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OPENING FEBRUARY 2010

& Kids Yoga – done in normal room temperature

90 minute Hot Yoga Classes 7 days a week

kamloopshotyoga.com 954-C Laval Crescent (Right beside Cliffside Climbing Gym)

(250) 682-8102

ON THE COVER Visionary Artist: Mike Soloman This winter edition of Yoga Tree is blessed by the vision and talents of Michael Soloman. Look for more of his work throughout the issue! Michael Soloman, a self-taught Vancouver artist, is a gifted technician and an inspired visionary artist. In his own authentic style he has broken the mold and struck new territory.

Belly, Core & More

Soloman’s works are at once emotive, disturbing, evocative and healing. He envisions a better world, incorporating the mythologies of past civilizations and anticipating the mythologies of the future.

Wednesdays 6:45-7:45 pm Let’s Move Yoga & Dance Studio 250-372-YOGA (9642)

Soloman has exhibited in several artistic venues in the Vancouver area and has sold his works in Canada, United States, Hong Kong and Australia.

925 McGill Place @ Sunmore Ginseng Spa

Instructor: Tina Warren

Soloman is currently devoting his inspiration to images of elegance and power. To see more of Mike Soloman’s works, check out: www.soloman.ca To contact Mike, email soloman@soloman.ca

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A modern exercise focused dance class that incorporates Egyptian & Oriental style belly dance isolations & movement. Tone, sculpt & strengthen your core while being put in touch with your feminine body. Come in comfortable work out clothing. Classes start Wednesday, January 6, 2010. ONGOING classes - Drop in anytime!

The moment of darkness was lifting, My mind remained in the simple state of pure.....it was almost light.

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Finding Stillness By Therse Dorer

As I find myself in the depth of winter January 2010, I am reminded of the archetype of the bear that goes into her cave in the winter time to rejuvenate, and then emerges in the spring renewed and refreshed, ready to embrace the world once again. The bear travels far and wide in the summer, spring and fall, turning over stones and rocks, fishing in the lakes and rivers, and scrounging for food and sustenance. As she makes her journey upon the Mother Earth, she creates pathways that she follows year after year. During these journeys she learns about her environment and where to find the food which will sustain her over the winter months. When the cold comes, she finds a safe place to hunker down and sleep. By going into the stillness and embracing the silence, she is able to preserve the energy that has been stored in her body from her ramblings over the past season. In this valley we are surrounded by bear energy and many of us see bears as we hike and drive. From the shamanic perspective it is important to pay attention to the animals that show up for us, as they bring us messages and remind us of our connection to the Mother Earth. The bear is an archetype of the west which is also the land of the dying sun; one perspective of this direction is that we are encouraged to die to the old so that we may embrace the new. In our busy lives it is easy to become disconnected from the cycles of Mother Earth; we carry on in the same fashion no matter if it is winter, summer, spring or fall. I am suggesting that we can learn from nature and the messages that are available to us if we choose to listen. Often, we have become attached to the technology of email, phones, and other media which can distract us from the natural rhythms the four seasons offer. The message from bear is retrospection, the opportunity to go into our own personal cave of stillness and quiet. Winter is a beautiful opportunity to go over the past year and notice where you chose to expend your energy. Notice if this year “grew corn for you�, meaning did you benefit from the energy you expended and did it fulfill you? Conversations With Spirit With Therese Dorer www.crystalclearinsights.ca Connecting with Spirit, Therese will lead these powerful Shamanic Journeys where you will be guided to access your Spirit Helpers and hear the wisdom of Spirit. Come prepared to relax, and go into the stillness and receive the wisdom that awaits you. Shamanic Journeys are a powerful way to still the mind body and soul and allow personal transformations to take place.

Allow yourself to be the witness of your journey this past year from a place of self respect and gratitude. Notice what worked for you and what did not. This may provide you with clarity as to where you choose to put your energy for 2010. Rather than the traditional New Year resolution, I am suggesting you give yourself the opportunity for reflection, just like the bear. The year of 2010 also has some interesting numerology. If you add two and one in this year you get three. With this in mind I offer you three suggestions to assist you to go into stillness. Imagine that these three suggestions are like golden keys that are being offered to you. The first key is your breath; when you were a new baby the first thing you did in human form was to take a breath. Connecting to your breath consciously relaxes your body and feeds your blood with oxygen, which will help you to relax your mind. Your breath is essential to help you to go into stillness or a meditative state. The second golden key is gratitude; being grateful for yourself and all the abundance in your life brings you into present time. This helps you to disconnect from the frenetic energy of projecting into the future, and belaboring the past The third golden key is the art of allowing; open your heart to acceptance and being receptive, this will allow in new energy, new ideas and understandings. Like bear you can emerge from your place of contemplation rejuvenated and refreshed, ready to continue with your journey upon the Mother Earth, as you head into 2010. I invite you to think about the bear this winter season, hunkered down in a cave deep in the Mother Earth, and take some time for yourself to go into your own place of stillness and rejuvenation. Therse Dorer leads meditation groups in Kamloops. 250-578-8437 www.crystalclearinsights

Tuesday Morning Meditation: 357 Chilco Ave Rayleigh 10:00am ~12:00 noon January 26, February 23, March 30 April 27, May 25 Sunday Meditation: The Art We Are #201-322 Victoria St 11:00am~ 1:00pm January 31, February 28, March 21, April 18 Investment: $15.00 Space is limited: Therese Dorer tdorer@shaw.ca 250-578-8437 www.yogatreebc.com

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January - February, 2010

The Practice of Setting Intention By Marcia Wilson

and Anusara® Yoga

Winter. For some it marks the start of the cold and windy time of ski season and snow tires. But consider this - as the light shifts and the dark begins to ebb, the new year is an ideal time to attend to the power of intention, or sankalpa. Sankalpa is a Sanskrit word meaning purpose or determination. It is the uniting of ideas into a clear intention. What do you value most deeply that is your heart’s deepest desire? What do you wish to plant and nourish with your attention?

debate, I decided that I was not well enough to travel. Focused on finishing the training by May, and clinging to this expectation, I felt deeply conflicted about my choice. Contrast this with my true intention - a deep desire to live authentically, honoring my heart, through yoga. Ultimately, my inability to finish the teachers training by May will not affect how I manifest this intention. Instead, the life affirming choices I make each day will have the greatest impact on how this intention unfolds.

Intention is not about succeeding or failing as you strive to fulfill your New Year’s resolutions. Rather, it is about becoming clear about what you value most deeply, shedding what no longer serves, and choosing wisely. Most importantly, intention is about focusing your energy on nourishing actions that will move you toward your outcomes without clinging to them.

Yoga and the Practice of Setting Intention The new year shift from dark to light is an ideal time to consider your life from the perspective of intention. And your yoga practice is an ideal vehicle to help you nurture the concept of sankalpa. Consider the following ways that intention can take a seat with you on your mat.

This fall I had the opportunity to learn how intention and clinging to outcome differ. Four days before I was to fly to Arizona for part 2 of my 5-part yoga teacher training, the flu hit our house. After much

Stepping Onto the Mat As you step onto your mat, consider how today’s practice fits with your greater intentions. What do you want to nourish during today’s

Anusara® Yoga Offerings Winter/Spring 2010

Sunday Morning Classes with Visiting Teachers – Let’s Move January 10 and March 21- Carol Wray - Anusara Inspired ™ Yoga Teacher Beginner/all levels 9:00-10:30 am $15 pre-reg $17.5 drop in Mixed levels/intermediate 10:45-12:15pm $15 pre-reg $17.5 drop in Double (both classes) 9:00-12:15 pm $30 pre-reg $35 drop in February 21 Dana Skoglund – www.missionyogastudio.com Beginner/all levels 10:00-11:30 am $15 pre-reg $17.5 drop in Mixed levels/intermediate 11:45-1:15pm $15 pre-reg $17.5 drop in Double (both classes) 10:00-1:15 pm $30 pre-reg $35 drop in Weekend Workshops with Visiting Teachers April 2-4 Elissa Gumushel - Certified Anusara® Yoga Instructor www.vankula.com Friday April 2 6:30-9 pm (venue TBA) Saturday & Sunday 9am-12pm & 2-5 pm (Let’s Move) Full details including pricing, registration and venue in the March issue.

Monday Night Anusara Yoga- Donation Based Practices Series 1- 5 classes January 11- February 8 (charity of choice-Food Bank) Series 2– 5 classes February 22- March 29 (no class March 8) (Open Windows) Series 3- 5 classes April 5-May 3 (Food Bank)

To pre-register, to join our Anusara email list, or to confirm class times and locations: Marcia Wilson at 250314-9550 or lilayoga108@gmail.com. Watch for the return of Katrina Ariel to Kamloops in May!

