Let's celebrate Global Wellness Day Everyday

I bet that if you’re like me when you think of wellness and what you need to do to be “well” you think, “I need to eat better” followed by “I need to go the gym” followed by massive feelings of guilt because you are doing neither of those things.

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As the 3rd Annual Global Wellness Day (June 11) approaches I started to think what does wellness really mean?

I think when we think wellness, our mind immediately goes to the physical, and I mean the superficial physical. It’s all about being thin if you’re a woman, or buff if you’re a man. Sure we want to be healthy and free of disease, but most of us are more concerned about how we’re going to look at the beach this summer. If we look great in our suit, we must be well. Right?

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Wrong.

Wellness is about so much more than how we look. In fact, wellness is so much more than the physical. I can be a size four and able to run a 10K and to the outside world, I am the poster child for wellness, but if I’m a stress ball, sleep four hours a night, rely on coffee to power through my day and am dealing with a turbulent marriage, am I really well?

Hmmm, maybe I’m not as healthy as I think.

I realized that there is a difference between looking good and being well, and also a difference between fitness and wellness.

Looking good, being fit, eating well and feeling centeredand balanced are all components that make up wellness. To be well, you need to have them all. Ugh, now it’s about even more than just getting my butt to the gym and choosing a salad with light dressing for lunch!

Because wellness is composed of so many things, it’s hard to find only at a gym, or only at a spa, that is why a wellness retreat is so beneficial.

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At a wellness retreat, like those offered by my company Wild Wellness Travel and our partner Retreats Unlimited, programming is offered to address all the different aspects of wellness. There are yoga classes that work the body while calming the mind, fitness classes and hiking to get your heart rate up and torch calories, meditations to bring balance, spa treatments to soothe sore muscles and healthy food to fuel your body and your moods. While Wild Wellness Travel retreats are usually focused on a theme, they all offer elements for every component of wellness. And most importantly, they provide tools for you to take home so you can continue the wellness journey.

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As we celebrate Global Wellness Day, I invite you to think about what wellness really is and if you’re as well as you want to be. And if you want to use Global Wellness Day as the day you commit to becoming well, I invite you to check out the special early booking discounts Wild Wellness Travel and Retreats Unlimited has on all of their retreats.

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What is a Wellness Retreat?

In perusing travel blogs, I often read about participants concerned about the weight gained on cruises and all-inclusive vacations.  They arrive home feeling bloated and exhausted.  It occurs to me that the time we take away from our professional life should be an opportunity to release; let go of the everyday stressors and re-connect with our inner selves.

What better way than to take a “wellness” retreat! A retreat offers a place in which one can rest and relax.  They are usually for small, intimate groups that offer nurturing and healing; a place to connect and learn. They create an opportunity to escape and spend a few days unfettered by the demands of daily life. There are as many reasons to attend as there are variations on the theme, with retreats ranging from offering spiritual enlightenment to demanding intensive physical participation.

My focus is to create wellness retreats that fit somewhere in the middle, the perfect composite experience to strengthen but also relax both your body and mind.   Our retreats offer a daily Yoga practice, meditation workshops, and delicious, well-balanced healthy meals specially created by our own culinary expert.  We share our knowledge of health and nutrition and strive to create a rejuvenating adventure that you will want to repeat!

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Our participants come for their health, their hearts, and their happiness. To detox, to relax, to learn, or to simply share the experience among kindred spirits. To practice yoga with a renowned practitioner and to eat delicious food cooked with care by a transcendent nutritionist.  They come to jump start a new regime at home and they come to be inspired. They leave with fresh vision and goals, new friends, and a renewed appreciation for the world around them.

This May, our retreat is being held in Tulum, Mexico. We are blessed to be hosting the experience at the Shambala Petite Hotel, an exclusive group of casitas nestled on a Caribbean beach. We have partnered with yoga master Maria Filippone and culinary expert Mikaela Reuben.  Check out the adventure and wander into your wild at tulum.wildwellnesatravel.com

Yoga at Tulum Re:Align Retreat with Maria Filippone

Wild Wellness Travel is very excited to welcome Maria Filippone to the team presenting at our upcoming Tulum retreat, May 21-28th.  Maria has a multi-disciplinary training and her teaching spans over twenty years and has taken her around the globe, shaping her gifts into a synergistic blend of Vinyasa yoga, Pilates, Thai masssage, and Sanskrit chant.

