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Shine On With Yoga

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | April 21st, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga

The other night, as I was driving home from teaching one of my weekly yoga classes, “Instant Karma” by the Beatles started to play on the radio. I’ve never really paid attention to the lyrics, as I’ve always enjoyed listening to the melody, but that night I was drawn to the chorus.

“Well, we all shine on, Like the moon and the stars and the sun, Yeah, we all shine on…
On and on and on, on and on…”

It got me thinking that we all need to shine. We all have unique traits and talents that set us apart from the rest of the world, yet most of us are too afraid to embrace these qualities because we are unaware of our own brilliance.

Yoga for Depression: 3 Poses to Help You Combat the Blues

YOGANONYMOUS by YOGANONYMOUS | April 8th, 2014 | 3 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga

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I recently attended a Health event as the magazine launched its new mantra, Happy begins here.”

I love that saying.

I have been trying to remind myself daily that happiness comes from within me. All I have to do is see my little guy’s smile to be really happy; but there are some days I can still feel blue.

I am admitting this because I want everyone to know that we are all human and we all have emotions. Depression is a real thing and it’s difficult to be in the depth of it and feel somewhat helpless.

Anxiety usually stems from worrying too much about the future and your “to do” list. Here are some yoga poses you can do to combat anxiety. Depression, on the other hand is when we get stuck in the past. Practicing yoga helps ground us in the present moment so we can feel truly happy.

Try rocking forward to the front of your feet or sit bones (if you’re seated) and notice how it produces anxiety, moving into the future too fast. Now, lean back in your seat or to the heels of your feet; notice how you slump your shoulders forward and feel a little down. Finally, feel yourself anchored right in the middle of your seat or your feet and feel grounded and present. Try this exercise whenever you feel anxious or a bit depressed.

After I shared this information in my newsletter, I heard from some friends and students that they too suffer from both anxiety and depression. Clearly, lots of people deal with depression. Yes, even us “enlightened” yogis.

New Yoga Mat? Eliminate the Smell

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | April 7th, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga

Yoga Mat Smell

A new yoga mat is full of promise and excitement to revitalize your practice. But along with promise, a new mat offers up something less appealing: new-mat smell.

Whether your mat is made of rubber, jute, bamboo or the more common and affordable PVC, it will release an odor that alerts all around you to its newness.

What’s a concerned yogi — one who doesn’t want to subject herself or her fellow downward doggers to headache-inducing off-gassing — to do?

Well, while you likely won’t eliminate the smell completely (only time can do that!), you can certainly reduce its assault on your nose. Here’s how:

6 Tips to Add Fitness to Your Trip

Shana Schneider by Shana Schneider | April 4th, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Fitness

Planning a weekend getaway or a long vacation? No need to worry about losing time at the gym. Here are six fitness tips to help keep you on track while traveling, no equipment required.

What’s Up With Down Dog? April Yoga News

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | April 1st, 2014 | 3 Comments
topic: Fitness, Healthy Aging, Yoga

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With more than 20 million yoga practitioners in the United States alone, yoga is becoming part of mainstream culture — and making its own news headlines! Here’s what you should know when you hit the mat:

Naked Yoga Class Offered in New York City

No yoga pants? No problem! Yoga studio Bold & Naked in New York City is offering classes where students can practice completely naked.

“What Is Yoga?” Answering the Misinformed

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | March 27th, 2014 | 4 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga

If you practice yoga, chances are someone is going to ask you what yoga is and why you do it. I have answered both of these questions time after time over the years and it never ceases to amaze me how much misinformation is circulating, based on stereotypes or without thinking.

I was talking to my brother a few weeks ago, expressing how great yoga would be for my niece who is a very flexible athlete.  His response? “She’ll start yoga when she’s 50 and starts to slow down.” You would think I would have taken this opportunity to inform him of the various styles of yoga available, the mental and physical benefits of yoga for all ages, and the need for an athlete to balance sports strength and power with the flexibility and healing benefits of yoga—but I didn’t. Instead I sat there stunned.

What’s Up With Down Dog? March Yoga News

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | March 20th, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga

SUP Yoga

With more than 20 million yoga practitioners in the United States alone, yoga is becoming part of mainstream culture — and making its own news headlines! Here’s what you should know when you hit the mat:

Yoga Helps Women With Breast Cancer

Yoga can ease pain and depression among women battling breast cancer, a new study has found.

Yoga for All Seasons: Spring

Nichole Golden by Nichole Golden | March 19th, 2014 | 4 Comments
topic: Detox, Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Yoga

Spring Yoga

The season of new beginnings is upon us. With the arrival of spring, we shift from the hibernation of the winter months to an awakening of rebirth. Spring invites us to open back up, delight in warmer days and cultivate a spirit of aliveness.

As sunlight paves longer days, warm, damp spells have the potential to leave congestion and upper respiratory conditions in their wake. Spring is the time for releasing deep-seated emotions of sorrow and sadness. Support your body through this transition with the following recipe for balance as we embrace this upcoming season.

5 Yoga Poses for PMS

Kate Hanley by Kate Hanley | March 18th, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Yoga

yoga poses for PMS

In America alone, 85 million women suffer from PMS, with symptoms including insomnia, depression, irritability, bloating, breast tenderness, and digestive issues. While PMS is common, it is not normal. Yes, there is some natural water retention that happens during a healthy menstrual cycle, and your energy will dip as you get closer to the first day of your period. But if you dread the days leading up to the start of your cycle, something is out of balance.

8 Yoga Poses to Try With a Yoga Block

Sara Fruman by Sara Fruman | March 14th, 2014 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga

You walk into yoga class. The instructor calls out, “Option to grab a yoga block,” and receives smirks from much of the room. Real yogis don’t need blocks, right?

Well, it might be time to readjust your mat and your mindset. Yoga blocks can actually challenge your practice by allowing you to tackle more difficult postures. They can also help with alignment and proper muscle engagement.

So, grab a yoga block and give these eight yoga poses a try:

1. Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

Place a yoga block between your inner thighs to energize them and advance the posture. Or, if you have difficulty lifting your pelvis, place a block under your sacrum for support.

Bridge Pose