7-9 pm @ Drake Medox Health Solutions, 164 Oriole Rd Suggested minimum donation $5-8 These practices will be a combination of pre-taped classes led by John Friend (facilitated & assisted by Marcia Wilson) and group practices (led by Marcia Wilson). All profits will be donated to local and international non-profits. Sponsored in part by Yoga Tree 4

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practice? In Anusara yoga, the class begins with the singing of an invocation. This action reminds us to ask ourselves how we want to make this particular class meaningful. We then bring voice to this intention through the words of the invocation. Centering practices at the beginning of a yoga session are another opportunity to contemplate sankalpa. Quieting the mind and listening to the heart through such practices as meditation can open space for intentions to take root or make themselves known. The Practice Your time on the mat is infused with opportunities to set intention. At the start of each pose - become sensitive and breathe. Remember why you came to the mat and what you hope to take away. As you set your foundation - thoughtfully place your hands and feet in their optimal position in each pose. This mindful action establishes a safe and strong connection to the earth, and is a visible demonstration of your intention in practice. Within the poses - carefully consider how the breath influences your movements and practice. Breath carries the power of intention. Mindfully align your body, with intention. By becoming aware of your breath and how you align your body, you can shift your practice and enhance your ability to manifest your intentions. As you transition between poses - move with full awareness. Physically, mentally and emotionally releasing between poses puts you at a greater risk for injury and lessens the effectiveness of the intentional

work you are doing. Use breath to enhance your transitions and thoughtfully move into the next posture. Choosing your class and your poses - consider how your choice of class or poses fits with your sankalpa. Is it a restorative class that will nurture your intention of honoring your need for relaxation, or an energy-infused class that aligns with bigger visions of feeding your soul with music you love? Or are you forcing yourself to perform a practice that is personally draining, rather than life enhancing? Stepping Off the Mat Savasana or meditation at the end of practice is a final opportunity to ground yourself in intention. By reflecting on your experiences in the class you are able to shift back into the world with a renewed vision for how you can manifest intention in your day to day life. On the mat you have the opportunity to find peace, insight, grace, beauty and courage. Rather than sprinting from class with your eyes to the future, be aware of chosing to mindfully exit, keeping your intention foremost as you move on to your next activity. Choices matter Anusara yoga teaches us that we have two main purposes for practicing hatha yoga - to remember who we are deep in our innermost core, and to celebrate life and our connections to the world. Every day, the choices we make matter. By infusing our life and our practice with intention, we are able to see the life affirming choices that are available to us. Marcia Wilson is studying Anusara速 yoga with John Friend, Martin and Jordan Kirk of Scottsdale, Arizona and Katrina Ariel of Kamloops/New Orleans. She can be reached at 250-314-9550 or lilayoga108@gmail.com

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YOGA 50 + Lunch Hour YOGA 12:00 - 1:30 pm 12:05 - 12:55 pm All Levels All Levels 5:00-6:30 5:00 - 6:30 pm pm Mind Body Connection 253 Victoria St drop ins $13 10 weeks $100 2x a week $150 punchcards 5 classes $55 Student rates available

MONDAY CLASS 9:00 - 10:30 am @ Downtown Y CLASSES AT WESTSYDE POOL starting Jan 11th & 13th MON & WED @ 7pm - 8:30 See Parks & Rec activity guide for details & registration SATURDAY YOGA WORKSHOPS Please call for dates for more information or to register Call Christine (Please leave a message!) 250-374-5421 www.yogatreebc.com

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January - February, 2010

Let’s Move

Yoga & Dance Studio

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Check our website for updates!

9:00 – 10:30 Yoga All Levels Elizabeth

10:00–11:30 Akhanda Yoga Angie

9:00 – 10:30 Yoga All Levels Elizabeth

9:00 – 10:30 Flow Yoga Natalie

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12:00 – 1:30 Bellydance

12:00 –1:00 Absolute Beginners Yoga Angie

Rosi

Check our website for workshops!

3:15 – 4:45 Afternoon Asanas Yoga All Levels Carolyn

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5:00 – 6:30

5:00 – 6:30

Bellydance Beginners Rosi

Belly Dance Advanced Rosi

6:45 – 8:15

6:45 – 7:45

6:45 – 7:45

Yoga

Belly Core & More

Flow Yoga All Levels Natalie

4:55 – 5:55 American Tribal Bellydance Beginners Lucille 6:00 – 7:00 Bollywood Dance All Levels Bonnie

Saturday

All Levels Angie

Tina

Let’s Move Studio space available! Classes, workshops, seminars and events, hourly and daily

8:00 – 9:30 Tribal Fusion Bellydance

Claire

All classes are open for drop-in ANYTIME! Class Fees Drop in $14 Punch card 5x $65 Punch card 10x $120 Session: 6 weeks $72 Session: 12 weeks $135

1hr Class $10 $45 $85 $96

Check our website for a map to the studio, updates and more!

250-372-9642 925 McGill Place Just past TRU

Workshops

DIVALICIOUS with Lill Saturday, Jan 16 6-8pm Saturday Feb 13th 6-8pm

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A Shamanic Engagement By Katina O’Neil

Wi t h Ga i a

In the previous issue of Yoga Tree we looked at how our Earth and all of Nature constitutes an integrated system known as Gaia. This system of animate and inanimate parts is where all shamanic understanding begins and is the very source of shamanism. We continue:

Shamans everywhere are aware of the plight of our world and they are generously sharing their knowledge with us in hopes that we ‘separated ones’ will find our place in the system before it is too late. Some of us have chosen to not only reconnect with this ancient wisdom of our ancestors to understand it, but also to engage it and live from and within this integral world view. Hopefully, if you would like a firmer base, you are willing to research the information on Gaia Theory or Systems Theory enough to fully convince yourself that you are part of the Earth and Nature, and that what you think and do have a direct consequence on how the system works or fails. This is true not just on the days that you feel ‘shamanic,” but with every breath you take and every move you make. (Sounds like a song!) If you understand this then you realize that you are in a relationship with everything around you and it is time to fully develop those relationships and not just operate from a place of default. For a Shaman, it is all about building relationships with the natural world and the forces of Nature. Within the integrity of those relationships, the shaman finds his/her power. Just like developing a relationship with anyone, building a relationship with Nature requires that you spend considerable time with it; engage it in dialogue; understand its powers, its gifts, its requirements. How does it want to relate to you? What is it that you have to offer? How do you contribute to the whole, the collective?

anyway) are the elementals and the fairies (no – that’s not too far out there) and other forms of life that do not posses a form that our eyes easily perceive. They all inhabit this Earth system called Gaia with us and are available to us if we feel so inclined to seek them out and form a relationship with them.

Some people work intimately with the great waters of our planet: the seas, rivers and lakes. Others are drawn to the mountains, especially the high glaciated mountains, while still others find ways to commune with the great desert landscapes. What calls to you? What are you most comfortable with? These are questions you need to ask yourself and be honest about what relationships you are willing to engage. As you know, in your relationships with other human beings there is work and responsibility involved and hopefully great rewards involved. Being in relationship with one aspect of Nature is no more advantageous than another. What is to be considered is where the best fit is for you if you truly want to be in a shamanic relationship of power. And why do any of this anyway? Because it is possible. Why live life isolated from the possibility of accessing unimaginable sources of power and information that will support you to fulfill your life’s purpose? We are part of the collective called Gaia and in that collective there is great support and great responsibility. Katina O’Neil has a degree in Anthropology from the University of British Columbia, and training with North American medicine people and shamans in Peru. A Reiki Master and Shamanic Healer, she teaches courses on Shamanism and Meditation in Canada and the US. You can contact her at ksmo@telus.net or 250-314-1413.

Like any relationship, this is a two-way street, not just what you can get from it. And just like with humanity, you can say you are part of the whole human race but find yourself attracted to certain beings within this collective. So when you consider Nature, who is it you really want to get to know? What are you naturally attracted to? Where do you want to start? We have the whole animal kingdom; those in the skies, the ones who live upon the land and the ones who inhabit the waters of our planet. Then there is the plant kingdom, many of whom have developed deep, abiding, informative relationships with us humans. The elements: earth, air, fire and water all are sources of great working relationships and sources of power. The ‘unseen ones’ (by most of us www.yogatreebc.com 7


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January - February, 2010

By Joanna Nemrava

Deborah James and her son Ragnar.

Dear Midwife, I am thinking about a home birth for my next baby. My friend had a homebirth with midwives in Vancouver and loved it. Is it safe? What are the advantages of home birth?

I think what I appreciate most about attending a woman in her own home is that she is in her own place, on her own territory. That makes me the guest. She can move where she wants, use her own bathroom, and open her own fridge. It is I who must ask permission. This immediately creates a different feel around birth compared with a hospital setting, where she and her support people are the guests.

~Anna Dear Anna, Fortunately, homebirth is an option for place of birth in BC wherever there are midwives. Women who choose to birth at home are healthy, experience an uncomplicated pregnancy and generally feel very comfortable in their home environment. In my experience, women labour best where they feel safe, supported and comfortable. For many women, this is the hospital. For some women, this is home. Some women choose homebirth in order to have the option of birthing in water. Some women choose to birth at home so that they can choose who will be in attendance during their labour and birth, including family, friends and sometimes their other children. In fact, women have many different reasons for choosing to birth at home. As a registered midwife, I am trained to support women in the place of their choosing. Another great way for you to hear about the advantages of homebirth is to ask your friend in Vancouver who has had one!

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Many women that I have attended express how much they enjoy getting into their own bed following delivery, cuddling with their new baby and their family, being cared for by loved ones and having their midwife attend them in their own home during the first week postpartum to help with breastfeeding and monitor the health of baby and mother. What I can tell you is that research supports homebirth as a safe option and shows that planned homebirth with a midwife results in reduced rates of interventions and infections over planned hospital births with either a midwife or physician.1 As a registered midwife, I follow provincial guidelines for monitoring labour and fetal well being at home just as I would in hospital and I use many of the same technologies, such as a fetal heart rate Doppler.2 If any concerns arise during labour, delivery or postpartum, there is a transport plan in place to move promptly to the hospital and consult with the appropriate specialists, such as an obstetrician or pediatrician. Midwives work in collaboration with nurses, physicians and other health care professionals to meet the needs of women and infants


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throughout the childbearing year. In 1986 a World Health Organization report states, “Home is the most appropriate birth setting for most childbearing women.”3 Registered Midwives in BC are autonomous community-based maternity care providers. We maintain hospital admitting privileges and attend most births in hospital. We are also trained and equipped to attend women who choose to birth at home or in other out-of-hospital settings. Registered midwives are required to meet standards set by the College of Midwives of BC and the Ministry of Health Services, including criteria equivalent to a 4 year baccalaureate degree, national exams and frequent recertification in obstetrical and neonatal emergency skills.4 Homebirth is a safe option for healthy women who experience uncomplicated pregnancy and plan a homebirth with a registered midwife.5 If you are interested in planning a homebirth attended by a registered midwife, you need to consider and discuss with your midwife your personal medical history, your health during your current pregnancy and your birth preferences. Becoming Mommy! Ask the Midwife: e-mail your questions! mymidwife@mightyoakmidwifery.ca Joanna Nemrava is a registered midwife and mother, providing complete maternity and newborn care to women and their families in Kamloops. Questions about women’s health, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, newborns, postpartum healing or yoga and other activities during the childbearing years can be emailed. Your question may be published in our next issue of YogaTree! If your question is urgent or you need immediate medical attention, please seek the advice of your current care provider. 1 CMAJ • SEPTEMBER 15, 2009 • 181(6-7) 2 www.cmbc.bc.ca/pdf.shtml?Registrants-Handbook-13-07-Handbook-for-Midwifery-Clients 3 World Health Organisation (1986) “North American and European consulting groups: WHO report on health promotion and birth.” Geneva, WHO. 4 http://www.midwifery.ubc.ca; http://cmrc-ccosf.ca 5 CMAJ • SEPTEMBER 15, 2009 • 181(6-7); BIRTH 36:3 September 2009; CMAJ 2002;166(3):315-23; BMJ 2005;330:1416 (18 June)

