BA­SIC TRAIN­ING TECHNOYOGA? BIG CHILL

Go lightly into win­ter.

Elle (Canada) - - Body - BY KATHER­INE FLEM­MING

Med­i­ta­tion and yoga are cer­ti­fi­ably calm­ing, but new re­search pub­lished in the sci­en­tific jour­nal Tech­nol­ogy sug­gests that they can sharpen your com­puter savvy too. Bio­med­i­cal en­gi­neers mea­sured par­tic­i­pants who con­trolled a com­puter with their brain (via non-in­va­sive caps) and found that yo­gis learned com­puter skills three times faster than those with lit­tle or no yoga or med­i­ta­tion ex­pe­ri­ence. This re­search could spell fu­ture op­por­tu­ni­ties for phys­i­cally dis­abled peo­ple who have lost limbs, are par­a­lyzed or suf­fer from cere­bral palsy or ALS. Bush Coun­try ($36, at chris­tine chanter.com), a fra­grance oil for your lower level. “It’s time to love up your lady gar­den,” says Toronto-based cre­ator Chris­tine Chanter. The scent is made of cin­na­mon bark, which “is warm­ing and in­creases blood flow,” and jo­joba oil, which acts as an anti-mi­cro­bial. Ve­tiver and san­dal­wood in­duce “sul­try mem­o­ries,” while black pep­per and lime “wake you up—there might be some­thing to get ex­cited about.”

When su­per­model Elle Macpher­son (a.k.a. “The Body”) turned 50, she didn’t cel­e­brate with a stan­dard gro­cery-store sheet cake (as if) but with a kale-coloured Ben­jamin But­ton-mak­ing pow­der called The Su­per Elixir ($145, at wel­leco.com). The humbly named nu­tri­ent-dense sup­ple­ment is de­signed to keep your body in an al­ka­line state (as op­posed to an acidic one) and was orig­i­nally cre­ated for The Body her­self by her doc­tor. Two spoon­fuls mixed into co­conut wa­ter or al­mond milk or sprin­kled over food should boost en­ergy lev­els and aid di­ges­tion. The UV-resistant glass caddy—de­signed by artist Jasper Dowd­ing—keeps the 45 dif­fer­ent in­gre­di­ents fresh.

Cur­tail the mis­ery that is the out­door win­ter work­out with Lolë Love 2 Gloves ($50, above) and Lolë Earflap 2 ($50, both lolewomen.com). The brand’s pol­ished, sweat-wick­ing fleece en­sures that you’ll feel cod­dled in warmth (po­lar vor­tex be damned) but never smoth­ered in rapidly cool­ing sweat. The Ul­tra­vi­o­let Pro­tec­tion Fac­tor 50+ fab­ric shields your ex­posed fore­head from harsh UV rays re­flect­ing off the snow’s sur­face. Off you go now. ■

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