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Wellness
Published Wednesday Apr 18, 2018 by Brittany Raine

4 Super-Easy Indoor Plants (That Won't Die On You)

Personal Growth
Motivation

Bringing the outdoors inside is trending. From fresh farmers market bouquets to succulents galore, Pinterest-worthy plants are all the rage. But, it’s not just about beautifying your space– there are some unbe-leaf-able benefits for your well-being when you go green. Fresher air. Fewer toxins. Good vibes—it’s a win-win.

If you’re looking to create a mini-urban jungle but are afraid your busy schedule, non-existent green thumb, or notorious plant killing history has you doomed, don’t fret! We’ve got four low maintenance, indoor plants + care tips to spruce up your place. Earth Day will be every day in your home with this effortless greenery (no prior plant experience required). 

 

air plants

Air Plants 

There are more than 650 types of air plants (Tillandsia). Yep, you read that right. 650 varieties that can grow (and successfully live) without soil—perfect for all of us who are can’t keep plants alive (*raises hand*). With air plants coming in all shapes and sizes, it’s easy to find one in-store or online to fit your color scheme and personality! And with hundreds of fresh ways to decorate with air plants, it’s easier than ever to spruce up even the smallest space. Consider air plants your little fun (and funky!) friend. 
   
Care Tips: No perfect lighting needed. Air plants don’t ask for much, which works for even the busiest schedule. Besides gently misting your air plant with water every few days, it is essential your Tillandsia gets a “bath” every two weeks. That means submerging your air plant(s) in water and letting the plant sit there for about 1 to 3 hours, depending on how dry your air is. Too much dampness can kill an air plant, so after soaking shake off the access water and let the air plant dry in a bright spot for at least 4 hours.  

 

cacti
Cacti 

Prickly, resilient and perfect for the most inexperienced green thumb, cacti are an easy and efficient way to add plant life to your home. Not to be mistaken with succulents, cacti are your healthiest relationship! Not only will they tolerate you, but they will also stay alive by your side for years to come. Consider your cacti a make-your-home-better investment. 

Care Tips: No surprise here—cacti need direct sunlight and sandy-type soil that drains well. While watering routines depend on the type of cacti you choose, a little (occasional) water goes a long way. Think desert. Personal favorite cacti? Gymnocalycium. Not only does it have a deep green color with quintessential spines (yep, for this New York girl, cacti must have spikes), you get a bright flower bloom! 

 

succulents
Succulents  

A relative to the sturdy cacti, succulents are the perfect first plant. Easy to maintain in most home environments, succulents come in all fun shapes and are totally hip thanks to social media. They also make a great desk ornament at work. With funky pots (animal head planters, anyone?), succulents will step up your decorating game and thrive if you give them a little love—just not too much light because they can get sunburned.  

Care Tips: If planting at home, you’ll get a leg up on the competition by using succulent potting soil. On the hunt for a hanging basket succulent? String of Pearls is the way to go. This succer is a stunner and will grow fast. Another favorite? Zebra Haworthia. Great for any tabletop (or desk) and non-toxic to dog and cats, this little green wonder has such a cool texture. 

 

spider plants

Spider Plants  

There’s a good chance you remember this plant from your mom or grandma’s house. With an impossible-to-kill reputation, spider plants are back with a vengeance—as long as you don’t overwater them. A flowering perennial, spider plants will make any space feel like a jungle oasis. Oh, and they propagate like crazy and are perfect for that macrame hanging planter you’ve been eyeing at Urban Outfitters.

Care Tips: Spider plants thrive in indirect sunlight. They also love humidity. If your spider plant ends start to brown, that might mean they need more water (or a little fertilizer). Also, once a spider plant flowers, it will produce “babies” (called “spiderettes”). If you’ve got a friend eyeing your spider plant, clip off a spiderette and have them place it in water. Once roots grow, they will have a spider plant of their own! 
 

Brittany Raine MINDBODY
Written by
Brittany Raine
Consumer Content Program Manager
About the author
A free-spirited farmgirl from New York, Brittany traded her job as a journalist and newspaper editor for the San Diego sunshine. Brittany now leads the curation of all creative content. There are rumors she was Middle Earth's warrior elven queen in a past life.
Yoga sleep tips MINDBODY
Wellness
Published Wednesday Sep 18, 2019 by Amber Scriven

4 Yoga Poses for a Better Night’s Sleep

Yoga
Personal Growth
Expert Advice

We’ve all had sleepless nights. It’s the worst! Watching the wee hours of morning tick away. Wishing we could slip into a restful sleep before our alarm goes off . The frustrating feeling of knowing exactly how many minutes there are before you need to be up. Then, struggling through a heavy relentless morning filled with self-medicating coffee runs, and a tired, snappy version of yourself dragging through the day. 

