Like many during the pandemic, I started working remotely from home for the first time. In the last year, I found it to be a challenge to balance my personal time and work being close to home. After taking various crystal workshops with Joey Wargachuk at Happy Soul Academy, I learned about crystals to keep at your desk to minimize stress and create a protective environment to enhance your workday! One of my favourite crystals to consider for your workspace and in time where many of us are homebound is Shungite. Shungite named after a village in Russia, is a protective and grounding crystal. As a black crystal, shungite supports the root chakra family where it clears blockages and gives a sense of security. Its properties protects and purifies your energy against electromagnetic fields (EMFs). "Shungite absorbs that which is hazardous to health: pesticides, free radicals, bacteria, viruses, EMF, Wi-Fi, microwaves and other emissions." - (Hall, Pg. 9) Grounding crystals: Shungite pyramid, Black Obsidian sphere, raw Black Tourmaline and Smokey Quartz cluster. Shungite is available in various shapes. When a crystal is in pyramid form, energy is directed in a double helix. A shungite pyramid counteracts headaches and eliminates the physiological effects of stress. (Hall, Pg. 10) Another way of using shungite in your life is to invest in a round shungite cell phone sticker to place on your smartphone! When purchasing crystals, you need to ensure your crystals are from a reputable source. You can find Shungite at the following stores in Toronto, Canada! Happy Soul Toronto Shanti Baba Alternative Thinking Geologic Gallery Photography by Alitzia Tyminski References Judy Hall. 101 Power Crystals: The Ultimate Guide To Magical Crystals, Gems And Stones. Fair Winds Press; Illustrated edition (Oct. 1 2011). Pg. 9, 10
The next full moon is on February 27th, I look forward to every full moon and mark the occasion as a celebrative ritual once a month. This is a simple trick to make your own DIY moon water bottle! You can purchase waterproof moon phase decals from Japan by PurrfectlySticky on Etsy. You can apply the waterproof decals on mason jars, glass candle jars and so on! Glass bottle with cork stopper by Kolya Naturals in Edmonton, Alberta! I charge water under a full moon to use as a facial spray which gives a natural glow to spritz my face throughout the day and over my makeup, water my plants, to hydrate and many other uses! Model: Lusciously Lex Photography: Alitzia Tyminski Studio: Plant Paradise Loft
John Joseph is an Ironman, Author, Musician, Motivational Speaker and Professional Coach. In 2021, John Joseph launched a kickstart class, 21 Day Crash Course and VIP Individual Coaching! The 'John Joseph Discipline' method is a ten step blueprint designed to transform your life both personally and professionally. I attended the first class of 2021 this past January. John Joseph has been an inspiration and like a mentor in my life. I am always referring to his book, The PMA Effect: How A Positive Mental Attitude Can Make You The Badass You Were Born To Be. Kickstart classes are being offered live via zoom on Fridays February 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th 7:30pm - 9pm EST. A 21 Day Crash Course is also offered held on 3 Wednesdays in February, March and April 2021. You can register and subscribe to the John Joseph Discipline newsletter at johnjosephdiscipline.com Instagram: @johnjosephdiscipline
Xalish Medicines: Protection for Empaths and Earthkeepers
Flower essence for sensitive souls by Xalish Medicines. I discovered Xalish Medicines on Etsy created by Dr. Jacqui Wiilkins, a naturopathic doctor in Ontario. All of her herbal medicines are crafted with care and derived from plants homegrown in her garden. Xalish is Wolf in Ichishkiin (Yakima Language). Protection + Boundaries is a blend of Goldenwort (Hypericum), Agrimony and Yarrow essences infused with Obsidian stone essence from Apsáalooke territory. Obsidian is a protective stone that absorbs and dissolves negativity, anger and criticism. The flower essence is created for people who go into a crowded place and feel overwhelmed and/or anxious, or who gather for family gatherings and feel the unease. Protection Flower essence helps us to not feel drained after working in the healing arts, as teachers, sacred activists, land defenders, counsellors, space holders, parents, doctors, retail clerks, servers, makeup artists, hair dressers etc. Protection offers strong boundary support so that we not over extend ourselves, give too much or take on emotions and feelings that are not ours to carry. Recommended dosage is 3 drops under the tongue, or in a glass of water. Taken 1-3 times a day, for 3 or 7 days in a row. My personal favorites from her shop are the Calming Nervous System Sleep Tincture and herbal tea Glowing Skin + Digestive tea made with Balsam Fir which are currently sold out! When working with herbs, it is always best to check with your health care practitioner. Follow Xalish Medicines on Instagram @among_the_wildflowers To find out more information on empaths and strategies to avoid compassion fatigue and burnout, I highly recommend Judith Orloff's The Empath's Survival Guide: Life Strategies For Sensitive People and Thriving As An Empath. Judith Orloff, MD is a psychiatrist and New York Times bestselling author. On her website you can find a 20 Question Self Assessment Test.
