I am so excited to welcome you to my site, The 5 Star Life, the ‘Ageless‘ lifestyle magazine for those who seek to live with beauty and luxury yet simplicity and serenity. I am dedicated to the art of living well and featuring the ‘softer side’ of life. After decades as a professional artist, I transitioned into the world of blogging and my focus is on wellness and experiencing the realm of the senses. My quest is to discover and visit healing retreats, spas and sensual healing treatments. I believe that in this world of extreme high tech, we have a greater need for high touch. Thus I am committed to helping others seek and find ways to experience balance and harmony.
I am dedicated to researching, discovering, experiencing and sharing with you the ultimate in luxury, beauty, wellness, longevity and the eternal endeavor to age gracefully. Experience Beauty For the Soul, from exotic resorts and pampering to natural beauty secrets of the stars, healing retreats and spas. Follow us through the secret passage into the world of fine living.
The future is Transformational Travel Experiences where we seek to discover or create luxury “result retreats” from wellness to happiness. You can achieve vibrant health and radiant beauty, living from the inside-out.
As a spa trends specialist, with decades of first hand experience in the luxury travel and beauty world, I am a luxe lifestyle brands journalist, blogger and influencer. I was a columnist for Malibu Magazine, and other print and online publications.I am passionate about keeping up on the latest in leading edge breakthroughs in health and beauty. Living in the heart of Hollywood, I have my finger on the pulse of natural beauty secrets of the stars. From foodie trends to fashion trends, Living the 5 Star Life is about mindfully living your best life now. My passion is focused on wellness travel, and committed to finding the best of the best from healing retreats to luxury pampering. Because health care is self-care, and self-care is self-love, experiencing Beauty for the Soul at a spa or healing retreat is not just a luxury but a necessity for vibrant health and radiant beauty.
If you are a solo traveler (or with a group) seeking to escape the stressors of everyday city life, then it’s time to immerse yourself into nature! If you’re like me, and you don’t want to sacrifice the small creature comforts, then Glamping is a great way to have it all!
“Glamping, also known as luxury camping or glamorous camping, is that escape you’ve been meaning to take. It’s that little break from the hustle and bustle. It’s a moment by yourself in a secluded tree house.”
“Glamping is a portmanteau of glamorous and camping and describes a style of camping with amenities and, in some cases, resort-style services not usually associated with “traditional” camping.” wikipedia
Luxurious tent-living is not a new thing, it’s been around for ages. In the 16th century, the Scottish Earl of Atholl prepared a lavish experience in the Highlands for the visiting King James V and his mother. Here, the Duke pitched lavish tents and filled them with all the provisions of his own home palace. With the Internet, a new form of luxury nomads travel the globe and enjoy their freedom to live and work in style, without the confines of a conventional life fraught with modern stressors.
These extraordinary outdoor experiences are ‘just what the doctor ordered’ to escape from the hectic chaos of our every day modern lives. These carefully curated havens are not just a luxury but a necessity to spend time in nature, get off the grid and maybe even do a digital detox! It will regenerate and re-energize you so that you can re-acquaint yourself with the true meaning of life. If you travel with a parter you can refresh and strengthen the bonds of your relationship even more, without the distractions of the hectic world.
With the popularity of Airbnb, the competitive travel accommodations become more and more inventive, here is way to combine your travel enthusiasm with a healthy excursion and immersion and get back to nature.
One of the most successful sites, Glamping Hub, has handpicked the best of the best in unique accommodations around the globe. It is the leading online booking platform for unique outdoor accommodations. More importantly, Glamping Hub feels like family, because they share a passion for getting back to nature — in style.
Have you ever wanted to stay in a tree house floating above with bird’s eye views of a forest? Or how about a tree lined villa on a private island. Think eco-friendly and completely sustainable. The site is easily navigable and they are very accommodating to their prospective glampers. You can even talk to a real person if you seek further information. It is highly recommended and the best place to begin your first Glamping adventure! This one-of-a-kind experience allows you to be immersed in peaceful surroundings with awesome views!
Treehouses have been built all over the world, and Glamping hub has curated some of the most luxurious treehouses ever created. Picture this, a luxe location, secluded and peaceful, surrounded by nature. Many have private bathrooms, and most of the comforts of home. Some have a ‘treehouse’ feel but are on terra firma with your own hot tub steps away on your private secluded deck in the forest.
There are so many other different types of Glamping from Yurts to Safari Tents, as well as Campervans to tipis, tents and some configurations that are so unique it’s indescribable.
Each one is handpicked across the globe so you’ll have to peruse the site to find your perfect place! Once you register, you can check off your wish list of favorites and then plan your future secluded Glamping escapes across the world.The site has 35,000 + accommodations, in 115 countries with 27 different types of glamping!!
