Here’s Why You May Want to Rethink Your Daily Dose of Melatonin

Get full access to Outside Learn, our online education hub featuring in-depth yoga, fitness, nutrition courses, when you sign up for Outside+. Good sleep is hard to get, and it seems like we’re all struggling to get truly restful, restorative sleep at night right now. Fortunately – or maybe not-so-fortunately – there are plenty of sleep supplements available that promise to help you drift off to sleep more easily. But do we really need to be taking dietary supplements to get good sh

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The Skincare Mistakes You're Making Right Now, According to Dermatologists

There was probably a time when your skincare routine was allowed to consist of scrubbing your face with bar soap and a warm washcloth, then calling it a night. But as your skin ages and you become more strategic about longevity, new words like “acids” and “retinoids” come out to play — and suddenly you’ve got a vanity full of pots, bottles, and goo galore. Related story These Gold Foil Under-Eye Masks Are ‘Perfect for a Spa-at-Home Feeling’ on Rare Sale for Only

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Reasons Your Partner Has Trouble Staying Hard & How to Help

At some point in your life, you might experience a very flustering sexual encounter: You’re about to get down and dirty with your partner, when all of a sudden they lose their boner, or they can’t get one up in the first place. It leaves you unsure of what to do next — do you keep pushing through it because you bought new lacy underwear for this, or do you cancel the evening’s sexcapades entirely? Too, there’s probably a small voice in your head telling you that you did something wro

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What the New Moon in Cancer Means for You

Get full access to Outside Learn, our online education hub featuring in-depth yoga, fitness, nutrition courses, when you sign up for Outside+. Every twenty-nine days, the Moon meets the Sun in the sky, giving us a new Moon. Due to the conjunction of the Sun and Moon, the latter has no light on her. Instead, she travels through the sky in unison with the Sun, together as one energy source, and their gravitational pull on Earth is combined. The night of the new Moon brings many stars but no Mo

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My Abortion Was One of the Best Parenting Decisions I’ve Ever Made

Editor’s note: Throughout the last year as increasingly extreme and restrictive anti-abortion bills gained traction and went into effect on the state level, reproductive healthcare providers, advocates and patients around the United States continued doing the work they always do: They educated (unpacking the various ways the bill infringes on reproductive freedoms for pregnant people in Texas, particularly for low-income people of color), they organized (showing folks where to put their

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This is How Your Skin Changes In Your 20s, 30s & 40s

Your skin is in a constant state of flux. When you’re young it feels bright, elastic, and unstoppable. Scratch your face in your sleep? Don’t worry, it’ll heal in a few days. Wake up Sunday morning with a raging hangover? Nothing can dull your glowing complexion.  Related story The Pregnancy-Safe Skincare Products You Need for Anxiety-Free Self-Care However as you grow older, one of the most visible signs of aging is the condition of your skin. One day you might not

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A Summer Solstice Guide to Self-Care From a Tarot Priestess

June 21, 2022 at 9:58am AM EDT Your magickal self-care rituals don't need to be fancy to work. nadia_snopek/Adobe Stock If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission. The Summer Solstice arrives in the Northern Hemisphere on June 21, bringing us our longest day of the year, the official start of summer, and a lot of magickal potential. The Summer Solstice is like the ul

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Ask the Teacher: Can I Practice Yoga with a Pacemaker?

Ask the Teacher is an advice column that connects Yoga Journal members directly with our team of expert yoga teachers. Every other week, we’ll answer a question from our readers. Submit your questions here, or drop us a line at asktheteacher@yogajournal.com . Are there any special precautions you need to take if you have a pacemaker? —Deborah in Clearwater, Fla. For this question, we turned to our contributor Carol Krucoff for guidance. A yoga therapist and co-director of the In

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Sex After Menopause is All About Lube & These Are the Best Ones to Try

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission. As you age, so does your body — which doesn’t always mean the best for your sex life. If you’ve already reached menopause (meaning you haven’t had your period in over a year), then you probably already understand where we’re going with this. While yes, it sucks to know that physically, you may not react in bed in ways you once did, also know th

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After Using This Product on My Sweaty Hair, I’m Never Going Back to Dry Shampoo

Get full access to Outside Learn, our online education hub featuring in-depth yoga, fitness, nutrition courses, when you sign up for Outside+. I would be dishonest if I didn’t disclose that my yoga class attendance revolves around my hair-washing schedule. While I emerge from my favorite hot yoga flow centered and rejuvenated, my hair emerges from it soaked. Yes, soaked. After years of trying to solve the problem with dry shampoo (and even baby powder at one point), I had given up. Washing

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Black Women Are More Likely to Have Traumatic Births — Here's Why

This story is part of a larger conversation on the Black Maternal Health Crisis. Women from all backgrounds are at risk in our current maternal mortality crisis. However, women of color, and particularly Black women, face an exceptionally high risk for a traumatic and even deadly birth according to reports by the Centers for Disease Control. Related story The Momnibus Bill: What's In It, What It Will Do How it Will Help End the Black Maternal Healthcare Crisis There are

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A Trauma-Informed Yoga Practice to Cultivate Inner Peace

Get full access to Outside Learn, our online education hub featuring in-depth yoga, fitness, nutrition courses, when you sign up for Outside+. Give yourself a break. Even when it feels like you’re merely hiding from the world, tucked under a blanket on the couch watching your favorite rom-com, your nervous system is actually doing its job. All day long, it processes a roller coaster of stress and emotions, and helps us cope with life’s ups and downs. Or it tries. What happens when anxiet

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Kids Under 5 Can Now Receive COVID-19 Vaccines & Here’s What Parents Need to Know

June 21, 2022 at 11:01am AM EDT With kids under 5 now able to receive COVID-19 vaccines, we're entering a new phase of the pandemic. Jacob Lund/Adobe Stock “Many parents, caregivers and clinicians have been waiting for a vaccine for younger children and this action will help protect those down to 6 months of age.  As we have seen with older age groups, we expect that the vaccines for younger children will provide protection from the most severe outcomes of COVID

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It’s Worthwhile to Start Thinking About Your Vagus Nerve

You’ve probably never even heard of your vagus nerve. (That’s okay: It’s new to us, too!) But it could be the key to lowering your risk of high blood pressure, managing depression and even scoring a better night’s sleep. The longest cranial nerve in your body, the vagus nerve begins just behind your ears and travels down both sides of your neck, across your chest and through your abdomen. It takes its name from the Latin vagary, because this bundle of nerve fibres literally “wander

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4 Tips To Speak Up About Your Pain Points With Your Dermatologist

Have you ever gone to a doctor’s appointment and left with more questions than when you arrived? Or met with your healthcare provider and felt nervous to speak up about what was bothering you? If you just did a mental hand raise, you’re not alone. Related story 5 Road Trips the Whole Family Will Love Of the 8 million plus people in the U.S. who have psoriasis, nearly a third will develop psoriatic arthritis – a chronic, inflammatory condition that affects the skin and

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What Does the Summer Solstice Mean?

Get full access to Outside Learn, our online education hub featuring in-depth yoga, fitness, nutrition courses, when you sign up for Outside+. As we go about our days, moving through our routines and making plans, the Earth is in constant motion. Forever spinning around and around the Sun. Getting lighter and darker every 24 hours. And, over the course of an entire year, moving through four key phases: spring equinox, summer solstice, fall equinox, and winter solstice. These phases have

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Cheryl Burke Says She's Never Orgasmed During Intercourse & That's Not Uncommon

June 16, 2022 at 1:37pm PM EDT Cheryl Burke Katie Jones/WWD Our sex lives are deeply personal things and no two people have the same experiences. That’s a given. But by nature of sex being deeply taboo for so long it’s really easy to feel like the things that happen to you and in your body during sex are somehow weird or wrong or just different if you’re not told otherwise. In a recent episode of her podcast, Burke in the Game, Cheryl Burke shared a bit of h

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Sorry, 40-Year-Olds, But Researchers Say This Is the Age When Your Sleep Is the Worst

Get full access to Outside Learn, our online education hub featuring in-depth yoga, fitness, nutrition courses, when you sign up for Outside+. It’s official: 40 is the new sleep-deprived age. So yes, along with your demanding career, unrelenting caregiving responsibilities, and (gestures at everything else happening in the world), you can also expect to clock the fewest hours of rest during this decade. In a recent study, researchers from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta Universit

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If You Want to Convince Your Dad to Try Yoga, Here’s the Way (and a Practice) to Do It

Get full access to Outside Learn, our online education hub featuring in-depth yoga, fitness, nutrition courses, when you sign up for Outside+. Dads. We can’t get enough of their corny jokes, ill-fitting jeans, and fatherly advice. But as Father’s Day approaches, it can be challenging to think of something that can show the father figures in our lives just how much we appreciate them and their quirks. Consider yoga. Those of us who practice it know there is nothing more transformative—p

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This Delicious Alcohol-Free Cocktail Will Be Your Go-To Summer Drink

It's time to start sipping. Join Yoga Journal Create a personalized feed and bookmark your favorites. Join Yoga Journal Create a personalized feed and bookmark your favorites. Join for free Enjoying a lightened-up drink can be just as relaxing, socially invigorating, and, yes, even delicious as the real thing. Photo: Courtesy Kristin Teig Get full access to Outside Learn, our online education hub featuring in-depth yoga, fitness, nutrition

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We Now Have More Period Product Options Than Ever

June 14, 2022 at 4:07pm PM EDT If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission. We’re just going to come right out and say it: There has never been a better time to have a period. Sure, it may not be everyone’s favorite time of the month, but at least we now have several different menstrual product options, including several companies that are relatively new. And given that we’re e

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Weekly Astrology Forecast, June 12-18: Aha Moments

Get full access to Outside Learn, our online education hub featuring in-depth yoga, fitness, nutrition courses, when you sign up for Outside+. This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine… The Gemini Sun in tandem with the Super Moon in Sagittarius this week will take us into timeless energy. Think of it as a “soul time” that reminds us what we seek is also seeking us. The powerful lunation is an invitation to journey a little deeper inward, to recalibrate and reconnect with

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A 10 Minute Morning Stretching Routine That'll Improve Your Whole Day

Mornings are, well, mornings. Sometimes mornings are welcomed, or, at least tolerated, and other days, not so much. Sore back, cranky mood, not enough coffee. You know the drill. So how do you shake it off and start the morning differently with a little more energy and less ‘tude? Stretching. Including some stretching in your mornings can help invigorate your body and mood for the day. Related story Try These 6 Simple Hip Stretches for Stress Relief “Stretching first thi

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You Can't Beat These Positions for Mutual Masturbation

June 14, 2022 at 5:20pm PM EDT All the fun of solo play — but do it together. Ashley Britton/SheKnows If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission. By far, one of the hottest things in the world can be watching a partner feel sexual pleasure (all the better if you’re a part of making that pleasure happen). Whether that means warm and fuzzy, sensual feelings or a full

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Vitamins & Supplements You Should Not Take Together

You know the drill: You have a ton of vitamins to take in a day but you’re not sure exactly when (or really if) you should take them all. And, while we should always turn to food for our vitamin and mineral intake, sometimes vitamin supplementation can help us fill the gaps in our diet. So here you are with your chosen vitamins (which should be properly prescribed and/or recommended by a medical professional) and you don’t know what’s the best strategy to take them. Related sto

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A 20-Minute Yoga Sequence for Impossibly Busy Days

I know what you’re thinking: I don’t have time for yoga. But, hold on. Growth happens when you consistently show up for yourself— even if it’s 20 minutes at a time. It helps to think of your yoga practice—and any specific pose— as you would anything in life that’s overwhelming at first: You simply need to break it down into more manageable components. When you’re attempting a challenging pose, this means you can explore its fundamental shape repeatedly in different, but similar,

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Kourtney Kardashian & Travis Barker’s Latest Fertility Diet Decision Is Less Chaotic Than Drinking Sperm

June 9, 2022 at 7:13pm PM EDT Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker are continuing their public fertility journey. Gilbert Flores/Variety While fertility journeys are deeply personal business for all parties involved, Kourtney Kardashian-Barker and Travis Barker have been fairly upfront about their current attempts to conceive — sharing the ups, downs and occasionally absurd health suggestions they’ve been given along the way (from drinking sperm to weird cra

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The Best Couples Yoga Poses

Your practice doesn't always have to be a solo pursuit. Bringing a partner to the mat can bring fun new dimensions to your routine. Join Yoga Journal Create a personalized feed and bookmark your favorites. Join Yoga Journal Create a personalized feed and bookmark your favorites. Join for free Get full access to Outside Learn, our online education hub featuring in-depth yoga, fitness, nutrition courses, when you sign up for Outside+. When you love your

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This Internet-famous Accupressure Set Is a ‘Miracle’ for Back Pain, According to Shoppers

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission. After 10 months of not getting a massage, just generally believing my body was going to fall apart and feeling super anxious, I was at my wit’s end and looking for anything that might soothe my body and soul. I stumbled across this highly-rated ProsourceFit Acupressure Mat.  It currently has over 42,000 positive reviews that all highlight how ‘oddly

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17 Cues for Reverse Warrior That You’ve Probably Never Heard Before​​

“From Warrior II, flip your front palm to face the ceiling and lean back into Reverse Warrior…” Sometimes, with repetition, a pose can start to feel…routine. As much as the body and brain are wired for the familiar, hearing the same cues for the same pose can cause a subtle staid feeling. An ennui. A sense of being in a rut with our practice, which can cause us to simply go through the motions. The moment you hear an unexpected approach to a pose, you trigger new sensations, subtle awa

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Athleisure Clothes You Can Actually Get Away With Wearing In the Office

June 10, 2022 at 5:12pm PM EDT If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission. The last few years of work-from-home and hybrid work has done a number on our social lives, our ability to have casual watercooler chit chat and, of course, our professional wardrobes. Related story This Celeb-Loved Brand Has A Non-Greasy SPF For Your Scalp This Summer We’ve all found our

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How to Create Better Balance

It’s no secret that yoga, when practiced regularly, can improve your balance. In many ways, balance training is the same as training in anything else—the more we practice, the better we become. It’s about challenging ourselves enough so that we learn positive adaptations. Yet all too often, as soon as we can confidently stand on one foot in Vrksasana (Tree Pose) or Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose), many of us are content to check the balance box and turn our attention to other skills.

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The Best Sex Positions for Short Women

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission. Ever heard the saying “we’re all the same height in bed” and promptly called bullshit? Do you have a partner who is adorably compact compared to you or crane-your-neck taller? Height differences can be a slight obstacle to navigate in the bedroom — especially when you and your partner are playing with more pronounced distance. But, real talk: when

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I Saw the Truth of the Wellness Industry. Here’s How I’m Disrupting It.

