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UPDATE!

Congratulations to our Week Three Winners: Thedius Thompson and Kristi Knight! Remember to enter the Month of Mindful this week for your chance to win the grand prize of the Ultimate Miraval Experience! http://mindfulgiving.pgtb.me/6q2xH7

Sunday December 15th through Saturday December 21st, enter for your chance to win Week 3 prizes. 2 winners will receive our "Spirit" prize package which includes: 

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One of Miraval's many yoga and meditation offerings is Dream Yoga, where participants can learn to consciously surrender to sleep and dreams through this restorative yoga practice for the mind, body, and soul. Miraval's Meditation and Yoga team has put together a Dream Yoga practice that you can do at home. Below are relaxing and restorative poses that can easily be done in one’s bedroom in 10 minutes before bedtime. Enjoy!

Wide Legged Child's Pose (Balasana) — 1 Minute

Have the big toes touching and the knees wide. Draw the buttocks back toward the heels, or onto the heels. Release the chest and forehead to the floor (or bed), stretch arms out in front or drape them back over the thighs. Release into this posture for 5 to 10 slow deep breaths.

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Seasonal Yoga Retreat with Julie Cielo

August 18-23, 2013
 
 

As the seasons change, so do we. Early cultures instinctively felt the natural rhythms and couldn't perceive a separation between self & nature. In our modern world, we have disconnected from these natural cycles of "being" and fallen out of tune with our organic pulse. Indian Summer is a special time of year at the end of summer and before Autumn. It is a period of preparation and readiness for the year's work. Join Yoga Therapist, Holistic Lifestyle Coach, and creator of the Lifestyle Movement called "Seasonal Yin Yang Flow", Julie Cielo on this 5 day Seasonal Yoga Retreat where we will take a closer look into how we reflect nature and how to better align with the natural cycles of change to stay healthy through this transitional period through diet, movement, and lifestyle.

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All of us at Miraval are so excited about our newly-renovated Agave Center Yoga Studio! The sleek and simple design complements our desert landscape and allows the perfect, peaceful space for our yoga and meditation offerings. The exposed beams and silk hammocks have given Miraval two new yoga and meditation programs that guests are raving about—Aerial Yoga and Floating Meditation. Guest Susan B. from Colorado had this to say about her experience with Floating Meditation, "Words are inadequate to express the uniquely nurturing experience I had during the Floating Meditation. The multi-sensory feelings of being securely snugged in a silk wrap from head to toe, suspended in the air, slowly rocking, and crystal bowls singing combine into something more profound than the parts alone. It is though you are in a cocoon of total support to allow peace to flow into your entire being."

Renovated Agave Center

Aerial Yoga

Floating Meditation

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Read a Q&A with our Yoga and Meditation Guru, MaryGrace Naughton >

Marygrace Naughton, Miraval's Yoga and Meditation expert, is the featured specialist in the March chapter of our new book, Mindful Living Miraval. We asked Marygrace to share more about herself in the interview below, enjoy!

Miraval: Where are you from?

MN: I was born in Bogota, Columbia and raised in Hammonton, New Jersey.

Miraval: What is your favorite food?

MN: Italian

Miraval: Where is your favorite place to travel? Why?

MN: I loved traveling in Spain because of the friendliness of the people, the culture of resting in the heat of the day and celebrating in the evening.

Miraval: If you were stranded on a island, what are three things you would need?

MN: Good food, good water and good company. If I was stranded by myself, a way to journal and of course I would do my yoga and meditation practices.

Miraval: How has Miraval influenced your life?

MN: Miraval has brought possibilities into my life. I have developed as a yoga/meditation facilitator and have become more confident in my role as a supervisor. Miraval has given me the gift of being able to consistently share what I love with others to help enhance their well-being.

Miraval: What made you want to be in your profession?

MN: My love for yoga and meditation practice. These practices have helped me through some pretty difficult journeys in my life and have opened my heart and mind to a deep thankfulness for life as it is.

Miraval: What is your favorite activity/hobby to do in your free time?

MN: Yoga, hiking, reading a good book, sharing a meal and good wine with friends.

Miraval: Who is your biggest role model? Why?

MN: A dear friend of mine, Desa Rae, because she has a huge heart and nurturing spirit in spite of some very challenging, hurtful life experiences. She is resilient, playful and lives a full, healthy life. She chooses not to stay "in the box of suppose to" and makes her life an adventure.

Miraval: What does Miraval mean to you?

MN: Miraval means I show up at a job that I love, teach what I truly believe is beneficial and connect with others in a wholesome way. I have met wonderful people here, both guests and co-workers. Miraval is a place of change, growth, healing, and exploration. Miraval is a place to practice presence in order to expand one’s awareness.

Miraval: What is your biggest accomplishment in life?

MN: Raising two daughters who are empathetic, loving individuals who know how to think for themselves.

Miraval: What is #1 on your bucket list?

MN: I don't really have a bucket list, but I would absolutely love to see as much of the world as I can.

Miraval: What would you do if you won the lottery?

MN: I would travel, share the money with my family and donate to projects I am passionate about.

Miraval: What is the best advice you were given?

MN: When my brother died, a therapist told me it was as if we were both in a relay race and he just handed the baton to me...that it was my job to continue the race. I could experience that much loss and still keep going and living.

Miraval: What is your favorite holiday? Why?

MN: Christmas, because my grandmother's house was the warmest, most loving place to be. All of her ornaments and decorations were made by hand, her gifts were thoughtful and our family meals were always peaceful and delicious!

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