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Five Crystals You Can Use to Welcome the Fall

Though it’s not quite the fall equinox, the start of September always brings anticipation for the new season (though every year, it’s difficult to leave summer behind!). In September, the leaves begin to change to red, orange, and yellow, pumpkin and cider flavors hit the market, and apple picking is at its prime. School begins again, and it’s time to double down. 

Fall is a time to reflect, and with it comes a few different emotions. Change. Letting go. New beginnings. Fall is a wonderful excuse to think back upon your past goals and see how far you’ve come. It is also a time to plan ahead for the future – closing one book to begin a new one.

With the change of the season comes uncertainty as well, and your health should be a primary focus. One way to take care of yourself is to try utilizing healing crystals. Crystals are a holistic practice that are said to harness healing energies because of their individual vibrations. Though science goes back and forth on just how helpful they can be, you can always hold a crystal in your hand or your pocket and use it to remind yourself of certain properties. 

If you’ve never used healing crystals, maybe this fall is a good time to start! Here are five crystals you can use this September through November to celebrate all that is good about autumn! 

Photo credit: Energy Muse

Photo credit: Energy Muse

Chrysocolla

Chrysocolla is a green crystal that is good for your heart chakra (chakras are the seven energy points of your body that define your overall well-being – see this helpful guide for more!). It is ideal for supporting you through transition periods and gives you courage to deal with any situation you may need a hand in. It is a stone of communication and calm, and it allows your voice to be heard. 



Photo credit: Energy Muse

Photo credit: Energy Muse

Red Jasper

Red jasper is a grounding stone, great for your root chakra. It brings strength to difficult situations and tethers you to the earth. It is also very good for all kinds of powerful healing. Using this crystal will give you a powerful, strong foundation to work from, letting you know you are always supported.

 

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Aquamarine

Aquamarine is a throat chakra stone that is ideal for articulation, communication, and letting go. If you live by the ocean or a body of water, you may find this stone particularly useful, as its name comes from a Latin phrase meaning, “water of the sea.” Like water, aquamarine lets you go with the flow and take new situations in stride.

 

Photo credit: Energy Muse

Photo credit: Energy Muse

Citrine

Citrine is a beautiful orange crystal that is reminiscent of fall leaves. It is a wonderful stone for career goals and creativity and helps with focus and setting new goals. When you think of citrine, think of manifestation, imagination, and joy. Citrine is the embodiment of happiness – let yourself feel joy when working with this stone! It is a sacral chakra stone, which governs emotions, sensuality, and creativity.

 

Photo credit: Energy Muse

Photo credit: Energy Muse

Carnelian

Another orange stone, carnelian is one of courage, success, and motivation. It represents your creative inner child and promotes passion. If you’re looking to take bold action in your transition, this may be the stone for you. This stone is always rooting for you! It is also a sacral chakra stone and burns like a campfire on a crisp, autumn night.





Have you ever used healing crystals? How do they make you feel? Sound off in the comments!

Chasing Nirvana Yoga offers on-site yoga and wellness classes to commercial real estate properties, employers, employees, community events, and more. For more information, or to set up a free consultation, please visit www.chasingnirvanayoga.com.

What is Hygge, and How Can It Improve the Quality of Your Life and Mental Health?

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Today, we’re going to talk about a phrase you may have heard that has grown in popularity in western culture over the past few years: Hygge. This Danish word, pronounced “hoo-ga,” is more of a feeling or a concept. It refers to a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.  

You know that feeling when you light a new candle in your house that has just been cleaned? Or that feeling when you settle down into your favorite arm chair with a cozy sweater and a cup of tea? These are all examples of hygge. Hygge can mean something different for each individual, as well, making it a very special concept.

Taking note of hygge and trying to incorporate it into your every day life is a great way to live with an overall sense of peace and support. According to Very Well Mind, “there have been a variety of benefits tied to the practice of hygge. Happiness researchers continually find Denmark to have some of the happiest people on earth, which Danes attribute to the practice of hygge. Feeling increased happiness could certainly be a perk of practicing hygge, but there may be other emotional, physical, and relationship benefits as well.” Examples of emotion benefits include a decrease in depression and anxiety, increased feelings of self-worth, increased optimism, and lowered stress. Examples of physical benefits include improved sleep, weight regulation, and a reduced need for unhealthy coping behaviors. 

Have we piqued your interest yet? If so, here are a few ways you can practice hygge today.

1. Light a candle.

Lighting a candle is one of the easiest and best ways to practice hygge, according to the Danes. Some articles on hygge suggest lighting a new candle in every room of your home to provide a comforting feel. Take a trip to Yankee Candle and pick out a few of your favorites, and try switching up the scents with each change of season!

2. Keep cozy items in the most-used rooms of your home.

What does cozy mean to you? Be it a thick blanket, multi-colored throw pillows, or warm socks, be sure to keep cozy items within arm’s reach. This will also give your home an inviting feel for guests. There is nothing better than lighting a fire and hunkering down with a warm beverage and some cozy items to calm the mind!

 

3. Buy a few new books to read.

Books are food for the soul, and they allow you to take a break from your regular day-to-day and slip into fantasy. Embrace your individual hygge practice by picking out a few new books from your local book store. Try reading them outside for the added benefit of being in nature!

 

4. Purchase some plants to enjoy indoors.

Speaking of nature, try purchasing some greenery for inside your house to bring in a happy feel! Plants are great for purifying the air and increasing oxygen flow. Many offices and commercial real estate spaces are now placing great emphasis on indoor greenery. Plus, they just look so beautiful, it’s impossible not to feel at peace with them in your presence!

