I want to share my personal story with you. Many students on our Forest Bathing certification training program know that I work in hospitality. 2020 was the worst year for our industry and many people lost their jobs. That includes me. Along with many employees, I was made redundant by the beautiful wellness retreat I had worked at, due to plummeting number of international travelers normally visited our resorts. It started with an extended mandatory vacation leave to reduce the financial obligations for the company, and eventually we were all let go in December 2020.
On The Wellness Journey Show, we invite wellness entrepreneurs and we talk about how they discovered their passions and how they are able to create a sustainable business out of the passions and live a balanced life. This podcast is created to inspire independent wellness entrepreneurs who are just getting started. Along with me, you will learn valuable insights from our guests, understand the struggles they went through, how they overcome adversities and be guided by “ikigai”, a Japanese term for “reason for being”.
The Mindful Tourist's Founders Speak at World Spa and Wellness Online Conference 28 February – 2 March 2021The Mindful Tourist's Founders, Pin Chinnapat and Milena A. Guziak are joining the industry experts to speak at World Spa and Wellness Online Conference - Conversations on Wellness.Conversations on Wellness is one of the conference streams taking place… Continue reading TMT Founders speak at World Spa and Wellness Online Conference held during 28 February – 2 March 2021
The Mindful Business - Your Achievements, Habits, Goals and Ikigai. In week 14 of your TMT Shinrin Yoku training, we discuss your past achievements, the habits or system you have that contributed to those achievements, your life goal and what hinders you to reach your ikigai or life purpose.
We intuitively know that spending time in nature in good for us. When we slow down, stop the busywork, and take in beautiful natural surroundings, not only do we feel restored, but our mental performance improves too. Critics often scoff that research about the Shinrin Yoku practice is lacking. However, there is growing scientific evidence that getting outside in a natural setting strengthens mind-body connection and, therefore, is good for health.
In Japan, Shinrin Yoku is built into the daily habits without much friction for many people, Japanese and foreign residents alike. This is easily accessible thanks to the clever city planning that beautifully weaves nature and well-paved walkways into the urban landscape. As a result, going for a Shinrin Yoku walk requires little planning, hence incorporating it into the daily life is convenient.
"Shinrin Yoku is the New Yoga," commented Pin Chinnapat, the founder of The Mindful Tourist. More and more medical researches and academic studies are highlighting the benefits of time spent in nature and the outdoors. As science continues to illustrate the many benefits of Shinrin Yoku, it wouldn’t be surprising if its popularity continues to rise in the coming years
Here's how to increase energy with TMT Breath®. Only 2 minutes of this breathwork in a virtual forest walk, you'll instantly feel energized. Breathwork has a ton of benefits on its own, but practicing it in the forest environment brings it to another level. If you have the privilege of living near to the forest or parks, go breathe mindfully and intentionally outdoors. Sit or lie under trees and simply focus on your breathing with your eyes opened and take it all in.
Forest and Urban Shinrin Yoku’s positive effects? Milena A. Guziak digests the researchTakayama, N., Korpela, K., Lee, J., Morikawa, T., Tsunetsugu, Y., Park, B. J., Li, Q., Tyrväinen, L., Miyazaki, Y., & Kagawa, T. (2014). Emotional, restorative and vitalizing effects of forest and urban environments at four sites in Japan. International journal of environmental research… Continue reading Forest and Urban Shinrin Yoku’s positive effect?
If you are a trained Forest Bathing or Shinrin Yoku guide, you probably have all the Forest Bathing basics covered. However, prior to the trip, there is the planning part and a well-planned itinerary ensures a safe and unforgettable experience for both you and your clients. In this blog, I am sharing the secrets, which I used when I planned our very first Forest Bathing trip in Kyoto, to a successful trip.