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By Keiraleane

Yoga is for everyone! If you’re looking to dive into the practice, here’s everything that you need (and don’t need!) to get started. We’ll also be discussing what yoga is and the many benefits of a regular practice.

 

Yoga for Beginners

WHAT IS YOGA?

Yoga is an ancient practice that incorporates mental, spiritual, and physical practices. What we know in the modern world as ‘yoga’ is simply movement and only makes up one of the ‘8 limbs of yoga’.
The 8 limbs of yoga:

● Yama – abstinence
● Niyama – observance
● Asana – yoga postures
Pranayama – breath control
● Pratyahara – withdrawal of senses
● Dharana – concentration
● Dhyana – meditation
● Samadhi – absorption/the divine

For the purpose of this article, we’ll be exploring ‘yoga’ as related to the practice of postures.

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WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF YOGA?

Here are some of the benefits that you can gain from a regular yoga practice.

● Stress-relief
● Improved sleep
● Increase in flexibility
● Increase in strength
● A strong connection with and understanding of your body
● Improved energy and vitality
● Cardio health and improved respiration
● A balance in metabolism
● Weight loss – mostly when practising faster-paced styles of yoga

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WHICH STYLES OF YOGA ARE BEST?

Each style of yoga comes with its own benefits and is suited to different levels of experience.

Generally, hatha yoga classes are one of the best options for beginners. Classes work through the primary yoga poses – seated, standing, and balancing – in a way that focuses on strength over speed. This means that you’ll have the time to spend correcting each pose and ensure that you’re practising it safely. Hatha yoga is a great way to learn the pose names before moving into faster-paced styles of yoga such as vinyasa and power – if you choose to!

Restorative yoga and yin yoga classes are also great for beginners as they are floor-based and slow-paced.

Restorative yoga is ideal for those turning to yoga to improve conditions such as anxiety, difficulty sleeping, and stress. Poses are held for anywhere between 5-20 minutes and the body is completely supported with props – the idea is to feel soft as opposed to stretched.

Yin yoga is great for those looking to improve their flexibility as well as being a wonderful way to relieve stress and tension. Poses are held for 2-3 minutes – sometimes all the way up to 15! – with a focus on lengthening the muscles and deepening the pose.

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WHAT DO YOU NEED TO START YOGA?

The great news is that all you need to practice yoga is yourself! Local studios will have yoga mats that you can borrow and use during your class. Investing in your own mat, however, is one of the best ways to feel excited and motivated about your new yoga practice.

Studios will also have all of the props that you need during your practice. If you prefer to use your own props or will be practising at home, you might want to get yourself 2 yoga blocks and a yoga strap. You don’t need quality yoga clothes to practise yoga – anything comfortable with lots of give will work. If you prefer to wear ‘yoga clothes’ you’ll need leggings, a sports bra, and a vest/t-shirt.

Why not start your practice by attending one of our holistic yoga retreats in Koh Samui? Find out all about the different packages we offer here.

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By Keiraleane

Ayurveda is ancient wisdom known as “the science of life”, and is an alternative form of medicine that has been practised for over 5000 years. Many of us turn to Ayurveda and the Ayurvedic diet when looking to cure our body in a holistic way that takes the entirety of our being into account.

The Ayurvedic diet looks at eating, cutting out, or restricting particular foods based on our dosha (otherwise known as our body type). To more meaningfully understand what Ayurveda says about diet, let’s first look at the doshas.

 

Ayurvedic Diet

WHAT ARE THE DOSHAS?

There are 3 doshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Each of us is born with a particular combination of the doshas, where one is usually more prominent than the others. When evaluating what your dosha might be, it’s important to consider the way you have been/what you have looked like for the majority of your life.
Vata dosha

#1

VATA DOSHA

Vata qualities include:

● Dry skin and hair
● Brittle nails
● Feels the cold
● A lean figure, struggles to put on weight
● Energetic
● Free-spirited

#2

PITTA DOSHA

Pitta qualities include:

● Medium build, maybe muscular
● Oily skin
● Little body hair
● Always hot
● Determined
● Competitive

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KAPHA DOSHA

Kapha qualities include:

● Larger build
● Soft features, full lips, big eyes
● Soft skin
● Stable temperament
● Compassionate
● Loving

Once you have an understanding of your dosha – something that only an ayurvedic doctor can determine for sure – you can start to alter your diet to balance the more prominent dosha. Have a look at this quiz to see if you can determine your dosha type!

