Post Archive - August, 2017

Posts tagged "luxury self healing holidays"

Feeling ‘Not Enough’

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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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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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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

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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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New Year Detox for the Soul

Emotional Well-being Programs in Luxury Asian Health Resorts

new year detox

At this time of year we have lots of inquiries from guests anticipating the need for a New Year Detox Holiday. After a festive season of guaranteed indulgence, it’s common to offset any guilty feelings by booking in for a luxury cleanse program. Best foot forward in 2016 and all that.

This year however, we’re receiving requests from guests who aren’t simply satisfied with a healthy diet and exercise regime. They are looking for a detox for the soul.

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Jumping into the unknown

Making decisions which lead to transformation

Joanne McFarlane

I want to apologize for not being my usual chatty, communicative self but I’ve been through a major life transformation. After 15 years of living in Asia and 25 years of living away from my town of origin and family, I made the decision to move back to the UK. Major changes!

I couldn’t have anticipated what a rollercoaster this experience would be and here I want to share my experience, strength and hope with you all. I adore Soul Sanctuaries; I put my heart and soul into the company and really love to help others on the journey to physical health and emotional wellness. With each experience I personally undergo, I add to my ability to help others.

Have you ever felt like you’re bashing against closed doors?

Whatever you’re trying in life and relationships simply isn’t working?

This was my life over the last year. On the surface, I had a fantastic life in Asia; a beautiful villa, great weather and beaches nearby, a fantastic son and friends whom I adore. Yet I seemed to be constantly facing hardships on all fronts; health, finances and relationships. Some days I found life incredibly difficult and although I was helping others find their balance, my own life was getting more painful by the day. On that note, whenever I felt really low, I allowed myself to feel like that, forgave myself and held on to the thought that tomorrow might just be brighter. Sometimes it wasn’t but I gained small comfort knowing that I’d made it through the previous day with love, support and my dignity intact. I also found it extremely gratifying to still be able to listen to others hardships and maintain a place of healing for others.

I felt like I was being drawn back to the UK, but since I love to procrastinate, I kept putting it off. The universe has a way of forcing the issue and my life became so uncomfortable, I had to make a decision. Sitting outside a bank in Bali, I sat with cash in my hand debating “school fees or plane ticket”. I called friends and mentors, desperately trying to pass the decision making onto somebody else. Eventually I made a decision and plumped for school fees, ensuring my son’s further education abroad. It then became apparent over the following week that I felt like I’d made the wrong decision, that it was time to head back to my roots, to reconnect with family and start afresh.

I’d been told that when the path you decide to walk down feels right, the waters part and doors open. I went to my son’s school and told them I’d made a mistake. They graciously refunded my money. The flight ticket to the UK just got cheaper and cheaper. My villa rented out to a beautiful family with ease. They even adopted our beloved cat Lili.

On arrival I had a bumpy start, I’ll not kid you. Being around family after so long, isn’t without its moments. A lot of my old behaviour’s resurfaced. Luckily I have consciously caught myself people pleasing, becoming overwhelmed and trying to fit into others vision of how I should be.

Within two week’s I’d found a beautiful little house and just the perfect school nearby for my son. I have experienced the milk of human kindness. Family members gave their houses and time. People I didn’t even know gave things for the new house. I’ve had positive signs along the way that this was the right thing to do.

Now I’m asking for guidance in how to develop my beloved company Soul Sanctuaries further and spread it’s European wings. With the possibility of offices in both Asia and Europe, I’m feeling like the future of the company is bright.

What have I gained from this whole experience? To follow my heart. I listened to my inner voice, I overcame the fear of making the decision and I leapt into the unknown. And I am supported. I’m still here and I feel like I’m getting back the positive energy I put into life. It’s not always easy, but if you can find small gratitudes on a daily basis, the sun can shine through the darkest cloud.

I want to take a moment to thank all those beautiful souls who helped me personally through this transformation. I love you all. I also want to thank all those fantastic soul seekers who booked a healthy holiday through Soul Sanctuaries. I love what I do and you blessed me with the ability to help you on a journey of health and wellness.

In Gratitude and with a lot of Soul

Joanne

5 tips for facing life’s challenges without losing it

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It’s all well and good with practicing a little meditation, sweating it out on the yoga mat, but how do you cope when life kicks you in the proverbials?

I was brought up to stay strong and carry on, which actually hasn’t always helped when all I wanted to do was have a good cry. I’ve recently been given a more than triple whammy in my life. Seeking help outside my usual healthy vices, I decided to see a life coach, come spiritual guide and various holistic health practitioners who have been helping me to ask myself what I want and helping me to see my part in the my life situations.

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