20.9.14

Bonjour from the South of France! (Part 2)

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Hello gorgeous. Hope september’s been a good month so far. It’s been super sweet on my end: my days are filled to the brim with yoga, food, laughter, everything france, adventures galore, and being of service. Working at LUXyoga has been by far one of the most amazing ways to show up and give.

During this week, I definitely had to find my flow within the larger scheme of things… I had to carve out the best ways for self-care while staying on top of my other responsibilities. At the eve of the third and final retreat for this season, I am so so ready to take it on. It took me about two weeks to get into the flow of LUX. Now that I’ve familiarized myself with the “dance” so to speak, this retreat will be wonderful in that I’ll get to smooth out all the details and make them as seamless as possible.

For now, I present you some of the pictures taken over the last two weeks.

Staff dinners usually end up at this AMAZING creperie. This here is a buckwheat crepe with goat cheese, mushrooms, butterleaf lettuce and ham.

Staff dinners usually end up at this AMAZING creperie. This here is a buckwheat crepe with goat cheese, mushrooms, butterleaf lettuce and ham.Ā this is kinda what a "break" from work looks like.

this is kinda what a “break” from work looks like.

one of my jobs is to make flower arrangements for each retreat. I get to hang out with some pretty amazing flowers and from time to time I will look up and see the most amazeballs scenery.

one of my jobs is to make flower arrangements for each retreat. I get to hang out with some pretty amazing flowers and from time to time I will look up and see the most amazeballs scenery.

this here is Chef Ben and Sous-chef Justin, planning their dinner moves.

this here is Chef Ben and Sous-chef Justin, planning their dinner moves.

This is the first meal that Chef Ben prepared (it was a staff dinner at the villa). Okay, so, yeah... best friend chicken EVA. Though my fav was the mashed potatoes.

This is the first meal that Chef Ben prepared (it was a staff dinner at the villa). Okay, so, yeah… best fried chicken EVA. Though my fav was the mashed potatoes.

This is Ilaria making the daily green juice. Yum.

This is Ilaria making the daily green juice. Yum.

Sous Chef Justin putting some finishing touches on the dinner dishes.

Sous Chef Justin putting some finishing touches on the dinner dishes.

One of many masterpieces we serve here at LUXyoga.

One of many masterpieces we serve here at LUXyoga.

Ain't the dinner table pretty? At the head of the table is Chef Ben, describing the dish being served.

Ain’t the dinner table pretty? At the head of the table is Chef Ben, describing the dish being served.

A lovely portrait of some of our guests. Loved these ladies <3

A lovely portrait of some of our guests. Loved these ladies <3

Coolest church pretty much ever (in Antibes during an excursion).

Coolest church pretty much ever (in Antibes during an excursion).

I couldn't very well properly call myself a Bikram teacher without putting up at least one picture of my slowly-but-surely improving Standing Bow.

I couldn’t very well properly call myself a Bikram teacher without putting up at least one picture of my slowly-but-surely improving Standing Bow.

Okay. This man was awesome. I met him at the market; his jewelry stand drew me in like a magnet. I ended up finding my piece: an arm bracelet. He customized it for me on the spot so that it would fit.

Okay. This man was awesome. I met him at the market; his jewelry stand drew me in like a magnet. I ended up finding my piece: an arm bracelet. He customized it for me on the spot so that it would fit.

Taken just before our "silent class". No music, no dialogue. Just breath.

Taken just before our “silent class”. No music, no dialogue. Just breath.

One of the many portraits taken during hors d'oeuvres. This one is one of the more conservative shots... we sure got silly with some of the pics taken.

One of the many portraits taken during hors d’oeuvres. This one is one of the more conservative shots… we sure got silly with some of the pics taken.

The leading men: Ben & Craig with Chef Ben. Making things happen in the hot room and in the kitchen :)

The leading men: Ben & Craig with Chef Ben. Making things happen in the hot room and in the kitchen šŸ™‚

Craig Villani getting his snack on. It was so awesome spending time with him and actually getting to know him. He was director of bikram teacher training when i attended; with 400 other people in the training, I never got to really know him. That all changed during these last two weeks :)

Craig Villani getting his snack on. It was so awesome spending time with him and actually getting to know him. He was director of bikram teacher training when i attended; with 400 other people in the training, I never got to really know him. That all changed during these last two weeks šŸ™‚

This guy is just an angel in a devil's costume. Aside from being devilishly handsome, he's got a great sense of humor, and it's so thanks to him that I was able to hit the ground running here at Lux.

This guy is just an angel in a devil’s costume. Aside from being devilishly handsome, he’s got a great sense of humor, and it’s so thanks to him that I was able to hit the ground running here at Lux.

AM ritual: I go around the villa to this little sunny nook where I lay out my jewelry and infusion to be sun soaked.

AM ritual: I go around the villa to this little sunny nook where I lay out my jewelry and infusion to be sun soaked.

One of my favorite lunches!!! No joke, Chef Ben's falafel is legen... wait for it.... dary!

One of my favorite lunches!!! No joke, Chef Ben’s falafel is legen… wait for it…. dary!

Oh. This here is the view from the spot we hike to. Sigh....

Oh. This here is the view from the spot we hike to. Sigh….

More food porn.

More food porn.

Stole this shot of Martin while having a beer downstairs. This here is The Apartment, the medieval brownstone where the LUXstaff resides

Stole this shot of Martin while having a beer downstairs. This here is The Apartment, the medieval brownstone where the LUXstaff resides

couldn't help it. had to do one of these beach selfies. i mean come on; all the cool kids are doing it.

couldn’t help it. had to do one of these beach selfies. i mean come on; all the cool kids are doing it.

Ben & Craig goofing around in the kitchen.

Ben & Craig goofing around in the kitchen.

This is where the food magic happens! I call it the Nook.

This is where the food magic happens! I call it the Nook.

i love making wreaths every chance i get.

i love making wreaths every chance i get.

the crew on a hike. yes, we even make hiking look sexy.

the crew on a hike. yes, we even make hiking look sexy.

and speaking of making things look sexy, wouldn't you say I make ironing quite the thing this fall?

and speaking of making things look sexy, wouldn’t you say I make ironing quite the thing this fall?

this was taken on the day after the second retreat; on our hike to the top of the mountain.

this was taken on the day after the second retreat; on our hike to the top of the mountain.

i love that these guys are always ready to pose for me.

i love that these guys are always ready to pose for me.

The luxmen at the top of the mountain, in front of the setting sun.

The luxmen at the top of the mountain, in front of the setting sun.

i foraged a bunch of lavender at the top of the mountain, which i immediately fell in love with. can't wait to make some medicine with it.

i foraged a bunch of lavender at the top of the mountain, which i immediately fell in love with. can’t wait to make some medicine with it.

me with the boys.

me with the boys.

this is what i keep by my bedside. the nightly essentials.

this is what i keep by my bedside. the nightly essentials.



Welcome:

My name is Mishel Ixchel. Iā€™m Ecuadorian-born &
NYC-bred. Western Mass is currently home, and it's also where I practice + teach the art of
Sacred Self Care.

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