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groundhog picture by Abigail Lynn

I hope you had a great Ground Hog day! This contains Chinese New Year and February class information, a language article and time saving cooking ideas.


dog picture by Andrew Branch

February 16 brings the end of the fire Rooster and start of the year of the earth Dog. The element of earth becomes important bringing us more groundedness and stability. Think about what you’re building in your life. It is an action year and not so much for planning, postponing or negligence. A dog Year is the ideal time to start focusing on wellness by eating healthy, increasing fitness and getting rid of bad habits.
St. Louis Park Rec Center Classes in Wolfe Park 3700 Monterey Dr, St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Lunch time yoga on Mondays is part hatha, some flow and yin relaxing poses at the end of class. Work on your strength flexibility and balance in this all level class. You can drop in for $15 per class. Please pay at the Rec Center desk then join us at the pavilion. There is a discount to take the series (no class on 4/5).
336501-Y2 Adult Yoga 3/5/18 – 4/23/18 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM $68/$76
A new Monday format continues. Come work ALL those major muscle groups in this small personal training class. Class will be a 50/50 split of cardio and strength along with some fun balance and agility drills. Low impact options will be offered.
310505-02 Fun Functional Fitness 2/26 – 3/26/18 from 6 PM – 7 PM $45/$50
The Wednesday 6 PM class format is two minutes cardio, two minutes strength and a minute of abs repeating in this HIIT format. This ALL level class has been filling up quickly and had a waitlist the past few sessions.
310504-02 Express Circuit Workout 2/28 – 3/28/18 6 PM – 6:45 PM $25/$30
Here is the link to register for the series of classes https://webtrac.stlouispark.org/

FC27BF36-69FF-4517-B734-BF23724154CBThe bandshell is one my favorite places, I listen to music there, eat there, teach yoga there and I was at the Art Shanty Project there. The picture is the first time I had seen the bandshell from the frozen water of Lake Harriet. Many years ago I started looking at language from a new view.

I believe our language influences our actions and also success in life. By reframing the way we talk and think about things we can accomplish much more. This lesson was brought home to me by a fellow yoga teacher. The teacher said she offered a handstand workshop. The first person entered the room saying I can’t do a handstand, can you teach me how? Student two said I am on my way to learning how to do a great handstand, can you help me? She thought both students had about the same physical potential for a handstand. The second one progressed much faster. Some other examples include I am sick vs. I am on my way to wellness. I am unorganized vs I am becoming more efficient.

NLP was created by Bandler and Grinder in the 1970’s. It claims there is a connection between neurological processes (neuro), language (linguistic) and behavioral patterns learned through experience (programming), and that these can be changed to achieve specific goals in life. The linguistic part is about how we influence others and our selves through the language we use. One of the other examples that stuck with me was the dry feet example. Tell a five year old now don’t step in any puddles. He or she will think about nothing but puddles and most likely want to stomp around in them. If you tell the five year old if we keep our feet dry we can have ice cream, then the adherence to dry feet is usually much better.

When I am coaching I say what we resist persists. I also personally say I am going to eat healthier rather than I will give up sugar or try to eat healthier. You might want to take the Yoda approach. “Do, or do not. There is no try.” Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back. The next time you have a goal consider thinking about the language you use to your achieve results. Next month more on the modeling part of NLP.


Cooking non processed food takes more time than popping a frozen entree in the microwave. I use my microwave as storage only. When cooking I try to make extra food to freeze or use the next day. Brown rice can take 40 minutes to an hour to make and it is easy to double the amount. Slow roasting veggies can take a long time so I also double the amount I need. Chopping vegetables does not take that long, but on the days I am pressed for time it seems a gigantic task.


Pictured is a next day dish from a vegetable curry with rice. I put the left over cooked brown rice, roasted broccoli and orange pepper in a casserole and topped with some cheddar goat cheese and bread crumbs. It took about 20 minutes to warm up a third of the time to start from scratch. If you don’t like to freeze food, just making double your recipe gives you a day off from time consuming meal preparation.