Najwa Parkins

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The Most Stunning Wildlife Photos of 2017 Are Here And Holy Crap

These pictures will make everything better.<p>Beneath the Antarctic ice, Weddell seals play in underwater caverns. Resplendent quetzals deliver food to …

White Teens Attempt To Lynch An 8-Year-Old Black Boy In New Hampshire

The Claremont Police Chief is refraining from releasing details because the case involves minors, but activists are demanding to know what …

This 17-Second Rule Will Make You More Productive (and Happy) | Inc.com

Everyone experiences stretches of life, whether a few days or many years, when the down moments are more frequent than the good. These periods of time can rob you of your passion, energy, and ultimately your vision. Most people find it easier to hold on to a bad mood rather than to shift their …

Happiness

On The Fly: How to Perform an Ambient Routine

As an aerialist, I have been performing ambient aerial in nightclubs and festivals for five years. Ambient is one of my favorite ways to perform. I …

The Neuroscience of Meditation and the Virtues of Quieting the Mind

It was 5:30 in the morning on my third day of silent meditation when I noticed something in me take a sharp turn left. I was groggy, frustrated by my …

Are you a Dolphin or a Lion? The best time to wake, eat, sleep, exercise or go on a date

You’ve probably already seen a lot of tricks and tips about the “what” and “how” of success (how to lose weight; what to say to your boss to get a pay increase, etc). “What” and “how” are excellent and necessary questions – but there is another crucial question that must be addressed in order to …

Top 10 Tiny Shipping Container Homes

The ‘tiny homes’ movement has really gathered pace over the last few years and really, it was only a mater of time before it crossed with the …

Top 10

The benefits of Vinyasa yoga

Whether you’re on your 100th class or have recently been considering giving yoga a try, you’ve probably heard of one of its more popular forms: …

Yoga

5 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Vinyasa Yoga

At this point everyone has heard of yoga, but too many people think that it’s just a good way to increase flexibility and relax. In reality, yoga can …

3 Reasons Why You Need Vinyasa Yoga

655<p>SHARES<p>You know you love your flow class, but did you ever think about WHY it feels so good? Below, Eddie Modestini, a longtime student of K. …

Yoga

How to Maximize Your Yoga Calorie Burn

By Kristen Domonell for Life by Daily Burn<p>Photo: Pond5<p>When considering a yoga class, the benefits of stress relief and stretching probably come to mind, more so than sweating and torching calories. But you can say Namaste to a serious heart-pumping workout with just a few tweaks to your flow. In …

3 Ways to Incorporate Mindfulness Into Your Daily Schedule

There’s no shortage of advice available to people looking to improve productivity. Unfortunately, most of this advice is based on nothing more than …

Mindfulness

8 Bloggers Who Have Lifted the Veil on #Fitspo

When Insta-famous trainers and fitness models go #nofilter.<p>#Fitspo can be great: it can motivate, build communities, and for those in front of the camera, even launch careers. Feeds full of perfectly taut abs and lean limbs can also feel incredibly unattainable, however, and might even drive …

Fitness

Yoga Teacher Talk: What to know about teaching private sessions

<i>Yoga Teacher Talk is a new series on YBC for current, prospective yoga teachers. Over on the Yoga Forum, we've been getting some questions about</i> …

Yoga

Prefab Housing Isn’t A Subculture Anymore, It’s A Necessity

In the fifth book of her “Prefabulous” series, author Sheri Koones hits upon “the ideal method” for building homes.<p>Housing trends come and go, but <i>Prefabulous Small Houses</i>, the latest book from prefab evangelist Sheri Koones, isn’t about a flavor of the month. She argues that this is the most …

Scientists made an online calculator that tells you your 'fitness age,' and you can try it right now

But if you exercise pretty frequently and eat right, then you might be a lot younger than you think — at least as far as something called your "fitness age" is concerned.<p>The "fitness-age calculator," which determines your fitness age based on how physically fit you are — rather than how many years …

