March 2013

LA schools go meatless on Mondays

What’s Hot by Ethical Ocean

The country’s second largest school district has gone meatless on Mondays. Back in November, the Los Angeles City Council passed a resolution that urges people to observe Mondays without meat, bolstering the profile of the Meatless Monday movement. The Los Angeles Unified School District has taken the recommendation seriously and no longer serves meat in its cafeterias on the first day of the school week.

Do your prepackaged toddler foods have too much sodium?

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Good nutrition is always important, but it’s especially significant for growing kids. When it comes to taking care of little ones, prepackaged toddler foods can be tempting with their instant, no-fuss nature. But what if those foods came with a hefty sodium level that could potentially affect your child’s health?

How Facebook affects your self-esteem

General

A new study shows that Facebook can affect your self-confidence and your credit card debt! Read this article from Blisstree for the details and be sure to become a fan of alignyo on Facebook so your timeline is full of healthy, inspirational news.

Your new favorite band - Violet Love Headbands

Yoga Lifestyle

Think all headbands are created equal? Think again. Just like a good yoga mat, a quality headband can help you get into your yoga zone with ease – no slipping, sliding or sweat to get in your way. That’s why we like Violet Love by Rebecca Michaels. These award-winning headbands come in bold colors and prints for every personality.

Meet your new favorite band: 

Easy vegan and gluten-free pancakes

Recipes by Jenne Claiborne

Breakfast, some would argue, is the most important meal of the day. It should be highly nutritious, satiating and delicious. My favorite vegan and gluten-free pancakes, made with teff flour, fit the bill impeccably!

Fight stress and stomachaches with probiotics

General

Are you prone to stomachaches? A new study finds that probiotics might be able to help.

How do you want to spend this one precious life?

Yoga Lifestyle by Colleen Saidman Yee

What is true wellness? Colleen Saidman Yee shares some insight on what is wellness and how to serve from a place of peace.

Mary Oliver asks an important question in one of her poems: "How do you want to spend this one precious life?"

Are you adding to the desperation and chaos, or are you adding to peace, service and kindness? If we see the world as broken, and are frantically running around, exhausted, with our brains poking out of our foreheads thinking that we are "fixing" something, we will be contributing to the desperation and chaos.

3 foods for joint health

General by Blair Atkins

Besides being mindful of our alignment during yoga, how do we keep our joints healthy and strong so they can continue to support us in our practice? 

LA's hottest yoga couple + Laird Hamilton = Ocean Board Yoga

Yoga News by Molly Nourmand

LA's yoga darling Briohny Smyth and her hubby Dice Iida-Klein continue to take yoga to new heights, er, depths. Last week, they debuted their Ocean Yoga Board at the 2013 IHRSA fitness trade show at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. They developed the board with surf icon Laird Hamilton and FreeMotion Fitness. Movements of paddle boarding, surfing and yoga are all performed on this board.

Win a pair of Tieks designer ballet flats

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It’s officially spring – time to say goodbye to heavy boots and thick socks and wiggle your tootsies in some ballet flats. We’ve teamed up with Blisstree and MOMFinds to hook up 3 lucky readers with a pair of Tieks designer ballet flats. Tieks get you to to and from the yoga studio and all around town in comfort and style.

3 secrets to living your intention from Eric Paskel

General by Eric Paskel

Why do we set an intention before yoga? Eric Paskel, owner of Yoga Shelter, explains below. If you like Eric's approach to yoga, we highly suggest checking out an upcoming Yoga Shelter teacher training or retreat

5 thoughts that can sabotage your happiness

General by Beliefnet

“Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness.”— Thich Nhat Hanh

500-hour yoga teacher training at Abhaya Yoga in Brooklyn

Teacher Training

Are you a yoga teacher that's looking to fine tune your teaching skills, develop your voice and learn to sequence a yoga class that's safe, inspiring and challenging for all students? Take your teaching to the next level: Abhaya Yoga in Brooklyn is offering a full spectrum 500-hour RYT Advanced Teacher Training which students can customize to their own field of interest.

Share your shadow: 3 ways to be authentic on social media

Yoga Lifestyle

Yoga teacher and psychotherapist Ashley Turner shares tips on how to be your true self on social media.

