Courtney Somer

How Aromatherapy Works

Aromatherapy

How Aromatherapy Works

by Courtney Somer

Aromatherapy is the art of utilizing the life force of plants in the form of essential oils, also thought of as nature’s medicine, to enhance ones emotional, spiritual and physical well-being.

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Seven Benefits of Frankincense

Aromatherapy

Seven Benefits of Frankincense

by Courtney Somer

Frankincense known for its sweet and comforting smell, has been used in religious ceremonies for thousands of years and was once more valuable then gold. It is known for its healing powers and at one point “used to treat every conceivable ailment known to man.” Considered as food for the gods, Frankincense is used often in Ayurvedic medicine, and it is believed that using it in the house daily brings good health.

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7 Ways to Stop Complaining

Personal Growth

7 Ways to Stop Complaining

by Courtney Somer

I’ve recently become much more aware of what I say, and I admit that sometimes, I would not want to be the one listening! The fact is we all complain sometimes, but lately, I’ve noticed people that complain constantly. Starting with a focus on one thing, and when that is resolved, the complaint is just moved onto the next item, topic or person. Most people can complain up to 30 times a day.

So why do we complain?

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Saturn Return – The Instigator of Change

Stars, Numbers & Cards

Saturn Return – The Instigator of Change

by Courtney Somer

Both my friends & I had a distinct feeling of unease in regards to life right around the age of 28. It felt like a mid-life crisis, without the sports cars or younger mates, but nothing felt quite right and a variety of deeper questions set in. Was I in the right job and relationship? What was my plan for my life? Was I officially moving out of youth and into adulthood? Thankfully, I was introduced to the concept of the Saturn return.

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Healthy Habits with Norma Kamali

Healthy Habits

Healthy Habits with Norma Kamali

by Courtney Somer

The legendary Norma Kamali is not only an inspiration for years of influential and cutting edge designs, but also for her devotion to health and well-being. For one, she looks amazing and is in better shape then women half her age. She also created The Wellness Cafe consisting of favorite products to promote fitness, health and beauty and where she hosts inspirational events (that feature other Eyla contributors). We spoke to Norma about her personal routine to find out how she maintains calm and focus and how we can age as gracefully as she.

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The Truth About Gossip

Personal Growth

The Truth About Gossip

by Courtney Somer

“When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.” – Wayne Dyer

Lately, there has been a lot of gossip swirling around, and it seems to be affecting a lot of people I know. It got me to thinking, why do people gossip? What do they get from it? Why do we pass on the negative news, more so then the positive? And, how does this affect us energetically?

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Seven Ways to Get a Better Nights Sleep

Yoga

Seven Ways to Get a Better Nights Sleep

by Courtney Somer

Nothing beats a good night sleep, not only in terms of how you feel the next day but also for your restoration, overall health and well-being and affects on aging. Here are 7 ways to get a better nights sleep.

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Numerology: How To Do It & What Your Numbers Mean

Stars, Numbers & Cards

Numerology: How To Do It & What Your Numbers Mean

by Courtney Somer

Numerology, like Astrology, can be somewhat addictive. I had always been interested in my ‘numbers’ but never truly understood their meaning. During my yoga training, we were taught how to really do numerology, little did I know I had been doing it wrong for years, and how in depth the information can get – down to your karma, what drives your personality and what colors are better for you to wear! Here’s a guide on how to do them, the Yogic way, and what they mean.

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Ten Things To Do For Your Children

Motherhood

Ten Things To Do For Your Children

by Courtney Somer

1. Love them

2. Build their self-esteem

3. Challenge them

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Simple Meditation for Making Decisions

Meditation

Simple Meditation for Making Decisions

by Courtney Somer

Having trouble making a decision? This is a simple Kundalini Yoga meditation to help to build your inner knowingness and help make decisions easily. If you are having trouble making a choice, sit and do this meditation for 3 minutes a day for 7 days in a row.

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Healthy Habits with Abdi Assadi

Healthy Habits

Healthy Habits with Abdi Assadi

by Courtney Somer

Inspired by people in the well-being and health industry, this is a look into their daily habits. Here we spoke with healer and Eyla contributor, Abdi Assadi.

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Healthy Habits with Kelly Morris

Healthy Habits

Healthy Habits with Kelly Morris

by Courtney Somer

We chatted with the passionate, unapologetic and frank Yoga master and founder of the renowned Conquering Lion Yoga, Kelly Morris. Here she opens up about her daily habits in all its beautiful honesty.

“There are generally two ways my day can unfold. One sucks, the other rocks. Here they are. Perhaps you can relate….

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Ways to Gain Perspective

Personal Growth

Ways to Gain Perspective

by Courtney Somer

Should I stay or should I go? Is she/he right for me? Why am I putting up with this type of behavior? Relationships are a great example of being stuck or indecisive about what is best for you. There are a few techniques you can use to help gain perspective when caught up in a difficult situation and having trouble sorting your way out of it.

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Simple Yoga Mudras to Evoke Change, Clarity or Manifestation

Yoga

Simple Yoga Mudras to Evoke Change, Clarity or Manifestation

by Courtney Somer

The hands are seen as magic wands in the body, and the bridge between heaven and earth. They have both the power of creation and the ability to manifest. Each area of the hand corresponds to different emotions and behaviors and are a map of energy of our health and consciousness.

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Healthy Habits with Elena Brower

Healthy Habits

Healthy Habits with Elena Brower

by Courtney Somer

We chatted with the beautiful Elena Brower – founder of  VIRAYOGA, co-author of Art of Attention, coach with the Handel Group and devoted Mama. The yoga legend with over 16 years experience of teaching everywhere from MOMA to Burning Man, shares her Healthy Habits and how she balances it all.

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11 Things You Can Do To Be More Healthy Right Now

Nutrition

11 Things You Can Do To Be More Healthy Right Now

by Courtney Somer

Here are eleven, easy to do tips to be healthier right now.

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Healthy Habits with Gabrielle Bernstein

Healthy Habits

Healthy Habits with Gabrielle Bernstein

by Courtney Somer

We took a peak inside the daily healthy habits of Eyla’s dear friend Gabrielle Bernstein. If you don’t know Gabby, you should. She was recently featured on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday as a next generation thought leader, is the New York Times Best selling author of May Cause Miracles, and brings light and love to her many speaking engagements, classes and lectures. Gabby and I recently experienced the Kundalini Yoga teacher training together and she now incorporates these techniques into her international quest to empower and inspire women.  Read More

Be Happy & Meditate: Yogic Theories for Pregnancy

Motherhood

Be Happy & Meditate: Yogic Theories for Pregnancy

by Courtney Somer

Pregnancy can bring upon a variety of experiences from woman to woman or within one woman herself, depending on the day! During my recent yoga teacher training, I learned some great, simple meditations & the background of yogic philosophy to help ease your way through the ups and downs of pregnancy.

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Intro to the Chakras

Yoga

Intro to the Chakras

by Courtney Somer

One of the requirements to become a yoga teacher includes a lengthy take home exam, so my procrastination techniques from college have been useful these past few weeks…However, one of my favorite exercises has been this summary of the chakras, their purpose, function, how to know when they are off balance and what yoga exercises you can do to strenghten them.

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Healthy Habits with Rose-Marie Swift

Healthy Habits

Healthy Habits with Rose-Marie Swift

by Courtney Somer

Inspired by other folks interested in well-being and health, this is the start of a new column to peek into their daily habits. First up is New York based make-up artist, Rose-Marie Swift.

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Getting Past What Other People Think

Personal Growth

Getting Past What Other People Think

by Courtney Somer

We’ve all been there, wondering what our friends, family or peers will think of us based on our actions. In a recent study conducted on the top three greatest fears…

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Shopping Guide: Benefits of Fruits & Veggies by Color

Nutrition

Shopping Guide: Benefits of Fruits & Veggies by Color

by Courtney Somer

Here is a quick and easy guide to how fruits & veggies will benefit you based on color. As a general rule, the ideal shopping trips leaves you with a rainbow of colors in the foods you are buying.

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Meditation For A Calm Heart

Meditation

Meditation For A Calm Heart

by Courtney Somer

This is a great meditation for beginners and can be done for as short as 3 minutes with a positive effect. If you are troubled in a relationship or with your job, sit in this meditation before you act. You will then act with a a calm, clear perspective and from your heart.

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Circle Of Life

Purpose & Creativity

Circle Of Life

by Courtney Somer

This exercise helps determine which areas of your life are plentiful and which are more lacking, and a look at the overall balance.

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