Sarah Jamieson Yoga

Yoga for Health & Well-Being

January 2013 

New Year, New Adventures!

First, thank you for signing up for my newsletter. I am very excited about some of my new adventures - and I hope you will be too. 

Highlights of this January newsletter include:

  • Develop Your Daily Practice - a New Year's private special
  • YOGA: The Missing Pieces - a series I will be offering exploring yogic practices other than asana (the physical postures)
  • Lean into Change - my latest blog post, which my proofreader (and partner) Chris thinks is my best post yet

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Develop Your Daily Practice
A New Year's Private Special - two 75 minute sessions for $100. Schedule up two sessions with me - 30 to 40 days apart - and together we will develop a daily practice that is realistic and sustainable with your lifestyle and aligns with your practice goals. 

YOGA: The Missing Pieces

The physical yoga postures (asana) are incredibly popular, but classically they are actually only one limb of the eight limbs of yoga. 

Join me once a month - February through June - in an exploration of the other seven limbs. We will practice pranayama, mantra, and meditation; we will explore yogic philosophy (through lecture and discussion); and, we will frankly discuss the challenges of living yogically in the twenty-first century.

To find out more about the dates, location, times, and cost, click here to visit my upcoming events page.
Be Well: Tools for Wellness in Daily Living

I am very excited to be offering instruction in a variety of different yogic practices through this 10 week program offered by Vancouver Coastal Health.

The program is open to and free for adults living in Vancouver who have been diagnosed with mood and/or anxiety disorders and are not clients of a mental health team.

If you are interested, please click here to find out more information about the dates, times and how to register.
Some of my recent writing...

Lean into Change

“All we know about the future is that it will be different.
Perhaps, what we fear is that it will be the same.
So we must celebrate the changes.”
 - Judi Dench, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

We’ve all heard people say it, and we’ve maybe even said it a few times ourselves: “I don’t like change.”

But, I want to challenge anyone who simply says they don’t like change. How many people wouldn’t like to suddenly have an extra $10,000? Do you know any one who doesn’t like getting an extra hour of sleep at Daylight Savings time? Would you ever turn down an extra week of vacation time?

We like change – we sometimes even love change – when it brings us things that we want. But sometimes change brings us misfortune, pain and suffering, so avoiding change feels like playing it safe. We feel like we can trust the status quo.

But the truth is that there really isn’t a status quo. The future is unknown, as Judi Dench’s character in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel says: “All we know about the future is that it will be different.” Even if our circumstances don’t change much, we change in them. We start to look older and, as a result, the world around us changes how it responds to us. Being in the same job for 5-years is a very different experience than having been in the same job for 25-years, and we are different as a result of having that experience.

Most of us know this already. We know that change is inevitable. We know that change can bring wonderful things and that change can bring heartache. Change is certain. When we say, “I don’t like change,” what I believe we are really expressing is the very common human experience of struggling with the uncertainty that the certainty of change brings to our lives.

I struggle with uncertainty. I love you and the thought of losing you feels unbearable. The thought of that pain makes me want to freeze time and hold onto this moment as hard as I can. Because you might not be in the next one.

I struggle with uncertainty. I cannot feel at peace with the amount of money that I have because the future might bring a tragedy that prevents me from supporting myself. I need more money to protect myself and my family.

I struggle with the uncertainty of it all. It overwhelms me. I am afraid of being hurt. I am afraid of being alone. I am afraid of seeing the people I love suffer. I am afraid of losing the people I love.

I struggle with uncertainty.

There is a part of the classical yoga practice called ishvarapranidhana; this practice asks us to trust in what we cannot see or know. Most simply, it asks us to trust in the future, to loosen our grip on the attachment we have to our actions leading to specific outcomes. The practice of ishvarapranidhana requires that we give up the illusion that we can control what will happen to us and to the people around us.

Our struggle with uncertainty and our desire to protect ourselves and the people we love from pain sometimes leads us to live life with a cautious rigidity that shuts us off from the wholehearted human experience. We have an endless stream of catch phrases with which we endeavour to knock ourselves out of this gripping place: “Dance as if no one was watching, sing as if no one was listening,” “Live as if you were to die tomorrow,” and “What would you do if you knew that you could not fail?”

Brené Brown, one of my favourite writers and speakers, powerfully reframes the question above about failing, and asks: “What’s worth doing even if you fail?” The value of failure aside (perhaps for another post), the fear that our actions won’t lead to our desired outcome keeps many of us frozen. But our actions don’t predictably determine the future. The truth is that terrible things might happen no matter what you do, so lean into change. Explore it. Trust it. Take advantage of it.

Feel it when it breaks your heart – so you can feel it when it fills your heart with joy.
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In this newsletter...
- Develop Your Daily Practice
- YOGA: The Missing Pieces
- Lean into Change
How to Keep Your Resolutions
- Recommended Read
- Be Well: 10 weeks of wellness
- Your Guide to Simplicity
- What Fear Can Teach Us
How to Keep Your Resolutions

A decision is never made only once.
Recommended Read
Brene Brown's Daring Greatly fosters courage and self-acceptance and presents vulnerability as a path to living a wholehearted life. I finished this book in December and I am already planning to re-read it! 
Your Guide to Everyday Simplicity

"The heart of my travel philosophy—and, really, my life philosophy—is that time is your truest form of wealth in life." - Rolf Potts

A good friend of mine recently returned home after travelling in South America for 15 months. A conversation with him about the amount of stuff he had come home to find in his storage locker probably primed me to be struck by this interview with longtime travel writer Rolf Potts. 

Ideas Worth Spreading

I almost didn't finish listening to the TED Talk below because it is a bit slow in the beginning.

I am glad I followed through because I found her final message about how we listen to and respond to our fears to be incredibly powerful - and easily applicable to day-to-day life.
Karen Thompson Walker:  What fear can teach us
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