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Cancer Health and Astrology with Leslie McGuirk


Born under the Sign of the Crab?

We’re under the sign of Cancer the crab this month, so take to the water! Anyone born to be in the ocean, a lake, river, or swimming pool.  Fortunately, the Ranch has three swimming pools, one Watsu pool, and four Jacuzzis.  A happy Crab can hop in and out of all of them, and be completely at home.  All Cancers will be in their element while focusing on water fitness while at The Ranch.

One thing is for sure, they need to move! They have two very distinct movement patterns:  eager and energetic, or quiet and hiding. Being the most emotional sign of the Zodiac, a sensitive crab that gets upset will hide inside his little crab hole until it is safe to come out.  Cancers do not like to fight, but if you irritate them enough, those sharp pinchers will come out – but only to protect themselves.  Rarely will they instigate a fight.  When it comes to food, they may struggle with portion control.  Cancers sometimes have a tendency toward emotional eating, using food as a way to calm their nerves. A happy place for them at the Ranch is the cooking school, La Cocina que Canta.  Here they can soak up great cooking tips for healthy meals, which they can take home to share with friends and family.  Nurturing and nourishing others is one of their primary concerns.

Since they tend to take on other people’s problems, they have to be careful of stress related illnesses, especially in the gastrointestinal area.  Taking one of Yvonne’s nutritional classes, such as How to be Stress Hardy,  would be ideal for sensitive crabs.  They are all about eating, sleeping, caretaking, and loving.   However if they get upset it is possible for them to perseverate over an issue until it has made them sick. Practicing restorative yoga and meditation will help to keep them in balance.


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Get #RanchFit!

Summer is here and there’s no better time to step up your game in fitness and health. Here at Rancho La Puerta we provide an overall mind, body and spirit program that appeals to all, but fear not: If you … Continue reading


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Origins of the Ranch, Part XXIX

Brave New Ranch: More About The Huxley Connection [To read more history, see Origins of the Ranch: Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, Part VI, Part VII, Part VIII, Part IX, Part X, Part XI, Part XII, Part XIII, Part XIV, Part XV, Part XVI, Part XVII, Part XVIII, Part XIX, Part … Continue reading


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July at The Ranch: Remotivate

The sun is out and it’s summertime!  This is one of my favorite times of the year at The Ranch; perfect pool weather, gorgeous scenery, and beautiful twilight dinners outdoors in the warm evening breeze.  July is also the perfect time … Continue reading


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Tips for Beginning Fiction Writers

The Ranch is a haven for emerging writers.  We frequently have talented and established writers teach workshops here at RLP.  I’m lucky enough to have been to many classes and it’s helped my writing tremendously. This past Writer’s Week, author Ellen Sussman taught Writing … Continue reading


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The New Ranch Wellness Program

I am happy to introduce Wellness FX, The Ranch’s new health partner. With them we have designed a health program available for all Ranch guests. It’s a fast and easy way to obtain a deeper understanding of your health, possibly … Continue reading


June at Rancho La Puerta

June at The Ranch: Reaffirm

  June is a special month here at The Ranch.  It’s our 75th anniversary! Rancho La Puerta was founded in 1940 by Deborah Szekely and her husband, Professor Edmund Szekely.  So it’s fitting that June is Reaffirm Month.  After 75 years … Continue reading


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