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A Little Something From Juil to You | 31 Bits Bracelets

Posted by Eva Caruso

Nov 20, 2014 10:07:00 AM

Ahh, it’s here again. Tis the season to give thanks! To express our sincerest gratitude and appreciation, we’re offering a very special gift with every pair of Juils ordered – a bracelet from 31 Bits. Offered in two different styles and various colors, these bracelets are no ordinary gift but represent a much larger cause that reaches all the way out to families in Uganda.  Trust me, this is a bracelet you’ll hold on to for a long, long time. 

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Topics: The Thursday Three

Flow with Life’s Current

Posted by Will Knight

Nov 19, 2014 12:08:00 PM

We all too often forget how important each day of our lives is. We go about our days and so many things work out just right. But still, every day, so many people forget to take notice. We tend to focus on the negative moments instead of appreciating all the wonderful things that we witness or have occurred for ourselves.

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Topics: Motivation

Keola Health – Juil Retail Spotlight

Posted by David Gelfand

Nov 18, 2014 9:52:00 AM

Keola Health & Well-Being Footwear

What’s the story or meaning behind the name of your store?

Keola means “The Life, The Health and The Well-Being.” We started in 2010 with the intention of being more of an exercise studio. We had a few options of footwear and felt the name was appropriate for our business. Over the years we have evolved into more of a shoe store and less of an exercise studio. We strive to provide footwear that contributes to a healthier wellbeing and lifestyle. We started with one brand of shoes and now carry almost 20 different unique brands of footwear.

What was the inspiration for creating or starting this store?  

We were inspired to create a business that would provide our community with a health studio that also offered them with the option of having healthy footwear. Within the first few years, we realized that there was a need for a healthier, alternative for your feet and decided this would be the business route we would take. We are happy to say that our business has now shifted from an exercise studio into a shoe store!

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Topics: Earthing and Grounding

Making Time for Meditation

Posted by Guest Blogger

Nov 17, 2014 10:19:29 AM

By: Jenniferlyn Chiemingo

As Americans, it’s commonplace to hear someone say, ‘I don’t have time for that.’ And it’s true. Our lives are non-stop, it can feel like we are on a hamster wheel rushing from thing to thing.  But what if you could make a simple, easy change to your life that requires no more than 15 minutes and will change your perspective on most everything and make you feel better?

Meditation can ground you in the here and now. Meditation can give you ‘just a moment’ in the morning before your day begins to pause. Pause and give space.  There are some super simple, easy ways to squeeze meditation into your life too. And it isn’t as scary as it sounds.

1) Most every smart phone has access to a ‘Meditation App.’ These apps often include a timer, or even guided meditation options.  You can program any amount of time too – even 5 minutes makes a difference.

2) Try getting someplace (a work meeting or a yoga class) a few minutes early and sit, breathe and allow your mind to be in the same place as your body.

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Topics: Ambassador Spotlight

A Love Affair with Garlic and 12 Unusual Uses

Posted by Will Knight

Nov 14, 2014 8:56:35 AM

For a small vegetable, garlic (Allium sativum) sure has a big, and well deserved, reputation. And although garlic may not always bring good luck, protect against evil, or ward off vampires, it is guaranteed to transform any meal into a bold, aromatic, and healthy culinary experience.

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Topics: Food and Drink

10 Things That Happen In a Year of Yoga

Posted by Guest Blogger

Nov 13, 2014 10:40:59 AM

By Joanna McCracken

“This practice of yoga is built, with devotion and commitment, over a lengthy time period.” - Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

In today’s fast-paced world where instant results have come to be expected, it’s rare for a person to commit to anything for longer than a week. But when it comes to yoga, it takes time to reap the plethora of mental and physical benefits. Sure, you might feel revitalized and calm after one class, but what about after 10, 20, 50 or even hundreds of classes?

Here are 10 things that can happen in a year of yoga:

  1. Increase your flexibility. Everyone always says they can’t do yoga because they’re not flexible enough, and every yoga teacher always says “that’s why you do yoga”! It’s true – yoga will help you gain flexibility over time, and it’s important to stay agile and limber to avoid injury and muscle pain.
  2. Build your strength. No matter what your current strength level, a regular yoga practice will leave you feeling stronger. Shaky in chaturanga? Can’t hold virabhadrasana 3? See how you feel after one year of regular practice.
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Topics: Ambassador Spotlight

Daily Reasons to be Happy

Posted by Will Knight

Nov 11, 2014 2:04:05 PM

“Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” ~Abraham Lincoln

The science of happiness says that being happy is a choice. There are many reasons why today and every day you should choose happiness. The biggest reason is that you’re alive and have a special place and purpose on this earth. Be grateful.

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Topics: Motivation

Earthing vs. Ibuprofen – An Endurance Athlete’s Solution to Inflammation

Posted by Will Knight

Nov 10, 2014 10:21:00 AM

I’ve spent much of my adult life as an endurance athlete, participating in several marathons and triathalons. I get great pleasure from the act of running and focusing my mind on how my body reacts. It’s a euphoric feeling that’s difficult to replicate and that’s why it keeps bringing me back. However, there are “side effects” of participating in such grueling and physically demanding exercises. Most notably, inflammation is something that I have to deal with when training.

When dealing with aches and pains, it’s not uncommon to head to the medicine cabinet and grab some ibuprofen for relief. As a nation, we’ve become so accustomed to ingesting some substance to provide relief in any area of our lives. What’s important to note is that, taking a medicine isn’t your only option for dealing with aches and pains. Countless natural remedies and healthy alternatives exist. Earthing is one of those.

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Topics: Earthing and Grounding

10 Most Challenging Yoga Postures

Posted by Guest Blogger

Nov 6, 2014 11:37:18 AM

By Kristin McGee

It’s hard to name the most challenging yoga poses, since every body is so unique. Some students would say inversions are toughest, others might have trouble with arm balances, and for the inflexible crowd, hanuman asana (splits) could be considered most difficult. In reality, some of the fancy looking postures aren’t even as difficult as the more subtle poses such as mountain pose or even final relaxation.

I’ve narrowed it down to a few poses ranging from standing balances to arm balances to hip openers and inversions, that are quite challenging for even the most advanced yogi. Again, keep in mind challenging is relative for each person; but, each one of these postures takes time, practice, focus, concentration, inner and outer strength and proper alignment and flexibility. I would love to hear your thoughts on which poses you find the most complicated and challenging.

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Topics: Ambassador Spotlight

For People Who Swallow Their Pain

Posted by Guest Blogger

Nov 5, 2014 10:00:00 AM

By Jennifer Pastiloff

Why do we let ourselves create expectations of people based on how we think we’d act? I understand that people have short memories and that it’s easier to be with people who are “doing great and everything’s fine,” but let me tell you about my current, and eye-opening experience.

I broke my foot back in May.

Due to the break, I haven’t been able to put any weight on it, and because I have a nasty case of carpal tunnel, the crutches have slayed me. Movement has been minimal and usually goes like this: Chair, bed, sofa. Chair, bed, sofa. Repeat. I have laid off doing exercise on my other, “good” leg and hip due to a previous injury. Basically I am left with only one leg to hop on…Wah! I know it could be worse but this injury has brought about new lows. My friend who experienced a similar situation as mine texted me that the inner torture of a break cannot be comprehended by many.

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Topics: Ambassador Spotlight

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Welcome to the Juil community blog. These are the stories of our lives, our growths, our passions, and the connections we hope to give you. We hope that what you read makes you laugh, stimulates your mind, cultivates your thought, and inspires you. Inspires you to become stronger, healthier, and more connected to that which makes you feel whole.