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

"See with a feeling eye: feel with a seeing hand." - Goethe


We made it to March!


A friend posted on Facebook this morning, "Congratulations, you guys! We made it to March!" In some ways, the post felt random and nonsensical, but in other ways, it made perfect sense. The Winter season seems to inherently conflict with our modern lifestyles, and persisting in that conflict can be awkward and exhausting. 

Shorter winter days fill many of our waking hours with darkness, and many of us don't slow down to meet the longer nights. We work from before dawn until after dusk. We constantly push the work of the day into the night and find ourselves run down and sick.

The longer days of March and the promise of Daylight Saving Time bring back the comfort of daytime -- the doing time. I feel peaceful when I think of the light and aliveness of Spring, but I also find myself curious to explore what I can learn from Winter.

Perhaps, it is captured in the beauty and peace of freshly fallen snow.

With love,
Sarah
 

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Writing from My Blog
 
A deep practice of yoga improves our ability to handle challenging situations with grace. I recently wrote a piece reflecting on how to gracefully deal with difficult interpersonal situations.
 

Upcoming Courses and Classes

If you have any questions about the courses I am teaching, please email me.
Next Yoga for Pain Relief course starts this Thursday, March 6!

There is still space in the course. More information is available on my website

Thursday mornings, 10:00-11:30am
March 6th – April 17th
$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.
New Course at Change Pain!

I recently designed and piloted a program for the clinic called Relaxing to Change Pain. There are 4 modules in the program: Body Awareness, Breath Education, Mindfulness, and Thoughts & Emotions. I'm incredibly excited to be offering this program in addition to movement education. A reminder about the classes at Change Pain:
  • Multiple days and times -- ongoing
  • Physician's referral required
  • Classes covered by MSP
  • Visit www.changepain.ca for more information
Taking Care

This month's Taking Care is about taking the time to develop a habit that will bring more joy to your life: practicing gratitude.

The mention of a gratitude practice still leads some people to roll their eyes, but there is a growing body of scientific research supporting the powerful influence it has on the way we see the world.

Last October, I wrote a blog post exploring the practice of gratitude. In the post, I look at why it is challenging for us to focus on the things that are going well in our lives, and I share ideas, research, and video clips on practicing gratitude.

Take care of your well-being this month by taking time each day to write down three things you are grateful for. 
 
Recommend A Read!
The Gifts of Imperfection was the first book I read by Brene Brown. It is beautiful book full of her playful wisdom, and it holds a special place in my heart.

I reference the book -- and quote it -- in the blog post I mention in this month's Taking Care, so I thought it was fitting to recommend the book this month. 
 
What are Your Deal Breakers?
 
This article by Eve Eschner Hogan offers a short framework for dealing with challenges that threaten our relationships.

A synopsis of what I took from the article is to be especially mindful of when your ego, hell-bent on protecting you, is creating hell in an attempt to do so.
This Video Will Hurt

The Nocebo Effect fascinates me. I find the power of our beliefs exciting and terrifying at the same time!

This 7 minute video offers a great overview of the Nocebo Effect and some interesting examples of how it has played out.
 
Why Do We Sleep? 
 
In this TED Talk, circadian neuroscientist Russell Foster explores the question: Why do we sleep?

For me, getting enough sleep is an important foundation of self-care, and it is exciting to learn more about the scientific research supporting the importance of sleep. The growing understanding of why we need sleep is quickly becoming significant enough to convince even the most productivity-focused person to add a good night's sleep to their To Do list!

If this 20-minute TED Talk isn't in the cards for you this month, check out this quick infographic on the short-term and long-term effects of sleep deprivation. 
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