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Crystal Select: Yellow Carnelian

Carnelian Stones are stones of action… that will give you the courage and confidence to move forward on a new path in life. In ancient times it was a stone used to protect the dead on their journey to the after-life.

It is strong stone to aid the physical body… as it maintains an improved flow of life force energy via the blood. il_570xN.588828664_pmskThe vibration of this bright orange stone, will accelerate your motivation, and aid you to clarify your goals… so you can find your best direction in life.

IMG_2891This power stone stimulates ambition and drive… so it will aid you in manifesting what you require to move onto your desired path forward in life.

It aids moving forward on a new life path… and will aid you to make new, clearer decisions and better future career choices.

There are a couple of possible meanings of this stones name. The first relates to the Latin word carne which means flesh… as some stones are flesh colored. The other possible meaning of its name, is said to relate to its color being like the Kornel cherry.

Source: Healing Crystals 

Free Diving … How to hold your breath longer

Every Mammal Has a Mammalian Diving Reflex – Even You!:

Marine mammals such as dolphins and whales cannot breathe underwater. Like freedivers, these animals breathe from the surface and carry their air with them as they swim. Eons of evolution have made marine mammals masters of breath hold diving. For example, sperm whales are able to dive deeper than 1000 meters and store up to 3000 liters of air before a dive.

How is it possible that such enormous animals can descend so deep and remain so long underwater? Marine mammals and diving birds have developed a set of physiological reactions, known as the mammalian diving reflex ,which enables them to stay underwater for extended periods of time. Humans also experience the mammalian diving reflex when immersed in water.

What Triggers the Mammalian Diving Reflex, What Physiological Reactions Occur?:

What triggers the mammalian diving reflex? Studies show that dry breath holding (apnea) does not result on the same physiological reactions as wet apnea. Submersion in water is necessary to trigger the mammalian diving reflex. Once a diver is submerged in water, two cardiovascular reactions occur.

• Vasoconstriction:

Vasoconstriction is the narrowing of blood vessels to reduce blood flow, and is accomplished through a muscular contraction in the blood vessel walls. This reduces the amount of blood that flows to peripheral organs, which do not need a high level of oxygen to function, while conserving blood and oxygen for the body’s vital organs such as the heart, lungs, and brain, which need high levels of oxygen. Aquatic mammals, humans, and diving birds all experience vasoconstriction when submerged.

• Heart Rate Reduction:

The second physiological reaction occurring during the mammalian diving reflex is heart rate reduction (bradycardia). Interestingly, a diver does not need to be completely submerged to trigger this response. Simply wetting the face is enough to drop a diver’s heart rate. For the average human, exposure of the face to water will trigger a 10 -30% reduction in heart rate. Individuals such as freedivers who have trained to augment their mammalian diving reflex may experience a heart rate reduction of up to 50%. The intensity of the reaction is also related to temperature. The colder the water, the greater the heart rate reduction.

Heart rate reduction may sound frightening, but it is actually beneficial for freedivers. It is a natural adaptation of the human body to conserve oxygen, which allows freedivers to make longer dives. Studies conducted on freediver Umberto Pelizzari showed that his heart rate drops to 30 beats/minute during static apnea.

The Take-Home Message About the Mammalian Diving Reflex and Freediving:

Aquatic mammals and humans are born with the necessary adaptations to spend long periods of time underwater. The mammalian diving reflex is natural physiological reaction that occurs when a human, mammal, or diving bird is submerged in water, and includes vasoconstriction and heart rate reduction. These reactions help to reduce a diver’s consumption of oxygen while continuing to provide sufficient quantities of oxygen to his vital organs.

The mammalian diving reflex occurs during all types of apnea, including static and dynamic apnea. Additional physiological reactions are observed in freedivers that dive for depth due to the increased water pressure. This will be the topic of next month’s article.

10 fun ways to eat Chia Seeds

Here are 10 fun ways to eat chia seeds:

1. Chia pudding with kiwi fruit and pomegranate seeds

  • Place 3 tablespoons of chia seed in a mason jar and pour over 12 ounces of almond milk.
  • Shake the jar until the chia seeds are fully immersed in the liquid. Let it sit for 15 minutes.
  • Once seeds have swelled to a tapioca consistency, stir in 1 tsp of coconut sugar.
  • Pour into a serving bowl and top with chopped kiwi fruit and pomegranate seeds.

