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The Root Chakra

November 3, 2015

For awhile now, Chakra has simply been an elusive buzz word to us. Its meaning and concept sort of illusory. We didn’t understand how to get in touch with each one or what we were even supposed to be getting in touch with. But the hierarchy of the seven Chakras has been integrated into yogic practices for centuries, causing us to think that maybe our own lives could benefit from more understanding.



DSC_1017In this collaborative series, we want to dive in and embrace the seven Chakras within our bodies. These seven Chakras are energy centers, with each one ascending up through your body towards your head. Each center flows and circulates a different type of energy and when you are aware of them they can help you feel happy, balanced, and open. But, the Chakra energies can become blocked, leading to illness and other unwanted imbalances. Everything we think, say, and do can affect our Chakras and each Chakra can be nourished uniquely. You can work on balancing each of the chakras in any location at any point of your life. To help us today we enlisted our friend Daysha Williams in a Washington Heights, Manhattan apartment and photographer Aubrey Renee in the woods of Louisville, Kentucky.

We figured maybe learning about the capabilities of these energy points within our bodies could lead to a better state of being. So we hit the books (and internet), put them into practice and placed our focus on the first, bottom-most Chakra; the Root Chakra. DSC_1013Trace your finger all the way down your spine. At its very base is where the Root Chakra resides. Like a plant in the earth that uses its roots for security and growth, the Root Chakra is the foundation of our body and mind where we derive our sense of safety, survival, and trust. When this energy point is balanced and open you feel stable and comfortable in your daily life. But the Root Chakra can become unbalanced by things like a difficult home life, an unhealthy relationship, abandonment, and feelings of low self-worth. These negative aspects can lead to anxiety, fear, depression, migraines, feeling spacey, and low immunity.

chakraposeWe realized we struggle with some of these ailments daily. It was eye-opening that on the very first Chakra we had already discovered a source of imbalance and that we could try to remedy that imbalance by thinking in terms of the Root Chakra.

Being a recent college grad with duties to help my family while also planning a big move across the country has got me feeling misplaced. Sometimes it resembles a state of limbo where I have no actual ground to allow roots to grow. I can’t make every aspect of my living situation change right now but I’m experimenting with ways to keep the Root Chakra balanced and in check.   -Hannah

Juggling school, work, and family have me feeling like a leaf in the wind – being blown around in every direction. This balancing act is giving me whiplash and the uncertainty of potentially moving next May for work has me feeling unsettled. But I’m coming to terms with the notion that my roots don’t need to be firmly planted just yet and in the meantime, balancing my Root Chakra can keep me rooted.   -Patricia

The color connected to the Root Chakra is red, so try wearing colors in the red spectrum to encourage balance between mind, body, and earth.chakrarollonAromatherapeutic scents include nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, myrrh, and patchouli. You can use essential oils, light sandalwood incense, or even sipping on a ginger tea will do! (*Bonus for ingesting something warm because this too helps you connect to the Root Chakra).

Root Chakra crystals and gemstones to wear and keep near include bloodstone, onyx, tigers eye, hematite, obsidian, and ruby.rootchakra1If you want to incorporate a mindfulness of the Root Chakra into your yoga practice try focusing on head-to-knee, standing forward bend, mountain pose, or meditate while sitting on the ground outside. These poses strongly connect you to the earth which will encourage a confident and grounded emotional energy that helps the Root Chakra thrive.

rootchakra7Since the Root Chakra’s element is earth, you can also listen to the elemental sound of thunder and quaking earth to inspire a balanced energy. We downloaded a long thunderstorm track and usually listen to it before falling asleep or while meditating.

rootchakra2rootchakra3rootchakra4rootchakra5We’re so excited to expand into a larger lifestyle brand that emphasizes positive body image and natural beauty. As part of this process we are launching a seven part chakra series that highlights and introduces each chakra and how they impact each of our lives. To encourage you in your own mindfulness journey we will be providing reader giveaways along the way with products that support local retailers and inspire you to value natural beauty solutions.

Look out for the Sacral Chakra post coming out next week!


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♥ We warmly welcome our newest member to the Fashion Cookbook team, Sadie Bonang! You may remember her from her apartment tour this past summer. Special thanks for helping us on the research and putting our thoughts into words for this post. This is such an important series and we are so happy to have you be apart of it and bring such a wonderful perspective. ♥

Thank you Daysha for being so open to helping us illustrate balancing the root chakra and for being such a positive light. 

Extra big thanks to Aubrey for your help with the yoga photography. We only recently found about her through following her Instagram and were immediately drawn to her authenticity, depth, and ability to draw meaning from those around her. 


Meditation for Depression

August 5, 2016

I can speak from experience in saying that the worst kind of depression is the kind that is brought on by absolutely nothing. No external events, circumstances or outcomes caused the heaviness you suddenly start to feel in your extremities. Unwarranted depressive states are paralyzing. It feels like you’re walking through a swamp with no visible way out. But even more frightening, you have no desire to find a way out.

When negative energies get built up in the mental body, they start to take up space in the physical body. And with us being earthly creatures, we have no sense of how to move this energy. It stays stagnant and only continues its massive build and depression becomes our norm. We have no idea how to transmute this energy into bliss, joy, radiance.

Meditation is the connection to the spiritual being within, to access the physical body, to move this stuck and damaging energy. My preferred form of meditation for relieving depression, is Kundalini meditations. Kundalini is a term for a primal energy, a shakti, that is mostly untouched residing in a coil at the base of the spine. Kundalini yoga is the practice of using breath, meditation, and poses to move the kundalini energy through all your chakras and up to your brain both releasing the kundalini energy, and stimulating your nervous system and body.  meditationforyoga meditationforyoga2The first exercise I turn to regularly is a Breath of Fire exercise.

Breath of fire is a fast breath where you pulse the diaphragm towards your spine on the exhale rapidly. Breath of fire should not be done by any ladies on their moon cycle or who are pregnant. Just take long deep breaths instead.

In this exercise, sit cross legged, with your right and left arms parallel to the ground at your heart center, with the right hand on top of the left, palms down. Pulse your arms down towards your navel on your exhale, and back up to your heart center in your inhale, as you do breath of fire through an “O” mouth breath.

This is my personal favorite for loosening up the energy in the heart space, so it can be moved and transformed further through your practice.

Do this for 3-6 minutesyogafordepression2The second exercise is called Fists of Anger.

Sit cross legged with your hands in fists, and your thumbs resting on top of your other four fingers. Move the arms in a backwards circular motion behind the head on each exhale, one at a time right after another, using the same fast pace and “O” mouth breath of fire from the previous exercise.

This exercise is for clearing and  rewriting your arcline. Your arcline deals with your karmic abundance. It is the transmitter that sends out your different energies and frequencies from your aura. Your arcline is earlobe to earlobe in men and women, and also nipple to nipple in only women. It is the place where negative thought patterns and imprints from unhealthy experiences occupy space, and are projected back into the universe as your energy field. Clearing your arcline and rewriting negative past experiences and imprints, creates a new slate of love, bliss, wealth, and ease in what you give out to the universe, and in what it has to give back to you.

Do this for 3-6 minutesyogafordepressionThe last exercise is done in child’s pose.

With your feet together and your knees apart, lay your front body over your knees, sit back on your heels, and rest the hands extending from the crown of your head in a prayer position. Allow long deep breaths to move from your lower belly, to the crown of your head, all the way back down the body and out the root chakra. Feel the buzzing of your cells and your nervous system awake, vibrant, and changed. Feel a diamond white light at your third eye chakra and at the heart chakra, opening you up to receiving even more comforting, quiet light. Let the breath moving through your body, ground you and anchor you to mother earth. Feel the trust and reverence for the universe you now have within your clean state.

Do this for 3 minutes



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Shop Local: Hauswitch in Salem, MA

July 29, 2016

As part of our Chakra journey we have expanded our mindset to the many possibilities of living a healthy and intention-filled lifestyle. More and more we are learning about the healing capabilities of nature and the ultimate power of love. As a holistic lifestyle brand we are always interested in meeting like-minded souls. Through Instagram we have gotten to learn about so many cool blogs, businesses, and people. One person who had caught our eye, and we finally got to the chance to meet in person was Erica Feldmann, who owns the store HausWitch Home + Healing in downtown Salem, Massachusetts. Erica’s store has everything you could possibly need to improve the energy of your home, from candles to crystals, to décor and personal care products. Last Saturday we got to chat with her about starting her store and how she has built her brand from the ground up.

hauswitchsalemhauswitchEricaTell us a little about yourself? I’m a Gemini and I was born and raised in the Midwest. I moved to Salem from Chicago in 2010 to study Gender and Cultural Studies in graduate school. I focused on the intersection of Witches and radical feminism and earned my MA in 2012. I have two cats named Moscow and Salem.

