Thyroid Yoga

Gurney’s Montauk Retreat with Fern Olivia

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If there is one thing I love about spring, it is that the weather is nice enough to take a day trip out to Eastern Long Island—before the official start of tourist season begins. I usually reserve such excursions for the warmer weather (read: beach season), but when my beloved thyroid guru, Fern Olivia, told me she was going to be in town and was having a weekend retreat at Gurney’s Resort & Spa in Montauk from May 5th – 7th, I knew I needed to keep that weekend open.

Last August, I attended my first of Fern’s Thyroid Yoga Retreats (which was held at a private home in Montauk). It was one of my fondest memories from the summer of 2016. I met so many inspiring women, whom I still keep in touch with and who have become friends. Since then, Fern and her teachings have had a lasting influence on me, and she is someone whom I both admire and respect for the important work she is doing to raise awareness and help those of us suffering with a thyroid condition. Her essential oils and morning thyroid yoga sequence have become daily rituals in my life. Through her event at The Ash Center with Dr. Gabrielle Lyon this past January, she taught me the importance of self-love and has guided me when it comes to nutrition.

Needless to say, I am beyond excited to attend her upcoming event in a couple of weeks, and I am looking forward to walking away with even more knowledge about my body and overall health (and making some new friends in the process!).

So, if you find that your schedule allows for a trip out to the beautiful Gurney’s Resort & Spa, or you just need to take some time for yourself and want to be surrounded by incredible women, then join us! The retreat promises to be both restorative and informative with meditation, yoga, and of course, spa time.

You can peruse the schedule of events and register, here. Hope to see you there!

Thyroid Yoga Functional Nutrition Intensive: A Recap

The Ash Center View

This is turning into quite the Wellness Week here on Living in Steil, with the introduction of the Thyroid Yoga Functional Nutrition Intensive earlier and then Heather’s incredible story of surviving mesothelioma. I am excited to give you all a recap of the amazing seminar with Fern Olivia and Dr. Gabrielle Lyon that I went to last Saturday at The Ash Center.

The Ash Center is a tranquil space with breathtaking views, in Midtown Manhattan; although located in a bustling metropolis, it has an oasis-like atmosphere that is conducive to healing. When I first walked through the door I immediately began to feel my energy shift. The stress from the nearly two-hour commute from Long Island dissipated as I made my way to a cozy recliner by the window and began filling out a health questionnaire.

Upon arriving and seeing Fern’s warm smile and meeting Dr. Lyon and the other women who were about to embark on this wellness journey, I knew it was exactly where I should be—where I needed to be.

When I think back to this seminar, words like much-needed, life-changing and game-changer come to mind. I was excited to meet Dr. Lyon and I realized how much I needed to hear her words once I was there. One of the first things that Dr. Lyon said to our group of “wellness warriors” was that secrets keep you sick.

Want to know my secret? I am terrible when it comes to taking care of myself. Eating and proper nutrition have always been a struggle for me, and one which I preferred to avoid for longer than I should have. There, I said it.

Despite knowing better and being a cancer survivor, I buried my head in the sand when it came to food. Why? Because it seemed easier to just laugh it off and continue on my Starbucks diet; I didn’t want to be bothered learning how to eat right; picking up whatever was around on my way home from work was easier; and cooking seemed like a huge chore. Those were all of the lies I told myself to justify my actions. But who was I spiting? No one but myself, as I suffered and my body failed.

But I could no longer ignore how I was feeling—tired, sluggish, irritable—all the time. Of course, I immediately blamed my Synthroid and lack of a thyroid for these symptoms. However, the truth was that it was time to face the music that I was so desperate to tune out. My body was screaming—yelling at the top of its lungs—trying to tell me that despite its best efforts, it could no longer function on the lack of sleep and infrequent eating schedule that I had imposed on it.

