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 Mountain Views News Saturday, September 7, 2013 



by Lori Koop, Right Brain Business Coach 

As a budding art school student, she was confident in her designs. She followed 
her heart and created work she loved. No matter what the faculty said, 
she remained true. It was clear she knew who she was and what she wanted to 
accomplish. Her intuition -- her right brain -- guided her. 

After several years in the fashion business and a “failed” business attempt, 
things had changed. She no longer believed. The years of real life had played a 
tune of struggle that she now believed instead. Fear and doubt overshadowed 
her spirit’s voice, and she was stuck. Through coaching, we uncovered the 
thought “I’m not good enough.” 

This happens to many people. They enter the workforce with enthusiasm and 
hope, determined to change the 
world. The song of theory plays a magical tune. But as 
they encounter real world circumstances, supportive 
thoughts change to... “This is too hard! I can’t make it in 
this economy. There’s too much competition.” And the 
dream begins to fade. 

Square 3 is the “Hero’s Saga,” and it’s called that for a 
reason. The dream, when put into practice, often falls 
short of expectations. What sounded good on paper 
often doesn’t prove so easy in real life. Unfortunately, 
the fact is that ideas usually don’t work the first time. 
Nobody tells us that, but it’s true. The Hero’s Saga is a 
season of trials and errors; it is trying to figure out how 
to make the dream a reality. It’s the same for everyone. 
And depending on what it is, it can take hours. Or years! 

When we understand it takes time and trials, we can 
stay positive and productive. Revise your idea and 
try again. Get the support you need to stay clear. The 
thought “I’m not good enough” will never get you to 
Square 4 and “The Promised Land.” If that’s where you 
want to go, choose again… how about “it’s not easy, and 
that’s okay.”

 Lori Koop, Career Reinvention . . . a Right Brain Approach. 
Do work you truly love! Schedule a complimentary session, 626-
921-6315 (Sierra Madre)

This morning in the studio many people were speaking about how much 
they love it.

It happens every day. We are so blessed to have such a wonderful space, such wonderful teachers and 
a fabulous community of practitioners. From those of us in gentle class to those of us in the advanced 
class, we are all coming together and our lives are better for it. See, it’s all about perspective.

In yoga we learn to change the prana or the energy. This has a huge beneficial outcome on the way 
we view the world. This is why we feel so good after we practice. We are balanced and focused. 
According to the great sage Patanjali, “Yoga is the ability to direct the mind exclusively toward an 
object and sustain that direction without any distractions.” (definition from the Yoga Sutras in The 
Heart of Yoga by T.K.V. Desikchar) or in another translation: “Yoga is experienced in that mind 
which has ceased to identify itself with its vacillating waves of perception.” (Mukunda Stiles) 

 -Vascillating waves of perception, hmmmmm? So, what we are saying is that you can choose how 
you want to see the world, if you can get a hold of your thoughts and direct them. Thus, we can be 
happier. Wow, can prozac do that? Yoga is really the all –natural, anti-depressant. It teaches us not 
to identify with the thoughts that are dragging us down and causing us misery. But to choose the 
thoughts that are serving us. We can become our truest selves. The ones we were born to be, with 
talent, creativity, open hearts and ready to serve each other.

Sounds easier said than done? Well, it is by learning to consciously shape your breath and body that 
leads to this conscious shaping of thought. That’s why us yogis are smiling. That is what keeps us 
coming back every day. We long to see the beauty in the world, and as we deepen our practice the 
beauty begins to jump out at us more and more everyday.

Thank you to all our amazing family of yogis, for embracing a better way!

See you in class.

Om Shanti! René


BUYING? By Dr. Tina 

The Environmental Working Group, the nation’s leading environmental health 
research and advocacy organization, has found that people who eat five non-organic 
(conventional) fruits or vegetables a day consume on average 10 pesticides. There’s 
plenty of research that shows small doses of pesticides and chemicals can cause harm 
to humans. With a little forethought, there are things you can do to limit your intake 
of these dangerous chemicals. 

