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June 2010
Premier Issue
Healthy Spicy Life
with Kim Stetz

"Sensibility is the capacity to feel, recognize, and distinguish the most tiny and subtle changes."
Svami Prajnanpad

In This Issue
Smoothie Recipe
Food For Thought: Fruit
About Snacking ...
The Kula Corner with Jennifer Pettit
Inside Teacher Student Relations
Asana Of The Month
Art of Tea

What's Happening

For Your Healthy Spicy

For Your Citta (mind): Healthy Spicy Life Blog

My words published on Elephant Journal

For Your Groovy Self: Summer 2010 play list available on iTunes

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Open To Desire
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The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

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"I have practiced with Kim for 3 years, she introduced me to yoga and I am not sure that I would have continued with the practice if it wasn't for her excellent teaching and positive energy. I enjoy her instruction and appreciate the emphasis she places on slowing-down and breathing. She helps me to reach a sense of relaxation and I always feel better after a session with her."  Stefanie, 29, public relations, beaming smile

"Kim has been my yoga teacher for 5 years and she has been an incredible help to me.  She works me hard, explains things very well and adapts each practice to my needs for that session.  Meditation has lowered my cholesterol and blood pressure and I have come to incorporate her teachings in my everyday life. Thanks for improving the quality of my life."   Peter, 60, lawyer, full of vigor

"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

Raspberry Creamsicle Smoothie

1 cup almond milk unsweetened

½  cup frozen raspberries

½  frozen banana or room temp

3 TBL young coconut meat

1 TSP grounded flax seed

splash of pure vanilla extract

Add Cacao powder or nibs super food if you want more antioxidants
Food For Thought: Fruit

A healthy lifestyle is the key to longevity, optimum weight, abundant energy and balance. By using fruit to satisfy our taste for sweetness, we can leave behind the use of chemical, processed and refined sweeteners. Fruits are easy to digest, are cleansing and cooling and are great for those who are overstressed and overheated from excessive mental strain or hot climates. Fruits are filled with fiber and liver stimulants, which act as natural, gentle laxatives. Whenever possible, buy fresh, locally grown fruit as opposed to imported fruits shipped from far-off places. This keeps you eating in season, and more in harmony with your environment and climate.


Eating raw fruit in summer months is highly cooling, while baking it in the winter months neutralizes the cooling effect. Fruit in the form of juice is a great choice for cleansing the body, but be aware that juice rapidly raises blood sugar levels, leading to an energy crash soon after. Frozen, whole, puréed or juiced fruit can make great summertime cool-down treats. Try frozen grapes, banana-coconut smoothie popsicles or lime juice ice-cubes in iced tea!


Whether you are having fresh fruit for a light early morning breakfast, a midday snack or evening treat, enjoy nature's sweetness and whenever possible buy organic. Here are a few summer fruits and their health benefits:


Apricots: Great for lung conditions and asthma; used to help treat anemia due to their high copper and cobalt content.

Bananas: Help to lubricate the intestines, treat ulcers, detoxify the body and manage sugar cravings; are rich in potassium (which helps hypertension).

Cherries: Slightly warming in nature; increase overall body energy, remedy arthritis and rheumatism and are rich in iron, which improves the blood.

Grapefruits: Treat poor digestion, increase appetite during pregnancy, alleviate intestinal gas and reduce mucus conditions of the lungs.

Papayas: Tone the stomach, act as digestive aid, moisten the lungs and alleviate coughing; contain carpaine, an anti-tumor compound.

Raspberries: Benefit the liver and kidneys, cleanse blood of toxins, regulate menstrual cycles, treat anemia and can promote labor at childbirth.


  About Snacking ...

strawberry bite


To alleviate snack attack guilt, try to understand why you are snacking and what snacks work best for your body. Perhaps you snack because your daily diet is missing nutrition, or because you are eating too little at meals. You might be snacking to soothe jangled nerves when you are emotional, or to entertain yourself when you are bored. Whatever your reason, acknowledge it and start thinking about how to create a life that is nourishing and truly satisfying.
The Kula Corner  (kula = community of the heart)
jen pettitWith Goddess yoga teacher Jennifer Pettit, thriving in NYC