When I went to The Ash Center last weekend, I walked in knowing that I had to change my ways—before it was too late. I was aware that I needed to be open, honest, and willing to accept that I would have to learn about nutrition and implement new eating habits.

Fern Olivia and Dr. Gabrielle Lyon

{Fern & Dr. Gabrielle Lyon}

Together, Fern and Dr. Lyon created an inviting atmosphere for each of us to tell our individual stories. I was struck by how in the span of minutes strangers could become survival sisters, as one person’s story was followed by another. At times, I felt my emotions getting the best of me, especially when it seemed like another woman had walked a mile in my shoes.

Ajai by Fern Olivia

{Fern’s incredible Ajai Alchemy line}

Once we shared our stories, Fern guided us on a Thyroid Yoga meditation aimed at recharging our endocrine system. We did breath-work and together chanted “Wahe Guru” before finishing our session. It was the perfect restorative practice to conclude the morning’s activities.

After a brief break for lunch, in which I found my way to BRGR and then a Juice Press (because the healthy smoothie compensates for having a burger for lunch, right?), Dr. Lyon began the next session where she discussed macronutrient recommendations for thyroid and hormonal health.

Dr. Lyon gave an overview of nutrition along with helpful handouts about the Elimination Diet and a food plan. Since my knowledge on nutrition is limited, I took copious notes—and have a lot of reading to do! One of her recommendations was that we eat 30 grams of protein at each meal—or 90 grams a day. My first reaction was, “How on earth am I going to eat 30 grams of protein at each meal?” That seemed like a lot for a girl who typically has coffee and a muffin on the run each morning. And having lunch and dinner in the same day? I tend to eat a late lunch and skip dinner, or skip lunch and have a big dinner—neither of which are healthy ways to eat.

Overall, I was impressed by Dr. Lyon’s entire approach to health and medicine. Over the last few years, I have spent considerable time seeing doctors in the medical community. And while I have found some are worth their weight in gold (like the one who found my thyroid nodule), most times I have walked away from my appointment with more questions than answers. The idea of curing the underlying ailment instead of merely treating the symptoms is a premise I whole heartedly support.

The Ash Center

I certainly found my tribe at The Ash Center and look forward to seeing Dr. Lyon after all of my thyroid testing is complete. I left that day ready to tackle the hard work that was in front of me, but motivated knowing that I had the power to change how I am feeling. With the tools that Fern and Dr. Lyon shared with me, I have already effected some changes. For starters, I make sure to eat three meals a day and I have incorporated both fruits and vegetable into my daily routine. Although I haven’t made it to the magical 30 grams of protein at any meal yet, I have curbed my sweet tooth and cut back on carbohydrates. In addition, I started practicing yoga again and made daily meditation a ritual before bed.

While I may not be able to reverse the damage already done to my body, I can pave the way to a healthier future one meal at a time—and offer myself some self-love by repeating this affirmation: I’m sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you.

Fern Olivia at The Ash Center

A big thank you to Fern Olivia and Dr. Gabrielle Lyon for this transformative day!

Interested in working with Fern? She will be hosting a Pure Yoga – Thyroid Yoga™ Training Immersion on Friday, April 28th, Saturday, April 29th, and Sunday, April 30th.

Here’s some information about the training immersion:

Thyroid Yoga™ artfully infuses wisdom from western and eastern medical perspectives to create a total healing approach, founded by thyroid expert and master teacher, Fern Olivia Langham.

Trained in Biomedical Engineering, now a renowned teacher and speaker on the power of integrative medicine and intuitive self-healing, Fern Olivia has guided retreats, experiences and classes worldwide.

Thyroid Yoga™ has been endorsed by leading medical doctors as a proven way to help restore and realign the energetic and biochemical mechanisms that influence thyroid functioning.

Become a Thyroid Yoga™ certified practitioner today to deepen your own knowledge and gain the confidence to create your own ripple effect of health and healing in our global community.
The benefits of this unique immersion go far beyond “another certification.”

