Practice News and Calendar – April (2013)
Dear Practice Friends,
Meditation hit the mainstream media repeatedly last month, owing largely to the Oprah and Deepak 21 Day Meditation Challenge that started on March 11th.
As a fan and student of meditation I am thrilled to see it gaining in popularity. In the summers between 2001 and 2006, I accumulated almost ten months of time in retreat centers in the U.S. and France, where I learned about what meditation is and also what it isn’t. I’ve included two very good articles in the newsletter today that speak to the benefits of meditation, as well as the myths about the practice that people sometimes have.
As the many testimonials indicate on the Chopra Center website, meditation can be a life changing practice, and I agree because it has been hugely beneficial for me. It has been my intention for some time to offer a course here through Practice. If you have ever had any interest or curiosity in meditation or might be interested in seeing a course offered here, please drop me a note, as I would love to have a conversation with you about it.
Thank you again for all your support. Also, I want to wish a special welcome to our newest members of the Practice community who started with us in February:
Angelle Boyd, Cheryl Brown, Patsy Harris, Lee Midkiff, Susan Mitchell and Olivia Smith
Monthly Class Calendar and 2013 Rates
Group Reformer class and Pilates Matwork are cancelled on Saturday, April 20th.
7 Myths of Meditation
Joy Karl was kind enough to forward me this article from Deepak Chopra’s site, www.chopra.com, on some of the most common misunderstandings about the practice of meditation.
Really great stuff!
Mindfulness Requires Practice and Purpose
This very good article by Alina Tugend on NYTimes.com succinctly conveys some of the most important points of what mindfulness meditations can do for you, and just as important what they can’t.
We have to give a shout out to Sandy Bergsten for her wonderful blog, www.andshecooks2.com. She does an amazing job of offering step by step instructions (with high quality pics!) on recipes and creating table settings that will wow any guest. In her words:
“Wherever I find myself, I’m happiest with a full dining room table. As a former professional chef and caterer I want to share what I’ve learned over the past three decades of entertaining. On this site you’ll find tricks of the trade to help even the most harried of you pull off a seemingly seamless fête. Come join the conversation!”
Instructors Joy Karl and Leslie Harshman will be traveling to NYC at the end of April to train in two new modalities being introduced by Merrithew Health & Fitness, the parent company of STOTT PILATES. Joy will be training in ZEN*GA™, which is “an innovative fusion of exercise science and mindful movement that brings about clarity of the mind while releasing body tension through purposeful movement. ZEN represents the search for inner discovery, while YOGA symbolizes the way to reach it. Together they form ZEN*GA, which is based on Four Mindful Movement Principles: breath, support, yield and flow. When applied together, these principles allow you to become aware of how the body and the mind move in tandem. ZEN*GA focuses on core stability, stamina and resilience while attaining a state of presence.”
Leslie will be learning CORE™ Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training™. “This unique training program focuses on functional fitness targeting core strength and kinesthetic awareness leading to improvements in total-body strength and power. This multi-layered system is designed for both novices and high-level athletes. You’ll enhance your performance by improving precision, control, strength, power, and agility. Jumpstart your metabolism, optimize your athletic performance, and train smarter with our combination of body control and power movements that transform regular training regimens into high intensity, results-driven workouts.”
We look forward to seeing what they bring back from the big apple!
Research: Lost Sleep Can Lead to Weight Gain
A cautionary article from Tara Parker Pope at NY Times:
“For years researchers have known that adults who sleep less than five or six hours a night are at higher risk of being overweight…Now a fascinating new study suggests that the link may be even more insidious than previously thought. Losing just a few hours of sleep a few nights in a row can lead to almost immediate weight gain.”
Research: When Exercise Stresses You Out
From Gretchen Reynolds in the NY Times’ Well section, comes the results of a new study that inquires into the effects of exercise when
someone sincerely dislikes it and “works out only under a kind of emotional duress,” such as when a doctor or worried spouse orders it. While the study was done on rats, the results of the experiment are intriguing. Check it out: