Feeling ‘Not Enough’

self healing holidays

Self healing; how do you go about it?

Lately I’ve been feeling like I have a gaping hole inside of me that needs to be filled. I can verbally give myself a talking to and say that all is well, but the feeling of impending doom or something missing remains. Have you ever felt the same way? Let’s explore this together.

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Bali Spiritual Healer offers wises words

Spiritual Healer

Today we are going deep and spiritual with my dear friend and Bali Spiritual Healer Annick, otherwise known as The Bali Oracle. She’s guided me through many a challenge with her huge open heart and gentle, empathetic nature. How cool is it that I now get to share her infinite wisdom with you…
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COMO Shambhala Fitness Expert Amy Buck

Chrissy Teigen Bali

Recently singer John Legend and Chrissy Teigen enjoyed getting their fit bodies back with Fitness Expert Amy Buck, when they stayed at one of our favourites luxury wellness retreats COMO Shambhala Estate in Bali. Teigen called Amy “The most patient human in the world”..

“We had the most beautiful, wonderful time in Bali. Como Shambhala, my body and mind have never felt so clear. Thank you for getting me to move again (first time since I was 8 months pregnant and Luna is ummmm 15 months old) and giving me some much-needed body and nutrition schooling!” said Teigen in an Instagram post.

Yeap, we’d agree. We interviewed Amy to find out what expert tips she’s dishing out.
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Balinese Healing Ceremonies

Fivelements Bali

Thanks to ‘Eat,Pray,Love’, everyone has now heard of Balinese Healing. They all imagine queuing for ‘Ketut’ to show them the path to enlightenment. Or you might think it’s all a load of baloney.

Well think again.

I lived in Bali for over a decade and I’ve experienced and witnessed some things that do not fit into our regular view of the world. If our clients are interested in experiencing Balinese Healing, whilst on a luxury wellness vacation with us, I usually ask them to put aside their Western viewpoint for a few hours and immerse themselves in mysticism and ritual.

Here are some images of a recent Agni Hotra Fire Ceremony, attended by a dear friend and healer Annick with explanation of it’s origins and meaning.
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COMO Shambhala Bali Healthy Lifestyle

Health Expert COMO Shambhala

Our mission with Soul Sanctuaries is to help busy people live a healthy lifestyle, full of vitality, balance and joy. In a world where people juggle work and home life, it’s important to take a moment and consider what it’s all about and how to maintain a healthy perspective.

We work with Asia’s leading Wellness Sanctuaries and Holistic Health Experts to personalise your experiences. We’re always seeking advice for you too and today we’re interviewing COMO Shambhala Estate’s leading Naturopathic Consultant Dr. Vinod Kumar, on his tips for a healthy daily life. Let’s dive in…
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Sugarless Soul; A week sugar free round-up

Green Juice
Soul Sanctuaries offer luxury healthy holidays across Asia and we practice what we preach. That said, I was too many chocolate biscuits in and that needed to stop. I’ve made it one week sugar free and caffeine free and do you know what, I’m going to another week too. I honestly did not think that I would feel more energised immediately, but a few days in and I was waking up feeling more rested and clearer. Thank you so much to the fantastic expert tips from Paul Emery, founder of QEPR, a science based mind and body healing technique. We also had some superb advice from Dietician Eve Persak MS RDN CNSC CSSD. Here they are again inside for anyone that missed the blogs.

For anyone thinking of cutting back on sugar my personal tips would be;

Shop well in advance (I didn’t!) to stop you being tempted to cheat

If you’re a tea or coffee drinker and are going caffeine free too, think about what you are replacing it with. I always drink heaps of water and I had homemade smoothies and herbal teas

Think about your work schedule if you can. I had some aches and pains mid-week and over did it.
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Sugarless Soul; A week sugar free Day 6


sugar free tipsPeople keep asking me what it’s like to go sugar free, and I have to say so far not too bad. I’m wondering whether it’s because my chocolate biscuit habit with a very English cup of tea was only one year in. Like a baby habit to break? But I’m told that it’s just my brain adjusting to not having the regular sweet treat.

In all honesty what I’d like to do is go a little longer without any sugar and then enjoy honey on my toast again and the odd cake when I feel like it.

How do I feel on Day 6?

Waking up more energised in the morning!

Proud that I’m taking care of what I put into my body, it’s not perfect but it’s my temple.

I’ve had some leg aches and pains yesterday but they disappeared today.

I feel slightly lighter already and with a bit of rpm I might even lose that muffin top!

Tomorrow I’ll do a round up of everything I learned this week so hope it’s been helpful to you all out there. If you’ve done something similar, we’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

If you’d love to eat well and have a luxury break at the same time, please do get in touch:

email jo@soul-sanctuaries.com

website: http://soul-sanctuaries.com

Sugarless Soul; A week sugar free Day 5

sugar and hormones

I’ve made it five days sugar and caffeine free so far. I just want to say at this point that I’m not advocating that everyone should give up sugar for good. I was binging on the late night sweet treats and that’s not cool, given that I run a wellness travel company! This journey will hopefully allow me to enjoy my favourite dark choccies but not go on to over indulge in the future.

I was an irritable Mum on Sunday (why oh why did I try to make my son clean his room!). That said, I do feel a slight upsurge in energy already and in-between running the business and caring for him, I managed to paint the garden shed and plant some flowers. I’ve been tapping my way to losing my desire for chocolate cake and biscuits, thanks to the fantastic tapping techniques given by Paul Emery last week.Well, if it worked for Kate Moss, why not me?

Expert Dietician Eve Persak gave us some superb tips on training your palate and what to focus on. Sorry Eve, I still stuck to 3 large meals today. I think the key to this really is sensible, planned shopping!

So today I thought I’d focus on sugar and how it affects the hormones. I’ve had my rather large share of hormonal imbalance. I’m not putting it all down to the midnight feasts, but will going sugar free help?
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Sugarless Soul; A Week Sugar Free Day 4

Eve Persak

I’m so excited today to bring you tips on going sugar free from Expert Dietician Eve Persak MS RDN CNSC CSSD.I first met Eve when she was helping guests as a consultant for nutrition at the renowned COMO Shambhala Estate in Bali and I was so impressed by her depth of knowledge and attitude towards eating well. She is a Registered Dietitian and a board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is also among fewer than 4000 professionals worldwide to hold Certified Nutrition Support Clinician credentials. I’m feeling super grateful that she offered some tips on withdrawing from sugar. Let’s hear them then.. Read More

Sugarless Soul; A Sugar Free Week Day 3

I think that someone up there must have realised I might need some help with quitting sugar, because in the last 24 hours I’ve had two world leading holistic experts getting in touch to offer me help!  Multi award winning Paul Emery, Founder of QEPR offered some tapping techniques to assist with withdrawal from sugar. You’ll find Paul traversing the globe, offering his therapies to super models and high fliers alike. He works in some of the world’s finest luxury wellness resorts, helping people to lose bad habits and live with more balance and joy. So here’s what he suggested to help quit sugar. 


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