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7 Rose Quartz Beauty Products to Open The Heart Chakra

The soothing gemstone is known for opening up the heart chakra to love and positive energy, making it the quintessence of well-being.

7 Rose Quartz Beauty Products to Open The Heart Chakra

Rose quartz has been rocking the wellness scene for centuries. Legend has it that Cleopatra bathed with the stuff to harness its healing and anti-aging properties: stimulating circulation to deliver oxygen to the skin and clearing out tension, toxins, and impurities. The soothing gemstone is also known for opening up the heart chakra to love and positive energy, making it the quintessence of well-being.

  1. Dr. Brandt Neck Sculpting Cream with Rose Quartz Gua Sha, $95, drbrandtskincare.com 
  2. Aquarian Soul Rose Moon Tinted Lip Balm, $12, shopaquariansoul.com 
  3. Herbivore Rose Quartz Facial Roller, $40, herbivorebotanicals.com 
  4. Glacce Crystal Elixir Water Bottle, $80, freepeople.com 
  5. Hellen Center Your Heart Bath Brew, $65, hellen.nyc 
  6. Pacifica Crystal Foam Sparkling Clean Face Wash, $10, pacificabeauty.com 
  7. Mama Malas Blissful Mala, $113, mamamalas.com

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The Ultimate Amazon Prime Day Yoga Gear Wish List

Prime Day starts Monday, July 15 and runs through Tuesday, July 16. Here are the yoga essentials we’re hoping will be on deep discount.

Prime Day has quickly become one of the hottest shopping days of the year. But, this summer, Amazon is giving you two whole days to score mega sales online, and, in store, at Whole Foods

Discounts aren’t revealed until the sales go live on Monday, July 15, but you can start watching deals on your Amazon app right now. Here are two ways: go to “Today’s Deals” in the dropdown and and review “Upcoming.” Add items to your “Watching” list by tapping “Watch This Deal” to be alerted when it’s time to buy (make sure that your phone is set to enable notifications). Secondly, type “sneak peek” into your Amazon search bar and start scrolling, add any interesting deals to your watch list. Just remember, you have to be an Amazon Prime member to score these discounts.

Luxurious Mat: Manduka eKO Yoga Mat

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Class Carry-All: Ewedoos Yoga Mat Bag

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Perfect Props: Gaiam Essentials Yoga Block 2 Pack & Yoga Strap Set

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Sticky Towel: Shandali Hot Yoga Towel

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Bright, Sturdy Seat: Zafuko Foldable Meditation Cushion

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Budget Mat: TOPLUS Yoga Mat

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Shiny Pants: Alo Yoga Women’s High Waist Airbrush Legging

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Colorful Support: YogaAccessories Round Cotton Yoga Bolster

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Comfy Pants: prAna Cozy Up Pant

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Size-Inclusive Pants: Core 10 (XS-3X) ‘Spectrum’ Yoga High Waist Capri Legging – 19″

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Strappy Bra: Core 10 (XS-3X) Spectrum Longline Sports Bra

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Travel Mat: Gaiam Folding Travel Yoga Mat

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Cozy Cover-Up: Under Armour Women’s Modal Terry Open

How to Avoid Social Media Blues

Yacht parties and bikini bodies got you down? Here’s how to get out of the funk.

I photoshopped a picture of myself once. Okay, maybe more than once.

I’m not talking about adding filters or erasing stains from my shirt. I’m talking vacuuming away parts of my stomach, arms, and even a little thigh. When I gave my husband a virtual tummy tuck, he finally forced me to check myself.

“You can’t talk about self-love and authenticity and then use photoshop!” He was horrified. And then I was, too.

I whole-heartedly believe we’re each put on this earth in our own unique bodies to express our true Selves. And through platforms such as teaching yoga, writing, and using social media, part of my job is to help people realize this. I teach the self-acceptance and body positivity—but I wasn’t always practicing it.

What the bleep was I doing erasing a few pounds with the swipe of my finger?

For the honest answer, we must take a little trip back in time.

I have been dieting since I was 9 years old. Even now, while I may no longer count calories or weigh my broccoli, I still watch every morsel I put in my mouth. I was a child of the early nineties—the era of the supermodel. Pictures of Claudia Schiffer and Cindy Crawford lined the walls of my room. My mum modeled, too (along with her many other careers), and I coveted her air-brushed headshots, just as I did every single page of Vogue.

I wish I looked like that.

Wow, she’s so beautiful.

Why am I so ugly?

These were the lyrics that played on repeat in my head. Not exactly the anthems we want for our children.

The pressure of perfection is a force so strong it …

I Tried 7 Days of Online Yoga and Here's My Five Takeaways

One yogi editor plunges into a seven-day yoga challenge and has five major takeaways from her experience.

I’m toggling between work projects when I see the email from YogaAnytime.com pop up in my inbox. It reminds me that it’s time to take a break and start the 7-day Summer Challenge that I signed up for (for this assignment). When it comes to freelancing, the Law of Attraction actually plays out—a lot of work tends to beget even more work. So while several projects that I was juggling for other clients were already eating my weekends, I’d taken the assignment to do a 7-day summer challenge on YogaAnytime.com and write about the experience because I figured, if nothing else, it would MAKE me take a break each day for a week and get on my mat.

So I do that now, unrolling my neglected yoga mat on my office floor. I play the Challenge Intro trailer, where I meet the spirited (and very young-looking) Steph Winsor for the first time. I have to admit, I’m skeptical. The title of the challenge is “Enjoy Yourself.” What does that even mean, I think, still wearing my editor hat. I’m a little annoyed that I have to trade the dent that I could be making in my long to-do list for “Day 1: Simple and Sweet.” I assume it will be a basic beginner practice that I could lead myself through—when I actually have the time. Which isn’t now. What can this twenty-something have to teach me? I probably finished my yoga teacher training before she was out of middle school, I think. But I suck it up and start—only because I have to. For work.

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How to Find Self-Love and Acceptance Through Grief and Fear

In her new book, On Being Human: A Memoir of Waking Up, Living Real, and Listening Hard, yoga teacher Jennifer Pastiloff examines how facing loss, grief, and vulnerability allowed her to find endless love, self-acceptance, and wild happiness.

Four years into dating, Robert and I were walking to the movies to see Inglourious Basterds when he nudged me to the other side of the sidewalk. He always insists (still) on walking on the side closer to the street. I wasn’t expecting it, so when he pushed me, I almost lost my footing.

“So, um, would you ever want to be Mrs. Taleghany?” he asked, and he shoved me, which I equated to pulling the hair of a girl you like on the playground.

“Are you asking me to marry you?” I said.

“Well, would you want to?”

“Wait. Is this how you are asking me to marry you?”

It sure was. The next morning, I woke up to a velvet jewelry box on my pillow from a local jeweler. Inside was a small diamond engagement ring. I opened my eyes and rolled over onto the jewelry box. He said, “I waited for you for 10 years.” He had.

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I wanted to keep my last name. I felt like it was my only connection left with my father, who died at age 38, when I was eight years old. I am always going to be Jen Pastiloff, Melvin’s daughter. Daughter of Mel The Jew—his nickname when he hung out on 5th and Wharton in South Philly as a teen.

I am an Avoider, not a Facer. And that is what I call a Classic Bullshit Story. The patterns of holding my grief inside my body have created neural pathways that cause …

Why Isn’t Yoga Covered By Health Insurance?

The short answer is, it’s complicated.

We spoke with John Kepner, executive director of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), and Courtney Butler-Robinson, stress management specialist and yoga therapist for the Dean Ornish Reversal Clinic at Saline Heart Group in Benton, Arkansas, to find out why yoga therapy is largely uncovered by health insurance companies. Dean Ornish, MD, made headlines in 2010 for convincing insurance companies that yoga and meditation, when combined with proper diet and exercise, could reverse heart disease. To date, yoga therapy is covered only under the Ornish Reversal Program for heart disease, but some affiliated clinics, such as Saline Heart Group, are beginning to offer cancer care.

Yoga Journal: With all of its proven benefits, why is it so hard to get yoga covered by insurance?

John Kepner: That’s the big question. IAYT is a self-regulated organization—it’s all voluntary. We have standards and an accrediting body, continued education, certification, and an enforceable code of ethics, but we don’t yet have a certification exam. All professional health fields have some kind of exam. IAYT has just launched that effort, and I expect it will take another two years to complete. Those are necessary but not sufficient pillars when you’re talking about insurance. In most cases, but not all, insurance coverage extends to licenced health care fields.

Courtney Butler-Robinson: We are a wellness center and offer different programing. We recently extended into cancer care. The Ornish Reversal Program is the only program I know of where the whole thing, including yoga therapy, is covered by Medicare. Oftentimes, people who have cancer or have been given chemo will end up with heart problems, and in that case, we can often bill under that.

JK: One of my personal goals is yoga therapy insurance coverage for people …