If you are one of the 27 million people in the United States who practice Yoga, it is almost certain that you have performed a Surya Namaskar or two! This rhythmic, breath-focused moving meditation serves as more than just a workout but is also an homage to the sun. It’s an excellent way for beginners to introduce themselves to an alternative style of meditation through the synchronicity of breath and body to help soothe and quiet the mind.

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We all get overwhelmed and can fall victim to procrastination. We return to it because it grants us a deceptive and temporary reprieve from the taunting voices of expectations, duties, and fears. But a simple, accessible practice called The Pomodoro Technique can help by forcing you to decide on which tasks you’ll focus, and then guiding you to work in short, manageable sessions. This powerful technique can help you get more done, but also enjoy life more fully and keep your gray matter at its happiest, healthiest, and functional best!

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In our always-on world, slowing down can feel more than luxurious — it can feel like you’re breaking the rules. But that’s seeing the world upside down. Slowing down and living your life a little less hectically will not only improve your mental and physical health, it will simply bring more joy and pleasure into every moment. Here’s how you can live the slow life.

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Studies have found that the negative impacts of being sedentary occur when you consistently spend as few as 8 hours doing activities involving low energy such as sitting, driving, reading, and watching TV — even if you exercise regularly. Which is why as many as 80% of adults may be sedentary! But learning to adopt something called NEAT and creating a movement-orientation in your life may be the key to avoiding the risks of a sedentary lifestyle.

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