 

5. Eat comfort food.

Okay, we all know what they say about a healthy, balanced diet. But that doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself once in a while! Carve out an evening where you try a little bit of your favorite dessert, or cook a nice, hearty, warm meal for your family. Focus on what makes you feel nourished and tune into that feeling of comfort to practice hygge while eating.

 

What other ways do you practice hygge? Translate this practice to your home, your desk, your daily commute, and more and watch how your life changes for the better!

Chasing Nirvana Yoga offers on-site yoga and wellness classes for employers, employees, commercial real estate places, community events, and more. To learn more, or to schedule your free consultation, visit us online at www.chasingnirvanayoga.com.

4 Books for Yogis to Read Today

There’s nothing like reading a good book! Plus, studies show its good for you. Adults who read for 30 minutes a week report feeling 20% more satisfied with their lives, according to Quick Reads.

Here at Chasing Nirvana Yoga, we always preach about the importance of self-care, and taking a half hour to read a couple days a week certainly counts! Reading is a form of mindfulness. Being with a book for a bit of time resets the mind and serves as a stress reliever.

If you’re a yogi, wellness practitioner, or individual looking to expand your reading list, be sure to check out the following four books.

 

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1. Wanderlust: A Modern Yogi’s Guide to Discovering Your Best Self by Jeff Krasno

Like the wildly popular festivals that have taken the yoga world by storm, Wanderlust is a road map for the millions of people engaged in cultivating their best selves. For the 20 million people who grab their yoga mats in the United States every week, this book gives a completely unique way to understand "yoga"—not just as something to do in practice, but as a broader principle for living. Wanderlust helps readers navigate their personal path and find their own true north, curating principles that embody the brand and lifestyle—authentic yoga practices, provocative thinking, music, art, good food, eco-friendly activities, and more. Each chapter includes expert yoga instruction by renowned teachers; inspiring music playlists to motivate readers to practice; thought-provoking art; awesome recipes for delicious, healthy foods to sustain a yoga regimen; and fun, unexpected detours. This wide array of ideas and beautiful visuals is designed to be hyper-stimulating—whether a reader follows the arc of the book from beginning to end or dips into chapters at random, she is sure to find something pleasing to the eye, to feel motivated to practice, and to want to reach for her deepest desires and dreams. This book brings the Wanderlust festival experience into any reader's home.

 

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2. Quantum Healing by Deepak Chopra

More than twenty-five years ago, Quantum Healing helped transform Deepak Chopra into a cultural phenomenon. Now Dr. Chopra, hailed by Time as “the poet-prophet of alternative medicine,” returns to this groundbreaking exploration of consciousness and the power of mindfulness, adding the latest scientific research as well as expanded thoughts on the connection between body and mind. Inspired by the unexplained recovery of patients in his own practice who had been given just a few months to live, Dr. Chopra began his search for answers. After returning to his native India to explore humanity’s most ancient healing tradition, Ayurveda, he combined those insights with Western medicine, neuroscience, and physics. What he discovered—a “network of intelligence” in the human body with the potential to defeat cancer, heart disease, even aging itself—forms the basis of Quantum Healing. In this new edition, Dr. Chopra once again offers a fascinating intellectual journey and a deeply moving chronicle of hope and healing.

 

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3. Real Happiness at Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace by Sharon Salzberg

Real Happiness at Work brings the profound benefits of meditation to an area where people could use it most―the workplace. And it’s written by one of the world’s leading meditation teachers. A follow-up to Real Happiness, the New York Times bestseller, Sharon Salzberg’s Real Happiness at Work is a practical guide to improving work life through mindfulness, compassion, and ingenuity. It’s about being committed without being consumed, competitive without being cruel, managing time and emotions to counterbalance stress and frustration. It shows readers how to be more creative, organized, and accomplished in order to do better, more productive work. Dividing the idea of workplace satisfaction into eight pillars, Real Happiness at Work is filled with secular wisdom; core meditations on broad themes like motivation, awareness, and seeing the good in others; and more than a dozen exercises, including Moving From Me to We and When Things Go Wrong. Sprinkled throughout the book are short “stealth” meditations, the kind that are quick, private, and doable anywhere―“Let the phone ring three times, follow your breath, then pick it up” and “For an upcoming one-on-one conversation, resolve to listen more and speak less.” Even the best jobs are filled with stress, tough deadlines, impatient bosses, seemingly endless meetings―all the ills of harried life. But as science increasingly shows, meditation is the antidote.

 

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4. 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works by Dan Harris

After having a nationally televised panic attack, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists. Eventually, Harris realized that the source of his problems was the very thing he always thought was his greatest asset: the incessant, insatiable voice in his head, which had propelled him through the ranks of a hypercompetitive business, but had also led him to make the profoundly stupid decisions that provoked his on-air freak-out. Finally, Harris stumbled upon an effective way to rein in that voice, something he always assumed to be either impossible or useless: meditation, a tool that research suggests can do everything from lower your blood pressure to essentially rewire your brain. 10% Happier takes readers on a ride from the outer reaches of neuroscience to the inner sanctum of network news to the bizarre fringes of America’s spiritual scene, and leaves them with a takeaway that could actually change their lives.

 

What yogi-friendly books do you recommend? Sound off in the comments!

Chasing Nirvana Yoga offers on-site yoga and wellness classes for employers, tenant-residing buildings, community spaces, events, and more. To schedule your free consultation, visit www.chasingnirvanayoga.com.