November 15, 2011 § 1 Comment
Wellness travel, the segment of medical tourism which consists of relaxation and general health treatments, is becoming an increasingly important as well as lucrative travel market — one that continues to grow in size and scope.
Wellness tourism is now at a $106 billion global industry, according to “Spas and the Global Wellness Market,” a study by the nonprofit research and consulting firm SRI International.
So what is wellness travel? According to Susie Ellis, president of SpaFinder, Inc, “Wellness travel is about the desire to promote, maintain and improve one’s health and well-being. Wellness travel can take a number of forms and encompass a lot of different activities.”
Ellis explained that spas are a big part of wellness travel, specifically destination spas. The concept of wellness can incorporate stress reduction, meditation and yoga. It can also refer to adventure travel, hiking and eco-tours.
November 1, 2011 § 1 Comment
One of the very first yoga videos I ever purchased wasBack Care Yoga by Rodney Yee, and ever since then, my back and I have been big fans of Rodney Yee’s teaching. You can imagine how excited I was when I got the opportunity to study with Rodney at a teacher training workshop hosted by Yoga on High.
For the first hour or so of the workshop, I was a bit yoga-star struck as I listened to Rodney. I have to admit that it was both a bit surreal and cool to watch Rodney and his ponytail walk right by my yoga mat giving out instructions. But I wasn’t there to stargaze, and I quickly got my head back to the mat to really soak up a lot of fresh learning. I have so much that I want to write about the experience*. But, one thing in particular that Rodney said really hit home with me, and I have to share it with you.
Rodney told a story about how he was talking to a yoga teacher that described their classes as gentle yoga. Rodney asked the teacher why they needed to use the adjective “gentle” to describe their yoga. Shouldn’t all yoga be gentle? Amen, Rodney! « Read the rest of this entry »
October 27, 2011 § Leave a Comment
When looking to Mexico for a yoga or meditative retreat, look no further than Baja California! With it’s breathtaking beauty and close proximity to the United States, Baja is a great location for yogis and general tourists alike. Take a look at this video that highlights all that Baja has to offer!
October 21, 2011 § 1 Comment
Today I wanted to provide an overview of an age-old alternative medicine — bitter orange. Here’s what the National Center of Complementary and Alternative Medicine has to say about bitter orange!
What Bitter Orange Is Used For
Bitter orange has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for nausea, indigestion, and constipation.
Current uses of bitter orange are for heartburn, loss of appetite, nasal congestion, and weight loss. It is also applied to the skin for fungal infections such as ringworm and athlete’s foot.
How is it Used?
The dried fruit and peel are taken by mouth in extracts, tablets, and capsules. Bitter orange oil can be applied to the skin.
October 19, 2011 § Leave a Comment
Sayulita is one of Mexico’s most charming and peaceful parts of Mexico. Check out this video with images from Via Yoga’s Sayulita Yoga and Surf Retreats.
October 17, 2011 § Leave a Comment
Coastal Living named Las Olas Surf and Yoga — located in the charming town of Sayulita, Mexico — to be one of the 23 Best Coastal Yoga Retreats. Coastal Living did a great job of covering a broad range of yoga retreats, so whether an experienced yoga or a curious newbie, their list of best coastal yoga retreats is sure to have something for you. here’s what they had to say about Las Olas:
Why You’ll Love It: Its motto is “We make girls out of women.” You get the physical challenges of surfing and the relaxation of yoga, all in one vacation.
Where You’ll Salute the Sun: at the edge of the Pacific Ocean, every morning
Post-Yoga Diversions: cooking lessons, salsa dancing, and surfboard care workshop
When To Go: 2010 retreats are scheduled through June.
Cost: Deluxe villas start at $2,495 for shared bedrooms; villas with private bedrooms start at $3,495. Includes airport transportation, six nights accommodations, breakfasts, daily yoga, daily surf lessons, surf equipment, and a sports massage; surflasolas.com
October 12, 2011 § Leave a Comment
The Founder of Pranic Healing:
Grand Master Choa Kok Sui founded Pranic Healing as a result of spending over eighteen years researching and studying esoteric sciences. He has written several books about his findings, including Miracles through Pranic Healing and Advanced Pranic Healing.
October 7, 2011 § Leave a Comment
I’ve spoken on this blog frequently about the importance of green living and sustainability, and wanted to include this great information from Mexico Today about a new environmentally sustainable Mexican resort that is breaking ground in Mazatlan. Take a look at the article from Mexico Today and check out the full story!
October 3, 2011 § 1 Comment
Here’s a wonderful account of one couple’s experience spending a year in Mexico, and what they took away from their time. I think it’s very important when planning an expedition to any other country to take in the accounts of other travelers and hear what they liked, what they didn’t, and what they say you absolutely shouldn’t miss!
One year ago, Jennifer and I left the United States with a fully-loaded Toyota 4Runner and moved to Mexico.
Our first year as expats was eventful and full of surprises. Looking back, we have wonderful memories, several new friends and an enthusiasm for the future.
Jennifer had more experience with the expat life than me. She had lived in Germany and London for four years during high school, but attended international schools and never quite became an expat. My summer in a Paris apartment hardly qualified me as an expat, but I did get a taste of it and wanted more. « Read the rest of this entry »
September 30, 2011 § Leave a Comment
If you’ve been slacking on your yoga practice lately, you may be looking for something to get you back on track. If so, check out these five tips for kick-starting your yoga practice!
1. Get a class pass with an expiration date. A financial investment is a great way to force yourself into the studio. If you actually shell out money to be attending a glass – there’s a much higher likelihood you won’t miss it!
2. Decide on a practice schedule and stick to it no matter what. This is one of the most important parts of maintaining a practice. Don’t make excuses! Things come up. It’s easy to blow off your yoga class for other priorities, but that can be a slippery slope. Set your time and make sure you keep it! « Read the rest of this entry »