From March to May is the body’s natural time for cleansing and detoxification. A spring detox, in fact, revives your energy, brightens your complexion, and strengthens your immune system while helping you drop excess winter weight and eliminate toxins.
For decades, dhal has been a staple dish in our family, not just because it’s a breeze to make, but also because everyone loves its mild curry flavors and feels satisfied after eating it. A cornerstone of Vedic cooking, dhal has been a major component of most meals in India for countless centuries. Literally translated, dhal simply means “seed.” As a dish, however, it’s very often comprised of small legumes called pulses, such as lentils or mung beans. Technically seeds themselves, pulses cook relatively quickly and go well with most grains and veggies.
By mid-October, there is nothing my body craves more than a sweet-tart crunchy apple fresh off the tree, still glistening with dew. An apple in the springtime simply isn’t the same, and my body knows it. Just as I prefer to wear a ski jacket in a blizzard or a sundress in a heatwave, or ice skate in winter and picnic in summer, I like to adjust my diet according to the climate and time of year.
Real beauty is an inner quality that transcends your physical features and never fades, even with time. This doesn’t mean, however, that you should neglect your body, especially when keeping it in good form can be so simple and enjoyable. Eating a healthy vegetable-based diet is in itself a natural boost to your appearance and overall vitality. For instance, many of the nutrients available in fresh fruits and veggies help strengthen your skin and tissues, brighten your eyes, cleanse your body of toxins, and renew your energy.
New products in the Little Yogis line from Wai Lana (Malibu, Calif.) include the EnviroMat, a chloride-free, biodegradable soft mat for yogis of all sizes (a Little Yogis-themed mat is also available). The Daydream DVD features Wai Lana's naptime cartoon, which utilizes an ancient yoga relaxation technique, Yoga Nidra, to help small children calm down and sleep
My quest for optimum health goes on and this week it has led me to yoga. I must admit that I approach yoga with a certain hesitancy. I do believe in the benefits of yoga, but I've had a bad experience with it. A few years back, I had a girlfriend who was really into yoga and was quite good at it. So, one day she decided to teach me the basics.
Moving into the final stretch of winter, the days can often seem bleak and our bodies sluggish. The giddy anticipation of the holidays that kept things festive and upbeat is gone. We’re simply biding our time, waiting for the first signs of spring—and for the welcome burst of life and energy that comes along with it. In short, the end of winter is often a time when people feel genuinely ready for sunnier days.
Since every one of us was a kid, we’ve been told we need to drink 8 glasses of water a day minimum—especially when doing lots of exercise. In my family of yoga practitioners and martial artists, this is something we take very seriously, particularly in the summertime. In fact, one of the best ways to protect your health and the health of those you love is simply by keeping everyone hydrated.
If the idea of doing yoga in front of others has you quaking in your stretchy pants, try it in the privacy of your living room with Wai Lana, host of the long-running PBS series Wai Lana Yoga. Turn to Channel 8 (KAET) at 6 a.m. every weekday to learn how to do a sun salutation without anyone watching.
It was only a matter of time before kids would start doing yoga too—considering the surge in yoga’s popularity over the past decade. Especially when kids see mom stretching across a big purple yoga ball or hanging upside down on a turquoise mat … how could yoga not appeal to the curious child?