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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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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!
Angela Downer: I've been experiencing a lot of back pain the older I get, and my daughter recommended taking a yoga class. How in the world would I do yoga with a ...
gayatri sah: very good yoga I do it every day and it helps a lot. thanks a lot
Nicole Mathews: These yoga poses have really helped me a lot. I went to a massage therapist a few months ago and she taught me the downward facing dog pose. That helped ...

Do Natural Window Cleaners Work?

Don't think eco-friendly natural window cleaners really work? Gotten streaks when you've tried them in the past? Try these nontoxic window cleaner formulas and tips. You'll never go back to commercial, chemical-laden cleaners again. Read on

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Landish Mingasova: When you work in natural way, chances of lose become very less.
Liza Turner: Proper window cleaning is very hard but you defined the helpful tips. Thanks for sharing
Window cleaning equipment supplies: It's pleasant to see some natural method of cleaning which is effective and non toxic.The Lemon juice with essential oil has effortless property to haul out the strains and leave ...
Natalie: Hi Annie, thanks for sharing this useful tips. Really a great help for window cleaning. Would surely try this out.
Window Cleaning Services: Clean windows represent ones individual personality and way of living. Also to protect the glass from being damaged and protect it from dirt we have to clean it in regular ...

How I Found My Dream Yoga Mat

After test-driving an array of brand-spanking-new yoga mats from Gaiam, Kate Hanley explains how she chose her perfect yoga mat and spiced up her yoga practice. Read on

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Rohit: Very useful content for us. This is amazing yoga mat . The pure rubber underside grips the floor, with a jute fabric/rubber mix on top (the practice side). The fabric ...
Anamika: I am very happy to search this one of the best site for Yoga mats & I really this to all.......
heather: I love the description of the mat you chose, but when I look for it on the Gaia website or click your link in the article, I can find one ...
Keerthana: Hello Kate, I bought a Jute mat 5 years ago, just because I liked its texture and the roughness on it, thinking it will allow me to stay in my ...
Valerie Gleaton: Hi Lindsay, Thanks for reaching out! Our yoga mat selection has changed quite a bit since this blog was written in 2009, but I'm sure we can find you something ...

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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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 ...
Nina: dear Colleenn GreAt article and I can t wait to get your book. Super excited. Lots of love Nina x
Susan Miller: Colleen - I am a writer too, although I have yet to be brave enough to try to publish anything. I am also a mother of a recovered heroin addict ...

It’s Okay to Say “Namaste”

Feel awkward ending yoga class with “Namaste”? Yoga blogger Jill Miller explains why it’s okay to embrace Namaste! Read on

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Ambaa: It doesn't have to have a spiritual meaning at all. You bow when you greet someone and Namaste means "I bow to you." Simple as that. It's respectful and it's ...
Teresa: Thank you for your explanation on what Namaste means. When I first began Yoga I felt very uncomfortable with the word Namaste and with the ohms. However, as time went ...
Nicole: I always have liked the meaning we attribute to namaste (regardless of whether it stays true to its use in India). Even though I am not religious I can appreciate ...
Deena: HI guys, while I understand the concerns in this post, I wanted to share my own experience. I am student of meditation and newer to yoga-and while I understand many ...
laurelyoga: My acting professor told me I needed to work on my pelvic tilt so I tried yoga. My first class, the teacher brought a harmonium and we began with a ...

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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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!
Tim H.: Wonderful ideas. I love cooking on a fire. Thank you Jessica!

Hypothyroidism: Does Your Thyroid Make You Sick, Tired and Overweight?

Feeling sluggish in the morning? Can't seem to concentrate? Have dry skin or fluid retention? You may have hypothyroidism, a condition that is undiagnosed in half of the 45 million people who have it. Learn what hypothyroidism is, who is affected by it and how to identify its symptoms. Read on

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jo: I've felt I'll let on waking for years like being hit by a bus, I'm always tired & my weight gained immensely I had blood tests don't a few year ...
Eugene: It's important to get your adrenals checked too. The reason being if they are low then taking throid meds will make you feel worse because you have to raise your ...
RURU: Hey i have an high tsh level and lately i have been very tired an sick and have anxiety wich i never had before...what can i do for that to ...
Said moha: I have alot of problems i feel like falling while walking, fatigue, depresed angry most of time, conspitation, rarely go to badroom, I have painful on my tissues, joints, my ...
Michelle: Hello, I was just diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I think I've had symptoms for quite some time. Fatigue and thinning hair, lack of concentration, low body temp and always cold. My ...

