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Yoga for All Seasons: Spring

Nichole Golden by Nichole Golden | March 19th, 2014 | 4 Comments
topic: Detox, Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Yoga | tags: asanas, astringent, awakening, ayurveda, backbends, bitter, bridge pose, camel pose, circulation, cleanse, detox, detoxification, detoxify, diet, dry skin brushing, emotions, exercise, food, hibernation, immune system, immunity, Kapha dosha, metabolism, neti pot, nutrition, oxygen, prana, Rabbit Pose, rebirth, seasons, Seated Forward Fold, shift, spicy, spring clearning, spring yoga, standing forward fold, sun salutations, sunlight, toxins, twists, warm weather, Wheel Pose, Wind-Removing Pose, winter, yoga poses

Spring Yoga

The season of new beginnings is upon us. With the arrival of spring, we shift from the hibernation of the winter months to an awakening of rebirth. Spring invites us to open back up, delight in warmer days and cultivate a spirit of aliveness.

As sunlight paves longer days, warm, damp spells have the potential to leave congestion and upper respiratory conditions in their wake. Spring is the time for releasing deep-seated emotions of sorrow and sadness. Support your body through this transition with the following recipe for balance as we embrace this upcoming season.

Meet Hope, a Gift from Spring

Nichole Golden by Nichole Golden | March 11th, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: awakening, blooms, blossom, earth, flowers, Gaiam Hope Project, growth, hibernation, HOPE, joy, life, light, new beginnings, rebirth, seasons, Spring, springtime, sunlight, warmth, winter

Hope and Springtime

Hope is one of those phenomenal insights of the emotional body that can appear in any shape and any context. Hope is cherishing the expectation of fulfillment in any part of your life. Hope is found in loved ones — your sister, brother, mother, father. Hope is the water that fills the well, the lighthouse that calls ships home. Hope is the food on your table and the gas in your car. Hope is as specific or as ambiguous as you need it to be. Where there is nothing, let there be Hope. Where there is something, let there be Hope. You can never have enough and there will never be a lack.

With the recent passing of the equinox and the shifting from one season to the next, Hope has taken up residence around each corner of Spring’s beautiful awakening.

How to Infuse Your Life with Ceremony

Nichole Golden by Nichole Golden | January 20th, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: birthdays, ceremonies, cycles, cycles of life, harvest, intentions, moon, new intentions, new year, new year's, New Year's Eve, nicole golden, rituals, seasons, sun, Yoga

Life presents itself in a vast array of cycles: the cycle of the moon, the cycle of the seasons, and the cycles of the sun and tides. Celebrating these cycles with some type of ceremony is such a profound practice and one worth considering.

This past New Year’s Eve, rather than hit the town with friends, I was snuggled up by the fire holding a ceremony to close the cycle of 2013 and welcome the coming year.

For our ceremony, we found a little shop that sold a variety of stones. We picked out stones based on their traditional meanings. Each one represented something we wanted to cultivate or bring into the new year. We included stones like carnelian for passion and obsidian for letting go.

One by one we placed each stone in a little wooden box. We spoke about each stone’s meaning and specifically how we wanted it to infuse our lives in the coming cycle around the sun. We closed the box and put it outside for the night.

The next morning, we brought the box inside and imagined bringing all the things we had spoken about the night before into our lives. The box now sits open on our mantel to help us remember our intentions.

Yoga for All Seasons: Winter

Nichole Golden by Nichole Golden | December 31st, 2013 | 3 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: ayurveda, backbend, body, bow pose, Breath of Fire, circulation, cold weather, colds and flus, corpse pose, Dhanurasana, doshas, energy, Fish Pose, heat, herbs, hibernate, hibernation, humidifier, inversion, kapalabhati breathing, kapha, light therapy, Locust Pose, lymph, Matsyasana, neti post, pranayama, rejuvenate, relax, rest, root vegetables, SAD, Salabhasana, Salamba Sarvangasana, savasana, seasonal, seasons, Shavasana, shoulder stand, soup, spices, Sun Salutation, sunlight, Surya Namaskara, tea, vata, Vitamin D, warm-up, warming, winter yoga, yoga poses

Winter Yoga

It is important that we change with the seasons just as nature does by adapting our daily habits, yoga practice and food choices. During the winter season, the energy of the Earth and its creatures is drawn inward. We can use this time for restoration and introspection, just as many plants and animals use it for hibernation. In preparation for the spring, it is important to slow down and rejuvenate.

An Ayurvedic approach to winter

There is a rule in Ayurveda that “like attracts like.” That is why the kapha and vata doshas can become provoked and aggravated during the dry, dark, cold months of winter. This is because the climate is alike the qualities of these two doshas. If kapha or vata are triggered, digestive fire plummets, leaving you more susceptible to colds, poor circulation, joint pains and negative emotions. Here are some yoga and lifestyle tips that can help you to balance your doshas this season.

A Yoga Journey for Autumn

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | November 1st, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: acceptance, autumn yoga, balance, change, fall yoga, impermanence, in Meditations from the Mat, love, personal development, Personal Growth, Rolf Gates, seasons, self help, self-love, the present moment, yoga-practice

fall yogaAutumn has arrived, and with it, I always feel the need to turn within to find balance between the lightness I felt during the warm summer days and the sudden desire to stay cozy and warm inside, as the temperatures cool outside.

Watching leaves float to the ground is a reminder that our lives are a mirror of nature’s cycles and that everything is in a state of impermanence. Autumn is a time for letting go and releasing things that no longer serve us.

