benefits of yoga

3 Steps to Creating Your Own Yoga Retreat

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | July 5th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Yoga | tags: benefits of yoga, deepen-your-yoga-practice, food, meditation, summer, summer-travel, Yoga, yoga DVDs, yoga retreat, yoga studio app, yoga-for-beginners, yoga-practice, yoga-therapy

Going on a yoga retreat is a beautiful opportunity to delve deeper into your yoga practice, take some much needed time to connect to yourself, and add healing treatments like massage or meditation…depending on where you choose to retreat. If you are able to attend a retreat, I highly recommend it; however, if you aren’t able to attend a retreat, why not create your own in three easy steps?

Yoga, Body Image, and Diversity: The Conversation Spreads

Lynda McCullough by Lynda McCullough | June 22nd, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Inspirational Media, Yoga | tags: benefits of yoga, body, body-image, everybodybends, happy body, Yoga, yoga body, yoga body image, yoga for all, yoga-for-beginners, yoga-practice, yoga-therapy

As a long-time yoga practitioner, I remember speaking with my teachers and fellow students 15 years ago about the discomforting fact that images in the publications were almost always those of young, white, athletic women or prominent male “gurus.” Some of us wrote letters to the editor protesting this fact, but nothing really changed.

Downward Doggy

Arielle Parris by Arielle Parris | June 15th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Yoga | tags: animal yoga, animals, benefits of yoga, deepen-your-yoga-practice, dog, dog care, doga, dogs, downward facing dog, funny, teaching yoga, Yoga, yoga for kids, yoga how-to, yoga poses, yoga-for-beginners, yoga-practice, yoga-therapy, yoga_positions

Here at Gaiam we know the importance of yoga for kiddos. Our bright, playful teeny yogi collection inspires even the littlest ones to come to the mat.

Since I have yet to have a human child, I have started getting my fur baby involved in my practice. So here are a few tricks for yoga for you and your dog.

3 Ways to Integrate an At-Home Family Yoga Practice

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | June 7th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Yoga | tags: activities for kids, benefits of yoga, deepen-your-yoga-practice, dvd, family, family exercise, family life, family time, fun, healthy home, home, kid's yoga, kids, wellness-dvds, Yoga, yoga at home, yoga class, yoga DVDs, yoga-practice

Family yoga is a wonderful way to spend time together as a family, incorporating the breathing, mindfulness, and physical benefits of yoga with the fun, creative spirit of your family.

Open Your Heart

by ResourceGirls | May 19th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Yoga | tags: benefits of yoga, deepen-your-yoga-practice, heart, heart opening, open heart, Yoga, yoga how-to, yoga poses, yoga-for-beginners, yoga-practice, yoga-techniques, yoga_positions

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?

3 Ways to Get Out Of Your Yoga Rut

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | May 5th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Yoga | tags: awareness, benefits of yoga, change, changes, deepen-your-yoga-practice, refresh, renewal, Yoga, yoga poses, yoga styles, yoga-practice, yoga-techniques

You roll out your yoga mat, take your seat, and begin your routine before class starts. A routine comprised of stretching, sitting or lying down to mentally prepare, or maybe enjoying some time to chat with your fellow yogis. All is as it should be, yet something seems off. You’re uninspired, going through the motions, not as aware of what you’re doing, feeling low in energy and even contemplating the need to take more breaks.

When Students Are Teachers: Yoga in Drug Court

Lynda McCullough by Lynda McCullough | April 27th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Inspirational Media, Yoga | tags: benefits of yoga, growth, help, mental-health, Personal Growth, self growth, teacher, teachers, Yoga, yoga teacher, yoga teachers, yoga-therapy

When I became a yoga teacher 13 years ago, I was keenly interested in introducing yoga into hospitals and mental health centers. I began my own practice right after my father died, and experienced such grounding within my grief that I longed to share the benefits of yoga with people who’d experienced illness or trauma. I taught in hospitals, but it was five years later, in county drug court, that I found my true niche working with teens.

Overcoming the Fear of Yoga

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | April 8th, 2016 | 2 Comments
topic: Yoga | tags: benefits of yoga, compare, flexibility, flexible, meditation, quiet mind, Yoga, yoga class, yoga classes, yoga-for-beginners, yoga-practice, yoga_positions

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.

Alignment

Dana Damara by Dana Damara | March 18th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Yoga | tags: alignment, benefits of yoga, bks-iyengar, deepen-your-yoga-practice, Iyengar, Iyengar yoga, Personal Growth, strength, Yoga, yoga poses, yoga-practice, yoga-therapy

The very first yoga class I ever attended was Iyengar-based. This was some fifteen years ago, when I was totally into Tai Bo, Spin and Step Aerobics. Kind of an unusual transition, really. Truth be told, I hated it. I could hear the clock ticking, I did not sweat, and there was no music. It felt like such a waste of time to me. It took me a good month to go back. Honestly, it was like pulling teeth, but something kept me going back once a week.

3 Ways to Return to a Beginner’s Mindset

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | February 12th, 2016 | 3 Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: awareness, Beginner's Mind, beginners, benefits of yoga, Yoga, yoga poses, yoga-for-beginners, yoga-practice, yoga-therapy, yoga_positions

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.