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2 Undeniable Reasons You Need To Start Composting

Posted by Will Knight

Oct 24, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Since setting up a backyard compost bin earlier this year, I’ve learned that the key to successful composting is maintaining a balance between carbon and nitrogen materials. A truly healthy compost pile should have about two-thirds carbon (brown) materials and one-third nitrogen (green) materials. The carbon-rich materials provide aeration to speed up the composting process, eliminate foul odors and help produce the perfect finished compost.

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Topics: Environment

Yoga Moves that Help with Anxiety

Posted by Guest Blogger

Oct 23, 2014 10:00:00 AM

By Kristin McGee

As a new mom let’s just say I have a lot on my mind. I am trying to run my business, teach classes, take care of myself and look after my adorable baby boy. I never thought I would have so many anxious thoughts all day long. I am constantly worried about my little guy having enough sleep, food, playtime, love, etc. “Am I being a good mom?” “How can I get work done and still spend precious time with him?” “Should I teach less hours?” I have a laundry list of questions running through my brain. And on top of it all, I’m barely getting any sleep each night!

Yoga to the rescue…every time I start to get really overwhelmed, I stop and take a deep, full breath. Whether Timothy is with me (I can do yoga poses while he’s playing in his activity gym) or I’m on my own, I will do these three yoga poses to help calm my nervous mind and quell the anxiety.

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Topics: Ambassador Spotlight

How to Care For and Clean Your Leather Boots

Posted by Peter Coulter

Oct 22, 2014 10:00:00 AM

With the release of our Fire collection’s leather boots and shoes, we’ve gotten several questions about best practices for proper maintenance and care. In this post, I’ll be detailing some steps for how you can care for your Juil leather boots and shoes to keep them looking new for years.  Most of us have a few pairs of leather dress shoes in the closet with shoe trees in them – you can certainly use those cedar shoe trees in your Juil leather boots and shoes to maintain the correct shape of the leather; it may be a bit harder to use these in the Lelo, though.

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Topics: Juil

Yoga, Nature & Connection

Posted by Guest Blogger

Oct 21, 2014 10:00:00 AM

meditation-on-the-beachby Jenniferlyn (JL) Chiemingo

I love the summertime. I was born in July and to me – summer means being barefoot, walking on beaches and swimming in the water.  All these elements connect me to ME. They ground me and make me feel alive too! I remember, growing up in New England, summers where I never wore shoes at all.  I didn’t know it then, but maybe as a child I felt connected, safe, and in my body.  I spent fall in running shoes, winters in boots, spring in rain boots. But summertime, ahhh, meant freedom.

In my late 20s, I discovered yoga thanks to my mom and best friend.  I’d always thought it was just stretching.  As a person who loved moving my body in exercise, I worried it would not be enough for me.  But just the idea of returning to movement and without shoes, somehow felt like coming home.

Yoga is like coming home, to yourself.  In the yoga sutras the fourth Niyama (part of the 2nd –of 8- limbs of yoga) is svadhyaya or self-study. Svadhyaya comes from the root sva or “self.” Adhyaya means study or education. And what better way to understand yourself then to move and meditate.

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Topics: Ambassador Spotlight

What Are Earthing or Grounding Products?

Posted by David Gelfand

Oct 20, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Earthing or Grounding products are those that offer your body a connection with the earth’s surface, when going barefoot isn’t appropriate or simply isn’t an option.

For hundreds and hundreds of years before our existence, humans (our ancestors) lived in very close contact with the earth. The societies and people at the time were living a highly agrarian lifestyle. Agriculture, the source of nourishment and sustenance, was the primary means of subsistence and people living then didn’t take it for granted.

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Topics: Earthing and Grounding

Fall into Autumn with Aromatherapy by Eden Botanicals

Posted by Eva Caruso

Oct 16, 2014 10:00:00 AM

The crisp air, cooler temperatures and vibrant shades of fall are here! It’s a perfect time to bring in the autumn spirit by blending and diffusing these warming, spicy aromas by Eden Botanicals.