When I was a student at the Institute Of Holistic Nutrition, I discovered the art of dry brushing! How does dry brushing relate to your health and the environment? Our skin eliminates nearly 1⁄4 of our own toxins every day and creates a new top layer of skin every 24 hours. Dry skin brushing removes the old top layer and lets a clean new layer come to the surface. The skin is one of the five main elimination channels of the body, throwing off about two pounds of toxic material each day in the form of perspiration. The skin has been called the third kidney because of its ability to rid the body of toxic waste. (Jensen, 118) Note the powder that comes off your skin as you brush. These are crystals of uric acid and other dried waste products that came out with perspiration. (Jensen, 118) Dry skin brushing is recommended daily and best done in the morning or evening before a shower or bath at least 3 to 4 times a week. I like to dry brush while watching something on Netflix before a bath which makes it seem more effortless and you can take your time! Skin dry brushing also helps reduce the appearance of cellulite! Toxins are stored in fat and when we dry brush, it helps to eliminate toxins. Other benefits include increased energy, improved circulation and softening of the skin. There are cruelty-free dry brushes such as Hyssop Beauty Apothecary. Others are made with boar hairs. Dry brushes can be found at your local health food store. P. Jenstschura is a German brand that makes an 'energy brush' using fine bronze bristles with copper and zinc. How To Dry Brush by Joy McCarthy, a Holistic Nutritionist and author of Joyous Health & Joyous Detox based in Toronto, Canada. References Dr. Bernard Jensen. Dr. Jensen’s Guide To Better Bowel Care: A Complete Program For Tissue Cleansing Through Bowel Management, Bernard Jensen International: 1999, Pg. 14, 118 Joy McCarthy. Joyous Health: Eat And Live Well Without Dieting. Penguin Group: 2014, Pg. 79 Model: Lusciously Lex Photographer: Alitzia Tyminski Studio: Plant Paradise Loft
Joy McCarthy is a Holistic Nutritionist from Toronto, Canada. She created a line of non-toxic biodegradable dry shampoos in 2019 for dark and light hair free from artificial fragrance, talc, dyes, parabens and gluten. Complete with legit natural ingredients that include bentonite, cacao powder, rice flour, tapioca and orange seed oil! Many dry shampoos on the market come in an aerosol spray that contain isobutane, butane, fragrance, limonene, linalool, alcohol and propane. For more information regarding the level of harmful effects of toxic ingredients in your everyday products check out the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Cosmetic Database. When I first tried this, my hair had instant volume without drying my hair out or leaving a white cast over my roots! A little goes a long way and I would rather smell like cacao than chemicals any day. The orange seed oil is subtle. When I rub the mixture between my hands, it washes off instantly without any staining. While it may be pricier than what you find at your local drug store or department store, the benefits outweigh the price. Because of its powder form, the product lasts much longer than an aerosol spray. I have tried and tested this dry shampoo for 4 days in a row! As a result, my hair had no oily residue and consistently had volume as if I walked out of a salon with a fresh blow out! My hair was not sticky or heavily laced with fragrance. I even went to get a blow out with dry shampoo in my hair and the hairstylist was surprised at how there was no residue whatsoever when she washed my hair. I was also sold on this for auburn hair which is harder to find and complementary for all shades of red! First time buyers receive a 10% discount. Joyous Health Dry Shampoo Dark Hair Joyous Health Dry Shampoo Light Hair References Environmental Working Group Skin Deep Database
