Monday, October 17, 2016

Wind Noise May Damage Cyclists' Hearing

FRIDAY, Oct. 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) - Cyclists may be at risk of hearing loss from wind noise, researchers report.

For the study, microphones were attached to cyclists' ears to measure wind noise at various speeds. Wind noise ranged from 85 decibels at 15 mph to 120 decibels at 60 mph.

"These findings are important because noise-induced hearing loss can begin with sounds at or above 85 decibels," said study co-leader Dr. Anna Wertz. She is an otolaryngologist at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

How loud is that? Heavy city traffic registers 85 decibels; an ambulance siren or a clap of thunder from a nearby storm can reach 120 decibels, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

"Short-term exposure to loud sounds isn't likely to have a lasting effect on hearing, but prolonged or repeated exposure can lead to permanent damage," Wertz added in a hospital news release.

More information

The U.S. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders has more on noise-induced hearing loss.

21 Unexpected Things Real People Do To Cure Headaches

Chew a lemon, get pinched, do some push-ups, and more creative ways to feel better.

Please note that these aren't medical recommendations. Be sure to check with your doctor before starting any kind of treatment.

Have someone lend you a hand.

Have someone lend you a hand.

"I've tried to do it for myself, but it's always more effective when someone else does it for you." -hilarykinch

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Catch some rays.

Catch some rays.

-Barbara Boyd, Facebook

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Behold the beauty of binaural beats.

Behold the beauty of binaural beats.

"Hop on YouTube and search 'Instant Migraine Headache Relief (Binaural Beats Migraine Cure).'" -JesTheBest

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Friday, October 14, 2016

These Yoga Poses Are Perfect for the Female Body


The healing powers of a physical yoga practice are well-known and, for those who practice it – undeniable. Asanas, or yoga poses, can help heal both physical and emotional ailments.


While yoga is universally beneficial to both genders, there are specific poses that particularly benefit the female body and mind.


As women progress through life, our bodies go through many phases and changes: puberty, motherhood, and menopause, to name just a few. Yoga can be an incredible support system through all of these changes. It helps you surrender, find courage, obtain inner wisdom, celebrate your body, love yourself, and gain balance – among many other things.


While yoga is universally beneficial to both genders, there are specific poses that particularly benefit the female body and mind.


Here are ten poses that every woman should incorporate into her yoga practice:


1. Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclined Bound Angle or Butterfly Pose):

The nurturing nature of women often means that they do not take enough time to nurture themselves. Reclined Butterfly pose ensures that you do just that. Lay back, close your eyes and melt into a deep, sweet surrender and allow your hips and heart to open and renew.


This pose relieves symptoms of menstruation, intestinal/digestion conditions, heart disease, insomnia, and asthma.




Alignment tips: For those with tighter hips, place a block underneath each knee. For a deeper chest opening, place a block between the shoulder blades (long side of the block along the spine). This pose can be held from 5 breaths, or up to 5-10 minutes for Yin/Restorative. For longer holds, use a bolster beneath the torso to reduce the pressure on the hips.


2. Utkata Konasana (Goddess Pose):

This pose is great for stretching the hips and strengthening the lower body. Goddess is also good for letting go of frustrations and finding inner strength. This pose can be very challenging, especially when held for 30 seconds to a minute, or even longer.

By staying put and breathing through the discomfort, you prove to yourself that you are a goddess capable of staying calm in rapid waters. While in the pose, visualize your worries and fears leaving your body with each exhale.




Alignment tips: Bend your knees deeply so that they are directly over your toes and your body is in a squat position. Tuck your tailbone slightly while pressing your hips gently forward. Hands can come to the hips or you can cactus your arms.


3. Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (Pigeon Pose):

Pigeon is a wonderful pose to open the hips and engage the sacral chakra where most of us store a great deal of emotion and stress. Folding your torso forward in Pigeon pose is an ideal variation to find deep relaxation and surrender.


Women tend to be emotional creatures, but in our busy world it can be difficult to find time to let it all go. Take time out in Pigeon to notice where you are holding tension, and breathe into those areas. Reconnect with your breath and your heart, and become aware – of your emotions, and of how you feel in this pose.




Alignment tips: Begin by planting your palms on the mat, lifting your heart, and then hinging forward, coming to rest on a block, forearms, or all the way down to the mat. If the hip of your bent leg is off the ground, you can place a blanket or block beneath it to find support and stability. The closer your front shin is parallel to the mat, the deeper the stretch.


4. Apanasana (Knees to Chest, or Energy Freeing Pose):

This gentle pose is wonderful for helping us feel connected and centered. Apanasana also helps to eliminate the body of impurities through the lungs and excretory systems. By slowly drawing the knees into the chest and giving yourself a gentle hug, you help the body let go of what it no longer needs (tension, stagnant energy, etc).

In addition to helping to relieve menstrual cramps, indigestion, and bloating, Apanasana is great for stretching the lower back.




Alignment tips: Keep your spine and tailbone lengthened and pressing down into the mat. Your hips should press firmly down into the mat. For more spinal lengthening, you can lift your head and round your forehead in towards your knees.



