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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library; 1 edition (Nov. 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930722710
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930722712
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #536,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I discovered Kimberly Wilson's podcast in iTunes, also called "Hip Tranquil Chick". I just adore her ideas, her sources of inspiration, and here philosophy that what we do in Yoga practice can translate in to the modern girl's life. This is a perfect guide to introduce you to a fun Yoga practice if you have been curious. She writes about the deeper side and goals of Yoga in very accessible language, also, beyond the physical practice. If you are on a path of trying to live your best life and improve your self, I HIGHLY recommend this book. I warn you that you may discover a lot about yourself and you may discover that her book suggestions are the reads you have been needing for a while! Check out her website to help you decide about purchasing-- she has such a great life happening and is a fascinating girl.
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By Annie on Jan. 19 2008
Format: Paperback
I bought this book thinking that it would be a good intro to yoga. It wasn't. The "On the Mat" section is very brief with simple (and tiny) illustrations of 30 of the most basic poses and then a few sequences using these poses. It doesn't tell you how to get into the poses and the illustrations aren't very helpful. The "Off the Mat" section is an entertaining read about living the Sex and the City version of a yoga lifestyle. I wouldn't reccommend this book to newcomers to yoga or to the serious yogi; this is a good book for the trendy girl who is already doing yoga for its physical benefits and would like to learn about the more spiritual/emotional/mental side of yoga.
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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful
Falls flat for me April 15 2007
By Cikk - Published on
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I see I'm going to rock the lovefest, but.... I like KW's CDs, which is why I ordered this book - even though I didn't really like the name. The reviews were all so brilliant too.... Maybe I'm just not its market, which seems to be - what? I don't know. Very young girls? But she talks about work a lot, so it can't be teenagers. It's just a touch too shallow. By the end of the book, I couldn't see the words kitten heels again without rolling my eyes. Basically, a hip tranquil chick should wear all black, kitten heels, sequinned hairbands, and have lots of leopard print or bright pink either on her or in her apartment. Tres chic, as she would say. The writer also seems to think that sticking in a French word every here and there makes for hipness.... overuse of tres does not automatically make for chic-ness.

Anyway, I now know not to order any more products from her. My mistake. Yoginis who don't like Cyndi Lee's way of writing or humourous asides on her media (I do, by the way) should avoid this product, as it is much more frivolous than Ms Lee's.....
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
This book is not just for hip tranquil chicks ... aspiring women and even those who are never going to get close will enjoy! Jan. 4 2007
By Katherine B. Cook - Published on
Format: Paperback
The Hip Tranquil Chick is ostensibly a book about yoga and its affect and potential for multiple benefits "on -and -off -the -mat." It is that... and so much more! Kimberly has some of the best suggested sequences and poses for creating a good practice with enough diversity for yogis at every level. I own over 25 books on this topic but this is by far the most user friendly, offering clear explanations presented in a charming and engaging manner.

Kimberly makes a regular practice seem more of a jaunty adventure then an obligatory exercise. The effervescent tone of this book does not forfeit important information or belittle yoga's powerful and historical significances. It is solid in its recommendations and instructions and honors those who practice yoga. Kimberly's passion is apparent and strengthens all aspects of her book. And her obvious delight in her own personal practice is at the heart of the book. Every chapter ends with suggestions and guidance for additional resources: recommended books, websites, cd's and other authors and experts. That is unusual and incredibly generous of her to promote others in her own book ; but that exemplifies her attitude of doing good and doing well.

She is successful studio owner and markets a clothing line; but donates a healthy percentage of her profits to local charities, women's shelters, transitional programs for for women entering the workforce and organizations that promote the arts - giving women the chance to work at their craft.

Despite the demands on her time, Kimberly teaches workshops, teacher trainings and some Yoga I classes all with the same bubbly attitude and attention to form.

The book is just like she is. Good for you and fun too.

It is a clever juxtaposition of a how-to-manual, motivational reading, witty essays and a tremendous amount of serious content. I have now read the book twice and look forward to many more readings. Every chapter asks some critical questions and includes some questions for journaling (nothing onerous). These have been especially valuable to me and may help me to make major life change as the exercises are designed to help determine if you are pursuing the dreams you once (or still) cherished. I am considering a career change but frankly even an attitude change would be a welcome change! And while I am a middle-aged suburban mother working in a very conservative field - I do think there is a "Hip Tranquil Chick" spirit within me. I would not have made that statement prior to reading this book. For all those who need advice, validation, compassion or a smile; this is a must read.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Not just for chicks! Nov. 27 2006
By Brian J. Winterfeldt - Published on
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be helpful not just to all the hip tranquil chicks, but also to the hip tranquil dudes! Kimberly is really speaking to anyone who is looking for meaning and balance in their lives - a particularly difficult struggle in 2006. I found the yoga sequences really helpful, as well as the tips and suggestions on taking the lessons from yoga into other aspects of one's life. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is looking to deepen their commitment to yoga in their life, or who is curious about yoga and needs an introduction. There is also a great CD that goes with the book that makes an excellent companion!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
for the hip tranquil reader Dec 29 2006
By Maureen T. Cruz - Published on
Format: Paperback
Kimberly Wilson's book is a nurturing guide to being the chick you aspire to be. From the sassy pink cover and leopard-print embellished pages, you can tell that this book is about having a signature style. However, besides the attention to outer chic, Kimberly fosters personal growth and social consciousness by encouraging the modern girl to live with intention and integrity. She connects yoga philosophy with modern demands and daily practicalities, demonstrating how yoga extends beyond the physical practice on the mat. Throughout the book she provides focused and sensible plans for growth, whether it is professionally, creatively, or financially. I personally liked the tips for throwing charitable soirees and redecorating your apartment on a limited budget. Kimberly's specialty is paying careful attention to the little details that can enhance your life. Even the fun, witty, inspiring quotes infused throughout the book merit a moment of contemplation. Read it - you will find yourself motivated to do something better for yourself.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A great modern mix of yoga and lifestyle choices Nov. 26 2006
By DC Brown - Published on
Format: Paperback
Hip Tranquil Chick offers a fabulous, non-dogmatic approach to taking the principles of yoga and applying them to the "real world": finances, career, relationships, civic/social involvement, etc. It really fills a void in the yoga literature. Rather than preaching austerity or turning its nose up at the realities of contemporary life, Hip Tranquil Chick celebrates the modern gal who is fully immersed in the world around her. Kimberly's unique voice shines through in the fun, focused, and insightful text, and the illustrations add a dash of inspiration. I particularly enjoyed the section on creating a Vision Statement for your life - something to return to again and again.