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What’s Up With Down Dog? April 1st 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.

Exchange Your Rush for Hush

Cheryl Terrace by Cheryl Terrace | March 15th, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Home, Personal Growth | tags: acreage, auditory person, bear, bed, bird calls, bird suet, bodies, cd sounds of nature, chaos, chronic noise, city dwellers, coyotes, debilitating noise, ears, environmentalism, estate, flashlight, front porch, garbage trucks, health, Heaven, home blessings, home environment, howls, human, husband, internet noise, investigate, jarring sounds, keep calm and carry, man-made sounds, meditation, minds, nature sound machine, nature sounds, New York City, noise and stress, owl, peaceful environment, quality of life, quiet time, sacred sounds, seasonal birds, sleep, slippers, soothing sights, soothing smells, soothing sounds, sound machine, sound of your breath, sounds of nature, soundscape, soundtrack, spirit, subway car, tone/volume of voice, turn off the tv, TV, wildlife, wind, Yoga

Recently, my husband Andy and I were jolted out of deep sleep at 5 am by a huge CRASH. We jumped out of bed to investigate (with me grabbing slippers and a flashlight). I assumed a bear had climbed onto the front porch table to get at the bird suet (not the first time).

As the only humans living on a two-thousand-acre estate, we are surrounded by wildlife and are accustomed to myriad nature sounds. Many nights we listen to the primal howls of coyotes, which I love. (Sometimes I even howl along with them!) We know our seasonal birds by their calls and occasionally hear an owl in the night whoo-whoo-whooing.

As an auditory person and lifelong environmentalist, this is heaven for me. It was just a short time ago I needed a sound machine (of nature!) to help me sleep in New York City, with all of its jarring, man-made sounds. (I swear the garbage trucks have amplifier speakers.)

It’s no wonder the number-one complaint of city dwellers is noise. Chronic, debilitating noise is more than just an annoyance — it plays a huge factor in our quality of life. Studies confirm that noise and stress are closely related to our health, and I am always surprised that more people don’t plug their ears (like I do) when a subway car rambles by.

What we hear transforms our brains and our lives. That’s why it’s critical to take control over your ‘personal soundscape.’ Customize your home environment as you would a beautiful soundtrack to create a haven of soothing sounds (and sights and smells). Here are a few tips to do that:

UZIT and Gaiam: Adding “Urban Zen” to Patient Care

by guest | April 20th, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: alternative therapies, cancer, clinics, colleen saidman, contemplative care, donna karan, Eastern-Medicine, essential oil therapy, gaiam-yoga-club, healing techniques, holistic medicine, hospitals, learning, New York City, nutrition, NYC, patients, program, Reiki, rodney yee, school, students, teachers, Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program, UZIT, Western-Medicine, yoga gear, yoga props, yoga-therapy

Urban Zen Yoga Therapy Program

A guest post from Lisa Sunshine of Urban Zen

Anyone who practices yoga regularly knows that it can be a healing experience, both mentally and physically. In addition to the health benefits to be gained from a regular yoga practice, yoga therapists teach their patients specific ways to use yoga to combat everything from depression to back problems to side effects from cancer treatments.

Recognizing the importance of yoga and other Eastern healing techniques such as Reiki, essential oil therapy, nutrition and contemplative care, Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program (UZIT) in New York trains its students to combine these therapies with traditional Western medicine to create a holistic approach to patient care. During the program, each technique is taught separately, then instruction is given on how to interweave them to create a truly integrative healing session. Graduates of the UZIT program leave with experience working bedside with patients and their loved ones and caregivers in hospitals, as well in yoga studios, private practice, outpatient clinics, cancer support groups and a variety of other settings.

World Water Day: The Perfect Time to Wade into Water Issues

Cheryl Terrace by Cheryl Terrace | March 21st, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Home | tags: bottled water, conservation, conserve, Dr. Masaru Emoto, drinking water, environment, environmental protection, human health, hydraulic fracking fluid, natural resources, New York City, oil drilling, perchlorate, pollution, recycle, reuse, rocket fuel, tap water, water filters, water pitchers, water quality, watershed, World Water Day

Woman splashing water in a streamOur bodies are made of it (up to 70 percent) and we can’t survive without it for more than a few days. However, water, one of our most precious resources, is something most of us take for granted.

I count myself lucky on the “water front.” As a New Yorker, I was thrilled to learn that my city’s water supply is considered one of the best and that NYC is one of the five large cities not required to filter its drinking water. That’s pretty radical considering most of the world’s pure water supply is scarce.

Cities on a Diet

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | January 28th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Weight Loss | tags: cities lose weight, Detroit, heart disease, Lighten Up Brookly, losing weight, New York City, obesity, Oklahoma City, overweight, restaurant calorie counts, This City is Going on a Diet, Weight Watchers, weight-loss

When I lived in Brooklyn, N.Y., the borough’s rotund mayor, Marty Markowitz, launched a program called “Lighten Up,” which aimed to encourage residents to lose weight with him. There were weigh-in stations across the borough for weekly check-ins, and the neighborhood that collectively lost the most weight would appear on the Today Show. Since then, Lighten Up Brooklyn has turned into an annual program, made all the more important to its mayor, who had to undergo a stent procedure a couple of years ago because of heart problems.