Yoga, Disability, and Community

Lynda McCullough by Lynda McCullough | March 1st, 2016 | 1 Comment
topic: Inspirational Media, Yoga

Seven years ago I found a copy of yoga teacher Matthew Sanford’s book Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence, in the local used bookstore. The book lit me on fire: Not only did Sanford’s story of loss and healing profoundly move me, his deep and unique experience with yoga’s ability to transform touched into my own and inspired me to teach to people with disabilities.

Try Something New

Bevin Wallace by Bevin Wallace | February 25th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Healthy Eating

Whether it’s trying a new food or attempting a new recipe, the rewards far outweigh the risks.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve urged my kids to try a new food—a food they claimed to “know its disgusting”—only to hear them say, “Wow mom, I didn’t know delicata squash (or kale, pomegranate, clams) was so not gross! Can I have some more?” Sure, sometimes (as with the pureed broccoli-and parsley salad I foisted on them last night), they confirm it to be disgusting. But they don’t gag, vomit, or die.

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Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | February 22nd, 2016 | 10 Comments
topic: Yoga

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Insomnia

Colleen Saidman by Colleen Saidman | February 16th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Yoga

Insomnia can deprive us of the joy of the day by creating anything from a fuzzy brain, to an agitated nervous system, to lousy digestion, to a compromised immune system. How do we get a good night’s sleep when our minds are on overdrive, and our muscles are bound up? One reason for insomnia can be that we haven’t used our legs enough during the day; when your legs are restless, it is difficult for your body to relax. If you can’t get off the “go” mode, sleep may be illusive—after all, for incessant worriers, what better time to worry than when you should be sleeping?

5 Foods to Keep Your Heart Healthy

Joelle Klein by Joelle Klein | February 12th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than making sure your heart is strong and healthy? February is Heart Month so it’s a great time to focus on all facets of your heart, whether it’s about love or health. And, fortunately, foods that are good for your heart tend to be good for your head, too. It’s all about keeping your heart pumping properly and making sure your arteries are clog-free. Here are five food types you should be consuming to keep your heart healthy.

3 Ways to Return to a Beginner’s Mindset

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | February 12th, 2016 | 3 Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Yoga

How long have you been coming to your yoga mat? When you think about your yoga practice, can you remember what brought you to yoga and how you felt during your first class? It’s been over 15 years since I first stepped on my yoga mat and I remember exactly how I felt. Excited and terrified.

5 Foods to Boost Brainpower and Overall Health

Joelle Klein by Joelle Klein | February 10th, 2016 | 1 Comment
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating

Today nearly 5.2 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease. By 2050, that number will more than triple. While studies show that taking up certain hobbies such as bridge, learning a foreign language or doing crossword puzzles, may help decrease your risk for dementia or delay the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease, many of us may not have the time to take a Spanish class or schedule a regular bridge game. But, you can stave off memory loss and decrease your risk for develop Alzheimer’s without taking a class – all you have to do is add a few things to your grocery list.

Into the Pool

Laura Hobbs by Laura Hobbs | February 2nd, 2016 | 2 Comments
topic: Personal Growth, meditation

It’s mid-morning and I’ve just finished a client’s photo edits. Light pours into our living room through south-facing windows, tiny dust particles dancing and defying gravity in the rays. I place my meditation cushion in the center of the rug, my brass singing bowl sitting off to the side. I turn my phone’s ringer off and set my timer for 20 minutes. With one swift tap of the velvet-covered stick, the singing bowl chimes a long, unwavering sound that slowly fades. I close my eyes, inhale through my nose, and exhale through my mouth. “Hello,” I say.

4 Ways To Brush Off Body-Shaming

Lisa Truesdale by Lisa Truesdale | January 28th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth

If you’re a fan of social media, you’re probably getting used to seeing frequent stories about people innocently posting photos of themselves, only to find that “body-shamers” have come out of the woodwork to make negative comments about their looks, their hair, their clothing choices, their weight…you name it.

Self Love

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | January 19th, 2016 | 3 Comments
topic: Personal Growth

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).