RELAX Soundtrack

Happy Wednesday!

It’s been a long and slow-moving winter, and we’re all looking for ways to get into a more peaceful, relaxed mindset. At this time of the year, it may seem like you’re stuck in a deep dark trench of work and study with no way out, but we wanted to remind you all that spring is on it’s way, and with it, a chance to revive and refresh your minds! Here are some songs we picked out this week to help bring you into that zone of zen and add a spoonful of serenity to your daily lives. This soundtrack is perfect for studying, doing yoga, or just chilling out.

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Sunset over the Atlantic

Start a Riot – Banners

Night 52 – Christine and the Queens

Stay – Ember Island

The Gates – Young Empires

All The King’s Horses – Karmina

Silhouettes – Of Monsters and Men

Enjoy!

-The Conscious Girls

 

 

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Wendi’s Magnificent Zen Gardens

 

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Wendi, from Orange County, has a passion for bringing harmony to individuals. She has always had a passion for gardening, and at a young age, she began to develop her designs into minimalist terrarium creations. This passion has led Wendi to make her creations available for purchase. Zen gardens’ calming effect is due to subliminal messages within the garden itself. Overall, if you are leading a stressed lifestyle, and you would like some serenity and a refreshing touch to your personal space, purchase these handmade zen gardens made by Wendi! You go Wendi! https://www.etsy.com/people/wendiland

Wendi also has a youtube channel where she talks a lot about gardening, plants, and health! Check it out at Youtube.com/Wendiland

Follow these pages for updates on Wendi:

Facebook.com/Wendiland
Instagram.com/itsWendiland

Yoga Pose of the Day: for core balance

Parivrtta Baddha Anjeneyasana (Bound Revolved Crescent Lunge)

No need to pronounce the name to do this pose. Although challenging, it is one of my favorites. Just look at this list of benefits!

Improves digestion, balance, core awareness

Deeply stretches spine, chest, lungs, shoulders, and groin

Stimulates the internal abdominal organs

 

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How To: Begin in a lunge pose with your right leg forward and the left knee lifted. Bring your palms together at heart center. Push your left heel back and reach the crown of your head forward, lengthening your spine and side body. Take a deep inhale.  As you begin to exhale, twist towards your right side. Lower the top hand around the back with the palm facing out. Wrap the bottom hand underneath the right thigh.  Bend the elbow and extend the hand to reach the other hand. Bind the hands together; if you cannot reach, use a strap.  Open your heart towards the sky and shift your gaze over your right shoulder. Take a few deep breaths and then unwind, placing your hands down on the mat and then stepping back to Downward Facing Dog. Repeat with the left leg forward.

Namaste!

– The Conscious Girls

Essentially Pampered

Our favorite aromatherapy sprays and concentrates come from a small team in Jacksonville, Essentially Pampered. Their motto,“Aromatherapy isn’t a fad – it’s a way of life” reflects our own philosophy: be aware of alternate healing methods because they benefit our health and relieve stress mentally (and from our wallets!) We suggest the “Liquid Chill-Ax Aromatherapy Combo Pack” which can be purchased from their Etsy store. Are you ready to chillax? If so, than follow this link:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/EssentiallyPampered

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xoxo,

The Conscious Girls

Conscious Sound

Hello everyone, and happy Monday!

Today we’re starting a new section of our blog called “Conscious Sound,” where we will be writing weekly posts about music and sharing songs that we like. We love indie music in particular and songs that have slower beats and alternative elements. They’re perfect background music for study sessions, hanging out with friends, or just spending some relaxing “me time.” Here are our 6 song recommendations for this week:

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Technicolour Beat – Oh Wonder (this song has become a bit of an obsession for us lately, with its soft, soothing tune and catchy rhythm)

Believe Me – Skrux ft. Complexion

No Trust – Lost Frequencies, Lauren

Keep You – Wild Belle

Hearts Like Ours – The Naked and Famous (an indie electronic band with high-pitched vocals and a lot of other great songs)

New York City – The Chainsmokers (named after our city, of course)

Enjoy!

-The Conscious Girls

 

Cranberry-Raisin Pie with Walnut Crust

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As promised, here is the first of 3 recipes using this season’s fruits and vegetables. Today we’re using cranberries, one of my favorite winter fruits, tiny yet bursting with flavor. Whether dried or fresh, cranberries are great in pies because their tartness balances out the sugar. The filling is really simple and so is the crust- walnuts provide a healthier flair and earthy flavor that adds a delicious twist to the usual crust.

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Ingredients:

Crust:

  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup melted butter

Filling:

  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 6 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 1/2 cups raisins
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tsp almond extract

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350˚. Lightly grease deep 9-inch pie plate. Put walnuts in food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Add the flour, sugar, and melted butter, and process until you have a very fine, silky crumb mixture. Press the crumbs firmly over the cotton and sides of the pie plate and bake until very slightly brown, 12-15 minutes. Remove from oven and cool to room temperature.

Combine all filling ingredients except almond extract in large saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring often, until mixture becomes thick and glossy, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in almond extract. Cool to room temperature.

To bake, preheat oven to 350˚. Pour the filling into the crust and bake for 30 minutes. Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream.