Tuesdays @ 5:30 pm at St. Paul’s Church Hall 360 Nicola St. January 12 – March 23 $88 for 11 week session or $10 drop-in register by emailing Natasha

Fridays @ 10:30 am at YM/YWCA 400 Battle St. January 8 - March 26 $96 for 12 week session or $10.50 drop-in register at the Y 250-372-7725

Saturdays @ 11:00 am at the YM/YWCA 400 Battle St. January 9 – March 27 $96 for 12 week session or drop-in $10.50 register at the Y 250-372-7725 Pro-rated registration fee if you join during the session. Licensed childcare available at the Friday & Saturday classes - $3/child

Nia Workshops with Natasha The Form & Freedom of Nia Sat Jan 23 Learn The Move - The 52 Moves of Nia Learn and practice the Nia building blocks - the fundamental stances, steps, kicks, chest, head, arm, pelvis, hand and finger movements that make up the choreography that we move and dance to in Nia.

Sat Feb 6 Move the Move - the Movement Forms of Nia Discover the energy and chemistry of the dance arts, martial arts, and healing arts. The movement forms add energy and movement variety to Nia practice, and make it possible to move in different ways at different speeds using the dynamics of self-expression for body conditioning.

Sat March 13 Energize the Move - Nia Freedance Learn tools to access freedom, creativity, and joyful systemic movement. Integrate the 8 stages of Freedance to create dynamic ease, comfort & self-healing.

All workshops at St. Paul's Church Hall 360 Nicola St. 2 - 5 pm $35 per workshop $60 if you register for 2 $85 if you register for all 3

call or email Natasha to register 250-374-5644 nlyndon@shaw.ca

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January - February, 2010

By Dr. Melissa Bradwell, ND

Naturopathic tips for a Healthy New Year!

Many of us enter the month of January with a resolution or two paired with good intention to follow through on them! The key to being successful is to make realistic goals and to have a plan. High on the resolution list is the desire to lose a few pounds (usually courtesy of recent holiday festivities) and while some may find it easy to lose them, it’s often a lot more challenging to keep them off. Dietary habits are not a fad. They are a lifestyle. Here are some guidelines for adopting healthy lifestyle habits.

gets busy. Take the time to shop for and prepare your meals using nutrient-rich foods. Seasonal vegetables, lean proteins, and fibre-rich carbohydrates help you stay fuller longer, maintain appropriate blood sugar levels between meals, prolong physical endurance, and keep insulin levels low to help you burn fat more efficiently. Ideally, you should eat every 3-4 hours and never skip breakfast, as it will determine your metabolic rate and blood sugar levels for the remainder of the day.

1. Stay Hydrated - Sounds simple enough but is a struggle for many. Your body depends on water to carry vital substances and nutrients to your cells and waste (toxins) away from your cells. Aim for about 1.5L/day (more with increased activity). Be mindful that for every cup of coffee you consume, your body needs 2 cups of water to rehydrate. Need help getting more water in? Try freezing little bits of peeled lemons, limes, and oranges and using them in place of ice cubes for flavour and refreshment. Also, carry a water bottle with you at all times and when you have juice, dilute it with water first.

4. Keep Moving - No time like the present to get active!! This will not only make you stronger, but will help reduce injuries in the future and prevent illness. People with more lean muscle mass live longer so a combination of cardio for your heart and weight-training for your muscles is optimal. Colder temperatures and limited daylight make it challenging to be outside and continue certain activities but also provide a great opportunity to try something new. Grab a buddy and make an exercise date!

2. Hold the Sugar - On top of weakening your immune system, sugar is full of empty calories that result in empty energy. While sugar may give you a brief ‘pick me up’, it will leave your body depleted and craving more and more sugar to reach the next level of desired energy. As you can imagine, the more you consume, the greater the craving. Sugar is a by-product of carbohydrates, and white refined flour products produce more sugar. Research has also shown that sugar cravings increase as sleep quality decreases. Getting adequate rest, avoiding refined carbohydrates and using healthy alternatives such as honey, stevia, rice syrup, or agave nectar to curb the craving 3. Plan Ahead and Be Prepared - Meal planning can help reduce the temptation to grab quick, unhealthy convenient food when life

5. Health is a Product of YOU - There is much to learn, much to do and much to improve upon for all of us. Like a well-balanced meal, our emotional, mental and physical health contributes to our total wellness. Learn a new language, cross off a destination on your travel list, or start a new hobby. A healthy mind is just as important as a healthy body. Start small with one or two changes and when successful with them, continue to add and grow. This will help root these changes as part of your daily routine to ensure permanent lifestyle changes. Soon, you’ll be well on your way to living your best life and being the best you. Raised in Kamloops, Melissa studied at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. She offers a variety of services and treatment options for her patients, including IV therapy, acupuncture, botanical medicine & nutrition. Contact melissa at: Kamloops Naturopathic Clinic 250-377-3077

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Herbal Remedies By Gillian Smith

Midwinter blues? Post holiday blahs? First know that you are not alone. Second, there are lots of easy things you can do to lift your spirits and bring some lightness into your life. Many folks feel the need to cleanse their bodies at this time of year due to being indoors more, and perhaps eating lots of starch and fats, or too much alcohol, caffeine, refined foods, and sweets. There are as many ways to cleanse your body as there are kinds of people, and we can customize our diet to suit our body type and lifestyle. Fasting is one popular way, but in my opinion, it isn’t for everybody. Here are some suggestions I have for “the cleansing diet”, or in other words, ways to cleanse while still eating! You should find that your energy levels, skin, sleep, moods, hormone levels, mental health and overall wellbeing improve dramatically with these simple yet effective tips: One essential principle for any kind of cleansing diet is to replace the processed, refined and chemically treated “dead” foods in our diet with as many fresh, local, seasonal, organically grown, “live” foods as possible. Start with reducing all animal products, since the nasty chemicals they are fed or treated with are absorbed in their body fat, and then into ours. Grow organic wherever possible! Anytime you feel the urge to cleanse, begin the day with a ‘shot’ or two of either organic lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. This helps digest fats and gives the entire digestive system a healthy and gentle jump-start to the day. For a more extensive cleanse, try the “Master Cleanser”: mix 2 tbsp. lemon juice with 1-2 tbsp. maple syrup, 1/10 tsp cayenne in 8 ounces of good water, and drink throughout the day. Eating only fruit until lunchtime is another easy thing to try, even if only for a week or two, and you should feel a difference in your energy level as your digestive system gets a break. Eat soups without cream, and drink broths many times a week for

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Include fermented foods in your diet on a daily basis: sauerkraut, kefir, kimchi, tempeh, yogurt, are some that are readily available or easy to make at home. Drinking 2 litres of good water a day is truly essential to good health – many compare it to putting oil in our vehicles, or air in our bicycle tires. Dehydration can be the cause of so many dis-orders, including lethargy, weight issues, inflammation and pain. Herbal tea is also an excellent source of nutrition, while also helping heal, tone or ‘exercise’ the organs of elimination (kidney, liver and lymphatic system). Try our Mighty Mineral Nerve Tonic tea, starring oatstraw, nettle, raspberry leaf and chamomile among others; or our Whole Body Health Tea with red clover, echinacea, alfalfa, horsetail and licorice. Tinctures are concentrated herbal extracts that are fast acting and convenient. Our Liver Tonic, Digestive Tonic and Urinary/Kidney Tonic are all great additions to any cleanse. Use them for a month along with the above suggestions, and your body will thank you for it! Remind yourself that getting out of the house for a walk, or any body movement class such as aerobics, yoga, Nia, bellydance, Feldenkrais. Doing this with a friend or making new ones (including yourself!) is also key to feeling good in your body and your mind, and really helps clean out those post-holiday, mid-winter cobwebs! Gillian is a skilled herbalist owning and operating her local business dedicated to making high quality, organic herbal products. Gillian's Herbs is proud to work with and learn from the herbs, while providing effective and affordable organic herbal tinctures, teas, body care, and aromatherapy products to the public. info@gilliansherbs.com 604-629-5743

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Centering Asana with Feldenkrais By Tyson Bartel

Sanskrit is the ancient and beautiful language that gave birth to the word Yoga. In the physical practices of yoga, called Hatha Yoga, the Sanskrit word for posture is Asana. The literal meaning of Asana is seat, and some believe the original yogis of India developed Hatha Yoga in order to be comfortable and stable enough in body and mind to sit in one position for long periods of meditation. So Asana became associated with the range of postures being used to settle the body and mind into ‘easy sitting pose’, Sukkhasana.

weight more on one buttock or the other? Breathe easily. Imagine your spine: does your spine feel aligned and upright? Are your shoulders relaxed? Is your chest open? Imagine sitting on the centre of a clock on the chair with 6 o’clock behind the tailbone, 12 o’clock between the legs, 3 o’clock by the right hip and 9 o’clock by the left hip. For one minute, tilt the pelvis many times between 12 and 6, feeling the sitz bones roll along the vertical face of your clock. Sense the spine gently flexing and extending with the pelvic tilting. Note how you get taller when rolling to 12 and shorter when rolling to 6. Rest in the centre.

