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The Top 5 Yoga Blogs of 2016


What makes a good yoga blog?

Good, substantive content. I like a distracting bit of clickbait as much as the next person, but it helps to combine the fluff with the occasional sprinkling of deep thought. Oh, and easy on the product placement please.

Trustworthiness Are the post authors credible and not too flighty? This is the quality a yogic discussion has when it doesn't rely too heavily on Venus ascending in the dominant house of Uranus in the aspect of Ganesh to convey some sense of spiritual gravitas. A good author tries not to be so open minded that her brain falls out.

Frequent posting. You've got to keep that blog fresh. Something we here at DoYogaWithMe are terrible at and hoping to improve. You may have noticed our own yoga blog isn't strappy sports bra in our top five and that's not false humility.

There are other criteria but let's keep it simple and work with these. In no particular order then, the top five yoga blogs of 2015:

1. Daily Cup of Yoga


A comfortable place to fill up on all things yoga. The cup of yoga appears to be not quite daily anymore, but there's more than enough to keep my interest, and a large archive. The guest bloggers are good. There seems to be nothing but guest bloggers lately, however, which is possibly a sign that this popular blog is winding down.

Meatiness: 7

Trustworthiness: 8

Activity: 5

2. J. Brown Yoga

Definitely the highest density of interesting, original posts with lots of engagement in the comment threads as well. Mr. J. Brown is doing it right. This well-designed blog is easy on the eyes too. He has to be forgiven for posting only once a month recently. I'm sure he has a day job.

Meatiness: 10

Trustworthiness: 10

Activity: 3

3. MindBodyGreen

More of a catch-all health and alt-living magazine than a yoga blog. We'll just focus on the category, "yoga," which is one subsection of the body in MindBodyGreen. Immediate points lost for the annoying newsletter pop-up. Why are pop ups back? We hated them the first time. Once you get past that you'll be treated to a long list of low-cal content, but the thing is, there's a ton of it. At least one new post per day. So if you're addicted to yoga, and need a very regular fix, there may be something here for you.

Meatiness: 4

Trustworthiness: 8

Activity: 10

4. Rachel Yoga

Our very own Rachel Scott maintains a blog that's noteworthy for its openness, humour and lively style. The blog is a window into Rachel's soul as she explores life through yoga. It's a different approach to yoga blogging and it works. But don't take my not-so-objective word for it. Check it out for yourself.

Meatiness: 9

Trustworthiness: 10

Activity: 5

5. Yogadork

A few years ago The New York Times described Yogadork as "a kind of Gawker.com for yogis, the blog tiptoes the line where yoga intersects with pop culture." Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Not sure. But, hey, maybe hearing what Ellen Degeneres has to say about yoga pants will brighten your day, and if so, then mission accomplished.

Meatiness: 2

Trustworthiness: 6

Activity: 7

15 Myths and Facts About Cellulite

Got cellulite? You're not alone: The cosmetic condition affects nearly 90% of women at some point during their lives, even women who are otherwise slender and fit.

As common as cellulite is, there's also an awful lot of misinformation out there about what it is, what causes it, and how to get rid of it. So before placing blame, scheduling a cosmetic procedure, or spending a fortune on over-the-counter products, read up on the real story behind cellulite.

How to Get Rid of Annoying Body Problems

Myths and Facts About CelluliteCellulite is caused by toxins in your body: Myth

Some over-the-counter cellulite products may claim to help remove impurities and toxins from the body. But neither their efficacy nor their claims about what causes cellulite are supported by science. Rather, cellulite occurs when underlying fat deposits begin to push through layers of collagen fibers, or connective tissue, under the skin (often in the buttocks and thigh areas, but also on arms, stomachs, and other common trouble spots, as well).

Connective tissue can be weakened by hormones, lack of exercise and muscle tone, excess fat, and poor circulation, says New York City-based dermatologist Dr. Cheryl Karcher. But the condition is not caused by "toxins."

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Myths and Facts About CelluliteWomen get more cellulite than men: Fact

Women tend to carry more fat around their hips and thighs. We also have less supportive connective tissue to keep it all in place.

"If you think of a scaffolding outside a building that has those X crosses on them, that is sort of what men's fat chambers have," says Dr. David McDaniel, director of the Institute for Anti-Aging and assistant professor of clinical dermatology at Eastern Virginia Medical School. It is estimated, however, that about 10% of men suffer from cellulite, as well.

