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No time to unwind?

This 5 minute meditation plan will change your life!

written by: Emma Reed  Jun 25, 2018

Meditation is not something that requires you to ditch your daily routine

Meditation is not something that requires you to ditch your daily routine

The act of meditation is well-known to millennials for its many attractive benefits such as lessened stress, anxiety, and depression, enhanced energy, and improved concentration and productivity - and that’s only a few of them. But due to the often fast-paced lifestyle of millennials, it can be challenging to find time to spend on meditation. Creating new, healthy habits doesn’t need to happen all at once. In fact, most positive habits last long-term when they’re integrated incrementally. One of the best approaches to meditation for millennials is a simple, 5-minute plan.

With all of the research and constant talk of meditation and the related topic of mindfulness, we’re pretty well-equipped with knowledge about how and why we should develop a personal practice. Despite all of this valuable information though, there’s still a significant problem. We, as a society, don’t know how to slow down long enough to even attempt actual meditation.

This information should come as no surprise, especially to millennials. Just as meditation is known for its many benefits, millennials are known for theirs too - namely, their ambitious nature, the motivation for success, and idealistic and passionate points of view. While all of these qualities are great, the combination of them can make for a fast-paced, hectic, and often overwhelming lifestyle. If millennials are continually running from their day job to their passion project, to their side-gig, how can they be expected to find time to meditate?

The good thing is that anyone, no matter who you are or what generation you belong to, can find one minute every day to focus on the breath. The goal is to start slow so that you acquire small victories, encouraging you to do more extended meditations down the line. To begin the plan, all you need to do is take one minute aside on each weekday and follow your breath coming in and out of your nose. Do you one-minute meditation at the same time every day, preferably in the morning to start your day off positively. At the end of the first week, you can commit to doing two minutes at a time. Millenials have big dreams, and it’s only right that they chase them with all the enthusiasm that they’ve got, but taking a few moments of meditation can help them reach new heights and achieve their goals tenfold.

Founders, Anastasia & Jasmine Bailey

Founders, Anastasia & Jasmine Bailey

I’ll admit this right off the bat: I don’t really know what I’m doing when it comes to meditation. Do I find it relaxing? Yes. Do I leave it feeling better than before? Yes. Do I need an instructor to lead me through it? Oh, heck yes!

That’s why I’m personally excited that Fishtown has welcomed a brand-new meditation studio, Vitality Meditation, where you can not only get your “om” on, but you can also learn from the pros. There’s an “Intro to Meditation” class on the schedule, a 30-minute session during which you can learn about different styles of meditation, ask questions, and get your first taste of guided meditation. If you’re an old pro, there’s also an entire class dedicated to breathing techniques to combat stress (um, yes please), as well as a Yoga Nidra class, during which “your body will become deeply relaxed” (um, double yes please). You can find a whole run-down of the class styles on Vitality Meditation’s website.

Vitality Meditation owner Anastasia Bailey wanted to open the shop to fill what she sees as a void of options for meditating in Philadelphia. “Philadelphia booms with psychical boutique gyms/studios, so I wanted to create a safe and serene space for our community to get in touch with their mental space,” says Bailey. “Our mission is to give our members the renewed vitality that will help them engage mindfully and step in their power.”

While the studio is still somewhat under construction, Vitality celebrated a soft opening on November 6, and it is currently hosting classes. A drop-in class is $15, or you can buy the grand-opening promo package, which is five classes for $50. Take a peek inside the studio here, then go visit in person at 1856A Frankford Avenue.

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What Can CBD Do For You

Learn more about the health and cosmetic benefits of CBD

written by: SHEENA ROBERSON Sept 15, 2018

Products infused with both CBD and THC have been making steady appearances in bath bombs, essential oils, lotions, eye creams and skin serums everywhere.

Products infused with both CBD and THC have been making steady appearances in bath bombs, essential oils, lotions, eye creams and skin serums everywhere.

For over 3,000 years, Cannabis has been helping people with a variety of afflictions from pain aides to reductions in inflammation to anxiety and stress relief. CBD is a non-psychoactive (so you won’t get you high from using it) and is said to offer relief from anxiety & depression, stimulate appetite and offers anti-acne properties naturally that drug store creations mimic in design. It wasn’t until 1937, when it was unjustly prohibited, that cannabis elixirs were pulled from the shelves of pharmaceutical shops and doctors’ offices alike. Since then Cannabis and Cannabinoid oils have made a grand reemergence into our everyday routines. Once a household name, cannabis and its derivative CBD have always been an imperative part of our lives, day to day maintenance and health regiments. While CBD’s ability to reduce pain in inflammation is an opportunity for all, beauty brands and influencers have begun to leave flags in the sand denoting that a new era of self-care has commenced.

We already know that inflammation is the root cause of most if not all of one’s skin woes from acne, to eczema. Because of cannabinoids’ anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, using it (especially regularly) can reduce puffiness, swelling, and tenderness. This is perfect for the problem skin consumer whose typical regiment contains multiple products to attack these issues, CBD offer a simultaneous solution to them all in one an attractive sell to anybody.

Your body is an intricate machine with multiple interworking parts and processes. Similarly there are nearly 100 naturally occurring compounds called cannabinoids, and CBD is the one that’s most well-known for its health and wellness benefits. Your body’s endocannabinoid system has receptors and a full spectrum of cannabinoids work in concert more effectively and productively than one on its own. Science explains how this is the case: “CBD binds to a special set of receptors in the skin known as TRPV-1 receptors, where it can help feelings of heat, itchiness, and pain. This explains why it has a soothing effect on the skin. Just like other natural oils, the natural fatty acids and antioxidants in hemp seed oil make it a good choice for people with dry skin, sun burn and conditions like eczema.

Speaking of hemp, there’s a debate there, too. Hemp is a type of cannabis that has had the THC largely bred out of it. It’s legal across state lines; however only CBD derived from hemp can be distributed nationally. There is a lot less CBD and other cannabinoids in hemp than in cannabis strains that contain THC. Some believe the effects of CBD are limited if not coupled with THC and don’t offer as much of an “impact” in relief or results, however most agree that the right sources and suitable dosage  provides more than enough benefit to continue using.

Products infused with both CBD and THC have been making steady appearances in bath bombs, essential oils, lotions, eye creams and skin serums everywhere. Mainstream markets and celebrities are endorsing them and are becoming a part of the CBD craze, so much so that this year’s most recent award show swag bags all contained some sort of CBD derivative product. So how much of CBD is a placebo effect where we expect and want for it to work so in turn we see or feel the results and how much of it is a legitimate improvement in condition. The verdict is still out but in the meantime there are plenty of affordable options for you to explore firsthand and learn just what CBD can do for U!