The face is a reflection of the body’s state of being & reveals a blueprint for balance. Containing over 40 muscles and acupoints that restore radiance to the overall appearance, a face workout delivers a ripple effect of nurturing, restorative wellness to the whole being.
Amanda McGrory is a 3-time Paralympian, including this year’s 2016 Rio Paralympics, where she will be competing in the marathon race. Making history, this is the first time the Paralympics will be aired on primetime TV, directly following the Olympic Games. We asked Amanda about her Paralympic experience, and what it means to Go for Gold.
Sharon-Day Monroe is a two-time, 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympian, in the High Jump and Heptathlon. And she made it all the way to Olympic trials in the pursuit of this year’s 2016 Rio Olympic games. We asked Sharon about her Olympic experience, and what it means to Go for Gold.
By Marla Malcolm Beck, Bluemercury CEO and Co-founder
M-61 is a signature technical skincare product line I created for our beauty store, Bluemercury, to combine the best of technical skin science and power-packed naturals, while stripping out ingredients you really don’t want in your skincare. Our clients were coming in to Bluemercury for natural, paraben-free products, but they also wanted highly technical, visible results.
Ask someone if they “do” CrossFit… My bet is you get one of two responses: 1) “YES!!! It’s amazing!”- and then they want to talk to you about it for 30 minutes until you agree to try it with them… 2) “NO- I'm too out of shape, it’s scary, I don’t want to bulk up.” Have you ever wondered why there is such a dichotomy?
Our world makes it easy to coast. We have our chores outsourced. (No, I will not grocery shop or clean my apartment, thank you very much.) We have unlimited access to unlimited things. We have an app for that — and that. And when it’s all easy, it’s harder to enjoy or even invite change.
When it comes to beauty and body image, BELLA magazine shares many of the same tenets that we hold close at The Sweat Life. Founder Courtenay Hall created BELLA around the motto “Beauty Defined By You,” encouraging readers to come up with their own framework of what they consider beautiful, not what advertisers and cover girls tell us we should look like.
We all know the benefits of taking daily probiotics (healthier bacteria, healthier gut), but what if those same probiotics could also have benefits outside of our body as well, on our skin! Dr. Roshini Raj, gastroenterologist and internist, has discovered just that, in launching TULA, her line of skin care that harnesses the power of probiotics and superfoods for the protection of our largest organ — our skin.
If you haven’t seen Nude Yoga Girl yet, it’s time. This dreamy Instagram account is filled with beautifully lit, expertly staged, black-and-white images of a young woman in — you guessed it — nude yoga poses. All the intimate parts of her body are angled away from the camera or touched up to be suitable for social media, and what remains are simply breathtaking images.
I didn’t feel bold. There I was, in pain from almost ten years of auditioning for Broadway musicals, coming oh so close to booking oh so many, and falling short every time. I was tired, doubtful, and fed up with rejection and the energy of waiting to be picked. It was 6 a.m. and I was sitting at my kitchen table in Queens, in a staring contest with a blank page of a Google doc. I finally said, enough is enough.
A virtual stroll through the hashtag #effyourbeautystandards can feel like an oasis of body positivity, thousands of women of a range of skin tones and body types, Far more significant than a single hashtag is the media backlash to dominant beauty standards — Refinery29 launched an Anti-Diet beat and Sports Illustrated recently featured its first plus-size swimsuit cover model. These public movements are refreshing because they redefine women’s appearance as opportunities for empowerment rather than oppression.
I remember growing up with a unibrow and muscles, and despising them both. I hated both of these traits of mine, thinking I was the ugliest girl to ever exist. Funnily enough, now the two parts of me that I get most complimented on are my eyebrows and my muscles, which happen to also be the parts of me I most love. So what changed?
Feeling beautiful is by no means a superficial matter. Studies prove that people who feel beautiful are happier. This does not mean, however, that people who ARE conventionally beautiful are happier. So what does it mean to feel beautiful? Of course, it depends on the person that you ask, but I can certainly tell you about me.
I’ve been body-focused for as long as I can remember. This is not to be confused with self-conscious, although I have certainly succumbed to my own fair share of that weakness. The human body has simply fascinated me: this intelligently designed system, the way it works, and more often than not, the way it doesn’t work (at least not how we want it to).
Six months ago I was not doing so hot. I have an autoimmune condition called psoriasis, and I knew what was coming… I knew I was about to have a flare. But this time would be different, I made a commitment to myself:No Western medicine. No dermatologist. I was going rogue, and I was going to heal myself naturally.