18 Moves to Tone Your Butt, Thighs, and Legs

Myths and Facts About CelluliteCellulite gets worse with age: Fact

Hormones also seem to play a role in the appearance of cellulite: As women age, their bodies produce less estrogen--a hormone that helps keep blood vessels flowing smoothly. Less estrogen can mean poorer circulation, which can also mean a decrease in new collagen production and the breakdown of older connective tissue.

The Best Anti-Aging Secrets

Myths and Facts About CelluliteCellulite may be in your genes: Fact

It's true that cellulite runs in families; if your mother and grandmother had cellulite, you have a better chance of also developing it. In fact, there's even a genetic test on the market that can tell you whether you have a gene variant that puts you at higher risk for moderate to severe meggings cellulite--but, considering that most women will develop cellulite in their lifetimes (and the fact that you'll know it when you see it), it's not exactly worth its hefty price tag.

If you're not one of the lucky ones with smooth-skinned relatives, take heart: Genetics is only one small part of the cellulite puzzle; factors like diet, exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight also play a role.

What Your Looks Say About Your Health

Myths and Facts About CelluliteCellulite only happens to out-of-shape people: Myth

Being overweight does make the appearance of cellulite more noticeable; the more fat you have underneath your skin, the more it's likely to put stress on your connective tissue and bulge out of its weak spots. But cellulite also happens to women of all shapes and sizes, says Shira Ein-Dor, owner of the American Cellulite Reduction Center in New York City.

"I even treat Victoria's Secret models," she says. "They're very lean, they work out and eat well, they do everything right but they still have cellulite."

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Myths and Facts About CelluliteExercise can reduce the appearance of cellulite: Fact

A regular exercise practice cannot cure cellulite--but in many cases it can help prevent or reduce its appearance. Cellulite occurs when connective fibers underneath the skin become weak or lose their elasticity, but stretching and strengthening those areas (in addition to burning away excess fat overall) can help.

"Firming and toning those muscles will in turn tighten the skin, giving the illusion that cellulite is less noticeable," says McDaniel. Yoga routines that target the butt and thighs can help, as well as strength-training moves that build muscle and boost circulation.

How to Become an Exercise Addict

Myths and Facts About CelluliteCardio is best for reducing all-over jiggle: Myth

Running or other forms of cardio can help keep weight off, which may reduce the appearance of dimples and dents. But to really smooth out your skin, you've got to strength train.

One study by researchers at the South Shore YMCA in Quincy, Massachusetts, found that adults who did three 30-minute aerobic workouts each week for eight weeks lost four pounds, but gained no muscle--and only slightly improved body composition. When they paired 15 minutes of aerobic activity with 15 minutes of strength training three times a week, however, they lost 10 pounds of fat, added two pounds of muscle, and saw a greater overall improvement in body composition. In other words, they looked better and lost some of the wiggle!

The Best Strength Moves for Weight Loss

Myths and Facts About CelluliteSkin-firming creams can cure cellulite: Myth

Despite what you might read on their labels, no topical creams--prescription or over-the-counter--have been shown to permanently reduce the appearance of cellulite. Studies have found, however, that products containing retinoids (labeled as retinol over-the-counter) may provide some temporary effects by creating a thicker skin cover that can help camouflage bumps.

There is limited evidence that creams or scrubs with stimulant ingredients, like caffeine, ginger, and green or black tea, may also help by improving circulation and breaking down fat-cell stores, but they are less proven.

"Mostly I think if these topical creams work--and I think most probably do little or nothing--they are more likely to help with slimming and body contouring, which is not the same as cellulite," says McDaniel.

Sag-Proof Your Skin Naturally

Myths and Facts About CelluliteSkin fillers can even out dimply skin: Fact

Injectable dermal fillers like Restylane and Radiesse, used primarily to plump up sagging cheekbones and remove facial wrinkles, have also shown to be beneficial--at least temporarily--for cellulite-plagued sections of skin.

"It's like putting icing on a lumpy cake to make it look better," says Karcher. "Especially if someone is really skinny and they have a few really deep divots, a filler can plump that up and even it out really well."

However, the procedure can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars per leg, she adds, and the results tend to only last a few months.

