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Nadi Shodhana (Alternate Nostril Breathing)

Nadi Shodhana is a breathing technique used for many benefits. According to Sue Neufeld, it balances the hemispheres of the brain. You can use this breathing technique when you have a stuffy nose. It is also great for focusing the mind, supporting the lungs and respiratory functions, rejuvenating the nervous system, removing toxins, and settling…

Save yourself from fall allergies

A Claritin a day keeps the tissues away. Or so you think. This transition into fall brings about many seasonal changes. You may be that student in yoga class who keeps a box of Kleenex next to your mat. Pollen and ragweed are here for the fall allergy season and you are probably praying for these…

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Reusable lunch ware? I’m your girl!

“You seriously keep that in your purse?” I’ve heard multiple times when I pull out a metal straw. I recently found out you cannot recycle plastic straws due to their size. I keep this cute little canvas bag filled with my fork, knife, spoon, metal straw and yes, chopsticks. I don’t think I’ve used the…

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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 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 developed this…

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…