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Creating A New Relationship With Yourself As A New Beginning

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, some of us may be in new relationships, some of us might be married for 20 years, and others of us might be single and open to love. No matter your relationship status, however, the most important thing is for us to work on improving our relationships with ourselves. Glen Ivy Hot Springs tapped UCLA grad, Pilates & Yoga expert, Structural Integrator, and wellness guru Leila Shukur to share with us a few tips on how to learn to love yourself. Self-love comes in all sorts of shapes. By taking care of ourselves, carving out time for ourselves, and making sure to listen to and recognize our own needs, we are able to create a positive relationship to ourselves! When we truly love ourselves, the world is opened up with possibilities. Before I walk you through some of my tips for creating a more positive relationship with yourself, I have a set of rules to adhere to.



Leila Shukur

Try not to make any comparison. When you start a new beginning with yourself, you want to not compare yourself to a past you. Just start fresh. Next, just delete the need to try to understand yourself. If you are driven by a need to understand, you will never be happy. There is no need to understand why or why not. The human condition wants us to be a really cerebral person, but you need to stop trying to understand, and learn to accept yourself unconditionally, and with a sense of humor. Once you find a sign of a sense of humor in yourself, the process will be much more fun. Allow yourself to make fun of yourself!  With that said, here are three key steps to creating the best you.

  • Fear is just excitement without breath. When you learn to breathe from a present place, it will help inspire you throughout the day. The only true difference between fear and excitement is the ability to breathe. It’s the first and last thing you’ll ever do, a real vital and inspiring practice. Learning to take yourself to a place where your breath is present is as simple as just practicing five minutes a day, sitting with yourself and breathing. Connecting with your breath will inspire you, and to be inspired draws a sense of excitement. So just breathe. And do things that inspire you to breathe: cardio, driving, meditation!
  • Get grounded. Just take off shoes and walking in sand, earth or cold grass. This is a way your body can respond to feeling secure. Ask yourself, how do you experience security? Safety? Your partner? Holding hands? Independence? Being around others? Know what makes you feel secure in any of these ways. You don’t need to know the answer immediately, but it’s important to ask yourself the question to stay grounded.
  • Embrace life. Be in a relationship with life where you embracing it, not brace for it. When you are bracing life, nothing is getting any better, you can feel overwhelmed. When you sit in your mind and worry, and you can’t transcend, you cannot embrace. Look at life and embrace the process. Repeat the mantra: embrace do not brace. Do only what you can, without taking on more than you can chew. In order for someone to truly know themselves they have to know what they do, and embrace it.

This article was contributed by Leila Shukur, UCLA grad, Pilates & Yoga expert, Structural Integrator, and wellness guru  

Five No-Fail Feel-Good Resolutions For The New Year

Meg Root is a wellness activist who writes, speaks, and coaches about health and wellness. Her practical, feel-good, wellness advice that ANYONE can use to get back on the path toward lasting health and perfect well-being is ideal for attainable New Year’s Resolutions. Here she shares with us her no-fail, feel-good resolutions for 2015:

Let’s be honest. We have a love-hate relationship with New Year’s Resolutions. We love them because they provide hope, energy, and motivation to change our lives for the better. We hate them because they always seem to fizzle before the first week in February.

So, how can we make peace with this annual tradition, and finally enjoy the ecstasy of accomplishment and success? Easy! Simply choose no-fail, feel-good goals that are focused on the process instead of the product. Current research supports taking small positive actions day in and day out until they add up to the result you’re looking for—a healthier, happier life. Are you in? Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

  • Do one thing every day that makes you feel well! It doesn’t have to be big, bold and time consuming. Simple things like taking a ten- minute walk, eating a healthy snack, and practicing gratitude can all lead to instant wellness gratification.
  • Move for a few minutes every hour of every day. Moving more is the single best thing we can do for our wellness. Set the timer on your phone for a “move more” break every hour. In one day you could easily add 80 minutes of activity without even trying!
  • Be kind to yourself. A Harvard study showed that practicing self-compassion leads to greater happiness. It can also get us through the ups and downs of positive change. Turn down the volume on your mean girl voice and channel the one of a supportive best friend. Feel happy now!
  • Celebrate your accomplishments. At the end of each day, look back and give yourself credit for something that you’ve accomplished. Write it down and put it in a jar. Then watch the jar–and your life–fill up with wellness.
  • Find one wellness friend and commit to helping each other become better than ever before December 31, 2015. You are 40% more likely to accomplish your goals if you have the help of another person. And at the end of the year, the world will have two healthier, happier, people!

