6 (Useful!) Eco-Tips for Health and Beauty

Laura Hobbs by Laura Hobbs | May 25th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Healthy Home, Personal Growth

Show of hands: how many of you have ever looked at your cosmetics’ ingredient list, scrunched your nose, and asked, “What in the world is that?” If you’re like me—and the tens of millions of other American women who put time, effort (and money!) into a healthy lifestyle—then it’s worth knowing that your efforts are also healthy for the environment. From recycling programs to essential oils and lowering the carbon footprint of your suds, here are six tips for considering the planet while taking care of yourself.

Go Ahead, Take a Walk

Elizabeth Wellington by Elizabeth Wellington | May 25th, 2016 | 1 Comment
topic: Health & Wellness

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.

6 Reasons You Should Plant an Herb Garden

Bevin Wallace by Bevin Wallace | May 25th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness

When I got married, my sister gave me an herb garden planted in a giant galvanized metal tub. At that time in my life, the only plants I’d ever kept alive were a couple scrawny succulents on my dorm room windowsill, and while I already loved to cook, I had no idea what to do with nine varieties of fresh herbs. Needless to say, I was intimidated. The plants died a slow, neglected death, which I rationalized as okay because all the herbs I ever needed were available at the grocery store.
Sixteen years later, I’ve come full circle on the idea of growing my own herbs (although that tub is usually used for keeping beer cold at parties). Now I grow herbs in pots, and here are some good reasons why you should, too.
  1. Cooking with fresh herbs is fun; it feels very “chef-y” to do things like chiffonade.

Do Yoga Teachers Have a Role to Play in Healthcare?

Lynda McCullough by Lynda McCullough | May 19th, 2016 | 1 Comment
topic: Health & Wellness, Yoga

Ever-increasing numbers of physicians and research studies tout the benefits of yoga, but is it truly being integrated into healthcare? A recent article in Yoga Journal notes that physicians are prescribing yoga in greater numbers than ever, and there are now more than 130 yoga therapy training programs worldwide. But what kind of access do patients have to classes or therapists that can meet their needs? Can those recovering from illness or struggling with depression find a class that feels welcoming and appropriate for their needs?

Open Your Heart

by ResourceGirls | May 19th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Yoga

These Resource Girls avoided yoga for years. Lauren was never big into working out and Cat wanted a “real” workout, not to sit in a circle and hum. Clearly, we were misinformed. Have you ever firmly believed something so strongly, only to find out you were completely wrong?

10 Tips to Start a Meditation Practice

by guest | May 17th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: meditation

A guest post by Ashley Turner.

Have you always wanted to start meditating, but don’t know how? Or started a meditation practice and quickly fallen off the wagon? It takes a little instruction, but it’s simpler and easier than you may think.

#IMeditateTo Campaign

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | May 16th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: meditation

Celebrate National Meditation Month with us! For the next 12 days some of your favorite yogis will share why they practice meditation on Gaiam’s Instagram page.

Join in by sharing with us why you meditate using the hashtag #IMeditateTo. Five lucky winners will be chosen at random to receive new meditation digs.

Date:

  • May 16th-27th

3 Ways To Meditate Fear Away

Arielle Parris by Arielle Parris | May 11th, 2016 | 1 Comment
topic: meditation

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 uncertainty.”

Discipline

Dana Damara by Dana Damara | May 11th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Yoga

Discipline is defined as a branch of knowledge or the practice of training people. I find this interesting as a yoga “teacher,” for a few reasons. One is that that while I am a teacher, I am also only a student. And honestly, the only person I am ever really training is myself.

Kindspiration

Melinda Parrish by Melinda Parrish | May 9th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Personal Growth

When it comes to our bodies, we as women tend to place a great deal of pressure on ourselves to achieve certain results. We deprive ourselves and push ourselves in order to whittle down, tighten up, drop dress sizes, and increase our level of attractiveness. We exalt uber-thin (sometimes, dangerously thin) bodies through images of “thinspiration.” We put these images out on social media and tell the world, “This is what I’m striving for.”