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Find your balance

It’s true − just thinking about Whistler can cause your heart rate to rise, thanks to the mass of adrenaline-charged sports that dominate the landscape of the mountain retreat. But while this is all well and good, it’s easy to overlook an undercurrent that flows through the town, one which serves up ways to restore your balance after the adrenaline highs.

I am, of course, referring to practices which many health and wellness gurus say allow you to connect with your inner self. In Whistler, this equates to balancing a day in the great outdoors skirting along a mountain’s edge, cycling along the Valley trail or craning your neck up at thundering waterfalls, with endeavours geared specifically for rejuvenation.

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Balance can be achieved in many ways, such as unwinding with an inspiring yoga class at the Audain Art Museum. Just like with many things in Whistler, this is not your typical yogic setting − enjoy the journey as you flow through the moves against the backdrop of a selection of magnificent artwork.

To immerse yourself even further into relaxation after a big day on the move, slow down amidst the age old practice of hydrotherapy at the Scandinave Spa. The cycle of hot and cold baths is shown to improve blood circulation and release endorphins, which also does wonders  to restore your balance.

The Spa at Nita Lake has also taken up the challenge to create ways to balance the body, mind and soul, explains spa manager Hannah Edwards.

“The signature treatments we offer follow set routines that really allow the body to let go,” says Edwards.

“I see our spa as a place to visit to connect with oneself. Our treatments, in combination with our caring team that is devoted to each guest’s healing experience, provide the perfect environment to do so.”

Other ways to tap into that relaxing vibe and find your balance include treating yourself to a massage at the only authentic Javanese spa in North America or choose treatments ranging from body wraps and facials to hot rock massages at the Westin Resort’s Avello Spa and Health Club.

This article originally appeared in the Vancouver Sun on 5 September, 2017

 


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What’s your adventurous new years goal?

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So we’re well and truly into the new year of 2017 now….nearly a whole week and it’s slowly sinking in that another year has passed and a new one is upon us.

With that in mind, it’s a good time to take stock, think about what’s important in life and perhaps set a couple of achievable and vibrant goals. I hesitate to use the term ‘New Years resolutions’ as it sounds so manufactured, where goals are dreams with deadlines, as my father-in-law once quipped.

For me this year, my goals are focused on staying healthy and strong. I’ve taken up a regular yoga practice and alongside some strength training, I can feel the difference already. I really love the way it’s all about aligning your breath with the moves and staying focused in the present moment. What a way to unwind, slow down our busy minds and just breathe. But don’t just listen to me – there’s lots of others out there touting the benefits of yoga.

I’m also into dedicating time to slowly, slowly meander my way through my backed up writing projects, one by one. The thing is I have about a dozen Word documents on my computer, each with a few lines or pages of a story or idea or interview which saw the light of day and then was dropped when other life priorities got in the way. So now I plan to see one through to completion, no matter how long it takes and then move on to the next. It’s my way of avoiding scattered brain syndrome and will allow me to feel a deep connection with each story, each project and really devote time to get to know it intimately, work with it and allow it to be whatever it is going to be.

Let it unfurl like a flower.

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So here’s to another adventurous year ahead – whether it’s adventures abroad, at home, in the mind, body or soul, embrace the challenge, make it yours and see what magic comes of it.

~Dawn