Fitness

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.

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.

3 Restorative Poses to Fight Negativity

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

Laughter Yoga Rejuvenates the Mind, Body, and Soul

Lisa Truesdale by Lisa Truesdale | June 29th, 2016 | 1 Comment
topic: Yoga

Though all types of yoga offer similar physical and psychological benefits, certain types also have their own unique twist. With Bikram (or hot) yoga, you’re experiencing the added benefit of detoxification. With power yoga, you’re getting a focus on burning calories. So what about the latest craze in the industry—laughter yoga?

Yoga, Body Image, and Diversity: The Conversation Spreads

Lynda McCullough by Lynda McCullough | June 22nd, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Inspirational Media, Yoga

As a long-time yoga practitioner, I remember speaking with my teachers and fellow students 15 years ago about the discomforting fact that images in the publications were almost always those of young, white, athletic women or prominent male “gurus.” Some of us wrote letters to the editor protesting this fact, but nothing really changed.

Downward Doggy

Arielle Parris by Arielle Parris | June 15th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Yoga

Here at Gaiam we know the importance of yoga for kiddos. Our bright, playful teeny yogi collection inspires even the littlest ones to come to the mat.

Since I have yet to have a human child, I have started getting my fur baby involved in my practice. So here are a few tricks for yoga for you and your dog.

Kids Aerial Yoga Takes Flight

Erika Prafder by Erika Prafder | June 15th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Yoga

photo by Ashley Goldberg, Born Yoga

Does your child need to unwind his mind?

Aerial yoga is not only safe, but offers unique benefits for child yogis, says Ashley Goldberg, owner of Born Yoga in Birmingham, Michigan.

“Unlike aerial yoga for adults, upside down and challenging poses are done with children in a bucket seat, which prevents them from sliding out,” says Goldberg.