Monday, August 30, 2010

Stress-Busting Foods

I thought I would repost this article about what foods are good to eat when you are stressed. I think it is interesting that our bodies crave certain nutrients when we are stressed out. Just as we can practice Restorative Yoga to relieve stress and build good health, we can also practice healthy eating to bolster our bodies to get through times of stress.

I found this article, written by David Zinczenko, on Yahoo.

7 Best Stress-Fighting Foods

David says:

For more information visit David's Twitter feed. To see the original article with all of its links visit Yahoo Health.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Sharanam by Sharon Gannon

Sharon Gannon's new album, Sharanam, is almost impossible to classify. When I first listened to it I thought, "Oh, it's world beat with a yoga slant. But kinda rock/pop too. Huh, that's interesting and kinda weird." Then I listened to it again and I noticed the opera quality. Then I listed to it a few more times and found myself singing along and later found myself humming the tune of "Gurugi." Now I had to listen again so I could understand how something that at first I wasn't sure of had settled itself into my mind so firmly. I listened again and again, liking the CD more and more. I played the CD in my classes and it was well received. I find myself singing, "My guru is the truth, my guru is wisdom, my guru is ecstasy, my guru is shantih" as I walk to work, or walk the dog, or whatever. The whole album is catchy, heartfelt, inspiring and Sharon's voice is beautiful. Great insert too - all the lyrics are included. I highly recommend this CD.

Here's the official description of the CD from Amazon:
On her first solo recording, Sharon Gannon, co-founder of the Jivamukti Yoga Method, offers a personal and loving rendition of seven timeless mantras. Essential tools for a yogi, mantras serve as medicine for the body, mind and spirit, freeing our thoughts and bringing us in closer connection to ourselves and the natural world around us. Sharanam translates from Sanskrit as "refuge." These chants -- graced with seductive rhythms, tasteful electronic treatments and Gannon's soulful, impassioned voice -- will surely lead you to the sanctuary of your heart.

And here's a link to Sharon Gannon's website: Jivamukti Yoga School. You can listen to Gurugi on the home page. I love this song. Check it out!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Regarding class on August 19, 2010

Hello All -

Thank you all for attending Restorative Stations last night. Beautiful work. I was glad to see how everyone was willing to try out the new backbending pose introduced to me by Jodi. I know the blocks didn't look like they would be comfortable but it seemed like everyone really enjoyed this heart-center-opener. I'll work on getting this pose put up on the blog. For future Restorative Station dates check out Yoga North's fall schedule.

Looking forward to seeing you soon. Namaste, Sara

Monday, August 16, 2010

Restorative Stations class coming up August 19, 2010

Restorative Stations - Join us Thursday, August 19 at 7 PM

Location: Yoga North
Scheduled Date: August 19
Time: 7–8:15pm
Cost: Drop-in rate/ punchcard*

*Please pre-register. This class requires tons of set-up and I need to know how many people will be attending. Sign up online or call the Yoga North office at 218-722-9642.

You do not need to bring your own mat or any other props except a personal eye pillow (if desired). Wear warm, stretchy clothing.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Good News by Sara Thomsen

This video isn't usually the type of thing I post for Do Restorative Yoga but this is an artist whose music speaks deeply to me and I want to share it.

The Good News
Words and Music by Sara Thomsen

Written in response to the church shooting in Knoxville, TN (in 2008) and in response to a news editorial in Duluth, MN (2010) titled "The Gospel can transform the lives of homosexuals."

Sara says:

As I learned more in depth about what happened at the UU (Unitarian Church) in Knoxville,-- it made me realize that such rhetoric (as espoused by the editorial) was in fact a killing rhetoric, regardless of whether the person writing the editorial was aware of this. The use of the Bible in such a way may or may not provide an actual shotgun, but it arms people with a prejudice that induces and perpetuates fear, hatred and violence. I was struck by the title of the editorial. I grew up immersed with the stories of the gospel. They are very familiar to me. The chorus of the song is a reclamation of the "change" of lifestyle I feel the teachings of Jesus are talking about.

© 2010 Sara Thomsen

To see the words to this song visit Sara's YouTube page.
Other links:
Unitarian Universalists Respond to Tragedy in Knoxville
Duluth Editorial "Local View: Gospel can bring change into homosexuals' lives"