To Balance

VATA DOSHA

You might feel a need to balance Vata dosha if you’re feeling particularly sensitive to the cold or that you would like to start feeling a little more grounded in your mind. For this, you’ll need to eat foods that are opposite to the qualities of Vata dosha.

If Vata dosha is cold and dry, this means an increase of warm, moist foods!

Here are some ideas:

● Chai tea
● Butternut squash soup
● Gnocchi with pesto
● Baked sweet potatoes
● Oatmeal

To Balance

PITTA DOSHA

Pitta dosha may need balancing if you’re feeling particularly fiery, irritated, or have an infection/rash. To balance Pitta dosha, you’ll need to eat foods that are sweet, bitter, and cool – the opposite of the fiery qualities of Pitta.

Here are some ideas:

● Fruit salad
● Date and almond shake
● Vegetable omelette
● Tofu, rice, and greens
● Wholegrain pasta with mushrooms and red pepper
● Vegetarian burgers

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To Balance

KAPHA

To balance Kapha dosha

You might need to balance Kapha dosha if you’re feeling particularly tired or find that you’re frequently procrastinating. Dry, light, and warming flavours are best for balancing Kapha dosha, you’ll want to avoid eating foods that are high in oil and protein, as well as too salty or too sweet.

Here are some ideas:

● Stewed apples and a fruit smoothie
● Muesli with warm, plant-based milk
● Vegetable soup
● Lemongrass curry
● Sweet potato soup
● Lentil bolognese

Now that you understand a little more about the doshas and what Ayurveda says about your diet – why not give it a try?! Visit our welness resort Thailand.

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By Keiraleane

Pranayama is an important part of the practice of yoga that focuses on the breath. Otherwise known as “controlled breathing”, there are lots of different pranayamas that you can choose to practice depending on what you want to gain from it.

Different pranayamas can be used to increase focus, reduce stress, build up your inner fire, and promote sleep.

In this article, we will look at the benefits of pranayama, how to practice pranayama, as well as a few specific pranayamas that you can try!

 

The Benefits of

PRANYAMA

Pranayama is the fastest way to learn about, understand, and control our breath (or our life force). Here are some of the incredible benefits of the practice.

● Improves mindfulness – pranayama takes concentration, and by concentrating on our breathing we are being more mindful of our bodies and the present moment.
● Stress relief – pranayama calms the nervous system, which in turn can lead to stress relief and improved sleep.
● Reduces blood pressure – by concentrating on breathing slowly and deeply we can calm the nervous system, which will reduce our blood pressure.
● Improves lung function – breathing slowly and deeply for a long period of time can improve the strength and capacity of our lungs.
● Improves concentration – by practising pranayama we focus on the present moment, improving our concentration and focus.

How to Practice?

PRANYAMA

Pranyama

ALTERNATE NOSTRIL BREATHING

This practice is great for improving concentration and calming the body down in preparation for sleep.

1. Take a breath in through the nose.
2. Using the right hand, block the right nostril with the thumb and exhale through the left.
3. Inhale through the left nostril.
4. Block the left nostril with the thumb and exhale through the right nostril.
5. Inhale through the right nostril.
6. Block the right nostril with the thumb and exhale through the left.
7. Repeat for up to 5 minutes.

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3-PART BREATHING

The ‘3 parts’ are the abdomen, the diaphragm, and the chest. By concentrating on breathing into each area we can ensure that we’re taking full inhales and delivering oxygen-rich blood around the body.

1. Breathe in 3 parts – inhale into the abdomen, the diaphragm, and the chest.
2. Exhale in 3 parts – start with the chest, then the diaphragm, then the abdomen.

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SKULL-SHINNING BREATH

This practice is great for improving energy and warming up the body when you’re feeling a little cold.

1. Take a deep breath in, then exhale sharply as you draw the navel towards the spine.
2. Continue sharp and purposeful exhales with the inhales being passive and happening automatically.
3. Try 30 rounds followed by deep breaths – if 30 feels like too much, start with 15 rounds.

How to make the most of your pranayama practice

Here are a few tips for making the most of your pranayama practice.

● Practice daily! Daily practice will help you to experience the incredible benefits of pranayama.
● Choose a quiet spot. Try to practice pranayama in a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed for 5-10 minutes. Practising in silence will make it much easier to focus on your breath and remain mindful.
● Experiment with various techniques!

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By Keiraleane

Yoga, famous for its ability to relieve stress, may well be the cure for your insomnia! Here are 4 of the best restorative yoga poses to encourage sleep and how to practice them.

 

Yoga Poses

LEGS UP THE WALL

Legs up the wall is a great way to give your heart a little bit of a rest from all of the hard work that it’s been doing all day. This gentle inversion can reduce your heart rate and make it easier to get to sleep.

