For Mallika Chopra, childhood was about more than hopscotch and slumber parties. The author and speaker and her filmmaker brother, Gotham, had the unique advantage of being exposed to meditation from the age of 9 thanks to their father — prominent wellness proponent and physician Deepak Chopra.

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These are gifts for someone — naughty or nice — who makes fitness a priority. Or you can gift them to yourself and get a jump on those New Year’s resolutions that are just around the corner. For more gift ideas, go to latimes.com/holidaygiftguide.

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Setting health boundaries with family and friends as we head into the stressful, end-of-the-year holidays.

Do you dread the year-end holidays and all of the crazy spending, stress, exhaustion and time spent hosting and trying to please cranky relatives?

If that’s the case, it’s time to set some healthy boundaries.

“The holidays are supposed to be about giving and spending time with family and friends....

While that lunchtime yoga class or after-work spin session sound great in principle, they might not always be convenient; not all gyms have showers. But natural and convenient products on the market are coming to the rescue.

Although a lunchtime kundalini yoga class or after-work-but-before-drinks spin session sounds great in principle, it might not always be convenient; not all gyms have showers.

But several natural and convenient products on the market are directed specifically toward people who aim to weave a workout...

Gingerbread, candy cane, pumpkin spice, eggnog; the flavors of the holiday season are everywhere. But gone are the days when, if you were on a specific nutrition plan, you had to sacrifice the enjoyment of festive flavors. Today — from vegan tarts to Paleo-friendly brownies — if you want to indulge...