Sarah Jamieson Yoga - October 2013 Newsletter
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Move well.    Breathe well.    Be well.

“You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.”
- Mary Oliver (Wild Geese)

Happy Thanksgiving.

With each passing year of practicing yoga, my appreciation for a holiday focused on giving thanks deepens. And, in the spirit of giving thanks, I want to thank YOU for following along with me. In this time of "too many emails", I am touched that you chose to sign up for my monthly update.

I have a few things I am very excited to share this month, and one of those is announcing the course in pain education and therapeutic yoga that I will be offering through East Side Yoga studio. There are more details below, and I would really appreciate your help spreading the word about this course to any one you know living with any kind of pain. Of course, I am biased, but I think it has the potential to change lives in a find-pain-relief-and-feel-awesome kind of way. 

Thanks again for reading and sharing!

Warm holiday wishes,

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A 7-Week Course - Yoga for Pain Relief:
Therapeutic Practice & Pain Education

A growing body of scientific evidence shows that stress exacerbates pain and that practicing yoga can significantly reduce stress. In this course, we will use a variety of yogic tools (including restorative poses, breath work, movement, and meditation) to deepen body awareness, calm the nervous system, and improve functional movement. The yoga practice will be framed by a cutting-edge understanding of pain neurophysiology, which will give you more control over your relationship with pain. This course is for anyone struggling with any type of pain – even minor "everyday" pain, like a recurring headache – and it will empower you to address and minimize the pain in your life. 
Dates & Time: 
Thursday mornings,
November 7th-December 19th

$150 for 7 sessions

East Side Yoga Studio

1707 Grant Street, Vancouver, BC

Register early to secure your spot. Pre-registration is required.
There will be a maximum of 12 students in the course.

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.

If you have any questions about the course, please don't hesitate to email me!

Some Scheduled Sub Dates
If you'd like to take a public drop-in class with me, here are some classes I am covering in the coming months:
  • HATHA - Sunday, Oct. 20, 5:30-6:45pm at Kitsilano YYoga
  • HATHA - Sunday, Nov. 17, 10:30-11:45am at West Sixth YYoga
  • HATHA - Sunday, Nov. 24, 10:30-11:45am at West Sixth YYoga
  • HATHA - Sunday, Dec. 1, 10:30-11:45am at West Sixth YYoga

Writing from My Blog

Some feedback I received on my latest post Gratitude is Not at Attitude:

"I think there's so much truth in the power of the mind, yet people make simple statements that oversimplify this connection and make it sound easy. Your words made me feel that a) yes it's hard and that's normal, and b) it's still worth it!  Sometimes just recognizing that something's a challenge is enough to give us strength to push onward." - Ian Creelman

Taking Care

Take care of yourself, your loved ones and the planet by cooking your food!

Famous for exploring the environmental and health impacts of the industrialized food system, Michael Pollan argues that cooking our own food helps support a more sustainable agricultural system.

When we cook our own food, we can make intentional decisions about what we are purchasing. But, if we are eating processed foods, the origin of the ingredients is completely opaque. He puts it simply: "Are you eating corporate cooked food or human cooked food?"

Corporate cooked foods (or processed foods), he explains, are made with the cheapest ingredients possible and then combined with a number of different food additives to disguise the low quality of the food.  

Pollan contends that home-cooked food is almost always significantly healthier than processed food. Unless you are deep-frying Twinkies, he claims it is virtually impossible to eat a less healthy diet on home-cooked food. And, on top of the poor quality, convenience foods produce a huge amount of garbage.  

Don't think you have enough time to cook?

Pollan suggests that you need to take an inventory of your time. He believes we make time for things we deem important and we have devalued cooking because there is a powerful industry ready to do it for us. But, he claims that making the time to cook is incredibly important for our health and our sanity. He finds cooking to be most simply about patience, practice, and presence.
Recommended Read
This book recommendation is more yogi-specific than usual, but I think it is worth reading if you practice or teach yoga, or if you are a health-care practitioner who recommends that people practice yoga. The Science of Yoga by William J. Broad offers an overview of some of what science has found out about yoga. If nothing else, it is a great reminder not to believe something about yoga just because a yoga teacher says it. 
A Response to The Science of Yoga
Whether or not you read The Science of Yoga, I recommend watching Leslie Kaminoff's three-part response to the book (and its associated publicity) on YouTube. I find Leslie fun to listen to.

More on Money
Last month I shared a piece on The Price of Yoga that looked at the value of spending money on yoga.

A friend sent me this piece on Money and Spirituality that looks at the bigger picture of spending and saving. The writer suggests that too much of either is harmful.  

Big spenders often take a lot of flak, but this post is also great food for thought for those who tend to lean more toward penny-pinching!

Emotional Skills 
This article looks at 10 Essential Emotion Skills to Look For in a Partner, and I think a great addendum to the title would be: "And to develop in yourself."

Yoga encourages us to look inward. It is easy to focus on how we think other people should change, but it takes a lot more courage to consider how we might do things differently, ourselves.

For each of the 10 skills in this article, the author poses a question to ask about your (potential) partner. As you read through, I encourage you to re-word the question and ask it of yourself.

For example, the first question is: Can they make effective repair attempts after an argument?

Shift that and ask yourself: Do I make effective repair attempts after an argument?

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