meditation

Embracing Stillness

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | November 12th, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Detox, Fitness, Health & Wellness, Personal Growth | tags: meditation, present moment awareness

Meditation is my therapy. I’ve had a consistent meditation practice for the past three years and explored various styles of meditation for years prior to that. Like most people I started meditating as a result of all of the wonderful things I’d heard about how transformative it is to daily life, how easy it is to fit into any schedule, and how essential it is to our overall well-being and peace of mind.

What Do You Bring to Your Mat?

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | November 9th, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Detox, Fitness, Health & Wellness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: meditation, Mindfullness, Yoga

“There is a story we tell ourselves everyday about who we are and what we can and can’t do…remember you wrote that story and you can edit it anytime…” -Joshua Scott Onysko

Mindfulness Meditation Has Lasting Effects on Brain

by guest | November 7th, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Conscious Living News, Health & Wellness, Personal Growth | tags: meditation, Mindfullness, wellness

In a recent study conducted by the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin demonstrated that a short program of brain training can produce positive effects in both adapting to stress and improving immune functions. Even months after a brain training regimen has been completed, there is a noticeable positive impact on how the brain handles negative stimulus and how the body produces antibodies.

Happify’s: A Skeptic’s Guide to Meditation

by Wendy Weeks | October 15th, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Detox, Health & Wellness, Personal Growth | tags: health, meditation, wellness

Visit Happify:

http://www.happify.com/?srid=cmark&c1=gaiam

A Skeptic’s Guide to Meditation Infographic:

http://www.happify.com/hd/skeptics-guide-to-meditation-infographic-dan-harris/?srid=cmark&c1=gaiam

Graphic reposted with permission from Happify.com.

Surrender and Release the Need to Control

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | September 24th, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Conscious Living News, Detox, Health & Wellness, Inspirational Media, Personal Growth | tags: awareness, breathing, contentment, detox, meditation, mental clarity, pranayama, Yoga, yoga for detox

Our lives are constantly changing with ebbs and flows of happiness sadness, anger, confusion, and elation. Sometimes it can all seem too overwhelming to handle, so how do we find contentment and stay our course when our lives are full of chaos?

Don’t Steal, Practice Asteya

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | August 15th, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: asteya, meditation, steal, stealing, sun salutations, time, yamas and niyamas, Yoga

The Yamas and Niyamas are the 10 ethical guidelines behind the practice of yoga. They encompass non-violence, truth, non-stealing, non-excess, non-possessiveness, purity, contentment, self-discipline, self-study, and surrender.

Lately, I’ve been thinking about Asteya, the yama of non-stealing. In day-to-day life, we think of this as not stealing material possessions from stores or other people, however, there are many ways to steal and they don’t all encompass material goods.

Fell Off the Healthy Habits Wagon? 3 Steps to Get Back On

Jessica Mehring by Jessica Mehring | August 15th, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: blocks, breathing, forgiveness, gaiam, meditation, working out, Yoga

You haven’t practiced yoga in a month. Your meditation practice has become sporadic at best. And that vegan diet you were going to maintain all summer? That lasted two days before you dove into that pint of Rocky Road.

3 Ways to Cool Down with Yoga, Meditation and Breathing

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | June 23rd, 2014 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: be present, breathing-exercises, Left nostril pranayama, meditation, relaxation, Shitali Pranayama, summer yoga

Summer Yoga

Summer is a time for relaxation and fun with more open schedules, warmer weather, outdoor activities and vacations. However, there can also be a sense of pressure and stress in trying to meet our expectations of a laid-back season.

Just the other day, I looked at my calendar and felt overwhelmed by all of the activities on it. Delving deeper, I realized that I needed to create some space to simply be: read a book, go deeper into my meditation practice, savor the smell of a peach as I cut into it or the smell of flowers while sitting in my yard.

Taking the time to be present in the moment is a beautiful practice in its own right, and yoga and meditation are two ways achieve that goal by creating a space within, bringing your attention inward and turning your thoughts away from distractions.

The Sacred Ritual of a Home Yoga Practice

Chrissy Carter by Chrissy Carter | June 16th, 2014 | 1 Comment
topic: Yoga | tags: chrissy carter, coffee, gaiam, home practice, home yoga, meditation, morning, Yoga, yoga at home

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I live for my morning cup of coffee. Sometimes I get excited about going to bed at night just because it means I can wake up and drink coffee. When my alarm goes off, I climb into my terrycloth robe and shuffle downstairs, my dog Ellie at my heels. I savor every part of my morning ritual, from the first whiff of the ground beans as I scoop them out of their tin, to the quiet sitting while I wait for my coffee to brew. I take my mug to the couch and prepare for the first sip, which feels like my own private moment with God. Ellie puts her head on my lap and we sit there in silence in our little church by the window.

This sacred time gives me the space to be with myself; it encourages me to listen to methe voices in my head are too sleepy to chime in with their usual agenda and commentary. And that’s a good thing because I like to spend my mornings doing nothing in particular. If I’m in the mood, I’ll putter around my house and tend to this or that. Maybe I’ll water the plants . . . or not. Maybe I’ll write . . . or not. The rest of my day is directed by obligation — things I have to do, or “should” do — which makes the guiltless moments of my morning feel even more precious.

Our home practice can be a lot like my cherished morning time. No one telling us what to do. No agenda to follow. It’s just you and your breath in that vehicle we call the body, cruisin’ wherever you wanna go.

What’s Up With Down Dog? April Yoga News

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | April 1st, 2014 | 3 Comments
topic: Fitness, Healthy Aging, Yoga | tags: Bold & Naked, Chelsea Roff, Eat Breathe Thrive, eating disorders, job performance, meditation, naked yoga, New York City, russell simmons, stillness, waitress, yoga news

woman doing yoga at work

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 when you hit the mat:

Naked Yoga Class Offered in New York City

No yoga pants? No problem! Yoga studio Bold & Naked in New York City is offering classes where students can practice completely naked.