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

"Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person's physical,
emotional, and mental states." - Carol Welch


Graduated!


This summer I completed the final course in the Post Graduate Certificate of Pain Management program I have been taking through the University of Alberta. I've learned so much throughout this program, and it feels great to be finished.

In addition to being a yoga teacher and pain educator, I am going to be offering pain management coaching. There is a great deal of complexity to pain, and there is most definitely not a "one-size fits all" approach to managing persistent pain. I am excited to begin working with people in an individualized way. Please send me an email if pain management coaching is something you would be interested in. 

I have four courses coming up at CHANGEpain this fall. See below for more details.

I hope you find much to be thankful for this weekend. 

All the best, 
Sarah

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Upcoming Courses

Below is a list of my upcoming courses at CHANGEpain (5655 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC). Please follow the links if you would like to register or find out more information.  

Foundations of the Nervous System
(An introductory course in pain education.)
October 15-22, 2016
Saturdays, 9-10:30am

Relaxing to CHANGEpain
(Includes Breathing, Meditation and Thoughts & Emotions modules)
October 20 - December 15, 2016
Thursdays, 6-7:30pm

Foundations of Pre and Post Surgical Care
November 5-12, 2016
Saturdays, 9-10:30am

Foundations of the Nervous System
December 3-10, 2016
Saturdays, 9-10:30am
 
"I am an amazing sleeper."

I feel fortunate to have been exposed to the use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for sleep. Often referred to as CBT-I (with "i" standing for insomnia), cognitive behavioural approaches have been found to be one of the most effective treatment options available for people who have difficulty sleeping. 

Learning about CBT-I has prompted me to be more aware of my thoughts, emotions, and body sensations when I am having difficulty sleeping. It has helped me see how a lot of the ways I think and feel when I can't sleep actually make it much more challenging to relax and fall asleep. For a while now, I have been using the mantra, "I am an amazing sleeper," when I am having trouble sleeping and it has been a huge help. Give it a try! 

If you are interested in CBT-I and live in Vancouver, I recommend Krista Friesen's Sleeping to CHANGEpain program. If you live outside of Vancouver, you may be interested in this online program in CBT for insomnia. 

10 Ways to Sleep Better
 
There is so much that we can do to improve our quality of sleep. With a baby at home, I am currently working on learning to sleep in on the other side (A.K.A. getting to bed very early!). Below are links to two posts from my blog with ideas about how you might be able to sleep better. I suggest trying 1 or 2 things that resonate with you the most as a first step. 
 
 
The Science of Sleep
 
I love sleep. I love the feeling of having slept well, and I love learning about what happens in the human body when we sleep. Sleep is sometimes referred to as "food for the brain" and too many people are starving their brains!

Learning about all the ways that sleep supports our health and well-being is one way to help it become a bigger priority in our lives. Click here to watch a 60 Minutes episode on the science of sleep (25 minutes). 
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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