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Newsletter February, 2017

In this issue:

How to make proper choices in life

At every step in our life, we are presented with multiple options to choose from. The choices that we make today can have a serious impact on our future. We can be faced with simple questions like "which shirt should I wear for the party?", or whether or not I should eat this ice cream, or more serious matters like picking the right profession or career or picking the right life partner. Every option that we pick, every decision that we make, can have short-term and long-term implications.

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My shoulder update – surgery January 2017

If you have attended my yoga classes in recent months, you would have noticed that I have been dealing with a nagging problem in my right shoulder for some time now. In a previous update on my shoulder, I wrote about the re-tear of the rotator cuff muscles after the surgery in October 2013. As a result of that tear, I have had a limited range of motion (ROM) as well as limited strength in the right arm/shoulder.

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Upcoming Programs

21 days to Transformation, Feb 6-26

Virabhadrasana (Warrior2)

I am pleased to announce the next 21-day Yoga Immersion program.

  • What: 21-day yoga immersion
  • When: Monday, February 6 - Sunday, February 26, 2017
  • Time: 6:00 AM - 7:30 AM
  • Location: 4000 Bearcat Way, Suite 102, Morrisville, NC 27560
  • Commitment:
    • A firm commitment to complete the program without missing a day
    • At the end of the program, continue the same practice at home for another 21 days to make it a life-long habit
  • Fee: $125
  • To register: Fill out the registration form, providing information in all the fields, and submit it online

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Understanding the Mind to eliminate Stress

  • What: An Introduction to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
  • When: Third Saturday of the month
  • Next Session: Saturday, Feb 18, 2017
  • TIME: 2:00 - 4:00 PM
  • LOCATION: Integral Yoga Studio, 4000 Bearcat Way, Suite 104, Morrisville, NC 27560
  • FEE: by voluntary donation
  • To register: please fill out the registration form (if you have filled the form recently, send me an email to register)
  • Audio recordings of previous sessions are available here

Free Yoga class at the Morrisville Library

Downward Facing Dog

When: Friday, Feb 10, 12:30 - 1:45 PM

Where: West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive,
Cary, NC 27519

Library phone number: 919-463-8500

Instructor: Subhash Mittal

Gentle Yoga with Jyoti, Feb 9

gentle yoga
Gentle Yoga

(8-week series)

This class is recommended for those who have attended the Healing Yoga for Low Back Program with Jyoti.

  • When: Every Thursday for eight weeks
  • Next session starts: Thursday, February 9, 2017 (no class February 23)
  • Time: 6:00 - 7:15 PM
  • Where: Integral Yoga Studio - 4000 Bear Cat Way, Suite 102, Morrisville, NC 27560
  • Fee: $88 (for full series); $13 (drop-in)
    • Pre-registration recommended
  • Instructor: Jyoti Shah
  • Contact: to sign up or if you have questions

    Jyoti Shah: 919-439-0377,

    Click here  to fill out the student information and waiver form for Gentle yoga.

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podcast channel

As you may be aware, I have been offering monthly workshops wherein I discuss various aspects of yoga philosophy. The main focus in these workshops is to discuss the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali in some depth. In addition, from time to time, I also discuss concepts from the Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads and other related ancient scriptures. In order to preserve these talks for future reference, I have been making an audio recording of these discussions and sharing them with the participants. These audio recordings are now available on the podcast channel on my blog. You are welcome to download these audio recordings for your use. In addition, you can listen to these podcasts as well as subscribe to them on itunes as well.

youtube channel

As you would have noticed from many of the recent posts on my blog, I have been adding short videos of many of the commonly practiced asana and pranayama sequences. I strongly urge you to subscribe to my youtube channel and visit the channel frequently to get instructions for your own asana and pranayama practices. Please share the link to the channel with your friends who might benefit from these detailed video instructions.
I would love to hear your feedback and, of course, would welcome suggestions for future videos that you would like to see on the channel.

Yoga in the News

Yoga can control side-effects of prostate cancer

According to a study conducted by researchers at Perelman School of Medicine, yoga can help prostate cancer patients to overcome the side-effects of the disease. The research was presented at the Society of Integrative Oncology?s International Conference on October this year.

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Yoga can increase the quality of life for pediatric cancer patients

"In my personal experience, yoga has improved my mood and ability to think clearly and breathe deeply," Strom said. "It has reduced my stress level, increased my energy and helped to alleviate back pain and headaches."

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Overview of Systematic Reviews: Yoga as a Therapeutic Intervention for Adults with Acute and Chronic Health Conditions

"Eleven reviews show tendency towards positive effects of yoga intervention, 15 reviews report unclear results, and no, reviews report adverse effects of yoga. Yoga appears most effective for reducing symptoms in anxiety, depression, and pain."

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Have a question/suggestion?

If you have a yoga-related question, please write to me and I would do my best to provide an answer in a timely manner. I would love to hear your suggestions for future newsletter articles.

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