In modern times, Moshe Feldenkrais, the founder of the awareness through movement practice known as the Feldenkrais Method, turned his attention to human posture and came up with the term ‘Acture’ to describe posture in its dynamic form in action. Let’s bring the yogic concept of Asana (seat) together with the Feldenkrais experience of Acture (dynamic posture) to create a wonderful sense of relaxed and upright sitting. Sit comfortably forward on a chair: feet apart and flat on ground, hands resting on legs and eyes closed. Sense your body in sitting. Note contact of sitting bones with ground. Do you sit evenly, or is

Now roll your pelvis to 3 o’clock by shifting hips to the right and leaning weight onto right sitz bone. Roll pelvis over centre and onto left sitz bone at 9 o’clock. For one minute, roll pelvis side to side across horizontal face of clock. Rest in centre. Move pelvis to 12 o’clock. Slowly roll in an arc to the right to 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, stopping at 6 and reversing to return to the right from 6 back

Yoga in Aquarius Saturday

1:00 - 5:00 pm

January 30, 2010

St. Paul's Hall

Tyson Bartel invites all past, present and future yoga students to come out and celebrate his 40th birthday with a oga ing y ack r b sn se Plea lanket, r b e , mat nd wat a

Free Yoga class Donations for Rental of St Paul's Welcome

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to 12. Stop at 12 and repeat for one minute the half circle to the right from 12 to 6 and back to 12. Roll slowly and circularly, thinking of each number to help make the pelvic movement rounder and smoother. Breathe easily. Rest and notice how you sit now. A little lopsided? Do you sit more clearly on the right side of pelvis? Does this half circle improve how you sit on the right side?

MEDITATION IN DAILY LIFE

Mornings with Ajahn Sona

Now repeat this process on the left side. For one minute roll the pelvis around on the left sitz bone from 12 to 6 and back many times, making it smoother, rounder and easier. Rest and notice if you sit more symmetrically now. Is your pelvis sitting more centered? For one minute roll pelvis around in slow clockwise circles on the seat. Think of each number to focus mind on the movements of body. Breathe easily. Then change the direction and circle the other way for one minute. On which number did you change direction? Keep changing direction at a new number every few circles. Rest. Experience how you sit on the chair now. Does your pelvis sit more clearly in the centre of the clock? Is your spine more upright and aligned in sitting now? Are shoulders more relaxed and chest more open? Do you feel more centered in Asana? Do you breathe more easily? You may feel comfortable enough to sit still for a while and practice meditation, just as the ancient yogis would have after practicing Yoga Asana. Tyson Bartel is native to Kamloops. He lives in the Kootenays, offers classes at the Nakusp Collective for Movement & Wellness and visits Kamloops often to teach yoga workshops and practice bodywork at the Body Mind Centre. thaitouch@yahoo.com

WINTER RETREAT...

Yoga in Baja Loreto, Baja California Sur yoga....meditation...island touring…hiking… cycling…kayaking…horsebackriding... walking meditations and more Come and join Karen Shiels, formerly of Kamloops and teacher at Let’s Move Studio ~ now living in Loreto, Baja California where she just opened Loreto’s first yoga studio right on the water...

Classes are held every day as well as two classes a week right on the beach. 7 yoga classes and 3 meditation classes a week.

Yoga Classes, Thai Yoga Massage & Yoga Therapy Sessions Alaska Air flys direct to Loreto so you can fly in on a Friday, stay for 10 days and leave on a Sunday! Customize your own retreat…I can organize it all right to accomodations for you. For a one week retreat I will offer as many yoga classes as you like and choice of 3 adventures with an extra one being a drive to my favorite restaurant for a morning yoga class: world class coconut encrusted fish and beach combing! From there we can hike thru shell canyon ~ a truly unique experience. Price will vary depending on accommodations and tours but it is fairly inexpensive…

For more information email Karen: ksonedaisy@gmail.com

SUNDAYS 9:30 am – noon JAN 31, FEB 28, MAR 28, APR 25, MAY 30 LET’S MOVE STUDIO - 925 McGill Place The 2.5-hour session will consist of three parts: 9:30-10:15 am- meditation for those interested in deepening their practice of Buddhist meditation. Blankets, blosters and chairs will be available. 10:15 am -Ajahn will offer a Dhamma talk, followed by Q & A 11 am- Casual pot-luck meal followed by an opportunity to chat with Ajahn Sona about Buddhist practice and “life in general.” Participants are welcome to come and go between sessions. For the potluck please bring an ample dish for 6+, as we have the honor of sharing the food with the monastics. Please bring your own plates, bowls and utensils. Buns, butter, and beverages will be provided. The morning is sponsored by Birken Forest Monastery; there is no charge. In the time-honoured spirit of Buddhist monasticism, “DANA” (donations freely offered) will be gratefully accepted. Cheques should be made to “Birken”. For more information globalheartwarming@telus.net or 250-314-9550 Ajahn Sona & the Birken Forest Monastery Ajahn Sona is the abbot of Birken Forest Monastery. He trained under Bhante Gunaratana in West Virginia and in remote Thai monasteries associated with the renowned Ajahn Chah. He has been a Theravada Buddhist monk for 20 years and has given talks and numerous retreats in Canada and abroad. Birken Forest Monastery, located south of Kamloops, is open for retreats and day- visits for most of the year. You are welcome to visit our website: www.birken.ca meditate@birken.ca www.yogatreebc.com 13


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YOGA, DANCE & FITNESS CLASSES KAMLOOPS

MONDAY

11:00 am - 12:00 pm Feldenkrais: Awareness Through Movement

Susinn @ TCC 11:00 am Ai Chi: Advanced classes Alex @ Centennial Building Wellness Centre

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

9:00 - 10:30 am Yoga: All Levels Elizabeth @ Let’s Move Studio

10:30 am - 12:00 pm Prenatal Yoga Samantha @ The Mind-Body Connection

10:00 - 11:30 am Gentle Hatha Yoga Margaret @ The Mind Body Connection

11:00 am Ai Chi: Advanced classes

12:05 - 12:55 pm Lunch Hour Yoga Christine S. @ The Mind Body Connection 1:00 pm Ai Chi: Beginners

4:55 - 5:55 pm American Tribal Style Bellydance: All levels

Lucille @ Let’s Move Studio

Alex @ Centennial Building Wellness Centre

Audrey @ Centennial Building Wellness Centre

4:45 - 6:15 pm Hatha Yoga: Multi Level Margaret @ The Mind Body Connection

4:15-5:15 pm Pilates: Beginners Mat Class Christine W. @ Body Control Pilates

5:00 - 6:30 pm Belly Dance: Beginners Rosi @ Let’s Move Studio

5:30 pm Woga (water yoga)

5:00 - 6:30 pm Hatha Yoga: Beginner Oriented Margaret @ The Mind Body Connection

Audrey @ Centennial Building Wellness Centre

6:45 - 7:45 pm Belly, Core & More: All levels Tina @ Let’s Move Studio

5:30 – 6:40 pm Power Yoga Amber @ St. Andrews on the Square

5:00 - 6:30 pm Yoga: All Levels Christine S. @ The Mind Body Connection

7:00 – 8:10 pm Power Yoga Amber @ St. Andrews on the Square

6:00 – 7:00 pm Bollywood Dance : All Levels Bonnie @ Let’s Move Studio

5:30 - 6:30 pm Nia Natasha @ St. Paul’s Hall

7:00 - 8:30pm Hatha Yoga: Mixed-Level Samantha @ The Mind-Body Connection

7:00 - 8:30 pm Ashtanga Yoga: All Levels Colleen @ St. Paul’s Hall

7:00 - 8:00 pm

7:00 - 8:00 pm

Feldenkrais: Awareness Through Movement

Feldenkrais: Awareness Through Movement

Susinn @ Nuance Studio

Colleen @ St. Paul’s Hall

8:00 – 9:30pm

7:00 – 9:00 pm Anusara Yoga: by donation Marcia @ Drake Medox Body Control Pilates Studio #202-142 Victoria St. 250-320-BODY (2639) www.pilateskamloops.com Centennial Building Wellness Centre 250-374-7383 #103 - 153 Seymour St. www.cbwellnesscentre.com 14 www.yogatreebc.com

Drake Medox Health Solutions 164 Oriole Road KSOC: Kamloops Sport & Orthopedic Clinic 200 -1201 Summit Dr Let’s Move Studio 925 McGill Place 250-372-9642 www.letsmovestudio.com

Tribal Fusion Bellydance: All Levels Claire @ Let’s Move Studio

Nuance Dance Studio 253 Victoria St. 2nd Floor

The Mind Body Connection

St. Andrews on the Square 159 Seymour St.

Tournament Capital Centre (TCC) 910 McGill Road 250-828-3500

www.yogawithamber.com

St. Paul’s Church Hall 360 Nicola St.

253 Victoria Street (250) 374-2748

YM/YWCA: Downtown 400 Battle St. 250-372-7725


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THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

9:00 - 10:00 am Meditation: by donation Christine S. @ The Mind Body Connection

9:00 - 10:30 am Flow Yoga: All Levels Natalie @ Let’s Move Studio

10:00 - 11:30 am Pranayama, Meditation & Sun Salutation Variations Multi-level Hatha Yoga

9:00 - 10:00 am Colleen @ St. Paul’s Hall

10:00 - 11:30 am Gentle Hatha Yoga Margaret @ The Mind Body Connection

11:00 am - 12 noon Nia Natasha @ The YM/YWCA

9:00 - 10:30 am Yoga: All Levels Elizabeth @ Let’s Move Studio

10:30 - 11:30 am Nia Natasha @ The YM/YWCA

11:30 am - 12:30 pm Intro to Pilates Christine W @ Body Control Pilates

12:00 - 1:30 pm Yoga 50+ Christine S. @ The Mind Body Connection

11:00 am Ai Chi: Advanced classes

Feldenkrais: Awareness Through Movement

Margaret @ The Mind Body Connection

Alex @ Centennial Building Wellness Centre

WORKSHOPS: N ia with Natasha Jan 23 & Feb 6 & March 13 2:00 - 5:00 pm Natasha @ St. Paul’s Hall (see page 9 for details)

1:00 pm Ai Chi: Beginners Audrey @ Centennial Building Wellness Centre

7 - 9 pm Awakening the Em-path in you! FREE WORKSHOP: Yoga in Aquarius 1st Friday of each month starts Feb. 5 Celebrate Tyson’s 40th Birthday! Free Class. Audrey @ Centennial Building Wellness Centre January 30, 2010 * 1-5pm * St Paul's Hall

5:00 - 6:00 pm Yoga: All Levels Elizabeth @ KSOC

7 - 9 pm ‘The Possible Human’ Gain balance, brain WORKSHOP: February 6 1:00 - 4:00 pm 5:00 - 6:30 pm development, the inner physician open creative doors Feldenkrais: All About Feet Yoga: All Levels 2nd Friday of each month starts Feb. 12 Susinn @ Nuance Studio Christine S. @ The Mind Body Connection Audrey @ Centennial Building Wellness Centre

5:00 - 6:30 pm Belly Dance: Advanced Rosi @ Let’s Move Studio

7 - 9 pm Psych-K (tm) 3rd Friday of each month starts Jan 15 Erna @ Centennial Building Wellness Centre

WORKSHOP Yoga & Feldenkra is with Tyson February 20 1-5pm * St Paul's Hall * First Time Half Price

5:30 pm Woga (water yoga)

7 - 9 pm ReStructuring the Self: Awakening WORKSHOP: February 27 1:00 - 4:00 pm RUNNIN G with the W hole Body your Energies Every 4th Friday starts Jan.22 Audrey @ Centennial Building Wellness Centre Audrey @ Centennial Building Wellness Centre (Feldenkrais) Susinn @ Nuance Studio

6:45 – 7:45 pm Flow Yoga: All Levels Natalie @ Let’s Move Studio

Friday Eve: 7 - 9pm Jan 29, & Days: 30 - 31 ‘The Inner Skier’ Prepare to ski out of your mind! Audrey @ Core Essentials & Harper Mt.

Amber Audrey/Alex Christine S. Christine W. Claire Colleen Elizabeth

250-318-5370 250-374-7383 250-374-5421 250-320-2639 250-372-9642 250-377-7203 250-371-1938

amber@yogawithamber.com www.cbwellnesscentre.com c.yoga57@gmail.com info@pilateskamloops.com cbear_7@hotmail.com colleenmadonnatobin@yahoo.com yogakamloops@gmail.com

Lucille Lill

250 573 4766 250-320-8768

kebehut@hotmail.com lill1@telus.net

Marcia Margaret Natalie Natasha Rosi Samantha Susinn Tina Tyson

WORKSHOP: Divalicious January 16 and February 13 6:00 -8:00 pm Lill @ Let’s Move Studio

250-314-9550 250-374-2748 250-574-3477 250-374-5644 250-372-9642 250-318-2223 250-572-1887 250-819-7714 1-250-265-3827

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Acupuncture

&

Yoga By Jennifer Larsen

How Yoga and the Acupuncture Meridian Systems Work Together Acupuncture is known to treat specific diseases and disharmonies by unblocking stagnation in the organs and energy meridians. Yoga is a form of exercise that prevents disease by keeping the meridians open and the qi (energy) flowing. The basis of maintaining health and healing disease is in the release of musculo-skeletal holding patterns that are related to internal physical, mental and emotional imbalances. There are many different Yoga postures that are able to invigorate certain meridians. Backbends for example, can energize the yang aspect of the body, and generate heat and energy, while forward bends emphasize the yin or cooling, and calming aspects. When you feel sluggish or cold, backbends will give you energy by stimulating the kidneys. For people with insomnia or too much energy, forward bends are more suitable because they have a soothing and calming effect, which emphasizes the yin aspects of the body. Right side body openers and all twisting movements benefit the liver and gallbladder, while left side bends invigorate the spleen and pancreas. Acupuncture (and massage) and yoga are complimentary to each other as is reflected in their common goal of releasing energy blockages in the meridian systems, their related organs and in the blood. While yoga provides the format to release the blockage, acupuncture and meridian theory provide a framework to understand which poses are best for a particular condition.

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Yoga and acupuncture both help to balance the body and mind and create more conscious awareness towards the body’s internal processes. Poses that you may dislike to do are often the best ones for you. Areas of weakness or decreased flexibility can be places of stagnation in the acupuncture meridians. These places are the most in need of your attention and offer great rewards upon investigation. For example, individuals with digestive problems will almost always have weak abdominal muscles. Thus, performing postures that emphasize the belly will move blocked energy, as well as strengthen the abdominal muscles to help alleviate imbalances. Similarly headaches can indicate stagnation in the meridians of the muscles in the neck and shoulders. They can be alleviated by yoga because postures will help circulate stuck energy throughout the whole body and meridian systems. There is a saying in Chinese Medicine that is often proven at the end of every yoga class, “When the mind is calm the qi flows smoothly, and conversely when the qi is made to flow smoothly the mind is calm”. Isn’t this why we practice yoga? Empowering your health is an exciting journey into your true potential. As the ancient Sage Lao Tzu, said: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.” Vital Point Acupuncture wishes you an abundance of health, happiness and balance for 2010. Jennifer Larsen is a Registered Acupuncturist. The intent of her work is to provide natural, safe and effective treatments while empowering patients to take control of their own health and well being. 250-376-3070 www.vitalpoint.ca


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Photocomparative

Live and Dry Blood Analysis By George Cheyne Blood is essential for carrying oxygen and nutrients in the body and for removing carbon dioxide and waste. When blood cells are damaged or compromised, the body cannot function properly, resulting in sickness and disease. Since blood simultaneously “feeds” and “cleanses”, it contains many good/bad substances, “critters”, and cells that can tell us what is happening. We can show you up to 27 different ‘conditions’ in just two small drops of blood! This takes a lot of the guesswork out of what you need to do, where you need to start, and the sequence you have to do it in! Using up to 20,000 X magnification, we examine two small drops of blood from the client’s finger. You will see these “live” on a high definition monitor! In the live drop you will see many thousands of living red cells, white cells, platelets, and other life forms such as parasites and candida, as well as arterial plaque, and other debris which tells us part of what is going on in the body. The second dry drop is taken off the finger, in layers, and is allowed to dry. The metabolic waste from various conditions causes it to dry in significant patterns in each layer, revealing which systems or organs are not working optimally. In summation, Photocomparative Live and Dry Blood Analysis can reveal problems, which otherwise might not be discovered for years. This allows the client more lead time, enabling simpler, less expensive and less invasive remedies to be successful. If a serious medical condition is revealed, we will ask you to see your physician, otherwise, we may suggest a corrective nutritional program using herbal cleanses and supplements, which allow the body to heal itself. If there is one piece of advice I can give you, it is to be patient. Your

body didn’t get where it is overnight. It will not improve overnight either. Tackle one problem at a time. Once you have taken care of the first problem on your list, move on to subsequent ones. There is a definite protocol in cleansing that must be followed in order to be successful! Follow-up is essential in all things to ensure success! To ensure that the supplements/cleanses you have taken are having the desired results, do Follow-ups! Once all of your problems have been resolved, ongoing annual or semi-annual microscopic sessions will enable you to stay on top of things. ~George Cheyne George Cheyne has dedicated his life to health care, starting many years ago as a registered laboratory technologist and registered radiological technician, supervisor, and consultant. He then moved on to hospital administration, and for the last 10 years has dedicated himself to the alternative health care field. He is a qualified instructor in Photo-comparative Live and Dry Blood analysis, and is certified in “Body Management”. Mr. Cheyne operates out of his clinic in Salmon Arm, and provides services to over 16 health food stores all over the province, including Natures Fare in Kamloops. Cheyne Health also provides a therapeutic technique called Body Management to ensure that your skeletal system, digestive tract and other systems are aligned and functioning properly. This allows all herbal cleanses/therapies to be more effective, and may be suggested during the blood analysis. The repertoire is rounded out by Blood Typing, and various herbal therapies/cleanses available only at the clinic at 5182 Pierre’s Point Road in Salmon Arm. Call 1-250-804-4776 for more information. See attached advertisement.

A Unique Combination of Skills

Reiki and Personal Development Project Management, Program development and coordination, Group and Workshop facilitation, and Community Mobilization and Capacity Building Kim Jensen: Innovative Changes 310 - 141 Victoria St. 250-374-6614 email: inchange@telus.net www.innovativechanges.com

Live and Dry Blood Analysis Body Management Touch for Health Muscle Testing Herbal Cleanses Detoxification www.cheynehlthmgmt.ca

Nature’s Fare in Kamloops & 5182 Pierre’s Point Road Salmon Arm, B.C. V1E 3A1

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Healing & Wellness Directory

LIFE COACHING

ACUPUNCTURE Vital Point Acupuncture

Cara Beckett/Carajaz Coaching What's been holding you back from the greater success you deserve and desire? 250-554-7902 carajaz.coaching@gmail.com

Jennifer Larsen, R.Ac. #102-1120 8th Street 250-376-3070 www.vitalpoint.ca

HEALING & BODYWORK

Certified Heal Your Life® Facilitator Colleen Nielsen 250-319-1880 leadingedgewellness@shaw.ca www.leadingedgewellness.com

Body Talk Terez Laforge 778-471-5598 Reflexology, Meditataion, Crystal Bowls terez@shaw.ca www.terezlaforge.com

Musings and Mud - The Coaching Studio Janet L. Whitehead janet@musingsandmud.com www.musingsandmud.com 250 376-8402

Balance & Tranquility: Mobile Spa Jody Rosner 250-572-0856 massage, manicures, pedicures & more

Let me help you find your solution Susan Chambers: Certified Life Coach Practitioner 250-392-3850 create--success@hotmail.com

Centennial Building Wellness Centre Infrared Sauna, saltwater pool, memberships #103-153 Seymour St. 250-374-7383 www.cbwellnesscentre.com Healing Hands Holistic Centre Reiki, Reconnective Healing, Reflexology, Indian Head Massage. Elaine Nolan: Energy Healing Practitioner 250-682-2816 421 Tranquille Road

Integrated Healthy Living Lynn Aylward Breath Integration, Counselling, Bodywork 250-319-7364 integratedhealthyliving@shaw.ca

HEALTH FOOD STORES Nature’s Fare Markets Live Well. Live Organic. #5 - 1350 Summit Drive 250-314-9560

BODY:MASSAGE HEALTHY THERAPY: REGISTERED

Sagesong Healing Leanne Fisher, BSc. IEHP Integrative Energy Healing Practitioner 250-320-3695 sagesonghealing@gmail.com

REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPY

BODY: HEALTHY Registered Massage Therapy Wendy McLean BA, RMT 778-220-2225

WENDY McLEAN B.A., R.M.T.

