Urban Yoga in Charleston – where anyone can ‘flow and grow’

Imagine a “welcoming, non-judgmental community” where everyone can “relax, connect with others and practice all aspects of yoga immersed with love and kindness.” This is the mantra for Urban Yoga, the King Street studio founded by Megan Gray. The studio offers a variety of classes accessible to all levels of experience including vinyasa, hot pilates, […]

How to fix NFL’s Pro Bowl

  The National Football League’s Pro Bowl sounds like a football fan’s dream – the best players in the league playing against each other. What could be better? As it turns out, a lot. Those familiar with the annual all-star NFL event know very well the overall “meh” feeling that fans experience from the game. […]

Big Pharma equals big rip off

There are sick things happening in the pharmaceutical industry as prices are getting jacked up higher and higher with every passing year. Those in favor of the higher pharmaceutical costs argue prices should not be regulated in order to encourage companies to continue developing innovative medicine. AMNOG, a memorable name for a memorable change in […]

Sneaky toxins in your diet and why you should cut them

“Going paleo” has been a popular trend of late, but it’s important to remember introducing a paleo diet is not the same as “dieting.” Instead it is a lifestyle choice you make to treat your body with the kindness and care it deserves. The philosophy is based on the habits of the early homo sapiens, […]

A happy medium for carriage companies and Charleston locals

Charleston horse carriage companies are creating dangerous situations for not only the horses but also the residents of Charleston by offering year-round carriage tours. If the horse carriage companies would  only provide tours during the holiday season when weather is cooler and there are fewer people driving and walking around downtown, this could be a […]

Is technology actually making American society more anti-social?

Technology is supposed to make society more connected. We can constantly stay in touch with our smartphones in the palm of our hands through texting, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and many other outlets. But is talking face-to-face becoming ancient history thanks to this technology? Social media has become a primary form of communication. Yet, as we […]

Why Kendrick Lamar currently holds the throne in rap music

Hip-hop is one of the most competitive genres, with various rivalries and affiliations constantly battling to determine who is the at the top. Hip-hop magazines such as XXL and Complex release rankings and decisions every year such as XXL’s “50 of the Best Hip-Hop Songs of 2017” to determine which songs were the most memorable […]

7 reasons to set sail for your next vacation

Travelers are falling into a mundane trap when planning vacations to cliché destinations that are picked out of familiarity. It is tempting to let the popularity of stereotypical vacation destinations lure you into a mediocre break from reality while making you feel like you are getting a bang for your buck. Most are unaware that […]

5 reasons it’s OK to love technology

The role technology plays in our lives is so prominent we need our smartphones and computers to do just about about everything that needs doing. While some try to reject all the technology in their lives, this foolish view overlooks an important fact– technology is only going to become a bigger part of our world […]

5 essentials to help be your best self when you’re down

Our lives are like rollercoasters with so many ups and downs and loops and turns.   Sometimes we feel like we’re on top of the world and can take on anything with confidence, optimism and hope. But then there are times when downs of the rollercoaster seem to hit us the hardest and the deepest, […]

It’s time to love yourself

Ladies, it’s OK to love yourself. Really. Growing up, most of us were taught that feeling beautiful is considered self-centered, that looking at ourselves in the mirror and telling ourselves we look great is egocentric. In fact, we often put ourselves down regularly to avoid being thought of as self-centered with. But developing self-love is […]

6 reasons why women still aren’t lifting weights

Ladies, do you walk straight to the cardio equipment when you enter the gym? Society has created a stigma that women shouldn’t lift weights, so much so that the majority of women have internalized thoughts that weights are manly and weights are only for men. The reason society has adopted this mentality stems from deep-rooted […]

Bikes around Charleston? Yikes!

It’s time for the protection of cyclists in Charleston. Charleston has repeatedly made headlines over the past decade for being an unsafe place for cyclists. The absence of practical bike lanes around the city has added to the confrontational culture between bikes and cars. The City Council has denied several proposed plans by local bikers […]

Why everyone should (can) run

A lot of problems you face in life can be solved by running. Trust me. Many people say they can’t run or don’t run, but that only means they have never fully experienced what running has to offer. Those who discount running are only missing out. Although I am a runner now, I haven’t always […]

Czech out Prague before you study abroad

You are probably thinking about studying abroad, which will be one of the best decisions you will ever make (seriously). While there are many important factors that come into play, where you decide to do the “studying” is the most important part of the entire process. Look no further. Prague in the Czech Republic is […]

