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Get a Handle on Remembering Your Reusable Shopping Bags

Keep forgetting to bring your reusable shopping bags with you to the grocery store? Eco blogger Jodi Helmer has three techniques to help you remember. Read on

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Abby: If you're a shopping list person, whether paper, or on your phone, put "Remember Shopping Bags" at the top of it. Buy (or make) some attractive bags that reflect "you", ...
Alena Marth: Hey, Thanks for sharing such a great article with us. Its really nice article about Eco-friendly cotton tote bags. I normally use cotton tote bags for carrying groceries. Thanks for ...
Mark Robinson: Great and very good blog about shopping bag handle. This blog is very charming. Its looks like cotton bag. Its really colourful bag. Thanks for your feedback and your good ...
Reusable Shopping Bags: I normally use cotton bags made at home, but they are also not very strong to hold heavy grocery items. I have one or two canvas bags, but mostly I ...
Betty @ Wholesale Handbags: I love reusable bags! Saves the environment and if you get luckier, you'd get a really lovely one. I hope they have these designs in our region.

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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David Nolen: This list of camping dishes may bring more fun and joyful moments.....i love the tuna melt mostly....Perfect :)
william: camping meals for vegetarians are both delicious and heathy
Oliver Jones: this is a great deal,doing this kind of stuff outdoor . healthy food is very much important in our daily activity
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!!!

Sugar Addiction? It Might Be Genetic

We’re all programmed to like sugar, but new research shows that some people are genetically much more prone to sugar addiction than others. Dr. Mark Hyman explains the research behind why we crave the white stuff and how to break the addiction. Read on

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Lulu: is organic Ste-via okay for sugar addicts?
junayad khan: Hi, Its great that you write about how to Cure addiction and I was searching for this type article for my research. I am very happy to get information which ...
workplace wellbeing: When talk about sugar, it is not just talking about sweetness but we also have to remember that almost all foods contain sugar. It also means that avoiding sugar will ...
adan: What's astonishing to my wife and I is the huge amount of sugar in so many things we eat, especially processed foods Then when we consider how relatively little sugar ...

Into the Pool

It’s mid-morning and I’ve just finished a client’s photo edits. Light pours into our living room through south-facing windows, tiny dust particles dancing and defying gravity in the rays. I place my meditation cushion in the center of the rug, my brass singing bowl sitting off to the side. I turn my phone’s ringer off and set my timer ... Read on

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K.Dean: I've been meditating for years now and I swear by it. It calms my busy mind and makes me feel ready for the day. Five minutes each day is a ...
Jake Black: I agree with the punch line, but also can't see how to practice it for my self. I mean can anyone be that clam and evenhanded in today's fast pace.
Erin: ...and it keeps getting better! I've been practicing for 12 years. I still shave my legs and I don't normally carry crystals around in my pockets lol I'm a much ...

No Om Yoga

Are you a "No Om Yogi"? While many appreciate traditional style, others desire only the fitness benefits of the practice. Explore how to practice without the "Om". Read on

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Mary: I love the concept of no on yoga. I just finished my yoga teacher training and still feel completely unprepared to teach because, among other reasons, I never picked up ...
AtheistYogi: Also, by the way, just because something is thousands of years old (and again, I am skeptical that the modern practice of yoga is beyond a century old) doesn't make ...
AtheistYogi: Wow, for enlightened yogis, you guys sure are angry and judgmental. So, yoga means "to yoke/join the mind/body." Well any exercise can have that effect. When I run, it takes ...
Tracy: Sounds like a stretching class to me. Yoga is so much more!
Katherine Roberts: I agree with most of the comments above, of course without chanting, any yoga class would be incomplete.

Win a New Outfit from the Two Fit Moms Collection!

Enter for a chance to WIN a new outfit and yoga gear! Enter here: a Rafflecopter giveaway How it works: Click into the Rafflecopter Giveaway tab Join the Gaiam mailing list (so we can email you if you win!) Enter in any other entry option you want! The more entry options you enter the higher chance you have to ... Read on

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Loren Stanley: Thanks for thinking of us guys.
Marschelle: Thanks for being awesome! ?????? My kids and I love your Instagram!
Annalissia Marie: I know chances of winning are slim, this is an amazing giveaway!, but I am hopeful. As I am with every giveaway I've entered. These beautiful products would be awesome ...
Brittany DeWitz: I would love this! New mom getting into yoga! Only thing my epilepic dog keeps having her grand mal seizures on my yoga mats! Which means she empties her bowels ...
Cheryl Mills: This nurse loves yoga and recommends to patients of all ages. Have several of Gaim's DVDs and products, love them!!!

