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Yoga Journal

Yoga Journal July - August 2016

Yoga Journal offers all practitioners—from beginners to masters—expert information on how to live a healthier, happier, more fulfilling life both on and off the mat.

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Active Interest Media
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2 Min.
meet us on the road

Yoga Journal and Gaia are road-tripping across North America on our first-ever LiveBeYoga Tour to hear firsthand what inspires you to practice. (Visit yogajournal.com/livebeyoga for the itinerary.) We caught up with LBY ambassador Tarah Stuht between stops. YOGA JOURNALWhat has been your favorite tour stop so far? TARAH STUHT Flint, Michigan. Speaking with children about how yoga is helping them be more focused and confident is magical. The Crim Fitness Foundation is bringing health and wellness into focus in Flint after the town was exposed to toxic levels of lead. YJWhat have you seen on the road that surprises you the most? TS How often yoga is spoken about. I knew yoga was taking over the wellness world in a wonderful way, but to hear so many conversations about it is astonishing. I was…

3 Min.
the votes are in!

I’m so thrilled to introduce this month’s cover model, Mary Lyn Jenkins, a yoga teacher in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, and the winner of Yoga Journal’s 2016 reader cover contest. A studio owner with more than 1,000 hours of training with Baron Baptiste, Mary Lyn impressed us with her passion for and dedication to the practice—not to mention her super-sweet demeanor at our cover shoot. And she must have impressed you, too, since YJ readers chose her as our winner from among five inspiring finalists in an online vote. Meet Mary Lyn below, and join her for class if you’re ever in her area. CARIN GORRELLWhat prompted you to enter our cover contest? MARY LYN JENKINS I was wrapping up YJ’s 21-Day Yoga Challenge and got an email notification about the contest.…

4 Min.
tune in, chill out

From Ziggy Marley concerts to massive kirtan sessions with Krishna Das, live music abounds at summer yoga and music festivals—and new research suggests that attending a show can do more than just entertain you. We already know that music can enhance your mood, but for the first time, a study has shown that live music can reduce stress levels. Daisy Fancourt, a researcher at the Centre for Performance Science, in the United Kingdom, found that people who attended live performances experienced significant reductions in the stress hormone cortisol, regardless of whether or not they were musicians or frequent concert-goers. So after a tension-filled day, take in a local show or seek out yoga events and classes with live music: Since both music and yoga can induce a transcendent state of…

1 Min.
nix odor, naturally

1 Home Health Herbal Magic’ roll-on deodorant makes smells disappear with the antimicrobial power duo of aloe and witch hazel ($8, vitacost.com). 2 PiperWai Natural Deodorant is a cream formula made from odor-absorbing activated charcoal that rubs on clear ($12, piperwai.com). 3 Schmidt’s Bergamot + Lime Natural Deodorant stick is nongreasy and contains refreshing citrus essential oils that not only smell great but also serve as disinfectants that fight stink-causing bacteria ($9, schmidtsdeodorant.com). 4 Vibrant vetiver, rosewood, and spearmint add scent to the men’s Lucky Tiger Head to Tail Deodorant and Body Spray, while glycerin and witch hazel have a cooling effect on the skin ($18, getluckytiger.com). 5 Virgin coconut oil and baking soda provide an odor-absorbing base for Organic Essence Organic Confidence Relentless All-Day Deodorant, while essential oils like peppermint and lemon-tea tree…

7 Min.
an ultimate healing journey to hua hin, thailand

I COULD FEEL THE HOT, WET TEARS STARTING TO WELL behind my eyes, and willed them not to fall. After all, what the heck did I have to cry about? I was on a mat getting a Thai massage—in Thailand. Life was good. Three days earlier, I’d checked in to Chiva-Som International Health Resort, where I was introduced to a small army of practitioners, including massage therapists, skin-care specialists, a naturopath, and an acupuncturist, all working to help me feel my best by the end of my five-night stay. How was it that in this moment, fully relaxed with the smell of orchids and jasmine wafting in the air around me, I had to harness all of my energy to keep from weeping? The small, strong Thai man working on my…

2 Min.
ask the experts

What’s a good source of omega-3s for yogis who don’t eat meat or fish? Hemp seeds One serving of this complete protein has an array of essential fatty acids, including omega-3s, in addition to fiber and several minerals. Plus, hemp seeds don’t contain carbs, which vegetarians and vegans tend to overdo. Sprinkle a tablespoon into a smoothie or on top of a salad for a big nutrition boost. Ashley Koff, RD Dietitian and creator of the Better Nutrition Simplified Program, Washington, DC Is doing yoga in front of a mirror helpful or distracting? Mirrors can offer useful feedback, especially for yogis who learn best via visual information. This external, reliable, and unbiased reference point can keep you on track and enhance your understanding of alignment principles and relationships—like the tilting and tucking required to find a…