Get full access to Outside Learn, our online education hub featuring in-depth yoga, fitness, nutrition courses, when you sign up for Outside+. When I found yoga, everything changed. Instead of fixing and controlling, I started to let myself feel. The yoga mat was more like a wrestling mat—the place where I faced my pain and my fear and my loss. And it was messy. But something was happening and the more I moved and breathed through it, the more my grief changed. The practice wasn’t just h

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A Husband Feels Betrayed by His Wife’s Secret $30K ‘Get Out’ Fund & Reddit Has Thoughts

When you enter into a marriage, it’s not a surprise that you are choosing to make a lot of joint decisions — especially when it comes to finances. And while that in no way means anyone should feel bad about maintaining some degree of financial independence from their spouse (that’s generally a good thing for everyone!), that doesn’t mean that those aforementioned joint decisions become any less important. Related story You Might Have Separate Finances From Your Partner Tha

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‘What Planet Can I Blame for This?’ Your Guide to Astrology & the Vibes for June 2022

Sometimes all we need to do is look at the cosmos to understand what the heck is going on with our world. Astrology is a perfect tool to help break down the current energies of our lives so we’re better equipped to lean into what’s happening rather than hide underneath our covers (which, truth be told, wasn’t a bad thing to do for the past two years). That being said, you might have noticed that things were a little wonky over the last few weeks when it came to communication and technolog

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Are You Pushing Yourself Too Hard? Here’s Why You Should Give Yourself Permission to Rest

Get full access to Outside Learn, our online education hub featuring in-depth yoga, fitness, nutrition courses, when you sign up for Outside+. I had recently completed 500 hours of yoga teacher training and was extremely proud of how strong my almost 50-year-old body had grown during my practice. I was regularly attending “advanced” vinyasa flow classes, and each time I arrived at the yoga studio in Santa Monica where I practiced, I was surprised, relieved, and proud of myself for finall

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A 10-Minute Yoga Sequence to Jump-Start Your Day

Get full access to Outside Learn, our online education hub featuring in-depth yoga, fitness, nutrition courses, when you sign up for Outside+. Does it ever seem like your day isn’t actually your own? You hit the snooze button, scan your emails with toothbrush in hand, juggle meeting after meeting, become further buried beneath work, and tell yourself you’ll sneak in a yoga practice later when you have time…and then reality happens and you can’t slip away to the studio for class. You

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Must-Have HIIT Workout Accessories This Pro Trainer Swears By

June 3, 2022 at 1:12pm PM EDT If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission. Having the right accessories can make or break any workout, but when it comes to a HIIT (high intensity interval training) workout, it rings true even more. The reason? In this type of workout, you’re going to most likely be switching out equipment or moves fast since you’re doing short intervals, which me

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Kim Kardashian Said She'd 'Literally' Consider Eating Poop Daily to Look Younger & We Should Unpack That

In an interview with the New York Times that dropped late Wednesday discussing the launch of her new skincare brand, Kim Kardashian said she might go as far as to “eat poop every single day” to look younger. Related story Jenna Bush Hager Hoda Kotb’s TV Weigh-In Reclaiming Power from the Scale “I’ll try anything,” Kardashian told the Times. “If you told me that I literally had to eat poop every single day and I would look younger, I might. I just might.” It’

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Why a Two-Hour Plant Walk Shifted My Outlook—For the Better

I’ve been on foraging walks before, where naturalists taught me the medicinal and nutritional properties of wild greenery. But walking through Lower Arroyo Park in Pasadena, California, with Bat Vardeh as my guide feels different. We crouch down and peer at tiny plants that are usually crushed by our feet, marveling at their regenerative and medicinal powers. I’ll never look at this park—which I thought was just a dry, dusty bowl—the same way again. I’m on a plant walk, a tour in whi

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How You Can Support LGBTQ+ Mental Health During Pride Month & All Year Long

Although we’re all happy to be celebrating Pride Month 2022, we also know that celebrating the LGBTQ+ community isn’t solely reserved for one month a year — especially when it comes to supporting LGBTQ+ children and teens’ mental well-being. Because feeling marginalized is especially difficult for children and teens in general, let alone when they’re growing up sans adequate support. Related story How Screen Time Affects Kids' Mental Health — What to Do About It

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Weekly Astrology Forecast, June 5-11: Cause and Effect

Get full access to Outside Learn, our online education hub featuring in-depth yoga, fitness, nutrition courses, when you sign up for Outside+. June will be a month of genuine love. There is new vital energy flowing through us, calling us forward, bringing us an inner shift, reminding us to prioritize the importance of living well, welcoming the full expression of us, and allowing us to attain wholeness and actualization. As we end the first half of the year, we are drawn to reflect, to look

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Stacy London is Reclaiming the Midlife Crisis & She's Here to Help You Do the Same

June 3, 2022 at 1:08pm PM EDT Stacy London at the Jewelers of America's 20th Annual Gem Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City on March 18, 2022. RW/MediaPunch /IPX If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission. Don’t call it a midlife crisis. Call it a midlife renaissance. That’s the message Stacy London had for her audience during BlogHer’s Heal

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Run, Don't Walk: Lululemon's Beloved Leggings Are Just $40 Thanks to This Low-Key Sale

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission. After living in sweatpants and sweatshirts for months, it’s time to refresh your wardrobe for the summer months ahead. Unfortunately, good-quality athleisure doesn’t come cheap. Thankfully, there’s a way to get Lululemon’s coveted sculpting leggings (along with a bunch of other clothes from the brand) at a major discount, and it’s all thanks to

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Here’s Which Food Expiration Dates Actually Matter—And Which Ones Don’t

Get full access to Outside Learn, our online education hub featuring in-depth yoga, fitness, nutrition courses, when you sign up for Outside+. Do you toss foods in the trash as soon as the best buy date arrives? Have you stood in front of your open fridge agonizing over whether a particular food item was still edible or not? While the date labels on different foods are supposed to make it easy to determine what’s fresh and what’s expired, they can be more complicated than clear. Misun

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The Best Sex Positions for When It's Way Too Hot Out

May 31, 2022 at 9:30am AM EDT We all want our sex lives to be hot and heavy all year long — but in the deeply sweaty and swampy, I-feel-like-I’m-living-in-soup peak of summer heat, finding ways to get off and get close with your partner that won’t exhaust you or feel gross and sticky can be a challenge. Related story 25 Tips to Enjoy Anal Sex From Someone Who Loves It Of course, there are environmental factors that you should always keep in mind for summ

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How Long Should a Yoga Class Last?

If you’re new to yoga, it might be a surprise to learn that there was a time when yoga classes were at least 90 minutes long. Today that seems almost quaint. Who has 90 minutes to spare in our current hyperconnected, hyperproductive, ridiculously busy culture? I vividly remember a little more than a decade ago, when yoga studios across my hometown of Los Angeles started to reduce class times from 90 minutes to an hour. The change left many experienced teachers and traditionalists asking, “

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A Cursed Long List of Bad Pickup Lines to Make You Cringe (& Laugh)

May 28, 2022 at 3:00pm PM EDT Good Studio/Shutterstock. Ashley Britton/SheKnows. We’re not sure where bad pickup lines started, but somehow they’ve become almost an art form. (Or at least the bad ones.) Whether you’re trolling dating apps or sending something cheese-tastic and groan-inducing to your SO (they’re stuck with you! They have to love you anyway!), finding a few lines that strike the balance between “woof” and “LOL” is a great way to break

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Two Things Sustainability Experts Want You to Do About Fast Fashion

Get full access to Outside Learn, our online education hub featuring in-depth yoga, fitness, nutrition courses, when you sign up for Outside+. Fast fashion now accounts for 88 percent of the American clothing industry and it makes a huge impact on the environment. Garments hit store shelves quickly – and are discarded just as quickly, with studies showing that most fast fashion garments are thrown in the trash after just six wears, due to damage or irrelevance. The business is built on ove

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Beverages That Count Toward Your Daily Water Intake

May 29, 2022 at 4:55pm PM EDT If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission. As we head into the warmer months, it’s a good time to recommit yourself to staying hydrated and happy. As you probably know by now, your body needs to stay hydrated to keep all your organs functioning, your body temperature regulated and to keep your mind running at peak performance. Dehydration is no joke

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69 Sex Positions You Need to Put on Your Bucket List Immediately

by May 28, 2022 at 12:37pm PM EDT If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission. In the wonderful world of sex and sex positions, there’s getting down and then there’s getting down. For connoisseurs of a good sensual romp — we’re talking about our true believers, scholars and geeks when it comes to sex and sexuality — there’s always a sexy new position, a new sensation or e

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12 Yoga Poses to Energize Your Body For Summer

Gearing up for warmer weather and an active season? Add these invigorating poses to your practice. Join Yoga Journal Create a personalized feed and bookmark your favorites. Join Yoga Journal Create a personalized feed and bookmark your favorites. Join for free Women stretching and preparing for yoga class in studio Get full access to Outside Learn, our online education hub featuring in-depth yoga, fitness, nutrition courses, when you sign up

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What to Do When You Don’t Want to Open Your Heart

Get full access to Outside Learn, our online education hub featuring in-depth yoga, fitness, nutrition courses, when you sign up for Outside+. When my mum died in early 2010, my yoga practice changed overnight from one that was predominantly focused on opening my heart to one that allowed my heart to be closed. She had been ill for three years, and even when I felt overwhelmed and exhausted from the daily realities of her long-term illness, I still tried to push my way through my practice. I

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Gun Violence Quietly Became the Number One Cause of Death in American Children as of 2020

May 26, 2022 at 4:30pm PM EDT Gun violence became the number one cause of death in children as of 2020. ELG Photography/Adobe Stock Atop COVID-19 and a subsequent national youth mental health crisis in the U.S., American children are now facing what has quietly became their deadliest public health threat yet: gun violence. Related story Is It Safe to Give Your Kids Kombucha? Officially outranking car accidents as of 2020, firearm-related injur

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Yoga Cues Deconstructed: Align Your Knee Over Your Ankle

“Be sure to keep your knee aligned with your ankle in Low Lunge.” How many times have you heard this cue in yoga class? At this point, you might be scared to death at what could happen if you bend your knee too far forward over your ankle. Irreparable, devastating injury? Arrest and detention by the yoga police? Seriously, what gives? Consider those instances in which we bend our knees beyond our ankles in yoga every time we practice, including Utkatasana (Chair Pose) and Malasana (

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Physical Symptoms of Anxiety That May Be Affecting Your Daily Life

Anxiety disorders affect many people, and the symptoms can be more complex than you might think. The link between physical and mental health can be profound, and physical symptoms of anx i ety can run along a spectrum of distressing to debilitating. If you live with anxiety, then you might find that you experience both physical and mental symptoms of the disorder. Related story My Mental Health Has Made It Hard To Make Keep Friends “ Mental health and physical heal

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Khloe Kardashian Wants Everyone to Know About Her Nose Job

May 25, 2022 at 4:12pm PM EDT Khloe Kardashian attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "In America: An Anthology of Fashion" exhibition on Monday, May 2, 2022, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) Evan Agostini/Invision/AP Khloe Kardashian opened up about the plastic surgery procedures she’s undergone — which includes just one nose job — while addressing the scrutiny she gets over th

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Doja Cat Says She’s Quitting Vaping After Tonsil Surgery Scare & Opens Up About Nicotine Addiction

May 20, 2022 at 1:45pm PM EDT Doja Cat has decided to quit vaping despite her nicotine addiction, as the singer is too frightened to continue after developing a tonsil infection that required surgery. Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP Doja Cat has decided to quit vaping despite her nicotine addiction, as the singer is too frightened to continue after developing a tonsil infection that required surgery.  Related story Raven-Symoné on Tackling Vaping P

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This Breathing Technique Can Calm You Down in 5 Minutes or Less

There is no escaping stress these days. Even the most Zen people in your life have moments when they feel like they’re losing control. Anxiety levels in America are increasing. It may all seem overwhelming, but there is a simple, effective technique that can help. And did we mention that it’s free? Related story How to Stop Soothe Negative Thought Spirals Yes, we’re talking about deep breathing. It’s one of those things that is so obvious, but so helpful — when you

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What the Metaverse Means for Yoga

Get full access to Outside Learn, our online education hub featuring in-depth yoga, fitness, nutrition courses, when you sign up for Outside+. The metaverse. You’ve heard about it everywhere from The New York Times to your uncle’s posts on Facebook. But what is it exactly and how does it apply to you? Consider how even the yoga world has become highly digitized. We connect with other practitioners around the world through social media, and take or teach classes through online platfo

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Did Alanis Morissette Just Release…Meditation Music?

Yes, yes she did. Join Yoga Journal Create a personalized feed and bookmark your favorites. Join Yoga Journal Create a personalized feed and bookmark your favorites. Join for free Get full access to Outside Learn, our online education hub featuring in-depth yoga, fitness, nutrition courses, when you sign up for Outside+. You know her as the emotive soundtrack of your twenties or thirties or teens, the voice that you would scream to—or, more accurate

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The Best Porn Sites for Women

by May 20, 2022 at 1:01pm PM EDT If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission. Porn is something we all love, but the right porn that hits all of the sweet spots? That can be a bit hard to find. Related story A Scary Amount of Young People Are Going to Porn Google for Sex Ed As a connoisseur of online porn, I have to admit right here and now that it is still tough a

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Weekly Astrology Forecast, May 22-28: The Wisdom Within

Get full access to Outside Learn, our online education hub featuring in-depth yoga, fitness, nutrition courses, when you sign up for Outside+. We’re still feeling the potent energies of last week’s lunar eclipse and full Moon in Scorpio, which brought a lot of wisdom for us to work with as we are being drawn closer to our hearts’ desires. Eclipses allow us to find our way away from the old and into something new. They bring liberation, lasting freedom, and an ability to walk through t

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I Cannot Tell This $13 Trader Joe's Moisturizer Apart From My $48 Former-Fave

May 19, 2022 at 5:25pm PM EDT If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission. Two deeply true, if oppositional things about me: I desperately want to have beautiful, moisturized and obscenely dewy fancy-lady skin but I do not want to pay to have fancy lady skin. Unsurprisingly, these truths have made finding and committing to a skincare routine a little difficult. Related sto

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7 Ways You Can Improve the Quality of Your Sleep—Tonight

Get full access to Outside Learn, our online education hub featuring in-depth yoga, fitness, nutrition courses, when you sign up for Outside+. According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults between 18 and 65 years old should aim to get seven to nine hours of sleep each night for optimum recovery. For those 65 and older, the recommendation is seven to eight hours each night. Everyone knows sleep is essential for a healthy body and mind, so why aren’t we getting enough? Past research su

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A Scary Amount of Young People Are Going to Porn & Google for Sex Ed

May 19, 2022 at 2:22pm PM EDT A lack of solid, science-backed sex education means young people are turning to porn and search engines for help. ijeab/Adobe Stock Five years after  Pornhub launched a sex ed site, adolescents, teens, and twenty-somethings still don’t know where to find inclusive, safe, and trustworthy relationship and sexual education (RSE) on the internet, according to recent survey from Fumble. Related story The Penises

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24 Cues for Legs Up the Wall That You’ve Probably Never Heard Before

When I was in college, I’d throw my legs up the wall while lying on my dorm bed and read my textbook with a highlighter in hand. I’d learned, at some point, that this position soothed me, especially when I was super-stressed with finals. Later, when I attended my first yoga class, I was surprised to find out that this was an actual asana. Since being introduced to yoga, I’ve practiced Viparita Karani, also known as Legs Up the Wall Pose, countless times. I’ve also come into Legs Up the

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Brian Austin Green Says His Chronic Illness Was a 'Battle' & Caused Extreme Weight Loss

May 19, 2022 at 4:38pm PM EDT Brian Austin Green zz/John Nacion/STAR MAX/IPx. Brian Austin Green opened up about his “battle” with ulcerative colitis, telling Good Morning America that his most recent flare-up resulted in him losing a whopping 20 pounds. Related story The Impact Invisible Illnesses Can Have On Your Mental Health Green spoke with the morning show alongside girlfriend Sharna Burgess, sharing that he’s dealt w

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Oklahoma's Bill Banning Abortion 'At Fertilization' Includes Troubling Obstacles for Sexual Assault Survivors

May 19, 2022 at 3:48pm PM EDT Oklahoma's latest state-level ban would limit access to the procedure almost completely in the state. vivalapenle/Adobe Stock Oklahoma has passed what is now the United States’ strictest reproductive bill, outlawing nearly all abortions that start “at fertilization.” Related story How to Talk to Your Kids About Abortion Rights The bill, HB-4327, is based on Texas’ anti-abortion law which is pri

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TikToker's Harrowing Vibrator Health Scare Is a Reminder 'If It Has No Flare, It Shouldn't Go Up There'

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission. We’re all about unapologetic self-pleasure among consenting adults here, but that doesn’t mean we won’t recommend some safety best practices to keep things sexy, avoid objects going MIA in NSFW spots, and keep people out of the emergency room (which is arguably a mood killer in its own right). No one knows that last part better than a UK-based TikTo

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Tight Muscles? Try These 5 Tried-and-True Hacks to Relieve Them

Get full access to Outside Learn, our online education hub featuring in-depth yoga, fitness, nutrition courses, when you sign up for Outside+. Tight muscles are no fun, but happen to the best of us every now and then — especially after long days sitting stationary in a chair, hard-earned workouts or strenuous activity that’s caused our muscles to be overworked. There are plenty of reasons why our muscles become tight and, most of the time, it’s an attempt to protect us from injury, exp

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Want to Exercise Outdoors This Summer? Here’s Expert Advice for Working Out in the Heat

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission. You’re jonesing for your regular run but it’s hot outside — like, heat advisory, bring the kids in to cool down a few times an afternoon, considering buying a plastic kiddie pool for yourself hot. What do you do? Stay inside or dare to sweat it out and exercise in the heat?  Related story Khloe Kardashian's Motivational Water Bottle M

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This Bride is Big Mad About Her SIL Attending Another Wedding Instead of Hers

Weddings are easily one of the more fraught areas of our social calendars as adults. There are so many moving parts for all parties involved from planning to RSVPs to logistics (and don’t get me started on the multi-day chaotic affairs of modern bachelorette parties) that the whole affair can become super high-stakes and dramatic in an instant. Add in the way that save-the-dates for weddings always seem to fall on, like, the same three chaotic busy weekends each spring and summer, it can all

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Yes, Dua Lipa Just Nailed a Tricky Yoga Transition In Heels. Here’s How You Can Do It, Too

Get full access to Outside Learn, our online education hub featuring in-depth yoga, fitness, nutrition courses, when you sign up for Outside+. She’s the winner of three Grammy awards. The singer of four Billboard Top 10 hits. And, we recently learned, a (very dedicated) yogi. Her appreciation for yoga isn’t a secret. In her newsletter, Service95, Lipa recently spoke about her favorite grounding yoga poses, which include One-Legged King Pigeon Pose and Happy Baby Pose. She even has a pers

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What is Eco-Anxiety & How Can You Manage It?

