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Vipassana Walking Meditation

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Vipassana is a meditation technique that focuses on the deep connection between mind and body, which can be experienced directly by disciplined attention to physical sensation. This style traces directly to the way the Buddha himself practiced, and although non-sectarian, it is common to all Buddhist traditions. What we commonly call Mindfulness Meditation is rooted in Vipassana. Most people think of meditation as sitting quietly, but traditional Buddhist teachings identify four meditation … [Read more...]

Everyday Aphrodisiacs

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Ingredients close at hand can create foods fit for seduction.  by Amy Reiley  You don’t need to set aside a day and an arsenal of expensive ingredients  to cook an aphrodisiac meal. Many of the foods that have been regarded as aphrodisiacs throughout history are probably already in your pantry. Ingredients like garlic, walnuts, carrots, cinnamon, and vanilla offer a fascinating folkloric history that includes strengthening our desire and staying power. Fortunately, modern nutritional research … [Read more...]

Sanctuary for Sleep

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Transforming the bedroom may be just what the sleep doctor ordered.  By Beth Prandini  It was just over a decade ago when Armella Stepan’s life changed. The former General Manager of Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica was scheduled for a routine laparoscopy and a brief inpatient stay. Instead, a life-threatening surgical mishap hospitalized her for two months. Upon her return home, things spiraled out of control. Unknowingly, Stepan had been treated with Avitan, an addictive anxiety … [Read more...]

The Secrets of Internal Skincare

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An Interview with Renowned Skin and Health Care Expert Dr. Howard Murad  By Zoë Kors Beauty is only skin deep. Or is it? Visionary dermatologist Dr. Howard Murad has gone way below the surface to establish that truly beautiful skin is connected to the health of the whole body. Through pioneering research and clinical studies into what he calls the “science of cellular water,” he has changed the way we look at skincare and aging. A board-certified dermatologist, trained pharmacist, and … [Read more...]

Exercises to Refresh During Your Workday

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You may know this one: It’s 3pm, and the energy that’s kept you humming all morning is long gone...and so is the lunch you ate (probably at your desk) a couple of hours ago. You feel a lag in brain power, and head to the vending machine or corner café for a pick-me-up. Does this sound familiar? Thankfully, there are healthier ways to power up and reset. By Daisy Swan We are a busy bunch of workaholics. We work hard, juggle a lot, and find ourselves handicapped by omnipresent technology. … [Read more...]

Clear the Mind: Discussing Relationships with Carrie Hurchinson, PhD

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Remove the false thoughts that block relationships.  by Carrie Hutchinson, PhD Inside each unique human brain exist complex building blocks of ideas, sometimes referred to as “mansions of thoughts.” Like any home, the mental mansion can fall victim to years of neglect, calling for a major cleaning. Schemata are the webs of interconnected ideas that you learn from experiencing the world and are sprawled across your mental mansion. These webs, while useful some of the time, can impede our … [Read more...]

Beet-Farro Salad by LYFE Kitchen

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By Chef Tal Ronnen and Chef Jeremy Bringardner 397 calories 425 mg sodium Ingredients: 2 cups mixed greens 1/2 cup farro, cooked and cooled 1/2 cup apples, sliced 1/8" 1/2 cup fennel, shaved as thin as possible on a mandolin 1 tbsp red onion, thinly sliced 1 tbsp walnuts, coarsely chopped 1/2 cup roasted beets 2 tbsp dried cranberries 1 tbsp basil, torn 1 1/2 oz maple-sherry vinegar   1) Toss all ingredients together in a mixing bowl to  evenly distribute ingredients. 2) Pile … [Read more...]

A Collaboration For Life: LYFE Kitchen

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Mike Donahoue wants you to Love Your Food Everyday By Marina Chetner Mike Donahue is a great conversationalist. When you speak with him, he’ll want to know about you, although through your own probing, you’ll quickly realize that he’s got more interesting stories to tell.  Stories that reflect upon influencers in his life including the late Paul Newman, to the power of preventative medicine that reversed the dire effects of his mother’s heart disease. Organically, the conversation will turn … [Read more...]

Fall Spa Treatments ~ Herbs & Spice & Everything Nice

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The end of the year heralds all things festive and indulgent. Fall in step with the season -- spruce up with treatments rich in aromatic herbs and spices to prep for the holiday celebrations ahead. By Felicia Tomasko, Zoe Kors, and Marina Chetner Expert Beauty Facial Le Spa at Sofitel Beverly Hills Arrive early and recline in the dimly lit, dark-wall-chic of the Serenity lounge to indulge on mint tea and sweet dates before your treatment. The Expert Beauty Facial starts with a … [Read more...]

Legacy and Estate Planning: When Acting and Reality Collide

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A well-designed estate plan is worth the time and effort – it protects your legacy and ensures abundance and peace in your family’s future. By Michael Thomas The world mourned the passing of James Gandolfini on June 19, 2013. Many were introduced to the 51-year-old actor through his Emmy-winning portrayal of mob boss Tony Soprano in the acclaimed HBO series, The Sopranos. We can only assume that there were numerous differences between the man and his fictional persona, but what we do know is … [Read more...]

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