say Ashtanga, I say Kundalini. What’s the difference? Use this guide
to find the right yoga for you.
studies continue to reveal yoga’s many health benefits, this
centuries-old Eastern philosophy is fast becoming the new fitness
soul mate for workout enthusiasts. Contemporary devotees range from
high-powered execs trying to keep hearts beating on a healthy note to
image-conscious Hollywood stars striving for sleek physiques. Even
prominent athletes are adding yoga to their training regime to
develop balanced, injury-free muscles and spines.
to applaud yoga for its physical benefits alone would only diminish
what this entire system has to offer as a whole. By practicing yoga
on a regular basis, you may be surprised to find that you’re building
much more than a strong, flexible body.
are usually drawn to yoga as a way to keep fit at first, but the idea
behind the physical practice of yoga is to encourage a deeper
mind-body awareness,” explains New York yoga teacher and author
Beryl Bender Birch. “Healing and balancing the physical body
helps bring clarity and focus to the mind as well.”
the sole purpose of practicing yoga was to experience spiritual
enlightenment. In Sanskrit (the ancient language of India), yoga
translates as “yoke” or “union,” describing the
integration of mind and body to create a greater connection with
one’s own pure, essential nature.
that have gained popularity in the United States usually teach one of
the many types of hatha yoga, a physical discipline which focuses
mainly on asanas (postures) and breathwork in order to prepare the
body for spiritual pursuits.
get started on your individual yoga quest, it’s helpful to begin with
a list that clearly prioritizes what needs you want to fulfill: Are
you looking to sweat your way into a lean form, or does a gentler,
more meditative approach sound more appealing?
all practices fit into nice little cubby holes,” warns Bender
Birch. “There’s a great deal of crossover among the various yoga
schools, and there’s even a diversity in teaching approaches within
those living in colder climates during the winter months, the
much-anticipated arrival of freezing temperatures and snowfalls can
be synonymous to burrowing in your apartment for a few extra
hair tied, chillin’ with no makeup on. Drake
was preaching the ultimate winter fantasy, sans radiator blasting.
However, you’re doing more harm than good while keeping your body
sedentary for long periods of time. Sorry, Drake, what’s best is to
stay active when the temperature drops. The benefits
of regular exercise are
enough to get you off the couch and get moving. The benefits for
combatting common winter ailments…enough to rap about.
Fight Winter Fatigue
you’re feeling lazier when the temperature drops, you’re not
alone. Shorter days mean less sunlight, so your brain
produces more melatonin in
response, leaving you fatigued. Your body is also producing less
vitamin D than what it’s used to, which can cause tiredness.
According to a 2016
researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around
14 to 18 percent of Americans suffer from low levels of vitamin D.
This is not a good sign, considering it helps regulate genes,
strengthens bones and improves your immune system, among other
this: roughly five percent of the human genome is regulated by
vitamin D. This is a big deal, and researchers believe this
previously thought for mental health. Doing outdoor exercises like
jogging a few miles for 20 minutes will give your body necessary
sunlight exposure for a boost
of vitamin D.
This will fortify your physical health and lift feelings of
Alleviate Seasonal Affective Disorder
to the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention,
14 percent of Americans suffer from seasonal affective disorder
(SAD). SAD is
characterized by regular depressive periods during fall and winter
months, and non-depressive periods during spring and summer. Sunlight
is one of the best treatments for SAD because of vitamin D, hence the
alleviation of symptoms during the summer months.
great treatment? Regular exercise. Simply put, any form of
moderate-intensity exercise gives participants a mind-body
connection, which will reduce symptoms of SAD.
DPT, RYT, CEAS-I, says that whether you’re outdoors or indoors,
doing aerobic or yoga exercise, an extended period of movement and
focus on that movement will help. “Guided imagery in
meditation and relaxation techniques in yoga will create a deeper
mind-body connection, which aids in coping with SAD,” Hollan says.
