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‘Social Media’ Your Way to Health and Fitness

Tamara Grand by Tamara Grand | February 7th, 2013 | 5 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: at-home workouts, birds of a feather flock together, circle of friends, clean eating recipes, diet, engage, exercise challenge, exercise classes, exercise habits, exercise schedule, facebook, family, friends, get motivated, healthy habits, healthy living, inspirational photos, instagram, interact, low calorie recipes, meals, old friends, paleo diet, participate, personal support group, pinterest, quinoa, smartphone photos, social, social interactions, social media platforms, social networking, socially, tweet, twitter, twitter chats, urge to eat, visual cookbook, weight loss groups, YouTube

Humans are inherently social creatures. Most of us enjoy the company of others and spend much of our waking time engaging in social interactions with friends and family.

Interestingly, people who spend a lot of time together often adopt one another’s eating and exercise habits, sometimes for the better, but often for the worse. Remember the old saying ‘birds of a feather, flock together’?

But there’s a positive side to our desire to conform socially. Find the right circle of friends — your own personal support group — and sticking to an exercise schedule or diet becomes easier. Hence the popularity of organized weight-loss groups and exercise classes.

Furthermore, research demonstrates that just having a weight-loss or fitness support system in place results in better adherence to diet and exercise and more pounds shed and kept off over the long term.

Don’t have access to a local support group? Make your own via one of the following social media platforms:

November: A Month of Everyday Magic

Spiritual Cinema Circle by Spiritual Cinema Circle | November 12th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Inspirational Media, Personal Growth | tags: A Finger Two Dots Then Me, ballroom dance, Dame Judi Dench, Danielle Lurie, Derrick Brown, DVD club, everyday magic, facebook, films, Friend Request Pending, HOPE, inspiration, love, mail, movie, Musical Chairs, poem, poetry, postman, Relationships, Spiritual Cinema Circle, Tiny Miny Magic, trailer, videos, wheelchair

This month, the film selections from Spiritual Cinema Circle will inspire you with the power of everyday magic. The feature film, Musical Chairs, is a romantic drama about two young New Yorkers who overcome physical challenges and celebrate the beauty of dance.

Give Up Hope

Marylee Fairbanks by Marylee Fairbanks | May 9th, 2012 | 5 Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Relationships, Yoga | tags: balance, chakra, courage, death, difficulty, expression, facebook, faith, grace, grief, handstand, headstand, HOPE, hopeless, hopelessness, manipura, mother-daughter, parents, Pema Chodron, positive change, spirit, support, third chakra, transformation, trust, Yoga

Give Up Hope

I don’t like being upside down and backwards. This makes Handstand a challenge for me. I don’t trust that my fellow students can hold me steady while I substitute my hands for feet. It’s a reflection of my own limited thinking, not an accurate assessment of their competence.

Still, I try. I go to class and work gradually. First, I achieved Headstand, which I couldn’t do a year ago. It’s a stepping-stone to the loftier goal of Handstand.

Yoga is always putting new challenges in our paths. Just when we think we have achieved a difficult asana, we discover that it was the modified version. It taught me to give up hope.

Win a Luxurious Organic Bedding Set with Gaiam’s Cyber Monday Bedding Giveaway!

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | November 25th, 2011 | 130 Comments
topic: Eco Decorating, Gaiam Happenings, Green Living, Healthy Home | tags: blogs, comforter, comments, contest, Cyber Monday, duvet cover, facebook, flannel bedding, giveaway, organic cotton bedding, pillowcases, pillows, plaid, sham, sheets, social-media, twitter, win

Organic Cotton Plaid Bedding

Hurry! Enter by December 2!

Are you wishing for new bedding this holiday season? Don’t leave things up to Santa — Win a set with our Cyber Monday Bedding Giveaway!

This is your chance to win a beautiful new bedding set made from all-natural materials, including organic cotton. It will be the softest and most comfortable bedding you’ve ever slept on!

Are Social Media Sites Fueling a Growing Disrespect for Wildlife?

Candice Gaukel Andrews by Candice Gaukel Andrews | November 21st, 2011 | 25 Comments
topic: Eco Travel | tags: "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, bison, blue whale, Eco Travel, environment, ethics, facebook, Great Barrier Reef, humpback whales, kayakers, nature, nature photography, photography, social-media, southeast Alaska, Steller sea lions, taking pictures, travel, twitter, video, wild animals, wildlife, Yellowstone National Park, YouTube

zodiac with whale

Two kayakers paddling off Redondo Beach, south of Los Angeles, got the thrill of a lifetime recently — the kind that most of us will never experience. They met a blue whale, the largest creature on Earth.

