How to Help Others During Disasters: Loving-Kindness Meditation

October 5, 2015

Unless you haven’t been paying much attention to the news lately (no judgments, here), you’ve probably heard that most of my beloved adopted hometown, Charleston, SC, is pretty much under water right now. We’ve had so much rain dumped on us that it’s been scary—streets look like rivers and in some places are collapsing, people are being evacuated from their homes, destruction and loss everywhere. Meanwhile, I’m safe and cozy in my house with my family and pets. Somehow, thankfully, our neighborhood, which is in a suburb outside of Charleston, is soggy but there’s not much standing water. It’s still […]
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20 Questions with Julie Dohrman

October 2, 2015

Julie is one of those teachers that walks into the room, and you feel her before you even know that she is there. This woman vibrates at a level higher than most, and is why she has been described as “Prana personified.” Our first experience with Julie was one of her amazing Align and Refine classes, followed by a soiree over pasta and red wine in Brooklyn, her stomping grounds. We are so honored to have her with us on The Local Collective. Check out her latest addition to her video collection here! 1.What is your go-to yoga pose when […]
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Thieves Soup for Immunity

October 1, 2015

Okay, so I am completely fabricating the name of this soup from a traditional essential oil blend, but the idea is the same! Historically, thieves essential oil blend is so named because during the Bubonic plague, thieves would wear a certain blend to protect themselves when robbing the houses of the deceased. Yikes! While we don’t recommend robbing anyone after eating this soup (full disclosure), this soup does have all the right ingredients to help kick some seasonal cooties- from anti-inflammatory and healing spices, to boosting vitamins and minerals to combat those sniffles/scratchy throat. And that all goes without saying […]
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Kundalini Yoga Practice for Instinctual Self

September 30, 2015

Like any practice, you have to want to do it in order to achieve results. This short Kundalini Yoga practice has punch and power and will activate the three lower chakra to help with imbalances that show up as insecurity, bad moods, and addictions. Who couldn’t use some help in at least one of those areas!? Want more Kundalini? Read Kundalini 101 to find out if it’s for you! Also check out our Local Collective videos by Amir Jaan. Tune in: Sit in Sukhasana (Easy Pose) with the hands together at heart center. Tune in by chanting the Adi Mantra three […]
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Ritual vs. Routine: How to Make the Mundane Magic

September 29, 2015

As a general rule, I really dislike routine, patterns, and consistency. I have always thought of routine as a rut, like eating the same thing for lunch every day. Our lives are too short to be so scheduled to the minute of each day. I have always fancied myself as a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of lady. Even so, I’m finding it to be a big challenge to exist with child number 2 without some kind schedule. With my first son, I let him create his own patterns, I followed his cues of when to feed him, when he needed to sleep, etc. Now that I […]
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