“Yoga has a deeper connection because it allows people to be more
aware of their body and tune in to deeper breathing patterns which
calm the nervous system.”
for aerobic exercise, sweating it out also releases feel-good
hormones like endorphins and enkephalins, which are proven to improve
Just 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic workouts like running,
cycling and dancing, is shown to reduce
depression and anxiety.
The increased blood and oxygen circulation will also improve your
motivation, thus the feeling of a “runner’s high.”
if your job means sitting in an office from 9 to 5, bring a pair of
athletic shoes or a yoga mat so you can do a quick exercise routine
during your lunch break, or head outside for a 20-minute walk to get
your blood flowing and heart rate higher. Simple physical activity is
known to boost
your concentration and
Burn More Calories
a cool phenomenon (pun intended) that happens when working out in
colder weather. But first, a crash course: Our bodies produce
two types of fat, brown and white. Hollan says a common misconception
is that we physically eat white and brown fat. What is true is that
diet contributes to how the body processes and stores fat.
fat (white adipose tissue (WAT)) is the predominant form of fat in
the body, and because of its cellular composition, stores
extra energy (the
largest energy reservoir in our body!). It can either be white or
yellowish in appearance. White fat is the fat that mostly shows up in
your thighs, hips, abdomen, buttocks, and breasts. Hollan
mentions that white fat is not only needed for insulation, but it
also helps with hormone regulation during stressful times. “Just
like anything else, too much white fat [can] be a problem,” Hollan
example, VAT fat is a type of white fat that surrounds the organs.
Too much of this is detrimental because, at a minimum, it can
increase the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. It can also
mess with the bodies metabolizing of nutrients. At the maximum, it
can increase our risk of developing certain types of cancers. “We
need it, but too much [of it] can be a risk factor for major
conditions,” says Hollan.
the other hand, brown fat (brown adipose tissue (BAT)) is found on
the back of the neck and upper back. Hollan said brown fat burns
calories and helps us maintain a healthy weight. Rather than act as
an energy reservoir, brown fat’s purpose is to burn those
from exercise, diet, and sleep can affect brown fat conversion,
Hollan said. Healthy levels of these create fat balance in the body
and reduce stress, so get a good night’s sleep and eat nutritious,
whole foods in addition to exercising regularly.
mentions that on a metabolic level, outdoor cold weather activities
do convert some of the white fat to brown or beige fat. When the body
needs to generate heat, it will metabolize brown fat so that it does
its job of burning calories. Science!
while you may think it’s not in your favor to go outside for a run,
you’re actually increasing calories burned.
I think back to the years I spent behind the chair doing hair in my
private studio, it feels like a different life. And in a lot of ways
it was! While I miss the connections with my clients and seeing so
many of them on a regular basis, I cannot see a time that I will
return to doing hair in the future. I’m not saying never, but for
now I think that chapter of my life is closed.
of that fact, I still have about 10 years of experience to draw from
when I’m asked questions from readers about how to handle tough
situations in the salon.
got an email recently from a reader asking the following question:
just spent a few hours at a salon getting my hair cut and colored.
The total was close to $350 and I’m really dissatisfied with the
color. You can barely tell a difference and I’m not sure what to
do! I never want to go back there because I’m not confident that
the stylist knows what she’s doing, but I feel totally screwed. Is
there anything I can do in this situation?”
felt for her because I’ve been there. I’ve gotten beauty services
done (from pedicures to massages) that are less than enjoyable and I
feel like I completely wasted my money afterwards. Plus, it feels
weird not to tip so it’s even more frustrating that there is an
expectation to tip on top of a service that you didn’t enjoy. I
haven’t had personal experience with having my hair not turn out
the way I wanted, but I can certainly understand the frustration!
it were me, I would recommend calling the salon and talking to the
manager or owner. Take a bit of time to calm down if you are
emotional, so you can speak calmly and rationally to the manager and
owner. Explain how you feel and ask what they can do about the
situation. If they ask you to come back in (and I hope they would!)
take them up on that and ask the person you spoke with on the phone
to be present when you show up. I wouldn’t be surprised if the
manager asks for the stylist who did the work to take another look at
your hair and explain her process so they can try to understand what
a miscommunication in the consultation can lead to poor results, and
other times the stylist may have made a mistake or not known how to
achieve the look you wanted. The more thorough the consultation, the
better. My hope would be that your displeasure with the results was
simply from a miscommunication with the stylist, as that would signal
an innocent mistake that is easily fixable.
an ideal situation, you would be offered a free service to try to
make adjustments to get closer to what you were expecting. But it all
depends on the salon’s policies and each individual situation.
easiest way to avoid this happening again in the future is to go to a
stylist who you were referred to by someone you know. Bring photos in
for your consultation so he or she can SEE what you are talking
about, instead of you simply trying to describe it!
Size fashion is evolving and it’s about damn time! With more
fashion brands and designers styling for larger bodies and including
inclusive sizings finding clothes for people size 12+ has gotten
easier. Now I’m not saying it’s perfect, because anyone who’s
ever tried to just buy a pair of leggings can attest to it, but the
increase of brands including diverse sizes is a step in the right
direction. And contrary to stereotypical beliefs, large people
do go to the gym and workout, so why can’t we look cute while doing
it! With that being said, if you’re searching for a good pair of
workout leggings or a comfy shirt to lounge around in, these
size-inclusive and diverse brands have chic and simple designs that
you’re going to want to buy immediately. And just to clarify here,
size diverse is different than
size inclusive. Size diverse meaning that a brand or store offers
size varieties in different styles while size inclusive means that a
shirt that is made in a size small will also be made in a size 4XL or
larger. Whether you’re prepping for a long yoga sesh or just
walking to get your mail, these brands have options for everyone of
every shape and size.
having inclusive sizes that range from XXS to 6XL, Girlfriend
Collective is very upfront with how their clothes are made. The brand
keeps to its mission of being sustainable and uses recycled materials
all while creating cute styles in a variety of colors. With a brand
focus on being transparent and focuses on quality over quantity,
Girlfriend Collective is size inclusive, sustainable, and overall a
badass brand that you won’t question buying from. One of my
favorites, the fit itself is so comfortable you’ll probably never
want to take their stuff off.
yes, Calvin Klein! The well-known designer brand is a favorite among
many and for good reasons. Not just athleisurewear, but their full
line of womenswear and underwear include plus sizes that go up to a
3X. The athleisure wear is definitely meant to be more on a
comfortable and practical side. The leggings and hoodies are very
simplistic in design and color while the product itself is made of
breathable material that adds to the comfort.
Hudson knew what she was doing when she created Fabletics. This size
diverse brand has funky and cool designs that you’ll want to wear
everywhere. With colorful bras and leggings extending from a Small to
3x, there are plenty of options to choose from. I’m sure you’ve
seen the commercials of a super fit Kate Hudson in her colorful
leggings and tops and wondered what it is actually like, but the
membership-based subscription is easier than you think. There’s no
need to buy something every month, but you’re totally going to want
sustainably savvy brand, Athleta, has been in the athleisure game for
a while. Keeping with the chill and comfortable look, many of the
styles include inclusive sizes in Tall, Petite, and Plus from XXS to
2X. The Gap-owned company is all about empowering women and girls,
celebrating bodies, and raising their employees’ and customers’
voices. Epic #girlpower, another favorite of mine, I’m there during
ethically made brand is surrounded by the mission of embracing
different bodies and different types of athletes. Fitness truly is
for “every body” with Superfit Hero, this indie brand has a focus
on premium brand activewear for athletes of all size! All products
are ethically made in Los Angeles and tested by real athletes, so you
know it will be useful during the gym, i.e. no uncomfortable rolling
or fit. With simple styles, the brand features sizes XS to 5XL and
can be worn on many different body types. Oh and bonus! Most of their
leggings have pockets.
with your knees in line with your hips, pressing firmly into the tops
of your shins. Roll your inner thighs back and reach your tailbone
down toward the backs of your knees. Place your hands on your hip
points and press down on your pelvis to lengthen it away from your
low back. On an inhale, press your shoulder blades forward to lift
your chest. On an exhale, lift the back ribs away from your low back.
