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Health & Fitness
Yoga Journal

Yoga Journal

May/June 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.

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Active Interest Media
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1 min.
letter from the editor

Spring is finally here, and with it comes those coveted longer days and sunny skies that naturally lift spirits and melt away sluggish winter ruts. Here at Yoga Journal, we believe it’s the quintessential season to reenergize our creative projects and practices that often fall by the wayside during the year. You know what I mean: Between school drop-offs, meal planning, busy 9–5s, and toxic news cycles, how do we make space for finding inspiration and getting into the flow of creating? For this issue, we sat down with the master of creativity herself, Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Big Magic and Eat Pray Love—and her pal (another one of my personal sheroes) yoga teacher and author Jennifer Pastiloff—to find out. The pair recently launched their Be Magic workshop series to…

4 min.
here comes the sun

When you turn toward the things that fill you with a sense of purpose, you become a channel for more of the same. Since the sun represents your essential Self, the sign it was in on the day you were born can guide you toward living your purpose. Here’s a glimpse into what’s in the stars for you during May and June. CHANI NICHOLAS is an astrologer and the author of You Were Born for This: Astrology for Radical Self-Acceptance (Harper One, 2020). To learn more about all things astrological, go to chart.chaninicholas.com. ARIES (March 21–April 19) Embody the mark you wish to make on the world. Pinpoint the habits that undermine you, and leave anything that drains or distracts you behind. Whether that means developing better boundaries or learning to be more…

2 min.
char in charge

Charlotte McKinney has come a long way since her Carl’s Jr. Super Bowl commercial went viral in 2015—you know, the one that came under fire for casually objectifying women … and beef. In February, the devout Pilates and hot yoga enthusiast appeared alongside Lucy Hale and Nathalie Emmanuel in Fantasy Island, the film adaptation of the classic ’70s TV show of the same name. McKinney is also garnering attention for sharing her battle with chronic pain with her 1.4 million Instagram followers and for her volunteer work with Best Buddies—a nonprofit that benefits people with developmental disabilities—which she's been committed to since she was 15. Here, McKinney shares what helps her prioritize her health while she’s on the go. YOGA BY THE NUMBERS: 24 The number of weeks it took for study participants…

3 min.
for karma or cash

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3 min.
4 tarot card readers to follow

DANIELLE NOEL INSTAGRAM: @moonchildtarot Intuitive artist Danielle Noel may be from British Columbia, but her art transcends time and place. She has created two tarot decks: Starchild and Moonchild Tarot. With the divine feminine at the helm, Noel weaves mysticism and ancient lore into her practice to guide the starchildren among us. Here, she opens up about using tarot as a tool, setting boundaries, and the value of darkness. THE 108-SECOND INTERVIEW YOGA JOURNAL: How do tarot card readings influence your creativity? DANIELLE NOEL: Tarot and oracle cards can be very helpful when you want to check in with yourself, as they connect with our subconscious mind and energy fields. I incorporate my readings into my journaling and meditation practices, which can be very useful when it comes to creative planning or visualization. YJ: What does…

3 min.
good reads

It all started in 2013 with a baby shower. Sailaja Joshi, then a doctoral candidate in Northeastern University’s sociology program, wanted to plan a library-themed party for her baby girl. But when she started making her registry, she was alarmed: The children’s books available severely lacked diverse representation, especially when it came to her own Indian culture. So, as a student, Joshi turned to what was familiar: research. She found that, at the time, there were roughly as many books about animals, trucks, and other non-human characters as there were about children of color, and together, racially diverse books made up barely a quarter of what was being published. Concerned but not deterred, she reached out to the women in her local mothers’ group to ask whether anyone had experience…