holidays

The Advantage of Being a Food Snob

Bevin Wallace by Bevin Wallace | December 28th, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: easy recipes, food, food ethics, healthy food, healthy habits, healthy recipes, healthy-eating, holiday, holiday dinner, holiday season, holiday stress, holiday weight gain, holidays, organic foods, recipe, recipes, slow-food

This time of year, people tend to go in one of two directions, eating-wise: Either they double down on their dedication to a healthy diet and forego every sugar cookie, candied pecan, and cheese plate they encounter—or they say some version of “screw it” and dive head first into the buttered mashed potatoes (or cookie platter).

It’s OK to Splurge

Joelle Klein by Joelle Klein | December 22nd, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Healthy Eating | tags: christmas, food, good nutrition, health, healthy food, healthy habits, healthy-eating, holiday, holiday dinner, holiday season, holiday weight, holiday weight gain, holidays, nutrition, nutrition. health, perfect holiday

It’s holiday time. Gifts. Food. Family. More food. Spirits. Studies have shown that, on average, people gain about a pound over the holidays, and overweight people tend to gain more. So while a pound doesn’t sound too bad, the fact is that that pound usually stays put and, over the years, those single pounds add up to five, eight and, eventually, ten-pound weight gains. That translates into a whole new wardrobe.

3 Tips to Balance the Holiday Season

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | December 15th, 2015 | 2 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: deepen-your-yoga-practice, holiday, holiday season, holiday stress, holidays, manage stress, reduce stress, stress-relief, Yoga, yoga-for-beginners, yoga-practice, yoga-therapy, yoga_positions

It’s the holiday season. A wonderful time of year that somehow gets stressful and chaotic with all of the things to do, events to host as well as attend, and relationships to celebrate through gifts and time spent together.

Maintaining balance and letting go of the stress of the season is a practice of its own. Fortunately, with a little mindfulness, planning, and compassion, you can embrace the season feeling more refreshed, grateful, and happy.

3 Day Giveaway

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | December 9th, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Yoga | tags: contest, holiday, holidays, sweepstakes, Yoga

Tune in to our Facebook page 12/9 – 12/11 for a chance to win new yoga gear!

Finish entry here: a Rafflecopter giveaway

How it works:

  • Tune into our Facebook page 12/9 – 12/11
  • Answer our daily holiday-themed contest questions
  • Don’t forget to sign up through our Rafflecopter
  • We will a choose winners each day

You Need Yoga Now

Heather Larson by Heather Larson | November 24th, 2015 | 1 Comment
topic: Health & Wellness, Inspirational Media, balance | tags: breathing, breathing-exercises, excercise, health, healthy habits, healthy home, healthy-eating, holiday, holidays, how to sleep better, restorative, restorative yoga poses, restore, sleep, womens health, Yoga, yoga for detox, yoga-for-beginners

The holidays are careening toward us again, whether we’re ready or not. It’s time to take a look at how we plan to take care of ourselves during the chaos. Let’s start with a few of the demands placed upon us. Although the list can be endless—shopping, parties, where will the money come from, baking, cleaning, entertaining, will Uncle Joe get drunk and ruin dinner—you have to carve out extra time for these chores.

5 Steps to Practice Gratitude around the Holidays

by guest | November 23rd, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Inspirational Media, Yoga | tags: be present, daily practice, give, give thanks, gratitude, holiday, holidays, intention, intentions, love, mindful, mindfulness, nature, power yoga, practice, share, thanksgiving, two fit moms, Yoga, yoga-practice

A guest post from Two Fit Moms.

It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life, but the Thanksgiving holiday reminds us to come back to center, to focus on all that is good, and to count our many blessings.  This year, we encourage you to expand your day of gratitude into a daily practice.  While this may sound like another task to add to your to-do list during a busy season, we believe it’s well worth the effort.