Almost daily we are exposed to images of disastrous droughts, hurricanes and deadly wildfires (including those caused by things like gender-reveal parties!). We’re presented with dizzying facts and figures about “climate crisis,” greenhouse emissions, and the importance of holding global warming at 1.5 degrees. Not to mention we’re seeing multiple species of animals dying out, the oceans being over-polluted, and, oh yes, we are using far too much plastic (and loads of micro-plastics hav

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Sex Toy Jewelry Sure to Upgrade Your Sex Life — & Your Wardrobe

May 9, 2022 at 5:15pm PM EDT In March 2017, Jane Fonda did us all a serious favor: She brought sex toy jewelry into the mainstream. In a televised interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Fonda revealed that one of her favorite pieces of jewelry is actually a nipple vibrator disguised as a necklace. (Fonda explained that she’d sported the sensational piece on several occasions—usually out to dinner, depending on the restaurant and the company.) Though Fonda didn’t pioneer sex toy j

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Weekly Astrology Forecast, May 15-21: Let It Be

Get full access to Outside Learn, our online education hub featuring in-depth yoga, fitness, nutrition courses, when you sign up for Outside+. This week, we will find ourselves with the determination to let things in the past be. The lunar eclipse, full Moon, Mercury retrograde, and transition into Gemini season will heighten our intuition, helping us brush the dirt off our shoulders and let our minds be free so we can arrive at a weightless spirit. The week’s energies will bring us a humb

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What Actually Happens When You ‘Tweak’ Your Back & What to Do About It

You know the drill: One minute you’re bending down to pick up a box off the floor or to scratch your cat’s belly and somehow, some way, “Ouch!” You’ve tweaked your back, and now you’re doubling over in pain. Then before you know it you’re on the couch for days completely incapacitated and feeling bad about yourself. What the heck happened? Related story The Best Most Soothing Yoga Poses to Ease Back Pain Don’t worry. According to Eni Kadar, PT, DPT, Cert. DN,

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Tight Shoulders? Here’s How a Yoga Strap Can Help

Get full access to Outside Learn, our online education hub featuring in-depth yoga, fitness, nutrition courses, when you sign up for Outside+. At the beginning of class, many yoga teachers suggest that students have a strap nearby, “in case they need it.” The subtext is: if you’re not flexible, use a strap as an extension of your arms or legs. Yes, yoga straps offer valuable benefits for those with limited flexibility, but knowing how to use a yoga strap in your practice can also be a

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Celebs Who Are Totally Open About Seeking Therapy

May 10, 2022 at 1:05pm PM EDT Despite there being a significantly better understanding of mental health around the world, it is still an ongoing battle for many mental health professionals, advocates and those in treatment to destigmatize going to therapy and other mental health treatments. While caring for and understanding individuals who live with various mental health concerns and disorders is far from new, removing any negative connotations of talking about it or even talki

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7 Poses to Ease Tight Hips

Hip openers are among the most requested poses for a reason. And wherever you're at in your practice, there's one for you. Join Yoga Journal Create a personalized feed and bookmark your favorites. Join Yoga Journal Create a personalized feed and bookmark your favorites. Join for free Become a member to unlock this story and receive other great perks. Already have an Outside Account? Sign in A $500 value with everything in the Print + Digi

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How To Treat & Prevent Body Acne — Yes, Even In Weird Places — As An Adult Woman

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission. There’s nothing more disappointing than reaching adulthood and finally having clearer skin — only to break out in zits all over your bod. Flawless skin, who?  Related story The Best Anti-Acne, Anti-Aging Moisturizer Creams to Try ASAP Don’t worry, though! You’re not the only adult dealing with bacne and buttne and boob blemi

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We’re in a Loneliness Epidemic. This Is How to Combat That Feeling, According to New Research

Get full access to Outside Learn, our online education hub featuring in-depth yoga, fitness, nutrition courses, when you sign up for Outside+. We’re in the midst of a pandemic—and, it seems, a loneliness epidemic. A 2021 report from Harvard University found that 36 percent of survey respondents across the nation categorized themselves as feeling lonely on a frequent basis. The number was even higher for young adults (61 percent) and mothers of young children (51 percent). However, new re

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Answers to Your Questions About What It's Really Like to Be in a Dom/Sub Relationship

I accidentally crossed paths with my first Dominant online when I was going through a divorce seven years ago. My first thought was to run away fast: He must be some whip-toting freak with a dungeon in his basement. Fast-forward to today and I have three Dominant/submissive (D/s) relationships behind me (though I’ve had vanilla relationships, too), and I can honestly say that each relationship built on the former and has taught me profound things about my body, myself, and even life.

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4 Practices to Calm Your Busy Brain

Get full access to Outside Learn, our online education hub featuring in-depth yoga, fitness, nutrition courses, when you sign up for Outside+. “It’s like a tightness in my chest,” I told my therapist, again and again. “Like anxiety, but for no reason.” I struggle to relax. I often feel antsy and irritable. I don’t fidget, but I daydream. When I should be completing a task I find boring, I write poems instead. Frustratingly, I rarely finish those either. My brain is constantly exp

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I Tried A Mushroom-Based Coffee Alternative That Has Me Seriously Rethinking My Morning Cup

My unending love for coffee is well-documented, cartoonish and embarrassing. I’ll own that. My process of working through a pot a day via getting too distracted to remember I’m drinking a drink, letting it get too cold and pouring hot coffee over that room-temperature mug and repeating that process all day is something all my friends and family have been known to side-eye and joke about for going on a decade now. So when I told many of those same people that I was going to be testing out a

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A Basic Full-Body Workout That Calls for No Equipment at All

Getting a full-body workout at the gym is pretty easy. You can simply look around to see what weights are there and which machines are free, and you can craft a full-body routine on the fly. Getting a full-body workout at home, on the other hand, can be a little harder. Since there are no weights, machines, or people to serve as inspiration, imagination is your only guide. And if you don’t have a lot of experience with no-equipment exercises, you might not even know where to begin. Thankfully

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"No One Took Me Seriously:" A Black Mother Shares Her Pregnancy Story

May 4, 2022 at 4:00pm PM EDT When Jacqueline Stevens, MSW, a lifestyle and motherhood blogger based in Connecticut, had her first child, she described the pregnancy experience as “easy,” saying she ate a lot and was able to bring home a healthy, beautiful baby girl. However, during her second pregnancy with her son, Jacqueline experienced complications. “I remember the day that my son was actually born,” Jacqueline says. “It was the day before he

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Chill Out & Get Off With the Best Sex Positions to Reduce Stress

May 6, 2022 at 3:19pm PM EDT Ashley Britton/SheKnows. Most days, we live an unforgivably stressful existence — all the more in the last few years of pandemic-era stress where it feels like our fight-or-flight instincts are triggered  just about every day. Between work, family and everything else that crops up to make your head spin and keep you scrolling through your phone, any and all precious free time should probably be spent trying to take the edge of

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Star Wars, Superheroes & Other Pop Culture Sex Toys To Keep You Entertained

May 4, 2022 at 4:16pm PM EDT If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission. The Internet’s most sacred rule — rule 34 — states that “if it exists, there’s porn of it. If it doesn’t exist, it will.” In a similar vein, if it exists, someone might be creative enough to make a sexual accessory inspired by it. Related story Kourtney Kardashian’s Facialist Loves

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So You Know Bakasana. Here Are 3 Ways to Make It Even Stronger

Get full access to Outside Learn, our online education hub featuring in-depth yoga, fitness, nutrition courses, when you sign up for Outside+. If you already practice Bakasana (translated as Crane Pose and sometimes mistakenly called Crow Pose), you know that a common way yoga teachers suggest you progress the pose is to take your arms straighter. This is actually quite challenging for most of us. Whenever I look around my classes as I cue this arm balance, most of my students’ elbows rema

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The Best Birth & Pregnancy Meditation Apps To Download Right Now

The journey of pregnancy to childbirth can feel long and stressful at times. After all, you’re getting ready to birth another human, which includes not only a whole lot of hormonal shifts but the reality check that you’re getting ready to birth another human from your body — a human who will be under your care for at least 18 years. No wonder the idea of childbirth can be daunting and overwhelming for new parents and birthing people. Related story A Pre-Bedtime Meditation Rou

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This Is How Much Sleep You Should Be Getting As You Grow Older, According to New Research

Get full access to Outside Learn, our online education hub featuring in-depth yoga, fitness, nutrition courses, when you sign up for Outside+. You’ve heard it for years—eight hours of sleep is key to good health. However, new research suggests otherwise. A recent study published in Nature Aging found that seven hours of sleep may actually be best. In their study, the researchers evaluated sleep time as it related to cognitive function, the structure of the brain, and mental health. Rese

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What to Do When Politics Make You & Your Partner Fight

The heart wants what it wants, and sometimes it turns out it wants someone with a political outlook different than yours. You might think: “If two people truly love one another, their politics won’t matter.” But for certain relationships, bickering about candidates or issues can be an unresolvable hurdle leading to some less-than-loving fights about your values — and it can be really challenging to navigate differences (be them small or large).  Related story Why Our B

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A Gentle Yoga Practice for New Mothers

Get full access to Outside Learn, our online education hub featuring in-depth yoga, fitness, nutrition courses, when you sign up for Outside+. Welcome, new mothers! You’ve been inducted into the land of sleepless nights, nonstop laundry, and the most addictive snuggles. In the first few weeks after you’ve given birth, the most important thing you can do is rest as much as possible. When you feel the desire to start moving again, and you have the “all clear” from your doctor or midwif

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A Lawyer Explains What the SCOTUS Roe v. Wade Opinion Leak Actually Means for Americans Right Now

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission. A leak of a draft opinion from the Supreme Court’s ruling on an important case for the future of abortion access and reproductive rights dropped on Monday night, causing a stir among Americans due to what the draft opinion would mean for Roe v. Wade and for people’s right to obtain the healthcare they need in the long- and short-term. But the nature o

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These 5 YouTube Videos Will Give You the Stretch You’re Craving—Using a Yoga Strap

Get full access to Outside Learn, our online education hub featuring in-depth yoga, fitness, nutrition courses, when you sign up for Outside+. You’re used to practicing with blocks during your flow. But you may be overlooking another essential prop—your yoga strap. If you’re looking to loosen up tight muscles, a yoga strap can allow you to move deeper into your practice, enabling you to find the stretch you need. In addition to warming up tight muscles, straps allow you to focus on pro

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How I Learned to Combat My Eco-Anxiety

Get full access to Outside Learn, our online education hub featuring in-depth yoga, fitness, nutrition courses, when you sign up for Outside+. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been in an existential crisis about the state of our climate. I first learned about global warming while flipping through my grandfather’s collection of National Geographic magazines when I was about 9 years old, and it had an immense impact on me. Discovering that climate change had the ability to threaten ever

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How the Pandemic Proved the Importance of No-Touch Abortions

Dr. Meghan McGrattan, an ob-gyn resident at the University of Toronto, outlines what the pandemic taught us virtual care's role in abortion access in Canada. When Maria began feeling unwell during the fall of 2020, she immediately went to a COVID-19 test centre for what she assumed would be a confirmation that she had contracted the virus. Though her COVID test came back negative, Maria (not her real name) did get a positive result as well—she was pregnant. A few days later, she phoned her

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Resist the Urge to Stockpile Plan B & Other Ways to Support Repro Rights If You're Scared Right Now

The last few years (and really the last few decades) have seen an increasingly hostile environment for reproductive rights in the United States. Just under 50 years after we first saw Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court case that made abortion legal and the right to privacy the law of the land, leaked documents from the current court obtained by Politico on Monday night revealed what appears to be a preliminary draft of an opinion that would reverse the decision. Related story

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Sex Toy Sommelier: Help! None of My Sex Toys Are Sexy Enough to Play With My Partner

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission. Sex Toy Sommelier is our sex toy matchmaking and advice column at SheKnows. Whether you’re taking your first brave steps into the world of sex toys and sexual health accessories (welcome, it’s fun here!) or an old pro looking to add some new goodies to your existing collection (hello to you too!), Health Sex Editor Katherine Speller is here to h

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The Impact Invisible Illnesses Can Have On Your Mental Health

There are numerous things in your life that change when you get a diagnosis for a chronic condition. There’s the relief of having more answers and, ideally, a path toward treatment. But for the vast majority of people with chronic illnesses that are considered “invisible” — there can also be some additional hidden struggles that come with living with something that is such a huge part of your life that many people cannot immediately understand.  Related story The 6 Foods

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7 Mother’s Day Gifts That Will Give Her the Relaxation She Deserves

Get full access to Outside Learn, our online education hub featuring in-depth yoga, fitness, nutrition courses, when you sign up for Outside+. Finding a great Mother’s Day gift doesn’t have to be complicated. Likely, your mother (or the motherly figure in your life) is in need of some relaxation. Help her cultivate a stress-free day with gifts that allow her to rest, sleep, read—and take care of her body (and mind). We tested each of these products to ensure they would be appreciated b

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Body Positive Books That Don’t Feed Into Diet Culture or Toxic Eating Habits

April 29, 2022 at 11:37am AM EDT If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission. As body positivity, body neutrality and fat liberation make their way into the cultural lexicon of instagram captions and mainstream magazines, it’s really easy to see bits of diet culture sneak their way in (disguised as “wellness”) and continue to focus on weight loss and shrinking a body more than

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I Tried Lululemon’s Like New Program, And These Are My Honest Thoughts

Get full access to Outside Learn, our online education hub featuring in-depth yoga, fitness, nutrition courses, when you sign up for Outside+. The most dominant brand in my closet is unequivocally Lululemon. From leggings and jackets to sports bras and tank tops, the Lulu symbol is hard to miss amidst the clutter of clothes in my wardrobe. But, to be honest, there are only few pieces from the brand that I now wear regularly. As a Lululemon fan since my middle and high school years—yes, hel

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No-Equipment Exercises You Can Do Every Day to Build Upper Body Strength

Many of us know how to build lower-body strength without gym equipment. And we have plenty of at-home core exercises at the ready, too. But when it comes to upper-body workouts, we’re nothing without our dumbbells, our pull-up bars, and our weight machines. No-equipment upper-body exercises don’t come to mind as easily as crunches and squats. If we can’t make it to the gym—for whatever reason—our arms are simply doomed. Related story The Best Warm Weather Workout Clothes

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This Is Your Ultimate Guide to Keeping Your Houseplants Alive

Get full access to Outside Learn, our online education hub featuring in-depth yoga, fitness, nutrition courses, when you sign up for Outside+. It makes perfect sense that the pandemic has seen a run on houseplants. We all want to bring more life to our homes, to feel the beauty and hope of another intelligence. Plants remind us that we are part of nature and, despite all we’ve done, that nature still works. Or can work, with a little care. “It’s a total relationship,” says Mickey Ha

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These Under-$10 Core Gliders Changed My Quick At-Home Workouts & Made Me Break A Sweat

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission. Honestly, I didn’t think much of the pair of  pink gliders I purchased as I was putting together my quarantine workout equipment inventory. While I’d heard that gliders were a small-but-mighty tool to amp up core workouts, I was doubtful. A s someone who was used to intense HIIT and weight lifting workouts pre-pandemic, I was used to going hard i

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8 Everyday Ways to Nurture Yourself Through Nature

Nature takes precedence at Poppy and Someday, an Ayurveda-inspired sanctuary with a bohemian vibe tucked away in Los Angeles’s Laurel Canyon neighborhood. Whitewashed wooden walls present a calming backdrop. Glass jars of varied tonics, tinctures, and other botanical infusions line the shelves. Dried herbs perfume the air. Open sliding barn doors lend the space ample light—as well as a view of the courtyard garden and its clawfoot tub. “I wanted to create a grounding place,” explains K

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Discreet & Quiet Vibrators That Won’t Wake Up the Whole House

April 22, 2022 at 2:52pm PM EDT If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission. Discretion isn’t always a concern when it comes to buying and using a vibrator. But if you live in a house full of other people (particularly with kids who are curious and prone to touching things that aren’t theirs), it very well might be a priority to have a quiet and sneaky sex toy in your collection.

