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.

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HOTEL REVIEWS: La Luna Grenada

HOTEL REVIEWS: La Luna Grenada

Located on Grenada's island of Spice, Laluna is a hidden gem, surrounded by emerald hills and crystal blue water. 16 Balinese inspired, thatched-roof cottages feature open-air bathrooms, king-size beds and expansive bamboo-framed veranda with private plunge pool. Laluna offers a relaxed environment with large beachside yoga pavilion, Asian Spa and lounge space throughout. As the sun sets, guests dine at the beachside Italian restaurant, where chef Daniele Gaetano prepares authentic Italian cuisine with ingredients imported directly from Italy and fresh herbs from his organic garden.

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HOTEL REVIEWS: Ti Kaye Retreat in St. Lucia

HOTEL REVIEWS: Ti Kaye Retreat in St. Lucia

Ti Kaye is a secret retreat spot in St. Lucia, an island full of natural beauty, unspoiled rainforest, underwater coral reefs and breathtaking Piton Mountains. Built into the cliff side, this Adult’s Only Resort truly captures the meaning of rustic elegance. Guests embrace the natural, lush surroundings while enjoying great luxuries, an incredible spa and award winning local St. Lucian Cuisine. The Resort’s 33 cliff side cottages feature outdoor garden rain showers, oversized terrace and double hammock, perfect for watching the sunset over the sea. Many even have their own private plunge pools.

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Mukul Resort, The Best Kept Secret

Mukul Resort, The Best Kept Secret

Mukul, meaning Secret in Mayan is the Ultimate Wellness Retreat. This Five Star Resort is a haven for adventure & luxury on Nicaragua's Emerald Coast. The property expands more than 1600 acres with private beaches, golf, spa, nature and much more. The appointments at Mukul are Authentically Nicaraguan with handcrafted design elements. Choose from an Ocean View Bohio, tucked away as its own luxury treehouse or a Beach Villa, which is even more spacious with direct access to Playa Manzanillo. Each of these secluded guest rooms feature their own private plunge pools and Signature Butler Service. 

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Retreat to Spain Excursion: Mediterranean Catamaran 

Retreat to Spain Excursion: Mediterranean Catamaran 

We have another exciting day planned, this time sailing through the Mediterranean. We will begin in Denia, a delightful cosmopolitan town located along the Mediterranean coastline. Then we’ll board our private Catamaran just in time for sunset.  The rocky coves makes Denia an ideal place to take sail.  After the Sail we’ll head to Altea another nearby coastal village for dinner. 

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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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Retreat Itinerary: Antigua April 14-19

Retreat Itinerary: Antigua April 14-19

Melini & Virgile make a stellar team. Melini brings Yoga philosophy together with creative asana sequences, while Virgile is an exceptional handstand coach and former acrobat.  Together, we've created a great Retreat Itinerary. 

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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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