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Yoga and Earthing – A Wellness Inspired Practice

Posted by Will Knight

Nov 24, 2014 9:56:21 AM

Whether you’re in class, getting onto your yoga mat, or just getting home from work, it’s not uncommon to overhear someone talking about “getting grounded.” Two common associations with the term “grounded” are either the punishments you received as a child or a critical suggestion that you need to level out. While these associations are accurate, they miss the core of what grounding is all about.

In practice, grounding is a mechanism seen on three levels. It’s 1) a physical connection to the earth beneath you, 2) A shift in mental focus, allowing you to center your thoughts, and 3) Whatever brings your mind and body to ease in the here and NOW.

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Topics: Earthing and Grounding, Yoga, Wellness

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

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

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

How to Fit Earthing and Yoga Into Your Routine

Posted by David Gelfand

Oct 6, 2014 10:00:00 AM

I don’t know about the rest of you, but sometimes days, routines, and practices can get repetitive. My body becomes accustomed to the time I wake up, get dressed, eat, leave work, and so forth. There’s certainly nothing wrong with having a routine. After all, many of us require structure and stability in our lives to make sure that things get done.

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Topics: Earthing and Grounding

How to Break in Leather Ballet Flats

Posted by Peter Coulter

Oct 1, 2014 9:00:00 AM

At Juil, we want to make sure that you’re getting the most out of your ballet flats. Each and every step, from the moment you open the box to the many months of walking. That starts with finding the proper fit and breaking in the flats to YOUR feet. Take the time and break the product in slowly - your feet will appreciate it. Our feet are the foundation to our wellbeing and should be treated with care. Here are some tips to make sure to properly break in your Juil ballet flats. Follow these great tips and you’ll be trekking all over the place in no time:

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Topics: Earthing and Grounding

2 Reasons Wearing Shoes May Be Detrimental

Posted by David Gelfand

Aug 18, 2014 10:00:00 AM

UK based publication Express recently published an article that touches on the research done into shoes and how they may affect a child’s foot development.

It’s hard to imagine life without our shoes. Since a very early age, we’ve been taught that shoes are meant to protect our feet and to be worn whenever going outside. It’s become second nature to grab for your shoes before going anywhere (even indoors!). But have you ever considered the possible negative side effects of wearing shoes? After all, it’s worth considering that, as newborns, we’re not born with any shoes on our feet. 

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Topics: Earthing and Grounding

Summer – The Earthing Season

Posted by David Gelfand

Jul 28, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Where I live, summer is without a doubt the most coveted time of the year. With a brutal nine month winter behind us, there’s absolutely nothing we yearn for more than some sunshine, warmth, and the sight of the sprouting earth. 

Once the summer season fully rolls around (at least here), we absolutely have to take advantage of it while it lasts. Two to three months of cool, carefree vibes in the summer sun can fly by – trust me! 

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Topics: Earthing and Grounding

Carol’s Introduction to Juil and Earthing Products

Posted by David Gelfand

Jul 21, 2014 8:43:00 AM

1.) How did you first hear about Juil? 

My husband is always looking for unique, thoughtful gifts for me. He subscribed to a year-long gift package from Yuzen.  My first of 4 seasonal boxes arrived, containing samples of many lovely, "earthy" products, including a coupon for your shoes.  I went to your site, liked what I saw and read, and ordered a pair!

2.) Before Juil, had you ever heard of the concept of grounding/earthing?

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Topics: Earthing and Grounding

Grounding and Yoga – A Health-Inspired Lifestyle

Posted by David Gelfand

Jul 7, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Whether you’re at your yoga class or even in the classroom, it’s not uncommon to hear someone talk about “getting grounded.” But what does that really mean? 

In practice, grounding is a three part mechanism – 1) It’s a physical connection we need to the earth, 2) It’s a mental shift from being out-of-focus to centered and in-the-moment, and 3) It’s whatever brings your mind and body to be at ease!

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Topics: Earthing and Grounding

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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.