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

"Once you realize that the road is the goal and that you are always on the road, not to reach a goal, but to enjoy its beauty and its wisdom, life ceases to be a task and becomes natural and simple, in itself an ecstasy." 
- Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj


So Inspired.

Last week I took another course with Judith Hanson Lasater, a legend of the Western yoga world. She has been teaching for over 40 years, and has studied with many of the greatest healers of our time (yogis and non-yogis, alike). The focus of the training was Moving from the Organs, and the experience was one of turning inward to find a still point. It was a beautiful opportunity to deeply reconnect with being a student of yoga, and I left the course with an even stronger appreciation for the healing capabilities of the practice. 

My teaching adventures continue to evolve in exciting ways. In addition to the Yoga for Pain Relief course I am offering through East Side Yoga, I am going to be offering a Hatha Yoga: Off the Hands! course at Kitsilano Community Centre, and teaching Movement Education courses through the Change Pain Clinic

You can find more information about my teaching below, as well as the usual assortment of things I've found fascinating in the past month.

Love and warm wishes for well-being,
Sarah

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Upcoming Courses

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

Thursday mornings, 10:00-11:30am
November 7th-December 19th
$150 for 7 sessions
East Side Yoga Studio1707 Grant Street, Vancouver, BC

There is still some space available in this 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.

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Hatha Yoga: Off the Hands!

Wednesday evenings, 7:15-8:30pm
January 8th-March 12th
$123 for 10 sessions
Kitsilano Community Centre, 2690 Larch St, Vancouver

Stay tuned for more details and information on how to register for this course. 

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Movement Education Courses for Pain Patients

Multiple days and times - Ongoing
Physician's Referral Required
Visit www.changepain.ca for more information

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If you have any questions about the courses I am teaching, please 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, 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

Starting to practice yoga changed my life and learning to practice every day changed it all over again. My latest post touches on the power of consistency in facilitating change:
 

Taking Care

This month's suggestion for taking care of yourself and the planet we share is to consider reducing your exposure to BPA (bisphenol-A). BPA is commonly found in plastic packaging, tinned products, and cash register receipts.

Bisphenol-A is an industrial chemical used primarily in polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins and according to Statistics Canada, 95 per cent of Canadians have detectable levels of it in their urine. The human health concern is the ability of BPA to mimic estrogen.

Why does that matter? This article summarizes a study that found that women with high concentrations of the compound in their blood were 80 per cent more likely than those with low or normal levels to suffer a miscarriage. Research has also found that the presence of similar chemicals appears to reduce male fertility by 20 per cent.

If the idea that this chemical impedes human reproduction doesn't concern you, you might be interested in watching this episode of The Nature of Things that explains  how it might be programming you to be fat

For ideas on how to reduce your exposure to BPA, read this short article that suggests ways to avoid it.
Recommended Read
The Mindful Way through Depression is one of the most insightful books I've read about the human experience of emotion. I recommend it to anyone curious about the relationship between emotions and memory. It offers great insight into the human experience. 
Think Twice About Sugar
 
I recently watched two interesting pieces on the role sugar may be playing in the primary health concerns facing the Western world.
 
 
Yoga in Prison
 
This article on how yoga is helping prisoners stay calm further highlights the healing power of the practice. The words of this man who discovered yoga in prison capture it perfectly:
 
"At one point I actually became grateful for being in prison because I could feel this massive evolution, this change that was happening within me through yoga. So I almost became like a grateful convict, happy to be where I was, paying the time for my crime and rehabilitating myself." - Nick

Why Your Brain Needs
More Downtime 
 
This article on why your brain needs more downtime isn't a quick read, but it is a worthwhile read. 

The reasons presented in the article weren't what I was expecting to find, and this snippet gives you a taste of what the article addresses:
 
"Moments of respite may even be necessary to keep one’s moral compass in working order and maintain a sense of self." 

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