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Savoring What You Eat
This holiday, you can relieve your stress levels, feel
satisfied and maintain better health by making important changes
to your eating habits. One way is to eat whole, fresh foods,
staying away from processed foods with empty calories. In addition
to nutrients, whole foods contain prana, a life energy, that
benefits health and well-being.
Another way is to incorporate the six tastes of Ayurveda to
each meal. These include: 1) Sweet: such as brown sugar and rice;
2) Sour: like lemons and cheese; 3) Salt: such as salt and
pretzels; 4) Bitter: Leafy greens and turmeric; 5) Pungent: or
spicy Spicy-hot foods, such as salsa, ginger and black pepper; and
6) Astringent: Beans and apples
When you experience all six tastes you will feel more satisfied
quickly and have greater energy. Want to know more about what
these foods do? Read Gabriel Vanloom's article.
Welcome to our vibrant yoga community. This monthly
newsletter serves to provide you with resources to nourish
your practice and inspire your spirit.
If you have yoga questions or would like to see a
featured topic, let me know. Namaste, Monica Paredes
|Yoga Retreat in Italy
Imagine sitting in Easy
Pose, overlooking undulating hills of fruit trees, breathing
in the fresh air of the serene Italian landscape. After your
yoga class and a fresh breakfast, you join your fellow yogis
for a tour of architecture in Orvieto or Rome at night.
Others choose to journal or swim by the pool or take a
bicycle ride to explore the nearby medieval town. The
evenings magically end with a sunset meditation.
This isn't a dream, it's our yoga retreat in Sabina,
Italy, led by me! From June 12-19, 2004, experience daily
yoga and meditation in a transformational place. There are
only 5 spaces left, so reserve your space soon!
Simple Gift Ideas
Even with a tight budget,
gift-giving can be enjoyable with some imagination and a
little creativity. Tap into your intuition to determine what
is unique about the individual, then create a theme.
Whether it's assembling a gift package based on the
chakras or a favorite movie, having a theme helps to tie it
all together. Try the Visshudha or Throat chakra,
representing purification and communication. Include a light
blue candle, a book of poetry or a journal, a soothing CD
and a turquoise stone.
Other ideas include: date night, stress relief, a poem or
a coupon book for your personal services. This may require
more thought, but the recipient will feel special that you
took the time.
more yoga gift ideas ;
Some Schedule Changes
On Sunday, December 7th,
I'm giving a Shoulder and Neck Release workshop at
Racquetball & Fitness (281 Club) at 1:30 p.m.
From December 18 - January 6, I will be away on vacation.
If you need to reach me, I will have access to e-mail and
will check as often as I can. May
you have a peaceful, joyous and healthy holiday!
teaching schedule ;
A Priceless Experience
When we were married last
year, my husband and I agreed that for our anniversary,
instead of gifts, we would plan an experience. This past
June we learned to make rustic breads at a local cooking
school. Pedro has become an expert at making Baps, a
Next year we are planning on learning Chinese. Just today
we read in e-Week that Chinese will be the number 1 language
on the Internet by 2005. So instead of learning to speak the
language and choosing one of its dialects, we're going to
focus on reading it.
Let us know if there's an experience you've found
memorable or interesting. We'll share some of them in the