After completion of this training, participants come away equipped with the tools and resources to confidently provide value-added offerings and resources for their clients and students, and have a deep and broad understanding of how the thyroid is supporting using integrative and holistic therapies.

If you want to expand your work in the world and learn from renowned healers at a one-of-a-kind teacher training with a world-class yoga institution, sign up for the Thyroid Yoga™ Training Immersion and Workshop today!

Please contact Fern Olivia at love@thyroid.yoga if you have any questions.

Thyroid Yoga Functional Nutrition Intensive in NYC

Fern Olivia

Happy Friday! Apologies for not sticking to my usual posting schedule this week and last. I promise, moving forward I will be back on my game.

As I mentioned in recent posts, looming thyroid tests have me feeling more like Nervous Nessie than Valiant Vanessa. But I am hoping that an event happening in New York City this weekend with the lovely thyroid guru, Fern Olivia and Dr. Gabrielle Lyon at The Ash Center, will have me feeling better than ever. So, if you are in the New York City area on Saturday, January 28th….and are free from 10:30 am – 4:30 pm…and want to learn more about thyroid health, then register for this event!

When Fern first mentioned this event to me, I knew it would be an amazing opportunity. For starters, I have wanted to meet Dr. Lyon and see The Ash Center for a while. And since I have been feeling all kinds of stress, anxiety, and exhaustion, the timing could not have been better.

The Ash Center focuses on a comprehensive approach to healing and well-being, offering patients treatments tailored to fit their specific health concerns. As someone who is struggling with low energy, rising antithyroglobulin levels, and the possibility of a thyroid cancer recurrence, I am excited to learn from both Fern and Dr. Lyon how to better manage my overall health and find ways to help my body in the absence of a functioning thyroid. I have had little success in working with endocrinologists to help me gain my stamina after my thyroidectomy, so I am hopeful that this half-day intensive workshop will provide me with answers and lead me down a new path.

The day will begin with learning about the thyroid and its function, followed by a meditation led by Fern to boost the endocrine system, and lots of time for Q&A and opportunities to get to know other participants in attendance.

Be sure to follow me on Instagram and Snapchat (@livinginsteil), where I will share the activities as the day unfolds. I will be doing a follow-up post next week with all that I learned from Fern and Dr. Lyon…so stay tuned!

*Image courtesy of Fern Olivia

Thyroid Thursday: Thyroid Yoga Teacher Training with Fern Olivia

I am delighted to share about Fern Olivia’s upcoming Thyroid Yoga training today. If you have been struggling with an ailment or just want a better understanding of how to feel your best, Fern’s training is for you. With two convenient ways to attend, either in person in Los Angeles, California or streaming online, you don’t want to miss this event from November 3 – 6, 2016. Read on to hear more about the benefits from Fern!

Thyroid Yoga Teacher Training with Fern Olivia

Finally understand your thyroid + gain the confidence to speak your truth: A Comprehensive Immersion Opportunity with Fern Olivia and Thyroid.Yoga™

Fern Olivia was inspired to create the Thyroid.Yoga™ program after she battled against her body and the discomfort of chronic congestion, puffiness, brain fog, constipation, food allergies, and severe stomach irritability for nearly a decade. She struggled to understand her own Hashimoto’s hypothyroid symptoms before finally learning how to feel better and successfully put her condition into remission.

After hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars traveling from doctor to doctor feeling like a lost patient completely disconnected from her body, she thought to herself, “I studied biomechanics and neuroscience, with a degree in biomedical engineering. Why can’t I figure this out?” Turns out, she could, but in an unexpected place.

Yoga became the catalyst for her healing and on her mat, she became her own intuitive healer and alchemist. She began diving deep into the practices of asana (movement), pranayama (breath) and mantra (chanting) and became astounded with the profound energy, clarity, and joy she began experiencing in her life.

The yoga that became the catalyst wasn’t just any yoga class. There were particular kriyas, or sequences, that began to shift her health in a profound new way.

