Sore After Skiing? Try Yoga.

Ski season is in full swing, so it’s a perfect time to remember that yoga is a great compliment to downhill winter sports. Yoga increases balance, flexibility and strength, which allows you to be a more confident skier. It also paves the road to injury prevention by helping skiers learn to listen to their bodies and not push themselves too hard—a surefire way to hurt yourself.

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Benefits of Meditation: An Interview with Filmmaker David Lynch

I heard a phrase, “True happiness is not out there, true happiness lies within.” This phrase had a ring of truth to it for me, but the phrase didn’t tell me where the within was, nor did it tell me how to get there. So it was a very frustrating phrase. I wasn’t interested in meditation for a long time because I thought it was a fad and a waste of time. But then one day it suddenly occurred to me that maybe meditation was a way to go within and find that happiness.

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Mindfulness, Meditation & Mental Health

Practicing mindfulness—being present in the moment, and observing oneself and ones surroundings in a nonjudgemental way—is an ancient form of meditation with roots in Buddhism. But researchers are delving into the idea that secular mindfulness practice has great benefits for our mental and physical health, including helping mange mental illness and chronic pain.

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At Age 92, Yoga Master Says Everything’s Possible

Born in India, Porchon-Lynch worked with the French resistance during WWII, studied yoga under legends B.K.S. Iyengar and Indra Devi, has met the likes of Duke Ellington and Mahatma Gandhi, modeled couture in Paris, acted in Hollywood, and founded her own yoga studio, Westchester Institute of Yoga. And? Five years ago she picked up competitive ballroom dancing.

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Gratitude for Health

On this holiday of family, food and giving thanks, we pause to consider just how important gratitude is for our overall well being. Turns out, research suggests that gratitude has an important influence on health, leading to better sleep, fewer ailments, and a greater ability to deal with stress.

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Recipes: Vegan Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving just two weeks away, our thoughts turn to all the incredible food we can’t wait to enjoy with family and friends that day. Of course, the larger the crowd, the more people there are to please—including those with dietary restrictions. So over the next two weeks, we will share healthy recipes in various categories (vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, etc.) and provide some food for thought about expanding traditions at the holiday table.

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Zen at Work: Stretching at the Office

For those of us with desk jobs, it’s important to take time to move a little while at work (and no, walking to the water cooler doesn’t count). In fact, nothing beats the 3 p.m. slump better than five minutes of gentle stretching and breathing; it gets your blood flowing (thus waking up your brain) and can help prevent repetitive stress injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome.

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