Lay on your back and bring your sit bones as close to the wall as you can, with your legs resting up against it. If this is uncomfortable for your legs, move away slightly from the wall. Lay your arms down by either side, close your eyes, and rest here for anywhere up to 10 minutes.

If you would like to increase the incline of the pose, simply bring a pillow underneath the lower back and glutes.

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ALTERNATE NOSTRIL BREATHING

Alternate nostril breathing is a form of pranayama (or controlled breathing) that’s great for relieving stress and encouraging a focus on the present.

1. Start by taking an inhale through the nose.
2. Using the right hand, cover the right nostril with the thumb, exhaling through the left nostril.
3. Inhale through the left nostril.
4. Cover the left nostril with the ring finger, and exhale through the right nostril.
5. Inhale through the right nostril.
6. Repeat this for up to 5 minutes.

This pranayama works wonders for promoting sleep when paired with ‘legs up the wall’ pose, why not give it a try?

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RECLINING BOUND ANGLE POSE

Reclining bound angle pose is ideal for relaxing whilst gently opening up the hips to help relieve the stresses of the day.

Start by placing a cushion on the floor that you can use to support your head and shoulders. Alternatively, you might like to use a bolster pillow propped at a 45-degree angle – using yoga blocks – as this can be even more restorative and sleep-inducing.

Lay back onto your cushion or bolster pillow and get comfortable. Bring the soles of the feet together and the knees out wide. The hands can come to rest on the belly or either side of the body. Close your eyes and stay here for 2-3 minutes.

If you would like to rest in this pose for longer, bring a yoga block or cushion underneath each knee to relieve the tension a little.

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SAVASANA

Savasana is the real reason that everyone comes to yoga – after all the hard work, you get to lay down and enjoy the rebirth of your body following your yoga practice! Plus, it’s the perfect position to settle down into for a great night of sleep. Why not combine the positions from this article into a pre-bedtime yoga sequence, and finish it off with an entire night spent sleeping in savasana?

Lay on your back with your legs wide, arms out to the sides, and eyes closed. Mentally and physically relax every single part of your body until you feel like you’re sinking into the ground (or your bed!). Stay here until you’re ready to go to bed – or until you fall asleep!

If you would like a little more comfort, bring a cushion underneath the head and a bolster pillow underneath the knees.

Step away from pre-bedtime screens and instead commit to 20 minutes of restorative yoga before bed to get a better night of sleep!

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By Keiraleane

With so many yoga retreats in various locations, what is it that makes Koh Samui different? And why should you book a yoga retreat in Koh Samui? We are here to tell you all about this incredible island, and why you absolutely need to visit it. Koh Samui is the largest of three islands situated in the Gulf of Thailand, and is a popular holiday spot for backpackers and Hollywood stars alike! Here, you’ll get to experience the best of city life, mixed with much more relaxed island life.

During a yoga retreat on the island, you will eat breakfast surrounded by palm trees, practice yoga alongside the sounds of nature, feast on delicious local fruits, and spend your evenings gazing over the ocean at the most incredible sunsets you’ve ever seen. There really is nothing more to it, it’s paradise!

In this post, we will provide you with all of the reasons why you should book a yoga retreat in Koh Samui, and bear witness to one of the most incredible places in Thailand.

 

Koh Samui

IT IS A BREAT PLACE TO BEGIN YOUR TRIP

Koh Samui is the most famous of Thailand’s islands and is home to one of the country’s international airports – making it an easy place to travel from anywhere in the world. Why not start your trip with a relaxing retreat on Koh Samui, and use this hub as a place to discover the rest of Thailand? Samui is only a short boat ride away from Koh Tao and Koh Phangan, also located in the Gulf of Thailand, and equally as beautiful! You can also find domestic flights from Koh Samui that will allow you to explore ‘The Land of Smiles’, before a quick return back to your Koh Samui home.

Koh Samui offers the perfect introduction to Thailand, combining the perfect mix of city life and island life. With markets, waterfalls, cultural spots, and enough beaches to last you a lifetime, you can’t go wrong!

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THE BEACHES

Koh Samui is home to 40 beaches, yes, 40! From coves to bays, to palm-fringed strips lined with restaurants serving delicious food, it won’t be long before you find your forever patch-of-sand and never want to leave.

Why not use your free time during your yoga retreat in Koh Samui to explore some of the lesser-known beaches around the island. Get yourself an island map, a moped, and go feed your wanderlust!

