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Summer Cool Down: Yin Yoga for the Hips

It’s almost summer. And that mean warmth, sun tans, pool days, and adventure. All of which sound ah-mah-zing! But there comes a time when you need a break, because everything needs balance. Or maybe you need a stretch out after some good-time-summery-antics... whichever it is, Yin Yoga is your guy. And because it’s International Yoga Day, here’s a cool hip opening Yin Yoga practice. Those who have never heard of Yin Yoga, here are the basics. Poses are held for 1-5 minutes (usually). The idea is that the longer holds, combined with relaxed muscles help target the connective tissue in the joints that are nearly impossible to stretch otherwise. When you go into a Yin pose, find stillness and start...

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The Kombucha Diaries: an Introduction

by Mandy Osborn   Hi! Long time no see. Mandy here, and this post (and subsequent following posts) is about something I am very excited and passionate about: homemade kombucha. Some would agree with me that the mildly carbonated and sweet-tart taste of a fresh bottle of kombucha is perfect any time of day, but I also have friends and family members that can’t stand the taste of the stuff. Some people have also compared the SCOBY (a Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast- the stuff that transforms sweet tea into kombucha) to dead aliens, jellyfish, leather pancakes, flesh frisbees, the list goes on and on. In reality, the SCOBY may be interesting to look at, but they’re also pretty...

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Crystals for the Zodiac

by Lauren Sarkissian  Aries: Jade Ring Aries passionate pursuit of everything all at once calls for a balancing jade ring. The deep green hues of this stone are just as intense as an Aries themself. Though the jewel is small, it packs a powerful punch. Taurus: Amazonite Mala Tauruses are the homebody queens of self-care. Amazonite boosts courage and promotes truth, which is useful for the strong, dependable taurus. Malas are helpful tools when it’s time to unwind and meditate -- which for a taurus is all the time. Yoga flow anybody? Gemini: Double Chain Necklace The double chain necklace provides one chain to each half of a whole gemini! So nice you’ll get to decide twice with this customizable piece,...

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June Moonstone

Moonstone watercolor by Michelle Constantinescu June is one of the red-headed stepchildren birth months as it has three birthstones to choose from because it’s spoiled brat who can’t make it’s mind up. Pearl, Alexandrite, (which is a super pretentious name, like we get it, you’re a Russian Czar, does it all have to be about you?) and Moonstone. We will focus on Moonstone as we think it’s the most versatile and most suited for jewelry. Moonstone is a type of feldspar, and is named for the flashy, almost opal-like colors and flash when exposed to light. Moonstone occurs naturally and is mined all over the world. The state gemstone of Florida because the moon landings launched from Kennedy Space Center,...

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The Lost Art of the Handwritten Note

by Maria Ortega Do you ever wish that you got less junk mail or just more meaningful items in the mail? Well, for those that know me well know how much I enjoy writing cards. In fact, I have gotten to a point that I am never without a card for a given occasion because I value my card collection so much. I especially enjoy finding unique cards at small local businesses whether it be in Albuquerque or other places that I travel.   To me, card writing to me is therapeutic and I have recently challenged myself to write more cards than I already do for birthdays and other life events. I know how much I enjoy receiving a...

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