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Inner Well Being & Your Root Chakra

I believe that everything comes from within and therefore we need to look inward to achieve emotional and physical well-being as well as beauty. We need to understand that we need to be able to connect with our inner self, our spirit, and the energy of the universe to connect with others in a harmonious way and to live a fulfilled life. We need to radiate positive energy in order to attract positive things to our life. I love meditation, it has helped me beyond measure when it comes to depression, anxiety, to have a positive outlook in life, and to feel at peace. I am in no way an expert in the subject, but I am a big believer that understanding the Chakras and meditating can help improve your life in many ways.

What are Chakras?

The Chakras are energetic points within our body that allow for energy to flow. There are 7 chakras with different purposes but all equally important to have a healthy and well-balanced body, mind and spirit. Today I will focus on the Root Chakra, explain what it does, how to identify when it needs attention, and provide an exercise to help you balance this, your first Chakra.

What is the Root Chakra?

The official name for this Chakra is actually Muladhara and it comes from the Sanskrit words Mula, meaning “root”and Adhara, meaning “support”.  This Chakra is located at the base of the spine (tailbone area) and it goes up to below your belly button. When this Chakra is well-balanced, you feel a sense of stability, accomplishment, and peace. You feel grounded, connected with your human experience and your survival needs are being met.   

How to identify a Root Chakra imbalance?

You may experience anxiety, fear or jitteriness and trouble concentrating. It is said that it can also be linked to digestive problems, lower back and/or lower extremities issues, bladder issues, among others.

How to balance the Root Chakra through meditation?

  • Meditate in a quiet place where you can avoid distractions. Adopt a comfortable standing or seated position for this practice.
  • Intention is key. Be still and place attention on your breath. Inhale through your nose and exhale though your nose (not mouth), in a slow and controlled manner.
  • As you meditate, practice visualization. Focus on your connection to your spirit and your connection with the universe. Imagine this red energy flowing up from your legs to your spine (the location of the Chakra) and see this energy being absorbed by the it and getting nourished this energy.
  • You can further enhance your experience by utilizing aromatherapy during your meditation. There are essential oils that are made with scents specifically meant to help balance the Root Chakra. These are: myrrh, oakmoss, vetiver, angelica root, cedarwood, linden blossom, spikenard, benzoin, patchouli, and frankincense.
  • Chanting or playing meditation music can help during the meditative state.
  • Gemstones that help balance the Root Chakra include garnet, bloodstone, obsidian, black tourmaline, red carnelian and red jasper.

Try this out for at least 21 days and see how you feel. Share your experience with us!

Stay true – Chantal

Be Fashionable

Create Your Own Style!

Love having some fun mixing and matching colors, textures, and patterns. For this look, I decided to pair up one of my fave maxi skirts (notice the zebra heads) with a lovely turtle neck sweater, and black high heels. This look is perfect for date night, a day of shopping at the mall, or brunch with your girlfriends; a Cosmo, please! 😉

By wearing a fitted sweater and tucking it in, you create a more sophisticated look, and the maxi skirt gives the illusion of a slimmer and longer body. This is something that I particularly look for with anything I wear since I have a curvier shape; a bulkier sweater is just not as favorable for my body type when combined with a maxi skirt. I think this is a look that works on most body types and it is easy to pull off and make it your own. Get creative and choose your favorite colors/patterns! You can also go with a more casual sweater/skirt, pair it with some converse sneakers, and layer it with a jean jacket for a completely different look.

As far as accessories go, I tend to keep accessories minimal when I wear turtlenecks, but feel free to add your unique touch. Share your favorite maxi skirt and sweater looks with us!

Stay True – Chantal

Be Beautiful

Mission: Hair Rescue


Our poor hair goes through a lot, sun exposure, heat damage from our various hair styling techniques or chemical damage from hair dyes and bleaching. Even not using the right type of hair products can damage our hair greatly. It is super important to give our hair and scalp some love. This is one of my favorite hair treatments, because it makes my hair feel full, shiny and gorgeous. On top of that, it smells super nice and helps with hair growth by addressing scalp health and hair breakage! For this treatment you’ll need:

  • Olive Oil
    • Rich in vitamins A, E and antioxidants
    • Helps bring and seal in moisture to hair and fight dandruff
    • Protects the keratin and strengthens hair
    • Gives your hair a beautiful shine and softness
    • Helps repair damage caused by sunlight and pollution
  • Castor Oil
    • Rich in Omega-6 and Omega-9
    • Seals in moisture and adds sine t hair
    • Anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory for a healthy scalp
    • Strengthens hair
    • Makes curly and frizzy hair more manageable
  • Almond Oil
    • Rich in protein, Omega-9, fatty acids, and vitamin E
    • Helps to strengthen hair and adds shine
    • Makes hair smooth and easier to style
    • Helps diminish split ends
    • Addresses scalp conditions such as seborrheic dermatitis and scalp psoriasis
    • Bonus points: makes this oil treatment smell delicious!

Note: Do not use almond oil if you suffer from nut allergies.

Mix all three oils in a glass jar or any jar you can heat up on the stove top. Make sure you have a good amount of each oil depending on the length of your hair. You may also want to make some extra to store for additional treatments. Place the jar in the center of a small pot. Fill about a quarter of the pot with water and heat it up on the stove top on medium heat. As the water starts boiling, it will slowly heat up the oils. When the mix of oils is warm enough, remove it from heat and spread it all over your hair without directly applying to the scalp. You can apply the treatment on clean dampened hair to seal in that moisture, but it is also great on dry hair. Once you saturate your hair with the mix of oils, put your hair up in a bun and cover it with a plastic cap. Leave the treatment on your hair for 45 minutes to an hour and then rinse and wash your hair.  Remember that oil can be a bit hard to wash off so make sure you get it all off. Style as usual and feel the difference… freaking amazing, I know!

 Do you have a favorite hair oil treatment? Share it with us!

Stay true – Chantal