Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The 12 Most Outrageous Science Scandals Of 2015

…in chronological order.

Astronomers Clashed Over a Giant Telescope on a Sacred Hawaiian Mountain

Astronomers Clashed Over a Giant Telescope on a Sacred Hawaiian Mountain

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For seven years, people have been protesting against the construction of the $1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea, one of indigenous Hawaiians' most sacred sites. But the controversy exploded this April, when dozens of protesters were arrested.

The protests caused a painful split in the astronomy community, too. Some argued that the telescope would give back in scientific knowledge as well as jobs for local people, while others questioned whether the telescope was inherently exploitative. The fight is still going on; as of this month, the court invalidated the construction permit until after a lawsuit against the telescope has been heard.

Scientist Allegedly Faked Data in Study About Gay People Changing Voters’ Minds

Scientist Allegedly Faked Data in Study About Gay People Changing Voters’ Minds

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Michael LaCour, the young scientist who led a much-publicized study claiming that gay people advocating same-sex marriage can change voters' minds, allegedly faked the data, according to his co-author, renowned political scientist Donald Green. The problems came to light after three other researchers tried, and failed, to replicate the study. LaCour also seems to have misrepresented his funding: After the scandal broke, the grant agencies credited with supporting the study denied having any involvement.

LaCour apologized for misrepresenting his funding sources and deleting data, but claimed his results are solid. Meanwhile, other political scientists suggested that he also fabricated another study, about media bias.

According to his personal website, LaCour is now a "freelance statistical consultant at Beautiful Data Inc., a company specializing in data visualization and presentation."


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Monday, December 28, 2015

17 New Year's Resolutions That Will Make You Truly Happy

2016 is definitely going to be your best year yet.

Make sure you're eating plenty of greens.

Make sure you're eating plenty of greens.

Spike it to like it. Recipe here.

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Spend more time with those who lift you up and less time with those who bring you down.

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Kick the bad (BAD!) habit of hosting parties without an ample amount of dip.

Kick the bad (BAD!) habit of hosting parties without an ample amount of dip.

Here are 25 deliciously cheesy dips to choose from, so that you'll never be dipless again.

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Try making your own DIY versions of foods you would normally buy.

Try making your own DIY versions of foods you would normally buy.

The good thing about freezing your own popsicles is that you can (and should) add booze. Get the recipe for these spicy grapefruit margarita pops here.

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Saturday, December 26, 2015

You are Grounded!

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I remember every feeling in my body when my Mom would say the two words: “You are grounded, young lady!”

Quickly followed by “go to your room” or “not another word.”

I was a real goody-goody, rule follower and the oldest child growing up, if you know what I mean. I was rarely in trouble, so getting grounded was a huge deal (to me). The only time I felt the heat and got grounded was when I was messing with, arguing with or wrestling with my little sister, which was often.

As a kid, the idea of even being grounded was the ultimate worst. Grounded to the confines of my room with blue carpet and a floral bedspread. Grounded to restrictions like: no friends for the weekend, no usage of my see-through purple landline phone and no Full House on Tuesdays at 7pm. Grounded to more house chores, cleaning the pool or working the garage sale. Woof!

Fast forward twenty years and it is funny how language and rhetoric twist and transform with age and wisdom.

Being grounded is no longer about getting in trouble and house chores.

Speaking with my dear friend and fellow coach recently, he tells me, “you are very grounded. You weren’t when I met you but now you are one the most grounded friends I have.” I took this as one of the greatest compliments I have ever received. My 20’s was very flighty with a lot of self-judgment, worry about what other people thought about me, and a lot of ego driven decisions. Ring a bell for anyone?

In this chapter of life that is my 30’s, I have been doing a lot of self work to root deeper and connect within. I know my values, I am clear on what I truly care about and the goals I am working for. I am grounded! Grounded with a new meaning.

In my own words, to be grounded is: I am rooted, solid and stable. I am deeply connected to my truth. I know my values, I speak with purpose and I create with clear intention. I am home.

So get excited. “You are grounded, young lady” is now a good thing. (Especially the young lady part! #foreveryoung)

What does grounded mean to you?

How do you practice rooting down and exploring the connection within?

Image credit: Jacki Carr

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Monday, December 21, 2015

14 Tips to Beat Holiday Weight Gain

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Holiday weight gain is almost inevitable as you are faced with numerous social occasions, limited time or access to a yoga studio and tasty snacks around every corner – hello gingerbread man! This year, the dreaded weight gain does not have to be a reality for you. You can keep your healthy eating on track, despite the festivities, fancy drinks and never-ending spreads of food.



