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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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It seems that we all can agree that if you’re not feeling well, you should stay home from work. If your nose is running, you have a fever or severe cough, calling in sick for work is a no-brainer. But why do we only allow ourselves time off for those types of “sick” and not others? (Especially now that so many of us are working full-time from home!) Related story Tips for Handling the Most Toxic People in Your Life (Who You Can't Just Cut Out) Mental health is just as

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I feel drained when I teach in-person yoga classes. This might be a surprise if you’ve ever taken class with me. I am 150 percent “on” while teaching. I even chat with everyone before and after class. But if you could see me five minutes after I leave the studio, I look and feel as though I could fall asleep. It took years for me to understand why, and knowing this has made all the difference. I come from a family of addicts and alcoholics. Moods were often quite volatile. As a little gi

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This 45-Minute Yin Yoga Practice Will Bring Tranquility to Your Day

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Start 2022 on the Right Foot with These Affordable Gratitude Journals & Kick Off a New Habit

December 24, 2021 at 9:30am AM EST Courtesy of PAPIER. PAPIER. If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission. The 2020s have been an insane time. There have been steep highs and extremely low lows. It’s been tough to live in this time of uncertainty, and being grateful for anything can seem like a stretch while living a life that might look so different from your 2

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14 Modifications For Common Yoga Poses That You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. Like most yoga teachers, I like to be ready with a comprehensive tool belt of pose variations to offer during class. I have always been interested in making my classes accessible to anyone, and I had always thought that was what I was doing. But when I was living and teaching in New York City, I had an experience that stumped me. In any given studio class, there are usual

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In the ultimate quest for longevity and optimal health, many are turning to the latest trend, biohacking. The self-guided, experimental hack-your-way-to-better-health phenomenon has gained in popularity over the years and is making its way to the masses. You may have heard Twitter Co-founder Jake Dorsey endorsing the practice when he told his followers he benefited from intermittent fasting and drinking salt juice each morning. Or maybe you’ve heard of biohacker influencer Josiah Zayner who

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Eagle Pose Made Easy

Is it just us or can you, too, hear a collective sigh each time a teacher cues Garudasana (Eagle Pose)? The intense balancing pose requires you to be strong yet flexible, tests your balance, endurance, and focus, and stretches your shoulders as it strengthens your legs and glutes. It’s one of those yoga poses that you either love or love to hate. Why is Eagle Pose so hard? In Garudasana, you are asked to bend your knees, cross one thigh over the other, hook the top of your foot behind your c

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The Dos & Don’ts of Giving Fitness Gifts

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission. Okay, it’s time to be real: Gift-giving is almost always a challenge. Matching a person you love with something they’ll love is hard — especially when you put in the complicated math of trying not to add more clutter to someone’s life, trying not to buy something someone already has or just doesn’t want. While the truth is that there’s no product

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For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. Chances are you’ve got a favorite smell. Maybe it’s the floral scent that reminds you of your wedding bouquet, the cinnamony aroma of your mom’s fresh baked snickerdoodles, or perfume of freshly cut grass. Yet  being able to smell is the most under-rated of the human senses: one study found that young people would rather give up their sense of smell than give

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For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. As we often do each December, we’re reflecting on the past year and how we—and our yoga practices—have grown and changed over these 12 months. As the COVID-19 pandemic entered its second year, and yogis around the world continued their pursuit of an epic home practice, our readers sought out sequences and poses that promised to improve their fitness, flexibility, an

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Researchers Say You’re Probably Practicing Mindfulness Wrong. Here’s How to Do It Right

Are you making this mistake? 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. Mindfulness is, well, everywhere these days. From mindful eating to mindful meditations to mindful cleaning (yes, mindful cleaning), t

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TK Skin Care Ingredients You Can't Use During Pregnancy — and Their Alternatives

Anyone who’s pregnant, has been pregnant, or has seen any comedy with a pregnancy plot line is well aware that having a bun in the oven requires a lot of lifestyle changes, including diet, exercise, and even skin care. Believe it or not, it’s just as important to make sure the ingredients you’re putting on your skin are safe to use during pregnancy and lactation. Related story Hilary Duff's Husband Matthew Koma Jokes About Pregnancy Speculation Over New Photo: 'Baby Crazi

