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Home for the Holidays: How to Make Your Guests Feel Welcome

Cheryl Terrace by Cheryl Terrace | December 10th, 2013 | 1 Comment
topic: Eco Decorating, Green Living, Healthy Home, Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: candles, clutter, comfort, company, decor, entertaining, family, friends, guests, holiday season, home, hospitality, house, hugs, music, party, winter

Holiday candles and holly on the mantle

The holidays are a festive — and often frantic — time of year, with family and friends gathering together. The setting for all these celebrations takes place in our homes, where creating comfort for our guests is the primary focus.

December: Overcoming the Odds

Spiritual Cinema Circle by Spiritual Cinema Circle | November 19th, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Inspirational Media, Personal Growth | tags: ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, December, DVD club, films, Granny’s Got Game, Heart of the Country, It Ain’t Over, movies, music, Overcoming the Odds, personal development, Personal Growth, power of laughter, self help, Spiritual Cinema Circle, spirituality, Stephen Simon, The Birdman, Yakov Smirnoff

This month’s Spiritual Cinema Circle film collection is all about overcoming the odds.

It Ain’t Over is a story of hope from a man with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) who has been defying medical odds for over a decade. Granny’s Got Game follows a group of women in their seventies who have been playing basketball together for nearly 20 years. The Birdman celebrates a shopkeeper in New York City who has maintained a sanctuary for music lovers in the midst of the digital age.

October: Communication and Imagination

Spiritual Cinema Circle by Spiritual Cinema Circle | September 25th, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Inspirational Media, Personal Growth | tags: Alby Hurwit, communication, DVD club, emotional baggage, films, imagination, Imagine, Marilu Henner, memory, movies, music, October, Portugal, Relationships, Spiritual Cinema Circle, Stephen Simon, symphony, The Gambling Man, What is That?

Our films for this month focus on communication and imagination. In the high-concept short Baggage, a young man reclaims some emotional baggage he thought he had left behind for good. In The Gambling Man, we visit the inspiring real-life story of Alby Hurwit, a retired doctor who pursues his life-long dream to compose a symphony. And in What is That?, a father and son learn to reconnect.

July: Connecting to Creativity

Spiritual Cinema Circle by Spiritual Cinema Circle | June 21st, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Inspirational Media, Personal Growth | tags: animated, Coda, connection, creativity, documentaries, DVD club, Emmy Award, feature, films, Four Chambers, humanity, Journey of the Universe, Macropolis, movies, music, personal development, Personal Growth, self help, Spiritual Cinema Circle

Some of our favorite films from Spiritual Cinema Circle are those that connect us to our creativity and humanity.

This month’s feature film is the Emmy Award-winning documentary Journey of the Universe. Narrated by Brian Thomas Swimme, the film takes us on a journey through history and our connection with all of humanity.

3 Steps to Perfection on Purpose

Kaedrich Olsen by Kaedrich Olsen | March 25th, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: active approach to life, acutely aware, be present, brain, choice, choices, clothes, communication, connect with yourself, consciousness, demands, ears, element, emotions, evolving perfection, exploration, explore, exploring the environment, external expectations, eyes, focus outward, full experience, fully present, future experiences, health, hear, immediate surroundings, in the moment, inspiring experiences, intent, interpretation, inward focus, knowing who you are, life creations, listen, listen to your body, listen to your life, live life to the fullest, making choices, manifest, moment, music, no judgement, not to feel, open senses, pain, passive, past choices, past experiences, perfection on purpose, personal joy, purpose, rewards, secrets, see, sensation, sense of smell, sense of touch, sensory organs, signals in the body, smell, sound, subtle signals, take in every detail, take in every moment, taste, touch, turn attention inward, whole being

You know who you are based on all of your past experiences and choices. If you choose to remain who and what you are now, and not look ahead, then you will forever be at the mercy of your own future life experiences. Instead of taking this passive approach, allow yourself to understand that you have a choice in all of your future experiences and make those choices.

Here are three ways to to take an active role in shaping your life:

On Staying Open (Plus a Playlist)

Dionne Elizabeth by Dionne Elizabeth | December 17th, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Relationships, Yoga | tags: community, connection, eye contact, fear, heart, music, open, outgoing, people, rejection, Relationships, reward, risk, shy, smile, songs, Spotify playlist, strangers, Yoga

Staying openI was reminded this weekend, whilst walking through town, about the magic of staying open. Two strangers openly greeted me with big smiles, and I am ashamed to say I was consciously taken aback. But once I acknowledged it was me they were smiling at, I responded by grinning with appreciation at them (possibly scaring them, apols about that!).