As she became devoted to her sadhana, or daily practice, consisting of yoga asana from Kundalini and Katonah yoga lineages, meditation, and holistic lifestyle rituals, she not only felt clear-headed, but also safe, comforted and loved. She experienced feelings she had been lacking in her life and realized that these practices allowed her to connect with herself in a way that she hadn’t been able to elsewhere. She found immense strength through her own journey and realized that her body had been screaming at her so long, just asking her to listen.

Now, she has created a one-of-a-kind method, combining ancient healing modalities, and made it her career to empower men and women to tap into their own intuitive wisdom and live their most vibrant, healthy, fulfilled life, too. She has witnessed astounding results – women who had not had their period in over two years would finally menstruate again, and those who hadn’t been able to conceive found themselves pregnant. Those who felt that nagging belly bloat would begin to lose the stubborn weight and finally love their bodies, and found a renewed pleasure in eating. Those struggling with cancer and chronic autoimmune disease felt harmony in their life again, something they thought they had lost forever.

After years of teaching her Thyroid.Yoga™ method and becoming awestruck by the rapid results in hundreds of her students during classes, retreats and one-on-one work together, she knew her greater purpose was to train teachers about this wisdom and create a ripple effect in their own communities. Teachers and practitioners have the power to inspire and guide in a profound way.

For the sake of the health of our planet that is cringing under the immense pressure of our time, we must teach healing practices deeper than a traditional asana (movement) practice. We must get to the root of the pain and symptoms we’ve been experiencing – and complement our asana and kriya practices such as Akashic record, shamanic healing, astrology, EFT and Sat Nam Rasayan® will get us to a deeper place of understanding – ultimately healing us on an even deeper level, and giving us the tools to show up in the world with more life force, clarity, and confidence in our gifts.

For these powerful reasons, Fern is offering her Thyroid.Yoga™ training as a comprehensive immersion taking place from November 3-6, 2016 in Los Angeles at RA MA Institute for Applied Yogic Sciences & Technology. It will provide practitioners with a deep understanding of the powerful tools and technologies to intuitively support their own health and the health of their community, as well as to support recovery from imbalances affecting the thyroid and the glandular system. This experience will give participants the confidence to share these potent practices. This training will also be available virtually through streaming on RA MA TV. All attendees will receive a training manual with resources and handouts from each session as well as the video recordings to watch for life.

The benefits from this unique immersion go far beyond “another certification”. After completion of this training, participants will come away equipped with the tools and resources to confidently add the Thyroid.Yoga™ practitioner stamp to their website and materials. Each will be provided with a signature Thyroid.Yoga™ program tool kit for inspiration and guidance on how to provide value-added offerings and resources for their clients and students and support their own journey to sustained life force.

Fern Olivia and her guest expert teachers are excited to train you in the teachings and healing modalities that will bring major abundance and prosperity to you as a teacher or healer as you serve as a catalyst in the accelerated healing of all those who you work with and your own sustained life force.

The Thyroid.Yoga™ comprehensive immersion in November includes the following interactive training classes:

-The Daily Thyroid Yoga Sadhana: Healing Hormonal Imbalance So You Can Thrive, Prosper, and Embody Your Higher Self
-Glandular Glow: A Complete Endocrine System Reboot for Unparalleled Health and Vibrancy
-Anatomy of The Throat Chakra: Ways of Altering Physical Limitations
-Ancient Wisdom That Heals: The Ayurvedic Approach To Healing The 5th Chakra
-Circadian Biology: Optimizing your Internal Clock For a Whole-Body Approach to Improving Thyroid Function
-The Mathematics of Thyroid Health: Understanding your Numbers and The Story They Tell
-Wahe Guru Kriya for Thyroid Health
-Integrative Thyroid Healing: Western & Eastern Perspectives on Thyroid Disease and Healing
-Exploring Asana, Pranayama and Meditation and Relationship of the Spine to The Throat, Head, Neck With Focus On the Pituitary Gland
-Healing Your 5th Chakra with Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
-Unspoken Words and Our Inherent Wisdom
-Loving Your Throat Chakra & Sacred Sexuality
-Introduction to Sat Nam Rasayan® Healing
-Akashic Record and Shamanic Healing for the 5th Chakra
-Evolutionary Astrology: A Journey of Self-Expression Through the 12 Signs
-Creating a Foundation for Expansion and Growing Your Business With your Authentic Voice
-Integrating Thyroid Yoga Teachings and Creating Programs and Partnerships That Will Expand Your Business & Prosperity

