Wellness Category

We all have different ideas about the divine, likely because it is beyond description or full comprehension by our limited understanding. The divine is all that is. When we feel we cannot relate to the divine, we are in some form of delusion and under the tricky spell of our ego. Our choice is simple: be disconnected, or connected, to greater or lesser degrees. How do we see the divine and how do we experience it? We are often left wondering what and where this elusive, sacred thing is. TheRead More
Lemongrass was never something I kept in my kitchen, until lately. Over the summer I had a few delicious soups, curries and thai dishes flavoured with the zesty herb. This piqued my curiosity to try cooking with the green at home. When a friend pointed me towards Sprouted Kitchen, I came across Sara Forte, who shares savoury and sweet recipes on her blog, social media platforms and in her books: 2012’s Sprouted Kitchen: A Tastier Take on Whole Foods and 2015’s Bowl + Spoon. Forte describes her love of foodRead More
Native to Canada, ILIA Beauty started off selling tinted lip conditioners in 2011. Now based in Los Angeles, ILIA creates natural and organic makeup and skincare products. Founder and CEO Sasha Plavsic made it a priority to create a line that was just as aesthetically pleasing and sustainable as it was functional. This month, Parvati Magazine spoke with Sasha about lips, skin, and eyeshadow. Parvati Magazine: ILIA carries many beauty and skin care products, with a wide range of vibrant lip colours and lip care products. How did lips becomeRead More
It’s 6:27 in the morning. You’re shivering in a stencilled t-shirt in the pre-dawn light. Dozens of hugging people around you vary from couch potatoes to Olympic athletes. The air is filled with exclamations of “f— yeah!” It happens rain or shine. Welcome to the November Project’s group workouts. The November Project started out when two collegiate rowers in Boston – Brogan Graham and Bojan Mandaric – wanted to create accountability to keep working out in the off-season. As you might guess from the name, it was supposed to lastRead More
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