This was my first experience sleeping in a glamping tent and I must say it was quite comfortable and well appointed. The feeling of being outside, yet draped in a womb-like tent was so relaxing. The hosts were very accommodating and the environment was very clean with soothing natural colors. The choice of decor, with soft, fluffy fabrics, super comfy bed and the clever use of twinkly lights added to the ambiance. With a remote and flip of a switch you will feel like a little kid again, and it was fun to lie in bed and see the tent draping you in warm and cozy surroundings. There was all the comforts of home basic appliances such as a sink, coffee maker, and small fridge. The outdoor shower and toilet was clean and a short step away. The location was extraordinary to explore one of the most popular resort areas in Carlsbad. From the beach to the cute villages, my fav was sleeping in a tent and then visiting the luxe resorts for a fancy snack! Don’t hesitate to book this most charming and sweet little glamping bell tent. You will probably want to stay a lot longer when you realize all the different activities to enjoy the area!
(Maybe next time I’ll be more bold and remote, but probably not go solo.)
My experience was so pleasant and unique that I am finding myself revisiting the site over and over again, discovering so many outstanding places to visit all over the world. In fact, the more I see the photos of these out-of-this-world, off the beaten path places, I am less inclined to ever want to stay in a big, commercial hotel or resort again! The hosts of this property were very attentive, and focused on making sure their guests were comfortable and had so many little touches. From the heated mattress, a fan, a mini-sink, fridge and a lovely atmosphere with the twinkly lights at night that you could turn on from a remote next to your bed.
I have decided that this is the ‘ticket’ to experiencing the best of nature and also still having luxe accommodations. There are so many choices, you can spend the rest of your life filling your ‘bucket list’ on Glamping Hub! n this world of high tech, we need more high ‘touch’ and spending time in nature is the best prescription to de-stress.
You can get lost in travels while navigating this site and their are so many imaginative dwellings to visit. Here’s one in Costa Rica, enveloped in the rainforest, near the coast, that’s a refurbished airplane 727 with two air-conditioned bedrooms and even a swimming pool on the property! This is truly for the upcycled, eco-conscious traveler that enjoys a clever way to recycle the obsolete. I believe this will become a much needed and growing trend!
Another one that intrigued me was a “Uniquely Restored Rice Warehouse Rental For Vacation Getaways in Bali, Indonesia” which is in the most artsy town of Ubud. It also has a swimming pool (one of my must haves, plus near water or a beach)
Another is this astonishing and historic floating chapel turned luxurious private home is ideal for glampers who appreciate amazing architecture. The houseboat can be found in a marina on the Manatee River near Sarasota in Palmetto, Florida. (Which also has a swimming pool!)
Today the new trend is Experiential Travel which is a necessary byproduct of living your best life. If you’ve been there and done that, getting away from the superficial tourist activities and embracing an immersive cultural environment is the best way to have a peak travel experience. Getting out of your comfort zone will help you shift your perspective and the way you connect with the world. If you’re a savvy traveler, you may be seeking transformational travel experiences to enrich your life for a lasting impression. Glamping Hub offers artful accommodations in some of the most unique destinations around the world. They have compiled some of the most incredible offerings for your bucket list!
As a spa trends specialist I must admit I have ‘been there, done that’ and experienced the best of the best in luxury pampering and spas across the globe. I have been pummeled and prodded, pampered and preened from the sublime to the ridiculous, yet there’s always some new resort spa, healing retreat or wellness treatment that never ceases to amaze me. In my travels I have sampled the buffet at the spa menu, where there are unique themes that reflect the indigenous plants and elixirs of their specific eco-culture.
I must admit that I have never been to an Indian Casino Resort to experience their Native healing practices in a spa-like setting. When in Arizona or Bali, there were the luxe resort spas that featured natural products and protocols reflecting the native rituals, folklore and plant based ingredients.
Yet here in the US, the Native-themed spas are actually based on Indian Country, which means they have their own set of laws and lifestyle. While setting themselves apart by offering not just luxury, but treatments and services connected to Native culture. The diversity of different tribes which host thousands of guests at their casinos and resorts have an extra something special, offering Native hospitality through their traditions to everyone who steps foot inside. There are a few world-class spas with signature treatments inspired by culturally significant ingredients.
What makes it most worthwhile for me is that when you choose to visit a Native resort spa you are not only receiving the benefits of your own health and wellness with their specialized services but you are also able to provide aid or support for their tribe. Each of these spas distribute their proceeds from the gaming and hospitality enterprises to fund social services and education for members, and infrastructure improvements to the reservation.
Recently, I have been exploring the wine country of Temecula, California and discovered two nearby Indian Casinos with wellness spas.
This four star spa awarded by Forbes Travel Guidepeaked my interest. The hotel was huge and exciting, with a Vegas vibe. However their new 25,000-square foot spa is a haven of luxury, wellness and serenity designed for year-round rejuvenation. It is located in its own private sanctuary overlooking the lush golf course and green mountains. It is truly a world class spa in all aspects.
This New Spa focuses on the Healing Properties of Native Plants & Flora Found on the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians Reservation
The Pechanga tribe used native white sage to cleanse and purify the body, so we made sure that the white sage properties, as well as other native Pechanga plants and flora, are prevalent in the new treatments. They are organic and fresh since you can find them right outside the door on tribal lands and most importantly, leave our guests refreshed and restored.
Even though it is the largest day spa in the area the experience evoked a feeling of comfort, coziness and pure serenity. The minute you walk into the private retreat, you will notice the meticulous attention to detail in the haute decor and well designed atmosphere.