When your sternum is facing the sky, reach back with your hands to
grab your feet and hold here for 5 breaths. Can you recall all of the
work of the crunches in this pose? To come out, press down into your
shins to lift your chest skyward, then sit back on your heels. Place
your hands over your heart and check in with your breath.
Oscar Cabezas, Executive Chef at Telefèric
even the jar Nutella comes in floods him with memories. “In my
childhood, the glasses in my house were from empty Nutella jars,”
he says. “Nutella tastes like home to me.” Cabezas suggests a
Nutella Lava Cake to try making at home. The recipe is pretty
straightforward, but tread cautiously. “Because Nutella has soy
lecithin and vegetable oil, keep in mind that its texture will change
radically when heat is applied,” he says. “On the other hand, the
flavors of hazelnut will be accentuated with the heat. So, you must
be very careful not to burn [the Nutella], otherwise its flavor will
cups all purpose flour
the oven to 425°F
four square-shaped Nutella cubes on an ice cube mold.
the butter until is soft and add 4 ounces of Nutella in a large bowl
until both are melted.
the eggs with the Nutella. Stir in the flour. Mix all carefully and
divide the mixture among the silicone molds.
1 iced Nutella cube inside all of them.
them until the sides are firm, about 14 minutes.
the most part, humidity is not welcome on days when you want your
hair to cooperate. For a rare few, humidity can help make bouncier
curls or add some wanted volume, but in general it seems like it’s
much more of a burden than anything else.
me, humidity makes my hair go flat and limp. And those are two terms
I’ve spent my life trying to avoid when it comes to how I want my
hair to look.
in North Carolina means that the humidity is fierce all summer long,
so I’ve found a few tips to help combat the humidity from winning
and ruining my hair!
a humidity fighting hairspray, either with a level of hold or
Volume 25 is
my all time favorite hairspray (it simply cannot be beat!) and it
fights humidity. Another spray would be No
Frizz Humidity Shield by Living Proof.
This doesn’t offer any hold like the Kenra
but it acts as a protective spray to the hair to keep the humidity
out! A long time favorite for me was the KMS
Hair Stay Anti-Hmidity Seal ,
but it seems to be discontinued. I’d love to try Amika’s
The Shield Anti-Humidity Spray since
their products always deliver.
though I just mentioned a bunch of products, try to have a light
hand when you are applying anything with a hold factor. For example,
doubling up on a strong hold hairspray may SEEM like a good idea to
keep your hair in place, but it will backfire as soon as it gets
heavy from the humidity.
a go-to hairstyle for pulling your hair back if it melts on a humid
day. I wear my hair up a lot in the summertime. If I’m dressed up
a bit, I like to pull it back into a low ponytail and loosen a few
hairs around my face to make it feel a bit dressed up. If it’s a
casual day, I’m more likely to throw it up into a messy top knot.
Here is an easy-to-follow tutorial to
check out if you want to learn how to pull your hair back into a
favorite hair ties lately are these from,
of all places, H&M. I also love soft elastic ones like these too!
was nice enough to send me a few products from their line after I
raved about their Volume
stories and I’ve fallen head over heals in love with 2 of their
Restructuring products. I also wanted to throw in this Living Proof
serum too because it’s great!
