How Blocked Are Your Chakras?

QUIZ: How Is Your Energetic Ecosystem?

by Natalie Novak-Bauss June 10, 2020

As a way to send-off our chakra series, I thought it would be a bit of fun to end on a functional note. I've covered all seven of your primary chakras, while giving you a brief glimpse into their functions, manifestations, blockages, and related exercises. But one thing that's a bit harder to cover in a general sense is your individual experience with your own chakras.

In other words, how do you know if you're experiencing a blocked chakra to begin with? 

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Chakra Series Part 7: Sahaswara

Chakra Series Part 7: Sahaswara

by Natalie Novak-Bauss June 09, 2020

The Sahaswara, or Crown Chakra as it’s also known, is our source of enlightenment and spiritual connection to everything we can experience in this world. This chakra connects us to our higher selves, to every soul on the planet, as well as the divine energy responsible for creating our beautiful universe.

The lotus flower symbolizes the Sahaswara: this beautiful flower emerges from muddy waters. Both literally and metaphorically the idea of emerging from muddy water represents the cycles of...

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Chakra Series Part 6: Ajna or Third-Eye Chakra

Chakra Series Part 6: Ajna

by Natalie Novak-Bauss June 07, 2020

As the penultimate chakra, Ajna represents our ‘Third-Eye’. Found in the space between the eyebrows, this chakra includes the pituitary gland, eyes, head, and lower areas of the brain. This invisible energy source is potent, and makes up the foundation of your intuition.

Translated as “beyond wisdom,” Ajna opens up the pathways to deeper inner knowledge, and will often guide you whether you’re aware it’s happening or not! An open third-eye chakra may enable...

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Chakra Series Part 5: Vishuddha

Chakra Series Part 5: Vishuddha

by Natalie Novak-Bauss June 06, 2020

As a spiritual chakra, it may be more difficult to determine the misalignment of the throat chakra. Physical symptoms of a blocked throat chakra may manifest as a sore throat, thyroid issues, neck and shoulder pain, difficulty hearing, jaw tension/pain, or TMJ. Mental blockages may come in the form of difficulty understanding and expressing your wants, needs, and desires.

If you’re feeling as though the dreams you’ve created for yourself are visualized but constantly eluding your reality, it is likely that your throat chakra is...

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Chakra Series Part 4: Anahata

Chakra Series Part 4: Anahata

by Natalie Novak-Bauss June 05, 2020

As the control center for feelings of love and connection, this chakra may become blocked for many reasons. From a death in the family to the loss of a cherished relationship - spiritual/sexual/platonic - any number of internal and external stimuli may alter the ways in which this chakra is able to fully function. 

When pervasive feelings of anger, jealousy, and fear dominate our thoughts, the heart chakra is experiencing...

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Chakra Series Part 3: Manipura

Chakra Series Part 3: Manipura

by Natalie Novak-Bauss June 03, 2020

I’m back with the third installment of our 7-part chakra series! Today I’ll be going over the Manipura Chakra, which is a source of internal empowerment that manages our self-esteem, “warrior energy”, as well as our transformational abilities. Meaning “lustrous gem”, this chakra covers...

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Chakra Series Part 2: Svadhisthana

Chakra Series Part 2: Svadhisthana

by Natalie Novak-Bauss June 02, 2020

For the second installment of our seven-part chakra series, we’ll be looking at the sacral chakra.

Developing an understanding of - and learning how to open - the chakras will better one’s mind, body, and soul. As an avid supporter and practitioner of chakra balancing, I can attest to their ability to connect with many of the ailments that experience.

Whether manifesting through disease, emotional unrest, or spiritual troubles, an unbalanced chakra can cause a massive fissure within us. By taking a deeper dive into the inner-workings of chakras, you may be able to fully understand their impact on your life, as well as...

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Chakra Series Part 1: Muladhara

Chakra Series Part 1: Muladhara

by Natalie Novak-Bauss June 01, 2020

The Muladhara, commonly referred to as the Root Chakra, is the first of the seven chakras in your body. Based on the element of earth, this chakra is associated with the feelings of being safe, and grounded. Located at the base of the spine, this chakra establishes the foundation for development in our lives and is associated with many ‘structural’ aspects of our being:

  • safety & security
  • basic needs (food, water, clothing, shelter)
  • physical and emotional identity
  • grounding

The root chakra empowers us to explore all aspects of life without fear or hesitation. A balanced root chakra gives us the...

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KPS Essentials founder recipe for a detoxifying parsnip salad in a white bowl on marble countertop.

Ditch Boring Recipes: Try Natalie's Tasty Detox Salad!

by Natalie Novak-Bauss May 28, 2020

I am an avid foodie and love to spend time finding clean ways to enjoy the foods I love. For years, I've been toying with the idea of writing a cookbook, so I thought, "What better way to get that going than to start sharing my recipes in the blog?"

It's a no-brainer! As such, I'm thrilled to announce that I'll be sharing recipes with MUCH greater regularity from now on. So if you're tired of eating salads that look more like rabbit food than nourishing meals fit for people, you're in luck. ;) 

Today's recipe is a super simple parsnip salad creation that I enjoy almost every week. It's perfect for me since I'm always on the go, and want to eat clean while running from the office to suppliers and everywhere in between. This tasty treat will fill you up and offers a surprising depth of flavor. 

Eating well doesn't mean sacrificing taste! 

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Aspartame on a wooden spoon, set atop a wooden table.

What Science Says About Aspartame

by Natalie Novak-Bauss May 26, 2020

The Food Additive Contributing To Symptoms Of Multiple Sclerosis, Als, Dementia, And Is Probable To Directly Cause Cancer, Memory Loss, Blindness, Seizures, And Death.

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Lavender essential oil in corked glass bottle, in front of lavender plant.

An Introduction to Essential Oils

by Natalie Novak-Bauss May 19, 2020

This week, I’m focusing on the study and practice of essential oils. As you’ve no doubt noticed, I have utilized essential oils to enhance the effectiveness of our product formulations. And while I obviously can’t share the *exact* details of the KPS formulas, I can certainly help to explain why they feature so heavily in our products, and how the science backs them up. Without further ado...

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What You Need To Know About Chakras

What You Need To Know About Chakras

by Natalie Novak-Bauss May 11, 2020

You’ve likely heard of the 7 chakras, but do you really understand what they are? While most often discussed alongside emotional healing or meditation practice, the chakras hold greater importance to more than these two topics. But maybe you don’t understand how chakras are relevant to your life, or maybe you believe you have to go to a ‘guru’ to understand them at all. 

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