Sarah Jamieson Yoga - June 2016 Newsletter
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Move well.    Breathe well.    Be well.

"The greatest danger is letting the urgent things crowd out the important." - Charles E. Hummel

Mostly mama time...

I spend most of my days at home with my 9-month old daughter, but I will be continuing to teach one class at week at CHANGEpain throughout the summer. Since I have been back to teaching, I have reconnected with the joy that it brings me, and I am excited to share that another Relaxing to CHANGEpain program will be starting on June 13.

Relaxing to CHANGEpain is a program with three modules: Breath, Meditation and Thoughts & Emotions. You can sign up for the whole program (at a discounted rate) or you can take the modules independently. Click here or scroll down to find out more information. 

My adventures in motherhood continue to be fun, exhausting, laughter-filled, sleep-deprived, and all around wonderful. I definitely notice a decline in my cognitive capacities, but it's been worth it! My baby girl has brought more joy into my life in the past 9 months than I ever could have imagined. 

I'm so grateful. 

With love, 

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Relaxing to CHANGEpain

If you’re living with chronic pain, you know how stressful it can be. Pain research shows that stress makes pain worse. As a result, many people living with chronic pain end up in a horrible cycle where their pain causes stress, that stress makes the pain worse, which causes yet more stress, and then more pain. The Relaxing to CHANGEpain program has been designed to help you break this cycle. 

Location: CHANGEpain, 5655 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC 
Day/Time: Mondays, 10:30am-12pm

Click here to read program descriptions on CHANGEpain's website.

Relaxing to CHANGEpain
June 13 - August 15, 2016
Click here to register

Breath Module
June 13-27, 2016
Click here to register

Meditation Module
July 4-18, 2016
Click here to register

Thoughts & Emotions Module
July 25 - August 15, 2016
Click here to register
Recommended Reads

I've recently read two great books!
Book #1: Rising Strong
As many of you know, I am a big fan of Brené Brown's work. Rising Strong is her latest book, and I think it is her best one yet. Shame and vulnerability have been the primary focus of her TED talks and previous books. In this book, she tackles new topics, such boundaries, integrity, curiosity, fear, and despair, and does so in her wonderfully compassionate and down-to-earth way.
Book #2: Big Magic
Want to know why Rising Strong was Brené Brown's best written book to date? Read Elizabeth Gilbert's Big Magic. She tells the story of how she guided Brené to bring the brilliance of her spoken presentations to her written work. She also writes inspirationally about the value of creating for creating's sake.  
Amazing Yoga Props!

My friend and CHANGEpain coworker, Krista Friesen, has teamed up with Frank Lo to start a business called FrieFlo Designs. They are designing and building gorgeous yoga props! Not sure how yoga props can be gorgeous? Check out their website and visit their Facebook page. If you are a yoga nerd like me, prepare to drool. ;)
Stress Management
I came across Doc Mike Evan's YouTube channel through school. My professor recommended his video offering advice for people taking opioid medication. YouTube then suggested that I might be interested in his video on stress management, and YouTube was right!

I recommend checking out his video called The Single Most Important Thing You Can Do For Your Stress. I'm essentially in the business of stress reduction and management and I teach what he talks about, but I still wasn't expecting his suggestion!
Are your muscles tight?
Do you feel like you have tight hamstrings? Tight muscles through your neck and shoulders? Maybe in your hip flexors? If you would describe any of your muscles as 'tight', I recommend reading this piece called Why Do Muscles Feel Tight? by Todd Hargrove.  
What happens when
you stretch?
"New science is revealing that the widely-held belief that we physically grow our muscles longer during a stretch is inaccurate. Instead, flexibility is controlled by our nervous system, which determines how far it will allow us to move into a stretch based on how safe it perceives our body to be in that range of motion."
- Jenni Rawlings

Stretching works with the nervous system not the musculature? How does that work? How does this knowledge influence how we should approach stretching?

More recommended reads! Check out Jenni Rawlings' posts on Stretching Is In Your Brain: A New Paradigm of Flexibility and Yoga.
Thank You!

Thanks for taking the time to read through my newsletter. If you have comments or suggestions, I'd love to hear from you. Namaste. ❤ 

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