4 Surprising Ways I Manage Anxiety

April 17, 2015

It might come as surprise to some people, but I have a theory that it’s often the biggest yoga enthusiasts who struggle most with stress and anxiety. I, for one, had been living in such a chronically stressed state for years that I didn’t even realize it until I started taking yoga classes and I finally began to experience what it felt like to actually relax. Then, I had to go to classes to get my next yoga fix in the same way that other people pop Xanax to handle the pressures in their lives. Yoga has absolutely been the […]
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Gather Pick: How to Tie a 200-Pound Turban

April 16, 2015

For those who follow Sikhism, a turban is a symbol of equality, a way to identify as a Sikh, and a practical way to protect their hair (since Sikh’s do not cut their hair). Whatever the reason, Baba Avtar Singh, a Sikh who lives in Northern India, uses 2.460 feet of fabric to to tie his colorful turban, which weighs in at a whopping 200 pounds! As you can imagine, It’s a show stopper. This video from Vogue.com shows how he puts it on. It’s fascinating to watch him go through the process—and even more fascinating to see how he manages to keep his […]
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Feeling Like a Monster? Try Elmo’s Pranayama Technique

April 15, 2015

This might be the best thing we’ve seen all week. Sure, this video, which features Common and Colbie Caillat, was meant to help children learn how to calm down and possibly avoid a temper tantrum, but haven’t all of us felt an “inner monster” surface on a Wednesday afternoon? Anyone else relate to these wise words from Common?: “Sometimes the monster that’s inside you is a monster that is mad. It’s a monster that is angry. It’s a monster who feels bad. When your monster wants to throw things, and your monster wants to shout. There’s a way to calm your […]
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4 Skincare Ingredients to Avoid

April 14, 2015

Your skin is a living organ. It protects you from irritants and effectively eliminates waste. When you lather things onto your skin, try to remember that your skin also absorbs substances. Not just any substance can pass through the cell membrane, but those that do are absorbed directly into your blood stream. This counts for lotions, soaps, shampoos, oils, and more. The small amount of chemicals found in most commercial products, by the single dose, do not cause serious damage. However, using the same harmful product for many months or years, increasing your exposure, can have a lasting effect. When […]
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Poems to Power Your Practice: It Is Your Turn Now

April 13, 2015

It Is Your Turn Now It is your turn now, you waited, you were patient. The time has come, for us to polish you. We will transform your inner pearl into a house of fire. You’re a gold mine. Did you know that, hidden in the dirt of the earth? It is your turn now, to be placed in fire. Let us cremate your impurities. —Rumi Photo by János Balázs, used with Creative Commons license