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Spiritual Gemstones And Their Meanings

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Many people, including myself as of recent, turn to crystals for their healing properties. I'm a firm believer that gemstones and crystals are full of elemental energy. These precious stones help channel our true intentions and when placed in certain areas of the body, can provide mental and physical benefits. I personally use my crystals when I need to create alignment and balance within my body's energy field. I keep two jade stones in my office for focus and to help reduce stress. I recently went to a cool shop along the beach in Monterey, CA. There were crystals and gemstones everywhere and I was so overwhelmed. I picked a few that stood out to me and decided to study what their meaning and intentions were. Amethyst This is one of my favorites aesthetically. Amethyst is a spiritual healing stone widely used in meditation. It can help reduce anxiety, protect against fear, instill calmness and alleviate feelings of guilt. Amethyst stones tend to be lilac or purple in color. H

How To Get V Cut Abs Workouts and Diet

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                                                           (Photo Credit: Pakiholic) Many people find the transversus abdominis, or V cut shape at the obliques and hips very sexy. Workout enthusiasts strive for this coveted shape as it reflects dedication and hard work.  There are several factors to consider when trying to achieve the V cut shape. Genetics, diet, discipline, and training. You need to build a strong core with a lower ab and oblique focus. If you're serious about reaching the V cut shape goal, follow these tips and stay consistent. Exercises Body Up Start in a plank on your forearms shoulder-width apart and palms on the floor. Raise your body upwards and then lower and repeat.  Side Plank   Any variation of the plank is going to help tighten and strengthen your core. The side plank is an excellent exercise to help define your V cut abs.  Lie on your right side keeping your knees straight and propping your upper body with weight on your forearm.  Raise your hips and h

Slam Ball Exercises Upper and Lower Body

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A slam ball or medicine ball,is a rubber weighted ball that is used to condition your upper and lower body as well as your abdominals. The difference between a slam ball and a medicine ball is that a slam ball is thicker, making it ideal for high-impact throwing exercises. Slam ball exercises can target your core, back, triceps, shoulders, calves, and chest. I personally love to incorporate these slam ball excerzises after my regular weight training routine using a 15lb weighted ball.  Lower Body Slam Ball Workouts Bulgarian Squat The Bulgarian squat is an excellent exercise to tone your legs, booty and abs. Whenever I perform this exercise my quads and butt burn and I know I'm making gains.  Slam Ball Bridge The bridge is a tried and true exercise that improves posture, and builds the glutes, quads, and core. Below is one version that really works the glutes. You can also place the slam ball in between your legs right below the knees making the same movement.  Don't forget to

What Filler Is Used For Jawline Contouring?

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                                                          (Photo credit: All About Face Cosmetic Injectables ) Jawline contouring with fillers is becoming a widely popular cosmetic procedure for those seeking a slimmer looking face. Most celebrities have turned to jawline contouring like Khloe Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Bella and Gigi Hadid, and Ariana Grande.  (Photo credit: Lazer Lounge )    There are several fillers that are used to contour the jaw including Juvederm Voluma XC, Restylane Lyft, Radiesse, Sculptra and even botox. My particular nurse uses Radiesse with Voluma. The cost for jawline contouring varies, but averages $500-$2,000. It also depends on how many syringes you'll need which is anywhere between 2-4. Filler helps replace bone thus creating the illusion of a more defined jawline. The procedure typically lasts 10-20 minutes long.  With jawline contouring it's not just about the jaw! This procedure can also reduce sagginess in the jowls,chin and neck. The best c

Benefits Of HIIT Yoga Fusion

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                                                      (Photo credit: Health.com) If you know anything about HIIT or high-intensity interval training, you know that you only need to do 20 minutes a day to see results. Unfortunately, most HIIT workouts include sprints or burpees which can be uncomfortably hard and demotivating to want to get started. Typically people who don't do yoga might think it's only restorative and not a form of "real" exercise. However, that simply isn't true. Yoga provides several payoffs including upper and lower body strength, and toning of the butt and thigh muscles.  Physical aspects aside, yoga can also reduce migraine headaches, lower back pain, less sleepless nights, and better sex. HIIT yoga prevents joint damage and pain associated with regular HIIT workouts. Most HIIT yoga fusion workouts implement plyometric exercises such as jump lunges with your sun salutations to blast calories. Be expected to do the work if you want to burn f

5 Best Adaptogenic Herbs And Botanicals

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                                 (Photo credit: Organic India)                          Adaptogenic herbs will likely be the new craze in the health and wellness industry. Adaptogens are found in plants and are said to support the body's ability to handle stress both physical and emotional as well as energy. Adaptogenic herbs have been used in ancient Chinese medicine as a preventative approach to life's stressors.  Where Can I Buy Adaptogenic Herbs? You can purchase adaptogenic herbs online or at many health food or vitamin stores. GNC, Amazon, Thrive Market, and Whole Foods grocery stores are just a few places that sell them. Here is a list of the 5 most popular adaptogenic herbs and what they can do for you. 1. Ashwagandha Ashwagandha is known to provide several medicinal benefits including; increase energy, improve concentration, and reduce stress. This small, yellow plant is native to North Africa and India. Ashwagandha naturally lowers cortisol while promoting calm and re

Best Slow Cooker Lasagna

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                                            (Photo credit: Gimmesomeoven) Even though I'm watching what I eat including my carb intake, Italian food is usually my go-to cheat. Depriving myself of bread and pasta most of the time, makes me crave lasagna and garlic bread. Now because I only eat it occasionally it better be good. This crockpot lasagna is not only to die for, but it's also so convenient especially on busy weekends or weeknights. You have free reign to stuff the lasagna noodles however you like. You can do traditional lasagna with cheese, spinach, Italian sausage, ground meat, or go all-veggie. Choose whatever sauce you enjoy, red or cream.  Ingredients: 1 lb. ground 2 (24oz) jars of Italian pasta sauce 16 oz. uncooked no-boil lasagna noodles 32 oz. part-skim ricotta cheese 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 2 cups chopped fresh baby spinach 1/4 cup finely-chopped fresh basil How To Make It:  1. In a large skillet, brown the ground Ital