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5 Yoga Poses Inspired by the Total Solar Eclipse

To celebrate the spectacle of the total solar eclipse, try these 5 yoga poses inspired by the phases of the sun and the moon. The last time a total solar eclipse crossed the contiguous United States from coast-to-coast was 1918. Today, almost 100 years later, people across the nation will witness this phenomena, as the new moon passes between the sun and the Earth in totality. First Contact – Mountain Pose (Tadasana) During the first phase of the total solar eclipse, the edge of the moon starts to pass across the sun. Just as the New Moon signifies change, Mountain Pose (Tadasana) is a great yoga pose to start your journey within and set an intention for your practice. Come...

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4 Benefits of Joining a Wellness Retreat

Want to know the 4 benefits of joining a wellness retreat? Last month we visited Rancho La Puerta,“The Ranch,” a fitness and spa retreat in Tecate, Mexico. What we found was a space to detox, destress, connect and reflect freely amidst nature. Detox If you’re thinking of signing up for a wellness retreat it’s probably because you’re looking to make a healthy change. Many retreat programs offer healthy, well-balanced meal options that prepare the body and mind for transformative detox. At The Ranch, we were served a fresh and chemical free lacto-ovo vegetarian diet (no poultry or meat), including seafood, which provided us the essential protein, vitamins, minerals and probiotics needed to support our week of fitness activities. Photo Courtesy...

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4 Best Exercises for Skiing

While winter is melting away as we head into spring, the heavy snowpack will keep ski resorts open longer this season. Get in shape with these four best exercises for skiing that will help build the strength you need to conquer the slopes. Jump Lunges (40 Reps, 20 per side) To get your butt and legs in shape for skiing and build heart strength, add jump lunges to your exercise routine. Start with your right foot forward in a lunge position. Jump up, switching your feet mid-air to land with the opposite foot forward. Continue to alternate each side landing so the knee hovers 2 inches above the ground. (Add dumbbells for extra burn) Jump Squats (15 Reps) The perfect...

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Why You Should Start Journaling

Journaling is a great way to find clarity amongst the chaos. Here we provide some reasons why keeping a journal (or a few), helps you realize your full potential as you navigate through the road blocks of life. After all, we could always strive to be a better version of ourselves, right? Serves as Meditation   There are many different forms of mediation from seated, walking (Zen), moving (yoga), hands (mudra) to singing (tantra), but all with one end goal - mindfulness. In mediation, you can use different tactics like breath work or pranayama to focus your attention internally and awaken your life force. Similarly, journaling allows you to consciously meditate on paper, helping you “exhale” out stale words that do...

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