The One Exercise Everyone Should Do Before Lifting Weights

by LAUREN BEDOSKY Last Updated: Mar 15, 2017

Even if you’re consistent in the gym, chances are you spend a big chunk of your day hunched over a computer at work. The result of that sedentary lifestyle is shortened and flexed hips, rounded back, inwardly rotated shoulders and limited action from your glutes and core. All of this can increase your injury risk when you step into the weight room and lessen the effectiveness of your workout.

Enter the thoracic bridge with reach, an all-in-one mobility drill and stretch. This drill — which is a modified version of one developed by California-based strength coach Max Shank — opens up your hips, extends your spine, stretches and rotates your shoulders, expands your chest and activates your glutes and core


5 Healing Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

by Dr. Jockers

I will often ask people, if there was something you could do that every great sage and spiritual leader throughout history have done, it would not cost you any money and it has a significant impact on your overall health and vitality, would you do it?”

Water fasting has been practiced by all of our ancestors unconsciously due to a lack of available food and consciously by many of the most intelligent and spiritually advanced people around the world. This healing strategy costs us no money and has an incredibly rejuvenating impact on our immune system and cellular mechanics.

The only challenge is that we have to break free from the societal programming that tells us we need to have 3 meals a day and snacks in between. We have to liberate ourselves from the idea that we are going to starve if we skip a meal.


The Science Behind Why Meditation Makes You So Much Happier

by Suze Yalof Schwartz

April 2, 2017 12:53 AM

One of my favorite things to do is watch students’ faces go from stressed to serene, right there during their meditation. They rush into the studio straight from Los Angeles traffic hell, looking hassled and harried, and practically glide out of the meditation room 45 minutes later looking as if they just spent a week at a spa.

But it’s what happens to them over a few weeks—or for some, even a few days—that really gets me. People are just happier. They’re sunnier and lighter. They stand up straighter. They smile more. The increase in joy is tangible in how they look, how they sound, how they walk, and how they interact with people around them.

This hit of happiness is real. Even better, it lasts, because we’re reconfiguring our capacity for happiness by rewiring our brains. Little happiness boosters like vacations are nice, but they’ve got no staying power. Researchers in the Netherlands discovered that the effects of a “very relaxing” vacation wear off after just two weeks.