha (Root
Lock). "Sometimes I use the image of a jack-in-the-box:
collapsing down, then springing up," says Gates. "You're pushing
down to lift up." Once you start to do this, you'll find
yourself more aware of your feet and distributing your weight
better in your everyday life.
One great way to limber up
stiff, underused feet is to work on the articulation of the
toes, which in most of us have lost at least some of their range
of motion, says Tias Little, director of YogaSource in Santa Fe,
New Mexico. Little considers the feet so important he not only
focuses on them in his regular sessions, but has also created a
separate class he calls Feet as Foundation. "Think of the way
babies spread their toes and crawl by pushing off with them," he
says. "We need to regain that." Little guides students through a
routine in which they try to move each toe separately from the
others and practice picking things up with their toes.
standing poses, focus on elongating the toes to stretch the sole
of your foot. Press down into your heels at the same time you
press forward with the base of the big and little toes,
grounding forward with the ball of the foot. "Think of it as
stretching the sole of the foot like a drum," Little says. This
can improve circulation, pumping blood and lymph back toward
your heart, and potentially stave off edema and varicose veins.
Paying attention to—and
correcting—the way your feet connect with the earth can correct
foot and ankle problems that have repercussions throughout your
body. For example, pronated feet (which roll inward from the
ankle down) tend to cause knee problems and back pain.
way to think about foot stability is to think of your feet as
having four corners: the big and little toes, and the outer and
inner heels. Some teachers use the image of a car with four
tires; others conjure up an X on the bottom of the foot. Use
whichever works for you, because distributing your weight evenly
across your feet is central to healthy alignment. And that, in
turn, may lead to a surprise: By resolving foot problems, you
may discover you've resolved your knee, back, hip, and shoulder
problems as well. Anusara Yoga instructor Amy Elias Kornfeld—who
works with patients of her husband, Robert Kornfeld—suggests
looking down to make sure that the second toe, shin, and knee
are all aligned as you start a pose.
you still need proof of the importance of foot positioning,
think of what happens when you try to go into
Vrksasana (Tree Pose) or
Garudasana (Eagle Pose) and your feet aren't positioned
right. "You have to use the feet or you fall over," Gates says.
"Wherever the instability is, it's going to show up." There's a
reason your yoga teacher is always telling you to spread your
toes: Creating a stable base is essential when one foot is all
you have to stand on.
Stretch for Strength
Any pose that stretches the arch
or the sole of the foot improves flexibility and loosens
tension. Little suggests a simple exercise to warm up your feet
before yoga: Stand on a tennis ball and roll it back and forth
under your foot, working the toes, the ball of the foot, the
arch, and the heel.
Virasana (Hero Pose) stretches the top of the foot and
elongates the arch, while kneeling with the toes tucked under is
the best way to lengthen the plantar muscles on the sole of the
foot, which, when contracted, can become inflamed, leading to
Little also teaches students to go
back and forth between Vajrasana (Thunderbolt Pose) and what he
calls "broken toe pose." From Vajrasana, lift your hips, curl
your toes under and lift your heels, and then lean back so your
weight rests on the "necks" (not the pads) of your toes.
Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog) is another way to
give the feet a good stretch; Gates teaches her students to lift
the arches of the feet as high as possible, then extend the
heels toward the floor to work the plantar fascia. "At first it
feels impossible when you try to lower your heels, but it just
takes practice. And it feels so good when you do," she says.
Make these exercises part of your
life, and your foot bones (not to mention your leg bones, hip
bones, and maybe even your head bone) will be forever grateful.
Melanie Haiken is a freelance writer in San Rafael,
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Mega Veggie Burrito (4 Servings)
These veggie-filled burritos become a
hearty lunch entrée, and they pair nicely with sliced melons and
strawberries. For a complementary starter, whip up a tomato-rich
gazpacho in summer, or offer a thick cheddar cheese soup in cold
1 Tbs. olive oil
8 oz. seitan, thinly sliced
3/4 cup corn kernels
1/2 cup diced mushrooms
1 large green bell pepper, seeded and diced
4 tomatillos, diced, optional
1 cup salsa
1 Tbs. taco seasoning or chili powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup chopped fresh coriander leaves
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 jalapeño chili, minced, optional
4 10-inch-round flour tortillas
1 avocado, peeled and diced
Heat large skillet over medium heat, and add
oil. When hot, place seitan slices in oil, and sauté 2 to 3
minutes. Add corn, mushrooms, green pepper, tomatillos, if
using, salsa, taco seasoning, cumin, and salt and pepper. Reduce
heat to medium-low, and cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Stir in coriander leaves, and remove from heat.
Meanwhile, sprinkle 1/2 cup cheese and
one-quarter amount of jalapeño, if using, on tortilla, and broil
until cheese melts and bubbles. Remove from broiler, spoon on
seitan mixture, sprinkle with one-quarter avocado and wrap.
Repeat with remaining ingredients until used up. Serve while
Nutritional Value Per Serving:
Total fat: 34g
Saturated fat: 15g
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