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How to Do The Five Tibetans exercises

24 Feb

Vigilius Mountain Resort may not have a gym, but it has something better – an incredible natural outdoor setting in which to move and meditate.  You can elect every morning to do The Five Tibetans with Vigilius’ personal trainer in The Paradise Garden.

The Five Tibetans are highly energizing yogic postures and exercises that originated in the Himalayas. Liberating and enhancing the innate energetic power of the human body and mind, these five exercises take a minimum of daily time and effort but offer remarkable results in the way of increased physical strength and suppleness as well as mental acuity.

Amazon has the classic how to book: The Five Tibetans which demonstrates the original exercises. However, our friends at Yoga Today have a free and supereasy to follow Five Tibetans video on YouTube which you can do every morning! Click here to watch now.

Live, love & lounge, Candy

Virtual Bike Ride Through the Vineyards a la Caudalie

27 Jan

Doesn’t a sunny cycle through Caudalie’s sumptuous vineyards sound (and smell) di-vine right now?  Good news, you don’t have to travel to France to enjoy a relaxing, rejuvenating ride.  And winter weather?  Who cares?  Our Virtual Vineyard tour leaves from your living room daily:

Choose a Bike 

The Marcy Bike. Vespa vibes!

1. A stationary bike can be a reluctant exerciser’s best friend.  You can ride and watch TV and newer bikes are blissfully quiet so no sound stress!  I really dig this one by Marcy – not only because it’s uberquiet and can be adjusted for a harder or easier pedal, but the sleek and minimalist design makes it an elegant addition not an eyesore.

Convert your outdoor bike to indoor trainer!

2.  Don’t have an indoor stationary bike?  Or the room or cash?  An indoor trainer, like this one from Bell, elevates your outdoor bike to indoor status.

Set the Mood

Turn off the lights and spread grapes on your table for a healthy snack afterwards.  *And don’t forget the padded bike shorts for posh pedaling!

Take the Tour

Several DVDs exist for wine connoisseurs featuring trips through great vineyards of the world.  Our pick for it’s rich visuals & melodic soundtrack:  Exploring French Wine Regions.  Pop into your TV and pedal away!

Au Revoir til tomorrow, Candy


Chiva Som Fitness Class at Home: Thai Kickboxing

13 Jan

Thai kickboxing is a martial arts form that evolved from ancient battle practices. In the boxing ring, it can be quite brutal – an unlikely candidate for spadom right? Well, Chiva Som has a workout that vibes the cardio and strength building capabilities of this sport, without the gore. It’s a superb way to burn fat and learn some self-defense skills to boot.

Fortunately you needn’t travel to Thailand to do this workout. Richard Bustillo’s Muay Thai Workout DVD gives you the means to learn it at home!

Get to it!  Live, Love & Lounge, Candy

Nate Berkus: Spa Dude and Designer Extraordinaire

14 Jun

On September 13, 2010, Oprah’s “cutie pie” designer Nate Berkus launches his very own TV show on NBC. It’s about time! In the words of a friend, “He’s my home design hero!” Love that – you know who you are.

In honor of the exciting news, our Twitter pals and HGTV design stars, the MoggitGirls proclaimed today #NateDay. Design bloggers everywhere are paying homage to Nate with their fave designs. How could we refuse?

Mouthwatering makeovers & astronomical adorableness aside, Nate’s design skill is what got him where he is. And, we feel, he’s a kindred SpaHome savant. Just as spa design captivated us – Nate is inspired by his surroundings too.

For instance, one of his favorite hotels, the Soho Grand in New York City, sports striped rugs in rich ivories & chocolates. Now check out Nate’s apartment – look familiar?

The Chicken. . . . (the Soho Grand Hotel in NYC)

or the egg? Nate's apt. from http://www.elledecor.com

And Nate’s no stranger to hospitality design. Just check out the hunter’s lodge vibe he did for Rockit Bar & Grill in Chicago. He used antler chandeliers and real dried tree trunks for cocktail tables. And we hear when he was in Seattle he frequented The Spa at The Woodmark Hotel. Sigh, a savvy designer and a SpaDude to boot!

