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Commitments In Yoga

Of the many wonderful things I’ve learned through my yoga practice, some of the best have come from exploring poses and theories that scare me. For some of these poses, the fear has risen up and I’ve acknowledged it, without the need to delve deeper at that time. For others, I’ve moved past the fear with the desire to take ... Read on

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Minta: Thanks for the tips, they will keep me on my mat more.
Rajesh: Nice :)

Top 10 Yoga Trends for 2009: Are They Here to Stay?

"Despite the economy and the recession, there was constant growth and expansion in the yoga world!" blogs yoga expert Jill Miller. Check out the top 10 yoga trends for 2009. Read on

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John: I love yoga.Thanks!
Mary Tucker: Thanks Valerie!!!
Gaiam Life: Hi Mary! It's not another Top 10 list, but here's a recent article about yoga trends for 2011: http://life.gaiam.com/article/whats-down-dog - Valerie Gleaton, Gaiam Life Assistant Editor
Mary Tucker: Is there any same checklist available for 2011? It may not change but wondering if something added new per the current trend.
Kayoko Mitsumatsu: I just learned about this article, and thanks for including Yoga Gives Back in the trend. Yes, we are definitely here to stay to invite Yoga Community together to help ...

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

“Happy begins here.” But what if you are depressed and struggling to be "here"? Learn 3 yoga poses for depression. Read on

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Ann: I really appreciate this post.This is not easy thing.Everyone’s depression stems from different sources.Live happy,take exercise and maditation these are the things that get out depressed person from depression.but the ...
susan fredriksen: Uh, that was depressing. :>) I could not do any of these 3 poses! Anything a bit easier?
susan fredriksen: Uh, that was depressing. :) I am unable to do any of them! Anything a bit "gentler", or "easier"?
AJ Snook: Wow, I'll give this a try. It's the most beautiful and comfortable time of year right now. I appreciate the weather so much because of our relative extremes in cold ...

4 Safe Green Ways to Refinish Reclaimed Furniture

Info on finding and using SOYGel, CitraSolv, milk paint and BioShield wood stains. Read on

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Peggy: I'm so impressed and just found your site.Thank you for sharing some of your tips.Great short and to the point tutorial, definitely has me ready to take on some of ...
Angela Downer: I just moved from Arizona to Utah, and on the move a lot of my furniture got scratched and damaged. I've been wanting to redo my paint in a non-toxic, ...
vintage furniture: There are numerous ways to work on used furniture and restoring it to new one. Restoring and refinishing furniture is so great and its Eco-friendly. Thanks for sharing the information, ...
Lolli S: As someone with a skin allergy ( and internal allergy) to casein ( the milk protein milk paint is made out of), milk paint isn't an option. Are there other ...
: A soybean product for stripping furniture, huh? Pretty cool ... I'll have to give it a try.

Honey, Honey: The Not-So-Secret Superfood

Honey truly does contain multitudes. Each pound incorporates the pollen of two million flowers. As bees buzz through their days, they collect the sweet flavors of their habitats, spinning pollen into liquid gold. This ingredient has deep roots in our human history—people have cultivated, worshipped, and delighted in honey since the earliest civilizations. What’s the Buzz? Honey is a natural ... Read on

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Nori Shaker: That is correct about the benefits of honey but the most important question is where can I find natural honey not fake like that found at supermarkets. Also there are ...

How to Fix Your Gut: 7 Steps to Intestinal Health

Dr. Mark Hyman explains how digestive illness can lead to problems throughout the body. Good "gut health" is one of Dr. Hyman's seven keys to a balanced, fruitful life. Read on

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James: Digestion enzymes are very vital in our bodies. We need to take digestive enzymes because Enzymes Are Vital to Human Survival,Our Typical Diet & Cooked Foods Drain Our Enzyme Supply,Even ...
Ashish: Nicely written and informative post. Thank you very much for the positivity!
Lokesh Kumar: I was suffering from IBS from last 5 years. I got infected by H pylori on Feb 2010. Treated with high antibiotics. Now from last year I m feeling well ...
Lloyd Morgan: Good stuff. It's important that people learn that the gut is far more than just a food processing system and intestinal health is vital for overall health and vitality.
Vik: How do we if we have mercury on our gut.

Top 6 Yoga Poses for Back Pain

These 6 yoga poses for back pain from yogi Sadie Nardini will help ease your lower back pain in no time! Read on

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Shannon Wise: yoga is the best way to get in shape and stay fit . your post was really helpful , today any people face back problems .. it will help by ...
stillorganchiropractic: Yoga is the best therapy to make our body fit and flexible. Chiropractic procedures are unique to back pain treatment and lower Back pain. Our training is hands on techniques ...
Dave Carry: I wanted to try yoga to help with my lower back pain, as I had read a lot of positive things about how effective it was, and how many people ...
Amber: Last month i hurt my back after crashing on my bike. I'm really excited to find these yoga postures and hopefully they'll help me to get rid of my back ...
Mary m: The fists forward bend and the downward-facing dog are my favorite postures and I used them a lot for my back pain and also relaxation. thanks for sharing!

