Re-starting the Back-To-School Routine, Part 1 of 3 Part Back to School blog series

By Anne Parker, Wellness Counselor

Back-to-school beckons – even though the calendar still says it is summer! Making the transition to back-to-school routines can be challenging. You will pave the way for a workable routine by getting down to basics in a very specific way. Attention to the details and being realistic, even about the obvious things, will create a smooth transition.


By: Miraval’s Kim Kelder, Lead Aesthetician & Skin Care Specialist


By: Miraval’s MaryGrace Naughton, Yoga & Meditation Specialist 

I have been teaching yoga for 15 years and am delighted when I see students smile. I love when a student isn’t caught up in taking themselves so seriously that they forget to have fun and enjoy this body they are living in.


By Leigh Weinraub, Action Based Therapist

Individuals with higher degrees of emotional intelligence are able to identify, manage, and communicate about their emotions. They pay fierce attention to their bodies and therefore are skilled at recognizing when certain emotions are arising. Their keen sensory perception helps them respond and moderate emotion before they become flooded by them. They are able to reveal these emotions more truthfully with others, and are more attuned at reading them in the people around them.

It is essential to know what the meaning of the word EMOTION means when you think about becoming more emotionally intelligent. E-MOTION literally means “energy in motion” in the body. One must be able to kinesthetically feel the energy that is flowing inside them. They also must be able to create positive emotion (ENERGY IN MOTION) throughout their bodies and also be aware that their emotion (ENERGY IN MOTION) not only affects them, but also infects all of those around them. Emotional intelligence is one of the most significant components to having a healthy relationship with yourself and others..... SO INVEST THE TIME INTO DEVELOPING IT!

If you want to increase your emotional intelligence and optimize how to use it your social, relational and physical life...  focus on these 3 ACTIONABLE CONCEPTS:


By Lisa Frank, M.Ed., Wellness Counselor and Yoga Instructor

Yoga is often depicted in today’s society by women in tight colorful pants posing in twisted positions.  However, this ancient practice offers as many benefits to our mental-emotional-social state as to our physical one.  Yoga in Sanskrit means “union”, it is a way of living in conscious connection with all.  All parts of us, all beings everywhere, all of the universe.  A way of cultivating mind and body connection, deeper connection to one’s true Self, and connection with humanity.  In a quest for belonging, acceptance, and meaning, yoga provides a way.  Its rich teachings can be applied on the mat and perhaps more importantly can translate as lessons to help us be our more realized selves off the mat.  Here is a toolbox of lessons to get you started.

Mat as Mirror

The mat is a mirror of self-discovery to help us become more conscious of what's happening in the new now.  Pay attention to your breath and body in the present moment and you will become more self-aware and able to reflect yourself clearly to the world.