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Healing Waters – Harbin Hot Springs

November 11, 2014


None of us can believe it’s already November. The holiday lights are up on the street corners, Christmas Tree lots are creeping up.. the holiday season is upon us. Not only are we thinking about the holiday chaos, many of us are starting to tap into that restart the New Year promises. If you’re not already signed up for the New Year Yoga Retreat with us, you owe it to yourself to hop in. The cure for chaos is found in the healing waters of the Harbin Hot Springs.

Established in the 1870’s, the Harbin Hot Springs have evolved countless times over the centuries. With three hotel centers that burned down in wildfires over it’s history, the face of this resort has changed but the hot springs have remained the heart and soul of this sacred space on the hillside of Harbin Mountain. Sold to the Heart Consciousness Church in 1975, Harbin still operates as an intentional community where approximately 150 residents live and operate the Retreat Center for outside visitors – including YogaScapes. With access to over 5,000 acres of land, this retreat center represents healing, expansion and growth in land and offerings.

The benefits of the actual hot springs are deep and rich. Aside from offering a natural pool to soak tired muscles, the list of healing benefits is a long one.

There are four types of waters in the springs at Harbin;  Arsenic, Sulfur, Magnesium, and Iron. All of these waters have distinct benefits. Trace amounts of minerals such as sulfur,  magnesium, and iron are absorbed by the body and provide healing effects to various body organs and systems. These healing effects can include stimulation of the immune system, leading to enhanced immunity; physical and mental relaxation; the production of endorphins; and normalized gland function.

Other Benefits include:

  • The direct application of mineralized thermal waters (especially those containing sulfur) can have a therapeutic effect on diseases of the skin.
  • Thermal bathing increases blood circulation and cell oxygenation, eliminating toxins from the body.
  • While large amounts of arsenic are toxic in the body, trace amounts like those found in the waters at Harbin actually do wonders for the skin, assisting the body with plasma and tissue growth.
  • Magnesium absorbed from the water converts blood sugar to energy and promotes healthy skin.
  • Increases the flow of oxygen-rich blood throughout the body, bringing improved nourishment to vital organs and tissues.
  • Increases body metabolism, including stimulating the secretions of the intestinal tract and the liver, aiding digestion
  • Mineral springs contain high amounts of negative ions, which can help promote feelings of physical and psychological well-being

All of these benefits will come in quite handy when it’s time to start setting intentions for a New Year. On top of that, you’ll be surrounded by intentional community, practicing yoga and meditations, and setting true and deep intentions for the New Year. Surrendering in for a soak in the healing waters of Harbin, you’ll actually feel rejuvenated from your holiday season, so your New Year’s Resolution can be more about moving forward than repairing the past.

Joy and peace. It’s in the water.


Writer : Tayla Ealom

Yogini and writer Tayla Ealom is an excited and passionate Bhakti trained yoga teacher freshly relocated to the Bay after 5 years in Los Angeles. Originally from Colorado, she began writing poetry as far back as she can remember and in 2010, published her first collection of poems entitled "Side Notes on the End Table: Thin Wheezings of Humanity." Shortly after, she began her adventure down the road of yoga and healing and hasn't looked back. Connecting her love for the written word with the inspiration she finds from the practices of yoga and meditation, she's dedicated her life and work to building a community that supports one another through true healing, love, laughter, and a little weirdness. Stop by one of her classes to experience excitement, compassion and bad jokes as you sweat, heal, and release. Pop by her website to get a glimpse at her writings and other offerings.