All posts tagged: Health

Harnessing the Energy of 2018: Year of the High Priestess

Words by Christina Huntington // Photography by Sarah Prikryl  // Graphic Design by Alex Rice As 2018 continues to unfold, a literal new day is dawning before us. Over the course of human history, most civilizations and wisdom traditions developed ways to measure the fluctuating cycles of time and the unique energy held within each year, giving people tools and insights to best utilize those energies to help them on their own path. Most forms of astrology break up eras according to the twelve signs of the zodiac and their corresponding cosmic constellations. The Chinese Zodiac divides years according to twelve animals along with a corresponding element (fire, wood, water, metal, earth). Numerology assigns every year a number from 1-9, each with its own universal energetic property, derived by adding together the numbers in the year until it reduces down to a single digit. Tarot utilizes the roman numerical Major Arcana cards to distinguish the universal stages of the hero’s journey held within each new year. So, why is any of this important? Because we can harness these annual …

Sacred Art of Self Love

Words by Christina Huntington // Photography by Sarah Prikryl // Contributing Photography by Christina Huntington To kick off the Season of Love at Sirens & Scoundrels, we’re bringing back our most requested subject: The Sacred Art of Self Love. Before we can ever be available to truly love anyone or anything else, we must first learn to love ourselves. When we know how to love ourselves as a daily practice, we enter into our relationships whole, balanced and complete, able to joyfully give and receive with ease instead of just take take take take taking without ever feeling fulfilled. The following super simple and practical tools will help you start transforming your entire relationship to yourself today. Dive in, be gentle and enjoy the LOVE!! The Sacred Art of Self Love ~ As we deep dive into all things L-O-V-E this month, we come face-to-face with the most crucial form of love to master: self love. It’s easy to look at seemingly endless social media feeds overflowing with infinite selfies and moment-to-moment replays of every minuscule activity as if everyone is engaged in broadcasting …

Zion National Park

Words by Christina Huntington // Photography by Sarah Prikryl // Contributing Photography by Gina Cholick A couple years ago, I came across a photo of a giant bright peach of a mountainside towering over a meandering aqua river adorned with patches of bright green fluffy trees dozing under a hazy golden sunset. It seemed like something out of a dream. Or perhaps a distant memory from some other world where only peace, beauty and tranquility exist. A mythological fantasy planet that someone managed to come back to Earth with visual proof of. I recognized it somehow, though I had never seen it before. This intense feeling immediately rushed up from deep down inside my soul and commanded, “We must go to there!!” I could almost taste the gorgeous landscape on my tongue, hear it whispering in my ear. My eyes searched for the name of this biblical Eden incarnate until they landed on the word “Zion”. Of course…Zion. I had heard the tales many times from others who had made the epic journey before me but this was the first time …

Fermentation Rocks!~ Pickles

Words by Liz Beebe  // Photography by  Becca Murray & Sarah Prikryl  // Featured Photo by Sarah Prikryl  Welcome to the second installment of Fermentation Rocks! Your quick and easy guide to making fermented foods at home. If you missed the first installment on fermenting sauerkraut, you can read about it HERE. As a quick recap, fermented foods are great for feeding and replenishing the beneficial bacteria in your gut. Your gut health, beyond making sure your digestion is functioning properly, is also fundamentally instrumental for the well being of your immune system, in hormone regulation and production and so much more. So feed your gut! A healthy gut means a healthy life! Today, we’re gonna learn how to ferment pickles at home. PICKLES INGREDIENTS~ 3-4 cucumbers (your choice what kind!) 3 cups of organic green beans 1 bunch of fresh dill, ripped into large pieces 1/2 cup sea salt 1 Tbsp of peppercorns 1/2 Tbsp of red pepper flakes (1 Tbsp if you like spicy food) 1 gallon of water INSTRUCTIONS~ I use a fermentation crock at my house. It is a one-time investment but …

Waterfall Hikes in LA ~ San Gabriel Mountains

Words by Christina Huntington // Photography by Sarah Prikryl Spring has officially sprung in LA! After one of our wettest winters in recent history, the waterfalls of LA are overflowing! Located just 30 minutes from the heart of the city, there are no excuses not to get out there and enjoy them. Grab your dog, grab your friends, go run around the mountains and splash in some waterfall pools like kids again. Added bonus: the hills are alive with spring wildflowers of every color! So let your inner Fräulein Maria out to play…mountaintop twirling totally optional. SWITZER FALLS~ Just a few miles into the San Gabriel Mountains past La Cañada Flintridge near Mt. Wilson, Switzer Falls is one of the most impressive waterfalls in Los Angeles. The mostly shaded Gabrielino Trail winds you next to and through a gushing stream in Arroyo Seco Canyon for the first part of the hike. (HOT TIP: you criss-cross the stream continually on your hike. Wear proper footwear and be prepared to get your feet wet…it’s part of the fun!) When you …

Fermentation Rocks! ~ Sauerkraut

Words & Recipe by Liz Beebe  // Photography by Becca Murray // Featured Photo by Jennifer Simonson With Spring officially upon us, it’s time for a little Spring Cleaning—from the inside out! We’ve enlisted our fave LA lady songstress and healthy eating expert, Liz Beebe, to contribute a series of do-it-yourself fermentation recipes to help heal your gut, support your system and keep you in prime health so you can get out there and enjoy your fullest life! HAPPY SPRING EATING!! xoxo, Sirens & Scoundrels I am a huge proponent of food as medicine. I fully believe that if you feed your body whole, organic (when possible), nutrient-dense foods, you will look and feel your best. A great documentary called “Food As Medicine” just came out illustrating this lifestyle. It features some of the leading experts on diet as the number one intervention you can address to turn your health around. (It’s available for free to stream if you have Amazon Prime.) One of the ways I ensure that I’m getting all the vitamins I can is by …

The Sacred Art of Self Love

Words by Christina Huntington // Photography by Sarah Prikryl // Contributing Photography by Christina Huntington As we deep dive into all things L-O-V-E this month, we come face-to-face with the most crucial form of love to master: self love. It’s easy to look at seemingly endless social media feeds overflowing with infinite selfies and moment-to-moment replays of every minuscule activity as if everyone is engaged in broadcasting their own 24/7 reality series and think that self love is maybe the last thing we need to be worried about right now. But self promotion and even self confidence are very different from self love. As “look-at-me” culture skyrockets, studies show that our collective self worth seems to be plummeting to an all-time low, proving true the old adage that comparison is the thief of joy. In my work as a meditation teacher and spiritual counselor, self love is Issue Zero…the singular point of origin of all our issues, disappointments and challenges. Of course a healthy relationship to self love is something we all want. And if it were easy, we would all …

Make Your Life a Love Story!

Words by Christina Huntington // Photography by Sarah Prikryl // Video by  Sarah Prikryl & Christina Huntington Happy Valentine’s Day!! Sure, it may be a holiday that was made up to sell greeting cards, chocolate hearts and long stemmed roses…but we are always huge fans of any excuse to celebrate and spread more love in the world! But if we’re being totally honest, even just the word “love” can be challenging for a lot of people. We all have different interpretations of what love is from our own history and experience—how we’ve “gotten” it, how we’ve “lost” it and how well we have or have not managed to give it to others and ourselves. Love can also feel like a lot of pressure, inundated since birth with so many versions of what love “should” look like from, let’s face it, not necessarily the best sources. It’s left many people feeling confused about how to love and be loved in a healthy way that leaves us feeling joyful, secure, fulfilled and freely self-expressed. While, oh yeah…also having some fun. This is the simplest guide …

Setting Goals From Your Soul

Words by Alicia Lipinski of Quietfire Healing // Photography by Sarah Prikryl  //  Featured Photo by Gina Cholick Welcome to February, dear Sirens and Scoundrels! Around this time, you might be revisiting the goals and intentions that you set for yourself at the beginning of the year. You might be congratulating yourself for all the progress that you’ve already made or you might be berating yourself for not having done more or for already falling off the wagon. Or if you’re like me and many of my clients right now, you might see so many things that you want to change, both in your life and the world at large, that you feel paralyzed with fear and indecision and don’t know where to start. There is a very real, biological reason for this. In times of stress or panic, our sympathetic nervous system kicks in, sending our body into fight or flight mode. This response doesn’t require being chased by a bear. It can be triggered by a daily pile-up of stress at work or in your personal …

Your De-stressing Remedy ~ Guided Gratitude Meditation

No matter what side of the line you stand on, we can all agree it’s been a crazy few weeks for America. We find ourselves in a country incredibly divided, which for many people was shocking in its immediacy. As a meditation coach, I have been hearing non-stop stories of irreparable rifts between friends, loved ones, co-workers and family members that exploded in a seeming instant. Fear, anxiety, sorrow, heartache and anger pervade all over our social media pages and in our conversations as people fight, unfollow and unfriend each other. As a country, we are in a 24-7 argument with ourselves right now. And people are collectively exhausted. To move through this difficult time, it’s important to have some tools to help navigate these choppy waters. Now more than ever, it is vitally important to stay grounded, practice self care and connect to the things that you love to stay in balance and not get swept away in all of the emotional turmoil of the moment. So take your fingers off the keyboard, step …

Organic Beet Greens (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

When most people buy a big bushy bunch of organic beets down at the local farmer’s market or harvest them from their home garden, they immediately begin dreaming up all kinds of delicious things to do with those plump red juicy bulbs. Stewed beets! Roasted beets with root vegetables! Beet salad! Fresh-pressed beet juice! They excitedly prep their beets, chopping off the greens on top and throwing them…right into the trash or compost. (Cue record scratch.) Hold it right there, Quick Draw. Those leafy greens on top are not only incredibly delicious, but are also one of the most nutrient-rich parts of the beet plant. With a look and taste very similar to swiss chard, those leafy beet greens are a yummy, nutritious side dish that will instantly bring a gourmet farm-to-table touch to any meal. The best part? Sautéed beet greens are unbelievably simple and take only 10 minutes to make, start to finish. Beet Greens Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 5 mins Total: 10 mins Serves: 4 people   INGREDIENTS~ tops of …

Crystal Sound Bath ~ The Integratron

When summer rolls around, it means one thing: time to head to the desert. We have a long-standing tradition with our friends to pile up and make a pilgrimage out to Joshua Tree each June. Something about being in the desert around the Summer Solstice just sets your soul at ease and acts like a spiritual reset button for the rest of the year ahead. There’s no better way to gain clarity and focus than to unplug and get quiet for a bit. Our first stop is always to The Integratron for a pop-up crystal sound bath. What’s that, you ask? Read on to find out how you, too, can experience a chakra-balancing musical meditation in an alien-crafted perfect acoustic sound dome… Go get your Summer Soul Adventure on! Happy Summering!! ~love, Sirens & Scoundrels Do you feel like your life is really missing an alien-designed-cell-regenerating-perfect-acoustic-chamber-and-possible-time-machine-in-the-middle-of-the-desert? If so, we’ve got you covered. The Integratron—that afore-mentioned chamber—is kinda unlike any other experience you’ll have on Planet Earth. People throw around words like “magical” and “mystical”. We’d …

Just Float ~ Sensory Deprivation Chamber

Our mission at Sirens & Scoundrels is to go find every cool off-the-beaten-path adventure and bring it back to you so you can try it yourself. As a meditation teacher, I’m always especially curious about anything that promotes increased presence and self-awareness. So what do those things have to do with locking your naked self in a pitch-black soundproof weightless saltwater chamber voluntarily? Well, step inside and let us show you… Sensory deprivation tanks originated back in the 1950’s as a means to research the brain’s dependence—or lack thereof—on external stimuli. What they discovered is that controlled sensory deprivation (the removal of all external stimulation) over short periods of time had the same effects as entering a meditative state—moving from beta or alpha brainwaves into theta waves for deep relaxation. Starting in the 1980’s, centers began providing float tanks to the public seeking their restorative and rejuvenating properties. Over the years, we have heard about several float centers in L.A. But we knew the time had come to dive in with the opening of Just …

The Springs ~ Downtown LA

Happy New Year to all of our Sirens & Scoundrels! The first week of the New Year can be such a rush. You celebrated, made your resolutions and set your intentions for the year ahead of you. There is so much excitement in the air for all the new possibilities at your fingertips. But then comes the part that’s just a little harder—actually DOING what you promised yourself you’d do. If you set intentions around your overall health, wellness and fitness this year, consider yourself lucky because things are about to get a whole lot easier for you. Meet The Springs. Located in Downtown’s Arts District, The Springs is your personal mecca for everything health and wellness, all wrapped up in one cool package. Just stepping into the beautifully designed, sprawling, open-air loft space, you immediately feel a sense of peace and calm begin to settle in as the scent of fresh cold pressed juices washes over you. The juice bar is on the right as soon as you enter and should naturally be your first …

The Juicebox Truck

Los Angeles is the birthplace of many a global health craze—juicing being one of our latest and greatest. It seems like everybody and their great-grandmothers are on a juice cleanse these days. But in a sea of juicing choices, there are just a handful that really stand out from the crowd. Here at Sirens & Scoundrels, we’ve sampled every possible juice from Downtown to Venice, but we always come back to our first love: The Juicebox Truck. Juicebox can be found most weekends docked on Abbot Kinney, manned by its two founders—Robert Connolly & Robbie Pyle. We met them a few years ago at FYF Fest, back when it was still at Los Angeles State Historic Park. Parched from the mid-summer festival heat, their truck glimmered like a beacon of hydrating hope to these weary musical wanderers. Our Sirens each quickly downed a refreshing green Kalebox. Followed by a sweet red Beetbox. Then a cool coconut Beachbox. One immediately after the other. And just like that, we were hooked. Our bodies, hearts and souls were …

Oxygen Chamber ~ Tao of Venus

Getting into the Vitaeris 320 Hyperbaric Chamber at Tao of Venus in Silverlake feels a lot like entering a space capsule headed to the moon. I lay down inside and get zipped in by a technician I can see from a small window in the long cylindrical bag. The air turns on and the pressure begins to increase—the chamber inflating with pure oxygen at a rate my body can slowly adjust to. If I was ever curious about being an astronaut, this is as close as I’m going to get in this lifetime until they figure out those day trips to Mars. I’m here to try out an alternative form of healing called hyperbaric oxygen therapy. The Vitaeris 320 pressurizes oxygen into liquid form so that it can quickly travel through the whole system of the body uninterrupted. Essentially, the liquid oxygen enters your body at the plasma level, where it can provide deep and immediate healing. Each session lasts about an hour, with repeat sessions recommended for the greatest benefit. The therapy is used to …