Melanie Ashford

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Why Just 2 Minutes of Silence a Day Could Change Your Life

Hip meditation circles aside, it’s not always fashionable, or feasible, to live a quiet and contemplative life. For many, thriving in the modern world requires listening to NPR over the screech of subway rails while sending seven emails. But should it? A growing number of researchers argue that …

Meditation

Does Mindful Acceptance Reduce Stress, Increase Happiness?

An important component of mindfulness is <b>acceptance of inner experience</b>; in other words, the ability to accept negative emotions and thoughts without …

5 Breathing Techniques From Yoga That'll Help You Get Through Any Stressful Situation

As a yoga instructor, I often have people approach me and say they could never attend a class because they're not flexible enough. This is one of the …

5 Authors on How, Why and Where They Write

<b>The most pervasive advice writers give and receive is “just write.” It’s insulting in its simplicity but it’s enduring because it’s true.</b> Translating …

Mindfulness Is More Than A Buzzword: A Look Behind The Movement

The popularity of mindfulness in the western world has skyrocketed in recent years. It’s on the cover of magazines and appears on the evening news. Celebrities swear by it, scientists study it, monks still practice it and business leaders use it to thwart burnout.<p>As mindfulness becomes a buzzword …

Mindfulness

Vinyasa, Ashtanga or Bikram: The 101 on different types of yoga

Perhaps I'm biased since it's the one form of fitness I've ever unconditionally loved, but it always bums me out when people dismiss yoga for being "too easy." (Have you tried Bikram?) Or that it isn't good cardio. (Let's revisit that after we go to the heart-pounding vinyasa class.) One of the …

Yoga

The one type of meditation that will strengthen your relationship

Meditation‘s positive effects on stress and anxiety have been well-researched, documented, and publicized. But its Zen-inducing abilities are only a …

How Transcendental Meditation Made My Life Less Stressful

It’s even Oprah-approved<p>Being a millennial, there are two things I’m interested in: ways to make my hectic and nonstop life a little less stressful, and the weird New Age-y thing to try that’ll help get me there. I’ve tried all sorts of things to help calm my mind, body, and soul and help me feel …

Meditation

The theory of energy chakras: How to balance your crown chakra

The top of the head where the crown rests, your seat of intelligence and consciousness, is also your connection with the divine. Also known as …

5 Yoga Poses to Fix Bad Posture

Bad posture is something that so many people deal with on a daily basis. Whether this be because you’ve spent way too long hunched over your computer …

Stressed? Try this 10-minute yoga routine to relax and de-stress

Summer always seems a little less stressful—there’s frosé, beach time, and lots of vacations to plan and enjoy. Then BAM, fall is all of a sudden …

The Power of Gone

<i>Shinzen Young is currently leading our September retreat “What is Mindfulness?” Join the retreat here.</i><p>And until you know of this:<br>How to grow through …

Mindfulness

Lights Out: 7 night-time rituals that will make you happy and more productive

Everybody talks about morning rituals to get the day started right. (Even I have.) But <i>ending</i> the day right can be even more important. Why?<p>Because …

What Classic Novel Should Everyone Actually Read?

So much required reading, so little time.

Books

Karl Ove Knausgaard's Autumn has gorgeous, poetic observations on almost every page

With his latest book, the author turns his gaze out towards the world.<p>A Norwegian friend to whom I’d raved about Karl Ove Knausgaard’s <i>Boyhood Island</i> …

20 Pieces of Writing Advice from William Faulkner

William Faulkner is one of the best writers America has ever produced, with a distinctive voice and a relentless intelligence that earned him a Nobel …

Literature

Vivienne Westwood’s five favourite books

“Reading Matters, it’s the most concentrated form of experience we have.” So says Vivienne Westwood, who has narrated contemporary experience through her designs for over five decades. Her work constantly puts forward different points of view and opportunities for dressing and expressing yourself …

Hang Out With Happy People — It Might Be Contagious

You can actually catch a good mood or a bad mood from your friends, according to a recent study in the journal <i>Royal Society Open Science</i>. But that …

Tools To Enhance Your Mind-Body Connection, That Aren’t Yoga

It's time to get zen.<p>Flowing through sun salutations is a great way to start the day. It’s easy to see why yoga is many people’s first choice when it …

Tai Chi

The theory of energy chakras: How to balance your third eye chakra

In Indian mythology, according to layman knowledge, when Shiva opens his third eye it leads to death and destruction. It may surprise you then that …

This 19-year-old wrote a racy book on teen angst before teen angst was a thing — and became famous

Mary MacLane’s book tantalized America, and sold 100,000 copies<p>In 1902, Mary MacLane announced to the world, “I am a genius … I care neither for …

Books You Should Read Before the Movies Come Out

Coming soon to theaters (and bookshelves) near you.<p>You’ve heard it. We’ve all heard it: “The book was so much better than the movie. You have to read …

The Most Picturesque Small Towns in Ireland

Ireland isn’t famous for its mega cities, but what it lacks in major metropolises, it makes up for with an abundance of sweet, picturesque towns. The …

The island people with a climate change escape plan

<b>The low-lying Caribbean islands inhabited by Panama's indigenous Guna people are threatened by rising sea levels and increasingly unpredictable weather. But unlike many island communities facing such problems, the Guna have an escape plan.</b><p>The tiny port of Carti on the mainland of Panama is the …

Facts Don't Change People's Minds. Here's What Does

Changing others’ minds, or our own, is a tricky business. Here’s how to make it happen.<p>If you had asked me this question–How do you change a …

Al Gore

Vipassana Meditation Helps You Sleep Better and Lowers Cortisol, So We're Down

“The first thing that happens is less stress, anxiety, and reactiveness,” says Martha Soffer, an ayurvedic healer and founder of Surya Spa in Pacific …

A Quick, Cheap, and Effective Way to Fight Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety

Meditation is good for depression. And so is exercise. But, according to a small new study from Rutgers University, together—in a twice a week …

How Guru Jagat helps you get your groove back in a techy and complex era

Guru Jagat may be the new model for a thoroughly modern, multimedia yogi and the fresh, female face making the Kundalini yoga tradition increasingly popular.<p>In her new book, "Invincible Living: The Power of Yoga, the Energy of Breath, and Other Tools for a Radiant Life" (Harper Elixir), Guru Jagat …

10 beginner-friendly yoga poses anyone can master

One simple way to improve your health is to start doing yoga. A regular practice has been show to help boost your mood, strengthen and tone your …