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Motivation for Your Yoga Practice

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | November 8th, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: alive, Big Happy Day, body, boost immune system, cancer, celebrate being alive, celebrate life, coach, compassion, daily yoga practice, dedicate, Dedication, discipline, exercise, Fitness, friendship, Hillary Rubin, inspiration, lost loved one, memory, motivation, move in your body, movement, muscle of discipline, no presssure, presence, video, wellness, Yoga, yoga mat

Wellness pioneer Hillary Rubin encourages us to stay motivated to make it to the yoga mat — and to practice compassion for ourselves on the days when we don’t. One of her favorite motivators? Dedicating your daily yoga practice to someone or something that inspires you.

My Sculpting Workout Playlist

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | August 20th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Fitness | tags: band, exercise, Fitness, good mood, inspiration, music, music mix, nancy butts, new tunes, old tunes, play list, playlist, push muscles, sculpting, songs, the firm, tone muscles, weights, workout playlist

Sculpt Playlist

By The FIRM Master Instructor Nancy Butts

I love music and have a TON of it from all genres. I adore every song listed below and hope that you do, too. If you haven’t heard them, look them up on You Tube! I stumbled upon N.E.R.D. out of a freebie bin from an auction we had at the office. You just never know when, where or how you will find a new band you love!

The playlist below is a great mix, in my opinion, of newer and older tunes. Each song puts me in a super great mood, builds up my energy and helps me push my muscles to the absolute max. That’s what a great sculpting playlist is for, right? I’ve also included a few sample exercises for each tune for fit-spiration. Enjoy!

The Thing About Overthinking

Bee Bosnak by Bee Bosnak | June 5th, 2012 | 2 Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: be present, believe in myself, contentment, dream, expectations, fear, inner critic, inner wisdom, inspiration, intention, limiting beliefs, overthink, patience, purpose, self-compassion, self-doubt, shift, stillness, transformation, trust, writer's block, Yoga

Overthinking

There is no rush, there is only now. Tapping into patience.

I haven’t written in the past ten days. Writer’s block, stuck in a rut, loss of inspiration … you name it. I’ve come to terms with the fact that my writing usually happens when I write from a place of inspiration and peace, instead of fear and must.

In the past year, something has shifted within me. It is both confusing and wonderful. I cannot put my finger on exactly what is going on, but it seems to be happening in just the right way. One of my favorite quotes is by Arthur Rubinstein: “There are no formulas for living the life you secretly dream about, because if you simply accept and welcome life, it’ll reveal itself to you.”

Find Hope in Your Dream

Gwen Lawrence by Gwen Lawrence | May 18th, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: abuse, belief, child, childhood, desire, goals, HOPE, inspiration, kids, motivation, overcoming fear, parenting, perseverance, persevere, positive thinking, prayer, trauma, trust, Yoga

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We all need it, we all have it, we all draw from it, we all seek it, and without it there is nothing left: hope.

The ability to persevere comes from inside — it is a part of you. When life throws you a curveball, when your path becomes a grinding mountain instead of a downhill glide, when there seems there is no way out, you must draw from your inner well of hope.

Whether to fulfill our goals or to fight to survive, we all draw from our same inner supply of hope. It is the first thing we should teach our children. Hope is a necessary component of survival and as sweet as hoping for a shiny red bicycle for Christmas.

This Precious Body … A Reservoir of Hope

Katherine Robertson-Pilling by Katherine Robertson-Pilling | May 17th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: benefits of yoga, broken leg, femur, healing, health, HOPE, inspiration, motivation, Spring, springtime, Yoga, yoga-therapy

Hope and the BodyIf hope were a season, it would be Spring. Flowers are budding, bees are buzzing, trees are leafing and birds are building nests. Life picks up its paintbrush and makes a splash across Nature’s canvas. Its message:

“No matter where you are today,

Something new is on its way.”

While Spring gives evidence in the world around us, life flows just as hopefully within us. We usually relate to our physical world as solid and fixed. But it is not — it is alive, active and changing at every level, seen and unseen. Science now demonstrates that everything is energy, particles dancing with each other all the time. And I have learned this lesson in my bones.

One afternoon three years ago, in the fullness of Spring, I went out to buy groceries, stepped up onto a sidewalk and fell. I did not take another step for four months. Unable to stand, as I waited on the curb for the ambulance, I kept my mind focused on the desirable outcome. But I knew the truth. Even in those first five minutes, something in me responded, “Okay. If this is what’s next, let’s go.”

Happy, Hope-y Wallpapers

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | May 2nd, 2012 | 5 Comments
topic: Inspirational Media, Personal Growth | tags: computer, desktop wallpaper, download, free wallpaper, Gaiam Hope Project, HOPE, inspiration, iPad and Facebook Timeline, iPhone, nature, Spring

Hope Wallpaper Blog

We hope you’re enjoying our month-long Gaiam Hope Project as much as we are! The articles, videos, blog posts and reader stories so far have been truly inspiring, and we’re thrilled to be able to share them with you. But we also think you shouldn’t have to wait for us to post to get your daily dose of hope. That’s why we’ve created hope-themed wallpapers for your computer, iPhone, iPad and Facebook Timeline.

Romeo, Wherefore Art Thou Hopeful?

Marc Santa Maria by Marc Santa Maria | May 1st, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: acceptance, attracting love, crunch gym, divorce recovery, finding love, HOPE, inspiration, love, love at any age, marc santa maria, romance, romeo and juliet, self-love

I’m a 43-year-old Romeo. Seriously. At the ripe, sweet age of 43, I’m playing the star-crossed lover in the Shakespeare classic. It was a surprise to me when the director casting this production asked me to play young Romeo. When I stop to think about it, it cracks me up. I mean, this character typically is seen as a horny, brash teenager on the brink of becoming a man and discovering true love.

Ah, true love! It’s a common enough phrase and yet I do believe it’s not actually all that common in our world.

Planting Hope

David Pennington by David Pennington | April 20th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Healthy Eating, Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: asparagus, bachelor, commitment, cultivate, cultivation, faith, finding love, garden, gardening, grow, HOPE, house, inspiration, love, marriage, millennials, not quite hippie, nurture, Personal Growth, planting, relationship, transformation, Yoga

AsparagusAs I watched my girlfriend plant the asparagus roots in the freshly tilled soil this past weekend, the thought finally hit me: I might yet stand a chance.

Seeds are amazingly simple in design for what they are meant to do. Soil, water, warmth and a bit of faith creates a plant that provides food, generates more seeds and nurtures the soil, all while cleaning the air and water. It was the cultivation of a few seeds that gave me a completely new perspective on absolutely everything in my life.

The Gaiam Hope Project

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | April 18th, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Green Living | tags: Beauty and the Beast, Gaiam Life, gaiam tv, happiness, happy, Hope Film Festival, hopeful, hopefulness, I AM, inspiration, The Gaiam Hope Project

Hope

What does hope mean to you? That’s the inspiration behind the Gaiam Hope Project. We asked experts, authors and readers like you to share stories of hope. Every day for the next month, we’ll publish those stories on GaiamLife.com. You’ll find new ideas to get your happy on, tips to be more optimistic and ways to have a little faith.

Hope on Four Legs

Cheryl Terrace by Cheryl Terrace | April 18th, 2012 | 3 Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: aging, fire, golden doodle, goldendoodle, HOPE, inspiration, mother-daughter relationship, Relationships, rescue dog, tragedy

My mom’s house burned to the ground a little over a year ago. She lost everything … but it was a hidden blessing. Since my dad died a few years ago, my brother, sister and I had been trying to get Mom to move to a smaller house in a less-isolated community. She would not budge, saying, “Everything I know is here: my home, my neighbors, my life.” The fire, though tragic, took care of that.