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Find your bliss this fall with these simple self-care tips from Chloe Manlay, resident yoga teacher and retreat coordinator at Yemaya, a Caribbean hideaway on Little Corn Island, Nicaragua.
1. Taste the tropics
This refreshing drink is a best-seller at Yemaya’s beach bar: In a blender, mix 1 banana, 7 pineapple cubes, 5 basil leaves, 1 tbsp ground turmeric, 1 tsp fresh ginger, 1 cup coconut milk, ½ cup ice, and 1 tbsp sugar-cane juice until smooth. Garnish with grated coconut and enjoy.
2. Replenish in 5 minutes
Manlay puts students in Restorative Fish Pose for a quick infusion of relaxed energy. Sit with the short end of a bolster at your back and a folded blanket and two blocks handy; hug your knees to your chest. On an exhale, lie down along the length of the bolster. Place the blanket under your head, bring the soles of your feet together, and let your knees drop out onto the blocks. Rest your hands on the floor, palms up. Stay 5 to 10 minutes.
3. Pamper your skin
Get deliciously soft skin with Yemaya’s signature chocolate body mask. Grind 2 cups cacao beans in a coffee grinder until fine. Pour powder into a bowl and mix in 1 cup hot water; let cool. Stir in ½ cup raw honey (add 2 tbsp grapeseed oil for dry skin). After a warm bath, drain the water and, still in the tub, apply the cocoa mixture to your skin, scrubbing gently. Relax for up to 30 minutes, and then rinse with cool water.