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August 2013       Issue 682

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Spread Leg Stretch
Detoxifying Basics
Yoga For Larger Bodies
Does Yoga Relieve High BP
Baby Stuff

Recipe of the Month
Work Seminars
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Although we've all been enjoying a wonderful summer, it's time to put some thought into what classes you will join us in next month.  Registration for the Fall at most locations will start this week, if not already.  So be sure to check our schedule at www.intoyoga.ca/classes.htm to see what we have offered.  Please register early to avoid disappointment of full or canceled classes.


We'll be offering a free demo Yoga and Pilates class at Hillcrest Community Center in September, as well as offering the entire Yoga session free at Greentree Village when you purchase a Specialty Pack.

In this article, stretch the inner thighs and enjoy a partial inversion while practicing this months asana. You know, that our bodies are bombarded with toxins every day.  From the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the water we drink and bathe in, there is no way we can avoid it.  But there is something we can do about it.  Find out what it is. 

The face of Yoga is changing.  For so long it seemed it was meant only for young lithe bodies.  Not any more.  Read Tiina's story about how she got started.  And for those battling high blood pressure, learn how Yoga may be way to lower it.

If you enjoyed last month's article about what to do with your little ones during the summer, we came up with a few more links that offer great suggestions.

Enjoy the rest of the summer, but don't forget to visit our website at www.intoyoga.ca or go directly to our class page at www.intoyoga.ca/classes.htm to find out what's happening and where.... and remember to register early!!

Spread Leg Stretch (Prasarita Padottanasana)


Stretches the hamstrings and opens the hips.



1. Step the feet apart into a wide straddle. The feet should be slightly pigeon-toed so that the outside edges of the feet stay parallel.

2. Deepen the hip creases as you come into a forward bend.

3. Bring the hands directly underneath your shoulders. Then begin to walk the hands back, bringing your wrists in line with your ankles, if possible.

4. Bend the elbows as if in Chaturanga.

5. Try bringing your body weight forward into the balls of your feet to keep the hips in the same plane as the ankles.

6. Engage the quadriceps and draw them upwards.

7. Stay here for 5 to 10 breaths, lengthening the spine on the inhales and deepening the forward bend on the exhales.

8. To come out, bring your hands onto your hips and keep your back flat as you come up to stand.

For alternate variations click here.



The Basics of Detoxifying

Whether out for a run, grilling your favorite meats on a hot summer day, or spring cleaning the house, our bodies are exposed to millions of chemicals considered “toxins”. These toxins in our environment (exotoxins) and that our bodies produce (endotoxins) have the ability to disrupt the essential biological structures needed for the body to function such as DNA, cellular membranes, and protein. Repeated exposure to various toxins can contribute to adverse health effects in the short-term such as headaches, nausea, and fatigue; and in the long-term can contribute to weight gain and chronic health outcomes.

Detoxification is essential for ridding the body of toxins and preventing their “health robbing” effects. Although all cells have the ability to detoxify toxins, the most important organ for detoxification is the liver–known as the body’s filter and purification system. To continue reading, click here.

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Yoga for Larger Bodies

Tiina Veer went to university, graduated and got a job in her field.

Exactly as it should be, right? Not quite.

After years of “carrying the briefcase and wearing the suit,” she realized she was very unhappy and began to soul search. Veer said she knew she had to find something else, something with more meaning, and even took a pay cut with a new job hoping it would “fuel her.”

It didn’t.

But the 45-year-old Toronto resident eventually realized that massage therapy was what she really wanted to do.

“I had my ‘a-ha’ moment,” the outgoing and bubbly Veer told me. “For years, people were always asking me for massages, that I was good at it and it was something I loved to do, so I went back to school to get my licence.”

Several years into her new profession, she began to suffer from “repetitive strain” not uncommon for people who work with their hands, so she looked for a yoga class, thinking it would help.

It took her over a year to find the right class and the right teacher — so important when beginning a yoga practice.

“I was surprised it took so long in a city the size of Toronto; it wasn’t easy.”

But once she began a regular practice, she knew she wanted more.

“I fell deeply in love yoga and how it made me feel,” she told me.

Thing is, Veer does not have a regular “yoga body.” She is a self-proclaimed “round girl,” and yoga is not always easy for people with extra curves.

Veer decided to become trained as a yoga teacher.

She opted for 700 hours of teacher training versus the standard 200 hours.

“Women, myself included, can feel pretty intimidated walking into a fitness class of any kind, especially yoga,” she said. “That’s where the idea of Yoga for Round Bodies was born.”  To continue reading click here.


Does Yoga Relieve High Blood Pressure?

High blood pressure is often referred to as the silent killer. It often goes undetected, because there are no discernible symptoms that would cause an individual to suspect that something was wrong and seek medical help.

The effects of hypertension, or high blood pressure, can be devastating to the cardiovascular system. When blood pressure in the arteries is elevated, the heart has to work harder to circulate blood. Over the long term, this causes great strain on the heart, and constitutes a major risk factor for heart attack, stroke, and heart failure. Prolonged, uncontrolled high blood pressure can also cause severe kidney disease.  To continue reading click here.


Kid Goodies

If you've exhausted last months list of what to do with your wee ones, here's some more.


kid's stores

craig's list


Fattoush Salad (Serves 6)


Pomegranate molasses and sumac add a tart edge to this Lebanese salad. They can be found in Middle Eastern groceries and well-stocked supermarkets and used to flavor many other vegetable dishes. Choose larger cherry tomato varieties that can stand up to the other vegetables and the pita chips.

2 Tbs. plus 2 tsp. olive oil
2 Tbs. lemon juice
1 Tbs. pomegranate molasses
2 tsp. ground sumac
1 clove garlic, minced (1 tsp.)


1 medium head romaine lettuce, halved and sliced into ½-inch-thick ribbons (4 cups)
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
4 small Persian cucumbers, diced (2 cups)
1 small red bell pepper, cut into ½-inch dice (1 cup)
1 small yellow bell pepper, cut into ½-inch dice (1 cup)
3 green onions, thinly sliced (½ cup)
1/3 cup coarsely chopped parsley
3 Tbs. thinly sliced mint leaves
1½ cups plain pita chips, coarsely broken up
½ cup crumbled feta (2 oz.)



1. To make Vinaigrette: whisk together all ingredients in small bowl.

2. To make Salad: Toss together lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, green onions, parsley, and mint in large salad bowl. Add Vinaigrette, and season with salt and pepper, if desired.

3. Sprinkle pita chips over top of Salad, and toss again. Top with feta.

Nutritional Information per 2 Cup Serving: 
Calories: 181; Protein: 4 g; Total Fat: 11 g; Saturated Fat: 3 g; Carbohydrates: 18 g; Cholesterol: 11 mg; Sodium: 259 mg; Fiber: 2 g; Sugar: 7 g


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.  We'll also give you $100 cash for any referrals that book 10 or more classes with us, including your own company!
That means we'll actually PAY YOU to take the classes!

Find out more at www.intoyoga.ca/corporate.htm or call 604.421.9872 or email info@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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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@intoyoga.ca.  We're listening.


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In health and happiness,

Sheri Kauhausen

Corporate & Public classes - Yoga, Pilates, Body Rolling, Prenatal Yoga, Kids Classes, Baby Sign Language and more

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