The water in the Gulf of Thailand is at a constant temperature of about 30-degrees Celsius, so year-round you can wade out into the ocean and feel like you’re settling into your bath at home. And after a long day of relaxing yoga classes and foot massages, what more is there to do than, you know, relax even more?!

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THE WEATHER

When you decide to head to Koh Samui and spend every day in your yoga clothes, you can count on being warm. Even during the monsoon season – November-December – Thailand is still incredibly warm, and you’ll be lucky enough to experience some of the most incredible rainfall you’ve ever seen!

Waking up to blue skies, birds singing, and beautiful sunshine is one of the best things about booking a yoga retreat in Koh Samui. And every evening will provide you with the spectacular light show that is a Thailand sunset – you’ll never have seen anything like it. Set yourself up on the West of the island for dinner, and catch the sunset at around 6 pm every night, year-round.

And even if it rains, you’ll be able to settle into Shavasana to a background noise of rain falling on the palm trees. I mean, instead of playing this noise on your phone to get to sleep, why not experience it?!

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On Tour

DISCOVER A BEAUTIFUL ISLAND

As well as practising yoga every day, filling your body with nutritious food, and spending your evenings on the beach, there’s an entire island full of beauty and adventure surrounding you! During our yoga retreats, we spend every morning hiking through the lush jungle, embraced by the sounds of nature. You’ll be discovering beautiful corners of the island without even having to think about it!

Our Revitalise package also includes a full-day trip to neighbouring Ang Thong National Marine Park. During our time here we will be kayaking, hiking, and snorkelling our way around one of the most beautiful and least visited places in Thailand.

Whatever you want out of your trip to Koh Samui, we are here to make it happen! Whether you want to add island tours onto your yoga retreat or discover places that only the locals know about, we’ve got you covered.

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MEET LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE

You’re considering booking a yoga retreat in Koh Samui because you love to travel, experience different cultures, and practice yoga, right? Well, that’s the same reason that everyone else books a yoga retreat in Koh Samui! By securing your spot on a yoga retreat in Koh Samui, you’ll meet like-minded people who might even become lifelong friends. Why knows, maybe you’ll even meet your yoga-retreat buddy for life?!

Know that by booking a yoga retreat in Koh Samui, you’ll never be alone (if you don’t want to be). You’ll share yoga, massages, and meals with a beautiful group of friendly faces who share the same values as you, and want to experience the beauty of the island at much as you do! A yoga retreat on Koh Samui will provide you with all of the relaxation that you would expect from a retreat, teamed with all of the adventure that you expect from the most epic holidays.

If we’ve left you unsure of anything, or if you would like to know more about Koh Samui and the yoga and health retreats that we host on the island, please don’t hesitate to contact us using the contact form on our website.

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By Keiraleane

Yoga is a healing practice for so many of us, but what is it about practising yoga in Koh Samui that can be particularly healing? Koh Samui is the ideal mix of city life and island life, offering the best of Thailand but set away from the more bustling tourist destinations of the country. On Koh Samui, you’ll be spoilt with beaches and bargain spa treatments, all whilst being surrounded by some of the most beautiful nature in the world.

By taking part in a Koh Samui yoga retreat that focuses on health and healing the body, you’ll be reaping the benefits by the end of your stay – feeling shiny and new when it comes to that dreaded flight home. In this post, we will tell you all about why yoga in Koh Samui heals, as well as the healing aspects that we focus on during our own yoga retreats.

Kok Samui

THE SURROUNDINGS

I’m pretty sure that most of us can just look at a picture of a palm tree and feel better. Heading to Koh Samui for your yoga practice will turn your desktop background into your real-life view. And what’s better than flowing through sun salutations on a white-sand beach, listening to the waves, and occasionally sipping from a coconut that came from the tree you’re practising underneath? I mean, it doesn’t get much better.

Koh Samui is a slice of paradise where you will find yourself surrounded by the beauty of nature everywhere you turn. Whether you prefer a sweaty jungle hike after your morning yoga practice or a swim in shallow waters to connect with nature, you can find it here.

Connecting with nature is one of the best ways to heal our minds and our bodies. We start to feel small and comforted by the beauty of the world around us when we allow ourselves the time to absorb it. And time is something that you will have in abundance when you take your yoga practice to Thailand.

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AN EASY WAY OF LIVING

There is a way of life in Thailand which has a ripple effect on those that visit. It’s called ‘The Land of Smiles’ for a reason! Ask anybody who has spent time in Thailand, and they’ll probably tell you that they stopped wearing shoes, stopped complaining, and returned home feeling a lot lighter than when they left. There’s just something about it.

