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 Newsletter
June 2011
       Issue 55

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Home Practice
Hang Five
Baby Stuff
Recipe of the Month
Work Seminars
Feedback
Past Newsletters
How to Contribute
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Three more weeks and it's official Summer!  As I sit here writing this newsletter, I keep telling myself that the rain is REALLY good for the flowers I finally planted during the couple of days of sunshine we had a couple of weekends ago.  I'm looking forward to some continuous days of the yellow globe in the sky.....

Our Summer schedule is ready for you, and registration has begun.  Please visit www.intoyoga.ca/classes.htm to see what we have available for you this summer.  Please be sure to register early to avoid disappointment of full or canceled classes.

We've put together a Yoga Package for you, available only at our Greentree Location.  If you'd like a healthy, lean body, this may be the package for you.  If you are not going to Greentree, ask me how we can arrange a package for you, wherever you are, with or without classes.

Now, sit back and relax a few moments while you enjoy our June newsletter.....


 



Home Practice

www.yogajournal.com


Establishing a home practice is a wonderful way to create a very direct and personal connection to your yoga. The downside is that, without a teacher who can make hands-on adjustments, you are in danger of developing habits that may not be beneficial. Click here to continue reading.


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Hang Five
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By Jonathan Foust

This five-part meditation was developed by senior teachers at Kripalu Center. It's a powerful invitation to connect with the present when you're calm, and an amazing aid when you're upset.

BREATHE  How much can you feel your breath right now? Focusing on your breathing is an essential practice that draws your awareness inward and helps you experience the presence and flow of energy.

Take a few slow, deep breaths and notice how each one moves through you.

How much do your lungs and belly expand on the inhalation and soften on the exhalation? As you become absorbed in your breathing, you'll be more aware of the sensations surrounding the rising and falling of your belly. You'll notice the sensation of breath moving through your lungs and trachea.

As you deepen your focus, you'll notice the flow of air moving through the sinus cavities in your head. You'll feel the breath moving through your nostrils. You may even notice that one nostril is more open than the other.

In your own time, shift your concentration from controlling your breath to simply watching your body breathe. Is the sensation of the breath predominant in one area—the belly, the throat, the nostrils?

Rest your awareness on one particular area of the breath, and when you notice your mind wandering, bring it back again and again to the direct experience of your body breathing in this moment.

RELAX  How much more can you relax right now? Relax the muscles of your face. Relax your lips and tongue. Relax your throat and neck. Relax your shoulders and arms, elbows and palms. Relax your belly and lower back. Relax your hips, knees, ankles. Relax the soles of your feet.

The more you relax, the more you deepen awareness of sensation. As you release your awareness into your body, observe who you are as a being of energy.

FEEL  How much more can you feel right now? Feel the points of contact between your body and your cushion or chair. Feel the vibration of the sounds around you. Feel the texture and temperature of the air touching your skin.

As you focus on feeling, you may find areas of tension, stagnation, or congestion. You may encounter surprisingly strong new sensations. See if you can soften around those areas.

Let your sense of feeling move beyond physical sensation. Feel your heart and the state of your emotional body. Sense the general feeling tone of your body and the quality of presence. Acknowledge who you are as a being of energy.

WATCH  What are you noticing right now? As you breathe, relax, and feel, invoke a quality of spacious awareness. Sense who you are as a witness; be a scientist observing phenomena arising in and around you.

Notice the rational mind that serves to compare, judge, and seek understanding, and in your own way notice the quality of awareness beyond the rational mind.

ALLOW  How much more can you allow your experience to be exactly what it is? What would happen if you added nothing to this moment and renounced the need to change anything?

Awareness has been described as a vast, spacious sky. Feelings, thoughts, and sensations constantly change form and shape like weather patterns passing through.

Sense who you are with no preferences. Be present to the process of your life unfolding moment by moment.

Jonathan Foust, M.A., a senior teacher and past president of Kripalu Center, conducts yoga and meditation retreats and trainings internationally.

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Baby Stuff
Family Friendly Summer Ideas

Greater Vancouver is a paradise for kids of all ages! There are literally hundreds of outdoor and indoor activities to entertain kids and parents all day, everyday, all year round. Vancouver is one giant adventure playground, with interactive museums, cool attractions, fun festivals and amazing parks.

Click here to continue reading.

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Recipe (Serves 4)
Salad of Asparagus, Mache
, Endive and Orange Vinaigrette
Vegetarian Times

 

This versatile salad works well as an appetizer or as an accompaniment to a main course. Select a dressing that is also slightly sweet.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. asparagus, tough ends trimmed and spears peeled

  • Zest and juice of 1/2 orange

  • 2 Tbs. blood orange vinegar or white wine vinegar

  • 1/4 cup mild olive oil

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 Belgian endive, trimmed and leaves separated

  • 4 oz. mâche, mesclun or baby spinach

  • Salad dressing as desired


Preparation
:

1. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add asparagus, and reduce heat to low. Cook, uncovered, for 3 to 8 minutes, depending on size and freshness of asparagus, or just until tender. Drain, and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking. Drain again, and place on paper towels to absorb excess moisture.

2. Mix orange zest and juice with vinegar, oil, salt and pepper in a bowl, and taste for seasoning.

3. To serve, place endive and asparagus on salad plates. Top with mâche, and drizzle with dressing of choice. Serve at room temperature.


Nutritional Information Per Serving:
Calories: 160, Protein: 3g, Total fat: 14g, Saturated fat: 2g, Carbs: 9g, Cholesterol: mg, Sodium: 105mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugars: 3g


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Yoga/Pilates & Nutritional Cleanse Seminars at Work


We're passionate about bringing Yoga and Pilates into the work place.  For people who feel the demand and stress at work, don't have time to make it to a Yoga studio, or just simply want to take some time for themselves, Into Yoga has the answer for you.

Our certified professional instructors will come on site at lunch, or before or after work and teach classes right at the work place.

Be the coordinator of your office Yoga classes and you'll receive your classes for free if there are at least 10 participants.

Find out more at www.intoyoga.ca/corporate.htm or call 604.421.9872 or email sheri@intoyoga.ca to book classes now.

Why not add one of our FREE Nutritional Cleanse Seminars at work too?  Find out how you can gain and maintain your optimal health through a combination of meal replacement shakes, regular meals and a cleansing drink, to help 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.  We'll even bring some samples for you to try.
 

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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 gentle).  What can we improve and what would you like to see that we're not providing?  Email your comments to info@intoygoa.ca.  We're listening.
 

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We would be honored if you thought this newsletter worthy of passing along to your family and friends.  Please do so with our gratitude.

 


Sheri Kauhausen
604-421-9872
www.IntoYoga.ca

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Quote of the Month

 

If you are interested to discover the whole process of yourself -- not merely the superficial part but the total process of your whole being--then it is comparatively easy. If you really want to know yourself, you will search out your heart and mind to know their full content and when there is intention to know, you will know. J. Krishnamurti

 

 


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