Aqua Yoga coming To Soma Ranch

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We are super excited to be bringing Aqua Yoga to Soma Ranch! Our pool is perfectly designed for this kind of class, retreat and training.

This is an excellent weekend for

  • FIT PROS who’d like to add aqua fitness/aqua yoga to their skill set

  • YOGA TEACHERS who’d like to add aqua

  • ANYBODY who’d like to enjoy yoga in the water, a fabulous retreat and opportunity to learn

For more information and to register click

Nia is like a Water Park Ride!

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Welcome Annie, who attended a Nia class at Soma Ranch for the first time this week. And thank you regular attendee/Nia Green Belt, Barbara Durrant, for bringing your friend to Soma Ranch.

We are amazed and thankful at how you drive an hour each way from College Station to attend Nia classes at Soma Ranch so often.

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At the end of class Annie, with a beautiful "after Nia class" glow on her face, shared how her first Nia class experience felt very much like a ride on a water slide at Schlitterbahn! "at the beginning I felt both nervous and excited as I really didn't know what I was jumping into. Then as we warmed up I felt like I was being moved gently through several curves, shoots and tunnels. As we really got moving I felt some moments of surprise and brief moments of concern (like a tight corner when a little water splashes up your nose!), then I really got into enjoying the ups and downs both physically and emotionally. Before I knew it POOF! the class was over. Now I want to do that ride again ;-)"

Thank you for sharing your Nia experience in such a fun way, we love your creativity, the joy you brought to class and look forward to your return.

Fabulous Soma BES 2018 retreat.

This year we celebrated 25 years of marriage and 25 years of teaching Nia. Yes Helen and Joe married so Helen could take the Nia white belt training, the beginning of a wonderful journey!  A super week to enjoy friends in a most relaxed atmosphere at and around Soma Ranch...

Enjoying baby donkey Conrad during our retreat was like icing on the cake

We were blessed with water as smooth as glass on Lake Conroe. Boating, tubing and Paddleboarding were so much fun. Especially with folks jumping on for the first time!

Swimming, dancing, meditating, walking the labyrinth, laughing, eating and enjoying each other's company was most delightful during our retreat...

Our final class, our delicious nap/meditation and seeing relaxed faces as guests departed, all added up to a retreat I'll cherish for a long time. Soma Ranch has blossomed into a wonderful Haven for relaxation, fun and friendships....

Another wonderful AirBNB guest leaves a raving review.

Thank you to our wonderful weekend AirBNB guests. They took care of the property, appeared to have a marvelous time and left a RAVE review. When Helen's not providing a training, and Soma Ranch isn't hosting a retreat, we rent out the ranch to special groups and families. One of the ways people find us is through AirBNB who we are super thankful for over the past few years.

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Nia Cycle 4 ~ Get Moving

Cycle 4: Get Moving 

In the Nia Technique Class Get Moving involves moving your whole body through space, varying the movement and energy dynamics to condition the whole body and nervous system while reaching your greatest physical intensity and target heart rate. 

In the New Year "Get moving" involves moving your whole body system, addressing the needs of your body, mind, emotion and spirit. Often when we begin to practice healthier habits we can feel worse before we feel better. The reason behind this is we likely have "bad bugs" living in our body and healthy habits (Cardio workouts, eliminating sugar and wheat) help "Kill" these bad bugs. Unfortunately the bugs are more toxic dead than they are alive, the body will do it's best to eliminate them, through mucus, vomit and/or sweats! oh yes! we can feel like we're going down with the flu, have an upset stomach and more. In Body Ecology this is called "cleansing".

The 3 laws of cleansing are:

  1. Expect to cleanse
  2. Prepare to cleanse
  3. Celebrate the cleanse

In preparation to cleanse be ready with

  1. apple cider vinegar (dilute in water),
  2. broccoli water (boil the broccoli and save/sip the water)
  3. cultured/fermented vegetables (and/or cocobiotic)

I've also sustained wellness through fabulous aromatherapy oils, even when surrounded by sniffling friends! Here's some information about some great basic oils to help you through the winter in sickness and in health LOL.

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Essential Oils Can

help alleviate discomfort brought on by the changing seasons! Winter brings the darkest, coldest, and gloomiest days of the year. Here's 10 top essential oils for wintertime.

