Engage and Energize Your Body (Even on Days You're Stuck at a Desk)


Don’t have time for a mat-based practice today? You can energize and strengthen your body anywhere with this simple chair yoga sequence. It’s perfect for deskbound days, or as a break when you’re feeling sluggish in your body or mind.

This sequence from Mindful Chair Yoga Deck by Jennifer Cohen Harper and Mayuri Gonzales can be done from almost anywhere and is appropriate for kids and adults. Get the book here. 

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Prosciutto Wrapped Figs with Grana Padano Red Onion Jam

This recipe was created in partnership with Icons of European Taste, a joint promotional program to promote Prosciutto di Parma–whose cured hams I dream about on a regular basis-Grana Padano and Prosciutto di San Daniele.

For whatever reason, I didn’t grow up eating cured ham in my house.

You could say things changed drastically when the Pancake Man came into my life in terms of the frequency and devotion level with which I now embrace weekend charcuterie and breakfast bacon.

But really, my tastes evolved about 10 years ago when I was studying abroad in Rome. There, you didn’t go to the deli counter and get a pound of turkey for sandwiches. Instead, you chose from an array of giant hanging ham legs from various regions, each with its own texture, saltiness and funk.prosciutto and gana padano on a cutting boardfresh cut figs on a plateonions and butter in a pot

Needless to say, I spent my semester falling out of love with a boy I left back home at college, and into the throes of a mad deep passion for prosciutto. I ate it in loose-leaf piles when I needed a lazy snack, wrapped it around figs for our collegiate version of a “fancy” dinner party with 5 euro jugs of wine, and papered ciabatta with thin slices for my lunches.

When I got back to the States, I realized how hard it was to find authentic prosciutto from the old country in most supermarkets, not that I could really afford it at the time. Now though, I know all the tricks for seeking it out. My usual go-to is to ask for Prosciutto di Parma, which is made with traditional methods using only two ingredients—pork and sea salt—and has a subtle salty, sweet flavor. At the deli counter, you can ask to see the Parma crown branded into the leg to ensure it’s …

The Radical Truth That Makes Tantra Relevant Today


Think ancient philosophy is outdated? Think again.

Think Tantra’s ancient spiritual teachings are too outdated for today’s world? Sally Kempton—who leads YJ’s upcoming Tantra 101 course—shares the radical truth at the core of this centuries-old philosophy that makes it so relevant for our time. (Hint: It speaks to freedom, love, and reality.) 

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Want to learn how to tap into your innate power called Shakti? Join our new online course, Tantra 101: Awaken to Your Most Divine Life, led by meditation teacher Sally Kempton. In six weeks you’ll discover Tantra’s potent teachings and practices, so you can transform every breath, movement, and feeling into a pathway to greater insight and peace. Sign up today!

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SIBO Made Simple | EP 27 | Bad Bacteria: Food Poisoning, Parasites & Other Pathogens that Cause SIBO with Dr. Ilana Gurevich

We often talk about how SIBO is an issue of location, not type. Meaning, our main worry isn’t whether our bacteria is “good or bad,” per se. Just that it’s in the wrong place, too far up our digestive tract. But in the last five years we’ve come to better understand how pathogenic bacteria is often the first player in a chain of events that eventually leads someone to develop SIBO.

In today’s conversation, I’m joined by Dr. Ilana Gurevich, a naturopathic physician and one of the foremost experts on the intersection of IBD and IBS, to discuss why food poisoning is one of the leading causes of SIBO, and how every day exposures to parasites in our drinking water, food, and environment can fuel a whole host of other GI disorders.

For those looking to understand more about Post-Infectious IBS and the process of autoimmunity that can lead to SIBO, today’s episode will clear up all your questions!

A quick taste of what we’ll cover:

  • How post-infectious IBS develops in the body, often from a simple case of food poisoning
  • What happens to the migrating motor complex when a bad actor enters the picture and our immune system jumps into action
  • The IBS Smart Test, plus other tests for uncovering parasites and deciding how to treat them
  • What arsenal every SIBO Amigo should travel with to prevent food poisoning or parasites from taking hold
  • Why some critters aren’t always the enemy
  • And so much more…

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The Best Jump Ropes

If you’re not a modern-day jump rope connoisseur, then you likely remember jump ropes as those flimsy, plastic ropes that you used during recess as a child.

