• July 2012 Newsletter

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    Two Upcoming Workshops
    Turmeric: the Super spice


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    Pose of the month

    Downward Facing Dog
    Adho Muka Svanasana
    Downward facing dog 


    Downward Dog is quintessential yoga pose in Iyengar Yoga. Initiall you may find it challenging as I did, especially if you are tight in the shoulders and the hamstrings, but by patient and diligent practice you can tame the Dog pose and enjoy its many benefits.


    Guruji BKS Iyengar asserts in his famous book, "Light on Yoga," that this posture stretches the shoulders, legs, spine and whole body; builds strength throughout the body, particularly the arms, legs, and feet; relieves fatigue and rejuvenates the body; improves the immune system, digestion and blood flow to the sinuses, and calms the mind and lifts the spirit. 




    Having Crossed The River


    by Kabir


    Having crossed the river,

    where will you go, O friend?


    There's no road to tread,

    No traveler ahead,

    Neither a beginning, nor an end.


    There's no water, no boat, no boatman, no cord;

    No earth is there, no sky, no time, no bank, no ford.


    You have forgotten the Self within,

    Your search in the void will be in vain;

    In a moment the life will ebb

    And in this body you won't remain.


    Be ever conscious of this, O friend,

    You've to immerse within your Self;

    Kabir says, salvation you won't then need,

    For what you are, you would be indeed.


    Kabir - 14 century Mystic poet

    Issue: #48July 2012

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    Dear Student,

    Action versus Movement



    Intelligent Action
    Actions prevent Injuries
    Guruji B.K.S Iyengar defines action as a conscious or intelligent movement. We learn in Iyengar yoga that our consciousness must expand and penetrate to every cell in the body. 
    In other words an Action is more than just movement, it is an intelligent movement as described in the "Light on Life".
    Why do we need actions in the Yoga poses?
    1. No competition:
        Movements are external whereas Actions are internal. As you           stand    in     Tadasana and lift your knees, engage your quads         not only do you go inwards but also you become more focused       and connected with your own body. 
    2. Actions prevent injury: Movements are governed by ego whereas     Action is controlled by intelligence. Intelligent action will keep you     in safe range of motion.
    3. Actions teach you the principle behind the movements:
        Many movements can be grouped into a few Actions, making it         easier to get handle on so many poses.
    4 .Learning Actions make you expert on your own body:
        By learning correct actions you will become a confident and safe      practitioner of yoga with a intuitive understanding of your body.
    5. Inward focus and improved concentration:  Actions eventually           lead towards stillness and mastery over oneself.
        Guruji B.K.S Iyengar calls Asana practice "meditation in action".
        Iyengar Yoga is a journey from a Yoga of movement to the Yoga       of Action.


    "Practice asanas by creating space in the muscles and skin, so that the fine network of the body fits in the asana"  B.K.S. Iyengar



    Vic & Ruth


    Upcoming Workshops

    Prenatal Yoga for couples - Kirsten

    Prenatal Yoga

    This is a wonderful opportunity for mamas and their partners to connect and explore ways to support both pregnancy and birth through breath work, gentle partner yoga, massage techniques, labor positions, laughter and play! Please feel free to bring your partners and/or persons who will be supporting you through this amazing experience. Together, you will practice strengthening, stretching, relaxating, as well as cultivating vision and intention for your growing family!


    Sat, July 14

    2-4pm, Wellington Square


    To register call 403 228 5808 or drop by in person. 


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    Yoga Camp with Johanna Steinfeld

      Kids Yoga Camp
    A fun and educational way for kids to be introduced to yoga! The afternoon will include animal postures, reading, meditation, games and a relaxation period. 
    Please bring a snack. 
    Ages 5-12.
    Monday- Friday, August 13th - 17th 
    1:00-4:00pm Weliington Square 



    Jawahar Bangera: World renowned Senior Yoga Teacher 
    Jawahar Bangera
    Jawahar Bangera


    Going to the source - in yoga journey

    His visit will be a great opportunity for all of us to experience Guruji B.K.S Iyengar's teachings directly from one of Guruji's most senior teachers. 

    His instructions are clear, firm and insightful. He comes across as a confident, warm and powerful teacher who has a great gift to gently guide us beyond our perceived limitations.


    He has been regularly invited to the UK, US, Europe, Mexico and UAE to conduct workshops for both teachers and students. Jawahar teaches classes in Mumbai where he is a director of the Iyengar Yoga Institute and is also a trustee of the Light on Yoga Research Trust (LOY).    


    October 12-14 2012

    Wellington Square 

    Turmeric - the Super spice
    20 Amazing benefits of Turmeric


    The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. Tumeric has been used for over 2500 years in India and is a revered herb Ayurvedic medicine.

    The medicinal properties of this spice have been slowly revealing themselves over the centuries. Long known for its anti-inflammatory properties, recent research has revealed that turmeric is a natural wonder, proving beneficial in the treatment of many different health conditions from cancer to Alzheimer's disease.

    Here are 20 reasons to add turmeric to your diet:

    1. It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in disinfecting cuts and burns.

    2. When combined with cauliflower, it has shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer.

    3. Prevented breast cancer from spreading to the lungs in mice.

    4. May prevent melanoma and cause existing melanoma cells to commit suicide.

    5. Reduces the risk of childhood leukemia.

    6. Is a natural liver detoxifier.

    7. May prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease by removing amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain.

    8. May prevent metastases from occurring in many different forms of cancer.

    9. It is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.

    10. Has shown promise in slowing the progression of multiple sclerosis in mice.

    11. Is a natural painkiller and cox-2 inhibitor.

    12. May aid in fat metabolism and help in weight management.

    13. Has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression.
    14. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

    15. Boosts the effects of chemo drug paclitaxel and reduces its side effects.

    16. Promising studies are underway on the effects of turmeric on pancreatic cancer.

    17. Studies are ongoing in the positive effects of turmeric on multiple myeloma.

    18. Has been shown to stop the growth of new blood vessels in tumors.

    19. Speeds up wound healing and assists in remodeling of damaged skin.

    20. May help in the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.

    Turmeric can be taken in powder or pill form. It is available in pill form in most health food stores, usually in 250-500mg capsules.

    Once you start using turmeric on a regular basis, it's fun to find new ways to use it in recipes. 

    Contraindications: Turmeric should not be used by people with gallstones or bile obstruction. Though turmeric is often used by pregnant women, it is important to consult with a doctor before doing so as turmeric can be a uterine stimulant.
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