The yoga poses that Mona Therese Winston displays on her new 2012 calendar — interspersed with the poetry of Sylvia Chatroux — are keys to a toned and vibrant body, as well as a place to find inner peace and happiness.
The two Ashland women met in one of Winston's five yoga classes in Ashland and Medford and conceived the idea of a 13-month calendar, called Asana Poetica, with instructions for each pose written by Chatroux in lofty and encouraging verse. The calendar's photographs are by Winston's husband, Robert Patrik Winston, taken in Ashland, Mount Shasta and Washington's Olympic National Forest.
With Winston's striking warrior asana, one leg at 90 degrees, the other flared out behind and arms stretched far into space, the verse instructs practitioners: "Here's a place where you can breathe / the Peaceful warrior / Where you endure and you achieve ... Focus with your gaze / Past the forward hand / Journey into inner strength / As you take your stand."
Chatroux is a physician who has written several whimsical verse books, including "Medica Poetica," on her medical practice. The calendar's lines, she says, "entertain while emphasizing the metaphysical aspects and how each asana benefits you."