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What’s In Your Pocket?

Filed Under: Green Living,Personal Care at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

You might not be thinking about it every time you reach in your pocket to grab your chap stick, but this common lip remedy can contain many chemical toxins. Ingredients such as petroleum jelly, parabens, camphor, mineral oil, Polyphenylmethylsiloxane 556, petrolatum, artificial fragrances and flavors as well as D&C red no. 6, can be found in many lip balms on the market today.

Although it’s a natural product, petroleum is toxic to the body. Petroleum jelly is a by-product of oil refining and is supposed to be free of carcinogens depending on the refining process and purity of the jelly. Parabens are another common topic when discussing any beauty or personal care product. These chemicals are used as preservatives to prevent the growth of microbes. They can be absorbed through the skin, blood and digestive system. Common health concerns for parabens include: endocrine disruption, developmental and reproductive toxicity, allergies, immunotoxicity, and cancer. Camphor, a waxy substance derived from the camphor tree, has been classified as toxic known for potentially causing nausea, vomiting, seizures and in small children, can even cause fatal poisoning.

Chap sticks found on LuckyVitamin usually contain beeswax, coconut oil, olive oil, shea butter and cocoa butter.  These key ingredients seal in moisture and don’t come with some of the risks that those other chemicals do. Burt’s Bees, EOS, Acure and Mode De Vie are just some of our most popular brands and products. Make sure to always read the ingredient label so you can ensure you’re keeping your body safe and avoiding these common toxic compounds.

 

 

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What’s New? Dang

Filed Under: Green Living,Health Foods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin continues to add new brands of health food products to promote a better, healthier lifestyle for our customers. The latest addition is a top-quality brand of unique snacks: Dang Coconut Chips.

Dang offers a variety of coconut chips snacks that are vegan, gluten-free, and contain no cholesterol and no GMO ingredients. These delicious and healthy snacks are a good source of fiber and are high in Lauric Acid.

Dang Foods is a family-run snack company that runs on love and coconuts. Made from the nutrient-packed copra, the “meat” of the coconut, Dang Coconut Chips are a delicious snack that provides loads of energy. The meat is sliced out of mature coconuts then gently toasted until golden brown with a dash of sugar and salt. The toasting process brings out the natural sweetness of the coconut meat and turns it from white to golden brown. Since copra is high in fiber, you don’t have to eat a lot to feel full, with only a few handfuls and you’ll be good to go.

Dang believes that these toasted coconut chips are the perfect snack because they satisfy your snack cravings quickly and give you a boost of energy. While great on their own, toasted coconut chips can be used to enhance other foods. Try them with: Salads, ice cream, trail mix, cereals, oatmeal, yogurt, cakes and cookies, and other baked goods. Dang’s motto is “Dang, that’s good!” as the company is forging ahead fast, bringing you unconventional culinary delights from around the globe.

You can save even more when you shop Dang products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code SEP14NEW15 to save an additional 15% on all items of this new brand.

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Dang – Toasted Coconut Chips Caramel Sea Salt – 1.43 oz.
Dang – Toasted Coconut Chips Original – 1.43 oz.
Dang – Toasted Coconut Chips Caramel Sea Salt – 3.17 oz.
Dang – Toasted Coconut Chips Original – 3.17 oz.

 
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5 Items From Your Kitchen That Will Make You Beautiful

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

The kitchen is a nightmare place for many people trying to lose weight. Folks on weight-loss diets often avoid this part of the house hoping to prevent an unnecessary snack or meal. But did you know that many items in your kitchen can actually help your weight-loss program?  So, here is a list of five items from your kitchen that can help make you beautiful:

1- Cinnamon:

 

Cinnamon has a regulatory effect on blood sugar levels and simultaneously increases insulin levels in the body as well as speeding up the metabolism of glucose. Cinnamon helps prevent increased storage of fats caused by high blood sugar levels. Plus, cinnamon helps the body to process carbohydrates more efficiently and delays the passing of food from the stomach into the intestine making you feel satisfied for a longer time.

 

2- Coconut Oil:

 

Coconut oil is known for causing a metabolic boost when taken regularly. Studies have shown that just over a tablespoon for women and just less than two tablespoons for men each day may double the weight-loss in overweight people. Researchers believe that the extra calorie burn produced by coconut oil is the reason for such impressive results after continue use of the product for three months.

