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Yoga Journal September 2018

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.

United States
Active Interest Media
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essential energy

(COURTESY OF TASHA EICHENSEHER)I SPENT NEARLY THREE heart-breaking years trying to get pregnant, until I decided I couldn’t do it anymore. Month after month I would anxiously wait, then curse, wondering if I’d exercised too much or not enough, if I should have stayed in Handstand an extra minute after sex, if I was still too stressed out about work, or if I wasn’t putting my mental and physical energy in the right places for conception. I felt like I was failing over and over again. Infertility is a huge disappointment—as is anything you really want and can’t manifest.But a couple of years removed from the day-to-day drama of it, I can see it was also a gift. It offered a bittersweet lesson: We always have the power to decide…

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zen & the art of dying

Ram Dass meditates in his RV beside a photo of his guru, Neem Karoli Baba (whom he refers to as Maharaj-ji) during the summer of 1977. (PHOTO COURTESY OF PETERSIMON.COM)ON MY WAY TO MAUI from Western Massachusetts to meet my spiritual teacher Ram Dass, I am sitting in the cramped space of a Delta flight eating cookies and reading a book by the poet and philosopher John O’Donohue, a friend who had died a few years before. He wrote that paying attention to death reminds us of the incredible miracle of being here, where “we are all wildly, dangerously free.”As I embark on my own journey to explore and write about death, I think that it will be challenging. Death relates to all of life, so when exploring it, which…

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the must list

(CHRISTOPHER DOUGHERTY AND COURTESY OF WELEDA)1 The Wild Unknown ANIMAL SPIRIT DECK & GUIDEBOOKWriter and illustrator Kim Krans created this box set for self-discovery, inspired by creatures real and mythical. Identify your own spirit animal, give readings, and pore over the mystery and magic of each being. Krans asks, “What can we learn from the great creatures who have inhabited our planet since the dawn of time?” Delve in to find out for yourself ($40, thewildunknown.com).2 Weleda ALMOND SOOTHING HAND CREAMThis autumn, protect hands from cooler, dryer climes with this creamy, silky-soft moisturizer for sensitive skin. It’s fast absorbing and fights free radicals with anti-inflammatory almond oil—one of nature’s top purveyors of vitamin E ($13, weleda.com).(COURTESY LITTLE FLOWER YOGA)3 Little Flower Yoga MINDFUL MONDAYSThis free, 25-week resource helps classroom teachers…

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wholesome oat clusters

Sage Rountree’s homemade granolaSERVES 12(HEADSHOT: TAMMY LAMOUREUX)“My love of granola started nine years ago when I began teaching at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. During my stay, they served delicious granola in the morning, and I missed it once I returned home. After some experimenting, I created this recipe filled with oats, nuts, and seeds. It tastes amazing with fresh yogurt and seasonal fruit. I make a giant batch every other month—it stores well and is a nice gift, too. Enjoy it for breakfast, or throw some in a bag for a satisfying snack.”⅔ cup maple syrup⅓ cup canola oil4 cups rolled oats (not quick oats!)1 cup almonds, chopped1 cup sunflower seeds1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut½ cup sesame seeds¼ cup flaxseeds1½ tsp almond extract1½ tsp vanilla extract½ tsp…

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2018 gear guide

ON RETREATOn Jessica (left)TOP Free People Solid Painted Desert Tank ($38, freepeople.com)PANTS Teeki Cowgirl Polka Dot Bell Bottoms ($99, teeki.com)BRA KiraGrace Caged Halter Crop Top ($78, kiragrace.com)JEWELRY Wrapped in a Mala Mala Bracelets ($25 each, wrappedinamala.etsy.com)On Valerie (right)JUMPSUIT Daughters of Culture Mystic Sufi Jumpsuit ($112, daughtersofculture.com)BRA Lululemon Free to Be Wild Bra ($48, lululemon.com)JEWELRY Blade & Knoll Circle Ring ($45), Bangles ($20) and Diamond Drop Earrings ($40; bladeandknoll.com)HENNA Henna Luna ($100, hennaluna.com)IN YOUR YOGA BAGHAT Burton Womens Bonita Beanie in Squashed ($40, burton.com)BAG ThePureBag Volcano Reversible Yoga Bag ($148, thepurebag.com)MAT EcoYoga Original EcoYoga Mat in Coral Red ($80, ecoyogacanada.com)SUNGLASSES EQO Mariana Maple Sunglasses ($119, weareqo.com)SHOES Birkenstock Arizona Soft Footbed in Tobacco Oiled Leather ($135, birkenstock.com)MAKEUP BAG Barbarian Bewbs Boobs Scale Pattern Carry-All Pouch ($16, barbraignatiev.com)SUNSCREEN Bare Republic Mineral SPF 50…

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the new energy crisis

IN OUR FAST–PACED, ALWAYS–ON CULTURE where phrases like “burned out,” “stressed,” and “exhausted” are regularly bandied about—humblebragged, even—it’s no wonder the term “adrenal fatigue” has become a health buzzword. What is it? In fact, it’s been dubbed “the stress syndrome of the 21st century” and is described as being sick and tired of feeling sick and tired.What is it? A nebulous, controversial ailment that blames overtaxed adrenal glands for a cluster of nonspecific symptoms, including chronic fatigue, sleep and digestive disturbances, cognitive difficulties, and odd food cravings. (Your adrenals are the two triangular glands on top of your kidneys and are responsible for secreting the energizing hormones cortisol and adrenaline in times of stress.)To be sure, people are reporting higher and higher levels of stress, says Jeffery Dusek, PhD, chief…