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Under Her Skin: Pain Within and the Power of Hope

Jensy Scarola by Jensy Scarola | April 23rd, 2012 | 3 Comments
topic: Healthy Eating, Personal Growth, Relationships, Yoga | tags: counseling, depression, eating disorder, HOPE, light, love, marriage, meditation, parenting, post-partum depression, reader story, Relationships, stress, suicide, The Gaiam Hope Project, therapy, Yoga, yoga retreat

Jensy

In the spring of 2007, after the birth of my second beautiful daughter, I relapsed from the eating disorder and severe depression I suffered with in college.

After six months of draining the lives of so many family and friends, I decided to receive intensive therapy once and for all. I was losing my husband, alienating friends and family members and spending days and weeks inside the house. I had two little girls to take care of and I could barely take care of myself.

Making Time For Yoga

Rodney Yee by Rodney Yee | April 5th, 2012 | 7 Comments
topic: Yoga | tags: asana, breathing techniques, busy, daily yoga practice, exercise, Fitness, joy, mediataion, morning, pranayama, relaxation, rodney yee, schedule, stress, Yoga

Woman in yoga wheel pose with laptop.

Are you crazy busy? Is there hardly a moment to catch a breath? Is your significance tied to how much you work and how much you accomplish?

We must retrain ourselves to be, not just to do; to live, not just work. It can take time and awareness to rewire yourself, but it’s not an impossible task — and you can make a significant headway with 15-30 minutes of daily yoga practice.

Help: Not Your Average Four-Letter Word

YOGANONYMOUS by YOGANONYMOUS | March 16th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: accept, acceptance, anxiety, gratitude, help, intentions, limiting beliefs, need, personal development, Personal Growth, Relationships, stress, trust, yoganonymous

YOGANONYMOUS Help Blog

by Rachel Wallmuller

I consider myself to be pretty independent, taking pride in all that I have because I’ve worked hard for it.

If you asked those closest to me, they would probably tell you I’m a little too headstrong, preferring to do things myself rather than seek help. I never really considered it like this, thinking instead that I am just successfully self-sufficient. However, in the past year or so, I’ve had to soften to the experience of seeking and accepting help. For the first time, I’m learning to lean on others more than makes me comfortable and to rest easy with accepting help.

Thinking that I’ve been doing a good job with this practice, I was shocked to feel genuine discomfort when I had to ask for help from my boyfriend recently. We’re moving in together, and we have a very solid relationship, so you’d think that asking for a little assistance would be a no-brainer…

6 Yoga Poses for Insomnia

Sadie Nardini by Sadie Nardini | March 7th, 2012 | 24 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: anxiety, awake, bed, breathing techniques, calm the mind, Core scissors, fall asleep fast, fists forward bend, Fists of fire lunge, how to sleep better, insomnia, Janu front and center, janu sirsasana, Legs up the wall, natural sleep aids, relax, relaxation, relieve stress, rest, sleep, sleeping pills, slumber, stress, stretch, yoga bolster, yoga for insomnia, yoga poses

legswall_v3_007Whenever my friend Shannon can’t sleep because too many thoughts are barreling through her mind, she calls it “riding the A train.” She’ll text me at 3 a.m., “I’m on the A train again.” Of course, I get the message because I’m awake, too. My type A personality and business responsibilities are battling it out with my dire need for some mental stillness and rest.

Fortunately, I have a snooze-inducing ally in yoga, and when I get up and do the following sequence, miracles happen. In about 10 minutes, I’m back in bed, shifted toward sleep in a natural, easy way that no pill can provide.

10 Weeks to a Better Body and More Energy

Tanja Djelevic by Tanja Djelevic | February 21st, 2012 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth | tags: 10 weeks, 10-week program, better-body, bikini body, calm, confidence, daily walk, endorphins, energy, exercise, Fitness, health, healthy, hike, motivation, personal trainer, self confidence, spring training, stress, walk, week 1, week one, well-being, wellness, work out, workout

woman after workout

Believe it or not, spring is right around the corner! In Los Angeles where I live, it has already started: The days are getting longer, the birds are chirping louder outside my window and I’m starting to feel that subtle energy change, both in my personal training clients and in myself!

This is the time when there is so much “newness” happening that I like to use it as a catalyst to create a resurgent flow of energy for the rest of the year. The best thing about creating this flow of energy is that the byproducts can include a fitter body, more energy and an influx of self-confidence.

But I can’t stress enough that change takes time. Starting too many things all at once usually ends in exhaustion and a feeling of “I MUST DO” instead of “I WANT TO.” One of the best ways to overcome the inertia and the absolute best way of creating a habit and sticking to it is to change slowly and repeat the new positive pattern over and over again. And over the next ten weeks, that exactly what we’re going to do!

