Genni Lee Hester


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date night at the capella ixtapa

Hey you,

How is your week going?

This week’s Wellness Wednesday segment is about the beautiful Capella Hotel in Ixtapa, Mexico. Unfortunately is was already too late in the day for me to get some great pictures, so I selected a few from their website. Head over to capellahotels.com to see more breath taking shots!

We had a couple of drinks on the bar’s terrace plus a scrumptious appetizer. The service was perfect; everyone was warm, knowledgable, and kind. The Beautiful Basil Margarita (grapefruit, basil, aged tequila, agave nectar) and Cucumber Mezcal (cucumber infused mezcal, lime, fresh cucumber) are definitely worth a try. The Margarita is a bit lighter and refreshing, while the Mezcal cocktail possesses a deep smoky aftertaste. For nibbles the fried hibiscus flowers and house made spicy corn chips are a must!

Whatever you do on your next date night, always remember what it is really about. The one you love and the time you get to share.

With love,

Genni.

entrance

entrance

first steps

first steps

aged wisdom

aged wisdom

bar´s terrace

bar´s terrace

pool

pool

stairway to heaven

stairway to heaven

corridor

corridor

sea the view

sea the view

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mamey smoothie

Hi there :),

Mid-week is upon us and a little healthy inspiration can keep us powered through the week. Currently I am vacationing and writing in Ixtapa Mexico! With the tropical climates I have integrated more raw fruit into my diet. Today I am sharing photos and a recipe for my mamey smoothie. Mamey is a tropical fruit with a thick creamy texture. It tastes a bit like sweet potato and leaves a nice vanilla cherry taste on the pallet. This creamy beverage is super filling and satisfying. Being a tropical fruit it does have a larger carbohydrate and sugar concentration, but one single cup can supply more than 60% of your B6 and Vitamin C daily requirements. Additionally it has close to 30% of your daily potassium needs.

With love,

Genni.

Recipe:

1 ripe mamey
2 cups coconut milk
1 handful of fresh coconut slices
1 tablespoon of raw, organic honey (optional)
1/2 a cup of filtered water
5 ice cubes

outside/inside

outside/inside

organic honey

organic honey

coconut milk/fresh slices

coconut milk/fresh slices

smooth

smooth

cheers!

cheers!


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Repost: sitali, beyond the summer breath

Happy Wellness Wednesday!

Before we jump into today’s Wellness Wednesday post I want to take a moment to personally welcome all of the new users following www.gennileehester.com. I am excited to have you, also find me on twitter @GenniLeeHester and instagram @gennilee. Please ask any questions, I will do my very best to reply and provide you with useful information.

Today we are going to explore a specific breathing practice frequently taught during the hot summer months, Sitali. Just like we are increasingly aware of how food effects our overall health (emotional and mental, not just physical), there is also a growing consciousness regarding the power of breath on human physiology.

“The effects of breathing extend to the workings of the heart and lungs as well to subtle physiological interactions such as the molecular processes through which the body’s energy production is maintained,” Alan Hymes, M.D.

Sitali is an exercise for cooling and relaxing the body. Simply curl the sides of the tongue up into a mini straw. Gently inhale hair through the tongue, close the mouth, then exhale through the nose. The lovely yogini – Seane Corn – provides a perfect example in the picture below (if it is challenging for you to curl your tongue you may also purse the lips or smile really big and inhale through the teeth).

photo courtesy of experiencelife.com

photo courtesy of experiencelife.com

As noted, Sitali is commonly taught in the summer since it is a cooling breath; however, I want users to feel free to use it in other situations year-round. For example, I use the breath when I feel claustrophobic. By taking a few cooling breaths, it is as if there is more space and less anxiety. I frequently use it on the subway during rush-hour! Many women use it for hot flashes, too. Try it out and let me know how it works, also if you have any suggestions for when to you Sitali please share them below.

Best,

Genni.


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firefly

Hi there friends,

How ya doin’? Living well? I hope so!

Although it is necessary to be discipline and consistent with our wellness, jumping out of the lines shakes up our energy and also allows us to appreciate alignment in a deeper, more succulent way. A few weeks ago I went to Firefly and had a chance to enjoy a lot of groovy, upbeat, and inspiring music. Here are some pictures!

Have a great week.

Warmly,

Gen.

 

pre-gaming with a green juice

pre-gaming with a green juice

campground

campground

firefly venue

firefly venue

shakey graves

shakey graves

gluten free beer

gluten free beer


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Benjamin Zander

Hi Wellness Wednesday Readers,

Is your summer going as fast and busy as mine? I hope you are enjoying the ride! Yesterday I had a phenomenal time listening to Benjamin Zander lecture on the Art of Possibility.

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Zander is no stranger to the platform, beyond being the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic and Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, he has spoken for thousands world wide. He is not your typical motivational speaker; his sermon is not positivity but possibility. In fact, he mentioned that he hates positive thinking to some degree because through forced positivity one simply highlights the truth regarding negative experience. Possibility, on-the-other-hand, guides one into creative and productive solutions. 

Find his groovy TEDtalk, The Transformative Power of Classical Music, below.

Teachers College, Columbia University

Teachers College, Columbia University

Have a wonderful week and do not forget that I am now doing wellness coaching remotely! If you are feeling stressed and need some guidance we can schedule a Skype or phone session, simply call me at 1(646)708-6570.

Warmly,

Genni.


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Octavio Paz

Today I am wrapping up poetry month with a beautiful poem by Mexican poet-diplomat Octavio Paz. A special someone gifted me a collection of his work recently; I adore the way he is able to interlink nature, mind, and heart.

Fable
(translated by Eliot Weinberger)

Ages of fire and of air
Youth of water
From green to yellow
From yellow to red
From dream to watching
From desire to act
It was only one step and you took it so lightly
Insects were living jewels
The heat rested by the side of the pond
Rain was a willow with unpinned hair
A tree grew in the palm of your hand
And that tree laughed sang prophesied
Its divinations filled the air with wings
There were simple miracles called birds
Everything was for everyone
Everyone was everything
There was only one huge word with no back to it
A word like a sun
One day it broke into tiny pieces
They were the words of the language we now speak
Pieces that will never come together
Broken mirrors where the world sees itself shattered