Mind-Body Connection

  • 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
  • Yoga Rx: Reduce Hypertension

    At the pace we live, it’s no wonder hypertension has reached epidemic proportions—almost a third of adults have high blood pressure. But a review conducted by the Prevention Research Center at Yale University’s School of Medicine found that yoga may be as effective in reducing total blood pressure as conventional drug treatments. So strike a pose.

    By Nora Simmons
  • It's a Wrap

    Luckily, it was October, and finding a pirate’s patch to wear during the drive from Idaho to Colorado for our family vacation was hardly a problem. No one but my husband really knew the true reason for the patch; everyone else just thought I loved Halloween.

    How a spa treatment gave me the confidence to conquer life's challenges.
    By Gloria Burrell
  • Into The Calm

    It’s 10 o’clock and you don’t know where your life is. You haven’t been sleeping well, and you’ve got a major presentation at work first thing in the morning. Your mother called two hours ago and can’t find hAer hearing aid (that’s the second time today), your daughter’s got a bad cold, and your husband thinks the two of you are growing apart.

    Find yourself constantly seeking sanity? Stress can impact your physical and emotional health more than you think. Here's how to achieve better balance before it's too late.
    By David Scrimgeour, LAc
  • Save Your Neck

    “You can put makeup on your face and concealer under your eyes and dye on your hair,” writes Nora Ephron in I Feel Bad About My Neck (Knopf, 2006). “But short of surgery, there’s not a damn thing you can do about a neck.”

    We beg to differ. Even if you loathe your neck, it’s never too late to perk it up. Here’s how:

    By Lindsey Galloway
  • 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
  • Breathe to Beat the Blues

    When my father took sick with depression, gravity seemed to claim him, body and soul. Everything sagged. I wish I’d known then about pranayama, yoga’s ancient treatment for the blues.

    Paranayama offers a drug-free solution to depression.
    By Stephanie Gold