ZINIO logo
Yoga Journal

Yoga Journal November/December 2019

Add to favorites

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.

Read More
United States
Pocket Outdoor Media, LLC

in this issue

3 min.
time out

This issue is about rest. It’s about slowing down and finding refuge in your practice and yourself so that you can feel whole—harnessing energy when you need it, cultivating the ability to down-regulate on demand, and building resilience—wherever you go. Easy, right? Right. It’s one of the hardest things I’ve tried to do. It requires breaking habits that help you avoid discomfort (anyone else too busy watching Netflix to meditate?) and occasionally saying no to that last-minute dinner invitation or extra project. Last August, I spent a week in San Francisco at a Restorative Yoga training with Judith Hanson Lasater. My daily schedule had been so insane that I hadn’t looked at the materials before I got there. I arrived half a day early and proceeded to run around town, to the…

1 min.

GARNET Red crystals bring physical energy. This deep-crimson mineral, in particular, increases passion. Garnet has been known to enhance sexuality, warmth, and devotion—while boosting sincerity and honesty in relationships. It is also said to transform negative energies into positive ones. Try placing a piece of it under your pillow or wearing it around your neck or wrist. BLUE LACE AGATE This grounding stone boasts a calming, soothing effect and is great for activating and healing the throat chakra—thus boosting your communication skills, especially when it comes to speaking from your higher self. Agate can also aid in overcoming negative emotions by bringing love into the chakras. Wear it at the throat when you need support in speaking your truth. FLUORITE The ultimate chill pill, fluorite neutralizes negative energy and increases concentration. It’s also great for…

2 min.
4 young yogis to follow

TABAY ATKINS INSTAGRAM: @tabayatkins Tabay Atkins was only 10 years old when he got his first 200-hour vinyasa teaching certification. Now, the 14-year-old yoga teacher reflects on what brought him to the mat—plus his journey to veganism and conscious living. THE 108-SECOND INTERVIEW YOGA JOURNAL: Who’s your biggest inspiration right now and why? TABAY ATKINS: My biggest inspiration is my mom. I think about her courage every day and how strong and determined she was while battling cancer—which helps me to be brave, too. Seeing how much yoga helped her heal inspired me to become a yoga teacher so I could help other people who were going through similar experiences. YJ: What’s your go-to mantra? TA: Think good thoughts; speak kind words; feel love, be love, and give love. This mantra reminds me that my thoughts are powerful. By…

2 min.
tharp objects

At 78, famed dancer Twyla Tharp has no plans for slowing down. Her fourth book, Keep it Moving: Lessons For the Rest of Your Life, hits stores October 29, and the spirited septuagenarian credits her exercise and meditation regimen (read: plenty of yoga) with keeping her body and mind, well…sharp. Here, the acclaimed creator—who has choreographed more than 160 works, including ballets, Broadway shows, and figure skating routines—shares a few of her favorite items for a life well-lived. Normalife Skinline by Norma Kamali. “The Smooth Exfoliating Cleanser is really good for yoga practitioners, because we all have Downward Dog feet!” Lou Reed’s Hudson River Wind Meditations. “It’s one of the last things Reed recorded. He was very into meditation. I think this is an epic approach to accompaniment for meditation because it’s…

5 min.
counting sheep

Meditation is nonnegotiable when it comes to my everyday routine. Most of the time, it means dragging my meditation cushion out from under my living room couch and onto the tiny bit of floor space I have in my New York City apartment. From there, I pull out my smartphone, launch the Calm app, and listen to the Daily Calm—a 10-minute guided meditation that changes every day. I’ve been using this app for more than a year and have found that holding myself accountable for meditating 10 minutes a day is what’s realistic, and it has had a noticeable impact on my life. I can always count on learning something new and finding my center in 10 minutes flat. I feel more grounded, and I’m less likely to react to annoyances…

1 min.
can singing cure sleep apnea?

Still reeling from season 2 of Big Little Lies? Us too. Especially that scene where Bonnie Carlson, played by Zoë Kravitz, leads a yoga class of practitioners who are singing Chicago’s “If You Leave Me Now” in Savasana (Corpse Pose). They’re allegedly doing it to mitigate sleep apnea (which repeatedly halts breathing while sufferers sleep), Carlson admits to her father: “Stanford Sleep Clinic…diagnosed everyone in the class as a cash cow.” Even if the apnea was fake, we wanted to know: Was there any truth in the treatment? So we turned to Rohit Budhiraja, MD, sleep medicine specialist in the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. The verdict? He says Bonnie’s sing-along Savasana is just another in a trail of big little lies. There’s no…