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How are you breathing?

Have you ever taken a moment to just sit and observe your breath? The way the body inhales and exhales? Is the inhale longer than the exhale or vice versa? Where does the breath begin?  “First, take a deep breath,” I usually say to my sisters and friends when they start to get stressed. My…

Low back pain? Cancer? This might be why.

Low back pain? Cancer? This might be why! My low back had been throbbing with pain for weeks. I couldn’t get a grasp on why it was so uncomfortable. I’d sit down on the floor and this sensation would run through my spine begging to be released. It was only when I’d lay on my…

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Root Chakra Meditation

I was up at the lake a few weeks ago and a good friend of mine, David was truly hoping I’d teach a few yoga classes. Our cabin is quite interesting. Over 100 years ago, my great grandfather and his friends went up to this plot of land in Hayward, Wisconsin to fish. This turned…

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Root Chakra (Muladhara)

Root Chakra (Muladhara): First Chakra Purpose: Sense of feeling grounded and secure. Location: Base of the spine. Deals with: Grounding, finances, security, food. Color: Red. Developmental stage: 2nd trimester to 12 months. Developmental tasks: Physical growth, motor skills, object permanence. In balance: Feeling grounded and supported. Full of energy, health, and vitality. Out of balance: Fears…

Run, Forrest Run

“Run Forrest, run,” my high school lacrosse team would scream from the sidelines. It was almost as if I had these wheels of fire underneath me that kept me sprinting down the field, headed straight to goal. Connecting my feet to the earth in those moments brought such a sense of grounding. As I got older,…

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A Sip of Mother Nature

A drink straight from Mother Nature herself. The Garden Nectar green juices from Earth & Skye Farm is sure to get your body into that post juice glow. Patti McPhillips grows her greens in Orland Park in her own suburban yard. It wasn’t always this way. She learned a valuable lesson of simplicity as she…

It’s about more than just the food on a plate

You listen to a pianist as he loses himself in the keys of his mother’s grand piano. You hear the painter rave about her newest oils, water colors, acrylics and other artistic mediums. Only then do you uncover that this is their form of creation. This is where the flow begins. For me, it is…

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Eat for your Chakras

Taste the rainbow! Food can help to create a balance in your body. Think about root vegetables such as sweet potatoes, garlic, and beets. These foods have a grounding sense to them. Think about it, they are literally rooted into the earth. Check out this 7 day meal plan to balance your chakras. Option to…

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What on Earth is a Chakra?

Have you ever gone to a concert and the the band bumps a fast, energetic song and nobody can sit still? Or the guitar strings cue that slow, mellow beat and two lovers hold each other close? What about that moment the band plays it’s “last song” and the crowd goes wild begging for one…

Dos and Don'ts of Mercury Retrograde

Mercury Retrograde – Dos and Don’ts

Here it comes again. You are starting to panic because Mercury is about to be in retrograde for the second time this year. The travel delays may be more common than you think, miscommunication can occur, and everything you’re trying to get accomplished might just be a bit delayed. Mercury Retrograde might seem a bit…