Sarah Jamieson Yoga - March 2013 Newsletter
“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
- Albert Einstein

Spring: A season of growth and renewal

The month of March brings the beginning of daylight savings time and the early days of Spring. With longer days and more colour creeping into our landscape, many of us feel inspired to find our own traditions of renewal. Spring Cleaning, the practice of thoroughly cleaning your home in the springtime, is a popular one.

At last month's YOGA: The Missing Pieces session, we explored the idea of clearing away habits of harming. Central to yogic philosophy is the belief that humans are inherently kind, generous, and peaceful creatures. Holding this belief, when we act in ways that harm ourselves, others or our planet, we are acting in ways that don't align with our nature.

The practice of ahimsa (non-harming) is one of restraining our harming habits so we can expose the root motivations behind the behaviour. Metaphorically, we then weed out the roots of harming so we can make more space for our natural tendency towards acts of love and compassion.

In the next four Missing Pieces sessions, we will look at four other yogic practices deeply rooted in the intention of weeding out the habitual ways we do harm to ourselves and others. 

On Wednesday, March 20, we will look at the practice of satya (truthfulness), and I would love for you to join me.


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YOGA: The Missing Pieces
Wednesday evenings - Once a month
Wednesday, Mar. 20
Focus on Satya (Truthfulness)
Wednesday, Apr. 17
Focus on Asteya (Non-stealing)
Wednesday, May 22
Focus on Brahmacharya
(Wise use of energy)

Wednesday, June 19
Focus on Aparigraha (Non-grasping)

A monthly gathering to explore the practice of yoga beyond the physical postures. Practice will include pranayama, meditation, mantra, lecture and discussion on yogic philosophy, and dialogue about the challenges of living a yogic lifestyle in the twenty-first century.

This 5-class series will focus on the Yamas, the first limb of the yoga practice, and there will be a month between each session to give you an opportunity to investigate how the different practices work in all aspects of your life.

 Cost: $20 per session

Location: Sacred Space Studio
3574 West 4th Avenue
(Just east of Banyen Books)

Register by email or phone 778-549-8374

Babies: Born to be good?

In recent years, the scientific evidence supporting the benefits of different aspects of the practice of yoga has been growing exponentially. In the episode of The Nature of Things titled "Babies: Born To Be Good?", the idea that humans are born the kind, generous and peaceful is explored within the laboratory.  

Recommended Read

Continuing with the theme that human beings are inherently beautiful creatures, this month's recommended read is My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor. It is a fascinating look at the nature of the human brain.

If you aren't a reader, you can find a reader's digest version in her 20 minute TED Talk
Flash Back! 

Last Spring, I wrote a blog post about twisting poses. The post explored some of the physical benefits of twisting, and it also looked at how you might take the benefits off the mat. 
Listen to the Story of Your Heart
One of my latest blog posts.

"We practice yoga so that we can arrive presently in each moment and act according to what we believe and to what we value."

Is weight something you want to clear away this Spring?

Here are a few resources on exploring weight-loss in relationship to yoga. 

An article from another yoga teacher: Can Yoga Help You Lose Weight?

A friend and fellow teacher offers the brilliant insight: Fat is Not an Emotion

And, finally, even though I am only halfway through, I am going to recommend the book Women, Food & God by Geneen Roth. I am struck by her insights around the idea that your relationship to food is a reflection of your relationship with life.
The Science of 
Doing Less

Still not convinced that getting the sleep you need will help you accomplish more?

This article argues (through references to a number of studies) that our energy is a more potent resource than our time, and that we ultimately get more from our energy if we use it in a sustainable way.  

In case I didn't convince you to relax last month, here again are a couple of short guided practices:

Guided Breath Awareness
(6m 30s)

Guided Progressive Relaxation
(7m 40s)
A beautiful poem that inspires me to spend more time in the woods.

When I Am
Among the Trees

By Mary Oliver

A closing note...

Thank you for reading all the way through! These newsletters promote what I am up to, but they are largely about sharing tools and ideas. If there are things you would love to see more of or changes to content or format that you think would improve this newsletter, I'd love to hear from you.  

And, if you think anyone else would be interested in this newsletter, please share! 

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I hope you will join me on March 20th at Sacred Space Studio for an exploration of the practice of satya, but if not - enjoy your first taste of Spring!

With love,

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