Sunday March 9, 2014
Yoga elder Sama Fabian returns to The Spa at Stoweflake in Stowe, Vermont, for a five-day yoga retreat running from May 23 - 28th. Sama absolutely wowed me at The Balanced Life Retreat last May. Charismatic, original, and precise, Sama is a yoga genius. The classes are accessible for beginners, yet useful to advanced practitioners.
From 8 to 9:15 a.m. the group will tune in to the body's energy through bandhus (body locks), kriyas (techniques to manifest awakened energy), and vayu practices, which help to move the body's energy in the proper direction. From 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Sama will lead the group through mindful, gentle asana practices. From 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sama leads a discussion on optimizing our personal resources and our responses to challenge and transition in our lives. And from 4:30 to 6:00pm she leads the group in restorative practices and yoga nidra, a nurturing, relaxing practice to restore your energy.
"It is in life's challenging moments of transition that we need to stabilize our nervous system and rekindle our connection to our personal power," Sama says. "In this retreat we will learn to optimize our resources and ready ourselves to respond skillfully to conditions as they arise."
Friday February 28, 2014
People are sometimes too casual about getting a massage. They show up one minute before the massage is supposed to start, dripping with sweat from a workout, and get mad because the person at the front desk is helping someone else.
Here's the way I look at it. If you're investing in a massage, why not do everything in your power to make it a therapeutic and relaxing experience? Here are my tips for getting ready for a massage.
Friday February 28, 2014
A sauna is one of the most common amenities in hotel, resort and destination spas, and yet it is often sadly empty. I think there are a couple of reasons why this is the case. First, most saunas in American spas just aren't very hot, so it takes a long time to warm up and really feel the beneficial sweat.
Another reason is that most Americans just aren't that comfortable with the sauna experience, and don't know how healthy and detoxifying it can be. I also imagine spa directors saying to themselves, "Hmmmm, no one goes in there very much. Why use so much electricity keeping the room at 160F?" Most Americans seem to prefer the hot tubs, which may feel good, but are chemical-laden baths. Saunas, on the other hand, are truly healthy.
We could learn from the Finns, who invented saunas and introduced the word to the English language. Ninety-nine percent of Finns take a sauna (there, it rhymes with downer) at least one a week. When they visit their summer cottages in the countryside, life practically revolves around the sauna, and they cool off in nearby lakes. Read more about why you should give the sauna a try the next time you go to the spa.
Thursday February 27, 2014
A few years ago I found out about Ajne all-natural fragrances, made by Jane Hendler, an artisan parfumeur and Certified Master Essential Oil Therapist. "Most products use synthetic ingredients and aromachemicals," she says. "True rare and precious perfumes, on the other hand, return to old world and even ancient practices of using real plant ingredients, many of them more costly than pure gold."
I am a natural beauty aficionado and was eager to try the scents, but her showroom is in Carmel, California. So Jane sent me a few samples of her ready-to-wear scents so I could see how they interacted with my own body chemistry. I chose the grounding blend of Om, a blend of sandalwood, ancient Himalayan heart cedar and deep forest lichen. (Was it just a coincidence I became a Buddhist shortly after?)
And anyone can order up some samples based on what you think you'll like. Ajne offers nine sample sets of four different perfumes in tiny roll-on bottles are grouped by families of scent -- wood, herbaceous, citrus, etc. Read More...