Cleansing Cermony

To encourage guests to release ideas that belong in the past and free themselves from obsession over the future, Casa del Mar Beach Golf & Spa Resort (Cabo San Lucas, Mexico) offers the indigenous Tonantzin Ceremony ($54, 60 minutes). From November 1 through June 25, authentic shamans lead the ceremony, which is designed to cleanse guests' aura and induce a meditative state. Guests gather around a bonfire with four figurative doors, which are set up on the beach and arranged to represent the four elements of nature: air, earth, fire, and water. Incorporating natural incense and essential oils into the ceremony, the shaman guides guests through meditation, explaining each element's role as it relates to the body, mind, and spirit. Participants are asked to reflect on each element's importance in their life and to honor the elements with meditation, focusing only on the moment, to exchange negative internal energy for the positive energies of each. Finally, the shaman cleanses any bad energy with sacred feathers while guests enjoy a soothing cup of tea. After a discussion, guests should leave with the resolve to live life to the fullest and an understanding of how to incorporate this into their daily lives.

Top: A shaman leads guests in an indigenous Tonantzin ceremony. above left and right: Sacred feathers are used to cleanse any negative energy.
Top: A shaman leads guests in an indigenous Tonantzin ceremony. above left and right: Sacred feathers are used to cleanse any negative energy.

Bagging It

For yoga enthusiasts, Ame and Lulu's new yoga bag is designed to carry necessities with ease. The bag features a stylish pattern and zipper pouch that expands to fit essentials such as keys, water, and even an iPod. Adding a bit of color to any retail area, the Ame and Lulu yoga bag sells for $80. (617) 730-9604; www.ameandlulu.com



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