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

“You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage—pleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically, to say ‘no’ to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger ‘yes’ burning inside.” - Stephen Covey

A new year, of sorts.

September holds the enthusiasm of a new year for me. I feel a sense of renewal and possibility, and in the midst of that excitement, it is helpful for me to remember the wisdom of the Stephen Covey quote above.

One new project I have said "yes" to this Fall is an educational resource for health care practitioners on the practice of yoga and how it can be used to relieve chronic pain. To begin, I am seeking input from health care providers on the role yogic tools currently play in their approach. If you you know anyone who you think might take the time to respond to a brief survey, please share this link

Also, in support of Pain BC, I will be up for auction later this month! At their Un(wine)d for Wellness event, private sessions with me will be up for grabs as part of a Yoga and Movement package. 

And, speaking of yoga with me, I will be teaching a Hatha class this Sunday (September, 8) at 1:15pm at the YYoga Richmond. If you happen to be in the neighbourhood, I would love to see you on the mat.

As always, some of my favourite books, articles, ideas and blog posts from the past month are below. I hope some of what I share is of value to you. 


Writing from My Blog

In this recent post titled The Price of Yoga, I challenge the conception that yoga is expensive. What do you think?

Taking Care

It is no secret that the level of pollution in our oceans is a current cause for concern. Beached whales are considered toxic waste, and seafood may not be safe for human consumption for much longer. 

Our oceans need our love, and the David Suzuki Foundation has put together a list of 7 habits for healthy oceans. These habits are:
  1. Eat sustainable seafood
  2. Keep cigarette butts off the beach
  3. Reuse and reduce plastics
  4. Reduce your carbon footprint
  5. Keep toxins out of your home
  6. Make a connection with nature
  7. Enjoy the ocean and be low impact
Follow this link to read more about these tips!
"The self tasting the self"
The philosophical concepts in this article have had a significant impact on my own practice this summer. I am working quite deeply with the idea of staying more present and connected with my bhava, my true feeling state.

Recommended Read
Shawn Achor's The Happiness Advantage wasn't a life changing read for me — yet. In my July newsletter I shared Anchor's TED Talk, so you might already know that he studied happiness at Harvard for 12 years. In this book, he outlines seven practical, actionable principles (inspired by research done in positive psychology) for a happier life. 

If you are more interested in faster reads or things accessible online, check out this article on 10 simple things you can do today that will make you happier. A few of the ideas come from Achor's book. 

Practice Meditation
Meditation is getting a lot of attention right now. Almost all the resources I share on increasing our sense of well-being suggest the practice.

Unfortunately, many people have ideas about meditation that are intimidating and that lead them to believe they can't do it. But as a meditation teacher, I can guarantee that you can do it.

Meditation is most simply the practice of repeatedly bringing your awareness back to a focus, which requires that your mind wander from that focus! Focussing on your breath is a beautiful place to start a meditation practice, and this article on 7 Breathing Lessons for Meditation outlines a basic approach that you might find helpful.

Six Habits of Highly
Empathic People
The practice of yoga fosters empathy, and through empathy we deepen our commitment to living yogically.

The skill of being empathic is also getting a lot of attention in the scientific world as a way of improving the quality of our own lives.

This article outlines six practical ways to develop your empathy skills.
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