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

"Habits are first cobwebs, then cables." - Spanish proverb

Happy New Year!

One thing I have learned from practicing yoga that I feel especially grateful for at this time of year is how to change my habits. The key, I have found, is to make consistency the priority and to focus less on the perceived utility. This year I have committed to consistently play music, and my resolution is to play guitar for a minimum of 5 minutes a day for the year. 

If there is anything in your life that you wish you were doing more regularly (from stretching to writing to painting to cleaning), my New Year's Challenge to you is to do it for a minimum of 5 minutes every day for 3 months.

If you do, let me know how the experience was for you.

Best wishes for the year ahead!


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Upcoming Courses and Classes
STARTS THIS WEEK!   There is still time to register.

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

Thursday mornings, 10:00-11:30am
January 16th – February 27th
$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.
Movement Education Courses for Pain Patients
  • Multiple days and times -- ongoing
  • Physician's referral required
  • Visit for more information
I am currently developing a four-session program called Relaxing to Change Pain that will be launching at the Change Pain Clinic soon. 
If you have any questions about the courses I am teaching, please email me.
The Angry Yogi

In my latest blog post, I write about anger and look at the role yoga plays in helping us to deal with this challenging emotion. The piece and its picture are a little different from what I normally post! I'd love to know what you think. Click here to read it.
Writing from My Blog
It is always interesting to re-visit my old writing -- sometimes I shake my head and sometimes I learn something. If you are interested in reflecting on resolutions this year, here are two older blog posts I wrote on the subject:
Taking Care

Last June, I added the Taking Care section to the newsletter after a reader requested information about living a yogic lifestyle. 

What does it mean to live a yogic lifestyle? To me, it means living a considered life. A life where we consider the implications of the things we do, say, and buy, and do our best to make decisions that align with our values.

This month I want to challenge you to take more care with yourself. You might even try the New Year's Challenge I mentioned at the beginning of this email with a habit of self-care. 

Self-care means different things to different people, but if you need some help generating ideas, this article on Health Tips Acupuncturists Wish Everyone Would Remember is a great place to start.
Recommended Read
In keeping with the theme of taking care of ourselves, I am recommending Kristin Neff's book Self-Compassion. Her book isn't the fastest or most exciting read, but she grounds the practice of self-compassion in a lot of scientific evidence and I think it would be hard to read this book and not deepen your practice of self-compassion.  
Self-Compassion Quiz
How self-compassionate do you think you are? Click here to take the Self-Compassion Quiz and find out! 
Meditation and The Brain
This article is a longer and fantastic read.

Step by step, the author explains the science behind the changes that a meditation practice has on the brain. In a very real way, you are changing your brain for the better when you meditate.

If you are curious or seeking motivation for a practice, read This Is Your Brain on Meditation by Rebecca Gladding, M.D.
Pain and The Brain
Pain neurophysiology is something that fascinates me, and a desire to educate people about how pain works is part of the reason I started Yoga for Pain Relief courses

If you are interested in learning more about pain, here are two great video introductions:

1. A video called Understanding Pain by Hunter Medicare Local

2. A TED Talk called Why Things Hurt by Professor of Clinical Neurosciences Lorimer Moseley 
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