Wellness Category

Gretchen Rubin is the bestselling author of The Happiness Project and Better Than Before. Parvati Magazine’s Wellness Editor Dr. Karen Ho spoke with Gretchen Rubin about her new book on personalities, The Four Tendencies. This book explores in depth a personality mapping Rubin introduced in Better Than Before, based on how people respond to expectations both from within and from without. Parvati Magazine: How is the Four Tendencies framework different from other personality frameworks? Gretchen Rubin: I think all personality frameworks are fascinating, and each have their own power althoughRead More
Tamara Levinson, also known as Cuchira, inspires thousands of people around the world to step up and be themselves. Tamara created MovMEANT which integrates dance and yoga to transform people from the inside out. In this issue, Yoga Editor Ella Isakov speaks with Tamara about her evolution through movement, and what drives her to help others on their journey of transformation. Parvati Magazine: You were an Olympic rhythmic gymnast from childhood and then moved on to dance, dancing for people like Madonna. What instigated your transition into yoga? Tamara Levinson:Read More
Brianne Theisen-Eaton is the 2016 Olympic bronze medallist and Canadian record holder in the women’s heptathlon, a grueling combination event involving 100-metre hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200-metre run, long jump, javelin throw and 800-metre run over the course of two days. Recently retired from competition, she spoke with us about what she’s learned and what’s next. Parvati Magazine: What’s the one thing most people don’t realize about an Olympic heptathlon? Brianne Theisen-Eaton: You get next to no sleep between the two days of competitions, maybe four hours if you’reRead More
When we turn our energies to start anything new, we usually experience some level of fear and doubt. Sometimes the fear is so great, we never make it to the starting line. Imprisoned by our fear, we shackle ourselves to what we believe to be true and look out at life, wondering how we will ever live the life we want. Fear and doubt are not bad. But when they become overwhelming, they hinder your ability to live a fulfilled life. Some fear when starting a new project or embracingRead More
One of the most easily recognized yoga asanas in the West is the Downward Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) pose. It thoroughly stretches the back of the body, strengthens the arms and legs, lengthens the spine and because it places your head below most of your body, it can also calm the mind and relieve stress. Since the downward dog pose opens your hamstrings, you may find some of the same issues arise as in the previous exercise, Feet to Sky. Your hamstrings connect you from the ground to your rootRead More
Parvati Magazine is delighted to introduce Vancouver-based nutritionist Aura Ziv, RNC CPT, as a contributing editor for the Nutrition column. Aura helps people all over the world to make healthy choices and get free from emotional eating. This month, Aura spoke about oils with celebrity chef Rob Feenie. Rob is High Chef at the Vancouver location of the Cactus Club Cafe, a trendy Canadian restaurant chain offering the best in global cuisine using local, fresh ingredients. Learn from Aura and Rob which oils will provide the best complement and healthRead More
Mineral makeup generally consists of titanium dioxide, zinc oxide and iron oxide minerals mixed with pigments. In addition to creating a natural healthy glow, these minerals remain on the skin’s surface and do not clog pores, and are also water resistant. This month, Parvati Magazine spoke with Tim Schaeffer, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Mineral Fusion. Since 2007, Mineral Fusion has been producing handmade cosmetics, skin, hair and nail products in Denver, Colorado. Parvati Magazine: What are some of the benefits of minerals in makeup, hair care and skinRead More
As we move through our practices and our days, we need moments to pause and integrate. In humble surrender, we bring our heads below our hearts and lay down our wilful ego so that a deeper, wiser intelligence may move through us. This is one of the many gifts of the Extended Child Pose. Deeply introverted, like being back in the womb, this pose is a necessary resting and rejuvenation pose between more vigorous asanas. When done correctly, it will exquisitely lengthen your spine vertebra by vertebra. It will openRead More
This month, Wellness Editor Dr. Karen Ho reviews Dr. Andrew Weil’s latest book, on the question To medicate or not to medicate. Dr. Andrew Weil’s latest offering, Mind Over Meds, is a treatise on the perils of excessive use of certain medications. At a time when there are more classes of drugs than ever before, and when adverse events for the most common medications are well recognized, his call for conscientious use is most timely. Dr. Weil is a Harvard-trained physician who practices integrative medicine. For decades, he has advocatedRead More
Each one of us has a unique life purpose. When you honour the voice of your soul, you live the fullest expression of your joy. It is then that your life takes on a mythic quality, something greater than the small, restless you. You dismiss any undermining voices in your environment or in your mind, and listen instead to the still, small voice within so that you may follow your bliss. You become receptive to mentors, teachers and guides of all sorts as you embark on your own heroic journeyRead More