When life gets you down, you need a little pick-me-up that can get you back on track. Sometimes that’s a cup of tea, sometimes it’s a workout, and sometimes it’s a book that inspires you to look at life in a whole new way. While motivational books aren’t for everyone, people around the world swear by their power to change lives. Offering different perspectives, stories, theories and techniques, they open up new ways of thinking and give a burst of energy to people who feel demoralized or lost. Best of all, there’s a motivational book out there for everyone, from athletes to business leaders.We’ve rounded up the best of the best that’ll have you changing your outlook in no time!
Patchouli oil is a common additive in perfumes and incense due to its pleasing scent described as woody, spicy, and sweet. Patchouli oil is a popular choice for diffusing or applying on the skin. Many people report it helps balance their mood and emotions and can be useful in de-stressing at the end of the day. Some people use it as a part of their skincare routine, too. Here is our review of four patchouli oils, so you can find the right blend for you.
Having fashionable and functional headbands can be harder than it seems. There’s tons of different versions out there, but not all actually have the look you want and are comfortable. To make it easy for you, we searched far and wide to find the right women’s headbands you’ve been wanting. We put together the perfect list in today’s write up, to match any look and style you want. Enjoy!
Inline skating is a great hobby that is making a huge comeback, not only kids but adults as well. It’s good exercise, it'ssuper fun, and is an easy way to get outside more often. We decided to pick out a few different pairs of women’s inline skates to help you get started. Whether you are buying a pair for yourself, your kids, or as a gift, we’ve got you covered in today’s round up.
How one pose changed his life and how playing "the edge" could change yours.
The founder of Kundalini Yoga in the West is implicated in dozens of sexual assault and harassment claims according to an independent investigation conducted by An Olive Branch.
Yoga teacher Karena Virginia discusses the collective grief of COVID-19 and what it can teach us. Plus, six tips to jumpstart your own deep healing process.
Use yoga shapes to strengthen and stretch this important core muscle.
For thousands of years, classical Chinese medicine has used nutrition to treat imbalances. Here, we make the practice’s principles of energetics-based dietary therapy more digestible.
As we continue with social distancing to protect ourselves and others during a pandemic, we have become more aware with this idea of “taking up space” in the world. This sequence is designed to help you safely inhabit both internal and external space.
As stress levels rise with COVID-19, more and more people are turning to technology to help them find moments of respite and peace.
Our Family's Doing Yoga—a new kids book by SonJoria Sydnor—helps to expand what yoga looks and feels like. Here, why it belongs on every child's bookshelf.
As anxiety spikes across the U.S., emerging studies show a possible link between meditation and cardiovascular health.
With nootropics constantly flooding the market, we’re here to separate the noble from the nonsense.
Icing and massaging your skin is known to reduce redness and puffiness, tighten fine line and wrinkles, and can even be an effective remedy for migraines. But rubbing an ice cube or bag of frozen peas on your face can be messy and melty. The solution: ice and metal rollers. Simply place one of the below gadgets—handheld devices filled with water or gel in the freezer for 10-15 minutes and then treat yourself to a gentle massage.
If you stay active high-impact, repetitive activities like yoga, hiking, running, or walking, chances are you’ve been plagued by shin splints, which happen when you overload your leg muscles and tendons. Find some much-needed relief with these cold and hot wraps, that soothe and compress your muscles and joints. Heat from the hot pack can increase blood flow and reduce joint stiffness, while cold packs can provide cold therapy relief to recent injuries. Chill the pack in the refrigerator or freezer or warm the pack in a microwave or hot water before applying it to the injured spot. Both heating and cooling tools should be applied for 20 minutes at a time, three times per day.
If you find traditional mascara to be annoyingly clumpy and flaky, fiber mascara may just be for you. Instead of the traditional liquid filler in your average mascara, fiber mascara uses super small nylon, silk or rayon fibers add length to your lashes. This gives a more volumizing effect and can be easier on sensitive eyes than traditional mascara. We’ve rounded up our favorite picks below depending on how complicated your makeup routine is.
With shampoo labels touting so many things, it’s hard to keep track of what we should and shouldn’t be putting on our hair. “Sulfate free” has become a beauty buzzword and for good reason. Sulfates are what make cleaners such as shampoos turn sudsy. While they work well for household cleaners, they can be rough on your hair and skin, stripping natural oils away and causing irritation. If your hair is dry and brittle or if you have any itchy scalp, you may want to switch to a sulfate free shampoo to help hydrate and soothe your head. We’ve rounded up a list of our favorites.