Simple, doable, repeatable . . . I call these Simple Acts of Wellness. Finding things that we can do even when life is crazy busy—which is most of the time—means that we don’t have to wait to feel good when our goal is accomplished. We can feel good NOW!

January Deals & Specials

As we come into the New Year, everyone is feeling the pinch of the holiday season. For that reason, Glen Ivy Hot Springs is offering a great Pre-Book & Save special. If you pre-book a 50 minute or longer Spa Treatment or Package, you’ll receive discounted Taking the Waters Admission! $25 Tuesday – Thursday, $45 Friday – Monday & Holidays. (Reservations MUST be booked no later than 4:00 pm the day before visit to receive discounted admission. Cannot be combined with any other offers. Available from January 1st  – February 28th, Excluding February 13th through February 16th).

Pre-Book and Save Special

As well, Glen Ivy will be offering several new treatments, including the Rose Hydration Facial ft. Glam Glow & Clarisonic Opal Eye Treatment. This indulgent and rehydrating rose-based facial is suitable for all skin types, and features an Opal eye treatment and Glam Glow Thirsty Mud Mask. This facial includes a skin analysis, cleanse with Clarisonic brush, exfoliation, extractions, massage of neck, shoulders, hands and arms. Your skin and your mind will feel balanced, refreshed, and renewed… a true Rose experience! Additional specials can be found here.

From Our Chef: Pozole Mexican Hominy Soup

Despite our prime location in sunny Southern California, the chill of winter still upon us. There is nothing more comforting to the soul then a bowl of warming chicken soup. This version, with a Mexican spin, is straight from our acclaimed Executive Chef, Bill Wavrin. His Pozole Mexican Hominy Soup with Chicken is one of his wintertime favorites.

This Pozole is not only delicious, but easy to make. Plus it’ll give you a little practice honing your knife skills. Give it a try!

Yield: 12 cups


  • 3 chicken breasts trimmed of fat and skim removed
  • ½ teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 carrot chopped
  • 1 zucchini chopped
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 2 tablespoons chile powder
  • 1 tablespoon ancho chile powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons oregano chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 Anaheim pepper roasted
  • 2 cup hominy
  • 10 cups chicken stock
  • 1 lemon halved
  • Kosher salt freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 cups cabbage finely julienned
  • 2 scallions sliced
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro chopped
  • 4 tablespoons avocado diced
  • 4 tablespoons feta
  • 4 chipotles en adobo


Pre-heat oven 375°!!

Step #1: Season the chicken breast with the rub and grill or sauté’ [12-15] minutes or until cooked through. Cut each breast into thin [1”] slices. Set aside.

Step #2: Heat a medium stock pan over medium high heat add the olive oil.  When the pan is hot, add the onion, carrot, zucchini and celery and garlic and sauté for about [5-7] minutes.  Stir in the chile powders, oregano, cumin and cinnamon and cook [2] minutes Add the Anaheim chile and hominy and the stock. Add the lemon and bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer for about [15] minutes.

Step #3: Add the sliced chicken and cook at a low simmer for [5] minutes. Season to taste and squeeze in the lime juice. Ladle [12] ounces of the Pozole in separate bowls with [1] tablespoon cabbage, sliced green onions, chopped cilantro, diced avocado and [1] teaspoon feta cheese and chipotle chile if you are brave.  Enjoy!!

Last Guest Of 2014… First Guest Of 2015

In 2014, Glen Ivy Hot Springs welcomed 165,000+ guests who joined us to spend a day creating memorable and meaningful experience to add to their year. With our 155th Anniversary year upon us, 2015 is already off to a great start. Our guests are very special to us, so we wanted to introduce you to our last guests of 2014, as well as our first of 2015.