I've noticed in the last couple years, with myself (especially) and my clients, a heightened perfectionism due to all the visibility and exposure we have with Facebook and Twitter. We all naturally want to put our best foot forward and present ourselves in the best light. However, by only showing or commenting on our most glowing moments , we play into what my coach, Mona Miller, calls the "High Ego".

New yoga studio Sattva Yoga Los Angeles opens

Local Events - LA by Molly Nourmand

Sattva Yoga Los Angeles opened its doors on March 22, 2013 in the Brentwood. Master teacher, Anand Mehrotra, founded Sattva Yoga (pronounced satt - wa) in Rishikesh, India. SYLA is the first US Sattva Yoga studio, and is an "authentic, inclusive, non-competitive yoga studio dedicated to the transformation of individuals and the collective through the teaching and application of ancient wisdom, in a modern, accessible, and complete way." Brittny McCarthy, SYLA co-creator said, "We are in deep gratitude to be contributing to the expansion of yoga here in LA."

How to use essential oils to clean your home + DIY natural floor cleaner recipe

General by Charlynn Avery

Using essential oils at home can bring many benefits to your living space. Whether you diffuse peppermint in the morning to give yourself a little extra boost or incorporate tea tree oil in your DIY cleaning products, essential oils provide simple solutions to many of life’s issues. Here are some beneficial oils to incorporate into your daily home use:

Lavender

More research shows the healthy benefits of doing yoga

Yoga News

Most yogis love to talk about how great they feel after yoga or the healing benefits of a  regular yoga practice, and soon enough, there’ll be more scientific proof than ever to support those claims. This article from Blisstree says that the number of yoga-related health studies over the past 10-15 years has increased nearly tenfold.

Exclusive deal at Black Dog Yoga for alignyo LA readers

General by Molly Nourmand

Black Dog Yoga created an alignyo Feel Great for $8 sampler pack: 8 weeks of Feel Great for $8 for $38 (Wednesday and Friday 12:15pm classes only). Starts the day of activation. Expires May 31st. Mention "alignyo" to redeem the deal.

Minnesota dad wants to ban yoga pants

What’s Hot

Yoga pants are having the worst week ever.

Before the lululemon recall put yoga pants in the spotlight, a Minnesota father made headlines for trying to have yoga pants banned at his child’s high school.

His reasoning? Yoga pants are a distraction to students. In a letter to the school principal, the father called for a school-wide yoga pants ban saying they “serve exactly one purpose—to draw boys' attention to areas fathers would rather not talk about or mention by name…"

5 ways to get out of the dumps

General by Beliefnet

Feeling blah? Here are 5 tips to get you out of the dumps and get in a better mood.

Sing

Singing is said to relieve depression. Who cares if you don’t have pipes? Singing upbeat songs will make you feel better and change your mood. Stay away from sad music as it will launch you back into the blues again. Try singing in the car, singing in the kitchen or singing on your walks. It can make a big difference!

Shake your tail feather at Laughing Lotus

Local Events - NYC

It’s the weekend! Time to do something different and fun! Join the Lotus Temple Dancers - a rockin' collective of yogi's, artists, DJ's and musicians who perform fun, raw, expressive & explosive dance for their debut of Love Stories, an interactive physical exploration of all things LOVE... At Laughing Lotus NYC March 22 & 23. Doors at 8pm. Tickets $15. Purchase tickets here.

Bikram hit with sexual harassment lawsuit

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Bikram Choudhury is back in the courtroom and facing serious sexual harassment charges from a former star student.

Sarah Baughn, a 29-year-old Bikram yoga teacher and lululemon model living in California, is suing 67-year-old Bikram for sexual harassment and discrimination. Baughn claims that he sexually assaulted her and sabotaged her Bikram yoga career when she refused to sleep with him.

From the New York Post:

Dairy-Free coconut chai banana ice cream

Recipes by Jenne Claiborne

This healthy vegan ice cream recipe from the Nourishing Vegan is simply delicious. 

Affirmats, yoga mats that inspire

Style by Blair Atkins

If you practice yoga daily, the time you spend on your mat starts to add up, so you might as well do yoga on an inspiring surface since you'll be looking at it frequently.  

Los Angeles yoga gossip on Leighton Meester

What’s Hot by Molly Nourmand

Leighton Meester was spotted leaving a yoga class in Hollywood last week. Soreness must have set in asap for the 26-year-old Gossip Girl actress because she stopped by a gas station on her way home to pick up Advil.