Yoga for All Seasons: Autumn

Nichole Golden by Nichole Golden | October 13th, 2013 | 8 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: autumn, ayurveda, backbends, bow pose, bridge pose, camel pose, change, cold, corpse pose, diet, doshas, energy, fall, food, Half Lord of the Fishes Pose, Noose Pose, Revolved Head-to-Knee Pose, Revolved Triangle Pose, routine, savasana, seasons, Shavasana, Side Stretches, sun salutations, twists, vata, Warrior I Pose, Warrior II pose, Yoga, yoga poses

Yoga in AutumnFall is the season of transformation. We can see this all around us in nature: the leaves are falling, the air is changing and we are harvesting an entirely new crop of fruits and vegetables.

It is important that we change with the seasons — just as nature does — by adapting our daily habits, yoga practice and food choices.

Ironically, it is only through change that was can stay grounded during this shifting season.

Yoga for All Seasons: Summer

Nichole Golden by Nichole Golden | July 10th, 2013 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Yoga | tags: asanas, ayurveda, backbends, breath, breathe, Bridge, calming yoga, coconut water, cooling yoga poses, diet, doshas, eat what's in season, electrolytes, energy, Floor Twists, food, Forward Folds, heat, herbs, hot, local, Moon Salutation, nutrition, pitta dosha, pose, seasonal eating, seasons, Seated Forward Fold, Shitali Pranayama, Single-Nostril Breathing, spices, summer yoga, sun salutations, Supported Shoulder Stand, warm weather, water, Wide-Legged Forward Fold

Woman doing summer yoga in a meadow

As the seasons shift, our bodies cycle through an organic ebb and flow of change that serves to harmonize and create balance within us. These changes are usually influenced by the seasons themselves: hours of daylight, foods that are abundant at particular times of the year, weather patterns and seasonally inspired activities.

Although your body will adjust to these changes naturally, it never hurts to integrate some simple tweaks into your routine to aid in the transition and link yourself more intimately with the season that is upon you.

Bring Autumn Inside

Cheryl Terrace by Cheryl Terrace | October 30th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Eco Decorating, Green Living, Healthy Home | tags: autumn, change, earth tones, earthy tones, eco-friendly home decor, evolve, Fall Decorating, fall leaves, flannel bedding, flannel sheets, gourds, hiking, house, letting go, natural decoration, nature, pumpkins, seasonal, seasons, transformation

Autumn Home Decor

I’m sure you can feel it — the change that’s in the air all around us.

It’s been a spectacular autumn so far, and I’ve been spending as much time as possible going on long hikes. Perhaps I should feel guilty about the chores I’m neglecting, but I cannot resist the spectacular display beckoning outside my window. The smell of cool, crisp air and sound of rustling leaves instantly put me in a good mood.

I have always felt the healing energy of nature, and lately I have connected even more deeply with the cycles of each beautiful and fleeting season. I used to dread the end of summer, but with age (and lots of yoga), I am now grateful to live in a place that has four distinct seasons. I embrace change — after all, it is inevitable.

Being in balance with our outer world brings more harmony to our inner world, both psychically and physically. As the colder weather sets in, we transform our habits as well as wardrobes and, hopefully, our home environment.

Here are a few easy ways to welcome the fall season in your home:

Take a (Yoga) Hike!

Nichole Golden by Nichole Golden | August 7th, 2012 | 4 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: Albert Einstein, be present, breath-work, breathing, breathing techniques, bridge pose, cooling yoga poses, exercise, Fitness, focus, hiking, Hiking Yoga, mindful, Moon Salutations, nature, outside, pranayama, presence, seasons, Seated Twists, shoulder stand, stretches, stretching, summer, the Earth, the great outdoors, trail, warm weather, yoga hike

Yoga and Hiking

It seems quite natural during the cresting wave of summer to take ourselves out of the unnatural walls of our indoor environments and into the outdoors, a place where the wild is at play. I believe that includes getting out of the yoga studio! During the warm summer months, we have the unique chance to take our practice into the living, breathing natural world where fresh air and precious stillness are abundant.

Albert Einstein urged us to “look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” The adventure of hiking and yoga is just that, the chance to explore and deepen our yoga practice against the beautiful backdrop of Earth’s endless landscapes. On the trails, nature’s rhythms bleed their way into our own and start to influence the way we move in the world — and the way we move on our yoga mats — which makes hiking and yoga a perfect summer combination.

Reinvent Your Bedroom for the Spring Equinox

Cheryl Terrace by Cheryl Terrace | March 20th, 2012 | 3 Comments
topic: Eco Decorating, Green Living, Healthy Home | tags: bedroom, change, comforters, detoxification, dry cleaning, dryer sheets, duvet, eco-friendly, eco-friendly bedding, environmentally friendly, green cleaners, home detox, laundry, Nauli breath, non-toxic detergent, nontoxic, organic bedding, renewal, seasons, sheets, Spring, spring cleaning, spring equinox, vernal equinox, warm weather, wet wash, windows

My latest spring bedroom update: A breath of fresh air!

My latest spring bedroom update: A breath of fresh air!

Hurray, we made it! With the vernal equinox today, spring is finally here — and I’m in my element! I adore a big spring clean in every sense of the word … breathing fresh new life into everything from my bedroom to my outlook.

People have recognized the vernal equinox for thousands of years with cultural rituals and traditions surrounding the coming of spring. The early Egyptians oriented the Sphinx so that it points directly toward the rising sun on the day of the vernal equinox. While I can’t top that, I am quite happy to bid farewell to winter; I feel like one of the little buds on the trees aching for the sun! So I usher it in very consciously with my own spring equinox rituals …