At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

Yoga class in Mirrormont will be offered this week on Monday evening, January 17, at 7:30. Please bring a blanket for final savasana and a space heater, if convenient.

Natarajasana from Yoga Journal calendar, 2010

Yoga lowers cortisol levels. If that doesn't sound like much, consider this: Normally, the adrenal glands secrete cortisol in response to an acute crisis, which temporarily boosts immune function. If your cortisol levels stay high even after the crisis, they can compromise the immune system. Temporary boosts of cortisol help with long-term memory, but chronically high levels undermine memory and may lead to permanent changes in the brain. Additionally, excessive cortisol has been linked with major depression, osteoporosis (it extracts calcium and other minerals from bones and interferes with the laying down of new bone), high blood pressure, and insulin resistance. In rats, high cortisol levels lead to what researchers call "food-seeking behavior" (the kind that drives you to eat when you're upset, angry, or stressed). The body takes those extra calories and distributes them as fat in the abdomen, contributing to weight gain and the risk of diabetes and heart attack. ~Timothy McCall, M.D.

Let Natarajasana cultivate love and open-heartedness in you!