NATUROPATHIC DOCTORS

In the kamloops naturopathic clinic 100 - 1315 Summit dr., KAMLOOPS, BC V2C 5R9

Thai Massage, Feldenkrais & Yoga with Tyson Relax - Release Stress - Reduce Pain - Receive Pleasure Fully-clothed acupressure massage 'Yoga for Lazy People'

Kamloops Sessions thaitouch@yahoo.com 1-250-265-3827 The BodyMind Connection - Awakening the Consciousness Within! 1-250-532-9638 www.bodymindconnection.ca angelastrank@hotmail.com emergingawareness.blogspot.com

Within Dlynn Healing Arts Donnalynn Oritz Certified Reflexologist, Reiki Practitioner III 250-852-0693 withindlynn@gmail.com 18 www.yogatreebc.com

Dr. Melissa Bradwell, ND

778-220-2225 Kamloops Naturopathic Clinic Full Naturopathic services, Acupuncture and IV Therapy. (250) 377-3077

ROLFING: CERTIFIED Lynne Kraushar: Certified Rolfing #6-231 Victoria St. 250-851-8675 www.rolf.org

STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION Tamara Duncan Rolf Method of Structural Integration 250-819-9300 www.rolfguild.org


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SUNDAY SERVICE Ordinary Miracle: A Sunday Service for All 10:00 am January 3 & 17, February 7 & 21 # 204 - 535 Tranquille Road 250-554-6707

YOGA Bikram Yoga The Hottest Yoga in Kamloops! 250.819.yoga(9642) 340 Victoria St. www.bikramkamloops.com Donna Martin: Psoma Yoga 253 Victoria St. Kamloops 250-374-2514 hakomiway@gmail.com Innergy Corporate Yoga Inc. Lynn Roberts Director of Operations Phone/Fax (Toll-Free): 1.888.457.3543 Phone (Kamloops): 250.572.4162 info@innergycorporateyoga.com www.innergycorporateyoga.com

Let’s Move Yoga and Dance Studio www.letsmovestudio.com 250-372-YOGA South Okanagan Yoga Academy (SOYA) Teacher Training Intensives 200 & 500 hr 250-492-2587 www.soyayoga.com

WELLNESS: CLEANSING To welcome in the New Year, one should give consideration to cleansing out last year’s toxins: emotional, mental and spiritual blocks and also an internal cleansing, allowing more self awareness and empowerment. Australian Bush Healing Flower Essences and Theraputic Essential oils wisely used have amazing powers to correct any imbalances trapped in the subconcious and allow us to make better choises for wellbeing in the future. North Americans tend to overlook internal cleansing, especially the colon. (All disease starts in the colon!) The history of enemas dates as far back as 1500BC. Enemas are used to (partially) remove faeces from the rectum, sigmoid and to some extent from the descending colon. They help discharge parasites and get rid of drug residue. Skin conditions can sometimes be bettered after a series of enemas. People with headaches and migraines may also benefit. As the body detoxifies, the patient may feel relief from depression and feel more relaxed. Allergy related symptoms may disappear and pain may subside. For more information on any of these topics contact Mary Dunsdon of the Live, Love, Laugh Wellness Clinic 250-579-8011 mary@livelovelaughwellness.com

Live Love Laugh Wellness Clinic

Infrared Sauna - Nutritional Counselling - Life Coaching Bionetic Practitioner, Health Educator, Homeopathic Medicine, Australian Bush Flowers for Emotional Healing, Essential oils and Acupuncture/Aroma Therapy, Infrared Sauna Sales and Therapy

Mary Dunsdon

425 Dairy Road Kamloops B.C. 250-579-8011 mary@livelovelaughwellness.com

WELLNESS: WOGA (Water Yoga) Warm water (88 – 93 deg. F) has the unique ability to release tension and allow a range of stretching exercises that cannot be found in land based yoga. Over time practicing these poses in the water will lead to greater strength and stability. In addition, you will enjoy unique forms of water pranayama and meditations. For people who have a fear of water, Woga can be a transformational practice. By eliminating the fear, one strengthens and improves one’s health. Also, the buoancy of water enhances Hatha yoga exercises and breath. The benefits for rejuvenation of mind and body are unlimited. The mind cannot function when the body is suffering from physical diseases and the body is not normal when there are mental diseases – Yoga psychology recognizes the importance of both.The therapeutic benefits of water and yoga are joined in the practice of Woga. Come experience it for yourself at the Centennial Building Wellness Centre. For more info contact: Alex MacDonald and Audrey Meuse cbwellnesscentre.com 250 374 7383

Freeing the Body in Water Watsu - Ai Chi - Woga Aquatic Breath Integration Far Infrared Sauna Detoxification Friday Evening Wellness Programs

250-374-7383 Warm Saltwater Pool Memberships $75/month Ai Chi and Woga classes included!

Centennial Building Wellness Centre Reception 9:30 - 12:30 M-F # 103-153 Semour St.

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Local Instructor Wins International Yoga Competition On Sunday 29 November 2009, Kamloop's Bikram Yoga Instructor Ryan Federau participated, and placed FIRST in the Mens Division of The Western Canada Regional Hatha Yoga Competition - The Ghosh Cup. Mr. Ferderau will represent Western Canada in the International Competition in Los Angeles onFebruary 14, 2010. The Ghosh Cup or International Yoga Competition, follows a strict structure and guidelines. Rules and regulations, unbiased trained judges, and full disclosure of all aspects of judging are demanded. For several years, the Competition founders have been seeking recognition of this competition by the International Olympic committee to the end of including this ‘yoga sport’ into the 2012 Olympics - as with gymnastics or figure skating. In this case, the idea of competition has the end of demonstrating the grace, poise, balance, concentration and perfection of the human body and mind. To demonstrate this, competitors perform 5 mandatory Asanas (or poses, or postures): Standing Head to Knee Posture, Standing Bow Pulling Posture, Bow Posture, Rabbit Posture, and Stretching Posture. In addition, to demonstrate personal proficiency with strength, flexibility and balance, two optional postures are performed. While the idea of a ‘Yoga Competition’ may seem strange or inappropriate to the western mindset of Yoga (i.e., "Hatha Yoga"), the practice of competition in India has been an essential component of training in yoga for millennia. The idea of competition, for many, implies a sense of "I win, you lose", or "I am better than you" - this does not touch the traditional sense of competition in India where the goal is to demonstrate the potential of the human being. When we consider the principles of democracy ("from the best of the people"), competition is seen to be an essential aspect of democracy. www.bikramyoga.com www.yogacup.com www.bikramyogakamloops.com

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Workplace Yoga Many of us sit at our desk at work for long periods of time, day after day. We don’t always observe good posture, we breathe shallowly, and we don’t get up and move around enough. This leads to stress, which results in less energy and more illness and disease. It doesn’t have to be this way! Here are 5 things that you can do at your workplace TODAY to reduce stress and increase your energy level and overall wellbeing. Sit up straight – Mom knew what she was talking about when she told us this. Sit with your feet flat on the floor, legs bent to 90 degrees, abdominal muscles engaged, chest lifted, and shoulders relaxed. Strengthen your abdominal muscles – the ONLY reason we suffer from back pain is weak abdominal muscles. When our abdominals are not strong enough, our back muscles have to compensate, which is not what they are designed for. Strengthen your abs by enrolling in a good Pilates or yoga program and watch your back pain slowly disappear. Drink lots of water – aim for at least 6-8 cups per day. Think water is boring? Add a slice of fresh lemon to your glass, or try something different like thinly sliced cucumber and fresh mint in your cup. Avoid juice and pop – they spike your blood sugar and leave you hungry and tired. Eat properly – you will have more energy at work if you eat plenty of vegetables, fruit, lean protein and healthy fats (like avocado or a handful of nuts), and avoid (or at least reduce) your intake of sugar, caffeine and empty calorie foods like chips or cookies. Stretch and move your body – your body was not designed to sit for eight hours at a desk. Get up, move around, deepen your breathing, and stretch, especially your neck, shoulders, back and legs. And don’t forget to stretch your feet too. Try the exercise below right now. It takes just two minutes and you will instantly have more ‘Innergy’. Innergy is a word that we invented to describe the ‘prana’, or internal energy field, that we all have within us. Innergy’s yoga and pilates classes give you more energy and reduce workplace stress.

By Lynn Roberts

Calf Stretch January’s Healthy Workplace Pose BENEFITS Stretches tired calf muscles, increases blood circulation in legs, lengthens leg muscles, reduces overall stress and more.

INSTRUCTIONS Step 1: Stand at a wall with both feet and place your hands on the wall at shoulder height, fingers spread. Take a big step back with one leg and place that foot on the ground, toes pointed forward on both feet. Step 2:  Press down gently through your back heel.  Breathe deeply and slowly. Pull your abdominal muscles in and tuck your tailbone under slightly to lengthen your lower back.  Your front leg should be bent at the wall.  Relax your neck and shoulders. Step 3: Stay here for at least 3-5 breaths, then switch and go to the other side.  Innergy Corporate Yoga Inc. Phone/Fax (Toll-Free): 1.888.457.3543 Phone (Kamloops): 250.572.4162 info@innergycorporateyoga.com www.innergycorporateyoga.com

Innergy Corporate Yoga Inc. Innergize Your Workplace! 250.572.4162 or 1.888.457.3543 www.innergycorporateyoga.com To book your trial workplace yoga or pilates class in Kamloops, contact us today. Lynn Roberts is a yoga teacher and the Director of Operations at Innergy Corporate Yoga. She trained in Vancouver, and now lives in Kamloops with her husband and two young children.

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POETRY

Mystic Dreams

By Carolyn Hines

419 Tranquille near Cowboy Coffee 250-554-8770

Drop by the store or check the website for a new calendar of events every month!