Using essential oils can help alleviate much of the discomfort brought on by the changing seasons! Winter brings some of the darkest, coldest, and gloomiest days of the year. Here are our top 10 essential oils for wintertime.

Uplifting and Motivating: doTERRA Cheer , doTERRA Motivate , and Neroli Touch

Any oil in the doTERRA Emotional Aromatherapy™ System can be used to help alleviate negative emotions that arise during the winter, but two oils in particular can help bolster your mood when you are unhappy or discouraged. doTERRA Cheer Uplifting Blend combines citrus and spice oils to provide a boost when you need cheering up. doTERRA Motivate Encouraging Blend utilizes the calming and uplifting benefits of citrus and mint oils to energize you, give you courage to face pessimism and doubts, and help create feelings of self-assurance. Another great oil for relieving occasional anxious or unsettled feelings is doTERRA Neroli Touch. Apply Neroli Touch to your palms and cup your hands over your nose, breathing deeply, to feel more relaxed and at peace. Use Neroli Touch, doTERRA Cheer, or doTERRA Motivate (or combinations of the three) on your wrists or the back of your neck to help lift your spirits and bring a little sunshine back into your day.

Smooth Skin: Rose Touch and Lavender

Cold, dry, and windy weather leaves skin dry and irritated. Rose oil is known to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections and has a calming and reassuring aroma.* Use Lavender oil and doTERRA Rose Touch oil with your moisturizer to soothe, moisturize, and ease occasional irritation and dryness, bringing back a balance of moisture to your skin.* Together these oils can be especially useful for soothing chapped knuckles, elbows and knees. Well-being and

Clear Breathing:

doTERRA On Guard , Eucalyptus, and Peppermint The changing seasons brings an onslaught of environmental threats. To help protect against seasonal threats and support healthy immune function, diffuse doTERRA On Guard in your home.* There are many great doTERRA On Guard products to aid in supporting healthy immune function.* A few oils to use to help promote clear breathing include Eucalyptus and Peppermint oil. Apply over the chest, add to steamy bathwater, or diffuse at night to aid in promoting feelings of open airways. Be careful to dilute both Eucalyptus and Peppermint for skin sensitivity. (For young or particularly sensitive essential oil users, consider using Melaleuca and Spearmint oil in place of Eucalyptus and Peppermint. Both are gentler oils that can assist in feelings of clear breathing.)

Digestion and Appetite: DigestZen and Slim & Sassy

Whether you have a New Year’s resolution to eat smarter, you are recovering from poor holiday eating, or you just want to give extra care to your digestive system, these two oils can help alleviate discomfort and support healthy digestive function. Fennel, Peppermint, and Ginger are just a few of the oils starring in DigestZen, the “tummy tamer” blend. Put a few drops of DigestZen in your water or rub on your stomach or the bottom of your feet to help relieve occasional stomach discomfort.* Slim & Sassy blend not only helps to curb cravings and manage your appetite, but also helps support a healthy metabolism when taken internally.* The aromas of Grapefruit and Cinnamon, along with Lemon, Peppermint, and Ginger, are also uplifting and comforting. A few drops of Slim & Sassy in a glass of cold water can help you manage cravings and ease discomfort.

* Which oils help you get through the hardest parts of winter? Let us know in the comments! ® ® ® *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


I'm Worth It! ~ Weekend Retreat

Retreat in a Swing The intention of the “I’m Worth It!” weekend retreat is create a vessel of sacred space so that you can take a breather (literally!) to get grounded, connect with others and most importantly, connect with yourself. What if you take some time to breathe in nature and focus on what matters to you? And while we are at it we might have just a little fun along the way and PLAY!

Click HERE more information and to download the flier.

Price includes lodging, food and materials

Dorm$450Sign up Now
Semi Private$550Sign up Now

Together through illuminating experiences we will learn to:

Build trust through connection and give ourselves permission to be MESSY! Imperfection is perfect and fun!
Have courageous conversations about our strengths and values to cultivate resilience to our inner and outer critics
Bolster our empathy channel, model compassion and practice vulnerability
Bring forward our creativity, tap into innovation and allow ourselves to show up in a powerful way

This weekend retreat will nurture your desire to play big and be brave. Being courageous and playing big while also being vulnerable allows us to lead more authentic and wholehearted lives. Grounded by a sense of purpose and guided by a resilient spirit we will be transformed as women and as leaders.