The line-up of outstanding guest experts across multiple healing modalities include:

Guru Jagat, Owner and Senior Kundalini Yoga Teacher at Ra Ma Institute, Ra Ma TV, Owner Ra Ma Global
Harmanjot Kaur, Lead Kundalini Yoga Teacher at Ra Ma Institute
Dana James, MS, CNS, CDN, Nutritional Therapist
Ramesh Tarun Narine, Craniosacral Therapy, Myofascial Release, Bodyworker
Dr. Aunna Pourang, MD, Integrative Medicine, Ayurveda
Tina Paymaster, Ayurvedic and EFT Practitioner, Emotional Eating, Stress, Anxiety, Digestive Health
Adriana Rizzolo, Intuitive Healer, Yoga/Meditation, Reiki Master, Bodyworker
Josefina Bashout, Akashic Record Practitioner
Megan Zimring, Certified Evolutionary Astrologer and Soul Empowerment Guide
Charmaine Hamp, Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, Hypnobirthing Coach
Cassandra Bozdak, Author, Spiritual Life Coach

If you are someone who deeply cares about your health and the health of this planet, this training is for you.

In addition to learning about your own thyroid health and your entire glandular and nervous system health with the featured expert Nutritionists, Functional Medicine Doctors and Ayurvedic Practitioners, you will understand the powerful practices of Sat Nam Rasayan®, Emotional Freedom Technique, Akashic Record and Astrology, and Kundalini Yoga and how these modalities can be applied to understand the energetic body and releasing deep seated patterns of fear, self-doubt, and limiting beliefs so you can liberate yourself and all those who may come to you for healing work. If any of this sparks your interest, we’d love to hear from you.

Share this opportunity with anyone who may be suffering from thyroid disease or a chronic autoimmune condition. This is not about creating a band-aid fix, this is about creating an environment for true, sustained healing.

Please contact love@thyroid.yoga if you have any questions about this exciting opportunity to expand your work in the world and attend this one-of-a-kind teacher training with a world-class yoga institution and renowned healers.

Apply here: http://thyroid.yoga/products/teachertraining

Receive a $100 scholarship when you apply and mention code: LIVINGINSTEIL

Montauk Magic Part III

Montauk Magic - Apothecary Pop-Up

As they say, all good things must come to an end. And with that, it is time to conclude the third installment of my day at the Montauk Magic retreat with Fern Olivia. But fear not. If you’re seeking to experience your own oasis, Fern will be hosting a few upcoming events that you should definitely check out. She has also graciously agreed to guest post on this blog and share her vast knowledge on the subject of thyroid health in September, which is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month. I am so thankful that she has accepted my invitation to contribute to this site and I am looking forward to her posts!

But let’s get back to the afternoon events that took place at Montauk Magic. (If you need a refresher, you can refer to Part I and Part II in the series.)

Montauk Magic - Fern Olivia

{Photo Credit: Alexa Gray, Gray Media Lab}

Montauk Magic - Fern Olivia

After our morning yoga at The Surf Lodge and Alyson’s amazing guided journey to find our spirit animal, Fern shared with us what goes into her Ajai Alchemy essential oils, and we had the opportunity to make our own DIY bottle. The intention behind Fern’s Ajai Alchemy products is to awaken what’s inside of you — to strengthen your inner strength and to afford you the power to carry on and conquer what’s in front of you. While these essential oils won’t make you Superwoman, I will take all of the help I can get to become a better version of myself.