2. Raspberry-coconut chia pops

  • Place 3 tablespoons of chia seed in a mason jar and pour over 12 ounces of coconut milk (from a can).
  • Shake the jar until the chia seeds are fully immersed in the liquid. Add 1 tablespoon of coconut sugar and 3/4 cup of raspberries. Stir well.
  • Let chia pudding set for 2 hours then pour into ice-pop molds and freeze overnight.

3. Chocolate-chia mousse

  • Pour 1 can of coconut cream into a blender, add 1/4 cup of chia seeds, 1/4 cup of maple syrup and 1/2 cup of cacao powder.
  • Let it sit it blender for 10 minutes to allow chia seed to swell to 10 times their size.
  • Once it has formed a tapioca consistency, puree it for 30 seconds or until smooth.
  • Pour into serving cups and let it set for 4 hours.
  • Top with fresh cherries.

4. Raspberry lemonade chia drink

Add the following to a pitcher:

  • 2 cups of coconut water
  • Juice 1/2 lemon
  • 3/4 cup of blended raspberries
  • 2 teaspoons of coconut sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of chia seed

Let it sit for 30 minutes until it has formed a gel-like consistency. Enjoy the drink!

5. Raw cherry and chia bars

In a food processor, add the following:

  • 1 cup of raw pecans
  • 1/2 cup of dried cherries
  • 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup of almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup of shredded coconut

Grind until a paste is formed, about 2 minutes. Add mixture to a baking try and place in the refrigerator for 2 hours. Slice into bars and serve.

Why Your Voice Sounds Different Inside Your Head

The voice in your head is a lie. What you hear when you open your mouth is distinctly less velvety than what everyone around hears—and it’s your skull that’s to blame. More specifically, it’s the way your skull vibrates.

Your voice emanates from from the lower portion of your throat, as expelled air from the lungs passes across your vocal chords, which vibrate to generate sound. This sound is then amplified by your voice box, modulated into words by your tongue and lips, and reverberated through the surrounding atmosphere until it enters your listener’s ear canal to stimulate their eardrums and structures within the inner ear—which then convert the analog waveform to electrical impulses that the brain can understand.

However, the inner ear doesn’t just pick up sound from external sources. Vibrations emanating from within your body can activate these auditory structures as well. And when you speak, the rapid fluttering of your vocal chords actually causes your entire braincase to vibrate.

“When you speak, the vocal folds in your throat vibrate, which causes your skin, skull and oral cavities to also vibrate, and we perceive this as sound,” Ben Hornsby, a professor of audiology at Vanderbilt University, told Popular Science.

But sound doesn’t travel through bone nearly as easily as it does through air. This added resistance causes the waveform frequency to drop, lowering the pitch of the sound you hear internally and creating a sort of feedback effect that stimulates the eardrum from both sides—that is, the eardrum picks up both the external stimulus of words that are coming out of your mouth as well as the shaking of your skull. This effect is heightened by the fact that you really can’t hear your own voice directly. Because your ears are positioned behind your mouth (or at least they should be—looking at you, Sloth), the sounds coming out of your mouth must first bounce off objects and back into your ears. This too causes the waveform to lose energy as well as, in turn, frequency and pitch, resulting in you hearing a distorted, lower tone than what people hear directly from out of your mouth. These two tones—both internal and external—are then recombined by your brain into a single audio signal that you identify as your voice, albeit one with added bass.

“You hear your voice in stereo (air and bone conduction),” Michael Kelly, author ofUnderstanding the Power of Your Voice, told Toastmasters. “While other people just hear it in mono (air conduction).” That’s why you may think you sound like James Earl Jones in your head but end up sounding like Steve Urkel on tape.