Yoga

www.mysticdreams.ca

Kamloops Anusara Kula The Anusara community in Kamloops is growing! Join the e-mail list Marcia 250-314-9550 lilayoga108@gmail.com

Workshop Schedule Please Pre-register for all workshops. A minimum donation of $5 is required unless otherwise stated. Thank You.

Mondays Emotional Freedom Technique with Cara 11am-4pm pm $20 - 20 mins Big Peace

Tuesdays Muscle Testings & Iridology with Angelia 12-4 $20 - 20 mins *Jan 19: Clothing Swap for the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Shelter 7-9pm

Springs of retreat, an annual Way Homewhere we can have True Peace. A circle, a time, where freedom sits, contemplating the Science of Spirituality. Here, Unity finds herself upon a mountain topreflecting upon all the dreams spoken in circle.

Wednesdays Kamloops Gift Smith Thursdays Touch for Health with Lee 11-4 pm by donation

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Fridays Tarot with Miles 11am-4pm $20 - 20 mins Saturdays Massage with Sara: 12-5pm BY DONATION *Tarot & Palmistry JAN 23 12-5pm $20 - 20 mins

Potluck and movie night 6 - 9:00 pm first Saturday of every month!

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"It can be done, look within your heart," he said. Open this gate and allow it to radiate, to expand on fiery levels. This is the time, where triumph prevails, trials are passed, and all has been measured, each task put forth. Here in this place you stand Victorious. Oh Singer of morning songs, caller and whistler of Winged One, I am replying this day. Take this hand and lead this Flightless Bird, to new levels, so soaring is no longer, an experience in solitude. Carolyn Hines (Whiteshawl) Artist, Singer, Musician & Medicine-Woman. May We all Walk In Beauty.

Meditation Crystal Bowl Meditation Friday evenings closets to the Full and New Moon 125 Bestwick 778-471-5598 Terez for info

Community Ordinary Miracle A Sunday service for all Jan 3 & 17th, Feb 7& 21 10:00 am 250-554-6707 204-535 Tranquille Centre for Spiritual Living

Sharing tools that transform lives and make the world a better place. Sundays: Healing Meditation 10am Celebration of Life 10:30am Wednesday's: Meditative Experience @ 7pm Earthcare Kamloops Vegetarian Potluck. Last Sunday of the month. Doors: 5:30 dinner: 6pm. Church of Nazarene, 702 Columbia. Please bring: A Vegetarian/Vegan dish for 8, eggs and dairy ok, Recipe/ list of ingredients is mandatory, Your own dishes. Suggested $2 donation. Earthcare Kamloops is a non-profit group of caring citizens who promote a plant-based diet, and support sustainable, local farming practices. Erin earthcarekamloops@yahoo.ca


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Transforming our World

Through Music & Compassion By Theresa Takacs

If I could be granted one wish that would make this world a better place, the change I would see is a world filled with more compassion. Although no one has the power individually to grant me this wish, I know that I have some personal power to effect that change if I remember the axiom, “be the change that you wish to see in the world”. So how do I manifest compassion in my life, and how does the quality of compassion link to music? Music, and specifically singing, is a vehicle to express compassion, because it can help release blocked emotions and connect with others through feelings.

going on a vacation or starting a diet. Any event that interrupts our normal routine or perspective on life is a way of becoming displaced. The common element in each of these changes is an ending of something familiar. When something ends we can choose to take the healthy approach to acknowledge it and work through our feelings. At times this can be easier said than done.

me work through my feelings such as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” or “Bridge Over Troubled Waters.” When I’m listening to music, a phrase or song sung with an emotion that is exactly what I am feeling may be just the right one to help release a blocked deep feeling. Singing to an audience is a way of expressing compassion that can heal the performer as well as the audience. At the same time singers can be healed by the love of an audience, they can heal their audience by touching their hearts and helping them to feel.

The writer and theologian Henri Nouwen once stated that “the compassionate person is a displaced person”. What is a displaced person? If we think of the opposite as being a complacent person, this describes someone who is comfortable, stable, on smooth and predictable ground, in control, satisfied, or full. Don’t we all really want to be complacent? How is being displaced useful in helping another?

The compassionate person knows all those feelings, and has dealt with them, and will deal with them again if they arise. People need to experience hope in the midst of crisis, and what better proof of reason to hope than through the help offered by one who knows our feelings by heart, who has experienced our grief, loss, and hurt. We need to know that someone understands our suffering and that we are not alone. Sometimes we can’t express compassion for others, because we need to take care of the details of our living, and sometimes we just can’t act on an urge to help because we need to look after ourselves. In order to have compassion for others, we need to have compassion for ourselves.

It has been said by someone wise, “that which is most personal, is most universal.” For me it is the arts, particularly music, that has the most profound healing effects on our lives because when it is performed with love it has the ability to touch us at our deepest levels, to transport us beyond the mundane, and to connect us to one another in ways beyond what we experience in our day to day living. In short, music and compassion have the power to renew and transform our view of our world.

We can become displaced by such event as moving, getting married, the death of a loved one, sustaining an injury, or even something positive like

This is where music can come in because it is a way of expressing emotions. As a child I used to be soothed singing songs with words that helped

Theresa Takacs has her associate diploma with the Royal Conservatory of Music in performance in singing and is a music teacher, leader of song and soloist for Sunday worship and weddings/funerals, singing in and directing of choirs. 250 682 3232 ttakacs@telus.net www.theresatakacs.com

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The

Yoga Sutras

of

Patanjali

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By Donna Martin

The practice of yoga, particularly hatha yoga, provides fertile ground for the exploration of who you are. In the practice of self study of how you do what you do, why you experience what you experience, and even how you observe what you do and experience, arises an awareness of the self that is the doer, the habits and ideas that create your experience, and the witness itself.

breath itself comes from emptiness into form and from form back to emptiness. Everything is energy - the breath, the body, and the space. This is Oneness. Rama says that yoga is the “remembrance of the oneness we already are”. I call this approach to yoga as Remembering Wholeness, so that “psoma yoga”comes from the psy = mind and spirit; soma = body.

My first significant yoga teacher, Rama Jyoti Vernon, says that to practice yoga is to go into those subconscious and unknown parts of ourselves so as to learn to allow the buddha mind to be the driver of our chariot, rather than the ego/ahamkara. This is the path of liberation… becoming free from that which binds us. The path of yoga, of asana - the unfoldment of who we are - this is the journey, not the goal. As Rilke said “wherever we are folded, there we are a lie”. All of yoga is to bring us on this journey, where the journey is the destination. It is about awakening to who we really are.

Patanjali I.2. yogas citta vritti nirodhah: We experience this One-ness when we let the thoughts arise and subside, when we quietly notice even the way we observe and just notice it All. Citta or heart/mind is comprised of four parts: conscious/sensory awareness, overmind or bodhi mind, ahamkara or ego (aham is the mantra of the first breath we take, such that “I am” kara = to do), subconscious mind, and the collective unconscious or akashic field. Vritti are the waves of the mind. Nirodhah – ni is to negate. Rodhah is the storms of the mind, so that the connotation of nirodhah is like the embankment around a fire to keep it from going out of control. This is the containment of the storms of the mind and the stilling or calming of the mind but not the stopping of mind activities. We feel the waves but they do not knock us over.

Here is one way that the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali may be understood and expressed in your asana practice... Patanjali: I.1. atha yoga anusasanam: In the present moment – now (atha) - yoga (One-ness, union) flows forward (anu – to flow or to follow along) as we reverently (nam) pierce the veil and see truth/essence (sasa – scripture/ weapon). The

with Donna Martin Part One: Saturday, Jan 23 Noon to 5:30 Intro to Psoma Yoga

Part Two: Sunday, Jan 24 Noon to 4:30 Psoma Yoga Therapy

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Vri (vritti) means to arise… that which arises – thoughts. In yoga we want to unravel the thoughts and feelings that become the storms of the mind so we can learn to center ourselves in remembering wholeness, and cultivate the inner peace that leads to outer peace. Patanjali said that the invisible must become visible before it can change. Rama says that all of yoga is to reach in and bring what is invisible into awareness where it can be seen and transformed and released. These impressions accumulate in the body. Patanjali I.3. tada drastuh svarupe vasthanam: Then, in that place to which the thoughts subside, where the observer resides, in that place of pure awareness, exists the true self. Patanjali I.4. vritti sarupyam itaratra: Otherwise, the experiencer splits off from the self and creates false identities, whose distorted understandings are mistaken for the whole.


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Patanjali I.5. vrttayah pancatayyah klista klistah: There are five modes in which the mind fragments to create this separation from wholeness - which may or may not be experienced as painful. Patanjali I.6. pramana viparyaya vikalpa nidra smrtayah: These are i) beliefs based on consensus reality; ii) beliefs based on inaccurate assumptions; iii) imagination; iv) dullness or sleep; and v) memory (past projections). Patanjali I.15. drsta nusravika visaya vitrsnasya vasikara samjna vairagyam: Experience unaffected by such limited modes of awareness occurs when consciousness can turn and look back at the source of desire rather than outward to the desired thing. Patanjali I.16. tat param purusakhyater guna vaitrsnyam: This turning back does not involve the kind of self-discipline that creates suppression or self-sacrifice or blind faith; rather it is the discovery of That Essence which precedes and transcends desires and cravings. Who is it that desires that? The quest turns inward instead of outward. Desire turns in upon itself. Consciousness comes home. Thus, the practice becomes one of self-searching, self-discovery, and self-awareness. Any experience becomes an opportunity to recognize the identities, the habitual attitudes and patterns that have been created in response to Life, and to seek the self beyond these identities. Who is the self practicing yoga? Who decides what to do? Who does it? Who experiences the results? Who analyzes or judges it? Who resists it? The asana practice becomes a doorway to the self, not because it improves or perfects anything, but rather because it evokes the experiences and the mindfulness that permit the self to be revealed as it already is: perfect, unchangeable, omnipresent, whole and holy. In this practice of yoga there is nothing to be healed except the misconception that we are not whole. There is nothing to be reunited with but the realization of One-ness. This yoga is a practice of remembering wholeness. This approach to asana practice recognizes that since everything is energy, there exist in the asana both qualities of particle (stability, containment, stillness) and wave (flow, flexibility, movement). Patanjali II.46. sthira sukham asanam: The postures of the body and the attitudes of mind have qualities of both flow and containment, movement and stillness, flexibility and stability in balance. Patanjali II.47. prayatna saithilya nanta samapattibhyam: This kind of balance cannot be experienced through efforting, which is an ego-driven expression of desire and resistance (resistance to what is and desire for something else) but rather through a continual awareness of what is infinite: the all-pervading Essence of everything - form, formless, movement, sound, thought - the many aspects of energy.