Celena and Raul closed out 2014 with a day filled with our signature treatments, the famed Glen Ivy Club Mud and healing waters. “Glen Ivy is like a great oasis to escape to. I keep coming back spa so I can share my experience with new people, including Raul,” said Celena. A guest of Glen Ivy’s for over 10 years, Celena is eager to try the Grotto on her next visit.

Cheri Frost, and her children Kaysie and Trevor were Glen Ivy’s first guests of 2015. Cheri is a true Glen Ivy staple, returning to the hot springs year upon year. While Kaysie has joined her mom in the past, this visit was a celebration for Trevor’s 16th birthday, and first visit. An avid swimmer and water polo player, Trevor spent his time in the lap pool, while Cheri & Kaysie enjoy Club Mud, and the Grotto. Of course, they also just enjoyed some quality family time relaxing in the lush surroundings.

We appreciate all of our guests, who joined us in 2014, and have already made 2015 very special. Your support throughout the years truly makes us what we are. Glen Ivy is looking forward to seeing you as we continue to give you memorable and meaningful experiences every day in the New Year!

Take In The Waters, And A Yoga Class Too!

While Glen Ivy might be known for our luxurious spa, and famed hot springs, we also offer an array of activities for your day. From Hatha Yoga to AquaFit, our fitness classes will help you achieve a toned body and peace of mind. We are also excited to be offering a series of wellness activities including ThetaHealing®. In a safe, meditative environment, Master ThetaHealer Anke will guide you through the experiences of forgiveness, acceptance, respect, and trust as you let go of feelings that no longer serve you. ThetaHealing® can release the root cause of physical, emotional, and mental pain and struggle, allowing the true essence of unconditional love, beauty and purity to come out in this powerfully healing experience. To plan out your ideal day, take a look at our full activity calendar, found here.

Quesadillas with Attitude

One of the more rewarding experiences of my culinary life or life in general is watching individual growth. In the dog days of summer in 2008, when I first came on board the kitchen at Glen Ivy I was truly amazed at how little all the kitchen staff understood about a commercial kitchen, although over half of the original kitchen staff were alumni of Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena or L.A. After some weeding out there was one cook that stood out, not because of her over the top skills, but because of her professionalism and passion and hunger for information. She had a strong willingness to learn and almost asking for more instruction. Kathy Rodriguez was like a sponge. Each and every time I spoke to her or someone else in her presence, she would break out the pen and pad and scribble notes. She was intent to ask intelligent questions and never shirk my demands. Kathy is a very hard working smart cook and her question, “Why” at every turn is what is going to bring her to the top. Her presence of family values and wonderful personality always brings attention in a positive way. Kathy has worked alongside me for 5 years and rose through the ranks climbing the culinary ladder from Cook II, Cook I, First Cook and Sous Chef. I pushed Kathy very hard knowing she had it in her to reach for the gold ring. And yes, there were some tough learning times and some misty eyes, but Kathy stayed the course.

Kitchens are organized chaos where cooking is just a part of a chef’s duties. It is a symphony of hot pots and pans, sharp knives with cooks and wait staff moving about at a quick pace with one goal in mind, serving our guests. The kitchen is a place that must be orchestrated with a tough fine hand so our guest can be served, as best as possible. As time passed, Kathy just improved in every area. Kathy developed so well she was my choice to run the kitchens at EDL, our demanding owner group, and in charge of feeding their community from November of 2011 to January of 2013.













In the fall of 2013, Kathy had told me she and one of my former cooks, Dru Cayabyab, were thinking of trying out for a food truck face off show with The Food Network. She coined her want to-be food truck team “The QuesaDivas” doing gourmet quesadillas. I thought it was genius and told her that her personality, as well as Dru’s, was a perfect fit. As a former Food Network chef, she asked questions and I offered some pointers, but Kathy’s culinary knowledge, personality and inviting pretty smile will prevail. And Prevail they did, winning the whole enchilada or quesadilla, I should say. Their food looked amazing and it is a matter of time when Kathy will be out of my shadow and casting a big shadow for herself. You have grown a great deal my friend. I am so very proud of Kathy and Dru for where they have come. It’s a far cry from our first encounter. I am also happy for Kathy’s family. They are a very close supporting loving family.