Montauk Magic - Apothecary Pop-Up

As the day went on, it was time to head back to our private home in Montauk for an afternoon of natural skin care with Apothecary Pop-Up and Doing Living. Recently, I started to become more conscious about the ingredients in my makeup and skin products, so I was delighted to meet Juliet, a makeup artist in New York City and an advocate for natural products. Juliet supports small brands that make their own goods and helps them with branding and marketing through pop-up shows, like the one she shared with us at Montauk Magic.

Montauk Magic - Apothecary Pop-Up

Speaking with Juliet about skin care and beauty was eye-opening for me and I enjoyed learning about the brands she was showcasing — most of which I had never heard of before. Not only does Juliet promote these smaller brands that use natural components, something I wholeheartedly support, but she takes the time to meet with the people who actually make the products and source the ingredients, too.

Montauk Magic - Apothecary Pop-Up

Montauk Magic - Apothecary Pop-Up

Montauk Magic - Apothecary Pop-Up

There were so many amazing skin care products on display and everything smelled incredible. The best part was that Juliet gave us samples of the products she carried — something that this girl with sensitive skin appreciates. I haven’t had a chance to try everything in my goodie bag yet, but here are a few items that I took home:

– Red Flower: Rose Camellia Plum Soft-Water Mist
– Palmetto Derma: Rejuvenating Antioxidant Mask
– Malaya Organics: Lavender Organic Lip Savior
– Palmetto Derma: Collagen Booster & Restoration Serum
– Red Flower: Refreshing Hand and Face Towelette in Italian Blood Orange

Montauk Magic - Apothecary Pop-Up

Montauk Magic - Apothecary Pop-Up

Montauk Magic - Apothecary Pop-Up

The afternoon ended with Juliet showing us how easy it is to create a scrub using either sugar or salt as the base. It was interesting to learn how a few simple ingredients can turn into something that benefits your skin…and it was a fun bonding experience with the other retreat participants.

I took a lot away from the day — being open to experiencing the retreat solo, meeting new people, and realizing that I am a goddess who is worthy of love and happiness. I left Montauk feeling like a whole new person — physically, spiritually, and emotionally…and I made new friends, too.

Ajai Alchemy - Fern Olivia

{Photo Credit: Alexa Gray, Gray Media Lab}

Lately, I have had this feeling of calmness, something I absolutely attribute to attending the Montauk Magic retreat — and perhaps my essential oil from Fern. I apply my Grace Alchemy to the inside of my wrist before bed and have found that its soothing aroma helps lull me to sleep. The scent isn’t overpowering and I love all of the beneficial ingredients that Fern uses in her Ajai Alchemy products. If you are interested in incorporating essential oils in your life, you can use the code LIVINGINSTEIL at checkout to save $10 on your order. I will be gifting these beautiful little bottles to friends and family for birthdays and upcoming events!

A huge thank you to Fern Olivia and Alyson Charles for having me for the day!

Montauk Magic Part II

The Surf Lodge

I can’t even begin to tell you how incredible the Montauk Magic Retreat was. First off, a huge thank you to Fern Olivia for having me for the day, Alyson Charles for making an amazing smoothie in the morning and for sharing her wisdom, and to Jacqlyn for ensuring a successful day for the attendees.

If you saw Friday’s post, I mentioned that I would be heading to the east end of Long Island on Saturday for a wellness retreat with Fern Olivia, the founder of Thyroid.Yoga. The day was both a transformative and restorative experience for me.

