Green Living

Zen at the Airport

Heather Larson by Heather Larson | November 17th, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Detox, Eco Travel, Yoga

Everyone, even airport managers, recognizes the stress flying generates these days. In their quest to improve the customer experience, some of them have opened dedicated yoga rooms. Instead of striking the warrior pose in the waiting area amidst staring travelers, you now have a quiet space to center yourself.

The Art of Forest Bathing

Elizabeth Wellington by Elizabeth Wellington | November 3rd, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Health & Wellness

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” – John Muir

Passport hOMe

Chrissy Carter by Chrissy Carter | August 6th, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Home, Yoga

France is my happy place. I don’t know if I can even describe it, but France just has a certain je ne sais quoi that makes me feel at home.

The Basics of Clean Eating

Heather Larson by Heather Larson | July 7th, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Healthy Eating

Besides practicing poses and breathing, yogis also need to nourish their bodies. Since there’s been so much talk lately about clean eating, I decided to talk to an expert about all that it entails. Caroline Kaufman, MS, RDN, the spokesperson for the California Dietetic Association, agreed to answer my questions.

What exactly is clean eating?

How to Get the Most Out of a Yoga Retreat

Heather Larson by Heather Larson | April 15th, 2015 | 1 Comment
topic: Eco Travel, Yoga

Signing up for a yoga retreat can be one of the best gifts you can give yourself; or, according to some online reviews, your time away might become your worst nightmare. To make sure that spending time practicing yoga in another environment is a positive experience, visit “Is a Yoga Retreat Right for You?

The Perfect Pink (Traveling) Bikini

by guest | February 17th, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Personal Growth, Yoga

A guest post from Jenniferlyn (JL) Chiemingo of The Travel Yogi.

Oh sweet bikini, I love you so much.  You are now faded and sand-worn and it’s time to retire you.  I don’t want to let you go because you hold so many memories; memories of great beaches, experiences, and even crazy close-up animal encounters.  I have grown and changed while wearing you.  I have laughed and cried while wearing you.  These experiences reside in my heart, but I still associate them with you.

Do Bike Helmets Create More Harm Than Good?

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | July 22nd, 2014 | 1 Comment
topic: Green Living

As a child, my bicycle meant freedom: the freedom to get where I wanted to go quickly, and the freedom to roam, to explore, to savor. Nowhere in my childhood mostly spent on two wheels was there a helmet.

Should Personal Drones Be Banned in National Parks?

Candice Gaukel Andrews by Candice Gaukel Andrews | June 16th, 2014 | 1 Comment
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living

Bighorn sheep in Yellowstone National Park

Standing in the presence of the unbelievably immense, monolithic slabs of stone in Zion National Park is an experience that is not soon forgotten and, I’d argue, even spiritual. Gaze up at those massive sandstone cliffs as you hike The Narrows and you’d swear you’ve entered an alien world where 2,000-foot-high gods of rock rule. If you’re brave enough, you can even trek on the shoulders of those gods, by walking on the aptly named Angels Landing Trail. And since 84 percent of the park is designated as wilderness, there are scores of other spots where you can commune with nature and find solitude.

But now imagine that you’re in Zion walking that precipitous pathway — with sheer drop-offs on both sides — and a drone buzzes close by your head. Not only does that distract you and make you feel unsafe, it suddenly changes your great outdoor and unplugged experience.

Similar scenarios in our national parks have caused some of them — including Zion National Park — to ban drone use. While some applaud the move, others feel that their preferred way to photograph the parks is being unfairly singled out and prohibited. But is attaching a camera to a drone truly similar to other forms of photography?

WATCH: Paralyzed Into Motion: Yoga Saves Pro Football Player Keith Mitchell

Wanderlust by Wanderlust | May 21st, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Green Living

After a routine tackle during his last season playing football in Jacksonville, Keith Mitchell was left paralyzed for six months. In this video, filmed at Wanderlust O’ahu 2014, Mitchell explains how yoga helped him reinvent himself physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Should We Intervene to Save Isle Royale National Park Wolves?

Candice Gaukel Andrews by Candice Gaukel Andrews | May 12th, 2014 | 2 Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living

Wolf in Yellowstone National Park

On a wild, remote island in Lake Superior called Isle Royale, gray wolves have lived and thrived for more than 60 years. In the forests on this island — which encompasses the majority of Michigan’s Isle Royale National Park — a wolf population that grew to almost 50 individuals once contributed to a biodiverse, healthy ecosystem.

In recent years, however, the number of wolves on Isle Royale has plummeted. In 2009, scientists from the Wolves and Moose of Isle Royale project — begun in 1958 and now the longest continuous study of a predator-prey system in the world — documented only 24 wolves living on the island. As of February 2014, that number had dwindled to nine — the second lowest total for the island ever recorded.

Some blame climate change for the decrease. Others say it is just the natural order of things for species to come and go in a particular area. But whatever the cause, the question for the future health of the island and the park is: should we intervene to save Isle Royale’s wolves?