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What to Do When Your Boobs Hurt

Try these natural home remedies to help relieve your sore boobs. Vitamins, herbs and oils keep fluid retention in check and coax your hormones into a breast-friendly balance (more progesterone, less estrogen). And a few dietary changes will help you get some bothers off your chest. Massage ‘Em When you’re in the shower, soap your breasts and gently massage them from the centre of your chest out to your armpits. This improves blood circulation and the drainage of lymph, the clear fluid th

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These Sex Positions Are So Cuddly They’re Basically Just Hugs

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission. The hug is one of the most beautiful forms of affection we humans do. It’s at once simple and impactful: In one mere gesture, you’re enveloping your loved one in care and support. Few things compare to being wrapped up in love in any situation. But that’s especially the case in life’s saddest or most frustrating moments; whether you lack the physi

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How My Depression Helps My Family Communicate Better

April 21, 2022 at 4:46pm PM EDT “Mom’s mood sets the tone in the home.” It’s an obnoxious cliché (because do moms really need any more damn pressure?) but it may still hold some truth. Related story I’m Depressed. Don’t Give Me Houseplants. I struggle with depression, and as much as I try to shield my kids from it, it still has an effect on them. There are some days where I literally can’t just put a smile on my face, and this is not lost on my

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Mouth Breather? Here’s What You Need to Know

Breathing through your mouth, rather than your nose, can come with a host of unpleasant symptoms. Though mouth breathing happens for different reasons in adults and children, the culprit is usually a nasal obstruction. When we breathe normally through the nose, the air we take in is warmed and moistened before it gets to our lungs. If a person has difficulty breathing through the nose, however, they are forced to take in cold, dry air through the mouth. What causes it? Essentially an incorre

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It's Time to Re-Think Every Shame-y, Unhelpful Thing You Were Taught About STIs

Welcome to Better Sex With Dr. Lexx, a monthly column where sex therapist, educator and consultant Dr. Lexx Brown-James shares expertise, advice and wisdom about sex, relationships and more. Approaching education about sex as a life-long endeavor — “from womb to tomb” — Dr. Lexx (AKA The #CouplesClinician) is your guide to the shame-free, medically accurate, inclusive and comprehensive conversations for you, your partner and your whole family.  Related story How

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Perfect Gifts for the Fitness Fanatic in Your Life

by April 20, 2022 at 4:30pm PM EDT Ashley Britton/SheKnows If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission. Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and in our experience, finding gifts that fit into their lifestyle or hobbies is a route that will never lead to a dead-end gift. If you have a fitness-obsessed mom in your life  — whether they are runners, cyclers

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Having Multiple Orgasms Is Totally Possible — Here’s How

For some women, having multiple orgasms is the sexual Mount Everest of pleasure. However, Stella Harris, Intimacy Educator, Sex Coach, and author of Tongue Tied: Untangling Communication in Sex, Kink, and Relationships , tells SheKnows that multiple orgasms can be a bit of a misnomer. “The orgasms don’t necessarily happen one right after the other,” she explains. Related story Knowing the Best Sex Positions for Your Zodiac Sign Can Totally Change Up Your Sexual Future

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I’m a Serious Coffee-Lover — But This Mushroom-Based Alternative Was a Total Game-Changer

My unending love for coffee is well-documented, cartoonish and embarrassing. I’ll own that. My process of working through a pot a day via getting too distracted to remember I’m drinking a drink, letting it get too cold and pouring hot coffee over that room-temperature mug and repeating that process all day is something all my friends and family have been known to side-eye and joke about for going on a decade now. So when I told many of those same people that I was going to be testing out a

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How 60-Second Fitness and Wellness Activities Can Boost Your Health

Bite-sized health changes, from 1-minute bouts of exercise to 5-minute meditation microbreaks, can have a big impact on your fitness, productivity, energy and mental well-being. Two years ago, while I was working late at my desk in a downtown Toronto office tower, I came across an article that continues to haunt me: “Meet Emma, a creepy life-sized doll who represents office workers of the future,” read the headline; below it, an image of a woman with a hunched back, swollen ankles, sallo

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5 Surprising Boob Facts to Put Your Breast Foot Forward

Every woman has an intimate relationship with her breasts. You know how sore they feel during your period, how they look in your favorite t-shirt and how sweat pools under them in your sports bra. You may think you already know everything there is to know about “the girls” in general — but we promise there are a lot more essential boob facts out there, especially as it relates to your health and appearance.  Related story 20 Types of Boobs That Are All Beautiful In The

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Sex Toys Almost Pretty Enough to Double As Decor

A good sex toy is a few things: It’s fun. It’s effective. And it’s (generally) long-lasting. A truly excellent sex toy, though, is all of these things — and it’s also easy on the eyes. (We’re talking pretty-enough-to-leave-out-on-your-nightstand-without-giving-it-a-second-thought pretty.) Related story This Next-Level Clitoral Vibrator Feels Just Like Oral Sex It's On Sale for $30-Off All Weekend Since a sex toy’s chief purpose is to turn you on, you obviously

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The Best Workouts for Pregnant People

While it may be tempting to totally chill out during pregnancy, experts recommend pregnant people incorporate regular exercise into their routine. It’s good for both baby and mama to keep everything moving and happy. For folks experiencing healthy, normal pregnancies — and who have doctor clearance — the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends about 150 minutes of aerobic activity weekly. Related story 16 Surprising Things You Can’t Do While Pregnant

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Easy Yoga Stretches to Help With That Awful Neck Pain

We spend a lot of time indoors and near-constantly hunching over a screen. So it’s not a surprise that this sedentary, counterintuitive lifestyle is doing nothing for our neck health. Related story Well-Intended Gifts You Shouldn't Give Someone Dealing with Infertility Luckily, yoga can be an easily accessible remedy to neck pain. Yoga also asks that you pay attention to your body. Often, the body pain we feel is not only the result of a technology addiction, but also a m

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The Business of Birth Control Explores the Deeply Complicated Past, Present & Future of the Pill

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission. When the first birth control pill hit the market in 1960 it was considered revolutionary. A liberation for women. They were emancipated from the bondage of their child bearing bodies and able to assert autonomy over their wombs to take back control of their lives. Now, more than 60 years since the first iteration of the pill was approved, there has been

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5 Signs You've Suffered a Traumatic Birthing Experience — & How to Cope With It

This story is part of a larger conversation on the Black Maternal Health Crisis. When an expecting mother enters the doctor’s office to give birth, she’s entrusting medical professionals — the ones trained to care for both mom and baby — to do their jobs. But more often than not, medical professionals leave mothers and especially black mothers feeling ignored and dismissed during the birthing experience. This in turn makes mothers feel like they have nowhere to turn for themselves or

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Black Moms Speak Out On Being Ignored, Dismissed, & Discriminated Against by Doctors

This story is part of a larger conversation on the Black Maternal Health Crisis. The maternal care crisis in the United States refers to more than just the country’s high rate of maternal mortality and infant mortality. It also includes adverse pregnancy outcomes like miscarriage, premature birth, and the development of conditions such as gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, eclampsia, embolism, and postpartum depression. All of these adverse effects — as well as the rate of maternal and

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Jeannie Mai Jenkins Says That Looking After Your Heart Health is ‘Self-Care’ & ‘Self-Love’

April 8, 2022 at 5:20pm PM EDT Jeannie Mai arrives at the Baby2Baby Gala at the Pacific Design Center on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, in West Hollywood, Calif. Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP Pregnancy can be a time that really puts your health (mind and body) into perspective. For Jeannie Mai Jenkins (How Do I Look?, The Real), who recently welcomed baby Monoco earlier this year with husband Jeezy, bringing a baby into the world was another chance to reevaluate

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Brain Fog Is Real — Here's How to Deal With It

We’ve all had the unpleasant experience of totally zoning out during an important meeting or suddenly struggling to articulate a point that we’ve made dozens of times in the past. For many people, this is an infrequent occurrence, and once the frustrating or embarrassing moment has passed, it’s quickly forgotten. But if you find yourself feeling “foggy” and unfocused quite often, you’re probably experiencing brain fog. Related story Quick Painless Strategies to Try When

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Serena Williams Says Advocating for Herself During Birth Was the ‘Difference Between Life or Death’

In the years since giving birth to her daughter, Olympia, Serena Williams has shared how her birthing experience — like too many Black mothers in the United States — proved to be traumatic and high-risk. In her case, she’s opened up about how her previous experiences with scary health emergencies led to her having to be her own advocate and save her own life after her delivery. Adapted from part of an anthology collected by Amy Schumer and Christy Turlington Burns dropping on A

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5 Ways to Make Your Mornings Better, According to Science

For many of us, kick-starting the morning isn’t as easy as it used to be. So we’ve uncovered five underrated, science-backed rituals that could help. The birdsong starts just as the sun breaks over the horizon. You stretch your arms over your head, crack a huge smile and swing your feet down to the floor. Or, maybe that’s not quite how it goes. Cold, dark winter mornings are unwelcoming. The stress and anxiety of the pandemic may be making it harder to get a good night’s sleep. (A 20

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6 Beginner-Friendly Positions That Make Anal Sex Easier & Less Intimidating

Let’s be real. Even for those of us who have a generally open-minded, been-there-done-that attitude about sex, the thought of anal sex can still seem a little intimidating if you haven’t gone there before. For one reason or another, anal penetration is frequently a final sexual frontier — and there can be a whole lot of buildup (and nerves) that comes along with it. But our greatest fears often lie in anticipation, and once you give anal a go, you might just find that you’ve

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The Perfect 5-Minute Workout for Your Butt According to Personal Trainers

A strong butt isn’t just for filling out those jeans (or beloved TikTok leggings). There are many benefits to giving some attention to your tush. Related story Surprisingly Fun Workouts You Can Do With Your Kids in Your Living Room “Strengthening the glutes are a great way to support the low back, aid in pelvic alignment, and improve posture,” Dani Schenone, RYT, holistic wellness expert for Mindbody, tells SheKnows. “Also, stronger glutes make stairs a bit easier to

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You Can Score Cake’s Totally Sweet Line of Sex Toys at Target Right Now

April 5, 2022 at 5:25pm PM EDT Cake's line of cute sexual health products are now at Target. Cake/Target/SheKnows If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission. The sex toy and sexual wellness market has been thriving in the last few years. Pair that with a growing understanding that your sex toys are teammates and not competition and just a healthier understandin

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4 Easy Breathing Exercises You Can Try Right Now to Reduce Stress

If the pandemic is still playing an roulette with your stress levels, know that you’re most definitely not alone. Figuring out how to combat stress can be, well, stressful. Thankfully there are a number of relaxation techniques that are easily accessible to us and they only involve using your breath. Related story Go Out-of-the-Box With Your Sex Life During Aquarius Season With Tantric Sex A growing number of studies show that breathing techniques are effective again

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Try These Full Bodyweight Exercises for an Equipment-Free Workout

April 1, 2022 at 6:38pm PM EDT nadia_snopek/Adobe Stock We get it: you love your treadmill workouts, your indoor cycling or your barbells. Who doesn’t? We all love our workout toys and, for many of us, they can make it a lot easier to stay motivated and committed to movement and exercise routines.  But let’s not underestimate the appeal and efficacy of bodyweight exercises — which, once you get a hang of a few basic moves, can easily become daily f

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5 Ways to Avoid Falling for False Health Information Online

The moment you feel a tickle in your throat or spot a new rash on your child it’s easy to turn to Dr. Google. From the comfort of your couch, you can enter your symptoms into a search engine and begin down a rabbit hole of potential causes, symptoms, and treatments. “Dr. Google has never been to any of our med classes, but they probably are the most popular doctor out there,” Jessica Shepherd , M.D., an OB-GYN and founder of Her Viewpoint joked at a BlogHer Health panel sponsored by

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What to Do When Your Boobs Hurt

Try these natural home remedies to help relieve your sore boobs. Vitamins, herbs and oils keep fluid retention in check and coax your hormones into a breast-friendly balance (more progesterone, less estrogen). And a few dietary changes will help you get some bothers off your chest. Massage ‘Em When you’re in the shower, soap your breasts and gently massage them from the centre of your chest out to your armpits. This improves blood circulation and the drainage of lymph, the clear fluid th

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Let’s Normalize Not Telling Other People What to Do With Their Boobs, Okay?

April 1, 2022 at 6:37pm PM EDT Woman is Breast in Beige Underwear Posing on Grey Background,Show Bra. Cropped Close Up of Sexy Female Wearing Brown Sport Bra or Sportswear with Perfect Chest. Fitness and Yoga Healthy Lifestyle. yayha/Adobe Stock One of the easiest and most low-cost things you can do in this world when it comes to other people’s bodies is mind your own business. That’s the sort of 2022 etiquette lesson some people might need a reminder

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How to Make Sex Work With a Penis of Any Size

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission. One of the most challenging aspects in the bedroom, especially in a new relationship, is learning your partner’s body and what makes it unique. Often, individual physical differences can require a slight adjustment in technique, especially if you are a very different size than your partner. As a 4-foot, 8-inch sex worker, I’ve learned the ins and outs

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What Is Micro Cheating & Is Your Partner Doing It?

Often when we think of cheating in relationships, we associate it with physical infidelity — an extracurricular sexual relationship. However, there’s inbetween territory — which can include emotional affairs and other behaviors outside your relationship that your partner wouldn’t be cool with. A term for it? Micro-cheating. Related story Prince William Is Facing a New Round of Accusations About His Alleged Affair With Rose Hanbury on Twitter “Micro-cheating is basic

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Can You Really Control Your Metabolism?

