Personal Growth

Help Me Spread the Word About Yoga for Life, and Win a Chance at Great Prizes!!

Colleen Saidman by Colleen Saidman | May 11th, 2015 | 5 Comments
topic: Gaiam Happenings, Inspirational Media, Yoga

Have you ever decided to do something momentous, and had no idea what you were jumping into: launching a career, getting married, having a baby, or—even writing a book?

Stories of a Journey: Yoga for Life

Rodney Yee by Rodney Yee | May 7th, 2015 | 4 Comments
topic: Gaiam Happenings, Inspirational Media, Personal Growth

Colleen is bent over the computer, squatting in a chair in the morning light at the kitchen table. She is sorting out the stories of her life; sometimes it is just a recalling of events and sometimes it is a cathartic moment that is unearthing a traumatic burial in her body. What a year and a half it has been, my baby writing her memoir yoga solution book Yoga for Life.  Is writing akin to being possessed, especially a memoir where there is a constant exorcism being performed along with eminent exposure? Just like a liberating yoga regime, there is arduous work with momentary flicks of freedom.

Mantra Monday – Know You’re Enough

Colleen Saidman by Colleen Saidman | April 13th, 2015 | 2 Comments
topic: Conscious Living News, Personal Growth, Yoga

Mantras are powerful—so powerful and potentially destructive, in fact, that it makes sense to notice which ones we’ve embedded in our psyches. A lot of mantras are so ingrained that we don’t even realize they’re there, replaying themselves over and over in our heads, creating a rut and defining who we are. I’m talking about mantras like “I am not enough,” or “Nothing ever works out for me,” or “She is smarter,” or even, “I can’t do yoga because my mind is all over the place and I am not flexible and I don’t have time.”

8 Ways to Accelerate Your Yoga and Learning

Matt Cooke by Matt Cooke | April 8th, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Yoga

Prep (Research Phase):

Be Specific

First, decide if this is a physical or mental skill you want to learn.  In the case of yoga, it most likely will be both! For the purposes of accelerating your learning, isolate your focus and attention on one at a time. Decide more than “I want to learn yoga.” Instead, decide, “I want a better understanding of the nadi’s and bandhas, and knowledge of their effect on the physical, mental, and spiritual bodies.”

Interview with Jodi Komitor

by guest | April 1st, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Gaiam Happenings, Inspirational Media, Yoga

What is your job title?
Jodi Komitor MA, E-RYT 500, RCYT

Founder, Next Generation Yoga
Master, Kids Yoga Teacher & Trainer
Coach, The Biz of Kids Yoga
Author, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Yoga with Kids

Where is your studio located?  How long has it been open?

Embodiment

Nichole Golden by Nichole Golden | March 25th, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Conscious Living News, Health & Wellness, Personal Growth

Embodiment is, by definition, a tangible or visible form of an idea, quality, or feeling. Disembodiment is to feel the soul, spirit, or purpose exit from the body. As a person, we tend not to excel at embodiment. We tend to be walking around not as full, embodied, whole versions of ourselves but rather as a bunch of disembodied parts. What this looks like is the favoring of one certain aspect of our being that tends to be in the command post for living, all the while leaving the rest of ourselves out of the equation.

4 Yoga Poses for Athletes

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | March 18th, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga, balance

Yoga is truly for everybody with many styles available to meet your physical, mental, and spiritual goals. The difference between yoga and other fitness practices is that yoga is meant to help you heal. This healing process happens as you develop a deeper connection to your body and awareness of the signals it is giving you in order to prevent injuries.

What People Say When You Tell Them You Do Yoga

Matt Cooke by Matt Cooke | March 4th, 2015 | 2 Comments
topic: Conscious Living News, Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga

“Yoga does not remove us from the reality or responsibilities of everyday life, but rather places our feet firmly and resolutely in the practical ground of experience. We don’t transcend our lives; we return to the life we left behind in the hopes of something better.” - Donna Farhi

Heart Opening Practice

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | February 24th, 2015 | 3 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Personal Growth

It’s February and love is in the air. It fills the store aisles in preparation for Valentine’s Day and is all over the airwaves in music, movies, and TV. I used to find immense frustration in the commercial aspect of love during the month of February. As I’ve delved deeper into what it means to love and be loved, though, I can now appreciate the holiday as a time to tune into the feeling of love we all have within us in order to fully appreciate it and share it with others throughout the year!

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.