5. Salamba Sirsasana (Supported Headstand):

Inversions are one way to not only reduce the symptoms of menopause but also stimulate hormone production. The inverted position of Headstand flushes and detoxifies the adrenal glands, bring fresh oxygen to the head, scalp, and face, and improve circulation – all of which can help women at various stages of life. This is why Headstand is commonly referred to as the “King of Asanas.”




Alignment tips:Instead of trying to kick your legs into Headstand, engage your core to lift your legs with control. Practice against a wall until you're steady and confident. Once you're in position, engage your legs and flex your feet. Note: If you have neck injuries, uncontrolled high blood pressure, ear or eye problems, or are menstruating, headstands should be avoided.


Learn more about Headstands in our article All About Headstands & 7 Tips to Do Them Safely.


6. Salamba Matsyasana (Supported Fish Pose):

Our sedentary lifestyles are a growing health concern in the West. Between driving, typing at the computer, desk jobs, school, and watching TV, it is no surprise that the front side of our bodies are often tense and closed off. Matsyasana can be practiced supported or unsupported and with a number of prop variations to increase or decrease the intensity of the front body stretch.


A more open chest and front body allows us to be more open in our interactions with the world around us, making for better relationships and a more positive outlook on life. Physically, Fish pose helps counteract the hunching we do while driving or sitting, so this pose improves your posture overall.




Alignment tips: By lifting the chest with a bolster and/or blanket, you can move the intensity of the stretch up into the chest and allow for a more gentle hip stretch. Legs can either be stretched out in front of you or knees bent and the soles of the feet touching (to make this a supported Reclined Butterfly pose).


7. Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Lord of the Fishes Pose):

According to ancient yoga texts, Half Lord of the Fishes pose destroys deadly diseases and awakens the cosmic Kundalini energy up and down the spine. By lengthening and twisting the entire length of the spine, this pose can help treat infertility and digestive conditions by massaging and detoxifying the lower abdominal organs.


For women who suffer from bad cramps, Half Lord of the Fishes pose can also help reduce the aches and bloated feeling that often accompany menstrual periods. This pose can also help calm the nervous system, reduce lower back pain, and increase energy. Twists detoxify, realign, and rehydrate the spinal column.




Alignment tips: Allow the back of your neck to be soft and balance your head gently over your spine. Never lead the twist with your head – instead, twist from the base of your spine. Don't force or push the pose – instead, move with your breath – inhaling to lengthen your spine, and exhaling to twist deeper.


8. Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II):

Warrior II is a wonderful pose to increase and focus on your inner strength and wisdom. Root your feet into the earth and feel the energy and power rise through you from the ground up. The beauty of this pose is that you can step into it feeling worrisome and weak, and five breaths later, step out of it feeling like the brave warrior princess you are.


There is just something about the infamous Virabhadrasana II that reminds us just how strong we are – on and off the mat.




Alignment tips: Be sure to keep your back leg engaged by keeping the knee cap lifted and quadricep engaged. Keep the front knee aligned directly over your front ankle. Your arms stretch out wide and at shoulder height, directly over the hips, and keep your tailbone slightly tucked.


9. Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose):

Women tend to be naturally nurturing individuals who often give a lot of themselves. Sometimes, too much, which can leave you feeling drained and hardened. The best thing you can do in these situations is to counter them with a soft and open heart. Cobra pose is a gentle heart opener that helps to both strengthen and improve the flexibility of the back and abdomen.


Coming into this pose when your heart feels sad and closed off can be challenging, but once there and breathing deeply and smoothly, your chest and heart will open and begin to heal.




Alignment tips: Palms should be flat with fingers spread wide, directly underneath the shoulders. Engage your core and quadricep muscles while lifting the chest forward and up. Everything below the waistline is pressing into the mat, and your elbows are slightly bent.


10. Vrksasana (Tree Pose):

It can be difficult to find balance in life. The demands of work, school, family commitments, social activities, and chores often create a hectic and stressful daily routine that can leave you feeling off kilter. The beauty of Tree pose is its ability to reign in your energy and calm it down.


Feel your mind begin to slow down and become quiet as you take a moment to reset and root down into the earth. Come into Tree pose when you need to reconnect with your body, breath, and heart.




Alignment tips: Ground down into all four corners of the standing foot. Bend the opposite knee and place the sole of that foot on the inside of the standing leg. Protect your knee joint and never rest the foot onto the knee of the standing leg. Focus your gaze on one spot. For a challenge, look skyward or close your eyes.


As women, we are beautiful, radiant beings with so much light and love to give. Despite the busy chaos of the outside world, never lose touch of your feminine energy and power – that nurturing, caring, and loving side of you.


All this love and nurture starts with y.o.u.! As Buddha said, “You, as much as any being in the Universe, deserve your love and affection.” Remember that as you practice these yoga poses to celebrate your femininity. Namaste, ladies!


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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Jillian Michaels' 12-Week Post Pregnancy Fitness Plan

In her book, Yeah Baby! Jillian Michaels offers a gentle post pregnancy fitness plan that helps new mothers navigate when and how to re-introduce fitness into their lives postpartum.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Jillian Michaels' Fave Core-Strengthening Post-Baby Exercise

With patience and strength training you can tone your abdominal walls and lose extra belly-fat in the process.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

How Much Do You Know About Basic Psychology?

Do you know your Freud from your Pavlov?

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All questions were adapted or sourced from MIT Open Courseware Introduction to Psychology under Creative Commons.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

6 Convenient Health and Wellness Supplements From Onnit: Tested + Reviewed


When it comes to product reviews, we don't mess around. All of the items we review are put through the ringer of everyday use. You can trust that our reviews are non-biased and completely honest. Full disclosure: we don't publish negative reviews. If a product doesn't live up to our standards, we simply won't promote it. Everyone has their own opinion – this is ours. Let's get started.


You are active, and you care about your health and wellness, but you have a busy lifestyle. You are constantly on the go, fitting in a yoga class here, a gym sesh there, and even though you're a busy bee, staying healthy is a top priority.


We get it! So we decided to review convenient supplements for on-the-go lifestyles from Onnit, a fitness and wellness brand that we love and trust for their top-notch, high-quality products. The 6 supplements we chose bring you full-body health head to toe, to get you feeling, looking, and preforming your very best.


We handpicked these supplements because they all have one thing in common: convenience!


For those of us with demanding lifestyles, we don't always have the time to sift through all the supplement options out there. We don't always have the ability to make sure we're getting all the nutrients that we need through the food we eat.


Let's take a look at these 6, easy-to-take supplements that support your brain, your gut, your immune system, energy, and health + wellbeing overall:


1. Alpha Brain Instant


The name says it all! Alpha Brain Instant contains a variety of earthgrown nutrients to support cognitive function, and specifically memory, focus, and processing speed. The best part? It's powder form and comes in convenient, individual servings in peach (the flavor we tested – yummmm) and spice and blends easily into water, seltzer water, or a smoothie.


We tried it and the results are in. This stuff works amazingly well! It's a natural and simple way to boost your concentration, creativity, and mental clarity. Alpha Brain is something we'll definitely continue using here at the office.



2. Oatmega Brownie Crisp Protein Bar




14 grams of grass-fed whey protein, 300mg of Omega-3s, and 7g of fiber are packed into these delicious, nutritious, and satisfying protein bars. Other bragging points: gluten-free, non-GMO, and only 5g of sugar makes these protein bars top on our list.


We found these bars to be the perfect pre- or post-workout snack and fuel source. They taste really good, but if brownies aren't your thing, then try the Vanilla Almond (another one of our faves), Chocolate Peanut, or Chocolate Mint.



3. Total Gut Health


By now, you've probably heard that your immune system lives mostly in your gut. That's why gut health is so important for your body's overall performance and wellbeing. This individually wrapped supplement provides everything you need for optimal gut health: pre- and probiotics, digestive enzymes, and betaine HCI.


It's important to remember that not all probiotics on the market are created equal, and that's why we recommend Onnit's Total Gut Health for it's comprehensive ingredient list, which contains everything you need for complete immune and digestive health, including their signature DigesTech blend.



4. Emulsified MCT Oil


Coconut oil is all the rage for its wide range of amazing benefits, and we're definitely on the bandwagon. Coconuts contain Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) which are healthy fats that support brain function, and give your body clean, sustained fuel.


What we love most about Onnit's Emulsified MCT Oil is that it's sustainably sourced, comes in three delicious flavors (strawberry, vanilla – our fave, and coconut), and easily blends into hot or cold beverages (which has completely changed our coffee game forever!!).



5. Vitamin D3 Spray


You know how people tell you to get outside in the sun for some Vitamin D? Vitamin D3 is a vitamin that you should make sure you're getting enough of. It supports immunity, heart health, and healthy bones. So this Vitamin D3 Spray from Onnit is literally your sunshine and wellness in a bottle.


This spray is awesome because it's small and so easy to use (just spray it in your mouth) and since it's spray instead of capsule form, it enters your system instantly. Super convenient, plant-based, and 1,000IU per serving makes this spray king.



6. Total Primate Care


This was an exciting discovery. Total Primate Care is the ultimate go-to for your full-body support. Think multi-vitamin on hyperdrive. Onnit makes incredibly high-quality and potent supplements, and you'll find several of them within these packs (individually wrapped: 15 for day, and 15 for night). You'll get brain, mood, and immune system support, plus bone + joint care, and micronutrients.


What we loved most is the individual servings. You can throw each pack in your bag and get everything you need for optimized health, wellbeing and performance without having to think about it, do any research, or make the selections yourself. It doesn't get any more convenient!



From their supplements, protein, and personal care products, Onnit offers a full line for your fitness, health, and wellness. We've had the pleasure of reviewing several Onnit products (search “Onnit” from our homepage to see their past features) and respect this brand for their unparalleled quality and the unique, broad range of wellness products they have to offer.


With pro endorsers ranging from famous comedian Joe Rogan, Olympic gold medalist Bode Miller, Allison Holker of Dancing With the Stars, MMA fighters, and NFL and NHL players, it's safe to say Onnit has seriously good supplements for all forms of fitness.


To learn more, you can visit their website here.


