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October 30, 2017

More than 75 wellness classes will be included in the admission price at Summit LA 17, billed as “the world’s preeminent ideas festival.”

The festival will take place in downtown Los Angeles Nov. 3 – 6. The festival will host a diverse array of talks, performances, wellness classes, art installations, gourmet food, and experiences designed to foster relationships and inspire new perspectives, according to the organizers.

The weekend includes more than 150 talks, 40 performances, 75 wellness activities, and meals prepared by 16 chefs. The idea is to inspire people to live better and more creative lives, the Los Angeles Times reported

Wellness presentations include superfood snacks, chocolate communion, modern tea ritual, and an all-recovery meeting.

One experience offered is a sound bath, which promises a deeply immersive experience, including crystal and Himalayan singing bowls, gongs, and tuning forks. A sound bath is a meditative event, intentionally using sound to invite therapeutic and restorative effects; a gentle yet powerful experience for the mind and body. Participants are invited to bring an eye mask or pillow if they wish to have their eyes covered during the session.

Other experiences include a slow flow workout, sunrise meditation, various forms of yoga and dance workouts, and even interaction with shelter dogs awaiting adoption.

Presenters include organizer Marie Kondo, actress and entrepreneur Jessica Alba, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and television program creator Shonda Rhimes, as well as retired Los Angeles Lakers player Kobe Bryant.

One of the keynote events is “Netflix and Chill: a Fireside Chat with Reed Hastings,” the founder and CEO of Netflix.

This is the eleventh year for the summit, which has previously taken place on cruises, in Mexico and in Utah.

The events will take place at several downtown Los Angeles hotels and at historic theaters. A 75,000-square-foot food, art and wellness pavilion also will be featured.

More than 3,000 people have paid $3,700 to participate in the three days of activities. The admission price also includes hotel and food.

If you’re interested in wellness more on a local scale, check out the classes offered by Love Life Wellness of Miami.

October 24, 2017

Perhaps you’ve considered joining a Mindful Meditation or Restorative Meditation class at Love Life Wellness, but you’ve wondered what exactly meditation can do for you.

A new study from the Max Planck Institute shows that meditation and mindfulness training can actually change the structure and function of the brain, our behavior and our experiences, Forbes reported.

The study found that different forms of meditation may be a way to boost different types of intelligence such as attention, empathy and self-awareness. It showed that meditation is a mental activity that can physically change the brain.

Conducted with participants aged 20 to 55 over nine months, the research found that three types of meditation training caused changes in three difference regions of the brain.

The first type of training, called “presence,” used focused awareness meditation, where participants learned to focus their attention and control their breath and to their internal body.

In the second training, called “affect,” participants learned “loving-kindness” (metta) meditation with partners to gain compassion and empathy.

The last training, “perspective,” focused on non-judgmental observation of one’s own thoughts and the perspectives of others.

Researchers found that the training led to volume increases in corresponding brain areas.

Previous research showed that people who practiced meditation long-term had a different brain structure and function than most people, and that even short-term meditation could improve well-being, per Forbes.

Love life wellness offers a choice of meditation classes. In Mindful Meditation, the focus is on bringing the attention to the present moment to find peace and stillness within, creating a lasting effect on our lives. Restorative Meditation emphasizes bringing the focus within, using simple meditative techniques to restore, replenish and revive the body. You will leave feeling energized and refreshed for the remainder of the day.

For more information about meditation classes, see the Love Life Wellness calendar and schedule here.