Y’all – if you’re not using avocado for literally EVERY use in your life.. you’re missing out! I won’t take total credit for these “recipes” (Chantal is the resident beauty expert here), but I got to be the guinea pig and L-O-V-E-D all of this.
In case you didn’t know, you can use avocado in your meals (duh), for your face, and for your hair. Avocado is rich in healthy fatty acids, and can be extremely moisturizing externally. It also has potassium, letithin, and more minerals that nourish your body inside and out.
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.
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
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
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!
THE STRUGGLE IS REAL when it comes to eating healthy while on the road! The key to staying with your fitness goals (and possibly your New Years resolutions.. helloo 2019!) is to plan ahead.
We’ve all heard people talk about meal prep, but that doesn’t just have to mean planning ahead lunches for the office. In our case, we took a 10 hour road trip each way to NM, and planned ahead. I made a stop by good old Trader Joe’s and got some pre cut apples and veggies to eat on the way.. and LOTS OF WATER!
Staying hydrated is especially important when traveling. It’s super easy to get bloated when not moving for a long time and not drinking water.
Finally, get up and move! Make sure you’re stopping every 2-3 hours (or if you’re on a plane, get up!) and get some steps in. Even if it’s just walking around a gas station looking at magnets.. get moving!
Happy New Year!! I can’t believe 2018 is already about to be a year of the past! It’s seriously flown by. So today I’m sharing how to start 2019 in style!
The key to starting your year in style is to find YOUR own personal style. It took me forever to figure out what my style is, and to be honest.. I’m still figuring it out all the time. For me, I like classic pieces that are high quality and last me a long time. For trendier pieces, I like super affordable items – even if they rip after a couple washes. I also think it’s important to understand your body type and shape and dress accordingly.. and yes, use that full length mirror!
For the rest of winter, I’ll be pretty casual for everyday life. I love a good pair of jeans (hellooo 7 for all Mankind!), a cozy sweater, booties, and if I’m feeling crazy.. a beanie or hat!
Hope you all have a wonderful start to 2019! Let us know how you’re rocking your style in the comments.