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Places You’ll Go
You know that feeling the night before a big trip? Excitement and anticipation, maybe tinged with a little anxiety. You have an itinerary, but you can't plan everything that will happen along the way. That's what it felt like making this issue, and t
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A Yoga Guide To India
I started practicing yoga in a crowded New York City gym, my mat so close to the student’s next to mine that I couldn’t tell whose sweat droplets were whose. Like many Americans, I was introduced to yoga as a physical activity—I considered it a compl
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Meet Our New Ambassadors Home Free
After college I was successful, in a sense, working in pro-duction in Hollywood. But I wasn’t mature enough to handle the money. I was going through a breakup, had lost friends, and I was out of work. I ended up losing every-thing. I was so devastate
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On the FLY
Find an empty-ish space near your gate and practice these postures: Easy Pose If you’re anxious before flying, it might be because you’re not in the moment: You’re worrying about what’s going to happen. Practice this simple seated posture to anchor y
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Trust Your Truth
The simple act of asking “What is my purpose?” on the Internet has the power to elicit nearly one billion responses. That’s a staggering commentary on the way so many people feel about who they are and how much they long for an existence that matters
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Ancient Elements
Before I started working with alchemy, a forerunner of chemistry based on the transformation of matter, I was trying to juggle mind, body, and soul practices separately. I was following different programs and driving myself a bit crazy in the process
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The Sound of Silence
I’ve been meditating for a long time, but as I arrived in North Fork, California, just outside of Yosemite National Park, for my first 10-day vipassana retreat, I was terrified. What have I gotten myself into? I wondered as I drove down the dirt path
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To Go or Not to Go
When I was 24, I traveled to volunteer in Guatemala, arriving with many good intentions, and radical anti-globalization politics. But I soon found that, due to the economic, race, and gender dynamics that preceded me, I was often viewed as wealthy an
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Creative Caesar
SERVES 4 “I love when a salad comes together in all the right ways. Oberlin’s kohlrabi caesar is deliciously dressed and has great texture. Kohlrabi, also called a German turnip, is sweet-but-peppery and crunchy until the last bite. The cured fish an
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Honoring The Roots Of Yoga
From self-realization centers and asana apps to T-shirts featuring Ganesh or puns on namaste, the Western world is full of yoga consumerism. We have a lot to gain from this ancient practice, but we also risk losing sight of, and appropriating, the cu
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Learn From Teacher Schuyler Grant
“Meditation in motion” is a recurring trope when teachers speak about vinyasa. I confess to using it regularly myself because it perfectly describes the magical elixir that has kept me hooked on this particular way of practicing yoga for almost 30 ye
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Pincha Mayurasana
This inversion is more difficult than Salamba Sirsasana (Headstand) or Adho Mukha Vrksasana (Handstand) because it requires a sublime balance between strength and flexibility in the shoulders. Walk your feet toward your elbows without letting your we
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Keep Your Knees Safe
In 2007, I slipped while descending a steep trail in Shenandoah National Park. I took a hard blow to the outside of my left knee, shredding the lateral meniscus and articular cartilage and dislocating the kneecap. I faced major surgeries to save the
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Teaching Moments
Perhaps it’s not a coincidence that the Gayatri mantra, which concludes with “may this inspire our understanding,” is chanted daily at the Khushi Charitable Society’s school in Rishikesh, India, where self-awareness is the backbone of a complete educ
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Can’t Stop the Feeling
A woman named Rita called me recently in a mild panic. She’s a committed vegan who has followed a strict diet for the past five years. But for several months, she’d been craving—and eating—ice cream, pizza, and other foods she normally avoids. She wo
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Get Lost
The teachings of yoga migrated West thanks to early globetrotters such as Paramahansa Yogananda and Indra Devi. Today, teachers and practitioners alike can use mindful travel to deepen awareness and broaden their practices. India, the birthplace of y
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Finding Drishti
Balance has never been my strong suit. As a child, my vestibular system was so off kilter, I spontaneously fell off stools and chairs like a pintsized barfly after last call. Walking through doorways was like threading a needle. Physical therapy help
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Learning to Be Loved in Tulum
It was a humid sunrise on a quiet, sandy beach in Tulum, Mexico. Despite our previous late-night mezcal tasting beneath the jungle leaves, my longtime boyfriend, Anush, had dragged me out of our tiny thatched-roof cabana at first light. I adjusted my
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Focus On Higher Ideals
My passion for life undoubtedly comes from my Cuban roots. My mother fled her home country of Cuba at the age of nine, with her parents, three siblings, grandmother, dog, and $35. They left behind family who still live in Cuba today. There’s a spark
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Along For The Ride
I was a burnt end, a frayed electrical cord, a tea kettle whistling on the stove just about boiled dry. I’d been working two jobs for a decade, and I found myself in the paradoxical position of having a little extra money and zero joy. Snippets of fr
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Lessons from Ancient Temples
Two years ago, as I was nearing 30, I found myself completely lost, out of a job after nearly 10 years in an industry that I had (for the most part) loved. I’d been bullied out of my corporate job by my boss, a man who told me I was a distraction whe
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Hooray for Hemp
Wash away whatever’s ailing you (CBD has been known to treat skin conditions ranging from psoriasis to sunburns) and then find your chill with a targeted pain reliever armed with healing arnica, calming peppermint and hemp-seed oils, and 300 mg CBD,
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Empowered Youth
In December 2014, yoga teachers Mychal Mills and Rodney Salomon began leading monthly open mic nights at Kula Cafe in central Asbury Park, New Jersey. Salomon, a youth development specialist, and Mills, who was then working at a local food bank, want
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Respect Your Curves
High school gym class is a vague memory. I do remember my classmates and I often being asked to stand close to a wall, turn around, and then try to flatten our lower backs against it. We all stood around the gym, dutifully pushing our lower backs aga
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Seated Poses
You can also bring the principles of Tadasana into the sitting position you use for meditation. I have long practiced and taught that to sit comfortably, you must begin by creating a 120-degree angle between your trunk and femurs (thigh bones). This
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Cyndi Lee
The great yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar once said, “I’ve spent the last 75 years of my life exploring what happens to my sternum when I press my big toe down.” There is so much in this statement that it has fed my yoga practice for years. He was telling
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Ardha Parivrtta Agni Utkatasana
Find freedom in your hips and spine, as well as perspective, with this balancing twist. Lift your left leg. Keep it in front of you and externally rotate it. This does not mean taking your leg to the side; it means rotating your leg from the root of
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Spring Clean Your Diet With Ayurveda
What Is Ayurveda? Ayurveda is known as yoga’s “sister science.” It’s a 5,000-year-old system of wellness that can help you understand your body’s seasonal needs, complement your regular yoga practice, and achieve true union (yoga) of mind and body. T
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Delicious Dal
SERVES 4 “This dal is our comfort food and is considered tri-doshic in Ayurveda—meaning it’s calming to all three constitutions, or mind-body types. It’s especially beneficial in early spring because it’s warming—with ginger, cumin, and coriander—and
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Mind Matters
One of the biggest gifts I’ve gotten from meditation came out of my struggle with my own mind. As you know, the mind famously resists settling down and getting quiet. It much prefers to plan, critique, worry, and obsess over questions like, What year
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