We've finally kicked winter good-bye for another year. Flowers are starting to bloom and many of us are inspired with a sense of renewal, which means fresh starts and new projects. This year, instead of just cleaning your closet spring clean your soul. When something is bothering you and constantly weighing on your mind it becomes a distraction and pulls focus from what really matters. Clinical hypnotherapist, Patrick Wanis, warns that when we don't take the time to clear out our past, we take it with us into our future relationships, which means we are not just affecting ourselves, but those around us too. Clear out the mental, emotional and social clutter from your life by letting the negativity and stress go. Turn to exercise, meditation, or even book a vacation to physically get into a new space. We've done it and know that soon you'll start to feel the sunshine from within.
As with everything in Singapore, you'll find this yoga studio on the 5th floor of a high-rise building in Marine Parade. But don't let that or the low ceiling, windowless room mess with the mojo that you'll create in this Anti-Aging yoga session. Give your mind, body, and soul over to talent teachers at Platinum Yoga and you get a fun refreshing experience.
The drop-in class we attended started off in the Kundalini tradition - almost 30 minutes of pranayama (breathing) exercises, where all the lung expansion left us and feeling a bit more relaxed if not a little high. A few simple sun salutations later and it was finally time to move to rope wall and loosen our shoulders. Once we felt comfortable with the ropes it was time to climb up the wall like Spider-man and flip upside down. Let the anti-aging begin!
From headstand to handstand we reversed the flow of our internal body and felt exhilarated. Once you let go of your fears and allow the ropes to support you, you truly began to feel the anti-aging affects, which is actually a great travel cure for jet-lag and water retention.
Cost:$35 SDG (contact to confirm) Length: 1 hour
Until you have packed your suitcase and set off for parts unknown - alone - it's hard to explain the mystical, magical, things that will unfold on a solo adventure. Solo travel gives you complete and utter freedom. You are in charge of what you see, when you see it, what you eat, when you sleep, the list goes on! Solo travel is the best way to get out of a funk, grow as a person, step outside your comfort zone, and best of all learn how self-reliant and strong you really are.
If you've ever been to Bali then you immediately know why it's one of our favorite places on earth. You also know that as the world becomes more global and the population ages, it is going to be hard to hold onto the magic that Bali offers forever. This little Hindu island set amongst the 17,000 other Muslim nations of Indonesia is a wonder. From lush rice fields to black sand beaches to ancient temples to cultural celebrations, there is no other place in the world like it. Check out the gallery of our favorite wellness travel finds.
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Gut health has evolved from hush-hush to hot topic and it’s no secret that elimination is one of the most important movements our body makes– it amps up our immunity, metabolism and moods.
We all know by now that a diet rich in whole grains, fibers, fresh fruits, and vegetables is essential for optimal digestion. But we must also make room for good bacteria in our digestive systems. Probiotic supplements and cultured dairy products like kefir – yogurt’s three times more potent family member – have an abundance of them. Kombucha and fermented veggies should also be on your radar and are a great excuse to rescue your mason jars from the cabinet’s caverns.
Food isn’t the only thing we can ingest in order to digest either; activated charcoal may be the most buzzed about ingredient lately, but we've been telling our clients for years to buy some for its unique ability to magnetize toxins and keep you healthy on the road. - Lindsey Jarrett
Nyepi, Balinese New Year, takes place every Spring, but due to moon cycles, the exact date changes yearly. In 2015 the holiday fell on March 21st and it left us longing to be back in this magical place celebrating with the locals. Enjoy this video we created of our 2012 wellness tour to celebrate Nyepi's Ogoh-Ogoh day where evil spirits are awoken in order to banish them and cleanse the island.
Just back from our latest scouting trip we fell in love with the vibrant artistic nature of Bogota, Colombia. This modern city is spread out but with cheap taxi rides, an incredible bus system, along with walking and bike paths throughout the city, there is no excuse to stay in your hotel room. Like any major metropolitan hub, Bogota welcomes expats from around the world and offers food, hotels, and tours for any budget. Check out the gallery of our latest wellness travel finds.
