I want to share my adventure in Bali with you all, but where to begin? “The Bali” experience is something that can’t be explained, it’s a cultural and spiritual journey that needs to be experienced in order to be understood. Bali is called “The Island of The Gods”. While there I was lucky enough to experience some of the most beautiful locations. and I can see why that nickname came to be.
Upon our arrival in Bali we were greeted by a man with a big smile, jumping up and down with a sign that said “Soul Shine.” His name was Agung. He became one of the many Balinese people that would become our friend. Soul Shine is a charming resort co-owned by Michael Franti. If you know Michael Franti, you know it is a man living a very “Namaste” life. The resort was beautiful, cozy and elegant all in one. It was all one could have hoped for.
Our days consisted of yoga twice a day with Jano, a yogi I soon grew to love and respect. Jano has a kind heart and a beautiful wife. Delicious organic meals prepared by Balinese people were served with a smile, love and kindness. The facility was beautiful with its outdoor kitchen, infinity pool that over looks there rice paddy field and organic garden. When we were not practicing yoga we were exploring the island, visiting temples, coffee plantations, waterfalls, shopping in the adorable boutiques, relaxing at the cool cafes and dining at world class restaurants. That was the first week.
Our second week in Ubud, Bali. We checked into a delightful Hotel, called Kama Bisma in the center of town. Recommended by my friend Roxana. There we were greeted my our very own Ketut. The story of the Balinese peoples name is beautiful and rich in their culture, Ketut being the last born. This second week was amazing as our bodies were strong, our minds clear and our hearts full from our week long yoga retreat.
I was lucky enough to have friends that had visited Bali, friends that had moved to Bali, and friends I met in a retreat 8 years ago from Tazmania. These amazing friends put me in contact with their friend now living in Bali. Yes, can you believe a trip around the world felt so familiar because of these connections.
This was a blessing in itself. It was also a reminder that the friends you keep will keep you grounded if chosen correctly. One of these connections put me in touch with Yansu, a young tour guide with a big smile. He held all the knowledge I needed to learn about the island, the beautiful people, their culture and way of life. Yansu took us to several temples. Tanah lot temple, Mother temple, Pura Tirta temple and Ulun Danu Temple. The rice paddy terraces, young beach, and an amazing sunrise hike in his village, this definitely was one of our biggest adventure. My dear friend, Charlotte recommended the Campuhan walk. Which is an easy trek in the center of town along rice paddy fields, galleries, and cafes, ending with a deep in the infinity pool at Jungle Fish Day Beach and Spa. We ended that day with dinner at an amazing Plant based restaurant called Sage with Charlotte and her boyfriend Flo. While in this second week of Bali, I also had coffee with a new friend, that I was introduced to me via Facebook. This man just happened to have a mutual friend with me! Can you believe it. Yes, three and a half degrees of separation was happening to me. I was finding myself feeling goose bumps and full of blessings. I could feel my life changing. Let’s not forget the many new Balinese friends I made.
Bali may have had a way of blessing me, but it also had way of testing me to! I had some many little things happen in the beginning that made me doubt my taking the trip at all. But once I opened my heart and listened to my inner child it all came together. You too can come to Bali and you just may find a beautiful piece of you, where you find yourself free of judgment and fear and instead may find yourself riding behind scooters with your arms wide open and a big smile.
The thing I loved most about Bali is that it offers something for everyone. With its amazing wave breaks, unique shopping, some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and for the foodie, fantastic restaurants. I feel as though Bali is a reminder of how important kindness and generosity are: the locals are so lovely and cheerful that it would be hard to have a bad day, someone was always putting a smile on my face. This will stay with me forever. When having a bad day now, this is the place in my heart and mind that I go to now. I am truly blessed. I encourage you all to try Bali, even just once.
What is Mindfulness?
