Post Archive - March, 2015

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Ask the Experts : Oriental Medicine

Qigong at Como Bali

I’ve been feeling the stress of running a business, being a single Mum of a six year old and going back to business school lately. I knew that my body was out of sync, but I didn’t ‘have time’ to do anything about it. Screech and rewind!

I run a luxury wellness travel company for goodness sake. How am I supposed to inspire others if I can’t keep myself balanced and healthy?  Without further ado, I booked a private consultation in with David Melladew, Oriental Medicine Consultant at one of our favourite wellness sanctuary partners, COMO Shambhala Estate in Bali.

David Melladew at Como

He began the session with a divine tea ceremony. I love people who are passionate about what they do and that shone through with David. Like myself, he has a genuine drive to help others live in health and vitality and by the end of my consultation I had a accurate diagnosis, an action plan of what to do about it which included some easy steps to do at home and he’d inspired me so much on Traditional Chinese Medicine, that I felt like going to college again!

In this Ask the Experts Health Blog I ask David about Stress and how Oriental Medicine can play a part in finding that essential life balance. Chill out and read on…

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‘Rawfully’ good Raw Food Retreats

luxury raw food retreat

Why luxury Raw Food Retreats are the new black

You know those times in your life when you’re having a really awful day, no week, no fortnight. Yes that was me last week (and the week before!). Then Asia’s leading consultant on Raw Food, author of ‘Living Flavors of Southeast Asia’, Diana von Cranach, invited me to experience her luxury villa resort in North Bali and of course her self titled ‘Rawfully’ good food. If you’re even the tiniest bit hungry, grab a carrot now!

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Bali Detox: Blog from the Bog Day 6

My oh my, did I crash this morning. Woke up at 4.50 and thought ‘let’s meditate’ then small-fry comes in 2 minutes later. After cuddling him in and then 3 hours of play, I felt like I couldn’t walk. Weird feeling, not heavy in the body, quite the opposite, but like my body totally put the brakes on.

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Bali Detox: Blog from the Bog Day 4

 

Thank goodness I woke up at 5.30am today, really couldn’t raise my head though but eventually managed a short meditation in bed. Today has been much more easy breezy for me. I honestly thought that I would lose my marbles not eating for this long but I feel calmer and more lucid than I have in ages. That said, I think the world would be a sad place if a tablet replaced food.

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Bali detox, blog from the bog Day 1

My friend testing out the board on delivery

Got the colema board delivered on Saturday on loan (I’ve aptly named it the sh*t machine). It’s basically a home enema kit and I’m told that I should relax and light some incense, put some nice music on and pop this tube where the sun don’t shine. We reckon most of our guests will opt for the colonic instead but I’m trying it anyway!

If you’re doing this detox with your partner around I hope they know you well. Mine’s away which I think was a good thing yesterday (v gassy!).

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“If you think you’re so enlightened…”

 

Ram Dass

One of my favorite quotes from Ram Dass is “If you think you are so enlightened, go spend a week with your parents” . There’s something about interactions with family that cut to the core and raise all kind of emotional traumas isn’t there. I remember when I decided to stop eating meat. In Asia this was no issue at all, there was no judgement. But when I returned to the North East of England you’d have thought that I had joined a cult! And I disappointed myself, gave in and ate meat the entire time I was visiting.

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An ode to a new Yoga Teacher

This morning I went to support my friend who recently became a Yoga Teacher. Faltering on whether she could really teach, she got the courage up to hire a hall and get a few ‘guinea pigs’ in to try out her new skills. Firstly, I want to say hands up to anyone who dares to follow their dreams. Making your passions a reality is what life’s really all about isn’t it? Setting your soul on fire! …

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Why a silent meditation retreat is better than a face lift.

 

Before 1 week Meditation Retreat

After 1 week Meditation Retreat

Having just completed a silent meditation retreat in Bali, I step back into the world of chatter, traffic and super connectivity. What better way to start typing again than by sharing my personal experience with all you Soul Sanctuaries blog readers. Since I do like to talk a bit (ok a lot!) in everyday life, most of my friends focused on the hilarious thought of me being quiet for one week. Let me tell you, that’s the luxurious part.

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Is it my ego or does this Yoga Retreat suck?

Part of our work in developing Soul Sanctuaries is to seek out amazing off the beaten track havens where we can send guests or run one of our signature Soul Retreats in the near future. So we packed our bags and headed off to a possible sanctuary in the misty mountains in Bali.

Location, tropical wilderness (check)

Greeting on arrival, warm and friendly (check)

Accommodation, luxurious, nice energy and peaceful (check)

Cuisine, mediocre and a bit disorganized

Spa Treatments, automotron comes to mind? When did a soft Javanese massage become a shiatsu?

Yoga class (advance apologies to anyone who thinks my ego got the better of me here but this class was awful, hilarious and a bit dangerous for your health at the same time!)

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