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Entries for month: February 2014

Have a love for chocolate but deprive yourself the joy of eating it? Chocolate has many benefits which include contributing to a healthy heart, reducing stress, and even higher intelligence. So indulge and reap the benefits of this scrumptious snack (in moderation, of course!). Try some of these delicious dessert recipes featured in our cookbooks Mindful Eating and Sweet & Savory Cooking. These recipes capture the true flavor of your favorite desserts using healthier ingredients than traditional recipes.

These three recipes are some of our chocolate-lovers' favorites!

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By: Deborah King

Deep inside, we are all natural healers. Long ago, our ancestors knew how to heal themselves and others; how to connect to each other and to those who had passed beyond the physical plane; and how to ground their energy by being in tune with Mother Earth. In early cultures, practices like telepathy between mother and child and sending healing energy to a loved one out on a hunt were everyday routines the ancients didn’t think twice about doing.

These customs and skills may have been buried by our modern, technology-laden culture, but they are not lost! They are simply hanging out in our collective unconscious, waiting to be uncovered and put to use again. With some training and practice, you can reawaken these dormant abilities and learn to use them consciously, for yourself and your loved ones.

At my Miraval workshops and healing courses, I provide you with the tools to activate your own innate self-healing abilities. Whether the root cause is physical, spiritual, or emotional distress, distortions in your energy field and blocks in your chakras can prevent you from living in the light and fulfilling your highest purpose. Maintaining a healthy balance in your energy field is an ongoing process, but once you learn the basics of self-healing, you will feel transformed.

Here are five simple techniques that I offer at each workshop to get this process started:

1. Meditate.

I can’t stress this enough—if you only do one thing to begin the practice of self-healing, meditate. Meditation works at a deep level of consciousness to help reduce stress and tap into whatever information is needed to restore your mind, body, and spirit to a state of harmony. A regular practice of meditation—just 20 minutes—provides you with a sense of calm and an amazing clarity that can resolve many of your physical and emotional issues. I work with attendees at each and every workshop to insure they have a solid meditative base and we meditate together as a group each day, which takes us very deep. Talk about relaxing!

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After introducing hot stone massage to the world more than 15 years ago, Miraval became a trendsetter not only in spa but also in wellness. Many of you who have visited Miraval through the years know how our philosophy of mindfulness permeates every activity and spa treatment we offer to our guests. Mindfulness is more than just living in the present moment, it is about engaging with the world around you on a deeper level and experiencing each moment with an open mind and generous spirit.

Miraval's NAGA THAI treatment debuted in 2012 and has taken the world by storm. In 2013, we introduced SHAMANA-KARMA, our newest and most profound Ayurvedic spa treatment; plus, our innovative yoga and meditation team developed FLOATING MEDITATION. So you may be wondering what we could possibly do now that could rival these recent innovations in spa and wellness... You can stop wondering because today we announce our brand-new specialty experience: Himalayan Sound Bath from Master Healer Pam Lancaster who created Miraval's signature Shuniya Sound Ceremony many years ago. Her astounding expertise and intuitive spiritual guidance have changed the lives of Miraval guests through the years and the Himalyan Sound Bath takes her practice to the next level.

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We are so excited to welcome Celebrity Chef Jenn Louis to Miraval at the end of this month (Friday, February 28 & Saturday, March 1). We know that our Miraval guests will be absolutely delighted to learn from this dynamic and accomplished culinary master!

Consistent, simple and purposeful. This is the philosophy and approach that has propelled Chef Jenn Louis to a culinary career spanning nearly two decades. After graduating from Pitzer College in Claremont, CA, Louis traveled throughout Europe and North and South America, settling for a short time in Southern Israel to work on a dairy kibbutz. Upon her return to California, she learned of a job opening from a close friend cooking for an Outward Bound base camp deep in the North Carolina woods. 

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February 2014 Recipe of the Month

This month's recipe of Fluffy Gluten-Free Pancakes is featured in Sweet & Savory Cooking Miraval's newest cookbook created by Executive Chef Justin Cline Macy and Pastry Chef Kim MacyThese light pancakes are the perfect breakfast treat to surprise your family with on cold mornings!

Note from Chef Kim Macy: Having success with gluten-free recipes isn't just a matter of using the right ingredients; it's also about cooking things properly. You need to know that these pancakes don't behave quite the same as "traditional" ones—you won't see a lot of bubbles forming as you cook the first side, and you'll need to cook them a touch longer than you think you might. The best way to test is by taking a bite!

Fluffy Gluten-Free Pancakes

Makes 12 Five-Inch Pancakes

  • 1 c. rice flour
  • 1/4 c. tapioca flour
  • 1/4 c. potato starch
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

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