In addition to the numerous amenities to indulge, from steam and sauna to a large sized indoor whirlpool as well as the private outdoor waterfall/spa and co-ed pool area. There are several intimate places to relax and retreat. My favorite was the outdoor terrace overlooking the spa pool and natural scenic golf course where you could order a light spa lunch or an after-treatment glass of champagne! Every aspect of the decor was a delight of art filled hallways, well appointed rooms and heated massage tables (even the perfect fit for your face, unlike most other spas where you leave with lines from a squished massage face mash!)
These luxurious spaces were delightfully designed to encourage guests to destress and linger for a day-long ‘souljourn’ that you wish would never end. This is the kind of resort spa that is a cut above the rest, and cannot be appreciated unless you spend lots of time indulging in each of the specifically created intimate escape spots.
The upstairs lounge room offers an array of goodies such as fruit infused water, tea and munchies like a generous assortment of fresh berries, (refilled through out the day) as well as nuts and some yummy treats for your sweet tooth.
Healing is integral throughout your journey here at Spa Pechanga. Our new menu items are designed to awaken and relieve the five senses after each treatment,” said Whitney Tabor, Spa Pechanga Manager.
My personal fav was the most comprehensive and results oriented anti-aging “Hydrafacial”. It is performed using a machine with a handheld device that utilizes four different HydroPeel tips and various skin care solutions (chemical exfoliants, antioxidants, and hydrating serums like hyaluronic acid) to achieve its results
Another signature treatment is the Acorn & Walnut Renewal which uses the indigenous plants found on the reservation. The Acorn tree theme is seen throughout the spa because of its prevalence throughout the natural landscape on the reservation.. You cannot help but experience the total effects of wellness and tranquility when you receive this extensive exfoliating body treatment and massage combo which leaves your body in a state of bliss and rejuvenates your skin.
Spa Pechanga is inspired by the reverence for native botanicals and the strength of the Great Oak known as Wi’aasal. Our therapies integrate the healing powers of nature and the highest quality of service. Every one of our signature treatments embraces our mission of calming the mind, nurturing the body and rejuvenating the spirit.
The other ‘must indulge’ retreat to visit is the remote Pala Casino Resort and Spa on the Pala Indian Reserve. It is located in a small tranquil setting in the middle San Luis Rey RiverValley in northern San Diego Countya short but remote drive from the hustle and bustle of freeways and ‘city life’. En route you drive down a somewhat deserted road where you can see avocado groves, produce stands and even a field of buffalo and horses, in a remote country atmosphere.
The spa is tucked away in the rear of the resort, outside the main casino and hotel, next to the newly remodeled pools, lounges and large open air concert venue. It is in an intimate setting with a replete with the usual spa facilities, fitness center, as well as a jacuzzi, steam, sauna and relaxation spot. But what makes it so special is the spa and salon menu.
I chose the Lavender Renewal, a Thai-inspired treatment which was 100 minutes and would leave me feeling renewed from head to toe. What I didn’t expect was to have a soulful connection with the gifted masseuse, Olivera who performed the three part ritual. The first was a body scrub exfoliation with lavender and a long and relaxing soak in the separate en suite tub room overlooking a private outdoor patio. The third part was an additional immersion into one of my favorite scents, lavender, as I was treated with a warm bolus massage using Himalayan salt crystals and lavender buds.
Suffice it to say that the health benefits of lavender are well documented in many aspects as promoting wellness. According to Medical News Today, The medicinal benefits of using lavender to treat anxiety, fungal infections, hair loss, and wounds have been demonstrated.
In the spirit of wellness, I discovered that the petite salon was the only one in this area using my fav organic hair coloring product, Natulique. I am very picky with undergoing any kind of chemical hair treatment and this savvy Scandinavians (Denmark) company uses pure, with raw organic ingredients unlike any other, that really works! Natuliquecombines beauty with holistic health, from one of the world’s leading countries focused on renewable energy and sustainable living. I had the opportunity to get a chance to brighten up my color with highlights and left refreshed with golden, radiant tresses.
With all the amenities and fun offerings of these Native Casino Resorts, from the entertainment, to the amenities and gambling the best spot for me is always the healing experience of visiting the spa. The experience of visiting the Native Casino and Resort Spas has given me a whole new understanding of how everyone ‘wins’ with wellness. All of them offer luxury, excitement, beautiful surroundings and the latest in entertainment.
The unique aspect is the relationship between the tribes, their specific traditions that infuse each resort and the architecture, and here is where Everyone Wins with Wellness!
On Monday, May 6, 2019, the Rich, Funny and Famous, teed off at The 12thAnnual George Lopez Celebrity Golf Classic. The hush-hush Paparazzi-free parade of Celebs tee’d off at one of Toluca Lake’s most prestigious golf clubs. The sold-out’ tournament, benefiting The George Lopez Foundation, included Doris Bergman’s Third Annual “Gratitude Lounge,” co-hosted by DR. SANDA MOLDOVAN, PRECIOUS VODKA & BUYWINE.COM.
The mission of the George Lopez Foundation is to create positive, permanent change for underprivileged children, adults and military families confronting challenges in education and health, as well as increasing community awareness about kidney disease and organ donation.
