spirituality

Into the Wild: Take Your Yoga Practice Outside

Nichole Golden by Nichole Golden | April 16th, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: adventure, gaiam, hiking, into the wild, nature, nichole golden, outside, peace of mind, spirit, spiritual, spiritual practice, spirituality, ToeSox Yoga Flip Flops, Yoga, yoga outside

yoga outside

Winter is an interesting time for me — well, more specifically, an interesting time for my feet. I love summer because of the ease of slipping my toes into a pair of flip-flops and floppin’ around unencumbered by shoes. In fact, during cold months I wear winter’s flip-flop equivalent, moccasins; a shoe that is as close to a non-shoe as it gets.

A Crash Course in Being Kind

Nichole Golden by Nichole Golden | February 17th, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Relationships, Yoga | tags: Brithandaranyaka Upanishad, judgement, kind, kindness, oneness, smile, spirituality, support, uplift, uplifting, Yoga

There’s nothing more heartbreaking to me than when people are unkind to one another.

When we are young, we learn the most fundamental teachings about being human: be nice to one another, share, clean up after yourself, don’t take things that aren’t yours, etc. But it seems that when we become adults, we often forget everything that was a part of these original lessons of life. Even the yoga community is littered with heartbreaking exchanges. If unkindness is evident in a community dedicated to conscious living, I imagine it is even more insidious in other spheres.

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.

August: Embracing the Unexpected

Spiritual Cinema Circle by Spiritual Cinema Circle | July 18th, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Inspirational Media, Personal Growth | tags: August, choices, decisions, DVD club, Embracing the Unexpected, films, Head Over Heels, metaphysics, movies, personal development, Personal Growth, purpose in life, Sam Jaeger, self help, Spiritual Cinema Circle, spirituality, Take Me Home, The Attendant, The Entrance Exam

Have you ever found an unexpected connection? Spiritual Cinema Circle’s selections for August follow connections between friends, family and strangers.

In our feature film, Take Me Home, a woman looking for purpose in her life finds herself on a cross-country drive from New York City to California with a charming rogue taxi driver. Starring, written and directed by Sam Jaeger, known for his role in the TV series Parenthood.

March: Just in Time

Spiritual Cinema Circle by Spiritual Cinema Circle | February 18th, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Inspirational Media, Personal Growth | tags: 2013, Argentina, Awaken, bedtime story, broken hearts, Chinese Take-Away, daughter, father, love, March, memories, mother, movies, personal development, Personal Growth, Pioneer, Ricardo Darin, Roger Ebert, short films, son, South by Southwest Film Festival, Spiritual Cinema Circle, spirituality, Stephen Simon, The Camera, Tick Tock Time Emporium, time, time travel, Un Cuento Chino

The March film selections from Spiritual Cinema Circle focus on how we measure the value of our time.

Chinese Take-Away (Un Cuento Chino) is the feature film for subscribers in the U.S. and Canada. Directed by Ricardo Darin, this film from Argentina is a powerful story about two men from completely different worlds who, in the most unlikely ways, help each other heal their broken hearts and spirits. Film critic Roger Ebert awarded it his top rating.

Awaken, this month’s feature film for international subscribers, is a mind-bending and heart-opening time-travel love story where two lovers meet and change each other’s lives in a completely unique environment.

The Camera is a haunting, wordless short film that reminds us of the power of  love and the magic of memories.

In Tick Tock Time Emporium, a girl who desperately wants more time with her mother enters a strange shop where time is actually for sale.

Pioneer focuses on a mysterious, haunting bedtime story that a father tells his son. This powerful short film was voted the Best Narrative Short at the South by Southwest Film Festival.

