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Thursday, July 7, 2011

This Week at the Studio: July 9th

Keeping your cool under the summer sun-In Ayurvedia, the Pitta dosha is made up of fire and water with qualities such as hot, penetrating, oily, sharp, liquid and sour. Its primary function is metabolism and transformation in the body, of both food and information received by the senses. During summer, the Pitta dosha is aggravated by heat, resulting in skin problems, digestive problems and mental aggravation-so we need to keep our cool!

To stay stay calm and cool this summer: 1. take walks in the early cool mornings 2. stay hydrated less 4.minimize alcool and caffeine 5.Consume pitta reducing foods such as organic milk, mint and coriander herbal teas, and sweet fruits in season such as pears, apricots, grapes, plums, watermelon and sweet berries (not citrus fruits which aggravate Pitta). Cold soups, such as cucumber soup, and salads are also good - avoid dark meats, tomato, garlic, onions, salty, spicy and sour tastes. 6.rub the soles of your feet with coconut butter to bring the heat into your feet and away from other parts of the body 7. Practice cooling yoga such as moon salutation-chandra namaskar (Saturday am class incorporates moon series and asanas to keep your Pitta calm)

Yoga this week:

The charming Charlotte will be leading classes at the studio from Monday-Thursday.

Studio Schedule for TBC, Boot camp (Studio) and Wednesday am yoga-This week

Due to work related travel, there are some cancellations this week:

Monday: TBC is cancelled-If there is enough interest, we will run a make up class on Friday, July 15 from 5-5:45. A minimum of 6 needed-pls email if you're interested.

Wednesday: studio closed

Fit Fact: The Four Minute Workout: Tabata Training

What is it: After warm up.Do an exercise (such as push-ups or jumping rope) for 20 seconds at full intensity, and then take a 10-second break. Repeat seven times, varying exercises, for a total workout of four minutes.

Why does it work:Tabata training is effective, despite its brevity, because the body continues to burn calories at a high rate during the recovery period, says Martin Gibala, chair of the department of kinesiology at McMaster University in Hamilton.

Cool Cucumber Soup
cups plain nonfat yogurt
1 English cucumber (about 1 pound), cut into chunks
1 scallion, white and green parts, coarsely chopped (about 1/4 cup)
3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, plus sprigs for garnish
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 medium tomato (about 5 ounces), seeded and diced
2 teaspoons olive oil
In a blender, combine the yogurt, cucumber, scallion and dill. Pulse until pureed. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Ladle into individual bowls. Top each serving with 2 tablespoons

Chandra Namaskar

Have a safe and healthy week!

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