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The Cloud is a database of Wellness terminologies you may have heard in passing, but have no idea what it means. We're here to help.

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Age of Aquarius

A mythical era talked about by astrologers that follows the Piscean Age, a time where life was based on hierarchical structures in the shape of a pyramid: one person at the top in a family, company, government, or religious sect. While the pyramid structure provides stability, its susceptible to rigidity and limitation of individual freedom and responsibility. In contrast, the Age of Aquarius is believed to be about the flattening of the pyramid where individuals assume more power and gender roles change in an increasingly egalitarian world. Some believe this age has already begun, pointing to things like social media and the rise of female entrepreneurship as markers that we are. Let's hope they're right.

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Airplane Mode for Humans

The easiest way to disable things in life that drain your battery.

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Akashic Records

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Not a location at the local public library. "Akasha" is sanskrit for "primary substance." So, think of the Akashic Records as a kind of dewey decimal system, the Google database, which houses the record of every person (including you) that's ever inhabited this tiny blue dot and their life's journey. Yeah, we know. That's a lot. But, the good news is, with the support of an Akashic reader, you can consult this eternal wisdom and gain valuable insights into career, love, health, relationships, and purpose.

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Ashtanga Yoga

A system of yoga developed Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. This system of yoga focuses on synchronizing the breath to a series of postures that produce internal heat and sweat to detoxify muscles and organs. The end result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind.

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Astrology

The science of reading the movements of the stars and planets and their corresponding influence to personal, societal, and worldwide affairs. For the uninitiated, a simple phrase to start thinking about this old practice—As Above, So Below.

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Ayurveda

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One of the world's original systems of wellness from India which is translated to mean  "knowledge of longevity". As Dr. Robert Svoboda writes, "Ayurveda's purpose is the systematic transformation of a mortal human into an immortal being."

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Ayurveda - Dosha

In the Ayurvedic system, five elements of life are present in all human beings — air, fire, water, earth, and ether. These elements express themselves through three doshas, which are the main energy types that define each person. Typically, a person is primarily governed by one or two doshas.

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Ayurveda - Kapha

Kah-Fa

Derived from the elements of earth and water. Its energy is protective, grounded and calm, that which binds things together. Kapha controls that which forms muscle, fat, bone, and sinew. When this dosha governs, a person will typically be strong, calm, steady, and balanced.

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Ayurveda - Pitta

Derived from the elements of fire and water. Its energy is transformation, that which cooks. Pitta controls digestion and energy production. When this dosha governs, a person will typically have a fiery, strong-willed, and ambitious nature.

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Ayurveda - Vata

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Derived from the elements of air and ether. Its energy is movement. Of wind and influencing the nervous system. When this dosha governs, a person will typically have a lean body and a disposition towards movement, change, energy, and a creative mind.

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Hatha Yoga

Hah-Thah

A system of yoga that focuses on the merging of opposing energies. Ha = sun. Tha = moon. This system generally includes asanas, kriya, pranayama, mudra, yantra, mantra, and laya.

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Hold Space

A term often heard in new age circles meaning to be with someone in a non-judgmental way. A nuanced, selfless act that requires listening, compassion, and presence (emotional and physical). It's not so much about fixing someone's problems. It's about validating what a person's going through and allowing them to express whatever they need to.

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JP Sears

American comedian specializing in helping all of us laugh about wellness, psychedelics, and spirituality.

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Kali Yuga

Hindu term meaning a dark age, a time of war and conflict, which many Vedic scholars believe to refer to the age that we're living in now. It's characterized by a departure from the divine. There are 4 yugas in one universal time cycle, which then repeats itself. Kali Yuga is the last in the cycle, which starts over at the beginning — Satya Yuga, an age of truth, righteousness, and virtue. Let's hope we're there soon.