Mindfulness as the Cure to Procrastination

Have you ever had a project that you just can’t seem to start? As a deadline approached, did you distract yourself under a growing mountain of fear? I am a master procrastinator, too. Why do we distract ourselves when it makes our work less enjoyable and more difficult? Self-Criticism and Procrastination According to psychologists F.M. Sirois and N. Tosti at ... Read on

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Liz: Doesn't it, Lisa? It's like magic.
Lisa Johnson: Mindful meditation has made a world of difference for me. Twenty minutes each day is what I shoot for. But even if I can only do five or ten minutes, ...
Liz: Thanks so much for sharing, Lillie! I agree that it can make such a difference.
Lillie: Nice tips. It makes perfect sense that a simple ten minute meditation can go a long way to helping persons rid themselves of the procrastination habit.

Organic Food Delivery: Fresher, Faster … Better?

Skip the pizza and have fresh fruits and veggies delivered to your door instead! Blogger Ginny Figlar tries out organic produce delivery and explores whether it’s worth the money. Read on

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violet: hi I was just reading your blog because I am big fitness freak and you know "healthy mind-healthy body" concept. thanks for the article I will like to know about ...
Organic Delivery Melbourne: I run an organic home delivery service and have seen it become increasingly popular in recent times. It is not just the nutritious veggies free from pesticides that customers love. ...
delivery food: "Quality is not an act, it is a habit" *. This ancient philosophy is the guiding principle to everything we do at The Market Runners. Every daily activity ...
Sandra David: Organic food delivery service is a very common choice and indeed is sensible because this is growing to be the easiest method to do your shopping and individuals are shortly ...
The Marketrunners: It seems this online food delivery idea works. Here's a very popular site which started in the Melbourne area: http://www.themarketrunners.com.au. If you're thinking of starting this type of online food ...

Always Be Prepared

Yoga helps runners with flexibility, fitness, and focus. It can be restorative and enjoyable for diabetics. Cancer patients use yoga poses to fight nausea and fatigue. Veterans find it beneficial in decreasing PTSD symptoms. Many say yoga is good for the heart. Besides the numerous health benefits, yoga poses, postures, and breathing can be done almost anywhere. You never know ... Read on

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Jack Rowe: I really love your post,thanks for sharing this and looking forward to see more from you.

What People Say When You Tell Them You Do 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 Once we begin our yoga journey, we begin to tell ... Read on

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Josha Kru: I think everybody knows they "should" do yoga. I like to tell clients yoga will "help them focus".
Rebecca Barbarino: I just started yoga because of serious back and neck issues. My chiropractor encouraged me to try it to supplement my treatments. He says after only afew sessions of gentle ...
Marene Roberts: I love yoga. Im going to be 80 years young in a couple of months. Yoga is something everyone should try. I started in the Seventies and have had about ...

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

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? I’ve done the first three, and I’m here to tell you that the last one is just as intense and thrilling a journey. My new book, Yoga for Life: A ... Read on

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Josha Kru: Thanks for sharing your journey. I'd like to write a book one day, but blogs are hard enough! If the book is anything like this article, I'm sure it will ...
Sahra: Colleen - This article is a great! You have put so much into this book. Can't wait to read the book.
Karen Cionci: I am so looking forward to reading your book Colleen. Rodney and you are my gurus for many years now. You are so blessed to share the gift of yoga ...
Eileen A.: Excited to read Colleen's first book!
Dawn Rorem: I would like to say, Good For You! I can not wait to read your book, as I too have discovered the many blessings of a yoga practice! Loving the ...

5 Ways Europeans Live Better than Americans

Do Europeans live better than Americans? Eco travel blogger Wendy Redal explains a few ways that our Europeans neighbors maybe be living greener, healthier and happier. Read on

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Robert Paul Hingston: I'm British and driving a car will impove your quality-of-life
Elva: I am American, and I have travelled to Europe many times, Spain, France, Italy, Belgium and Netherlands. Currently my boyfriend is from Netherlands. I have visited or 2 months at ...
Alan Johnston: I'm British and I've visited the USA twice, the first time in 1965 when I travelled around most of the country for a couple of months when I was a ...
Sasa: I love good people all over the world, respect their culture and customs, but there is nowhere better than living in my country Serbia and it would be better just ...
Mks Stieve: Well shared some of the amazing facts which makes Europeans Live Better than Americans. Every person, every country, every continent have their own life style and their own way to ...

Rethinking Campfire Food: 15 Healthy, Easy Ideas + 2 Recipes

Here are 15 ideas for healthy campfire food plus two easy camping recipes! Read on

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ujivenelson: Robert Nguyen select the best tent you can afford, set it up properly, take care of it, and then just enjoy your trip.
Jinpak: i like the idea of grilled fruit.. Perfect post and thanks for sharing these ideas with us!!!
Scott: These are all great ideas, remember one of the best things I've ever tasted while camping was omelette with toast, all cooked on fire. I think fire makes all food ...
Radia: I think one of the more romantic cities to visit is Italy. I personally went there on my honeymoon and my husband and I loved the food and the people ...
Capri: Perfect and ideal food recipes for camping. Thanks for sharing, Jessica. I particularly like the idea of grilled fruits. Healthy and delicious!

