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Can gadgets actually make you more zen? We give 3 a try

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Maybe hacking your meditation practice with high-tech programs and devices also is the ultimate irony, but can they really be time savers? A brain-trainer? I tested three systems that promised to deliver more quickly the effects of meditation. As they say about traditional meditation, you don’t...

Meditation takes many forms. Quietly ponder these insights

Scientific and secular supporters of meditation are using the ancient practice as an aid for modern afflictions such as high blood pressure, insomnia, depression and anxiety. “Thirty million Americans have tried meditation. It’s in the mainstream and it’s good for your mental health,” said Varun...

Keep it simple, silly. Forget the fads and take a good walk

Fitness these days might be all about a newfangled studio fad — but sometimes there's nothing better than a good old-fashioned walk. Here are a couple of ideas for getting in your steps: Try the Detour app for some colorful insight into the neighborhood you're ambling through. Detour brought in...

The West Coast fitness gurus you need to follow on Instagram

Instagram can be so much more than selfies and scenery. Follow the right mix of trainers, yogis and nutritionists in California's #FitFam, and you'll find it easier to stay motivated and on track with your goals. These California Instagrammers can help you find workouts, inspiration and those fitness...

We put 3 of L.A.'s toughest workouts to the sweat test

Angelenos are notoriously fickle about their workouts; always chasing the next insane challenge to crush. But more burpees aren’t necessarily the answer. Here are our picks for three workouts – all under an hour – that will bring the challenge without feeling like a chore. THE LAGREE METHOD Sometimes...

Indoor cycling spins to a tech-heavy beat at Flywheel in Playa Vista

Indoor cycling has legions of devotees in Los Angeles, who flock to it for the intensity of the exercise and compelling group vibe. But sometimes it's not enough to just do a class; some spinners want to know exactly how they did, how fast they cycled, how hard they worked. And they want the bike...

Why this magazine is ditching the 'body shaming' language

“Are you bikini ready?”  That all-too familiar headline — as well as variations on it — could be headed for extinction. Women’s Health magazine announced that it’s banning this kind of “outdated” terminology from its cover. Media outlets should not be complicit in “body shaming” and promoting a...

This terminally ill man says California's aid-in-dying law means he can end his life 'fully, thankfully and joyfully'

When doctors told Robert Stone last year that he had terminal cancer, he didn’t feel scared of dying. Stone, a handsome man with glasses and a salt-and-pepper goatee, said he’d come to accept death as a natural part of life. What he did fear was having too little energy or too much pain to enjoy...

This L.A. walk takes you - and your dog - on a scenic oceanfront stroll in Long Beach

Geographically, walking in Long Beach is like strolling along the Marina Peninsula near Venice, but with more affordable housing, friendlier people and plenty of free parking. The city of Long Beach even provides public restrooms and drinking fountains. 1. Begin this walk south of downtown Long...

Josh Duhamel says 'I wish that women were more celebrated for being curvy and round'

Actor Josh Duhamel ditched his leading-man look for a scraggly beard and vintage uniform to play a down-on-his-luck baseball player in “Spaceman,” opening in theaters and on VOD Aug. 19.  Based on a true story, the film begins in 1982 on the day that Bill “Spaceman” Lee was released by the Montreal...

How newbies, veterans and DIYers can improve their yoga and meditation practices

Happenings in and around L.A. wellness circles: Yin yoga is one of the least intimidating methods of the practice. It’s basically long, slow stretches to bring on a state of relaxation. An introductory workshop Saturday at Culver City-based Goda Yoga will show how Yin and Gong Yoga (the sounds...

There's just one name for yoga done to the sounds of Drake: Introducing Namasdrake

Has any hip-hop artist ever been better suited to score a yoga class than Drake, that most sensitive of rappers, that King of Feels? The creators of Namasdrake don’t think so. The brainchild of DJ and event promotor T.J. Petracca (co-founder of Ride or Cry Collective/Emo Night) and DJ and yoga...

How L.A.: Free beachfront yoga in Marina del Rey taught by 'the Yoga Bunny'

On any given Saturday morning, they gather on the beach off Hurricane Street in Marina del Rey to practice the ancient discipline of yoga. The class begins and ends with meditation to the sounds of crashing surf, the occasional flyover by a Los Angeles County sheriff’s helicopter and beachgoers...

Bored with your workouts? Try tree rope climbing

I can’t breathe. I’m exhausted. My heart is beating through my chest. I can’t believe this is happening. I’m sorta freaked out. I’m dangling in mid-air, 50 feet above the ground, swaying in the breeze, hanging from a half-inch-wide rope like a slab of beef in a butcher shop. I'm tree rope climbing....

5 new healthful snack options to keep the doughnut cravings at bay

Low-calorie, junk-free treats that can be tossed into a gym bag or desk drawer are a critical part of any health buff's arsenal. Here, a few new ones that have caught our eye: -- Los Angeles-based Nomva puts probiotics into its 100-calorie fruit-and-veggie pouches. Co-founders Caroline Beckman...

Now you can go on a digital diet in a most unlikely place: Las Vegas

The term "journey into stillness" is generally not associated with Las Vegas. But a new program initiated by a top hotel spa in the city is out to change that. Launching this weekend, the Mandarin Oriental's new Digital Detox retreat aims to part people from their devices for 48 hours, challenging...

How to bounce back from a fitness failure

If you're going to run, cycle, climb or otherwise strive for fitness, at some point you'll probably fall down, slow down or just feel down. That's why we cling to our beloved motivational quotes, like this old favorite from Confucius: "Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every...

This hike takes you to an (allegedly) haunted mansion: The Cobb Estate in Altadena

Lumber magnate Charles Cobb and his wife, Carrie, built an Altadena mansion in 1918. Over the next decades, the Spanish-themed estate survived brush fires, a public plan to turn the land into a cemetery, and ownership by the Marx Brothers before it was ultimately turned into public parkland. Now...

Frustrated transportation groups urge the Legislature to come back in a lame-duck session

Essential Politics: California ban on orca breeding becomes law, Hillary Clinton tweets support for farmworker overtime Sept. 14, 2016, 10:39 a.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. Here's what we're watching:Gov. Brown weighed in on several more...

Kristen Wiig joins Norah Jones and many more at Petty Fest for singer-songwriters

The Fonda’s annual Petty Fest has become a freewheeling, high-wattage jam for Los Angeles’ singer-songwriters. This year’s version marked the 40th anniversary of the founding of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, and the star power was commensurate with the occasion. Kristen Wiig, fresh off her summer...

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