Balance

  • Pilates for Weight Loss

    Rainy Wright-Legg of Ashland, Oregon, had a straightforward goal when she first started Pilates five years ago: to take control of her debilitating shoulder pain. She never imagined that she was embarking on a journey that would help her shake years of emotional baggage—and 116 pounds.

    Yes, you can shed pounds with Pilates. Here's how.
    By Deirdre Shevlin Bell
  • Is Stress Ruining Your Health?

    We don’t need researchers to tell us that stress is rampant in the US. But in its 2009 Stress in America study, the American Psychological Association found that 24 percent of adults are experiencing high levels of tension—and 42 percent of us were more stressed out last year than the previous year.

    Stress can be a wrecking ball to your body, mind, and spirit. Here's what to do about it.
    By Sarah Tuff
  • Holistic Health Retreats

    Vacation can mean different things to different people. You can tour foreign cities, soak up artistic culture, veg out at a beach resort, or relax at a spa. And while all of these are wonderful ways to spend precious leisure time, you can also use your vacation to take away something more than a tan or a ton of scenic photographs.

    Looking for a getaway that can change your life and your health? Consider a retreat that takes you way beyond the basic vacation.
    By Sally Wadyka
  • Seal It With Natural

    You no longer need to question which household cleaners are truly green. In February, the Natural Products Association (NPA) launched the first-ever natural seal for home-care items, including household cleaners and detergents.

    By Sarah Toland
  • Flora for Every Mom

    This Mother’s Day, skip the cliché bouquet and give her a more personalized “green” gift. We’ve found the perfect botanical option for every type of mom—including you.

    She’s got a green thumb

  • New Life After Divorce

    I left my marriage in 2007, but it’s safe to say that love had left the building years before. I had hoped that things might change before we decided to split—that my husband and I were simply going through a season of discontent. I didn’t want to be a divorcée: My marriage was bad, but I saw divorce as a lasting public and private admission of failure.

    Rediscovering self-worth when a marriage dissolves
    By Candace Walsh
  • Put a Cork in It

    Today, opening a bottle of wine often means giving a cap a quick twist. Easy, yes, but aluminum screw tops—not to mention plastic stoppers—are putting the squeeze on the sustainable, centuries-old natural-cork industry.

    By Kitty Neusteter
  • Relax at the Dentist

    It used to be that nervous dental patients were given the buzz of nitrous oxide or numbing fog of Valium to help them relax in the chair. But these treatments can cause nausea or leave you feeling looped. In lieu of drugs, many dental practices now soothe mild to moderate anxiety with music.

    By Cara McDonald
  • Clued In: An Interview With Alicia Silverstone

    In a world where image often trumps integrity, 33-year-old Alicia Silverstone is a breath of fresh air. The actress, best known for her starring role in Clueless, is a devoted vegan, environmentalist, and animal-rights activist—and has been for 11 years.

    Interview by Sarah Toland