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Conserving Prana

Julie Quinn

  After discovering that I have an autoimmune disease I am now conserving prana or lifeforce energy in yoga and exploring the healing benefits of holding back.  

I have been purposefully holding back my power and energy in order to conserve my lifeforce.  

It was my good friend and fellow yogi, Susana Wolds, who suggested this idea because she learned about it in her Yoga Therapy course.  

It's one healing theory that I am exploring and so far I feel better after trying this a few times.  I have been taking a little time off when the symptoms start to appear and I listen to my body and rest.  I take a lot of restorative moments at home to relax and de-stress.  When it's time to build back up I go to yoga at 50% capacity.  

I notice that I have more sustained energy, less fatigue.  I literally look and feel better when I do this.  I'm preventing the symptoms from surfacing by slowing way down and staying in a high vibration in my mind and my heart.  

Having moments of deep healing rest is one way to tap into our bodies healing mode in a restorative practice, and theres also a way to restore ourselves in this type of modified moving practice I'm navigating now.  The way I teach is becoming more healing as well.   I'm much more interested in a healing practice that massages the vagus nerve and provides us the ability to tap into the parasympathetic nervous system response.  To rest and digest.  That's the money.  

So often we are told to show up, give it our best and push to our limits to grow and transform, but for people that need healing and want to build up their power, that may not be the healthiest choice.  That's what I'm noticing for myself as I navigate this uncharted territory in my own health.  

I'm modifying every posture while maintaining a slow steady breath.  It's surprising how different the practice can feel when you hold back.  

I'm using blocks for support in practically every posture.  Showing up at 50% is just enough to give me an outlet for my mind, and an ability to move some energy for my physical body.   

I look forward to my 50% capacity increasing through time so that I will get back to 110% again.  The past few days have been showing me I'm not quite there yet, but I'm also really onto something with the diet.  I'll share next time.  I'm starting week 7 of my elimination diet and finding out some major gems of wisdom about all of this.  

I look forward to sharing this kind of moving practice with my students that need the healing.  

 And so it is...

Quinntessentials for a cleaning ritual

Julie Quinn

Sanitizer Spray and Yoga Mat Spray by Quinntessentials are two products that can eliminate the need for chemicals in your cleaning rituals.  Take a moment, take a breath, and clean your mat, hands, feet, and anything else that needs freshening up.  My family loves to use yoga mat spray to freshen up their bathrooms.  Who knew it also doubles as streak free glass cleaner?!  The scent of tea tree is beautified by the additions of lavender, lemon, and several other essential oils with deep cleansing properties.  Did you know that Tea Tree has antiviral, anti fungal, and antiseptic properties?  

Since we discovered so many ways to clean the house with Quinntessentials we started calling it "Quinndex"  :)  haha!  

It's time to eliminate chemicals in the products we use.  Quinntessentials was born of necessity and crafted with intention in order to give us organic products that are ready to replace yours.  

Live what you love, 





Aromatherapy for Autoimmune Disease

Julie Quinn

When it comes to Autoimmune Diseases no two cases are exactly alike.  From what I understand it's like a snowflake where each case has it's own special symptoms and triggers.  

My intention is to create a resource of oils to use for healing purposes specific to autoimmune flare-ups and triggers.  Mother Nature provides us with a lot of relief if we know where to look.  There are so many herbs and oils to work with that it can be challenging to choose what to incorporate and what to leave out.  So, I want to help create a resource of remedies for anyone suffering from symptoms of autoimmune disease.  Studying herbs and essential oils has been a big part of my life for over 20 years now, and I hope to collaborate on this resource by gathering data about what works for you, the reader, as well.  So please do share!  

I've been dealing with pain (from dancing and being a mover my whole life) and essential oils for a really long time so I have some ways to share that have helped me to live a harmonious life leading up to this diagnosis.  

This blog is an intentional resource and hopefully a helping hand for someone else out there suffering with an autoimmune disease.  I do have some small batch products that are specifically for pain, inflammation, bruising, and swelling, and some products for helping people to uplift depression.  knowing that depression is a major factor for people with Autoimmune Diseases, I will address the use of Aromatherapy for depression as well as addressing the oils to use for autoimmune symptoms.  

First off:  The essential oil diffuser 

I have one in the bedroom with soothing oils to provide a restful sleep

Use ylang ylang for a calming floral scent to ease heart palpitations and provide a blissful mental state of balance.

Use lavender for balance because it has a way of knowing what we need whether it's calming nerves, helping with inflammation, or just providing some clear insight for the mind. Lavender also has antibacterial properties which can help with the air quality.  

Keep another diffuser in the living room or office space with citrus oils.  

Citrus oils help to uplift us.  They are happy.  They help us through the fatigue, overwork, exhaustion, and the mental fog by providing a sunny disposition and helping us to remember the sweetness of life.  Try lemon, grapefruit, sweet orange, tangerine, lime or any combination of these.  