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Celebrate the Winter Solstice With This Grounding Yoga Flow

For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. December 21 marks the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s the official start to winter, and the initiation of light returning to the sky as the days lengthen, bringing the promise of spring. Astrologically, the winter solstice also marks the day the sun moves from Sagittarius and into Capricorn. The solstice is a big deal in bo

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Powerful Quotes to Inspire Healthy Attitudes About Food & Body Image

December 17, 2021 at 3:40pm PM EST Good Studio/AdobeStock Ashley Britton/SheKnows Food is a complicated thing in our culture: it brings families together, it carries tradition, defines identities and fuels our bodies. But since we live in a world so totally warped by negative body image, diet culture and toxic views on foods that are “good” and “bad,” it’s hard to always frame our thinking about food in the most positive way. And, I don’t know

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These Are the Most Popular U.S. Cities for Yoga

For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. When it’s nearly impossible to snag a spot at your favorite 6 p.m. yoga class, it might feel like everyone in your city does yoga. But now, thanks to data from ClassPass and Mindbody, we have a better idea of which cities truly are the most popular for yoga—and some on the list may surprise you. ClassPass—a platform that connects members to fitness classes, salon a

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

December 15, 2021 at 2:44pm PM 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 up

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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 might be time to refresh your wardrobe. Good quality athletic and athleisure clothing doesn’t come cheap, though. Thankfully, Lululemon is currently having a rare sale — the company’s We Made Too Much sale. Whether you’re a fan of Lulu or just desperately need to swap out some 8-year-old legg

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For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. In the soft 7:30 a.m. Santa Barbara sun, Jivana Heyman walks down the green wooden steps into his backyard garden. He admires the herb bed where lavender, oregano, and thyme flourish. Scratching his short auburn beard and adjusting his glasses, he moves on to what he calls his “three favorite W’s”: watering, weeding, and wandering. Many living things in his personal

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The newly-discovered coronavirus variant, Omicron, has left scientists racing to understand what this means for the pandemic and for those who are still too young to be vaccinated. The World Health Organization (WHO) designated it a variant of concern, more than 15 states have confirmed cases and due to its novelty, information is still limited.  Related story Have Unused FSA or HSA Dollars? Here's Where You Can Spend It Online So It Doesn't Go to Waste The variant w

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For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. It’s no secret that your kitchen requires a lot of regular cleaning. It’s where you’re working with raw meat, dirty veggies, messy and splatter-prone recipes, and plenty of crumbs and debris. While you’re likely already wiping down countertops and cleaning your stove regularly, there’s likely still some pretty gross stuff lurking in your kitchen. That’s why c

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Kombucha is one of those things that you either love or hate. Personally, I love it — it’s like drinking delicious vinegary beer iced tea. And, I’m told, this is exactly what some people detest about the flavor. Either way, there’s been a lot of hype surrounding this beverage, with promises of all sorts of health benefits (we’ll get into those in a minute). Related story Kid's Probiotic Formulas to Support a Happier Stomach But in addition to potentially healthy

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For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. Abdominal training tends to be a lonely endeavor. We’ll do bench presses, seated presses, squats and even curls with someone in tow who can give a spot and motivate us past sticking points — but then we take our mat and tuck off to a corner by ourselves to pump out sets of crunches, leg lifts and planks. Our response to that is, Why not have a training partner for abs

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Aimee Gibbs, played by Aimee Lou Wood, in Sex Education Season 3. Image: Sam Taylor, Netflix A website featuring beautiful vulva images, by Dutch illustrator Hilde Atalanta, is tackling longstanding stigma and honestly, it’s about time. Growing up, I thought the vulva was called a “panocha”— a type of Spanish pan bread that has a slit in it and apparently reminds people of female private parts. Hence the slang that developed in many Latin American countries including Mexico, wh

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Some people prefer being in groups to being alone—the social souls who become enlivened in the company of others, or the yoga student who comes to the studio early just to hang out in the lobby and socialize. These people are fueled by the presence of others. And I am not one of them. The end-of-year gatherings haven’t even begun and I already feel like my social tank is on empty. I’m sure you’ve heard of introverts versus extroverts, which are fairly consistent personality traits. Ex