 

 

3- Coffee:

 

Coffee is well-known for helping with weight-loss. Studies have shown that drinking coffee may slightly increase weight loss or in actuality prevent weight gain by suppressing the appetite or the desire to eat. Caffeine is proven to help with calorie burning by stimulating thermogenesis. It is important to note that coffee weight-loss studies are always based on 100% pure coffee without sugar, milk or any additional flavoring.

 

 

4- Honey:

 

Here’s a tricky one. Americans consume too much sugar and processed food but a tablespoon of honey before bed may help with weight-loss as the body begins to burn more fat during those early hours of sleep. Try to replace all sugar from your diet with honey, including artificial sweeteners. Use honey in your tea, coffee and cereal instead of refined sugar. The results of this simple switch may surprise you!

 

 

5- Lemon:

 

Adding lemons to your water may sound like a silly idea for weight-loss but did you know that lemon water combines powerful agents that improve your chances for weight-loss? The potent vitamin C and antioxidants of lemon and the digestion-improving ability of hot water may be the perfect combination to help your weight-loss program.

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Honey Gardens Apiaries – Apitherapy Raw Honey – 1 lb.
Organic Coffee Company – Breakfast Blend Ground Coffee – 12 oz.
Barlean’s – Extra Virgin Coconut Oil – 16 oz.
Simply Organic – Cinnamon – 2.45 oz.

 
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What’s New? Trilogy

Filed Under: Personal Care,Women's Health at 3:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is introducing another top-quality brand of beauty products to our customers: Trilogy.

Trilogy offers a variety of skincare products created from simple and unique blends of the purest natural plant oils and botanical extracts. Trilogy has an international reputation for producing ethical, sustainable, high-performance natural skincare. Trilogy believes true beauty is real beauty and creates efficient natural skincare products to help you feel good about your skin, feel good about life and when you feel good about life, good things happen. The company does not promise perfection but Trilogy skincare will help you achieve your best, most radiant complexion naturally.

Only the purest natural plant oils, extracts and actives make it into Trilogy products for hair care and body care. More than 100 raw ingredients are used and one can trace every one of them back to source. All ingredients used are non-GMO, sustainably produced and fairly traded. The company keeps it simple, pure, and vital as all ingredients used work in perfect harmony to restore and maintain the natural vitality and radiance of skin.

Additionally, Trilogy skincare is a Choose Cruelty Free accredited company. From the very beginning, animal testing has been off the cards entirely and the company does not test ingredients, product prototypes or finished products on animals, working closely with ingredient suppliers to ensure they are aware of the company’s values and policies. Trilogy is also supporting and being fully involved in local communities and causes. Whether it’s a charity, community event, play group or school activity, Trilogy likes to help wherever possible.

You can save even more on these fantastic new products from Trilogy Skincare at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code ‘SEP14NEW15′ to save an extra 15% on all items on this new brand.

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Trilogy – Vital Moisturising Cream – 2 oz.
Trilogy – Balancing Face Lotion – 3.3 oz.
Trilogy – Ultra Hydrating Face Cream – 2.5 oz.

 
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The Natural Defense

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

With fall already here and the winter months rapidly approaching, the temperatures are going to start dropping.  This means sweaters, jeans and winter jackets are going to make the move from boxes to closets. This winter everyone is going to be looking for ways to boost their immune system and stay healthy. But you don’t need to worry; there are natural alternatives to help you save those sick days for when you really need to use them.

Probiotics are a great way to not only improve your digestive system, but also boost your overall health and well-being. These beneficial bacteria aid in the development of the intestinal cells, stimulate the maturation and development of immune system by aiding in the fight of pathogenic bacteria, detoxify the body, improve digestion and help to synthesize vitamins. Eighty percent of your immune system is found inside your digestive system, which means that a healthier gut equals a healthier you.

Vitamin D is one of the most talked about vitamins these days. It is a “powerhouse” supplement that has much more importance in the body than just aiding in the building of strong bones. This vitamin acts more like a hormone in the body by binding to different receptors. Vitamin D plays a critical role in your immune response by assisting your body in making well over 200 antimicrobial peptides which are necessary in fighting off a wide range of infections. Before starting supplementation, make sure to see your health care provider so they can check your vitamin D levels.

