3 Ways to Embrace Summer

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | July 20th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Inspirational Media, Yoga

Summer. It’s a season of fun, vacations, and time spent outdoors in a more relaxed environment, enjoying the warm days and cooler nights. Unfortunately, with all of the fun and relaxation, your yoga practice may be the one thing that is in flux during the summer.

Teacher-Turned-Kids-Yogipreneur Shares Art of Storytelling

Erika Prafder by Erika Prafder | July 20th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Yoga

Four years ago, stay-at-home mom, Giselle Shardlow turned her preschooler’s naptime in to a budding self publishing business. The well-traveled schoolteacher-turned-yogipreneur pens yoga stories for kids, which she sells online.

With thousands already sold, her home-based operation is doubling in sales annually. Now at work on two titles for fall, the 40-something-year-old balances her mothering and business ownership duties by maintaining a weekly yoga practice and by meditating daily. We caught up with Shardlow to get the backstory behind her success.

Show Your Body Love

Melinda Parrish by Melinda Parrish | July 13th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Yoga

photo by Melinda Parrish

Yoga isn’t about pushing, forcing, exerting, or trying to achieve the posture.

In fact, these are the very things that get in the way of you and your practice. A good instructor will tell you that monitoring your breathing is the way to tell if you’re pushing too hard. If your breath is strained, forced, or constricted, you’re not realizing the full benefits of your practice. Yoga is about allowing your body to go as far as it can on a given day, as a way to show your body love through movement.

6 Low-Cost Ways to Nourish Your Body, Mind, and Spirit

Elizabeth Wellington by Elizabeth Wellington | July 13th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Personal Growth

A lot of us think of self-care as splurges—that massage you have been waiting for or a big night out with friends. But for the most part, the way we treat ourselves on a moment-to-moment basis has the power to affect our state of being.
Our daily rituals have the potential to nurture a sense of ease that renews us in a life of adventure and challenges. The more moments we take to honor ourselves with love and kindness, the more we can give to our passions and loved ones every day. Here are six acts of self-care that require little commitment and almost no money. They will leave you feeling rested and ready to take on the world.

Freedom Is a State of Mind

Dana Damara by Dana Damara | July 13th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Inspirational Media, Personal Growth

I have written about freedom several times now, and it’s fun to look back and re-read how I defined freedom on various occasions, along the timeline of my life.

I’m not surprised I like to write about freedom or that it evolves each time I come to it; I mean the word is tattooed on my arm. Apparently, on some level it is important to me.

An Interview With Koshin Paley Ellison

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | July 11th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth, meditation

Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison is a Zen teacher and Co-Founder, with his partner Robert Chodo Campbell, of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care —the leading organization engaging and integrating contemplative training with caregiving through study, care and meditation. He serves on the faculty of two medical schools, their curriculum is now implemented in thirty-five medical residency programs, and they have trained over 1100 physicians from across the world in contemplative approaches to care of the dying. We sat down with him to talk about his book, Awake at the Bedside.

3 Steps to Creating Your Own Yoga Retreat

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | July 5th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Yoga

Going on a yoga retreat is a beautiful opportunity to delve deeper into your yoga practice, take some much needed time to connect to yourself, and add healing treatments like massage or meditation…depending on where you choose to retreat. If you are able to attend a retreat, I highly recommend it; however, if you aren’t able to attend a retreat, why not create your own in three easy steps?

3 Tools to Reconnect to your Breath

by ResourceGirls | July 5th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Yoga

The reasons we love yoga are endless; however, there is one component of yoga that we believe sets it apart from any other form of exercise: your breath.

Get Stressed. Eat. Repeat.

by guest | June 30th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, meditation

a guest post by Judson Brewer

How to break stress eating habits with mindfulness.

I recently released an app designed to help people quit smoking. While testing it, one woman reported that she’d cut down on her snacking. Cutting down on snacking while quitting smoking…this wasn’t something one usually hears, and it threw me for a loop.

3 Restorative Poses to Fight Negativity

by ResourceGirls | June 29th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Yoga