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

"We are shaped and fashioned by what we love." ~ Goethe

Walking to support Pain BC. 

I'm excited to share that I will be walking in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge on Sunday, June 22 in support of Pain BC. My personal journey with pain started when I was 11 years old...

I woke up in the middle of the night with shooting pain through the right-side of my neck and upper back. I passed out on the bathroom floor, my mom called 9-1-1, and I woke up shortly after to begin a long and challenging journey with persistent chronic pain. I spend many years bouncing around from once health care practitioner to another without much success. 

More has been learned about pain in the past 10 years than over the entire course of human history, but most health care practitioners were not educated in this recent pain science. One of the things Pain BC is working to do is teach diverse health care practitioners to understand pain. 

Pain BC is an amazing organization.

When I started to get involved with them last year, I learned that they are almost entirely volunteer run, and they operate without a physical office space! Chronic pain is under-recognized and under-treated, and Pain BC is working to change that. With one in five Canadians suffering from chronic pain, support is needed!

If you feel inspired to make a small $5 or $10 donation, I would be grateful for you help supporting Pain BCAll pledges will receive an official tax receipt.

Thank you!


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Yoga for Pain Relief
Next Yoga for Pain Relief course starts Thursday, July 3
The student and school teacher friendly edition! 

Thursday mornings, 10:00-11:30am
July 3rd – August 28th
** No class August 7th & August 14th

$150 for 7 sessions
East Side Yoga Studio, 1707 Grant Street, Vancouver, BC

Learn more on my website and please email me if you have questions.

Click here to register online or contact the studio director Julie Peters by email to arrange registration in person or by phone.
Taking Care

This month's Taking Care touches on a more private topic for women: menstruation. Why menstruation? Because disposable pads and tampons can be bad for our health and the health of the planet. The two main issues to consider are waste and toxicity.

Disposable products that are not organic create a considerable amount of toxic waste – and potentially harm us at the same time. If you are (or a woman you love is) using conventional disposable menstruation products, I encourage you to do some research on:
  • The pesticide use in conventional cotton cultivation.  
  • What is in the products you are using – especially if you are putting them inside yourself.
  • The long term cost effectiveness of reusable options.
Here are a couple of articles on the subject:
Are Feminine Hygiene Products Slowly Harming You?
Women Beware: Most Feminine Hygiene Products Contain Toxic Ingredients

And, here are a few suggestions for alternative products:
Writing from My Blog
"Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But, since no one was listening, everything must be said again." ~ Andre Gide

This post captures one of the most wonderful things I've learned – and continue to learn – from practicing yoga.
Movement Education &
Relaxation Training

Classes for pain patients
  • Multiple days and times – ongoing
  • Physician's referral required
  • Classes covered by MSP
  • Visit for more information
Recommended Reads
I enjoyed a number of quick reads this month. Here are a few of them:

On creativity: Steal like an Artist, by Austin Kleon

On exercising efficiently: FastExercise: The Simple Secret of High-Intensity Training, by Michael Mosley

On health and well-being: A Short Guide to a Long Life, by David B. Agus
I Yoga, Do You?
Good friends of mine have a little girl who will be 2 years old this month. This 1-minute clip of her enthusiastic yoga practice makes me smile every time I watch it.

The coolest thing about it? No one taught her these yoga moves – she just started doing them and people started asking her where she learned yoga! A yoga virtuoso!
A Lovely Morning
"When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love." ~ Marcus Aurelius

In this short piece, Leo Babauta shares his advice on creating a lovely morning. 
A Five-Step Plan for Feeding 9 Billion People

The user interface on this article is challenging, but the content is well-thought-out and insightful. The author, Jonathan Foley, takes a critical look at how we might feed the 9 billion people that are expected to be on the planet by 2050.  
More from Michael Pollan

Last month, I recommended two books by Michael Pollan: In Defence of Food and Food Rules

Since then, I've come across a great 20-minute video of Michael Pollan giving a talk on how cooking can change your life. If you want to be inspired to cook more or you want to give up McDonald's french fries, check out this video
Understand Pain

At the Change Pain clinic, we show this video about understanding pain to all of our new patients. It's a short 5-minute clip that starts to illustrate how pain is much more complex than most people think. 
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