Elderberry, also known as Sambucus nigra, has traditionally been known for its ability to boost immune system function. Because of its strong antiviral properties, it has long been used to treat colds and flu. Sambucol, an elderberry based natural remedy, was shown to be effective in vitro against 10 different strains of influenza virus. Another study showed that Sambucol had the ability to reduce flu symptoms down to 3-4 days. Don’t worry about giving this to children either; it’s safe, effective and taste delicious!

This fall start boosting your immune system naturally so you are ready to fight off all the bacteria and viruses this winter. Check out all of these great products and much more found at LuckyVitamin.com.

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#ExpoEast – Bring More Health to More People

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Health Foods,Nutrition,Personal Care at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

The natural products industry is on the rise. With so many choices and niches to explore, it’s no wonder that people are becoming more enlightened and inquisitive about what ingredients are in their food and personal care items.

Here at LuckyVitamin, we want to be your go to for all things natural and organic. In order to keep up with the trends, we attended the Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore, MD to learn about new products and hot trends in the industry.

Here’s what’s new from the brands you love:

Badger Balm – Coming this November, Badger’s men’s line of personal care products. USDA Certified Organic & 100% natural grooming products for men. Soothe, refresh, restore and improve your skin and hair naturally.

Ways Out Wax – Just in time for the holidays, Way Out Wax’s Buddha Beeswax Ornament is perfect for setting your intention and practicing mindfulness. Their waxes are 100% natural and biodegradable. Plus, they use 100% soy wax in all of their container candles.

Nutiva   – O’Coconut snacks from Nutiva are crafted from lightly sweetened organic coconut flakes and have only 60 calories each. You can start noshing on these tasty treats in late November.

New brands coming soon in 2015:

Cultures For Health – A wide selection of starter cultures and supplies available including those that can get you started on making traditional foods such as kefir, yogurt, sourdough and more.

Ocean’s Halo Seaweed Chips – Made from only sustainably grown, organic seaweed and other real, gluten-free ingredients, Ocean’s Halo Seaweed Chips are baked, taste great, and are packed with six grams of protein and loads of Vitamin A, B12, Folic Acid and essential minerals like potassium, manganese and iodine.

Beard Balm – Beard Balm makes beards happy. Good for your face, good for the earth, quality-controlled and endurance-tested on real beards. Warning: May cause excessive beard. Natural. Local. Awesome. Handcrafted in Detroit!

Mediterra – Mediterra has created a healthy option to complement the accelerated pace of modern life. Inspired by the time-tested Mediterranean Diet, Mediterra’s savory nutrition bars are made from all-natural ingredients such as nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables and fiber-packed grains and seeds. Healthy and delicious. What’s not to love?

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What’s New? Jeffrey James Botanicals

Filed Under: Personal Care,Women's Health at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is happy to announce the addition of another top-quality brand of natural personal care products to our customers: Jeffrey James Botanicals.

Jeffrey James Botanicals offers a unique line of elegant, natural products created with the finest organic actives, organic botanicals and beautifying minerals. All ingredients are handpicked and hand crafted to deliver stunning results. The company believes that customers should be able to look in the mirror after one day and see a difference of using their products.  Jeffrey James Botanicals’ products are designed to leave you feeling healthier about yourselves, knowing you are nourishing your skin and taking great care of yourself.

Jeffrey James believes that what you put on your body is as important as what you put in. If your body is a temple, why would you ever want to put chemicals or toxins in or on it? With that in mind, every ingredient in every product is hand selected for its organic purity, delicious smell, healing properties and how well it absorbs into the skin. This should start with making a conscious decision to use organic naturally pure products that allows your skin, your face, and your light to shine.

Jeffrey James was created with the desire to help others look and feel amazing about their health and themselves. The company’s luxury, organic products are created and developed to promote radiant skin and radiant health.

You can save even more when you shop Jeffrey James products at LuckyVitamin.com. Click here and check all our specials for products of this new brand.

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Jeffrey James Botanicals – The Eye Creme – 0.5 oz.
Jeffrey James Botanicals – The Eye Gel – 0.5 oz.
Jeffrey James Botanicals – The Serum Deeply Hydrating Facial Serum – 2 oz.

