AMANGIRI -SPIRITUAL SANCTUARTY

Welcome to the AMANGIRI - Located on an expanse of wilderness in Canyon Point, Southern Utah, close to the border with Arizona. If you live in California, you can hop in your car and in eight hours you will arrive in paradise. I'm not a huge fan of road trips, but I must say if you choose to fly instead of drive you will miss spectacular scenery along the way. Our first stop was Death Valley, another incredible experience... then drove through Zion, Lake Powell, and Page Arizona. If you feel like getting a little lost in nature's beauty and unplugging from your busy life, take a drive to Utah and in eight hours...you will feel like a new person.

Amangiri, located on a spectacular 600+ acre site in southern Utah, is an Adrian Zecha-inspired design in collaboration with architects Rick Joy, Marwan Al-Sayed and Wendell Burnett. Together they have created a bold yet enchanting settlement that both honors and celebrates the magic and mystery of southern Utah's magnificent cliffs and rock formations, as well as the region’s ancient Navajo heritage. The architect's goal was to build something that was a contemporary interpretation of native Indian architecture. Not perfectly adapted, but hopefully generating a sense and spirit of it. Also, that it would respect the natural environment. This was the most important aspect of the whole development.”  The resort is surrounded by the Grand Circle of Iconic attractions: Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Bryce and Zion National Parks.

I will say it was Love at First Sight as we hiked along the trails. I found this heart shaped rock on our first hike. You'll find you tap into your heart chakra quickly here. Love these Nike hiking shoes, they are comfortable and give great support.

Welcome

Welcome

The entry way is designed to work with the scenery, the resort is mixed with natural tones and materials, along with the stone floors and the concrete walls, which feels like you are visiting a contemporary gallery. 

Lobby Area

Lobby Area

Curl up with a good book in the lobby, everywhere you sit you have a view of the gorgeous desert and mountains. You might want to disconnect, but you'll have plenty of wi-fi if and when you need it. You will find yourself getting lost just staring out the window looking at the horizon.

There are 34 rooms perfect rooms you won't want to leave. I sat my alarm so I could enjoy every minute possible.

You have a private seating area in the front and the back of your suite. As the sun sets, the sky and everything around you begin to change color. It was truly a magical experience, comfort, and luxury.

Plenty of space in the dressing area

Plenty of space in the dressing area

Beautiful view while relaxing in a bath

Beautiful view while relaxing in a bath

Seating area at the front door of your room.  Jana Feifer  Tote   Kimono by:   Everelse Designs

Seating area at the front door of your room. Jana Feifer Tote   Kimono by:  Everelse Designs

Chef Jacob Anaya brings with him more that 15 years of experience. Locally sourced, farm-fresh produce are displayed artistically with every meal which are included, you will be charged for  your alcohol. 

 We looked forward to every meal, wake up and enjoy your breakfast while taking in this fabulous view.

And yes...repeat the view for lunch & dinner.

The focus of the resort is the Pavilion - Living Room, Dining Room, Library and Gallery, and the swimming pool, which wraps around a natural rock escarpment, which is 165 million years old... Pretty powerful.  You have the essential elements of this landscape that bring together the water, rock, and sky. Amangiri is so remote that there's literally nothing else to see here except nature... how refreshing.

Th Aman spa is 25,000 square feet of tranquility. Treatments include Navajo cultural traditions, Yoga, on a platform beside the mountains, Pilates, hiking, and horseback riding are just a few of the activities offered. 

You can find the perfect set-up for a workout. There is also a Teepee on the property along with a private home.

Entry to the spa

Entry to the spa

Every square inch of this property is paradise

Every square inch of this property is paradise

Take a jacuzzi while watching the sun set as everything around you takes on a different tone.

Take a jacuzzi while watching the sun set as everything around you takes on a different tone.

It's highly suggested to set your alarm for sunrise at 5:15, so I did. They're happy to serve you coffee while you sit back and enjoy the view as Mother Earth presents the day.

And then this appeared..so happy I woke up early!

Hiking is a must here, the energy you receive from the mountains and the earth will wake up your soul and get your creative juices flowing.

There is something, mysterious and magical about the property. You wake up clear headed, feeling alive and grateful. Just a reminder of how incredible our planet is, and the possibilities that await us.

Looks like another heart to me...

Looks like another heart to me...

You will experience the elements of the Native American tribes that once settled in the area. Can you imagine the vision of these three architects when they first saw this land?

We can't wait to return Amangiri, Thank you for your hospitality. 

We can't wait to return Amangiri, Thank you for your hospitality. 

What a special property and the staff were amazing. We are huge fans of the Aman resorts and Amangiri is one for the bucket list. As we left, I began to think about our return... Take a drive, feel alive and let nature reboot, reconnect and rejuvenate your soul...       

                           Thank you Mother Nature Thank you Planet Earth

Bring The Bands

Spring is in the air; Summer's on the way and so are short sleeves, swimsuits and your tone arms. Here are a few exercises that go where you go. Traveling with this one little band can help keep your arms nice and tone. I know I've said it before, but as we age we need to become a bit more aggressive when it comes to our triceps and biceps. 

Achieving toned arms come as a result of making changes to your diet, and we need to exercise all the major muscle groups in our arms and shoulders. It's never too late to start our quest for strong and beautiful arms. I promise you'll be happy you did.

All we need is a band. I like to tie a knot on one end for a better grip. Place one hand on your hip / begin to stretch your working arm at an angle in a slow and steady pace.  You will feel your muscle begin to quiver...that's a good sign / Do 20 for 2 reps / Change arms and repeat.

Wrap the band around your hand and now we are going to stretch out to the side / Have a slight bend in your knees / Add an isolated movement with your waste / you'll feel this in your bicep and tricep  / 20 on each side for 2 repetitions.

Sit on the band as if you were sitting on a swing / Grip both ends of the band / tuck your elbows in / Slowly begin to lift up and down / This is a small movement and you will feel the burn /  40 to 50 lifts, or whatever is best for you.

Your body is your temple. You and only you can make the choice to treat it in a loving way. There are many people who love and care about you and want you around for a long time. Take care of yourself...you're worth it.

                The best project you'll ever work on is you...

CREATIVE PUSH-UPS & PHYISO BALL

Push-ups work almost every part of your body. Doing push-up uses the body's weight working against gravity to strengthen muscles. A woman who does push-ups can strengthen her chest, firm and tone her arms and stabilize her core, or abdominal muscles. Yes, I know they can be a bit boring, and hard! so let's add a Physio Ball for a little different approach, and we can work on our balance and strength too. 

Nike Shoes/ Alo yoga Pant / lululemon Top / emi-jay hair tie / 

Take the ball and place underneath your shins - Find a wall to balance yourself on while getting into position - Walk your arms forward slowly while keeping your balance - You will be working your core the entire time along with your balance - 

Now you are in regular push up position - 

Lower your body down to the floor and push back up, just like you would a regular push-up - Try and keep the ball still as possible -  You will feel this in your arms - your core - back of your thighs - shoulders - triceps- All over!   If you place the  ball a little higher (on your thighs) it will be a bit easier - I like to do 2 reps of 20 push ups. You will really feel this in your upper body. This exercise is a little more exciting than doing push-ups only.  *Do what is best for you.  I am not a trainer, I just enjoying sharing what I do with you.

        “A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.”                                                                                                                   Diane Mariechild