November was a very special month at Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta. From November 18th to 30th, Spa Imagine hosted its annual wellness program, Wellness 2019.
Marisol Arreola, our Spa Manager, developed an integrative wellness program designed to align physical, mental and spiritual health with a variety of spa treatments, dynamic workouts and meditation experiences. The program provided guests with the opportunity to refresh and rejuvenate themselves with a balance of wellness and leisure activities.
To enrich our guests’ experience at Wellness 2019, we invited a number of inspiring wellness experts, yoga teachers, fitness coaches and lifestyle bloggers to guide our guests towards healthy habits. This year’s wellness instructors included:
- Eric Delarosa – fitness and nutrition expert offering online training and coaching and an internationally published fitness model.
- Jamie Delarosa –nutrition expert, boot camp coach and fitness model.
- Iorch Quetzal – spiritual healer and reiki coach at Ixshala Vallarta. Renowned for his capabilities as a healer, spiritual guide and musician. Iorch’s yearning for enlightened consciousness has led him to visit places such as India to seek further insight. He has worked with Tafer Resorts during Wellness week for several years.
- Salila Thuy – yoga instructor and wellness advocate. Salila is a registered nurse and has been teaching yoga for ten years. She is widely regarded as a thought leader in self-transformation and positive identity development through yoga and has over 74,000 Instagram followers.
- Bonnie Ringer – experienced practitioner of Yoga and Healing Art Therapy, owner of Bonnie Shala Yoga Studio in New York. Bonnie Ringer is an experienced yoga, healing arts and meditation instructor. She leads teacher trainings and workshops throughout the East Coast and teaches worldwide.
- Victor Rodriguez – experienced yoga teacher specializing in Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy.
Here is a recap of Wellness 2019. We thank all of our guests and members who participated in this year’s activities. For those who didn’t have the opportunity to attend, we hope you feel inspired to join us next year!
Yoga is a practice to harmonize the body, mind and spirit.
On the Beach
Each morning special guest instructor Salila Thuy led our guests through an awakening session of yoga on the beach framed by the beautiful backdrop of Banderas Bay. Guests were invited to breathe in the soothing sea air to boost their feelings of wellness, calm and happiness. Navigating the uneven sandy beach while moving between poses introduced many of our guests to the ever-changing landscape of achieving inner balance.
Salila also hosted an AromaYoga flow class using doTERRA peppermint essential oils. She introduced guests to the therapeutic benefits of integrating essential oils with the sacred yoga practice of breath and asanas.
Stand Up Paddle Board
For those guests willing to brave finding their balance on the water, Bonnie Ringer offered SUP Yoga on weighted boards at the Panoramic Pool.
Guests were supported by Bonnie to challenge themselves by going further into poses and achieving difficult postures. Bonnie explained that certain poses like headstands can be scary but that fear is a limiting factor to finding the courage to push yourself. Bonnie’s definition of fear, ‘False Experiences Appearing Real”, resonates for many in SUP Yoga. Even though it’s possible to fall out of a pose, falling from a SUP board ends in a welcome and refreshing splash.
“I’ve come to witness through my 35 years of yoga practice and almost 30 years of teaching, that what we do on the mat has a direct correlation to our lives off the mat. When you need to have courage in your yogic journey for difficult postures like inversions, these challenging postures are exactly what brings courage and confidence in your everyday life.”Yogini Bonnie Ringer
Eric and Jamie Delarosa coached our boot camp guests using high intensity Tabata workout routines. Tabata was developed by Japanese scientist, Dr. Izumi Tabata and is a form of high intensity interval training burning up to 13.5 calories per minute!
Boot camp was hosted in the gym and on the beautiful Orange Tree Deck. The Delarosas led intense and physically challenging workouts packed with 4 x 20 second rounds of exercises separated by 10 second rest breaks. The rounds included jumping jacks, squat jacks, push-ups, mountain climbers, high knees, 180-degree squat jumps, supermans and burpees.
Jamie and Eric provided encouragement and motivation to help guests push their limits through these exercises. Eric Delarosa, said devoting 30 minutes of the day to the boot camp allows guests to burn enough calories that they can spend the rest of the day indulging in guilt-free pleasures, enjoying poolside margaritas and all the gourmet food options the hotel offers.
Iorch Quetzal led guests in baño gong sound meditation. Meditation took place in the Red Room where Iorch immersed guests in beautiful sounds and vibrations with ancient sacred instruments. The intention of sound meditation is for participants to experience healing through a bath of sounds that raises vibrational levels and balances inner energy.
Sound meditation focused on opening all seven chakras through vibrations and rhythms designed to specifically target each chakra. Beginning with the flute to open the heart chakra, Iorch instructed participants to receive the vibrations and the sound, allow the mind to calm, tune into any blockages and experience an emotional cleansing.
After the session, guests shared their experiences of feeling swept away by the transformative rhythms, being on a spiritual journey towards healing and self-discovery, profound inner tranquility, and embracing their presence in the universe.
The capabilities of sound to transform your perspective, are profound. This incredible meditation presented a chance for guests to connect more deeply with their emotions.
New Moon Ceremony
Guests gathered at the beach to be part of the new moon ceremony led by Iorch Quetzal. The new moon is seen as the beginning of a new cycle and the perfect time to set goals and ask for your longed-for wishes to come true. These wishes will travel with the moon with the hope that they will be granted by the time the moon completes its cycle and returns full circle to new again.
Iorch started the ceremony by burning copal incense, a sacred ceremonial resin in Mexico, to connect with the air element and spirit. Participants were then invited to practice the Mayan ritual of honoring the 7 directions: east, north, west, south, up, down, and center.
Iorch then led guests in a prayer expressing gratitude for life, asking for blessings for everyone in need and setting intentions for the highest good. As part of the prayer, guests were invited to focus on thoughts of future prosperity and visualize it with the mind’s eye. Affirmations were made to help participants open up and become receptive to universal energies to set their dreams in motion.
“We need to be aligned in our thoughts, words and actions in order to achieve our goals. Be grateful for everything. Everything that comes into your life, comes so that you can grow as a person. You need to have faith that you will be able to solve any problem that arises.”Iorch Quetzal
After the prayer, guests were guided towards an altar to create a symbolic amulet to carry with them to remind them of their intention.
Guests filled their little bags with coffee beans for cleansing, rice for purity, lentils for prosperity and gold coins for prosperity in the form of the modern world. Each guest was blessed with a feather and began the next cycle of the new moon revived.
These are just a few of the incredible wellness activities offered for Wellness 2019. Guests also enjoyed kayaking and snorkeling, hiking, aromatherapy, Janzu therapy, cell medicine, focused breathing and making natural juices.
At Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa, we support the wellness journey of all our guests and we invite you to start or continue training with us at any time of the year.
For our guests who had the opportunity to participate in the wellness activities, we would love to hear about your experience. Let us know what you would like to see for Wellness 2020?