Purifying French Clay Mask by Pure + Simple Spa Maskne is acne produced from wearing a face mask. Maskne is a thing and has been trending on Instagram with celebrities and major brands marketing crazy expensive products loaded with toxins that do more damage than good to your skin. My go to is an all natural product; Purifying French Clay Mask by Pure + Simple Spa for $21.95 CDN. This detoxifying mask is great for blemished, oily and acne-prone skin due to its purifying and anti-inflammatory properties. French clay is known to pull out toxins from the skin. I have been using this product for a couple of years now as a spot treatment overnight and LOVE it. Truly magic in a bottle! For spot treatment, this product will last you months and does not dry out your skin. Pure + Simple Spa is an all natural and wellness Canadian spa with locations throughout Ontario. Every product you see on their shelves is free of harmful ingredients like parabens, petrochemicals, silicones, phthalates, sulfates, synthetic fragrances and dyes. Keep your Pure + Simple Spa products once you're done for $1 off your next purchase! They are collecting empties during the pandemic and offering curbside pickup. Vegan, Nut Free *You can purchase french clay at your local health food store. *An alternative to french clay is also bentonite clay which can be found at your local health food store. I like to make a mask with bentonite clay which can be found at Alternative Thinking in Toronto. Model: Lusciously Lex Photography: Alitzia Tyminski Studio: Plant Paradise Loft
Hey Canada! Help make Vitamin D available for everyone! Photograph & Video by Walker Jordan Meghan Telpner and Josh Gitalis are Holistic Nutritionists based in Toronto, Canada. Meghan Telpner is the founder of Academy of Culinary Nutrition and author of The Undiet Cookbook: 130 Gluten-Free Recipes For A Healthy Awesome Life and Undiet: Eat Your Way To Vibrant Health. Meghan and Josh host a podcast called Today Is The Day. They have created an initiative called Vitamin D Hub to promote awareness about the benefits of Vitamin D and a need for distribution to vulnerable populations in Canada and globally to be part of the public health policy during the pandemic and beyond. 40% - 75% of the world's population is estimated to be vitamin D deficient. There is a sample letter available for download for Canadians to contact their local Member Of Parliament and City Councillor in Toronto to support this initiative. The Vitamin D Hub is not taking donations directly but have resources available on their website to download and encourage individuals and communities to donate Vitamin D to their local community. Vitamin D is already made available to vulnerable populations in the UK. Scotland and Ireland have been calling on their government to make change recommendations on Vitamin D. Dosage information can be found on their website.
2021 Lunar Desk Calendar by The Creative Spark Studio. Photograph by Alitzia Tyminski Spiritually Balanced A Taste Of Intuition - January 5th - 8th 2021, 3pm - 4pm EST Free via Zoom Devin Grindrod, a trauma-informed yoga instructor, reiki master and medium with a B.A. in Psychology is currently offering a free 4 day workshop on how to connect with our intuition. What You'll Learn: • How to read someone's energy • Energetic Boundaries • Spiritual Hygiene; maintaining your energy • How your intuition communicates with you • Meditations to connect with Spirit • Exercises to strengthen your relationship with your intuition. International Practitioners Of Holistic Medicine (IPHM) IPHM Fest - January 9th & 10th 2021 - 8:30am - 7:30pm GMT (UK Time) - Free via Zoom IPHM accredited training providers and therapists will be hosting free classes and talks from everything from meditation to sobriety, hypnosis to crystals and everything in between! Joey Wargachuk will be doing a free Manifesting Success with Clear Quartz Manifestation at 7:15am EST! RSVP: Coach Thrive Hosted by Christina Smith, a Personal Development Coach, Author & Speaker. Tune in for a connection, visualization and a short ritual for the first new moon of 2021! January 12th 2021 - 6pm PST/9pm EST Free via Zoom You can also sign up for New Moon Circle events on Feb 11, March 13 and April 4th! Holistika For a guided meditation on the first new moon of 2021 in Capricorn, join Holistika on January 13th 2021 - 8:30pm EST, $10 via Zoom! Holistika is providing soul coaching and a distant reiki session special until February, check out their Instagram! Sky Schools Meditation and breathwork every Tuesday 7:30pm - 8:30pm EST Free via Zoom Working with our