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How to Find Your Tribe

Guests at Yoga Retreat

We Welcome ALL Women

I sometimes get asked if we have private rooms at our Retreats. We don’t. And for good reason. I believe sharing accommodations is a great way to meet new and interesting women, get out of your comfort zone and connect with each other on a deeper level.

A retreat is a great way to find your tribe. If you haven’t found your tribe yet, join us for a retreat. I guarantee you’ll walk away with new friends and a strong sense of connection to the world around you.

We come from different places and it may seem like we have nothing in common, but we really have everything in common.”

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How to Do Less and Accomplish More

“I can bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan. And never let you forget you’re a man!”

I blame this 1980 perfume commercial for my belief I could do it all. I had no idea doing it all was a myth! I spent years trying so hard to do everything myself without asking for help.

When’s the last time you asked for help? If you have trouble asking for help, you need a retreat – STAT. Once you realize you deserve to take time for you, your life will change.

Mason Alexander Polley Born July 20, 2017

With recent custody of my two month old grandson, I’m asking for help from my friends, family and oddly enough, my ex-husband. I’ve realized I can’t do this all by myself. Taking care of an infant is a full time job, and I already have a full time job. And while it’s more exhausting than I remember, there is so much joy.

When I was young and believed the myth of doing it all, I would run myself into the ground to accomplish everything. Asking for help was cheating. As I TRIED to do it all, there was little time left for myself. I was too exhausted to notice or care. I was miserable.

I know a thing or too about taking care of myself. I take time for yoga, spend time with friends and perform my nightly self-care ritual that makes me feel good. It’s the best thing I can do for myself. And for Mason.

In order to make self-care a priority, I’ve had to delegate, prioritize and most importantly, make peace with leaving things undone. ”

 

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Keep Your Cool When Everything Around You is Heating Up

Summer Sun

The Heat of the Summer Sun is Inescapable

Feeling irritated, anxious or critical? Feeling uncomfortable and hot, even inside?

Your Pitta may be out of balance. Summer is Pitta season and the bright, hot, sunny days of summer aggravate Pitta. To manage Pitta you must keep yourself cool – not just your body, but even more importantly, your mind and emotions. Balance rest and activity, and set aside time to play and relax.

Pitta is one of three Doshas in the Ayurvedic System. Ayurveda is a sister science to Yoga based on our mind body connection and the healing of the body by using the mind.

If you’re interested in learning more about Ayurveda, check out our Detox & Yoga Retreats.

Awareness of your body is the first step to practicing Ayurveda. Once you’re aware, you can find healing for the mental, physical and emotional symptoms that ail you.”

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Dare to Live Your Dream

Yoga Retreat

My Mantra

The possibilities seemed endless when I was young. All the hopes, dreams and possibilities of youth can quickly be crushed by the reality of making it as an adult. In the complex world of adulting, just getting through a challenging day can feel like a major accomplishment.

If you’ve been daydreaming about a break from adulting, a weekend away may be just what you need. Find space to breathe and freedom from anxiety and stress when you retreat with us. Explore our retreat options here.

My passion in life has always been to make a difference in the world, specifically with women. I’d dreamed for years of giving women a space to find empowerment. Along the way, I became empowered. When my dream became a reality in 2004, I was thrilled, yet I had no idea what I was getting myself into. While there have been bumps along the way, I am so grateful for my strength and persistence to keep going. If I can live my dream, so can you!

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Red, White & Blueberry Bundt Cake

Blueberry Pecan Breakfast Cake

Celebrate Freedom with this Delicious Cake

The latest addition to our summer retreat menu is this amazing cake. Not only is it delicious, it’s patriotic! The red from the raspberiess, the blue from the blueberries plus the dusting of white powdered sugar, make this the perfect addition to your July 4th festivities. And while Heather, our head chef, created this for Brunch, it’s also perfect as a dessert for your BBQ.

We get our blueberries from Ham Orchards and our organic raspberries from Costco. You could also use peaches for a different twist, also available at Ham’s.

Ham Orchards is located just outside of Terrell on Highway 80 and draws crowds with their fresh produce, to-die-for peach ice cream and peach smoked BBQ, including chicken, brisket and pork. It’s a nice drive from Dallas, but just a warning, they close mid-August.