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Source: Gizmodo

LWATL 2014

I couldn’t resist taking flight on this one. As I sat down against a stained red brick wall to setup the last shot of the day I thought it would be cool to do something similar to the artwork… go upside down. Good thing handstands have been sneaking their way into my routines feeling more and more of that paddle effect when balancing. I did 3 before I could feel good about the framing and on the third one a cool guy wearing a old school hat rode past on a tour bike. He made a circle at the end of the corner and returned to ask me if I could do that one more time … He wanted to send a picture to the artist that actually painted the wall. He went on to tell me her instagram tag was @dirt_worship and that this was her first big wall .. “well not huge but 1 story at least” She was from up north like myself and was a very cool artist. He also went on to tell me about Little Italy Art project going on in Ny that I may just go check out.
Living Walls ATL …. If there is art to be found my legs shall search. Today we did a lot of walking.. we as in me and the camera. I looked up where the art walls were and saw that there were a few art walls on the street I used to frequent back in my jerk chicken and curry goat days, Auburn St. This Old dude tried to make a joke with me about stealing his rag.. I gave him the don’t mess with me today look and he paused for a second, nodded then extended his fist for a fist bump .. staring directly in his eyes with the cold face i returned the fist bump and he kept it moving as I setup this shot. It was hot and I was running on a smoothie alone so my patience was limited to say the least but I was cool about it. Body language says a lot when you give someone a certain look or move in a intentional way it gives off certain vibes. Knowing how to use body language to get your point across can avoid a conversation you wish not to have. I often rely on body language first before I even open my mouth to form a sentence. Body language can tell you what someone is not saying verbally. They say over 75% of communication is body language. For example if you ask someone a question and as they answer your question their hand seems to jump from resting position to covering or guarding their mouth as they speak. You may want to inquire more into what they are saying… there could be more being held back or guarded. Just one of many possibilities. Knowledge is power! Have an effect on the world around you without saying one word, like art.
This is the first piece I decided to start with being it was at the end of the block. I saw this one online first so when I ran into the actual wall I felt a small sense of dejaVu. I liked the concept behind the hands being tunnels and the triangle in the middle gave me the idea that felt natural …. Triangle pose. I used to come to this area almost every other day and grab a Jamaican dish. As I walked up the block I was glad to see that this restaurant was still there. I was tempted to go inside to say hey to the owner but I doubt she would remember me plus I knew I wanted rice and beans and they always cover it with gravy and meat so yeah I had to stay away, smelt delicious though lol I continue walking up the block and notice this pizza spot i went to once had been closed down… I stopped and looked at the boarded up windows and said to myself “ Man the pizza shop is closed down, thats too bad they had some really bad slices “ 😀 Being from NY I proudly admit we are pizza snobs so I know a good slice when I taste one and that spot wasn’t qualified. Quality is what I strive for thats why I like to capture the shots that feel right every time. Thats my rule , If you can feel it then its golden.

Borobudur – The world’s biggest Buddhist monument

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It’s been a month since we came back from Indonesia, I was struggling hard to write about this man-made beauty which left me spellbound!! Now, it’s time for me to introduce all my friends to one of the elegant man-made jewels of Indonesia.

Before going  to the Borobudur, I’ve read few interesting things over the internet and got to know that it is the world’s biggest Buddhist monument and also one of the greatest monuments on the globe which is widely considered to be the Eighth wonder of the world. This is located in an elevated area between two twin volcanoes, Sundoro-Sumbing and Merbabu-Merapi, and two rivers, the Progo and the Elo” on Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia.

Picture of Borobodur while walking from the entrance to the site..Picture of Borobudur while walking from the entrance to the site..

My main motto of travelling to Jogjakarta was to visit Prambanan temple but after planning a trip, I’ve gathered some information from…

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First off, what is Hempcrete? Hempcrete is a building material that incorporates hemp into its mixture. Hempcrete is very versatile as it can be used for wall insulation, flooring, walls, roofing and more. It’s fire-proof, water-proof, and rot-proof as long as it’s above ground. Hempcrete is made from the shiv or inside stem of the hemp plant and is then mixed with a lime base binder to create the building material. This mixture creates a negative carbon footprint for those who are concerned with the carbon side of things. Hempcrete is much more versatile, easy to work with and pliable than concrete. In fact, earthquakes cannot crack these structures as they are 3 times more resistant than regular concrete.

Since lime is the binding material, builders do not have to heat up the lime as much as a supplier would need to in the industrial creation of concrete. This results in a lot of energyurl-4conservation when producing Hempcrete vs. concrete. Jumping back to the carbon aspect, Hempcrete sequesters (hides or puts away) carbon as it is very high in cellulose. Through it’s growing life cycle, it takes in large amounts of carbon which is then built into the home or building it is being used to construct. This does not allow the carbon to be released into the atmosphere. A home can save about 20,000lbs of carbon when being built out of Hempcrete

Hempcrete is a much more superior building material due to the fact that it is a very strong, lightweight and breathable material. When used as exterior walls, it lets water in without rotting or damaging the material. In a practical sense, instead of needing to build homes with space between exterior walls, which are then filled with insulation, you can simply use a Hempcrete wall. As humidity is taken in from the external environment, the Hempcrete holds that humidity until it is ready to be released again when the climate is less humid. Since the lime is wrapped in cellulose, the lime takes a bit longer for it to fully url-2petrify but is still incredibly strong. Over time, the lime looks to turn back to a rock, so the material becomes harder and harder until it petrifies completely. This means the wall will last thousands of years vs. 40 – 100 like normal building materials today.  Another great aspect to Hempcrete is that if too much is mixed during building, you can return it to the soil as a great fertilizer. Since hemp grows to maturity in just 14 weeks, it is a very powerful, versatile, cheap and sustainable solution.

