Dark crystals: the brutal reality behind a booming wellness craze

The long read: Demand for healing crystals is soaring but many are mined in deadly conditions in one of the worlds poorest countries. And there is little evidence that this billion-dollar industry is cleaning up its act In February, crystals colonised Tucson. They spread out over carparks and gravel lots, motel courtyards and freeway footpaths, past strip malls and burger bars. Beneath tents and canopies, on block after block, rested every kind of stone imaginable: the opaque, soapy pastels of angeline; dark, mossy-toned epidote; tourmaline streaked with red and green. There were enormous, dining-table-sized pieces selling for tens of thousands of dollars, lumps of rose quartz for $100, crystal eggs for $1.50. Crystals were stacked upon crystals, filling plastic trays, …

Beyonc’s crash diet plan sells an impossible, damaging ideal | Laura Snapes

In promoting an expensive vegan diet plan, the singer has described confronting her weight as every womans nightmare. She is irresponsibly stoking an evil diet culture but is also a victim of it B2018 Coachella headline set was a feat of meticulous preparation. She conceived a show that would pay tribute to the culture of historically black colleges and universities. Having just given birth to twins, she worked for months on the exacting choreography and arrangements. And she went on a demanding vegan diet that also eschewed sugar, carbs, dairy and alcohol. Im hungry, she says in The video advertising Beyoncs diet plan. We see her dancing, doing battle ropes, sit-ups, intensive stretching and squatting in resistance bands. Borges tells …

In over your head: how to master Instagrams favourite pose the headstand

Celebrities from Duncan Bannatyne to Fearne Cotton have been posting pictures of their advanced yoga moves but these precarious positions need a bit of preparation Instagram has long been filled with fitness crazes, from HIIT workouts and even the Dragon Duncan causing a stroke.Instagram is full of peak-level poses, says Sarah Scharf. For a complete beginner, it might take anything up to six months to build your strength properly with other poses, she says. Then, when you feel ready, I would start with a handstand against a wall, or using props that take the weight off your neck. Always make sure youre practising with an experienced friend or instructor. When you are ready for a headstand, make sure your back …

Gym, eat, repeat: the shocking rise of muscle dysmorphia

The idealised male body has become bigger, bulkier and harder to achieve. So what drives a generation of young men to the all-consuming, often dangerous pursuit of perfection? It is difficult for Miles to pinpoint the moment his muscle dysmorphia started. It was just always there, a background hum. As far back as I can remember, I wanted a better-looking body, says the 35-year-old US soldier, now stationed in Mons, Belgium. When he was 13, Miles spent a summer cutting grass to save up for a secondhand Soloflex exercise machine. The machine cost $1,000 (800), but as Miles was too young to join a gym, it was worth the expense. With the help of the Soloflex, Miles started weight training …

Is this the end of wellness?

After a trend of magical thinking and quick fixes, science-based solutions may not be so dull, says Eva Wiseman Like a worm cut in half, its head regenerating into a new, even angrier worm, the wellness trend is one that refuses to die. But this week, its wiggle appeared to wane. A certain weariness had set in. Is this the end of wellness? The evidence: I was a huge fan of Gwyneth, one attendee of Goops recent wellness summit in London told website Page Six, Now I feel like I have lost my faith in God. GP [Paltrow], said another, is a fucking extortionist. These were people who had spent up to 4,500 on weekend tickets, getting off the tube …

Extreme life coaching is all the rage if youre bored and rich enough

Millennials are under constant pressure to be fulfilled and successful. But will camping with a life coach stop us feeling empty inside? Got lots of money but little purpose? Feeling sort of empty inside? Well, Ive got just the thing for you: a mindful adventure. (Did that phrase make you want to throw up a bit? Yes, me too. But please let us mindfully adventure together to the next sentence.) According to Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific