in this issue
"The Essence of the Kripalu tradition of meditation, in
contemporary terms, is the whole idea of being present to life
unfolding versus just stilling the mind or getting somewhere
with the mind."
Breathe: To breathe fully and deeply is to be alive in
the body and centered in the present moment.
Relax: To relax allows a softening and a gentle release
Feel: To feel is to sensitize and become aware of the
life force that energizes and heals the body.
Watch: To watch without attachment or judgment all that
comes up in each moment, developing spacious awareness.
Allow: To allow is to let go and "open to the grace of
being fully alive."
From: Sudhir Jonathan Foust's "Energy of Awareness
Meditations" available through the Kripalu Shop. For those who
miss the Kripalu experience in Lenox, MA, this brings you right
This monthly newsletter, published by writer and yogi
Monica Paredes, is created to provide resources to
nourish your practice and inspire your spirit. Please
contact me for comments or suggestions.
I've decided to change my name from Exhale Yoga to
Heart Practice Yoga. With the launch of my new
publishing company, Heart Practice Publishing, LLP, it
seems like a good time to connect all. Web site changes
are soon to follow. I thank you for your support
throughout the years and continue to be inspired by you.
A Steady Focus
Sometimes you may find your mind wandering in class as
you look around the room to see what others are doing.
Here are helpful tools from other yoga traditions. I
liked Doug Swenson's image of inhaling and imagining the
waves washing onto the shore and, on the exhale, sending
those waves back out to sea. It is transformative
especially when you engage the ujjayi breath for an even
count on the inhale and exhale.
I found Ashtanga's Lino Miele's insistence on a gaze
point, whether it's the tip of your nose, the breath or
the thumb in every movement. Deepening the breath and
sending all your focus to one point can feel fluid.
The hand mudras incorporated into various sun
salutations as practiced in Kali Ray's TriYoga are so
graceful that the sequences feel more like a dance as
the hands create expressions. The body seems more
Anusara's John Friend says if you dedicate your
practice to someone who needs a prayer or someone you
love, it gives you the juice to continue, when you want
to come out of a posture. I find this especially true
when we are in triangle and our hearts open wide and our
hand extends up to touch our loved one. These are some
gems to calm a busy mind.
Workshops & Classes
Yoga for Runners
Racquetball & Fitness, Bandera Pointe
Saturday, Mar. 6, 2004
A Yoga Workshop for Runners (fast-walkers, included)
This workshop will explore yoga postures and breath
control to foster healthy, relaxed, muscles that run
more efficiently and provide better "shock absorbers"
than rigid ones.
After a dynamic yoga warm up, bringing oxygen to the
large muscle groups, you'll practice postures with
specific focus on the strengthening, alignment, and deep
stretching of areas that often undergo trauma in
running: The arches of the feet, ankles, Achilles
tendons, knees, hamstrings, quads, hips, and lower back.
Current schedule here... »
A Concert to Soothe and Inspire Your Soul
Sun., March 14, 2004
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
The Yoga Place
I am pleased to announce that Mad Agnes, my favorite
Connecticut group, is coming to our little studio in San
Antonio. If you're a fan of accomplished instrumentalism
and intricate harmonies, this is the band to see. Join
"Mad Agnes isn't really mad at all," says Pete
Fornatale (of WFUV in New York), unless mad also means
quirky, intelligent, warm, insightful, and humorous. Mad
Agnes' music - created by Margo Hennebach, Adrienne
Jones, and Mark Saunders - delights, incites, and heals.
They do it with rich, heart-rending three-part
harmonies, synergistic musicianship, and clever
songwriting that is at once familiar and completely
unique. " $15 by March 13, $18 at the door. Reserve
early, space is limited.
More details here... »
A Valentine for You
Just a reminder to take some time to love yourself. Read
a book with some tea, take a walk outside if it is warm
enough, sit in a steamy bath...
Breathe deeply and stay present. Thich Nhat Hanh
says: "Beathing in I calm my body. Breathing out I
smile. Dwelling in the present moment, I know this is a