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These 10-Minute Yoga Arm Workouts Will Fire Up Your Biceps, Triceps and Shoulders

For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. Whether you love it or not, arm strength is a major component of your yoga practice—from holding up your entire body in challenging arm balances to increasing your stability in the ever-present Plank Pose. It’s no wonder then that a continuous yoga practice naturally builds arm strength over time. But if you’re looking to ramp it up and really work those biceps, tri

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Cardio: check. Strength training: check. Stretching… uncheck. If you tend to skip the flexibility portion of your workout, you’re not alone. In an attempt to squeeze exercise into an already busy schedule, many people forego this critical component of an overall fitness program. Related story 15 Free Online Yoga Videos to Elevate Your Practice At Home The good news is you can still benefit from a short stretching routine, even if it’s just a few minutes each morning.

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I was rolling up my mat after class—I had just taught yoga at the small, Methodist–affiliated women’s college where I also taught journalism—when one of the students hesitantly approached me. She was a Christian, she explained; her mother was a minister. She was concerned about how yoga aligned with her faith. “Will this make Jesus mad?” she asked. “Oh my goodness, no!” I said. I explained to her what I had been taught myself: that yoga was a series of exercises developed by Hin

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Doctors Trained in Abortion Care Say They Are More Comfortable Treating Patients Experiencing Miscarriages

December 7, 2021 at 3:34pm PM EST In a study looking at self-assessed competence in caring for people experiencing pregnancy loss, doctors who have been trained in abortion care felt more competent. bernardbodo/Adobe Stock As we approach a deeply uncertain time for reproductive rights and justice in the United States, the larger conversations around what robust and accessible abortion access and care means for our healthcare system continues. And new resea

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These days the term self-care seems to be applied to anything that can bear a price tag and theoretically make you feel good. Related story Brie and Nikki Bella on Pandemic Self-Care Learning to Love Saying ‘No’ From gold leaf facials to boutique celebrity fitness classes, modern self-care has strayed far from its origins. The term, coined in 1950, has deep medical roots. Its original purpose was to help institutionalized patients gain some physical independence by compl

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For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. Seems like it should be easy — being able to move your body around in space — but anyone who has ever tried to do a dead-hang pull-up can attest to the fact that bodyweight exercises are among the hardest around. They are also some of the most adaptable, and you can create a kick-ass workout with only your personal collection of 37 trillion cells and some gumption. Mo

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More Than 30 Different Brands of Deodorant Were Flagged for Having Cancer-Causing Chemicals

December 3, 2021 at 4:32pm PM EST An independently filed petition found traces of a cancer-causing chemical in numerous spray deodorant products. georgerudy/Adobe Stock If you’re someone who loves a spray deodorant, you might want to take a minute to check out your medicine cabinet and double-check your go-to brand. A citizen’s petition filed with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday reported that a number of batches of spray antipersp

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The 6 Best Travel Yoga Mats to Practice Anytime, Anywhere

For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. Taking your practice on the go doesn’t have to be complicated. Whether you’re flying to the other side of the world or just heading to your neighborhood park, don’t let a bulky yoga mat weigh you down. These days, you can find travel yoga mats that are light, easy to carry, and functional. You may even find that you prefer them to your regular mat. Practicing anywhe

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What Parents Should Know About the Omicron Variant Heading Into the Holidays

A new and likely more transmissible coronavirus variant has emerged, prompting travel restrictions, extended mandates and concern about what this means for the pandemic.  Related story For New Coronavirus Variants, Experts Say Double-Masking Is 'Common Sense' The variant, Omicron, was first identified in Botswana and South Africa and was designated in late November as a variant of concern by the World Health Organization (WHO). While there is little information on

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For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. All romantic relationships have one thing in common: They don’t really begin until one or both parties want it to end. Hear me out. When a couple first gets together—when everything is running smoothly, the new love tingles are still present, and both people are on their best behavior—that’s a courtship, not a relationship. Similarly, when there is confrontation,

