Health & Wellness

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.

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.

Winging It

Bevin Wallace by Bevin Wallace | June 29th, 2016 | 1 Comment
topic: Healthy Eating

We are in the midst of week two of summer vacation, and I’m still trying to figure out the summer. I’m sure I’m not alone in finding that it takes a bit of time to switch gears from the end-of-the-school year mayhem into summer mode. I’ve yet to crack the code on how to slow down while driving one kid to soccer camp and the other to golf practice—and then trying to do something useful with the free hour or two I end up with in between. One thing I do almost immediately, however, is punt the whole meal-planning routine and let our full-on sit-down family dinners take a hiatus for a couple months.

Yoga Stew

Laura Hobbs by Laura Hobbs | June 22nd, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Healthy Eating

Photo by Laura Hobbs

Since moving to Boulder, my life has become an all-out yoga fest. I’m the managing editor for the yoga-heavy Elephant Journal, I’m the social media ambassador to one of the hippest yoga studios in town, I’m connecting and networking with amazing yogis from all over the country (Seane Corn kissed me on the cheek—I can die now), I’m going to yoga class every day, and I even got the chance to check out the Yoga Journal Conference in Estes Park a few weekends ago. I’m living and breathing the yoga life, and I’m loving every second of it.

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.

3 Ways to Integrate an At-Home Family Yoga Practice

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | June 7th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Yoga

Family yoga is a wonderful way to spend time together as a family, incorporating the breathing, mindfulness, and physical benefits of yoga with the fun, creative spirit of your family.

How to Take Care of Your Teeth (for Adults Only!)

Joelle Klein by Joelle Klein | May 27th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness

I finally got around to taking my two daughters to the dentist for their annual checkup. Naturally, the dentist reviewed how to brush correctly with my 4 and 9-year-old. I’m hoping that makes our morning and nighttime routines a little easier (especially with the four-nager, as I like to call her).

Hit the Refresh Button

Bevin Wallace by Bevin Wallace | May 27th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating

How to Spring-Clean Your Eating Habits

It’s a natural impulse to purge your closet this time of year. Who wants itchy, pilling sweaters when they could be wearing crisp tees and cute sundresses? I also get the urge to clean my windows so I can get a better view of the (sometimes) blue sky and flowers on my trees. And I can’t wait to finally put away the stack of hats, gloves, and snow boots that has overtaken my entryway (since it snowed this past weekend, I’m going to wait a week or two on that one).