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Pulse Points: News that got our heart racing

We recap everything earth shattering that happened in health and wellness this week: March 9–15, 2013.

Deepak and OprahWe recap everything earth shattering that happened in health and wellness this week: March 9–15, 2013.


Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra kicked off a 21-day meditation challenge, which invites people to register and commit to meditating every day for 21 days, with guidance from the spiritual power duo.

Jessica Alba debuted her first book, The Honest Life, a guide to avoiding toxic products and living a chic, healthy life.

Upper West Side vegan hotspot Peacefood Cafe opened its second city location, in Union Square on 11th Street and University Place, on Monday. Something tells us there going to do well there, surrounded by yoga studios.

The new Peacefood Cafe. (Photo: Farran Powell/DNAinfo)
The new downtown Peacefood Cafe. (Photo: Farran Powell/DNAinfo)

At Expo West (a giant naturals trade show), Whole Foods announced it will require all products that contain GMOs to be labeled in order to be sold in its stores. The change will go into effect in 2018.


Big news in ethical beauty: the E.U. has banned cosmetics that include ingredients that have been tested on animals. The question now: Will the U.S. follow suit?

Healthier nail polish line Deborah Lippman debut a spring collection called “Romantic Rapture” that features pretty pastels, just in time for Easter.

Luxe natural brand Tata Harper launched three lip treatments—a plumper, a tinted treatment, and a sheer version—all of which are loaded with healing plant ingredients.

Canyon Ranch announced it will be opening a new SpaClub at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia this spring, with the first family services and an adults-only spa garden.


The Upper East Side’s The Studio by Remorca Fitness revamped its entire class schedule (a la Uplift), simplifying the workouts into three categories: Movement, Strength, and Endurance.

Patricia Moreno is bringing her mantra-fitness method, IntenSati, to Philadelphia for the first time, with a teacher training workshop on May 4 and 5.

305 Fitness founder Sadie Kurzban put out a call for instructor resumes in order to add more classes and expand her dance cardio business.


New York Sports Club is hosting free “Sham-Rock Your Body” cross-training workouts for members and non-members from 9:00–11:00 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day, at select locations.

On Thursday, March 21 from 6:00–8:00 p.m., Fitness Magazine‘s Fashion Editorial Director will be at Athleta’s Upper East Side store sharing race tips (both performance and fashion related) in advance of the MORE and Fitness Magazine Half-Marathon on April 14. Refreshments and giveaways included.

Reflections Yoga is hosting a “Beatles Sutra” workshop on Tuesday, March 19. Bring your “Love is all you need” mantra.