4 Ways Meditation Improves Relationships

by guest | April 18th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: meditation

Guest blog by Emma Seppälä.

We’ve heard that meditation can help with so many things, from focus to sleep. But it also has another tremendously valuable added benefit: it improves our relationships. You may wonder how a seated and isolated activity—after all, even if you’re meditating in a group, you’re not talking to anyone—can help improve your social skills and relationship prowess, but research shows it does. Here’s how.

Apps for Earth: Yoga Studio + WWF + Apple

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | April 14th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Gaiam Happenings, Giving Back

When Yoga Studio was tapped to work with with WWF and Apple for Apps for Earth, the fit seemed right. It seemed natural. And it seemed like a wonderful way to work together to protect life on our planet. As a part of Apps for Earth, WWF will receive 100% of the proceeds from the purchase of the Yoga Studio from now until April 24. That’s right, everything. What an opportunity to help make a difference!

3 Major Misconceptions about Gluten

Joelle Klein by Joelle Klein | April 14th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness

Free the gluten! That is, free gluten from misconceptions about its health risks and benefits.

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. It helps with the elasticity and chewiness of dough. It is commonly found in bread, bagels, baked goods, pasta, cereals, sauces and salad dressing. It’s also found in malts and food coloring. Foods that are naturally gluten-free include rice, quinoa, potatoes, beans and nuts. Wine and hard liquors are gluten-free but beer is not.

5 Simple Yoga Poses to Soothe Stress

Elizabeth Wellington by Elizabeth Wellington | April 14th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Yoga

Next time you feel tension in your neck, or your mind is busy circling an internal to-do list, stop. Despite the inclination to push through, it’s more rewarding (and productive) to pause.

One in four Americans experience a great deal of stress. It isn’t just unpleasant to bear, stress can affect everything from your health, relationships, and work life. The near-constant distractions and obligations posed by a 24/7 culture only contribute to a sense of everyday strain.

Overcoming the Fear of Yoga

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | April 8th, 2016 | 2 Comments
topic: 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 back from experiencing the transformative beauty of yoga, I am also happy that so many people are sharing these thoughts with me because in sharing they are looking for answers.

Tough Talk: 6 Ways for Women to Be Confident Communicators

Laura Hobbs by Laura Hobbs | April 5th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth

Next time you’re in a meeting at the office, listen closely to another woman in the room. What you’ll often hear is a struggle in her choice of words or her tone of voice—an urge to convey an idea while avoiding being misinterpreted as arrogant, pushy, or too assertive.

TRIBE

Dana Damara by Dana Damara | April 5th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth

I’ve been thinking a lot about the word “tribe” over the past week. I just got back from my annual trip to Wanderlust in Squaw Valley, and that word simply encompasses how I feel the minute I step foot into that festival.

Tribe: “Any aggregate of people united by ties of descent from a common ancestor, community of customs and traditions.”

Learning to be Human

Lynda McCullough by Lynda McCullough | March 28th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Yoga

The other day I attended a new yoga class. Though I entered the studio with ten minutes to spare, the entire floor was covered with bodies. For a gentle yoga class? In my experience the gentle classes usually provide plenty of room to find a private space.

6 Young Women Yogis to Follow in 2016

Elizabeth Wellington by Elizabeth Wellington | March 23rd, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Yoga

As yoginis, we benefit from a community of heart-centered peers who help us to grow toward wholeness. Social media offers the unique opportunity to connect beyond our inner circles to like-minded individuals who inspire us with their grace and grit.

Looking for some encouragement?

Look no further than these six beautiful yoginis, who each embody the spirit of presence in their amazing Instagram accounts:

9 Foam Roller Dos and Don’ts

Lisa Truesdale by Lisa Truesdale | March 21st, 2016 | 1 Comment
topic: Health & Wellness

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?