gaiam

Into the Wild: Take Your Yoga Practice Outside

Nichole Golden by Nichole Golden | April 16th, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: adventure, gaiam, hiking, into the wild, nature, nichole golden, outside, peace of mind, spirit, spiritual, spiritual practice, spirituality, ToeSox Yoga Flip Flops, Yoga, yoga outside

yoga outside

Winter is an interesting time for me — well, more specifically, an interesting time for my feet. I love summer because of the ease of slipping my toes into a pair of flip-flops and floppin’ around unencumbered by shoes. In fact, during cold months I wear winter’s flip-flop equivalent, moccasins; a shoe that is as close to a non-shoe as it gets.

Yoga for Depression: 3 Poses to Help You Combat the Blues

YOGANONYMOUS by YOGANONYMOUS | April 8th, 2014 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: anxiety, camel, dancer's pose, depression, gaiam, inclined plane, Kristin McGee, mindfulness, Yoga, yoganonymous

Screen Shot 2014-03-29 at 7.11.42 PM

I recently attended a Health event as the magazine launched its new mantra, Happy begins here.”

I love that saying.

I have been trying to remind myself daily that happiness comes from within me. All I have to do is see my little guy’s smile to be really happy; but there are some days I can still feel blue.

I am admitting this because I want everyone to know that we are all human and we all have emotions. Depression is a real thing and it’s difficult to be in the depth of it and feel somewhat helpless.

Anxiety usually stems from worrying too much about the future and your “to do” list. Here are some yoga poses you can do to combat anxiety. Depression, on the other hand is when we get stuck in the past. Practicing yoga helps ground us in the present moment so we can feel truly happy.

Try rocking forward to the front of your feet or sit bones (if you’re seated) and notice how it produces anxiety, moving into the future too fast. Now, lean back in your seat or to the heels of your feet; notice how you slump your shoulders forward and feel a little down. Finally, feel yourself anchored right in the middle of your seat or your feet and feel grounded and present. Try this exercise whenever you feel anxious or a bit depressed.

After I shared this information in my newsletter, I heard from some friends and students that they too suffer from both anxiety and depression. Clearly, lots of people deal with depression. Yes, even us “enlightened” yogis.

New Yoga Mat? Eliminate the Smell

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | April 7th, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: apple cider vinegar, gaiam, mat spray, new mats, odor, odor removal, strong odors, tea tree oil, yoga mat, yoga mat spray, yoga mats

Yoga Mat Smell

A new yoga mat is full of promise and excitement to revitalize your practice. But along with promise, a new mat offers up something less appealing: new-mat smell.

Whether your mat is made of recycled rubber, jute, bamboo or the more common and affordable PVC, it will release an odor that alerts all around you to its newness.

What’s a concerned yogi — one who doesn’t want to subject herself or her fellow downward doggers to headache-inducing off-gassing — to do?

Well, while you likely won’t eliminate the smell completely (only time can do that!), you can certainly reduce its assault on your nose. Here’s how:

Breathing Meditation for Patience

Jessica Mehring by Jessica Mehring | March 25th, 2014 | 5 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Personal Growth | tags: breath, breathe, colorado, gaiam, mediation, meditate, mindfulness, Pema Chodron, practicing mindfulness, Spring, Yoga

“Patience is not learned in safety.” -Pema Chodron

Spring tests my patience. Every single year. Especially here in Colorado, as the weather whips back and forth between snow and sun, and as calm mornings give way to blustery afternoons, my patience is tried every spring. I become anxious for warmer, more stable weather.

Every spring, I am reminded once again that I am not in control. Patience is the only way through.

We humans, though, don’t learn patience the easy way. We don’t learn patience when things are going our way. Rather, we learn patience when we are tested, and when we finally have to accept that we can’t control the world.

5 Yoga Poses for PMS

Kate Hanley by Kate Hanley | March 18th, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: downward facing dog, forward bends, Forward Folds, gaiam, heart openers, hip openers, massage, PMS, restorative yoga, savasana, Supta baddha konasana, Supta padangusthasana II, The 28 Days Lighter Diet, Upavistha konasana, Yoga, yoga blankets, yoga blocks

yoga poses for PMS

In America alone, 85 million women suffer from PMS, with symptoms including insomnia, depression, irritability, bloating, breast tenderness, and digestive issues. While PMS is common, it is not normal. Yes, there is some natural water retention that happens during a healthy menstrual cycle, and your energy will dip as you get closer to the first day of your period. But if you dread the days leading up to the start of your cycle, something is out of balance.

6 Yoga Poses to Open Your Heart

Sadie Nardini by Sadie Nardini | February 9th, 2014 | 4 Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Relationships, Yoga | tags: gaiam, heart openers, heart opening, love, self-love, Valentines Day, Yoga

SIDE SPIN

This Valentine’s Day, I encourage you to start having a sizzling affair. Not the way you think, though — I want you to choose your closest soul mate, the one who’s been there for you during all the ups and downs of your life and the person who has never, ever left you, and never will.

From Gaiam with Gratitude

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | November 23rd, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Gaiam Happenings | tags: free trial, gaiam, gaiam tv, GaiamTV.com, gift guide, gratitude, holidays, Lynn Powers, personal letter, streaming videos, thanksgiving, wish list

Autumn Leaves

Dear Friend,

Thanksgiving week is here, and I’d like to take this chance to express my sincere gratitude.

Your commitment to an active and sustainable lifestyle is our daily inspiration — you’re the reason we strive to find new and innovative solutions to help you live healthy, happy and green.

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.

Posing on the Job: Gaiam Vendor Offers Yoga at Work

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | April 1st, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Giving Back, Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: Acorn Paper Products, apparel, blocks, bricks, career, Clothing, employees, gaiam, gear, human resources, job, leggings, pants, straps, stress, stress-relief, tops, vendor, workplace, yoga at work, yoga classes, yoga mats

Woman doing yoga at workHere at Gaiam, we don’t just walk the walk — we pose the pose. Many of us really do keep up a regular yoga practice, and yes, we love to use our Gaiam yoga mats, bags, straps, blocks and clothes. We also count ourselves lucky that we can do yoga at work — either on our own at the on-site gym or at weekly on-site yoga classes. There’s truly nothing like Warrior Pose to start the workday or Savasana to melt away stress at the end of it.

Help Gaiam Plant Trees

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | June 30th, 2010 | 2 Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: climate change, Earth Day, environment, environmental challenges, gaiam, Go Zero, planting trees, The Conservation Fund, trees

How can you reduce your carbon footprint? You can help Gaiam plant new forests that absorb thousands of tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere through The Conservation Fund’s Go Zero program.

Watch the video above to see how The Conservation Fund’s partnership with Gaiam, Gaiam customers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has helped address two of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges — habitat loss and climate change.