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Thursday, September 29, 2016

This Foolproof Trick Will Convince You to Work Out Even When You Don't Want To

Ever feel like you just can't get motivated to exercise? Or that you don't have enough time in your day to fit even the quickest of workouts? We've all been there. Even if you've set yourself up for success-you've laid out your gym clothes the night before (or even slept in them!), you've put together a high-energy playlist, you have a friend waiting to meet you-sometimes even the thought of a delicious brunch isn't enough to get you going.

Good news: we think we've discovered a potentially life-changing motivational trick, courtesy of Holly Rilinger, a celebrity trainer, FlyWheel master instructor, and Nike master trainer, as well as a trainer featured on Work Out New York.

It's all about shifting your mindset: “If you're going to say, 'I don't have enough time to work out,' you should say instead, 'it's not important enough to me to work out,'” Rilinger says. Whenever you find yourself low on motivation, or feeling like you're short on time, she says that this subtle change can make a huge difference. “If you change that, you're going to change the way you think,” she says. “And see what happens.”

Rilinger, who gave us this gem during a Facebook Live segment, also dished with us on her morning ritual, how she uses meditation to stay focused, the essential items she always keeps in her gym bag, and the one thing she recommends that her clients do every day for wellness. Watch the video above for all of her great tips.

This 20-Minute Treadmill Workout Builds Speed and Stamina

Got 20 minutes? Then you have just enough time to hop on the treadmill for this high-intensity interval (HIIT) workout from Debora Warner, a running coach and CEO of the Mile High Run Club.

Warner calls it a "Peak to Peak" workout, since it alternates between challenging bursts of effort and lighter recovery periods. It also combines two types of interval training-hills and speed-to deliver a high-intensity sweat session in less time. As you probably already know, intervals are an efficient way for runners to build strength. Not only do they burn more calories than running at a steady pace, but they also help improve speed and stamina.

"All runners do interval and speed training or hill work to improve performance," Warner explained in a recent Facebook Live with Health at Mile High Run Club's New York City studio. "It's the only way to get faster and improve indurance." (Check out the full video below.)

RELATED: 3 Signs You Need a New Pair of Running Shoes

Ready to break a sweat? The first 10 minutes of Warner's Peak to Peak workout are comprised of hill intervals, which fire up your glutes and build strength. The final 10 minutes are speed intervals, helping you to push your pace.

Before you get started, pay attention to your form: Warner recommends that you "run tall," which means keeping your chest and ribcage out and open, and making sure your shoulders are relaxed. Your arms should be kept at a 90-degree angle, with your wrists and elbows in line.


19 Sex Toys You Just Might Want To Stick Up Your Butt

It's time to show your butt some serious love.

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VeDO Rio ($27.99)

VeDO Rio ($27.99)

This anal vibe is thin and on the cheaper side, making it a great starting point if you're just getting into butt stuff and want to test out the ~sensation~ before graduating to some fancier toys.

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Lelo Loki ($169)

Lelo Loki ($169)

Shaped and angled for prostate stimulation, waterproof, rechargeable, six vibration settings... pretty much everything you need in an anal vibe.

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Lelo Loki Wave ($219)

Lelo Loki Wave ($219)

In case the regular Loki wasn't enough, the Loki Wave offers simultaneous inner and outer stimulation, plus... well, you see the come-hither wave, don't you?

Buy here.


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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

14 Sport Stars Who Spoke Out About Depression

“…but this monster is going to be the toughest fight of my life.”

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

The10-time WWE World Champion spoke about his experience with depression on Oprah's Master Class.

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Serena Williams

Serena Williams

In an interview with USA Today, the 22-time Grand Slam winner discussed her off-court battle with depression.

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Oscar De La Hoya

Oscar De La Hoya

The Olympic gold-medal-winning boxer talked about his use of alcohol to deal with depression in an interview with the Spanish-language network Univision.

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Dean Robertson

Dean Robertson

Italian Open champion golfer Dean Robertson spoke about the way depression impacted his career in an interview with The Guardian.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Why Do I Get Depressed Before My Period?

Because at a certain point, it's more than PMS.

Welcome to BuzzFeed's Mental Health Q&A, where we consult with experts to answer your biggest mental health questions. Have a question about mental or emotional health, happiness, relationships, stress, or anything else? Hit us up at

This week's question: Why do I get more depressed before my period?

This week's question: Why do I get more depressed before my period?


I was diagnosed with major depression a couple of years ago, and while I'm still working it out, I have it pretty much under control right now. Without fail, however, crushing sadness/apathy/emotional numbness or a combination of those greet me about three days before my period starts.

At what point does this cease to be normal PMS and become something that maybe can or should be treated? Who should I talk to about this?



Hey Anonymous! So, full disclosure, right off the bat: You'll have to see a doctor to know for sure what's going on with you specifically.

In the meantime, we talked to Dr. Catherine Birndorf, clinical associate professor of psychiatry and obstetrics and gynecology at Weill Cornell Medical Center and Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Yale School of Medicine, about the relationship between your period and depression. Here's what they had to say:

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Being sad, moody, or irritable is a pretty typical symptom of PMS - but when it affects your ability to function, it's probably something more.

Being sad, moody, or irritable is a pretty typical symptom of PMS - but when it affects your ability to function, it's probably something more.