When we practice yoga, we connect our minds to our bodies, and worry less about external factors that are weighing us down – no matter how small or big they might seem, yoga helps us to overcome them. Our yoga practice can be deepened even further by practising on an island where the way of life is just so much less hectic. You wake up, practice yoga, decide what to eat for the day, maybe practice yoga again, and that’s it!

Life in Koh Samui is so carefree and wonderful that you’ll probably never want to leave.

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THE DETOX

By heading to a yoga retreat that includes detox, you’ll be able to heal your body as well as your mind. We pride ourselves on being able to provide our guests with much more than daily yoga practice, here are the detoxifying experiences that are included in our ‘Revitalise your Energyretreat:

  • Organic herbal shakes.
  • A meal-plan packed with superfoods and served to you from our very own cafe.
  • Herbal detox overnight ‘flush’.
  • Facial treatment or ear-candling session.
  • Colon hydrotherapy or Chinese cupping.
  • Fat burner supplements.

All of this as well as classes, massages, infrared saunas, and ice baths! Add to this the fact that you’re spending the entire time living on an idyllic island in the Gulf of Thailand and you’ve got yourself the ultimate healing experience.

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THE PEOPLE

Thai people are happy and smiley souls, and one of the biggest reasons that tourists leave Thailand feeling so refreshed and re-energised. In Thailand, your kindness, good deeds, and cheerfulness play a huge part in deciding whether or not you are a good person – so expect smiles everywhere you go! It’s hard to feel unhappy when surrounded by so many people with so much good energy to share, and you’ll start to see your outlook change and your positivity grow in no time.

Lots of happy vibes whilst practising heart-warming yoga will feel incredibly healing – which can be particularly great if you are coming from a place of overwhelm and stress. But don’t just take our word for it…

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SPA TREATMENTS

Oh, the spa treatments. Nowhere else in the world are the spa treatments equally as outstanding as they are affordable. You could get two massages every day and still spend less than you would on your weekly shop at home! And there are so many different treatments to choose from that, to be honest, you probably will have to get at least two massages a day. What a shame…

You can choose from a Thai massage, foot massage, oil massage, a massage for your sunburn, a post-workout massage, the parlour is yours and the list is endless. You will love it. Included in the cost of our retreats is a daily massage of your choice. Consider it our treat to help you feel your very best, healed in the body as well as the mind, and ready for a great night of sleep before a brand new day in paradise.

Koh Samui is one of Thailand’s best gems, and you will feel the immediate benefits as soon as you plant your feet into the sand and commit to your yoga practice during your time here. Come and feel the healing abilities of practicing yoga in Koh Samui for yourself!

If you have any questions about anything that is included in our retreats, please don’t hesitate to contact us using our contact form. Let’s get you healed and feeling like your best self!

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By Larissa Wright

Whether your soundscape is a cacophony of birdsong or the hum of a waking metropolis, whether you’re naked in the tropics or wrapped in a blanket against an icy chill. Whether the first rays are peeking through trees onto a reflective river or between buildings to illuminate concrete constructions, there is no better time to be awake than sunrise. There’s an undeniable power in that first light, a kind of mystery and peace that sets you up for the best kind of day. Getting up earlier than I need to is my favourite kind of therapy, and one of the best lifestyle changes I ever made.

Early morning is a wonderful time to enjoy your own company before you’re intruded upon by a demanding world; phone calls and messages, schedules, start times and perhaps rowdy family members. It gives you a chance to ease into the morning, get a relaxed start on your day, organise your tasks in peace or take time to nourish yourself. From a psychological perspective, I love the way it helps me feel like I chose the day on my terms, rather than being reluctantly dragged into it. Quiet time at dawn is the greatest gift I give myself.

 

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START THE NIGHT BEFORE

Simple math dictates that if we want to wake up earlier, we have to go to sleep earlier. It’s a great idea to employ some sleep hygiene strategies such as avoiding caffeine after midday, putting screens away well before bedtime and ensuring your room is quiet and dark. You could try herbal teas with calmative properties, or some guided meditation and breathwork at bedtime for a natural approach to good sleep.

Rather than imposing a 5 am alarm on your 8 am self, a gentle transition will give you lasting results, and shifting your bedtime and wake time by 15 minutes each day will give your body and mind a chance to adjust. When setting an alarm, choose a favourite high energy tune or pleasant nature sound, not a nasty beep that will get you off to a resentful start.

Intention and preparation are key! Organise what you need the night before and place it by the bed—clothes, shoes, dressing gown, whatever it is you need to make getting up as straightforward and pleasant as possible. Make a firm commitment that when the alarm goes off, you’ll get straight up. Decide exactly what you’ll do once you’re out of bed, so all you have to do upon waking is follow the plan. It helps if the first thing you do is something you look forward to.