Montauk Magic Retreat

Montauk Magic Retreat

Montauk Magic Retreat

The morning began around 8:30 am with breakfast smoothies at a private home in beautiful Montauk. Alyson, a shaman and the co-host of the retreat, whipped up some delicious berry smoothies with avocado and cacao, while Fern served us a very healthy chia seed pudding. I’m no fan of avocado, but after one sip of the smoothie, I was sold! It may just be my new summer drink of choice. The morning smoothies proved to be a great time to meet the other attendees, all of whom welcomed me with open arms. After some brief conversations and getting acquainted with everyone, it was time for our yoga session at The Surf Lodge, a beachy hotel and restaurant on the water.

The Surf Lodge, Montauk NY

If you ever find yourself in Montauk, The Surf Lodge is well worth a stop for either an overnight stay or, at the very least, lunch at its scenic outdoor dining area. Its funky exterior and coastal interior will give you lots of cool decor ideas while you take a break from the summer heat.

Montauk Magic Retreat

For our yoga class, Fern and Alyson took over the outside patio area. The setting was ideal — the sound of the waves lapping in the background and the steady breeze made the July heat dissipate.

WTRMLN WTR

I’ve been taking a hiatus from my regular yoga practice, so I was thrilled to start the morning in such a rejuvenating way. I managed to secure a small piece of shade on the deck and laid out my colorful yoga mat. No detail was overlooked to ensure that we enjoyed the practice — including having refreshing WTRMLN WTR, a cold-pressed watermelon juice, and Supergoop! sunscreen on hand.

Our yoga practice began with chanting before breaking into a cat-cow sequence, moves that are beneficial for thyroid health. We also did a series of twisting poses, another fabulous way to relieve tension in the throat chakra.

Thyroid Yoga, Fern Olivia

Fern created a beautiful Morning Thyroid Sequence Book, which includes poses that are conducive to stimulating your thyroid, adrenals, and glandular system.

Montauk Magic Retreat

After getting our circulation up, we partnered with whomever was next to us. The exercise was for us to sit facing each other and to study the other person’s left eye — in silence. At first, it felt a bit strange to be staring deeply into a relative stranger’s eye, but after a minute or so, it began to feel tranquil and natural. The woman whom I partnered with, I later learned, also had a thyroid condition and we bonded over our similar treatment plans.

The Surf Lodge, Montauk, NY

The Surf Lodge, Montauk NY

The Surf Lodge, Montauk NY

As if the morning could get any better, after yoga we all sat by the water and took in the sights. The Surf Lodge has this incredible area in back with chaise lounge chairs…and even a swing. I could have sat there all day.

Grace Ajai, Fern Olivia Essential Oils

Fern brought her essential oil, Grace Alchemy, which includes rosehip, geranium, patchouli, and sandalwood, ingredients which are beneficial for overall health and healing. (Click here to watch Fern mix up my very own bottle of Grace Alchemy!) I’ve been using the essential oil in place of my perfume. The scent is calming and perfect for wearing during the day and before bed.

Montauk Magic Retreat, The Surf Lodge

The afternoon activities were just as enlightening as the morning session. Alyson led our group on a guided meditation to find our spirit animal, which is an animal that embodies our traits. I’ve been hearing lots of things about spirit animals lately, and I always wondered what mine would be. Now I know. Alyson did a fantastic job laying the foundation for us to connect with our animal. As she talked first about being in a meadow and then seeing this large tree, which led to a jungle, I began to feel an animal walk alongside me. It was large, powerful, and graceful. The more Alyson talked about the scenes around me, the more I could visualize this creature. It was fast and slender, but tender and gentle. Before long, it revealed itself. It was a cheetah, and it was both playful and shy. My intention for this guided meditation was to be given strength. And in my mind, there is no better animal for me to connect with than a cheetah. These large cats are majestic creatures that not only captivate you with their beauty, but also their speed, agility, and strength.

Montauk Magic Retreat

Our time at The Surf Lodge was ending and we were ready to head back to the house for lunch. But the day didn’t end there. Stay tuned for more about the retreat and what the experience taught me. Part III will come later in the week!

