Full Issues – 2017 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
A research grant for whale-spotting on a Hawaiian island launched positive change for cetaceans around the world. In 1980 Greg Kaufman started Pacific Whale Foundation on the island of Maui in Hawai’i. Its first Research Director was Kaufman’s fellow whale-spotter Dr. Paul Forestell, who is now chair of PWF’s Board of Directors. Parvati Magazine caught up with Forestell to learn more. PMAG: How did the love for whales begin? PF: I must admit that my original reason for going to Hawaii was to get out of the New Brunswick winters!Read More
With big hearts and inspired dedication, Parvati.org’s all-volunteer staff has made great strides to move MAPS (the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary) forward at COP23, the UN conference on climate change. Our Director of Strategic Initiatives Darcy Belanger and our Outreach Lead Dr. Karen Ho travelled to Bonn, Germany for COP23 on their own time to advance MAPS among the world’s leaders. They have willingly self-funded and crowd-funded all their expenses. Back in Canada, the research, legal, production and communication teams have worked around the clock to ensure Darcy and KarenRead 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
Positive Possibilities Morning Sun Parvati
There once was a great spiritual master who was preparing to leave his village to meditate in isolation in the mountains for some time. The master said he would take someone with him to assist with the journey. Many of his devoted students hoped that the saint would choose them for the special trip. But to everyone’s surprise, the master chose the most unlikely person in the village to accompany him: the obnoxious chai boy who ran the local tea stall. As the master and the boy prepared to leaveRead More
I had the good fortune of seeing Human Flow this month courtesy of our local film festival. The theatre was packed on a nondescript Wednesday night and the film did not disappoint. In it, filmmaker and artist Ai Weiwei paints a very dramatic and very human picture of the insane scale of the current refugee crisis. Despite the fact that stories of refugees regularly appear in my news feed, I had no idea of the true magnitude of the crisis. Over 65 million people around the world have been forcedRead More