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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Joseph F: I can relate, had the same problem a year ago. my friend jacob told me to visit this site and the experts from there really helped out. I will leave ...
David Anderson: love your blog Sadie Nardini. nicely describe you all position and step i think now am do better after show your steps. its really helpful for me i will try. ...
Darren: Too long is more than a couple of paragraphs.
cnc milling parts: It doesn’t have to be in-depth, but knowing whether you want a nine-foot, hulking insect man or a diminutive ninja girl with a tiger tail can go a long way ...
Ted: Hi What poses would you suggest for those who have limited mobility and a tight range of motion due to their back condition?

Honoring the Big 5-0 & the Day I Revealed My True Age

Looks have been a big part of most of my adult life, as I have been a fashion model for 30 years. I never thought I would ever be a half century old. Read on

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arlene: Colleen is an absolutely beautiful woman, both inside and out. Her husband, Rodney Lee, is also a wonderful, sensitive man. You can feel the love these two possess for each ...
Mia: Colleen, what a beautiful post & truly uplifting. I love your attitude & wisdom. Mia
Menopause Education: It certainly proves that yoga and taking care of yourself yields beauty. We can only wish to look this way at the age of 50.
sans: It was You Colleen, who motivated me back into yoga (the menopause dvd). I had left yyoga behind me so many years ago, not sure why. I made it to ...
Miledy I.: Congratulations I thought you were my age. I'm now 33 years old, 5'3 and weight 176 pounds. I'm truly considering YOGA for weight loss, toning, and stress relieve. Today I ...

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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Sonychrist: Hi Mark,Thanks for Sharing about "Intestinal Health" Really good tips.
Audretta's 411: Best blog I have read Ever on digestive health! Thank you so much! I'm sharing this with all of my followers!
marange shakemore: I am suffering from hernia and I'm financial broke to help myself
Esther: Debbie I'm no physician just a person who's learned a lot about fermented foods (which are extremely high in probiotics or good bacteria). What the doc wants to do makes ...
Debbie: HOW should one treat the bad bacteria? My daughter has lived with a debilitating social anxiety her entire 26 years of life, joint pain, gastrointestinal issues, chronic fatigue and most ...

Hydropower Dams: Clean Energy Source or Threat to Wildlife?

Hydropower is a renewable, climate-friendly and domestic source of clean energy. But does the cost to wildlife and the threat to communities that occurs from building dams outweigh the benefits? Read on

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ethan flasch: I think they should put scaners that let nutrients and animals pass
Peter Paquet: You might want to check this out. http://www.nwcouncil.org/fw/protectedareas/Default.htm
Dave: Dam(n)s are big problems on numerous levels. Think of them like you think of plague that blocks blood vessels. Dams fragment ecosystems, waste trillions of gallons of water through evaporation, ...

Go Ahead, Take a Walk

My favorite mode of transportation has always been my own two feet. This penchant for a good walk became a daily practice over the past ten years and my favorite way to exercise. Rather than sequestering myself in the gym, I get out and discover new places with the soles of my shoes. Nestled in the heart of my ... Read on

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Ellen: So true! I find that many people that have cars react oddly when I decline a drive or talk about walking any great distance -- either respond in disbelief or ...

Go Upside Down to Lighten Up! Stress Less with Inversions

Watch a how-to video clip for a yoga handstand and learn the health benefits of inversion poses including downward dog and forward bend as well as headstand, handstand, shoulderstand and plow. Read on

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Sala Aparador: Excellent pieces. Keep writing such kind of information on your page. Im really impressed by your site. Hi there, You have done an excellent job. I'll definitely digg it and ...
Sheena: Thank you :)

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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Find My Golf Buddy.com: Golf has many more benefits than other sports, it’s a sport that can last a lifetime instructs children on the core values of honesty, courtesy towards others, on strategy and ...
Alexandros: Because it is the Europeans that created the Great Americas. Here in Europe, we are more influenced by our culture, history, classical music, and generally THE PAST. Our values have ...
Phoebe: Europeans, as a whole, are also more likely to be literate in at least one language; they read more than Americans. Because they are from way smaller (geographically) countries they ...
pressite: I came here wondering why Europeans prefer smaller pillows (Euro pillow).
Billie Fields: LOL Love your article! You made my day! Ordering a non-fat latte in Italy is impossible indeed. Europe is really different place. Culture shock could strike you. Greetings!

How Walking Poles Changed My Mind About Fitness Walking

Carla Brinburg never liked walking for exercise — until she tried using walking poles. Read what she liked about them and how they can burn more calories, work your upper body and liven up your workout routine. Read on

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Marge: Can we use a walking pole for hiking like a trekking pole?
ron w: I also use a walking stick for health reasons. It really helps take some pressure off my knees.
Claire Walter: Thanks so much, Candy, for the enthusiastic endorsement of my book. Ruth, your story is inspiring. I agree with you about "let them stare!" Susan, please take a look at ...
Miz: Susan, Im gonna look and see if you can buy JUST the Gaiam DVD. I adored it and Im so s-l-o-w to lean new stuff (yeah, it's just who I ...
Susan O'Neal: I inherited a couple of poles from a relative and have never used them. They are sitting in my umbrella stand. How can I learn to use them?

