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New Approach May Reverse Old Age
Longevity research is used to baby steps, but a recent discovery at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, Calif. is leading longevity researchers to suggest this work is huge baby step, if there's such a thing as that.
Party Girl to Yogini: The Truth About Being a Yoga Teacher
Life is full of transformations. Five years ago, Yogi Kim Stetz wrote about her transformation from Party Girl to Yogini. Today, at 48 she owns her own yoga studio, Savasana Station in the East Village. Time may have gone by, but the story remains the same. We, as human beings are truly undefined. How does one go from a party girl to a yoga teacher? The forward progression of being.
How to Stay Human
I am not alone in total confusion with the prospect of our President-elect moving into the White House. In waking up November 9th after a few hours sleep, I was grateful I wasn't alone in befuddlement when the time came to get out of bed. Alcohol made it easier the night before - in the morning not so much. A familiar feeling from many years ago consumed my body, my very achy head. At least I was feeling something.
Culture in 70% of the World Involves Being In or Under the Water
Call it Snorkeling or Freediving, it is a sport most families could enjoy together. While it will be more fun, more rapidly, if you begin with an instructor for at least one pool session for basic skills, snorkeling is close to intuitive for many people, meaning this is an adventure you can enjoy almost immediately.
Masculinity and Male Suicides
Suicide is the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK. That introduction was my shortest ever, but it really needed to be for such a shockingly large statistic. When I first read it, i was sceptical. Surely that didn't account for all death types? Maybe it combined both genders? Maybe it wasn't limited by age after all? No, it was true, and in 2014 76% of all suicides in the UK were by men.
The Comfiest Organic Clothing Brands
If you’re anything like me, you occasionally realize that your closet is full of scratchy, stuffy, too-small shirts, pants, and dresses that you simply never wear. Whether you Konmari it (“does this sweater spark joy??”) or use the backward-hanger method (“I can’t believe I really didn’t wear that for an entire year!”), once you get tossing it’s hard to stop. Then, of course, it’s time to replenish your wardrobe. Instead of choosing whatever H&M’s got on their shelves this season (or other chemical-filled, sweatshop-made options), consider adding only clothing that’s responsibly made and always organic. The following brands offer some of the cosiest, softest, most dreamy options for lounging, stretching, yoga-ing, and sleeping. They’ll quickly become your favorite pieces, and you’ll feel good knowing that what you’re wearing supports textile workers in caring for their families and living healthy lives.
How Exposed Is Your Immune System to Chemicals in the Air?
As citizens of the 21st century, we are guinea pigs in an unprecedented worldwide experiment. No one is in charge of the research, nor have we been asked to participate in the experiment. But we all have a life or death stake in the outcome.
The Cold War Against Aging
Mice spend several periods of the day in a torporlike state during which their body temperature dropped from a normal 102 degrees Fahrenheit to as low as 88 degrees Fahrenheit. Diet restriction have long been known to greatly extend the average life-span of laboratory rodents, fish and insects. Decades ago some researchers—Ronald Hart, Ph.D., and Angelo Turturro, Ph.D.—wondered if the temperature dips in the mice might play a role in enhanced longevity. Their research with animals suggested that normal levels of body heat help bring about a gradual biochemical meltdown in the body's cells. . . which might explain why we age.
Amazing Facts About the Human Body
Most people fart about 14 times a day. Now look around your office or home. How many farts occur daily in that space? *Cringe* I’m not trying to gross you out here! I’m trying to inform you with amazing facts about the human body. While they’re not all that gross, they are all equally interesting and fascinating. Some of them will have you saying “Wow!” while others leave you in a deep thought for the rest of the day. And the rest may have you counting your farts. Okay, okay! Enough with the fart jokes! Either way, amazing facts about the human body will definitely force you to think about the skin your in, and all the veins, bones, cells and organs underneath in a completely different way.
Think of Halloween and what comes to mind? Jack O' Lanterns, black cats, witches riding their brooms across a Sana moonlit sky, bats? Not too far-fetched, actually. Many traditions that we use to celebrate the autumn holiday comes from superstitions and the medieval use of herbs and charms to ward off evil spirits used for centuries.
How Meditation Can Change Your Life, According to Science
Most people’s vision of mediation is a guru seated lotus style on a peaceful mountaintop, but there’s way more to it than that. Scientists and doctors are starting to catch on that mindfulness can be a powerful tool for healing. Even if you’re not a big fan of “woo” type stuff like massage or essential oils, you can’t deny actual medical studies that say that meditation changes the structure of your brain (1). It’s also a proven thing that there’s a connection between the brain and body, and that changes to our brain chemistry affect how our bodies work. With that, it’s really not a stretch to think that meditation can heal your body.
How the Wisdom of Confucius Can Help You Be Less of a Jerk
I’m sure you’re a pretty nice person. I like to think that I am too. But sometimes I let myself justify getting pretty snippy with the customer service rep - like it’s her fault that Comcast is stupid. Other times I find myself muttering under my breath when my kids eat graham crackers in my unmade bed, or I let a friend’s Facebook post piss me off for the rest of the day. Nobody’s perfect, but if you feel your inner Hulk bursting out in a rage every time the wind doesn’t blow your way, it might be time to try walking a more peaceful path. Let the Great Sage (aka Confucius) help you get there. He’s famous for little snippets of wisdom that can sound like they came out of a fortune cookie - until you look deeper. Sometimes a simple phrase can help you see things differently and make keeping your cool a little easier. Feel free to scrawl any of these on a post-it note or make them the background on your lock screen. If they really change your life, they might even make it onto a canvas you can look at every night as you fall asleep. Hopefully, you’ll be sleeping more peacefully when you’re treating others in a way that makes you both feel great.