Monday, December 28, 2009

Add More Ing to Your Life- Retreat in Costa Rica with Gabrielle Bernstein & Latham Thomas

Add More ing to Your Life Retreat

A Vacation with your -inner guide On April 14- 18, 2010 get your ~ing on with Gabrielle Bernstein, author of Add More ~ing to Your Life – A Hip Guide to Happiness.

Escape to Recreo, a luxury Costa Rica resort, for 5 days of adventure and personal growth. Gabrielle will guide you on a journey inward to connect with your inner guide (aka ~ing), clear your negative thought
patterns and celebrate yourself at Recreo Costa Rica.

Guests can expect:
* Complete mind/body cleanse
* Guidance with yoga/integrative nutrition expert Latham Thomas of Tender Shoots Wellness
* Daily activities of yoga, kitesurf~ing, horseback rid~ing, kayak~ing,mountain bik~ing, ziplin~ing, hik~ing, swimm~ing and more
* A women's retreat

Menu options include Latham's culinary treats for marrying raw food to Costa Rican cuisine

For Five days - Four nights, the cost is $1,750 for a private room OR
$1,550 when you bring a friend and share a room
Lodging, meals, airport transportation included
Taxes and airfare are an additional cost.

For more information visit or
To sign up call: Christina at Recreo – 877-268-2911 or

Enter to win your space at the retreat:

After reading ADD MORE ~ing TO YOUR LIFE - submit to Gabrielle a two paragraph explanation of how the book has inspired you to change. Submissions can be sent to In addition you must subscribe to the site at

Saturday, December 26, 2009

New Year's Day 108 Sun Salutations

Om Factory- 265 W.37th street, 17th floor, between 7th-8th aves

Celebrate your transition into 2010 with a vibrant ceremony of community and GRATITUDE for the amazing future that lies ahead. Release all you are ready to leave behind through a deep and sweaty moving meditation of 108 transformative salutations. Our spirits will vibrate high to the music of an unbelievably fun and upbeat playlist!

This ceremony begins by setting your particular sankalpa (wish or intention) for your mala. You will set an over all sankalpa, as well as one for each salutation. The tapas (heat and austerity) of your practice will create a fire that devours impurities and obstacles. Your positive thoughts will collect to manifest beauty, abundance and healing for you to receive through out your New Year.

Why 108? Vedic culture viewed 108 as a number of the wholeness of existence. This number also connects the Sun, Moon, and Earth: The average distance of the Sun and the Moon to Earth is 108 times their respective diameters. Such phenomena have given rise to many examples of ritual significance. According to yogic tradition, there are 108 pithas, or sacred sites, throughout India. And there are also 108 Upanishads and 108 marma points, or sacred places of the body.

This will be fun, this will be special, this will be something you remember for years to come. Give yourself this gift of yoga ceremony. You need not have ever done a single salutation to join us. The initial salutations will be led though you will soon be carried away in the wave of your own moving meditation. Each salutation will be counted for, so your only responsibility is to show up, open up, breath, have fun, and flow!

Om Factory NYC :: new york yoga workshops and events in midtown manhattan | urban yoga retreats, ny

Om Factory NYC :: new york yoga workshops and events in midtown manhattan | urban yoga retreats, ny

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Darling Chai Tea- Recipe

Darling Chai Tea
Chai is one of my favorite drinks of all time. Good for any stage of pregnancy and postpartum, earthy, grounding, warm and soothing. I would pack this tea for myself when traveling and would drink it while breastfeeding as fennel boosts milk production. This is also a great option to alleviate morning sickness.

2 cups water 1 tbsp fennel or anise seed
1 inch stick of cinnamon 8 whole cloves
1 inch piece ginger (grated) 1 cup almond milk
1 tsp black peppercorns 6 tsp. agave or honey (or to taste)
8 cardomom pods 3 teaspoons loose white tea or 3 tea bags

Put water in saucepan. Add the cinnamon, cardomom, pepper, fennel, ginger, and cloves and bring to a boil. Cover, turn heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the milk and sweetener and bring to a simmer again. Throw in the tea leaves, cover, and turn off the heat. After 3 minutes, strain the tea into two cups and serve immediately.