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Yoga for All Seasons: Summer

Nichole Golden by Nichole Golden | June 23rd, 2014 | 4 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Yoga | tags: asanas, ayurveda, backbends, breath, breathe, Bridge, calming yoga, coconut water, cooling yoga poses, diet, doshas, eat what's in season, electrolytes, energy, Floor Twists, food, Forward Folds, heat, herbs, hot, local, Moon Salutation, nutrition, pitta dosha, pose, seasonal eating, seasons, Seated Forward Fold, Shitali Pranayama, Single-Nostril Breathing, spices, summer yoga, sun salutations, Supported Shoulder Stand, warm weather, water, Wide-Legged Forward Fold

summer yogaAs the seasons shift, our bodies cycle through an organic ebb and flow of change that serves to harmonize and create balance within us. These changes are usually influenced by the seasons themselves: hours of daylight, foods that are abundant at particular times of the year, weather patterns and seasonally inspired activities.

Although your body will adjust to these changes naturally, it never hurts to integrate some simple tweaks into your routine to aid in the transition and link yourself more intimately with the season that is upon you.

Yoga for All Seasons: Spring

Nichole Golden by Nichole Golden | March 19th, 2014 | 4 Comments
topic: Detox, Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Yoga | tags: asanas, astringent, awakening, ayurveda, backbends, bitter, bridge pose, camel pose, circulation, cleanse, detox, detoxification, detoxify, diet, dry skin brushing, emotions, exercise, food, hibernation, immune system, immunity, Kapha dosha, metabolism, neti pot, nutrition, oxygen, prana, Rabbit Pose, rebirth, seasons, Seated Forward Fold, shift, spicy, spring clearning, spring yoga, standing forward fold, sun salutations, sunlight, toxins, twists, warm weather, Wheel Pose, Wind-Removing Pose, winter, yoga poses

Spring Yoga

The season of new beginnings is upon us. With the arrival of spring, we shift from the hibernation of the winter months to an awakening of rebirth. Spring invites us to open back up, delight in warmer days and cultivate a spirit of aliveness.

As sunlight paves longer days, warm, damp spells have the potential to leave congestion and upper respiratory conditions in their wake. Spring is the time for releasing deep-seated emotions of sorrow and sadness. Support your body through this transition with the following recipe for balance as we embrace this upcoming season.

Yoga for All Seasons: Winter

Nichole Golden by Nichole Golden | December 31st, 2013 | 3 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: ayurveda, backbend, body, bow pose, Breath of Fire, circulation, cold weather, colds and flus, corpse pose, Dhanurasana, doshas, energy, Fish Pose, heat, herbs, hibernate, hibernation, humidifier, inversion, kapalabhati breathing, kapha, light therapy, Locust Pose, lymph, Matsyasana, neti post, pranayama, rejuvenate, relax, rest, root vegetables, SAD, Salabhasana, Salamba Sarvangasana, savasana, seasonal, seasons, Shavasana, shoulder stand, soup, spices, Sun Salutation, sunlight, Surya Namaskara, tea, vata, Vitamin D, warm-up, warming, winter yoga, yoga poses

Winter Yoga

It is important that we change with the seasons just as nature does by adapting our daily habits, yoga practice and food choices. During the winter season, the energy of the Earth and its creatures is drawn inward. We can use this time for restoration and introspection, just as many plants and animals use it for hibernation. In preparation for the spring, it is important to slow down and rejuvenate.

An Ayurvedic approach to winter

There is a rule in Ayurveda that “like attracts like.” That is why the kapha and vata doshas can become provoked and aggravated during the dry, dark, cold months of winter. This is because the climate is alike the qualities of these two doshas. If kapha or vata are triggered, digestive fire plummets, leaving you more susceptible to colds, poor circulation, joint pains and negative emotions. Here are some yoga and lifestyle tips that can help you to balance your doshas this season.

Experiencing Ayurveda: My 30-Day Detox Diary

Kim Fuller by Kim Fuller | December 9th, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Detox, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Weight Loss | tags: ayurveda, ayurvedic detox, body cleanse, cleanse, cleansing, colorado, detox, detox cleanse, detoxification, diet, dosha test, food, healthy-eating, Julia Clarke, mindful eating, nutrition, The Vail Vitality Center, toxins, Vail Mountain Lodge

30-day detox diaryCoffee speaks.

On the first day of my 30-day detox, I could almost hear its caffeinated whispers wafting from the steaming mugs at my local coffee shop, calling my name and tempting me with the promise of caffeine-induced productivity.

I didn’t get any withdrawal headaches, but by the first afternoon of my detox adventure, my head felt fuzzy and my body on-edge. What had I gotten myself into? This is ridiculous … I can’t be addicted to coffee. No, I just love coffee. As a matter of fact, I actually read that it aids with mental stimulation and exercise endurance!