Top 3 Nontoxic Stain Removers

Given how many requests I receive for eco-friendly stain removal advice, I thought I would share with you my top three stain-removing formulas. They replace solvents, bleach and store-bought stain removers. 1. Washing Soda Great for stains that you'd normally think need something as strong as a solvent to remove. A chemical relative of baking soda, washing soda (sodium carbonate) ... Read on

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Jessica: Are these all septic-friendly cleaners? Would the soda ash, being highly alkaline, blend badly with other chemicals such as bleach (admittedly probably not septic friendly)? Thanks!

Stories of a Journey: Yoga for Life

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, ... Read on

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Phil and Linda Green: We can't wait for our copy to arrive. We will probably have to fight over who gets to read it first. It's always great being with you, Colleen and Rodney ...
Roey Ficaro: Now I understand what Colleen meant when she said she felt "broken open" when the book was done. At the time I didn't realize her book was a memoir. I ...
Mechelle: I started my yoga journey 3 months ago and I am loving it. I have had tremors all my life and I'm hoping this will be my blessing I have ...
Sigrid Olsen: eagerly awaiting this profound read! Was in NYC for business and enjoyed yoga in your beautiful space- yoga shanti. Lovely. Peace to both of you. Om Shanti ????

Why Antidepressants Don’t Treat Depression

Still feeling blue while on an antidepressant? It could be your diet or a vitamin deficiency that's causing your depression. Read on

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Alice: I agree with this article. For a long time I have had depression and other mental illnesses. Each time I return to the doctors they just write me some new ...
amanda: Antidepressants do work but you can also try other natural options, pills are not always the answer
Mark: Why is it always antidepressants that get such a bad rap? Are you talking from your own personal experience or just quoting statistics? Have you yourself suffered the debilitating effects ...
Chapman: this article contains lots of information about the depression. Thank you for this information. Also, I want to add that the depression can be happened due to the hereditary.
Tejwinder: What an insightful article. You guys are amazing, i like the way you describe every single point so carefully. This can help people and i must come again and again ...

Pregnancy and the Gift of the Feedback of the Body

A guest post from Pre and Postnatal yoga and fitness expert, Desi Bartlett. Our bodies are very clear about likes and dislikes, and the feedback of the body is also quite clear. We know what feels great, what does not feel so great, and what is simply not okay for our bodies. There are certain times in life when we ... Read on

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Angelamall: The feedback of the body is very important while pregnant, This is a very useful article, thank you for sharing!

Should Your Pet Go Grain-Free?

You may not follow a gluten-free diet, but should your pet? Grains can cause problems for some companion animals, just as they can for some humans, by aggravating allergies, causing digestive problems and contributing to weight issues. Tips for deciding whether a grain-free diet is right for your pet from blogger Valerie Gleaton. Read on

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sharron: i have had quite a few people rake me over the coals for feeding my dog royal canin - been called an idiot, been accused of abusing and shouldn't own ...
sharron: i have a very picky yorkie/chihuahua - i have had her on grain free high protein dry foods all it did for her was create huge poop piles, and cause ...
Angela Downer: I have never thought about making sure my pet gets the organic and good diet that he needs, even though I am very conscious about what I'm putting into my ...
Felo136: Funny how we sometimes are very selective about the quality of food we eat, yet we pay little attention to the quality of food we feed our pets. What if ...
felo136: I am a believer in grain-free dog food. Why wouldn't anyone want a healthier dog?

How to Get the Most Out of a Yoga Retreat

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?” Gaiam partners with The Travel Yogi, so ... Read on

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Dor: Very helpful information

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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Melissa Bradley: Thank you for this article I think it has a lot of really useful information. However I have to disagree with you regarding the squaring of the hips in warrior ...
Naomi: Hi Sadie, Really grateful for the anatomical instructions here. HAving just injure one knee, I'm aching to get back to a yoga practice, and by aching, I mean, I'm desperate ...
David: Hi! Ive had to stop doing yoga because of knee pain, I think pigeon played a big part in it. I dont understand what you mean when you say "froint ...
Torey: I have knee pain on the side of my right knee joint (never the left) that isn't bothered DURING any one pose, but often times while I am practicing. It ...
Ant.stewart: hanks for the guide and all your comments! I just had knee popping for the first time this year, at 36... i have done the yoga position at least a ...

