Amethyst

Amethyst

Amethyst is the purple quartz stone you probably have seen before. It can actually range in color from reddish brown to yellow and even colorless depending on the temperature. It is found mostly in southern Brazil, Uruguay, and Madagascar, parts of Germany and Russia. This stone is good for fear and guilt, which makes it…

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Rose Quartz

This was the first stone I really got into. I remember being at a Kaskade show at Navy Pier when this awesome chick, Tara handed me over a pink rose quartz. She just told me to hold it for a minute and shortly after I felt a sense of serenity rush over my body. I…

Black Tourmaline

This one is a new one in my collection of crystals but it’s pretty groovy. It comes in pretty much every color but the most common is black. It is found in the United States, Brazil, Africa, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka. It’s a nice protective shield against negative energies and fearful thoughts, acts as a…

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Sage Smudging

My mom always grew herbs and beautiful flowers in our backyard so I guess I was pretty in tune with nature at a young age. My sisters and I would prance through the garden, take showers under the sprinklers, and even build little houses with sticks, rocks, and whatever else we could find for our…

Self Care

If you don’t care for yourself first, you will stop the flow of energy. You become depleted and you become tired. When you feel great, you’re able to move through your days with joy and ease, creating and nurturing supportive relationships and a career you love. The way you do one thing is the way…

Chinese Element: Water

According to the Chinese Five Element theory, winter is related to the element water. The human body and the earth are made up of 70-80 percent water. There has been the same amount of water on the planet since its beginning. This means that energy can be neither created nor destroyed, only transformed. Water is…

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Warrior II (Virabhadrasana II)

From Mountain (Tadasana), step the left foot back and turn it toward the edge of the mat at 90 degrees. The right foot faces forward. Intersect the arch of the back, left foot with the heel of the right. Press down through the pinkie edge side of the back foot and lift the inner arch….

Downward Dog

Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana )

I was walking down the street the other day with a friend and overheard this group of two girls and a guy walk by one of the yoga studios where I teach. One of the girls asked the group if anyone had done yoga. I didn’t quite catch the rest of the conversation except for guy saying,…

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Balasana (Child’s Pose)

Need to settle your mind or just pause during your class? Balasana (Child’s Pose) might be your ticket to freedom. You can take this pose at any point in your class to tune into your breath. Come to a kneeling position. Spread your knees wide, touch your toes together and sit back on your heels….

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Sukasana (Easy Pose)

This is pose is probably more known as “criss-cross-applesauce.” Sit in a cross-legged position. Place your hands down on your knees. They can face down to the earth for grounding energy or up to the sky for more uplifting energy. Root down through the right and left sit bones evenly. Press the pubic bone and tailbone…