Take a few minutes and rinse your produce. It won’t eliminate pesticide residue but 
it will reduce it. You can peel your vegetables and fruits but then you risk losing 
valuable nutrients when the skin is thrown away. The best advice is to buy organic 
when possible or buy from a local farmers market where you know the farm does not 
use pesticides. Since farmers have to pay to be certified organic, local farmers may 
not chose to do so. Buying organic can come at a small premium. Here are two top 
10 lists that will help you prioritize what you should buy organic based on what has 
the most pesticide residues. 


The best rule of thumb is to buy organic whenever possible and using the above list to 
help you prioritize. But remember, while eating organic is best for your health, it is 
better to eat conventionally grown produce rather than to not eat fruit and vegetables 
at all. 

The Cleanest (containing the 
least pesticide residue)

1. Asparagus
2. Avocado
3. Cabbage
4. Cantaloupe
5. Sweet Corn
6. Eggplant
7. Grapefruit
8. Kiwi
9. Mango
10. Mushrooms

The Dirtiest (containing the 
most pesticide residue)

1. Apples
2. Celery
3. Cherry Tomatoes
4. Cucumbers
5. Grapes
6. Hot Peppers
7. Nectarines (imported)
8. Peaches
9. Potatoes
10. Spinach

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



The Atacama Large Millimeter/sub-millimeter Array (ALMA) radio telescope in the 
Atacama desert of northern Chile has just opened a new window to the Universe, in 
the 500 GHz frequency band. 

Astronomers have successfully synthesized the distribution of atomic carbon around 
the planetary nebula NGC 6302 in test observations with the ALMA Band 8 receiver, 
developed by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ). This is the 
first 500 GHz-band astronomical image captured by a radio interferometer with 
unprecedentedly high resolution.

NGC 6302 is a planetary nebula, which is in the final stage of the life of a star with a 
mass several times that of the Sun. Visible-light images of this nebula show a bipolar 
shape of gas ejected from the dying star. ALMA, using its Band 8 receivers, targeted 
the center of the nebula and revealed that the distribution of carbon atoms there is 
concentrated in a small part of the nebula, which is similar to a dust and gas disk 
around the central star that has been found by previous observations with other 
telescopes. Further observations of carbon atoms with better resolution will no doubt 
give a more detailed view of the chemical environment in the nebula.

So far, observations in the 500 GHz band, including emission line from cosmic carbon 
atoms, have been made with single-dish radio telescopes. The typical spatial resolution 
of those observations is 15 arcseconds or larger (1 arcsecond corresponds to 1/3600 
of 1 degree). However, the ALMA array has already achieved nearly five times better 
resolution—3.5 arcseconds in this test observation. By installing the receiver in all of 
the 66 ALMA antennas, the resolution will become far better than this—by 400 times. 
Astronomers around the world have high expectations for future observations with 
Band 8 receivers.

Yutaro Sekimoto, an associate professor at NAOJ and the leader of the Band 8 receiver 
development team at the NAOJ’s advanced Technology Center, says, “I deeply 
appreciate the long and hard efforts of all staff to realize ALMA observation of the 
carbon atom. I expect that further ALMA observations will unveil the evolutionary 
process of interstellar matter.”

The Atacama Large Millimeter/sub-millimeter Array (ALMA) is an astronomical 
interferometer of radio telescopes in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile. Since 
a high and dry site is crucial to millimeter wavelength operations, the array has 
been constructed on the Chajnantor plateau at 16,500 feet altitude. Consisting of 66 
12-meter and 7-meter radio telescopes, ALMA has been fully operational since March 


Soon after the Sun dips below the western horizon on Sunday, September 8th, anyone 
looking in that direction will see a dramatic sight: a pretty crescent Moon paired 
closely with the dazzling planet Venus, the “Evening Star. Although the celestial duo 
might seem close together, Venus is actually more than 400 times farther away—100 
million miles, compared to about 235,000 miles for the Moon.

When the sky darkens a bit, try also looking to the upper left of the Moon and Venus—by about the 
width of your fist at arm’s length—to spot the ringed planet Saturn. To the duo’s lower right, not quite 
as far away, is the star Spica.

You can contact Bob Eklund at:

Planetary Nebula NGC 6302. The right image is the composite of ALMA Band 8 (yellow) and the Hubble Space Telescope 
(gray). Upper left image is the whole view of NGC 6302 taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. Lower left panel 
shows the line profile of atomic carbon. Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope