Makayla Esplin

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5 Quickie Yoga Workouts That Work

You've been killing it this month with the high-intensity training sessions and maybe you've even started a new class. That's why it's time to give …

Why (Some) People Hate Poetry

It’s the site and source of disappointed hope.<p>The most striking thing about contemporary poetry is that no one seems quite satisfied with it. Non-poets, who generally don’t read poetry, are only a little less enthusiastic than poets, who do. Indeed, hardly a year has gone by over the past quarter …

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How Meditation Can Help Make Your Mind Happier

So is meditation just another fad that pops up from time to time like bell-bottom jeans? Nope. Research shows it really helps you be healthier, …

A Teacher’s Mindfulness- Mindfulness To Do List

My school year started last week with two days of teacher training. There were many things on the agenda as you would expect.<p>At the beginning of the …

World's Oldest Yoga Teacher Shares 3 Secrets For Lifelong Happiness

"Don't look down on anyone."<p>She might be pushing 100, but Tao Porchon Lynch says she feels like she’s “going on 22.” The 98-year-old is the world’s oldest yoga teacher, one who also took up competitive ballroom dancing at 87.<p>But it’s not simply her longevity that’s astounding. It’s her eternally …

These Yoga, Exercise, and Meditation Apps Can Help You Shake That Stress

Americans, as many will admit, are perpetually overworked and invariably sedentary. Despite the endless options for getting in shape—gym memberships, …

The Annual Tomatina Festival in Spain: Pictures

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World's Oldest Yoga Teacher Shares Her Tips for a Long, Happy Life

Tao Porchon-Lynch is 99 years old, and she’s still practices – and teaches! – yoga regularly.<p>So what’s her secret to staying happy and active?<p>“Every …

Neuroscience Of Mindfulness: How To Make Your Mind Happy

Everybody is talking about mindfulness… but nobody seems to be able to explain clearly what the heck it really is. Ask people and you’ll hear, “Umm, …

An Ageless Spirit—Yogi Still Teaching at 98

<i>This article, by Issue Editor Trevor Courneen, and other articles about everything yoga, are featured in</i> Newsweek's <i>new Special Edition, Yoga …

I Explored Norway And Challenged My Creativity In A Two Week Adventure

I am a Latvian photographer with a great love for mountains and adventure. So it was no wonder that for my next destination I choose Norway – the …

5 spots to check out in and around Great Smoky Mountains National Park

1. Lonesome Pine Overlook<p>This 6.7-mile (round-trip) hike is on the more strenuous side, but you’ll be rewarded with almost complete solitude once you …

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Why Olympic National Park Is One Of The Finest Examples Of ‘America’s Best Idea’

I was five. The shadows of the forest danced around me and I shuddered in fear. The darkness was unlike anything I’d felt before; deep and unforgiving. My old man threw another log on the glowing embers of the campfire. Sparks flew upward, into the black. My dad quietly sang an few notes of …

'Three Rs' on the decline as a quarter of adults have a reading age so low they struggle to read a bus timetable

The traditional ‘three Rs’ are on the decline in England, analysis has revealed, with over a quarter of adults having literacy levels so low that they may struggle to read a bus timetable or a wage slip.<p>Five million adults lack basic reading, writing and numeracy skills required in everyday life …

A Gift For You: Walk In The Woods Meditation

After decades of practicing meditation, four years of teaching happiness meditation classes and workshops, and now leading weekend retreats, I finally wrote my own guided meditation, <i>"A Walk in the Woods."</i> Being in nature makes us happy, but it isn't always possible to physically be outside drinking …

Bon Iver’s Eaux Claires Fest: Hot As Hell, Nearly More Than A Festival

Justin Vernon's riverbank gathering tried and often succeeded to breathe new life into the summer festival circuit.<p><i>Photos by Jentri Colello</i><p>“There’s a lot of uncertainty about how to live in… these times,” Justin Vernon, he of Bon Iver fame, said toward the end of a triumphant set closing the …

The Good Listener: Should Fans Fear Side Projects?

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the T-shirt we bought to express our love of goats is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives. This time around: thoughts on side projects.<p><b>Ann in County Cork writes via Facebook: "I am a super-fan of The National and have seen</b> …

Watch Bon Iver’s Full Set At Eaux Claires Festival

Last month, Bon Iver headlined the Eaux Claires festival, which frontman Justin Vernon put together in his Wisconsin hometown. Playing their first …

Watch Bon Iver's Full Eaux Claires Festival Set, Featuring Two New Songs

Justin Vernon of Bon Iver held his own musical festival in his hometown of Eua Claire, Wisconsin last month. During their set to close out the …

Songs from a Bon Iver Album In Which Everyone Is Emotionally Stable and Living in the Suburbs - The Toast

<i>Riane Konc’s previous work for The Toast can be found here.</i><p>“Maroon Is An Adjective, So I’m Not Going To Use It Like A Verb, Not Once”<p>“You Know What …

10 Best National Parks to Visit in Fall

Travel<p>10 Best National Parks to Visit in Fall (PHOTOS)<p>By Stephanie Valera<p>September 23 2016 04:00 PM EDT<p>weather.com<p>Summer may be the most popular …

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