Cedarwood Atlas- This cedarwood oil has a woody and sweet aroma that gives off a rich and warming scent. From Morocco, Atlas Cedar is one of the true cedarwood oils known to provide a calming and grounding effect, and is useful in meditation blends. When inhaled, it helps support the respiratory system and calms stress.

Patchouli - This truly fine oil is a wonderful fragrance that may not be recognized by many who claim that they do not like its scent. The nervous system definitely benefits from the aromatherapeutic scent of Patchouli. It helps reduce tension, insomnia and anxiety, while uplifting the mind. From Indonesia, this Dark Patchouli is deep and mellow with earthy undertones.

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Topics: The Thursday Three

Balance Your Mind and Body Through Earthing and Essential Oils

Posted by Guest Blogger

Oct 15, 2014 9:45:00 AM

By Charlynn Avery, Aura Cacia Educator and Aromatherapist

In this fast-paced digital world, stress and fatigue are both on the rise.  It is no coincidence that we are more disconnected from the earth and nature as a whole than we have ever been. There is a significant amount of research out there to support the benefits we receive from regular interaction with the natural world and the practice of earthing. We simply feel better when we are out in nature or in direct contact with the earth, experiencing support for our overall well-being.

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How Meditation Works

Posted by Guest Blogger

Oct 14, 2014 9:15:00 AM

By Ashley Turner

Meditation is one of the most crucial aspects to cultivate more peace and happiness in life. It is literally the first thing I recommend to all my students and clients to build self-esteem and intuition, hear your truth, make wise, skillful choices, improve communication, increase creativity and productivity and let go.

We can be in one of two states - either the mind is running us or we are running our mind.

My mentor, Dr. Ron Alexander, speaks of MIND STRENGTH and the changes that can occur as we begin the process of training the mind. Mind strength is one of the most empowering tools we can employ to impact and improve all aspects of life.

Here's the breakdown of how meditation works.

There are five major categories of brain waves, each corresponding to different activities we do. Meditation enables us to move from higher frequency brain waves to lower frequency and calm the mind.

Slower wavelengths = more time between thoughts = more opportunity to skillfully choose which thoughts you invest in.

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Topics: Ambassador Spotlight

Silverado Resort – Juil Retail Spotlight

Posted by David Gelfand

Oct 10, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Name: Silverado Resort and Spa

Location: Napa Valley

Year Founded: 1953

What’s the story or meaning behind the name of your resort? What was the inspiration for the start of the Silverado Resort?

Long before entering California politics, General Miller sought a permanent home site remote from the commercial bustle of San Francisco. Having lived in Napa as a young attorney, and having served as Treasurer of Napa County in the mid 1850s, he was familiar with Rancho Yajome and the beautiful valley which was one day to be made famous in Robert Louis Stevenson’s story "The Silverado Squatters." When he acquired the first parcel with its rolling hills, wide meadowlands and groves of oak, birch and pine, with sparkling, chattering Milliken Creek winding across the valley floor and the beautiful Napa hills framing it against a cloudless sky, he knew he had reached the end of his search.

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Topics: Studio of the Week

Fall In Love With Smith Teamaker

Posted by Eva Caruso

Oct 9, 2014 9:29:00 AM

It’s that time of year again when a blanket, cup of tea, and a nice read are all that we need. Digging through our assortment of teas this week at Juil, we came across an all-time favorite.

This week, we are bringing back Smith Teamaker to introduce some of the delicious flavors they have in store for this fall. Smith Teamaker is dedicated to providing their consumers the freshest tea by blending and packing their teas to sell within 30 days. Not only is Smith Teamaker serious about providing quality, fresh tea, but they include the batch number on the bottom of every package for consumers to learn the provenance of the ingredients, who blended the tea, when the tea was blended and packaged, and the batch notes for each carton of tea.

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Topics: The Thursday Three

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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.