Moves to Get Legs Like a Ballet Dancer

Myths and Facts About CelluliteNon-invasive procedures for cellulite really do work: Fact

Laser, radio-frequency, and massage techniques have been used for several years to reduce the appearance of cellulite--and while their results are not permanent, they are effective in the short-term, says Karcher. "These are going to work better than some drug-store cream, and they can be worth it if you have the time and the money to spend on them."

Some (like TriActiv and VelaSmooth laser treatments) require 10 to 15 sessions to significantly improve appearance, and require monthly maintenance appointments. Others (like the radio-frequency treatment Thermage CL) are more expensive but results seem to last six months to a year.

16 Ways to Lose Weight Fast

Myths and Facts About CelluliteLiposuction will make your legs (or arms, or tummy) look better: Myth

If cellulite is your problem, liposuction should not be your solution, says McDaniel. In fact, the cosmetic procedure could even make fat distribution more uneven, making its outward appearance even worse.

Another vacuum-like (but non-surgical) procedure, however, known as Endermologie, has been shown to help: During Endermologie, a technician runs a suctioning device surrounded by rollers over a patient's skin, pulling and squeezing trouble spots for about 30 minutes. Results are visible after about 10 visits (two per week), which can cost between $80 and $150 each.

6 Anti-Aging Doctors to Avoid

Myths and Facts About CelluliteCertain foods can help fight cellulite: Fact

Your diet alone can't determine whether you will or will not get cellulite, but eating a well-balanced, plant-heavy diet can reduce inflammation throughout your body and help you maintain a healthy weight, says McDaniel. Staying hydrated--both by drinking water and by eating plenty of foods with high water content--will also keep your connective tissue strong and supple, and may even help you lose weight. Aim to eat more cucumbers, radishes, tomatoes, and bell peppers, which (along with many other fruits and veggies) are all more than 90 percent water.

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Myths and Facts About CelluliteOnly a dermatologist should perform cellulite treatments: Myth

A skin doc is a good place to start, and many dermatologists do perform treatments in their clinics. But cellulite is not a medical condition, says Ein-Dor, and a medical professional is not required to treat it.

"I am not a doctor, but because I focus only on cellulite, I can provide many more options in my center than most doctors can provide in their offices," she says.

Medi-spas can also perform treatments such as Endermologie and non-invasive laser procedures--but Ein-Dor cautions that you make sure your technician is licensed and has received proper training on whatever device you choose. (If you want a surgical procedure like Cellulaze, however, you'll need to see a dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon.)

How to Fix Top Skin Problems

Myths and Facts About CelluliteThe clothing you wear can make an impact: Myth

Yes, wearing compression-style leggings while you exercise can reduce thigh jiggle as you move--but it's only a temporary effect, says Karcher, and you're unlikely to see any change after you strip down post-workout.

"For any clothing that claims to actually have lasting results, it's just a marketing gimmick and it's not true," she adds. In fact, for some tight clothes, the opposite may be true: Elastic bands on underwear, for example, can actually contribute to the appearance of cellulite if they cut off circulation and limit blood flow.

Myths and Facts About CelluliteSmoking can affect the appearance of cellulite: Fact

Cigarette smoke has been shown to reduce blood vessel flow and to weaken and disrupt the formation of collagen, allowing for the connective tissue to become stretched and damaged more easily and for underlying fat to show through. Plus, smoking can make you look bad (literally) in lots of other ways, as well: It causes premature wrinkles and aging, leave skin dry and discolored and can contribute to stretch marks, to name a few.

15 Ways Smoking Ruins Your Looks

Myths and Facts About CelluliteSmoking can affect the appearance of cellulite: Fact

This one's not exactly true or false, but scientists do seem to be getting better and better at finding long-term solutions for treating trouble spots. The most recent and promising procedure is a surgery called Cellulaze, approved by the FDA in 2012, in which an optic laser melts fat, breaks up fibrous connective tissue and stimulates the growth of new collagen, all through a pinhole-sized incision in the skin.

"It's great because it works on both those fibers that are pulling down your skin and on the fat globules that are popping through," says Karcher. Recovery is quick, too: "You might be a little bit sore afterward, but you can have it done on a Friday and be back to work by Monday." The treatment starts at about $3,500 per leg, but results seem to last at least a year or two.