– Cafe Sole, Chef Bill Wavrin












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Yoga that Fits!

This September, Glen Ivy Hot Springs is supporting and joining in the festivities of National Yoga Month. Yoga and the Hot Springs seem to be a natural pairing; both have been resources for wellness of body, mind and spirit for centuries gone by, and both pair health and well being with a good measure of fun. Each also carries an air of mystery to those who haven’t taken the time to experience them.  I can recall as a child growing up in the early 1970’s my first exposure to yoga.  My mother used to watch and practice hatha yoga with Lillias on PBS.  At that time, yoga was new to the western world; very few had heard of an asana or been introduced to a form of exercise that focused on the mind as much as the body.  We have come a long way since that time, and it is rare to hear of any yoga class classified under the general term “hatha yoga.”  Hatha practice actually refers to the physical practice of yoga, as yoga can also be practiced through breath work, meditation or various spiritual practices. As yoga practice has grown in popularity throughout the world, we have discovered the many different styles and approaches that fall under the umbrella of hatha yoga.  If you are new to yoga or if you are a long-time student looking to change or deepen your practice, the vast number of class choices can be quite intimidating and confusing.  The following guide will help you to find the style of yoga that fits your lifestyle and goals.

This article was contributed by Seraphina Ashe, Guest Experience Programming Director at Glen Ivy Hot Springs 

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Ananda:  Emphasis on Meditation
A gentle practice that combines awareness of the breath with affirmations.  As the student moves through the yoga postures, the focus moves from body awareness to a meditative inner awareness.  The use of affirmations with yoga postures is unique to Ananda yoga.

Anahata:  Connect
This practice combines physical practice with breathing exercise and meditation to help students connect with and expand their heart.

Anusara:  Heart Centered
A relatively new style of yoga started in 1997 by American John Friend.  While alignment is stressed, the main focus is honoring each individual student’s abilities and limitations.  While asanas, (poses), focus on opening the heart area by properly aligning the shoulders, this practice also stresses compassion and respect for all individuals.

Astanga:  Power
A fast-paced, physically demanding series of sequential poses beginning with sun salutation.  The continual flow of movement is linked with the breath.  The focus of this practice is to build physical strength, stamina and flexibility.  Not for beginners.

Bikram:  Sweat, sweat, sweat!
The founder of this style of yoga, Bikram Choudhury, holds the patent on a specific sequence of yoga poses practiced in a room heated from 85 to 100 degrees.  The flow of the same 26 poses in combination with heat is said to facilitate deep detoxification.  Not for beginners.

Integral:  Relaxation, breath, healing
The developer of this style of yoga taught crowds at the original Woodstock to chant “om” for peace.  Integral yoga focuses on pranayama, or breathing techniques, and meditation as much as it does physical postures.  Dr. Dean Ornish utilizes Integral yoga as part of his groundbreaking treatment to reverse heart disease.

Iyengar:  Alignment
The use of props, straps, blocks and blankets help each student achieve proper alignment and symmetry in each asana or pose.  In an Iyengar class, students can expect to hold each pose a little longer than in other classes.  A very good class to learn the proper way to do each asana or pose.  Because props and other tools are utilized to achieve proper alignment, this is a good class for any level.

Jivamukti:  Balance
Jivamukti balances an active, vigorous practice with an emphasis on meditation and chanting.

Kundalini:  Awakening Energy
This type of yoga focuses on releasing kundalini energy, which is stored at the base of the spine.  Although this yoga emphasizes chants and breathing along with physical postures, the focus on releasing the spine is key for those with back pain or stiffness.  Make sure your Kundalini instructor is properly trained in the practice.

Laughter Yoga:  Goodbye Stress!
Combines unconditional laughter with pranayama (breathing exercises).

Power Yoga:  Challenging
A derivative of Ashtanga Yoga, this is a physically demanding, vigorous practice that focuses on building muscle and stamina.  Not for beginners.

