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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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monica: thanks a lot for the article! I have ACL and meniscus insured on left leg 2 years ago, still worrying about doing child pose and lotus pose, can you please ...
Revankumar P.S: Iam also suffering knee joint pain for wrong yoga poses thank alot and Thanks for the advise
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 ...

This Weekend in Colorado: Hanuman Presents Giselle Mari

Hanuman Yoga and Music Festival is proud to present advanced Jivamukti Yoga teacher Giselle Marie to Boulder and Denver, Colorado. Find out more about Giselle, Hanuman Presents and how to attend! Read on

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hanuman chalisa: Great.

July: Connecting to Creativity

This month's films from Spiritual Cinema Circle are all about connecting to our creativity and humanity. Read on

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Alex Goulder: Thanks for your comment, Tim. I wish I could say I disagreed with you. Alex Goulder General Manager Spiritual Cinema Circle
Tim Johnson: I really wanted to like the inspirational short, "Four Chambers," and to recommend it to friends. The film was indeed great...until it got to the segment of Dr. Ben Carson. ...

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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SortingHat: Please socialists quit trying to force us to imitate Europe. If we want to we will on our own terms. Government never does things for us they do things TO ...
SortingHat: The good thing about driving if the city is designed right is that you can go at your own schedule and have more privacy too since it's illegal for someone ...
Yiannel: I am European, I have lived in Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Sweden and even Poland during communist times. Thank you for this vacation report. When you are on vacation, you ...
Ed Groff: As an American I have traveled to Europe 6-7 times. I have been stating for years Europeans know how to live and are so much happier than most Americans. For ...
Robert Paul Hingston: I'm British and driving a car will impove your quality-of-life

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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Lorene Walters: It is very interesting information. I have never known that you can drink the milk paint. LOL Next time when I am using it I am going to try just ...
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 ...

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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Liz: Hi Nori, Great question! You can find natural honey at your local farmers market or buy it through this website Follow the Honey: http://www.followthehoney.com/. I have not heard of specific ...
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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Susan: Taking one probiotic supplement pill in the morning with lemon water before breakfast cured me from chronic yeast infections. Which I struggled with for many years on a constant basis. ...
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.

Is Neuro-Conservation the New Hope for Environmental Messages?

Are the very folks who are trying to motivate us to save the planet making us apathetic instead? Eco blogger Candice Andrews speaks to a new inspiration — neuro-conservation — and why Brad Pitt may be the sustainable spokesman we need. Read on

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Allison: LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for putting words to this dilemma. I know this covers a broad scope for environmental scientists but I'm reminded of my all time favorite ad done by ...
Candace: THANK YOU !!! I am a marine science student (switched over from neuroscience) and am working on a new way with science and conservation communication. My friend with similar interests ...
ADRIAN ABDON: Great article Candice. I have been trying to do this for years by creating films that increase awareness and appreciation for nature rather than focus on the devastation. But people ...
ADRIAN ABDON: I enjoyed reading this Candice! Well written. You have put into words what we try to do here in South Africa! @Jim Karnik – I agree present the problem & ...
ADRIAN ABDON: When it comes to conservation, environmentalism or preservation, a balanced approach is essential. I agree, Candice, that when it comes to influencing the masses, an emotional or sensory approach has ...

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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EthanBrayn: I really like this post. It is very interesting and release depression and you can also take professional counseling that take your take your things easy and comfortable.
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 ...

Dry Clean Only? Don’t Believe Everything You Read

What’s good for your sweater isn’t necessary good for the planet. Check out these greener alternatives. Read on

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janie: It is out standing post about dry cleaning, it gives very much interesting about it, thanks for sharing it.

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 ...

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 ...

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!!