Patanjali II.48. tato dvandva nabhighatah: In this place of awareness in the practice, we move beyond the illusion of duality, separateness, either/or experiences: right/ wrong, good/bad, pain/pleasure, correct/incorrect, success/ failure, as these interpretations no longer have any real validity. Patanjali IV.34. purusartha sunyanam gnanam prati prasavah kaivalyam svarupa pratistha va citisakttir iti: Practicing yoga and meditation in this way is not based on goal seeking, nor is it motivated by a need to change or improve anything. There is a return to the Source of our created responses to Life, which in turn permits a kind of freedom, or creative independence. Consciousness, pure Being-ness, which is the essence of who we are, is revealed. In Psoma Yoga, asanas are presented in a way that invites this kind of self-discovery, where the self can reveal itself, not through effort or striving, but simply by being mindful in a certain way as you practice. There is as much emphasis on being as doing. There are no correct/incorrect versions - only experiences and choices. The practice of Psoma Yoga is designed to take your attention inward, rather than the usual focus outward. Let the asanas be doorways to your personal experience, which, in turn, invite you to a deeper sense of self â&#x20AC;&#x201C; of Being and personhood. The practice is one of coming home. Namaste! 1: Interpreted by Donna Martin, www.donnamartin.net kamloopsdonna@gmail.com Join Donna at her workshop in Kamloops Jan 23-24, 2010 Call: 250-374-2514

American Tribal Bellydance with Lucille Women Playing Together! Learn the basics of American Tribal Bellydance Posture Technique Muscle Conditioning Stretching Exploring the Music More than just dancing!

Beginners Monday 4:55 - 5:55 pm

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Aromatherapy Lavender Profile

Lavender essential oil is one of the most commonly used oils for aromatherapy, home health and natural medicine. A universal essential oil, lavender has many benefits. Note: Top Part of plant used: Flowers

Origin: Common in the Midi region of France and Italy. Grows naturally on high plateaus. Solitary plants, rich in minerals. English Lavender is not as strong as alpine as it is spoilt by pesticides so the natural balance of the soil has been affected. Description: Floral, light and clear with woody undertones. History: Lavender is probably the most popular of Aromatherapy oils and has been used for centuries as an antiseptic and insecticide. Essential Oil Botanicals: Lavender essential oil is made by steam distillation using only the flowers of the lavender plant. Lavandula officinalis makes a more complex and desired essential oil, but is more expensive because of the difficulty in creating it. Lavandula angustifolia is easier to grow, but the essential oil derived from that variety is slightly more limited in its uses. Traditional Use: Used in pharmaceutical antiseptic, ointments, burn salves, and as a fragrance. Extensively employed in all types of soaps, lotions, perfumes, etc. Scent: Lavender essential oil has a sweet, floral scent. Color and Body Grade: A clear essential oil, Lavender is generally considered a middle note oil, but can be used as either a base or top note depending on what other essential oils you combine it with. Of Interest: The name “lavender” is derived from the Latin lavare, meaning, “to wash”. Known as one of the seven polyvalents (effective against many toxins), which are applicable to many ailments. Greeks and Romans perfumed their bathwater with lavender, burned lavender incense to appease their wrathful gods, and believed the scent of lavender to be soothing to untamed lions and tigers.

By Ellen Huggett

and protect the skin from infection. A drop on your pillow, or a few drops in a bath, at night-time can aid sleep and, if you get nervous or anxious, you can put a drop on a cotton wool pad and sniff it throughout the day to calm frazzled nerves. By itself lavender’s distinctive but light floral aroma has a calming effect on the mind and the oil is helpful for its ability to bring both mind and body back into a state of balance so that healing can take place. You can use it in a massage blend or in the bath. Lavender is also good for muscular pain whether caused by tension, exercise or arthritis. Massaged gently into the lower abdomen, lavender will also help relieve menstrual pain. Lavender’s gentle nature makes it ideal for children over the age of 2 years. Lavender is useful for soothing temper tantrums and upsets.

Gentle Cleansing Body Scrub This extra gentle cleansing bodyscrub will leave your skin feeling silky and smooth. 1 tablespoon wheat germ 1 tablespoon oatbran 2 tablespoons almond oil 3 drops Orange essential oil 3 drops of Lavender essential oil Mix the wheat germ and oatbran together then add the almond oil and mix to form a paste. Add the Orange essential oil and mix again. Massage this delightful cleansing paste all over your skin then rinse off with water.

Invigorating Lemongrass Bodyscrub

Safety Data: Non-toxic, non-irritant, and non-sensitizing.

Most essential oils need diluting in carrier oil (e.g. grapeseed or sweet almond oil, etc.) before use, but lavender is exceptional because it’s so gentle you can use it straight in many instances. A drop on the cushion pad of a band-aid, for example, can speed up the healing process

Feel alert with this wonderful enlivening lemongrass bodyscrub. Sugar is an excellent ingredient to use for bodyscrubs and is very reviving to tired skins. Think of the health benefits of putting sugar on your body instead of into your body! 4 tablespoons sugar 2 teaspoons sweet almond 10 drops Lemongrass essential oil 5 drops Geranium essential oil 5 drops Fennel essential oil Mix all of the above ingredients together and store in a jar keeping it close to the shower or bath. Massage this delightful cleansing paste all over your skin once it has been warmed up by the shower or bath - it feels absolutely wonderful! Then rinse off with water. Usually once or twice a week will be enough. Respect the oils, keep out of the reach of children, keep away from heat and sunlight and less is more. Any questions consult a certified aromatherapist. Ellen Hugget ellen@globalgoddess.ca www.globalgoddess.ca

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Ordinary Miracle

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A Sunday Service for ALL

We welcome you to come and share your Spirit with us in a service of celebration! Join us for singing, readings from A Course in Miracles and heartfelt sharing of spiritual insights delivered by speakers from all walk of life. Give yourself this time for introspection through prayer and meditation.

Have fun!

Modern and Traditional style bellydance as well as Tribal Fusion elements

10:00 am

January 3 & 17th, February 7 & 21 # 204 - 535 Tranquille Road

Tuesdays, 12-1:30 All Levels Wednesdays, 5 - 6:30 pm Beginners Thursdays, 5 - 6:30 pm Advanced

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For subscriptions, comments, advertising opportunities, information or to contribute articles contact us! Kamloops’ FREE Yoga & Wellness Magazine

Publisher/Editor Elizabeth Beeds.qxp 250-371-1938 yogakamloops@gmail.com Designer Gavin Murgatroyd.psd www.gavin3d.com Copy Editors Leanne Fisher.pdf Natasha Lyndon.doc

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Photographer Bob Clark.slr rcdphotographer.ca

Conditioning and strengthening exercises Isolations, Technique, Layering moves, Choreography

Let’s Move Yoga & Dance Studio 925 McGill Place @ Sunmore Spa 250-372-9642 cell 250-318-5445

Leave th refresh e class ed, joy ful and en ergize d!

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Winter Workshops Facilitated by Michele Gieselman Meditation Nights

Bookclub for the Soul

Meditation is the elevation of consciousness to a higher state of awareness. It assists in opening your heart to the more. Meditation helps you source the place of wisdom, deep inside of you, that informs you and reminds you who you are.

Mondays 6:00 - 7:30 pm Starting Monday, January 11 4 Sessions $55 * Drop in $15

We’re all undiscovered best-selling novels and this workshop will help you discover your authentic story. Find and embrace your passions and reconnect with your life! Please bring a journal to the first session.

Tuesday mornings 9:30 - 11:00 am Four sessions: Jan 12th - Feb 2cnd Or Thursday evenings 6:00 - 7:30 pm Four sessions: Jan 14th - Feb 4th Cost $80 - Space is limited, please call or email to reserve

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FELDENKRAIS WITH SUSINN PURE AND SIMPLE: MINDFUL MOVEMENT FOR BODY, MIND AND SOUL

CLASSES Mon 11am -12, Jan 4 - March15 (no class March 8) $60 @ TCC Register with Parks and Rec 250-828-3500 Tues 7-8pm Jan 5 - March16 (no class March 9) $100 (includes one individual session) Drop-in $12 @ Nuance Studio Register with Susinn

WORKSHOPS ALL ABOUT FEET INDIVIDUAL LESSONS OR FUNCTIONAL INTEGRATION Each lesson is one hour, $65/session, 4 for $200

250-572-1887

SUSINN SHALER Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner 250-572-1887 susinn@gmail.com www.kamloopsfeldenkrais.com

Learn how to use your feet to prevent injuries to your feet, knees, hips and back Saturday Feb 6, 1-4 pm, cost $50, Nuance Dance Studio Register with Susinn 250-572-1887

RUNNING WITH THE WHOLE BODY The benefits of using your whole body in a synergistic way are increased ease and efficiency of your running Saturday Feb 27, 1-4 pm, cost $50, Nuance Dance Studio 253 Victoria Register with Susinn 250-572-1887

Yoga

Tuesdays & Thursdays

Classes with Elizabeth

9 - 10:30 am

Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Move Studio 925 McGill Place @ Sunmore Spa www.letsmovestudio.com

yogakamloops@gmail.com

Thursdays 5 - 6 pm

Kamloops Sport & Orthopedic Clinic 200 -1201 Summit Dr

www.yogatreebc.com

Elizabeth

250-371-1938

Yoga Tree Magazine: January 2010  

Kamloops' Free Yoga and Wellness Magazine

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