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The Perfect Glen Ivy Day


With our 19 unique pools and saunas, Taking the Waters is a signature Glen Ivy experience designed to deliver relaxation and special benefits to your skin. To receive the maximum results to your skin and muscles, there is a recommended order to try each pool.

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To start your pool experience off, we recommend a few minutes of immersion in one of our hot Mineral Baths, where natural minerals are easily absorbed into skin, imparting warmth to soothe aching joints and muscles. You will also notice the sulfur-like odor emanating from the waters due to the concentration of Sodium Sulfate in addition to small Calcium deposits which occur naturally. Rest assured, the waters come directly out of the earth in this form and our mineral baths are circulated every 10 minutes.

Next, take a dip in one of our Cold Pools, soothing sore muscles and allowing your body to cool off after a hot mineral bath.


After you take a cold dip, we recommend relaxing in our Lounge Pool, a perfect place to wade or float on a raft while catching up with friends and enjoying a refreshing beverage from Paradise Bar.

To get your blood flowing, try our Lap Pool for some exercise or catch a quick water aerobics class for a burst of good-for-you endorphins.

Finally, sit back and relax in our heated Saline Pool or enjoy Glen Ivy’s natural beauty beneath 106the Santa Ana Mountains with majestic views of the Temescal Valley from the Vista Pool.

Pre-book our Fall Escape Package; which includes a 50 minute or longer service and receive a discounted Taking the Waters Admission rate of $35 Mon & Fri or $55 Sat & Sun and Holidays. Or come in Tuesday through Thursday and enjoy $18.60 Admission with a service.

(Package is available now through January 31st, 2016 and cannot be combined with any other offers.)

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Find The Joy in Fitness Again


We can all agree that moving our bodies more is one of the best things we can do for our wellness, right? But oftentimes, that’s as far as our consensus goes. While some people love to exercise and find it easy and enjoyable to carve out gym time in their day, many of us feel just the opposite. To this subset, exercise feels hard, painful and let’s be honest—b.o.r.i.n.g!

Not so at Glen Ivy Hot Springs. Our JoyFitness program is all about adding the joy back into exercise. When movement feels good, we are more likely to look forward to doing it, and water provides the perfect medium for getting back into the exercise groove. Our signature aqua classes, including Aqua Fit, Aqua Yoga, and PiYoH20, combine the supportive environment of the water with fun and energizing formats suitable for all fitness levels.

The same is true for our land based wellness programming. Each day we offer a variety of fitness and mind body classes such as Morning Core Stretch, HoopFit, Tai Chi, Hatha and Kundalini Yoga classes, and Gong Meditation. Classes are held on our beautiful activities deck overlooking the labyrinth, providing the perfect peaceful setting for reconnecting with what is truly important to you about your health and wellness.

The healing waters of the hot springs have been the main attraction for wellness seekers for over 155 years (oh, and the nachos too!). But now, our JoyFitness program gives you another reason to step out of your busy life and head to the hot springs for a feel good fitness experience. Visit the activities calendar on our website when you’re planning your next visit, and be sure to arrive early for check in. While loose, breathable clothing will make your fitness experience more comfortable, it is not mandatory. JoyFitness is all about come as you are, move in a way that feels good, and just enJOY the life affirming gift of movement.


Skin Soothing Summer Refreshments from Chef Bill

Celebrate the summer with this healthful & delicious effervescent summer elixir from Glen Ivy’s Chef Bill. Chock-filled with antioxidants, pomegranates are renowned for their health properties. From heart health to cancer-prevention, pomegranates are truly a super fruit. The ginger adds a flavorful kick, while serving as a powerful anti-inflammatory, healing any redness from too much fun in the sun. Meant to be enjoyed over ice, this healthful treat will satisfy even those with the sweetest tooth!

Effervescent Pomegranate and Ginger Elixir
by Glen Ivy Executive Chef Bill Wavrin

2 cups 100% pomegranate juice

1/3 cup honey, preferably lavender

½ cup  fresh-squeezed lemon juice

1 teaspoon fresh ginger thinly sliced

5 cup sparkling water ice

6 thinly cut lemon slices

6 mint sprigs

In small pot, bring the pomegranate juice with the ginger to a low simmer. Simmer [2-3] minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Stir in the honey until dissolved. Cover and refrigerate until chilled. Strain into a large pitcher

In the pitcher, combine the chilled pomegranate infusion, lemon juice, sparkling water, ice, and lemon slices. Stir to mix. Pour Effervescent Pomegranate Elixir into six glasses, garnish with fresh sprigs of mint, and serve.

Breath deeply, drink slowly, and open your senses to the delicate and soothing combination of pomegranate and lemon.


Wellness Wednesdays and Fun Fitness Fridays at Glen Ivy

Spring into Wellness with Our Specialty Days!

Does the warmer weather have you sitting at your desk dreaming of spa days, beach trips, and vacation time? I know it does for me! The good news is, summer is just around the corner and flip-flops are in your future.

That’s why we’re ramping up our wellness programming for the month of May. We want to help you look and feel your best when summer arrives, and there’s no time like the present to get started. Wellness Wednesdays (May 6th and 27th) and Fun Fitness Fridays (May 1st, 8th, and 29th) will feature a variety of workshops and fitness classes to get your mind and body primed for positive change—and bathing suit season, of course.

My newest wellness workshop, “Inspired Change,” will introduce you to a feel-good, no-fail way to follow through on your wellness goals and intentions. I’m also excited to teach the first ever Glen Ivy Walking for Wellness workshop. I have been sharing my love of fitness walking for over 25 years, and have some fun and effective strategies for turning your walking into a challenging beach body workout.

