5 Travel Videos to Get You Ready for Columbus Day Weekend
There are just two more work days until Columbus Day weekend and we hope you’ve got Monday off like we do! To prep for the long weekend, we’ve been brushing up on all our best travel tips, including ways to efficiently pack a carry-on and how to look refreshed after stepping off a plane. Keep reading for our jet-setting advice and bon voyage!
Yoga Poses for Travelers with Tara Stiles
I’m completely in favor of skipping exercise for the long weekend, but the truth is that I always feel better after a little yoga (even if it’s only a couple of minutes). These easy poses from our favorite yoga-lebrity, Tara Stiles, can be done anywhere.
How To: Look Great After a Long Flight
It’s hard to look presentable after traveling, but this makeup routine will have you looking your best no matter whether you’re commuting by plane, train, or automobile.
10 Travel Essentials from OscarPRGirl
Globe-trotting social media darling OscarPRGirl shares her top 10 travel essentials (as in the 10 things I’ll be adding to my packing list ASAP).
How to Pack Your Carry-On
Organizational guru Melanie Charlton shares her advice on packing superefficiently. Since I’m not a fan of checking a bag, nothing could be more useful than knowing how to properly pack a carry-on.
Birchbox: Top 4 In-Flight Beauty Tips
Here are our top four tips for surviving a long flight—from the best thing to wear, the products you need to stay hydrated and happy, and much more.
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After the relative calm of August, September marks the beginning of the always-bananas fall. It’s no wonder that this is also National Yoga Month—we can all use a reminder to take a few deep breaths. And, while the Birchbox eds are big yogis (at home and on the road), we know there are plenty of you who are yet to be sold. That’s why we’ve asked Pure Yoga to give us some tips on bringing yoga into our everyday.
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We’ve all had days when something happens that makes us want to EEEE! at the top of our lungs or when we feel like we’re moving through molasses. When that happens there are some simple yoga postures that can help. Pure Yoga’s Loren Bassett breaks it down.
When you’re stressed: Child’s Pose and Savasana are beautifully relaxing and grounding postures, calming the nervous system and promoting relaxation.
After the relative calm of August, September marks the beginning of the always-bananas fall. It’s no wonder that this is also National Yoga Month—we can all use a reminder to take a few deep breaths. And, while the Birchbox eds are big yogis (at home and on the road) we know there are plenty of you who are yet to be sold. That’s why we asked the experts Pure Yoga in New York for tips on finding your yoga groove. Managing teacher Terrence Monte already told us how to find our yoga match, now he’s dispelling five rampant myths.
Myth #1: You can’t do yoga if you’re not flexible
I don’t go to the dentist because my teeth are terrible. But that’s not a reason not to do it. Going to the dentist will markedly improve your teeth. Going to yoga will markedly improve your flexibility NOW and in the future. Stop waking up with soreness, tightness, and back pain. Come do yoga.
Myth #2: You have to be crunchy granola to love yoga
It’s true. Some yogis are vegans, wear burlap, and apply patchouli instead of deodorant. But, on the flip side, there are also plenty of yogis who were once in finance or engineering (present company included) or owned a business. These yogis are relatable and down to earth, and won’t force you to go vegan. They might ask you to “Om,” but they also won’t make you feel stupid for faking it. If you don’t want to chant, don’t; if you don’t want to meditate, don’t. But this is two minutes of a 60-minute class that might actually change the way you feel about your body and your life. Find a teacher who resonates with you.
After the relative calm of August, September marks the beginning of the always-bananas fall. It’s no wonder that this is also National Yoga Month—we could all use a reminder right about now to take a few deep breaths. And, while the Birchbox eds are big yogis (at home and on the road) we know there are plenty of you who are yet to be sold. That’s why we asked the experts Pure Yoga in New York for tips on finding your yoga groove. Here, managing teacher Terrence Monte diagnoses the right type of yoga for every need.
In general, beginners should try several different styles with several different teachers. Neophytes come into yoga with very specific, often misconceived, ideas of what yoga is. If you take classes with three different teachers, you’ll see a huge spectrum of what yoga can be. Once you have the moves down, find a teacher that quickens your blood. It is the teacher, not the style, that matters most in yoga practice. Align yourself with one who speaks to you (literally and metaphorically), and you will come back for more.
If you need rebalancing: Go for Slow Flow. New York City is fast-paced, in your face, and aggressive. This can put you off kilter and leaving you feeling abused. A Slow Flow class can put things in perspective. You will still have an athletic challenge—people actually say holding these poses is more challenging—and you will get in touch with a slow, steady, cyclic, meditative breath.
The secret to your favorite celebrity’s luminous look? Sometimes it’s a cult highlighter—and other times, it’s the asanas she’s practicing. We caught up with Mandy Ingber—the LA-based yoga instructor who works with Hollywood’s most beautiful actresses—to get her insider beauty and wellness tips. Read on to find out how to maintain that “post-yoga glow,” the healthy (and easy) grub to grab when you’re on-the-go, and the number one move to get arms like Jennifer Aniston.
How Jennifer Aniston Prepared For Her Role As A Stripper
Jennifer Aniston has always had enviable abs. But for her role as an exotic dancer in the upcoming film We’re The Millers, the star had to take her usual workout routine to the next level. Instead of just going cardio crazy, the blonde bombshell turned to a new type of exercise: Yogalosophy.
A hybrid between yoga and calisthenics, Aniston’s trainer Mandy Ingber says of the practice, “It’s yoga paired with toning exercises, so people who were bored with yoga might try it, or people that were really into yoga might get a little extra workout.” The celeb and Ingber workout together about three times a week, but Ingber emphasizes that Yogalosophy is not a substitute for cardio. “I think that’s important too,” she says.
We’re big exercise fanatics, but this is the first time that we’ve heard of this new workout. After watching the trailer for the movie, which is due out in August, no one can deny that whatever Aniston is doing, it’s working. Check out her supertoned strip tease for yourself in the clip above. (Warning: Strong desire to try Yogalosophy very likely.)
Want Jennifer Aniston’s hair color? Here’s the lowdown on how to score the hue yourself.
Earlier this week, my longstanding dream of shooting a Birchbox yoga video came true. We were lucky enough to snag Tara Stiles, founder of Strala Yoga and all-around yoga rock star, for a quick shoot. I’m a fan of Stiles’ come-one-come-all approach to yoga—not to mention the fact that she says her studio’s unofficial soundtrack is Thrift Shop (g-rated version, of course).
In addition to demo-ing some very useful travel yoga poses, Stiles also showed off her brand-new line of Reebok yoga wear. She worked with the brand’s designers to create pieces that are super comfortable, flattering, and fun. There’s an obvious attention to detail: the sports bras have thin-but-not-too-thin straps that are supportive but also feminine, and the tanks have slightly lower-cut armholes that lengthen the look of your torso. My personal fave: the “get downward” burnout tee (pictured above). One last thing: anyone who has blown a few paychecks on $90 workout pants will appreciate that everything, save for a duffel and hoodie, is under $50.
Find out Tara’s glowing skin must-have and playlist musts in our Birchbox Crush Q&A.