The Amayori Sento — Mindfulness

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The Life Changing Power of Bathing Rituals

I wanted to share a bit of my personal story with you today. Bathing rituals have transformed my life so dramatically from the moment I first experienced them in Japan and they continue to do so every day. Amayori’s products, rituals, and Aromatic Experiences are life changing on many levels and have been a catalyst in helping me live a better life. Prior to starting Amayori I had been working as a busy and often frazzled real estate agent in New York City. My emotions were governed by my career. Work never stops in real estate. The pressure of working in a commission-only field in one of the most expensive cities in the world was often overwhelming. I had lost touch...

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How to Become a Bath Person

I have heard women say, “I’m not a bath person.” When you get to the heart of why, the idea of taking a bath seems overwhelming and time consuming. It need not be. You can have an ultra-relaxing experience that exceeds any spa treatment within an hour – all in the comfort, convenience, and privacy of your own home. Here are some easy tips that can help you take the concept of bathing from daunting to doable. Set Aside One Hour a Week: Don’t wait for the perfect time – that rarely happens. Plan your bathing ritual as you would a gym session, yoga class etc. If you have kids, ask your husband to take them out for an hour...

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Life Lessons from Tea Ceremony: Ichigo Ichie

I recently began taking tea ceremony classes on the weekends. I have always been obsessed with the Japanese arts and tea ceremony struck me as something special from the beginning. It is a form of meditation and ritual. The movements are graceful and flowing. Every little detail is done with intention. Philosophically, there is so much in tea ceremony that can be applied to life. Over the next few months as I take these classes I plan to write about one special lesson that I take away from each class. I wish I could share everything here but that would turn into a book of its own. Ichigo Ichie I have always loved this phrase Ichigo Ichie. It translates to “one...

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An Easy Three Minute Meditation

For some people, committing to a daily meditation practice can be daunting. Try starting with once a week for three minutes - we all can do this no matter how busy we are! Start with fragrance. I love to diffuse Ambrosial Ofuro Home Essence while meditating in the morning. It reminds me of the Buddhist temples of Kyoto. Shut your eyes. Sit in a comfortable position with a straight spine and your chest opened (shoulders down and slightly back, chin tucked in). Breathe deeply while focusing on your heart. Picture light beaming from your heart on the exhale and your heart pulling light in on the inhale. Let this light grow larger as you go along. Whenever thoughts pop up, (this...

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A Glimpse At 2017: Living a Calm, Beautiful Life

Greetings and Happy New Year from my new live / work loft in Philadelphia. How often is it that you get to begin a new year in a new home? I love this fresh start and can't wait to begin to fill this chapter of my life. Amayori has a beautiful, extra-special new space that exudes such positive energy. I can't wait to share it with you as it unfolds over the next few months.  There are so many things to be excited about this year. For now, I'll leave it to a few key things things that you can expect from Amayori in the near future.  You will always hear from me in my own voice. From now on, all emails...

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