 
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Get Energized With Youth Infusion

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Supplements at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

Simply put, Youth Infusion is the Rolls Royce of energy supplements. You don’t have to look any further than one of its main ingredients — coenzyme Q10, or CoQ10. CoQ10 is a vital nutrient that positively impacts every cell in the body, resulting in increased energy and stamina. As a powerful antioxidant, it also helps fight pre-mature aging. And that’s just the start of a long list of benefits.

Youth Infusion is formulated with L-arginine and L-theanine to keep your blood pressure levels in check, as well as L-lysine which converts fatty acids into energy and helps you maintain healthy cholesterol levels. It’s also loaded with B and C vitamins that help provide the body with energy and keeps its immune system protected throughout the year. All Youth Infusion energy supplements contain resveratrol that promotes healthy circulation and keeps your cardiovascular system protected from free radicals and harmful cholesterol oxidation.

All this without any unnatural stimulants or crashes that accompany the typical sugary and caffeine-laden energy enhancers.

With all the nutrients you need packed into Youth Infusion’s energy supplements, you can count on feeling energized and healthy all day, every day.  For a limited time you can save an extra 15% off all Youth Infusion products. Use promo code ‘SEP14NEW15’ at checkout to save.

 

 

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Drink to Your Health with Red Ace

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Health Foods at 2:10 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

Backed by science and enhanced by breakthrough technology, Red Ace has created a nitric oxide potent organic beet juice shot that banks on the conversion of dietary nitrates into nitric oxide. Each two-ounce glass bottle of Red Ace contains three organic beets, making it extremely high in natural nitrates, and a quick and easy way to acquire all the performance, health and nutritional benefits of the superfood. With only 100% organic beet juice concentrate, organic lemon juice and organic flavors, Red Ace offers one of the most delicious and refreshing options on the market. Drinking just one two-ounce bottle of Red Ace daily increases stamina, improves circulation, and supports cardiovascular wellness.

 

Who says a cocktail can’t be healthy in moderation?

 

Try a healthy libation with these recipes from Red Ace:

Red Rum

4 watermelon cubes

2 oz. rum

½ oz. Red Ace Organic Beet Performance Supplement

3 oz. Freshly squeezed Lemonade

 

Red Queen

4 Slices of cucumber

3 sprigs of fresh cilantro

2 lime wedges

1 lemon wedge

2 oz. tequila

½ oz. Red Ace Organic Beet Performance Supplement

¼ oz. Agave Nectar

Splash of soda water

 

 

Red Ace Cocktail

4 oz. Ketel  Oranj

3 oz. San Pelligrino Pompelmo

¼ oz. Red Ace Organic Beet Performance Supplement

Combine in a shaker filled with ice. Shake gently and serve in a martini glass

 

For a limited time, you can enjoy an extra 15% off all Red Ace products. Use promo code ‘SEP14NEW15’ at checkout. Hurry, offers expires 9/30/2014

 

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Amazing Body Oils

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Personal Care at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

One of the best ways to keep your skin properly moisturized is to use body oils regularly. Not as popular as body lotions, body oils are an excellent alternative and offer additional benefits to keep your skin moisturized while relaxing your mind and improving your body’s overall health.

Body oils are smooth, thick and highly concentrated liquids that are usually clear in color and enhance the appearance and quality of skin. The best body oils are organic, free of chemicals and extracted from roots, fruits, flowers and leaves. Some people avoid using body oil because they believe oil and skin don’t mix, often leaving the body greasy. In fact, body oils actually enhance the quality of your skin because they soak quickly and deeply into skin to leave it moisturized for longer periods of time.

Massaging your skin with body oils may help to improve your overall health by reducing aches and pains and decreasing stress. Some body oils contain special blends of ingredients designed to target specific areas of your body. For example, some oils help to relieve upset stomachs while others improve circulation, alleviate pain in sore muscles and relieve stiff joints. Many of the benefits of body oils relate to their use in massage therapy. Body oils make it easier to rub and massage skin, causing less friction and discomfort when a masseuse manipulates your body tissue.

Additionally, body oils are perfect for Swedish massage techniques to calm the nervous system and increase nutritive circulation in the skin. In addition to helping alleviate everyday aches and pains, studies have shown that massage lessens stiffness and increases the function of joints for those suffering from osteoarthritis.