8 Steps to Reversing Diabesity

Mark Hyman, M.D. by Mark Hyman, M.D. | February 16th, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Green Living | tags: belly fat, cancer, chronic health conditions, dementia, depression, detox, diabesity, diabetes, diet, Dr. Mark Hyman MD, epidemic, fasting blood sugar, food, glucose, healthy-eating, heart disease, high blood pressure, insulin resistance, kidney failure, life expectancy, liver disease, metabolic syndrome, nervous system, nutrition, obesity, overweight, pre-diabetes, stress, stroke, supplements, The Blood Sugar Solution, toxins, type 2 diabetes

Diabesity

Last week I began a discussion about a modern epidemic, a deadly disease that one of every two Americans has, a disease that’s making us fat and sick. And 90 percent of those affected don’t even know they have it!

This disease is diabesity, the continuum of abnormal biology that ranges from mild insulin resistance to full-blown diabetes.

30-Minute Stress Relief Workout + 3 Reasons Not to Skip It!

Tanja Djelevic by Tanja Djelevic | February 15th, 2012 | 4 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness | tags: adrenaline, benefits of exercise, blow off steam, cardio, endorphins, exercise, finding time to exercise, Fitness, immune system, immunity, interval training, intervals, intevals, meditation, squats, stress, stress-relief, stress-relieving, stretching, work out, working out, workout, Yoga

Young Woman Jumping RopeI have found that in times of stress, physical exertion is one of the most effective and important steps to take — and it can actually help us through hard times!

Numerous studies have confirmed the fact that the right amount of exercise relieves stress and boosts the immune system. It releases feel-good hormones — such as endorphins and adrenaline — and reduces levels of stress hormones.

Yet our natural reaction to stress is usually to take things out of our day that seem superfluous and time-consuming. Often that includes the time we spend on our own health. We sacrifice that time — and ourselves — to other more “important” causes at hand, even when the cause of our stress is something we don’t have control over anyway.

I’d like to point out three other important benefits of exercise that are less often highlighted — but equally great reasons to find time every day to just move.

3 Yoga Moves to Boost Immunity

Sadie Nardini by Sadie Nardini | January 31st, 2012 | 7 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: acupressure, bridge pose, Chair Pose, cold and flu season, Elegant Mansion, Fierce Pose, germs, illness, immunity, influenza, prevent disease, stress, Thymus Reset, Wall Splits, winter, yoga for detox, yoga poses for immune system

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It seems as if cold and flu season is packing an extra punch this winter. But did you know that yoga can help you fend off these illnesses?

Yoga can help protect you from marauding viral invaders like cold and flu germs because it:

  • Detoxifies and oxygenates your system
  • Balances the hormones you need for a strong immune system
  • Reduces stress and fatigue, two precursors to lowered immunity
  • Triggers acupressure points said to help evict viruses and bacteria from your body

Add these yoga poses to your regular routine and say, “Good riddance, sniffles!”

The Lazy Person’s Way to Meditate?

Bill Harris by Bill Harris | January 26th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Personal Growth | tags: benefits of meditation, Bill Harris, brain waves, Centerpointe Research Institute, depression, emotional issues, enlightenment, happiness, hard to meditate, headphones, health, Holosync, meditate, meditation, problems, stress, thoughts, unhappy, well-being

New Way to MeditateIf you’re like most people, you have, at some point at least, tried meditation. But if you are also like most people, you’ve probably not found meditation user-friendly enough to become a regular habit.

In addition to the age-old spiritual benefits, thousands of research studies have demonstrated that meditation increases awareness, well-being and equanimity; relieves anxiety, depression and other mental health problems; increases mental clarity; and reduces the stress associated with many medical problems.

How I Lost My Voice — And Found It Again with My Own Two Hands

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | January 26th, 2012 | 2 Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: Jill Miller, laryngitis, listen to you body, losing your voice, lost voice, music, Robyn, Saturday Night Live, singing, SNL, speechless, Stockholm, stress, swedish massage, Swedish pop star Robyn, teaching, tongue massage, vocal cords, yoga class, yoga instructor, yoga teacher, Yoga Tune Up, yoga workshop, Yogayama studio

Lost VoiceLast month I spent a week in Stockholm, Sweden, teaching my Yoga Tune Up® Integrated Embodied Anatomy module to a group of future yoga teachers at Yogayama studio. I arrived in icy-cold Stockholm late at night after a 22-hour journey. When I awoke jet-lagged the next morning, I was hoarse — very hoarse. With 20+ hours of teaching ahead of me over the next four days, I was concerned. There was no way to call in a “sub.”