Emotional Fitness Retreats for 2013 with Andrea Becky Hanson, CEHP, ACEP Certified Energy Health Practioner
Emotional Fitness is the state of being that allows you to be intimately connected and involved in all aspects of your life and maintain your sense of inner peace, strength and balance.
Andrea Hanson will join us again at Red Mountain for Emotional Fitness I April 24 - 28,2013
A Certified Energy Therapist, Hanson skillfully and compassionately provides private consultations and retreats that allow you to experience the integrated combination of the contemporary Energy Therapy and the ancient practices of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation. Hanson believes this combination is the answer to optimum health and wellness.
An Energy Therapy session will help you learn and understand why repeated attempts to resolve problems have failed in the past. You will also receive the rich learning and understanding you need to finally be free of negative emotions and thoughts. You can delete the concepts of struggling and suffering from your vocabulary and from you life with the experience and application of the Emotional Fitness Technique.
Emotional Fitness I includes
- Deluxe accomodations and meals.
- Welcome personal intention meditation and dinner with Andrea
- Personal retreat workbook and journal
- Opening session: Yogic anatomy and energy therapy that leads to emotional fitness, and why this is the key to personal growth
- Private 75-minute energy therapy consultation with Andrea
- Emotions in Motion: Essential tools of whole health, healing and manifestation in the 21st century
- "Healing the Heart" hike in the magical Snow Canyon
- Effective communication and deep meaningful relationships – Long overdue secrets of fulfillment
- Healthy emotional eating – Receiving nourishment on all levels
- Morning meditations & Kundalini yoga - Learning how to maintain inner strength and peace
- Take-home personal resources, practices and strategies package including Andrea's meditation CD
- Sunrise meditation and celebration in Snow Canyon State Park
- Follow-up personal 30-minute phone session with Andrea
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To learn more about this subject, visit Merging Rivers website. Andrea Becky Hanson is a Certified Energy Health Practioner, Registered and Certified Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Therapist, Ayurvedic Instructor and Spiritual Energy Intuitive. She has studied in over 22 countries and has taught meditation, ayurveda and energy medicine for over 33 years. She is a former Program Director for the Chopra center for Well-Being in San Diego, and her traditional education is in Psychology and Speed and Hearing Sciences. Andrea has developed a profoundly integrated and comprehensive holistic multi-cultural, multi-dimensional approach to health, healing and well-being which she shares through private consultations and retreats. Her teaching intent is to offer pathwaysto resolution, reconnection and rejuvenation for sustainable inner peace and strength. The modalities and processses she offers often work when nothing else has.
Red Mountain Paradise
By Kasey Austin, Field Operations Liaison | Austin-Lehman Adventures
As a host of the upcoming Austin-Lehman retreat at Red Mountain Resort in March of 2013, I wanted to spend a moment fantasizing about a week spent in the red rock oasis of Utah. As a short (and not complete) background, Red Mountain Resort focuses on full body wellness (reenergizing mind, body, and spirit) while Austin-Lehman centers in on living life to the fullest through outdoor adventure. Of course, both of these companies feature so much more than this but for the purposes of this blog, we'll center in on these highlights.
From my perspective as an Austin-Lehman employee, there's no better way to rejuvenate your sense of self than by getting outside and just living. Now, whether your version of "living" is sitting on a red sandstone cliff, breathing, hearing, and seeing your surroundings, or it's hanging by a rope a hundred feet in the air while rappelling through Yankee Jim Canyon, that's completely up to you – everyone is different! However, just so long as you're getting "out" to explore this beautiful and unique world that we live in, it's up to you how you take it in.
Now, I know that it's easy enough to walk out to your backyard or local park to recharge those hard working batteries in that body of yours, but just think of taking a whole entire week off in a resort of paradise-like luxuries – imagine the positive transformation that could take place in your mind, body and soul! Austin-Lehman and Red Mountain Resort have teamed up to provide the ultimate wellness vacation in which daily yoga and activities like mountain biking Bear Claw Poppy Trail and hiking amongst Zion's lush forestland and towering sandstone pinnacles are the daily norm. If you think that an exciting and challenging day of canyoneering (hiking, climbing, scrambling, and rappelling) followed by spa services, yoga classes, and pool time is the perfect way to spend a vacation, then you'll want to look into this adventure, designed with your body's well-being in mind.
As an ending note, I know for me personally that there is nothing that revives my sense of self better than a day (let alone a week!) spent taking on physically and mentally-demanding activities followed by pure and sweet relaxation time – good for the soul. What better place to get away from it all then at the Red Mountain Resort where wellness is a part of everyday life. While experiencing an Austin-Lehman adventure, you're sure to get the personalized attention you're seeking for your next vacation. Join me for the opportunity to relax, renew and rediscover your sense of adventure at this red rock paradise – see you in March!
