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

“We cannot selectively numb emotions, when we numb the painful emotions,
we also numb the positive emotions.” - Brené Brown

 


The Holidays are here.

Perhaps more than any other year, I find myself thinking: "How is it almost Christmas already?" In the past six months, my family has moved, I started back to work after maternity leave, my husband changed jobs, and I recently resigned from my job with the public library after over a decade in the book business. 

So. Much. Change.

I am looking forward to settling into a routine in the new year. I will be teaching quite a bit more at CHANGEpain. Some especially exciting news is that I will be offering a Restorative Yoga and Meditation program with a focus on supporting people with persistent pain that is open to anyone who wants to take it on Monday nights! 

Best wishes for a slow and joyful holiday season.

With love,
Sarah

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Promo Week at CHANGEpain

To mark the anniversary of our CHANGEpain Together programs, we are hosting a week of free classes at the clinic from January 9-14. It's an amazing opportunity to learn more about pain and tools for effective pain management. Everything you need to know can be found at this link. Hope to see you in a class or two!
 

Upcoming Publicly Available Classes

Mondays 

4:30-6pm: Relaxing to CHANGEpain
  • Take as a 9-session program or take one or more of the 3-session modules (modules include: Breathing, Meditation & Mindfulness, and Thoughts & Emotions)
  • See website for more information
6-7pm: Restorative Yoga & Meditation

Fridays

10:30am-12pmFoundations
  • Three 2-session foundational programs (Movement, the Nervous System, & Pre and Post Surgical Care) rotating through this time slot
  • Recommended as prerequisites for other programs
  • See website for more information
12-1:30pm: Relaxing to CHANGEpain


CLICK HERE to register for any of these programs. And please don't hesitate to email me if you have any questions. 
 

What makes you angry?
 
Anger is complex and intense and in desperate need of normalizing.  Experiencing anger is a part of being human. It needs to be acknowledged and processed. The feeling needs to be differentiated from actions. 

I often talk about anger in my classes because a lot of people dealing with persistent pain are angry about it and they haven't had anyone tell them that it was okay and normal to feel that way.

I have been fortunate to study Yoga for Anger with renowned teacher Judith Lasater. This post The Angry Yogi offers some thoughts on anger in the context of practicing yoga.
 
Observe Your Response
 
Years ago I wrote this post called Meditate on Your Cell Phone. The idea is to transform the way you respond to your phone ringing. Instead of jumping to answer (or reply), first take a deep breath a smile. 

Learning to notice the way we instinctively (or habitually) respond to a stimulus is an empowering skill. With greater awareness, we have the option to be more intentional with our response. We have more power to decide who we want to be in a given moment. 
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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