I'm back from my wonderful weekend of deep rest at my first TM retreat and I want more! I loved spending time alone and also with fellow TM-ers.. meditating in a large group always feels so good. I loved hearing the instructors talk about their experiences with the Maharishi and how TM has changed their lives. It's really inspired me to learn the advanced techniques so I too can gain more peace. Another retreat (next time a week) is definitely in my not-so-distant future.
I took a nice long walk to the marina this morning and I think this will become my new morning routine! It look me about 45 minutes and I walked all the way around, checking out all the boats from every angle. I just love my new home and all the places I can walk to!
January has been a month of health and wellness for me. I started the New Year with a sunrise intention setting session on the beach and a few days later, started a 14-day liver detox. In addition, I have also been to my local urban sweat lodge for regular sweat sessions and picking ip my kundalini yoga practice once again. I used to go to Golden Bridge in Hollywood many years ago after work since I worked so close. I loved it and don't know why I stopped. But I then started going to Bikram yoga, which is a stark contrast from kundalini. I think on a yoga spectrum, they are on opposite sides. Now I am back and I go a couple times a week. Golden Bridge also has a Santa Monica location and it's very convenient. I love the community, the breath work, the mantras and I especially love that each class is very different.
My friend and nutritionist, Jen (aka AllieFitFoodie) recommended I do a liver detox to help with all my various skin issues. Several months ago, after a blood test, we found that I had several food allergies and even more respiratory allergies. I've been off of wheat, soy, all nuts, olive oil for almost 3 months and noticed that at least one of my skin issues is greatly improving. The rest remain the same so in an effort to give my skin and body a good shake up, I am giving this cleanse a try. Jen recommended the 14-day liver detox from Rado Nutrition. I'm on day 6 and feeling good. I have 2 shakes a day, 1 meal, supplements and plenty of water. I really haven't been all that hungry since the shakes are so filling and delicious. I've also gotten back to a regular kundalini yoga practice and sweating at an urban sweat lodge. I'm enjoying all the self pampering but also miss my wine!