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Tracy Middleton brand director Sharon Houghton vice president, general manager executive editor Lindsay Tucker contributing senior editor Hannah Lott-Schwartz practice editor Bria Tavakoli assistant editor Kyle Houseworth copy editor Steven Horne pro
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The Healing Sequence Designed for First Responders Can Help Us All Navigate Life's Challenges
It was our first date, on a New York City spring afternoon, at an al fresco dining table perched high above Second Avenue, when I saw Brian’s jaw go slack, his handsome firefighter’s profile tightening as he scanned the crowded bar scene. “Crystal, t
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Actor Mena Massoud Discovers a Whole New World in Plant-Based Meals
Mena Massoud, who stole our hearts last year in Disney’s Aladdin, knows a thing or two about eating vegan on the go. With his latest endeavor, a cookbook/travel guide hybrid that hits shelves in September, the actor melds his personal journey toward
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Yoga Therapy Trailblazer Michael Lee Shares His Phoenix Rising System
Prior to 1984, if someone had told me that a few minutes in Extended Triangle Pose would alter the course of my entire life, I may have laughed at them. But that’s exactly what happened. During practice one day, my yoga-teacher friend Don Stapleton w
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For Karma or Cash
Instant coffee has graduated from last resort to special treat. Developed by a former roaster and avid outdoorsman, Sym offers a lineup of fair-trade, health-focused adaptogenic coffees that are more like high-end lattes than your regular cup of joe.
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The Ultimate Guide to an Injury-Free Practice
If you’ve ever experienced an energetic release in a deep hip or heart opener or have felt invigorated by a few Sun Salutations, you can attest to the feel-good power of yoga. But other times, your practice may involve uncomfortable postures. These h
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We Tried Dopamine Fasting And It Helped Us Appreciate The Present
On a normal day, my brain moves fast. Amid a pandemic, it’s traveling at warp speed. I told my mentor I was having dreams at night that zipped through my brain as if they were a video cassette fast-forwarding, a nonstop time-lapse show of images and
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The Power of Placebo
Rachel Carlton Abrams, MD, knows firsthand how wonky teenagers’ sleep schedules can be. Three years ago, her then-17-year-old daughter couldn’t fall asleep until well past midnight most nights, which resulted in unpleasant mornings on school days. Lo
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Is Partner Yoga the New Couples Therapy?
No pair is immune to the challenges of coupledom. While counseling may be the typical go-to resource for guidance, some counselors with yoga backgrounds are taking sessions to the mat, encouraging people to bolster their relationships with asana, pra
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Standing Tall
On a breezy late-May afternoon in Berkeley, California, Steven Medeiros stands atop a craggy peak in Indian Rock park, a popular bouldering and hangout spot that overlooks the San Francisco Bay skyline. With a denim jacket flung across his shoulder a
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Struggling With Self Promotion? How I Learned To Unleash My Voice With Authenticity and Ease?
For a long time, I was content to be anonymous as a yoga teacher. Despite teaching for nearly two decades and co-owning a reputable studio in Montreal, I was uncomfortable talking myself up. It felt too scary and vulnerable. Over the years, I watched
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10 Questions with Jemel Williams
1. If I weren’t a dancer, I’d be: A politician. I’ve always been into civil service and community development. 2. The best advice I’ve ever heard: Be yourself! 3. What I crave the most: To be living in my purpose 4. The change I’d like to see in the
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Nurture Your Body with Plant Power
Antioxidant-rich chlorophyll, the pigment that makes plants green, can reduce inflammation, smooth fine lines and wrinkles, and treat acne. It’s packed with vitamins and minerals that are key for hair growth and nourishment—so you can radiate whereve
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Jessica Waite, CEO and Cofounder of The Plot, a Zero-Waste, Plant-Based Restaurant, Talks Trash-and How to Make Less of It in Your Own Kitchen
WEBSITE: THEPLOTRESTAURANT.COM INSTAGRAM: @theplotrestaurant | RATES: Entrées from $12 You don’t have to be all in on the zero-waste movement, which emphasizes producing as little trash as possible, to make a difference in the world. Jessica Waite—wh
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Rise and Shine with Whole Wheat Muffins
MAKES 12 Hands-On Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 45 minutes The base of these muffins is only mildly sweet, meaning you can go one of two ways with your add-ins: deepen the flavor with dark chocolate chips, or add sesame seeds and green onions for a sa