This is not just your average celebrity golf tournament, it has a personal story, founded as a gift of gratitude from the funny, generous, talented and lucky guy, the George Lopez.
“I received my kidney transplant six years ago and have been healthier than I have ever been in my life. And it’s inspired me to give back and to create the foundation and to make a difference in the lives of those people in need. I started The Lopez Foundation in December of 2009, and the mission is to create positive and permanent change for underprivileged children, adults and, very importantly, military families, as well as increasing the awareness of kidney disease and organ donation.” George Lopez
The festivities were enhanced by PR maven, Doris Bergman’s Gratitude Lounge, featuring an incredible array of luxury gifts including exclusive Napa Valley wines, fashion-forward footwear, exquisite jewelry collections, teeth whitening services, natural health & wellness products, Italian leather goods & accessories, Parisian fragrance for men & women, Napa Valley weekend stays at the legendary Italian Villa of renowned Winemaker, Pat Vinatieri, including an intimate Winemaker Dinner (courtesy of Buywine.com), luxurious robes, gentleman’s California casual attire, the finest in skin, hair & body care, cannabis topical & edible products, delicious soy candles, gourmet delicacies, hearty spirits and much more!
George Lopez, Don Cheadle (The Avengers), Eva Longoria, Caitlyn Jenner (Olympic Legend), Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains Band Member),Andy Garcia, Anthony Anderson (Blackish), David Arquette, ScHoolboy Q, Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds), Michael Pena (The Mule), Tim Allen, Richard Schiff (The Good Doctor), Oscar De La Hoya, Joe Regalbuto (Murphy Brown), Joe Pesci, Billy Dawson (Country Singer), Sugar Ray Leonard, Jeffrey Osbourne, Bryan Kellen (Comedian), Chris Spencer (Real Husbands of Hollywood),
D.L. Hughley, Wilmer Valderrama (NCIS), Debbe Dunning, Emilio Rivera (On My Block), Dr. Jason Diamond (Reality Personality), Ron Perlman (The Great War), Edward James Olmos, John Brotherton (Fuller House), Kyle Lowder (Ladies of The Lake), Matt Cedeno (Power), Lizzy Small (Actress/Recording Artist), Mark Rolston (Gang Land), Norman Nixon (Former NBA Player), Patrika Darbo (Emmy Winner), Paula Trickey (Actress), Andy Vargas (Carlos Santana Band Member), Roland Martin (TV Host), Steven Michael Quezada (Flexx), Gary Valentine (Kevin Can Wait), Kelly Sheehan (PGA), Aimee Garcia (Lucifer), to name a few, were among the cadre of celebrities who were treated to the best of the best.
Gifts and services were provided by:
Beverly Hills Dental Health & Wellness; Precious Vodka (Best quality Vodka in a Crystal Diamond Bottle with a real gemstone imbedded in the cap!), Napa Valley wines provided by Buywine.com, the glam wine connoisseurs that always delight) ; Youthglow Skincare; La Cristallerie Des Parfums; S&G TheSign; Wrap-Up By VP; Popcornopolis; Downey’s Desserts; True Gold Honey, Inc,( a third generation of beekeepers with the most exotic honey, like avocado) Milena’s Boutique; Twisted Silver(always a hit with the fashionistas)
But WAIT……..there’s more………Pura D’or (a healthy hair and skin must have); Heather Marianna’s Beauty Kitchen; Charise Noel Jewelry(a unique patented design) ; Green Goddess Collective(beyond words…. CBD and THC giveaways to lift your spirits)
Telic Footwear (Cushy flipflops); Orsana Health & Wellness; Young LA; Hint; Dog TV; Red Duck Foods(the hotter and spicier the bettter); Green Goo Skin Care Products; Kam Shield; Rock Your Hair; Sara Happ Lip Balm; Lifeway Kefir; Harvest Snaps; Fusion Essentials; Junkless Granola Bars; Sea Snax, (healthy munchies beyond chips snacks); KT Foot Tape; “The Resistors,” by Dwight L. Wilson; and “Mickey The Giveaway Boy” by Robert M. Shafer. VIP Gift Bags were provided by Popcornopolis ( beyond delicious!)
West Hollywood — On Thursday, September 13, 2018, at the Fig & Olive — Doris Bergman’s Ninth Annual Style Lounge and Party was the first notable event to kickoff the festivities this year for the #Emmys2018.
This newly remodeled epic eatery on the famed Melrose Place was the posh hotspot to celebrate the upcoming 70th Annual Emmy® Awards tonight! It was a smashing turnout of VIP guests who were eager to celebrate and honor the television industry’s Emmy® Nominated actors, former Emmy® winners, presenters, stylists and industry VIPs.
The select invitation-only was hosted by Green Horizen CBD Products and presented by Precious Vodka
Benefiting Wednesday’s Child. This years sponsors include Man Cave Essentials, Porto Vino (the wine lovers stash in a fashionable trendy handbag and messenger bag), BuyWine.com, Lollies & Lace for little fashionistas
Goldinger’s T-shirts, Emporium Thai for the best of Siam dishes, Hint Water and Nourish
The main event was a fashion forward plethora of luxe designs for the best in style including couture gowns by Sue Wong Couture (and Fragrance)
For the men there were tailor made tuxedos & suits. It was a melange of men’s grooming products, and the best in beauty from Beauty Kitchen along with Nourish Modern Wellness Skin Care, & Rock Your Hair and Planet Beauty hair care. Green Horizen CBD Products will certainly be a winner in your home care.