Standardized testing isn’t the future

The college application process has become a battle of the test scores, and in order to change it, the SAT and ACT should be abolished.   One number from a three-hour test ends up inaccurately reflecting 18 years of schooling. Heavily weighting a college acceptance based on a single test score puts bias on students […]

Five 2017 films that reflect our current climate  

Although the Oscars have come and gone – with all the big awards like Best Motion Picture and Best Original Screenplay getting great fanfare – there are five films that definitely deserve an award for accurately reflecting the society we live in today and the current state of the country. The Charlottesville car attack, “Me […]

Why yoga should be taught in schools

Yoga is an ancient mind-body practice that  originated in India more than 2,000 years ago with the ultimate goal of achieving  a unified state of consciousness and self-realization. But yoga is also  used to improve overall health and well-being and would be an excellent addition to elementary education. Children carry the stress of their home […]

Pets known to provide significant health, life benefits

The solution to many common health problems may not be found in a pill box or a doctor’s office. People typically resort to medication or therapy for all kinds of conditions, but these methods are often expensive or have negative side-effects. Animal companionship and interaction has become a favorable alternative to traditional medical treatment, and […]

‘Free college’ isn’t really ‘free’

Bernie Sanders’ concept of “free college” caught the eye of many Americans  – especially millennials. Sanders’ idea is to give people who are underprivileged the opportunity to go to college. This concept seems ideal, but it is unrealistic. 20 out of 22 economists argued that “free college” is a bad idea, NPR recently reported. “Free […]

Five misconceptions of veganism debunked

The standard American diet is heavy on  meat and dairy, both of which have been linked to diabetes, obesity, cancer and heart disease. Since our diets impact our health in the present and long-term, it is crucial to think about the benefits of a plant-based vegan diet. A plant-based vegan diet abstains from all animal […]

Why it’s a good idea to lead a healthy lifestyle

Whether it’s to lose a few pounds or to improve your overall health, adopting a healthy lifestyle is crucial for anyone who wants to live a long and happy life. Everyday we are faced with choices. We can get up and go to the gym, or we can sleep in until noon. We can eat […]

How Elon Musk is changing the world by doing the craziest things

SpaceX, the exploration company founded by tech mogul Elon Musk, launched the Falcon Heavy Feb. 6 to become the most powerful rocket launch since NASA’s Apollo Missions ended in 1973. The Falcon Heavy, which can generate more than five million pounds of thrust and can carry 141,000 pounds of cargo into low Earth orbit, was […]

Anyone can vinyasa

The subtle practice of vinyasa (moving meditation) is an accessible and powerful exercise for everyone willing to try. Vinyasa yoga links asanas (yoga postures) with pranayama (breath control) . Although some may believe that yoga is awkward or intimidating, vinyasa is actually graceful and accepting for all. Vinyasa yoga is a simple and effective practice […]

Why not eating meat is the best decision I’ve ever made

Six months into making the decision to stop eating any kind of meat from animals, and I’ve never felt better. Refraining from consuming meat improves physical health substantially and is allowing me to “cleanse” my mental health of all guilt, and save money at the same time. Many will say not eating meat deprives the […]

President Trump’s silence on sexual assault is impacting American culture in a very negative way

Hundreds of prominent women have come forward in the past year to speak out against sexual harassment and sexual abuse, sparking the #MeToo movement and encouraging women everywhere to stand against such behavior. Beginning with complaints last year by dozens of actresses against prominent Hollywood movie director Harry Weinstein and coming to a head with […]

5 ways music is the best thing ever

We all need something consistent in our lives to rely on, and music is just that. Whether it’s background noise, your favorite get-ready song, or a track to get through your multi-hour car ride back home, music is there every step of the way. And here are five ways music can get you through your […]

Inbound marketing is the future and here’s why

Inbound marketing is taking the promotions world by storm, sweeping away everything you thought you knew about advertising. With a focus on creating valuable and relevant content on such free outlets as blogs, search engines and social media, a company’s products or services are becoming more appealing to consumers. The more traditional “outbound marketing” tools […]

‘I feel unsafe as a CofC student’

The College of Charleston, voted America’s Most Beautiful Campus, is my dream school. Students lie out on the beach and walk to class through the nation’s No. 1 city. Once the sun sets, however, I clutch my pepper-spray and speed-walk to my off-campus, downtown apartment to avoid the catcalls in the cloak of darkness. The […]

7 reasons “Ladybird” should have swept the Oscars

“Ladybird” has taken off as “The Little Indie Movie That Could.” An astounding five nominations have been awarded to “Ladybird,” including Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. A film unlike any other, “Ladybird” has captured the hearts of audiences and film critics alike because of its coming-of-age plot. […]