Bon appetit! The Conscious Girls


					

Eat the Seasons

FoodEating seasonally. At first glance it may seem simple– just eat foods that are “in season” or harvested during a specific time of year. That makes sense, but there’s more to it than just being a trendy food movement. Eating seasonally benefits your health, the planet, and your wallet.

First, you save money. When you buy what’s in season you buy food that’s at the peak of its supply, so it costs less to farmers and companies to get it to your grocery store.

Another benefit of eating what’s in season is that you get a broader variety of foods in your diet. Trying these new foods will expand your palate and expose you to dishes that you might not have otherwise explored.

Most importantly, eating seasonally means you get the best tasting, healthiest food available. Food quality is at prime because it’s grown closer to you and is less likely to spoil on the trip from farm to grocery store. Foods that are out of season have to be shipped from across the world to get to you and are usually picked before the peak of their flavor or nutrients in order to survive the long trip. It’s no wonder eating seasonally means the best taste! After all, you are eating produce when nature intended for it to be harvested and cooked!

You are probably wondering: how do I know what’s in season? Fall and winter means warming foods– ones that take a long time to grow. Here is a list of produce that is at its peak now in late November and early December.

Sweet potato

Turnips

Oranges

Brussel Sprouts

Pumpkin

Onion

Garlic

Kale

Cauliflower

Squash

Beets

Cranberries

Carrots

This list may seem daunting at first glance…what do you do with all these fruits and vegetables? Stay tuned this week for some simple recipes to inspire you to explore what’s in season.

-The Conscious Girls

Mind Retreat Mondays

Mondays are notorious for being the most stressful day of the week. After struggling out of bed early in the angry blare of the morning alarm, you have to spring back into the daily routine of classes, homework, and activities and look forward to four more torturously long days of school before the next respite. Especially after a long weekend, it can be difficult to jump back into your work and responsibilities. To avoid falling into the dark pit of stress and anxiety, here is a small exercise that will help you keep a calm and relaxed mind so that you can tackle any obstacle that is thrown your way.

Create a place in your mind where you feel safe and at peace. When you feel stressed or anxious just close your eyes and travel to that haven of your imagination. It is your place that no one else can go to where you can escape reality for a few moments to reconnect and ground yourself. For some people it’s the quiet seclusion of a forest gently illuminated by the morning light. For others it might be a favorite memory, simply a moment of happiness that you experienced, like hanging up Christmas lights or laughing with friends. Stay in that place for a few moments, just absorbing the sounds, sights, smells, tastes, and emotions. Let the positive feelings of that memory, or that place in your mind, wash over you and stay with you as you go about your day.

 

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Being able to connect with your inner self to find peace and calm away from exterior pressures is a crucial skill that you can carry with you your entire life. You are the one thing that stays constant in this chaotic mess of ups and downs, pain and pleasure, successes and failures, so work to find that security within yourself and don’t let anyone take that away from you!

Love,

The Conscious Girls

Yoga Pose of the Day: to relieve tension

Pigeon Pose

Stress creates tension in your body, especially the hip area. A way to relieve this is by incorporating Pigeon Pose into your daily routine. It is a pose that we love and hate, challenging yet incredibly liberating at the same time. Be attentive to the many–and sometimes difficult–sensations that arise. The anxiety you may feel in Pigeon is the same anxiety you feel in every-day life. Experiencing these feelings on the mat is a way to connect with the physical and emotions sensations in your body and mind.

 

Yoga3How to: to enter Pigeon Pose begin in downward facing dog. From downward dog lift your right leg a few inches off the floor behind you and bring your knee towards your right wrist. Then place you right outer shin and knee down. Slide your back leg straight behind you. Press your fingertips in the floor beside your hips and lengthen your spine. To go even deeper, lift up through your belly, elongate your spine, and drape your body forward into a fold.  Keep drawing your right hip crease back to keep your pelvis stays level and stable. With ever inhale come out of the fold a little bit and find more length through your spine. With every exhale fold forward even more. Direct the breath into the hip sockets to relieve the tension. After 5 to 10 breaths come up on an inhale and notice how your hips feel. Lighter? Clearer? Looser?

Take a few minutes every day in Pigeon Pose to open your hips and feel relief both physically and emotionally.

Namaste!

-The Conscious Girls

Aromatherapy

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Aromatherapy is the use of plant extracts to stimulate the brain through scent. Aromatic essential oils are used in candles, lotions, soaps, and other things to help our mood, energy, and health. The essential oils themselves are also great to use to help deal with stress, depression, and fatigue. We recommend dabbing some oil on the temples or on the body before meditating, doing yoga, or going to bed. Below we have listed some aromatic scents and their specific benefits so that next time you shop for a scented candle or bath oil you know what to look for to meet your needs!

Lavender – Calming, relaxing, and helps treat insomnia.

Eucalyptus – Great for headaches and opening up the sinuses if you have congestion.

Lemon – Refreshing, cheering, and promotes positivity if you ever need a pick-me-up!

Peppermint – A minty, energizing scent that enhances alertness and memory. It can also reduce cortisol (a stress hormone) levels!

Jasmine – Has relaxing properties that treat stress and anxiety. Pair a jasmine candle with a yoga or meditation routine to combat the blues.

Vanilla – Comforting and balancing. Use a vanilla-scented candle or bath product to promote restful sleep.

Rose – A sweet, floral aroma that soothes negative emotions such as anger, grief, depression, and stress.

Enjoy!

-The Conscious Girls