Finish 2014 Strong!

Can you believe that there are only 18 days until Christmas, and just 25 days until 2015?

This has been quite an incredible year full of incredible memories and big transformations.  As the year comes to a close, this is the perfect time to reflect and ask yourself:

How would I like to close 2014?

What are my goals for 2015?

How will I start off the year on my best foot forward?

Let this final month of 2014 be the month when you can accomplish something you have been wanting to for the past year,  achieving your health goals, or working on personal projects.  December is your last chance to finish off this year with intention and purpose. Make the most of these final precious days in 2014. Now is the time!

Wishing you all a very healthy and happy holiday season!

Chakra Balancing

What are Chakras?

The belief in chakras originated in India and are applied in Ayurvedic Medicine. It is believed that Chakras are the major centers which our energy flows through. They are circles of energy which balance, store and distribute the energies of life all throughout the body.

When our chakras are not aligned or are out of balance this can cause our physical health, mental health, and spiritual selves to suffer. There are seven major chakras; the first one starts at the base of the spine and move upwards to the top of the head or crown. Each chakra corresponds to specific glands and organs of your being. Below each chakra is explained in more detail.

Chakras can become blocked or imbalanced. If one of them is blocked or not functioning optimally then you may feel more emotional or feeling a bit “off” than you normally would.  See the signs of imbalance for each chakra to understand what area is in need of balance and how to rebalance those chakras.

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Master of the Month: Jessica Filkins

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJessica Filkins  is a holistic health coach, Yoga Teacher and Reiki Master.  Jessica believes that everyone deserves to be healthy and happy. Her mission is to share her gift for healing and her knowledge of nutrition and yoga with others. Jessica works with clients to transform their lives forever by helping them fill themselves with primary food, the nutrients that don’t come on a plate.  Primary foods include spirituality, relationships, career, and exercise.  Jessica specializes in working with people who suffer from GI disorders such as IBS and IBD. Jessica’s fascinating journey of healing her own digestive track after becoming deathly ill has inspired her to help others on their path to perfect health.

Jessica grew up on Block Island, a tiny island off the coast of Rhode Island. She spent her childhood playing in ponds, swimming at the beach and exploring nature trails.  Jessica graduated from Colorado College in 2011 where she studied a combination of philosophy, anthropology and psychology. After graduating ,she spent a winter in the Bahamas teaching art to Haitian immigrants, The following year she traveled around the world by air, sea, and land studying shamanism, yoga, craniofacial therapy and reflexology. She recently graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is perusing a career in heath coaching and developing her turmeric juice business, Jamu Juice.

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Master of the Month: Amira Lamb

amira-f18Amira Lamb is the CEO and Founder of Holistic Hottie Inc.  With over 16 years experience as a certified group exercise instructor, personal trainer, and Nutrition and Holistic Lifestyle Coach, Amira has worked for Town Sports International, The Sports Club LA/Reebok, and Crunch Gym. She is also a Functional Diagnostic  Nutritionist, candidate and has held certifications from National Academy of Sports Medicine, American Fitness Association of America, and the C.H.E.K. Institute.

Amira definitely practices what she preaches and is a professional level bikini competitor with the International Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness (IFBB) and Regional Coach for Bombshell Fitness, coaching other Bikini Competitors with the National Physique Committee. Read on for an exclusive interview with the Hottie herself.

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Daily Dose of Vitamin D: Sunlight or Supplementation?

Vitamin D is a fat soluble nutrient that is essential for our body to function optimally.  This vitamin is also critical in preventing infections combatted by the immune system. It helps the body absorb calcium, which is important for building strong bones.

There are two types of vitamin D: vitamin D3 and vitamin D2 with the main difference being that vitamin D3 is more potent in supplementation form. Vitamin D3 is also the type produced by your body when exposed to sunlight.

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