Does this sentence sound familiar to you: “Okay, tomorrow I’m going to start meditating!” And somehow it just doesn’t seem to happen? (Sigh) Stop the self-shaming. Now. Starting (and continuing) a practice is tough. But, not impossible. In fact, it just got easier with this great online course with none other than Deepak Chopra. And, it’s free. The course includes six audio teachings, six guided meditations, practical teachings on how and when to sit, frequently asked questions, mindful practices, inspiring readings, and, well, you get the picture — there’s a lot of great material here! What I like about Deepak Chopra is his accessibility, thoughtfulness, and … humor. All qualities that help demystify what a meditation practice looks like and — most importantly — that it is different for everyone. A nice bonus is that his daughter, Mallika Chopra (CEO of Intent.com), will be co-leading this course. So if you needed an extra nudge to start … here you go!
Basics of Meditation
As exciting as traveling for business can be, it can also be a little destabilizing. That’s what drove the team at Even Hotels (part of the Intercontinental Hotel Group) to create a lodging experience that matches their motto: “Keep Active, Rest Easy, Eat Well.” Their mission is to make sure you return home energized and happy. To that end, rooms are equipped with resistance bands, yoga mats, and balance balls. Their ‘sleep system’ offers comfortable sheets and guests can make pillow preferences. Cork and Kale, the on site restaurant, serves up food that’s fresh, healthy, and will never make you silently mutter to yourself, “why did I eat that extra …” What Even Hotels is trying to build is a destination for a specific tribe — one that might happily forego a fabulous “see and be seen” lobby culture for a hotel stay that keeps them on track. (And hey, everyone has their own definition of fabulous, right?) Locations is New York City, Brooklyn, Norwalk, CT, and Rockville, Maryland, with more locations expected. Small but nice bonus? Free WI-FI everywhere.
If you want to work on your balance and core-strength the Indo Board might become your new best friend. Created originally for surfers with down time, the Indo Board can be used by anyone at any level. Seriously. The original set comes with a roller, but you yogis out there might want to try the Indo Yogafit Balance Board.
If you’re missing Standup Paddleboard or just want a new way to work your body, these boards are great to fire up core-strength, improve balance, and add some fun to your normal practice. They also have a really lovely design. The original Indo Board version is a different experience. You’ll place a roller or cushion under the center of the board, then step on the board with each foot on either side and balance away! The key is the keep the board from touching the ground. This will happen a lot at first — so be it. Just keep getting the board up. Your knees should be in “surfer stance” with a slight bend. Once you get used to balancing — which is a fantastic workout in and of itself! — you can ramp up by adding squats, then squats with weights, and so on.
Their site is really helpful (some boards even have graphics to show where your feet should go) with lots of videos and many, many options for board type and design.
What’s so great is that you’re working your core, gaining strength, increasing your balance … and it’s fun! Ready to tap into your inner surfer girl?
A book with a title like that, written by one of my favorite women’s health mavericks? I’m in! And what a ride! As always, Dr. Christiane Northrup, above all else, speaks from her heart about the power we women have to create the vibrant health that we deserve. Instead of dreading the journey, Dr. Northrup commands us to toss aside the self-defeating messages we receive about aging, menopause, and our value as women as we grow older. Her point is very clear: more than any vitamin or pill, it is our thoughts and our beliefs that dictate our health and vitality. We are all growing older but you don’t have to succumb to negative belief systems that pave the way for memory loss, chronic diseases, and depression.
We have the power of choice. The foods we eat, the people we bring into our circle, the ways we want to move our bodies, and how we express our sexuality. All of these facets play an important role and have a huge impact on our health. Dr. Northrup is a big believer in tapping into our Divine/Creative Source. She shares a great mantra to help us with our heart health:
“Divine Love now manifests in my heart. And now fuels my life.”
I’m doing it everyday — when I wake up and before I go to sleep. It feels good to bookend my day like this!
Mixing her passion for addressing the emotional, mental, and spiritual root causes of so many our physical ailments with the latest research on health and aging, Dr. Northrup creates a rich roadmap. Yes, we are all getting older, but we have the power within all of us to decide how to make this journey. I say let’s go for radiant health and self-empowerment!
Goddesses Never Age: The Secret Prescription for Radiance, Vitality, and Well-Being