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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

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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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!
jillxz: Walking or biking to local farmers market on weekends ? No honey , not in the US. Unless you want to be run over by a big ole SUV. Only ...
Nadine Roberts: My family and I moved to Belgium three years ago and I would say that was the best decision for us. My children suffered from multiple allergies while we were ...

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 ...

6 Yoga Poses for Insomnia

Your mind races, you toss and turn, and no matter how tired you are, you can’t fall asleep. Sound familiar? Sadie Nardini shares six yoga poses to fight insomnia by releasing anxiety, calming the mind and body, and drifting off into a quality slumber. Read on

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testo: Yoga is a really important part of anyone's exercise regime.
mattress topper: Thanks Sadie. Rest is so important to your health. Yoga is something I've recently got into so I'll give it a try.
Mealplan: Very effective workout, thank you! I have trouble getting back to sleep after waking up in the middle of the night. This helped.
Powell: Wow, this is really helpful! I have never thought of doing yoga before bed before, so I will certainly remember to try these out at night.Thanks again for your great ...
Brittany: I had a sleeping disorder for three days in a row i didn't rest more than 4 hrs inside and out. These exercises worked genuine well for me. Much appreciated!

Tales from the Vet’s Office

Make a trip to the veterinarian's office less stressful for you and your pet with these tips from natural pet blogger Valerie Gleaton. Read on

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m88: hey there and thank you for your info – I've definitely picked up anything new from right here. I did however expertise a few technical points using this site, as ...
Long Island Vet: Thanks for the info.. Great article.
buffalo animal hospitals: Thanks for sharing this post. I am a dog lover and i always check on my pets health. Consulting a vet in your area is very important.
Coral accent: On a slightly unrelated note, what do people think about avoiding vaccines for pets? I found that pets have terrible reactions to them, and it's best to keep them strictly ...
Shari: Valerie - here is a little trick about needles that completely turned my dog from a shrieking, screaming, yodeling, jumping, rolling around ball of german shepherd to a dog who ...

New Yoga Mat? Eliminate the Smell

A new yoga mat is full of promise and excitement to revitalize your practice. But a new mat also offers up something less appealing: new-mat smell. Learn how to eliminate the odor. Read on

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G. Barron: I bought a natural rubber mat from Gaiam a few years ago. No problem with the odour when new or I would have returned it. I have not seen that ...

9 Foam Roller Dos and Don’ts

You’re experiencing pain or muscle aches, and your personal trainer, physical therapist, or physician suggests trying a foam roller. So you pick one up the first chance you get, take it home, and unpack it…but now what? Your foam roller likely came with a guide showing you sample exercises, and you can easily find more exercises guides and videos ... Read on

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mengobati keputihan hamil: heey there and thank youu for your information – I've deginitely pcked up anything new from right here. I did howver expertise some technical points usig this website, as I ...

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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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!!!
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 ...

Too Much Insulin? How to Reset Your Metabolism

Between 80 and 100 million Americans have too much insulin in their bodies, which can cause energy and mood swings, high blood pressure, obesity and more. Find out if you suffer from insulin resistance, and follow these 12 tips on how to reset your metabolism for optimal blood sugar. Read on

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Lynn Bosch: I binged on jelly beans and tootie fruitie candies. Long story. I never do this as I know I am insulin resistant. I exercise regularly and I need to know ...
kay: Thank you - and also Eating a section of grapefruit 3-6 times a day was needed for me to get my insulin back in control - no juice. Must be ...
S Williams: I have been researching this. Thank you for a great article. Someone else took it verbatim though: http://www.wellsphere.com/biking-article/too-much-insulin-how-to-reset-your-metabolism/973140
RM: Good article. I feel you left out one very important factor when using insulin for esp. T1 and that is to stay hydrated. Drinking water flushes out the body and ...
Beverly: This is the information I have been seeking. Thank you.

Overcoming the Fear of Yoga

On a regular basis, I have people tell me all of the reasons they don’t do yoga: they aren't flexible enough, they feel awkward compared to others in class, they can't quiet their mind, they aren't fit…the list goes on and on, filled with fear and uncertainty. While it makes me sad that so many people are holding themselves ... Read on

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Michelle: Thank you so much for sharing your experiences, I appreciate your insights and am happy yoga has brought so much to your life. I agree completely that there is always ...
KnogKnebronson: Hi, I practice yoga 2 - 4 times per week in hour classes offered at my gym for the last 2+ years. It has been very beneficial to me in ...

Can Everyone Attract a Soulmate?

Does everyone have the power to attract a soulmate? How can you strengthen your ability to find the "one"? Read on

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kavita: Hi I'm a 42 year old Divorcee looking for my soul mate since quite long. Since a couple of months I am following LOA for soul mate attraction and since ...
Barnett: Yes, dating would be the 1st step to take... But it would be wise to be selective when it comes to dating, for some people may not turn out to ...
Stephanie: Everyone can find their soul mate!

Yoga Studio by Gaiam App

Imagine having the ability to practice yoga wherever you’re at and whenever you have a free minute, at your level of ability, and with the flow you want—now you can. Gaiam has teamed up with the number one yoga app, Yoga Studio, to bring you an all new way to practice. No more checking class schedules or rushing to ... Read on

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Mike: I have had a great time with the app. Making my own classes is fairly easy and I enjoy that you can change the amount time each pose is held. ...
Andrea: Are there plans to bring Yoga Studio to Android?
Tim Mostly: I like the teachers' voice, and now use the preset classes with "pose names only". Works for me. I made my own class but it took a while and needs ...
jo: this is a good app with clear images to follow. For me, the yoga teacher's voice is very high pitched which I find irritating and makes her sound about age ...

To Vegan or not to Vegan? The Yogi’s Dilemma

Are your rules around eating helping or hurting you? Yoga instructor Jill Miller shares her story of veganism, yoga and tackling an eating disorder. Read on

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Martha: Ayrurvedic medicine will prescribe meat to an individual because it is seen as a food value. Just want to make sure we all understand that all food has value, it ...
Sarah: Hello! I know this is an older post, but I would love to give my two cents. I had a similar story to Jill's; I struggled for 10 years with ...
hcb10960: Thank you Jill for sharing your struggle. You have to listen to your body, plain and simple. Long story short. My husband and I were vegetarian--not vegan, cheese is food ...
aziyza: Revealing our dietary changes is one of the intimate revelatiosn of our life- thanks Jill for being up front and honest about where you stand. It is truly important for ...
Anje: Jill, I loved your article and it was VERY helpful for me. I practice yoga as well. I am just getting into it, after my sister referred me to her ...

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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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 ...
Cedric: Thanks for any other magnificent post. Where else may just anyone get that kind of info in such an ideal means of writing? I've a presentation next week, and I'm ...

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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Tracey Graf: My daughter is 18yrs old. She has thyroid problems for 11yrs. All blood tests come back normal, but she has 15 symptoms of an under active thyroid. We convinced the ...
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 ...