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  • Writer's pictureMelissa Gaul

Day Retreat

Join Me on Sunday, October 8th, from 10 AM to 4 PM

Hi everyone! I am thrilled to invite you to a day of complete wellness and renewal that I'll be hosting on Sunday, October 8th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This retreat is carefully curated to offer you a transformative experience, including morning yoga, an enlightening discussion on pelvic floor health, a sumptuous Thai lunch followed by self-massage, rejuvenating face yoga, invigorating stretches, and a mesmerizing sound bath. Allow me to share my excitement and the expectations I have for this day of holistic well-being.

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Morning Bliss with Yoga

Our day will commence with a rejuvenating yoga session, led by Sherene Banner. I can't wait to join in with this practice that will ground us and set the perfect tone for a day of self-discovery and relaxation.

Snack time will include coffees, teas, crudites, dips and fruit and nuts.

Circle Time with Me: Pelvic Floor Health

Following our yoga practice, we'll come together for an enlightening circle time on pelvic floor health. This is a topic I'm passionate about, and I look forward to sharing insights and discussing how to maintain a healthy pelvic floor and how this contributes to our overall well-being.

A Thai Culinary Delight by Noi Abrahams

As the noon sun shines, we will indulge in a mouthwatering Thai lunch prepared by the talented chef, Noi Abrahams. I can already imagine the delicious and aromatic dishes that will tantalise our taste buds. Noi's culinary mastery promises to provide nourishment and foster connection among all of us.

Self-Care through Massage, Face Yoga, and Stretches with Me

The afternoon is dedicated to self-care, and I'll guide you through self-massage techniques to release tension and rediscover inner tranquility. This will be followed by a session of face yoga, designed to rejuvenate facial muscles and enhance your radiance. The session will conclude with gentle stretches to ensure our bodies feel supple and our minds remain serene.

Serenading the Senses: Sound Bath with Mark Smallman

The crescendo of our retreat will be the sound bath, led by the talented Mark Smallman. With the harmonious sounds of his melodic instruments, I anticipate you will be immersed in a profoundly relaxing and meditative experience, leaving you completely refreshed.

I am eagerly looking forward to hosting this day retreat on Sunday, October 8th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It promises to be a day of self-discovery, self-care, and holistic well-being. As your host, I am committed to creating a transformative experience that resonates long after our time together concludes. Remember to embrace the importance of self-care and holistic wellness in our busy lives, and I can't wait to embark on this journey of renewal with you.

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And until then, practice unleashing The Power of Extended Exhale: A Stress-Busting Breathing Technique

In the chaos of our busy lives, we often forget the incredible tool we have at our disposal: our breath. Among the various breathing techniques, the "Extended Exhale" stands out as a simple yet effective way to find calm and improve overall well-being. In this article, we'll explore this technique, its benefits, and how you can easily incorporate it into your daily routine.

Understanding Extended Exhale

The extended exhale is a breathing technique where you lengthen your exhale compared to your inhale. For instance, you might inhale for a count of four and exhale for a count of six or more. This deliberate extension of the exhale helps calm the nervous system, reducing stress and anxiety.

Benefits of Extended Exhale

Stress Reduction: Activates the body's "rest and digest" response, counteracting stress and promoting relaxation.

Enhanced Focus: Improves concentration and mental clarity by regulating breathing patterns.

Improved Lung Function: Enhances respiratory health by expanding lung capacity.

Better Sleep: Aids in managing insomnia by calming the mind and body.

How to Practice Extended Exhale

Choose a Quiet Space: Find a comfortable, quiet spot to sit or lie down.

Inhale Slowly: Inhale through your nose for a count of four (or a duration that suits you).

Extend the Exhale: Exhale through your mouth for a count of six or more, focusing on a slow, controlled release.

Repeat: Continue this cycle for a few minutes, gradually extending the exhale duration as you become more comfortable.

Stay Mindful: Pay attention to your breath, letting go of distracting thoughts.

Incorporating Extended Exhale into Daily Life

Practice extended exhale anywhere, anytime, to manage stress, improve focus, and find serenity amidst life's challenges. It's a valuable tool that becomes a natural part of your daily routine with practice.

Extended exhale breathing is a simple yet potent practice that brings calm and balance to your life. By taking control of your breath and extending your exhale, you unlock the power to reduce stress and enhance well-being. Give it a try, and you may discover a profound sense of serenity and clarity within your reach.

Melissa x

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