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It's not even March and we're already sick of the cold winter weather. We admit it happens every year. As the sunlight dwindles so does the appeal of the outdoors. Yet continuing to stay active in the cold months is vital for your wellbeing. Here are four reasons you should make movement a priority:
1. Boost Immunity. Research continues to show that consistent exercise, including a simple daily walk, strengthens the body's immune system. By increasing circulation, your white blood cells are more able to keep viruses, bacteria, and the flu at bay. Work a walk into your every day routine by going out to pick up lunch or taking the stairs in your office building.
2. Restore Energy. Your body already works overtime and the short days of winter can make you feel as if the day has come and gone before you've accomplished anything. Active rest like listening to a soothing guided meditation or visualization can keep your blood pressure, muscular tension, and nervous system in check.
3. Try New Things. If you spend your time outdoors in the summer weather, use a nice, warm indoor setting as an enticement to explore in a new way. Check out the nearest rock climbing wall, try a spin class or an intenSati workout, walk through an art gallery, or book a fusion cooking class. Bonus points if you bring along a friend for motivation and company!
4. Maintain Weight. Of course we know we should be choosing salads over creamy soups this time of year, but the cold winter elements including lack of vitamin D can wreak havoc on our cravings. Manage your stress and food cravings by keeping your fitness routine in check. This way you can indulge a bit without a second thought. Then when you return to a more balanced diet in the spring, you won't feel like you have excess weight to shed.
'Fashion with a conscience' is JADEtribe’s motto and their natural, organic, ethical textiles follow suit. You can find us wandering the streets of Thailand or Colombia with any one of their messenger bags– large enough to carry water and a camera, but not too big to be uncomfortably heavy. Our founder, Linden often get stopped in the streets and asked “where can I purchased this bag?” The feel of the hand-woven fabrics seems local no matter where in the world you find yourself. The fact that New York-based founder, Kimberly Hartman uses JADEtribe as a platform to employ small women’s co-ops in South East Asia makes us return every season to see what’s new. Get yours at www.jadetribe.com
I was raised to be a conscientious citizen of the world. I recycle, take public transportation, turn off the lights when I leave the room, and recently started composting. For years traveling around the world I would smile when I read hotel signs that asked guests to hang up their towels instead of requesting new ones. I would also delight when I walked into a new hotel room and see that there was a recycling bin alongside the trash bin.
With hotels across the globe taking steps to show their commitment to the environment, is there a way for us to become even better eco-guests, whether you stay at large hotels chains or local boutique establishments known for their eco-practices? You bet! Here are a few simple things you can do during your next hotel stay to leave a smaller footprint.
Bring Your Own Toiletries Every company makes travel size toiletries these days. By bringing your own shampoo and conditioner, you save plastic, as the hotel doesn't have to replace the products you used during your short stay. If you just can't resist trying a new product, make sure you finish the product and take it with you to refill and reuse on your next trip.
Hang the Do Not Disturb Sign on the Door Your hotel room was cleaned just prior to your arrival and you are probably not spending enough time in it to make a massive mess. By hanging the Do Not Disturb sign on your door you are telling the hotel that no cleaning and no new towels are required. This simple act uses less electricity, (no vacuum), less chemical cleaning agents, and less water, as no washing of sheets or towels is required. If the thought of staying in a hotel and not having your room cleaned is too much for you, experiment; hang the Do Not Disturb sign every other day and see how you feel.
Request the Hotel Not Turn on the Radio/Lights Prior to Your ArrivalWhen this first started happening on my travels, I would to look around thinking I just entered an occupied room. While the idea of entering a hotel room that feels less empty/lonely is nice, it's not really doing anything to make us think we're not away from home. Save the electricity and tell the front desk it's not necessary.
Leave the Stationary Behind Are you really composing hand written notes these days? While it may be tempting to collect hotel stationary from exotic locales, why not take a picture of the stationary with your camera phone instead? Pictures last longer, plus you can post it on your Facebook wall.
Ask the Hotel to Email You the Bill Don't waste another piece of paper by requesting a printed a copy of your stay. Everything is electronic these days so ask the front desk to email you a copy. Better yet, before settling your bill, ask for a digital copy instead of having it slipped under your door at night. As we know, every little bit helps! - Linden Schaffer
This article was written for and originally published on The Huffington Post.