Balance

  • Have Heart, Will Travel

    A funny thing happened on the way to the mat for the founders of Metta Journeys: They realized they could use their yoga prowess to create a new kind of destination retreat—one that combines philanthropy and yoga’s generosity of spirit.

    By Elizabeth Marglin
  • Think Before You Print

    If you think the environmental impacts of paper use are all you had to worry about when you print a document, you’re in for a surprise.

    By Miriam Zellnik
  • It's Easy Being Green

    When we make a change to help the planet, we often reap health benefits as well. Whether we fit in a hefty dose of exercise by biking to work instead of driving or gain some meditative time from planting a tree, our simple changes can make a difference. Why not do a bit more to lessen your environmental impact in honor of Earth Day on April 22?

  • Put Your Best Foot Forward

    When my third daughter was born with six digits on each foot, I knew I could never look at feet the same way again, especially my own. I might only have 10 toes (and so does my daughter after surgery), but my feet are fraught with problems.

    8 exercises to soothe your soles—and your toes.
    By Jennifer Lang
  • Healing Houseplants

    Sprucing up your home or office with a touch of Mother Nature can do more than just brighten the space. These three plants can also do wonders for your body and mind, says Shelley Torgrove, certified clinical herbalist in Denver:

    Rosemary ... for mental clarity and memory

    By Nicole Duncan
  • Energize (Ayurveda Style)

    Wish you weren’t so tired all the time? Here’s how to tap into the ancient science of ayurveda for energizing tips geared specifically for your body type.

    Wish you weren't so tired all the time? Here's how to tap into the ancient science of ayurveda for energizing tips geared specifically for your body type.
    By Nora Simmons
  • The Spin Cycle

    After a long, pavement- pounding summer of tennis and 8-mile runs, I was tired and running out of cartilage. I wanted to find a balanced exercise regime to match my high-octane personality, one that didn’t involve sleeping next to a sexy bottle of ibuprofen.

    One day, while pretending to be busy at work, I saw an email from my sister.

    One man finds a hard-core workout that's soft on the knees.
    By Jay Clark
  • Poses for Poise

    Whether you’re giving a speech, interviewing for your dream job, or having coffee face-to-face with your eHarmony find, being on the spot has a way of draining your self-confidence. Suddenly your mind goes blank and your palms start to sweat. You can hear yourself rambling on, voice quivering, never quite making your point, but terrified of stopping.

    Boost your confidence through the practice of Viniyoga.
    By Jennifer Derryberry Mann
  • What Color is Your Zafu?

    The color of your meditation cushion (zafu) may reveal more about your state of mind than you realize. Feng shui attributes mood-altering properties to each color—orange can make you feel optimistic, for example, while brown can imbue you with a dull-as-a-doorknob sensation.

    By Elizabeth Marglin
  • Yoga Rx: 2 Poses to Relieve Headaches

    Yoga can help prevent a pounding head by lowering stress levels, improving posture, and reducing muscle tension in the upper back and neck. But if you’re experiencing pain, your normal practice can make things worse. Here are three poses to help relieve a headache. Close your eyes, and breathe slowly and deeply through your nose.

    By Timothy McCall, MD