Winter Solstice Reading

Spiritual Reading
As we end this year, the solstice is a good time to reflect, release, forgive, and let go, so we can move into next year with fresh energy. Jupiter and Saturn will be moving into the sign of Aquarius which brings in the energy of freedom, individuality, and truth. You may consider reflecting upon how to ignite this energy into your life.

The reading above tells the soul story of receiving the gifts of the Divine and your higher self and nurturing them, so that they flourish, flow, and grow on earth. It’s a time of quietude and renewal. You may feel a call to action to begin a new path as you reflect upon the past year. The call will feel like an inner awakening to your higher purpose and a desire to engage with the Divine. Through the integration of the body, mind, and spirit, you can co-create with the universe. You truly can create heaven on earth when you embody love and gratitude for all of life’s lessons. It’s a time to ascend on a new journey where magic and synchronicity are the products of your inspiration and positive energy!
Spiritual Readings
Meditation Affirmation
“I am grounded in my truth. As I enter the portal of my heart, I listen to Divine guidance and manifest the truth of my spirit on earth.”

Energy Centers

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The chakras are wheel-like, spiraling energy centers of the subtle body. The seven major chakras are aligned along the spine. They connect the body and mind to higher awareness and are physically associated with various plexuses of the body and the endocrine system.

chakras, energy centers

Chakra One

  • Muladhara- Root center
  • Color- Red
  • Element- Earth
  • Location- coccygeal/pelvic plexus at the base of the spine, lower back, and the perineum
  • Chakra one relates to self-preservation, survival, grounding, and the action of elimination. It stores the Kundalini.

Chakra Two

  • Svadhisthana- One’s own abode
  • Color- Orange
  • Element- Water
  • Location- hypogastric/sacral plexus of the lower abdomen, genitals, ovaries, testes
  • Chakra two relates to your emotions, self-esteem, sexuality, feelings, and pleasure. It rules fertility, reproduction, and creativity.

Chakra Three

  • Manipura- Lustrous gem city
  • Color- Yellow
  • Element- Fire
  • Location- Navel, abdominal region, the solar plexus, pancreas and adrenals
  • Chakra three relates to your will, ambition, personal power, self-esteem and it rules the action of digestion.

Chakra Four

  • Anahata- Unstruck
  • Color- Green
  • Element- Air
  • Location- Heart, the cardiac plexus, and thymus gland
  • Chakra four is associated with love, gratitude, forgiveness, and your relationship to others and yourself. It rules circulation and respiration.

Chakra Five

  • Vishuddha- Purification
  • Color- Bright blue
  • Element- Ether
  • Location- Throat, pharyngeal plexus, thyroid, and parathyroid.
  • Chakra five relates to your creativity, self-expression, communication, and speech.

Chakra Six

  • Ajna- To know, perceive or command
  • Color- Indigo
  • Element- This chakra is beyond physical elements
  • Location- Center of the head in the space between the brows and the pineal gland
  • Chakra six relates to perception, intuition, and imagination.

Chakra Seven

  • Sahasrara- Thousand Petaled Lotus
  • Color- Violet
  • Element- This chakra is beyond physical elements
  • Location- The cerebral cortex, crown of the head, and pituitary gland.
  • Chakra seven deepens our connection to our higher self and higher frequencies of consciousness.

Plant Based Nutrition

Plant based Nutrition

As a professional dancer and actress, being conscious of the food I put into my body is an important part of my job. Early on, I discovered a whole food plant based diet works best for me. Subsequently, I went on to study nutrition with Dr. T. Colin Campbell and earned a certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from his school, The Center for Nutrition Studies.

Over the years, I shared my nutrition tips with many of the dancers and artists I worked with. I truly want to help people end their struggle with their weight.

It’s about turning up the volume on body positivity and making healthy choices that raise your vibration!

I truly want you to know, “Eating more whole plant based foods can set you free from trendy diets and endless calorie counting!”

You may be thinking, do plant based diets have all the required nutrients?

Yes!

Whole food plant based nutrition is nutrient dense, low in fat, high in vitamins & minerals, high in antioxidants, high fiber, and supports overall health. In addition, whole plant foods do not contain cholesterol or high levels of saturated fats which are linked to disease and obesity. Current research conducted by T. Colin Campbell, Dr. John McDougall, and Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., supports that consuming a diet rich in whole plant foods has been shown to lower your risk of disease and is endorsed by the American Dietetic Association. Learn more about the American Dietetic Association’s stand on Vegan diets here.

Can I lose weight on a plant based diet?

Absolutely!

As mentioned above, plant based diets are low in fat and provide your body with optimal energy derived from complex carbohydrates. You will lose weight safely and naturally, while consuming delicious, healthy foods. Overtime, you may notice that you no longer are driven by unhealthy food cravings.

How does it work?

As you begin to detox your body from unhealthy food, you will begin to notice you have more energy and your digestion improves. As a result of the weight loss, your body will feel lighter. Your physical endurance will improve and your workouts will be more effective. Additionally, many people who have blood sugar issues find that plant based diets help stabilize blood sugar and aid in establishing a healthy metabolism. Also, you may notice that once you stop consuming meat and dairy your skin clears up and has a healthy glow.

Why buy Organic Foods?

When shopping for whole plant foods, try to buy organic when possible to avoid pesticides which have been linked to disease. The list below names the fruits and vegetables that contain the highest pesticides, therefore try to buy these foods organic.

Buy organic to avoid pesticides in the following foods: Apples, Celery, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Grapes, Hot Peppers, Nectarines, Peaches, Spinach, Strawberries, Sweet Bell Peppers, Kale/Collard Greens, and Summer Squash.

Transitioning to a Plant Based Diet. – An article we wrote for Natural Awakenings

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Clean Beauty Tips

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Many conventional personal care products contain chemicals that may be harmful to your health, cause allergic reactions or respiratory issues. While many of us think about detoxing our bodies from unhealthy food and substances, we may not think about what we are putting on our skin each day. To help get you started on cleaning up your skincare routine, I listed ingredients to avoid in my free eBook, Grace Spirit Beauty.

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A few chemicals to avoid are:

  • Aluminum
  • Formaldehyde
  • Hydroquinone
  • Parabens
  • Talc
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Animal based ingredients

Once you toss your old products out, you will probably need to purchase new, clean beauty essentials.  Below is a short list of skincare and makeup basics.

Skincare:

  • Makeup Remover
  • Facial Cleanser
  • Exfoliator
  • Eye cream
  • Facial moisturizer
  • Serum

Makeup:

  • Foundation
  • Concealer
  • Blush
  • Powder/Bronzer/Highlighter
  • Eyeliner
  • Eye Shadow
  • Mascara
  • Brow Pencil/Gel
  • Lipstick
  • Lip Gloss

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 Makeup Expiration Dates

Your makeup and skincare does not last forever! To keep your skin healthy and vibrant, pay attention to expiration dates and throw away your expired makeup and skincare.

Below are the standard expiration dates:

  • Foundation: 1 Year
  • Concealer: 1 Year
  • Cream Blush: 1 Year
  • Powder Blush and Pressed Powder: 1 Year
  • Gel Eye Liner: 3 Months
  • Liquid Eyeliner: 3 Months
  • Pencil Eyeliner: 2 Years
  • Eye Shadow: 1Year
  • Mascara: 3-6 Months
  • Lip Gloss: 1 Year
  • Lipstick: 1-2 Years
  • Nail Polish: 1 Year