"Functional impairment" - meaning when something gets in the way of your day-to-day life - is where experts draw the line between typical negative emotions and an actual disorder. We'll get to what those disorders might be in a second, but there are a few questions you can ask to know if something more serious is going on than regular PMS.

"Have you missed work or school?" says Birndorf. "Do you stay home a day or two a month because you're so miserable with these symptoms? Is it, 'I'm sad and moody and don't want to leave the house' or is it, 'I'm so miserable or angry or depressed that I can't?'"

And if that sounds like you, that's when it's time to talk to a doctor. When you do, these are the things they'll probably go over with you:

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It could be Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD), a disorder that causes severe depression symptoms before your period.

In the simplest terms, PMDD is really bad PMS. According to the DMS-5, to be diagnosed, you have to have five of the following symptoms (and at least one of the first four):

  • Sudden mood swings

  • Irritability, anger, or increased conflict with others

  • Depressed mood or feelings of hopelessness

  • Anxiety or tension

  • Decreased interest in usual activities

  • Difficulty staying focused in attention or thinking

  • Fatigue

  • Change in appetite, or food cravings

  • Trouble sleeping or sleeping more than usual

  • Feeling overwhelmed or out of control

  • Physical symptoms, such as breast tenderness, joint or muscle pain, weight gain, or bloating

What's also important here is that your symptoms are cyclical, says Minkin - AKA most of the month you're completely fine, then anywhere from a few days to two weeks before your period (everyone's different), the symptoms set in. And then once you start your period, they lessen and go away. Rinse and repeat.

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Have Trust Issues? 4 Ways Yoga Can Help


Trust is a hard thing to come by for so many of us. We often don't trust ourselves, we don't trust others, and we don't trust the natural flow of life.


Most of us have been hurt as children and betrayed as adults, and we've let our ability to trust fall to the wayside. But our yoga practice teaches us to soften, to let things be, and let things go. It teaches us to support ourselves and ultimately heal the Universe.


When we experience the Oneness and interconnectedness of everything and all that exists, we learn to trust deeply in the innate intelligence and awareness that lives within our Selves and the Universe.


Here are 4 ways your yoga practice can help resolve trust issues to cultivate a deeper ability to trust – in ourselves and the world around us:


Yoga Increases Body Awareness

The more we practice yoga, the more we get in touch with the signals our bodies are sending us – and they're sending those signals constantly. By naming the sensations in our bodies, we learn how to get deeply familiar with them, which helps us increase our bodily awareness and in turn increase our sense of trust in ourselves.


Yoga Expands Our Minds

By opening our minds, we end up accepting and trusting ourselves and others with greater patience and understanding. There's more space for listening with an open mind AND an open heart – to others and ourselves.


This expansion of mind helps us see things from a greater perspective, accepting that there's no right or wrong way – which helps us become more trusting of the Universe as a whole.



Yoga Helps Us Witness Our Thoughts

As we practice asana, or the physical poses, we begin to slow the fluctuations of our thought patterns, which allows us to become the witness of them. The more we become the witness of our thoughts, the more we learn to see them for what they are – arising and falling, coming and going – until we develop such a deep sense of self-awareness that we get to know ourselves really, really well.


This self-knowing leads to a deep sense of self-trust, which helps us move through life with confidence and an inner-knowing that we're on the right path.


We Learn to Surrender

Yoga helps us cultivate a deep sense of surrender to life. We learn to stop gripping, forcing, and controlling, and in turn, develop a faith and a trust that the great Cosmic Consciousness is ultimately serving our greater good.


Trusting in the Divine is one of the great teachings of yoga, and as we develop this spiritual trust, surrender and acceptance of life comes naturally.


Opening to trust takes time. It's like a muscle we build with practice. As you practice yoga and sit in meditation, let the word “trust” move into your heart as you breathe in and out. Use the word “trust” as a mantra – one that you can bring into your heart and mind at anytime or place.


This is an incredibly effective way to take your power back and move confidently in the direction of your dreams.


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The Importance of Introducing Teens to Yoga (Video)


Let's face it – being a teenager is tough. At that age, we're constantly learning and changing and questioning everything. There's the pressure of school, of blossoming independence and responsibility, of changing bodies, hormones, and emotions.


As a teenager, finding healthy and positive ways to cope with these changes and challenges is so important. Yoga is life-changing for the better, and you'd be hard pressed to find a yogi who doesn't have a similar respect for the practice.


For so many of us, knowing yoga and having a yoga practice in high school would've changed everything. Can you imagine having the tools we as yogis learn from our yoga practice – self-awareness, presence, knowing how to consciously breathe, acceptance, confidence and a sense of personal empowerment – in high school or even middle school?!


Obviously, yoga is the perfect companion for any teenager. So the question is – how do we introduce them to the practice?


Here are 5 ways we can introduce teenagers to yoga:


1. Make yoga relatable

First, it's important to relate to teens by reminding them that we were once their age, dealing with the same challenges. From there, allow yoga to be an easy, fun, and intriguing way to address these challenges. How can you convey the meaning and importance of yoga in a way that relates to your teen?


