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A Balanced Literary Diet

Disaster.  Adversity.  Tragedy.  These are common words to describe the global news we constantly hear about.  Our hearts mourn for the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 victims and their families, frustration and outrage fill us as we see more fighting and civilian deaths in the Gaza strip, not to mention the disgust we feel over that Oklahoma teen accused of sexually molesting children while volunteering at a shelter in Kenya.  With all these atrocities in the news, it’s easy to feel helpless, … read more »

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Whole Life Magazine Article

There is a great article on the spa in this months issue of Whole Life Magazine.  It lists the Top 5 holistic spas in Los Angeles and we’re very excited to be recognized for the progress we’ve made over the last few months.  While we’ve added a number of new treatments, we’re certainly not done yet.  Right now we’re developing a seasonal menu that takes into account the natural changes that happen in our environment throughout the year and provides exactly the … read more »

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Summer Solstice Sustenance: Eating for Nourishment

Today is the summer solstice, marking the middle of another year by celebrating Earth’s fertility. It’s a turning point in our calendars, encouraging a good harvest of what we’ve laid down for ourselves so far this year. What better way to honor this day than with a physical recalibration? Yes, exercise sustains mental and cardiovascular health, but it overshadows another equally important part of our physical fitness: diet. Bear with me, this isn’t just another “fad diet” piece because there … read more »

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A Meditation for All This Saga Dawa

The holiest holiday in Buddhism, the Saga Dawa celebrates the month in which Buddha was born, attained enlightenment, and passed onto final enlightenment through his death. During this time, Buddhists all over the world practice mindfulness through good deeds, prayer, and meditation. Meditation is the most difficult form of mindfulness to practice in our busy Western world, but it’s the most rewarding. Finding 20 to 30 minutes in our day that’s not already put aside for exercise, showering, cooking or … read more »

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A Juggling Act: Motherhood and Fitness

A mom’s schedule can be just as rigorous as an Olympic runner’s training regiment, but whereas an athlete’s routine is always consistent, a mother’s routine is usually thrown out the window. She is mentally and emotionally devoted to the whims of her children, and as well as physically, whether it’s changing, feeding and carrying newborns, driving to rehearsal and practice, or taking their teens on college visits. Even though a mother takes pride and joy in providing support for her … read more »

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Meet Tina Figueroa, the New CEO of Le Petite Retreat Day Spa

  As an HR executive for a series of global Fortune 500 companies, Tina Figueroa has devoted her career to supporting, motivating and nurturing people. She now brings that focus to Le Petite Retreat Day Spa with a mission to create an urban temple where clients can experience relaxation and transformation—finding complete mental, physical and spiritual rejuvenation. Tina’s work took her around the globe, managing thousands of employees in multiple countries. She found that the only place she could truly … read more »

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Everyday Moms

Scrolling through the web as Mother’s Day approaches, I find myself reading about utterly courageous mothers overcoming severe adversity and horrific atrocities in order to give their children a better life. While these heart-wrenching stories are truly admirable, I can’t help thinking that for every extreme case, there are countless everyday mothers in the world whose stories are not featured on The View or in O magazine. They may not have suffered a rebel attack on their village, or started … read more »

Buddhist Art Exhibit

Fantastic exhibit at the Norton Simon Museum on Buddhist art of the Himalayas this summer.  Only $10 to see amazing examples of sculpture and art from Nepal and Tibet.  More infomration: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/culture/la-et-cm-buddhist-art-review-20140408,0,4405813.story#axzz2yKad8bE8 Hope to see you there!

Spring is here!

For the rest of the country still struggling under a foot of snow, it’s hard to believe the first day of Spring is almost here.  For Angelino’s March means baseball Opening Day, the LA Marathon, and March Madness.  If sports don’t drive your calendar then you can look forward to opening night at the Hollywood Bowl, poppies blooming in the Antelope Valley, and Spring Break. Whatever inspires you this time of year make sure you get outside and enjoy the … read more »

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Relax and Enjoy

Those who are older and wiser tell us and we typically ignore, relax and enjoy your life.  Life really is too short.  It is so easy to get caught up in the day to day busyness and craziness of all of our responsibilities.  For this reason, we get into a routine and a mode of just get it done, another day gone.  Taking time to relax and enjoy life is something that we must make a conscience effort to incorporate … read more »