About Austin Lehman Adventures
Austin-Lehman Adventures is a multisport adventure travel company with a legacy dating back 38 years to 1974. Our company specializes in small group travel, with a maximum of twelve guests on our departures (18 max for family trips) and a 6:1 guest to guide ratio. These small group sizes ensure that you get the personalized attention and experience that you seek while vacationing worldwide. Through Austin-Lehman Adventure Travel, you can travel safely to five different continents with our knowledgeable and safety-oriented guides. The authentic and distinctive lodging that accompany one of our over 70 different itineraries is sure to satisfy your taste for luxury quality and comfort.Add a comment
Ways to Cope with Stress
Get regular vigorous exercise. Relaxed muscles mean relaxed nerves. Choose whatever exercise is realistic for your age and physical condition. Some examples include hiking, biking, walking, golf, tennis, home calisthenics and swimming. Laugh more. Laughter is a good tension breaker. Laugh at yourself so that you do not take yourself seriously. Avoid self-pity. Self-pity is a poor response to situations and usually a waste of time and energy. AVOID LONELINESS. Reach out and take the initiative in finding friendship. Treat people as though they were already your friends. Seek out compatible people. LOVE MORE. Most people need to learn to love people and use things instead of loving things and using people. Don’t be afraid of compromise. In a stressful situation you can either fight, back off, or compromise. You don’t always have to choose to fight or feel defeated if you back off.Add a comment
Tips for Living Well
Nourish: Feed your skin from the inside out. Your skin is a reflection of what you put into your body. Eat a well-balanced diet with foods high in antioxidants, and drink plenty of healthy fluids to stay hydrated.
Move: Exercise regularly but don’t go for the burn. Regular exercise is crucial to overall health, but excessive exercising can sometimes irritate the skin so don’t overdo it. And always remember to protect your skin with an SPF of at least 15 when exercising outdoors.
Rest: Get quality sleep to rejuvenate the skin. Your body and mind need proper rest and so does your skin! Find your ideal sleep zone (ideal number of hours you need to look and feel your best) and try to maintain that amount of sleep each night.
Relax: De-stress to boost skin healing. Stress and worry show up on your skin. To try and relax, identify your skin’s stress symptoms and create a “to do” list of your daily responsibilities. Cross those items off the list as you go.
Super-Saturate: Moisturize properly to quench your skin’s thirst. Once you have identified your particular skin type; dry, oily, normal or normal combination, follow a consistent skin care routine every day. Cleanse, tone, moisturize and protect your skin from the sun, exfoliate regularly and treat yourself to a healing mask for your skin type. Add a night cream to your regimen—you will notice the difference.
Pamper: Become spa savvy for wellness and balance. Treat yourself by booking some pampering time at a spa. Or if you can’t get to one, bring the spa experience home by creating a serene place where you can relax and rejuvenate. Light some candles and play soothing tunes while you soak in the tub. And don’t forget to turn the phone off!
Radiate: Combat specific skin problems…at any age. To keep your skin youthful and radiant, take care of common problems when they first appear, like small lines and wrinkles or freckles. Begin with simple steps such as using a moisturizer daily and introducing a light eye cream to your routine. Your skin is the largest organ in your body and—take care of it!Add a comment
Red Mountain Resort's Stone Goddesses
By Betina Lindsey, Shaman Spirit Guide
“When Deborab Grebenar creates, it is a sacred act; her sculptures bless.”
After knowing Deb for many years, I feel these words speak true of Deborah’s sculptures which grace the Red Mountain property on the South, West, North and East of the Canyon Breeze Restaurant. When I first came to work at Red Mountain I was very thrilled to see some of Deb’s sculptures resting on the land. The goddess Spirit Keepers, as I have come to know them, are a tribute to the four directions, four elements (earth, wind, water and fire) and the four seasons. Of most of her work, she described its essence as "maybe Self and Spirit Self, Self and God, Self and Other Self, or the unity of masculine and feminine. I don’t care what anyone sees, as long as they see something that is of service to them — whatever needs to be held up, reformed and spiritually transformed."
She said in an interview, “For a time I created only goddesses because I needed to see them.“
I’m glad she did for we all need to see goddesses in these times. She loved being a role model of feminine power for girls, especially when they could see her working. At Breckenridge’s annual wood-carving event, she is out there with a chain saw — and the only woman among men. "I like being that evidence for little girls to know they can weld, mix concrete, wield a chain saw and buy power tools," Grebenar said.
