It’s Lunar Eclipse Season!
Beginning in August 2020, Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit and Casa Velas in Puerto Vallarta will offer a new moonbathing experience, inclusive of ancestral healing techniques and wellness-focused amenities. Originating from Ayurveda, one of the world’s oldest healing systems, moonbathing is the practice of exposing oneself to the light of the moon in effort to obtain its cooling lunar energy. Most effective when done between the new moon and the full moon, moonbathing is believed to help lower blood pressure, soothe rashes, hives, and other inflammatory conditions, increase fertility, and relieve stress and anxiety.
The next new moon lunar eclipse is on June 21, Father’s Day, followed by a full moon eclipse on the 4thof July.
Photo by Roberto Dickson
Until travelers can enjoy the experience at the resorts, Silvia Velasco, Spa Director of the resorts’ award-winning spas, shares how people at home can moon bathe with the below techniques and tips:
- To follow the traditional ritual, fill a bowl with water and add basil, honey, and rose petals. Let it sit under the moonlight for 1 hour. After, take a sip of the water and pour the remaining into a drawn bath.
- Create calming and comfortable surroundings. Ideas include putting on tranquil music, lighting candles or incense, and using essential oils, such as lavender and sandalwood.
- Drink a cup of herbal tea and head to sleep afterwards.
Other options Silvia recommends for an at-home moon bath include laying down on a blanket under the moonlight, sitting beside a window exposing the skin to moonlight, or taking a walk under the moonlight for at least 30 minutes.
Photo by Altinay Dinc
Come August, at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, the meditation focuses on female emotions, beginning with a breathing guide by a spa therapist. During the private moonbathing ceremony, Florida Water, a highly aromatic cleansing water, will be spritzed. Drums and rattles will be played throughout the experience, offering sacred sounds. Décor includes flowers, symbolizing mother earth; herbs, such as cedar; organic tobacco, and candles. A cacao drink, known as the “medicine for the spirit” in Mayan culture, will be offered as well.
At Casa Velas, an adults-only boutique hotel and beach club in Puerto Vallarta, the moonbathing experience is similar. The main difference is the guided meditation focuses on male emotions, instead of female. Additionally, a popoxcomi (incense burner) will be used during the ceremony, burning sage, rosemary, and eucalyptus. Herbs, such as palo dulce and palo santo, which in Spanish means, “Holy Wood,” will be used as well. Other offerings include ionized water and organic tobacco.
Photo by Marisol CasBen
Read more information about moonbathing at https://magazine.velasresorts.com/dreaming-together/moonlight-bath-ritual-know-the-benefits. Explore more at-home activities with Velas Resorts’ #BetterTogether online program at https://magazine.velasresorts.com and follow hashtag #BetterTogether on social media.
The Moonbathing Experience at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit and Casa Velas costs $200 USD per person for up to 6 people. For reservations and more information, call 1-888-407-4869 or visit www.velasresorts.com.
About Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit:
The AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit enjoys a privileged natural setting with flowering, landscaped gardens beside a long stretch of pristine beach and a dramatic backdrop of the Sierra Madre mountains. The resort features 267 ocean-view suites, inclusive of 12 Wellness Suites, some with private plunge pools. Of the resort’s six restaurants, four, serving French, Italian, Asian and Mexican gourmet cuisine, have received AAA Four Diamond awards for distinguished cuisine and presentation. With treatments inspired by the native traditions of Mexico and a signature Water Journey, SE Spa has been included on Forbes Travel Guide’s list of The World’s Most Luxurious Spas. Other features include an oversized pool, fitness center, 24/7 in-suite service, water sports, tennis, Baby Concierge, Kids’ Club, and state-of-the-art Teens’ Club. The all-inclusive resort in the Riviera Nayarit features more than 15,064 square feet of indoor meeting facilities. Eduardo Vela Ruiz, founder and president of Velas Resorts, operates Velas Resorts with brother Juan Vela, vice president of Velas Resorts, by his side. Explore tips, recipes, lifestyle and travel trends, and the latest news about Velas Resorts on the digital mag: www.velasmagazine.com.
About Casa Velas:
Casa Velas is a luxury all-inclusive boutique hotel with pool and Private Beach Club for adults only in Puerto Vallarta. Reminiscent of a Spanish hacienda, the hotel features 80 spacious suites, some with private pools and Jacuzzis. Nestled on the greens of Marina Vallarta’s 18-hole golf course, this Puerto Vallarta hotel offers guests complimentary golf at three nearby signature-designed 18-hole courses. Its serene, exclusive setting provides an ideal backdrop for a Puerto Vallarta wedding ranging in size from 2 to 300. ABJA Spa encompasses treatment rooms for singles and couples, a hydrotherapy area, garden-view fitness center equipped with state-of-the-art exercise equipment, and a beauty salon. A novel service is a handbag bar where guests can enjoy use of a “loaner” designer handbag at no extra charge. Emiliano restaurant is in the hands of one of the area’s leading chefs serving Mexican and international cuisine. Eduardo Vela Ruiz, founder and president of Velas Resorts, operates Velas Resorts with brother Juan Vela, vice president of Velas Resorts, by his side. Explore tips, recipes, lifestyle and travel trends, and the latest news about Velas Resorts on the digital mag: www.velasmagazine.com.
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