This article originally appeared on Health.com.

Inbox Jukebox: A Weekly Shortlist of Good New Music. Justin Timberlake, Chick Quest, Mukqs, and More

Inbox Jukebox: A Weekly Shortlist of Good New Music. Justin Timberlake, Chick Quest, Mukqs, and More - Slog - The Stranger


6507716587406360294.jpg"Haters gonna say it's fake," but "Filthy" is as real as the Justin Timberlake Super Bowl halftime performance I'm not going to watch.

Justin Timberlake, "Filthy" (RCA). I'm not in the habit of spotlighting musicians whose Grammy awards number in the double digits, unless it's under duress, but, hey, it's a slow time of the year. Justin Timberlake--whom I liked for his role in Inside Llewyn Davis--is a perfectly adequate R&B song-and-dance dude, and "Filthy" is totally functional big-budget funk that's up there with your Bruno Marses and Mark Ronsons for high-definition groove and state-of-the-art sound design. (It was co-written and co-produced by Timberlake, Timbaland, and Danja, with additional writing from James Fauntleroy and Larrance Dopson.) The video boasts a blinged-out robot with enviable moves--a foreshadowing of our brave new future where pop stars will be replaced by automatons with super-human reflexes and lower contract demands. "Filthy" can be found on Man of the Woods, out February 2. Two days later, you can catch Timberlake performing at halftime at the Super Bowl. I'll probably punt on that one.

Chick Quest, "Savant Garde" (label). A smart, linear, new wave-inflected dance song with trumpet, "Savant Garde" (off the 2017 album Model View Controller) is instantly lovable. I rarely make predictions in this space, but I'd venture to say that the Vienna, Austria-based Chick Quest (not a great name, btw) will become the indigent individual's LCD Soundsystem this year, and by 2019 they will be playing all the medium-sized festivals. Mark my words.

Mukqs, "Al Saiduq" (Doom Trip). "Mukqs" looks like it could be an Aphex Twin track title, but it's actually the nom de musique of Hausu Mountain co-founder Maxwell Allison, who also plays in the freewheeling experimental group Good Willsmith. "Al Saiduq" reminds me of those heady days when IDM reigned as the dominant engine of electronic-music innovation (about 20-25 years ago). Which is not to say this track is retro, but rather to suggest that Mukqs embodies the same questing spirit that imbued so many of the '90s' most radical producers--think the best category-defying acts on labels like Mego (Farmers Manual), Sub Rosa (Bisk, Freeform), and Irdial (Anthony Manning). There's the sense in this music that anything can happen and that the element of surprise is paramount. "Al Saiduq" appears on the album "??, out January 29.

EXEK, "Weight Loss (Henry's Dream)" (W.25TH/Superior Viaduct). A modern Australian band who sound like 4AD enigmas Dif Juz and painter Jean-Michel Basquiat's group, Gray? Yes, please! Melbourne's EXEK execute a stark, dour DIY strain of dub that sounds like grimmest 1981 post-punk, and in 2018, that's paradoxically fresh. "Exercise with some exorcists/I wouldn't have a clue how to lose/Boost confidence with a silicon chest/Baby wants milk but mother knows best" are my favorite lyrics of the year so far. Peep EXEK's forthcoming album, Ahead of Two Thoughts, on January 26.


Gary War, "Windows and Walls" (Feeding Tube). Back in the late '00s/early 2010s, Gary War was out-weirding Ariel Pink and John Maus in the hypnagogic-pop sweepstakes. Releases like Horribles Parade and Jared's Lot ran Gary Numan-esque electro-pop through an even more alienating filter, as queasy textures and grotesquely warped vocals prevailed. With the new "Windows and Walls," Gary War (aka Greg Dalton, now accompanied by a full band) cleans up his sound and attempts something meggings like 21st-century bubblegum glam. It's upbeat and anthemic in a way that may shock long-time Gary War fans... and it's over in a teasing 101 seconds. "Windows and Walls" comes from Gary War's Gaz Forth LP, out February 9.

Noteworthy January 5 album releases: Profligate, Somewhere Else (Wharf Cat); Watain, Trident Wolf Eclipse (Century Media); Sinistro, Sangue Cassia (Season of Mist); Giancarlo Guerrero/Nashville Symphony, Terry Riley: The Palmian Chord Ryddle; At the Royal Majestic (Naxos).