Learn to meditate in 5 easy steps

Yoga Lifestyle

Meditation does wonders for your brain and body and research shows that a regular meditation practice can reduce bad reactions to stressful situations (re: no more meltdowns when you can’t leave the office in time to get to yoga). Boston-based yoga teacher David Magone shares tips to help you get started meditating in his latest article for Huffington Post “Learn to Meditate in 5 Easy Steps.”

27 photos of jaw-dropping yoga inversions

What’s Hot by Molly Nourmand

We came across this slide show of 27 Mind-Blowing Inversions From Rockstar Yogis that was recently curated on Mind Body Green, and just had to share it with y'all.

SHIVALOKA soul jewelry

Yoga Lifestyle

Meet the most beautiful way to stay connected to your intentions off the mat: SHIVALOKA Soul Jewelry. Handmade in Bali, every piece of SHIVALOKA jewelry features India’s holy power bead - the Rudraksha - to provide peace, power and protection. Wear your intentions. Heal your soul. Take 20% off your order at SHIVALOKA with our exclusive discount code ALIGN9. 

Why you should wear your intentions:

Benefits of shiatsu massage

Yoga Lifestyle by Blair Atkins

Shiatsu is a traditional Japanese bodywork method that is similar to yoga in that it uses awareness to connect with channels of energy to promote and support healing. Whether you're a seasoned yoga instructor or a new yogi eager to learn more about holistic healing, shiatsu is a great complement to your yoga practice. 

Golden Bridge Yoga Santa Monica welcomes Tommy Rosen

General by Molly Nourmand

Golden Bridge Yoga announced this week that Tommy Rosen will be teaching at their new Santa Monica location on Tuesdays at 9:00am and Thursdays at 7:30pm. Tommy is certified in both Hatha and Kundalini yoga and is a trailblazer in the field of Yoga and Recovery. Tommy lives with his wife and fellow yoga teacher, Kia Miller, in Venice Beach, CA.

The best season to get pregnant

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Breathing, moving, stretching and flowing all contribute to our general wellbeing and health. Yoga is good for you - full stop.

So what if you're practicing yoga with the intention of your practice supporting your efforts to get pregnant? Well, we just discovered a little more information that might be of interest from our friends over at Blisstree. Turns out that all that hibernation in winter and renewal in spring, may help many seeds along and not just the ones we put into the ground. 

Free Recovery 2.0 online conference with Tommy Rosen

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If you or someone you know has struggled with addiction, don’t miss LA yoga teacher Tommy Rosen free online conference, Recovery 2.0: A Holistic Approach to Addiction and Recovery. Tommy, who has been sober for over 20 years, hosts a group of experts who will share their thoughts, experience and knowledge on how to recover from addiction.

Kate Middleton does prenatal yoga, yoga pants banned in school?

Hot off the mat

While you were out enjoying your weekend yoga and brunch date with your yoga pals, we were contemplating the state of yoga pants in schools, trying to find out more about Kate Middleton’s yoga teacher and working on our one-arm handstand (against the wall). Why? Read the hot yoga news below to find out more.

Hold on to your yoga pants: 

Mashed Potato Quinoa Puffs with Sriracha Mayo

Recipes by Ethical Ocean

Fiddling with mashed potatoes sounds like a Rube Goldberg exercise, but, dear reader, to come up with a way to liberate it from the confines of a table and fork setting, to be enjoyed wherever we please – this is a necessary complication.

Aromatherapy and yoga

Yoga Lifestyle by Charlynn Avery

Did you know aromatherapy can enhance your yoga practice? Aromatherapist Charlynn Avery explains below. 

The use of essential oils within the context of a yoga practice is truly a holistic approach to wellbeing on every level – mind, body and spirit. Practically speaking, we can incorporate essential oils into our practice to help deepen not only the experience, but our connection with nature.

Mind

In yoga, we can incorporate oils that can fuel our minds and support our practice. These are great additions to room sprays or diffusers.

The real truth about carbs

General by Greatist.com

Love carbs? Good, because your body needs them. Read on for the truth about carbs from Greatist.

Carbs are important. In fact, it’s very easy to argue that carbohydrates (mostly the right kind, more on that in a moment) are essential to your diet. And lumping all carbs together into one category is like saying all the Baldwin brothers are the same. (Sorry, Billy. No offense.)

Curious to read more? Read the rest on Greatist.

Is bamboo really eco-friendly?

General by Ethical Ocean

Bamboo clothing might not be as eco-friendly as we once thought. Our friends at Ethical Ocean explain why.

In the past decade we’ve seen the rise of textiles made from bamboo. A few slinky and ultra soft ‘bamboo’ shirts and dresses have made their way into my wardrobe. However, those buttery smooth pieces are now coming under scrutiny and the green image that was synonymous with so-called bamboo fabrics has been all but shattered.

Skip coffee and chew gum?

General

As yogis, we're super aware of what we put into our bodies. It's true that after a peaceful class, the first thing that you go for might not be a large double espresso latte. BUT, if it came in the form of a chewing gum, would you be more tempted? A little kick - no after taste? Just a quick pop and you're right back to your caffinated state?

Seems like a super strange concept so we looked to our friends over at Blisstree to break it down: 

Trend alert: yoga and spinning

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More and more yoga studios are starting to add spin classes to their schedules. In LA, both Lotus Kitty and Hustle & Flow Fitness offer yoga and spin fusion classes and some CorePower Yoga studios now offer "Ryde & Yoga", a 60-minute class that includes a 35-minute ride on indoor bikes and a 25-minute yoga practice.

PM Yoga: 4 yoga poses to help you sleep better

General by Jessica Bellofatto

In writing this article about yoga for better sleep, I decided to do a bit of research. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), insufficient sleep is a public health epidemic. An estimated 50-70 million US adults have sleep or wakefulness disorder. As adults, we need between 7-9 hours of sleep each night, but at least 30% of adults report that they actually get less than 6 hours a night.

Kid-friendly yoga fun

DIY Fridays

Looking for fun and healthy spring break activities for kids? Share the joys of yoga with the little (and not-so little) ones in your life. Spring break is the perfect opportunity for quality bonding time and introducing them to a healthy habit. Get started with these simple and affordable kid-friendly healthy activities for spring break (or any weekend). Bonus: 3 lucky readers will win Kristin McGee’s Yoga for Kids DVD (contest ends March 20, 2013).

Yoga fun for everyone: 

Can you do too much yoga?

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B. K. S. Iyengar once said, "Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim." For many of us, once we start practicing yoga, there is no turning back; practicing a few times a week grows into the desire to practice every single day. 

Fuel your yoga practice with camu camu

Yoga Lifestyle by Blair Atkins

Camu what? You may not have heard of camu camu, and we hadn't either. But move over acai - this may just be our new favorite superfood. 

Camu camu is a plant that grows in flooded areas of the rain forests of Brazil, Peru, and Colombia. It is loaded in the brain-boosting amino acid serine, which is needed to produce serotonin, your feel-good hormone. Camu camu is also one of the richest sources of Vitamin C in the world. It boosts your energy, mood, and immune system. 

Using essential oils to stay calm and focused

General by Colleen Saidman Yee

Yoga teacher Colleen Saidman Yee shares how she uses essential oils to help herself and her entire family relax, stay grounded and get through hectic mornings.

As I was winding down last night and put myself in child’s pose with lavender essential oil (for relaxation) on the base of my neck, and focusing on the exhalation, I was feeling very grateful for these simple techniques.

5 ways to eat for beauty

General by Jenne Claiborne

Clear, youthful and glowing skin is made in the kitchen. If you want to improve the quality of your skin, start with what you put into your body. The foods we eat play a huge role in our health, and many plant-based foods contain must-have nutrients that prevent, reverse and improve unwanted skin conditions. Follow these trusted tips to make sure you are eating for beauty!

Spiritual Gangster clothing now available at Yoga Shelter

General by Molly Nourmand

While taking class at Yoga Shelter in Studio City earlier this month, we noticed they now carry Spiritual Gangster tees.

Halfmoon yoga products

General

Yoga props help keep you safe and injury-free while practicing and can really help you get into a pose. But just like rental mats, studio props get used by a lot of people, so why not invest in your own blankets, bolsters and straps (and maybe a comfy new savasana sweater, too) from Halfmoon?

Halfmoon has been making awesome yoga, meditation, clothing and lifestyle products for close to 25 years. Their props are used in yoga studios worldwide and sold to retailers across Canada and the U.S.