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Her classes have been described as a journey where time slows down, where music and breath carry the mind and body into an experience of deep alignment. Maria invites her students to be curious about their practice, and to find the courage to move beyond limitations; her meticulous hands-on adjustments and precise verbal cues invite students to access the grace, ease and power that lies within. Maria's appreciation and love for all of her teachers, her students, community and her beautiful daughter's, expands her heart and grounds her as a teacher.

Maria believes that wellness Vacations allow us to unplug, de-stress & recharge our bodies and minds.  Taking time from our busy schedules at home allows for us to focus on our own well-being while being inspired by the beauty and sound of the surrounding nature.   For Maria, wellness vacations are meaningful experiences with long-lasting positive effects as well as guiding us to simply make better lifestyle choices upon our return home.   

With seven days of retreat at Tulum we have the opportunity to focus our practice and truly benefit from a life-changing event.  We will be focusing on detoxification and re-energizing.  Maria has shared with us five of her top poses for detox and energy.

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“To promote detoxification one must first establish healthy breathing patterns (Deep Diaphragmatic Breathing). Yogic Breathing helps to clear out the carbon dioxide from the lung tissue.  The abdominal organs are massaged with every cycle of breath when the diaphragm is moving freely and naturally.   The practice of keeping the mind focused on deep breathing, rather than on the constant chatter of the mind, results in a natural detox of the mind.  You can start your detox with these powerful postures:

1)  Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svansana) - A partial inversion where the head is below the heart. This aids in circulation of blood and lymph. 

2)  Chair Pose with Twist (Parivrtta Utkatasana) - Squeezing & toning the abdominal organs while stimulating liver, spleen & the systems of digestion and elimination. 

3)  Legs Up The Wall (Viparita Karani) - Encourages stimulation of blood and lymph from the feet and legs and is soothing to the nervous system. 

4)  Shoulder Stand (Sarvangasana) - An inversion posture that helps drain accumulated fluid from the legs & upper body. 

5)  Supported Headstand (Salamba Sirsasana) - Improves the functioning of the cardiovascular system by reducing the strain on the heart.  Promotes internal heat while increasing the digestive fire.  Headstands also help to increase the functioning of the endocrine system; pineal and pituitary glands. 

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To enhance your flow of energy, practice these five poses:

 

 1)  Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar) - A wonderful way to awaken the body and encourage the smooth powerful flow of Prana throughout the body.  

2)  Camel Pose (Ustransana) - A heart opening posture that stretches open the front side of the body and encourages the lung to expand. 

3)  Warrior 2 (Virabhadrasana 2) - Leg strengthening & invigorating posture that awakens the Warrior within. 

4)  Side Plank (Vasisthasana) - A whole body strengthening pose that requires tremendous focus of the mind reducing mental stress and increasing our energy levels. 

5)  Chair Pose or Thunderbolt Pose (Utkatasana) - Also known as “Powerful Pose“ engaging the large muscles of the legs and glutes creating fresh new energy in the body while also awakening the spine.”

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Join us in Tulum at the Shambala Petite Hotel for an life-changing retreat with our amazing instructor, Maria Fillippone, May 21-28th.  For more information, check out this link

 tulum.wildwellnesstravel.com 

 

 

 

 

Balancing Act

Life is about balance. That old saying, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”, has true merit in today’s world.  It often seems as if the world is spinning by and we are just trying to hang on!  Somehow, we have come to see ourselves as super-people.  We have to be good at everything; from our families to our careers, our social life, our fitness – all of it.  If we don’t at excel at something, it feels as if we are falling behind. 

According to a new Pew Research Center study, more than half of working parents find it hard to balance work and family, and women are struggling more than men.  As we are usually the mainstay of the home, it falls on us to create meal plans, organize the social events, schedule the comings and goings of all family members, etc. When do we find the time four ourselves?

It isn’t just carving out an hour several times a day to go to the gym; it is the time it takes to make meal plans, organize a pantry, shop, and create healthy recipes that every family member will enjoy.  I get exhausted just thinking about it!  Today’s mother is a super-hero!

This is where I come in! The search for that balance has been one of the many reasons that clients come to me.  They are looking for help in creating balance in their lives.  How do you find the time to research all the variables in creating a healthy life path? You don’t have to; I have already done it for you. With some guidance and support, you can create balance in your world, feel less stressed, and enjoy the ride you’ve embarked on!  Check out the programs we have available for you at http://www.wildwellnesstravel.com/one-on-one-coaching/  We can’t wait to get started!

