Music to your soul


t’s been said that “music hath charms to soothe a savage breast,” but you’ll probably need some of these items if you really want to soothe your soul after a long, hard day at the office …

Just Breathe

Sometimes you need to stop and remind yourself to breathe and relax. While some yoga courses can be as strenuous as a five-mile sprint, Yoga Jones in Ventura offers a few classes ($15 each) that are all about letting go and refueling your spirit. Their Kundalini course (the “yoga of awareness”) uses breath, posture, movement, mantra and meditation to increase energy and promises deep relaxation. Their Restoratives courses offer a langhana practice where the goal is to relax, restore and renew. No matter if you’re a yogic master or a total novice, they’ve got a class that’s perfect for you. Yoga Jones, 105 South Oak Street, Ventura. For more information and a complete class schedule, visit or call 643-5669.

Rub Your Troubles Away

There is no better way to relax after a long, stressful week at work, or a strenuous weekend hike than by getting a serious massage. And we don’t mean a friendly back rub from a loved one, we mean the Aromatherapy Massage (50 minutes $115, 80 minutes $175) at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. This is a no-nonsense, guaranteed relaxer inspired by Ojai’s Mediterranean climate. A trained masseuse (or masseur) will pamper you with a blend of medicinal-grade essential oil and cold-pressed olive oil and expertly work out all your kinks. Can you imagine a better way to spend an afternoon? Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, 905 Country Club Road, Ojai. Call 1-888-772-6524 or visit

Softly flickering …

According to Fusion Home’s Web site, Màlie means “beautiful calm water” and “higher enlightenment.” These wonderful soy candles, which are made from 100 percent natural waxes, come in both Pikake (Hawaiian Jasmine) and Coconut Pineapple scents. They burn cleaner and last longer than standard candles. If you can’t go to the islands to relax, at least you can close your eyes and pretend. Fusion Home, 418 East Main Street, Ventura. Call 652-7017 or visit

Stay Baby Soft

How about a moisturizer and exfoliator that looks and smells good enough to eat, but also really works? LaLicious’ Body Sugar Souffle Scrubs are made with all natural ingredients like pure cane sugar crystals, coconut oil, sweet almond and vitamin E oils. The coconut oil absorbs quickly and easily into your skin — which means you’ll stay moisturized all day but you’ll never feel greasy. To get the full benefits, LaLicious recommends that you use the Sugar Souffle Scrub as the last thing you do after you wash your body and hair. We like the look and smell of the Passionfruit Lime ($30), but there are many other varieties to choose from. 35 South Body Retreat, 35 South Oak Street, Ventura. Call 652-0355 or visit

Tea Time

Cuddle up on the couch with a good book and a big mug of Zhena’s Gypsy Tea — preferably Uplifting Earl Grey ($5.99), a soothing blend of the highest quality ingredients: floral undertones and essential oils of cold-pressed citrusy Italian bergamot fragrance, and Assam and Ceylon black teas. Uplifting Earl Grey lifts the spirit, relieves tension and contains only half the caffeine of coffee. A portion of the proceeds from Uplifting Earl Grey will be donated to C.E.O Women, a U.S.-based micro-enterprise development organization that helps immigrant and refugee women transition out of poverty and into self-sufficiency ( Zhena herself is an Ojai resident — her teas are doubly wonderful because of their superior quality and her commitment to fair trade practices and organic ingredients. Zhena’s Gypsy Teas. To order, visit or call 1-800-448-0803.

“Light be the earth upon you, lightly rest.”


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