2. Walk the walk

Next, embody the lessons that you take off the mat – the concepts of self-love, self-acceptance, awareness, presence, conscience breathing, and dealing with challenges calmly and mindfully. Show teens that yoga actually has benefits far beyond the physical, and that the lessons we learn on the mat can be applied to all of life's challenges and tribulations.


3. Nurture and support

From there, we can nurture the yoga seed that's been planted by supporting teens in their yoga journey – finding studios and teachers they resonate with, and also resources beyond the mat to help teens continue to cultivate their blossoming practice.


4. Find additional resources

There are plenty of amazing resources out there to support you in introducing your teen to yoga. From online yoga classes specifically for (and sometimes even taught by) teens, to yoga books written for teens, articles that offer advice, and even products like Teen Yoga Box geared towards teenagers cultivating a yoga practice. Find resources that resonate with you, and use them to help support your teen's yoga journey.


5. Keep showing up

The same advice you often hear from yoga teachers now applies to you in your ongoing support of your teen doing yoga. Encourage them, help them, and practice with them! The more you endorse the yoga practice and them doing it, the more likely they'll be to try it and continue coming back to it.


Knowledge is power, and yoga can create a massive positive shift on our youth and society as a whole. Watch YogiApproved founder Ashton August discuss her personal experiences as a teenager, and how yoga helped her find balance as an adult. Teens: watch it! Parents: share it!




As the saying goes, today's youth is tomorrow's future. When they are feeling stressed out or overwhelmed, yoga will teach our teens to take time to breathe, center, and work through it in a healthy and positive way. To give them the gift of yoga at an early age can only create a better, stronger, and more promising future for us all. Namaste.


Interested in learning more or purchasing a Teen Yoga Box? Check out their website


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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

10 Incredible Yoga Photos from Burning Man 2016


Burning Man: a time and place once a year where people gather to let go of who they are and play in a reality all their own. Where money can't buy you anything and where community is all you have. Burning Man is a mecca for all things yogi and there is no shortage of asana being preformed.


Here are 10 beautiful yoga photos from Black Rock City:


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'3-Parent Babies' Could Eliminate Rare Diseases, But US Lawmakers Have Blocked The Technology

Lindsay Chapman

Every September, Lindsay Chapman, her husband Andrew Nesseth, and the state of Minnesota celebrate the little boy they lost in 2010.

Leo was born with Alper's disease, caused by a rare genetic mutation that damaged his mitochondria, the oblong structures that generate a cell's energy. At 9 months old he had a seizure, the beginning of an episode that eventually paralyzed his right side. Then his liver began to fail. On his first birthday, his parents took him to the Minnesota Zoo, where he gleefully rode the monorail, tasted chocolate frosting for the first time, and got drenched in a surprise rainstorm. Three days later, he died.

Chapman and Nesseth did everything they could to bring the public's attention to mitochondrial diseases, which affect up to 4,000 babies in the US each year. The couple drummed up social media campaigns, spoke at hearings, baked cookies with mitochondria traced in green icing, and passed out little green light bulbs at the public library of their tiny Minnesota town. Their efforts culminated in a 2011 state law, known as “Leo's Law,” which designates the third week of this month for mitochondrial disease awareness.

Unlike most genetic syndromes, which can be passed down from mother or father, mitochondrial diseases usually stem from a mother's egg. They're very rare: Every year in the US, about 100 women find out they carry these genetic glitches, which cause a wide array of symptoms, from hearing loss and migraines to muscle and liver failure, or even death.

Mitochondrial diseases have no cure. But a controversial genetic technology can prevent a woman from passing these mutations on to her kids. It's a type of in vitro fertilization in which the faulty mitochondrial DNA inside a woman's egg gets swapped out with mitochondrial DNA from a healthy donor, leading to a child who technically has three genetic “parents.”

The technology was approved in the UK last February, but in December, US lawmakers took the opposite stance, slipping language into the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 - the big annual spending bill - that banned the FDA from evaluating clinical trials for any genetic modifications that affected the next generation.

Now that law is due to expire, but scientists and patient advocates are worried that the FDA ban will be quietly renewed without discussion or debate.

“There is something unusual, perhaps disturbing, about Congress laying down the law when the scientific community and public are just beginning to understand the issue,” Eli Adashi, a professor of medical science at Brown University who has been documenting the regulation of politically sensitive science for the last two decades, told BuzzFeed News.

Congress's actions are at odds with the momentum of the FDA, which for the last two years has been gearing up to approve tests of mitochondrial replacement in people. Counting on this approval, a handful of scientists in the US had begun to set up these clinical trials. But now that work is indefinitely on hold.

“I can't even fathom why they would think that that would something we shouldn't be researching and frankly, doing clinical trials on,” Chapman told BuzzFeed News. “There's just something inside of me that screams at the idea that somebody else would stand in the way.”

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Before the ban was passed, at least two clinical trials had been planned to test mitochondrial replacement therapy in eggs harvested from women with the disease.

One method, which involves replacing the mitochondria of a woman's egg cell before it is fertilized with sperm, had been tested in animals, but not people.

“To implant the embryos and follow the children after birth - that is the only part that's left unknown,” Shoukhrat Mitalipov, director of the Oregon Health and Science University Center for Embryonic Cell and Gene Therapy and leader of the research, told BuzzFeed News.

