Our lives are frenzied and filled with lots of chaotic energy right now. Luckily, your garden can provide a calm counterpoint — the yin (quiet) to your world’s yang (action). By designing your outdoor space using the ancient art of feng shui, you can enhance tranquility, improve relationships and, some say, maybe even increase money flow. Here are simple ways to lay the groundwork for greater well-being.
Chaturanga Dandasana (Four-Limbed Staff Pose) is one of the harder poses done in yoga and also very difficult to do correctly. It prepares yoga practitioners for arm balances, inversions, and backbends by strengthening the arms, toning the abdominal muscles, and making the lower back healthy. All these body organs and parts reinforce the movements in advanced yoga postures.
Drinking more wine than ever and want to learn something about it aside from cost? There are plenty of ways to approach wine discussions, one being to look at them through the lens of old world versus the new world. It’s easy to remember: “Old World” encompasses all European and Middle Eastern wines and “New World” is literally everything else. You may think you know a varietal, but won’t believe how different wines from these two regions taste until you try.
Audiobooks are the perfect way to enjoy a good book during times when your hands are otherwise occupied — think exercising or cooking. The best part? Many audiobooks feature celebrity narrators who skillfully bring a book’s characters to life, seamlessly adapting the story from page to audio. Ready to hear a great book? Here are five audiobooks with famous narrators to put on your must-listen list.
Regularly engaging in stress-reducing mental exercises is like an emotional detox, disrupting habitual negative thought patterns, promoting joy, and enabling the body to thrive. Regardless of your disposition, you can develop more positivity, nudging your emotional state in order to improve your health, by fostering “learned optimism” — a positive psychology concept — to bring about more joy. Find out how.
Kasia Pawlowska loves words. A native of Poland, Kasia moved to the States when she was seven. The San Francisco State University creative writing graduate went on to write for publications like the San Francisco Bay Guardian and KQED Arts among others prior to joining the Marin Magazine staff. Topics Kasia has covered include travel, trends, mushroom hunting, an award-winning series on social media addiction, and loads of other random things. When she’s not busy blogging or researching and writing articles, she’s either at home writing postcards and reading or going to shows. Recently, Kasia has been trying to branch out and diversify, ie: use different emojis. Her quest for the perfect chip is a never-ending endeavor.