According to Chinese tradition, the dragon, zodiac of the Chinese New Year, represents strength, resilience and balance. Fostering these qualities in ourselves with a healthy morning ritual can improve our health and wellbeing. Exercising, for example, builds strength and resilience, while meditating and grounding ourselves in the present balances. By beginning our mornings in this manner, we set a positive tone for the rest of the day.
Rituals for physical wellbeing
Begin with a nutritious breakfast and plenty of hydration to fuel you for the rest of the day. Exercises such as calisthenics and yoga stretch and release tension, while an jog in the great outdoors has myriad benefits beyond boosting energy and serotonin levels: breathing in fresh air oxygenates the blood, sunlight improves the immune system and quality of sleep, and the sights and sounds of nature soothe. Mindful breathing, as practised during yoga or simply standalone, has been known to lower blood pressure, cortisol levels and inflammation, while improving mood and alertness.
Rituals for mental wellbeing
Taking a few moments to reflect each day can recharge the mind and the spirit. Regular meditation contributes to a healthy mindset, allowing you to better handle stressful situations and difficult relationships. Gratitude journalling puts things into perspective and restores balance, while reciting positive affirmations can cultivate inner strength and resilience.
Creating the ideal morning ritual
While the ideal morning ritual will depend on the individual and how they are feeling that day, we recommend a mix of physical and mental components. Begin with a brief workout incorporating strength-building exercises, followed by a calming yoga session to enhance balance. Integrate mindfulness through deep breathing exercises for mental resilience. Then conclude with gratitude journalling and positive affirmations to foster emotional strength.
A comprehensive morning ritual establishes a foundation for the day, instilling in us a positive outlook that will allow us to better tackle what lies ahead. A mix of activities can benefit both physical and mental health, enhancing in us the qualities of strength, balance and resilience for a healthier life.
Mornings at Chiva-Som
Chiva-Som Hua Hin’s beachfront setting is ideal for beneficial morning routines. Healthy wellness breakfasts are served overlooking the ocean and sunrise. An integral part of the wellness experience, complimentary group classes begin at 7:00 with tai chi, yoga and stretching, as well as more vigorous classes such as HIIT and bootcamp to boost energy levels.
The Yoga for Life retreat is lead by experts in a range of yoga disciplines, and includes daily meditation and pranayama to relax, rejuvenate, rebalance, and build strength and resilience. For those looking for a more energising routine, the Fitness retreat offers multiple personal training sessions, as guest and coach work together to build up an effective morning exercise regimen to continue with at home.
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For 29 years, the award-winning Chiva-Som has pioneered transformative wellness practices to global acclaim. Its commitment to an innovative, holistic approach which expertly balances mind, body and spirit continues to this day with its flagship resort in Hua Hin, Thailand, and the latest addition to the Chiva-Som family, Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva-Som in Khasooma, Qatar.
Optimal, bespoke wellness lies at the heart of each Chiva-Som experience. With its unique synergy of indigenous traditions and evidence-based wellness, Chiva-Som partners with guests on highly personalised wellness journeys focused on complete lifestyle transformation. At the new Zulal Wellness Resort, these extend to the entire family. Guests are motivated throughout their journey by knowledgeable and caring staff, who address their goals with the unique heart of Chiva-Som hospitality.
Chiva-Som’s approach to wellness extends to the wider community, with educational opportunities and global sustainability initiatives at the core of everything we do.
A few of Chiva-Som Hua Hin’s recent awards:
'Wellness & Spa Retreat' - Thailand Tourism Gold Awards 2023
'Medical Wellness Retreat Global' - Readers' Choice, Global Spa Awards 2023
'Best Destination Spa in the World' - Condé Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards 2022
'Fighting Fit' - Tatler Spa Awards 2022
'Thailand's Best Wellness Retreat' - World Spa Awards 2022
'Top Destination Spa Resort in the World' - Condé Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards 2021
'Gold Award' - Thailand Tourism Awards 2021
'Asia's Best Wellness Retreat' - World Spa Awards 2021
'Thailand's Best Wellness Retreat' - World Spa Awards 2021
'Best Destination Spa' - Condé Nast Traveller (UK) Spa Awards 2020
'Wellness Program of the Year' - Destination Deluxe Awards 2020
'International Hotels: Best Wellness Retreat' - Travel + Leisure India's Best Awards 2020
One of the '50 Sustainability & Climate Leaders' - Bloomberg 2020