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Yoga Break 11: Let Us Lotus

Natasha Nesic

When someone says “yoga,” the first thing that comes to mind is Lotus pose. t’s the one that can take the longest to achieve, due to how flexible you must be in your hips, knees, and ankles to get into the pose—let alone sit comfortably for the desired length of meditation...

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Health & Beauty

Yoga Break 10: Release Your Inner Child

Natasha Nesic

Holy cup, Number 10! Since we’ve been focusing so far on strength and stability, now is a good time to add a recovery pose into your yoga arsenal. That’s why we have Balasana, or Child’s Pose. One of the most essential restorative poses, Child’s Pose is a deeply internal experience--even if you’re there for just one breath...

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Health & Beauty

NYC Spring Cleanse Tea & Yoga Workshop

Natasha Nesic

With each stretch and bend, Melissa encouraged us to go deeper within ourselves. Breathe, listen to the funny inhabitants of our bellies. And as organs are wont to do, they responded appreciatively. This was only the beginning of the Spring Cleanse Tea & Yoga Workshop at West End Health & Fitness, held on March 26th, 2017.

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Health & Beauty

Yoga Break 9: Out Like a Lion

Natasha Nesic

“March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb.” It’s at this time of the year that we must say, “Screw it,” and stick our tongues out at the melancholy of the world. So, forget lambs. We’re sending March out like lions! March is no match for your Matcha...

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Health & Beauty

Take Heart with Heart-Healthy Teas

Natasha Nesic

Be honest with yourself: how often do you think about your heart? Usually, it’s in the metaphorical sense—love, emotion, all those warm fuzzy feelings that make us curl up with a cup of tea. But let’s not forget that the heart is a living organ, as well! It’s a pumping, breathing machine that needs just as much nourishment and understanding as any other part of our body.

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Health & Beauty Savasana/Corpse Pose

Yoga Break 7: Hope Springs Eternal with Savasana

Natasha Nesic

Hey there, tea lovers! We’re locked in the dead of winter. It only makes sense that we get into Corpse Pose and, luckily, Savasana is the easiest pose you can ever attempt in yoga. It's just you and the floor, rejuvenating your circulation by sheer gravity working on your muscles, joints, and nervous system in contact with the ground beneath you. (Science is beautiful.)

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Enjoyment Cozy up with your favorite tea and listen to some soothing tunes

Sleepaway Sip-Track 2017

Natasha Nesic

This is a job for TeaJay Gyoku-Roshi, master DJ sommelier. Last January he brought back the sun, so now let him soothe your slumber, with beats for the best rest this side of the Mississippi. All these pairings are caffeine-free, and you may go through the whole track, or do it tea by tea, song by song on repeat, depending on your goals for maximum sleep effect.

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Enjoyment Festive Holiday Tea to Sooth Your Anxiety

Teas and Herbs for Holiday Anxiety

Natasha Nesic

The holidays are laden with booby traps and potentially hazardous encounters. However, before panic sets and you start scanning Craigslist for under-the-table therapy, the answer to your anxiety is right in the kitchen. Look beyond the steaming pots and pans to your spice cabinet, and make sure that you have these essentials on hand...

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Enjoyment Tea needs bundling up too!

The Taming of the Tea Cozy

Natasha Nesic

Much like getting a puppy, the decision to bring a tea cozy into your home is a serious matter that requires careful consideration. It's a commitment. You have to be prepared. Consult with all members of the household in order to ensure that everyone is ready and willing to share their home with an unfamiliar occupant.

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Enjoyment Jars, bottles, tins - whatever you like!

Holiday Challenge! 20 for $20

Natasha Nesic

You can’t get anything for a dollar these days—even if you went to the local 99-cent joint, there’s still tax and markup and next thing you know, you’re out three bucks when you only meant to spend one, and those extra two were supposed to buy you a cup of tea this week. Or breakfast. Or deodorant. The answer: bulk tea.

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Culture Fringe? Or "fringe?"

The Real Scandal in Bohemia

Natasha Nesic

This summer has seen the resurrection of "boho chic": overwrought gypsy skirts and peasant tops that should have been buried for good in 2005. Ten years later, boho brings back the paisley circus tents. But someone must told them to cut it out, so they put in more cutouts. Plus fringe, tassels, and finally meshing it all up before it was released to the hangers, where it has been picked up by fashion's desperate hangers-on.

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Culture The Ideal InTEArview

Fashion Infusion: The Business Tea

Natasha Nesic

You've done it! You've finally arranged that super important awesome business meeting of a lifetime. Now for the venue. Chances are that you'll be meeting between 11am and 4pm, which narrows down your options. A coffee shop won't cut it, especially not if you intend to impress. A stately tea, however, is just the right touch.

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Culture Forget Christian, meet Earl Grey.

Because You Always Wanted A Monocle

Natasha Nesic

Because You Always Wanted A Monocle: Earl Grey Style 101. A black blend of rusty-sweet, followed by floral afternotes, all under the influence of bergamot's heady scent. Not to mention the way those cornflowers bobble like drunken tutus as it steeps, a small respite from the loneliness of paper-writing or deep space.

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Enjoyment Achieving the Perfect Glass

Troubleshooting Iced Tea

Natasha Nesic

As more and more of us submit to the everyday time crunch, RTD--or "ready-to-drink"--iced tea becomes the go-to solution. Cheap and fast, it's a neat container of caffeine and L-theanine that you can tug around the office, or whichever tight space you're crammed into today.

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Enjoyment #CommuniTEA

What's Your Narra-tea-ve?

Natasha Nesic

Manhattan had no idea it was a Monday. Sunshine sprawled through the city like hipsters at another Occupy movement. I ducked out of the overzealous sun and into Midtown Comics. It was cozy and all too convenient, just an avenue away from Grand Central Terminal...

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