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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.

Take Back Your Life!

Wellness is a journey. It is a day-by-day process that some of us often forget about or put aside. Sometimes, our own wellness is overshadowed by others. Not intentionally or unwillingly but just because life happens. Our time is filled with things that we love, and things that just need to get done, but what about you? When is it your time to make your own wellness a priority?

The first step on your wellness journey is that you are taking time for yourself by enjoying a relaxing day at Glen Ivy! When you choose to soothe your mind, body and spirit you have made yourself number one! Great start! Now, you may ask yourself, how can I take this feeling of wellness with me everywhere?

That’s where our Resident Wellness Expert, Meg Root comes in. In her hour long fun and interactive workshop she will help you to drop the struggle and negativity around your health and well-being and learn that “Wellness Feels Good!” You will identify what you want in your life and what your personal wellness goals are. Meg will show you how you can fill your “wellness tank” up and also help you to determine what factors in your life may be responsible for emptying it. Being able to identify these “wellness drains” you can then start to take actions against them and change your wellness dreams into reality.

All of these factors add up to create wellness for your, mind, body and life. Start with simple acts of wellness each day which can bring you to your ultimate wellness goal.

Meg Root

Take back your life – Wellness feels good with Meg Root is offered every Tuesday in the month of January. Check out our Activities to see all of our JoyFitness classes being offered.

Yoga Poses for Focus and Determination

There is a Japanese proverb that says, “Fall seven times, stand up eight.”  This is the fortitude that we all wish to bring to our lives. It is a desire rooted in the realization of the happiness that a healthy life brings that will help us get back up when we falter. To this we offer you easy to follow tips to help keep you focused, on track and determined.  JoyFitness at Glen Ivy Hot Springs wants to support you in keeping your focus and determination so that you can create the life you want – a life based in health, wellbeing and joy.

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

Yoga Asanas (Poses) for Focus and Determination

1. Sukhasana—Easy Pose: We come to our practice amid a busy and sometimes chaotic life. Sukhasana serves as a fantastic transition from the constant on-goings of life to a slower more-steady beat. Seated on your mat, allow the knees to drop out as you draw your heels towards the groin. Press your sit-bones into the mat and sit up tall. Lengthen the spine and lift the sternum. Allow the eyes to close and the muscles of the face to relax. Begin your practice here, taking steady breaths in and out of the nose, sending air into the diaphragm. On a busy day, Sukhasana brings that which is important into focus, allows us to clear our minds and move into practice.














2. Virabhadrasana II—Warrior II: Shift into Warrior II from a high lunge, turning the back foot out, heel perpendicular with the front foot. Bend the front knee until the knee lines up with the ankle, if the knee bends past the foot open your gait wider. Sink into Warrior II opening up the hips and stretching the arms out wide. Engage the biceps and keep both arms level. Focus your gaze beyond the front fingertips and steady your breath. Warrior II is an asana of great strength and power; it requires determination of both the body and mind. As you sink into this pose keep the body engaged, constantly readjusting and realigning.

Warrior 2














3. Dolphin Plank: Dolphin differs from traditional Plank Pose, in that it is done on the forearms, releasing pressure from the wrists. From Plank drop onto the forearms, one arm at a time. This act in itself requires deep focus, as you want to keep the core firmly engaged as not to collapse. Once the forearms are on the mat stack the shoulders directly over the elbows and press the palms together, allowing the heel of the hand to press into the mat. For greater support cross the thumbs or interlace the fingertips. Send your focus to your core, resisting the urge to allow the hips to drop. Keep the quads engaged and continue pressing out through the heels as you would in tradition Plank. Increasing your determination stay here for one-minute intervals.

Dolphin Plank

4. Goddess—Low Squat: Goddess or Utkata Konasana is a pose that requires great strength and focus. Come onto the middle of your mat, turning to utilize its full length. Step open to the right and separate legs 3-4 feet depending on height. Turn the heels in and bend the knees to sink into a low squat. Continue squatting until the top of your thighs become parallel to the ground. Knees should line up over the ankles, if your knees naturally extend beyond the ankles open your step wider. Once in a low squat lift the arms parallel with the top of your shoulders, bend the elbows and stretch your fingertips toward the sky. Keep both the arms and legs engaged as you sink lower. Breathe into your core, filling the belly on the intake and engaging the abdominal wall as your exhale. Feel yourself exude with energy and vitality in Goddess.




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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Ashley Watercolor

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

For a listing of this class at the Hot Springs please visit our website
Activites at the Hot Springs

The Pocket Guide and a Philosophy of Wellness

phi·los·o·phy noun \fə-ˈlä-s(ə-)fē\ :

: A particular set of ideas about knowledge, truth, the nature and meaning of life, etc.

: A set of ideas about how to do something or how to live

: Love and pursuit of wisdom by intellectual means and moral self-discipline.

: A system of thought based on or involving such inquiry.

I ask each Esthetician who applies for a position at our spa “What is your skincare philosophy?” Most, if they did their research on our company, give me a generic answer, a pre-packaged or pre-defined answer () about being organic in their choices or using products that are natural while still providing results. Others, who did not do their research, offer a long explanation of the products they are familiar with and how each guest has different needs. Some may even get into the details about peels and aggressive therapies.  My intention with the question however, is merely to see where they land in the spectrum of wellness. How much have they matured in their decision making process regarding the subject. Is wellness even on their radar? Every once and a while you get an applicant who gets it. Wellness is about the timeless truths; nature’s beauty, healing properties provided in abundance from mother Earth. The idea that what we put in our bodies and on our bodies matters.

The following is my interpretation of our Wellness Philosophy otherwise bundled as the Wheel of Wellness. Providing a haven for likeminded individuals to partake in what Glen Ivy has to offer; a lush environment of native plant and animal life, opportunities to experience healing waters and therapies, enjoyment of remarkable and healthy cuisine and a place for connection or re-connection with loved ones. It’s a place where you’re comfortable being who you are and there are opportunities to experience something new, to engage in activity that promotes a sense of wellbeing.


Wellness is achieved when the above are aligned, intentional, informed and balanced. A decision is made and a lifestyle begins to surround yourself with your new found philosophy. You begin translating this wellness lifestyle in to every aspect of your world. Excitement when you discover a new piece to your wellness puzzle. This is why I am so excited when I see innovative ideas from companies like Spa Heroes. Their take on wellness brings the concept to a whole new level with accessible facts designed for the consumer and incorporated in to a convenient Pocket Guide. The Pocket Guide is an ingredient intelligence guide that breaks down the heroes and the villains in our skincare products. It clearly points out what to stay away from when making skincare choices, things that are proven to cause cancer and infertility for example.

Get Your SpaHeroes-PocketGuide Here!

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So what’s the right wellness philosophy? That’s the most exciting part of it all; there is no right or wrong ansewr. It’s 100% up to you!

This article was contributed by Patty Rook, Spa Director at Glen Ivy Hot Springs 

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