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Happy November this newsletter covers classes, nostalgia and soup ideas.  PS there is no reason for this animal picture except I really like it.

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.  You can also drop in for $15 per class.  Please pay at the Rec Center and join us in the pavilion.

236501-Y3 Adult Yoga 11/6 – 12/18/17 Mon 11:30 AM –  12:30 PM $68/$76

Mix it up Mondays is closed.  A new class will be offered in January.  The Wednesday 6 PM class is full for the second fall session.  It will be offered again in January.

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Here is the link to register for the series of classes

It appears to me as our society moves at an increasingly accelerated pace, more people want to go back to a simpler time.  Personal nostalgia is defined as “a wistful or excessively sentimental yearning for return to or of some past period or irrecoverable condition.”  The state fair for me is a time of nostalgia.  I have so many good memories of going with my grandparents.  It does sometimes make me yearn for the past.

The first known use of the word was originally by a Swiss physician Johannes Hofer.  He described the condition in his 1688 medical dissertation. It was thought of as disease similar to paranoia, except rather than perceived persecution longing was the issue.

Nostalgia is seen in a more positive light now.   Though it is often triggered by negative feelings, it results in increasing one’s mood and heightening positive emotions.  Krystine Batcho studied nostalgia with the conclusion that the strategies that are likely among nostalgia prone people often lead to benefits during stressful times. Nostalgia can be connected to more focus on coping strategies and implementing them. Her research finds that people who are prone to nostalgia excel at maintaining personal relationships and choose healthy, social ways of coping with their troubles. “Nostalgia is helpful,” she says. “You can stumble upon the times you overcame obstacles and realize that you are capable of overcoming new problems, too.”

If you are more nostalgic now that the weather is colder, there is data explaining why from Xinyue Zhou of Sun Yat-Sen University in China. By tracking students it was found feelings of nostalgia were more common on cold days. The researchers also found that people in a cool room (68 degrees Fahrenheit) were more likely to nostalgize than people in warmer rooms.

IMG_3706Researchers now talk about historical nostalgia where a distant past is perceived as preferable to the present.  Maybe that is part of why many like me got so hooked on Downton Abbey.  I think I should have lived in the Roaring Twenties.  So this November grab a cup of tea and invite a friend over to talk about old times or your favorite historical show!


I always roast extra vegetables.  Keep some soup broth on hand and add the roasted vegetables, pour olive oil on the top and add pine nuts.  You will have a quick healthy lunch.  On my trip to Italy they always poured olive oil on the top of a soup.

 Have a great month and keep warm!