We're always down for a sweaty vinyasa flow. But with National Yoga Month well underway, we think it's the perfect time to test drive some of the more novel yoga styles. If you're not sure where to begin, here are three you're bound to love.
(Yoga newbies should be sure to take advantage of National Yoga Month's One Week Free Yoga program for first-timers.)
Iyengar Yoga: Fun with toys
Confession: I've been practicing yoga for six years, and I still can't touch my toes, stand on my head, or hold crow's pose for longer than a nanosecond. Iyengar yoga recognizes what your body can (and can't) do. Then, you'll use props like blankets, blocks, straps and bean bags to achieve those seemingly impossible poses.
Iyengar yoga isn't just for the inflexible and uncoordinated. Because students are discouraged from overexerting their muscles, it can be highly beneficial for those recovering from an injury. Psst: The Iyengar Yoga Association is currently offering a special deal in
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Brooks LSD Lite Jacket II
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Skip the trip to the supermarket, grab your grocery list and mosey on over to your local farm stand for a taste of fall's best fruits and vegetables. From the field to your fridge, these four delicious, healthy and oh-so-ripe picks are sure to keep you happy through Halloween.
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Acupuncture is an ancient form of holistic medicine that can positively impact your body and mind. While the (tiny and ultra-thin) needles may, in some cases, be mildly prickly, most acupuncture devotees find the sessions to be soothing, so much so that falling asleep isn't at all uncommon.
Nap time, you say? Now that we have your attention, check out the two biggest misconceptions surrounding acupuncture. Maybe you'll change your attitude about this invigorating, healthful treatment.
1. Acupuncture is all in your head.
Think it's all talk? Tell that to the medical practitioners who supplement traditional Western treatments with this alternative form of medicine for patients suffering from acute pain, infertility and even cancer.
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One poll even suggests that 58 percent of men use eye creams to reduce puffiness, masks to cleanse pores and, most surprisingly of all, lady's deodorant. (Yes, the male colleague sitting to your right might just be wearing Lady Speed Stick. We're just saying.)
Moisturizer, an important part of everyone's skincare regimen, is no different. Moisturizers don't just repair dry, rough and uneven skin; they also protect against environmental elements like wind, dirt and sunshine. Here, we pick three of our favorite moisturizers that work well on both sides of the gender divide.
Cetaphil UVA/UVB Defense Facial Moisturizer
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