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Get Out of Bed

WHEN THE TIME COMES

When the alarm goes off, get up. No considering options, no negotiating with your sleepy self, no snooze button, don’t give yourself a chance to make a different choice. Once you’re up, you’ll be glad you did it and creating new habits takes time. The nature of your day is decided in that split second you make the decision to get out of bed, and it will get easier every time you do it. Lasting change depends on consistent repetition.

If you find external accountability helpful, you could team up with a friend who wants to wake up earlier and start the morning with a quick phone call. Most of us are more likely to stick to our commitments if someone else knows about them.

Once you’re out of bed, leave the bedroom immediately. The hard part is over, there’s no going back!

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MAKE IT MATTER

You did it – you’re up, and this precious time is your reward! I start with a really good cup of black coffee, but you may prefer fresh juice or herbal tea for a natural detox. Choose activities that nourish you, such as reading a positive book, journalling, working on your art, yoga, meditation or a walk. You may like to use this time to plan and organise your day by making lists or preparing healthy meals to avoid rush and confusion later.

Of course, you may prefer to treat yourself and get out of the house in the morning, in which case you could take your art or writing to a nearby cafe like Wildtribe Superfood Cafe and let them make the tea and juice for you! The important thing is to use the time mindfully, so you lay the foundation for a calm and productive day.

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CONSIDER A RETREAT

Many people prefer a ‘dive deep’ approach to habit change, in which case you might consider a retreat. Taking time out for yourself to embrace holistic lifestyle changes in a supportive environment might be the kick-start you need to make dramatic shifts in your life. Combining a new sleeping routine with gentle exercise, organic foods, nature, detoxifying saunas and ice baths with plenty of relaxation will make it easy and enjoyable to embrace a balanced approach to the changes you’re after. Contact us today to discuss which of our transformational retreats will help you live your best life.

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By Erin McQuilkin

Plants and humans have developed a symbiotic relationship during their millennia on the planet together. Over time, our ancestors studied, cultivated and experimented with local herbs, eventually learning their therapeutic benefits. Scientists continue to examine plants, attempting to isolate components to aid in the fight against diseases. In an era where obesity levels are epidemic, consumers would benefit from incorporating medicinal herbs into their diets and employing moderation in their lifestyles. They can also help boost healing and encourage health for everyone.

Let’s take a look at these five powerful tools of healing!  

 

Five Herbal Remedies

TUMERIC

As one of the most celebrated herbs in modern society, Turmeric has also been in the herbalist’s cabinet for centuries. Turmeric or Curcuma longa contains an anti-inflammatory agent that fights oxidative damage, which is at the root of many diseases. Curcumin is an integral part of this plant and is a polyphenol (antioxidant plant compound) that improves inflammatory conditions, aids pain management, and eases arthritis. Incredibly, recent studies have even shown curcumin has a positive effect on Alzheimer’s disease and possibly depression. This is due to the way it increases BDNF, a crucial protein in maintaining nerve cell health. Curcumin is difficult for the body to absorb without an aid like black pepper, which contains an enhancer called piperine. By incorporating these spices, you can empower yourself with a natural approach to cooking that will improve your health.

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PEPPERMINT

Peppermint (M. balsamea Wild) might be one of the most beloved herbs in the world for its stimulating scent and flavour. Historically the ancient Egyptians and Greeks cultivated peppermint for digestion problems. The herb’s main active constituent is menthol, which creates a cooling sensation and has mild anaesthetic effects. It calms stomach inflammation and nausea, aids digestion and treats IBS symptoms. Peppermint is also a significant antioxidant and antiviral, which treats herpes simplex virus type 1 and herpes simplex virus type 2 topically. Recent experiments have found that its oil possesses antibacterial effects similar to synthetic antibiotics. But perhaps the most impressive of all is the extract of this flora’s leaves anticarcinogenic activity

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SAGE

Known as Salvia officinalis, sage was used by Egyptians as a fertility drug and by the ancient Greeks to stop bleeding. This herb contains more than 160 polyphenols that protect our bodies against free radicals and strengthen our immunity. Sage’s flavonoids and polyphenols give it potent antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Early research shows that it inhibits the loss of the acetylcholine messenger in the brain, which makes it protective against Alzheimer’s. In one study, this peppery herb also enhanced the cognition in memory, attention and word recall of study participants. But sage’s power doesn’t end with the brain, it also contributes to lowering “bad” LDL cholesterol and total blood cholesterol while raising “good” HDL cholesterol, which is fantastic news for our hearts. So powerful are its effects on our bodies that sage has been found to inhibit the activity of tumours and the spread of cancer through angiogenesis. Add sage tea to your daily routine for a mental boost and fortification for your natural defences. 

