Balance

  • Reclaiming Calm

    Once a bright student in his Gaza City classroom, 16-year-old Ahmed (name changed to protect identity) could no longer concentrate. His school performance took a nosedive after he watched Israeli soldiers kill his best friend. Images from that day haunted him: his friend’s body in pieces, his face ghostly white, and blood everywhere.

    Nightmares. Anxiety. Flashbacks. A traumatic event can trap you in a cycle of pain. Get your life back with these mind-body techniques.
    By Kristin Bjornsen
  • Is Clutter Affecting Your Health?

    Two summers ago, I couldn’t see the floor in my living room (or elsewhere in my apartment, for that matter). My one-bedroom apartment in New York City was littered with months-old newspapers, half-empty purses, photos, office supplies, unopened mail, coffee mugs, blankets—even pizza crusts.

    Odds are it is. Here’s how to organize your stuff and simplify your life—for good.
    By Penny Wrenn
  • Embrace Your Curves

    Leaning against the wall, I bend forward and raise one leg 90 degrees into Half Moon, a balance pose. When I’m steady, I unfurl my arms: one to a block on the floor, the other skyward. Supported by my standing leg, I feel like I could fly—all 175 curvy pounds of me.

    Yoga helps you love the body you have—now
    By Laurel Kallenbach
  • BYO To-Go

    Americans toss out enough plastic forks, knives, and spoons each year to circle the equator 300 times. One Styrofoam food container takes more than a million years to decompose in the landfill.

    By Nicole Duncan
  • The Upside of Losing

    Soon after I moved from New York City to Boulder, Colorado, I had a humbling experience that I thought, at the time, I’d want to forget for good.

    By Meghan Rabbitt
  • How Do You Spell Release?

    Ever wonder what your body would feel like without tightness, pain, or stiffness? Or how it might be to sail—rather than stoop—your way through the day? Bodywork might hold the key to regaining your body’s natural elasticity, bringing you back into balance—and grace—in ways you never believed possible, at least not since you kissed your 30s good-bye.

    Find the bodywork technique that works best for you.
    By Charmian Christie
  • The OM Advantage

    I got into yoga as a college student on a typically tight budget. To save money I decided to memorize my favorite sequence and practice at home. It was love at first Sun Salute.

    The joys of a home yoga practice don’t have to come with years of experience. This sequence designed by yoga icons Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman will help you get started, and stick with it.
    By Nora Simmons
  • My First Time—A Drive on the Wild Side

    All my life, I’d always played it safe. So when I turned 50, I vowed to challenge myself physically and be more daring. Over the ensuing seven years, I took up yoga, qigong, cross-country skiing, kayaking, and bicycling. But none of these activities satisfied my yearning to be “wild.” I couldn’t stop fantasizing about riding a motorcycle.

    How one woman let her fantasies ride off into the sunset
    By Susan Partridge
  • Come Into Clarity

    Yoga offers powerful self-healing tools for women with breast cancer—from diagnosis and treatment through recovery. How you practice yoga is as important as what you practice, so be sure to:

    Balance effort with relaxation.
    Treat yourself kindly.
    Challenge yourself—but never strain in a pose.

    How yoga helps breast cancer patients find balance again, on and off the mat.
    By Carol Krucoff
  • Slow Down, You Move Too Fast.

    The day the dog started barking whenever I flipped open my cell phone, I knew something was wrong. I’d had hints before, of course: Kids who didn’t feel listened to, work details I couldn’t remember, even a seriously stubbed toe when I tried to push a laundry basket across the floor with one foot while holding two trash cans in my arms.

    Giving up multitasking brings surprising rewards.
    By Barbara Rowley