When someone says they have a “fast” metabolism, it’s easy to be not all that sure what the heck they are talking about. Is there really such a thing as a fast versus slow metabolism? And if so, is it possible for us to ramp up our own to have some control over it? Related story Holiday Food Coma? Here’s How to Feel Better After a Huge Meal What is metabolism? First, it’s important to know what exactly metabolism is. “Metabolism is the term that describes a combi

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What Are LISS Workouts & What Do They Do for Our Bodies?

You might have heard the term “LISS” and thought it was yet another new fitness trend that you needed to try. I know I did. While fitness influencers like Kayla Itsines have recently popularized the term, the fact is LISS, or Low Intensity Steady State, exercises have been around since, well, humans started walking. That’s because an example of a LISS workout is actually something as simple as walking.   Related story The Best Beginner HIIT Workouts You Can Try Out on YouT

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Try These 6 Simple Hip Stretches for Stress Relief

Shakira had it right when she said “the hips don’t lie.” Unfortunately, for most of us, that doesn’t mean sexy, swinging hips in a music video. No, for most of us, that means tight, stiff hips with a side of lower back pain that you cannot possibly ignore. Related story The 10 Best Functional Exercises for a Full-Body Workout The hip complex is an incredibly involved musculoskeletal unit that’s responsible for linking the lower body to the trunk while absorbing and

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Learning to Read Tarot Totally Transformed How I Approach Self-Care

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission. I spent the earlier parts of my life decidedly in the “skeptic” column when it came to astrology, crystals and all things woo-woo. I got the appeal and the aesthetic, of course, but hadn’t really been interested beyond half-listening to friends expound the virtues of Rose Quartz or Carnelian. Having parted ways with the religion I’d been raised in, I

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What You Need to Know About Holi, the “Festival of Colors”

For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. You may have seen people throwing colored powder on one another on college campuses , in ads, along 5K routes, and in music videos . It looks like the most fun you’ll ever have. But the practice is part of the ancient celebration of Holi, a South Asian tradition that has a history as colorful as those neon bright powders.  Before you join in, here’s what you

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Read This Before You Tell Your Teens You 'Understand' What the Pandemic Did to Their Social Lives

So much has been said and written about what the pandemic has done to our kids’ brains and all that’s been lost and deeply changed by more than two years of living through a traumatic global health crisis. We’ve discussed the ways kids are affected by the pandemic and our concerns there. We’ve talked about the milestones teens have missed, and the toll on their mental health. But when it comes to how the pandemic has affected their social lives and sexual development, there’s so much

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What Does It Mean When Your Teacher Cues “Breathe Into Your Belly”?

We’ve all experienced the yoga teacher who cues you to breathe into a specific part of the body. Have you ever paused and wondered if that’s even physically possible? “Breathe into your side ribs” is sorta understandable. If you have a particularly enthusiastic instructor, you might have heard “Send the breath all the way out to enliven your fingertips.” Perhaps the most common anatomically perplexing cue is when teachers simply say, “Breathe into your belly.” In our current cl

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The Pandemic Only Exacerbated the Dangerous Healthcare Inequity for Black & Brown Communities

This is the second in a two-part series on the state of healthcare for Black Americans. Check out the first: “ Black Brown Communities Experienced ‘ Pandemic Levels of Death’ Long Before COVID .” Related story Black Brown Communities Experienced 'Pandemic Levels of Death' Long Before COVID In the United States, there have been 78.6 million cases of COVID-19 and 940-thousand deaths from the virus. Black and brown communities have suffered the worst — bein

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Perfect Gifts for the Fitness Fanatic in Your Life

by March 15, 2022 at 9:17am AM EDT Ashley Britton/SheKnows If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission. There’s never a bad time to consider all your nearest and dearest’s niche interests, passions, and obsessions to nail down the perfect gifts for a birthday, anniversary or holiday-adjacent occasion. And we’ve all got that friend (or, if you think you don

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30+ Travel Experiences That Are Just What You (And Your Chakras) Need

Lockdowns. Masks. School closures. For the past two years, we’ve created (and re-created) new norms. We’ve made plans, canceled plans, remade plans, and then (hello, variants) canceled them again. And while constant calls for resilience in the face of an ever-shifting global landscape have taken an emotional toll, we still haven’t lost hope of trading in our next staycation for a bucket-list destination. By now, we all could use a getaway—physically, mentally, and energetically. But jus

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6 Types of Orgasms You Didn't Know You Could Have

March 15, 2022 at 5:13pm PM EDT Good Studio/AdobeStock Ashley Britton/SheKnows When we talk about orgasms, it covers a wide range of conversations. After all, orgasms manifest differently for everyone — they may feel different, come through different sensations, last for different durations and otherwise affect us in all kinds of different ways. In fact, they may even derive from different pleasure points. Related story Try These Kinky Handc

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I Tried This Hack for Better Sleep—And It Actually Worked

For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. The secret to better sleep is lying in your freezer. Yes, your freezer. Icing your vagus nerve, the longest nerve in your body, may help you calm down and fall asleep more easily. And all you need is an ice pack—or just a bag of frozen peas. As the main nerve of your parasympathetic nervous system, your vagus nerve plays a key role in your immune system, digestion, and

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I Used These Menstrual Discs for My Last Few Periods & I’m Never Going Back to Tampons

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission. If there’s one thing there’s an abundance of these days it’s period products — tampons, pads, absorbent period underwear, cups and discs, oh my! With this myriad of options for your time of month, it makes it significantly easier to consider what actually feels good (or, like, as close to good as one gets when they’re bleeding for a few days out of

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People With Dangerous Non-Viable Pregnancies Could Die Under Missouri’s Latest Anti-Abortion Bill

March 11, 2022 at 5:20pm PM EST A dangerous bill moving through Missouri's state legislature could prevent people from being treated for dangerous non-viable ectopic pregnancies. AndriiKoval/Adobe Stock In a decade of trying years for the reproductive rights movement, 2022 is proving to be uniquely challenging — with numerous restrictive state-level anti-abortion laws progressing across state legislatures in states that already have limited access to abo

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No, Yoga Is Not Political—Unless That’s Your Calling

For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. Many in modern or Western yoga claim that one’s yoga practice must include political or social activism as a way to help liberate others. But I argue that yoga is neither political nor social activism. The true practice of yoga leads us always to stand on the side of dharma . It informs our actions. What the Bhagavad Gita tells us about politics and yoga Those who sugg

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3 Warming Breakfasts to Kick-Start Your Day—And Your Digestion

Cozy up to a bowl of steaming goodness. Join Yoga Journal Create a personalized feed and bookmark your favorites. Join Yoga Journal Create a personalized feed and bookmark your favorites. Join for free For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. They say a good breakfast is a start of a good day, and I couldn’t agree more. Eating a filling, warming, and easy to

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A Husband Threw Out His Wife’s Tampons Because He Wasn’t ‘Comfortable’ With Them

Part of the epic highs and lows of merging your life with another human is learning about all the ways they take care of their body, the funky quirks and sounds you might’ve missed out on during earlier courtship stages. That stuff can generally be pretty sweet to discover. Unless you’re the menstruating half of this couple from a recent Reddit AITA thread on day one of your period. Related story No, Acknowledging That All Genders Can Menstruate Doesn’t 'Erase Women' Pe

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Digestive Disorders Affect More Women Than Men. So Why Is It So Hard To Get a Diagnosis?

Women with digestive disorders are often dismissed and ignored, leading to pain and mental anguish. There were a lot of low points along Amanda Propp’s four-year journey to a diagnosis for her digestive disorder, but she has a pretty clear memory of the lowest. During the last year of her undergraduate studies at Queen’s University, she regularly visited the campus health clinic because of frequent stomach pain. At first, she thought she’d developed a lactose intolerance, but over a pe

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Anti-Trans Violence Has Taken A Toll On Laverne Cox’s Mental Health & Here’s How She’s Handling It

March 9, 2022 at 1:33pm PM EST Laverne Cox shares her mental health resources for coping with an uptick in anti-trans violence. Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP In a short period of time, 2022 has become a very intense and harrowing year for trans folks and the people who love them. With renewed anti-trans sentiments and legislation taking hold in various states, including laws that would discourage or criminalize science-backed, compassionate care that affirm

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I Didn’t Come Out Until I Was 34 & Married — But That Doesn’t Make Me Any Less Bisexual

This is the story I’ve been too nervous to write for 25 years. And this is the story I have to write because it’s the story so many people live but are too afraid to tell: I’m bisexual. I always have been — I remember having crushes on girls as early as age 9 — but I didn’t know that was a thing for a very long time. I didn’t know I could like girls for a very long time. And even after I knew, it didn’t quite occur to me that I did. Related story We Know Sexual

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Is Yoga Enough to Keep You Fit?

For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. Section divider When it comes to the fitness benefits of yoga, yoga teacher John Schumacher had heard it all. A student of B.K.S. Iyengar for 33 years and founder of the Unity Woods studios in the Washington, D.C., area, Schumacher was convinced yoga provides a complete fitness regime. But many people, even some of his own students, disagreed. Yoga might be good for fle

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The Health Wisdom Real Women Wish They’d Gotten Sooner

When it comes to women’s health, there’s so much that goes unsaid. From stigma about puberty, periods and sex to misinformation and a disturbing lack of research about our bodies, it takes a village worth of women sharing what they know to help make any of us feel semi-comfortable with our health. Related story Meet The TikTok Therapists Helping Teens Understand Their Mental Health Feel Prepared To Ask For Help In honor of Women’s History Month and International Women

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What’s the Best Way to Transition Between Yin Yoga Poses?

A profound Yin Yoga practice starts with the poses, although it’s more than just a compelling sequence of postures. It’s the story told throughout the progression, a narrative that can be enhanced by the in-between moments. This is, in part, what the practice of Yin Yoga teaches us—that all the moments we fill with presence can connect us back to ourselves. These moments are not insignificant. They create space for a different sort of practice. These spaces in Yin Yoga can bring up quest

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These Are The Best Arm Exercises Recommended By Real Personal Trainers

Switching up your workouts is a really great way to make sure your mind and body stay engaged — and especially when you’re working out at home, you may not have the same motivation you’d have while attending classes or physically going to the gym. And if you really miss the gym experience of being able to get some advice on what to do with your body from people who actually understand the science behind it and you’d kill for some pointers on how to target the areas you want to give extr

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Your Weekly Astrology Forecast, March 6-12: Out of Fear and Into Love

For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. People all over the world, everybody Join hands Start a love train, love train People all over the world, all the world now Join hands, love ride Start a love train, love ride, love train —The O’Jays Love is the magnetic force as we approach the astrological end of the year and shift in a new direction in Aries. As we begin connecting the dots, synchroni

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Khloe Kardashian's Motivational Water Bottle Might Help You Stay Hydrated

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission. We all need reminders to practice some day-to-day self-care. Whether it’s making sure we eat what we need to feel alert and strong or reminders to take a moment for gratitude or meditation each day, sometimes a tiny bit of extra motivation can go a long way. And if you’re the type of person who struggles to reach that much sought-after “optimal” amou

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Why 'Brightsiding' Is Also Gaslighting — & Positivity Can Still Be Toxic

When was the last time you felt hopeless, like your soul was sucked dry, and then someone came along and told you to look on the bright side? Maybe it came as an enumeration of all of the wonderful things in your life or you were reminded that you don’t have cancer or that somewhere else on this planet millions of people had it so much worse. Related story Cassie on Euphoria Reminds Me of My Hardest Days Battling Borderline Personality Disorder Brightsiding is a subcategor

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How to Protect Your Lower Back in Upward-Facing Dog

For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. When we practice backbends in yoga, we tend to let the name trick us into thinking that we should only bend our lower back. I often see students approach Upward-Facing Dog Pose trying to increase the bend in the lumbar spine in the belief that will take them deeper into the backbend. Most of them do so because no one has taught them otherwise. Some tell me that they were

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LELO's Seriously Satisfying Sonic Wave Sex Toy Will Totally Make You Scream & It's 24 Percent Off on Amazon Right Now

March 7, 2022 at 10:22am AM EST A sonic clitoral stimulator from LELO that will totally make you scream. LELO/SheKnows If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission. Fancy, high-tech sex toys that let you geek out and get off are always worth considering for your collection. (You know we’re right!) If you lost your mind over the suction-y, clitoral stimulating power

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You Might Be Modifying Chaturanga All Wrong. Here’s a Safer Option

Have you ever heard the phrase, “Take Chaturagana or Knees-Chest-Chin” in yoga class? Many teachers use this cue as a well-intentioned alternative to Chaturanga or Four-Limbed Staff Pose. However, in my mind, it’s the equivalent of a teacher offering the option of “Take Warrior III or Triangle Pose.” Because beyond the fact that Chaturanga and Knees-Chest-Chin (KCC) take you from a higher to a lower position, these are fundamentally different poses. Let’s start with Chaturanga Chat

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Why I Almost Left the Kink Life As A Queer Black Woman

“I am Black, kinky and seriously considering leaving The Life.” I think about these words now from where I’ve been commanded to be on my knees, hands on my thighs, completely still. I am rarely ever still. There is always one more thing to do, another task I start to think of while pretending to relax. My feelings of gratitude to this man for seeing this, for taking the time to help me conquer my racing brain, give way to thoughts of how I thought I could live without this. Rel

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These Activities Help Prevent Dementia, According to a New Study

A neuroscientist shares the best activities people of all ages should do now to boost their brain health. The mental and physical health benefits of hobbies are undeniable. Many of us don’t need studies (though there are so very many) to confirm this—we feel it through the heart rate-reducing act of knitting, or the sense of fulfillment from discovering the literal fruits of our (garden) labour. But new Canadian research finds certain hobbies may offer even more health benefits than othe

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Lose Control With These Kinky Handcuff Sex Positions

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission. Technology has made our lives so much better in so many ways — but when it comes to sex, sometimes it’s just better to keep things old-school. That’s right; all you need for some next-level sex is a pair of handcuffs and a couple of basic sex positions. Related story Sex Toy Sommelier: I'm Single, Kinky My Sex Toys Are A Little Uninspirin

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When Yoga Doesn’t “Work”

For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. Let’s face it: Many of us are drawn to yoga by the promise—or at least the possibility—of change. Whether our focus is physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual, we return again and again because yoga is touted as such a transformational practice. But no matter how carefully we consider which style of yoga to take or what studio to attend, no matter how much enthusi

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3 Yoga Poses to Tap Into the Power of the New Moon in Pisces

For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. Let your heart lead you. That’s the message of the new Moon in Pisces on March 2, 2022. One of the most magical new Moons of the year, it asks you to explore what’s beyond your comfort zone and trust that our vulnerability will pay off in the long run. There is an invitation, with the energy of the intuitive water sign, to focus on your creativity, your dreams, and yo

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Fitbit Recalled 1.7 million Smart Watches for Dangerous Batteries That Burned Users

March 2, 2022 at 1:53pm PM EST The smartwatch company announced this product recall on Wednesday. Fitbit/SheKnows If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission. Take a minute to double check your favorite fitness tracker or smartwatch. Fitness tracker company Fitbit announced on Wednesday that they were recalling their Fitbit Ionic smartwatches (created by the compa

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Does Putting Lemon In Your Water Actually Make a Difference? Here’s What an Expert Says

For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. You’ve probably heard – and read – plenty of buzz about adding lemon to your water. Infusing plain ol’ tap water with slices of bright, citrus-y lemon slices isn’t a new idea. It’s one that’s been around for a long time, and there are a lot of people who tout its health and wellness benefits. But does adding lemon to your drinking water actually make a di

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Leg Exercises Real Personal Trainers Recommend For Your Next Workout

March 1, 2022 at 12:29pm PM EST rock_the_stock/adobe stock Uninspired when it comes to your workouts? If you’re feeling disenchanted with your routine, it might be time to add in some fresh new moves. And if anyone is going to know how to ramp up a workout, it’s going to be a trainer who works out everyday. From strength training to barre to yoga, top trainers shared with SheKnows their workouts for the holy trinity — arms, core and, for today, a wo

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Texas Anti-Trans Legislation Has Mental Health Professionals Asking How They Can Still ‘Do No Harm’

Do no harm . The motto is the first line of the Hippocratic Oath taken by medical doctors and its sentiments resonate to all service professionals’ codes of ethics. Therapists, social workers, counselors, teachers, and mental health professionals work to first and foremost do no harm. We work to help heal and support others, especially those who are the most vulnerable of our population — children and even more-so trans children. So when Texas state attorney general Ken Paxton and other

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14 Virtual Care Services in Canada You Need to Know About

1 / 15 Image Credit: Shutterstock Canada’s Telehealth Services There are many telehealth services available that can provide help to Canadians with non-emergency concerns. This can include anything from body aches to mental health stressors. This year in particular, with the pandemic’s negative impact on Canadians’ mental health and the winter months bringing SAD (seasonal affective disorder) with it, accessible and timely mental healthcare will be all the more important. Luc

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6 Yoga Poses to Relieve Period Cramps

For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. There’s no denying it—that time of the month can be painful. If you’re experiencing period cramps, you may want to lay on the couch all day until you start to feel better. And while that is entirely permissible, gentle movement like yoga may actually help relieve your period cramps. Colleen Boland, a California-based yoga teacher, says that practicing poses that gen

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Inspiring & Thoughtful Quotes On How to Cope With Grief & Death

February 28, 2022 at 12:47pm PM EST Mary Long/AdobeStock Ashley Britton/SheKnows Grief is a universal and universally difficult part of being a person. In the last year, in addition to the common-place grieving we all experience following loss, we’ve experienced some deeply complicated, multi-layered grief — grieving for the people we know (and those that we don’t) lost the coronavirus pandemic, grieving for the experiences and time with loved ones f

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6 Pre-Ski Yoga Stretches You Need Before Your First Run

For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. We get it, skiing is exciting. When the snow is falling, the only thing on your mind is getting to the chairlift for some sweet, sweet runs. But bolting toward the mountain as soon as you park and immediately clipping into your skis or snowboard might lead to sitting in the lodge more than getting in turns. Starting off your day with tight muscles could lead to discomfort

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How I Showed A Doctor I Know My Body Best

February 23, 2022 at 5:51pm PM EST One woman shares how she advocated for her health with her doctors. YULIIA/Adobe Stock  I sat in my medical provider’s office on April 29th, exasperated. I had called in advance about the purpose of my appointment. In about a month I was traveling to Senegal with Tastemakers Africa , a Black woman-owned travel company to celebrate one of my friend’s life achievements and to meet someone I’d been talking to onlin

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Real Women On the Things They’ve Learned to Love Most About Their Bodies

Something we don’t talk enough about in the realms of body love, body positivity and body acceptance is that it takes work. Unlearning the heaps of body negative, ableist, classist and racist garbage that contributes to the ways we might hate or dislike our bodies is a journey that we all need to embark on at one point or another. Once we start to realize that we’ve become our own worst critics, cultivating a better, more loving relationship with our bodies is something we do for ourselves

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Your Weekly Astrology Forecast, February 27-March 5: Lasting Change

For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. March kicks off with the mystical waves of the Pisces new Moon on March 2, 2022. This moment creates infinite possibilities, brings spiritual initiation, and stretches our capacity to understand. The deeply intuitive Neptune-guided sign of Pisces connects us closer to our center. To serve, love, and give is the essence of Pisces. It enables us to open our hearts through a

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Black Therapists Weigh In On How They’re Overcoming the Challenges of the Last Few Years & Recharging for 2022

The realization that we are entering our third year of pandemic living is a grounding thought that can put absolutely anyone on edge. That this third year seems that it may be as devastating as the first year due to the Omicron variant that’s led to a surge in cases and hospitalizations nationwide is especially sobering. As a country and a global family we’ve been coping for nearly three years. Any signs of relief have been quickly dashed by variants Delta and Omicron, or social, political,

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How to Get More Private Yoga Clients

Spoiler alert: It's not as hard as you might think. Join Yoga Journal Create a personalized feed and bookmark your favorites. Join Yoga Journal Create a personalized feed and bookmark your favorites. Join for free Become a member to unlock this story and receive other great perks. Already have an Outside Account? Sign in A $500 value with everything in the Print + Digital Plan plus 25+ benefits including: Member-only content o

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Don’t Have Time for Breakfast? These Are the 3 Recipes You Need

Oh, and they're all vegetarian. Join Yoga Journal Create a personalized feed and bookmark your favorites. Join Yoga Journal Create a personalized feed and bookmark your favorites. Join for free For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. Having a highly nutritious snack or small meal prepped ahead of time can help you get out for your practice with one less thing t

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18 Game-Changing Skincare Brands for Teens That We Wish We Had as Tweens

February 23, 2022 at 2:18pm PM EST Image: Bubble, Petite n Pretty, recurrent; Design: Ashley Britton/SheKnows. These days, teens sure know more about curating the perfect skincare routine than we did as adolescents (thanks largely to TikTok), which means they’ve probably been asking you to buy them beauty products to replicate that glow of their favorite celebs or online influencers. For parents of teenagers, diving into the world of beauty and skincare

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Why Olive Oil May Be the Key to Better Heart Health

For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. We’re big fans of olive oil at Clean Eating , and it’s no secret. We love this oil’s endless list of health benefits – from your brain to your bones to your nerves, it’s both protective and helpful – and we can’t get enough of its flavor. Plus, it’s so incredibly versatile, giving you plenty of opportunities to use it in your cooking, baking and ev

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How to Make Time for Yourself, According to Science

We’re conditioned to be go-go-go. And it’s bad for our health. So how do we slow down and log some vital me time? I rarely have no weekend plans. Between household chores, a laundry list of errands and work left over from the week, the possibility of sleeping in and abandoning my phone feels like a distant dream. I often tell myself that next weekend I’ll pick up a scone or two and spend hours on the couch sipping coffee and reading a book. I’m hardly the only one desperate for quiet

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The Case For Not Burning Incense In Yoga Studios

For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. When most people walk into a yoga class and smell incense, they feel a sense of relaxation. For me, it’s sheer anxiety. While I look able-bodied, I’m a 32-year-old living with the terminal lung disease known as cystic fibrosis. Even the smallest amount of smoke of any sort triggers painful inflammation in my lungs. And that is the exact opposite of what I want to feel

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New to Fitness Trackers & Don’t Want to Splurge? This Smart Watch is On Sale for Just $60

February 18, 2022 at 1:10pm PM EST An affordable alternative to the pricey smart watches on the market right now. Spade Co If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission. Living in a human body in 2022 means accepting (at least a little bit) that we’re all nerdy cyborgs on some level. That means we all have access to a lot more data about our bodies in general and

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Top 10 Functional Exercises for a Full-Body Workout

When you first hear the phrase “Functional fitness” it sounds like just another trendy new workout that (falsely) promises to tone you up overnight, but don’t let the alliteration in the catchy name name fool you: It’s actually a series of exercises that are designed with how you actually use your body in mind (hence the function!) and train your muscles to be able to accomplish the IRL activities you want to do each day. It’s thinking about fitness and how it fits into your life and

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Your Weekly Astrology Forecast, February 20-26: A New Layer of Who You Are Is Emerging

For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. Let’s get moving into action If your life’s too slow, no satisfaction Find something out there, there’s an attraction If you hesitate now, that’s a subtraction So, let’s get moving, girl —“Into Action,” Tim Armstrong As we swim into the intuitive and highly spiritual sign of Pisces, we can no longer cover our eyes. The water sign’s season has j

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6 Sex Positions Designed to Hit Your G-Spot

February 18, 2022 at 5:39pm PM EST Hitting the right spot isn't that hard — we promise! Ashley Britton/SheKnows It’s one of the biggest debates in sexual pleasure: Is there a G-spot or isn’t there? If you’re a believer (like I am), the G-spot, or Grafenberg spot, is that magical spot located about an inch inside the vaginal opening on the upper wall (closest to your tummy). When stimulated, this almond-size area swells and becomes tingly. It’s

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Game Changers: Meet Rikers Island’s First Mindfulness Coach

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My Son Was Born With An Incredibly Rare Disease & Fighting for His Life Isn’t Anything Like I Imagined

I scatter a pile of children’s books in front of me. My two year-old, Riaan, looks over them, quickly grabs one, and hands it to me to read to him. It’s titled, “I Love You, Daddy,” about an endearing relationship between a bear daddy and his cub, and it’s one of Riaan’s favorites. I read it to him, sometimes in funny accents, and Riaan claps his fists in glee. He helps me turn the pages. When the book ends, he cries. He wants me to read it again. Related story This Mom

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Lotus is the Appropriately Cozy & Emotional Sex Position to Try During Pisces Season

February 18, 2022 at 11:52am AM EST Ashley Britton/SheKnows. As the sun continues to journey through the Zodiac calendar, so will we with our sexy recommendations for each season — and, yes, it’s now Pisces season. Related story How to Use Astrology to Better Understand Your Partner As we noted last month, your own individual horoscope and your own love and sex vibes depend on your own planets in your own birth chart (think: Sun, M

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I’m a Yoga Teacher. This Is My Go-To Morning Yoga Pose

It's not what you might expect. Join Yoga Journal Create a personalized feed and bookmark your favorites. Join Yoga Journal Create a personalized feed and bookmark your favorites. Join for free For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. Time in the morning is special. Light streaming in through a window, the allure of a warm beverage, the thrill of a hot shower. O

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From Mask-Fishing to Zoom Flirting: How the Pandemic is Affecting Teens' Dating & Relationships

February 14, 2022 at 6:38pm PM EST There’s really nothing that compares to the epic and highs and lows of being a teenager in love. Throw in a once-in-a-lifetime global pandemic disrupting life as they know it, adjusting to multiple years of disrupted social interaction (from isolation to Zoom school to pod-only hangouts) and the teens of today are undoubtedly saddled with unprecedented challenges when it comes to connecting with one another. To get a

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A Therapist Explains Why Stress Cleaning Is So Satisfying

For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. The allure of a smooth surface, slightly glimmering. The fresh citrus scent lingering in the air. Yes, I’m talking about my clean countertops. When I’m feeling stressed or anxious, I turn to cleaning. I start by scrubbing my countertops, then sweeping my floors, and even tackling the gunk on my stove. Sometimes, I work through my process with the faint sound of Gilmor

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Black Women’s Pleasure Guide: Black Sex & Pleasure Experts You’ll Want to Know in 2022

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission. Welcome to Better Sex With Dr. Lexx, a monthly column where sex therapist, educator and consultant Dr. Lexx Brown-James shares expertise, advice and wisdom about sex, relationships and more. Approaching education about sex as a life-long endeavor — “from womb to tomb” — Dr. Lexx (AKA The #CouplesClinician) is your guide to the shame-free, med

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Mouth Breather? Here’s What You Need to Know

Breathing through your mouth, rather than your nose, can come with a host of unpleasant symptoms. Though mouth breathing happens for different reasons in adults and children, the culprit is usually a nasal obstruction. When we breathe normally through the nose, the air we take in is warmed and moistened before it gets to our lungs. If a person has difficulty breathing through the nose, however, they are forced to take in cold, dry air through the mouth. What causes it? Essentially an incorre

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You Might Be Making This Mistake When You Poop

If you’ve ever had to dig a cat hole in the wilderness (no? just us?) you were probably surprised just how, well, natural it felt to squat down and poop. That’s because squatting is the best position to poop in. Before you think we’re asking you to perch on your toilet seat, know that modern toilets in the U.S. weren’t really designed with your body’s best function in mind. But that doesn’t mean you can’t mimic the position for an easier poop. Related story This Is Wh

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4 Underrated Yoga Poses You’re Overlooking In Your Practice

Most of us are creatures of habit: We take our morning coffee the same way, follow the same route to work, sleep on the same side of the bed. With all the decisions we need to make each day, and with decision fatigue a very real thing, it’s understandable that we repeat certain behaviors in order to think less. Our yoga practice often follows this tendency too, with the same poses, variations, or transitions appearing repeatedly, whether we have our own home practice or are teachers leading

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69 Sex Positions You Need to Put on Your Bucket List Immediately

by February 14, 2022 at 8:21am AM EST Ashley Britton/SheKnows In the wonderful world of sex and sex positions, there’s getting down and then there’s getting down. For connoisseurs of a good sensual romp — we’re talking about our true believers, scholars and geeks when it comes to sex and sexuality — there’s always a sexy new position, a new sensation or experience to try out with your partners for any occasion (some new sex toys can mix things

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Here’s What a Nutritionist Wants You to Know About Trendy Juice Cleanses

Become a member to unlock this story and receive other great perks. Already have an Outside Account? Sign in A $500 value with everything in the Print + Digital Plan plus 25+ benefits including: Member-only content on all 17 publications in the Outside network like Vegetarian Times, Clean Eating, Yoga Journal, Outside and more Exclusive yoga sequences from top teachers More than 100 diet-specific meal plans Today’s Plan training platform with customized training plans Outsi

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These Are the 5 Love Languages & Everything You Need to Know About Them

If you’ve ever been in a relationship and encountered a problem that felt like you were fundamentally misunderstanding your partner (and who hasn’t?), your online search has probably led you to the “What is your love language?” question and/or quiz at some point. The phrase has been ubiquitous since Dr. Gary Chapman released his popular relationship book, The Five Love Languages , 10 years ago. So, what is a “love language,” and how might understanding them help our rel

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This Restorative Yoga Practice Is an Essential Act of Self-Love

Allowing yourself time to pause in stillness is an essential act of self-love. When we make time in the day for our bodies to be held and supported in a restorative yoga practice, we allow for the release of daily tensions, to-do lists, and matters of the heart. We move past resistance to the place where we can open ourselves to love in all its forms. We realign. As we create equilibrium within, we create peace without. May this restorative practice provide you with spaciousness for healing. M

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The Real Reasons Women of Color Lack Access to Health Care

Just as many health issues affect women more or more severely than men — breast cancer, death from heart attacks and osteoarthritis, to name a few — there are conditions and illnesses that plague women of color more regularly and harshly. These include diabetes, infertility and sickle cell disease. When it comes to pregnancy-related issues, Black mothers are also significantly more likely to experience traumatic births. Related story Tatyana Ali Knows Black Moms Deserve Better

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For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. So often around Valentine’s Day, we head to a yoga class and are hit with a “heart-focused” flow. These sequences are often centered around heart-opening backbends. While backbends are lovely, a heart-focused class that only deals with backbending is lacking dimension. The heart space is a container; it has a front, sides, and a back. It’s important that we give t

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High-Tech Sex Toys That Prove the Future Is Already Here

February 11, 2022 at 10:25am AM EST Amazon If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission. Greetings from the year 2022 — where just about every appliance in our lives is “smart.” Our thermostats adjust themselves, depending on time of day. Packages arrive on our doorsteps within hours of us ordering them. And our homes are filled with speakers we can talk to,

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Sex Therapists Reveal Their Best Valentine’s Day Tips

As CVS aisles are officially filled up with cheesy candy and stuffed animals, it’s probably time to start thinking about Valentine’s Day. The holiday’s origins are a bit unusual: Ancient Romans would sacrifice animals during the mid-February Feast of Lupercalia and later they’d smack women with the hides of the animals they just murdered — because, of course, this would make them fertile. It’s since evolved into a day celebrating love, thanks to the romanticization of the holiday by

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This Is the Winter Superfruit You Should Be Eating

For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. When the weather starts to dip and we start pulling out our winter sweaters, many of us start to bring more typical winter foods into our kitchens. From cozy soups to tart cranberry treats, there are some standard go-to foods that grace our dinner plates once the winter months are upon us.  But one shining star of the winter produce aisle that can sometimes fall o