See, after I moved here, I often found myself talking (or rather, trying to talk) to strangers in the street, or at bus stops, or as I queued to pay for groceries. Despite my best efforts, the funny looks I often received in return took their toll, as I assumed they were a negative reaction towards my behavior. This eventually led to me becoming more shy and reserved, and less likely to try to connect with those I met.

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!

Yoga & Music in the Mountains: Hanuman Festival, June 8-10, 2012

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | May 15th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Fitness, Gaiam Happenings, Giving Back, Green Living, Yoga | tags: Amy Ippoliti, boulder, charity, classes, colorado, community, concerts, Desert Dwellers, DVDs, foothills, good cause, Hanuman Festival, Hindu mythology, instructors, June, Kathryn Budig, Kia Miller, mats, music, Off the Mat and Into the World, props, Rocky Mountains, summer, teachers, The Wellness Initiative, Tommy Rosen, videos, Yoga, yoga festival, yoga gear

Hanuman Yoga Festival

This June, dust off your travel yoga mat and head to beautiful Boulder, Colo., for the second annual Hanuman Festival! More than your typical yoga retreat, Hanuman combines yoga, music and community, all for some great causes.

When: June 8-10, 2012

Where: Boulder, Colorado, near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains

The yoga: The all-star instructor lineup includes classes with Kathryn Budig, Tommy Rosen, Kia Miller, Amy Ippoliti and many more.

The music: Enjoy concerts featuring Desert Dwellers, Jim Beckwith, Ashlee K Thomas, David Newman (Durga Das), Vamadeva Jaya, DJ Drez, The Pushpams,  David “Duke Mushroom” Schommer and many more. Artists will perform during select yoga classes as well as at scheduled concerts.

The causes:

  • Off the Mat and Into the World, a program that “uses the power of yoga to inspire conscious, sustainable activism and ignite grassroots social change.”
  • The Wellness Initiative, which seeks to “improve the physical health, social and emotional development, and academic performance of low-income youth through yoga-based wellness programs.”
  • Give Back Yoga Foundation supports and fund certified yoga teachers in all traditions to offer the teachings of yoga to under-served and under-resourced socio-economic segments of the community.

Gaiam is especially excited for this event because it’s one of the only yoga festivals to take place right in our own backyard — less than eight miles from our Louisville, Colorado headquarters! Gaiam and Gaiam TV will each have booths at the festival, where participants will be able to check out our newest yoga mats, DVDs and other gear, as well as meet some of your favorite yoga instructors who will be stopping by to say hello or help you perfect your poses.

We chatted with Cara Fogel Ferrick, Hanuman’s sales and marketing director, who gave us the scoop on what sets Hanuman apart (and where that name came from!).

Simple Ways to Let Your Love Flow

Kate Hanley by Kate Hanley | February 2nd, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: babies, favorite love songs, heart, heart opening, hug, hugging, I hate Valentine’s Day, love, music, touch, Valentines Day, Valentine’s Day

Add more heart to your Valentine's Day

Contrary to the deluge of advertisements, magazine articles and greeting cards floating around right now, not everyone looks forward to Valentine’s Day. Lots of people can’t stand it. Hate it, even. (I know; I used to be one of them until I got engaged on Feb. 14th five years ago.) It can seem like just another excuse to spend money and an opportunity to wish your love life were somehow different.

If you detest this time of year or just aren’t looking forward to this particular V-Day, try these simple ways to shortcut through the schmaltz and societal pressure and go straight to what this high-pressure holiday is really all about. Not flowers, chocolates or over-priced dinner reservations, but love. May one or some or all of these activities help you transform Valentine’s Day into an opportunity to recharge your love batteries.

Music to Sweat to: Your Workout Playlist

Teri Ann Krefting by Teri Ann Krefting | February 1st, 2012 | 4 Comments
topic: Fitness | tags: 50 Cent, BoB, Cake, cool-down, Down On Me, ET, exercise, Fitness, Fool in the Rain, Give Me Everything (Tonight), gym, headphones, I Will Survive, intensity, iPod, Jeremih, Jessie J, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Led Zeppelin, Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard, Muse, music, Ne-yo, OK Go, pace, pacing, Paul Simon, Pitbull, play list, playlist, Price Tag, rhythm, Santeria, songs, Starlight, Sublime, tempo, This Too Shall Pass, tunes, warm-up, work out, workout

Woman working out listening to musicThe main thing that really fires me up for fitness is a superior song playlist. If I’m planning a long run or a hard workout at the gym, great songs make the time fly by and make workouts much more enjoyable. And music tempo is perfect for pacing yourself — slower songs to warm up and cool down, and pumping rhythms to keep the intensity up in between.

Here are my top 10 workout tunes right now — share yours in the comments section below!