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How the MELT Method Is Bringing Bodies Into Balance

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 8:16 AM

By Monique Minahan

I took my first MELT (Myofascial Energetic Length Technique) class this past weekend at a local yoga studio. I'd heard amazing things about MELT and had wanted to try a class for...

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How One Doctor Is Giving a Voice to Victims of Rape

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 3:34 PM

By Monique Minahan

2013-04-16-bulbul.jpgBulbul Bahuguna, M.D., is a Chicago-based psychiatrist and author who has specialized in helping victims of sexual abuse for the past 22 years.

She is giving a voice to the many silent victims of sexual abuse...

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Good Deeds Day Launches in the U.S.

(3) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 4:43 PM

By Monique Minahan

"The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention."
― Kahlil Gibran

Sunday, March 10, 2013, will be a day of celebrating good deeds. Good deeds done for us and the good deeds we do for others. Large or small, kindnesses...

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Sustainability: Going Beyond the Buzz

(15) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 1:12 PM

By Luke Sniewski

Move over, organic. You're soon to be old news. The latest buzz word sweeping the nation: sustainability. Soon, people everywhere will be lining up in droves at supermarket checkout lines with their carts full of sustainable cookies, sustainable soda, and sustainable TV dinners.

Wait, I think we're...

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Modern Yoga Will Not Form a Real Culture Until Every Studio Can Also Double as a Soup Kitchen

(2) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 4:47 PM

By Matthew Remski

I have self-identified as a yoga practitioner for 10 years now. Through practices and practice periods ranging from mild to intense, I've gained considerable self-awareness, emotional constancy, personal integrity. I have rediscovered my body and learned how to commit to the present moment, almost at will. These...

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Doctor's Advice: How to Talk With Your Kids About Sex

(1) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 11:06 AM

The Chopra Well

This week's episode of "Perfectly Imperfect Parents" on The Chopra Well is all about how to talk with your kids about sex. Dr. Cara Natterson from the show shares her thoughts and tips. Her number one piece of advice? Have more than one...

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5 Yoga Poses That Can Help Combat Depression

(31) Comments | Posted February 10, 2013 | 9:43 AM

By Monique Minahan

One of the chapters in my life included a 10-year bout with deep depression. This depression became compounded when I was confronted with loss and grief. I took antidepressants of varying kinds for many years and attempted talk therapy. For me, none of these approaches...

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When Business and Ethics Collide: Yoga Journal vs. Hyatt Boycott

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 8:42 PM

By Chelsea Roff, Managing Editor of Intent Blog

As hundreds of yogis scurried through Embarcadero Center last Thursday, a small group of impassioned hotel workers joined their voices just a few strides away in protest against the Hyatt hotel chain where the San Francisco Yoga Journal Conference...

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How Yoga Makes You Happy

(2) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 11:25 AM

By Monique Minahan

When I first started practicing yoga, I was still digging my way out of a deep cavern of grief. Something about this unusual method of twists, turns, and upside downs kept calling me back. I didn't know what it was initially, but as I began...

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Science Suggests Drinking Green Tea Can Prevent Cancer

(38) Comments | Posted January 15, 2013 | 7:15 AM

By Monique Minahan

2012-12-31-greentea1Herbal remedies are at the root of modern-day medicine. For example, aspirin originated from willow bark, and morphine from the opium poppy.

Although modern medicine continues to take leaps and strides in significant...

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Maya Massage: A Healing Practice Every Woman Should Know

(1) Comments | Posted January 14, 2013 | 11:00 AM

By Monique Minahan

My first experience with Maya Abdominal Massage left me feeling rested, connected, and curious about the origins of this unique treatment. Known today as Arvigo Maya Massage, after Rosita Arvigo, Dr. Arvigo developed the technique in part from her 10-year apprenticeship...

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Must-See: A Review of the Movie Happy

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2013 | 4:15 PM

By Monique Minahan

"The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself." -- Benjamin Franklin

This is the intro line from the movie Happy. Happiness and how to achieve it are becoming increasingly popular, interesting, and relevant topics. And...

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Create Healthy Holiday Habits One Meal At A Time

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 11:46 AM

By Monique Minahan

2012-12-21-HonestTea1Ever wondered why it's so hard to choose the carrots over the cookie when they're both right in front of you? We know the healthier choice, yet we often still make the unhealthy choice.

Here's some...

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Modern-Day Yoga Brings It Home

(1) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 11:20 AM

By Monique Minahan

Do you remember your first yoga class? It usually makes an impression.

We are the fortunate recipients of an ancient practice that has traversed time and countries to land at our doorsteps, even at our...

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Recipe for a Healthy Family (and Delicious Sangria)

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2012 | 12:50 PM

Family life today is challenging. In the majority of households, both parents work long hours. Feeding your family nutritious meals and keeping them active can seem like a daunting task at times. It's becoming more and more rare to see families that eat together, play together, and laugh together. We...

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Fact vs. Fiction: The Truth About Fair Trade

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2012 | 2:01 PM

By Monique Minahan

My local coffee shop sells fair-trade coffee. I love their coffee, but for a long time never gave much consideration to what that really meant. I knew it was "good," but I wasn't sure why.

Fair trade is a term we often hear thrown...

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Drink Up! The Benefits of Tea

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2012 | 7:07 AM

By Monique Minahan

2012-11-09-tea.jpgAs we step further into fall and the weather continues to cool down, warming foods and drinks become extra delicious and comforting. Think hot chocolate after a morning ski or an apres-surf cup of coffee or tea.


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Three Ways Buying Organic Helps the Planet

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2012 | 3:56 PM

By Michelle Cowden


Sometimes it's hard for me to imagine that buying organic products actually makes a difference in the health of the planet at large. I am one of seven billion people on earth. Can one person really make...

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If Not You, Then Who?

(0) Comments | Posted October 12, 2012 | 3:27 PM


By Terri Cooper

For nearly 10 years I have been offering free yoga sessions to Miami's youth in crisis. The kids most dear to my heart are the ones who have already begun a life of incarceration or are living and...

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What Gets in the Way of Your Exercise Routine?

(3) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 8:00 PM

By The Chopra Well


To kick off their journey on "30 Days of Intent," Natalie and Iman visit celebrity trainer Holly Perkins for a lesson on fitness. They're joined by YouTube star ExoticJess,...

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