Here are 14 tips to have a happy holiday without getting hefty:

1. Don’t Fast

If you know that you are going to be eating and drinking poorly later in a day, it might be your first instinct to fast before your event to save the calories for later. In reality, this is a bad idea, as you will be hungry and probably eat more than you would typically eat due to feelings of intense hunger. Instead, eat a sensible breakfast and lunch that includes protein and fiber to keep you feeling full and satisfied into your nighttime festivities.

2. Share

When you go to a house party or attend a family get together, you may have limited healthy options. Show off your culinary skills and make a great contribution to the party by making your own side dish, entree or dessert. You will get brownie points from your host and you will have a healthy option for you and your fellow guests to enjoy, so it’s a win-win solution!

3. Catch Some Z’s

You are going to be busy and probably overbooked this time of the year. However, don’t let that prevent you from sleeping. Sleep is essential to keep your body and mind in tip-top shape, and lack of sleep is associated with an increase in appetite and even weight gain.

4. Take Your Time

The holidays are back-to-back parties and opportunities to eat poorly. Be mindful when you eat and pace yourself at every meal. When you eat slowly, you will give your stomach a chance to communicate with your brain when you are full, allowing you to eat less and enjoy every bite. Don’t go back for seconds until you have given your body a chance to digest and tell your brain if you are really experiencing hunger or just the desire for more food.

5. Size Matters

The size of your plate has a direct correlation with how much you will eat. If you choose to eat on a smaller plate, your mind will trick your body into feeling fuller. Instead of filling up a large dinner plate, grab an appetizer or dessert plate. When filled, these plates will have less empty space for your brain to associate with less food.

6. Cave

The holiday season is about gratitude and sharing time with people who are important to you. It is not about self-deprivation and punishing yourself. Instead of coming up with a long list of what you cannot eat this holiday, allow yourself to cave into your cravings in moderation. Do not eat a dozen cookies, but one cookie is not going to undo all of your healthy eating habits. When you allow yourself to have a little of something that you really want – you will enjoy it that much more, and you will be less likely to binge when given the opportunity.

7. Stay Hydrated

Throughout your holiday parties this season, make sure to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water. This will help you to feel fuller, resulting in you eating and drinking fewer calories overall. Many people do not know the difference between your body telling you it’s thirsty or hungry, so have a glass of water and see how you feel before grabbing another dinner roll.

Read this: 7 Signs of Dehydration and 5 Tips to Prevent It

8. Beware of the Booze

Holiday parties are a great opportunity to sit back, unwind and have a few drinks. However, don’t have too many alcoholic beverages as you will be ingesting unnecessary calories. Also, when you drink heavily, you are more likely to let go of your diet inhibitions, causing you to snack more and worse than you typically would if you were in your right state of mind. Stay within your limit and enjoy the benefit of continuing to fit into your skinny jeans on New Year’s Day.

9. Control Your Setting

If you are catching up with your aunt at dinner next to the buffet line, you might be more tempted to have a second helping of mashed potatoes or ham. Instead, turn your back on the food and face another part of the room or pick a section of the party away from the sweet and savory smells of your meal. Out of sight, out of mind!

10. Yoga and Meditation

This time of the year can be stressful, from holiday shopping and battling mall lines and parking lots to seeing distant relatives who can be busybodies and a little too curious about your professional or personal lives. To prepare yourself for this anticipated stress, make sure to squeeze in some yoga and meditation. This “me time” is important this time of the year more than ever to keep your head on straight and your stress and emotions – and emotional eating – in check.

11. Squeeze in Exercise

Even if you have just five minutes before running out the door, try to squeeze in some exercise where you can. Do some squats while waiting for the microwave to ding or some calf raises while in a long line at the mall. Make a conscious effort to move more, whether it’s walking a few extra rows down in the parking lot at the mall or a getting in few extra steps by taking the stairs instead of the escalator. Every little bit counts, and these extra bursts of exercise help justify you having that glass of eggnog.

12. Pump You Up

If you have the time, do a high-intensity workout before your next holiday party. You will get sweaty and burn a ton of calories during your workout. Later during your holiday meal, you will use the food to refuel and refill your body’s energy instead of packing on pounds in your midsection.

13. Be Healthy When You Can

Not every opportunity that you will be put in front of this holiday season will present you with healthy food options (or the ability to bring your own healthy options). In this case, make the healthiest choices possible and have just a little bit to eat, perhaps delaying your meal until you have access to foods that are more to your liking.

14. Love Yourself

If you do give in and indulge on a few occasions this month, don’t sweat it too much. A few missteps won’t ruin all of your hard work. Don’t punish yourself for letting loose and letting go of your strict diet and fitness routine. Instead, commit to getting back on track and be positive about yourself and all that you are capable of. Love yourself for all that you are, mistakes and flaws and all!
Now that you have your holiday game plan in full effect, relax. Make sure to enjoy yourself and be grateful for the experiences that you get to share with the people who matter most to you. Your health and weight is important, but do not let your focus on the scale be at the detriment of the time that you get to spend with your loved ones.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

What Simple Thing Do You Own That's Improved Your Life The Most?

Share the one thing that always makes you feel better.

Life moves fast as hell.

Life moves fast as hell.

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Between all your obligations, it's easy to go through the motions without giving much thought to small things that might improve your day.

Between all your obligations, it's easy to go through the motions without giving much thought to small things that might improve your day.

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But maybe there's something small you've invested in, or was gifted to you, that has really made you happier and/or more comfortable on the regular.

But maybe there's something small you've invested in, or was gifted to you, that has really made you happier and/or more comfortable on the regular.

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Like squishy insoles that massage your feet on the go...

Like squishy insoles that massage your feet on the go...

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10 Mindful Jewelry Pieces (The Perfect Gift)

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With the holiday season in full swing, we are on the prowl to find the perfect gift for that yogi in our life who radiates too much joy and positivity for any old trinket. Because they are a shining star in your life, you may automatically gravitate toward a piece of jewelry that matches their inner beauty.

This year, do not flock toward diamonds or gold that are merely eye-catching. Choose a yogi-inspired piece that has meaning and intention, and one that shines with the enlightening spirit of your gift recipient. This holiday season, show that special someone in your life that you are thinking about them and want to show them your gratitude.

Check out these 10 meaningful jewelry pieces that will inspire you or that special yogi in your life:

The Neshama Project Soul Sister Earrings and Gypsy Feet Anklet

($56 and $82)

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The Neshama Project offers beautiful iridescent opal stones from Israel that are designed into breathtaking necklaces, bracelets, anklets and earrings. The Soul Sister Earrings are a conversation starter for sure, with their large 1.5-inch hoops that feature a delicate blue opal stone on each hoop. Even though it is cold outside, it doesn’t mean that your piggies need to be neglected. Pair the earrings with the Gypsy Feet Anklet that features a delicate gold chain with the same blue opal stone as the earrings. You can feel good about your gift purchase knowing 10% of all proceeds support one of two charities: Innovation Africa or Zeno Mountain Farm.

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Prima Designs Turquoise & Rose Quartz Ganesha Mala with Tassel

($65)

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The Turquoise & Rose Quartz Ganesha Mala with Tassel from Prema Designs is a handmade mala that features the alluring and visually appealing combination of wooden beads with turquoise and rose quartz, which are stones that are known for their tremendous healing properties. This gorgeous piece will help you enhance your positive energy and conscious presence in your meditation and yoga practices. The focal piece of this mala is the Ganesha pendant, a remover of obstacles, as well as the bold and colorful tassels, which are available in a variety of vibrant colors. The mala is strung with 108 beads, which are meant to help you keep count during your meditation practice. Whether you want to use this mala for meditation or rock it as a statement jewelry piece, this mala necklace is sure to please!

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Meaning to Pause Be Mindful Now Bracelet

($35)

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The Be Mindful Now bracelet from Meaning to Pause (http://www.mcssl.com) is no ordinary wooden prayer mala bracelet. It features a never-before-seen black capsule, with PAUSE written in bold letters, that vibrates intermittently, reminding you to take a moment to pause. You can program the bracelet to vibrate every 60 or 90 minutes, with a quick 1-second gentle vibration. You can also get one for yourself and a friend and synchronize your pauses. You can customize the bracelet to your liking with optional spacers or black onyx beads, a stone that provides a supportive, strong and stable energy when worn. You deserve a moment for yourself, so slip on this bracelet and take full advantage of those daily reminders. You can save 20% by entering the special code “YogiApproved” through June 30, 2016.

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Rhodonite and Smoky Quartz Infinity Bracelet

($58)

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The Rhodonite and Smoky Quartz Bracelet from Silver and Sage is an infinity bracelet with a modern twist. This large infinity charm is a wonderful reminder of the positive flow of karma that we all have the power to create. The 18 karat gold-dipped sterling silver charm is paired with rhodochrosite, faceted smoky quartz and brass.

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Mantraband Mantra Bracelets

($25)

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Mantrabands are simple, elegant bracelets with a touch of delicate polish and an uplifting message; promoting a lifestyle of optimism, positivity, mindfulness. They come in silver or yellow gold. Wear your Mantraband every day as your daily reminder, affirmation, and inspiration.

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Blooming Lotus Serenity Mala

($108)

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The Serenity Mala from Blooming Lotus is made of soothing gemstones Aquamarine, Amethyst, and Clear Quartz, along with Sandalwood and soft colors. This mala necklace instills feelings of calm, tranquility, stillness and peace. Accept the things you cannot change, let it go and give space for what makes your soul happy.

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Satya Jewelry Silver Om, Hamsa, Lotus Charm Bracelet

($89)

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The Silver Om, Hamsa, Lotus Charm Bracelet from Satya Jewelry is a stunning sterling silver charm bracelet that features our favorite yogi symbols. Each of the half-inch delicate charms surrounding this bracelet are meaningful and mindful – Om, hamsa, tree of life and lotus. The symbols represent positivity, protection, good fortune and infinite potential. Whenever you are in need of a little inspiration, look no further than your very own wrist.

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Tusk & Crown Dharma Wrist Mala

($32)

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The Dharma Wrist Mala from Tusk & Crown is the perfect gift for that mindful man in your life. This bracelet is made with 18 rich, earthy brown wooden beads and a subtle brass focal bead depicting Buddha. That yogini is your life can wear this wrist mala on and off the mat, to serve as a daily reminder to be grounded and in the moment. The mala fits average to large size wrists.

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U-Neek Triad Buddha with Aqua Blue Agate Stones

($30)

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The Triad Buddha with Aqua Blue Agate Stones from U-Neek is a simple yet beautiful bracelet for the mindful yogi. The vibrant striated aqua blue agate stones compliment the gold buddha heads to create a bold statement about your intentions on and off the mat. The bracelet comes in a custom velvet bag, so it’s ready to gift right out of the box this holiday season.

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Bali Malas Jai Ho Bracelet

($22-$38)

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The Jai Ho Bracelet by Bali Malas is a bracelet that combines the infinite beauty of natural gemstones with rudraksha seeds, a sustainably-grown seed that represents compassion and humanity, while acting as a reminder to be in the moment and remain present. The bracelet is available in a variety of natural gemstone choices from the red garnet and blue lapis lazuli to the deep black onyx or the pale green aventurine. With so many stones from which to choose to pair with your alternating rudraksha seeds, you can find the perfect fit for yourself or that yogi on your list. Better yet, grab a few and align your chakras and match the right stone with your current intentions.

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Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but yogis are much more inspired and thoughtful in their choices of bodily adornment. This holiday season, or whenever the time is right to show that yogi in your life how much you care, consider an inspiring, thought-provoking and meaningful piece of jewelry that was made with purpose and intention. Choose a yoga-inspired piece of jewelry and bring peace, love and tranquility to yourself or that special someone.

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Bulletproof Coffee: Why You Should Drink It

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There are many coffee drinkers out there who cannot start their day or even put together a coherent sentence without one or several cups of coffee.

In fact, more than half of adults in the United States drink at least one cup of coffee each day. If you are a coffee connoisseur or a full-blown addict, why not amp up your morning java and throw in a little coconut oil and ghee? Say what???

Instead of breakfast, you can start your day off right with a cup of Bulletproof Coffee, which is a cup of coffee blended with coconut oil and grass-fed unsalted butter or ghee to create a latte-like consistency. This cup of joe will be unlike any you have ever had. Not only will you have the best tasting, creamiest cup of coffee – no creamer or sugar required – but you will experience tremendous health, beauty and weight-loss benefits.


“Drinking Bulletproof coffee will improve your brain function and performance..”

Drinking Bulletproof coffee will improve your brain function and performance, and because of the addition of healthy fats, this cup of java will provide you with long-lasting energy, a boost to your metabolism and digestive system, and fat-burning potential for at least six hours. The science here is that the caffeine combines with the fats in the butter and coconut oil, which together slowly release energy and fat burning potential into your body throughout your day. You will not have a rise and fall in your blood sugar as the oils reduce the impact of caffeine on your body to give you sustainable, long-term energy.

The benefits of Bulletproof Coffee are not just on the inside. You may also experience some tremendous beauty benefits, such as improved complexion, smoother and clearer skin and healthier looking hair and nails – all due to your increase in good-for-you fats.

The magic behind Bulletproof Coffee is all in the carefully selected, high-quality ingredients. The key components to Bulletproof Coffee include:


Coffee: Here, you cannot grab any old coffee grinds on your store shelf. You will want to choose high-quality beans that are low in toxins. An organic and fair trade coffee is your best bet.

Coconut Oil or MCT Oil:
You can choose regular unrefined coconut oil that is available in most supermarkets or local stores, or you can amp up your beverage with Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT Oil). MCT Oil gives you an almost instant boost in energy, and because it does not contain sugar, you won’t have the inevitable crash that comes with most other sources of energy.

Ghee or Butter: Ghee is a vitamin-rich clarified butter that is made from cow or buffalo milk, which is commonly used in Indian cooking. Your body absorbs ghee directly to the liver and burns it as a consistent source of energy. Grass fed unsalted butter is a superfood that contains high-quality fats and is loaded with nutrients, including omega-3 fatty acids, beta-carotene, vitamins A, K, D and E and antioxidants, which is identified by its rich yellow color.


To make your own Bulletproof Coffee at home, follow this easy 4-step process:

1. Blend 8-12 oz. of high-quality, low toxin coffee. Using a French press is preferred.
2. Add in 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil (start with 1 and work your way up to 2).
3. Add 1-2 tablespoons of grass-fed, unsalted butter or ghee.
4. Blend everything together until frothy and smooth and enjoy!

If you aren’t a fan of coffee, you can substitute it with a cup of green tea, which will give you the added antioxidant benefits. Whichever recipe you follow, there might be a transition period as your body adjusts from a low-fat diet that you have probably been maintaining for years to this high-fat diet. You can start off with a lesser amount of oil and butter and work your way up to the full recipe. You can also help ease this transition period and help your body adjust and metabolize your new breakfast by taking a digestive supplement with your coffee.

Make yourself feel bulletproof with this enhanced cup of joe. Don’t take our word for it. Try it for yourself and you can experience better energy and focus than you have had in years, if ever! Have you tried Bulletproof Coffee? What were your results?

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Here's How Much Mental Healthcare Actually Costs

There’s no such a thing as a “normal” cost.

What kind of care you need, how often you need it, what kind of insurance you have, where you live, and so many other things can affect how much taking care of your mental health will cost you.

To see just how varied these costs can be, we recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us how much they spend on their mental healthcare. Here are some of their stories.

Note: Responses have been edited for length and clarity.

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Age: 22
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
What that covers: Therapy, medication, psychiatrist appointments

"After I was hospitalized, I was recommended to begin dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) to help treat borderline personality disorder, depression, anxiety, and self-harm. My insurance was great about covering my hospital stay and helping find and cover a psychiatrist, but when it came to seeking therapy I was given limited options that didn't include DBT. I have to pay $15 per session for my individual therapy and $40 per session for my group therapy. So it is $200 a month for me to receive therapy. Which puts a strain on my already tight budget.

I am fortunate in the fact that my insurance completely covered one of my medications and a bit of my other two medications. I end up paying roughly $20 a month for my medications."

Age: 28
Location: New Jersey
What that covers: Therapy

"I had to switch therapists this year because I changed jobs and thus my insurance changed. I really liked the previous therapist, but I could no longer afford to see them because they did not accept my new insurance.

I have a $45 co-pay per session to see a therapist. I go once every two weeks, so I spend about $90 a month. In addition, I have recently needed to search for a psychiatrist to prescribe me medication to help treat my depression, so I would already be looking at another $45–90 a month plus the cost of medication."


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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

29 Faces All Highly Sensitive People Will Immediately Recognize

Yeah we’ll be fine… as long as there’s no cute puppies, sad movies, or Adele. Definitely no Adele.

[Editor's note: A Highly Sensitive Person, HSP, is someone who is extremely responsive to his/her environment, including sensory stimuli (bright lights, strong smells, loud noises) and social stimuli (other people's emotional states, violent movies, overwhelming situations). HSPs are characterized as being easily affected by other people's moods, sensitive to stimuli, and easily flustered by overwhelming or time-sensitive situations. Some research shows that around 20% of the population identifies as this.]

When you hear that your friend got stood up by their date last night.

When you hear that your friend got stood up by their date last night.

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When someone tells you all the details of their recent breakup.

When someone tells you all the details of their recent breakup.

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And when you can relate to literally everything they're saying even though it didn't happen to you.

And when you can relate to literally everything they're saying even though it didn't happen to you.

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Friday, December 4, 2015

5 Reasons Why Yoga is Perfect for Introverts

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If you are an introvert like I am, your idea of an awesome Friday night involves snuggling on the couch with your dog or cat, a hot cup of tea, and a good book. Sometimes, this might even stretch into Saturday, then Sunday, and by the time the weekend is over, you realize you never left the house. As introverts, we need less social stimulation than our extraverted counterparts; extraverts gain energy from being around other people while introverts need alone time to recharge their batteries.

Sometimes, being an introvert is tough. We can be misunderstood for being aloof, disconnected, or loners. It can be tough to make new friends because small talk seriously sucks. Our need to have time to ourselves can sometimes be mysterious and even frustrating to our extraverted friends and family. Sometimes, we feel bad about our weird, introverted ways. We feel we need to change to become more outgoing, more social.

If you are an introvert like me, yoga can be one of the best things you can do for yourself. Everyone can benefit from taking up a regular yoga practice, but it can be especially beneficial for introverts.

Here are 5 reasons why yoga is so beneficial for introverted people:

1. Yoga gets you out of the house

If an introvert indulges their desire to be alone too much, they may never leave their house. Don’t become a hermit – go to yoga instead! Yoga is an extremely healthy activity you can enjoy that doesn’t require much small talk or group interaction. Yoga can make you feel really awesome, inside and out. It’s a great workout, it reduces stress and anxiety, and it helps cultivate mindfulness – things you can’t get from vegging out alone on the couch.

2. Yoga supports your naturally introspective and contemplative nature

Introverts are naturally introspective and contemplative people. Introverts need to spend time with their own thoughts to recharge their energy. The yogic idea of Svadhyaya, which means “self-study” in Sanskrit, encourages introspection. Svadhyaya suggests that the answers we seek may be found within. In practicing yoga, we actively look within ourselves to find answers. We work on listening to our body and our mind, and finding ease within both. For introverts, yoga can therefore guide our natural inclinations to be introspective. We learn to harness the power of self-study to find the answers we need most from yoga.

3. Yoga is a great way to connect with others

Through yoga, you will find kindred spirits. Introverts are often stigmatized as being loners but that is not necessarily true – we need friends just as much as extroverts do. We simply find that forced social situations can be very taxing. If you’ve ever been to a house party and found yourself foregoing human interaction to make friends with the hostess’s cat, you might understand what I mean. Yoga is a very low-pressure environment where you can connect with others. Find the right yoga teacher or studio, and you will quickly become part of the yoga “sangha,” which means yoga community.

4. Yoga can be practiced anywhere

For those nights when you really don’t want to leave your house, cultivating your own home practice is fun and easy. Nowadays, online classes are widely available, many of which are free. You can also experiment with making your own yoga routine or flow. Crank up the tunes, wear whatever you want, and shake your asana without stepping outside your front door.

5. Yoga doesn’t judge

Sometimes, friends and loved ones just don’t understand your introverted ways. It can be hard for extroverts to understand an introvert’s need for solitude. Especially in the age of social media, introverts are made to feel like they are different or wrong when they don’t always want to socialize. Yoga can help with this too. Yoga can help us find acceptance in who we are. We learn that it is ok to be an introvert, just as it’s ok to be an extravert. We can learn to let go of judgments about ourselves and others. Through our practice of yoga, we learn the truth: we learn that we are all the same, deep down.

For introverts, taking up a regular yoga practice can be incredibly beneficial. Despite our natural proclivity to shy away from highly social activities, we still need to meet and connect with people. We still need to exercise and experience life outside of our homes. Yoga provides the perfect opportunity to do all of those things in a way that can be natural and easy for an introverted person.

So, for all you introverts out there, this is for you: throw on some stretchy pants, grab your yoga mat, and head straight to your nearest yoga studio. It just might be the best thing you do for yourself all day.

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Learn Types of Advanced Yoga Poses | Online Yoga Teacher Training



This is an exciting online yoga teacher training program for advanced yoga positions. We will be reviewing the most advanced yoga poses so this is not for beginners. Our online yoga teacher training will teach you new yoga that you can teach in class.

Before you tune in for teacher traning start your meditation. Notice how your body feels right now.  Are your shoulders a little hunched, is your jaw tight and clenched, or relaxed?  Notice what you are thinking about, what your concerns and preoccupations are in this moment.  What is the flavor of your thoughts?  And your contact with the outside world: is there movement in the air, which touches your skin?  Notice the feel of your body against a chair or cushion or the floor.  Be in direct experience.

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