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Iron   Brownstone   Snow,  NYC                         January 27, 2011

                                                                                                                              Issue  8
                                                                                                                February  2011 


Healthy Spicy Life

with Kim Stetz

 I can feel your hand in mine though we are living separate lives in separate places 
~ Ray LaMontagne   

In This Issue
Tweaking Seane Corn
Food Focus: Pomegranate
Kula Corner: NYC's Chrissy Carter upside down
Asana Of The Month: Revolved Triangle

What's Happening


For Your Healthy Spicy



For Your Citta (mind): Healthy Spicy Life Blog-new poem

Heart Broken Open 

Published articles on Elephant Journal

Adrien Brody Was My Valentine


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"Practicing with Kim is an oasis in my responsibility-and stress-filled days. She brings light and peace with her into my home, and helps me achieve confidence and happiness in my practice through her articulate instruction, attention to alignment and enthusiastic support of my movement and my journey."   Roxanne, 45, public relations executive, mother of two, has it going on




"I have been practicing yoga with Kim for over 5 years now.  It began with vinyasa yoga which was a wonderful break from going to the gym.  Kim helped me recover from ACL surgery and my husband recover from back surgery with strengthening and stretching sessions that were more therapy than yoga and demonstrated her extensive knowledge of the body. Over the past few years we did pre and post natal yoga through two pregnancies.  Over the course of the past 5 years Kim has become a great friend who is always there to listen, offer a new perspective, and give advice on how to better take care of yourself."     

Elizabeth, 31, interior design, world class mom




"Kim taught me that it was important to take time out of my busy schedule to breathe. 

The result was less pain and stress and finally an end to my sleepless nights."

Amy, 35, author, artist, Renaissance woman

Hello Friends,

I just resent this newsletter in realizing my BIG typo in this part of the newsletter. Please note "script has NOT been written" is the change. I've been doing a lot of writing and I am the editor. Sorry for the double email, but I couldn't let that one go by uncorrected.


There's lots going on in 2011! Can you feel the energy? January was a fantastic month for me. Opening my mind to living in the space where the script has NOT been written, has brought one amazing experience after another. Look for a blog about the 4th moment ... I'll get to it eventually. Every day is day that anything can happen.

Have fun while reading and living a Healthy Spicy Life!

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With light and love,


Food Focus: Pomegranate

Pomegranates contain three times as many antioxidants as red wine and green tea  sour cherry in flavor      rich in fiber and vitamin C    contain minerals such as calcium, iron and potassium, along with other nutrients such as folic acid, vitamin A and vitamin E   antioxidants help reduce harmful effects of free radicals or oxidants as well as repair the damaged cells   referred to as super fruit   the juice can be directly applied on the skin for curing sun burns and also to have the healthy skin    anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties       Juice of pomegranate increases the oxygen and blood supply to heart, reduces cholesterol levels, normalization of blood pressure, strengthens joints and bones     Pomegranate seeds help the digestive system to get rid of the fats and the juice is a tonic for throat and heart

            The seeds are called arils

Kula Corner 
 (kula = community of the heart)

with Chrissy Carter

(yes, NYC teacher in the house ... it's been a while)

chrissy carter handstand

Chrissy demonstrating an inspiring adho mukha vrksanana - hand stand

What style yoga do you teach?

CC: I teach a blend of alignment and flow. Clear instruction, lighthearted details, everyday philosophy and an emphasis on the breath.


KS: What pose are you into lately?

CC: I'm into inversions these days, especially handstand and headstand. I'm really exploring scapular stability and am sort of obsessed with my serratus anterior.  I also love me some Supta Baddha Konasana.


KS: Favorite retreat place?

CC: My favorite retreat place has to be Jungle Bay in Dominica. I'm literally counting down the days until March 5th when I return to teach my fifth annual retreat!  It's the most beautiful place - tucked away from the world and surrounded by nature - and the staff feel like family. I love the tree houses, the endless soundtrack of crashing waves and Joanne's coconut muffins.


KS: What did you eat for lunch today?

CC: I had lentil soup for lunch today. This makes me sound like I only eat healthy things.  I had pain au chocolat for breakfast (I think this puts it in perspective).


KS: What time did you go to bed and what did you wear?

CC: I went to bed at 10pm last night, buck naked.


Chrissy Carter makes me smile. I run into her randomly in the Union Square area on occasion and it's always a pleasant surprise. We met in Anatomy Studies for Yoga Teachers a few years ago. I think she was #1 in the class. You can see life size posters of her in Lululemon as she is an ambassador teacher. Please check out Chrissy Carter for her class schedule, retreats and workshops. If you are in the NY area, and would like to go deeper into your practice, she is teaching an anatomy/asana work shop February 20 at Yoga Works. All the details are on her website. One more thing ... her blog is great! Lots of cooking. It's all on her website.  


Thank you, Chrissy. Namaste.

parivritta trikonasana

Asana of the Month


Parivrtta Trikonasana (revolved triangle pose)


Revolved triangle is great for stretching the muscles that are attached to the Iliotibial band. Pretty much anyone who walks let alone runs, jumps, hikes, skis, squats, or uses there legs in some capacity, would be wise to to give some love to the IT band. The two muscles that superiorly (meaning closer to the head) attach to the IT band are anteriorly, tensor fasciae latae (no you can't order this at Starbuck's) and posteriorly, gluteus maximus (the largest of the three butt muscles). The inferior attachment (meaning closer to the feet) is anteriorly at the knee joint. The IT Band is not a muscle. It is a thickening of fascia (connective muscle tissue) this is why it is important to stretch the things in your body that you can stretch, like muscles, and massage the things you can't stretch, like fascia. Those foam rollers you see at the gym do wonders for fascia. A great routine would be to roll out your IT band, yes, you may cry, and then stretch with revolved triangle pose. I got a bit more into anatomy with this one because the IT band is the source of much pain for many of us.  

Beginner's Tip

This pose is slightly easier with a narrower stance. Beginners can  bring their hand to the inner foot, whether on the floor or on a support like a block, folding chair, couch, ottoman, you get the picture. Painting the picture even clearer ... the hand that is near the floor, find something to put your hand on so you don't go down too far.   


Please read the link below for contraindications and cautions.


Yoga Journal has all the info you need for this pose!

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Kim Stetz is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, AADP, and Experienced-Registered Yoga Teacher.  Her dedication to health and wellness comes from her passion for yoga and nutritious food.  From the very first time she stepped on a yoga mat in 1992, she knew her life was about to take the path less traveled.  Kim received her nutrition training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Kim has yoga certifications from OM Yoga, Yoga For Two The Barnes Method (pre/postnatal), Relax and Renew Judith Hansen Lasater, and Anatomy Studies For Yoga Teachers with Jason R. Brown.

Gravitating towards the healing aspects of yoga from the inside out, Kim teaches Hatha Yoga through a mixture of creative and challenging vinyasas, practiced with flow and grace while bringing mindfulness to alignment and the breath. She has guided many women through their pregnancies in classes, privately, and in couples yoga.  Her strong background and training in therapeutics lends diversity to clients who are recovering from injuries or in need of healing.  She has been blessed with students for eleven years since moving to NYC from LA in 2000.   Her personal practice developed under the guidance of Anthony Benenati City Yoga, LA.  Kim is thankful for his guidance and the many other gifted yoga and meditation teachers that have shared their knowledge and courage.  Kim believes that yoga is a way of life that can be embraced by getting into the nooks and crannies of your heart, body, and mind.  Sit, breathe, smile on the inside and eat your greens!