breath brings an immediate reduction of stress, increases focus, lowers our cortisol, helps us sleep better and builds resilience! Join SKY Schools every Tuesday night! Download the Sky Daily Reset app for free: Brooklyn Meditation Brooklyn Meditation is a centre in Park Slope that is currently offering free virtual guided meditation via Zoom for all ages from children to older adults. Subscribe to their YouTube channel ChamMeditationTv. Brooklyn Meditation has an upcoming event Valentine's Day Meditation Retreat on Friday February 13th 2021 from 2pm to 5pm EST. To RSVP go to Linda Kang - Spark Then Ignite Linda Kang is a shamanic healing educator, reiki healer, yoga instructor and teaches mobility at Fit Factory Fitness! January 13th 2021 7:30pm - 9pm EST via Zoom, $25 - A new year's cleansing using the energy of the New Moon! This session will include light movement to open energy centres, journaling, meditation/visualizations and a shamanic extraction. A prep is required for you, reach out to Linda asap. January 20th 2021 (1.5hrs) via Zoom, $25 - You've cleared out the old, have meditated on life direction and are manifesting your dreams! To offer you support for this next phase of your life, Linda will retrieve a new Power Animal for each of you. You will also receive some instruction on how to use the medicine your guide offers and how to harness its power. Contact Linda at to register. The John Joseph Discipline Method John Joseph is an Ironman, motivational speaker & coach, author of the The PMA Effect and many others and musician. In 2021, he launched The John Joseph Discipline Method and is currently offering a 10-step method live class where he will kickstart your success in any area of your life personally and professionally starting Friday January 15th, 22nd & 29th 2021 via Zoom 7:30pm - 9pm EST. Classes are also offered in February and this spring! For more information and to register go to johnjosephdisicipline.com! Free Fortunes Thursdays I discovered this event on New Year's Eve and had a personal reading done by tarot master Major Tom Schick and his student! Book your private session for free via Zoom 7:30pm-8:30pm CST/8:30pm-9:30pm EST on selected Thursdays: Jan 7, Jan 14, Jan 21, Jan 28 and Feb 4th 2021. The Shamanic Journey with Glenn Campbell I was drawn to study core shamanism after seeing a shamanic healer Linda Kang in 2020. A former elementary school principal and teacher for over 30 years, Glenn Campbell is a shamanic practitioner and offers workshops on core shamanism. The Shamanic Journey: Pathway to Knowledge & Power January 16th & January 23rd 2021 - 10am - 1:30pm EST via Zoom
Training boot camp outdoors with Fit Factory Fitness in extreme heat all summer, these are my must haves in my gym bag! What's in your gym bag to enhance your workouts? CanPrev Magnesium Bis-Glycinate Drink Mix What I love about this electrolyte drink is the mild lime flavour and sweetened with xylitol compared to other electrolyte drinks HIGH in sugar! Each box contains 30 sachets and comes with a $2 coupon for your next purchase! Dr. Bronner's hand sanitizer (Peppermint) Dr. Bronner's hand sanitizer has been my saving grace since Stage 3 has opened in Toronto. Every time you step into a store you are asked to use hand sanitizer, carrying this little guy in Peppermint which is also an uplifting scent in weird times, my hands are still soft and never covered in sticky goo. EpsomGel for sore muscles post workout THIS! I discovered Epsomgel at a health expo a couple years ago. Made with complete natural ingredients Epsom Salt, Arnica and essential oils I love to put this on sore muscles. I also use it on my neck and lower back when needed after a long day working remotely at home. Epsom salt baths are great to relieve sore muscles but not everyone is akin to taking a bath, this is the next best thing. ThinkSport Facial Sunscreen When it comes to sunscreen, I want something that is environmentally friendly, cruelty free and does not make my skin pale white. Although sunscreen protection trumps vanity, I love the citrus scent and it blends in nicely on my skin tone. I also love how when I'm training outdoors it's not streaking from sweat once I'm done and stays matte! Dr. Mist Deodorant Spray Fragrance Free I stopped using aluminum deodorants a lonnnng time ago. I love Dr. Mist made with minerals and water, there are days where I don't even need to use it, it's that good and fragrance free! Rosewater Facial Mist I use this all year round and beats facial sprays loaded with toxins. Especially for dehydrated dry skin this is the ultimate pick me up! Rosewater is considered an Iranian beauty secret and recommended by Edgar Cayce readings! ⠀⠀
