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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.

Kids Aerial Yoga Takes Flight

Erika Prafder by Erika Prafder | June 15th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Yoga | tags: aerial yoga, deepen-your-yoga-practice, kids, personal practice, practice, yoga for kids, yoga-practice, yoga-therapy, yogi

photo by Ashley Goldberg, Born Yoga

Does your child need to unwind his mind?

Aerial yoga is not only safe, but offers unique benefits for child yogis, says Ashley Goldberg, owner of Born Yoga in Birmingham, Michigan.

“Unlike aerial yoga for adults, upside down and challenging poses are done with children in a bucket seat, which prevents them from sliding out,” says Goldberg.

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?

Discipline

Dana Damara by Dana Damara | May 11th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: deepen-your-yoga-practice, discipline, growth, Personal Growth, self growth, spiritual growth, teacher, teachers, Yoga, yoga teacher, yoga teachers, yoga-practice, yoga-therapy

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.

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.

Learning to be Human

Lynda McCullough by Lynda McCullough | March 28th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Yoga | tags: beginner yoga, Beginner's Mind, beginners, deepen-your-yoga-practice, gentle workouts, yin yoga, Yoga, yoga-for-beginners, yoga-practice, yoga-therapy

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.

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.

Self Love

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | January 19th, 2016 | 3 Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: ahimsa, be-happy, deepen-your-yoga-practice, happiness, love, niyamas, self, self image, self-love, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, yamas, yamas and niyamas, Yoga

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).

10 Ways to Practice Self-Care

Elizabeth Wellington by Elizabeth Wellington | January 5th, 2016 | 7 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Personal Growth | tags: deepen-your-yoga-practice, gratitude, gratitude journal, meditation, meditation space, self, self care, self image, self-love, sleep, walking, walking meditation, Yoga, yoga-practice

To be your most authentic self, you need to incorporate self-care into your daily life. Self-care anchors you in kindness and love, even amidst a whirlwind of stress or trauma. Dr. Kristen Lee Costa, a professor at Northeastern University and stress expert defines self-care as “being aware of a wide range of needs and deliberately taking action to support our own well-being.”