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Yoga Journal

Yoga Journal March/April 2020

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.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Pocket Outdoor Media, LLC
Frequency:
Monthly
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9 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
hello!

Happiness. Is it just me, or has it been the buzziest idea of the past decade? As I’ve transitioned from my mid-twenties to my mid-thirties, I’ve witnessed an endless parade of books, podcasts, documentaries, college courses—all touting the notion of happiness as an aspirational, almost-mystical ideal. Something to chase and admire in others (“Didn’t you hear, Finland is the happiest country in the world!”) and maybe, just maybe, catch a glimpse of someday. But I am rejecting all of that. While researchers commonly point to a U curve that suggests we’re happiest in our early and later years, I tend to believe that happiness is more of a decision than a result. Sure, we can’t always choose our circumstances, but we can choose our thoughts about them. On page 94, with…

2 min.
kids these days

The Chinese video-sharing service TikTok combines the brevity of Vine and the story-telling capabilities of YouTube. In 60 seconds or less, the app’s yoga-centric subset of video creators serve up challenge or partner postures to viewers, and spread the love with heartwarming clips of their yoga evolutions. Yoga holds a unique space in our technological landscape because the ancient practice is continually growing and being disseminated through hyper-modern mediums. Take Bholi Parihar and Divyansh Sharma, both 22, a duo better known as @ProYogaExperts on TikTok. They have received more than 1 million likes on their rhythmic yoga videos. The uniqueness of TikTok, they believe, is that “anybody can see your videos no matter if they follow you or not, so good content generally gets its appropriate appreciation.” When videos get promoted for the…

2 min.
agent of change

Whether she's battling a Sharknado on SYFY or tearing up the airwaves on her hilarious podcast, Two and a Half Girls, actress and philanthropist Cassie Scerbo credits a blend of yoga and meditation with keeping her cool. She’s also veep of Boo2Bullying, a nonprofit seeking to eradicate persecution, intolerance, and discrimination, and executive producer of Code Red, a new documentary addressing mental health and school safety following the shooting at her alma mater, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Here, the rising starlet shares her must-haves for a busy life in front of and behind the cameras. Aura Cacia Aromatherapy Room & Body Mist: “A must-have for me. I bring my little spray can to all of my yoga classes and spray my pillows with it prior to meditating.…

3 min.
are wellness coliving spaces the key to modern-day happiness?

Think dorm-style communal living is only for college kids? Think again. For those who hang their hats in wellness coliving spaces—where groups of people live (literally) on top of each other in repurposed residential properties in exchange for awesome amenities and greater affordability—adulthood has some similarities to collegiate life. These co-ops, which are popping up in major metropolitan areas such as Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington DC, seek to improve housing affordability and mental health by providing the camaraderie of a fellowship with the amenities of a posh health club for a fraction of market rental costs. And these are no frat houses with beer-soaked carpets. Wellness coliving is like the Wing (see page 32) or Workbar but for your permanent digs. At Haven Coliving in LA’s Venice neighborhood…

2 min.
4 spiritual musicians to follow

R&B/SOUL MELANIE FIONA INSTAGRAM: @melaniefiona Two-time Grammy-winning Canadian singer and songwriter Melanie Fiona, or “the Singing Nurse,” as she’s referred to on stage thanks to the healing components of her music, unites elements of lyrical storytelling with soothing rhythms. Her soulful vocals are fueled by themes such as living with a higher purpose and becoming more self-compassionate. THE 108-SECOND INTERVIEW YOGA JOURNAL: Who’s your biggest inspiration right now? MELANIE FIONA: Oprah. She has always used her platform to be vulnerable, share her truth, and enrich and heal people’s lives. I also relate to fellow artists Jhené Aiko and Lauryn Hill—two very spiritually powerful women. It’s beautiful to see them share their perspectives and practices through their creativity. YJ: Can you walk us through your daily meditation? MF: I find myself interjecting quick moments of stillness and gratitude throughout…

2 min.
bring it home

Carlos Gomez, founder of Yoga Day, grew up surfing in his hometown of Acapulco, Mexico. When he was 26, an aerial maneuver landed him in the backwash, and his board violently crashed into his right leg. “My knee swelled to the size of a soccer ball,” Gomez says. The incident left him with a chronic injury that kept him from doing much of anything. Two years later, he was working at a hotel in Acapulco, which happened to be hosting a yoga teacher training group. To be polite, Gomez agreed to try a few classes. He had never practiced yoga before and really didn’t expect much—he thought yoga was just something rich people did when they were bored, he says. He liked it, though, and continued attending class. After a few…