Clary Sage is another very important oil for healing and depression.  I would blend it with a citrus oil or two and use a small dose at a time because of the strong medicinal scent and properties.  It is a powerful healing oil to have on hand.  

Litsea Cubeba is another favorite for uplifting the blues but especially if you feel overworked or exhausted.  This oil can help us ease all kinds of exhaustion and nervous tension.  It's a grown up citrus scent with some specific healing vibrations for restoring the balance.  

The Quinntessentials Sunshine Spray contains 4 of the important uplifting oils mentioned above.  With organic lemon, orange, litsea cubeba, and clary sage.  

These are a few of the aromatherapy ideas I have.  Stay tuned for more information on the use of Essential Oils on your body, for aches and pains, skin irritations, and healing the symptoms of autoimmune disease one drop at a time.  

Julie Quinn 





Yoga for healing Autoimmune Disease

Julie Quinn

This past month, after several doctor visits and blood tests we discovered that I have an Autoimmune disease.  I knew I wasn't feeling well lately, I have had several symptoms come up, and something was wrong.  We don't have a clear diagnosis (some people never do) but I tested positive for an Antinuclear Antibody Test.  This basically means that the healthy cells of my body are attacking the nucleus of my other healthy cells.  After a few days of shock and disbelief I decided to come up with a game plan.  I will be implementing an autoimmune diet, receiving acupuncture more frequently, and studying up on all the actions I can take to ease the pain, prevent the symptoms from attacking me, and go on loving my life.  I am working with Naturopathic, Eastern, and Western Medical Doctors to figure out what is going on with my Immune System.  I also have several follow-up appointments and a visit with a Rheumatologist later on in October.  

Next I began thinking about my beloved Vinyasa yoga practice that feeds my soul and gives me an outlet.  I was a dancer for most of my life and now I'm a vinyasa and yin yoga teacher and very avid practioner of yoga & the healing art of Reiki.   After all these years of practicing advanced postures in Anusara, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Acro, and Hatha Yoga disciplines I will need to tone it down a bit.  Time to "yield to the Yin" so they say.  

As our bodies change the yoga practice can also change to support us.  I will still be able to practice yoga but it's going to be different.  Lately when I push myself I end up exhausted and we don't practice yoga to deplete ourselves.  The practice is designed to replenish us, in body, mind, and spirit.  It is up to us to know our limits.  So my limits are changing and so is my practice.  For now.  I see a possibility of building myself back up to 100% by cultivating more light, and by becoming the healthiest version of myself through this increase in awareness.  The results of the tests are knowledge and knowledge is power.  

I spoke with several of my favorite yoga teacher friends about all of this and the general consensus is that practicing to about 50% capacity is one way to conserve Prana (energy/lifeforce).  So that means I can hold back and soften more.  I will become stronger by only utilizing the energy that is absolutely necessary........that which is Quinntessential.

I plan on sharing my findings and key elements of my healing protocol on this blog.  

Stay tuned.   

Julie Quinn 




Essential Oils for Yoga class

Julie Quinn

As a Yoga Teacher and Aromatherapist I can offer some sound essential oil advice for use in a yoga class.  Whether it's Power Vinyasa Flow or Yin + Reiki there is an oil to top off the practice with. 

Quinntessentials products are already pre-dilluted in most cases so you can start utilizing them in class right away.  I will go over the Room & Body Sprays that are the easiest to utilize for a group setting.  I recommend using a spray in the beginning, middle, or end of the class when you have a moment to get to everyone as they are lying on their backs.  In Yin yoga a great time would be supported bridge pose or any supine twist.  There's always time in Savasana if you're in a fast paced Vinyasa class.  

Your students will be getting the uplifting vibration of the essential oils that are still working with them long after class ends.  It is another layer of healing benefits for your student to receive and for you to provide as an extra touch.  It's also great to use the essential oils with your class theme if you have one.  See some ideas below:  

Sage Spray:   great for a cleansing theme and releasing old energy that no longer serves us.

Lemongrass:  to get us in touch with gratitude.  What makes us truly happy?  

Sunshine Spray:  Uplifting for depression and rainy day blues.  A reminder to think positively

Lavender:  For balance, soothing, calm, awakening intuition, and deep meditative relaxation

Eucalyptus:  to cleanse & purify the air we breathe, for cleansing the room before & after yoga

Orange Spice:  Grounding, spicy, earthy, happy, & uplifting. A great scent for Fall or Holiday.

Basil Bliss:  to rejuvenate the senses and uplift the spirits

Moonlight Spray:  Palo Santo is said to help us cleanse and purify while inviting blessings.Magical


Finally, there's an entire line of Chakra roll-on oils to help support your chakra themed classes.  Check them out and try any of them in your special classes and workshops.  I hope the Quinntessentials products help support your teachings.  


Julie Quinn


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