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L.A. Walks

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Nobody walks in L.A.? Ridiculous! This is a series of articles exploring the many opportunities for walking in (and around) a city of 3.8 million.

Getting Out for a SoCal Experience

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Taking the first ballet step in a midlife quest to dance in 'The Nutcracker'

My shoulders are lowered, blades squeezed, back expanded, ribs wrapped, pelvis tucked, glutes engaged, core activated, spine long and neutral. My feet — toes gripping, heels rooted — push back against the floor to lengthen the muscles of my thighs and calves. My neck is long, but not because my...

Health Advice From the Stars

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  • How I reduced my prednisone use through diet and exercise

    How I reduced my prednisone use through diet and exercise

    When the prednisone my doctor gave me almost miraculously vanquished the paralyzing joint pain I was suffering from, I was hooked. At first, I didn't care that I had to take a second drug (alendronate, brand name Fosamax), to slow or prevent osteoporosis, one of the dreaded side effects of prednisone....

  • Four thought leaders weigh in on the new dietary guidelines

    Four thought leaders weigh in on the new dietary guidelines

    What will the new dietary guidelines mean to you? We've asked four thought leaders for their take on the new recommendations: Gary Foster, the chief scientific officer for Weight Watchers: "I thought they were great," he said, adding that he also liked the "behavioral" recommendations. He said...

  • Sure, essential oils smell great. But are they good for anything else?

    Sure, essential oils smell great. But are they good for anything else?

    Essential oils are all the rage — but do they live up to their claims? You can't pass through the personal care aisle of a supermarket without seeing labels that tout the benefits of essential oils, including the relaxing effects of lavender and the skin-nourishing properties of pomegranate seed....

  • Veda MeLA gathers yoga enthusiasts

    Veda MeLA gathers yoga enthusiasts

    Los Angeles is a leading center for all things yoga and a natural location to unite leaders aiming to shape future trends. Which is why dozens of yoga enthusiasts filed into lecture rooms, exhibitor booths and yoga studio spaces in downtownLos Angeles recently for the first-ever Veda MeLA, the...

  • Michael O'Neill's 'On Yoga' captures the practice's bends and curves

    Michael O'Neill's 'On Yoga' captures the practice's bends and curves

    "There is no modern yoga; there is just yoga in modern times." That's a line from the new Taschen book "On Yoga: The Architecture of Peace" by photographer Michael O'Neill. The book's recent release coincides with an exhibition of 80-plus large-scale photographs at the Taschen Gallery, marking...

  • This workout is like a rave, mashing up fitness with art

    This workout is like a rave, mashing up fitness with art

    Shay Kostabi was a dancer and choreographer who found fitness. Her boyfriend, Jesse DeYoung, was a trainer who became a photographer. And an idea was born. Why not meld fitness and art? They founded the Local Skill, an "artistic fitness collective" that enables them to tap their creative roots...

  • Telehealth: Patient care via smartphone

    Telehealth: Patient care via smartphone

    If you can't find a doctor who makes house calls, telehealth might be an appealing option. Telehealth — using electronic information and telecommunications to support long-distance healthcare — was once primarily used by people in remote areas who might have to travel for hours to see a doctor....

  • Feeling sick? How about a house call from a doctor? A new app, Heal, makes it happen

    Feeling sick? How about a house call from a doctor? A new app, Heal, makes it happen

    When Dr. Renee Dua's son was 7 months old, she and her husband had to take him to a hospital emergency room for what ended up being a non-threatening condition. Still, it took eight hours of waiting around to be told that. "I wondered why two reasonably intelligent people would have to go through...

  • From a bicycle seat, she can really see Los Angeles

    From a bicycle seat, she can really see Los Angeles

    When biking started taking off in and around Los Angeles, I wanted to be part of it, but I was intimidated by the cars that are very much unwilling to share the road. Then I found the Ovarian Psycos Bicycle Brigade. The Los Angeles-based group with the eyebrow-raising name bills itself is a supportive...

  • For former professional drummer Robin Russell, no gig tops Griffith Park

    For former professional drummer Robin Russell, no gig tops Griffith Park

    For 14 years now, sometimes three times a week, Robin Russell has gotten up around 3 a.m. and driven his maroon van from Pasadena to the same spot in Griffith Park, not far from the zoo. In the dark, he rakes out a small clearing under an oak tree, unpacks a six-piece drum kit and sets up, everything...

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