Best Durability

WOD Nation Speed Jump Rope

Endurance Workouts Just Became More Challenging. Get in the best shape of your life with a speed jump rope built for serious endurance trainers, including boxers and MMA fighters. 

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This steel cable jump rope doesn’t kid around. It’s extremely stable, for faster rotations, and can be customized easily at home. The length varies so you can shorten it if you want a faster swing. It comes with a 100% lifetime warranty, in case you have any issues with the product. Note: like all steel cable jump ropes, you’ll want to use this one on a flat, smooth surface. Cement can wear down the outer coating. The handles are just under seven inches long and the rope, which comes in nine colors, is 10 feet in length. Get it here.

Best for the Beginner

Survival and Cross Jump Rope by FMS International 

This Jump Rope Will Take You From Casual to Serious Workouts, No Upgrade Needed. The Survival and Cross jump rope offers ease of use for beginners, but also the functionality and features that many more serious users desire. 

What We Liked: 

The Survival and Cross jump rope clocks in with a 10-foot cable length and five-inch handles. It’s fully adjustable for not only adults but children as well. The handles and cable are both lightweight, making them simple to use for anyone, regardless of their ability, and the cables are twist- and tangle-free. Ball bearings in the handles make it easy for you to increase your rotation speeds as you gain more skill, too. And, the rope travels well, as it easily stores …

Holistic Colds & Flu Remedies for Kids

Get that extra defense from these  medicines to more effectively ward off and fight colds and flus.

Expert Choice

American Health Kids Sticks Multivitamin & Mineral Supplement

Vitamin C. These sticks are packed with vitamin C and other minerals that easily dissolve in water or juice; your kids won’t even taste the vitamin flavor.

What We Liked:

 If your child holds a grudge against taking vitamins, then this product is for you. The vitamins and minerals come in a powder form in packets (sticks). Just pour the mixture into water or juice, stir, and enjoy. It dissolves easily and the taste is subtle. “Studies on vitamin C for cold and flu prevention have yielded mixed results,” says Song. Even so, she believes the vitamin’s powerful antioxidant activity plays a vital role in helping the body ward off and deal with infections. Your child will be protected against germs without even realizing they are consuming vitamins and minerals. Get it today.

Contender

Boiron Oscillococcinum

Oscillococcinum. This is a homeopathic medicine designed to prevent or reduce the duration of the flu. “I also give my kids one vial of Oscillococcinum before or right after any known ‘germfest’— birthday parties, plane travel, etc.,” says Song.

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Going on a trip? Have a school recital? Big homework assignments due soon? It seems that kids get sick at the most inconvenient times. If you start noticing any headaches, fevers, chills, fatigue, or body aches in your child then it may be time to take some of Boiron’s Oscillococcinum. Don’t let the name turn you away, this stuff really works. The homeopathic medicine dissolves quickly if you place the pellets under your tongue. People of all ages, three years and older, use and love this product. Get the family pack here.

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6 Poses to Calibrate Your Inner Compass

This sequence will help you access your truth during decision-making and learn how to set healthy limits.

Through quieting practices like asana, pranayama, and meditation, we are able to turn down the volume on the worrying mind and tune into the heart’s guidance.

There is a place inside each of us that always know the way – a place guiding us toward our personal truth. Some call it gut sense, others intuition, gently letting us know when we are on the right track and when we are not (sometimes not so gently). This is our inner compass, and it points us in the right direction when have lost ourselves. It keeps us on course, so that when we are presented with decisions both big and small, we can navigate from our heart instead of fear.

Following our inner compass is not an easy task! In fact, it takes great skill and a whole lot of courage. Sometimes we will need to forge our own path and go against the herds and tide. In order for compasses to work efficiently, the needle must be able to turn without obstruction. This means we have a responsibility to take care of our compass and not let internal debris in the form of thoughts or self-doubt sully its mechanism. 

We also need beware of external forces that may misdirect the compass. These can come in the form of other people’s opinions. The more we learn to use our compass well, the more quickly we will arrive where we are meant to be.

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How many times do we say ‘yes’ to things out of guilt or obligation? Only to suddenly feel dread and resentment. If you are like me, you say ‘yes’ because you …