Mitalipov said that in early conversations with the FDA he had proposed a trial with up to 10 women who had mutations in their mitochondrial DNA that coded for MELAS, a disease that affects the nervous and muscular systems. But the ban foiled his plans.

“It's definitely going to slow down clinical translation and that's unfortunate,” Mitalipov said. “Even though the US was one of the pioneers in developing these treatments, it looks like clinical implementation will be somewhere in the UK and probably in other countries.”

On the other side of the country, Michio Hirano, a professor of neurology at the Columbia University Medical Center, had been working on a different technique, in which a mom's non-mitochondrial DNA is transferred into the egg of another woman with healthy mitochondrial DNA.

“We were certainly hoping to use the technique clinically,” Hirano told BuzzFeed News. “It's a bit disappointing, but it doesn't appear that we will be able to do it clinically in the near future.”

Hirano is still planning to test mitochondrial replacement in women's eggs in the lab. But to work around the letter of the law, he will freeze the resulting fertilized embryos instead of putting them back in the women with mitochondrial disease. If and when the ban lifts, they will be ready for implantation.

“We would like to preserve the embryos indefinitely until the FDA approves,” he said. “It's the only way that we can proceed.”

Patients with mitochondrial disease are frustrated about the ban's chilling effect on research.

Patients with mitochondrial disease are frustrated about the ban's chilling effect on research. “That effectively squashed any activity in this space,” Philip Yeske, science officer at the advocacy group the United Mitochondrial Disease Association, told BuzzFeed News.

The ban is particularly baffling, he said, because the National Academies of Sciences had thoroughly investigated the technology's ethical and safety implications and ultimately offered its support of clinical trials.

“They were very clear in their report - they saw no ethical reason to limit human clinical studies for mitochondrial replacement therapy,” Yeske said.

Still, the new method is not without its scientific detractors, who have warned that mixing mitochondrial and non-mitochondrial DNA from two females can shorten the lifespan of some animals including fruit flies and mice. And even the National Academies report suggested some precautions. Among them, it recommended that researchers start with doing the tests in male embryos. That way, if there were any mishaps in the way the transfer took place, the boys would be in no danger of passing it down to their own children.

Adashi says that it's “a good possibility” that the bill's primary target was not mitochondrial replacement, but a more contentious genetic technology called CRISPR. Unlike mitochondrial replacement, which simply swaps out whole strands of existing DNA with DNA from another person, CRISPR targets specific genes in the code to delete or “edit.”

Scientists have been fiercely debating the ethics of using CRISPR on human embryos and critics worry that this could lead to the creation of “designer babies.”

The language in the December bill prevents the FDA from considering, or even acknowledging, trials of any technology that would alter the genome of the next generation.

So this language also blocks research into mitochondrial replacement therapy - a technology that is more mature, better tested, and less ethically fraught than gene-editing like CRISPR.

“The mitochondrial replacement can be considered a form of genetic modification but it's not gene editing - it's not that we go in and fix a mutation or edit the DNA,” Hirano said.

Adashi, the Brown professor, told BuzzFeed News that he did not know how the ban's language, which is simple but specific, came to be a part of the bill. “There's no paper trail, there's no smoking gun - there is just the result,” he said.

In an email to BuzzFeed News, the Appropriations Committee spokesperson Jennifer Hing would not comment on where the language came from.

The law expires on September 30, but a “continuing resolution” is expected to pass this month that would keep these provisions relevant until the first week of December. Scientists like Adashi and Yeske worry that the same language will be included in next year's spending bill without any discussion.

Lindsay Chapman

After Leo died, Lindsay Chapman and her husband struggled with the prospect of having another child. Leo's mitochondrial disease was one of the rare types that comes from a mutation in regular DNA, which can be inherited from either parent. So Chapman and Nesseth knew that there was a 25% chance their next child would have it.

“It's been six years of conversations -very difficult conversations,” Chapman said. Her husband definitely wanted another child, she said. “And I couldn't even fathom the idea.”

And then last year, Chapman found out she was pregnant again. She was devastated.

“At first, I felt like I couldn't keep the pregnancy. I couldn't deal with the stress,” she said. Nesseth convinced her to wait out the 14 weeks until they could test the fetus for signs of the defective gene. Fortunately, the tests were negative, and baby Nikolai was born this spring.

Although they would not benefit from mitochondrial replacement therapy themselves, they are in full favor of any procedures that could give mothers a reliable chance to have healthy children.

“I don't think that people who are making up these laws and deciding where the money goes really understand the journey that families go through, and the stress that they go through to potentially grow their families,” she said. “To even have the opportunity to have an unaffected child is amazing.”

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Two People May Have Died Because Of This Lead-Contaminated Supplement

The US Food and Drug Administration and Illinois health regulators are investigating two deaths that might be associated with an herbal supplement made by Ton Shen Health/Life Rising, a Chicago-based Chinese medicine company.

The US Food and Drug Administration and Illinois health regulators are investigating two deaths that might be associated with an herbal supplement made by Ton Shen Health/Life Rising, a Chicago-based Chinese medicine company.

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The FDA confirmed that Life Rising DHZC-2 tablets - which are marketed as a "blood circulation regulator" - contained 56 times the amount of lead that would pose a health risk for children.

