The Chakras

In yoga, reiki, and ayurveda you often hear mention of the 7 chakras. In western medicine you don’t hear about the chakras very much, so what are they? The 7 chakras are energy centers in our body that start at the base of our spine and continue to the crown of our head. Each of the chakras are associated with different body parts, illnesses, and emotions. They also have colors, gemstones, and smells.

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Traci ArnoldComment
Essential Oil Spotlight: Sweet Orange

It is my plan this year to share my knowledge of essential oils in hope to enlighten mind, body and spirit in each of us.  So, it is with the thought of balance I start by highlighting the essential oil Sweet Orange (Citrus Sinensis) as the first in a monthly series on essential oils.

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Penny MossComment
Mala Beads

Malas are not just stylish and trendy jewelry, they are tools that we can use in our meditation practice daily. Keep reading to learn more about Mala Beads

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Traci ArnoldComment
Dealing With A Stuffy Nose in Yoga Class

We are currently in the heart of winter season and for most of us stuffy noses are common during this time of year. In yoga, we use the breath as a tool to calm the nervous system and to focus on the present moment. From my personal experience I know that it can be hard to practice yoga without being able to breathe normally, so here are a few alternative remedies to help you clear your nasal passages and feel better during your practice!

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Hope BidingerComment
Grief in the Holidays

The holidays can be stressful, and adding grief to that stress can be overwhelming. We are reminded of all the good memories we shared, and we can see and feel how much our lives have changed since our loved one’s passing. So how do we cope in the holidays; how do we find that joy that this season brings? Keep reading to find out! 

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Traci ArnoldComment
What To Do When You've Caught The Flu!

Oh no! Sick with the flu...or any other virus this time of year? You know what I am talking about, fever, body aches, respiratory junk, headache, sore/dry throat. Has your family gotten it?

As with many things, the best defense is prevention...it might be too late for that in your case, so let’s talk about remedies and comfort measures to get you over it and back on track. 

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Audrey Christie, RNComment
Bathe Away Your Stress

Bath time is “me time”, where you can be free of distractions, create a peaceful ambiance, and feel stress wash away. Some of my all time favorite bath-time ingredients are incredibly easy to obtain, and they can be combined differently for restful sleep, detox after a stressful day at work, or just to please the senses.

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Kristen HelpertComment
Power Yoga Classes and Beginners

It is especially important for a beginner to take their time with poses and transitions throughout a Power Yoga class.Through modifications, yoga props, and giving yourself a break to rest, or taking on challenges, it is ultimately your decision to personalize your practice based on your skill level.

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Hope BidingerComment
Non-alcoholic Holiday Drinks

One great way to get into the holiday spirit is by spicing up your beverages! (And no, we do not mean with alcohol) Whether it's for a party or just for you, here are three great holiday drink recipes to keep you cozy this holiday season.

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Traci ArnoldComment
The Secret Ingredient to a Happy Holiday

Would you like the secret to actually having a happy holiday this year? To not spending significant amounts of time curled up on the floor drinking heavily spiked eggnog while hiding in a DIY wrapping paper fortress (although you can do some of that too, if that’s what you’re into)? 

Lean in close…

“No”.

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Laura MitchellComment
Crying in Yoga

One of the reasons I practice yoga is to help control my emotions. I can go 0 to 60 in any emotional direction quicker than I can finish this sentence. It's easy for me to lose control even on the mat. As it turns out, I'm not alone. It is extremely common for people to cry during yoga. 

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Jessie Bishop Comment
Holiday Blues

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, at least it’s supposed to be! No one wants to be around a ‘Grinch’ as the holidays approach. Even so, there was a time that I couldn’t help but roll my eyes the moment I walked around my local super market and noticed Christmas décor already overtaking the garden section. 

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Eating Well for the Holidays

From about mid-November through New Year’s we are inundated with food, drinks, parties, and big family dinners – we often don’t have direct control over the food and beverages that are served. When you combine it with the stress, anxiety, and the emotional ties these foods have…this time of year can bring added inflammation and a few extra pounds to our bodies. I believe this realization is why so many people wait until after the holidays to get started making positive changes in their health.

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Audrey Christie, RNComment