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I Tried These App-Controlled Sex Toys & They’re Perfect for Long-Distance Partners or Solo Play

February 9, 2022 at 6:03pm PM EST Long-distance and close but kinda kinky couples will want to get their hands on these. Satisfyer/SheKnows If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission. No matter your tastes, there are many, many uses for remote-controlled sex toys —  from hands-free solo play or partnered activities (up close or long distance). While there are

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You could go about a core workout in one of two ways. On one hand, you could ramp up your reps while doing a who’s who of proven abdominal burners like crunches, reverse crunches, leg lifts, rope crunches and every other manner of bringing point A (your sternum) toward point B (your hips) until your core cries for mercy.  Hey, if you’re a fan of that sort of intensity and wall-to-wall action, why not? For those who aren’t so enamored with crunches and raises, though, there is anoth

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30 Common Yoga Poses You Can Practice From Your Living Room

February 7, 2022 at 5:35pm PM EST New to yoga? Here's some simple at-home positions you can try in your livingroom. simplehappyart/Adobe Stock Finding a really good yoga class is a challenge: You need one that’s the right amount of challenging for your body and your skill level, one that’s affordable (studios are expensive!) and workable with your work, life, me-time balance too. Unfortunately, pandemics and schedules be damned, they are harder and har

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Ditch the Workout Equipment. These 9 Bodyweight Moves Give You a Full-Body Workout

For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. Barbells, dumbbells, cables and kettlebells are great, but technically speaking, they’re not necessary for sculpting a lean, strong physique. (Helpful? Yes. Imperative? No.) There are endless moves you can do with your body as equipment, so to boil it down to the best of the best, we asked a handful of our favorite trainers and strength coaches their opinions on the mo

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What to Write in a Valentine's Day Card for Every Relationship Stage

Some people are gifted with a way with words, but other people… not so much. If you’ve ever attempted to write a thoughtful, appropriate Valentine’s Day card only to wind up with a million pieces of paper ripped up at your feet — this one’s for you. Related story Thoughtful Valentine's Day Gifts That Will Arrive in Time for All of You Last-Minute Shoppers Valentine’s Day messages are rough, no matter what stage in your relationship you are. Even professional wri

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The Best Sex Toys to Give & Receive This Valentines Day

February 4, 2022 at 10:19am AM EST Ashley Britton/SheKnows Littlestocker/Adobe Stock If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission. Now that Valentine’s Day is getting close, finding the sweetest, sexiest gift for your partner that’ll make your alone time a bit more interesting is a priority. Related story Caudalie Just Launched an Eye Cream That Co

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This One Small Change Can Make Your Diet Significantly More Sustainable

For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. Adopting environmentally-friendly habits means making major changes to your lifestyle. You’ve got to toss out (or recycle, rather) your plastic goods, upgrade to sustainable and reusable items, cut back on food waste and adopt a planet-friendly diet. But food is often one of the most challenging changes to make, as it requires making the switch from a meat-centric ap

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These Are the Sex Toys Your Favorite Celebrities Actually Use

February 3, 2022 at 2:39pm PM EST cara: Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP Lilly: Sipa USA/AP Eva: Sthanlee B. Mirador/AP There’s few things better than celebrities being open and candid about their sex lives. It helps to know that our favorite stars are out there embracing pleasure, having fun and using their clout to dispel stigma around something that everyone should be able to safely and happily enjoy: sex. Plus, since they’ve got sex toy budgets that are

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Adults Can & Must Do Better When It Comes to Black Teen Mental Health

Visibility is a hard thing to have to fight for as a teenager. The pressures of social hierarchy are thrust on their radar at an increasingly young age. A young Black teenager, fighting the varying messages trying to grab her attention, is also subject to a different set of rules compared to her white or Latinx classmates. She’s got a lot to think about. But if she grows up in a culture that prioritizes strength over health, she can suffer at the hands of the village that is supposed to rais

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How to Make the Most of Yet Another Pandemic Valentine’s Day With Your Partner

“Pandemic Valentine’s Day” might sound like a young adult series set in 3000, but it’s unfortunately still our current reality, and it’s nowhere near as fun as a dystopian romance novel. Valentine’s Day is stressful as is, and now it falls just as we near the anniversary of the first lockdown: months stuck inside spending every waking hour in our partner’s proximity isn’t exactly a walk in the park, especially when walks in the park are pretty much the only recreational outdoor

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Mercury Retrograde Is Over, But the Post-Shadow Period Has Just Begun

For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. Like Maha Shivaratri, Christmas, or whatever dates your spiritual leaning inspires you to observe, the days when Mercury retrograde begins and ends are essential windows to the cosmos that you want to mark on your calendar. Many relationships, business transactions, or another areas of life subject to misperception have been salvaged with the awareness that a retrograde h

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We’ve Been Hearing These Numbers Forever When It Comes to Our Health — But Are They Actually BS?

We are a world obsessed with numbers when it comes to health and wellness. “Drink eight glasses of water per day; women should weigh 120 pounds; eat 1,200 calories if you want to lose weight.” But how accurate are these numbers and are they even healthy for you and your body? The short answer: probably not. Related story Khloe Kardashian's Motivational Water Bottle Might Be Your Secret Weapon For Staying Hydrated It's On Sale Right Now “Health behaviors, overall well-be

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It’s a Vinyasa Block Party (And You’re Invited)

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You Can Snag This Space-Saving Under Desk Bike on Amazon & Level-Up Your WFH Life

February 1, 2022 at 6:03pm PM EST WFH fitness doesn't need to take up your whole house. Desk Cycle/Amazon If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission. I’m no stranger to a bike desk — having fallen in love with my silly little WFH hamster wheel more than a year ago. But my one gripe, if I have to name one, is that my bike desk is large. She takes up an entire co

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12 Signs You’re Dehydrated That You’re Definitely Not Noticing

For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. You already know what it feels like to be thirsty. It can come on strong after a particularly sweaty soccer game or a day of running errands without your trusty water bottle. But some symptoms of dehydration are subtler — or even a little bit weird. Dehydration is losing more fluid than you take in. Thankfully, early signs you’re dehydrated start off mild and go away

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Sexy & Smart Erotic Podcasts You Need to Download Right Now

by February 1, 2022 at 10:30am AM EST Ashley Britton/SheKnows At first, it might seem like podcasting is an odd venue for exploring relationships and sexuality in its many beautiful forms. But the enduring medium is home to all kinds of riveting erotic programs. (In fact, erotic podcasts are some of the best erotic media around.) Sure, sex is a predominantly physical (and in some cases, visual) thing. But it’s also an auditory thing. And the podcasting w

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What Is a New Moon in Astrology?

For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. A new Moon occurs when the Moon’s orbit falls directly between the Sun and the Earth. In astrological terms, this means the Moon is conjunct, or joined with, the Sun. Because the Moon reflects light from the Sun, it seems to have disappeared from our vantage at this phase of the lunar cycle. A full Moon, conversely, occurs when the Sun and Moon are in opposition, or str

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We Need to Talk About Mental Health Services for People of Color

By now, we conversations about mental health are more frequent than ever. As our broader society considers issues of burnout, self-care and resources to help our brains and bodies, women of color are having a parallel but nuanced conversation about access, social and cultural stigmas and other roadblocks that keep making mental health services a difficult terrain to navigate. Related story Talk About Your 'Gut Health' Is Everywhere —  But What Is That, Exactly? Marginaliz

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Celebs Who Are Totally Open About Seeking Therapy

January 28, 2022 at 2:55pm PM EST Kristen: Sthanlee B. Mirador/SipaUSA via AP Kerry: Sipa USA via AP Background: aksol Despite there being a significantly better understanding of mental health around the world, it is still an ongoing battle for many mental health professionals, advocates and those in treatment to destigmatize going to therapy and other mental health treatments. While caring for and understanding individuals who live with various mental hea

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Warm Up With This Kapha-Balancing Yoga Practice

This 40-minute flow will leave you feeling energized. Join Yoga Journal Create a personalized feed and bookmark your favorites. Join Yoga Journal Create a personalized feed and bookmark your favorites. Join for free Become a member to unlock this story and receive other great perks. Already have an Outside Account? Sign in A $500 value with everything in the Print + Digital Plan plus 25+ benefits including: Member-only conte

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The Questions Your Doctor Really Wishes You’d Ask About Rheumatoid Arthritis

When you first get a new diagnosis — any diagnosis — there are a million and a half things on your mind. The to-do lists of specialists to connect with, appointments to make, family members to loop in can be a bit daunting. So, when you get confirmation that you have Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), you may realize really quick that there’s a lot of things you don’t know yet (and, in some cases, you don’t even know the extent of what you don’t know!) and that can certainly be intimidating

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Fix Indigestion Naturally With These Home Remedies

Image: Shutterstock Suffering from indigestion? Try one of these simple home remedies for relief. If you’re dealing with tummy woes, you’ll certainly want to cast a critical eye on the foods you eat, as well as how often you eat and how much you munch. There’s no free parking in your GI tract—once it’s in, you pay the price. Thankfully, these tried and true natural home remedies for indigestion really work. Well-rooted traditions Ginger is justifiably famous for settling stom

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What You Should Know About the COVID-19 Pill Available Right Now

On the heels of early 2022’s Omicron surge, COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have already reached record highs, with no sign of slowing down.  Related story How Did Reliable At-Home COVID-19 Tests Become So Hard to Get? The Department of Health and Human Services reported that over 155,000 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 this past week, with over 25,000 of those individuals in intensive care. That’s a new record, and a 100 percent increase in the last two

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5 Things You Should Do Everyday for Clean Teeth, According to a Holistic Dentist

It goes beyond brushing twice a day. Join Yoga Journal Create a personalized feed and bookmark your favorites. Join Yoga Journal Create a personalized feed and bookmark your favorites. Join for free For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. Want clean teeth? You may want to consider these expert-approved tips. By taking a holistic approach to her personal oral he

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Already Burnt Out? Here’s Expert Advice On How to Start Getting Better

You’re exhausted, irritable, and you just don’t feel like doing anything (except if “anything” means laying on the couch, binge watching anything). Yep, you have burnout. Now what? “Burnout is feeling one or more of these three things: (1) emotional exhaustion, (2) being negative and cynical toward. s the things that are causing you stress, and (3) feeling a reduced sense of accomplishment (regardless of whether that is true),” Dr. Haley Perlus, PhD, an expert on sport a

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Researchers Recommend These 10 Tips to Support a Longer and Healthier Life

For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. There’s no such thing as anti-aging – but you can extend the quality and quantity of your years. Instead of trying to turn back the hands of time, support healthy aging and level up your overall existence with simple habits, routines and supplements (no fad workouts or pricey superfood smoothies required).  Here’s what the research says you can do to live a

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A Senator’s Wife Was Nearly Denied A Life-Saving Abortion & That’s Why He’s Committed to Reproductive Rights

As pro-choice activists grow more and more concerned over the fate of Roe v. Wade in the coming weeks, and having just celebrated an uncertain 49th anniversary of the landmark court case giving birthing people a right to privacy as they make the decision to have abortions, it’s more and more clear that the ability to make this healthcare decision is a vital one for families. Every person’s reproductive health story is unique and their relationship to the abortions they did or did not have a

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I Tried Goop's G.Tox 7-Day Reset & Here's How It Went

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission. I’m not normally into New Year’s resolutions, and I didn’t even think about making any this year. But as we’re into yet another pandemic year — and following a holiday season where I did plenty of indulging and not enough moving for my taste — I’ve felt the need for a kick in the pants when it comes to trying out some healthier habits. Too much

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Cat Pose

For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. You will encounter Marjaryasana (Cat Pose) and its counter pose Cow Pose (Bitilasana) in many yoga classes. And for good reason: These poses help warm up the spine. Cat Pose can serve as a prep for forward bends and an expansive counter pose to inversions and backbends. While in this pose, focus on tucking your tailbone, rounding your spine and releasing your neck, says y

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The Truth About Why We Gave Up Being a Paleo Family

My oldest son didn’t know what a sandwich was until he was three years old. I denied him cake at birthday parties and made him trade in his Halloween candy for cheap plastic toys. I did all of these things in the name of “health” because, at the time, our family followed a strict paleo diet. No grains. No sugar. No dairy. No beans. We were all in. Related story The 6 Foods to Avoid If You Experience Joint Pain My husband and I followed a paleo diet before we ever had c

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This Is What We’re All Feeling Right Now, According to Mental Health Professionals

For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. Since the start of January, my conversations with friends, family members, colleagues, and even my barista have approximately gone the same way. “How are you?” “You know…” Yeah…” We look at each other with knowing glances. It’s a tough time. As another surge of COVID-19 cases combines with one of the coldest and longest months of the year, we’re all feel

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Is It Safe to Give Teens CBD?

We are living in an anxiety-riddled world and it’s affecting our children. Last year a poll found nearly half (48 percent) of U.S. teens are worried about experiencing social anxiety in transitioning back to a post-pandemic world while 43 percent reported they are concerned about mental health challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. With CBD being big business for treating stress — a survey found more than 60 percent of CBD users were taking it for anxiety — then is it safe for

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Here’s Why Garlic Is Such a Great Ingredient for Winter Wellness

For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. For more than 4,000 years, garlic has been used for health and as medicine for many types of ailments. These include digestive and respiratory problems, fatigue, bacterial infections, toothache, arthritis, and heart disease, according to a review of research in Nutrition Journal. Since the 1950s, more than 2,700 articles about garlic have been published in scientific jour

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The Way Anti-Choice Movements Use Black & Brown Parents for Propaganda Is Deeply Troubling

Abomination or Access? These are two words that have been used to frame the abortion debate in the United States since the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision guaranteed birthing people a constitutional right to an abortion up to 23 weeks or fetal viability. Related story Allyson Felix Celebrates Her Met Gala Moment With a Message for Her Daughter: 'Dream Big' Now, 49 years since the groundbreaking decision was issued, a birthing person’s right to an abortion

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Your Weekly Astrology Forecast, January 23–29: Who Are You, Really?

