10 Zen Quotes to Help Bring out Your Inner Yogi

10 Zen Quotes to Help Bring out Your Inner Yogi

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Whenever I see people who have a calm and easy demeanor about them, I’m pretty jealous. I’m always laid-back, but my mind is guilty of some frazzled moments. Today is International Yoga Day and every time I meet a yogi I’m in awe. How are they so calm? How are they so relaxed? Are they well?!    After taking a semester-long yoga class one year in college I realized why they are the way they are. Yoga is a beautiful practice that actually combines the body, mind, spirit and your emotions. To see yourself slowly improve and reach points you …

New Book Promises It Can Teach Anybody How to Do a Split, Including You

New Book Promises It Can Teach Anybody How to Do a Split, Including You

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Eiko is a yoga instructor at a place in Osaka, Japan, but that’s not all she’s doing these days! She recently published a new book entitled Even the Stiffest People Can Do the Splits in which she details a 4-week stretching regiment, by the end of which even you or I can accomplish our childhood dream of doing a full split!   Eiko has been a YouTube sensation where she uploads videos demonstrating yoga routines to the masses—views on her channel are recorded at having almost 7 million views! In fact, she is so popular in Osaka that children point at her …

Harry Potter Inspired This Marathon Runner to Cross the Finish Line

Harry Potter Inspired This Marathon Runner to Cross the Finish Line

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When Nicoletta Richardson secured a place in the 2017 TCS NYC marathon, the biggest runner’s marathon in the world, she knew she had to find something other than music to keep her eye on the prize during the course of the 26.2 mile run.   When she asked coworkers for recommendations, someone suggested downloading the Harry Potter audiobooks. Though Richardson had watched every Harry Potter film, she had never read the series before. Months later, however, it would be the series itself which she would credit with getting her across the finish line.    In an article published by Womens Health Magazine, …

5 Tips on How to Be a More Focused Reader

5 Tips on How to Be a More Focused Reader

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My least favorite but most frequent place to read is on my bed. It’s the quietest, most comfortable spot. I’d much rather read in the quiet car on the train going to or from work. All that ambient noise, the residential vistas flashing by. It’s relaxing. It helps me focus.   But my bed is too relaxing and too comfortable. I get anxious about the things I always get anxious about. I think about personal crap. I cannot at all focus on what I’m reading. A lot goes into how we focus on what we read. I thought it would …

Nabokov Collected Butterfly Genitalia and 5 Other Strange Hobbies of Classic Writers

Nabokov Collected Butterfly Genitalia and 5 Other Strange Hobbies of Classic Writers

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When we think of writers like Vladimir Nabokov or Agatha Christie, we probably imagine them sitting at a desk with a pen, possibly a quill if they’re fancy. Maybe they have a single candle lit next to them. Maybe a cup of tea. You can almost imagine them, geniuses on a cold winter’s night, drafting their next great work.   But writing is a job at the end of the day. There’s still downtime, even for the greats. Nobody can write 100% of the time, except for maybe Stephen King. So the question of how classic writers spent their time …