Standing barefoot in my skivvies on the cold metal scale, I waited with baited breath for the news to come. Squeezing one eye shut, lips pursed, I winced as the doctor told me the news. “159 pounds,” she remarked casually while jotting down my weight on her chart. My eyes widened in disbelief, and then, just a moment after, the strangest thing happened. My head tipped back and I heard myself laugh.
In an attempt to achieve a fit body, we often forget that fitness should physically and mentally leave us feeling GOOD! When I first started my career in the fitness and wellness space, I was inspired by how good I felt mentally and physically after a workout or a healthy, nourishing meal. I was empowered by the love and happiness that filled me when I took the time to make my personal wellness a priority each day.
Hope is seeing the light when you are surrounded by darkness. I had an extreme eating disorder for eight years of my life. For most of that time it was very hard to see the light. About three years ago, I had enough. I asked myself, “What at this very moment do you want?” More importantly I asked, “What can you work towards to overcome the situation?” I first knew I wanted to love my body.
Dyan Tsiumis is a pint-sized powerhouse. What she lacks in height she makes up for in strength (those muscles!), attitude, and heart. A Head Instructor at SWERVE and with her own private training business, it’s tough to imagine her pre-body transformation, at 220 lbs., but that was once Dyan’s reality. Body celebrations and hangups, the whole darn thing, we asked Dyan to #sweat her body.
Last night the world lost a true visionary and brilliant artist. Through his music, style, and words, he embodied the notion of true individuality, non-judgement, and free expression. At a time when so much of this world is struggling to accept such ideals, we only hope David Bowie's loss and legacy will be a reminder that every life is beautiful and deserves to be valued equally. Enjoy!
So it’s the beginning of a New Year. Everything we thought we would accomplish or had on our 2015 to-do list either happened or it didn’t. And now it’s on to the next. For some of you, that leaves you feeling excited and invigorated about the possibilities that lie ahead. For the rest of you, it makes you want to cry. I’m here to tell you that no matter what you ended up doing in 2015, it’s all perfect and ok.
As a broadcast meteorologist at The Weather Channel, whether you’re literally in a storm or going through one emotionally/physically, the show must go on. You could be getting pounded with rain, or water could be pouring from your eyes due to personal reasons, but in either scenario when that camera turns on you must be focused, articulate, knowledgeable, dependable, credible.
Why is swimwear shopping often so difficult for women? We all work hard throughout the year for well-deserved leisure time and vacation, and naturally, we want to feel confident, beautiful, and comfortable in what we’re wearing on the beach or by the pool.
HOW YOU GLOW started over a bowl of food & yoga. My co-founder and partner in crime Jessie Groveman came over to my house where I cooked her my version of Sqirl’s pesto bowl (an amazing restaurant here in LA), and she led me through the most incredible yoga session — and from there on out we knew we had to start something together.
Alex Silver-Fagan and Omri Rachmut are rising stars in the fitness scene here in NYC. Dedicated instructors, they both teach a mean class, and leave you with a smile on your face. This power-couple is kicking butts and taking names, but they spend so much time shaping others’ bodies, we wanted to hear their own body celebrations and hangups. Here, Alex and Omri #sweat their bodies.
Sitting in a hospital room for days and weeks at a time can become dreary and hopeless. There are only so many topics to be covered every day without having the conversation repeat itself time after time. How many times can you ask your mom how she is feeling? Is she in pain? If she wants to talk about her situation? However, one topic never got old or boring, The Wendy Walk.
The idea originally came to us during our Yoga teacher training. At the height of a particularly memorable yoga practice, I found myself thinking – why can’t I feel this incredible all day long? Why can’t I bring this amazing feeling into the “real world” – just bottle it up and bring it along with me?
“It’s literally just hair." I think that’s where it all began. There were so many ways I wanted to rebel against my parents because it was what all the cool kids were doing, even in college. But that’s never how it actually turns out, is it?
OK, so it's 7 am. You got yourself out of bed, made it to class, and you're here to get that workout in, check it off your to-do list, and then go on with the rest of your day, feeling productive. After all, as Woody Allen famously said: "80% of success is showing up." Right? Maybe not.
Kathryn Budig is both noted yoga teacher and author, touting self-acceptance, honesty, and balance in spades. She travels around the country to teach classes both on the mat and off, and encourages her posse to “Aim True.” We asked Kathryn for some advice on setting our intention with the new season, and always being brave.