The 50-foot cetacean came within arm’s reach of the small kayak. But, not content with this closest of encounters, Rick Coleman, one of the kayakers, plunged into the water for a face-to-face session with the whale — all the while keeping his video camera running. Of course, that video soon appeared on YouTube and the inevitable interviews on TV news shows followed.

In many of those interviews, the Colemans (Susan Coleman was the second kayaker) made the comment that it is important to remember to always approach wild animals with the “utmost respect.”

But is pulling your kayak up to a blue whale and then jumping into the water next to it showing respect for wildlife — or is it more indicative of a desire for renown?

Unplugged: How to Justify a Totally Offline Vacation

Wendy Worrall Redal by Wendy Worrall Redal | August 3rd, 2011 | 7 Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living | tags: cell phones, e-mail, Eco Travel, facebook, family vacation, Internet, iPods, leave your technology behind, live in the moment, natural beauty, natural world, nature, offline, technology, vacation, wi-fi, wireless

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I knew I had a problem with my Facebook addiction when I kept thinking of last weekend’s camping trip as a series of status reports:

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… swore she would not camp in a tent in the rain again, and here she is.

… can’t believe she spent the last two hours trying to get flames out of a smoking fire made with wet wood.

… thinks the finest aroma in the world is the scent of alpine firs.

… is amazed at the lush profusion of wildflowers in the meadow next to Long Lake.

Actually, by the time I went hiking to Long Lake, I had been away from digital technology altogether for 24 hours, and I wasn’t thinking in terms of my Facebook status by that point. But all those moments offered a telling realization: My daily life — my very psyche — is tethered to mobile digital technology.

Reviewers Recommend Gaiam’s Best Yoga Gear

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | April 1st, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: accessories, asanas, clearance, colleen saidman, CouponSherpa, customer reviews, DVDs, emails, exercise, facebook, Fitness, gaiam, gym bag, mat bag, newsletters, non-slip, online yoga club, organic cotton, outlet, pilates, poses, product reviews, rodney yee, sale, saving money, slippery, social-media, sticky, tote, towels, twitter, water bottles, work out, workout, yoga class, yoga clothes, yoga coupons, yoga flip flops, yoga gear, yoga mats, yoga sandals, yoga socks

Gaiam Yoga Products

Customers know that Gaiam is the place to go for the best yoga mats, DVDs, clothes, and other yoga gear, according to our many glowing user reviews. Based on these reviews and satisfaction rates, we’ve selected the best yoga products from the Gaiam catalog. Here are the seven most loved, most purchased, most reviewed and most awesome items Gaiam has to offer.

Eco-Travelers: Help World Wildlife Fund Protect the Planet

Wendy Worrall Redal by Wendy Worrall Redal | January 26th, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living | tags: 50th anniversary, animals, charity, conservation, donation, Eco Travel, ecology, endangered-species, energy, environment, extinction, facebook, fundraiser, natural-habitat-adventures, nature, pollution, preservation, renewable, resources, sustainable, threatened, travel, trips, water, World Wildlife Fund

Kodiak bear fishing for salmon

Anyone who has ever watched a brown bear fish, or an elephant wallow in a water hole, or a curious sea lion come face to face with a snorkeler, knows that one of the highlights of eco-travel is close encounters with wildlife in natural settings.

Should You Bring Your Cell Phone on My Nature Trip?

Candice Gaukel Andrews by Candice Gaukel Andrews | November 18th, 2009 | 19 Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living | tags: cell phone, Eco Travel, facebook, Internet, iPod, laptop, nature, nature travel, Out There in the Wild in a Wired Age, solitude, technology, Ted Kerosote, travel, unplugged, vacation, wilderness, wired world

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I won’t have a computer, an iPod or even a cell phone on my nature trip. So don’t e-mail, voicemail, Facebook or even try to call me. Don’t even phone me on a landline. I can’t be reached. When I travel, I purposely sever all lines of communication with my everyday life. I think you should, too. Because when you don’t, I get annoyed.

Gaiam Fans Share Fave Yoga Poses to Win Our “Dream Yoga Mat” Contest

Joe Rogel by Joe Rogel | July 24th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Gaiam Happenings, Yoga | tags: contest, facebook, giveaway, social-media, twitter, Yoga, yoga mats

Inspired by Kate Hanley’s blog post on finding her “Dream Yoga Mat,” yesterday we decided to give six lucky Facebook fans and Twitter followers the chance to win a dream yoga mat of their own. We simply asked them to answer the question, “What is your favorite yoga pose, and why?” We expected great answers, and our friends surprised us with so much more.