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Taking to the Waters: Nirvana is Only a Soak Away! by Vyda Bielkus

Ahhhhhhh hydrotherapy one of life’s most rewarding experiences. Seriously some of the most deeply relaxing and enlivening moments of my life have been spent in water. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that our bodies are about 60% water that we are very comfortable in water or maybe it has to do with the peace and quiet that comes when we soak in a bath. In the silence, we can hear our breath – our connection to life. There is a sense of peace all around. That is why I am so excited to be leading a retreat in Miami with the Healthworks Fitness Centers for Women. Participants will have the chance to practice yoga, eat healthy meals and replenish in the waters at The Standard Miami. Check out the extensive spa and bathing area set up for soaking and lounging.

Some of my favorite travel experiences have involved H2O. The times in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, where in the middle of nowhere, like an oasis in the desert, bubbled a steamy spring. The air was crisp and the hot water churned my sore muscles into soft butter. The Japanese tourists (who long have known the restorative power of water) would find their way by the bus loads. After a few soaks, work, stress and problems were non-existent. Life was good.

On another journey after a week-long yoga retreat in Hawaii, there was a waterfall plunge on Kauai. Approaching the edge, I teetered for a moment before…jumping! All my fears leapt with me that day as I heard the rush of the water long before I saw it. The water surrounded me, and each cell I had, pumped in the hydration and out all the toxicity of negative thinking and fears that plagued me. Floating in the waterfall’s pool I could no longer feel the difference between me and my surrounding. Time stood still. I was renewed.

Even a simple swim at the beaches of Cape Cod where I spent my childhood remind me that I am not my fears, I am not my problems, I am not my stress. I am just a woman taking a swim in the ocean of life.

Hydrotherapy, for me feels like Nirvana; a perfect complement to any retreat or vacation. It is the ultimate health restoration. So join us on this Great Escape, the first weekend of November, and experience in a historical and healing tradition. Don’t miss your opportunity to combine a yoga retreat with the power and relaxation of this magical water playground at the Standard Miami where you will be able to “Explore the curative effects of water, steam or mud in our Hamam, Aroma Steam Room, Cedar Sauna, Sound Pool, Roman Waterfall Hot Tub and Mud Lounge. If you are in the mood for a more private experience, unwind in the spa or choose from an array of in-room treatments including therapeutic massage, acupuncture, Chinese herbal baths and restorative mind-body therapies. Here you can indulge in a steamy mix of health and hedonism and learn the ageless art of bathing indoors and out.”

Nirvana is only a soak away!

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