Alissa White-Gluz & Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein announced Vegan Monster Protein priced at $34.99 USD (pre-order) with 5g BCAAs, 25g of plant-based protein; pea protein, brown rice protein, amaranth and quinoa powder flavoured with cocoa powder, spirulina, artichoke powder and xanthan gum. Soy Free & Gluten-Free with no artificial flavours and sweetened with stevia. (Image by Vegan Monster Protein) A portion of the proceeds from each jar go to an animal rescue in need. Pre-order, ships 05/01!
Throughout history, art was created during pandemics - to amuse, to console, and to give voice to those who were previously unheard. (O'Neill, 2020) The great thing about the metal community is it has always brought us together and especially now. When the beloved Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn launched their kickstarter campaign on April 7th, it was compelling to see the metal community come together both locally and internationally to support the venue and metal bar. Get Creative Scott Kelly is a retired NASA astronaut who spent a year on the International Space Station. Sharing tips on how to cope with isolation in The New York Times, Kelly suggests pursuing a hobby and getting creative. "When you are confined in a small space you need an outlet that isn’t work or maintaining your environment. You can also practice an instrument (I just bought a digital guitar trainer online), try a craft, or make some art. Astronauts take time for all of these while in space. (Remember Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield’s famous cover of David Bowie’s Space Oddity?)" (Kelly, 2020) Motley Crue and Judas Priest called on fans to get creative and post covers during quarantine. Metal God Rob Halford posted a message to fans, "Humanity has this great tenacity to pull together, to be strong and to overcome things that come before us." Resilience John Joseph frontman of Cro-Mags JM, Ironman and author of "The PMA Effect: How a Positive Mental Attitude can make you the badass you were born to be" inspires us to turn the impossible into possibilities with resilience, "Right now we are not able to do many of the things we used to enjoy doing; going to the gym or yoga centre, race, swim, tour with your band, go to restaurants, concerts, family outings, movies, whatever the case may be. Without resiliency you’ll become fixated on what you can’t do what you can’t have and will bug-out instead of adapting and saying here’s my new normal this is what I can do. So let me focus on these things and do them to the best of my ability. If you do not come out of this situation with new skill sets, with new goals accomplished… It’s not that you lacked time, you lacked discipline and resiliency. That’s my fucking two cents for what it’s worth." He also proves that eating healthy is inexpensive and irresistibly simple with plant-based recipes on his Instagram page. Meditation David Lynch is one of the most brilliant directors of our time. Lynchian fans are prevalent in the metal community from Audrey Horne to Swallow The Sun. In a recent interview with VICE Canada, Lynch swears by meditation to harness creativity, transcendental meditation (TM) specifically. "If you’re miserable and suffering in isolation, then it won’t be good for creativity. Negativity is the enemy of creativity. If you’re filled with fear and anger and all kinds of negative things, that flow of ideas gets restricted and the tube of happiness just gets squeezed by negativity. If you meditate and transcend every day, the negativity lifts away. Gold comes in and garbage goes out. Negativity, stress, anxieties, tensions, depression, sorrow, hate, need for revenge, bitter selfish anger; it all starts to recede." (Rose, 2020) Laughter It goes without saying laughter relieves