MEET Hanan Palz

MEET Hanan Palz

How did you begin your Journey of Teaching & Living a Conscious Lifestyle?

I walked into an Ashtanga Class and was amazed that I could be super challenged and yet leave feeling relaxed....I was hooked on yoga! The more I practiced, the more layers were peeled off which allowed my true authentic, self to radiate through. Having experienced this transformation, I was compelled to share my yoga with others so that they too could reap the benefits.....and another "yoga pusher" was born. READ MORE ABOUT HANAN

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MEET Heather Wiest

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I had the pleasure recently of spending time with Heather in Belize. She is an inspiring, passionate person who is committed to living by her motto LOVE, SERVE, INSPIRE. I am thrilled to be working with her on the Well Xplored Spring Retreat to Belize. Read on to learn more about Heather and her upcoming retreat.   - DAWN OLIVER

How did you begin your Journey of Teaching & Living a Conscious Lifestyle?

In 2001, I stepped into my first yoga class at a local gym. I was faithful at working out to stay in shape, and to relieve stress from my social work career, but something about the dim lit yoga room drew me. I was feeling a shift at 30 years old. Priorities were changing as we thought about starting a family. I longed to try something new. The yoga class was powerful, sweaty, and challenging. I totally felt at home! I was in tune with my breath, focused inward, and all the unnecessary layers of the outside world vanished. During the final resting pose I felt so alive, calm, clear, and balanced—the true me—unmasked and unbound. It was love at first savasana! Yoga continues to be my moving meditation as I connect daily on the mat—body, mind, and spirit. I have been training, teaching, and sharing the yoga love since 2012. I am beyond blessed to LOVE, SERVE and INSPIRE the community as a Yoga Teacher RYT® 500, Holy Fire II Karuna Reiki® Master, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and contributing author.

What are your Personal Wellness Rituals or Routines?

I try to get at least 7 hours of sleep a night to replenish and recharge. My yoga nidra practice helps to supplement when deep rest is needed. Fresh, nourishing foods, and eating/drinking intuitively and mindfully, keeps my energy smooth and steady. Daily meditation and quiet time encourages me to find the pause — embracing every moment of connection, presence, and peace. Getting outside in nature with loved ones, and my dog, fills my soul with joy and inspiration!

Is there a particular place in the World that inspires you most?

I believe every region and country has potential to inspire one's soul! I truly have enjoyed all my worldly travels, and intend to explore someplace new every year.

What are your essential items to Pack for a Wellness Retreat?

My retreat essentials: travel purse or backpack, re-useable water bottle, Yoloha Cork Yoga Mat, reading material, writing journal, nourishing snacks, lavender oil, bug repellent, mineral based sunscreen, yoga clothes, swimsuit, pretty dresses, Keen footwear, Columbia windbreaker, and ESPECIALLY an open heart and mind—releasing expectations and going with the natural flow of life!

If there is one thing you hope for people to take away from your Retreat what would it be?

I hope our retreats facilitate CONNECTION. Yoga is a beautiful practice of connecting to our body, breath, mind, and spirit. From this place of presence and awareness, we can connect deeper with God, our purpose, and with others.

How has your Yoga & Spiritual practice changed your life?

Yoga has been healing for me in every way — physically, emotionally, and spiritually. It has helped smooth all my rough edges and daily encourages me to connect deeper with God and to the divine purposes for me in this world.

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ABOUT HEATHER: Heather Wiest — MSW, LCSW, RYT® 500 — is beyond blessed to LOVE, SERVE and INSPIRE the community as a Yoga Teacher, Holy Fire II Karuna Reiki® Master, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and contributing author. Her holistic yoga sessions are engaging and rejuvenating, leaving one feeling balanced and inspired. Heather’s busy life as a wife, mother, and guide, encourages her to find the pause — embracing every moment of connection, presence, and peace. A passionate, yet simple girl at heart, you can find Heather breathing in another radiant Arizona sunrise or sunset. Heather took her first yoga class in 2001 and instantly fell in love! She quickly discovered the healing aspects of a consistent yoga practice to one’s physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.

As a mental health professional, Heather was drawn to complete her Yoga Nidra/Guided Relaxation Technique facilitator certification with Jane Gleason, and additional Restorative Yoga training with Mary Bruce in 2012. In 2013, Heather added Pre and Post Natal Yoga training with Desi Bartlett, and Yin Yoga training with Joe Barnett. Her exploration continued in 2014 with the completion of Second Degree Reiki with the International Center for Reiki Training, Mini Yogis® Yoga for Kids Certification with Shana Meyerson, and SmartFLOW® Yoga Teacher Training with Annie Carpenter. Furthermore, Advanced Reiki Training/Reiki Master Certification was awarded in 2015, and Holy Fire II Usui Reiki Master/Holy Fire II Karuna Reiki® Master Registration added in 2016. Heather completed Chair Yoga Certification with Donna Schnoor in 2017, and Yoga Wall Training with Rasoul Sobhani in 2018. As a certified Connection Coalition Instructor and LoveYourBrain Yoga Teacher, Heather combines her social work and yoga training to participate in community outreach programs.