Legally blind yoga teacher inspires with Yoga in the Dark class

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Would your yoga practice be different if you were legally blind? What would you do if you couldn’t stare at yourself in the mirror during Warrior 2 or compare yourself to the person next to you in class? 

Things people ask yoga teachers

General

First they asked about student pet peeves, now the Huffington Post has asked a few yoga teachers to share the typical, weird and just plain rude questions people ask yoga teachers. 

Actor Colton Haynes does yoga

General by Molly Nourmand

Colton Haynes, the 24-year-old Arrow actor, was caught leaving his hotel in Vancouver, Canada last week and heading to a yoga class. You can catch him on a new episode of Arrow when it returns next Wednesday, March 20th on the CW.

Dream yoga vacation: yoga, surf & stand up paddleboarding with Jessica Bellofatto

What’s Hot

If we could plan our perfect yoga vacation, it would be a lot like alignyo blogger Jessica Bellofatto’s upcoming Yoga, Surf & Stand-up Paddleboarding Retreat to Rincón, Puerto Rico. From April 25-29, you’ll experience twice daily yoga classes on a deck overlooking the ocean, daily standup paddleboard lessons, SUP Yoga (standup paddleboard yoga) classes, healthy meals and lots of beach time.

What is aromatherapy?

General by Charlynn Avery

What is aromatherapy? Aromatherapist Charlynn Avery explains what it is and the many benefits of aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy is an increasingly popular topic these days – people want to know what it is and how to use those precious little oils to enhance their lives. When it comes to essential oil use, it just takes some basic knowledge and a bit of creativity. Once you get started, you will find it is quite easy to blend your own products.

4 foods that can put you in a bad mood

General by Beliefnet

Having mood swings? You might be surprised that the foods you’re eating could be the culprit. 

Bagels

Grabbing a bagel in the morning sounds like a great idea. However, it will spike your blood sugar and lead to a mid morning crash of the blahs and muddied thinking. Studies have shown that eating refined carbohydrates (like bagels) increased depression up to 60 percent in some people. 

Yoga deal at One Down Dog for alignyo LA readers

General

One Down Dog is offering alignyo LA subscribers a generous deal: New students get two weeks of yoga for $20 (half off their current new student discount). Mention "alignyo" to redeem the generous deal. Offer ends April 10, 2013.

15 ways to love your life

General by Jennifer Pastiloff

Yoga teacher Jennifer Pastiloff shares 15 easy ways to learn to love your life. 

Back in my twenties I lived much of my life this way: Someone else’s success or joy meant less for me.

Once I opened the floodgates to There is enough for everyone, I started to believe it, teach it, and experience it daily.

When you reach a place where you feel joy at someone else’s joy, the next question is often how do you get to the place of “I love my life” when you don’t? How do you get there when you feel like your life has taken a wrong turn?

4 tips to build your ashtanga practice

Yoga News

Always wonder what the teacher sees, what they hear, what they are thinking as THEY enter the room. Lara Land opens up about being an Ashtanga yoga teacher in NYC and the biggest resistance she sees from students. The best part, she breaks it down for us and let's us in on a few ways to get over the fear and get onto the mat.

AM Yoga: 5 poses to energize your day

General by Jessica Bellofatto

Have trouble waking up in the morning? Try this AM Yoga: 5 Poses to Energize Your Day yoga sequence from Jessica Bellofatto. 

Free yoga and running sessions at the Santa Monica Pier

Local Events - LA by Molly Nourmand

The Santa Monica Pier is offering free "Roga" sessions Saturday mornings now through March 30th. What's Roga, you ask? It's running + yoga, and you can do one or both activities. The run begins at 8 a.m, and yoga is after 9 a.m. with some Santa Monica’s finest instructors: Sara Ivanhoe, Eden Goldman, Michelle Lindner, Cory Martin and Jamie Horgan. BYO mat. Get more details on the Santa Monica Pier Facebook page.

One of LA's best yoga boutiques

General by Molly Nourmand

Before taking class with Julia Frodahl at In Yoga Center last week, we were browsing the studio's super cute shop Seeds. The conclusion we came to is that they have one of the most well edited yoga boutiques in Los Angeles. While there, we stumbled upon the new line of soy wax candles by Paddywax called Relish.

