5 Reasons You Should Exercise, Even If It Doesn’t Help You Lose Weight

Joelle Klein by Joelle Klein | April 28th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness

Diet and exercise. We’ve heard for years that those two habits are important when it comes to weight loss. Most studies say that your diet is more important, but exercise helps. But does it really help? And if so, how much?

When Students Are Teachers: Yoga in Drug Court

Lynda McCullough by Lynda McCullough | April 27th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Inspirational Media, Yoga

When I became a yoga teacher 13 years ago, I was keenly interested in introducing yoga into hospitals and mental health centers. I began my own practice right after my father died, and experienced such grounding within my grief that I longed to share the benefits of yoga with people who’d experienced illness or trauma. I taught in hospitals, but it was five years later, in county drug court, that I found my true niche working with teens.

Do You Spiralize?

Bevin Wallace by Bevin Wallace | April 27th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Healthy Eating

If not, you totally should. Even if you’re not gluten-free, it’s still okay to eat more vegetables. And this is one wicked awesome way to do that.

Give Props! 4 Kids Yoga Aids for Practice Support

Erika Prafder by Erika Prafder | April 25th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Yoga

At times, we all need someone or something to lean on. Reaching out for and accepting support—in its many forms—is a great life skill to impart to children.

Kids’ yoga offers an opportunity to introduce this concept, particularly through the use of props.

6 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day as a Family

Lisa Truesdale by Lisa Truesdale | April 20th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness

The statistics are astounding—the average American generates 4 pounds of trash every day, which adds up to a whopping 1,460 pounds in a year. It takes a plastic water bottle 450 years to break down in a landfill. And in every single square mile of ocean, there are more than 40,000 pieces of floating plastic debris.

Spring Cleaning and a Lightness of Being

Elizabeth Wellington by Elizabeth Wellington | April 20th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth

I gather clutter every year: paperclips, shoes that don’t fit, magazines, and leftovers in the fridge. I know a balanced life requires that I’m conscious of what I bring into my life—and that I let go of things in equal proportion. It’s not as easy as it sounds. Research shows that we overvalue things once we buy them, which is why we often live over-cluttered and complicated lives.

DREAM BIG WITH TFM: Five Steps Towards Making Your Dreams a Reality

by guest | April 20th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth

A guest post from Two Fit Moms.

Four years ago, we began sharing our love of yoga on Instagram by posting snapshots and picture tutorials of some of our favorite poses. With young kids at home, we rarely made it out to attend classes at yoga studios, but we loved to practice at home. We had a passion for connecting with others and sharing whatever we learned on our mats, so we posted photos often and helped build a virtual yoga community. We hoped to be able to reach a larger audience one day, and seeing that dream come true through our relationship with Gaiam has been a surreal experience.

Prop it UP!

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | April 19th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Yoga

Gaiam and the Yoga and Body Image Coalition have teamed up to promote prop use as one of the great equalizers in yoga in this #PropitUp 7-day challenge.

Join Gaiam and YBIC members in breaking stereotypes and celebrating the accessibility of yoga by propping up your yoga practice!

Date:

  • April 25th-May 1th

To Enter:

4 Life Lessons to Learn from Gardening

Lisa Truesdale by Lisa Truesdale | April 18th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth

It’s spring, the most hopeful time of the year. The other day, when I was taking a walk around the neighborhood, thrilled that I didn’t need a coat and boots, I started thinking about all the things I need to do to get my garden ready. Although I enjoy gardening, and it would be impossible for me to endure summer without fresh-off-the-vine tomatoes and cucumbers, the whole process seemed a little daunting to me at first.

4 Ways Meditation Improves Relationships

by guest | April 18th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: meditation

Guest blog by Emma Seppälä.

We’ve heard that meditation can help with so many things, from focus to sleep. But it also has another tremendously valuable added benefit: it improves our relationships. You may wonder how a seated and isolated activity—after all, even if you’re meditating in a group, you’re not talking to anyone—can help improve your social skills and relationship prowess, but research shows it does. Here’s how.