Bond Repair Leave-In Overnight serum is
incredible for dry hair. My hair is drier than ever before so I’m
slathering it in products to help revive my distressed ends! I
trimmed it recently which helped but I’m also trying to continue to
care for it. I was worried this product would feel waxy or thick on
dry hair but it slid right on and conditioned even the driest
section. I wash my hair often because I typically work out every day
but I love that I can slide this onto my dry hair at night, sleep,
work out, and then rinse it out when I wash my hair. It doesn’t
leave a greasy residue and it feels great on dry hair.
also been using the Restructuring
Bond Repair 3-in-1 sealing serum to
help keep my dry split ends from splitting higher! It is light, thin,
and conditions my ends so well. I use this daily!
product I’ve been enjoying is the smooth
blow out concentrate by Living Proof.
It has very high heat protection which is helpful for the hair and
also helps cut some frizz. This is a thin serum just like the 3-in-1
certainly don’t need to use all 3 of these products at once, but I
wanted to share a bit about them since I’ve been enjoying them and
they have helped my hair!
kind of love the emotional aspect of women and their hair. This isn’t
true for everyone, of course, but quite often in my life, and the
life of my clients, a drastic haircut would follow a wedding, a birth
of a baby, a move to a new state, etc.
something significant happened in their life, they wanted to do
something significant to their hair.
here we are at the beginning of 2019, are you changing your hair? I’m
on the fence (like I always am) about the length of mine. At this
moment I want it short and blonde but I’m trying to keep this newer
slightly darker, root-y look for a bit longer!
did have the chance to chop about 7 inches off of my sister’s hair
right after Christmas and MAN that was fun. Nothing really
significant has changed in her life, and I mean that in the most
neutral way possible, but I think she just grew tired of how long it
was. Plus her hair grows extremely fast so it’s sort of no big deal
to chop it off. Regardless, it’s fun to start a new year with new
was cute to see Mike, her husband, react to it. He knew she was
cutting it but when we saw it he went right over and put his hands
through it. It was sweet!
if you are planning a drastic change soon, here are 3 things to keep
in mind to make sure it will work for you!
BE REALISTIC ABOUT WHAT KIND OF TIME/EFFORT YOU WANT TO PUT INTO IT.
always asked clients what level of maintanence they were interested
in signing up for before I did their hair. Whether it was cut or
color, I did not want to create a high maintenance style if they only
wanted to devote 5 minutes and no product to their daily hairstyling.
BRING A PHOTO WITH YOU!
say this constantly but there is almost no point in trying to explain
using only words what you are going for to your stylist unless it’s
a very specific haircut like “mullet” or “shave it off”.
Those are pretty much the only two haircuts that everyone pictures
the same thing in their head after hearing the descriptive term. So,
bring a photo with you! That’s what Pinterest is for guys! Blonde
doesn’t just mean blonde. There are a million variations in the
tone, brightness level, amount of blonde, etc. Having a visual
reference is the best way to make sure you and your stylist are on
the same page.
BE OPEN TO NEW PRODUCTS OR TOOLS TO GET THE LOOK YOU WANT.
knowledge was always something I majored on when I did hair. I wanted
my clients to understand that they may not be able to get a specific
look or feel to the hair without product. This doesn’t mean you
have to buy e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g your stylist may recommend, but be
open-minded to the fact that products can really make or break a
hairstyle. From smoothing frizz to adding out of control volume, it’s
usually the products that are the star of the show more than a
haircut in itself.
a curve shape right along your hairline is the easiest way to “fake”
a professional blowout. It looks as if a round brush was used to
create volume and lift, and even if the end result is smoother and
flatter to your head, having the hair swoop back from your face
instead of being blown back away from your face is really flattering.
wrote a step by step tutorial awhile back but thought I’d update
with a short video demonstrating how to achieve this look! You’ll
see a big difference in the before and after photos below!
didn’t use any other tools than my blow dryer and brush for this
final look. You may have noticed I used a paddle brush but you could
use a round brush if you would like more lift and bend in the hair!
the tutorial I used my T3
Cura blow dryer and a
vented paddle brush.
I applied a few smoothing/conditioning products beforehand, and you
how to do that here!