For more information contact

Glowing from ear to ear

AirBNB Children with Cha Cha

We rented Soma Ranch out to a family for 10 days (our longest rental so far). We are tickled pink and glowing from ear to ear to receive their lovely feedback.

Here’s what they shared on the AirBNB report:

“Both of our hosts made us feel welcome in every way possible. They were very flexible about our arrival time, were there to greet us, had done some very thoughtful shopping for us, and the house was in a perfect state. They really made us feel at home and comfortable. Simply perfect.

The house is wonderful. All wood, beautifully decorated with great attention to detail. The kitchen is amazingly well equipped, the long wooden table fabulous for family meals, the bedrooms and bathrooms spotless and beautiful, wonderful beds, enormous piles of towels, and lovely little touches like hand creams and nice soap. Also very efficient air-conditioning, which was a huge bonus! And a super laundry room!

The garden is gorgeous - although how they get such beautiful grass is a secret I would like to learn! It is so well looked after, and the owner came to cut it, clean the pool, and take care of everything with such friendliness and kindness. He even took the children out for a ride on the tractor, which they loved!!

They both took the time to take us around and tell us about the animals, and they showed the children how to feed them. The pool is in mint condition, with little jets of water and pretty lights at night, and is perfect for either serious swimming or to play in. The garden chairs are lovely, and there are two long picnic tables which we used to eat outside. The owners even set everything up for us to make s’mores, and left us the ingredients to enjoy! There is also a very good grill which we used very happily. The house is totally private and secluded, yet close enough to shops, restaurants and the lake to make it a perfect spot whatever sort of holiday you want. I would highly recommend Soma Ranch to anyone who is looking at it - not one thing I would change! It is simply fantastic! A huge thank you to the owners!”

MotherGood Retreat

Hey Moms! Fancy a retreat with yoga, wine and naps? A revitalizing weekend retreat created for moms by moms. YOGA/WRITING/CONNECTION/WINE/NAPS.

Fabulous LOVE how Lauren and Laura have developed this super program - from Yoga to Wine sounds excellent for Moms…

3 places have opened up:

1 semi private
2 shared (in the luxurious Dorm)

To check out all the juicy details and to sign up visit

Monday is Early Bird deadline for Shaman Retreat.

Bridget Boland

Early bird deadline for the Transformation and Radiant Empowerment Retreat with Bridget Boland is approaching. Save $50.00 off the total cost when you register before Monday Sept. 14, and join us for this wonderful seasonal opportunity to energetically release, cleanse and refresh. All details below. Please contact Bridget for details and to register.

Transformation and Radiant Empowerment:
An Autumn Retreat with Shaman Bridget Boland

Autumn is a wonder-filled time to “’plant the seeds of our becoming,” by seeking out our highest, most exquisite visions for ourselves and our lives. Join shaman, writer and Forrest Yoga instructor Bridget Boland for soulful ritual, fire ceremony, yoga, vision journeys, journaling and more. This weekend will help you discern and open the pathways to profound personal transformation and empowerment.

When: October 17-19, 2014
Where: Soma Ranch, Montgomery, TX
$550/person includes dormitory lodging, meals, yoga and all group sessions.
(Add $100 for a semi-private room)
For more information,;

To Register: 214-682-1207

FRIDAY NIGHT: Welcome Dinner, Opening Circle & Fire Ceremony.

SATURDAY: Yoga, Soul and Destiny Retrieval
Journeys, Journaling and Free Time

SUNDAY: Yoga, Closing Circle

Bridget is also available for a very limited number of private healing sessions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Please contact her to schedule your session.

Center for Stress Management hosts day retreat for SMC

Thank you and congratulations to Kris Kerlin (and colleagues at The Center for Stress Management) for hosting a day retreat at Soma Ranch for the doctor’s group Symptom Management Consultants. They are a group of palliative care docs. Amazing women who take great care of many people. Super to witness them receiving some R&R and tools to help them manage their stress.

For more information about The Center for Stress Management check out their web page: