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. January 2004 Kripalu Yoga in Action
. Exhale Yoga Newsletter
in this issue
Unfold the True You

Successful resolutions seem to have three essential elements:
1) they are based in compassion (ahimsa);
2) there is a measurable plan (tapas); and
3) the process becomes more fulfilling than the result (santosha).

For those deciding to start the year fresh, do it with the intention to energize your life instead of feeling that you are not thin enough, wealthy enough or more educated. In considering where to start, improving your health should always be at the top of the list.

Here are some suggestions:

Weight-less: Eat sensibly when you're hungry, stop when you're full and exercise. That's the secret. Find an activity you enjoy (yoga!) then find others who enjoy moving.

Self expression: Join or start a creative writing, needle pointing, movie, photography or water coloring group. I loved our Scottsdale Goddess Group where artistic women got together to nosh, discuss projects and share ideas once a month.

Mind matters: Create or reignite a passion for a hobby. Play the guitar, take singing or belly dancing lessons, learn Quicken, snap away with your new digital camera, or better yet, teach!

See better: Go somewhere new. Take in the sights, smells and cuisine of someplace different, even for a day. Or go somewhere familiar, like the zoo, with a child.

When you are truly enjoying your life, the pounds come off, the money is managed, and you are more beautiful to those who are inspired by your enthusiasm.

Quick Links...
Dear Monica,

This monthly newsletter, published by writer and yogi Monica Paredes, is created to provide resources to nourish your practice and inspire your spirit.

I hope your New Year (Chinese Year of the Monkey in February) brings you much happiness and health. Please contact me if you have yoga questions or would like to see a featured topic. Namaste.

Two Things
There were two things I particularly enjoyed over my holiday vacation (ok, golf, three). One was reading Life of Pi by Yann Martel. It is one of the best stories I've read in a long time. The author created an endearing character in Pi and did it in a humorous and intelligent way. It was nice to recognize passages from the Gita and to learn about other religions. Pi has a love of God and zoology...I'll leave it at that.

The second was a Christmas present from Pedro entitled Learn Sanskrit in 30 Days, by Kizhathur Srinivasachariar. The cover says its the "easiest way to learn Sanskrit, read Sanskrit, write Sanskrit, speak Sanskrit and converse Sanskrit through English." Despite it's deceivingly small size, it is comprehensive and user-friendly. I'll let you know, it's only my 3rd day. Anyone interested in conversing in Sanskrit?

More books to feed your mind...

Workshops & Classes

Hip Openers
The Yoga Place
Friday, Jan. 23, 2004
6:30 - 9 p.m., $20
If you regularly experience knee, shoulder, or lower back pain, you may be suffering from the effects of tight hip muscles. Using various yoga therapy methods, we'll explore basic anatomy and physiology of the hip area and discover relief in familiar postures.

I am currently teaching classes and workshops at The Yoga Place-San Antonio and Racquetball & Fitness. You can find Kripalu classes for beginners & intermediate students as well as prenatal and specialty workshops. "Girl's Night In" is scheduled for February and "Yoga for Golfers" is scheduled for March (anything to combine my favorite things). Check the Web for schedule updates and details.

Current schedule here...

Yoga Retreat in Sabina, Italy

June 12 - 19, 2004

As of December 28th, all the spaces in our Italy trip have been filled. Seventeen students are coming from as far as Virginia and Arizona to Texas. If you are not able to make it this time, there will be future trips to transformative places.

For those attending the retreat, here is the first in a series of useful Italian phrases: "C'e qualcuno che parla inglese?" (Does anyone speak English?)

More on the Italy Retreat...

Artistic Inspiration

Artist Bruce Bowditch of Third Eye Studio and I are collaborating on a project which is scheduled for publication in the next couple of months. I first saw Bruce's work back in May and was astounded by his colors and symbolism depicted in cards and posters.

Each image is the expression of the artist's deep commitment to a yogic way of life, to yoga's rich history and its contemporary emergence and place in the West. To create these original, ornate and richly detailed images, traditional painting techniques combine with photography in the digital medium of the computer. I'm honored to be working with him.

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