Picture this: Mobile White, an innovative light-induced teeth whitening system that is powered by your mobile phone! For your Tootsies, Mind In Sole insole foot massage.
To top it off, the brilliant, Zirconmania, Diamond Veneer
Were one of the new favs, with glistening gems reminiscent of Tiffany or Cartier, but for a fraction of the price.
The most avant garde accessories, like Twisted Silver repurposed jewelry, and the fav, My Saint, My Hero blessing bracelets, and a grand display of accessories and luggage.
For the fine foodies and connoisseurs of good taste, Chef John Sunfungkmee of Emporium Thai
Let’s Cake festive creative designs, Popcornopolis, the Napa Valley wines, Sunder Sparkling Beverages and Hint Water
Shark Tank” Winning Beat Box Portable Party Punch.
The Swag Bag was stuffed to the brim, VIP Gift Bags provided by Emmy’s Hope & Kam Shield. with Rhonda Shear Aah Bras, Emmy’s Hope Dog Accessories, Junkless Granola Bars, Zangu Language App, Bitmar Streaming Subscriptions, Filam Luxury Coffee, Popsockets phone accessories.
Some of the attendees include the 2018 Emmy Nominees Kelly Jenrette (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), Lee Garlington (“Broken”), Miles Tagtmeyer (“Broken”), Melvin Jackson, Jr. (“This Eddie Murphy Role is Mine, Not Yours”), Naomi Grossman (“Control Alt Delete”), Sam Sokolov (Executive Producer “Genius: Picasso”), Sharon Bialy and Sherry Thomas (Casting Directors for “Handmaid’s Tale” & “Barry”) joined Former Emmy Winners Kim Estes (Best Actor “Dicks” 2017), Patrika Darbo (Best Actress “Acting Dead” 2016, Former Emmy Nominees Kelsey Scott and Khandi Alexander, Grammy Winning Bonnie & Anita Pointer (“Pointer Sisters”), Lou Ferrigno (“The Hulk”)
Michael Irby (“Mayans M.C.”), Michael Campion (“Fuller House”), Gleb Savchenko (“Dancing With The Stars”), Diego Tinoco (“On My Block”), Joely Fisher, Khandi Alexander, John Brotherton (“Fuller House”), Matt Cedeno (“Power”), Lisa Vidal (“Being Mary Jane”), Michele Weaver (“Love Is”), to name a few of the most familiar faces of celebrities and industry VIPS who were treated to the best of the best!
In the spirit of giving back, a tradition for The Bergman Group events, guests & sponsors made monetary donations and/or donated unwrapped gifts for young adults (ages 13–18) for a Pre-Holiday Gift Drive benefiting ‘Wednesday’s Child’ — a weekly segment airing on KTTV FOX 11 News, Los Angeles
Anchor Christine Devine. ‘Wednesday’s Child’ highlights ‘harder to place’ young adults in the LA County foster care system who are in need of adoptive families. “In Los Angeles County, alone, there are over 30,000 children receiving child welfare services,” says social worker, Dr. William Wong. Bergman always invites at least 2 foster children to join in on the festivities and experience what it feels like to be treated as a VIP. http://www.foxla.com/wednesdays-child
In the beachy, artsy town of Laguna Beach, California, a world class fine art event takes place every summer since 1933! The Pageant of the Masters was originally an afterthought publicity gimmick to celebrate the Festival of The Arts which is the main attraction of this town.
This has become one of the most unique theatrical celebrations, attracting visitors from across the globe. As a summer tradition for 85 years, the highest quality colony of artists that participate in this event is astounding.
Knowledge is useless until it is activated. On the last day of the Living in Balance retreat with Deepak Chopra and guests we were given a “Balance Tip of the Day.” This is a simple prescription for applying the teachings from the weekend into our daily lives at home.
Make time to quiet the mind and meditate
Eat a healthy balanced diet with lots of organic, pure, colorful, fruits and vegetables. Pay attention to including the six tastes (sweet, sour, bitter, astringent, salty, pungent) into each meal. Drink lots of pure, filtered water (without ice) and herbal elixirs and teas.
Move your body, take breaks from desk work by getting up every half in hour if possible. Take in deep breaths, get outside in nature, walk barefoot and get grounded on the grass or sand.
Cultivate loving relationships. Connect with your heart center and find ways to share your positive feelings with others. Get and give hugs. Healing touch is vital to health, so go and hug a loved one or a friend every chance you get. Don’t miss the opportunity to pet a dog or any pet and even a tree.
Enjoy a good belly laugh at least once a day, uncontrollable laughter is the best medicine.
Release emotional toxins. Take a moment to let go of worries, stress, and negative feelings.
Make a ritual of good habits that lead to restful sleep. It is essential, and especially remove all technology from the bedroom or at least shut down and put your phone, laptop and iPad to bed.