Rockin the Hunter's Lodge vibe at Rockit Bar & Grill

So why else do we think Nate’s designs are spalicious? Let’s peek at the Chicago townhome of Producer Ellen Rakieten (designed in collaboration with fab designer Anne Coyle) and Nate’s apartment. (Full details at ElleDecor our source for the pics.) as we spell it out:

S is for Stress-free

If anything is the hallmark of SpaHome design it’s anti-stress.  Nate cleverly integrates useful, yet beautiful features into his client’s homes to take the stress right away.  For instance, in Rakeiten’s dressing room he installed silk upholstered wall panels to hold necklaces and mementos.  Preventing the omnipresent dresser jewelry tangle.

He took the same principal to her office, installing a cork wall to hold notes (I would so be using this for brainstorming!), etc.

The producer's office with cork wall to catch all that clutter!

Another destressor is the open walkways Nate plans into each room.  This gives an airy, bright mood.

P is for Playful

Fun objects in unexpected places make us smile and that increases endorphins which make us happy which makes us look ten years younger!  Gotta Love it and Nate is a master of whimsy – using his arsenal of objects sourced from flea markets to fashion houses.

A Leather Pig in Nate's Apt. Bathroom from Liberty of London

A is for Activity

Rooms are made for moving.  Into the producer’s home, Nate created a basketball room complete with backboard and hoop for her two boys.

Love how Nate personalizes rooms for his clients The Basketball Room

H is for Homey

What does homey really mean?  A place that feels like you, that brings your joys and passions out and provides respite from the world is our SpaHome definition.  Rakieten’s library is the epitome of homey a la Nate.  Off black paint by Farrow and Ball, a collage of pictures & intimate seating creates a cozy spot for cuddling up with your favorite novel (or design book!).

The Library - "Grab a book and sit a spell"

O is for Opulent

Like a millionaire in ripped jeans, Nate knows how to go luxe without pretention.  Case in point: Silver leaf wall’s formality is countered with a game board mounted on the wall of Nate’s office

Formal silver leaf wall treatment "foiled" with a funky game board

M is for Mixing

Nate is like the Kitchen Aid Mixmaster of home design.  He takes a little vintage, adds a pinch of flea market, throws in some European and blends in a bit of mod to come up with eclectic rooms that never look cluttered or cramped.

For instance, in Rakieten’s dressing room and bedroom, he sourced two vintage Baguès chandeliers to add cohesion between the two rooms but with a more personal feel than generic overhead fixtures.   Then he kept the rest of the dressing & bedroom, clean, white and bright to emphasize the chandeliers.

The bedroom's chandelier makes a striking focal point

E is for Everyone

What I find most appealing about Nate rooms is while gorgeous to gaze at, they are also super comfy to live in.  His designs invite and engage us to move in them and not through them. And that’s the most Spa Home attitude I know.

Congrats Nate and may you have many spa days to come (you deserve it!).  And once again, don’t forget, the Nate Show premieres September 13.  Be sure to stop by the other design bloggers talking about Nate today check out the list here.

Spa wishes, Candy

SpaCandy: WalkVest by Debbie Rocker Makes Walking Workout More Effective – Get Fitter Faster!

20 Nov

We all know that walking is an terrific way to keep fit or get into shape.  But what if you could do the same exertion and lose more weight while toning your core and building metabolism boosting muscle?

Especially with the fattening holidays on our doorstep, our workouts need to be as lean and mean as possible.  And as women we know we need to build bone with weight bearing exercise.  If you’re like me, I admit incorporating weights into my exercise routine is my weakness.

That’s why, when on one of my spa sojourns, I was excited to discover something that turns walking into a power workout and anyone at any fitness level can easily use it and benefit: The WalkVest.

sidebar_briskThis innocent looking life preserver like vest has slim pockets around the abdominal section, fitted to hold oblong slices of weight.  Several of these weights come with the vest, but you can buy extras for a super hard walking workout.   Stars like Lisa Rinna and Valerie Bertinelli call this contraption their secret weapon and I’m here to tell you it works.

Just pop the vest on over your walking togs and under a coat, fasten the straps & you’re ready to really powerwalk.

The drawback?  The vest is a little bulky, especially if you add extra weights (available on the website) – like I do.  When the heat of summer came, I admit I quit using the vest.    But as soon as the weather dropped below 80 out came the vest.  In the winter, it helps keep me warm too with it’s extra insulation.

Right now, Debbie is offering a special, 15% on all of her walkvest products until December 15 – which is what inspired me to write about this now.  Just use the promotion code WVX08 on checkout.  Her website is http://www.walkvest.com.

Enjoy and see you at the Spa, Candy