4 Life Lessons to Learn from Gardening

It’s spring, the most hopeful time of the year. The other day, when I was taking a walk around the neighborhood, thrilled that I didn’t need a coat and boots, I started thinking about all the things I need to do to get my garden ready. Although I enjoy gardening, and it would be impossible for me to endure ... Read on

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Monique: I really like comparing gardening to moments in our life. Thank you for sharing.

Self Love

Self love.  It is the foundation of a happy life and yet, at times, is so hard to hold on to. So, what is self love? While some consider self love to be conceited, the Yamas and Niyamas of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras teach us that self love is a combination of ahimsa (non-violence) brahmacharya (non-excess), and santosha (contentment). Whether ... Read on

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Michelle Finerty: You're very welcome, I am so happy to hear that my post helped you feel more inspired! Thank you so much!
bershan: Great ! it was very motivating , after reading this, it made me feel more inspired, and start self-love. Thanks a lot..:)
Jim Bean: Always be prepared, always be yourself, and always be honest. That is a good recipe for self respect, self love and self worth. - Nishan Panwar

Gaiam Gives Back to Local Communities

From inner-city schools to homeless shelters to hospitals, Gaiam has donated yoga mats, fitness tools, BalanceBall chairs, bedding, water bottles, cleaning supplies, solar-powered gadgets and more to those in need. Read on

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Nancy Phillips: Hi Gaiam, I am so excited to get the news from a local priest that I can start offering a free community yoga series at St. Paul's Epsicopal Church in ...
Rachel: We would like to introduce ourselves, we are Hero-Yoga. Hero-Yoga are a small group of Yoga Instructors who have teamed together to create yoga events for local community, designed to ...
Shelly Johnson: Hi Gaiam! I am a teacher's aide at a 7th Day Adventist school in Coeurd'Alene Idaho. I am a 200 hour yoga instructor and recently started teaching yoga for PE ...
Kris: Hi, I am a student a fantastic yoga studio called Yoga Seed Collective. The Yoga Seed Collective is a 501(C)3 organization. They are Sacramento, California's only non-profit studio! I have ...
MSgt Chris Eder: My name is MSgt Chris Eder and I would like the opportunity to introduce Semper Fidelis Health & Wellness a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. In 2009, two USMC Veterans parlayed their ...

How to Form Healthy Habits and Make Them Last

Worried you'll give up on that new diet or workout routine? Follow Chris Freytag's tips on how to make healthy habits part of your lifestyle. Read on

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mstair: “How long does it really take to form a habit? Researchers from The University College London have done a rigorous study of habit formation (Lally, van Jaarsveld, Potts, & Wardle, ...
Jeff Hopeck: Small steps is a term most people don't wanna hear. INSTANT, unfortunately is more like a word people want to hear! That's why all the "take a pill to lose ...
Jeff Hopeck: I like your point of view about "you aren't going to instantly start enjoying veggies if you have been eating them with hollandaise sauce your whole life!" Here's another tip ...
Wayfaring Wanderer: Those same summer goals echo from my own. My bf and I have been doing really well with eating fresh veggies and fruit, but I have slacked on walks during ...

3 Ways To Meditate Fear Away

We are taught to move away from fear—to choose comfort and instantaneous satisfaction over the hard path. And yet, we who meditate are always choosing the hard path. Brene Brown wrote, “Faith is a place of mystery, where we find the courage to believe in what we cannot see and the strength to let go of our fear of ... Read on

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quack: Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied on the video to make your point. You clearly know what youre talking about, why ...

4 Yoga Mistakes that Can Cause Knee Pain

Yoga is known for its mind-body health benefits. But if done incorrectly, it can cause serious pain or injury, particularly knee damage. Learn how to protect your knees by avoiding these common mistakes in four yoga poses. Read on

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Mickey: Exactly what are all the artificial cannabinoids and how are they all different from one another?
Jenny: Thank you.... That is so helpful. The warrior 1 advice makes so much sense!
Liz: Excellent article Sadie! I see you took the same Yoga Anatomy training I did with Leslie Kaminoff. You have a real gift for explaining concepts clearly and accurately that resonate ...
Shanelle: The so much. I've really been struggling with my knees especially on one side. This info is just what I need. The so much.
Dajana: Hi, I actually have a slightly different question. When I do the pigeon pose, it's not the knee that's brought forward that hurts, but the other knee that is laying ...