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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

The Dining Room & Patio – Ananda Style

7 Jan

One key element to bringing spa living to your abode, is to have a transition piece. It’s the thing that says goodbye world hello me. It could be a fountain on the patio, fragrant jasmine at the door or a supersoft rug in your foyer.

At Ananda, guests are welcomed by a herd of peacocks when they drive up to the gate! Talk about regalia! But not only are they signal you’ve arrived, but they foreshadow what awaits inside. Because the decor reflects their regal feathers.

Welcome to Ananda

For instance, the Viceregal Tea Lounge. Yes a WHOLE ROOM devoted to sipping tea! Has a lovely navy, royal blue, gold and cream palette reminiscent of peacock feathers.

Viceregal Tea Lounge

Bring a touch of Viceregal to Your Dining Room

Dining chair seats are a super quick way to change or add personality. This Kravet Woven Jacobean fabric would be stunning accented with short bullion fringe around the cushion (also by Kravet) for a truly regal feel.

Kravet Jacobean

Kravet Bullion Fringe

Walls take on a tea stained lustre with a yellowed ivory (like Hepplewhite Ivory from Benjamin Moore), accented with bright white molding. Use toe molding to create panels to frame your artwork. So elegant!

Hepplewhite Ivory from Benjamin Moore

Elephant in the Room: And don’t forget to put an elephant in the room somewhere – maybe a small sculpture, or in your placemats, on a bowl – they are thought to bring good luck! I like this Novica Buddha & The Ruby Elephant teapot available at World Market.

Posh Patio Ceiling

The Yoga Pavilion’s ceiling is another stunning design element. Almost like a real flying carpet, you can do your asanas looking at a sea of blue.

Yoga Pavilion

Paddington Blue Benjamin Moore

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I love the way this cozies up an outside space – perhaps your covered patio could use a color boost? I’m not saying glue a carpet to it (though that’s something I’d like to attempt!), but why not try painting it a rich blue? Paddington Blue by Benjamin Moore available at http://www.myperfectcolor.com is a rich and calming choice.  *Note color swatches courtesy of http://www.myperfectcolor.com

Next week’s feature spa launches Monday. I wonder what it will be? If you missed any episodes of Ananda click on the 2011 Weekly Spa Tour category tab to the right.

Live, love & lounge, Candy