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November 30, 2021 at 1:45pm PM EST Hydro Flask. Hydro Flask. If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission. An act of self-care is to treat yourself to your favorite drink. Whether it be tea or the newest frappuccino, it’s always nice to have a drink on hand. However, when you get your favorite drink, there are always risks. Either spillage or having your hot coffe

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For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. Exercise strengthens the heart, builds muscle, protects bones and makes you all-over healthy. What you may not know: working out banishes PMS, builds new brain cells, seriously improves your sex life and more. Here are five surprising science-backed exercise benefits you never knew about (but should). It makes your periods easier Breaking a sweat can minimize moodiness,

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A Sex Toy Gift Guide for You & Your Partner

December 1, 2021 at 6:05pm 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. ‘Tis the season to reward the nicest lovers with something naughty. Even though the holiday season is overwhelmingly SFW — with family-friendly gifts for everyone on your list abound — there are some folks in your life who may want a gift that’s a bit mo

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Perfect Gifts for the Fitness Fanatic in Your Life

by December 2, 2021 at 5:10pm 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. As the holiday season ramps up, now would be a good time to consider all your nearest and dearest’s niche interests, passions, and obsessions to nail down the perfect gifts. And we’ve all got that friend (or, if you think you don’t, you are that friend)

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The Yoga Deconstructed Method Shows You How to Build Poses, Step-by-Step

When I was first practicing yoga in my early 20s, almost every pose came naturally to me. I could express almost any shape with little effort. The more I practiced, the better I felt… until I didn’t. A few years after I completed my initial yoga teacher training, I was transitioning into the role of full-time yoga teacher and began to experience aches in my body. Sometimes the discomfort ran down into my forearms, hands, and wrists. Other times it centered more in my jaw, neck, upper back,

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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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Short on Time? This 15-Minute Yoga Flow Is Perfect for Those Impossibly Busy Days

For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. I am married with a toddler and another one on the way. An hour-long yoga flow is, frankly, a luxury. I’m not alone. Most of us have only 20 or maybe 30 minutes to come to the mat on any given day. Because so many of us assume it takes a full hour to do a “complete” flow, we don’t even bother on those busy days when we need yoga the most. Yet when I come to my mat

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Scientists Just Did a Study on Orgasmic Meditations—Here’s How It Affects Your Brain

There's a new way to achieve a calmer state. 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. In a recent study, scientists pointed to the effectiveness of meditation in achieving a calmer and more relaxed state

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What It Means If You Have Heel Pain When Walking

Find out the three most common causes of heel pain, plus how to treat it. Do you feel a nagging pain in your heels while walking? You’re not alone. Though the exact prevalence of foot pain is hard to pinpoint due to the wide range of pain types and intensity, experts agree it affects more than one in 10 people worldwide. A research review published in 2019 in Arthritis Care Research suggests anywhere from 13 percent to 36 percent of the population experiences foot pain at some point in life

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by November 29, 2021 at 3:46pm PM EST car: paul/AdobeStock glitter: sirirak/AdobeStock Stolen moments of intimacy can be increasingly hard to come by when you’re shuffling kids around, trying to get some work done and maybe even practice a little bit of self-care. While date night is definitely a complicated thing to execute in the bustling, busy fall and holiday seasons, it doesn’t mean you can’t come up with some out-of-the-box ways to have some k

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How an Ancient Yoga Principle Can Help You Stop Making the Same Mistakes

Here's how to own up to your humanness when you make a mistake before the lesson is repeated. 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+ be

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5 Poses to Cultivate Gratitude for Your Practice—No Matter What It Looks Like

For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. A lot of us tend to be grateful for the external things in our lives. Our partner. Our friends. Our home. Maybe our work. But how often do we pause in gratitude for ourselves? Specifically, how often do we appreciate where we are in our physical yoga practice at the moment? I spent most of the early days of my yoga practice trying to achieve things. I wanted to nail certa

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When I opened the pretty pink box with the word “Womanizer” on the side, I was like, “Aw, what a cute vibrator!” I mean, it was pink and had roses on it and even a big Swarovski crystal. It was about the size of a computer mouse, and it seemed so lovely, innocent even. Related story 10 Things Your Vibrator Can Help With That You Wouldn't Expect I did a quick skim of the directions: nothing complicated. Just put the little end thing on your clitoris and play with the

