“The most important pieces of equipment you need for doing yoga are your body and your mind.“ –Rodney Yee
While pounding on a treadmill, lifting free weights and swimming a few laps are all well and good, yoga exercises the mind and body in a completely unique way. In fact, yoga changes both your body and brain starting the day you begin.
To celebrate its many positives — both big and small — we thought we’d highlight just a few of our favorite reasons to practice yoga:
1. To live in the present. Most of us spend the majority of our time with our phones in our hands, pockets or purses. We rush to and from the office, checking emails and texting as we go. Research shows that we spend almost half of our time thinking about things aside from what we’re actually doing — even though there is happiness to be found when we live
My son was only a few days old. Skin soft and pink, his face still puffy, and his eyes often closed in the deepness of sleep. He was perfect, and for days my husband and I simply sat and stared at him, awestruck by this tiny wonder that we created. This tiny wonder that now lay in the palms of my hands, his little chest rising and falling, his tiny lips parted in a perfect little “o” as he traveled the peaceful lands of deep slumber.
Before long it was his hunger that scared me; his tiny jaw would open and clamp down on my breast as he eagerly tried to suckle away. I would hold my breath from the pain as my toes curled. I’d look up at the ceiling of our living room and try to just breathe while he ate, tears running down my face as I begged for it to end. It was a day, perhaps, when I could take the pain no longer, in sobs as he latched, my arms shaking as I
“It’s hard to believe that in 2014 that I have to tell my fellow marines and my fellow veterans that they shouldn’t make rape jokes about the women they serve with.”
That’s how Marine Corps veteran Brian Jones starts his Now This Rant about the serious implications of rape jokes in the armed forces. Currently the editor-in-chief of a news organization for vets, Task and Purpose, Jones knows all too well how often rape jokes are thoughtlessly thrown around in the Marine Corps and the veteran community at large.
Jones describes the types of comments he has seen on social media, such as “Roses are red, violets are blue, be my f***ing valentine or I’ll rape you,” often posted directly under pictures of fellow (female) Marines.
Jones points out that the Marine Corps does not intervene in its members’ Internet commenting activity in orde
Gail Armand and Robert van Sluis had a plan for their retirement. They’d each put in more than 20 years in meaningful careers (she as an insurance fraud investigator and he as a medical sales representative) and had invested in their beautiful home in Hercules, California and a separate beachfront property that they hoped to one day sell. Their goal was to save enough money so they could quit their jobs, move to Hawaii and never have to work another day in their lives.
All they needed was the perfect time — when all their finances were in order — to pull the trigger.
But then 2008 happened, and with it, the recession. Robert lost his job, and the real estate market crash wiped out their property investments. Before long, it seemed like the ideal time to pull the trigger would never come.
Starting Over In A Treehouse
It would have been easy for Robert to find another
They’ve always been there for you, and as you’re planning your wedding, you’ll likely need their help more than ever — here’s how to stay in tune with your best friends and keep them happy.
1. They want you to tell them your expectations.
What do you expect from your bridesmaids? Do you want them to just show up to support you on your wedding day, or do you want them to be there with you throughout all the decision making and to-dos, like addressing wedding invitations and filling up welcome bags for out-of-town guests? Either way, let your bridesmaids know what you expect of them, so you don’t end up frustrated with a friend who doesn’t understand (or didn’t know) what you wanted them to do in the first place.
2. They want you to tell your other friends about them.
On a particularly frustrating day a few weeks ago, instead of calling upon an extra kickboxing session or a glass of wine, I found myself reaching out to two of my closest friends instead. “Rough day,” I quickly tapped out in a message. “I need something to cheer me up.”
My inbox was soon flooded with hilarious statements, GIFs and all around tomfoolery. Within minutes I found myself feeling more light-hearted than I had felt all day — and all because of their innate ability to know exactly how to make me laugh.
Chances are, I’m not alone: We all have that one person in our lives who, no matter the circumstances, can put a smile on our otherwise scrunched face. Humor is a coveted trait; we’re almost naturally wired to look for it. One small study suggests that we have the capacity to understand humor in our first year of life.
Congrats go out to Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade!
The longtime couple got married on Saturday, Aug. 30, at the Chateau Artisan castle in Miami in front of a small crowd of family and friends, People reports. This is the second marriage for both Union, 41, and Miami Heat shooting guard Wade, 32, who proposed back in December with help from his two children from a previous marriage, sons Zaire and Zion, and his nephew, Dahveon, whom he’s raising.
According to Us Magazine, the bride wore a romantic Dennis Basso gown while Wade wore a customized white suit by Dsquared2, his personally designed Wedding Collection bowtie from The Tie Bar and a boutonniére by Floral Fix. John Legend performed at the ceremony before guests enjoyed the reception, where a juke joint straight out of the 1930s was created.
Union took to Instagram to share photos from the celebratory weekend, posting the be
Tired of slogging through long, slow jogs on the treadmill? Tabata may be just the answer. The popular high-intensity training protocol utilizes a 2:1 work-to-rest ratio — using 100 percent maximum effort during the work phase — to maximize fat loss. “It’s efficient — studies show that you can burn the same amount of calories as a long-distance run in a fraction of the time,” says Greg Johnson, CSCS, a Sacramento, California based strength and conditioning coach. “This allows you to burn more fat while maintaining and gaining muscle mass.”
Want to see what Tabata is all about? Try the routine below. Perform 20 seconds on each move, then 10 seconds off, repeated for four consecutive minutes. Once you complete the first exercise, immediately move onto the next. When you fin
When Erin Carrozzo lost her diamond wedding rings in the sands of Fire Island, New York, she assumed she would never see them again.
The mother of three even wrote on Facebook, “RIP my friend I will miss you. You were a part of me every day for 11 years, now my only hope for you is that some lovestruck couple … or some broke dude with a metal detector makes a couple bucks off of you,” reports NBC 4 in New York.
Luckily for Carrozzo, that “dude” turned out to be Mike Cogan, a retired fireman.
“I took it out of my scoop and it was very heavy,” Cogan told NBC 4. “I saw it was inscribed, and I said, ‘This isn’t a kid’s ring. This is platinum and these have to be real diamonds.’”
Erin Carrozzo’s diamond wedding rings. Credit: NBC 4 New York
Rather than sell the treasure, Cogan knew what he had to do. &#