Bad posture can lead to all sorts of pain, but especially in your neck, shoulders and upper back. A neck pump is a daily exercise tool to help you decompress and restore the natural curve to your neck and back. Most neck pumps are specially shaped devices that you lay your head in before pumping air into a cushion that lifts and stretches your neck, decompressing the discs and allowing your body’s natural lubricating fluids to hydrate them. We’ve rounded up our favorite neck relief devices from pumps to posture-correcting rests.
Like many popular supplements, there’s not a definitive answer as to whether or not collagen can actually increase bone density and skin elasticity, essentially helping to slow down aging. Some studies tout its benefits from muscle mass boosting to heart health improvements. Even if you’re skeptical, collagen powder is a great way to get an added boost of protein to your daily diet. Easier to dissolve than standard protein powders and usually tasteless, collagen powder adds approximately 10 grams of protein per serving to your daily coffee, smoothie, tea or other beverage. If you’re ready to jump on the collagen train, check out our favorite picks below.
The anti-inflammatory and anti-stress effects commonly associated with yoga, meditation, and pranayama may be an effective adjunctive treatment for COVID-19.
A growing coalition of nearly 2,000 CorePower Yoga instructors have signed a petition demanding better pay and benefits as well as putting an end to the company’s alleged history of racial discrimination.
Find yourself stuck in the same asana sequence? Bring your practice to new heights with these yoga slings that you can set up nearly anywhere.
Pranayama can be a simple way to find balance and beat the summer heat.
From spin class to sugar-free energy drinks, these rituals and workouts can help you balance out your yoga routine.
Salt lamps are lamps that use crystals of Himalayan rock salt to create a pleasant, ambient pink light. While the salt they utilize is basically the same as average table salt, trace minerals give the rocks their signature color. While they’re relaxing enough on their own, combining them with an aromatherapeutic oil diffuser adds a whole new level of calm. Create your own sanctuary with these combination salt lamps and diffusers.
Use this ancient system of architecture and design to bring positive energy into any physical space.
Weekend golfers, tennis players, weightlifters, and athletes of all levels are likely to find themselves with elbow pain at some point. An elbow brace has been shown to relieve sore joints and muscles, improve blood circulation, and maintain joint stability, so you can enjoy your activities longer. Whether you’re a professional or amateur athlete, you should have one of these comfortable, and durable braces before you need it. In the following article, we’ve brought you four great products to choose from.
Known for its many beneficial properties, lavender oil is on top of the list of essential oils. It’s said to promote relaxation, aid in sleep, and help to relieve tension. Lavender is used to make body and facial scrubs, candles, hair serums, massage oils, and much more. All it takes is a few drops into your diffuser to bring a light, calming, floral scent into your home or office. We’ve selected four products we’re sure you’ll find delightful. Take a look at our reviews to discover more about this incredible oil and to find the perfect lavender essential oil for you.
Everyone has collagen: This protein forms the basis of much of the body’s connective tissue, and is responsible for keeping skin plump and joints solid. For hundreds of years, foods high in collagen have been a folk remedy for those trying to get rid of wrinkles or shore up aging knees and elbows. Now, you can get those same benefits in capsule form with a once-a-day collagen pill. We picked four of our favorites and listed them below.
Grammy-nominated frame drum specialist, flautist, and composer Marla Leigh Goldstein shares her playlist for finding ease.
In use for hundreds of years as a traditional medicine, ginseng’s benefits are many. It’s well-known as an immune system booster, used to decrease the severity and incidence of colds, and it may lower blood sugar levels according to some studies. One interesting benefit is that it may help boost powers of concentration as well. Adding ginseng to your diet doesn’t need to start with preparing the whole root: Powdered, concentrated ginseng, either in capsules or mixed into your food, has the same benefits. These are our favorite brands.
Used carefully, caffeine can be a miracle drug. It’s relatively safe, and adds a little pep to your step whether you’re tired from lack of sleep, looking for an afternoon pick-me-up, or flagging in the middle of a long run. An easy way to consume it on the go is to find an electrolyte tab that packs a dose of it and drop it into your water bottle, adding essential minerals, vitamins, and a buzz to your hydration. These two options are sure to satisfy anyone.
If you’re going to build muscle, you need protein, and if you’re looking for simple, natural protein, you can’t do much better than grass-fed beef. Compared to conventional grain-fed, grass-fed beef has less fat overall, and the fat it does have is generally healthier—and better-tasting. Plus, a grass-fed cow just has better life than a cow that lives on a feedlot, and that’s something everyone can feel good about. These are our picks for the best snack-size beef sticks you can find.
Learn how to regulate these three energetic qualities with food, movement, meditation, and more.
Whether you’re a devoted yogi practicing a new pose or an outdoor enthusiast tackling a tough challenge, overusing your muscles can make them sore or inflamed. You can remedy the ache with muscle creams made out of hemp oil – a naturally inflammatory substance made from Cannabis sativa that does not contain significant amounts of THC (the psychoactive compound in marijuana).
Turmeric has been used for thousands of years as a medicinal herb, and health and wellness industries have caught on. The plant’s healing properties stem from a compound called curcumin, a strong antioxidant and has noteworthy anti-inflammatory effects. While the compound isn’t a replacement for medical treatment, cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease, and heart disease are all affected by inflammation, so reinforcing your body with turmeric may be a useful defense against chronic illness and aging.
Here, 8 Must-Haves to Get You Ready For Some Summer Fun.
Former caretaker and yogi at Doc Antle’s T.I.G.E.R.S. sanctuary Barbara Fisher discusses life before and after the wildly successful Netflix documentary
Nearly everyone has at least some cellulite, and while there’s nothing wrong with flaunting it, it’s also natural to want to minimize its appearance. If you’re dealing with these pesky lumps and dimples, find solice in these five cellulite creams that firm and tone affected areas.
This Brazilian-Jiu-Jitsu-inspired sequence from Yoga Journal's Live Be Yoga Tour Ambassador Cameron Allen will help you find calm during these unpredictable times.
“The Healthlete” blogger, yoga teacher, and brand strategist talks about performative and optical allyship on social media and how to effectively create change in real life.
When we push too hard, we're prone to stress, anxiety, and exhaustion. But when we fail to apply ourselves, we may never realize our potential. In his new book, The Practice is the Path, yoga teacher Tias Little describes how to find middle ground. Plus, a pranayama practice to embody balance.
Yoga brought Kala MacDonald strength when she lost her brothers, and now her organization and podcast—Yoga to Cope—provide practical tools for tackling tough times.
This quick and fun practice is a great introduction to the physical and mental benefits of meditation. Plus, tips for how to help your kids build a meditation routine.
The three-time Olympic gold medalist's dreams for the 2020 games were derailed by injury, illness, and the global pandemic. Today, she's taking it all in stride, thanks to her yoga practice.
When your arches are hurting and your legs are sore, you want immediate relief. Instead of soaking your aching pups in a hot bath consider copper-infused compression socks. Known for removing foot odors while improving circulation, these versatile socks apply pressure to the feet and calves, thereby increasing blood flow and preventing swelling in the lower legs. From classic ankle socks to knee-highs, copper compression socks are available in a wide assortment of styles and designs. These are our picks for the best copper compression socks.
Plantar fasciitis—the pain caused by inflammation of the soft tissue connecting your heel and toe bones—is one of the most common causes of heel pain. Often experienced by runners who pound out miles on the trail or sidewalk, the condition is also a symptom in people carrying excess weight, as well as those with inadequate shoe support. High arch insoles, which vary in style, material, and shape, can help provide better support. If you are suffering from stabbing pain in your heel or other areas of the soles of your feet—in addition to consulting a medical professional for the best advice on the full range of orthotic treatments and remedies—look to these shoe insoles and supports to alleviate some of the pain.
Athletes around the world know how important maintaining circulation and addressing post-training recovery is for the muscles, especially the major muscle groups in the legs such as the hamstrings, glutes, and quads. That's where thigh wraps come in. They're designed to deliver extra stability and support to the muscles in and surrounding your thighs, which can provide relief from sports injuries. Whether you're an avid runner, gym goer, recreational athlete, or professional performer, using thigh wraps can make a major difference in maintaining your strength, endurance, and overall performance. There are lots of styles available, and we've sorted through some of the best thigh wraps we could find. Check them out below.
Given that your feet bear the burden of most of your waking—not to mention, walking—life, isn’t it time you give them the love and attention they need? Let these massage balls work out the acute pain of plantar fasciitis in your heels and general aches across the rest of your foot. Even better: You can use them to unknot deep-tissue aches in other areas where you carry life’s stresses, like your neck, shoulders, glutes, and thighs. These massage balls and rollers offer a range of styles and functionalities, so you can get top-notch pain relief.
Cool and breezy nights can suddenly leave you needing an extra layer. A lightweight, fashionable sweater poncho is a convenient, affordable solution that will keep you comfortable and looking great. We chose three sweater ponchos that are versatile and stylish to help you knock off that chill without dragging you down.
There's a time and a place to wear a skirt. But, especially when you're doing anything remotely active—or simply anything that requires a little more range of motion, comfort, and support—it’s not always the most practical of apparel. You can't really ride a bike in a skirt or participate in most athletics without the risk of giving a glimpse of your undergarments. But whether cleaning, playing tennis, gardening, or even going to a meeting at the office, a skort can give you the best of both worlds. Essentially, a skort is a clever hybrid of a comfortable and supportive pair of shorts with panels built in to give the appearance of wearing a stylish skirt. Skorts are multipurpose articles of clothing that have increased in popularity more recently, and they’re available in a variety of styles and materials. We've found some stylish skorts that make great additions to your wardrobe, whether hitting the ballpark or the boardroom.
Heading to the beach, pool, or just lounging in the backyard? Throw on a swimsuit coverup to snazz up your look while adding some useful sun protection. To help you find the right coverup to add to your closet, we’ve pulled together a few great options. Read on for our perspective on these popular pieces.
Useful for both drying off and covering up, a beach poncho is basically a mix between a towel and a poncho. With their loose, oversized fit and absorbent material, beach ponchos can make a versatile addition to a long day at the beach. To help you find a great beach poncho for you or your little ones, we’ve pulled together four popular options.
You get dolled up for a night on the town. Hair? Check. Outfit? On point. Makeup…hopefully it lasts. Between perspiration, the occasional happy tear, and a sudden drizzle, you never know if your makeup is going to stay as good as when you first applied it, or if it's going to run and leave you looking like a hot mess by night's end. That's where setting spray comes in. In simplest terms, makeup setting spray is to your face what hairspray is to your hair. It's designed to keep your makeup–eyeliner, foundation, lashes–last longer and retain the same look as when it was first applied. Whether it's "the big day" or any other day, makeup setting spray should be a staple in the cosmetics collection of any woman who wants to retain the hard work she puts in to look extra beautiful. Not sure which to choose? We reviewed some of the best makeup setting sprays available to make the choice a little easier–so you can look good, longer.
Here, we offer a catalyst for reflection in the form of verse from Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska.
Learn about the calming benefits of Vedic Meditation.
Expectant mamas (or anyone) can use this centering practice to relax and de-stress.
Ponchos have been around for centuries, as both the original form of rain protection and cold-weather insulation. Go to any street market in Central or South America and you'll find traditional woven ponchos for sale. These days, tourist destinations, ballparks, and any number of places where large groups of people assemble with rain as a possibility, lightweight rain ponchos come out for sale to protect the masses. The practical design makes for easy wearing atop endless layering of regular clothing and allows for convenient slipping on and off. Ponchos have since evolved, and many hooded varieties have become staples in closets around the world to be layered and worn for both warmth and weather protection. We've sorted through some of the best hooded poncho options we could find to help you decide on which might be right for you.
If you've ever had the experience of getting a good foot massage, you know how alleviating and relaxing it can feel, especially after a long week on the go. Thankfully, you don't need to keep ponying up the big bucks for an expert to give you a good rub down. There are dozens of Chinese Shiatsu foot rollers available that you can use anywhere, anytime. Whether relaxing at home on the couch after a long day, or while sitting at your desk at the office, you can experience the therapeutic effects of a quality foot massage with these handy little inventions. We've sorted through and found some of the best Chinese Shiatsu foot rollers. After all, your feet deserve it.
If you're like most of us, you've got makeup stashed everywhere in your bathroom. Even if you don't wear much of it or wear it often, products pile up in pouches here and bins there, with odds and ends in the cabinet. Makeup—especially with new products coming out every day—is seemingly impossible to keep organized. Say goodbye to those days! We’ve compiled a list of some of the best makeup organizers that house plenty of products to keep up with your ever-growing collection. These favorites have unique designs we're sure will make your grooming rituals a little more convenient and your space a little less cluttered.
It’s never fun to get caught in the rain unprepared. While they may not always be the most fashionable choice, rain ponchos are undeniably functional, and it’s hard to beat their convenience in a pinch, whether out at a ball game or wading through crowds at an amusement park. Here's our take on four ponchos you should have on hand to keep in your back pocket.
Meditation is a tried-and-true stress-reduction tool. Try these steps for building a consistent practice, even when interferences inevitably arise. Plus, a simple six-step meditation to get you started.
The reason why so many people try meditation and it doesn’t stick is because they’re practicing the wrong kind of meditation. Here, a moving meditation practice to get you started.