Balance

  • Moving Through Addiction

    For Ana Forrest, yoga began as a form of poor man’s therapy. Sexually abused as a child, living in poverty, not having enough to eat, Forrest’s early life seemed a setup for addiction. In the beginning she turned to drugs, alcohol, and food—anything that could help her check out. At 18, her addiction was bulimia. She ate and ate and then purged.

    Sun Salutes offer an alternative 12-step program.
    By Elizabeth Marglin
  • No Need to Meditate Perfectly

    I sat cross-legged on the living-room rug, closed my eyes, took a deep breath, and tried to quiet my mind. Alas, random thoughts persisted, flickering about like fireflies on a summer evening. After five minutes, I abandoned my Zen pose. I would have rather folded laundry or gone on a 3-mile run—anything with more tangible results.

    How one woman learned to let go and welcome stillness.
    By Susan Lembo Balik
  • Thai'd Together

    If you’re anything like me, you might fantasize occasionally about having someone do your yoga for you. You would reap all the delight and benefit of the stretch, but with none of the awkwardness of having to heave yourself into a backbend. Just the thought of outsourcing yoga can send me swooning into Savasana.

    Pair yoga and massage for a deep release.
    By Rana Lee Araneta
  • The Green Party

    19 ways to celebrate summer and decrease your impact on the earth:

    Before the Bash

    1. Call or send an Evite to your guests, and skip the cute little note cards. In addition to saving trees, your family and friends will get quicker notice about your party—which also means swifter RSVPs.

    Eco-entertaining made simple.
    By Heather Larson
  • Pre-Swim Stretches, Post-Swim Ease

    Before jumping in the pool, warm up to prevent cramps and reduce your likelihood of injury. “Stretching heightens joint mobility,” says Dave Scott, six-time Ironman winner and fitness consultant. When you stretch, the muscle fibers lengthen, allowing for more contraction force (also known as power in the water).

    By Elizabeth Marglin
  • Yoga Rx: Endometriosis

    The severe pain and heavy bleeding associated with endometriosis impacts nearly 5 million US women. While there’s no cure, yoga can help manage pain. Try these poses from Yoga for a Healthy Menstrual Cycle by Linda Sparrowe (Natural Solutions’ editor-in-chief) and Patricia Walden (Shambhala, 2004).

    By Nora Simmons
  • This is Your Wake Up Call

    Not so long ago, you either had high blood pressure or you didn’t. Your blood pressure could even flirt with the high normal range without anyone getting overly worked up about it. The same held true for elevated-but-still-normal blood sugar levels.

    Precursors to hypertension, diabetes, and osteoporosis don't have to turn info full-blown disease. Here's how to stay healthy.
    By James Keough
  • The Great, Green Escape

    You use canvas totes to haul your groceries home, take public transportation, recycle, and maybe even compost. Yet when it comes to going on vacation, you tend to relax your standards, right? Hey, it’s vacation after all. Who wants to think about how many plastic water bottles get tossed or whether a snorkel site’s coral is in jeopardy?

    Easy ways to lessen your impact on the environment when you travel. And 7 destination spots that’ll lessen your impact on the environment when you travel.
    By Nicole Sprinkle
  • Say It Peacefully

    At my Memorial Day barbecue one year, I watched in awe as my friend Kathryn fielded baiting questions from a handsome, slightly drunk guest. I can’t remember the words she used, but instead of taking offense, Kathryn responded respectfully, without sacrificing her truth or compromising her dignity.

    Navigate disagreements by communicating with compassion.
    By Katy Butler
  • Ink Therapy

    For years, I’ve tried to discipline myself to write regularly in a journal. I’ve bought beautiful, leather-bound journals and expensive pens, hoping that these treats would encourage my writing. I always filled the first page, at least, but the journals invariably ended up on a shelf, accumulating dust instead of ink.

    One man's success in writing away the weight of the world.
    By E.C. Roy