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 Mountain Views News Saturday, August 24, 2013 



by Lori Koop, Right Brain Business Coach 

“Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that 
when you do it, it is not all mixed up.” – A. A. Milne

Imagine arriving in a foreign country without a written plan or map. Where 
would you go? What would you do? You’d certainly waste a lot of time wandering 
around, trying to make sense of things and find your way. And chances are 
good that you would run out of time before you got to see all the things you 
really came to see.

An itinerary requires upfront work, but it streamlines the effort when you arrive 
so that you can get to see everything. That’s why you came, right?!! It gives 
focus to the limited time you have. And identifies clearly the steps you will take 
to get to your destinations. 

Many people start their businesses with little more than an impassioned idea and the determination 
to “make it work.” With the internet, it’s easy to jump in -- anyone can do it. Personally, I LOVE that! 
But just because you can be in business doesn’t mean you know how to do business. After a few 
wrong turns and miscalculations, it’s obvious how easy it is to waste time.

A business plan is like an itinerary: it gives clear and organized information about where you want 
to go, and the steps you plan to take to get there. It considers carefully the best, most efficient use of 
your time. It maps out how your big vision will become 
a reality and provides clear directions. 

There are many ways to create a business plan. Just 
google “business plan.” Find the method that speaks to 
you. The key is to DO IT! Not just wish for it. Decide 
where you will go and what you will do. Put it in writing 
so you don’t forget. Or get lost.

For the sake of your business, make a plan… a plan to 

P.S. For those who cringe at the dry, traditional methods, 
there is another way. I teach a visual approach 
called the Right Brain Business Plan. It invites the 
imaginative, right brain into the process. You create a 
VISUAL MAP with words and pictures. For more information, 
go to “Classes” on my website: LORiKOOP.
com. Classes resume in September throughout Southern 
California… both weekend intensives and 8-week 
courses. Join me! Register by August 31st and receive the book 
and all art supplies for FREE. 

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Lori Koop, The Right Brain Business Coach

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Pranayama begins at your very first yoga class. First, we learn to close the mouth 
and just breathe through the nose, becoming aware of the breath. Just listening to 
the sound of the inhale and exhale is helpful. Noticing the rhythm of the breath is next, is it smooth? 
Are the inhales equal to the exhales? You hear these questions asked in class all the time. 

Our breath tells a lot about how we're doing too. Is the breath shallow? Are we holding the breath? 
Are we just sighing out our exhaustion? Shallow breath could indicate anxiety, nervousness, fear, even 
excitement. Lots of sighs? Sounds like a mom who needs a break. 

Great thing about the practice of pranayama. We can use it almost anywhere. At one point in time I 
was working in a busy office, totally stressed out. Someone suggested taking ten deep breaths at the 
top of each hour, taken with control. This was perfect for me. And it helped quell those anxious moments. 
Just like that I had a one-minute pranayama practice that I could do at work! 

Add some asana (yoga poses) with the breath; and boom, Magic! Using pranayama and asana together 
can produce amazing results. And at times, become what's called a "moving meditation" benefiting 
body, mind, and soul. 

We start out very simple , and then progress to many, many other forms of pranayama. 

In this practice, we deepen our focus, awareness, and sense of calm. We might even find ourselves 
pausing to breathe before reacting and answering a question. At that point, we know it's working. 


Keely Totten, Teaching Saturdays at Yoga Madre


by Dr. Tina 

Does it matter when we eat or what we eat? 

Unfortunately, for those of us who love food, the answer is yes! 
Food that is consumed at night is not processed as efficiently as it 
is during the day. After dinner what happens in our life? We wind 
down, we prepare to end our day. That is what we should be doing 
the last hour or two of our day…preparing for sleep. What is the 
purpose of sleep? Sleep is when we recharge and when our bodies 
repair. Our bodies need all their resources for this task. If it has 
to work on digesting food, because that would be a priority for the 
body if there is food present in the digestive system, then very little 
repair happens.


It is not uncommon to have disrupted sleep when we go to bed after eating a large or hard 
to digest meal too close to bedtime. This is because the body is working hard to digest 
what was recently eaten. Meat takes longer than any other foods to digest. For good health, 
avoiding eating meat late at night, as it tends to stay in the digestive tract longer than grains, 
fruits, or vegetables. If we are using the body’s energy to digest food during the night, then 
we are not giving the body that precious cleaning time that it needs to help fight off disease, 
as well as help repair and rejuvenate us.

My recommendation….try to eat dinner by 6pm or at least 3 hours before bedtime and 
avoiding eating large quantities of harder to digest foods like meat and heavily processed 
foods at night. For more on this subject, see by blog article this week at www.vibrantlivingwc.

Dr. Tina is a traditional naturopath and nutritionist at Vibrant Living Wellness Center

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