Montauk Magic Part I

Montauk Magic Retreat

What could be better than spending a day out in Montauk at a yoga retreat? That’s exactly where I’ll be tomorrow — at Montauk Magic, a week-long (from Wednesday, July 20th – Monday, July 25th) wellness event complete with morning smoothies, meditation classes, and a holistic guru (check the itinerary, as the events vary daily). To say that I’m beyond excited (or that my mind and body need this program right now), would be an understatement.

When I studied the daily events, I knew they were right for me. Finding out that Fern Olivia (who like me, suffered from Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism, and is the founder of Thyroid.Yoga) was going to be teaching a guided meditation class on Saturday, confirmed that this was the day I wanted to attend. Actually, reading about Fern’s background and approach to self-healing made me think that there was some divine intervention at play here. If you’ve followed my thyroid journey, you know that I often feel tired and sluggish. It seems that no amount of Synthroid can improve these symptoms, which has led me to pursue a more holistic approach. So I was delighted to correspond with Fern, and I am even more elated to meet her in person and learn from her meditation class.

Montauk Magic Retreat

According to the website, the Montauk Magic Retreat has lots to offer — from chakra and aura cleansing to energy and card reading (all of which is new to me). If you’re on Long Island, I highly suggest you check this event out. Fern has graciously offered my Living in Steil readers a special discount code to attend. The secret code MAGIC gives you $30 off day and week passes for the retreat at fernolivia.com. Follow @fernolivia for all of the amazing classes and DIY organic essential oil alchemy bars and thyroid yoga classes she has popping up around Montauk and Amagansett this week!

Montauk Magic Retreat

In addition to the events, Fern will be cheffing the retreat with haute all-organic plant-based cuisine and a specially curated Thyroid Yoga-approved menu.

I’ll be sharing some behind-the-scenes happenings tomorrow. Be sure to follow me on Instagram and Snapchat (username: livinginsteil) so you don’t miss out on the action!

Meet Fern Olivia:

Fern Olivia

Fern Olivia Langham, founder of Thyroid.Yoga™, is a LA-based instructor and wellness expert renowned for her artful approach to self-healing. Through her own journey recovering from Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism, Fern Olivia combines her extensive knowledge of yoga, meditation, breathwork, mantra, holistic health, and plant-based alchemy into a one-of-a-kind integrative approach. She has helped hundreds of men and women overcome their struggles with thyroid and hormone imbalances and you can learn her practices on her brand new MindBodyGreen video course. Fern Olivia will take you on a journey to empower you to create daily rituals that will support your sustained health and vitality. You’ll learn about the root causes of thyroid symptoms, and how to self-heal using the practices of yoga, meditation, breath work, mantra and holistic lifestyle rituals.

In addition to her MindBodyGreen video course and one-of-a-kind Thyroid.Yoga™ membership-based practice, Fern Olivia leads meditation and yoga retreats and speaks on the topics of conscious communication, self-love, and healing at events around the world. Fern Olivia also combined her passion for plants with her love of organic beauty to birth Ajai Alchemy as a luxury apothecary.

Connect with Fern Olivia on Instagram @fernolivia and Facebook for powerful resources and inspiration, and be the first to know about her upcoming Thyroid.Yoga™ teacher training program in LA and Australia, as well as her life-changing retreats.

Upcoming Events:

Thyroid Yoga Teacher Training for Healers and Wellness Practitioners

This one-of-a-kind experience will be offered live at Ra Ma Institute for Applied Yogic Science and Technology in Venice, California on Friday November 4, Saturday November 5, and Sunday November 6. Fern Olivia will be providing streaming access on Ra Ma TV for those attending virtually. Receive more information here.

We are offering a limited number of scholarships to those who apply by August 1, 2016. Please contact love@thyroid.yoga to inquire about our scholarship program.

*Images courtesy of Montauk Magic Retreat/Fern Olivia