Current Issue Wellness Category

Parvati Magazine’s Wellness Editor Dr. Karen Ho spoke with neuroanatomist Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor about her near-catastrophic stroke, recovery, and resilience. Parvati Magazine: Tell me about your shift in consciousness as a result of your stroke. Jill Taylor: I became so aware that I have two different ways of perceiving the world, what I referred to as the left-brained and right-brained way. I became so aware that every thought, feeling, physiological sensation is the product of the magnificent neurons I have inside my head. When I really acknowledged that, IRead More
This month, Parvati Magazine spoke with Tony Rechtman, CEO of INIKA Organic, which creates luxury skin, lip and eye cosmetics. Founded and based in Australia, INIKA’s award-winning products are certified organic, vegan, cruelty-free, halal and 100% non-toxic. Parvati Magazine: INIKA sets itself out as the #1 certified organic makeup brand worldwide. How do you stand out from your counterparts? Tony Rechtman: The industry is plagued with confusing claims around what is “organic”, “natural” and “green”. At INIKA Organic, it’s not so much what we say about ourselves, but what standardsRead More
Meditation-Be present with challenging people
This is a practice to help you open in presence and compassion when faced with a person or situation that has pushed your buttons. To begin, take a moment to find your breath by taking three long, deep breaths. Perhaps throughout the rush of your busy life, your awareness of this powerful life-force has been lost. Three deep breaths allow you to once again find inner space and begin to gain more perspective on what you are experiencing. One deep breath in, then out. Another deep breath in, then out.Read More
Georges Laraque was known for being a powerful enforcer during his 13 years in the National Hockey League, but he’s stronger in many ways than people realize. At the same time, there’s a lot more to him than tough guy. Born in Montreal to Haitian immigrants, Laraque faced racism growing up, especially in his chosen game of hockey, where there were few non-white players at the time. (The NHL is still a predominantly white league compared with, for example, the National Basketball Association or National Football League.) Laraque openly admitsRead More
Kathy Patalsky is the author and cook behind the very popular lifestyle blog Happy Healthy Life. After trying her “Favourite Stuffed Sweet Potato” Recipe, Parvati Magazine caught up with her to talk about nutrition, vegan recipes and blogging. Parvati Magazine: Your website is filled with beautiful photos of delicious food and your passion for what you do is present throughout the site. How did you know that becoming a vegan food blogger was the right thing to do? Kathy Patalsky: When I started my blog, it was really more ofRead More
Maty Ezraty is one of the first women to study Ashtanga Yoga with K. Pattabhi Jois and has practiced with senior Iyengar teachers. She is a co-founder of the Santa Monica-based YogaWorks which now has several locations across the US and has trained many of today’s leading yoga teachers, including Seane Corn, Shiva Rea, Rod Stryker, Kathryn Budig and Alexandria Crow. Yoga editor Ella Isakov speaks with Maty about her perspective on yoga and meditation and how to use them to lead life with more presence. Parvati Magazine: You haveRead More
Parvati-Forward Bend
The Sanskrit word Uttanasana literally translates to “intense stretch” (ut: intensity, tan: to stretch, extend or lengthen). What does intensity mean in a healthy yoga practice? How do we manage our ego that easily shows up on our mat, seeking more intensity than is required? How do we ensure we are not disassociating from the challenge a pose presents? The answer lies in sukha-sthira, a core principle of yoga, as outlined in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. In sukha-sthira you learn to be alert and receptive in each moment, finding a balanceRead More
In Part 2 of our interview with Byron Katie (Part 1 appeared in last month’s Books column), Parvati Magazine’s Wellness Editor Dr. Karen Ho discusses The Work and Katie’s latest offering, A Mind at Home with Itself. Parvati Magazine: You awoke spontaneously, and The Work was born, this process of intense self-inquiry and the dissolution of the self. Do you believe that you had done anything to precipitate this awakening? Byron Katie: For years I was feeling desperate and suicidal, filled to the brim with self-loathing. Things came to aRead More
Until recent years, the art of cursive handwriting was taught in most schools in the West. Perhaps you remember learning it. Having mastered printing one letter at a time, we learned gradually to write whole words without ever having to lift our pens, gracefully connecting one letter to the next. The flowing script was the standard for the written word before the advent of typewriters and computers. It came from patient practice, as we learned to build one loop or line onto another. Eventually we found ourselves writing it withRead More
If people don’t know Rodney Yee’s name, they certainly recognize his face from highly acclaimed Gaiam/Living Arts yoga videos beginning in the 1990s. Yoga editor Ella Isakov speaks to Rodney about his vision for the future of yoga and its impact on people and the world. Parvati Magazine: What has kept you inspired over a 35-year teaching career? Rodney Yee: Any subject, but especially yoga, as you get deeper into it, becomes more interesting. It becomes more a part of your everyday life. The main thing is that I loveRead More