KS: What style yoga do you teach?
JP: I teach Anusara (a-nu-sar-a) yoga. Anusara yoga is a school of hatha yoga which unifies a life affirming Shiva-Shakti tantric philosophy of intrinsic goodness with Universal principles of alignment. Anusara means "flowing with grace."
KS: What asana are you into lately?
JP: I'm into recognizing and listening to my own body and what asana serves the body to align the body with the heart and mind. So, every day is different. Yesterday was twists all day long.
KS: Favorite retreat place?
JP: Favorite retreat places are Prana del Mar in Baja Mexico ( I will co-teach a retreat there March 2--26th 2011) and Esalen in Big Sur, California.
KS: What did you eat for lunch today?
JP: Lunch on the go, Lifethyme's brilliant juice bar led by master mixer Melvin, try the all greeens with apple lemon ginger or the sweet christine. Raw salads are excellent!
KS: When did you go to bed last night and what did you wear?
JP: I make it a personal policy to not look at the time when i go bed, early or late, i focus on making the sleep time deep and recharging no matter what time it is, and i meditate before going to sleep. I wore a light blue silk negligee. TMI?
KS: Not TMI! Thanks, Jen! To find out more information on Jennifer's teaching schedule please click the following link to her website: Chandrakalayoga

meditation Inside Student Teacher Relations
Meditation Practice
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I primarily teach yoga privately.  The relationship between student and teacher is intimate.  The connection that is made is for a lifetime regardless of how long the relationship lasts.  As a yoga teacher, I guide my students into unknown territory gently and with permission.  My only intention session by session is to serve my student and what will serve them for that given day.  There is no slacking as a teacher.  On the contrary, the more you get to know the person that you are working with whether it's at 7:00 Am or 8:00 PM, you understand that they have chosen to spend this part of their day with you.  This is an honor and I am grateful.

The following are instructions for a client who requested integrating meditation into our sessions.  We had been working together for three years when he wanted to add in meditation on a regular basis.  We started out with ten minute sessions, and now two years later, we sit for thirty and he usually says that it wasn't long enough. This was a take home guide I wrote for him. 

If you want to do forward bend or a side stretch before go right ahead. You are entering your meditation time and "space".


1)    Set timer for 3 minutes more than the intended "meditation" time. If you want to sit for 10 minutes set timer for 13

2)    Take a comfortable seat so that spine is tall and you feel comfortable.  Feet flat on the floor.  Hands resting on thighs.

3)    Close eyes

4)    Make a connection/intention for your practice.  These "connections" are usually not palpable.  We can't see grace, love, compassion but we can feel them and it's this connection that leads to clearing out the cobwebs and opens the mind and frees space.  Reboots the mind if you will.  So say to yourself, "I am now opening to grace," or "I am now opening to love", etc. It has been proven that heart disease decreases with this type of meditation.

5)    Scan the face to relax expression, make space in the jaw so that it is slack, relax hands if they have gripped

6)    Ease into focusing on the breath and this will be the "start" of the meditation and why you gave yourself an extra 3 minutes to settle into it.

7)    Train the mind to watch the inhale and the exhale.  One option so that the posture stays in line, use the words "lift my heart" when you inhale and then just follow the exhale and you can say "exhale" if you want.

8)    Label thoughts as "thinking" when you catch the mind wandering and go back to the basics of inhale and exhale.

9)    Be patient and have compassion for yourself.  Try to just be in the moment with your experience without attachment to the outcome. 

10)See if you can carve out a little bit of time every day for your practice.  If you don't that's OK and if you do, don't pat yourself on the back.  It is what it is. 


 I like the idea of new experiences for you rather than trying to recreate what you already know.  I understand the under the influence feeling that drugs can create - that's why people do them, to feel euphoric or out of themselves, or totally into themselves.  We have the chemicals in our brains to produce these effects but it's not as direct as taking something.  The process of sitting, coming into your quiet space and developing the calmness, increasing the good vibe hormones and decreasing the stress hormones is how the body naturally creates the good vibes on a regular or more recurring basis and the body reaps the benefits as does the mind.  You just never know when it will happen, but it will and when it does you know it.



Astriangle poseana of the Month
utthita trikonasana - extended triangle pose

Click here for step by step instructions on how to work the pose and benefits.

art of teaWhat's steeping?  French Lemon Ginger - Caffeine Free - "A breath of fresh air, organic ambrosia is the answer to a clean fresh cup. Combining lemon verbena, lemongrass, botanicals, and ginger complimented with the sweetness of South African honey bush." 

MMMMMM.  Teas have many healing properties. The traditional use of honeybush for treating cough may be explained, in part, by its content of pinitol, an expectorant.  The flavones and isoflavones of honeybush are similar to those in soy, another leguminous plant, also used in treatment of menopausal symptoms.
I discovered Art of Tea three years ago while in Los Angeles. "Velvet", an original blend of rooibos, chocolate and mint with a hint of vanilla simply put, was a symphony in my mouth.  I have been a fan and ordering ever since. Click here for Art of Tea website.


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Kim Stetz is a Holistic Health Counselor 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's teachings are 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 ten 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, and smile on the inside.


With light and love,

Healthy Spicy Life with Kim Stetz

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