Like the next person, you want to get your om on, but fashion intimidation (Lycra can be a very scary thing) and personal embarrassment (bending over wearing said Lycra) can go a long way toward preventing you from joining a group of sinewy yoginis on the quest for spiritual and physical gain.
Fear no wardrobe malfunction. Get downward in these one-size-fits-all elastic and drawstring-waist cotton yoga pants by Dear Lil Devas. Also available in other fabrics ($59.95, the Yoga Sanctuary, 2 College, third floor, 416-928-3236, and others, www.dearlildevas.com).
Before you read on, this is not an advertorial, and I'm not exaggerating. All eight of my friends who resolved to butt out last year successfully broke their smoking habit with help from this book: Allen Carr's Easy Way To Stop Smoking ($19.95, Indigo , Eaton Centre, 419-591-3622, and others).
Stress from the holidays got you blue? Consider the possibility that it's seasonal affective disorder. By soaking up 15 to 60 minutes of daily glow from this Litebook ($259.99, the Big Carrot, 348 Danforth, 416-466-2129), you can reduce irritability and carb cravings, improve libido, think clearer and sleep sounder.
Whether you clench or grind your teeth, snore or wake up with headaches, you may be able to reduce your cranky factor by switching to this Canadian-made Therapeutica Sleeping Pillow ($95, CIMS Drug Mart , 1901 Yonge, 416-483-3003, and others), which keeps your spine aligned and in good health. Ask your chiropractor.
When it comes to losing weight and detoxing, most of us could use a little help. Taking flax oil capsules, rich in omega fatty acids ($23.99, Noah's Natural Foods , 667 Yonge, 416-969-0220, and others), three times a day is an awesome way to rev your metabolism, absorb and flush toxins and keep hunger at bay.