4 Fitness-Ball Moves to Tone Hips, Buns & Thighs

I love to use a stability ball with my personal training clients and in my strength training classes. Stability balls, also called fitness balls, balance balls or Swiss balls, add that extra balance challenge, involving your core muscles in every move. They add fun and variety, they're affordable and easy to move around, and their uses are numerous! Pump out ... Read on

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Melissa: Thanks for a great article, Chris. As someone who likes to mix up their exercise, one thing I use regularly is my fitness ball. Hamstring Roll-Ins and Bun Lifters are ...
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David: I like the sitting benefit.. You can replace the ball with the chair while you actually are benefiting.. Thanks for that great info.
Sabrina: I had back surgery about 4 years ago, and I was wondering if that could help or hurt my back?

5-Minute-a-Day Yoga Routine for Kids

Many people are beginning to recognize the benefits of yoga for kids. Explore this 5 minutes a day yoga sequence for children. Read on

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Rajesh: Yoga makes you more active and strong.
Sanjit Mandal: This is awesome!! I love it! Doing activities with kids or without kids will help create more ways to connect with them.
Gail: Thank You for this. I would love to be able to get a copy for home use. This looks like fun for the little ones. Thank You again. Gail

How to Get Rid of Acne, Not Just Treat the Symptoms

Clear, healthy skin come from the inside out, not from the outside in. Mark Hyman, M.D., explains how you can eliminate and prevent acne by eating the right foods and managing stress. Read on

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David Anderson: Wow nice title and post. I loved the concept you have represent here. Thanks for sharing...!!!
Anthony: After taking Roaccutane (formerly known as Accutane) for 6 months, I was left with some pretty severe scarring all over my lower back. I found applying tomatoes daily reduced scarring ...
Como Eliminar El Acne De La Espalda Rapido: Personally I had to live with acne for over three years and during this time many remedies probe dermatologists that challenged me in my ability, but not acne would disappear ...
Anna: Thanks for sharing. I have had problems with acne scars since college. I was embarrassed at having to travel to different places. Your article is a great article and useful ...
Hannah: I have a problem with this article. I feel like the main point that is stressed is that people with acne are eating unhealthy foods, which I can understand. Food ...

How to Eat Healthy with One Addition to Your Diet

Never heard of phytochemicals? Learn how this natural, plant-based chemical has a wide range of benefits. The best part? There are hundreds of places to find them. Read on

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Yoga Poses for Tight Hamstrings & Back Pain

Many people suffer from tight hamstrings and, as a result, have low-back pain. Gwen Lawrence offers a stretching series that you can do at your desk and a variety of yoga poses for tight hamstrings. Read on

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gary: how about if you cant get passed 90% and i got 70 kids on my track club with the same problem we warm up always before stretching the stretch she ...
samedayspineinstitute: Great stretches. For those with severe back pain should try it out. However, if it does not help, get in touch with a spine specialist.
Stacey: Great stretches! I would highly recommend yoga to anyone experiencing back pain as well! Yoga has helped me through much and I have gone so far with it!
GWEN: YES!!!! I WANT PEOPLE TO PRACTICE AT HOME WHENEVER THEY CAN... I DO SUGGEST YOU DO IT AT LEAST ONCE WITH A YOGA TEACHER TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE PERFORMING ...
Lisa.Randall: Hello Gwen Lawrence Thanks for sharing this useful information. You are absolutely right, these yoga poses are helpful. I am working women so these types of yoga are very beneficial ...

Mercury Detox: A 3-Step Plan to Recover Your Health

Now that you know the dangers of mercury, here are three ways to get it out of your system. Read on

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Chichipapa: Thank u for this post. My child (8 years old) is autistic and has lots of mercury and we are about to do another round of DMSA chelation. We will ...
YOGI: I HAVE ALL THE SYMPTOMS. I WILL START CHELATION PROCESS IMMEDIATELY.
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David: Male, 42 yrs old. Kidney donor. No previous major health issues before this. Back in February I recited a tetanus booster after hurting my knee. Over the next week I ...