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For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. Did you know that certain scents can help you balance your chakras? The chakras are energy centers in your body spanning from the base of your spine to the top of your head, and scents can stimulate those energy centers, improving the flow of prana (life force) through your nadis (energy channels). Much like essential oils, soy wax candles can fill the room with vibrant

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The holidays (from Thanksgiving all the way through Super Bowl Sunday) are the best, right? Friends, family, warmth, happiness — and, of course, food. That last part, though, can be a bit of a problem, especially when you overdo your meals and wind up feeling sluggish and decidedly not great because you’ve overeaten. Related story Body Dysmorphia Is So Much More Than Just 'Low Self-Esteem' While we all know moderation is the key to happiness and comfort (as far as our tu

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Traveling? Take This Prop-Free Yin Yoga Practice With You

There are always times when we find ourselves busier than usual, traveling, or simply out of our normal routine. The holidays tend to fall across all of these categories. I have found that it is essential to have a yoga practice that can be done when we don’t have access to our usual props or are away from our usual teacher. A practice designed to be so simple we can easily recall it in our body’s memory and access it anywhere. When we practice in this introspective way, we begin to learn

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If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission. There are quite a few Black Friday sales we’re currently shopping — take sex toys, for example — but few can compete with the one and only Lululemon Black Friday event. Unlike most other retailers (like Target, Ulta Beauty, and Walmart), Lululemon kept its event under wraps longer than others. But thankfully, Black Friday is nearly here, and the athlei

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For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. For me, yoga is not about how far I can stretch, or how I can contort myself into a particular shape, or how I look in yoga pants. It’s a practice of mindful, functional movement—and a time to cultivate gratitude. I’m always grateful to be able to move well. My practice is also an opportunity to tap into my strength and will for compassionate action, on and off the

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2021 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals for Fitness Gear

November 22, 2021 at 4:31pm PM EST If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, SheKnows may receive an affiliate commission. As smart shoppers and sale enthusiasts around the U.S. prep to take on the biggest holiday shopping week of the year (with all the still-ongoing-pandemic safety precautions in mind, please!), gym rats and workout junkies (and those of us who love them) can’t be left out of Black Frida

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For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. You may have noticed that researchers have been zeroing in on our guts as a measure of our overall health. Over the last few years, the link between the gut microbiome, the population of microorganisms in our digestive tract, and well-being have been highlighted in numerous scientific papers – for example, having the right types of bacteria in our digestive systems has

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This Theragun Massager Deal Is Too Good to Be True & It's the Perfect Holiday Gift for Anyone

The holiday countdown is officially on, and if you didn’t get your shopping done yet, don’t stress (you don’t need more of that). If you’re stumped on what to get that special person who has literally everything, I just discovered the foolproof Christmas gift that everyone you love needs and wants — a Theragun handheld percussive massager. Luckily, QVC has a super bundle deal on this ultra-popular device just in time for Black Friday, and the price is so affordable there’s no way yo

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You Can't Beat These 5 Positions for Mutual Masturbation

November 22, 2021 at 2:02pm PM EST All the fun of solo play — but do it together. Ashley Britton/SheKnows 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-blown orgasm, getting off is one of the great pleasures of life. Related story I Masturbate Every Day — Here's Wh

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The Full Moon in Taurus Aligns With a Lunar Eclipse. Here’s How to Navigate It

For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. The full moon that will light the sky early in the morning of November 19 is particularly exceptional, as it will align with a partial lunar eclipse—the longest in nearly 600 years. This lunar event will not only paint the moon a vibrant reddish hue, but also offer a glimpse at what we can expect in the upcoming year-and-a-half-long eclipse season of Taurus and Scorpio.

