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
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
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
www.intoyoga.ca/classes.htm to find out what's
happening and where.... and remember to register
Spread Leg Stretch (Prasarita
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
3. Bring the hands directly underneath your
shoulders. Then begin to walk the hands back,
bringing your wrists in line with your ankles, if
4. Bend the elbows as if in
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.
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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
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,
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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.”
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
“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
“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
Does Yoga Relieve High Blood
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
If you've exhausted last months list of what to do
with your wee ones, here's some more.
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
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