Another Way To Balance Is With This Sleep Prep Tip
Unplug two to three hours before bed. Take a soothing bath with aromatherapy (with lavender and Epsom salts). Keep a journal and make a gratitude list. Ask soul questions and reflect back on the day, so you can release the experience of it all and prepare for sweet dreams.
With all the different choices and new scientific discoveries on how to live your best life, the first step is finding a deeper understanding and balance in your whole-body system and to understand how everything in your consciousness has an effect on your health.
Since my experience at the Living in Balance seminar, I have committed to making some significant changes in my life. I appreciate more fully that the key is to be mindful of what is life-affirming and empowering and to learn how to listen to my own inner guidance.
As Deepak Chopra shares: “Humans are not biological robots. We live for meaning, for the personal value of every experience. The body metabolizes our experiences and sends the message to every cell, while the mind, in its own domain, processes experience in terms of sensations, images, thoughts, and feelings. Nothing fuses the whole-system effects of love and non-love like the human heart, which needs to be understood as more than a physical organ.”
This is the final instalment in our series covering the Living in Balance retreat. You can read part one here, and part two (which looks at a new form of anxiety) here.
Reprinted from my story in Longevity Magazine.Chopra Center, La Costa Resort and Spa, Carlsbad, California
I can’t resist the temptation to begin this story with the words of Deepak Chopra, the keynote speaker at the Living in Balance retreat I recently attended. He says, “To live without love, compassion, or any other spiritual value creates a state of such severe imbalance that every cell yearns to correct it. Ultimately, that is what lies behind the onset of disease; the body is sending a message that something lacking in the present—an imbalance existing somewhere—has given rise to highly visible, unarguable, physical symptoms.”
The man TIME magazine described as “one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century” who introduced us to the Seven Spiritual Law of Success, opened up this life-changing seminar at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and Spa, in California.
We Are All Stardust
As he sauntered onto the stage the excitement among the attendees was palpable. I must admit, I too was mesmerized by his extraordinary persona. Deepak Chopra has a distinctive personal style. He made a statement in his black Nehru vest, with the red piping trim, teamed with a black turtleneck shirt and bright red suede Nike sneakers and of course his signature eyeglass frames. Along with his rock star magnetism, he exudes this almost uncanny sense of calm and tranquility.
During his opening address, he shared with us deeply thought-provoking topics. Speaking about the nature of existence in the universe, he made the most complex quantum principles sound simply poetic. He explained that we are all stardust. That the gene, a unit of heredity, is actually a protein code (enzyme) and he shared how our genomics influences our lives.
First there is the one cell, and then approximately 25 000 human genes that differentiate into the whole body and that our body is some 30-40 trillion cells, or more (the Milky Way has 250 billion ± 150 billion) and that the average cell will divide between 50-70 times before cell death. To make a body, there is morphogenesis, to give rise to form.
The Deepak Chopra Way
From that extraordinary introduction going forward, I would experience a virtual feast for the mind, body, and spirit that would shift my own way of thinking about health.
The event progressed with a seamless program of experts in the field of Ayurvedic healing. It provided the foundation for lifestyle enhancement through the Ayurvedic principles of preventative self-care to last a lifetime. Each presenter shared their personal passage into the world of alternative, integrative, complementary and functional medicine. They revealed how they too had arrived at the Chopra Institute at a pivotal time in their lives. Some were from the hardcore corporate America and had dropped out to follow their dream of living a more balanced lifestyle. Others were in mainstream medicine and realized there was a more comprehensive approach to heal the body, from the inside-out. They followed their inner guidance to this particular practice of wellness and became a beacon of light to share with patients.
Our first introductory lecture was with Dr. Sheila Patel. She introduced us to the basics of the ancient Ayurvedic healing. Ayurvedic medicine is one of the world’s oldest holistic (“whole-body”) healing systems. It was developed more than 3 000 years ago in India. It’s based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. It’s a complete system of health, and the key is to identify what’s getting in the way of our natural healing. It is a consciousness-based healing system, beyond the physical.
I had the opportunity to experiment becoming unplugged by escaping the tech universe for a couple of days and chilling out with the Chopra Center. This was a dream come true! I had the privilege of attending the Living in Balance Retreat through The Chopra Center, which was held at a lovely setting, the Sheraton Westin Carlsbad Resort and Spa. While attending I also participated in my own self-imposed digital detox from the usual suspects, my Mac Book Pro, my new iPhone (way beyond my skill set, with all the bells and whistles) and iPad.The experience was a delight for all of the senses. Detoxing from the matrix of technology and all the accoutrements while learning a comprehensive approach to a healthy, balanced lifestyle was just what the Doctor ordered.
In celebration of March 9 National Day of Unplugging, I was prepped by four jam packed days listening to best experts in functional medicine. The Chopra Center Medical experts on the leading edge, sharing the latest in self-care and the Ayurveda, the Ancient healing tradition.
According to the recent study from Pew research, they were able to establish a measurement for stress that is known as the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS). To do so they created a list of 10 questions for participants to answer, which explored the relationship between a variety of digital technology uses and psychological stress.
