Yoga Journal January - February 2017

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
Pocket Outdoor Media, LLC

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January PEACE IS THE NEW POWER Set the stage to find Om wherever you roam throughout 2017 by studying with the world’s best teachers at YJ LIVE! in San Francisco, January 13–16. You’ll have four days of classes and workshops to restore, relax, and renew with Colleen Saidman Yee, Rodney Yee, Tiffany Cruikshank, David Swenson, Seane Corn, and other inspiring teachers. Plus, a first for YJ: Focus your energy on manifesting your best year yet by making your own mala on Friday! See all of YJ LIVE!’s offerings and sign up today at Save $50 off a weekend pass with the code MOREYJ. February Study Online Yoga Journal’s Yoga 101 series of online courses is both for students looking to explore new yoga styles and teachers eager to introduce new practices into the classroom. Vinyasa…

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a fresh take

CARIN GORRELL You’ve studied under Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman Yee, Sharon Gannon, and David Life. What’s the most powerful lesson you learned from them? HEATHER LILLESTON That what you do matters, and to never stop asking questions about everything, including yourself. CGWhere did you get the idea for Yoga for Bad People, your yoga-retreat company? HL My business partner, Katelin Sisson, and I felt our practice had become a little too strict, too serious, and we wanted to bring back lightheartedness. We planned a retreat in Brazil called Yoga for Bad People—we wanted everyone to know that while yes, we’d do four-plus hours of yoga a day, we’d also leave room for good old-fashioned fun. It’s a formula that’s inviting and healing, and it has something for everyone. CG With the country currently experiencing…

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the upside of doing nothing

There’s something about the new year that inspires a go-go-go attitude in most of us. But if the urge to take a break and hibernate strikes, give in, says Stephanie Brown, PhD, author of Speed: Facing Our Addiction to Fast and Faster—and Overcoming Our Fear of Slowing Down. “In our society today, doing nothing is often associated with being lazy or wasting time,” says Brown, yet there are big benefits to spending chunks of time being unproductive. Need convincing? Do nothing and you’ll : Get over the “tough stuff” faster. “We stay busy because we don’t want to think about certain things,” says Brown. However, slowing down enough to face uncomfortable emotions rather than pushing them aside gives them less power, which in turn can help you disrupt your always-busy MO. Inspire…

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meddy teddy

Éminence Firm Skin Acai Exfoliating Peel Put your best face forward with this new antioxidant-rich peel. Extracts from açai berry, grapefruit, and goji gently buff and tone, leaving your complexion radiant and refreshed ($79, Wholesome Soul Boxed Notecards Strike the right note of appreciation with these uplifting cards. Designer Kajal Dhabalia’s endearing illustrations, paired with goddess blessings and spot-on spiritual quotes, make for a special moment of gratitude ($16, READ NEW YEAR, NEW READS Guru Jagat’s Invincible Living shows you how to apply the “technology” of yoga in simple but effective ways ($28, Richard Rosen’s Yoga FAQ: Almost Everything You Need to Know about Yoga—from Asanas to Yamas brings clarity and humor to the great yoga teachings ($18, WATCH Must-See Yoga TV This month, don’t miss Gaia’s Yoga Conversations with Rodney Yee, a nineepisode docuseries…

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mask appeal

1 REVIVE Made from breathable Ecoderma fabric, Orgaid’s Vitamin C & Revitalizing Organic Sheet Mask allows potent antioxidants, such as orange peel and pomegranate, to deeply infuse your skin with minimal effort—no rinse needed ($8 per mask or $42 for a box of 6, 2 EXFOLIATE Packed with exfoliating papaya and pineapple enzymes, EO Products’ Moroccan Lava Clay Exfoliating Scrub is a clay-based powder that works as either a scrub or clarifying mask ($22, 3 FIRM AND SMOOTH Farmacy’s New Dawn Mask Medley is a trifecta of biocellulose sheet masks: celery extract for tightening, purple broccoli for brightening (shown), and rhubarb for antiaging. Plus, all 3 contain coconut gel for a surge of hydration ($24, 4 HYDRATE Give your face a moisture upgrade with 100% Pure’s Aqua Boost Hydrating Mask.…

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let joy in

LIKE THE ABILITY TO learn a language or love another human being, the ability to feel joy is something we’re all born with. And perhaps surprisingly, we can feel joy independent of whatever else we’re experiencing, even amidst intense physical or psychological pain and suffering, according to psychology research. That said, many of us still believe that joy isn’t innate—that it only comes with possessing a specific item or achieving a particular outcome. So we keep searching for joy through objects, relationships, and experiences, which prevents us from realizing that this essential emotion is already within us, patiently waiting to be experienced. Unfortunately, when you resist or deny feelings of joy, your life and relationships can lose their meaning and value. For instance, when you feel you’re not living life fully,…