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I hope you are enjoying November so far. This letter covers end of year classes, taking life seriously and pumkin facts.

St. Louis Park Rec Center Classes all in Wolfe Park 3700 Monterey Dr, SLP, MN 55416

Monday – Vinyasa Flow 11:30am-12:30pm from 11/05/18 – 12/17/18 is open for registration though not printed in the catalog see code 36501-Y2. Monday Functional Fitness is closed and will change to a strength format in January.

Wednesday night sessions. These classes have been filling up quickly 210502-02 Express Cardio, Strength and Core from 6 – 6:45 PM from 11/7 – 12/19 and 236502-02 Gentle Yoga from 7 – 7:45 PM from 11/7 – 12/19. Take some time out for yourself this busy time of year.

Drop ins are available contact me for details.

Here is the link to register for the next series of classes

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A Huffington Post article talks about nine types of humor. They are Physical, Self-deprecating, Surreal (Monty Pythonish think of the crazy cartoons), Improvisational, Wit-Wordplay, Topical, Observational, Bodily and Dark. Maybe you can think of more. The link to the article with more explanation is here

One type of humor is about laughing at ourselves. Most of us have embarrassing moments in our past. Being a bit of a perfectionist those moments can haunt me. I feel like I can let them continue to bother me or make a good story out of them. The article calls it self deprecating humor. A dictionary definition of this humor is modest about or critical of oneself, especially humorously so.

Jim Gaffigan and many comedy acts use this successfully. He says that self-awareness is key in communicating with people showing that you see things the way others do – by calling yourself out for being underdressed, late, rude, or a ghostly shade of white as he often does in his act. This is an important identification point in the social and comedic arena. People appreciate humility and impressed by honesty; self-deprecation is a fast and reliable route there.

If we have high self esteem it is easier to tell the stories about our mistakes. Once when leading a meditation class, I forgot to remind everyone to turn off their cell phones. Just as I said “Now connect to your higher power which gives you inner wisdom.” Someone pocket dialed their phone and this voice said to the room, “Sorry we cannot make the connection at this time.” The whole room was laughing so much we had to start the mediation over. I think this story relates to the many of us who have forgotten to turn off the phone.

Some of the incidents I did talk not about for a while to let the sting go, some times years or decades. Twenty years ago I was traveling the country certifying people to teach fitness. After a very long day I got locked out of my hotel room in nothing but a towel. I snuck up to the front desk hiding behind big potted plants along the way. It took a few years to look back and laugh and I now think it could have been a scene in a movie. Even if I don’t tell this story it makes me feel better to be able to laugh about it rather than feel bad about my mistake.
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The word “pumpkin” showed up for the first time in the fairy tale Cinderella.
The original jack-o’-lanterns were made with turnips and potatoes by the Irish.
Pumpkins are grown on every continent except Antarctica.
Over 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkin are produced each year in the United States.
According to the University of Illinois, 95% of the pumpkins grown in the U.S. are harvested in Illinois soil.
The world’s heaviest pumpkin weighed over 2,600 pounds.

Hope you enjoy the rest of November!


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