Lastly, body oils are more economical than lotions. This might seem contradictory because the best body oils are more expensive than lotions, but remember that a little body oil goes a long way and you used much less than lotion for each session, saving some money on the long run. You only need to use a little bit of oil to cover a lot of skin and moisturize skin effectively. While it might take several pumps of body lotion to quench your skin’s thirst, a tiny dollop of body oil will be sufficient in covering most of your body.

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Bathtime Baby – Purely Pampered Massage Oil – 4 oz.
Via Nature – Skin Care Oil Grape Seed – 4 oz.
California Baby – Aromatherapy Massage Oil All Natural Calming – 4.5 oz.

 
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What’s New? Beverly International

Filed Under: Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin continues to add premium brands for our customers. Our latest addition is a top-selling brand of sports supplements: Beverly International.

Beverly International offers one of the most effective lines of bodybuilding supplements available anywhere in the world. With over 30 years of significant results and a history of consumer respect, Beverly International puts equal emphasis on research, manufacturing and marketing.

Companies are selling products that are incapable of producing results like those promised in their advertisements and consumers are being misled. In an effort to give the industry a scientific and ethical foundation, nutritional ingredients researcher Jim Heflin has started Beverly International. Heflin establishes strict research, manufacturing and marketing guidelines for the company in order to ensure that its supplement formulas reliably and consistently produce results. Bodybuilding athletes and serious fitness enthusiasts quickly become fervid fans of this brand as it defines a cutting-edge for the industry.

Today, the bodybuilding supplement industry has advanced on both scientific and ethical grounds. Beverly International remains a cutting-edge leader by rigidly adhering to the same three-part set of guidelines established by Heflin in 1967. Surveys indicate that the company’s products consistently produce results that exceed consumers’ expectations. Beverly International’s support staff is regarded as being among the most knowledgeable and personable in the industry. Click here and check all Beverly Interenational supplements available at LuckyVitamin.com.

 

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Beverly International – Joint Care – 90 Capsules
Beverly International – Advanced Antioxidant – 60 Tablets
Beverly International – Ultimate Muscle Protein Rocky Road – 2.8 lbs.

 
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Nature’s Answer – Neem

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Herbs at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

 

After reading an article last month about an incredible medicinal plant whose uses predate written records, I thought I needed to share some of the information I had learned. The medicinal properties of neem (Azadiracthaindica) have been known in India for over 4,000 years, yet most people have never heard of it.  A member of the Mahogany family, Meliaceae, neem is native to India and India’s subcontinent regions.

More than half of the world’s population still relies entirely on plants for medicines and neem is a great example of why they do so. This “jack of all trades” herb can be used for many different health conditions commonly seen today. Even more riveting is that almost all parts of the tree can be used, including the root, bark, resin, twigs leaves and more.  According to “The Medicinal Properties of Neem” the plant can be used to treat fatigue, coughs, fever, loss of appetite, worm infestations, chronic skin conditions as well as infections. The article also goes on to discuss one of the most important parts to the tree: the neem seed oil. This antimicrobial oil can be applied topically to fungal and bacterial skin infections.  Interestingly enough, the article also talks about the tree’s role in the treatment of cancer and other conditions.

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The Importance of Magnesium for Brain Health

Filed Under: Health Foods,Vitamins and Minerals at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

A new study suggests that magnesium levels are vital to brain health as population ages. The nutritional research concluded that magnesium deficiency in adults may play a more important role in cognitive impairment (CI), and more seriously, Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), than previously thought.

The results of the study suggest that elevation of brain magnesium through dietary intake of magnesium exerts substantial positive effects on brain, actually restoring aging brains to their youthful conditions. The study is the first to show a mechanism for reversing cognitive decline in advanced stage AD mice, and is also the first to show an effective long-term treatment in AD mice. More exciting, though, are the implications of this study for the potential for treating AD in humans. Researchers feel confident that magnesium threonate can help maintain healthy brain activity and has dramatic effects in preventing synapse loss and reversing memory decline.

Magnesium is an essential mineral responsible to maintaining healthy brain functions. Over 50 million Americans have low levels of magnesium because people do not eat enough foods that contain magnesium. Cognitive impairment can affect a person’s memory, language, perception, ability to plan and carry out tasks, and judgment. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, estimates show that approximately 20% of people ages 55 and older will experience some form of cognitive impairment. The number and growth of the aging population in the U.S. is unprecedented.

