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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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!

 

 

 

Benefits of daily meditation

For the last 2 months I have challenged myself to meditate EVERY DAMN DAY! 

I must admit, I did not begin meditating 2 months ago, however my practice fell away when I went through a big change and moved cities, changed jobs and began my own company. I started to feel out of touch and disconnected and I knew exactly what needed to change. 

The results from being diligent and creating space for this habit for has transformed my life in a very short amount of time. Suddenly I have time in my day. By making time, I created more time. My actions are more efficient, my mind is clear, I smile more. Days that used to fly by with distractions and hours wasted being unproductive have now disappeared. I am more mindful with the foods that I eat, the conversations that I have and the people that I spend my time with. 

There are some useful podcast and apps that can help you to learn how to meditate. I started with the "Breathe" app. This app is great one, because it free! It also helps you to track your progress daily, gives you an option to check in with yourself and even suggests meditations for you for that day. 

If you want to enroll in a subscription the Headspace app is truly wonderful. It walks you through step by step and truly encourages your success in learning how to meditate. It even sends you push notifications on your phone to remind you to set time aside each day. 

I also enjoy guided podcasts Hay House. There is a diverse selection of many different and well known speakers. 

I recommend guided meditation to start as it helps to train your mind on how to sit still and clear your head. By practicing daily you will soon not need to be guided with every meditation. You will grow and develop the skills to be able to clear your mind, be still and bask in the calm.