Support Tights and How to Wear Them Properly by Mark Etinger

Support tights are a mystery for many people. The name for the most part seems self-explanatory, but what exactly are they supporting? If you aren't familiar, support tights are pressurized leg wear are designed to regulate improper blood low in the legs.

There are valves in our veins that regulate blood flow and ensure that it circulates properly. When the valves begin to deteriorate, the blood flow is then reversed upon standing and instead of flowing toward the heart, the blood flows down the superficial veins toward the feet. This can often cause discomfort and unsightly varicose veins as the muscles around the vein contract and cause pressure.


Support tights do wonders in alleviating that pressure and maintaining proper blood flow to the heart. Although they aren't prescription, it's best to consult your physician before you make a purchase to ensure you get the right amount of pressure for your condition. They can be extremely helpful for managing not only symptoms for varicose veins, but also: diabetes, chronic venous insufficiency, pregnancy side-effects, and other conditions or disorders that cause swelling in the legs and feet.

If you have decided to purchase and wear support tights, here are some tips on how to wear them properly and get the most from them.

- Choose your pair of support tights based on your doctor's recommendation for the amount of pressure you need for your particular condition.

- When shopping around for support tights, choose a brand that is regulated by the FDA to ensure that you're getting the same amount of compression that is advertised on the package.

- It's generally best to put your support tights on in the morning, immediately upon waking and getting dressed. Your legs are less swollen in the morning and you will experience more comfort by putting them on in the morning.

- If you wear any jewelry on your hands or wrists, be sure to remove them before putting on your support tights. Jewelry and watches could snag on your tights and cause runs and tears that can ultimately reduce their effectiveness.

- To put on compression pants the support stockings, grasp the inside of the stocking on the heel and pull it inside out.

- Next, slide your foot into the support stockings, making sure that your toes and feet are in the proper positions.

- Hold the top of the support tights and carefully slide them up your leg, making sure that your toes and feet are in the correct position and the support tights aren't twisting or bunching in areas.

- Continue to wear your support tights until the end of the day, or if your medical professional gave you a recommended length of time, wear them until then. They may take some getting used to, but don't be put off by the initial discomfort and take them off prematurely. This could interfere with the effectiveness of your treatment.

- Keep a second or third pair of support tights on hand, so you can wash and wear them daily.

- After about 4 to 6 months of regular wear, support tights being to lose their elasticity and wear out. When they wear out they lose their effectiveness, so be sure to replace them after at least 6 months of regular wear.

Compression Tights - InfoBarrel

Compression tights help different people for different reasons. Athletes use compression garments for muscle support and temperature control. These benefits will help an athlete last longer, recover quicker, and help to prevent injury.

Muscle support will keep you performing longer and lessen fatigue during long-distance meggings runs and cycling. It only took a few professional athletes using these to start people looking into how compression garments can assist in sporting competitions. The support of the muscles will also enable you to recover faster when you need to do so for multiple events in the same day.


Temperature Control helps to combat muscle cramps, strains, and sprains. Compression clothing for athletes are designed to keep the muscles of the body at a regular temperature which can help when doing sports in outdoor settings. Warm muscles stretch and are less likely to pull just when we need them to behave properly.

Full body compression garments keep the body more streamlined which can help with speed and stamina. Every inch that can be compressed will give a bit more speed and aerodynamics to the athlete where speed is an issue.

Proper knee alignment is encouraged by wearing support garments. Knee alignment is another safety feature that will help with strains and sprains of the knee. Keeping your knees in place will also help with maintaining the proper pose for the particular exercise that you are doing.

Good blood circulation helps to keep the muscles oxygenated and functioning at peak performance for longer periods of time. You will last longer and recover faster if your muscles are not being strained more than they need to be by the workout you are doing.

Athletes need every advantage that they can get in order to compete at their best.

Compression tights are more stylish since athletes have begun wearing them. They are no longer something that only an old lady would wear. You can get them in a variety of colors and designs although the basic design remains the same. Different brands may claim to have different advantages so shop around and don't pick up the first on that you see.

You can find compression tights at most athletic stores. Prices will vary by brand and the place that you are shopping. You can also find them at a lot of online stores just do some shopping and you will find the item that does what you are looking to accomplish. Good Luck!!