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Life Coach

A mentor or guide that helps you create and reach goals. The coach's role is not to give advice, but to facilitate your ability to connect with your innate wisdom. The line between a coach and a therapist can be a blurry one. However, one key distinction is that working with a coach focuses on action, while working with a therapist is more about insight. Like teachers, there's many different types of coaches — executive coaches, leadership coaches, business coaches, spiritual coaches, and relationship coaches to name a few.

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Meditation

A practice first originating in Hindu spiritual traditions for cultivation of attention, awareness, and focus of the mind. Academics have struggled to define the practice, which generally involves either passive observation of the mind (known as Vipassana or insight meditation) or active focus of the mind on a particular object, thought, or activity (mantra, transcendental, guided or loving kindness meditation). Transcendental meditation is a form of mantra meditation popular in the West developed by Maharishi, the Indian guru who achieved fame through his work with the Beatles and the Beach Boys.

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Medium

A person that uses psychic abilities to "see" past, present, and future events of a person's life by communicating with other non-physical entities (deceased, spirits, angels, or guides).

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Murmur

The sound of intuition, that essential, at times elusive voice. One of Maya Angelou's favorite words in the English language.

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Psychic

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A person who has the ability to receive information concealed from the five senses, also known as extrasensory perception (ESP).

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Reiki

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A healing practice developed in Japan by Mikao Usui. Reiki is a method of passively channeling life energy or force (similar to chi or prana) to a person or group to assist in already existing mechanisms of self-healing. The practice is often administered through placement of hands on the body. Reiki can also be delivered without physical touch and across long distances. This practice is a good tool for anyone experiencing emotional, mental, or spiritual imbalances.

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Self Care

A medical concept from the late 1960s that doctors used to refer to patients treating themselves. The term evolved during the civil rights and women's movement, which both viewed the medical system as failing to adequately tend to its needs. More recently, the term, like wellness, has gone mainstream, now encompassing anything that benefits one's own emotional, mental, and physical health.

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Sound Bath

Also called sound meditation or sound therapy, this increasingly popular relaxation technique is where participants 'bathe' in a range of different sound waves produced by instruments including chimes, bells, gongs, singing bowls, and the human voice to name a few. Or as some sound bath practitioners would put it, "It's like a massage on a cellular level."

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Stress

Wanting the moment to be something that it's not, according to Oprah (and Oprah knows). Widely accepted to have positive and negative influences.

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Tarot

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A symbolic map of the human experience, practically and spiritually. Tarot's origins date back to 14th century Europe. A tarot reading reveals wisdom and guidance to a person through a rich visual and archetypal language. Tarot is not simply telling one's fortune or a chance to speak with a psychic (not required to be a Tarot reader). Instead, it's an elegant, artistic system to guide someone to the deepest truths of their authentic self.

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Theta Healing

A theta state occurs at the border between the conscious and unconscious worlds—that fascinating, colorful place in between sleep and waking life. Theta states are referred to as the doorway to learning, memory, and intuition. It's an area of the mind that can have profound influence on our attitudes and behavior, especially towards ourself.  In a theta healing, practitioner and client enter a theta state, and once there, they work together to identify memories, beliefs, or sensations that are no longer beneficial to the client and to clear them.

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Vinyasa Yoga

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A progression or a step-by-step approach that safely guides a yoga student from one point to the next point. It's often described as the "breathing system," or union of breath and movement that make up a yoga sequence. The term vinyasa has been popularized and used to describe a flow of sequences during a class.

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Wellness

Thriving in your physical, mental, spiritual, and social endeavors. A lifelong pursuit.

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Yin Yoga

A system of yoga developed in the late 1970s by martial artist Paulie Zink whose aim was to blend Indian Hatha Yoga with Chinese Taoist Yoga. This system is characterized by a more passive approach to yoga with floor-based asanas held for a long time and a perspective heavily influenced by Traditional Chinese Medicine.

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Yoga

As put by Shandor Remete, "Yoga is a spiritual system that deals practically with the process of enlightenment. The final goal is to differentiate the soul from everything that is not the soul."

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