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By now we all know that diet culture is such a pervasive phenomenon that even during a completely unprecedented time in many of our lifetimes (like a global pandemic), people are still obsessed with weight gain. There are two sides to this coin: those who make jokey remarks about how “fat” they’re going to get during isolation without considering the consequences of their words, and those with a history of serial dieting or disordered eating who are genuinely distressed by the thought of

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I haven’t even met you, but I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that your clitoris is an amazing and fascinating piece of biological machinery — because all clitorises (clitorii, as I like to call them) are amazing. It’s that mysterious body part that some sex partners just can’t seem to figure out, but when they finally do it’s well worth a little bit of homework. Related story These Sex Facts Will Blow Your Mind They're Actually Pretty Useful Too SheKnows spoke

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November 16, 2021 at 6:51pm PM EST Just because you're heading back to the office doesn't mean you have to give up comfort. Ashley Britton/SheKnows 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 Best Buy's Black Friday Deals Might Be The Best Ones Yet — Including Everything From Dyson To Fi

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These Yoga Poses Will Relieve Even the Worst Bloating

For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. Whether your digestive system is inflamed or it’s that time of the month, a bloated stomach is never a pleasant experience, even if it’s inevitable. The severity of bloating can vary from person-to-person and day-to-day. You may experience a slightly swollen abdomen one day and pain the next. And yes, both of these symptoms could be the result of bloating. While it’

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As sexuality educators, it is near impossible not to get excited when shows about your profession take a prominent spot in pop culture. Enter Sex Education : The bingeworthy and often cringeworthy Netflix series. Students at Mooredale High are so desperate for information and advice about sex that they’re willing to pay Otis, a classmate whose main qualification is being the child of a sex therapist. As moms of teenagers, we actually have a lot of faith in Otis—we’re pretty sure our chil

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Wide-Angled Seated Forward Bend: The Complete Guide

Section divider In Upavistha Konasana (Wide-Angled Seated Forward Bend), enjoy the stretch in your legs and back that comes from leaning forward from your hips and creating long lines with your body. If you find your thoughts drifting or begin comparing yourself to others, simply return, again and again, to your breath. This is a pose that, while straightforward in nature, can promote some complex self-reflection and stillness. As you lean toward the floor, you may notice your thoughts and em

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Advil Cold and Sinus Recall: Here’s What You Need to Know

Health Canada warns that the labelling mixup could spell trouble for some consumers. Health Canada announced concerns that a labelling error could cause users of Advil Cold and Sinus to mix up the daytime and nighttime medications. The recall from manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare ULC (GSK) affects two different lots of the over-the-counter pills: one lot of the 18-caplet package and one lot of the 36-caplet package. In the affected packages, the labelling on the back of the bl

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Sometime last summer, I was startled to see the onset of lines in my forehead. And I screamed, nearly smashing my magnifying mirror. I was 28! I wore sunscreen! I treated my skin like a fifth favorite pet! What had I done wrong to develop wrinkles so soon?!  Descending into epidermal doom, I grabbed my phone to Google “preventative botox in twenties.” Related story We Can Now Bank Fat Stem Cells — but Should We? In hindsight, I was surely suffering from what I now

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What the Full Moon Means in Astrology 

For exclusive access to all our stories, including sequences, teacher tips, video classes, and more, join Outside+ today. The practice of observing the full Moon and discerning its meaning dates back to ancient times, before traditions were passed down in the written form. Lately, the rhythms and cycles of the Moon have seen a resurgence in interest—and sometimes even reverence—within mainstream culture. When it comes to understanding the relevance of the full Moon in our lives and why i

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Section divider Dandasana (Staff Pose) is a foundational seated posture that focuses on the hamstrings, calves, as well as opening the back and shoulders and keeping the spine upright. In this pose, you can find lift and expansion by strengthening your back, hip flexors, and quadriceps. Dandasana is also a welcome opportunity for mental reflection and breathwork. This asana requires focus and small, intentional alignments in order to bring the body into integrity in the posture. This same int

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If you’ve already given a few of our 7-minute workouts a try — and maybe those 7-minutes of you time working out have become a bona fide habit — remember that you can always extend it. If time becomes more available, you can tack a 7-minute arm workout onto that 7-minute leg workout, and you’ll still be coming in at 14 minutes. (If you’re feeling really ambitious, you can knock out all three of our targeted 7-minute workouts (get your core-work on!) at once—and spend a whopping 21

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