 

 

 

Canyon Ranch injects fun and innovation into your health

Personalised life-changing health journeys

Canyon Ranch needs no introduction; the health and wellness brand has been lorded over in films and TV for many years. What many people don’t know though, is the brand’s whole-hearted commitment to offering guests a truly meaningful, effective and life-changing health journey. Choose from individual spa treatments or fabulous customized spa packages that include sublime massages, body treatments and facials. Jumpstart your fitness program, fortify your spirituality, try the high ropes course, take a healthy cooking class, hike a woodland trail, go mountain biking, or just sit back and relax.

The Canyon Ranch Story


You can expect genuine authenticity from this world famous brand. Founder Mel Zuckerman was frustrated with constant weight struggles, so in 1978 he checked himself into an overweight camp, and after just 10 days of physical training and healthy eating, he was overwhelmed by how much better, happier and healthier he felt. The very next year, he and his wife Enid opened the first Canyon Ranch destination resort spa in Tucson, Arizona. Whatever your story, Canyon Ranch has a program to fit your needs, just as Mel found a program to suit his.

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Healthy lifestyle and weight management


Expert chefs create sumptuous healthy dishes to inspire you as you embark on your wellness journey. It’s not just about eating though, Canyon Ranch helps guests understand the power of food, and its ability to optimise your energy. Consultations with open-minded nutritionists help you understand how you eat, and give you effective, useful strategies to help you eat to optimise health.

Canyon Ranch SPA means Special Personalised Adventure


Far from a traditional spa adventure, Canyon Ranch is known as the world leaders in spa wellness thanks to their ability to offer customised spa treatments. Expert Program Advisors help you enjoy your very own personal experience suited to your interests, pleasures and wellness goals. They’ll help you plan you luxurious SPA adventure, whether you’re at the breathtaking 100,000 square foot spa complex, at the Canyon Ranch SpaClub aboard a cruise liner, or planning on heading to the new Kaplankaya spa in Turkey that opens in 2016.

A truly holistic world of health and wellness


Holistic wellness is an understatement when it comes to Canyon Ranch’s health offerings. At these inspiring wellness destinations, you’ll find the support you’ve always needed; respectful, collaborative and integrative medical professionals who utilise knowledge of both Western science and effective alternative therapies. Canyon Ranch offers you a rare opportunity to enjoy 50 uninterrupted minutes with a physician to help you achieve your health goals. Whether you need to lose weight or you need help with other concerns such as bone density, functional medicine, menopause, sexuality, health heart or ways to optimise your aging, Canyon Ranch goes above and beyond wellness to provide effective, respectful health services. 

A truly inspiring, effective and innovative brand for health and wellness, Canyon Ranch bring fun, freshness and vitality into your life with their programs. With clever partnerships including the linen Canyon Ranch Collection by Frontgate, Canyon Ranch wants you to experience lasting, meaningful change in your life long after you’ve left their stunning spas. 

To experience Canyon Ranch, you can indulge in a spa treatment, a weekend or week away, or experience one of their upcoming, life changing events listed below.


Renew Your Spirit: Nov 1-8th 2015
Nourish your spirit with this inspiring week. Let Canyon Ranch experts take you on a spiritual journey perfect for people of all faiths eager to optimise their wellbeing. This eye opening experience takes place in our beautiful, retreat-like Life Enhancement Center® and is never to be missed.

Living with Joy: The Science and Skill of Happiness
November 11, 2015 to November 14, 2015

What does it mean to live a truly joyful life? How do we find and embrace happiness during our personal and professional journeys? Gary Frost, PhD, and author Doug Smith, lead an exploration of Positive Psychology, which offers intriguing ways to consider these important questions, with particular focus on the aging process and the impact of happiness on longevity and quality of life

Gotta Dance Week!
November 29, 2015 to December 3, 2015

One of the most popular events at Canyon Ranch, Gotta Dance Week is a fun, joyful way to rejuvenate your body and mind. No experience is necessary as fitness staff and visiting professionals inspire you with classes of hip hop, ballet, jazz, Bollywood, Broadway routines and much more. You can even get onstage for the grand finale – a guest performance that knocks the socks off the audience every time.

If you’ve never been to Canyon Ranch before, you’ve been invited to enjoy a special offer of 20% off for a minimum 4-night stay. 

Tucson:
Now through December 23, 2015
January 1 - February 29, 2016
April 1 - December 23, 2016

Lenox: 
Now through December 23, 2015
January 1 - December 23, 2016