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Our specialty days will also feature a few new additions to our Joy Fitness class schedule:

  • PiYoH20: Try a fun twist on pilates and yoga when we plunge these two favorites into the pool.
  • JoyFitness Camp: If you prefer a more traditional approach to getting your body in shape for the beach, this class will show you how to use simple body weight exercises to target key areas and get the results you want.
  • Yoga For the Face: Yes, you read that right. This class will introduce you to a series of effective exercises to keep your facial muscles toned and supple–and you, looking and feeling your best!

Of course we’ll also be offering our Glen Ivy favorites, Aqua Fit and Yoga on the activities deck, to round out the day.

Maybe you never followed through on your New Year’s resolution to get in shape before summer. No worries! It’s nothing a Glen Ivy wellness day in May can’t fix. Visit our activities calendar to learn more details about these new offerings. You can also read up on how to Elevate Your Spa Day to a Wellness Day, in a post from last month’s newsletter. It shares some great tips for planning your perfect day at the hot springs.

What do you say? Will you join us and let us help you get your wellness on track for a fabulous summer ahead? We’d love to see you here. Who’s in?

This article was contributed by Meg Root; Fitness and Wellness Expert at Glen Ivy Hot Springs.


From Spa Day to Wellness Day: Take Your Glen Ivy Day to a New Level

The decision to head out the door for a Glen Ivy Day often begins with an impulse. I see it all the time as I follow the comments on our Facebook page. It’s fun to watch. We’ll post an inviting picture of the Lounge Pool, or an image of a bright, fresh salad from Café Sole. Last week, pictures of our labyrinth seemed to grab people’s attention. Before long, a flood of excited comments begins to appear, “I need a spa day!” “That looks amazing!” or a tag to a friend, “Let’s do this!”

Even without much planning, you can follow that impulse through the front entrance of the hot springs and know that wellness is in your forecast. There’s plenty of research to support that “taking in the waters,” soaking up healthy amounts of sun, and relaxing with friends in a peaceful outdoor setting all lead to feelings of increased happiness and well-being. Glen Ivy offers all those benefits–without even trying.

While there’s plenty of wellness to be had just by showing up and letting the day unfold, planning ahead can mean that you head home with more than just a healthy glow and a smile on your face.


Our Wheel of Wellness is the perfect tool for creating a life enhancing wellness day for yourself the next time you visit. Each spoke of the wheel represents a facet of your wellness, such as health and fitness, healing treatments and therapies, or increasing your knowledge to learn and grow. It then takes all the classes, activities, and experiences Glen Ivy offers and categorizes them according to their wellness benefits. Looking over the Wheel of Wellness before you arrive allows you to customize your day according your individual needs and wellness goals. If you’re feeling tired, burned out, or just plain exhausted, scheduling a restorative body treatment, walking the labyrinth, or attending a wellness workshop could help restore your body and renew your spirit. If you’re visiting to celebrate a special occasion with your BFFs, floating in the lounge pool, having fun in Club Mud together, and then sharing a yoga class toward the end of the day could be a spring board to supporting each other’s wellness when you head home.

Elevating your spa day to a wellness day is a simple 6-step process:

  • Download our Wheel of Wellness printable when you set the date for your next visit. (Or pick up an original the next time you’re here.)
  • Visit our program calendar to see what special classes and workshops are being offered.
  • Take 5 minutes to sit quietly and check in with your wellness. What’s going on in your life? How are you feeling? What programs, activities, or experiences could help move your life in the direction of wellness?
  • Create a schedule for yourself based on your needs. Consider balancing your choices to allow for a blend of active and restorative activities. Call our Reservations Department and connect with a wellness concierge to help you plan your day or schedule services.
  • Arrive early and enjoy your day at the hot springs. Be open to keeping your schedule flexible. You never know when serendipity may step in and surprise you with something new and different.
  • Reserve 15 minutes at the end of your day to check back in with yourself. How do you feel? Connect with that wellness energy. What can you take away and incorporate into your life when you get back home to stay in your wellness zone?

There’s no doubt a Glen Ivy day will leave you feeling better than when you arrived. It’s been a magical wellness destination for over 150 years. But using our Wheel of Wellness to plan ahead can take your next spa day to a whole new level. And “Elevating Life Experience”—it’s what our Glen Ivy mission is all about.

This article was contributed by Meg Root, Glen Ivy Hot Springs Wellness Coach. To read more about Meg and some of her wellness tips you can visit her website here.


The selection of activities at Glen Ivy Hot Springs serve as your resource to health, fitness, relaxation and renewal, and every month, we add and develop dynamic programming for guests to enjoy, designed to achieve a toned body and peace of mind. This month, we are proud to offer a special JoyFitness class, “The Magic of Color and Sound,” taught by Debbie Nuccio Durrough.

Based on the principal that a color or song can make you feel a certain way, the class draws from the concept that 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. In “The Magic of Color and Sound” class, Debbie will give each student a blank canvas and water color palette, then share the meaning behind colors, working her way through the spectrum. Then a song will then be played that matches the color and its mood. The design will start to flow from your paint brush as the music is played. Whatever you are feeling will display on your canvas. As the music changes, you progress through all the colors. 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.

Debbie is a Heartbeat of Reiki Drumming Master Teacher, Color and Sound Therapy Practitioner/Teacher; a trained HealthRYTHMS Facilitator; a Numerologist; and Feng Shui Consultant whose passion is “with teaching and facilitating a variety of holistic alternatives that support self-empowerment, personal growth and the new interpretation of “wellness.”

For more activities, times, and special events check out our calendar, here!

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.



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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  

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 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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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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