The Amayori Sento — Mindfulness


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5 Life-Changing Japanese Beauty and Lifestyle Tips

I have learned so much from Japanese culture, in particular, Japanese women. Japan is a place where diet, mindfulness, art, and beauty all seem to merge into lifestyle. This is just a sampling of some of my favorite lifestyle perspectives that can easily be incorporated into your life. "Regardless of time, a soak is an end-cap to the day.  All women are at their best and most beautiful when they are calm and relaxed." Japanese beauty begins with a bath.™: Japanese women know the value of bathing daily to wash away the cares of their day. Relaxing at home in a bath on a regular basis is convenient, rejuvenating, and a pillar of the Japanese beauty routine. Sometimes a bath...

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Five Ways to Relax at the End of a Long Day

I used to believe that living a mindful life meant that things would be perfect and calm all the time. I’ve realized over the years that this isn’t the case. Living a mindful life is not about perfection but is about living as close to our souls and true nature as possible. When bumps in the road come up, being mindful is about utilizing the tools that we have to smooth them out. Rather than being passive, sinking deeper into stress, anger, depression, or whatever ails you, a mindful life is about taking ownership. We have control over the way we feel - inside and out, and that is an incredible gift. If you’ve ever had a really bad day,...

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Wellness Tips for the Holiday Season

Almost all of us wake up the day after a holiday party feeling a bit “off”. This time of year, we tend to eat out of character, drink a bit more alcohol than usual, and often, water is forgotten. The holiday season is a time to be enjoyed. Don’t deprive yourself. Try to balance things out by paying a little extra attention to self-care. Following are my holiday wellness tips to keep you feeling your best. I suggest doing all, or as many of these as possible the day after you’ve indulged. Warm Water and Lemon: This is a great way to start any day, but is particularly helpful after a night of eating and drinking. Lemon helps with liver...

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An Autumn Meditation with Rotenburo Air

One of my favorite ways to appreciate autumn is by deep breathing with anything from the Rotenburo Air collection. This fragrance is wonderful for this time of year as it is a celebration of crisp clean air. The conifers in this fragrance, which include white pine and hemlock spruce, encourage deep breathing as does Omani white frankincense, which also encourages slow breathing. The following meditation is inspired by shinrin yoku – the Japanese relaxation practice of “forest bathing”. Shinrin yoku involves venturing into the woods and experiencing it with all the senses. By being mindful and fully present, forest bathers experience stress reduction which has been proven in scientific studies throughout Japan. Turn on our Rotenburo Air Playlist. Take a...

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Enjoying an Evening Alone

I love my husband. He is my best friend in the world and I enjoy every moment we spend together. That said, when he's traveling, I do enjoy (and even look forward to) my alone time.  Following is my ritual for an evening alone. I hope this inspires you to take some time and treat yourself next time you have the evening to yourself. I look forward to this ritual every time. First, I make a dinner that requires little to no cleaning. I eat a very clean diet and I'm not really an "order-in" person, so I usually treat myself to an Amy's Organics rice crust pizza. The key is to keep it easy but delicious. Afterwards I'll have my...

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