DOs and DON'Ts of
Popular Yoga Poses
and it's Secret Goal
Recipe of the Month
How to Contribute
Summer is right around the corner (although you'd
never know it looking out the window)! This month
we'll finish up our Spring classes, but registration
has already begun for our summer sessions at most
places. We've seen such a difference in our
ability to offer classes when people register early,
we urge you to take advantage of this again for
Please visit us at
www.intoyoga.ca or go direction to our class
display page at
www.intoyoga.ca/classes.htm. Find the
class, location and time that suits you, then call
the facility listed to register.
Summer is busy for a lot of people. Nice
weather, vacations, and kids out of school have us
condensing the classes we offer July and August.
But you can still choose from
Yoga For Athletes
Yoga that Fits
Yoga for Older Adults
Yoga for Anxiety Relief
As we head into summer, we are making our final
decisions for Fall classes. Please be sure to
let us know what you'd like to see offered. Email us
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We hope you enjoy our June newsletter.
DON'Ts of Popular Yoga Poses
In trying to "perfect" or get the most out of our
Yoga poses, we often stray from correct alignment.
This can put added stress onto different parts of
our body, and is NOT what Yoga is all about.
It's important to be comfortable in each position
and keep the integrity of the alignment and support.
link will help you explore the dos and don'ts of
traditional Hatha Yoga poses and give you the
confidence to practice at home.
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About Yoga and its Secret Goal
I would like to share a secret about yoga and its
real purpose. Perhaps, you already know what it is.
Reflect for a moment.
After all, isn’t all knowledge ‘hanging’ somewhere
in some collective consciousness? Often, learning is
remembering, or recognizing something distantly
As a cohesive and practical system, yoga was
developed over five thousand years ago. Why did it
take this long to become popular? Five thousand
years! There have been many yogis throughout
history, but never was the system so widespread as
it is today. Is there something about yoga that
stunted its growth in the past? To continue
Kid's Yoga Warm Ups
Yoga for kids is an excellent way to increase
flexibility and get exercise. Another benefit to
children is the fact that many of them retain
nervous energy, and Yoga can help settle that
energy, and help them grow focused and relaxed. This
is of added importance, in a time when too much
television and unhealthy eating have caused an
increase in obesity and attention deficit disorders,
such as ADHD in children.
Yoga warm-ups serve at least two
purposes. First, warm-up exercises work as a prelude
into more focused Yoga sessions. As a result,
warm-ups can be more fun and relaxed, catching the
attention of children, and serving to transition
them into a quieter session of poses. Second,
warm-up exercises are especially important for
loosening joints and limbering up cold or tight
muscles. Getting the blood circulating, and the
muscles responsive in young bodies, can help prevent
pain or injury in poses.
Nine Tips for Yoga Warm-Ups
1. Weave a narrative or story
into the warm-up session. Doing so catches kids'
attention and captures their imaginations.
Story-telling can also help them make connections
between what they are doing with their bodies and
how that relates to their wider world.
2. Encourage kids to laugh
during warm-ups. This should be a time when kids are
releasing energy and settling down, so making it fun
will go a long way toward helping them achieve this.
It will also keep young people from getting bored
and causing mischief. Making jokes, or exaggerating
exercises and explanatory gestures, keeps the
atmosphere relaxed and fun.
3. Use creative stretches and
easy poses during warm-ups. Jiggling, standing on
tip toes, palm stretches, side twists, rag doll
poses, and downward-facing dog poses all serve as
easy, limbering exercises that kids can start with.
4. Get everyone involved. Sing
songs like "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes," or
get kids to suggest new lines for songs or stories,
to encourage universal participation.
5. Kids Yoga warm-ups should
last for five to ten minutes.
6. Remind kids that Yoga
breathing is always done through the nose, unless
allergies or colds make that impossible.
7. Even though this should be a
fun time for the kids, the instructor should stay vigilant about the safety of children. Remember that
a child's joints are looser than an adult's, so
ensuring kids keep a slight bend in their elbows and
knees can prevent over-extended joints.
8. Children cannot hold a Yoga
pose for as long as adults can, so encourage shorter
poses and more repetitions, which will keep them
from getting tired or losing balance.
9. Finish the Kids Yoga session
with one or two quiet breathing exercises. Telling a
story, or having kids use their imaginations, can
help them leave feeling relaxed rather than
hyper-active. It can be easy to focus on the
physical benefits Yoga can have for children, but
they should come away feeling more relaxed and at
ease than when they arrived.
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The natural sweetness and thick texture of beets
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2 large cooked beets
or 1 14-oz. can beets, rinsed and
½ cup unsalted
butter (1 stick), melted
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 large eggs
½ cup all-purpose
¼ cup plus 2 Tbs.
unsweetened cocoa powder
1 Tbs. instant
½ cup mini chocolate
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat
9-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.
2. Purée beets in food processor until smooth,
scraping down sides as necessary. You should have 1
cup. Set aside.
3. Whisk together butter and sugar in bowl until
smooth. Add vanilla, then whisk in eggs, one at a
time. Stir in beets.
4. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, and espresso
powder in separate bowl. Fold flour mixture into
beet mixture until just combined. Stir in chocolate
chips. Pour into prepared pan.
5. Bake 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into
center comes out almost clean. Cool, then cut into
Nutritional Information per brownie: Calories:
161; Protein: 2; Total Fat: 8; Saturated Fat: 5;
Carbohydrates: 21; Cholesterol: 42; Sodium: 17;
Fiber: 1; Sugar: 16
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