Thank you to everyone who came out to the small
Health Fair held in Burnaby at Greentree Village
last month. I felt great support from everyone
who dropped by.
Come visit us at our Isagenix booth at the
Vancouver Health Show on Feb 18 - 20 at Canada
here to find our more details. We'll be at
A selection of classes will be startong later this
month. Be sure to visit our website at
www.intoyoga.ca to keep up to date. You
can visit our classes page by going directly to
Our Healthy Body Challenge ends later this
month too. If you want to be sure to know
about the next one, email me at
firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be put on
the distribution list. We'll have some
great prizes for the winners again!
Please enjoy our February newsletter!
Get a Meditation Boost -
Practice Starting Over
By Phillip Moffatt
Starting over is a powerful practice, but don't be
surprised if you can't sustain your initial
commitment to it. Fortunately, there are three
simple things you can do to build this capacity in a
relatively short period of time.
Practice, Practice, Practice!
First, establish a motivation to practice starting
over by observing what happens when you waste time
feeling discouraged, escaping, or indulging your
restless mind. In the week ahead, notice how many
times you get knocked off balance when something
goes wrong at work or in your personal
relationships. Don't judge yourself for getting
lost. Just be mindful that this is what is happening
to you. If anything, be compassionate with yourself.
After all, getting caught in your reactive mind is
painful. Once you're able to acknowledge how much
emotional energy and time you waste, you start to
realize that the starting—over practice matters and
that it is worth the effort it requires. You will
have the aspiration, motivation, and conviction to
persevere. As F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote,
"Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist
but the ability to start over."
Second, select a couple of
aspects of your daily life that you want to change
and begin to practice starting over. Maybe you'll
choose a person you find difficult to interact with,
or a particular task at work, or perhaps some
behavior related to diet or speech. When you
discover that you have gotten lost, say to yourself,
"Yes, I just got lost, and now I'll just start
over." "And" practice empowers you to remember your
intentions and goals, and it helps you move through
negative feelings and return to the present moment.
Try practicing this way for three months in these
two areas, while maintaining mindfulness of all the
times you don't start over in the other areas of
your life. You will start to notice a difference.
Seeing this for yourself creates more faith and,
therefore, still more motivation. Then, when you
feel ready, add yet another aspect of your life to
your starting—over practice. Be prepared for
disappointments and for forgetting your commitment;
after all, you are teaching your mind a completely
new automatic response.
Finally, let meditation be your
laboratory for training your mind to think and
respond in this new way. Meditation is a safe
environment for developing the capacity for starting
over because it involves only you; nobody knows when
you're starting over. Plus, it builds your ability
to stay concentrated and focused, so you are less
likely to be thrown off center in daily life. It
also cultivates equanimity and calmness, qualities
that help you simply return to your intention
whenever you need to start over. Practicing starting
over in meditation is very simple: No matter how
many times your mind wanders, simply go back to
noticing your breath (or whatever you choose for
your object of concentration), without making any
judgments. Don't be interested in how well you're
staying with your breath. Be interested in how well
you start over.
Phillip Moffitt teaches vipassana meditation and
mindful movement yoga at Spirit Rock Meditation
Center in Woodacre, California, and other meditation
centers throughout the United States and Canada. For
information about his teaching schedule, visit
Eating For Your Health
by Gary Mason
is no wonder obesity and illness is on the rise.
The foods we eat are lifeless, highly processed,
lacking life energy, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and
other essential nutrients, we need to start eating
for our health.
Today we lack education on how to eat correctly and
the brain washing we receive from the constant
advertising leaves us even more confused.
Here are a few things to ponder the next time you
have something to eat.
*Is your food made in a laboratory or by mother
*How long has it taken to get to your table from the
*What has been added or removed from the food?
People are not getting healthier although we have
advanced technology and medical systems. You might
be shocked to know that there has been little
decline in disease since the turn of the century
instead we are seeing an increase in nutrition
related non communicable disease at a rapid rate.
You need to start eating for your health.
Lets face up to the facts, we are more stressed, we
eat too much of the wrong foods, our sleep patterns
are bad and we are not taking near enough exercise
due to sedentary lifestyles. Due to a number of
pollutants in our food environment and medicine we
are suffering from many strange ailments.
The combination of these factors can leave you
feeling very fatigued and apathetic. We then seek
out quick fix solutions such as energy drinks,
caffeine and sugar. Although you get a quick energy
fix these stimulants also come with side effects
ranging from dehydration, dental caries, depletion
of mineral levels from the body and ultimately leave
you even more fatigued.
THIS IS NOT THE SOLUTION.
Nature provides a solution with Plant based whole
foods. Foods that are unprocessed and contain a
complete source of vitamins and minerals can help
you restore and achieve balance and provide you with
a longer lasting source of energy.
When you start eating for your health you will find
that Plant based whole foods help create a more
alkaline environment within the body because they
produce less acidity.
Start by slowly introducing more raw food into your
diet. Raw foods can slow down the aging process and
reverse cell degeneration that accompanies long term
Look it’s as simple as this, if your food is
lifeless the less natural energy you will get from
eating it. The ability of the immune system to fight
disease is thus weakened. We ultimately become the
simple way to get more raw food into your diet and
begin eating for your health, start incorporating a
green juice every day or have a green salad every
day. Green juices are packed with essential
nutrients and are a great way to move you through
your day filled with happy happy energy.
Here’s a recipe to get you started:
Cups of Spinach
Have fun and cheers to your health.
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Teething Symptoms and Solutions
By Susan Spicer
“She’s so touchy!” says Melanie Aguiar, mom to
14-month-old Ana. “The slightest little thing like
falling down on her bum will start her crying.” Why
is this usually sunny little girl so unhappy? “She’s
cut four teeth in the last week and a half,
including a molar,” says her mom.
Not only has Ana been irritable, but she’s been
chewing on her fingers, her cheeks are bright red,
and she’s had loose bowel movements. When Ana cut
her first two incisors six months ago, she had a
mild fever for three days, swollen gums and crying
When a baby’s teeth begin to appear, it can
really hurt, says paediatric dentist Raymond Lee, of
the London (Ont.) Health Sciences Centre. “Cutting
teeth essentially causes an open wound in the gum,”
explains Lee. “The root is still developing under
the gum line as the crown pushes through the gum.”
Parents report a variety of symptoms associated
with teething: flushed cheeks, drooling and a
tendency to chew on hands, diarrhea, diaper rash,
runny nose and mild fever.
Rosemary Sweet Potato Chips (Yield 6
Unlike white potatoes,
sweet potatoes do not have to be cooked before
they’re eaten. We’ve seasoned these wholesome chips
with rosemary, but you can substitute other dried
spices, such as garlic powder, onion powder,
nutritional yeast, paprika, or cayenne pepper.
1 large sweet potato
2 Tbs. olive oil
1 Tbs. lemon juice
1 tsp. dried rosemary, crushed
1/2 tsp. sea salt