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
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.....
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.
By Jonathan Foust
This five-part meditation was
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
here to continue reading.
Salad of Asparagus, Mache, Endive
and Orange Vinaigrette
This versatile salad works
well as an appetizer or as an accompaniment to a
main course. Select a dressing that is also slightly
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
Salad dressing as desired