“You see, Kim, coffee is undoubtedly a vital nutrient,” chimed a perfect pillow of latte foam from a passing customer’s to-go cup.

It’s only a month, I reminded myself as that foggy first day eventually fell into a cloudless sunset.

But wait, I can’t have wine either?

Yoga for All Seasons: Autumn

Nichole Golden by Nichole Golden | October 13th, 2013 | 8 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: autumn, ayurveda, backbends, bow pose, bridge pose, camel pose, change, cold, corpse pose, diet, doshas, energy, fall, food, Half Lord of the Fishes Pose, Noose Pose, Revolved Head-to-Knee Pose, Revolved Triangle Pose, routine, savasana, seasons, Shavasana, Side Stretches, sun salutations, twists, vata, Warrior I Pose, Warrior II pose, Yoga, yoga poses

Yoga in AutumnFall is the season of transformation. We can see this all around us in nature: the leaves are falling, the air is changing and we are harvesting an entirely new crop of fruits and vegetables.

It is important that we change with the seasons — just as nature does — by adapting our daily habits, yoga practice and food choices.

Ironically, it is only through change that was can stay grounded during this shifting season.

How to Be at Home in Your Body

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | August 14th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: ahimsa, ayurveda, Big Happy Day, bodies, body-image, compassion, compassionate, Felicia Tomasko interview, identity, Kasey Luber, perfect, perfectionist, self confidence, self-esteem, true nature, true self, unique, Yoga, yoga sutras

Are you at home in your true nature? According to yoga and Ayurveda practitioner Felicia Tomasko, one of the most important things we can do is to stop striving for perfection or trying to be someone else. To do this, we need to be actively compassionate with ourselves by embracing who we are and our uniqueness both on and off the yoga mat. To learn more, visit LAyogaOnline.com.

Shakti Fest: A Celebration of the Divine Feminine

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | February 20th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Yoga | tags: ayurveda, Bhakti Fest, Bhava Ram, chanting, Cristi Christenson, Divine Feminine, Govindas, Hemalayaa, Joshua Tree, Kia Miller, kirtan, Kristin Olson, Laura Plumb, meditation, Micheline Berry, Peter Guinosso, Radha, Sara Ivanhoe, Saul David Raye, Shakti Fest, Shiva Rea, Tommy Rosen, Yoga

Shiva Rea at Shakti Fest 2011 ©Elena Ray

Shakti Fest is a celebration of life, of creation, of the Divine Feminine that dwells within each one of us. Shakti Fest is a more intimate version of Bhakti Fest, which has been held in September for the past three years. Thousands have come to be part of a rapidly expanding community of people devoted to following the path of the heart through yoga, kirtan and spontaneous expressions of love, joy and well-being!

How Yoga Made Me an Enlightened Eater

Kathryn Budig by Kathryn Budig | April 13th, 2011 | 10 Comments
topic: Detox, Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Yoga | tags: 21-day Standard Process cleanse, acupuncture, alcohol, ayurveda, caffeine, change, dairy, detox, diet, farmers market, fermented foods, flour, food, grocery store, health, healthy-eating, homeopathy, journey, junk food, Kathryn Budig, lifestyle, nuts, organic, processed food, raw food, smoothie, sugar, supplements, wheat, whole food, Yoga

Yoga DietI love food and I’m pretty sure it’s got a thing for me too.

I grew up in Kansas where cheese came in the form of a thin orange square wrapped in plastic. Dinner often came out of a box and I thought Miracle Whip and mayonnaise were the same thing. I lived blissfully unaware as I continued into my college years thinking the vegetable garden blend of cream cheese was healthy because it contained vegetables. You can’t fault a Kansas girl for trying.

It wasn’t until I started a full-time yoga practice that I started to change my ways. The interesting part was that no one pushed their yogic eating principles on me. It was simple — the more I practiced, the more my desire for good, healthy fuel grew.

Living Roundup: Phone Yoga, Dueling Eco-Celebs & More

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | July 11th, 2008 | No Comments
topic: Conscious Living News | tags: ayurveda, celebrities, food, Green Living, mood, praise, Yoga

Every week we highlight the best articles, blogs, news, videos and interesting Web tidbits to help you live green, be healthy, and connect with your sense of spirituality. Read our roundup for info that just helps you live better.

Phoning It In…On The Mat

Living Roundup: Yum Yoga, Being Green at the Beach & More

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | July 7th, 2008 | No Comments
topic: Conscious Living News | tags: ayurveda, beach, csa, dalai-lama, farm, garden, skin, Yoga

Every week we highlight the best articles, blogs, news, videos and interesting Web tidbits to help you live green, be healthy, and connect with your sense of spirituality. Read our roundup for info that just helps you live better. We didn’t post last Friday, but here are some of last week’s best conscious living links.

Yum Yoga