XPLORE MORE ABOUT HEATHER’S UPCOMING SPRING RETREAT TO BELIZE. 


RETREAT HOST: Meredith Weil

RETREAT HOST: Meredith Weil

Meredith Weil is a certified Vimana aerial yoga teacher who has been teaching students how to fly throughout studios in Miami.  She believes improving the life of others is the vehicle for the improvement of our own. Through teaching yoga, her holistic coaching practice, and her own journey of transformation from corporate warrior to a more fulfilling creative path, she impacts the life of others in a positive way and assists them in their own process of self-discovery and transformation.

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RETREAT HOSTS: GREG & AMANDA

RETREAT HOSTS: GREG & AMANDA

Greg is an internationally renowned teacher of workshops in Yoga asana and philosophy. His view on yoga respects the indian roots of the Yoga tradition and the parampara method of transmission while making these traditions intelligible to the western practitioner. His style of teaching assists students in finding the approach to the practice that is most beneficial for them. Read on to Learn More

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MEET Melini Jesudason, Retreat Host

MEET Melini Jesudason, Retreat Host

Melini is a popular yoga instructor in New York City and all around influencer. She continues to inspire me with her words and beautiful poses. Melini is passionate about sharing her gifts with the world.   Read on to learn more about Melini and the upcoming Well Xplored Retreat to Antigua.

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MEET Virgile, Former Circus Performer

MEET Virgile, Former Circus Performer

I was very excited to partner with a former circus acrobat for our next Retreat to Antigua, especially since I am a huge Cirque du Soleil fan! Virgile has lived quite the untraditional and exciting life as a former acrobat with Cirque du Soleil and then a teacher of acrobats and now a professional handstand coach to many yogis. Read on to learn more about Virgile and the upcoming Well Xplored Retreat to Antigua.  - DAWN OLIVER

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Meet Jessie Potter

Meet Jessie Potter

I loved taking class today with this amazing soul, Jessie Potter. She brings grace and confidence to each class. She crafts a challenging, yet accessible sequence for all, paired with great music. She knows just how and when to offer the most delicious adjustments with a warm touch. Jessie is one of our favorite teachers.

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Meet Jody Potter

Meet Jody Potter

Jody's goal in teaching is to support people where they are, encourage them to do what they can, and to enrich their confidence on and off the mat.  This combination makes for happier lives.  When we are happy, all those around us are happier too. Life, enthusiasm and love are contagious. Let’s change the world!

Jody is co-hosting the 3rd Annual Beauty of Being Retreat at Mukul Resort this November 3 - 8, 2018. 

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MEET Julianne Aerhee

MEET Julianne Aerhee

Julianne is committed to creating a space that not only welcomes, but encourages people to show up as they are, to anchor down in sensation and feeling in its richness and fullness, and to have an experience of themselves in the moment through the vehicle of the body to remember their Divinity.  It’s through her practice that Julianne experiences the magic that exists within each and every moment, each and every person, and in herself... and she hopes to inspire you to do the same.  Julianne will be co-hosting the Beauty of Being Retreat to Mukul in November 2018 with Jessie Potter. 

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BOUTIQUE HOTEL IN PUERTO RICO WITH AN INSPIRING STORY

BOUTIQUE HOTEL IN PUERTO RICO WITH AN INSPIRING STORY

Some places I visit leave a lasting impression and the O:live Boutique Hotel was one of these places. Nestled on a quiet side road in the Condado area of San Juan, this boutique Mediterranean inspired property delivers warm, personalize service with a romantic, trendy vibe. It’s a place where everyone knows your name and you feel like your coming home to friend’s house every time you enter. 

Husband / Wife Team, Loisse Herger and Fernando Davila, owners and visionaries of the O:live Experience have thought of every detail. Each of the 15 unique rooms feature an oversized private patio with outdoor shower and tub, gorgeous distressed wood with colorful Moroccan tiles and a view of the lagoon.

Read More to find out what else makes this property extra special followed by an interview with the owner Loisse Herger and the incredible story about O:live Boutique Hotel. 

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XPLORE & CONNECT: Meet Sue Elkind

XPLORE & CONNECT: Meet Sue Elkind

We are so excited to have Sue co-hosting our next retreat to Belize. Sue is recognized internationally in the yoga community as a teacher’s teacher, with over 20 years of yoga experience. Her in-depth knowledge of alignment and therapeutics, along with her passion to teach from her heart, allows her students to expand their potential both physically and spiritually.

Sue is the Owner of DIG Yoga in Lamerbertville, NJ, a studio that she opened together with her husband Naime Jezzeny in 2010. These two inspiring teachers have created a sanctuary for community to gather and grow while providing excellence in yoga education. 

We caught up with Sue to learn more about her journey into Yoga and what inspires her. 

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