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The term “Slow Fashion” combines many aspects of sustainability. From an industry perspective, it can refer to slowing down the production cycle, giving more attention to detail and craftsmanship in each garment, manufacturing locally, or supporting fair wages. From a consumer’s angle, it means slowing down our consumption habits, buying fewer garments that are classic, of quality, and will last us for years. As a frequent public speaker on the topic of sustainable fashion, I find that the concept of slow fashion resonates really well with the audiences I speakRead More
As the cold winter descends, I thought I would write about the beautifying and therapeutic properties of oiling your body for detoxification, rejuvenation and to combat the dry weather. Many of us view oil as “too heavy” or “clogging”, but in fact, oils are restorative for our skin as well as cleansing. Some oils are even used in Ayurveda to kill parasites internally and externally. It is also important to understand that each oil is unique: some oils stimulate, some oils calm, some oils rebuild tissue and some oils areRead More
Elizabeth Lesser is the co-founder of the Omega Institute in New York, an institute that hosts workshops with spiritual leaders and yogis to help people on the spiritual path. In her book “Broken Open”, Elizabeth uses her own life story and those of others to show that through challenging times, “awakening” and positive life changes can occur. Elizabeth refers to the challenging times as the “Phoenix Process”, the transformational journey. It stems from the myth of a bird the Egyptians called the Phoenix. Understanding that the new can only beRead More
“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein I will always see the summer of 2011 as yet another test of maintaining my faith and indestructible optimism. The Einstein quote exemplifies how I am facing my latest financial challenges and how I’ve taken steps to approach my problems using different thinking. I’ve discovered that daily, consistent meditation has helped me unearth an inner voice revealing answers I’ve been seeking. One of these answers came in remembering my firstRead More
My life-long love of music began when I was four years old and my parents sat me in front of a black-and-white Little Richard concert on the television. Growing up in the UK, I had access to great new music programs on the radio and on TV, like The John Peel Radio Show, The Old Gray Whistle Test, Top Of The Pops, Pirate Radio and Radio Luxembourg. TV personalities and personable DJs became my teachers. Like a sponge, I absorbed it all. I soon developed a keen ear for whatRead More
A few years ago, “eco fashion” became the hottest buzzword. The media in particular loved it and used every opportunity available to position it as the hottest trend. Recall those “Green is the New Black” headlines everywhere? Fast forward to today, and we know that eco fashion is definitely not a trend. It is a movement, and one that is taking the world by storm. How so? Well for starters, a growing number of designers are now sourcing more sustainable fabrics than a few years ago, and the variety and quantity ofRead More

Posted On September 16, 2011By Parvati MagazineIn Beauty, Fashion, October 2011 - Activation

Beauty: Fall Beauty Care, by Kristen Ma

It’s official – summer is over (wah!). Unfortunately for us all, the sobering autumn weather has already set in. But September can also mean a new year, the start of being productive again, and beauty reinvention. Sometimes I think that the fall is even more of a “new beginnings” feel than January. So, below are some tips for feeling refreshed and beautiful this season. Though the summer usually means good times, its sun, fun and heat take a toll on our skin and bodies – we will need a bitRead More
Koolulam - Michal Shahaf-Shneiderman
When Or Taicher encountered a Facebook video of a mass prayer at the wailing wall, he was inspired to act. Joining with musical conductor Ben Yaffet and entrepreneur Michal Shahaf Shneiderman, the three set out to establish Koolulam, a social musical initiative that creates mass-singing events, for everybody and anybody. The result—including covers of Imagine Dragons’ “Believer”, Sia’s “Titanium”, and Matisyahu’s “One Day” that became viral videos—is truly remarkable. Parvati Magazine: How would you describe Koolulam to our readers? Who are the core members? How did it get started? MichalRead More