This Letter From A Cancer Patient's Mother To J.K. Rowling Will Move You To Tears

"Your words built a castle for her to move into when the prognosis got worse."<p>All who read <i>Harry Potter</i> are indebted to J.K. Rowling.<p>The wondrous wizard universe she's created allows all of us to find respite in Hogwarts, Hagrid and Harry and co. page by page, chapter by chapter. For some, however, …

A black director, a white author, and their differing accounts of rebel slave Nat Turner

A black filmmaker puts his acting career on hold, raises nearly $10 million and makes a movie about the rebel slave Nat Turner. His film receives a rapturous reception at a major festival, a bouquet of awards and praise from Hollywood's elite.<p>A white novelist writes a bestselling account of Nat …

What Makes the Octopus and Its Consciousness So Extraordinary

A humbling inquiry into a tentacled intelligence so wonderfully different from our own.<p><i>“While stroking an octopus, it is easy to fall into reverie,”</i> Sy Montgomery wrote in her breathtaking inquiry into how Earth’s most alien creature illuminates the wonders of consciousness. <i>“To share such a moment</i> …

Deep Intellect

ON AN UNSEASONABLY WARM day in the middle of March, I traveled from New Hampshire to the moist, dim sanctuary of the New England Aquarium, hoping to …

Two Kids, An IUD, and Then, An Abortion

A couple of Fridays ago, I walked my older son to school and then my younger son to daycare. Then I crossed over the ice-and-salt encrusted overpass …

Why are poor women so much likelier to have unintended pregnancies?

<i>This post comes via Know More, Wonkblog's social media site.</i><p>Poor women are much likelier than rich women to have an unintended pregnancy. According to a new report from the Brookings Institution, women below the poverty line are five times as likely to have an unplanned birth than women who make …

Unplanned pregnancies cost taxpayers $21 billion each year

Unintended pregnancies cost American taxpayers $21 billion each year, according to a new analysis released by the Guttmacher Institute. That averages out to a cost of about $366 per every woman of childbearing age in the U.S. Overall, more than half of U.S. pregnancies are unintended, and roughly …

Pregnancy

This Small Change Can Dramatically Reduce Unintended Pregnancies

Simply informing women about intrauterine and hormonal implant birth control options when they ask for family planning advice can dramatically decrease the number of unintended pregnancies, according to a national study just published in the medical journal The Lancet.<p>That's great news -- except …

Help Women and Climate: Unite to Prevent Unintended Pregnancies Worldwide

A population explosion, a drought, and a draining aquifer. No, I'm not talking about the American West. Add uncaring leadership, and this is the tragedy of Syria, from which refugees flee into a reluctant Europe, the latest example of how ever more people and extreme weather are creating resource …

The Unexpected Home of Unintended Pregnancy

What Delaware, where a surprisingly high number of women get pregnant by accident, can teach the rest of the nation<p>CAMDEN, Del.—Inside a squat building in this town of 3,500 people just outside the state capital of Dover, six high-school students sat around a table last week, each holding a stack …

Unintended second pregnancies could be avoided | Reuters

Reuters Health - Most unintended pregnancies within two years of a woman giving birth could have been prevented or postponed if women had access to the long-acting contraception of their choice, according to a study in Texas.<p>A community health worker holds up contraceptives during a lecture on …

Caroline Lucas: If David Cameron wants to help kids, he needs to agree to compulsory sex education

Tomorrow my PSHE Bill is set for its second reading in the House of Commons. The aim of the bill is simple: to make sure every child and young person is taught in school about how to be healthy, safe and happy in modern Britain.<p>As the sole Green MP in the House of Commons, sometimes I’m a lonely …

5 maps that show how sex education in the US is failing

If you want to start a controversy in education, just say two words: sex ed.<p>What students learn about pregnancy prevention, sexually transmitted diseases, and human sexuality is one of the most hotly contested debates in education. The result is sex education that's patchy at best and just plain …