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Cypress Pharmaceutical, Inc. – Magnesium Oxide 400 mg. – 120 Tablets
NOW Foods – Magnesium Citrate Powder – 8 oz.
Good ‘N Natural – Magnesium High Potency 500 mg. – 100 Tablets

 
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What’s Your Dosha?

Filed Under: Announcements & News,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Herbs at 2:22 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

The ancient Hindu practice of Ayurvedic medicine believes that everything in the universe is made up of five elements: earth, water, fire, air and ether (space.) These elements combine to form the three doshas, or metabolic types, that are represented in the human body in several different forms. For instance, bones and teeth are associated with earth, blood and lymph with water, metabolism with fire, oxygen with air, and ether with the spaces found between matter, which are often represented by vibration or sound.

So, what’s your dosha? Read on to find out!

Vata

People who exhibit the physical characteristics of a vata are either very tall or very short with a slight physique. Thin is in as far as vatas go, as they often have thin skin, hair, mouths and necks. A classic vata face is usually long and angular, often with an underdeveloped chin, pale eyes and a small, narrow nose. A vata’s teeth are irregular or protruding, set in receding gums. And while the voice is weak, low or cracked, vatas tend to be motormouths, with extremely fast speech patterns. Vatas have restless minds, tend to overanalyze and have weak memories. They are what most of us think of when we hear the phrase “the sensitive type” and are likely to be artistic, creative and susceptible to many forms of overindulgence.

Pitta:

Pittas are more of the fiery type. They can be loud, authoritative and convincing debaters. Physically they have soft, warm skin that sweats easily and tends to burn in the sun. Reddish hair that prematurely grays is another hallmark of the pitta, who also possesses a heart-shaped face, a pointed chin and nose and yellowish teeth. Pittas have are classic intellectuals and boast great organizational skills. Most pittas are fast learners and have excellent memories. And it’s precisely because of those selectively excellent memories that you never want to cross one. Pittas can be quick to anger, argumentative and are jealous and aggressive by nature.

Kapha:

The prototypical strapping kapha has a thick, broad frame and large limbs that pairs nicely with a deep, resonant voice. A kapha’s skin is usually oily and pale, but they make up for that with shocks of dark, wavy hair and a full face. Kapha’s can be easily recognized by their tree trunk-like neck, rounded nose, light eyes, large mouth and huge teeth. Kaphas are often calm, logical and considerate. Stable and patient, they are slow to anger and often calm down quickly on the rare occasions when they do let their emotions get the better of them. More passive by nature, kaphas can come off as lazy and ummotivated – even dull — to those who don’t know them. But don’t let their easygoing disposition fool you, kaphas have a naturally strong sex drive.

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5 Basics Any Yogi Should Know

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,General Wellness & Wellbeing at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

5 Basics Any Yogi Should Know

Yoga is the union of body and mind. Whether you do it for improved flexibility or spirituality, here’s a few essentials you need to know before you step foot on the mat

1. Why we “Om” – “Om”, pronounced “A-U-M,” is the alpha and the omega. Everything and nothing. It’s the sound of the universe. When we “om” together, we become one with the universe.

2. Show respect with “Namaste” – Namaste (pronounced “Naa-Maa-Stay”,) can have many variations in translation.  “The soul in me honors the soul in you.” Traditionally, Namaste is an ancient Sanskrit greeting used in India but is also invoked at the end of a class to show gratitude.

3. Downward dog has nothing to do with your pet – Adho Mukha Svanasana is sometimes referred to as the mother of all poses in yoga. During this asana remember to spread the fingers wide and roll the shoulder blades back but don’t hyperextend the spine. Find your place in the pose and enjoy the benefits, which include decreased back pain, less tension, fewer headaches, lessened anxiety and improved circulation. Now, athletes and novices alike can get down with that!

4. Is it time for Savasana yet? – Also known as everybody’s favorite pose, it’s that time at the end of a class when you lie on your back and just let go. It serves multiple purposes for the physical, spiritual and philosophical self. Comfort is key during this pose. Feel free to ask your teacher for accessories like a blanket or bolster before you dive deep into relaxation.

5. Yoga is not for the flexible. It’s for the willing – Do not look over to your neighbor’s mat in envy of their eight-angle pose. Yoga is not about being bendy. It’s a reminder that all things take time and easing into. It forces us to be okay with the unknown and allows us to quiet the mind and just be.

 

 

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