What inspired you to start the store? I fell in love with Salem the minute I moved here, but I felt like there weren’t many retail businesses that celebrate what the people who live here actually love about it. Most of the shopping is directed at tourists, which I totally get, but I thought there was a big open space for a store that featured local and emerging artists and celebrated Salem in a more intentional way. hauswitchtourspellpotions hauswitchcandlehauswitchwallWhat do you hope people take away from their experience at shopping at your store? I hope they take away a big bag of goodies haha! No, just kidding, (sort of). I hope people feel good about what they buy because it was made by a person who put love and intention into it.

Where do you see yourself in five years? Oh boy. In 5 years I hope that HausWitch as a brand has expanded. I would love to have more locations for the store, but that also sounds really daunting. I have so many different interests and projects going on that it’s hard to know exactly what will be the direction I go in, but I’m lucky because I think as a brand HausWitch has a lot of opportunities to grow. witchstorehours skullcandleHow are you involved in the Salem community? It’s funny because the community surrounding the events at the store has been the most wonderful and unexpected thing about our first year in business. Before I opened the store there weren’t many Witchy events open to the public so when we started doing them people really appreciated it. So in that way I’m very involved in the Salem community.hauswitcheventsHauswitch gallerywallWhat are some of your favorite products you sell? Well, I love our spell kits, obviously. Also, Boundaries in A Bottle by Dori Midnight was the first product I knew I needed to stock because I find it so effective personally. Our Black Jack Wax candles are the most potent, amazing smelling candles I’ve ever used and that’s saying a lot because I’m a scented candle junkie. I also love all of the ceramics that Christina Kosinski, a local artist and friend makes. windowdisplayWhat advice do you have for budding female entrepreneurs? Your intuition is the greatest asset you possess. It’s like a muscle, the more you use it the sharper it gets. Also, chances are you are more prepared and qualified to do whatever it is you’re trying to do than you think. A lot of times women think they have to have everything exactly right, all ducks in a row to launch a project whereas men just jump in. I had NO IDEA what I was doing when I opened the store, and still really don’t. That’s part of the process, you learn by doing. But first you have to just DO IT. witchcity copy


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Plant Makeup

June 27, 2016



Every organic thing is planted for the future. But for a plant to reach the future, it must grow in two opposite directions at the same time. As the roots grow downward into the dark, into the depths, the plant’s limbs reach for the light and grow upward. Birth and rootedness take place in cave-dark spaces, from which grow the upward, outward expression. No darkness, no light. No dirt, no daybreak. No past, no future.
Leonard Sweet, The Well-Played Life


13548822_10157039993540207_631272823_o13569882_10157039994060207_1517906864_oMore and more the woods have been whispering my name softly; beckoning me to make a peaceful surrender. As I face yet again a very transitional time in my life, I can’t help but feel emotionally imbalanced and in a constant state of rumination around meeting my basic survival needs. When I get in this thought spiral it takes away my ability to connect with others and feel the love that is around me. One of the ways I’ve been trying to balance my root chakra and connect with the Earth has been to interact with plants, specifically flowers. I’ve been using herbal remedies to aid with my anxiety and I’ve also found ways to incorporate them into my beauty routine.

I recently learned about an amazing line called, “Plant Makeup” that is 100% plant-based. All the products are homemade by this amazing girl named Jes, and all the ingredients are local or organic + sustainably sourced. 13523925_10157039989285207_969952079_o13523922_10157039993455207_509626183_oJes graciously gifted us the Spring/Summer 2016 Collection and I have to say both my outer and inner person has been really digging it! I love the way the products feel on my skin and inside I feel a strong bond with nature. Finally a makeup company that promotes natural beauty and supports a healthy relationship + respect for nature. It just goes to show you that fashion and living a mindful lifestyle can go hand-in-hand. 13517749_10157039989510207_1582975423_o13556098_10157039994860207_178024861_o13549128_10157039991945207_2018738747_o13523892_10157039992375207_541843491_oPhotography by Chelsea Blood



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