Have you ever turned on the television to watch a program and then become distracted by thoughts about your day, problems, life, etc and realized you haven’t seen or heard anything of the program you sat down to watch? Or had a conversation with a friend but halfway through realize that you haven’t been listening and can’t remember what they said? Most of us have done this at one time or another and they are great examples of being ‘mindless’. When we are mindless, we are not concentrating on the task in hand, our mind is elsewhere. So what is mindfulness? Mindfulness can be described as being in the present, being in the moment or just ‘being’. It is focusing your mind on the here and now, not thinking about what to have for dinner later, or that piece of work you need to get finished. Being mindful allows us to tune in to what it is we are doing. It allows us to experience every moment fully. It allows us to experience every moment using all of our senses; seeing, hearing and feeling every moment.
Pilates and Mindfulness
Pilates is a series of slow, defined exercises carried out on both the mat and resistance equipment. The exercises should be performed correctly, taking the time to establish the technique rather than rushing through them. Everyone who participates in a Pilates class knows just how much there is to think about; breathing, alignment, using the right muscles and relaxing the others, listening to the instructor and so on. This can feel a little overwhelming at first but it is normal and will get easier as the body learns the new ways of doing things. When you are thinking of all those things, you are in the moment, living it and doing it – there is no time to think of anything else! However, by the end of your class, you will feel energized and calm. The breathing method used in Pilates exercise encourages relaxation and has been shown to improve mood and decrease anxiety. Using the breath will activate and energize the muscles and as you bring your attention to your body, you will be able to execute the movements precisely, with control and mindfulness.
A Mindful Pilates Exercise
- Sit tall, lengthening the spine. Have the feeling of your weight dropping down your seat bones and the crown of your head lengthening upward. Place your hands around the lower part of your ricage towards the back.
- Inhale through your nose, focusing your breath to your back and the sides of your ribcage. You will feel your hands being gently pushed out as the sides and back of your ribs expand.
- Exhale through your mouth ensuring there is no tightness through the jaw. As you exhale, you will feel your back retreat away from your hands as the ribs compress. When you exhale, ensure that you expel every drop of air from the lungs and try to keep the abdominal muscles contracted.
- This time, as you inhale imagine that you are taking the breath to the left side of your lower back and ribcage. What did you feel? You will find that the left side expands more as your focus and awareness has been taken to that area. Repeat this on your right side.
This simple exercise shows just how much control we have over our body when we are mindful. What else can we achieve by incorporating mindfulness into our daily lives?
Love Your Summer Workout: 5 Motivation Tricks
1. Adjust Your Body Temperature
Hop into a cold shower before your workout. A German study this year found that a pre-exercise cool down improves performance in the heat — probably because it lowers your heart rate as well as core and skin temperatures. Even just cooling your neck or head with an ice pack may make a difference.
2. Cool Down with Essential Oils
Dabbing a few drops of peppermint or eucalyptus oil on the back of your neck and at your temples just before your workout provides a cooling effect and also opens up your nasal passages, so you can breathe a little easier when the air is hot and humid. In fact, research has found that when you sniff peppermint during a workout one will run faster, have greater grip strength, and could do more push-ups than those who didn’t.
3. Summer-ize Your Intervals
To keep your fitness level up when the mercury is too, do your regular cardio (whether it’s walking, running, swimming, or biking) at a slightly slower pace, but add in 30-second speed bursts every three to five minutes. You’ll maintain your conditioning and burn more calories without having to go all-out the entire time.
4. Practice random acts of fitness
Sneak in little bits of exercise with some summer-friendly activities. For example: Washing the car for 30 minutes burns about 100 calories for a 140-pound woman; gardening burns 128. Other options: throwing a Frisbee, walking the dog, playing a game of volleyball (all about 100 calories), mowing the lawn (176 calories), biking around the neighborhood (192 calories), or hula-hooping, which burns about 50 calories in just 10 minutes.
5. Refuel with fruit
They’re more than 80 percent water, so fruits such as grapes, watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew are a tasty way to replenish fluids and boost your energy post-workout. Keep ’em frozen for a refreshing treat. Other good options: Smoothies, frozen yogurt, or gel cubes (made with collagen) with fruit chunks. They provide the perfect mix of carbs and fluid and they’re easily digestible in the summer heat. If you’ve lost a lot of salt (hint: your clothes have white sweat stains after a workout), replace sodium by drinking coconut water or an electrolyte replacement like Nuun.
MARINATED ZUCCHINI & TOMATO LASAGNA with CASHEW HERB CHEESE
- 1 zucchini
- 5 tomatoes
- Olive oil, Himalayan salt, black pepper and coriander
- 1 cup spinach leaves
Cashew herb cheese:
- 1 cup cashews
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon dried dill
- 1/4 cup water (more or less, as needed)
- Dash of turmeric, paprika and coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt
- 1 garlic clove
To marinate the zucchini and tomatoes: slice the zuke into thin strips on a mandolin, and chop the tomatoes. Rub them in oil and spices and put in the dehydrator for 1-3 hours, or in the oven at the lowest temperature.
To make the cheese: blend everything until smooth and very thick.
To assemble: layer slices of tomato, zucchini and spinach with cheese. Sprinkle with cilantro and coriander. Chomp.
KIDS, PILATES & TREATS WORKSHOP
The health of today’s children is compromised by a culture of convenience and increasingly sedentary activity. Eating fast food, watching TV and playing video games has become habitual while a nutritious diet and physical activity is on the downslide. Parents are now looking for an exercise program for their children in an effort to keep them fit and set them up for a lifetime of good health. Pilates is a safer, healthier and a low-impact workout which offers a large range of benefits to children. Improved posture and spinal alignment are realized as exercises increase the strength and flexibility of the abdominal and inner muscles of the body. It promotes toned, sleek bodies and improves athletic performance as well as strong mental clarity. Through Pilates, children can gain awareness of their body, and learn how to move efficiently and gracefully. Please join us in a 45 min kids workshop where children will be taught how to implement these techniques in a fun and light hearted way. After, they will each receive a “treat bag” for all of their great efforts! Cost of workshop is $25 per child. Don’t miss out, spaces are limited. Reserve now and bring a friend!
Saturday May 6th at 12:00pm, please sign up through SIM, cost is $25 per child
PILATES FOR EVERYDAY LIFE WORKSHOP
Saturday August 12th from 12-3:30pm $195
Pilates teaches useful skills to utilize during your everyday practices as it encourages your body to be functional and mobile. Alongside its rehabilitative and core strengthening qualities it can help to improve the physical and mental quality of our lives. Please join us on Saturday August 12th from 12-3:30pm and learn how to apply these tools to your everyday life. Introducing Chandra Le, who resides in Macau China has over 14 years of experience in the fitness and Pilates community. Her extensive training includes an initial Pilates certification in 2003, a personal training certification through the American Council of Exercise – ACE in 2005, followed by Gyrotonic Expansion System Level 1 in 2007 and Booty Barre in 2011. Chandra furthered her knowledge and became a Balanced Body faculty member in 2013 allowing her to certify future Pilates instructors. In 2015, Chandra became the Education Director for Absolute Pilates in Bangkok, Thailand. Currently, Chandra offers classes, workshops and Balanced Body education around the world. Cost of workshop is $195 and spaces are limited.
Reserve before July 15th and receive an early bird rate of $175!
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Jordana Cauldwell is an avid fitness and nutrition enthusiast. She has a strong background in dance and dance education and has performed with the highly regarded Kibbutz Dance Company in Israel.
Pilates instruction became a natural progression in her career as she enjoys helping others to realize the fitness benefits of this discipline.
She moved to Las Vegas in 2008 and lives with her husband, two children and Katie their dog in Summerlin. When she is not practicing Pilates, you’ll find her reading, traveling, hiking, skiing and just being in the outdoors.
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