Viniyoga:  Gentle Flow
A gentle form of flow yoga that coordinates breath with movement.  The pace of the flow sequence is slower and performed to the level of the student.  Very good for beginners.

Yin Yoga:  Deep Stretch
Yin Yoga allows the student to move deeply in to each stretch by passively holding each pose for several minutes.  Props, blocks and blankets may be used to assist in the passive stretch.

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10 things that you can do to help you relax!

 Relaxation is a term that not many of us get to experience on a regular basis. With all of the daily tasks of life, work, parenting and the million other things to do in your day the last thing on your mind probably isn’t relaxation. Relaxation might be something that you would like to have added to your busy schedule but then something else pops up and your mind has wondered to one of the million other things that you need to do. The realization is that we all need to relax; no matter what we need to do to find that sense of relaxation, it is an important part in keeping your mind, body and sanity clear and calm.

There are many different things that you can do to relax and each person may find different things relaxing. Here are 10 things that you can try to help you relax.


  1. Read a book
  2. Get a massage or Facial
  3. Meditate
  4. Take a yoga class
  5. Enjoy a glass of wine or sip some hot tea
  6. Lay in the sun (with SPF of course!)
  7. Listen to music
  8. Engage in a craft or project
  9. Write (anything, whatever comes to mind)
  10. Take a walk

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Some of the things listed above may appeal to you, and some may not. It’s ok to try new things, or keep doing what you love. The point of relaxing is to give yourself a break from the things that keep your mind and body moving at a million miles a minute. It’s okay to step back and slow down, even if it’s just for 5 minutes a day (although we think you deserve more). Taking time for yourself is important for you and those around you. So go ahead and take some time to relax.

Wellness with Color and Music

Have you ever noticed that a certain color or song can make you feel a certain way? When you think of the word “Happy” what color comes to mind?  Yellow, perhaps? The color yellow can typically be associated as being a cheerful and lively color; it also can be used as an attention getter.  Notice how a lot of fast food restaurants use the color yellow in their logo? Is there a song that you associate being happy with? Something that is typically fun, upbeat and danceable or maybe even catchy? When you learn to associate color and music together you can learn a deeper sense of your feelings and be able to bring a sense of peace to your heart, body and mind.

One of the many JoyFitness classes that is offered at the Hot Springs is “The Magic of Color and Sound,” taught by Debbie Nuccio Durrough. Debbie has an extensive bio, as she is a Heartbeat of Reiki Drumming Master Teacher, Color and Sound Therapy Practitioner/Teacher, a trained HealthRYTHMS Facilitator, Numerologist and Feng Shui Consultant to name a few.  Debbie’s passion is “with teaching and facilitating a variety of holistic alternatives that support self-empowerment, personal growth and the new interpretation of “wellness.”


In the class each student is given a blank canvas and a water color pallet that includes a range of color options from all spectrums of the rainbow. You may look at your blank canvas and think about what you could possibly paint? You do not need to have any artistic skills at all to attend this class or paint on your blank canvas. All you need is to listen; to the instructor, yourself and the music.

You start by listening to Debbie discuss the class and the way that it works. She will explain each color and its meaning as you go along. Starting with Red and working your way through the color spectrum up to Purple. After the meaning of the color is explained, a song will then be played that matches the color and the mood of the color. As you begin to paint you will begin to listen to the song and the design will start to flow from your paint brush. Whatever you are feeling will display on your canvas and will unfold into a story of your inner feelings and emotions. When the music stops, you will stop painting and move on to the next color. After you have gone through all of the colors you will then listen to one more song and be given a chance to “free style paint” and use whatever color you would like, giving you a chance to add any final touches to your painting. When the class is done painting and the music is silenced, Debbie will then go around the class and share everyone’s paintings. You will learn a little about yourself and what your painting means as well as get to know a little bit about your fellow classmates. It is an enjoyable, emotional experience that will help you to open your heart, mind and body to be able to interpret the language and magic of color and sound.

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For more information about Debbie and the classes that she offers please visit her website
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