Lifestyle

Build A Better Relationship With Judgement

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Judgement is  a part of everyone’s life. Big or small it exists in ways we may not even be fully aware to. Judgement serves a purpose for us, but it can lead to a life filled with sadness, jealousy and disconnection from the world around us. When we judge others it is in fact a reflection of ourselves, and not of the person being judged. When we feel judged by others, it leaves us defeated and wanting to hide. When we self-judge we use the… Read More

Self-care

How to Shift Your Energy

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So you’re in a funk, or a bad mood, but you really don’t know why, and you can’t seem to get yourself to rise beyond it. Perhaps something happened at work, you are having bad communication with a friend or you and your partner aren’t on the same page. It could be even that you’re just feeling low, not exactly your enthusiastic self, but not sure how to change that.   The first thing I recommend is to actually tune into what is it that… Read More

Kari's Journey

Why Taking Action Is the Essence of Self-Love

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I received my diagnosis of Ankylosing Spondylitis in May of my freshman year of high school, after six grueling months of no answers, loss of mobility, and dozens of dead-end doctors appointments. Two weeks after receiving my diagnosis I went to my doctor at the Pediatric Rheumatology department at D.C.’s Children Hospital to adjust my treatment. My doctor took a conservative approach at first starting with sulfasalazine and it wasn’t helping in the slightest. My mobility was severely declining, and something had to change. It’s… Read More

Healing Modalities

10 Ways to Take Care of Yourself During the Holidays

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The holidays are a time that are typically one of three things for most people; over scheduled busy, joyous but full of obligation, or often tainted by loss. Underneath all of these is stress, and with that our stress hormones spike up. They aren’t such a bad thing, except for when they are prolonged over a period of time. Even when it may not feel like you are super stressed from the Holidays, there can be a certain amount of pressure around this time of year to be social,… Read More

Healing Modalities

Changing With The Seasons, Letting Go of the Old

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    The leaves have begun their transition into a slow, fading form of life. Their yellow has been showing and some deep reds have started to appear. When they fall it’s only with grace that they reach the Earth, and this process of death is actually the beginning of renewal, not simply an ending. It is cyclical, as are the seasons of our own lives. We too, are changing with the seasons and letting go of the old.   Moving from one time in… Read More

Healing Modalities

The Key Component To Self-Care

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      Last weekend I took a last minute trip down to Portland from Seattle. A friend of mine from college just moved there and I was due for a little getaway exploration. The months of January and February have been full to the brim for me with work, and other personal life engagements. I knew I was reaching a point where I just needed to be away from the possibility of working, because truly, with my work I never really “leave the office”… Read More

Kari's Journey

What to do When Things Happen That Are Out of Your Control

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The other week was a bit of a train wreck for me. It seemed like everything was fighting against me. One minute I’d be really on in the universal groove and then wham the next thing I knew I was flat on my ass. One day I spent an hour walking around the city in the rain thinking I must have forgotten where I’d parked my car. I mean surely I must have forgotten, only to find out it had been towed. Nothing like this… Read More

Healing Modalities

How Affirmations Helped Me Heal

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In the past decade affirmations have become more mainstream. The use of words or phrases to help change your mental outlook has gained a lot of public notice and support in helping people. Truthfully, affirmations are ancient traditions. Spoken word therapy has been around for centuries and it’s helped people and communities across the globe. They can be traced back to ancient eastern religions, and indigenous tribes. Widely known, mantras are phrases, poems or sayings chanted over and over again during meditation. The word  “mantra”… Read More

Movement

Reclaiming Exercise For Every Body

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  I’ve been thinking about this for a while now. As I continue to dive deeper into my relationship with myself, with my personal yoga practice and healthy living this has been coming up a lot for me recently. And even more so with the clients I see. So often, people ask me what is the best type of exercise to get the body they want, the results they desire, or the energy they’re craving. I am discouraged by this questions a lot. Why? I… Read More

Kari's Journey

How Surrendering Makes You Stronger

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    I remember sitting across from him, he’d been holding my gaze for a while now, neither of us saying anything as I’d been crying. Finally, I said, “I feel like I have done everything in my power to move on from this.” My therapist then looked at me intently and said “It’s usually when we are resisting something that it continues to appear for us.” Shocked and infuriated I just sat there. I couldn’t believe he’d dare say I was resisting anything. I’d… Read More