Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

MAY-JUN 2019

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Our group of ten women paired off and took turns climbing a wobbly 35-foot pole. Standing together on a small platform at the top in a shared moment of terror, we tossed off pieces of paper inscribed with something we wanted to "let go", before literally letting go and stepping into thin air, before our freefall was safely interrupted by a cable attached to the back of our harnesses. It's amazing how fast friends can be made from a shared experience and most of our group met up later that evening for pre-dinner cocktails to celebrate our accomplishment. Rates at Miraval include three meals daily and non-alcoholic beverages. Meals are definitely health-conscious, but don't suffer for lack of flavor or variety. Inspired by the cuisine of the Southwest, fresh seasonal ingredients are paramount. e buffet-style lunch was my favorite meal of the day; loading up on a healthy selection of salads and soups only felt indulgent. e property recently unveiled a new Life in Balance Culinary Kitchen in partnership with Williams Sonoma. Outfitted with top-of-the-line products from the renowned kitchen retailer, the expansive space will be host to a number of new healthy cooking classes and workshops. The remainder of my trip was focused on striking a balance between my physical and mental wellbeing. While the back-and-forth transition from a "relax and let go" mindset during a meditation exercise to shouts of "push harder" from the instructor during spin class was extreme at times, the dichotomy mirrored real-life, and served as a reminder to take time out of each day to do things that make me feel good both mentally and physically. Quantum Leap Experience slmag.net 55

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