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Special Events and Workshops

"The Birth of Venus" by Sandro Botticelli

Celebrating the
Sacred Feminine

Tuesday, March 30, 2004
6 - 8:30 p.m.


San Antonio Museum of Art



A term described in Dan Brown's novel The DaVinci Code, the sacred feminine speaks of the divine and powerful qualities of women throughout the ages. In this special evening we will practice yoga, focusing on postures that inspire grace, movement and creativity. The practice will be followed by a museum tour of the Gilding the Lily exhibit and concludes with tea and talk.

Gilding the Lily: Women’s Styles in Ancient Greece and Rome
"Drawn from the Museum’s extensive collection of Greek and Roman antiquities, Gilding the Lily examines women in the ancient world through sculpture as well as objects including vases, jewelry, diadems and glass vessels that were used to hold cosmetics and unguents (scented oils used as perfume). Style in the ancient world was not just a matter of fashion; it was a public statement of a woman’s social, political and religious standing in the community. This exhibition focuses on the fashion styles of women in the ancient world, as reflected in representations of women in sculpture and vase-painting, as well as in archaeological remains such as jewelry, cosmetic vessels, and personal possessions." -SAMA

The fee for the event is $25 and pre-registration is required due to limited space. Please call 210-381-2389 or click here to reserve your space.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Museum.


"When I found the beautiful white
bones in the desert I picked them up
and took them home too...I have used these
things to say what is to me the wideness and
wonder of the world as I live in it."
Georgia O'Keeffe

In Harmony with Nature

with Monica Paredes
and Jane Goldstein

Saturday, April 10, 2004
9 a.m. - 12 noon


The McNay Art Museum



Yoga can bring us new awareness of our bodies, thoughts, emotions and feelings. It can also connect us to the wonder of our surroundings--all those things that are shared among living beings. In the magical landscape of The McNay Art Museum, we will practice yoga outside, savoring movements and postures that remind us of nature. Then, in walking meditation, we will move through the grounds, taking in the sculptures, flora and fragrance of spring, stopping often to reflect on our path. We encourage you to bring a journal to capture the moments. Then we will move inside for a private 45-minute tour of the galleries witnessing nature and all its splendid colors captured by Impressionist and more contemporary artists. A light refreshment concludes the event.

Half of the event is outdoors so we recommend wearing sneakers and comfortable clothes in layers that allow you to stretch. Bring a mat and umbrella (in case of rain) and any journaling tools you would like. After the event, you are welcome to stay and enjoy the museum and its noon guest speaker, or gather at Twin Sisters Cafe a block away.

The Colors of Nature in the Impressionist and Abstract Works
"Housed in what was the home of the late Marion Koogler McNay, the McNay Art Museum focuses primarily on 19th- and 20th- century European and American art. Artists featured include Cézanne, Picasso, Gauguin, Matisse, O’Keeffe, Cassatt, and Hopper. The museum’s collection of prints and drawings is one of the finest in the Southwest. The Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts is one of the premier collections of its kind in the country. Contemporary art and modern sculpture are growing strengths of the McNay collection, which now numbers over 14,000 objects.

The McNay was the first modern art museum in Texas. Marion Koogler McNay left her art collection, her Spanish Colonial Revival-style residence, and an endowment "for the advancement and enjoyment of modern art." The 23 acres of grounds, which include fountains, broad lawns and a Japanese- inspired garden and fishpond, are popular for picnics and photography. The museum also features a research library with 30,000 volumes, the 300-seat Leeper Auditorium, and a Museum Store."

The fee for the event is $25 and pre-registration is required due to limited space. Please call 210-381-2389 or click here to reserve your space.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Museum.



30 by 30 Yoga and Running

This six-week 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. Yoga is an excellent tool for improving running form and breathing technique, and this program allows you to immediately incorporate the yoga principles into your run.


Workshop Dates: Saturdays, June 26 - July 31, 2004
Workshop Time: 7:15 - 8:30 am
Frequency: 1 meeting/week
Location: Run Gear Run,
18720 Stone Oak Parkway #150, San Antonio, TX 78258
Runners of all levels

Workshop Dates: Tuesdays, Sept. 7 - Oct. 12
Workshop Time:
6:30 - 7:45 am
Frequency: 1 meeting/week
Location: Run Gear Run,
18720 Stone Oak Parkway #150, San Antonio, TX 78258
Runners of all levels

Types of workouts: The workout begins with 30 minutes of runner-specific yoga. 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. You'll also learn deep releasing postures for the hip rotators and hamstrings, for a longer, freer stride.

Following the yoga session, we will go for a 30 minute run, taking advantage of the loose, warm muscle groups. By bringing your body and mind into balance and alignment through the practice of yoga, you can run with vigor for years to come.

Registration: $60 registration fee

Click here to register online, or register in-store.


Ansuara Weekend: Endless Possibilities
Desirée Rumbaugh
September 17 - 19, 2004

Endless Possibilities: 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. All levels of students are welcome.

Desirée Rumbaugh has been a senior student of John Friend for over ten years, and was one of the first to be certified to teach Anusara Yoga. John Friend's powerful influence, along with Grace, has transformed her practice and her life so that she is compelled to continue exploring the endless possibilities that are a result of connecting the human body with the conscious mind and eternal spirit.

Desirée has a strong foundation in Iyengar Yoga and is at home in the practice of Anusara Yoga, which is a uniquely integrated approach in which the art of inner body awareness powerfully blends with the science of biomechanics. Desiree is the director of Arizona Yoga in Scottsdale, AZ.

“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

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: 2-4 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

Cost: Entire Workshop - $145 if paid by 9/1; $160 after.
Segments are listed above.
This workshop fills up quickly, so reserve your space early.

Make check payable to:
Monica Paredes
1319 View Top
San Antonio, TX 78258
e-mail: monica@triumbra.com



Desirée will teach a special Master Class for Racquetball & Fitness on Friday, September 17 from 4:45 - 6 p.m.

Cost is $5 for members and $15 for non-members. Call R&F directly for this class only at 210-490-9161. Space is limited to only 40 participants so sign up soon.


Location and Lodging

Heart and Soul Yoga Studio (map on website: www.heartandsoulyoga.org)
Overnight "sleep-over style" accommodations On-Sight for up to 8 people: $25 per person per night (bring own linens & towels), vegetarian breakfast included. Additional fee of $15 for linens & towel.

Vegetarian lunch available Saturday & Sunday for $10 per person per day (pre-payment required).

Nearby Restaurants:
The Vineyards - 1 mile from Heart and Soul Studio
Capparelli's - about 6 miles from Studio @ FM 3009 & Nagadoches
Schlotskys, Bill Miller Bar B Que, Taco Cabana, Arby's, Pizza Hut, KFC, McDonalds all at I-35 & FM 3009 (about 10 miles from studio)

Area accomadations:

For out-of-town guests who register early, we can try and place you with a host family if you prefer. Please call Monica at 210-381-2389.

Atrium Inn @ I-35 & FM 3009, Phone: 210-651-4100 (aprox 10 miles from Heart & Soul Studio) |   Rates: 79.95 dbl per night (20% disc. available with reservation of 10 or more rooms w/7 day   cancellation)

Castel Avalon @ Hwy 46 (aprox 8 miles from Heart & Soul Studio) www.castleavalon.com | Phone:877-885-4780 | Rates:$145-$225 dbl, breakfast included

B & B Getaways Reservation Service: 800-239-8282

New Braunfels Resort Accommodations: Condos, Houses, Historic Cottages 830-629-5924

For more info on other accommodations:  New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce 830-625-2385