health benefits

6 (Useful!) Eco-Tips for Health and Beauty

Laura Hobbs by Laura Hobbs | May 25th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Healthy Home, Personal Growth | tags: beauty, beauty products, celebrate beauty, DIY, DIY projects, DIY spa, eco, eco-friendly, eco-friendly fashion, hacks, hair, health, health benefits, healthy habits, natural beauty, outer beauty, soap, tips, womens health

Show of hands: how many of you have ever looked at your cosmetics’ ingredient list, scrunched your nose, and asked, “What in the world is that?” If you’re like me—and the tens of millions of other American women who put time, effort (and money!) into a healthy lifestyle—then it’s worth knowing that your efforts are also healthy for the environment. From recycling programs to essential oils and lowering the carbon footprint of your suds, here are six tips for considering the planet while taking care of yourself.

Do Yoga Teachers Have a Role to Play in Healthcare?

Lynda McCullough by Lynda McCullough | May 19th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: good health, health, health benefits, healthy habits, healthy living, joint health, mental-health, staying healthy, womens health, Yoga, yoga breathing techniques, yoga for detox, yoga how-to, yoga poses, yoga poses for back pain, yoga-for-beginners, yoga-practice, yoga-techniques, yoga-therapy

Ever-increasing numbers of physicians and research studies tout the benefits of yoga, but is it truly being integrated into healthcare? A recent article in Yoga Journal notes that physicians are prescribing yoga in greater numbers than ever, and there are now more than 130 yoga therapy training programs worldwide. But what kind of access do patients have to classes or therapists that can meet their needs? Can those recovering from illness or struggling with depression find a class that feels welcoming and appropriate for their needs?

3 Ways To Meditate Fear Away

Arielle Parris by Arielle Parris | May 11th, 2016 | 1 Comment
topic: meditation | tags: benefits of meditation, health benefits, how to meditate, inner peace, meditate, meditating, meditation, meditation chair, meditation for beginners, meditation practice, peace, peace of mind

We are taught to move away from fear—to choose comfort and instantaneous satisfaction over the hard path. And yet, we who meditate are always choosing the hard path.

Brene Brown wrote, “Faith is a place of mystery, where we find the courage to believe in what we cannot see and the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty.”

5 Foods to Boost Brainpower and Overall Health

Joelle Klein by Joelle Klein | February 10th, 2016 | 1 Comment
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: blueberries, brain, brain health, cinnamon, coffee, coffee beans, health, health benefits, healthy food, healthy-eating, mental-health, rosemary, walnut

Today nearly 5.2 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease. By 2050, that number will more than triple. While studies show that taking up certain hobbies such as bridge, learning a foreign language or doing crossword puzzles, may help decrease your risk for dementia or delay the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease, many of us may not have the time to take a Spanish class or schedule a regular bridge game. But, you can stave off memory loss and decrease your risk for develop Alzheimer’s without taking a class – all you have to do is add a few things to your grocery list.

Being Mindful: The How, What and Why

Heather Larson by Heather Larson | August 25th, 2015 | 1 Comment
topic: Health & Wellness, meditation | tags: health, health benefits, interview, meditate, meditation, mindful, mindfulness, mindfulness practice, practicing mindfulness, restorative, restore, Yoga

All the talk lately about mindfulness got me thinking: do I really know what this is and how to practice it? If I wondered about how to be mindful, I imagine others did, too. So, I took my questions to an expert, Cara Bradley, author, yoga and meditation teacher, and founder of Verge Yoga in Philadelphia, PA.

The Brain Vacation

Suzanne Clores by Suzanne Clores | March 10th, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Detox, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Personal Growth | tags: brain, breath, concentration, detox, diet, focus, food, health benefits, meditating, meditation retreat, mental clarity, mind, science, thoughts, vacation, Vipassana, vow of silence

Woman meditating by the ocean

Every winter, I yearn for a vacation. Surprisingly, ice and snow, the post-holiday blues and Seasonal Affective Disorder are not the chief motivators. What drives me is the chance to stop routines, habits and patterns — even the healthy ones: the dietary habits I’ll resume, the exercise routines I worked hard to put into place. Ever since I took my first meditation retreat over the week between Christmas and New Year’s, vacation has meant more to me than just fun and sun. It has meant permission: permission to relax, to reconnect inner body and outer body, and, most of all, to stop talking.

Learn from Our Ancestors: Walking Daily Improves Health

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | October 12th, 2009 | 6 Comments
topic: Fitness, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: benefits of walking, Core Immersion Training, depression, diabetes, exercise, Fitness, health, health benefits, Los Angeles, Oprah, osteoporosis, walking, Yoga, Yoga Tune Up®

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A few weeks ago, I taught my Core Immersion Training at the Century City Equinox in Los Angeles, Calif. Each day, we valet parked our cars before entering the club. Those who live outside of Los Angeles may have to re-read the prior sentence: Yes, we VALET PARKED our cars to go to the gym, as do thousands of other Angelenos all around the city, where valet parking is an unfortunate fact of life in a city where the car is king, and vast distances separate us from getting here to there.