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Straightforward Advice From One Yogi To Another
Dear Wolf, During an argument recently, someone asked me, “How can you get so mad when you practice yoga? Isn’t yoga about cultivating inner peace?” Where did this “spiritual people don’t get mad” stereotype come from, and how would you respond? Sinc
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How I Learned To Harness My Gift Of Seeing Energy To Help People Heal Themselves
Growing up, my ability to see energy seemed as ordinary to me as reading the words on this page may be for you. Through my teens, I thought everyone saw subtle energy. My mother, sister, and brother also all saw energies that are invisible to most pe
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Soothe Soreness at Home with These Restorative Tools
Shakti Mat Original, $59, shaktimat.com Improve circulation and reduce stress in just 20 minutes with this ethically handcrafted mat. Its spikes reach 6,000 acupressure points, igniting a gentle warming sensation in the affected areas that quickly re
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Yoga Nidra for Releasing Grief
Over the past several months, our lives have been upended as we’ve witnessed and endured loss, hardship, and injustice. This is a time of tremendous grief. The world’s eyes have been opened to the truth of more than 400 years of systemic racism, whil
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Uttanasana
POSES A From Tadasana (Mountain Pose) with your hands at your hips, inhale to lengthen your spine. Engage your quadriceps by lifting them up and away from your kneecaps. B Exhale, hinging at your hips. As you fold your torso to your legs, let the cro
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Uttanasana Variations
Try using blocks to keep your hands grounded rather than straining to touch the floor. This makes it easier to keep your chest open with your core muscles engaged. Bend your knees slightly if it’s more comfortable. For a more relaxed version of the p
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Editor's Letter
It’s hard to think of a time when the world has been more in need of collective healing. Many of us, and our loved ones, have been affected by COVID-19, racial injustice, unemployment, and the sheer stress of the unknown. There aren’t quick and easy
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Safely Care For Your Body As You Stretch Into Forward Bends
Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend) is a common pose that gently massages your abdominal organs, calms your nervous system, and stretches your back body (hamstrings, glutei, and back muscles). The pose—an integral part of Sun Salutations and flow yoga
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Harness Moon Energy for Self-Care
Release Ritual Kit Let go of what isn't serving you with the help of the moon-bathed, energetically charged lepidolite crystal in this restorative toolbox, complete with ethically sourced palo santo; $49, moonandjai.com. Moon Ritual Bath Tea Kit Stee
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Beat Smoothie Fatigue with These Immunity-Boosting Breakfast Pops
MAKES 8 POPS Hands-On Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 4 hours, 15 minutes Reinvent the breakfast parfait by freezing its basic ingredients (yogurt, granola, and fruit) into ice pops. Here, we used berries that are high in antioxidants such as vitamins C
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Wolf Wisdom
Dear Wolf, What is bhakti yoga and how do I practice it? Sincerely :: Bhakti Curious Dear Bhakti Curious, In Sanskrit, bhakti means “devotion.” Bhakti yoga, therefore, is the path of devotion—to the Divine, to the Universe, to Oneness. It has nine li
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Summer Essentials for All Your Outdoor Adventures
Classique in Drops Tank,$44, jolinu.com WHY WE LOVE IT Look good, feel good—that’s the ethos behind Joli Nu, where family-run businesses in Bali use only ethically sourced materials to sew, dye, and screen garments by hand. Mid Tropics Pouch in POG,
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High Lunge
POSES A From Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog Pose), step your right foot forward toward your right hand. B Bend your right knee to make a right angle with your thigh parallel to the floor and your knee stacked above your ankle. C Root into
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High Lunge Adaptations
Build the pose as instructed on page 26. With your hands on your hips, firm your inner thighs and hips toward your midline. This cultivates core stability and balance. Hold for 5–10 breaths, then repeat on the other side. Sit in the chair facing forw
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The Key to Releasing Stress and Paving the Way to Better Poses? Caring for Your Psoas
When you feel fearful, what sensations do you perceive in your body? Maybe you notice a lump in your throat, a shiver down your spine, or tensing in your jaw. But there’s another common response that you might not (consciously) notice: a tightening i
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