LAHARI *YOGA 
Welcome to the LahariLoveTribe 
September Newsletter!

Health, Honesty, Equality, and Loving Kindness

Upcoming Workshops
Yoga University
 
 An Introduction to Classical Kundalini Yoga
Acro: The Art of Flying

The Art of Flying

Join Luc Felicidades  for A FUN, PLAYFUL WAY TO TAKE YOUR YOGA PRACTICE TO NEW HEIGHTS
Come explore the core building blocks of Acro Yoga, and learn how it can expand your yoga practice while having fun. Working with a partner, you will explore supported poses, light acrobatic postures, and Thai massage. All levels of yoga and fitness are encouraged to attend.
NO PARTNER REQUIRED, just a desire to have fun with others in your community.
INVESTMENT:
Acro for ONE $40/pp or 
Bring a partner and get Acro for TWO at $35/pp 

Feature Teacher Creature

ASHLEY
What is your passion?
My passion is being in the flow of life. I love to be with my dog Paco because he reminds me not to take life too seriously. I love surfing waves because it reminds me that sometimes I get the ride of my life and sometimes I get worked over. I love climbing rocks because it reminds me to always be humble and that I am a part of something much more significant and awe inspiring than the physical body I see when I look in the mirror. My passion almost always involves the elements of nature in some way or another. 

Why yoga?
Because it helps me align with the things that I want to manifest in life and it holds me as I strive to live from a place of authenticity. Plus it is just plain old fun. I love the people who go to yoga. A bunch of people from my undergrad program were going to a Bikram studio downtown and I felt that I needed to try it out. It surprised me how good I felt and I kept going back. The rest is history.

What is nourishment to you?
Unconditional love is nourishment to me. When I can unconditionally love myself and wholeheartedly receive unconditional love from another. It might come in the form of a hug, food, a smile, listening without trying to fix or change me. It is the root of unconditional love that I find nourishing. 

What are you working on?
I'm working on research that supports iRest meditation for members and veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces. 

What would surprise people to know about you?
Hmm... it might surprise people to know that I built a robot back in the day (high school) and that when I decided to go off to post secondary education, becoming a car mechanic was a serious consideration that I decided not to follow in the end. 
 
OM Kitchen Recipe

This month's recipe comes courtesy of Michelle "ChaCha" Krause
Peanut Butter Cookies

These tasty little gems are sugar, dairy, and gluten-free! 

2 ripe bananas (puréed)
1/3 cup butter (soft)
2 1/2 cups Natural Peanut Butter
1 cup gluten free all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup crushed peanuts
1 cup chopped dates
Mix first three ingredients until smooth. Add the dry ingredients , combine well, then mix in the peanuts and dates. Bake at 350* for 10 minutes.


Food for Thought
with  Harry Aime
Have you ever heard other people, or yoga instructors, mention that they practice at home and thought to yourself,  "I wish I could but I don ' t have time, don ' t know what to do, or I don ' t know enough yoga to do that?" I think we all have at one time or another, but I would like to tell you that it is much easier than you may think.
 
Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) is one of the most widely practiced sequences of asanas in yoga, and is also one of the most beneficial. Unless you are an absolute newbie to yoga, I ' m sure you have been in a yoga class where some style of Sun Salutations were practiced. There are a number of variations (around 18) but they all accomplish the same thing, and that is to move the body. My favourite, and the one I practise every day, (OK, not every day but as often as I can ;-) is what I refer to as classical Surya Namaskar. If you are unsure of what that looks like, please click here for more details.
 
Sun Salutations are best done in the morning but are very beneficial regardless of the time of day you are able to practise. If you can, have your mat facing east (to the rising sun) but if not, no problem. Breathing can add a different dimension depending on what your intention for your practice is on that day. Breathing quickly means the benefits are more on the physical side while breathing slowly (holding each pose for 2 - 3 breaths) means the benefits are more mental and spiritual. Do as many as you feel comfortable with, or that you have time for. It will take you roughly one and a half to two minutes to do both sides, which is a 1 complete Sun Salutation.
 
The benefits of this sequence of asanas are many but here are a few of them:

*    it improves circulation of blood throughout the body.

*    improves digestion by stretching and compressing the abdominal organs.

*    active inhalation and exhalation helps oxygenate the blood and detoxify the body.

*    improves flexibility.

*    helps improve memory and is calming.

*    normalizes the activity of the endocrine system, especially the thyroid.

 
As with everything, the choice is yours. As my students have heard in my classes, I encourage you break old habits and start a home practice. Set aside 5 minutes a day for you, to start, and see how much better you feel. I know one thing for sure - YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!
 
Should you have any questions, please feel free to seek me out at the studio or contact me at golfingyogi54@gmail.com
 
All the best in good health.
Harry 

Community Closet Event
 

Lahari Yoga  and  Lotus & Lettuce  present an incredible night of socializing and shopping! We are hosting our first Community Closet Annual Event. This event will raise funds for a community spirit account in an effort to support those in our community who are in need of a small helping hand. We are currently accepting donations for our Community Closet Sale as well as items for our Silent Auction. Please mark the date in your calendar and invite a friend along for an evening of socializing and shopping!
*Please note all sales will be CASH ONLY*
 

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