Thursday, July 21, 2011


So I have a month before I move, but I needed to find a new doctor to manage my thyroid meds & I thought I'd have better luck finding someone holistic in the Richmond-area. So I called chiro-sister & she recommended Dr. McClanahan. She said, "If I had to go to a medical doctor, this is who I'd go to." Bonus that she's in Yogaville! It will only be an hour-ish from the new house, but it was 3 hours from my current one. Anyway, minus the driving, it was a pretty quick trip. Everyone I talked to there said it was a great place to use as a retreat. I didn't say, "I've essentially been on retreat for 4 years."  But I can see that it might be nice in the future. Certainly closer for me than the Himalayan Institute.

After my appointment, I did a bit of exploring & took some photos. I have to go back in 6 months, so it will be a bit of a contrast to the summer heat!

Doesn't this look inviting?

Here's the view from the patio.

Off to the right.


On the way to the temple.

That looks like a giant . . .


Walk way to the entrance.

Cool statue.

It was so H-O-T.  If XM Radio Guy had been with me, he would've dared me to jump in.
 There were no photos allowed inside the temple, because you know I would've taken some! Downstairs were altars & info on all the major religions. Then I went upstairs, and by "went" I mean on the balls of my feet up the teeny-tiny stairs of a spiral staircase. Upstairs is the top of the lotus. Hard to describe. I might've stayed longer, but there was some yoga dude who was meditating. I wasn't feeling the sacredness of the space as much as I was hearing the buzzing of the fluorescent lights.

Heading back.

I didn't go into this building; I ran out of time. The stairs had nothing to do with it. Shut up. No, they didn't!
 Gate on the way out:

Love this: TRUTH IS ONE, PATHS ARE MANY. Unless you eat meat. Then you're going to hell. Heh.
So I'm looking FW to going back again when I can spend a bit more time exploring. I was rushing back to pick up the dogs from Mystic Pet, but next time I go, that won't be an issue. Plus it would be fun to go with chiro-sister or a friend.


Anonymous said...

First of all, I didn't know you had a thyroid thing going on. I've recently discovered that I do, too. Fun, isn't it?

Secondly. Yogaville?! Only in America. I love it! :)

Hali Chambers said...

Hi Svasti! Yes, the hypothyroidism has been a key link in my journey back to health. Particularly helpful was the book STOP THE THYROID MADNESS, which addresses the emotional, mental, & psychological issues that come with a thyroid disorder (along with chronic pain, fatigue,weight gain, etc.) Also helpful was Mary Shomon's LIVING WELL WITH HYPOTHYROIDISM. Armour thyroid has been a godsend! (I can't take Synthroid because it has gluten in it & plus it's only T4, not T3).

Yeah, YOGAVILLE! Nothing like that Down Under? 1000 acres in the BEAUTIFUL Virginia countryside. There are a few yoga retreat centers here in the States, but I've never seen anything like this! Pretty cool! Namaste, :-) H.

Whispers of Joy said...

Hali... leave it up to you to find a doctor's office that looks like this......incredible!!

Hali Chambers said...

I know, right? It's my way of going to India without actually going to India!