tension and is known to improve the immune system, blood pressure and blood flow. If laughter is the best medicine Steel Panther are prescription-strength pharmaceuticals. The Science Behind Music & Your Well-Being Zoomer Magazine published an article earlier this year, "Your Health: The Magic Of Music" where scientists believe there's no question that listening to music can directly benefit your well-being and has shown to lower blood pressure. "Studies show serotonin rises significantly in response to pleasing music, and it's much more than the happy neurochemical that prozac made famous. It's a multitasker that's also involved in learning, memory, sleeping, digestion, even bone health." Like food, sex and recreational drugs, music also primes the brain's reward system to pump out dopamine, the so-called pleasure chemical crucial for cognitive function, working memory, movement and emotional well-being. McGill University reported that listening to music you love will make the brain release even more of it." (Abraham, 2020) Now that's DOPE. Free Music Isolate/Create Project is a free resource providing creatives with digital assets to spark creativity and inspire digital collaboration featuring twenty artists including Deafheaven, Thou and Metz. You can also share your work using #isolatecreate to support the contributing artists via the links in their profiles. In March, Trent & Atticus of Nine Inch Nails announced on their website new music Ghosts V - VI available for download, "Music has always had a way of making us feel a little less alone in the world and hopefully it does for you too. Remember, everyone is in this together and this too shall pass." Metal Yogis Both Nergal of Behemoth and Johan Hegg of Amon Amarth are known to practice yoga. Johan and his wife Maria teach yoga inviting fans and enthusiasts alike to enlist in an online yoga class for $7. Melody Henry owner of Lucky 13 Saloon teaches yoga in Brooklyn. She offers black metal light yoga classes "done in the dark in black light in the back of a bar set to sounds of the likes of Burzum, Blut Aus Nord and WITTR". Melody is providing guided meditation and breathwork on her Instagram page. You can donate to Lucky 13 Saloon to keep their doors open here. Post-Apocalyptic Masks Kim Kylla Dylla aka Vulvatron of Gwar is the mastermind behind Kylla Custom Rock Wear. Her clothing line designs custom stage wear for wrestlers and artists Enslaved, Nita Strauss, Satyricon and many others. She created a video tutorial on a DIY fabric mask for healthcare workers. She is currently designing post-apocalyptic reusable fashion masks to fund free masks for healthcare workers. Right on Kim! Behemoth are including a free mask with each order on their web store. T-Shirts For A Cause Revocation created an exclusive t-shirt where 100% of the profits go towards supplying face masks to health care professionals. Converge x Breather Resist Mash Up Fundraiser Tee limited-edition by Converge. Proceeds from this item will be donated to Artist Relief COVID-19 Fund, a non-profit organization providing grants to Artists and Musicians facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19. Bandcamp Bandcamp’s C.E.O., Ethan Diamond, wrote before the campaign. “It may sound simple, but the best way to help artists is with your direct financial support.” (Pemberton, 2020) On March 23rd, the music platform Bandcamp announced that it had sold $4.3 million worth of music and merchandise in a COVID-19 fundraiser for its artists. Reign In Health Bandcamp Playlist References Amanda Hess. "Our Health Is In Danger. Wellness Wants To Fill The Void". The New York Times. April 6 2020 Scott Kelly. "I Spent A Year In Space And I Have Tips On Isolation To Share." The New York Times. March 21 2020 Carolyn Abraham. "Your Health: The Magic Of Music." Zoomer Magazine. February 3 2020 Nathan Taylor Pemberton. "A Moment To Rethink How We Support Music." The New Yorker. April 2 2020 Heather O'Neill. "Art During The Time Of Coronavirus." Maclean's. March 24 2020 Ethan Diamond. "Update On Friday's Campaign To Support Artists During The COVID-19 Pandemic." Bandcamp. March 23 2020 Nick Rose. "David Lynch Wants You To Meditate, Maybe Make A Lamp During Self-Isolation." VICE Canada. April 9 2020