Barcelona Bound! Wish you were here…?

“Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at anytime and be yourself.” – Hermann Hesse

Imagine starting your morning as you greet the sun shining down your face, with the fresh breeze against your skin, and the sound of birdsong energising you for the day ahead. Envision yourself having the space and time out of your normal routine to ‘just be” and do whatever YOU want that will nourish YOUR soul. Consider meeting other like-minded people from around the world – where you’re free to explore and connect in a city steeped with history, culture and beauty. Ponder the feeling of sand on your feet as you walk towards a private boat for your Mediterranean Sea tour. Anticipate learning new and healthy ways to shift your energy, change your perspective and transform your life. Imagine ending your day as the sun sets down on your face, with the night breeze against your skin, and the city sounds coming to a blissful end.

Did you FEEL that as you began to imagine yourself on retreat? Well you can!

Join me for my Spring retreat this May 21st – 25th. It’s not too late to experience the richness of Barcelona and the healing, transformative work that allowed me and others to live a more fulfilling life.

Here is just some of what my students and clients experienced working with me after they said “YES” to invest in themselves – their health and well-being:

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9 Ways to Detox Your Mind and Body

In the spirit of Spring and Throwback Thursday today I share on my blog this article that was originally posted on the top U.S. lifestyle media brand Mind Body Green with 19,000 shares and counting!!! 

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Spring is a time of renewal, welcoming the opportunity to begin again. By bringing new energy into the light we can let go and detox ourselves from all that no longer serves us. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, each season corresponds to different organs and their meridians — the subtle energy channels through which qi (aka Chi) flows. The liver and gall bladder are connected to the season of spring.

Our liver is the main organ for detoxification, while our gallbladder stores bile produced by the liver, aiding the digestive process. The main job of the liver meridian is to keep the energy in the entire body regulated.

When out of balance, we may physically experience fatigue, migraines, tight hips and low back pain. Emotionally, we may experience erratic emotions such as anger and frustration. When in balance, relief can come in the form of self-compassion, balanced emotions, flexibility to change, and letting go of frustrations. The liver has a huge impact on the overall health of your body, but also on the mind and emotional state.

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A Yin Yoga Sequence To Boost Your Metabolism & Restore Qi Flow

Spring is a time of renewal, welcoming the opportunity to begin again. By bringing new energy into the light we can let go and detox ourselves from all that no longer serves us. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, each season corresponds to different organs and their meridians — the subtle energy channels through which qi (aka Chi) flows. The liver and gall bladder are connected to the season of spring.

Our liver is the main organ for detoxification, while our gallbladder stores bile produced by the liver, aiding the digestive process. The main job of the liver meridian is to keep the energy in the entire body regulated.

When out of balance, we may physically experience fatigue, migraines, tight hips and low back pain. Emotionally, we may experience erratic emotions such as anger and frustration. When in balance, relief can come in the form of self-compassion, balanced emotions, flexibility to change, and letting go of frustrations. The liver has a huge impact on the overall health of your body, but also on the mind and emotional state.

This Yin Yoga sequence helps to restore the healthy flow of qi through the liver and gall bladder meridians, to support the body’s metabolism and its natural ability to eliminate unwanted toxins and waste products.

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3 Ways Yin Yoga Can Help You Through A Crisis

Instead of beginning the first day of the new year with an excitement for new beginnings, I had lost my sense of hope. My husband and children were flying across the pond back to London but I stayed behind in Los Angeles to be with my father who was in intensive care. He was awaiting surgery for a debilitating condition.

But between the time I spent at the hospital I turned to my Yin yoga practice. As always, it became the lifeline that re-connected me with the power and strength to deal with the challenges I faced.

Here are three powerful ways that Yin yoga can be your lifeline during times of great need:

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5 Ways Yin Yoga Will Transform Your Life

Yin yoga is a deliciously deep, meditative and reflective practice in which floor-based postures are held for an extended period of time.

Unlike a dynamic yang practice that works the muscles through repetition, Yin works the deeper layers of the body such as the fascia, connective tissues, joints and bones. Yin is a deeply healing and nourishing practice with profound physical, emotional and energetic effects. During challenging times in our lives, our emotions can deplete our bodies of energy. The nourishing practice of Yin yoga helps to restore that energy for overall wellbeing.

Yin yoga continues to give me the strength and courage necessary to honor all the roles and responsibilities I have on my life’s journey. I invite you to try a Yin yoga class, and to keep an open mind and heart. Through a Yin practice, we allow ourselves the space and time to touch base with who we truly are, beneath the stories we’ve created about ourselves — beneath the tragedy. It is here where we can begin to live with more grace, strength and courage.

Here five reasons why a Yin yoga practice will transform your life:

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