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5 Things Your Dog Can Teach You About Yoga

YOGANONYMOUS by YOGANONYMOUS | October 8th, 2013 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: crow pose, dog, dogs, downward dog, forgive, forgiveness, meditation, pet, pets, pranayama, savasana, Yoga, yoganonymous

dogs and yogaBy Paula Anderson

“It’s a dog’s life.”

That’s a phrase we hear time and time again. But why is so easy for our pets to seemingly embrace joy?  And what is it about these furry descendants of the wolf that brings us such peace? Could it be that they, too, share an innate love of yoga?

Are the Dubai Penguins Ambassadors of the Wild, or Agents of Profit?

Candice Gaukel Andrews by Candice Gaukel Andrews | June 18th, 2012 | 2 Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living | tags: animal ambassadors, animals, Antarctica, big cats, birds, captive, captive wildlife, captivity, conservation, Dubai, Eco Travel, ecosystems, environment, Middle East, natural habitats, nature, penguins, pets, photography, threatened, threatened species, Tigers, travel, wild, wildlife

Penguin in Antarctica

In the hot, desert climate of Dubai on the Arabian Peninsula, 20 penguins are living in comfort, say the managers of Ski Dubai, the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East. The birds reside in a climate-controlled environment, receive the best veterinary care, and never have to worry about lurking predators.

When you visit Ski Dubai, you can pay to have a “penguin encounter,” where you’ll be able to play with and touch the penguins. Representatives of the resort say that these animals are “ambassadors,” teaching patrons about their wild counterparts and the need to conserve their threatened natural habitat, Antarctica.

But can animals that have been born and raised in captivity and habituated to humans in unnatural ways ever be true ambassadors for the natural world? Can they teach us anything about the wild or move us to care for the environments from which they are so distantly removed?

Links That Lift You: A Waving Bear, a 91-Year-Young Yogi and a Recycled Playground

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | December 16th, 2011 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Gaiam Happenings, Green Living, Yoga | tags: 91-Year-Old Yogi, animals, Bernice Bates, dogs, Guinness World Record, Kathryn Budig, Learning Landscape Network, link roundup, links that lift you, MindBodyGreen, msnbc.com, pets, recycled playground, The Christian Science Monitor, Uganda, Wari Om, waving bear video, Women’s Health, yoga in New York, yoga in prison, yoga teachers, Yoganonamous, YouTube

From time to time, we highlight the best articles, blogs, news, videos and interesting Web tidbits to help you live fit, live healthy, live green and live happy. Here are this week’s finds.

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Miracles and Meows

Colleen Saidman by Colleen Saidman | March 25th, 2011 | 7 Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Relationships, Yoga | tags: aging, animals, bond, cats, colleen saidman, crying, death, father, HOPE, humans, illness, life, love, miracles, pets, Relationships, resilience, story, tears

Miracles and Meows“Your mother has been telling me for 65 years that miracles happen. I am now 84 years old, and I believe.” This is what my father said to me yesterday.

My father has been ill for several years. He spent most of the last year bedridden. One day a beautiful calico cat showed up. It was a wild cat. My dad fell in love immediately. It put a light in his eyes that had been dulled by the enormous amount of pain he has been in for years.

“Guide” Dogs

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | March 25th, 2011 | 2 Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: calm, chores, dogs, meditate, meditation practice, pets, quiet mind, sacred space, stress, walking the dog

Woman walking her dog

I didn’t always love to walk my dogs. It used to feel like a chore. One more thing on a long “to-do” list.

I would walk them, sure. But though my legs were taking me around the neighborhood, my mind was somewhere else entirely. Working through a magazine article I was writing that was giving me grief. Or having an in-my-head conversation with a friend I had argued with. Maybe berating myself for not waking up early to go for a run.

It’s a … Home!

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | February 23rd, 2011 | 1 Comment
topic: Eco Decorating, Family Health, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Home | tags: baking soda, carpet, chemical cleaning supplies, clutter, crafting, crafts, curb, DIY projects, eco-friendly, enviornmental, family, flooring, free, FSC-certified hardwood floors, green cleaners, healthy home, house, linoleum, mental-health, pets, possessions, remodeling, renovation, retreat, rugs, sanctuary, spiritual, street, stuff, sustainable lumber, things, toxins, vinegar, vinyl, wood

It's a Home blog

My home is undergoing a rebirth. It’s painful, long and decidedly unpredictable.

Most people might call it a renovation. But it’s more than that. It’s a new incarnation of what was formerly four walls and a roof into a home.

The rebirth is born of necessity — a leaky roof, drafty windows and stained broadloom carpet that harbored more than I wanted to consider within its fibers…

Meat: Much More Than What’s for Dinner

Bevin Wallace by Bevin Wallace | December 14th, 2010 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Personal Growth | tags: bacon, carbon emissions, chickens, cooking class, cows, cruelty to animals, eating, Eating Animals, environment, farmers’ market, fishing, free range, healthy food, heart health, hunting, inhuman, Jonathan Safran Foer, kids, meat, meatless Mondays, morals, parenting, pets, pigs, protein, slaughterhouse, steak, sustainable diet, The Enchanted Broccoli Forest, vegan, vegetarian, vegetarianism

Cow on a feedlotI will never forget the day I explained to my then four-year-old son that steak is really cow. First he cried, then he asked why we don’t eat dogs like our lab Lewis, or at least the lost dogs at the pound. I didn’t have a very good answer for that one. Which really got me thinking.

Life’s Lessons Sometimes Come in Small (and/or Furry) Packages

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | November 23rd, 2010 | 1 Comment
topic: Green Living, Personal Growth | tags: animals, anxiety, bone cancer, calm, children, comfort, death, dogs, grief, happiness, kids, life, mortality, osteosarcoma, parenting, pets, Rainbow Bridge, sadness, wisdom

Little girl with dogDespite a diet of organic, holistic dog food. Despite a pesticide-free yard. Despite daily exercise and plenty of TLC, our six-year-old dog Polar was diagnosed in October with osteosarcoma, an aggressive and indiscriminate type of bone cancer that leaves little time for weighing options.

Should Your Pet Go Grain-Free?

Valerie Gleaton by Valerie Gleaton | November 3rd, 2010 | 10 Comments
topic: Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: budget, cat, companion animal, diet, dog, fiber, food allergies, gluten-free, grain-free, kibble, natural pet food, organic, pets, picky eater, Valerie Gleaton, veterinarian, weight gain

Dog with his food bowlI have a confession to make: For years now I’ve treated myself to wholesome, organic foods while buying my pets conventional pet food. Not off-brand mystery kibble or cat chow, mind you, but still. I blamed the cat; he’s a notoriously picky eater, and the one time I offered him a sample of “the good stuff” he turned his nose up at it and staged a hunger strike until I switched back to his standard 50-cents-a-can fare. I admit, I was secretly happy that he seemed to prefer the cheap stuff.

Meet My ‘Recycled’ Pets

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | April 30th, 2009 | 2 Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: cat, dog, dog rescue, pet adoption, pets, virtuous consumer

istock_000002860901smallI’m officially crazy. Prior to my recent adoption of dog number three, I was only a suspected lunatic — the owner of two dogs, one cat and a rabbit; and, oh yeah, mom of three small children. Now my adoption of a third dog has confirmed my status as the neighborhood nut.