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 April 2013  

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More than a quarter million Kenyans have been empowered by yoga to make lasting changes in their lives. Read how the

African Yoga Project began and the work it does bringing hope and building relationships throughout East Africa.

Most women (and many men!) hate to do it. Shave that is. Waxing is an option to those who don't want to do it.

Complications accompanying diabetes present many challenges to people with this disease. Two studies suggest that practicing tai chi  can mitigate its negative effects.

Get your skin ready for summer with a deep exfoliation facial and follow it with fabulous makeup!

Wake up your body with a cat/cow asana routine. This two-pose sequence is a great way to warm up before getting deeper into your practice as well as loosening the back before exercising.  
 
We offer a wide variety of classes and times. Check out our calendar to find something that fits into your schedule or a service to give you a pick-me-up.

 

Namast�,

 

Theresa Franklin, NCTMB, LMT, RYT, CMT
Olivia Kelly, NCTMB, LMT
Feature Article


 featurearticle Transforming Lives Through Yoga

Sometimes life takes us in a direction that is wholly unexpected and leads us to our life's passion. When we look back, we can clearly see how each fork in the road, each decision we made took us one step closer to where we were meant to be.

Paige Elenson, a native New Yorker, didn't imagine that one day she'd co-found and direct an organization that brings the transformational power of yoga to Africa.

Paige's journey began in the 1990s when she took a yoga class taught by Baron Baptiste. She continued to study and teach Baptiste Power Yoga for more than 10 years and taught with Baron at his international teacher trainings.

A chance meeting in 2005 with acrobats practicing handstands in the Kenyan bush took her on the next step of her path. Acrobats? In the bush? They formed a connection, sharing a joy of movement. She practiced alongside them and taught them some yoga. This encounter was the inspiration for the Africa Yoga Project.

Today, the international non-profit trains young adults living in East African slums and rural villages to teach yoga and earn their livings leading classes in their communities.

You can read more about the Africa Yoga Project here and listen to a short interview on NPR.
 taichiTai Chi Helps Diabetics Manage Glucose Levels

Can low-impact tai chi give diabetics the same benefits of aerobic exercise?

It's well known that exercise lowers blood pressure and builds stronger bones. It's also known that activity can help diabetics better manage their glucose. But can low-impact tai chi give diabetics the same benefits as aerobic exercise?

Two studies reported in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine suggest that tai chi can help diabetics lower their glucose levels and counteract the effects of the disease.

In the first study, reported in the June 2009 issue, 62 women diagnosed with type 2 diabetes participated in a 6-month research project. Half of the group practiced tai chi in two supervised classes, one hour per week, with three days of home practice. The other half served as the control group. Those who completed the tai chi sessions had significantly improved their fasting blood glucose levels and improved their management of the disease. In addition, they reported higher levels of energy and improved mental health.

The second study was published in the December 2012 issue. It examines the effects of tai chi on glucose control as well as neuropathy scores, balance, and quality of life in patients with type 2 diabetes and neuropathy.

Fifty-nine patients were recruited for the study with 39 of them completing it. Over a 12-week period, a group of 20 diabetic patients with neuropathy engaged in twice-weekly tai chi sessions for one hour each.

Outcome variables were for glucose control, neuropathic symptoms, balance, and a health survey for quality of life. The researchers found that the variables were significantly better in the study group than the control group of 19 patients.

Further studies with larger samples and long-term follow-up are needed to confirm the effects of Tai Chi on the management of diabetic neuropathy, which may have an impact on fall prevention in this population. 
  
 kristiewatsonBetter Than a Shave

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Asana Zone



asanazoneCow & Cat Sequence       
Cat - Marjaryasana - (mahr-jahr-ee-AHS-uh-nuh)
Cow - Bitilasana - (bee-tee-LAHS-uh-nuh)

Whether it's before a ball game, aerobics class or even at the start of your yoga practice, it's important to warm up your muscles and get the blood circulating. Cat & Cow Sequence helps loosen the spine so use it as a break from sitting too long or when you first get up in the morning. Coordinating this movement with your breathing relieves stress and calms the mind. Alternate between them in a smooth, vinyasa flow.

Cat & Cow share benefits and cautions.

Benefits
  • Stretches the torso and neck. Cow pose stretches the front of your body; Cat pose stretches the back.
  • Provides a gentle massage to the spine and belly organs

Contraindications 

  • If you have a neck injury, keep your head in line with your torso.

How to do it 

1. Start on your hands and knees with your wrists and hands directly under your shoulders and your knees directly under your hips. Keep your back flat and your neck in a neutral position.


2. Move into Cow pose. As you inhale, tilt your sitz bones to the ceiling, dropping your belly to the floor and lifting your chest to the ceiling. Lift your head, looking forward.

 

3. As you exhale, move into Cat pose, rounding your back and drop the crown of your to the floor.
 
4. Repeat the sequence.

Do:
Start the movement in your tailbone and progress in a smooth motion between the poses.
Keep your shoulders down away from your ears

Don't:
Force your chin to your chest in Cow pose.

Bonus sequence:
After performing the sequence, you can warm up your spine in the other direction. Kneel on your hands and knees, keeping your back flat and your neck in a neutral position. Inhale. As you exhale, twist to your right. Inhale, moving back to a forward position. Exhale, then inhale, twisting to your left. Inhale, then return to facing forward. Continue inhaling and exhaling, twisting to each side to loosen the hips and spine.  

 

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The Be Well Now newsletter is edited by Danette Watt. For suggestions, comments or concerns about the newsletter content, contact her at dmwatt33@gmail.com. 
In This Issue
Africa Yoga Project
Tai Chi & Diabetics
Better Than a Shave
Asana Zone
Substitute Teachers
Prepare Your Skin
Airbrush makeup
List of classes

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kendellepelotPrepare your skin for fun!

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 ourclasses Our classes
please check the website calendar to confirm class times   
 
YOGA
Sunday
12:30-1:30 pm Hot Yoga 
   
Monday 
4-5 pm
  
Tuesday
9-10 am
5:30-6:30 pm Hot Yoga
  (limited class size)  
 
Wednesday
9-10 am   
5:45-6:45 pm
  
Thursday
12-1 pm 
5:30-6:30 pm Hot Yoga
  (limited class size)  
 
Friday           
12-1 pm 
5:30-6:30 pm  
   
Saturday
9-10 am Hot Yoga

TAI CHI
Monday  
Intro to Yang Tai Chi 
5:30-6:30 p.m.
 
Intro to Chen Style Tai Chi
6:30-7:30 pm
  
Advanced Chen Style
7:30-8:30 pm  
 
Wednesday 
Intro to Chen Style
10-11:00 am  
 
Advanced Chen Style
11:00 am-12:00 pm    
 
TANG SOO DO 
Tuesday/Thursday
7-8:30 pm
 
CAPOEIRA
Tuesday/Thursday 
8:30-9:30 pm