The Ethics of Teaching Yoga

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | February 18th, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: adhering to a high standard of ethics, Big Happy Day, blogging, chiropractor, class safety, confidentiality, Darren Main, doctor, ethical standards, ethics, ethics to live by, GaiamTV, harmful ethics, healing, hippy, industry ethics, lift up the profession, massage therapist, niyamas, off the mat, on the mat, professionalism, safe space, speak honestly, spirituality, students, wholeness, yamas, yoga teacher, yoga teacher ethics

Yogi Darren Main asks yoga teachers to reflect on the ethics of being a yoga teacher. Main views ethics as a foundational necessity for any yoga teacher so that they can create a safe space for students to flourish and grow. He believes teachers must root themselves in the Yamas and the Niyamas in order to be a good example for students both on and off the mat.

Fall in Love … with Yourself!

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | February 13th, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: affirmation, alone, dating, emotions, February, happiness, love, love yourself, rejection, Relationships, romance, sadness, self-love, soulmate, spirituality, Valentines Day

love yourself

Can you believe it? We’re already halfway into February! I have been getting calls for counseling requests around relationships; Valentine woes and deep feelings of aloneness. I even got a Facebook message from a man challenged with his life choices and loss of love. I am very clear that every person on this planet wants to love and be loved. We all want to feel special, be seen and acknowledged for the beautiful beings that we are. So why is it so hard to “find” love?

The Shaman and Ayahuasca

Alyson Charles by Alyson Charles | December 6th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Conscious Living News, Health & Wellness, Inspirational Media, Personal Growth | tags: Amazon rainforest, ancient ritual, art, blessing, confidence, disease, documentary, Don Jose Campos, filmmaker Michael Wiese, gaiam tv, GaiamTV.com, health, mind, mind-altering, painter Pablo Amaringo, Peru, psychoactive, realms of consciousness, south america, spirituality, tea ceremony, The Shaman and Ayahuasca

The Shaman and AyahuascaIt all starts with a simple discussion. The next thing you know, you’re off to the Amazon rainforest in South America, drinking tea made from a psychoactive plant and taking part in an ancient ceremony intended to heal and open the realms of consciousness.

That’s what happened to filmmaker Michael Wiese as he was searching for a cure after being confronted with a serious disease. Michael realized the universe was co-conspiring to aid in his mission, and soon he, his wife and his translator were off, embarking on a mysterious and deeply personal adventure.

The Shaman and Ayahuasca on GaiamTV.com follows these three on a thought-provoking journey, providing unique personal perspectives, majestic and stunning visuals of Peruvian surroundings, and wisdom from a famed shaman. It also piques the viewer’s curiosity: What does this psychoactive elixir taste like? How does it feel to be whisked away to other realms and connected to the cosmos? How does it feel to return to reality? Here are a few of the most intriguing and eye-opening moments from this fascinating documentary:

Stress Break: Better Breath, Better Life

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | November 23rd, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Personal Growth, Relationships, Yoga | tags: alive, awareness, Big Happy Day, breath, breathing exercise, dance, depth of breath, healthy relationships, Hemalayaa, Kasey Luber, mind, mindful, moment, pause breath, present, quality of breath, relaxation, shift energy, spirituality, stress, stress break, Yoga

Take a “stress break” with yoga and dance teacher Hemalayaa. She believes that a better quality of breath will translate into a better quality of life.  Participate in a short breathing exercise of bringing your awareness to a deeper breath, and see how this can give you a deeper appreciation for being alive. This is a tool you can take with you and integrate into your daily life for rich relationships and a peaceful sense of self.

December: Celebrating Our Shared Humanity

Spiritual Cinema Circle by Spiritual Cinema Circle | November 23rd, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Conscious Living News, Inspirational Media, Personal Growth | tags: All The Way Up, awards, Best Short, choice, Christian Vuissa, December, destiny, director, disability, documentary, Downpour, DVD club, Everything Is Incredible, fate, film short, films, generations, helicopter, humanity, life, love, mentor, Monaco International Film Festival, movies, polio, Sir David Jason, Spiritual Cinema Circle, spirituality, The Letter Writer, video trailer, wedding, writer

This December, Spiritual Cinema Circle celebrates films that remind us of our shared humanity.

The feature film for December is The Letter Writer, written and directed by Christian Vuissa. It is a story about connection across generations as a teenage girl learns a valuable lesson from her mentor, a man at the end of a long life.