Yoga Etiquette: 10 Tips for the Studio

Laura Hobbs by Laura Hobbs | November 24th, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Yoga | tags: ego, mindful exercise, mindful workouts, mindfulness, Yoga, yoga class, yoga etiquette, yoga studio, yoga studios, yoga-for-beginners

There’s no doubt: yoga culture can be daunting. Whether you’re new to a yoga studio or you need a refresher on the rules, here are ten general tips and tricks for making your practice a pleasant one for you and your classmates.

1. Arrive on time

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.

Being Mindful: The How, What and Why

Heather Larson by Heather Larson | August 25th, 2015 | 1 Comment
topic: Health & Wellness, meditation | tags: health, health benefits, interview, meditate, meditation, mindful, mindfulness, mindfulness practice, practicing mindfulness, restorative, restore, Yoga

All the talk lately about mindfulness got me thinking: do I really know what this is and how to practice it? If I wondered about how to be mindful, I imagine others did, too. So, I took my questions to an expert, Cara Bradley, author, yoga and meditation teacher, and founder of Verge Yoga in Philadelphia, PA.

Make Your New Habits Bulletproof

Matt Cooke by Matt Cooke | July 28th, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Personal Growth, balance | tags: commitment, healthy habits, mindfulness, practicing mindfulness, Yoga

We are always looking to find the magic bullet—the thing that will fix everything for all time. What would be the fun in that? Where is the mastery and challenge in life when we just want to do something once and be done with it? We are always wanting to check things off the list. It’s part of being human. So how do we drop into commitments, and doing something better for ourselves? We must commit, but then recommit by making our new habits bulletproof.

Mindfulness as the Cure to Procrastination

Elizabeth Wellington by Elizabeth Wellington | May 20th, 2015 | 4 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, meditation | tags: breathe, meditation, mindfulness, procrastination

Have you ever had a project that you just can’t seem to start? As a deadline approached, did you distract yourself under a growing mountain of fear?

I am a master procrastinator, too. Why do we distract ourselves when it makes our work less enjoyable and more difficult?

Self-Criticism and Procrastination

Yoga Hacks – 10 Ways to Add Yoga to Your Day

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | August 8th, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Yoga | tags: breath, breathe, breathing, desk yoga, gaiam, michelle finerty, mindfulness, mountain-pose, work, Yoga

Life is busy. Between work, the commute to and from work, taking care of a family and participating in extracurricular activities, there is hardly time to maintain a regular yoga practice.

For the majority of us, work and our commute take up most of our time on an average day, so wouldn’t it be nice to throw in some yoga and mindfulness in the few open spaces you can squeeze in?

Breathing Meditation for Patience

Jessica Mehring by Jessica Mehring | July 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.

Yoga Research: Five Proven Facts that Make Yoga Awesome

YOGANONYMOUS by YOGANONYMOUS | May 8th, 2014 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: backbends, health, mindfulness, relaxation, time, Yoga, yoga for everyone, yoga is awesome, yoga makes you young, youth

How many times have you tried to tell your friends about the energy body but you just can’t seem to convince it’s real?

How many times have said friends stopped talking to you altogether, or at the very least mentally categorized you as the cuckoo?

Yoga teachers are famous for saying funny things that don’t make sense to non-practitioners. It’s hard to put into words the things we feel sometimes, especially words that everyone can understand.

But those days might soon come to pass. Stephanie Shorter, PhD, presented a lecture at the Dallas Yoga Conference on yoga research, summarizing past and current scientific research in words that yoga teachers and students can understand and most importantly, connecting all our crazy new age rhetoric into hard science.

Here are five enlightening facts to help you understand what is happening in the body on a physiological level, plus practical applications to integrate into your daily practice (good news: you probably do these things already!)

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

YOGANONYMOUS by YOGANONYMOUS | April 8th, 2014 | 5 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: anxiety, camel, dancer's pose, depression, gaiam, inclined plane, Kristin McGee, mindfulness, Yoga, yoganonymous

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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.

“What Is Yoga?” Answering the Misinformed

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | March 27th, 2014 | 4 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: breath, Iyengar yoga, meditation, mindfulness, power yoga, practice, rodney yee, the benefits of yoga, vinyasa, yin yoga, Yoga, yoga nidra, yoga-for-beginners

If you practice yoga, chances are someone is going to ask you what yoga is and why you do it. I have answered both of these questions time after time over the years and it never ceases to amaze me how much misinformation is circulating, based on stereotypes or without thinking.

I was talking to my brother a few weeks ago, expressing how great yoga would be for my niece who is a very flexible athlete.  His response? “She’ll start yoga when she’s 50 and starts to slow down.” You would think I would have taken this opportunity to inform him of the various styles of yoga available, the mental and physical benefits of yoga for all ages, and the need for an athlete to balance sports strength and power with the flexibility and healing benefits of yoga—but I didn’t. Instead I sat there stunned.