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branch1I hope everyone had a great Labor Day.  This issue covers a September conference and classes, more on gratitude and a braised greens taco recipe with tomatoes.

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I will again be presenting at the Women and Spirituality Conference.  This year it has moved to Rochester MN on September 16th and 17th.  My time is 4 PM on Saturday and my topic is Valuing your Awesome Self and Others.  Click for details

Corporate, private lessons and wellness coaching

Corporate seminars, classes, private lessons, personal training and wellness coaching all have a variety of pricing structures please contact me for details.  Seminar topics include starting an exercise  program, stress reductions tips and basics of meditation.

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

Lunch time yoga 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.

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Adult Yoga

9/11/17 – 10/23/17

Mon

11:30 AM –  12:30 PM

$68/$76

New Class!  Mix it up Mondays.  Class will include cardio, strength, core, fun balance and flexibility work. For those that like variety we will mix up the cardio with kickboxing, dance, boot camp type drills or combinations.  Low impact options will be offered, this is an all level class.

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Mix it Up

9/18/17 – 10/23/17

Mon

6 PM –  7 PM

$54/$62

Using the principles of HIIT High Intensity Interval training get an efficient workout.  Two minutes cardio, two minutes strength and a minute of core will repeat for 40 minutes with a 5 minute cool down.  This session will move back indoors.  Low impact options will be provided.  This is an all level class.

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Express Circuit

9/20/17 – 10/25/17

Wed

6 PM –  6:45PM

$30/$35

If you have any questions for me click  here

Here is the link to register for the series of classes          https://webtrac.stlouispark.org/

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A few years ago, I posted here about the power of gratitude.  Research continues to show how being grateful benefits our physical, emotional and mental health.  Several studies show it even helps us to sleep better.  When I was a Project Manager I was assigned to the second largest project my company had ever undertaken.  Everyone had high stress levels with the many delays, mandatory overtime and working weekends in the summer.  As you might guess, the workforce was not happy.  Every Friday before we started our daily meeting I would ask each team member to recount one good thing that had happened that week.  I would be grateful for it and encourage them to do the same.

For many years I have done a morning gratitude ritual.  Before I start my day I recount the things for which I am grateful.  One of my spiritual groups is having a good deed a week challenge.  Showing gratitude to others is one of the easiest ways to help both you and another person feel better.  I have started filling out positive comment cards for employees of companies who go the extra mile.  I have recently called managers to compliment someone on their staff.  These tasks take five to ten minutes and make me feel good too.  I was recently at the grocery store.  A new set of nervous looking baggers were being trained.  Mine was exceptionally slow.  I saw the checkout clerk glare at him and heard his trainers voice raise to the level of almost yelling.  When he was done I stood there until he made eye contact with me.  All I said was “Thank you so much!”  His expression changed and I saw his whole face light up.

Last week I subbed for someone who has been my yoga teacher for years.  I was very, very nervous.  After class, my manager at the health club said she immediately got three compliments on my teaching.  I had never met those members before, but they made my day.  I was glowing inside and out.  Being on the receiving end of a compliment made me more determined to keep up my gratitude practice.

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Many of us have extra tomatoes at this time of year.  Here are a few ideas for using them.  Grill them, broil with some parmesan cheese or olive oil and your favorite herbs.  Make bruschetta, salsa or guacamole with added tomatoes.  Add them to quesadillas, burritos or tacos.  Add them to sandwiches, scrambled eggs, or on top of crackers and cheese.  Make a sauce, soup, stuff them like a stuffed pepper, use a lot of them in a caprese salad or appetizer.  Think of adding them to almost any kind of salad including pasta or grain salads.  Pictured below is a tri-colored quinoa with shredded carrots, onions, cucumbers, olive oil, feta cheese and tomatoes.

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Also for a different type of vegetarian taco with tomatoes I made this Braised Greens Taco recipe from seriouseats.com a while ago.  I might have to try it again.

http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2008/02/dinner-tonight-braised-greens-tacos.html