Download a pdf version of the newsletter. January 2013 Newletter
If you are finding that you or your children are cranky, irritable or prone to arguing as the day wears on, consider whether you all have had enough sleep. Without a sufficient amount of time to tune out the senses and sleep each night, our brain can not function properly. You may notice right away that simple tasks are a challenge to accomplish, and your body may suddenly feel like it’s not cooperation and becomes clumsy. Over time, poor sleeping habits have a lasting effect on the body’s health, such as a decrease in immunity (more sickness) or lack of necessary hormones for proper growth.
At the end of a busy day you may find that it is hard to relax and fall to sleep. Here are some ideas to help:
One hour before Bedtime, get yourself organized for the next day. Many times people wait until right before bed to think about the next day. You find yourself preparing and running late past bed time.
30 minutes before Bedtime, choose a relaxing, calming activity to. Reading a book, listening to soft music are two ideas. But stay away from digital games or even TV programs with a lot of action or intense drama. These tend to stimulate brain activity and cause you to spend more time trying to relax before sleeping.
10 minutes fore Bedtime, follow a relaxing routine. Maybe a warm cloth on the eyes for a few minutes. Or try a self-massage or gentle stretching.
At Bedtime, focus on relaxing. Take a moment at each part of your body to squeeze and release tension from the muscles. Take several deep relaxing breaths. Visualize a calm and happy place to concentrate your mind on relaxing into rest.
“Without enough sleep, we all become tall two-year-olds.” ~JoJo Jensen, Dirt Farmer Wisdom, 2002
Did you know the human body is almost 60% water? If you just look at our muscles, they are about 80% water, and our blood is 90% water.
Water is the most important nutrient for the human body and is necessary for every bodily function. So it is important this summer, and at every season in the year, to drink plenty of fluids.
Have a water bottle filled and within reach all day long. I like to flavor mine with a couple drops of pure lemon juice. Even juice or milk can rehydrate the body. But be careful of drinks that contain high amounts of sodium, which will cause the body to retain water. The body needs to pass the fluids through the body to remove toxins.
And if you are outside in the heat or expending a higher amount of calories where you will sweat, hydrate a little more often.
~ Jaycie Puttlitz
What better way to celebrate the end of the school year by having our highly anticipated sleepover! Check out the flyer below for all the information. Questions? Send us an email or ask us after class.
What an exciting color belt testing we just had. Congratulations to all those who tested. Master St. Pierre and I enjoyed seeing and hearing the energy from all participants. We would also like to thank the parents for cheering on the sidelines. Now that everyone has a fresh belt around their waists it’s time to learn the new patterns and techniques. Private lessons are available through Mr. Alisa for those who would like to have one-on-one specialized lessons. To schedule a private lesson contact Mr. Alisa via email. Also, join us on Wednesdays for patterns class with Master Dewyea.
Here are some photos from our testing. More photos will be available on our facebook page soon.
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We are closed this Saturday and Monday in observance of Memorial Day. Please enjoy your long weekend off.
Here is the schedule for the color belt testing (Monday: May 14th)
Please remember to wear your white uniform top and pants.