Writer Trina Hoefling, in an article in Denver Woman Magazine about Deb, tells us that “Dance was a metaphor for movement with Grebenar, who was also a watsu water massage therapist. Whether the dance of body and water and the watsu therapist guiding and gliding through water, or the dance of artist and medium dancing into creation, all is movement. Sculptural art encourages people to move around the piece. Deb believed the water massage made her a better sculptor, and the sculpting made her a better body worker. Whether as artist or body worker, she focused on the interaction of separate beings moving together to shift consciousness into something new. Whether art lover or watsu client, we are moved by her work.”
Grebenar’s career as an artist moved forward powerfully through the years. When Hoefling asked her how she came to believe so strongly in herself, her talent and her work, she replied, "Incrementally!" Little Deb Grebenar began sculpting at age 5 when she found Ivory soap and a paring knife. When she discovered alabaster, stone felt so familiar. It looked like Ivory soap! She’s been an art teacher, postal worker, retail sales clerk, printmaker, illustrator, fabric artist — but when she went from flat art to stone, she knew she had found her medium. She discovered her full artistic self incrementally, and came to name herself "sculptor" even more incrementally.
Grebenar began her definition of self as "sculptor" years ago in Frisco, Colorado. She knew she wanted to sculpt, but did not believe she could afford a studio. Immediately she found an ad for the "perfect gallery and studio" for $250. It took her 18 months to say yes to herself. Her next step was to place one 18-inch sculpture, Moonchild, in her friend’s Breckenridge bookstore. She had the courage to do so because it was a bookstore, not a gallery. The piece sold for $600.
Her works can show up any where. I have "Eve’s Dream" in my home. Other commissioned public and semi-public permanent sculptures of Grebenar’s can be found in California, Nevada, Utah, Pennsylvania and many cities in Colorado — Gunnison, Glenwood Springs, Breckenridge and, of course, Denver.
In Zion Canyon at the center of Springdale Town Park sits Deb’s Earth Mother herself! On my morning walks, I always pause beside the nurturing massive sculptor. She is an enduring presence cradling the earth child in her arms. I am that child…we are all that child.
Often, we don’t know what we have lost until it is gone…but in this case her art remains a lasting gift to us.
Thank You Deb, for your inspired life and your work of stone blessings.Add a comment
The Quicker Picker-Upper
You know that moment during the day where you feel overwhelmed by the pile of tasks that need to be accomplished ASAP? This is the perfect opportunity to take five minutes to induce the art of stillness. Taking just a couple minutes during a hectic day will help elicit the relaxation response where you can breathe space into your mind and instill mental clarity to organize your thoughts.
GET COMFORTABLE. It really doesn’t matter if you sit on the edge of your chair with an extended spine and your feet hip width distance apart or if you cop a squat on the floor behind your desk, sit in the most comfortable position that supports a long, fully extended spine.
CLOSE YOUR EYES. Either soften your gaze or close your eyes. Begin to take your awareness within, closing off the chaotic outside world.
BREATHE. Become aware of the natural flow of your breath. Notice where you naturally tend to breath. Do you feel your breath in just the top of your lungs, behind your chest; can you sense the breath expanding your ribcage or pulling down toward your belly? Just watch at first, become a silent witness to your connection with life. If we did not breathe, we could not live!
3 PART BREATH. Now begin to consciously control your breathing. Start by filling the bottom third of your lungs with oxygen, energy; sense your belly expanding on the inhale and deflating on the exhale. Keep filling the lower third of your lungs, now begin to sense your ribcage expanding 360º, finally, allowing your chest to rise. Inhaling belly, ribs, and chest, then exhaling chest, ribs, and belly. Complete 10–20 complete breath cycles.
JUST SIT AND BE. After you complete conscious control of your breath notice the effect it has had on both your body and your mind. Sense a state of peace and release. Notice how your heart rate has slowed down. Explore the expanse of open space in your mind.
WAKE-UP. Slowly wiggle your fingers and toes and open your eyes. Pick up a pencil and write a list of what you feel is the most important tasks you need to accomplish, remain relaxed, and begin.Add a comment
World Peace Gardens
By Betina Lindsey, Shaman Spirit Guide
I discovered this at six months old. It was the moment I crawled off a blanket and into the dirt. My chubby little fingers grabbed for the texture of it. And into my mouth the dirt went! Think about it…nothing and none of us on the planet would thrive without "The Dirt"!!!
I will capitalize the “D” because to me, Dirt is sacred - it is the living skin of the earth! From Dirt we came and to Dirt we go. In the beginning comfort food came directly from the Dirt, not fast food drive thru as my grand kids think. The Dirt, the Waters, the Air, the Sun and the Plants are Nature’s living soul. We can’t survive without Nature, but Nature can survive without us. Yes, indeed folks!!! This is the rude awakening of the 21st century.
