Sarah Jamieson Yoga - February 2014 Newsletter
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Move well.    Breathe well.    Be well.

"The goal of our life is to bring more love and truth into the world.
We marry to assist each other in this process." -- Leo Tolstoy

Celebrate Love!

I have some exciting news to share with you this love month: my partner Chris and I got engaged and we are going to be married this August. Chris plays a behind-the-scenes role in all my newsletters and blog posts, as he diligently edits everything before I share it. Many of my blog posts have been made a lot better thanks to his editing, and I am very grateful for the way he helps me to share my thoughts more clearly!

We are in the beginning stages of planning our wedding, and it is easy to see already how planning a wedding will be an opportunity to breathe deeply and remember what it really means to practice yoga.

Happy Valentine's Day! 

Much love,

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Upcoming Courses and Classes
Yoga for Pain Relief: A 7-Week Course in Therapeutic Yoga & Pain Education

The next session of Yoga for Pain Relief starts March 6. More information is available on my website. I would be very grateful if you would pass this information on to anyone you think might benefit from the course. 

Thursday mornings, 10:00-11:30am
March 6th – April 17th
$150 for 7 sessions
East Side Yoga Studio, 1707 Grant Street, Vancouver, BC

To register online please visit the event page on East Side's website or contact the studio director Julie Peters by email to arrange registration in person or by phone.
Courses in Movement Education and Relaxation Training at the Change Pain Clinic
  • Multiple days and times -- ongoing
  • Physician's referral required
  • Classes covered by MSP
  • Visit for more information
The Change Pain Clinic is an amazing resource for people living with persistent chronic pain. 
If you have any questions about the courses I am teaching, please email me.
Writing from My Blog
Mindfulness plays a prominent role in yogic approaches to pain management. When I'm teaching about mindfulness, I often share an experience I had with a technique called Big Mind Meditation. This blog post tells the story of how I first came to understand the idea of non-seeking:
Taking Care

As we move towards Spring, a wonderful way to take care of yourself and the planet is to walk more and drive less.

When my To Do list gets long, I can begin to feel as though walking is just a slower means to an end. I lose track of walking as an enjoyable and beneficial thing to do, and I focus on the "lost time" in transit.

When I took part in the David Suzuki Foundation's 30x30 Nature Challenge last May, I gained a whole new appreciation for walking around my neighbourhood, and I wrote a blog post about it called 27 Days in the Woods

I'm looking forward to participating in the challenge again this May, because as the time passes, I start to lose track of the lessons I learned and I fall back into the habit of trying to be obsessively productive. 

An addendum to this month's Taking Care is to explore walking places without using your phone. When I reflect on how busy life can feel, I often think about the role technology plays in that sense of being busy. Imagine that you couldn't talk on the phone, text, or check your email when you were walking somewhere. What would it be like to disconnect when you are walking?

I feel a little calmer just thinking about it.
Recommend A Read!
Every month since I started this newsletter, I have recommended a book to read. This month I'm curious to know what books you would recommend to me. I'm particularly passionate about learning about human beings -- how we think, move, feel, change, etc. -- but I'm open to recommendations of any sort. 

Send me an email if you have a book or article to recommend! 
Practice Meditation
Last month I shared an article that explained some of the ways that meditation changes the brain. 

If you would like to start a meditation practice, here are two guided practices that might help you take the first step:
Beware of Neuro-bunk!

I read a lot of articles about scientific findings, but I don't read a lot of scientific articles. 

I recently watched this TED talk by Molly Crockett and it was a good reminder for me to take everything I read with a grain of salt.

Molly is a neuroscientist -- not a public speaker -- so her presentation isn't the most engaging talk I've seen, but it is a short talk (11 min) and it offers intelligent food for thought.
Send Love & 
Save Butterflies! 
For each Valentine's Day e-card purchased, the David Suzuki Foundation will plant milkweed on your behalf as part of their growing effort to bring nature home to the city and give butterflies places to feed, brood and hatch. Milkweed is the plant where monarch moms lay their eggs and the monarch caterpillars’ main source of food. 

The images for the cards are gorgeous water-colour paintings by Laura Timmermans. Click here to send a card!

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