A Balanced Literary Diet

by Briana Leon on July 24, 2014


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, depressed or even paranoid that something awful will happen to us or to the ones we love.  Is there a way we can ever truly relax while knowing there is so much unrest everywhere else?

According to a national study conducted by NPR and Harvard of more than 2500 Americans, 1 in 4 said they experienced a high amount of stress and anxiety due to the news.  Another study found that people who watched, listened or read several hours of news daily felt more stress symptoms than people who experienced the events first hand!  I’m not saying we should avoid the news if we want to live a happy life, because like I’ve said before, it is our civic duty to be informed on important events and issues  and ignorance is not the answer.  But there is a way to combat stress fueled by media outlets who try to lure viewers with overly sensationalist coverage, and the answer is simple: read more fiction.

The benefits of reading a good fictional story are severely undervalued in our society (insert examined existence hyperlink).  It can help give us an understanding of social situations and enhance our sense of empathy by providing insight into a character’s conscious.  Just because the story is made up doesn’t mean the thoughts and emotions of a character are necessarily untrue, too. Reading fiction also sharpens our analytical thinking, improves concentration and memory, and has proven to help prevent the onset of mental decline such as Alzheimer’s.

But most importantly, beyond any of these mental benefits, one of the best ways to lower your personal stress is getting lost in a wonderfully written, “can’t-put it down” book.  Nothing helps you forget your troubles better than a captivating story that has you turning pages for hours.  Although certain people might think some books are more “beneficial” than others, I say any story that can whisk you away from your worries, fears, deadlines and other stress triggers is good for your mind, body and soul.  So grab a book, or your kindle, go outside, and read a work of fiction under a shady tree.  Serenity is calling.


Whole Life Magazine Article

by Scott on July 11, 2014

cover_junjul14There 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 right treatment your body needs at that time.  Very exciting stuff!

In case you didn’t see the magazine, here’s a link to the article:



Summer Solstice Sustenance: Eating for Nourishment

June 21, 2014

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 [ read more → ]

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A Meditation for All This Saga Dawa

June 11, 2014

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 [ read more → ]

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A Juggling Act: Motherhood and Fitness

May 16, 2014

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, [ read more → ]

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

May 7, 2014

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 [ read more → ]

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Everyday Moms

April 30, 2014

  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 [ read more → ]

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Buddhist Art Exhibit

April 8, 2014

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! [ read more → ]

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Spring is here!

March 7, 2014

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 [ read more → ]

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Relax and Enjoy

February 25, 2014

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 [ read more → ]

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