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Five Herbal Remedies

CHAMOMILE

With its calming effects  recognised around the world, chamomile is a great herb to incorporate into your diet for wellness with lasting results. These golden and white flowers are anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antispasmodic and sleep-promoting, and can soothe the nervous system, boost immunity and fight harmful bacteria. Chamomile is especially helpful for women with menstrual symptoms as it relaxes the uterus and alleviates depression and sleep problems. Scientists in Tunisia have confirmed that chamomile extract has potent antidiarrheal and antioxidant properties. The primary bioactive material of chamomile is the antioxidant, apigenin. Apigenin has been shown to fight some types of cancer cells, and studies prove that imbibing chamomile tea protects against thyroid cancer. This wonder plant improves cholesterol levels and reduces “bad” LDL cholesterol levels in diabetics, showing excellent promise as an aid for heart health. 

Five Herbal Remedies

GARLIC

Garlic (Allium sativum L.) has been used as a resource by humans for the past 7000 years and was prescribed medicinally by the Sumerians, ancient Egyptians and Greeks. Garlic is widely used around the world and considered a powerful curative agent. One of the reasons for this lies in its concentration of thiosulfinates, which have antibiotic properties and help flush the digestive system of toxins. Among these is allicin, which is responsible for its potent therapeutic potential. Garlic consumption reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease by lowering cholesterol and reducing blood pressure and has a positive antioxidant and antimicrobial effect on our bodies. The allyl sulfides in garlic also have anticancer properties; reducing both cancer cells and tumour growth. This ubiquitous bulb actually fights against bacteria, giardiasis and candida albicans. 

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UNLEASH YOUR HEALTH WITH WILD TRIBE

Our team at Wild Tribe is here to help your body build a foundation for long term health through a natural approach to diet, lifestyle change and detox. We take a balanced approach to nourishing and healing, allowing your system to cleanse gently through diet and exercise, so you can emerge vibrant and renewed. Our menu incorporates these powerful herbal remedies and superfoods into nutritious meals and fresh beverages designed by our nutritional alchemist Anastasia. Come visit us at Wild Tribe Cafe and Visit Natural Detox Resort to destress and detoxify on the tropical paradise of Koh Samui.

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By Larissa Wright 

With the world being such a hectic place, detox retreats are becoming a popular way for busy people to spend their time off. Rather than just taking a few weeks to lounge about on a beautiful beach, many are choosing to combine stunning locations and relaxation with health benefits that will continue to enrich their lives, even after they’ve returned to their daily hustle. 

A retreat gives your mind, body and soul a break, a chance to regroup and make space, and perhaps create new routines and habits that you can take away with you. It allows you to experience total immersion in a positive experience, eliminating distractions and excuses that might derail our efforts at home.

 

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WHAT IS A DETOX RETREAT?

Many aspects of modern life are not designed to nurture the human body and spirit. A detox retreat is a holistic break you give yourself to ‘detoxify’, cleanse or heal from your daily grind. A good detox retreat won’t just focus on physical cleansing but will provide you with a natural approach to heal yourself mentally, emotionally and spiritually. This may include:

  • Fasting, raw food or an organic plant-based eating regime
  • Gentle movement, yoga or more vigorous exercise
  • Healthy daily routines
  • Relaxation time in nature or beautiful quiet surroundings
  • Meditation or inner exploration
  • Health-promoting treatments such as massage, saunas or ice baths
  • Positive talks, counselling, journalling or other therapeutic activities 
  • Learning and information to empower you to improve your life

To truly benefit from a detox retreat, you should experience an immersion into integrated health and wellbeing for a week. It should also inspire healthy attitudes and behaviours that you can take with you for lasting results and positive lifestyle change.

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DIFFERENT TYPES OF RETREATS

There are many types of retreats ranging from “by-donation” meditation retreats with concrete beds and mosquito nets to high-end resorts where you are pampered in relaxation with 5-star lodgings. Many retreats are focused on yoga, and usually, incorporate theoretical learning as well as asana (posture) practice. Some meditation retreats require you to meditate for up to 12 hours a day and remain in complete silence! Spa retreats are pure indulgence in decadent surroundings, letting you feel like royalty for a few days with the freedom to spend your time however you like. Obviously, these come with a suitable price tag.

