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Mar 20th

Oil of the Month: Cypress

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Derived from the branches of the tall evergreen tree, Cypress essential oil has a fresh, clean aroma that’s energizing and refreshing. Cypress is frequently used in spas and by massage therapists. Cypress contains monoterpenes, making it beneficial for oily skin conditions. It has a grounding, yet stimulating effect on the emotions, making it a popular oil to diffuse during times of transition or loss.

Benefits
  • Promotes vitality and energy
  • Helps improve the appearance of oily skin
  • Commonly diffused with citrus oils for an uplifting aroma
Our Favorite Uses
  • Prior to a long run, apply to feet and legs for an energizing boost.
  • Apply two to three drops to chest before gardening to promote vitality and energy.
  • Diffuse with Lime essential oil for an invigorating scent.
  • Mix together Cypress and Grapefruit essential oil with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil for an invigorating massage.
  • Add one to two drops to toner to help improve the appearance of oily skin.
Ideal Yoga Poses with Cypress
  • Camel Pose
  • Wild Thing
  • Cobblers Pose

​At the Storm, we diffuse oils in the studio, hand out drops to students in class and even add to our healing blends in the juice bar. To learn how you can incorporate essential oils in your practice, you can come to one of our monthly classes at the storm or learn about DoTERRA essential oils or shop our site for wholesale pricing.

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Mar 3rd

Healing Journey’s: Discover – Deep Within and Out Beyond Ourselves

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I teach anatomy to yoga teachers in training. I love it. For one of their projects, I have my students each pick a pose to present to the class as an anatomical study. Which muscles are engaged? Which assist? Which are stretched? How can it be modified? I ask my students to pick a pose they aren’t comfortable doing, a pose they always resist. I believe those are the poses that offer us the greatest opportunity for growth. Somewhere in the depths of those poses that challenge us, we discover our true grit.

And so it is with the yoga of life. There are places and times that are difficult to bring our whole selves to; but those are the places and times, if we can be present with them, that we discover our greatest gifts. They may not the gifts we ask for or not how we envisioned receiving those we did. They usually are the ones that take a bit of trust to unearth. They can be wrapped in fear and doubt and hurt, hidden at the edges of our soul. And we need to be willing to touch that fear and hurt to unwrap them. It may seem unfair, but great treasures are rarely easy to find. They almost always take some digging. (more…)

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Feb 8th

Healing Journey’s: Anchor – Sink or Swim

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Sitting with Anchor. I am visualizing this fantastic cosmic ocean that is everything. Everything that can ever be imagined before it is imagined and everything once imagined now made manifest. And living is this wonderfilled experience we have within and through this ocean. It is like we are the waves even as we ride the waves.

This is where my mind has been lately on a whole. Seeing my greatness and my smallness. Understanding the duality that is me and everything in this world. And also understanding the oneness of me and everything. Evolution and involution.  (more…)

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Jan 1st

Introducing 2018 themes …

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2017 was a year for transformation, for coming into the light, but also allowing the darkness to inspire us to go within, take time for stillness and then allowing movement to heal us and let us grow and expand.

We worked together on creating a vision, and with that we sunk into our passion.
We were brave warriors as we leapt into the direction of our dreams, that to which gave us so much energy to be inspired to be our authentic selves and let our light really shine through. Freedom came naturally from here, the freedom to beYOUtiful. Things were flowing in this space of love and light which helped us trust the process, to all that was happening for us. Then as the leaves started to fall, it was time to root in order to fully be in the glory to rise strong like trees, creating a solid foundation to reach for the stars. We took it all in as we embraced the journey and the beauty in it all!

If you are just joining our NS tribe and family (and we are so glad you are here) or had quite a busy year, here are the themes we explored in 2017, our year in review …

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Dec 19th

Healing Journey’s: Embrace- Heart Soil

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I sat with my soul in the midst of its storming once. I went deeper inside, to the eye in the middle. Surrounded by the chaos of which I held no control, I rooted into my core. I held still and listened. And this is what I heard:

Embrace it all. Every bit of it. Of everything that is your life. Gather it all in and hold it. Allow it all into your heart. Let it all break you open so your heart can work its magic.

Embrace who you are where you are. Embrace all that has happened. The joy and the pain. Embrace your journey. Every step you’ve made towards your dreams. And all the slips and falls. All the stories that have just begun to tell their tale. And all the stories that ended before their tale was told. Gather it all and hold it dear. Even your suffering. Let your storms wound you. Be soft in the spite of them. Let them cut into your heart and turn its deeper soils as only those pains can. And trust the heart’s gift of transforming what we allow it to accept.

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