Heart Practice Yoga
. July 2004 Yoga - Art - Expression
. Heart Practice Yoga Newsletter
In this issue
From Italy with Love

There's something about international travel that tests our practice of attraction and aversion: so many languages, symbols, smells and cultures. The experience is a true mirror of our insides. Can we let go of what we think it should be?

In Sabina, nothing could have prepared me for the breathtaking sunrises and lovingly cooked meals, the pleasure of simplicity and finding treasures in medieval towns. I never imagined the intimacy of group dinners on the brick patio, watching the sun set behind the mountains and the twinkling lights of fireflies competing with the stars. Our tour guide, Carlo, was a charming local with intriguing personal stories and friends who baked cookies for our group. Not even the theft at the airport or unexpected costs clouded the miracle of every unfolding moment.

This was my first international yoga retreat and I highly recommend the experience to any teacher out there. For some students, it was their first time in Europe. For our Germany students, it was their first time practicing Kripalu yoga. Even as the teacher and organizer, I experienced many "firsts," too, and we all grew to love some of the most incredible places-- inside and around us.

If you are interested in hosting a yoga retreat in Sabina, Italy, I would be happy to share the organization details and information.

To view In Sabina retreat photos...

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This monthly newsletter is created to provide you with resources to nourish your practice and inspire your spirit. Please send an e-mail if there is anything you would like to see featured for our yoga community. - Namaste, Monica Paredes

The Genuine Science of the Mind
Fresh from Italy, I was invited to listen to the teachings of the Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche who was leading a week-long retreat at the Omega Center in San Antonio. It has been quite a summer so far! "Acknowledged as both a meditation master and one of the foremost scholars and educators of his generation in the Nyingma and Kagyu schools of Tibetan Buddhism, Rinpoche is known for his sharp intellect, humor, and the lucidity of his teaching style."

According to Rinpoche, there are two natures of the mind: basic state (or original reality) and the temporal mind. Rinpoche states that the Buddha's teachings (dharma) are the wisdom and methods to work with the different states of mind and consciousness; "[it] is nothing but a genuine science of the mind."

He says the Buddha wisdom is like pure water: fluid, clean and transparent. It has the flexibility to take the shape of its container; it has no color, but reflects color. It has no language or culture, but uses language and culture to distribute the "water" to benefit the world.

The ability to hold the "water" depends on its container and three particular traits: 1) The container must be clean and pure, which means our motivations and intentions must have clarity and precision; 2) The container must be be sealed of leaks, so we must practice mindfulness; and 3) The container must not be upside-down, so our minds must be open. Pride closes our minds. I love the poetry of Buddhist philosophy, but more importantly, I appreciate learning about all the spiritual paths that connect us.

Get recordings of his teachings...


More Class Choices This Summer
For the month of July and the first week in August, I will be substituting for Jane Goldstein, while she enjoys a teaching adventure in Pennsylvania.

In addition to my current Tuesday and Thursday 9-10 a.m. classes at Racquetball & Fitness, and 5:45-6:45 p.m. prenatal class at The Yoga Place, I will be teaching Hatha Basics on Tuesdays from 1-2:15 p.m. at The Synergy Studio, beginning July 6th.

Also, I will be teaching a Wednesday evening Hatha class at The Yoga Place from 5:30-6:45 p.m. beginning July 14th.

Private lessons are still available if you need a little extra instruction.

For a complete schedule...


The Art of the Yamas and Niyamas
"I just wanted to tell you again how wonderful your cards are. I have used all of them in class and each week I have one I focus on in my own practice. Thank you for this gift, it is a sweet reminder of how sacred this practice of yoga is."

"What a fabulous idea! I love what you have written on each card. Your words are so powerful and yet simple enough where you really grasp the essence of the teachings of yoga."

Be inspired. These practice cards introduce new and lifelong yogis to the creative side of yoga through the doorway of the yamas and niyamas. Establish themes for your classes with readings and sample postures, then display the art on its stand to brighten your space.

One set includes 10 practice cards and a plastic display stand. $14.95 plus tax. Wholesale inquiries are welcome. You can also view all 10 images at thirdeyestudio.net.

To order and see a sample...


Desiree Rumbaugh is coming to San Antonio!
Renowned Anusara teacher Desiree Rumbaugh will be leading a special week-end workshop entitled "Endless Possibilities." This is a rare opportunity to learn from one of the most celebrated and respected teachers worldwide. Her events fill up quickly, so please reserve your space early.

Combining the finite Universal Principles of Alignment with the infinite power of the imagination can take us to places we've not yet been in our yoga practice. Driven by the desire of our hearts to open and change, we constantly seek out and experiment with new ways of doing familiar things.

Fri., Sept. 17: 7-9 p.m. Opening to Grace: Hip Openers $35

Sat., Sept. 18: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Flowing with Grace, The Energy That Transforms: Backbends & Arm Balances $45

Sat., Sept. 18: 2:30-4:30 p.m. Patience & Flexibility: Forward Bends & Inversions $35

Sun., Sept. 19: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Healing the Body & Opening the Heart: Yoga Therapeutics $45

Cost: Entire Workshop - $145 if paid by 8/1; $160 after. Segments are listed above. For out-of- towners coming for the weekend, we can try and find hosts for you to stay with if you sign up early.

"Desiree Rumbaugh is a true treasure of a yoga instructor. The combination of an exceptionally beautiful yoga practice, highly creative instructions, and vibrantly charismatic personality make Desiree one of the top yoga instructors in the U.S." -John Friend, founder of Anusara Yoga

To reserve your space...


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