Balance

  • A Fresh Start After 40

    It’s been a tumultuous couple of years for Eva La Rue: She left her career-defining role on All My Children, ended her nine-year marriage, landed on the hit TV series CSI: Miami, and loved and lost again. But the irrepressible 43-year-old actress and single mom will tell anyone that she’s healthier and more fit and grounded than ever.

    By Cara McDonald
  • From Om to Ouch

    I should have known better than to let the teacher’s assistant adjust me in Shoulderstand Pose, but he seemed so sure of himself. He wanted to help me get the most benefit out of the pose, and he said he knew just what to do. I protested (not very convincingly) that I had some problems with my shoulders and neck and wasn’t too keen on Shoulderstand in the first place.

    Is your yoga practice causing more harm than good?
    By Linda Sparrowe
  • Weather the Storm

    A few months ago, beset by a mounting sense of “It’s all too much,” I signed myself up for what I hoped would be a transformative yoga retreat at a monastery in upstate New York. I extracted myself from busy New York City life and spent the entire weekend sitting quietly at sunrise, blissing out in Lotus Pose, and eating three vegetarian meals a day prepared by kindly nuns.

    How to get out from under the stress cloud, for good.
    By Penny Wrenn
  • The Power of One

    She’s played a transsexual love interest on Ally McBeal, Rob Lowe’s call-girl girlfriend on The West Wing, and now Dr. Lisa Cuddy, the tough and tender foil to Hugh Laurie’s character on House. It’s no surprise, then, that Lisa Edelstein, 43, is equally fearless in her offscreen choices.

    Interview by Cara McDonald
  • Change Your Mind

    How do I get to your house again?” The question, posed a year ago by my 73-year-old father, confirmed my darkest suspicions. Dad had already begun to lose track of his car (a good Samaritan helped him find it after one frantic two-hour search), and he often got confused about our dinner dates.

    Take action now to keep dementia from becoming par of your future.
    By Lisa Shumate
  • Stay Warm Sustainably

    Baby, it’s cold outside. But before you crank the dial on the thermostat, consider this: Home heating accounts for 8,800 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions per household annually, according to the Environmental Defense Fund. With a few quick fixes, you can combat climate change—no shivering required.

    By Jodi Helmer
  • Joy to the Earth

    Everyone hopes for a white Christmas, but a green holiday season can be just as festive. Do you recycle and limit waste throughout the year but, amid all the gifts, garland, and extra lights involved with winter holidays, get too harried? Take these simple steps to make this season merrier for you and yours—and the planet.

    By Marcy Franklin
  • Gifts that give back

    1. Consciousness on your shoulder 
    Not only does it tote your organic groceries in style, but proceeds from this FEED bag (sold at Whole Foods) provide 100 school meals to children in Rwanda. ($30, feedprojects.org)

    41 picks for under $60 that’ll help you embrace the holiday spirit
    By Marcy Franklin additional reporting by Gabrielle Boerkircher
  • Get Inspired: Meditation for Minors with David Lynch

    Here’s a shocker: One of the film industry’s most brilliant minds once felt anything but brilliant.

    By Cara McDonald
  • Wheelchair T'ai Chi

    Regular physical exercise is crucial for healthy bodies, minds, and spirits—so what are people in wheelchairs to do? Besides their physical limitations, some wheelchair users lack the self-confidence to start exercise programs, transportation to workout facilities can be difficult, and fitness programs are often spendy. The result?

    By Melaina Juntti