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The Chakra Series-The Heart Chakra

The Chakra Series-The Heart Chakra

Getting to the “heart” of things…. Continuing on with our Chakra series, today we will be discussing the “Anahata” or Heart Chakra. This chakra is our 4thchakra, and is located at the center of our being…the heart. The heart chakra lingers between the two worlds […]

All about Succulents & Cacti: My propagators!

All about Succulents & Cacti: My propagators!

Hello again everyone, and welcome to the second part of my “All about Succulents & Cacti” series where I go over some of the things I’ve learned so far about these neat plants. This time I will be talking about 3 of my most prolific […]

30 Day HIIT and Mini Band Challenge

30 Day HIIT and Mini Band Challenge

30 Day HIIT and Mini Band Challenge

The challenge-

Today we are going to share with you something we have wanted to do for a long time; A fitness challenge! We wanted this challenge to be one that everyone can take part in, and that didn’t require a gym. We knew we wanted to pick a workout plan that wasn’t too lengthy, and that is easy to fit it into a busy schedule. We decided to go with a HIIT challenge and mini band work, to firm up those legs and glutes!

What is HIIT?

Many of you probably already know what HIIT is, but in case you don’t, it stands for High Intensity Interval Training. It is a quick paced, “balls to the wall” type of training that is very effective at burning fat, yet preserving muscle. It’s a win win workout! You don’t need any special equipment for this type of workout, and you can do it anywhere.

Mini Band Training-

To our 30 day HIIT we will be adding mini band training. This is simply a big rubber band that you place around your ankle or thighs in which you preform resistance exercises to strengthen the hips, legs, and glutes. If you have ever been in physical therapy for knee problems, then there are chances you have already performed some of these exercises. We will do the mini band training BEFORE we do our HIIT training. Why is this you ask? It warms up your joints, and activates the muscles you will using in your HIIT program.

Where to get your Loop/Mini bands-

You can pick up these bands at just about any decent sporting good store, and you can every check places like Walmart and Target. Amazon of course carries them as well. They are cheap, yet effective tools!

30 Day HIIT & Mini Band Challenge! Join Us!

If you don’t wish to do the loop band portion of this challenge, you don’t have to, yet I highly recommend it. It is just another added layer in the fitness program that will get you results sooner than later.

The workout….

Starting September 1st, We will begin this challenge! We will be taking part in the 30 day HIIT challenge from DareBee.com, which you can access HERE.

30 Day HIIT & Mini Band Challenge! Join Us!
Darebee.com

For the loop band pre-HIIT exercises you will do the following (before you do you HIIT)….

30 Day HIIT & Mini Band Challenge! Join Us!

I will be adding this challenge as an addition to my regular weight lifting routine. I love it because it is simple and does’t take a lot of time to get it done. If you notice with each workout you will see three different levels. Start with the level you find challenging. If you have never tried HIIT before, I suggest starting with level 1. If after a couple weeks, you feel you need to amp it up, try level 2 and so on. Please consult with you medical professional before starting any exercise, and please be smart! If something hurts ( I mean hurts like an injury) then please stop! If you feel faint or dizzy, then STOP! Listen to your body! It is trying to tell you something.

Make sure to include a healthy eating plan with this program consisting of whole, unprocessed foods. Stay away from junk food. Your body will thank you.

Are you ready to give it a go?….

So who will be joining us in our challenge? I hope so! Are you ready to get your sweat on? I am! LET’S DO THIS!!!!

Please leave a comment if you are going to give this a try, so we can support each other! If you have any questions, feel free to ask! Happy Workout everyone!

Until next post,

www.gossamerydreams.com

30 DAY HIIT & MINI BAND CHALLENGE! JOIN US!

Gluten-free Brownie Cookies

Gluten-free Brownie Cookies

Hello everyone, and welcome back to the blog! Today I will be sharing with you a recipe I’ve been wanting to try for a while now—Gluten-Free Brownie Cookies! These were pretty interesting cookies to make, because they required an ingredient I had never tried baking […]

The Chakra Series-The Solar Plexus Chakra

The Chakra Series-The Solar Plexus Chakra

The Chakra Series-The Solar Plexus Chakra We are continuing our chakra series today by discussing the 3rdchakra, or solar plexus chakra. If you didn’t read our root chakra or sacral chakra posts, you can check them out here, and here. In Sanskrit the solar plexus […]

The Chakra Series-the Sacral Chakra

The Chakra Series-the Sacral Chakra

The Sacral ChakraThis week in our Chakra Series, we will be discussing the svadhisthana chakra, or sacral chakra. If you missed our first post on the 1stchakra or root chakra, please go read it now here. In the root chakra post I suggest a great book to start with.

In Sanskrit the meaning of svadhisthana translates to “sweetness” and the associations with this chakra correlate with all the things in life that make it “sweet” like pleasure, sexuality, movement, nurturing, an change. By working with your sacral chakra on a regular basis, you will help those issues in your life pertaining to emotional, sexual, and creative balance.

The Sacral Chakra
The symbol for the 2nd chakra, The sacral chakra

The Sacral Chakra (2ndchakra)…The Basics

Location: between naval and genitals.

Name and meaning: Svadhisthana/ sweetness

Color association: Orange

Main issue: Emotional balance/Sexuality/ creativity

Glandular connection: Ovaries/testes

Associated body parts: sex organs, bladder, prostate, womb

Element and ruling planet: water/ Pluto

Astrological Associations: Cancer / Scorpio

Associated sense: taste

Fragrances/Oils/incense: Jasmine, rose, sandalwood

Crystals: Citrine, Carnelian, golden topaz

Animals and Archtypes: Fishtailed alligator, Sovereign/martyr

Physical dysfunctions: impotence, frigidity, bladder and prostate problems, lower back pain

Emotional dysfunctions: unbalanced sex drive, emotional instability, feelings of isolation

Sacramental association: communion

Foods: liquids

Developmental age/life lesson: 8-14 years. Challenging motivations based on social conditioning

The Sacral Chakra

HOW DOES YOUR SACRAL CHAKRA SPIN?….

The goals of emotional stability, creative expression, and pleasure all relate to the sacral chakra (2ndchakra) This chakra is continuing on from the base or root chakra (each chakra builds on the one before it) The archetypes of this chakra are the sovereign and martyr, which relate to abundance and how much we feel that we believe we deserve to enjoy in life. They are associated with the two polarities of pleasure and fulfillment, as well as suffering and sacrifice. So how is your sacral chakra currently spinning? Here is how you can tell;

Chakra is too open (spins to fast)- emotionally unbalanced, a fantasist, manipulative, sexually addictive.

Chakra is too closed or blocked (spins sluggishly or not at all)- over sensitive, hard on him/or herself, feels guilty for no reason, frigid or impotent.

Chakra is balanced (spins and correct speed)- trusting, expressive, attuned to his/her own feelings, creative.

When a person’s sacral chakra is balanced, you will find these individuals take on a very charismatic and personality, and you enjoy being around them! In contrast when someone has a sacral block, it can be draining associating with them, and they tend to love to push guilt over on everyone else, because they themselves are feeling it intensely. The balanced person will see the positive opportunities to every situation, and even when things fail, learn from it, and move on, or try again a new way. They take the good with the bad and grow, instead of wallowing in self pity and defeat.

The Sacral Chakra
A chart showing the basics

If you would like to read more about this subject, I suggest starting with this book. If anyone else has any good book suggestions, please don’t hesitate to comment below! I would love to check them out! Sharing is caring!

I hope you found this post informative, and that you consider giving chakra work a try! Our next post will cover the solar plexus chakra.

Until next time,

www.gossamerydreams.com

The 12 Zodiac: Leo!

The 12 Zodiac: Leo!