Try Kate Beckinsale's yoga workout

What’s Hot by Molly Nourmand

Kate Beckinsale's yoga teacher, Mandy Ingber, recently told Women's Health about what poses she does with her client to help the 39-year-old actress stay in shape. She suggests: Down dog split with knee drives, the lunge switchback, crow pose, and temple pose to plié squat (see the breakdown of these body-sculpting moves here). This photo was taken of Kate in Beverly Hills last week out shopping with a girlfriend. 

Gwyneth Paltrow loves Antigravity Yoga

What’s Hot

We knew Gwyneth P. was a fan of yoga (after all, she did design a yoga collection for Beyond Yoga), so we weren’t too surprised to see that she’s spreading the word about aerial yoga to Goop readers.

Fish fraud: 33% of seafood is mislabeled

What’s Hot

If you love going out for sushi after yoga, you might want to read this article on mislabeled seafood from Blisstree.

Raising Great Kids: 5 Keys to Mutual Respect

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We are honored to have Elena Brower contribute to alignyo on the topic of parenting and relationships.

Be on the lookout for the second edition of Elena and Erica Jago's beautiful book, Art of Attention

Parenting is our chance to practice respect, elegance and forgiveness. 

by Elena Brower

USA Yoga Federation

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Tell us your thoughts on the USA Yoga Federation competition this past weekend in NYC. There were loads of yoga competitors (?) looking for a win, win, win.

This is an event that has been taking place for years in India and has the endorsement of BKS Iyengar.  Check out Rajashree Choudhury's thoughts on the subject of athleticism, competition and unifying the yoga community through the National Yoga Asana Championship run by The USA Yoga Federation.

Exclusive Discount on Teacher Training with Julian Walker and Hala Khouri

Teacher Training by Molly Nourmand

Julian Walker and Hala Khouri are hosting the Awakened Heart, Embodied Mind Yoga Teacher Training this summer and fall. Module 1 is June 1 - 13, 2013, and Module 2 is September 23 - October 1, 2013 at Exhale, Venice. They are offering $100 off the teacher training tuition to mindfulyogahealth.com subscribers. Mention "alignyo" to redeem discount. Offer ends May, 31, 2013.

Best healthy indoor house plants

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Add some green to your living space. Read this article on why house plant are healthy (and which are best, even if don't have a green thumb) from Blisstree. 

In the dead of winter, we could all use a little greenery in our lives. Especially because houseplants aren’t just pleasing to the eye; they’re also good for your health. Basically, houseplants are great for two things: Your lungs, and your mind.

House Plants Clean The Air

3 natural ways to improve digestion

General

Proper digestion ensures that our body can absorb all the nutrients we give it, keeps us energized and helps us feel light and limber. Try incorporating these 3 natural ways to improve digestion into your daily lifestyle and see if you notice a difference in your appetite, energy and mood.

Why coffee may not be as healthy as you think

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Coffee lovers, we have bad news: Your daily cup of joe might not be as healthy as you think.

In the past ten years or so, “antioxidants” has become THE buzzword in health food marketing. But a new study says that just because a food is antioxidant rich, doesn’t mean it will prevent disease–particularly when it comes to stroke risk and dementia.

3 tips for a yogic weekend

DIY Fridays

March into happiness this month.

New month, new you? If the goals you set in the new year feel light-years away, try these 3 simple yoga-inspired tips to help you reconnect. Fuel up, dig deep and be inspired - all from the comfort of your home. It's never too late to revisit your goals and the beginning of the month feels like the perfect time. 

Good, clean raw fun:

Life Coaching for Yoga Practitioners with Elena Brower

What’s Hot

One of our most popular posts last year was around Life Coaching and how it so perfectly complements our yoga practice. Now, one of the country's most influential yoga teachers, Elena Brower is offering a 4-week tele series, specifically designed for yoga practitioners. 

It's powerful, intimate and with Elena as your guide - you can be certain that it will ignite change.

Here is a brief desicription of the program - sign up here. 

Healthy turmeric drink recipe

General

Keep your eyes on turmeric—the healthy root of the Curcuma plant just might be the superfood of 2013 thanks to its anti-inflammatory, antioxidants and cancer-fighting compounds.

4 hot yoga musts

General

If you can’t live without Bikram yoga, regularly attend heated vinyasa classes or just like to work up a sweat during yoga, check out our 4 hot yoga musts. From how to take care of your skin so you get that gorgeous yogi glow to the perfect shorts for your practice, we’ve got you covered.

Feel the heat: