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Netflix & Chill
Scandal fans know actor Tony Goldwyn as the charming leader of the free world. But with the April release of Netflix’s Chambers, the formerly buttoned-up bossman has entered full-on crystal-toting territory. As mourning father Ben Lefevre, Goldwyn le
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Getting Messy
THE PROCESS THAT LEADS TO CHANGE CAN BE FIERCELY DIFFICULT. HERE, YOGA AND MEDITATION TEACHERS SHARE PERSONAL STORIES OF THE MESSY WORK OF SELF-DISCOVERY AND THEIR BEST TOOLS AND TIPS FOR TAPPING INTO YOUR OWN INNER WISDOM, LOVE, AND CURIOSITY—SO YOU
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Teacher Fave’s/Yoga by Numbers
The five-time NBA All-Star and mental health advocate can’t live without these yoga and fitness tools. Kevin Love started his eponymous Kevin Love Fund to find purpose beyond basketball. After struggling with anxiety and depression, he developed a tr
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Embracing Yoga
After hearing about yoga for years and witnessing the changes it made in David Life, owner of Life Café in New York City, where I waitressed, and Sharon Gannon, the head waitress, I’d decided to see for myself what the hoopla was about. I’d come to I
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For Karma or Cash
CHEL HAMILTON’S MEDITATION MINIS PODCASTS SHORT LITTLE SLICES OF SERENITY Grasping for a bit of zen in your everyday life? Hypnotherapist Chel Hamilton’s uber-calming voice is like a piña colada for the nervous system. Her short guided meditations cl
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The Change Maker
NICOLE CARDOZA is a nomadic yoga teacher, social entrepreneur, wellness-reclamation pioneer, and nonprofit executive director. In 2017, she made the Forbes “30 Under 30” list for her work in education. Imagine if all playground disputes were dissolve
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Transforming Classrooms
In 2012, Nicole Cardoza was volunteering at P.S. 140 on the Lower East Side of Manhattan through a community initiative. When school staff learned that she practiced yoga, they approached her about sharing the practice with students. “They were looki
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Finding Freedom
After leaving professional football, I found a new purpose sharing yoga with communities in need. Memorizing plays, constant body slamming, contract disputes, minimal job security, daily practices—this is the side of professional sports that the gene
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4 Fighters to Follow
INSTAGRAM: @lockeymaisonneuve Her 2018 tell-all memoir A Girl Raised by Wolves unveiled her incredible journey through childhood prostitution, beating breast cancer, and surviving her estranged mother’s murder. Now, this yoga teacher—who often teache
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Breast Wishes
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Fall In Love With Yourself
When I tell you hundreds of books cross my desk each year, I mean it. Staff editors at wellness publications get review copies and manuscripts—most selling self-love, proffering radical happiness, and promising to be life changing—every single day. F
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Sacred Grace
Caitlin Gottschalk knows how to create beautiful things. The 30-year-old yoga teacher studied design at both Parsons and London College of Fashion before launching her first business, sustainable clothing and accessories brand Cait the Great. She wor
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Rise & Shine
WEBSITE: THE-WELL.COM | INSTAGRAM: @thewell MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP: Rates start at $375 Start your mornings in Tadasana (Mountain Pose) to feel grounded and steady during fall’s unpredictability. “Mountain Pose is solid and enduring and represents the po
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Artful Eating
MAKES 4 SERVINGS ½ cup fresh lime juice9 tbsp olive oil, divided2 tbsp reduced-sodium tamari, soy sauce, or coconut aminos¼ cup packed fresh cilantro, plus additional for garnish¼ cup packed fresh mint, plus additional for garnish1 small shallot, thi
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Yoga Transformed Me After Amputation
I was five when I was diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma, a rare, cancerous tumor that occurs in bones or soft tissue. It was 1967, and the survival rate was below 20 percent. Laying in my hospital bed with my entire family surrounding me, a priest came to
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Trust Your Gut
When we talk about core power, abdominal muscles come to mind. But our core is much more than that. It connects us to our feelings and moods via the nerves of our gastrointestinal system and our enteric nervous system, or “belly brain.” We might feel
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Build a Strong Base
Within the past decade, many different styles of yoga and movement have influenced Irene Pappas’s practice and teaching. “I started with weightlifting, then found Rocket and Ashtanga yoga, and eventually added in gymnastics-style strength training an
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The Sivananda Tradition
The Sivananda practice is deeply rooted in classical yoga and a dharmic relationship that guides and motivates teachers and students to grow in their quest for awareness and knowledge of the universal, spiritual nature of Self. Ultimately, Self-reali
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Natarajasana
A Begin in Tadasana (Mountain Pose), facing the front of your mat. Notice the symmetry of your pelvis and torso. B Root down through your big toe mounds while lifting your inner arches. C Spin your inner thighs back while releasing the flesh of your
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Just Breathe
My relationship with meditation is bittersweet. Early on, I sensed that it could be useful for my hyperactive mind, but sitting for long periods of time proved difficult: it was a never-ending saga of battles between the urgency to fidget away from p
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Change is Messy Work
I first met cover model Nicole Cardoza in September 2016, at a Lululemon event. She was presenting on her innovative nonprofit Yoga Foster, which leverages tech-based platforms to help schools scale up their mindfulness programs (see page 24). I reme
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Second Act
JANA LONG is a yoga therapist, wellness educator, meditation facilitator, mentor, and managing director of Power of One Yoga School of Ayurveda & Meditation Arts, and cofounder and executive director of the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance. She is the au
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Vegan Comfort Food
SERVES 3 AS AN APPETIZER OR 1 AS A MEAL “I eat a plant-based diet and I like to let the natural flavor of the plants shine through. I love that the edamame cakes at Soul Tavern are a fresh update to standard breadcrumb-coated fried foods. Plus, befor
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Tools for Change
In 2009, Mike Huggins pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for the off-label promotion of a medical device at a division of the company he worked for. As he awaited sentencing, he turned to his yoga practice—which he’d started years earlier—to mentally pr
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Hard Healings
Four years into dating, Robert and I were walking to the movies to see Inglourious Basterds when he nudged me to the other side of the sidewalk. He always insists (still) on walking on the side closer to the street. I wasn’t expecting it, so when he
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Back Care Basics
Back pain is one of the most common medical problems, affecting 8 out of 10 people, according to the National Institutes of Health. The good news? Yoga-based therapeutics are affordable and accessible ways to alleviate and prevent back pain—acute or
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Gary Kraftsow
We use the term Viniyoga—an ancient Sanskrit term that implies differentiation, adaptation, and appropriate application—to refer to an approach that adapts yoga practice to the unique conditions, needs, and interests of each individual. This traditio
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Quantum Leap
During a meditation, Doug, a long-time yoga student of mine, had a profound spiritual awakening, accompanied by the recognition that there was something inauthentic about the life he was leading. Among other things, he saw that his medical practice h
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Conquering Cancer
The cornflower-blue sleeper sofa. The formica closet. The tea cart clanking by. Jaymee Jiao will never forget the eight months she spent living in this hospital room with her son Savior-Makani Jiao as he underwent around-the-clock treatment for acute
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Get Up the Nerve
With all of the new and emerging information on pain science, yoga students and teachers have the opportunity to apply modern research to their practices and help alleviate and prevent pain. Preliminary research suggests that gentle movement of your
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