Ton Shen Health/Life Rising had issued a smaller recall of the tablets on Aug. 11 after one person reported getting sick due to possible lead contamination. On Monday it expanded the recall to include all lots purchased before Aug. 24 after additional incidents were reported.

Federal regulators at the FDA along with county and state health regulators are now investigating a total of six adverse event reports related to the supplement, including three children who became sick and the two fatalities.

No additional details about the deaths were immediately available, and the FDA stated on its website that "It is not clear if the deaths are associated with the product." Ton Shen Health/Life Rising did not immediately respond to BuzzFeed News' request for comment.

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“Lead poisoning can occur when a person is exposed to high levels of lead over a short period of time,” said Nirav Shah, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, in a statement.

Adult symptoms of lead poisoning can include abdominal pain, vomiting, lethargy, irritability, weakness, behavior or mood changes, delirium, seizures, and coma. Children and infants may not "look or act sick," according to the FDA, but lead poisoning in children can cause learning disabilities, developmental delays, and lower IQ scores.

“We urge people not buy the recalled supplement if they see it in stores, and for people who have purchased this product, to return it for a refund," said Shah. "The health effects of lead poisoning can be serious, and in some cases deadly.”

Life Rising was established by an herbalist and acupuncturist Zhengang Guo in 1985, according to the company's website. It has offices in Chicago, Westmon and Northbrook, Illinois.

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

21 Very Simple Tips For Brand New Runners

(And people who aspire to be runners.)

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If you've ever kinda thought about maybe trying out running, you totally should go for it.

If you've ever kinda thought about maybe trying out running, you totally should go for it.

Hear me out.

• It's great for your cardiovascular health.

• And it can even be meditative.

• You don't need to pay membership or class fees.

• Or factor travel time into your workout.

• You can literally just run out of your front door, keep going, and that's a workout.

• If you start slowly with confidence in your ability to kick ass, you might just really like it.

But, yes OK, it can be intimidating if you have zero idea where to start. So, as a longtime runner who also happens to report on this stuff for a living, I thought I'd compile some tips from myself and fellow runners. Consider this your welcome wagon.

Have realistic expectations for your first few weeks of running.

Have realistic expectations for your first few weeks of running.

Your very first runs might feel really hard (though they shouldn't feel too hard; more on that later) and will probably challenge your resolve (maybe even more than they challenge your body). But after a few weeks it'll be easier to breathe and move and you won't feel as sore and you'll feel like a damn champion. Just know that the very beginning could be rough but that it'll definitely get better.

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Get fitted for sneakers at a speciality shop.

Get fitted for sneakers at a speciality shop.

The right pair of running sneakers will mean a more comfortable run and lower risk of injury. Most running specialty stores can analyze your gait and tell you which sneakers will work best for the way your foot lands, the amount of cushioning you like, the kind of terrain you're running on, and how many miles you're running each week.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Planned Parenthood Is Going To 25,000 Miami Homes To Warn About Zika And Sex

Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood is sending canvassers to knock on 25,000 doors in Miami, to warn women in the Little Haiti and Little Havana neighborhoods of the severe birth defect risks linked to the Zika virus.

"You'd be surprised how many women we are finding don't even know that Zika is sexually transmitted," Lillian Tamayo, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of South, East and North Florida, told BuzzFeed News. "We are stepping in because there is an urgent need here."

Since the start of a Zika epidemic in Brazil last year, the virus has spread to about 50 countries, accompanied by a wave of nearly 2,000 cases of the shrunken brain and skull birth defect called microcephaly. The virus is most often spread by mosquito bites, and sometimes through sex.

US health officials warned pregnant women last week to avoid travel to Miami-Dade County, home to 2.7 million people, following mosquito-borne infections of the Zika virus in two Miami neighborhoods, Wynwood and South Miami Beach. Florida health officials have confirmed 42 Zika cases tied to mosquito bites there, as of Tuesday.

For the next six weeks, Planned Parenthood will also provide Zika prevention kits, with bug spray, condoms, water treatment tablets, and dental dams to Miami women who are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant. The CDC strongly advises pregnant women to use condoms if they or their partner have travelled to a Zika-afflicted region. They should take these precautions for at least eight weeks, and up to six months if have had symptoms such as rashes, red eyes, and fever.

"We are talking to residents who feel they have been neglected, and (they) are surprised by things they didn't know about Zika," community canvasser Lenroy Watt, who is working on behalf of Planned Parenthood, told BuzzFeed News. While most people had heard of Zika, many didn't know that transmission during pregnancy caused birth defects, he said. "People get very serious when they hear this for the first time. It surprises them."

On Tuesday, Florida governor Rick Scott also announced that the state would start investigating a possible Zika case caused by a mosquito bite in Tampa, on the other side of the state. At Scott's direction, all Florida health departments offer pregnant women free Zika tests, but Tamayo complained that Scott had focused the state's efforts on mosquito control, rather than addressing sexual transmission and preventing its spread.

Planned Parenthood and Scott have been in a federal court battle over his efforts to cut the reproductive health group's funding over its abortion services, a fight which ended last week in a victory for Planned Parenthood.

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