For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. Last week, we opened to a new two-year cycle with the help of the zodiac changing the game in the sign of Aquarius. The last of the air signs, Aquarius awakens us to our inner mystic, our inner self. From January 20 to February 18, Aquarius lifts the veils on our shadowed lens so we can see clearly again with curious eyes. It redirects our life from a riddle we can’t so

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“I Didn’t Expect to Live Past 30”

In this excerpt from The Care We Dream Of, author and advocate Zena Sharman speaks with professor Hannah Kia about how aging can be complicated, potentially freeing and vastly improved for queer Canadians. Hannah Kia, PhD, RCSW is an assistant professor at the University of British Columbia’s School of Social Work in Vancouver, BC. Her research centres on LGBTQ+ aging and health, a program of study that draws on Hannah’s lived experiences as a trans woman and queer person and growing up a

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Grab This Everyday KN95 Mask That Katie Holmes & Jennifer Garner Love Before It Sells Out

January 20, 2022 at 2:09pm PM EST A celeb-approved and safe option for masking up against Omicron. Evolve Together/SheKnows/Katherine Speller If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission. As we all enter our junior year of the pandemic, we’ve gotten a better grip on the must-haves to make existing a little more bearable for ourselves and our families. But with the

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Researchers Say Forgetfulness Can Be a Good Thing. Here’s Why

Turns out, that lapse in your memory may be a form of learning. Join Yoga Journal Create a personalized feed and bookmark your favorites. Join Yoga Journal Create a personalized feed and bookmark your favorites. Join for free For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. It hits you while you’re in line at the grocery store. Or sitting at your desk. Or stuck in traf

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5 Moves to Work and Strengthen Your Glutes In Less Than 5 Minutes

Resistance bands come in many shapes and sizes, but one of the most popular in recent years has been closed-loop mini resistance bands — aka mini bands, glute bands, booty bands, and probably a few more monikers, if we had to guess. Mini bands have become particularly popular as a tool to amp up glute work, hence the booty-themed nicknames. That’s all well and good, but it’s important to make sure you’re incorporating them properly when you do choose to use them. Tossing them around yo

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These Mood-Boosting Adaptogen Drinks Will Take Your Dry January to the Next Level

January 19, 2022 at 11:49am AM EST Clevr Blends, Recess, Hiyo; Design: Jennifer Ciminillo. It seems like every time I open Instagram, I see a new shiny adaptogen-infused product calling my name. But if you’re like me, you actually have no idea what the heck an adaptogen really is, so what’s the 411 on them? In short, adaptogens are herbal supplements that “adapt” to your body’s needs. They’ve been known to help boost your mood, de-stress and c

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6 Simple, Slump-Busting Tips That’ll Reinvigorate Your Energy, Productivity and Focus

For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. Fuzzy, foggy, and nodding off at your desk by 3? We’ve got your fix. Try these six easy, offbeat ways to clear the cobwebs and zap afternoon slumps. You can even do them in the middle of your workday, in 10 minutes or less.  1. Go upside down If you’re sitting or standing for long periods of time, inversions – positions that place the head below the hips – a

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Realistic, Low Lift Ways to Glow-Up Your Wellness Routine & Feel A Little Better in 2022

It’s fair to say that we’ve had a rough couple of years. 2022 is finally here, and while it doesn’t automatically mean life will change around us (ugh!), we can do small things to change within in order. After all, we could all use a little glow up in order to feel a bit better in this new year. Related story These Next Generation Self-Help Books Will Make You Feel Seen If you’ve been thinking of adding low-key and realistic ways to up your self-care game, here are s

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6 Vegan Shampoos to Bring Your Hair Back to Its Roots (Literally)

For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. More people are going vegan—with their shampoo, that is. You may be surprised to discover that many shampoos on the market contain animal products (or byproducts), such as keratin, lanolin, and squalane. If this revelation leaves you scratching your head, your best bet is to seek out a shampoo that’s vegan—meaning they’re made without animal byproducts and aren’

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10 Powerful Books That Center Black Women's Health

January 17, 2022 at 5:15pm PM EST Bookshop/Amazon. If you’re looking for a way to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s work and legacy, vote with your wallet and cultivate a more informed, anti-racist and relevant understanding of how health intersects with race in our culture (or, better yet, all all three!), filling out your bookshelf and your to-read pile with books by Black authors who are experts on the subject is the logical first step.

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Yoga Meets Functional Movement

I grew up around yoga. My mom helped open a couple of the early studios in Los Angeles in the ’90s and early 2000s. I played sports the entire time and genuinely thought yoga was just stretching. Then, after graduating college, I tried it. I was drawn to the physical challenge. I was a guy with stiff muscles and a lot of injuries, yet I found that I could do yoga. As soon as I completed my initial yoga teacher training, I was doing trainings and workshops. Every year I’d do a 200- or a 300

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What Parents Can & Should Do If They Test Positive for COVID-19 During the Omicron Surge

As the highly transmissible COVID-19 variant Omicron brings a record number of cases, vaccinated and even boosted individuals are testing positive. School systems are moving classes back online, airlines are cancelling thousands of flights as pilots and flight attendants test positive and testing sites are overwhelmed with large crowds as we all re-think and revise our masking and social distancing comfort zones. Related story How Did Reliable At-Home COVID-19 Tests Become So Ha

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A 15 Minute Workout For People Who Haven’t Exercised In A Hot Minute

It looks like things might be resembling some sort of normal existence this summer. Hallelujah! But wait. That means potentially meeting people and doing “normal” things, like exercising at the gym or going to a fitness class you loved in your former life. If you’ve been shunning your fitness routine for Netflix this year (and, let’s be honest, who hasn’t?) the idea of working out again might feel daunting. While your progress might have regressed since the last time you r

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The Next Generation of Self-Help Books Will Make You Feel Seen

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission. It wasn’t very long ago that self-help books were stigmatized. No one wanted to be caught browsing in that section of the bookstore, and reading them made people feel sorry for you. But that has totally changed. Related story Nick Jr.'s New Noggin Platform Has Books, Games, More — You Can Sign Up For Free First, the internet has comp

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What is Mercury Retrograde, Anyway?

For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. What does the infamous Mercury retrograde actually mean for us? I like to reframe that question and instead ask, what is Mercury retrograde trying to help us understand? Each time the planet of communication appears to reverse its course, we can feel opposed and knocked down in every conceivable way. Or we can surrender to being in relationship with this inevitable event

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The Best Sex Toys Designed for Clitoral Stimulation

January 13, 2022 at 12:52pm PM EST Ashley Britton/SheKnows If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission. For people with vulvas, there’s a whole host of ways to have a really good orgasm. One of the most beloved of the big O’s are ones coming from clitoral stimulation. This is for lots of reasons: the clitoris is a super sensitive area totally charged with ero

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Collect for Your Community Like a Pro

Get your drive on. Join Yoga Journal Create a personalized feed and bookmark your favorites. Join Yoga Journal Create a personalized feed and bookmark your favorites. Join for free Photo: Crispin La Valiente/Getty Images Become a member to unlock this story and receive other great perks. Already have an Outside Account? Sign in A $500 value with everything in the Print + Digital Plan plus 25+ benefits including: Mem

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7 Sex Positions to Try on Your Favorite Chair (Because Beds Can Get Boring)

Many of us think about sex destinations in pretty binary terms: We’re either doing it somewhere really risque, or we’re getting it on in a bedroom. There’s a lot of space between those two extremes, but we don’t tend to venture into it. And that’s a shame, because that middle-ground is practically begging to be explored. One particularly easy place to start? With a very sturdy chair somewhere in your house. That’s right, chair sex positions abound—and they don’t ask that much of

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Free Class With Jivana Heyman + Book Giveaway!

For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. Yoga Journal and Jivana Heyman, founder of Accessible Yoga and cover star of the latest issue of Yoga Journal, are hosting a free, 30-minute class on January 20, 2022 at 12 p.m. EST/9 a.m. PST—and we’d love for you to join us! Hosted live on YJ’s Facebook page, Yoga for Courage Compassion will explore guided meditation, asana, and pranayama to help you find cour

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Balance Exercises Are The Crucial Kind of Workouts You Might Be Skipping

Spinning. Check. Barre. Check. Yoga. Check. If you’re a fitness lover, chances are you’re getting in your cardio and strength training. But one type of workout that is actually totally useful in your day-to-day life but you’re likely overlooking is balance. And moves that specifically target balance aren’t just for seniors. Related story Some Simple Dos and Dont's for Ab Training for Every Skill Level “Balance is key to functional movement as it is necessary to per

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How to Create Your Perfect Yoga Teaching Schedule

As a newer yoga teacher, you accepted any teaching opportunity that crossed your path, no matter how small the studio, how far you had to drive, or the time of day you were scheduled to teach. Then more and more opportunities arose, and you continued to add—and add and add—classes to your schedule until one day you realized that teaching and sleeping were all you were doing. Does that sound familiar? Ideally, teaching yoga is a career that allows you to do what you love—teaching—w

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The Experts’ Guide to Gua Sha

For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. If you’ve spent any time on TikTok, Instagram, or the Internet in general over the past few months, you may have noticed a new skincare ritual popping up—gua sha. However, this ritual is anything but new. Rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), this practice involves using a special tool to release tension and improve circulation throughout your body. While usin

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How To Safely Workout Outside In The Cold Weather

Winter is here. It’s really easy to trade in sweating for couch surfing when the days become shorter and colder. But the dropping temperatures shouldn’t deter you from squeezing in a run or doing some Snowga. In fact cold weather workouts can burn more calories compared to those done in warmer climates. Related story Gabrielle Union Kaavia James Share Adorable Video 'Working Out To Work Through The Funk' Just like exercising in hot weather, getting your workout in the co

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Quick — Snag Some Discounted Exercise Equipment To Fulfill Your 2022 Fitness Goals

January 7, 2022 at 5:45pm PM EST Courtesy of All in Motion All in Motion. If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission. New year, new exercise regimen. 2022 is finally here, and we’re not too bummed about waving goodbye to 2021 and starting fresh. Whether you believe in the concept of New Year’s Resolutions or not, self-care and improvement can happen at any tim

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Feeling Stuck? Turn Up the Purifying Power of Heat

When I sat down to draft this article, I found myself with a case of writer’s block. I was stuck between conflicting ideas, encroaching deadlines, style decisions, rabbit holes of research, and my own inner critic. The core of the piece was buried somewhere in the mix. I tried clearing my schedule to focus. I sat at my desk. Nothing. Feeling frustrated, I noticed that a heat-building asana class was being offered by one of my teachers online. Though the clock was ticking on this project, I d

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What We Talk About When We Talk About 'Gut Health'

By now, you’ve probably heard the health buzz phrase “gut health” — especially as a health trend for 2022 —  and how it can impact everything from our digestive system to our mental health to everything in between. But what does that actually mean? Turns out, it means a little more than how our tummies feel. We checked in with some experts to get the lowdown on gut health and what it really means. Related story Tips for Handling the Most Toxic People in Your Life (Who Y

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72 Ways to Say “Relax” in Yin Yoga

Looking to help yourself (or your students) slow down and shift perspective? Try this comprehensive list of ways to say rest, melt, observe, allow, surrender... you get the idea. Join Yoga Journal Create a personalized feed and bookmark your favorites. Join Yoga Journal Create a personalized feed and bookmark your favorites. Join for free For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join

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5 Common Myths About IUDs, Debunked

An intrauterine system (IUS), also known as an intrauterine device (IUD), is a small, T-shaped piece of plastic inserted into the uterus to help prevent pregnancy. Many people are confused about how IUDs work, which has caused some myths to persist. Although not exactly known, IUDs are thought to work by stopping sperm from fertilizing an egg and preventing fertilized eggs from implanting in the uterus. However, despite the efficacy of IUDs, there is still a lot of misinformation circulating a

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The Best Time to Wake Up Is Probably Earlier Than You’d Like

Sorry, snoozers. Join Yoga Journal Create a personalized feed and bookmark your favorites. Join Yoga Journal Create a personalized feed and bookmark your favorites. Join for free For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. Ah, the magic of sleeping in. Rolling over, hitting the snooze button and sneaking in a few extra minutes (or more) of sleep—it’s a true luxu

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Attendance Policies Give Our Kids Dangerous Health Priorities In the Age of COVID

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission. I don’t think anyone was more excited about the reopening of schools in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic than parents. Whether the schools opened in fall 2020 or spring 2021, I imagine parents everywhere exhaled a collective sigh of relief when they received notice. Whether you work(ed) from home, had to physically report to work, or stayed at home, but

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7 Easy and Healthy Lunches for Busy People

We all know how important a healthy lunch can be for combatting that midday slump. But for many of us, enjoying nutritious foods at lunchtime can be easier said than done. Between juggling work and appointments, sticking to an exercise routine, and the many other demands of our days, sitting down for a balanced meal in the middle of the day can be challenging to pull off.  Thankfully, preparing a healthy lunch doesn’t have to be a whole ordeal. Sure, enjoying a freshly grilled piece of

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What to Do When Students Behave “Badly” in Yoga Class

You’re getting ready to teach. Everyone in the room is settling down, closing their eyes, slowing their breath, and tuning into themselves. Then a minute before class starts, two students stroll in late while loudly conversing with each other. Just as everyone is settling back down again and you go to the front of the room to begin class, you hear a loud “crack” as another late-comer quickly slaps their mat on the floor. What do you do? As yoga teachers, it is our responsibility to keep

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How to Make Lifestyle Changes for Your Family Without Cultivating Negative Attitudes About Food or Our Bodies

The holiday season will be gone before we know it, which means we’ll tuck away the cookie tins and gravy boats and prepare ourselves for the season of self-restraint and suppression. In other words, New Year’s Resolutions centered around diet and exercise. And it’s no secret that diet companies and gyms are eager to reinforce shame about our bodies or habits. After all, it’s estimated that 45 million Americans go on a diet each year, and spend $33 billion each year on weight loss produ

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Sex Toy Jewelry Sure to Upgrade Your Sex Life — & Your Wardrobe

January 5, 2022 at 4:03pm PM EST Ashley Britton/SheKnows In March 2017, Jane Fonda did us all a serious favor: She brought sex toy jewelry into the mainstream. In a televised interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Fonda revealed that one of her favorite pieces of jewelry is actually a nipple vibrator disguised as a necklace. (Fonda explained that she’d sported the sensational piece on several occasions—usually out to dinner, depending on the restaurant and t

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Outside+ Members Share What They’re Excited for in 2022

For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. New year, new goals! As we enter 2022, we asked our Outside+ members to tell us what they were working toward in their practice—whether it’s a physical asana, a new routine, or finally going for that YTT they’ve always dreamed of. Want to join the fun? Become a member today to enjoy all our offerings, including courses from world-renowned teachers, on-demand classes

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The Rise of Sober Curiosity: Is Life Better Without Alcohol?

Whether it’s splitting a bottle of wine with girlfriends while watching The Bachelor or nursing a glass of pinot after a long day with the kids, consuming alcohol tends to be central to many people’s social lives and how they unwind. The promotion of wine culture for women in their 30s and 40s is everywhere: from TV to movies to housewares promoting the “rosé all day” ethos, it’s no wonder women are obsessed with their nightly glass of vino. “Nothing says motherhood mor

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16 Important Lessons We’re Carrying Into 2022

For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. Since the publication of my book  The Practice of Groundedness —which in many ways is a coda to what I’ve been writing about here for the past five years—I’ve spoken with all kinds of people, from elite athletes to creatives to traditional workplace professionals, on what it means to practice groundedness. What follows are 16 common lessons that have come out of

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I’m an Eating Psychology Expert. Here’s Why Diets Don’t Work

For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. It’s resolution time again, and if you’re like most people, eating “better” may be one of your goals for the new year. According to a survey on 2021 resolutions, the most common commitments people made were to exercise more (46 percent), improve their diet (45 percent), or lose weight (44 percent). In fact, as many as 45 million Americans begin a diet each year. B

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The At-Home Self-Care Practice Real Women Swear By

After nearly a year of living through a pandemic, where we’re all encouraged to stay home and stay safe and our health is at the forefront of our minds, it only makes sense that safe, accessible, at-home forms of self-care have become more of a priority. Our brains, bodies and spirits are bone tired at best and wracked with anxiety at worst — so any little bit of TLC we can offer ourselves is vital. Related story ‘Mom Therapy’ Instagrams Filled the Void While I Was Between

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Holistic Ways to Care for Your Mental & Physical Health in 2022

Welcome to Better Sex With Dr. Lexx, a monthly column where sex therapist, educator and consultant Dr. Lexx Brown-James shares expertise, advice and wisdom about sex, relationships and more. Approaching education about sex as a life-long endeavor — “from womb to tomb” — Dr. Lexx (AKA The #CouplesClinician) is your guide to the shame-free, medically accurate, inclusive and comprehensive conversations for you, your partner and your whole family.  Related story Peri

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2022 Astrological Forecast: What the Planets Have Aligned For You

No matter what your zodiac sign or your unique horoscope for the year, being aware of the general astrological aspects that will affect us all in 2022 allows you to bring perspective and a deeper sense of presence to anything that happens. And overall, 2022 promises more hopeful moments than we’ve experienced in the last two years. It’s important to remember that we are still coming off the heels of the transition into the Age of Aquarius, which began on the winter solstice in 2020. We are

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7 Happiness Hacks That Will Instantly Improve Your Mood (Really)

For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. If your day is bringing your mood down or you’re stuck in a funk, you don’t have to write it off altogether. You can boost your happiness and brighten your outlook instantaneously—seriously! We’ve got simple tips and tricks that’ll improve your mood in no time at all, and they’re so easy you can try them anywhere, anytime you’re feeling sad, frustrated, or

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