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Into the Pool

Laura Hobbs by Laura Hobbs | February 2nd, 2016 | 1 Comment
topic: Personal Growth, meditation | tags: breathe, focus, happiness, hard to meditate, how to meditate, life changes, meditate, meditation, meditation for beginners, meditation space, Personal Growth

It’s mid-morning and I’ve just finished a client’s photo edits. Light pours into our living room through south-facing windows, tiny dust particles dancing and defying gravity in the rays. I place my meditation cushion in the center of the rug, my brass singing bowl sitting off to the side. I turn my phone’s ringer off and set my timer for 20 minutes. With one swift tap of the velvet-covered stick, the singing bowl chimes a long, unwavering sound that slowly fades. I close my eyes, inhale through my nose, and exhale through my mouth. “Hello,” I say.

4 Ways To Brush Off Body-Shaming

Lisa Truesdale by Lisa Truesdale | January 28th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: better-body, body shaming, body-image, cyber bulling, cyber bully, finding happiness, happiness, love, mind-body, practicing happiness, self-love, social media platforms

If you’re a fan of social media, you’re probably getting used to seeing frequent stories about people innocently posting photos of themselves, only to find that “body-shamers” have come out of the woodwork to make negative comments about their looks, their hair, their clothing choices, their weight…you name it.

Self Love

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | January 19th, 2016 | No 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).

Forgiveness and Moving On

Elizabeth Wellington by Elizabeth Wellington | December 7th, 2015 | 1 Comment
topic: Health & Wellness, Personal Growth | tags: finding happiness, forgive, forgiveness, happiness, key to happiness, manage stress, move on, practicing happiness, reduce stress, relieve stress, stress, stress-relief

When was the last time you felt really stuck? You couldn’t seem to get out a funk, let alone out of your sweatpants?

Yoga Changed Me

Lynda McCullough by Lynda McCullough | October 14th, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Inspirational Media, Yoga | tags: be-happy, books, daily yoga practice, happiness, inspiration, joy, life, lifestyle, mantra, mantras, practicing happiness, religion, worship, Yoga, yoga life, yoga workbook

So much is written about yoga these days. People describe how it helped them through a crisis, healed an injury, made them stronger. Many are inspired to become teachers. Doctors write about yoga’s health benefits and teachers write about its philosophy, anatomical mechanics, or energetics. I am one more fan, student, and teacher, and I want to add my say.

Finding Balance

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | October 13th, 2015 | 1 Comment
topic: Personal Growth, balance | tags: balance, compare, crow pose, happiness, life transitions, self care, self confidence, self-affirmation, self-love, tree-pose, Yoga, yoga-for-beginners, yoga-therapy

As seasons change and the beginning of another school year is here, most of the conversations I’ve been in lately have been about how busy life gets and how hard it is to keep everything in balance…emotionally, physically, and mentally.

Day of Peace

Lisa Truesdale by Lisa Truesdale | September 29th, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Giving Back, Inspirational Media | tags: adopting dogs, animals, dogs, facebook, Food for Thought, happiness, International Day of Peace, peace, pets

A few weeks before the International Day of Peace, I posed a question to my Facebook friends: “How, where, or when do you find peace?” Since the official purpose of the worldwide observance is “global ceasefire,” I expected—and received—several thoughtful responses about striving for peace in the world, and they were appreciated.

Awakenings: Turning Ourselves Upside Down

Colleen Saidman by Colleen Saidman | September 1st, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Personal Growth, Yoga, balance | tags: awakening, awareness, buddha, colleen saidman, daily yoga practice, happiness, life, motivational, rodney yee, Yoga, yoga for life

The Buddha said, “I am not enlightened, I am merely awake.” What does it mean to be awake? Most of us spend our lives in relative states of “un-consciousness.” Sometimes we undergo a big, dramatic, once-in-a-lifetime awakening—such as a near-death experience—or we can occasionally experience subtler awakenings, such as hearing a story that resonates deep in our beings and creates a shift in consciousness.

What’s Up with Down Dog? June Yoga News

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | June 9th, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: benefits of yoga for men, happiness, June, Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers, yoga for Spanish speakers, yoga news, yoga poses

Gaiam June Yoga News

With more than 20 million yoga practitioners in the United States alone, yoga is becoming part of mainstream culture — and making its own news headlines! Here’s what you should know this June when you hit the mat:

Shine On With Yoga

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | April 21st, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: beatles, gaiam, happiness, headstand, practice, self-love, shine on, sun salutations, wheel, Yoga, yoga-practice

The other night, as I was driving home from teaching one of my weekly yoga classes, “Instant Karma” by the Beatles started to play on the radio. I’ve never really paid attention to the lyrics, as I’ve always enjoyed listening to the melody, but that night I was drawn to the chorus.

“Well, we all shine on, Like the moon and the stars and the sun, Yeah, we all shine on…
On and on and on, on and on…”

It got me thinking that we all need to shine. We all have unique traits and talents that set us apart from the rest of the world, yet most of us are too afraid to embrace these qualities because we are unaware of our own brilliance.