Finding Meaning in the Holidays: Yoga & Meditation Tips

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | December 20th, 2013 | 2 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: breath, bridge pose, christmas, christmas tree, holidays, love, meditation, Pigeon pose, self care, serenity, Yoga

christmas tree

The other night, I was looking at my tree, decorated with the small number of ornaments that are meaningful to my family and me, and thought about how I grew up with a tree full of ornaments, each covering the one behind it. It was one of those moments of clarity for me, watching the tree in the dark of night with the lights sparkling: Less is more. Too many trinkets distract. It’s not about what you get or have. It’s about what you give, and the quality, not quantity behind that sentiment.

10 Ways to Eat Healthy on the Fly

Wendy Worrall Redal by Wendy Worrall Redal | December 11th, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Family Health, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: complex carbs, cracker sandwiches, dip, fruit, fruit leather, granola, granola bars, healthy-eating, holiday travel, holidays, hydration, jerky, muffins, nuts, portable meals, protein, road trips, salads, sandwiches, seeds, travel, veggies, water, yogurt, yogurt tubes

I just returned from an overseas trip, spending 17 hours in the air and several more hours in airports. Since I’m always a coach-class traveler, I was reminded of how difficult it can be to find healthy food at a reasonable price when you’re flying.

Ditto for road trips: our family drove from Denver to Seattle last summer, and the wasteland of fast-food chains and truck-stop convenience stores clustered around interstate exits is downright depressing if you want a quick bite that’s not burgers, fries or rotisserie hot dogs.

The key, I’ve learned, is to prepare your own portable meals ahead of time. Travel, especially flying, can be draining, not to mention dehydrating. It’s important to choose foods that are high in protein and complex carbs, to maintain blood sugar levels – and to drink lots and lots of water. Those tiny plastic cups the airlines provide won’t suffice — bring your own water bottle and fill it from a concourse drinking fountain once you clear security.

With just a bit of preparation time, you can enjoy easy, energy-sustaining snacks that taste better and cost a lot less than most ‘food on the fly.’ If you’re traveling this holiday season, mix and match a selection of these easy snacks — no need to bother with a cooler or utensils; most items will last outside the fridge for a while, and most can be eaten right from your hand.

4 Ways to Give the Gift of Fitness

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | December 10th, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Fitness | tags: exercise, Fitness, fitness gifts, gifts, holiday season, holiday weight, holiday weight gain, holidays, lose-weight, the firm, weight gain, weight-loss, workout

FIRMfeatureBy The FIRM Master Instructor Kelsie Daniels

The holiday season is once again upon us. And because I am one of those people who fully enjoys holiday dining, I have to prepare myself for the usual question that comes as I am stuffing my face: “How do you stay in shape?” One of the people who always asks me this question is my dear Aunt Jo. She asks it every year and then follows with how she wants to start working out and eating right.

Stop the Madness: Choose Mindfulness Over Perfection This Holiday Season

YOGANONYMOUS by YOGANONYMOUS | December 10th, 2013 | 1 Comment
topic: Personal Growth, Relationships, Yoga | tags: calm the mind, family, friends, holiday season, holidays, hosting, in the moment, Jon Kabat-Zinn, meditation, mind, Mindfullness, perfect holiday, perfection, practice saying no, present moment awareness, silence, slow down, stillness, stress, The National Science Foundation, to-do list, unity, voluntary simplicity, Wherever You Go There You Are, witness thoughts, Yoga

I’m just going to say it … I think the holiday season needs a radical overhaul.

We see ads for the perfect holiday meals, served in a lovely setting where everyone is smiling, especially the gracious host. Truth is, in order to achieve this type of perfection, we nearly kill ourselves with stress trying to get that end result.

I’m sure your mind, like mine, is kicked into high gear this time of year to attend to the million things you have to accomplish between now and January first, but time is limited and your body begins to suffer. It will only be a short time before insomnia and exhaustion set in. Instead of enjoying our time with loved ones, we can wind up emotionally unavailable and stressed out.