Dr. Deepak Chopra explaining the benefits of Primordial Sound Meditation and getting unplugged!
“These technologies are said to takeover people’s lives, creating time and social pressures that put people at risk from the negative physical and psychological health effects that can result from stress.”
Because of this increased stress, there is a growing emphasis on overall well-being and wellness sweeping through modern culture. It is also a backlash from the influx of new addictions such as the fears of not being connected, like problematic internet use or nomophobia (no-mobile-phone-phobia). With the fast paced onslaught of technological advancements, there are now scientific studies finding a rising trend in anxiety disorders around not having access to a mobile phone.
The best way I’ve found to combat these modern day stressors is to commit to a mindful meditation practice. We learned how to do the Primordial Sound Meditation.
In addition to basic principles of Ayurveda, which focus on the mind-body connection, eating a balanced diet of six tastes, (sweet, salty, sour, pungent, bitter, and astringent) there are several key points.
In Ayurveda, the five elements that are found in all living things—ether, air, fire, water, and earth—are the building blocks of life. While this foundation unites all humans, the manifestation of those elements through the doshas is what gives rise to our differences. How the three doshas appear, and in what proportion, is what makes each of us unique.
The 2018 Awards season is upon us. After the recent Golden Globes show, we are seeing a trend in solidarity for women, including #TimeIsUP and #MeToo movement. The unity was palpable and will become a precedent for the future in aspects of our culture.
“Historically, the Globes kicks off awards season, usually “a two-month crush of red carpets, cocktail parties, speech-making and schmoozing that culminates with the Oscars on March 4.” Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY
Although this year they wore all black, the theme also demonstrates that solidarity can still be sexy, with some choosing revealing necklines and body contouring gowns. In addition, beauty is still de rigueur, especially when exuding a powerful radiance that comes from the inside out.
The Telegraph headline, “Oprah Winfrey Steals The Show on Night Dominated By Women’s Voices,” who became the first black woman to win the Cecil B DeMille award for her contribution to the world of entertainment. Her speech will linger on in the hearts and minds of everyone who had the opportunity to hear her acceptance and many will hold their heads up high, knowing there is a ‘new day on the horizon.’ She not only stole the show with her speech, but her trim and elegant silhoutte was highlighted in her gown and youthful appearance.
What is usually a secret, is how these stars are committed to preparing for these shows months in advance. From head to toe, every inch is mindfully intentional to be as lovely as possible. From hiring fitness and nutrition specialists to enrollment in a meal planning and delivery service, they go all out to portray their best selves. Perhaps the most important focus is ‘your face is your fortune’ and thus the road to perfection begins with the skin. While many have succumb in recent years to plastic surgery, most are adhering to the trend of non-invasive fillers and Botox to get that 5-10 years younger, plumper look.
It is widely evident that “probably 60 or 70 percent” of men and women rely on injections to perfect their red-carpet look.
While there are dozens of doctors in Hollywood who cater to the beauty needs of the stars, only a select few in demand. They are the leading edge professionals that focus on minimally invasive procedures to make sure their clients appear as natural as possible. Because of the trend towards less extreme makeovers, many patients are more comfortable trying out the fillers and new procedures that don’t require a lot of down time and have more gradual results.
One highly trained medical doctor who is well respected in developing non-invasive treatments, Dr. Sam Assassa, CEO of Beverly Hills Aesthetics, has dedicated a majority of his career to educational training. For over 10 years, he has trained over 5,000 practitioners worldwide and conducted hands-on courses including Aesthetics 101, Basic and Advanced level Botulinum toxin and Dermal Fillers Training, Peri-orbital Dermal Filler Technique, TCA Peels, Basic and Advanced level Liposuction, Liposculpting, Pan Facial Fat Grafting, Facelift Preceptorships, Suspension Face Lift Training, The One Hour Facelift Course and Advances in Facial Surgery Courses. His artistic talents and clinical judgment makes him a leading educator on restoring beauty and enhancing wellbeing through aesthetic medicine and surgery.
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He is an expert in administering the highly sought after Viora , which is the go to option for non-invasive and minimally invasive treatments. It covers a wide range of symptoms that address many of the most commonly requested treatments for celebs. It is suitable for anyone who seeks skin tightening, body & facial contouring, cellulite reduction, skin rejuvenation, acne clearance, skin resurfacing, stretch mark reduction, hair removal, skin lightening. Viora is on the leading edge in the medical aesthetic industry with a global presence in over 65 countries. They have the latest technologies which have revolutionized non-invasive treatments to improve control and increase the opportunity for practitioners, while enhancing patient experience. Many stars seek head to toe treatment solutions but are requesting a more holistic approach to embrace a healthier lifestyle. For many who are seeking a safe method that can be utilized throughout every life stage this delivers a total body solution that is suitable for everyone.
Finally there is a treatment that has been developed that offers head-to-toe, all-in-one solutions for body skin therapy and tightening with a protocol called ReFit. This protocol is for patients who have lost weight, post-partum or post liposuction and have some adiposity but mostly loose skin. ReFit target the fat cells while tightening the skin in one treatment session with MultiCORE technology. Viora also offers skin rejuvenation to reduce unwanted brown or age spots, rosacea, acne and hair with our V-IPL. Skin Therapy and tightening on the entire face including the eyes and forehead with V-ST and Vascular lesions and leg veins with our V-Nd:YAG handpiece.