There are health and fitness retreats, weight loss retreats, cooking retreats, writers’ retreats, and crafting retreats. You can bathe in red wine, get massaged by snakes, or spend a week engaging in orgasmic meditation. The possibilities are endless!

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CHOOSING THE RIGHT RETREAT FOR YOU

To choose the right retreat, you need to narrow down what it is you want to achieve. These are some questions you can ask yourself that will help you understand which is best suited to you.

  • How much money do I want to spend?
  • How much time do I have?
  • What conditions do I need to be comfortable? 
  • What are my primary goals for a retreat?
  • Is there something I want to learn about, such as traditional medicine or a healing modality?
  • How far am I willing to travel?
  • Do I want to try fasting, or do I need to eat solid food?
  • Do I want to be connected to the internet, or switch off from technology for the duration?
  • Am I comfortable with or interested in different types of spirituality and teachings?

Before you commit to a detox retreat, make sure you ask any potential retreat provider some questions to ensure it’s right for you. These are some examples that will help you understand if you’re making the best choice.

  • How healthy is the food provided? Is it omnivorous, vegetarian or vegan? Is it organic?
  • Is juice fasting offered?
  • Is there a focus on spirituality?
  • How much and what kind of support is provided?
  • Does this retreat give a balanced approach to mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing as well as physical?
  • How much of my time is scheduled, and how much is mine to spend freely?

Finally, be sure to research the retreat’s reviews on the internet to make sure this centre is living up to its promises. Google and Trip Advisor are reliable sources for genuine reviews.

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VISIT NATURAL DETOX RESORT

Here at the Visit Natural Detox Resort, we have a choice of several different retreats to meet your individual needs. You can choose an all-inclusive package with everything we have to offer and food provided, do a juice fast while living on or off the premises, or select a room in your budget and choose the classes you need while eating in a way that suits you. To discuss the possibilities contact us so we can find the perfect approach for your next break.

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If you have been feeling stressed out, sick, and in need of a serious re-boot, going out into nature may just be the answer you are looking for. In fact, studies show that outside exercise can lower blood pressure, fight depression, improve memory, and help with other multiple health conditions. There is nothing better than a nature-based wellness detox retreat to help you feel whole again. By including outside exercise, detox remedies, meditation, and the healing forces of mother nature, you will feel nourished and healed in no time!

So what are the benefits of outside exercise? And how can you ensure that you are doing it properly? We have all the answers for you, keep on reading to learn how moving your body along with the forces of nature will heal you and help you to live a healthier life.

 

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YOUR DAILY DOSE OF VITAMIN D

Vitamin D is an essential vitamin that helps to lift your mood, aids in brain function, digestion, prevent memory loss, and more. Foods such as salmon, egg yolks, almonds, and oranges are high in Vitamin D, but if you do not eat those foods, you could be dangerously low.

According to research, 90% of our Vitamin D intake is absorbed through our skin via sunlight. This is why Vitamin D is called “the sunshine vitamin”.  The more outside exercise you do, the more Vitamin D you will absorb.

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RELAX YOUR MIND

Sure, working out in the gym can help you to release some tension. However, nothing will work as well as using mother nature’s gym. As you move about outdoors, take in the abundance of beauty that surrounds you on every step. Listen to the sounds of nature and pay attention to how much your body starts to relax when you hit the hiking trails instead of the treadmill. There is no Wifi in the forest, but we promise you that you will find a better connection, and that is with yourself.

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BETTER FOR YOUR LUNGS

There is nothing better than a lung-full of fresh, energizing, clean air. Trees are the strongest air purifiers on the planet, they remove pollution from the air, making the air we breathe in, more pure and clean. According to a study by the Journal of Environmental Pollution, the presence of trees saved over 850 lives and prevented 670 000 cases of acute respiratory illnesses. Doing yoga outdoors can have a tremendous impact on your overall lung health because of the focus of deep breathing and connection to yourself.

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A BETTER WORKOUT

Working out in a gym can feel repetitive and boring after a while. Gym exercises are mostly in a linear fashion and focus more on image than health, which can cause a toxic body-image mindset. Outside exercise constantly challenges you with different terrains, environment changes, obstacles to step over, steep inclines, declines, and more. Your body will feel more functionally fit than any indoor workout could ever offer you.

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LEARN MORE ABOUT OUTSIDE EXERCISE BENEFITS

There you have it! The simple change of moving to outside exercise will improve your physical, mental, and spiritual health in a profound way. If you are ready to connect with mother nature, detox your mind and body, and live the healthiest life possible, feel free to contact us at any time.

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