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Go Someplace New

“Once a year, go some place you’ve never been before.” Dalai Lama

Travel is a wonderful time to experience new places, foods, people, and cultures. This November Pravassa and I are leading a vacation in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Thailand is a magical place, and I’m excited to see many new things this trip.

The journey begins in the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, and continues in the mountains outside of Chiang Mai. Our daily practice of wellness through yoga, meditation and cultural exploration will increase strength and flexibility in your body, mind, spirit and soul fostering a new sense of self half way around the world. Open your heart and be welcomed with kindness by the friendly Thai people who would love to show you their Buddhist culture and way of life.

November 14-23, 2013

Questions? bookings@pravassawellnesstravel.com or +1 646 389 0208


Daily Gratitude












Thanksgiving is upon us and it is that time of year where we are bombarded with gift ideas, sales, family obligations, holiday parties, and lots of tasty but unhealthy food. There is a lot to be grateful for, but it can come at us so quickly that it is hard to keep track of what we are truly grateful for.

Before you sit down for your Thanksgiving dinner start a daily ritual that will take you through the holiday season to the new year. The ritual of writing in a gratitude journal.


Live Light Practice:

Each morning write 5 different things you are grateful for, and be as detailed as you can be. Keep the journal with you and reference it when you need a reminder of what it is that you are grateful for.



PS In the above picture you will see four women that I am grateful for having in my life and on the 3rd annual Yoga + Yarn Retreat. Thank you to Nancy, Carol, Joanne, and Dawn for sharing your time, joy, and knitting with me at Good Commons! I also want to thank those who were unable to join us and let you know you were in our hearts the entire trip.


Now what?









The New Year has started and the first week of the year is a good time to check in with your intentions for 2012. It is a way to come back to your goals before they get away from you!

Part of my intention for the New Year is to stay focused and be more mono-tasked rather than always multi-tasking. As I write this newsletter I notice the distractions popping up – texting with my sister, posting to facebook – but like in meditation I come back to my breath and stay on task. Rather than ridiculing myself for attempting to multi-task I kindly coax my attention back to the newsletter.

What intention for the year did you set? How have you been living with that intention so far? What can you do to support yourself?

Taking time for yourself is a great way to stay on track with your intentions. Planning ahead can keep the dark days at bay and fend off the urge to give up or succumb to the winter blues. Personally, I know that February and March are months that test my light mood with the dark and cold days of winter. This year I am fending off seasonal blues with the bright reminder that in less than two months we’re off to Bali for this years international yoga retreat!

What plans can you make to practice your intention and self-care? Maybe a massage, mani-pedi, yoga class, dance class, time alone at home?

May we all live light, because everything is already okay.




Good Times







We’ve come back from another wonderful retreat at Good Commons, a place where you feel nothing but love, peace, warm, and joy for the entire time you are there. We enjoyed a full weekend of yoga, knitting, amazing meals, tasty wines, adorable cows, fantastic massages, and delightful company. Take a peak at some of the highlights from the weekend in the Yoga + Yarn album by clicking here.

Did you miss out on the fun this year? Well do not fear we will be heading back to Good Commons Nov 8-11, 2012!

Need a Yoga + Yarn fix before then? Join us Dec 4th 1:30-3:30pm for a yoga and knitting workshop. We will have a one hour vinyasa class that focuses on opening up the hips, shoulders, and strengthening the wrists for those over worked knitting hands. The hour class will be followed by knitting, snacks, and time with friends. Email info@lizalaird.com for details.