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If you don’t have your health you’re not much good to anybody including yourself right? Why is it then that it sometimes takes a serious illness to jolt us into thinking about how we treat our bodies and minds and how to find a healthier approach to life?

With that in mind, I headed up to COMO Shambhala Estate in the lush green ravines of Ubud. A health retreat which promises total commitment to improved well being, I thought it would be interesting to interview some of the resident Health Experts and receive a treatment myself.

Stepping a foot out of the car, the refreshing smell of lemongrass, fresh flowers and cleansing essences drifted through reception. Space, calmness and a beautiful sense of peace prevailed.

So how realistic is it for someone to arrive at the resort for a week and leave feeling thoroughly renewed?

At COMO Shambhala a team of resident experts offer various Wellness Programs.The team is headed up by highly trained Sports Scientist Monica Barter who is also a certified Colon Hydrotherapist, Massage Therapist and Advanced Yoga Practitioner.

The residents include Lacey Hall (Nutritionist) , Dr Deepak Deginal (An Integrated Medical Physician qualified in both Western and Avurvedic medicine), Fiona Paton (Counseling Psychologist) Katiza Satya (Yoga Instructor),Sally Halstead (Colon Hydrotherapist) and Satoshi Hashimoto (Acupuncturist & Shiatsu Master) amongst others.

Each expert heads up a selection of  ‘Well Being’ programs on offer. Depending on the nature of the program and guest’s particular requirements, you can expect to see several members of the team during your stay. This method offers a complete review of current issues within both body and mind and how to best tackle them; whether that is through improved nutrition, natural medicines or yoga.

I was led to the office of resident Nutritionist Lacey Hall, a fresh faced vibrant character who was entirely passionate about her field of work. Lacey heads up the Cleansing, Rejuvenation and Bespoke programs. She focuses on helping guests to create sustainable changes (which begins to answer my question) after their stay.

Lacey studied an MSc in Clinical Nutrition in Chicago and worked in a hospital environment (which she admits was a tad depressing) before hearing that COMO Shambhala were looking for a qualified Nutritionist.

She explains that the act of eating has become unconscious; people eat too fast and do other tasks whilst eating. They pay little attention to the food they are consuming or allow time to eat and digest properly. This, coupled with the stresses of every day life and social pressures associated with body shape , result in many guests arriving with dietary concerns.

“Every diet is as unique as a fingerprint” so that, although some fad diets are guaranteed to result in temporary weight loss, they aren’t sustainable to long term healthy living.(If you’re like me, who attempted some of these in my youth, they always ended with weight not only being gained but an extra few pounds too!). Lacey reviews lifestyle with clients to assist long term health and achieve realistic goals. She will not ‘ban’ certain foods (which, lets face it, only make you crave for them more) or preach ‘no alcohol/dairy/meat’.

” Food is exciting and delicious, it’s there to be enjoyed. If you’re going to indulge in a food choose something delicious and savor it!”

I asked her what her opinion is on dietary supplements which flood the shelves these days: ” Nature is just so special, you can’t replace what nature can provide in tablet form, for example there are eight forms of Vitamin C and we need those antioxidants.”

She identifies what nutrients suit that particular person and how to incorporate those into everyday life post COMO Shambhala (even if that’s just a healthy shake, cooking classes on how to prepare particular dishes or showing examples of correct portion sizes).

Her first residence outside the USA, Lacey is also committed to helping the locals understand more about healthy food and its effects, beginning with a staff initiative which will include cooking lessons and health checks (bp, cholesterol..)

Before we move on to my thoroughly thought provoking interview and treatment with Dr. Deepak, I seriously need to take a snack attack…a healthy one of course!

For those of you who would like to comment please do!

For more information on COMO Shambhala Estate http://www.cse.como.bz

Telephone Contact: +62 (0) 361 978 888

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We all enjoy a good song right? Nothing like something melodic to get us moving. But what about using sound to heal and to re-align our energy flows?

This week Asian Healing interviews Grant Smith, a trained homeopath and naturopath who uses Tibetan ‘Singing Bowls’ to balance and unblock energy running throughout the body.

To preview this theme take a look at the meditation technique below using mantras relating to particular chakras. I love both the vibration and focus it can bring to your meditation. Hope you enjoy this one.

Technique: When focusing on each Chakra repeats these sounds 5 times slowly (e.g. ‘Laaammm’) and a few more times silently.

The Root Chakra: When focusing on this Chakra repeat the sound ‘Lam’ 5 times and then again a few times silently.

The Sacral/Sex Chakra: When focusing on this Chakra repeat the sound ‘Vam’ 5 times and then again a few times silently.

The Solar Plexis/Navel Chakra: When focusing on this Chakra repeat the sound ‘Ram’ 5 times and then again a few times silently.

The Heart Chakra: When focusing on this Chakra repeat the sound ‘Yam’ 5 times and then again a few times silently.

The Throat Chakra: When focusing on this Chakra repeat the sound ‘Ham’ 5 times and then again a few times silently.

The Third Eye Chakra: When focusing on this Chakra repeat the sound ‘Om’ 5 times and then again a few times silently.

The Crown Chakra: When focusing on this Chakra repeat the sound ‘Aum’ 5 times and then again a few times silently.

Hope that you enjoy this meditative practice. Please do let us know if you found it beneficial by adding your comments or emailing  info@clearwhitespace.com

Namaste

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You know those times when you feel discomfort arising from within you; frustration that someone isn’t behaving in the way in which you expect him or her to or your job situation isn’t working out the way you envisaged it?

What do you usually do in that situation?

Call the said person on the telephone and berate them about their behavior? (Guilty as charged!). Go out after work and moan to your friends about what a con the job turned out to be?

Can you honestly say this approach worked? Did you feel more complete afterwards?

Next time you feel that frustration, anger and disappointment rising up inside why not apply a different approach and try to sit with that feeling.

Be Here Now.

“I’m so angry at that person, I feel really agitated”…. Recognize without judgment that this is how you feel at the present moment and feel how these emotions are… and you know what, something meaningful begins to happen.

The negative vibrations begin to quell, to become a little smaller and more inconsequential than a few moments before. You’re acknowledging that this is your present state; you are totally present, no past judgements,’what if’s’ or future facing issues.

Eckhart Tolle illustrated this concept amazingly in his books ‘The Power of Now’ and ‘A New Earth’. Fabulously inspirational reads both books can be opened and at page at any time inspire positive thought and presence.

One of the reasons for creating this blog is to inspire positive thoughts and actions, to engage a like-minded audience who want to explore their inner journey. Along the way I hope we can share knowledge and inspirations.

Tolle stated, “Words reduce reality to something the human mind can grasp, which isn’t very much”. I totally agree but until we can all engage on another level let’s share our experiences here.

Comments and emails with content or inspirations are more than welcome. (info@clearwhitespace.com)

Enjoy the present moment…

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