By: Miraval’s Sheryl Brooks, R.N., N.C.M.P.

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Daylight saving time officially begins at 2 am this Sunday, March 8th.  Although it may be only a slight annoyance to reset clocks or appliances, that one hour change can wreak havoc for days as far as your body is concerned. 

As a nurse I have seen on the job accidents happen more frequently, productivity decline, and have read the research that shows an increase heart attacks when we lose that one hour of sleep that happens when we spring forward. 

Circadian rhythm is the predictable biological and behavioral changes that follow a roughly 24-hour cycle-our master clock, basically.  Even with just that one hour shift in that rhythm we feel and function differently.  That difference is in part because our hormones are released differently and those hormones impact our appetite, how alert we are and how much inflammation is present in our bodies.  Such changes can make an existing medical condition, such as cardiac disease worse.

By: Miraval’s Carolyn Crawford, Astrologer

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This month several major astrological events are worth mentioning.  Jupiter, the planet of expansion and abundance retrograde in favorable relationship to Uranus, the planet of progress is exact on March 3rd. The need to experience freedom and independent decisions can open new doors. This transit is often associated with sudden good luck and so it is an excellent time to take a chance. The ability to grasp new ideas and understand quickly changing situations makes this an excellent financial period. Projects or jobs begun under this influence are likely to be fortunate. You may have the opportunity to purchase a computer, car or new equipment. Chance meetings with influential people can bring excitement. This is often a turning point in which some are able to overcome limiting circumstances. But don't just sit back and wait for things for fall in your lap! This and especially fortunate time for those born August 6-7 and Aries born April 3-4.

By: Nancy Teeter, R.D.

Since the ground hog saw his shadow on February 2nd, most Americans are in for an extended period of time without sunshine.  Vitamin D, known as the “sunshine vitamin” is manufactured by our skin cells when exposed to sunlight.  More than half of the US lies north of the 37th parallel, so even on bright sunny winter days, the sun’s rays are not strong enough to generate production of vitamin D.   Even if you spend your winter in the southern states--where the sun’s rays are more direct--cloud cover, sunscreen lotions, limited time outdoors, clothing cover and skin pigmentation can lessen the production of vitamin D. Without exposure to sunlight on your bare skin, vitamin D insufficiency or deficiency are real possibilities. 

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Valentine's Day is a holiday that is usually celebrated with sweet cards and chocolates, but what if instead this year you really focus on ways to help your relationship continue to flourish? Try these 8 tips and enjoy the fruits of your mindful relationship.

By: Anne Parker, MA, MHSA.

#1 Be Present

The way to connect to those you love is by being present – over and over and over again! Being present means fully engaging in what is being shared between you in that moment – truly paying attention to the thoughts, feelings, and actions you are experiencing together. This may sound obvious and straightforward, and it is.  But how often do we let other distractions interfere with true presence? Without engaged presence, relationships quickly wither.

Super Bowl Sunday is coming up and it's time to plan your menu. Since the Super Bowl is being hosted in Arizona this year your guest will be expecting a little heat on their plate. Let Miraval help you spice up your menu this year with a great pizza recipe and an Arizona inspired cocktail!

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The New Year has brought some great new offerings to Miraval and we can't wait to share them with you on your next visit!

Common Ground

Learn how to make authentic connections and more fullfilling relationships in our new Equine class Common Ground

DECEMBER RECIPE OF THE MONTH

December is a month full of baking and offering friends and family your homemade goods. If you are looking for a new recipe to try out and share with your loved ones our delicious pretzel bread rolls are the way to go. 

 
 
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We are so happy to share that Miraval was featured this year on Ellen's 12 Days of Giveaways. We really enjoyed having Ellen's writer Lauren join us here and experience our most signature offerings. We were honored to extend an all-inclusive 2 night visit to those in the audience during the show, but what about everyone watching at home? We have created a special package to invite viewers to come and experience Miraval for themselves. 

 

 

With the New Year comes a desire for a fresh start and new approcah to life, but how do we find the motivation? We all find ourselves at the beginning of the year looking to make changes usually focused around health and wellness, but we sometimes set ourselves up with goals that are unrealistic. This year let's resolve to set goals that we can stick to and will encourage us to have the best year ever! Join us here at Miraval during the New Year season and find inspiration from Dr. Jordan Metzl to set your fitness resolutions. 

By Lisa Frank Miraval Wellness Counselor 

“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” –Meister Eckhart