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Experiment with props, try new classes, and maybe even ditch your screen

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Yoga is an ever-evolving, ancient practice with South Asian origins. But for many people living in the West, yoga has meant something very specific for the past several decades: thin, lithe, usually white women bending in spandex in a minimalist hardwood floor studio.


It can help reduce stress and boost your mood

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Over the past four decades, scientific research has proved that laughter has a profound effect on our bodies and minds.


The dangers of ‘spiritual bypass’ and expecting too much from tarot, astrology, yoga, and crystals

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Social media is full of photos of glitter baths and crystal-strewn tarot readings. Therapists are learning astrology to better understand their clients. Maybe it’s due to collective burnout or post-2016 political stress; either way, it’s clear that self-care has exploded in popularity.


Adriene Mishler, the woman behind YouTube’s most popular yoga channel, explains the process behind her viral ascent to wellness stardom

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Yoga can be an intimidating practice. Falling out of a tree pose and into the person next to you isn’t always the best experience for a beginner. Adriene Mishler, who has called herself “the people’s yogi,” has gained a massive online following for her archive of YouTube yoga classes that people can stream from home.


Here’s what the research says about online yoga practices (and how to make them work for you)

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Since the beginning of January, over 1.8 million people have set out to complete a 30-day online yoga challenge posed by the most popular YouTube yoga channel — Yoga With Adriene — which boasts nearly 5 million subscribers.


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And yes, even slow, boring, inefficient workouts are good for you

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As a millennial with much-higher-than-the-national-average student debt, I spent years managing feelings of disappointment, fear, stress, and even stretches of depression by engaging in intense exercise. I would run six quick miles at least three days a week, rapidly lift weights in as many boot camp classes as I could fit in, and zoom through vinyasas in hot yoga. Moving fast was a form of avoidance that still made me feel accomplished.

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