Yoga Studio App Gets Set Free for International Day of Yoga

More daylight means more time for yoga, right? We think so. That’s why, in celebration of the summer solstice and the International Day of Yoga, Gaiam is giving away our best-selling Yoga Studio App completely free. From June 19-21, just log on to the App Store on your iPhone or iPad and download Yoga Studio App, and that’s it. ... Read on

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J: I also have an android tablet. Please put this app out for Android too.
Nikola: What about Android? :-(
mea: I love this app. I had it when I had an iPad. Now I have an android tablet. Why no android app?
Mar: Does the app work for Android users too? Thank you, Gaiam!
Ann Mingeau: I'm a senior working 2 half days a week and on a budget. Thank you so much for this generous offer!!

4 Ways to Reduce Stress to Reduce the Pounds

Did you know that stress can actually contribute to weight gain? Follow these four tips to lower your stress, manage your weight and feel healthier. Read on

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Saudnat: Interesting article. I got to say that these are 5 simple stress relieving tips . Keep up the good work. Cheers.
Angela Downer: My problem is the last tip you listed, I never get enough sleep. I am always so stressed about getting everything done, that I push sleep to the back of ...
Cassandra: I had my second born in October 2012. He is now 6 months old and I am still dropping 1/4 - 1/2 pound a week after losing the initial 20 ...
Top News online: Thankfully some bloggers can still write. Thank you for this article.
: great article & yes it is important to reduce your stress

Dark Sky Tourism: A Growing Trend

Find out what’s being done to protect our night sky in Part One of Wendy Redal’s two-part series on light pollution and dark sky conservation and tourism. Read on

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Ralph Harper: The outside is so big...
Jerry Patterson: Hi Wendy, Another area that has dark skies though not as dark as the Natural Bridges area is Jackson Hole, WY, home of the Teton mountains. Take a look at ...
ladan: Dear Wendy thanks a lot , it helps me to find some answer of my questions which i am looking for . i am from Iran , big and pollution ...
Wendy Worrall Redal: Anna, thank you so much for your comments--and do check back in a few days for my listing of some of the best spots on earth to view stars! Best ...
Anna Pollock: Dear Wendy Thank you for drawing reader's attention to this huge loss - access to the mystery and awe of the stars. I am happy to have a home in ...

10 Benefits of Yoga Inversions

Learn the benefits of yoga inversions — both mental and physical. Read on

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shashikala Iyer: Inversions are my favourite yoga postures. i love it since blood rushes to the brain nd heart. Overall i can say i live Yoga and breathe Yoga. Yoga is my ...
DCarry: I have heard many people talk about the benefit of inversion for pain relief from a bad back, or other muscle strains. However, as I have always been lucky enough ...
Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training: There are several benefits of yoga. Perhaps one of the most important benefits of yoga is the peace of mind one gets after practicing it. You will enjoy a happier ...
Aimee: It's funny, I've always loved 'backwards' inversions (plow, backbend, etc.) but headstands and handstands always give me anxiety so I shy away from them - for some reason (even against ...
Mike Luque: I second all this and especially the core strength. I'm not quite there with my handstands yet, but the other day I held my headstand for 4 minutes. I was ...

My Soulmate Betrayed Me … Is It Over?

Is your relationship over if your loved one betrays you? Learn how to give yourself the time you need to heal, explore your feelings and self-nurture. Read on

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Sarah Lund: These kinds of men, are only worried about their ego. He's only "Sorry" because the quicker you forgive him, the better he will feel, and will then probably go and ...
crittle camp: leave him girl once a cheater always a cheater
Cameron: My partner of 12 months left me for another man, a guy she was seeing before me. For the duration of our relationship, she was emotionally involved with this person, ...
EVIE: THIS IS A GREAT TIME TO START THINKING ABOUT WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY AND WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR IN A MATE.. IF YOU WANT SOMEONE WHO IS GOING TO ...
Dianna23: Hi....I feel your pain. I was also "betrayed" by my ex-husband who cheated on me. I tried to forgive and forget. We did get along for a little while after ...

The Truth about Free-Range Chicken

I'm not a vegetarian, but I am an animal lover, and I do care about how livestock and poultry are treated before they end up on my plate. That's why I've become increasingly interested in the notion of free-range chicken and eggs — I envision the chicken I'm eating (or her eggs) whiling away her days in a grassy pastoral ... Read on

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Deborah W: Unfortunately, the end result for ANY animal in our food system is death. Humane death is an oxymoron. You are just fooling yourself in order to enjoy your meat or ...
Chris: There is a kosher section at my grocery store and I have wondered whether these kosher chickens were treated more humanely based on the fact that there is some religious ...
Dennis Daryl Shamblin: I enjoyed reading your poultry blog. Please check out mine.