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How to Read Yoga Journal Magazine

Yoga Journal magazine October 2012 coverNot a yogi? No problem. Yoga Journal is flexible enough for everyone with how-to’s on stress-free living and tapping into your creativity. And this month save $5 instantly.

Armed with a healthy dose of skepticism—or at least lack of knowledge—I walked into a yoga studio for the very first time nearly a year ago. I had purchased an introductory deal online, so I basically accepted that I’d complete the 10 classes I’d paid for.

But having experienced the gentle transformation yoga offers, I can’t imagine the practice not being a part of my routine.

I felt much the same way about Yoga Journal magazine. In general, I thought it was probably filled with good advice but not so much for a non-yogi.

Maybe it’s because I’ve experienced both points of view—the skeptic and the practitioner—but I now look at Yoga Journal and see plenty of tips for everyday living.

Whether you’ve never tried yoga before or your new to the practice, you’ll see Yoga Journal as a go-to guide for relieving stress, finding focus and pursuing a harmonious state of mind if you know how to read—and by that I mean approach—the magazine’s content.

Don’t judge yourself by the yogis on the cover or in the ads. You may not yet—or ever—be as flexible or have the perfect posture of the yogis sprinkled through the magazine. But that’s OK. Your yoga experience—or even life experience—is going to be different than others’.

Check your skepticism at the cover. Yoga can offer as much (or more) of an internal change than a physical one, but the key is to be open to it. Before dismissing the entire magazine based on its title alone, at least flip through an issue or two before passing judgment.

Incorporate at least one piece of advice into your life. If you’re like me, you’ll find that several articles speak to something you’ve experienced or are going through. Try to find one strategy or tip you can adopt—whether you ever strike a pose in or out of the yoga studio.

Remember it’s a practice, not a perfect. So you’re losing your balance in tree pose or you’re still needlessly worrying about work after hours, that doesn’t mean the magazine’s advice isn’t working. Change takes time, and even if it doesn’t happen right away, that’s not to say it never will.

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Don’t let back to school become the same old routine. Keep your mind and body energized and focused on you with these deals for everyone in the family.

With school in session, it’s time to shake off summer mode and get back into the regular routine. No more weekend trips to the beach (unless you live close to one), no more weeklong vacations to get away from it all—or at least for a while until the kids get a break or a holiday.

But that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice you when the school-homework-activity carousel begins again. At least not with our specially-priced Back to School magazine deals for everyone in the family. These limited-time prices—starting at just $5—on some of our most popular titles will help give Mom, Dad and kids of all ages a mental vacay when they need to refocus on themselves.

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Marie Claire: Transition your closet from summer to fall with upcoming fall trends, beauty must-haves and the latest hairstyling tips and techniques.

Good Housekeeping: Get your home in order (and keep it that way) with time-savers on everything from cooking and organizing to applying makeup and getting fit.

Yoga Journal: Do something for your mind and body by taking up yoga—even if it’s just incorporating a few meditative or stretching postures into your day.

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Popular Mechanics: Get your gearhead fix by delving into how the world works and more importantly—at least when it comes to cars, electronics and woodworking—how to fix it.

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Outside: No need to forgo the adventure in your life. Just flip through the pages for tales of outdoor thrills, plus tips on fitness, travel, technology and more.

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Yoga Journal magazine February 2012

5 Ways to Care for the Caregiver (You)

Yoga Journal magazine February 2012

Yoga Journal Feb. 2012

If you’re caring for a loved one–be it a parent or a newborn–here are some practical ways to keep yourself as healthy and stress-free as possible.

I work full-time. I volunteer. I’m giving extra love to a 15-year-old dog. And Mom is still in rehab following her stroke. I’m exhausted, and I don’t even have kids. I don’t know how you parents do it sometimes!

I see Mom every evening after work and on the weekends. I know I need to stay upbeat and healthy as I continue to care for her on her road to recovery. I’m quickly learning that it’s all too easy to let healthy habits break during times like this. I need to remind myself that my health is important along the way, too–especially when I’m simultaneously caring for the health of someone else.

Caregivers sometimes let themselves go, focusing more on those around them who seem to need it more. I’m learning along this journey that taking that route is not the best way to do things. If you’re caring for someone–from a new baby to a parent following a big health event–here are some things you can do to keep yourself on top of it all:

  1. Get enough sleep. Easier said than done, right? But it’s so important to feel rested, rejuvenated and strong. A good night’s sleep–every night–will help you feel that way.
  2. Eat a balanced diet. It can be easy to hit the drive-thru and just grab a burger on the way home from the hospital each night, but I’m trying instead to plan dinners a full week ahead of time and do my shopping so I have no excuses.
  3. Stay hydrated. If you opened me up and looked inside me right now, you’d find diet soda and coffee running through my veins. Not good. I’m making a big effort to drink more water each day. It’s hard, but I know my body will thank me for it.
  4. Let someone care for you. Accept others’ offers to help. Let coworkers cook a meal for you. Let that sweet neighbor do a load of laundry. Let the kids across the street walk the dog around the block. I’ll be the first to admit it: I’m not Superwoman. I’m thankful to have a support system around me while I serve as part of Mom’s support system.
  5. Keep stress under control. Take a few minutes and get away once every couple weeks. A trip to the mall for a new pair of shoes. A massage. A pedicure. I’m finding that it’s quite reenergizing to be pampered a bit.

To help with that last tip, I’ve even been considering meditation. Who knew there were so many types of meditation? Yoga Journal magazine certainly did, and in their February issue, they break down each type to help readers choose the best one for them. From visualization to using mantras to meditating while you walk, the writer explains what each type does best and for whom it might be best suited. It sounds like I may need to try the walking meditation. I don’t have time to sit down these days!