Chances are Your Yoga Mat is Toxic. Here are the Safe Alternatives

Well, turns out the very foundation of the practice we use to obtain wellness may be hazardous. Yes, I’m talking about your yoga mat. Most yoga mats are made from PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride), and from both an environmental and health standpoint, PVC is the most toxic plastic. This is because the chemical used to make PVC, Vinyl chloride, is…

Mask On/Mask Off: A Yogic Skincare Routine

Whether you love coupling your favorite methods of self-care, want to cultivate more ritual in your day to day, or are just short on time, this practice will cover your asana, ayurvedic and skincare regimen within 30 minutes. Start by preparing your practice space. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant. Grab your mats, any…

How Himalayan Salt Lamps Can Improve Your Home & Work Life

Now that the eclipse has opened our eyes to the effects of lighting, we may be all the more mindful about the kind of exposure we experience indoors. Techies already know, of course, a dimmer work desk eases the strain that staring at a screen all day causes, but there are other ways we may…

Skateboard Your Way to Fit and Healthy

Skateboarding is a sport, an art form, a lifestyle, and a culture that young (at heart) people have been doing for decades. But you don’t have to have sleeve tattoos, wear baggy pants and do tricks to benefit from this fun activity. Skateboarding is not only healthy and fun to do, but it’s also quite…

India.Arie’s SongVersation: Medicine Meditation Practice

India.Arie is a teacher, not because she is a four-time Grammy winner, but despite the gravitational pull that comes with being so celebrated. One may see clearly that this is so, that she’s a soldier of Self by the way she paid tribute to Roberta Flack at this year’s Black Girls Rock, voice crisp and…

Urban Translations: Bramacharya

True bramacharya is quite like it sounds: that feeling of bra-burning liberation. The practice of non-attachment to another for the sake of yoking to one’s Self is the greatest freedom, and a prime human right. If someone has trespassed upon that right, there are a few poses for restoration that we will chat more about…

The Most Important Yoga Prop

From geography to genetics, there isn’t anyone who has quite the life you’ve had. Not even those closest to you — your parents, your children, your twin. Traveling teaches us this, the humbled value of our unique perspective although the Berber woman of North Africa is not much different than the hoodied woman of the…

2016 Mindful Holiday Gift Guide

  If you’re going to make a purchase for the holidays, why not opt to buy from ethical companies? Look for brands that give back to worthy causes and have some sort of positive impact on the environment, humanity and the world at large. Here are a few ideas… Adornments MALA COLLECTIVE Intention Bundle The Lava stone…

Toxic Ingredients To Avoid In So-Called “Natural” Personal Care Products

As stated on FDA’s website, “FDA’s legal authority over cosmetics is different from our authority over other products.” As such, cosmetic products and ingredients do not need FDA premarket approval, with the exception of color additives. FDA will only intervene as a result of consumer complaints. Therefore, cosmetic companies have extensive latitude in choosing ingredients,…

The Awakened Family: Book Giveaway

Share this article on your social media channels, “like”@drshefali & tag a friend to win this book! We are giving away one of the most profound books of the year. Not only in parenting, but in LIFE. Not only will your child benefit immensely, but you yourself will be transformed with this new paradigm. It…

Can Leather Ever Be Sustainable?

The word “sustainable” has slowly crawled into our lives and we have more and more such options in different aspects of life – from sustainable coffee to sustainable cotton. Now the question arises, can one of our favorite textiles ever reach a stadium when it will become sustainable? It is hard to imagine, because, as…