Hello everyone, and today will begin my 12 zodiac series of illustrations and blog posts! I have had these illustration ideas waiting for their final phase for quite a while now, so I’m excited to finally be sharing these with you. I spent a lot […]

Anniversary Celebration- Visiting The Wineries Of The Monticello Wine trail

Anniversary Celebration- Visiting The Wineries Of The Monticello Wine trail

This year, to celebrate our 23rdwedding anniversary, my husband, kids, and I decided to head out to visit some wineries on the Monticello Wine Trail here in Virginia. If you have not visited a winery (or now cideries!) in Virginia, we highly recommend them! Not […]

My Favorites for July & Wrap-up!  

My Favorites for July & Wrap-up!  

Hello everyone! We have officially wrapped up the month of July, so it’s time to recap some of my favorite things from this month!

 

Books I Read…

My 4 Favorite Graphic Novels for July! Read about it at www.gossamerydreams.com

Over the past few months I haven’t done much traditional novel reading, and I still have a number of unread novels on my bookshelf that I hope to get to in the month of August. On the other hand I have read a number of graphic novels which I do pretty much every month. In a recent blog post I shared the 4 that are my favorite for this month, which you can read HERE.

 

Art Wrap-up…

At the beginning of the month I did a lot of experiments and challenges which was a nice break before hunkering down to work on some new series, organize, finish some older works, and make plans for future pieces. At the end of this month I also officially opened up commissions! So if you would be interested in commissioning me, please go to my Instagram to find my email or contact me through a message.

Some of the challenges I did were the 1 hue challenge, emoji challenge (which I still have some more to finish), and emotion challenges with some of my original characters! You can see all of these at my Instagram HERE.

Here are some of my favorites from the month!

Geode, by Ciarra Stebbins. Find more at gossamerydreams.com or @ciarra_13.
Geode

 

The Kelpie, by Ciarra Stebbins. Find more at gossamerydreams.com or @ciarra_13.
The Kelpie

 

Enlightenment, by Ciarra Stebbins. Find more at gossamerydreams.com or @Ciarra_13.
Enlightenment

 

Star Dust, by Ciarra Stebbins. Find more at gossamerydreams.com or @Ciarra_13.
Star Dust

 

Potion Practice, by Ciarra Stebbins. Find more at gossamerydreams.com or @Ciarra_13.
Potion Practice

 

Galactic Sweet-tooth, by Ciarra Stebbins. Find more at gossamerydreams.com or @Ciarra_13.
Galactic Sweet-tooth

 

Also, one of the art challenges doing its rounds on social media is the #drawthisinyourstyle, which I created my own edition for! Feel free to give it a try and post it on Instagram with the hashtag #pastelgalaxygirl so I can see it! Don’t forget to tag me too! 😉

Pastel Galaxy Girl, by Ciarra Stebbins. Find more at gossamerydreams.com or @Ciarra_13.
Pastel Galaxy Girl

Bonus

Since I didn’t get a chance to share it for June, here is my favorite art piece from that month!

The Little Mermaid, by Ciarra Stebbins. Find more at gossamerydreams.com or @ciarra_13.
The Little Mermaid

 

New Photography Account…

A big part of July for me wasn’t just organizing my personal work space, but also my Art Instagram which led me to create a new account just for photography! I’m really happy I made this new account since it has revitalized my enjoyment for taking pictures for the things that catch my attention!

I’m also going to be taking a photography class this fall so its good to get some practice in before then!

My Favorites for July & Wrap-up, read about it at gossamerydreams.com

If you would like to see more please follow my photography account HERE.

 

So What’s the Plan for August?

August will be my last few weeks of summer before heading into my final semester at my current college! I will definitely be jamming in as much reading, drawing, and general fun before I need to prepare everything for my classes. This semester will definitely be very busy but also very exciting, since I will be putting together my final senior art exhibition!

I will share more about that in the coming months!

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Thanks for reading and I hope you all had a great July!

What were some of your favorites from July? Let me know in the comments down below!

www.gossamerydreams.com

The Chakra Series-The Root Chakra

The Chakra Series-The Root Chakra

THE ROOT CHAKRA Back in February I wrote about how meditation had changed my life for the better (Click here to read). Today I am going to share with you my favorite type of meditation focus-The chakras. According to Liz Simpson, the author of ‘The […]