Health & Fitness

5 Nontoxic Ways to Get Ready for Baby

by guest blogger Robyn Jasko. I’m now 39 weeks pregnant and, I’ll tell you, it’s hard to have a “green” baby these days. From the high environmental impact of disposable diapers to the truckloads of stuff you need to get ready, these little bundles of joy can have quite the impact on the earth.

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A Simple Guide to Meditation

by guest blogger Isaac Eliaz. With regular practice, meditation helps break the cycles of anxiety and stress, replacing them with mental patterns that heal us instead. This is accomplished not by suppressing or rejecting negative feelings, but by relaxing and allowing these thoughts and emotions to simply come and go, without giving them weight or attaching any specific meaning to them.

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Yoga for Promoting Patience

by guest blogger Holly Walck. What follows is a sequence designed to bring you into what TS Eliot calls “the still point of the turning world”, the state of Yoga. The seated poses loosen tense hips and bring a sense of connection to the stability offered by the earth while the forward extensions quiet, soothe and heal frayed nerves.

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The 3 Keys to a Healthy Brain

by guest blogger Isaac Eliaz, MD. there are a number of steps we can take to preserve our mental sharpness. Like any other organ, the brain responds to input. Not just mental and emotional input, but diet and exercise, as well. Many of the strategies we adopt to maintain overall health also support the brain.

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Break Up with Your Makeup:
It Could Be Toxic

by guest blogger Deirdre Imus. Spring is in bloom, and romance is in the air. But before puckering up, you’d be wise to consider the results of a new analysis that found troubling levels of toxins in cosmetics—particularly lipstick.

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Color Me Rad. Really.

‘d heard about color runs…how trendy and fun they were. But I’m so busy with work and kids’ stuff that I totally missed that one was coming to my town until two days beforehand, when David Willey, editor-in-chief of Runner’s World magazine asked me if I wanted three “tickets” to the already sold-out event.

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5 Reasons to Avoid Air Fresheners

by guest blogger Cassidy Randall. Have you ever wondered what’s in those myriad air fresheners that make your home smell like a tropical vacation or a woodsy cabin surrounded by wildflowers? It’s certainly not roses… Here are five reasons we think you should avoid air fresheners altogether.

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A Yoga Sequence for Gardeners

by guest blogger Holly Walck. Every spring, I’ve seen my students come in with the “tricky low back” that resurfaces after hours spent bent over flower pots and vegetable beds (with the errant “football knee” or “tennis elbow” flare-up to sweeten the deal). Fortunately there are yoga postures that stretch the arms, legs, and spine and put muscles that have been revolting back into a state of deep rest.

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