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Hip Tranquil Chick: A Guide to Life On and Off the Yoga Mat [Paperback]

Kimberly Wilson
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Nov. 1 2006
Hip Tranquil Chick addresses that huge but unacknowledged demographic of fashionistas equally at home at Bergdorf's and the yoga studio. The book is divided into two major sections that cover all bases for the style-minded seeker. "On the Mat" shares seven must-have modern-girl yoga sequences, such as "Healing Hip Openers" and "Negativity Releasing Heart Openers," and explains yoga philosophy in hip chick language. "Off the Mat" showcases nine ways to become more fabulous and balanced by incorporating yogic qualities like introspection, strength, and flexibility into daily life. The nine lifestyle chapters reveal how to turn on-the-mat wear into on-the-town style, how to create soulful surroundings at home and work, mindful money management, finding a passion-filled career, how strategic soiree-throwing creates community, tips for practicing social consciousness, and more. Each chapter is accompanied by helpful "OMwork" to translate these concepts into reality. Abundant illustrations accentuate the text, and a "savvy sources" section encourages further exploration.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Kimberly Wilson is FANTASTIC Feb. 14 2009
Format:Paperback
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly... Jan. 19 2008
By Annie
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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51 of 56 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Falls flat for me April 15 2007
By Cikk - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars 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 Amazon.com
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for chicks! Nov. 27 2006
By Brian J. Winterfeldt - Published on Amazon.com
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!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Than Just Yoga Dec 11 2006
By Julia P. Coney - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Hip Tranquil Chick is unlike any other book on yoga. For starters, Kimberly takes the myth out of yoga and defines in easy terms what yoga truly is, how it has defined her life, and how it can define yours. Kimberly further explains how yoga is prevalent in all aspects of our lives. From the awesome quotes throughout the book and easy reading format, to the various Omwork sections the information is clear, concise and authentic. Kimberly wants everyone to find their inner "tranquilness" with a splash of joie de vivre, whether that's through creativity, fashion, tea sipping or giving of yourself. HTC is a guide that will last a lifetime.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great modern mix of yoga and lifestyle choices Nov. 26 2006
By DC Brown - Published on Amazon.com
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.
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