Most people come to yoga in search of a stronger, more flexible body — and maybe a clearer head and a calmer heart, too. And yoga's amazing for those things. (Not to mention it can help you achieve that enviable yoga posture!)
As soon as you decide to give yoga a try, what's the first thing you think about doing? Buying a mat. (Or heck, maybe even hand painting one. ) But you don't have to own a premium, top-of-the-line number in order to get pumped to practice. In fact, you don't even need a mat at all. With these options already lying around the house (or backyard), you can start your flow on a soft, cushy surface without dropping any extra cash.
Reason No. 486 to get your namaste on? So that you can make — and use! — a custom painted yoga mat. This project is a great way to express yourself by creating a downward doggone-cool piece of art that makes exercise fun. Plus, it's seriously easy.
No gym membership? No equipment? No problem. Your own body weight is really all you need to get stronger. You've probably done moves like push-ups and planks before, but there are a whole host of no-weights-needed moves that can help you get fit from anywhere. So grab your — nothing! — and prepare to tone.
Here's something you might not know: Walking every day can really ramp up your mental abilities and creative potential. Plenty of history’s most brilliant thinkers made walking a part of their daily routine. So if you want to be a smarty pants too, first thing's first: Get moving!
Need a high-tech boost to help you meet your running goals? You guessed it: There's an app for that. (Actually, there are tons of apps for that.) But with so many options that all seem so similar, it can be overwhelming to decide which one to commit to. Luckily, whether you’re training for a marathon, searching for new routes or hoping to join a community of runners, you can find an app that meets your needs. Here are our top picks for every fitness personality:
We all know the type; that impossibly perky runner, who seems to effortlessly cruise along the pavement, hardly breaking a sweat. They just LOVE running — and they're doing it because it's fun! But they must be delusional, right? Because running is definitely not fun; it’s sweaty, it’s repetitive, and it hurts.
Hear that? It's sunshine and fresh air calling your name! So rather than head to your usual indoor yoga studio, why not roll up that customized yoga mat and bring it outdoors? With these expert tips, you could be flowing with Mother Nature in no time.
I get some of my best ideas when I’m running or swimming. (As well as a bunch of not-so-great ideas, but that’s all part of the creative process, right?) I outlined my novel while I was training for a marathon. I developed my book proposal doing lengths of front crawl in the pool.
Family obligations! Work! The news! Turning your mind off from the distractions that buzz around all day can be a seriously difficult feat. Enter meditation: it's one way to help detach from the craziness of life, and instead experience that inner calm we all strive to settle into, even if it's just for a few minutes each day.
Picture this: A beautiful, serene meditation room that's outfitted with flickering candles and fragrant flowers and soft pillows. A place where you're instantly calmed and ready to just breathe and relax. Sound lovely but not, well, realistic? You might be surprised to learn that you don't actually need more space to create an area dedicated to meditation — you just need intention and a little creativity.
It's a good thing Stephen "tWitch" Boss has limitless energy. The dancer, choreographer and entertainer is everywhere, sharing his contagious passion for all things movement and music. We got him to pause long enough to answer a few questions about dance, healing, and living the dream.
It's a funny thing about journaling — you start out hoping it will enhance your life, improve your mindfulness, or at the very least allow you to keep a record of your world today. But somewhere along the way, life, the world, tons of STUFF can get in the way. This time, set yourself up for journaling success by keeping the following advice top of mind.
Though Misty Copeland makes it look effortless, dance is anything but. Every move is a complex waltz between your mind and feet — and that spells big benefits that go way beyond great posture and toned legs.
There are probably about as many ways to do yoga as there are poses. Well, not quite. But whether you're a competitive athlete or someone who has never, ever done a downward dog, there's definitely a style of yoga to suit your mind, body and spirit. Here's an easy guide to six of the most popular yoga styles, so you can find the perfect fit for you.
In theory, meditation sounds magical: All you have to do is sit still for few minutes and boom — you'll gain inner peace and nail that zen glow. Yeah, not so fast. It actually takes a fair amount of practice, especially if you're not-so-patient by nature. After all, sitting still is tough when you’ve got a million things racing through your mind or a ten-mile-long to-do list on your phone.
POUND has been described as "the world's first cardio jam session inspired by the infectious, energizing and sweat-dripping fun of playing the drums." So you might be surprised to learn that its co-creator and CEO, Kirsten Potenza, is a self-described introvert who grew up on farm. We caught up with her to learn how she makes it all fit together.
Even if you aren't one of @mynameisjessamyn's throngs of IG followers, you've probably heard of her book Every Body Yoga (Workman, 2017), or seen her featured in the seemingly-everywhere Kotex campaign, or picked up on the buzz she's garnered everywhere from Yoga Journal to CNN.
Team sports: no thanks. The gym: groan. Yoga: closer but not quite. Ballet has always been My Thing. I started in kindergarten and didn’t ease up until college, when my prima ballerina dreams took a backseat to adulting. As with any old flame, though, I never totally got over it.
Sure, when you're in downward dog you're not supposed to be thinking about anything but your breath. But perhaps in between asanas you have found yourself wondering: what is she really thinking? What would your yoga instructor like you to know that would both improve your practice and help your teacher give you better instruction? Some of the insights may surprise you: