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Joanna Cantor on Her Debut Novel, Yoga, and Writing About Grief

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This year, we’ve had some pretty standout books that have been published across the genres, but debut author Joanna Cantor’s novel Alternative Remedies For Loss has become one of the most talked about and beloved books, even though it was released just a few weeks ago. Though this is her debut, Cantor’s novel actually tackles some of the hardest things to write about clearly: the contradiction of life in your early 20s, where everything seems to be standing still yet happening too fast and all at once; grief and the feeling of permanent loss; and recovery, acceptance of our lives the way they are. And she manages to do all this effortlessly. Alternative Remedies For Loss focuses on 22-year-old Olivia, who, when…

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Not Barstool Sports: Books to Read Before You Go off to College

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Just about to begin your freshman year of college, eh? Make sure you have your shower caddy ready, your matching bed set from Target (XL Twin, for sure), and all of those Cup Noodles you’ll never end up eating because you have a meal plan. College is easy! Just kidding, college is pretty hard, duh! However, if we were able to get through it, you probably can, too. With these books, you will have everything you need to be the big person on campus. The Book of Human Emotions: From Ambiguphobia to Umpty – 154 Words from Around the World for How We Feel Hardcover, Tiffany Watt Smith (Little Brown and Company, June 7, 2016) You’re about to meet a…

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Untapped Wellness and Wisdom Through the Stars — A Scorpio’s Perspective

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Have you ever read a description of your astrology sign and you suddenly understand what you had actually known about yourself all along? For me I’ve found that, I need to die in order to be reborn — not in the literal sense –- but metaphorically speaking. Let me explain. I often find that I’m an all or nothing person in life. I’m either in it for the long haul or I’m out. When I decide that I’m out, I’m really ready to take the plunge and I’ll risk losing a lot to start over again. In the never-before-seen guide Your Body and the Stars (Atria Books, May 10, 2016) by Stephanie Marango, MD RYT and astrologer Rebecca Gordon it is indeed Scorpio who…

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Spring Clean Your Body and Soul: 4 Yoga Poses for Book Readers

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Yoga on a mat, yoga in a hot room, yoga on a paddle board, the possibilities and places to practice yoga is endless! Practicing yoga not only changes your physical being but opens up your mind as well. In a world where we are tweeting what we’re eating and snapping while we’re sleeping, there is simply no chance of slowing down. And since April is the time for spring cleaning, why not consider spring cleaning your mind and body, too?! Cleaning your mind, body and soul through strategic yoga poses can help you relax in ways one may have never been aware of. We like to consult Kathryn Budig’s Aim True: Love Your Body, Eat Without Fear, Nourish Your Spirit, Discover True Balance! (William Morrow Paperbacks,…

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Video: Missed It? Live Interview with Kathryn Budig and Aim True

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Are You Ready to Discover What Aim True Means to You? Yoga teacher and inspirational speaker Kathryn Budig is known for her ability to encourage others to set their intentions and goals, no matter how lofty, and work toward them while staying true to themselves. In Aim True, Budig extends her empowering message beyond the mat. Life is an adventure that is meant to be explored, challenged, and fully lived. The best part? When you approach life with an open mind and heart, the possibilities are endless. Allow Budig to be your guide along the journey with: • A 5-day purification process • 6 yoga sequences to put into practice • Over 85 recipes to seduce your inner Top Chef…

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Video: Missed It? Live Interview with Mark Divine and Kokoro Yoga

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Kokoro Yoga, by New York Times bestselling author and former U.S. Navy SEAL Mark Divine, is an integrated physical, mental, and spiritual training, designed initially for the nation’s elite special-ops soldiers and now taught to anyone seeking to develop the heart and mind of a warrior. Kokoro, the Japanese concept of warrior spirit―or merging heart and mind into action―is the central focus of Divine’s new approach to teaching yoga. Coach Divine’s yoga sequences are focused to adapt to all physical and mental capabilities, combining breathing, meditation, and visualization into both traditional poses as well as cross-training/combat-conditioning exercises. His decades of experience with amateur and professional athletes, active and aspiring Navy SEALs, and wounded warriors uniquely qualifies him as an expert…

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The Buddha Pill: Wait, there are consequences to meditation?

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Meditation is a commonly accepted form of relaxation, therapy and even enlightenment. But does it actually make us “better” people? That’s the question Drs. Miguel Farias and Catherine Wikholm (see her Seven Common Myths About Meditation article in The Guardian) set out to answer in their new book, The Buddha Pill: Can Meditation Actually Change You? (Watkins Publishing, May 26, 2015). In it, the doctors separate fact from fiction and use their own research to determine the efficacy and general  usefulness of meditative practices like yoga. Dr. Farias has pioneered brain research in the world of spirituality and has made great strides in the psychological benefits of yoga and meditation. Dr. Wikholm read Philosophy and Theology at Oxford University before getting her…

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The OM Factor: A quest for happiness and success

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Most women today find themselves defined by their connection to others—as mothers, wives, employees, sisters, daughters or friends. Because of this, many lose touch with the most important connection they have—the one with themselves. The result is often a battle of conflicting impulses between work and family, a life of stress, anxiety and tension in which women react to difficult situations rather than effectively dealing with them as they arise. It’s a tough way to live. But women can change this experience, says author and CEO Alka Dhillon. In her new book, The OM Factor: A Woman’s Spiritual Guide to Leadership (SelectBooks, 2015) she shares her advice on creating a spiritual foundation that allows readers to find the internal peace…

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