To me this world is a garden, a global garden in need of respecting. It is time to encourage all peoples, governments, corporate pirates, militaries, the jobless and the cyber children to walk outside in our world wide garden, kneel down and touch Holy Dirt.
I am sure this is the spiritual shift needed.
A tree can live for thousands of years with its evolved immune system, not so with stocks, bonds and derivatives. Governments, religions and overlords come and go, but the "Dirt" is always here. We fight over Dirt, blow it up, radiate it, draw boundaries on it, sell it, pave it, drive on it, farm it, defecate on it, exploit it, spray pesticides on it, yet we don’t acknowledge it as having rights or intelligence…but it does because it is alive! Sometime, take a hand full, smell it, and look at it in a microscope. Dirt is You!
A headline read: “Dirt Exposure Boosts Happiness.” Researchers at Bristol University in Britain treated lung-cancer patients with "friendly” bacteria found in soil, otherwise known as Dirt. The patients reported feeling happier and had an improved quality of life.
Where are the happiest places in the world? Studies show in our gardens!!! Want to be happy? Gardening is a number one happiness skill say happiness experts, along with counting your blessings and hugging friends and family. Even in one of the most unhappy countries in the world, when asked what made them happy, the citizens agreed that their locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables were one of the few happiness shots they had. Now, that is what I call a "happy meal."
I have this dream of seeing a Dirt flag flying on every flag pole in the world. Imagine a new movement in our institutions. “We interrupt this old programming of fear, greed, BS and mayhem with the One and Holy True Dirt!”
Imagine gifting the next seven generations with a new Pledge of Allegiance. “We pledge allegiance to the Dirt, one Earth, unpolluted, with microbes, flora, fauna, pure water and balanced habitat for all.”
Yes, we all die and go back to the Dirt for graveyard therapy. Mark my last request for my funeral, when the hole is dug and the "Dirt to Dirt" and "ashes to ashes" bit is spoken, I hope they will sing, “We are stardust, we are golden, and we’ve got to get back to the ‘Dirt’!” *
*Don’t miss the five star documentary: DIRT! THE MOVIE, A Story with Heart and Soil. Check it out at a library near youAdd a comment
Tips to Improve Your Emotional Health
People with balanced emotional health have learned healthy ways to cope with the daily stresses that occur naturally in life. Change is one of the most common stressors we will all have to deal with. Whether the change is for good or bad we can plan on experiencing change several times through out our lives.
Sometimes when we are stressed, or hurt emotionally it comes out in a physical way and we may feel some of the following symptoms:
- Back pain
- Change in appetite
- Chest pain
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Dry mouth
- Extreme tiredness
- General aches and pains
- High blood pressure
- Insomnia (trouble sleeping)
- Palpitations (the feeling that your heart is racing)
- Sexual problems
- Shortness of breath
- Stiff neck
- Upset stomach
- Weight gain or loss
Recognizing these symptoms of stress and learning how to cope with stress now is important, as some of these symptoms get worse with time. Also, investing in your emotional health now will prevent medical costs later.
The following are some helpful tips from Red Mountain Resort and familydoctoroctor.org.
- Express your feelings in appropriate ways. Keeping these feelings inside can make you feel worse. At these times, ask someone outside the situation such as your family doctor, a counselor, a religious advisor or life coach - for advice and support to help you improve your emotional health. You can also express your feelings through movement and dance. Many guests enjoy The Nia Technique at Red Mountain Resort. This energizing technique provides a way to express your feeling through dance, sound and voice.
- Live a balanced life. Some research has shown that having a positive outlook can improve your quality of life and give your health a boost. Let go of the negative things in your life and make time for the things you enjoy. You may need to get away from work and the stresses of home for a while to recharge your batteries and bring the work/relax ratio into a balanced state. In addition, you can balance your mental energies through acupuncture, zero balancing, Tai Chi and other types of energy work.
- Develop resilience. People with resilience are able to cope with stress in a healthy way. Resilience can be learned and strengthened with different strategies. These include having social support, keeping a positive view of yourself, accepting change and keeping things in perspective.
- Calm your mind and body. Relaxation methods, such as meditation, yoga, Tai Chi and slow stretching are useful ways to bring your emotions into balance. These methods should be done in a peaceful environment and can be performed inside or out in nature.
- Take care of yourself. It’s important to take care of your body by having a regular routine for eating healthy meals, getting enough sleep and exercising to relieve pent-up tension. Aerobic, strength and flexibility exercises are equally important and should all be enjoyed as part of your essential routine. Avoid overeating and don’t abuse drugs or alcohol.
For a more intense look at your emotions and how to find emotional peace, check out our Emotional Fitness Add-on package.Add a comment
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