There’s no one miracle cure for insomnia because there are so many reasons for not being able to sleep. Many people, however, find relief by curbing stress right before bed. One way to do that is with a few choice yoga stretches that mellow you out by encouraging your Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS) to ignite your bodies “rest and digest” cycles. This is the opposite of the “fight or flight” system that helps you race away from oncoming tigers, or other more urban “dangers.”  

Here are a few shapes that calm the nervous system and decrease adrenaline in the body to help you rest and ultimately sleep better. 
 

Legs-Up-the-Wall

This is a super simple way to relax right before bed, or even from the comfort of your bed. Pushing your legs up the wall helps move the lymph and blood out of your feet using gravity, this, in turn, means your heart doesn’t need to work as hard to pump it back up. Thus, things get a little quieter in your cardiovascular system helping to soothe your body into a sense of softness.

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Legs-Up-the-Wall

This is a super simple way to relax right before bed, or even from the comfort of your bed. Pushing your legs up the wall helps move the lymph and blood out of your feet using gravity, this, in turn, means your heart doesn’t need to work as hard to pump it back up. Thus, things get a little quieter in your cardiovascular system helping to soothe your body into a sense of softness.

Supported Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

This shape uses the same idea as Legs-Up-the-Wall. It calms by inverting your hips above your heart, but it also stretches your neck and chest open for tension relief. The muscles can open and let go of anything they are holding onto. It also opens your lungs and diaphragm, which allows you to breathe more deeply, and that oxygen is a calmant.

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Supported Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

This shape uses the same idea as Legs-Up-the-Wall. It calms by inverting your hips above your heart, but it also stretches your neck and chest open for tension relief. The muscles can open and let go of anything they are holding onto. It also opens your lungs and diaphragm, which allows you to breathe more deeply, and that oxygen is a calmant.

Child’s Pose (Balasana)

Folding forward in Child’s Pose works a little differently. It still opens the lungs (from the upper back), but it requires you to turn inwards. You could bring your hands by your sides for a more restorative version of the shape, and resting your head to one side or the other is often more comfortable. Alternatively, try resting your forehead on a block or the floor, and use that surface to massage the space between your eyebrows. This triggers an acupressure point between your eyebrows that stimulates the pineal gland to encourage a melatonin response. Melatonin is the hormone our bodies produce when it gets dark that tells us to go to sleep!

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Child’s Pose (Balasana)

Folding forward in Child’s Pose works a little differently. It still opens the lungs (from the upper back), but it requires you to turn inwards. You could bring your hands by your sides for a more restorative version of the shape, and resting your head to one side or the other is often more comfortable. Alternatively, try resting your forehead on a block or the floor, and use that surface to massage the space between your eyebrows. This triggers an acupressure point between your eyebrows that stimulates the pineal gland to encourage a melatonin response. Melatonin is the hormone our bodies produce when it gets dark that tells us to go to sleep!

Reclined Bound Angle (Supta Baddha Konasana)

Use a couple pillows for this one! Pop one under your knees, one under your head or upper back, along your spine, and under your hands.Then, get ready to  fall asleep there. Let everything get heavy and drippy and start to think about that weighted sensation in your feet, slowly bring your attention up your body making each body part heavier and heavier as you go. This is a version of Yoga Nidra Meditation and it is extremely relaxing—but you must go slowly. 


So, there you have it! A few ideas from yoga, science, and acupressure to help you get some much-deserved ZZZ’s. 
 

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Reclined Bound Angle (Supta Baddha Konasana)

Use a couple pillows for this one! Pop one under your knees, one under your head or upper back, along your spine, and under your hands.Then, get ready to  fall asleep there. Let everything get heavy and drippy and start to think about that weighted sensation in your feet, slowly bring your attention up your body making each body part heavier and heavier as you go. This is a version of Yoga Nidra Meditation and it is extremely relaxing—but you must go slowly. 


So, there you have it! A few ideas from yoga, science, and acupressure to help you get some much-deserved ZZZ’s. 
 

Amber Scriven Acupuncturist
Written by
Amber Scriven
Acupuncturist | Yoga Teacher
About the author
A busy acupuncturist, yoga teacher and trainer, Amber has actively worked in the wellness industry for over 10 years. For her, yoga is a form of health care that she uses alongside acupuncture in the form of retreats, injury rehabilitation, and pain relief. Amber is renowned for building emotional strength while cultivating physical health.