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Newsletter June, 2015

In this issue:

Twisting Janu-shirshasana and Pashchimottanasana

Twisting Head-to-knee pose

Janu-shirshasana (जानु-शीर्षासन) is a composite of two Sanskrit words - Janu means the knee and Shirsha means the head or the forehead. So the literal translation of the pose is head-to-knee pose.

Twisting Janu-shirshasana is a variation on the traditional head-to-knee pose. In this pose, in addition to the forward bending stretch, we also add the element of spinal twist which brings about great relief to any stiffness or mild pain that you might have in your back.

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Stress-free “Full Catastrophe” living – a summary

[Guest post by Madhu Sheth]

I read the"Full Catastrophe Living" book by Jon Kabat-Zinn (600+ pages) and found out what is the essence of wisdom of body and mind to face stress, pain, and illness. So I came to a simple conclusion - It is all about positive attitude in life. Look and observe inward to find direction and purpose in life.

Various research studies indicate some of the human characteristics that help heal and promote better health and living. So below is a summary from the book for you to read.

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Upcoming programs

14-day Pranayama/Meditation Intensive, June 15-28

Vishnu Mudra
  • When: Monday, June 15- Sunday, June 28, 2015
  • Time: 6:00 - 7:30 AM
  • Location: 4000 Bearcat Way, Suite 102, Morrisville, NC 27560
  • Daily Routine: (approximate) - Light stretching (10-15 minutes), Pranayama (30 min), Relaxation (10 min), Yoga philosophy (15 min), Meditation (20 min).
  • Commitment: A firm commitment to follow this schedule and attend every day
  • Fee: $90

Yoga for Kids (age: 5+ years)

kids yoga

8-week session, starting Wednesday, June 10, 2015

  • When: Every Wednesday, 6:00-7:00 PM
  • Location: Integral Yoga Studio, 4000 Bearcat Way, Suite 102, Morrisville, NC 27560
  • Fee: $80
  • Instructor: Jagriti Vanam

New! Yoga for Kids Summer Special (age: 5+ years)

8-week session, starting Thursday, June 18, 2015

  • When: Every Thursday, 9:30-10:30 AM
  • Location: Integral Yoga Studio, 4000 Bearcat Way, Suite 102, Morrisville, NC 27560
  • Fee: $80
  • Instructor: Jagriti Vanam

New! Yoga for Teens - 8-week session

Chakrasana (Wheel Pose)

Register here

  • What: Yoga for Teens (age group: 12-19 years) - 8-week session
  • When: Wednesdays, 7:15-8:15 PM
  • Start Date: June 10, 2015
  • Instructor: Jagriti Vanam (see her full profile here)
  • Contact: Jagriti ( or Subhash Mittal
  • Fee: $80 (cash or check, due on the first day of the class)

    Yoga Philosophy Series - Essential message of Bhagavad Gita

    • What: Essential message of Bhagavad Gita
    • When: First Saturday of the month (note the schedule change this month)
    • Next Session: Saturday, June 20, 2015
    • TIME: 2:30 - 4:30 PM
    • LOCATION: Integral Yoga Studio, 4000 Bearcat Way, Suite 102, Morrisville, NC 27560
    • FEE: by voluntary donation

    Yoga in the News

    99 Reasons to Start Meditating

    "... With benefits ranging from physiological to psychological to spiritual, and scientific research to back its validity, there’s really no reason anyone shouldn’t be meditating at this point. Corporations, professional sports teams, school systems, and celebrities all recognize the value of adopting mindfulness-based lifestyle practices as part of their daily routine."

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    Yoga and Chronic Pain Have Opposite Effects on Brain Gray Matter

    "Chronic pain is known to cause brain anatomy changes and impairments, but yoga can be an important tool for preventing or even reversing the effects of chronic pain on the brain, according to a National Institutes of Health (NIH) official speaking at the American Pain Society’s annual meeting today."

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    Stroke survivors turn to yoga therapy

    "Michelle Brusseau was only 16 years old when she had a massive stroke. A blood vessel tore in her brain and took away her ability to walk, talk and hold up her head. That was 12 years ago. Today she walks, talks and holds her head high. And for the past six months, she has been doing yoga therapy as part of her rehabilitation."

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    " ... The nuns, the researchers found, were able to increase their core body temperature with this technique--up to almost 101 degrees Fahrenheit."

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    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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