Other notable factors are that hemp requires no fertilizer, weed killer pesticide or fungicide to grow it. The hemp seed can be harvested as a nutritious food rich in Omega-3 oil, amino acids, protein and fiber. It is considered a “super food”. The outer fibers can be used for clothes, paper and numerous every day items. This truly is a very powerful plant and should be a no brainer when it comes to it being used in a very mainstream way.

Source: Collective Evolution 

9 Best Herbs for Lung Cleansing

How are herbs beneficial for the respiratory system?

Herbs that support lung health typically do so by offering one or more of the following benefits:

  • Acting an expectorant — which helps break up and expel chest congestion.
  • Soothing irritated nasal passages and airways.
  • Relaxing the muscles near the upper respiratory system to quell a cough.
  • Calming the release of histamines.
  • Fighting the harmful organisms that can produce upper respiratory problems.
  • As a source of antioxidants, reducing oxidative damage and redness.

Let’s take a look at the nine best herbs for respiratory health!

1. Osha Root

Osha is an herb native to the Rocky Mountain area and has historically been used by the Native Americans for respiratory support. The roots of the plant contain camphor and other compounds which make it one of the best lung-support herbs in America. One of the main benefits of osha root is that it helps increase circulation to the lungs, which makes it easier to take deep breaths. Also… when seasonal sensitivities flare up your sinuses, osha root, which is not an actual antihistamine, does produce a similar effect and may be help calm respiratory irritation!

2. Eucalyptus

Native to Australia, eucalyptus isn’t just for Koala bears! Aborigines, Germans, and Americans have all used the refreshing aroma of eucalyptus to promote respiratory health and soothe throat irritation. Eucalyptus is a common ingredient in cough lozenges and syrups and its effectiveness is due to a compound called cineole. Cineole has numerous benefits — it’s an expectorant, can ease a cough, fights congestion, and soothes irritated sinus passages. As an added bonus, because eucalyptus contains antioxidants, it supports the immune system during a cold or other illness.

3. Lungwort

Lungwort is a tree-growing lichen that actually resembles lung tissue in appearance. However, this natural remedy doesn’t just look the part. As early as the 1600′s, lungwort has been used to promote lung and respiratory health and clear congestion. Lungwort also contains compounds that are powerfully effective against harmful organisms that affect respiratory health.

4. Oregano

Although oregano contains the vitamins and nutrients required by the immune system, its primary benefits are owed to its carvacrol and rosmarinic acid content. Both compounds are natural decongestants and histamine reducers that have direct, positive benefits on the respiratory tract and nasal passage airflow. Oregano has so many health benefits that a bottle of organic oregano oil should be in everyone’s medicine cabinet.

5. Plantain Leaf

With fruit that is similar in appearance to a banana, plantain leaf has been used for hundreds of years to ease cough and soothe irritated mucous membranes. Clinical trials have found it favorable against cough, cold, and lung irritation. Plantain leaf has an added bonus in that it may help relieve a dry cough by spawning mucus production in the lungs. Good stuff!

Read the Full List Here At  WakeUpWorld 

Yogi Selects 30

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flexx_inkyjaja Inspired by @dade2shelby & @lovevaleria ❤️‼️ I was to scared to try this on @lovevaleria because I thought I was gonna fall on her😂😂 so I worked on my balance and handstands and tried it again with @pinkkissezz
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parvatiyogini One fantastic benefit of the backbends is that they relax the nervous system by stretching the spine …. yeah ! #yogapractise #yogalove #yogalife #yogaeverydamday #yogachallange #yogobe #ishtayoga #ishta #backbend #inversions #hollowback #handstand


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alissayoga Today’s #supportedyogis #partneryogalove is #ustrasana I had my favorite @wilddthing crow on my camel. If you don’t follow this girl, you need to. She’s a beautiful woman inside & out, an inspiring mother, and super strong & bendy. My pants are @lovezuvi 💜 @heidiyogi our outtake (UglyYoga) is gonna be up later for you love.
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thetattooedyogi Defeat is a state of mind; no one is ever defeated until defeat is accepted as reality- Bruce Lee Don’t ever give up yogis, keep picking yourself up, keep pushing, don’t quit, ever