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Why You Need a Yoga Retreat

Wine in the Pines

Enjoy a glass of wine in the Pines!

Sometimes all of my responsibilities just feel like too much. I feel like I could use an indefinite vacation. The thought of all that I HAVE to do just feels so overwhelming. Maybe you can relate.

Instead of fantasizing about walking away – do something about your burn out. Hire a therapist, let off some steam with your girlfriends, discover the joy of moving your body in a yoga or a Zumba class. Even a few hours away in a “mini vacation” can do wonders.

Better yet, make time to attend a Yoga Retreat. You get the benefits of all of the above; plus, a change of scenery, a welcoming community, home cooked meals and wine – what’s not to love? A yoga retreat will definitely change your perspective and maybe even your life. And all of that for less than $400 for a weekend. Find out more here.

If you’re like me, finding balance seems impossible. I feel like I spend too much time doing what I need to do and only fantasize about what I want to do. I realized recently that what I want to do – take a break – is exactly what I need to do!

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Easy Guacamole

Guacomole

Easy to Make & So Delish!

Summer time, when cool and easy to prepare foods are a necessity! Guacamole is one of my favorites – appetizer, side dish or main dish. I’m only half kidding! I’ve been known to put a serious dent in a bowl of guacamole.

If you follow Ayurveda at all, you’ll know if you eat hot foods, you’ll feel warmer, while eating cool or room temperature foods can keep you cooler in the heat of summer.

A couple of tips: I like to buy my avacodos before they’re ripe and then let ripen in a paper bag. I always wash my produce before slicing into it, even organic, you never know what might be on the outside and if you cut into it, you risk spreading bacteria or something worse. If you put the lime in the microwave for about ten seconds (no more or  you could have a disaster!), you can easily squeeze all of the juice out of it.

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Asparagus Tomato & Feta Salad

Asparagus Fet Salad

Fresh Asparagus Tomato & Feta Salad

If you love fresh asparagus, or maybe you merely like it, this recipe will have you hooked.  Perhaps your only experience with asparagus was asparagus in the can, the good news – fresh asparagus tastes NOTHING like canned asparagus. Thank goodness!

Just in time for asparagus season, this  guest favorite is nice as a side dish, or with the addition of a protein (grilled chicken or quinoa are my favorites), a perfect warm weather main dish.

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Three Tips to Bring More Ease Into Your Life

Updated September 1, 2018

Stop trying so hard.  What a concept! It may seem most advice given today is to lean in and try a little harder. I’m a proponent of less. Less effort equals less stress which equals more peace. Fewer commitments equals more personal time. Ayurveda teaches us less effort. Too much effort leads to irritability, anger, frustration and judgement. Sound familiar? Less effort equals peace, calm, contentment and the ability to roll with it.

If you need a weekend with less effort and more relaxation, join us for a yoga retreat.

Mason

This Guy – How I Start My Day

My favorite way to start the day now, is taking my cup of coffee and Mason (he’s one now) out onto the deck in my backyard. We both wake up to the sounds of our neighborhood waking up and we watch the sun rising together.

I’ve found my life changes with small simple habits. One of my favorites is this corner in my bedroom where I’ve created a sanctuary for me. By spending a few moments every day in self- reflection and gratitude; I’ve discovered the space between effort and ease, which feels a lot like contentment to me.

There is a concept in Yoga of sukha which means ease or bliss. The challenge is to bring sukha not only to my yoga practice, but to my life. I admit I’ve forced a yoga pose, I’ve cursed and struggled. You know the pose, the one where the rest of the class looks like they aren’t even trying. So I try harder. That’s the point where I lose any ease or bliss. I remind myself the appearance of no effort, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s effortless.

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Herb Parmesan Risotto

Risotto has been one of my favorite dishes for as long as I can remember. I found a recipe, and of course, made it healthier. This version can be made vegetarian by substituting veggie stock for chicken stock. 

Risotto

Herb Parmesan Risotto with Asparagus and Roast Chicken is a Perfect Spring Meal

 

  • 4 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 2 red onions, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pkg mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 ½  cup Arborio rice
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 4 cup Chicken or Veggie broth
  • ½ cup fresh Parmesan cheese, grated

 

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