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

"Your task is to love what you don't understand." - Rainer Maria Rilke

Summer is upon us!

And, hopefully this summer will be abundant in sunshine.

After spending your weekend days outside, join me for back-to-back classes the next three Sunday nights at South Granville YYoga. I am teaching Hatha from 6:45-7:45pm and Yin from 8-9:15pm.

In each of the six classes, you will be guided to reflect on your goals and visions for a different aspect of your life. This Sunday, June 30th, we will explore goals for Health & Wellness in the Hatha class and your Social & Cultural goals in the Yin class.

I hope to see you there! 

But, if not - enjoy July!


Taking Care

Last month I wrote about Meatless Monday, and because it is fun to continue with aliteration, I want to talk about Wasteless Wednesday this month. 

Wasteless Wednesday prompts us to reflect on how much waste we produce and encourages us to consider how we might reduce waste.

There are lots of inspiring and educational stories captured online and in books and documentaries about people drastically reducing the waste they produce. But, most of us work better with baby steps!

Here are a few simple ways you might reduce your waste:
  • Don't use plastic bags - ever. If you forget your reusable bag(s), commit to only buying what you can carry in your arms (or shop at stores that offer paper bags).
  • Stop using disposable coffee cups. Bring your own mug or ask for a "for-here" mug and hang out in the coffee shop for a while.
  • Consider the packaging when you make purchasing decisions. 
  • Stop your junk mail. If you live in Canada, call 1-866-607-6301 to let Canada Post know that you don't want to receive unaddressed mail.
  • Make your own body and home care products.
  • Buy second-hand.
  • Use fabric napkins.
  • Get educated about what you can recycle - and where you can do it.
Possibilities can be overwhelming and a bit paralyzing. Can you commit to one simple way of reducing waste?
Volunteering with PainBC

I recently retired from a decade of volunteering with the Canadian Cancer Society's Camp Goodtimes, which is a residential camp for kids with cancer. This change has made space for a new adventure – I will be helping people who live with chronic pain find relief through the holistic practice of yoga. I am currently in the process of getting involved with an organization called Pain BC, and they are just as excited as I am to create more awareness around yoga as a practice that deeply supports human health and well-being.

As promised, I've written about my experience participating in the David Suzuki Foundation's 30x30 Nature Challenge. Committing to time outside was transformational – read my story here.
Recommended Read
I am not yet a runner, but this book has inspired me to be! In Born to Run, Christopher McDougall argues that human beings are built for running. He presents evidence to support the claim that a great deal of running injuries are the result of the shoes we wear and the running techniques that arise from wearing those shoes. 

I'm not looking to be a shoeless runner, but I do believe that spending time barefoot is generally beneficial to foot health. I also recently learned about a practice called Earthing that utilizes a barefoot connection with the Earth as a healing tool. 

Need a Massage?

If you are looking for a massage therapist focused on supporting women's health, reducing stress and anxiety conditions, and cultivating yogi-infused wellness, check out my beautiful friend Heidi Fitzpatrick, RMT
She brings a unique approach to treating each person she sees – integrating her yoga training (as breath work, meditation, or therapeutic home care), and focusing on the subtle yet powerful treatment techniques of myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, and visceral manipulation. 

TED Talk

At a recent workshop I attended, they showed us a TED Talk by Shawn Achor called The happy secret to better work. The talk is entertaining, and puts forth a strong argument that our standard formula for getting happy is really just a formula for getting busy. 

Facebook Freedom
This summer I am taking weekends off Facebook and Twitter. I am curious about the way in which the abundant access to more (things to read, look at, learn about, etc.) affects me. I have a hunch, but first-hand experience will tell!

Join me!

I will follow up about my experience, and I would love to hear about yours too!
Curious About Pain?

Human understanding about the experience of pain is still limited, but significant strides are being made in our depth of understanding – many of which are proving our historically held ideas about pain to be false.

If you are a bit of an intellectual nerd like me, you might enjoy listening to this webinar, Coping with Chronic Pain: Current State of the Science, with Francis Keefe, PhD.

What Kind of Foods do Yogis Rub on their Bodies?
Last month I wrote a piece called Why Yogis Hug Trees and Rub Food on their Bodies. It seems only fair that I follow up – for the sake of those yet to rub food on their bodies – about what foods one might want to rub on their body!

So here it is â€“ the follow up post. A piece called Detoxify Your Body (Or the Kind of Food Yogis Rub on their Bodies).

Happy Food Rubbing!

PS – Some more reasons why you might want to hug trees too!
Lotus Pose

Two influential teachers of mine weigh in on this classic yoga pose on YouTube. 

What are your thoughts? Do you practice this pose – or try to?

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