“The multi-frequency mode allows me to custom tailor treatments to my patient’s needs. I can treat the face, neck and body, including the forehead, eye area, nasolabial folds, chin and jowls.Mypatients love the fact that the skin tightening treatments are quick, painless, and effective”……..”Viora is an all-in-one solution. skin tightening treatments are quick, painless, and effective.” Dr. Sam Assassa, Medical Director of Beverly Hills Aesthetics.
According to Vanity Fair, “The lead-up to Hollywood’s biggest event of the year, the Oscars, is a full-blown beauty marathon” Celebrities from Charlize Theron to Taylor Swift are racing to these prep palaces to get pampered to perfection.There are the usual suspects, like spas and but more unique are the cryogenic air chambers to an infra-red sauna pods. ”
One thing is for sure, there are many options out there, and finding the right combination of treatments is the key to a beautiful outcome. With Hi-definition cameras and flashing lights, it takes more than clever makeup to achieve the absolute radiance and flawless complexion. The most sought after are the ones that have more natural yet permanent results, and last beyond the ‘Cinderella Effect” of secret beauty tricks. That is why most choose the year round maintenance at a medical aesthetics clinic specializing in non-surgical treatments to achieve the best results.
The old expression, “A woman can never be too rich or too thin,” attributed to Wallis Simpson, the late Duchess of Windsor, is often used humorously, but there is a literal meaning – Simpson’s own life was devoted to being, well, too rich and too thin!
There are a couple of other glitterati and fashionistas that have gone overboard to the extreme detriment of their health. The thin-obsessed culture has been prevalent for several decades, while most models and actresses embrace this as if it was de rigueur.
However, the current climate of being too thin and low body weight has been experiencing a backlash. Big, bold and beautiful is becoming more visible since big, bold and beautiful is more of the majority these days. But shows like The Big Fat Truth, From Fit to Fat to Fit, and many others are becoming more and more focused on finding a healthy way to become fit and stay fit!
One of the x-skinny-obsessed has discovered her own method to become healthy and trim by overcoming her eating disorder through a fun, revolutionary dance-based fitness program. Misty Tripoli triumphed over her obsession with being too thin by developing The Body Groove. While most exercise workout videos are based on one-size-fits-all choreography, Body Groove allows everyone to create a workout that is just right for their body. It’s a different way to work out that doesn’t have you just mindlessly following an instructor’s moves. Instead, you’re given the basic choreography and then it’s up to you to make each movement your own by adding exactly the style that you want – whatever feels right to you! Not coordinated? No worries. Not a dancer? That’s okay. No rhythm? No one cares. Body Groove is designed to move your body in the way the music makes you feel. When you do it your way, it can never be wrong. So tune in, be kind to yourself, be gentle and find your groove!
With the global crises of obesity tipping the scales, there are so many claims that call out to you with the promise of a quick fix, with little or no ‘pain no gain’ results — most are suffering from the instant gratification of water loss and then plateaus. However, you don’t have to beat up your body to experience results. Working out smarter instead of harder, having fun and enjoying yourself is the key to getting off the dieting yo-yo syndrome. Body Groove seems too good to be true~ but everyone seems to be experiencing the kind of results that others promise but don’t deliver.
“The moment I stopped following traditional workouts and started allowing my body to move in its own way, I started to feel awesome. The secret to getting a healthy body is listening to your body. When you listen to your body, you learn to respect your body! My stress levels came down, my eating disorder vanished and the more I danced, the faster my body melted away the unhealthy fat that had been bothering me for years. And now, years later, Body Groove has gone international and it has literally changed the lives of thousands of people,” smiles Misty.
These exercises are so very simply, brief enough not to get overwhelmed and diverse enough not to get bored! They can also be done by anyone regardless of their health and ability because you control how you move your body. You don’t have to look like anyone else or do it like anyone else. Hey, and here’s a plus – if you’ve never been a dancer or thought you couldn’t dance, this is a chance to see what your body can do as you allow it to move naturally within the rhythm of the music. I am extremely overjoyed with this product!!! JoJo Jack
Moving and exercising your body should never be a punishment. The Body Groove routines are completely different from anything you’ve ever tried and that’s the reason they’re so successful and why so many people absolutely love them
“I LOVE Body Groove! It’s fun and a great workout. It’s the first exercise program that I have stuck with for more than a few days. I recommend everyone try it!” Helen Nairn Manko
Listen to what Sparkpeople.com had to say when they awarded Body Groove the “Stuff We Love” review:
“It’s the most innovative workout I have ever experienced.”
“Misty is so encouraging and approachable throughout, and her style of cueing is about listening to yourself: doing what feels right for you that day, changing that the next day, and allowing for a variety day after day.”
“I think these workouts are perfect for exercisers of all intensity levels and mobility levels because it’s so easy to do whatever works for you.”
Body Groove appeals to a different kind of person – the person who prizes their independence, their true worth, and who doesn’t want to mindlessly follow a choreographed workout. The truth is that anyone can do it!