Sarah Jamieson Yoga - January 2017 Newsletter
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Move well.    Breathe well.    Be well.

“What is to give light must endure burning.” - Viktor E. Frankl


Finding ease.

I'm teaching Restorative Yoga classes again. I hadn't realized how much I had missed teaching this practice. Restorative poses were always a part of the Yoga for Pain Relief programs I taught at Ocean and Crow Yoga/Space, but it's been a while since I've taught full on bolster-lounging. And, as many of you know, I used to teach a lot of bolster-lounging. 

I'm offering recurring 4-week programs in Restorative Yoga & Meditation on Monday nights at CHANGEpain. The theme for the current series is: finding ease. Not finding ease at some point in the future when your to-do list is shorter or when you are in less pain (whether it be physical or emotional), but right now, in the moment that you are in. 

I wrote a piece for my blog many years ago now called 5 Things I've Learned from Restorative Yoga. Number 4 on the list was that more ease is accessible in every moment. I'm still learning this lesson and restorative yoga is such a wonderful teacher. 

The next session starts February 20. I'd love to see you there! 

I hope your new year is unfolding with ease. 

Warmly,
Sarah

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Finally! A blog post!

I used to write a monthly piece for my blog. Then, I started grad school, I got pregnant (with 5 months of nausea and 2 months of anemia), and I had a baby. I've now finished my grad school program, my baby is on her way to becoming a toddler, and I finally wrote a piece. 

Rather poetically, my first blog post since becoming a mother is about my experience taking my daughter to the Women's March. Click here to read A Mother's March.
 

Upcoming Publicly Available Classes at CHANGEpain

CLICK HERE to see a full list of upcoming classes and to register for any of the programs listed below.
 
Moving to CHANGEpain: Foundations 
Thursdays, 3:30-5pm ✶ Feb.2-9

Relaxing to CHANGEpain: Meditation 
Mondays, 4:30-6pm ✶ Feb.6-27

Relaxing to CHANGEpain: Thoughts & Emotions 
Thursdays, 2:3:30pm ✶ Feb.9-23

Restorative Yoga & Meditation 
Mondays, 6-7pm ✶ Feb.20-Mar.13

Please don't hesitate to email me if you have any questions about the different classes I offer at CHANGEpain. 
Recommended Read
I almost put this book down. I wasn't fully engaged at the beginning, but something about it kept me reading. The author's writing style is incredibly authentic and there is something about that I enjoy. Then, just past the 100-page mark, there is a line about why she sends her son to school that took my breath away and brought tears to my eyes. Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed by Glennon Doyle Melton isn't brilliant or intellectual, but it is real and raw and something about it spoke right to my heart. 
How Does Yoga Relieve Chronic Pain?
 
I shared this article on my Facebook page recently. It is a relatively short and accessible summary of some of the key ways that both chronic pain and yoga change the brain.

The basic idea is summarized in the first paragraph:

Chronic pain triggers changes in brain structure that are linked to depression, anxiety, and impaired cognitive function. New research shows that practicing yoga has the opposite effect on the brain and can relieve chronic pain.

If you interested and/or looking for motivation to regularly practice more yoga and meditation, click here to read the whole article. 
Thank You!

Thanks for taking the time to read through my newsletter. If you have comments, questions, or suggestions, I'd love to hear from you. Namaste. ❤ 

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