summer

6 Soulful Ways to Savor Summer

Elizabeth Wellington by Elizabeth Wellington | July 27th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Inspirational Media, Personal Growth | tags: activities, activity, summer, summer exercise, summer foods in-season, summer fruits and vegetables, summer vacation, summer-travel, swimming, Yoga

If you’re like me, the summer months seem to fly by. Before I know it, the leaves have turned golden-hued, falling into October. Summer is inevitably fleeting.
To make the most of this precious season, we need to celebrate its beauty: sunny skies, warm breezes, and sweet produce. These six soulful experiences will help you savor the warmer months. Slow down and experience the best of summer with these ideas:

3 Ways to Embrace Summer

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | July 20th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Inspirational Media, Yoga | tags: boulder, deepen-your-yoga-practice, nature, summer, summer exercise, summer yoga, Yoga, yoga festivals, yoga retreat, yoga-for-beginners, yoga-practice

Summer. It’s a season of fun, vacations, and time spent outdoors in a more relaxed environment, enjoying the warm days and cooler nights. Unfortunately, with all of the fun and relaxation, your yoga practice may be the one thing that is in flux during the summer.

3 Steps to Creating Your Own Yoga Retreat

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | July 5th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Yoga | tags: benefits of yoga, deepen-your-yoga-practice, food, meditation, summer, summer-travel, Yoga, yoga DVDs, yoga retreat, yoga studio app, yoga-for-beginners, yoga-practice, yoga-therapy

Going on a yoga retreat is a beautiful opportunity to delve deeper into your yoga practice, take some much needed time to connect to yourself, and add healing treatments like massage or meditation…depending on where you choose to retreat. If you are able to attend a retreat, I highly recommend it; however, if you aren’t able to attend a retreat, why not create your own in three easy steps?

Winging It

Bevin Wallace by Bevin Wallace | June 29th, 2016 | 1 Comment
topic: Healthy Eating | tags: family, family meals, family time, food, healthy recipes, homemade recipes, local food, natural food, organic foods, recipes, salad, summer, summer foods in-season, veggies

We are in the midst of week two of summer vacation, and I’m still trying to figure out the summer. I’m sure I’m not alone in finding that it takes a bit of time to switch gears from the end-of-the-school year mayhem into summer mode. I’ve yet to crack the code on how to slow down while driving one kid to soccer camp and the other to golf practice—and then trying to do something useful with the free hour or two I end up with in between. One thing I do almost immediately, however, is punt the whole meal-planning routine and let our full-on sit-down family dinners take a hiatus for a couple months.

Harness The Power Of A Summer Superfruit

Lisa Truesdale by Lisa Truesdale | August 5th, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: cherries, food, fruit, fruits, green festival, homemade recipes, locally-grown fruits and vegetables, miracle fruit, natural food, recipes, summer, summer cooking, summer foods in-season, summer fruit, summer fruits and vegetables, super fruits, superfood, Wisconsin

Quick—which one fruit most reminds you of summer?

Did you say watermelon? If you didn’t say watermelon, I suspect the beautiful photo gave it away. Anyway, if you did say watermelon, you’re not alone; I conducted an informal poll at a recent get-together, and every single person I asked (all 8 of them) said watermelon too.

Don’t Let the Scorching Sun Cook Your Attitude This Summer

Jessica Mehring by Jessica Mehring | May 29th, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness | tags: gratitude, gratitude journal, heat, peppermint tea, Seasonal Affective Disorder, summer, summer heat, tea, walk, walking, walks

This month in the northern hemisphere we celebrate the summer solstice, aka the first day of summer.

For many people, this is their favorite time of year. The weather is lovely; you can get outside for walks in the sunshine and sit out on your patio with a good book in the cool evening. No shoveling snow, no traipsing through puddles in your galoshes.

But for some people, summer keeps them cooped up in the house just as much a winter does. When the heat sets in and you can fry an egg on the sidewalk, or the humidity is so high it feels like you walked into a sauna when you walk out the door of your house, you feel more like staying inside with the air conditioner blasting than getting a dose of sunshine.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), also known as the winter blues, is talked about a lot. SAD affects more than 10 million Americans. But there isn’t a lot of conversation about what high heat does to our attitudes.

Even here in Colorado, Gaiam’s home state, the heat can get unbearable in the summer. So I rely on these three things to keep myself feeling good when the sun is baking the world outside my window.

The Dog Days of Summer: Have Some Hot-Weather Fun with Your Pet

Valerie Gleaton by Valerie Gleaton | June 23rd, 2013 | 3 Comments
topic: Fitness, Green Living | tags: cat, charity race, dog, dog park, dog treat, fireworks, Fourth of July, hike, hiking, Independence Day, pet, summer, swim, Valerie Gleaton

Living in Colorado, I spend most of the winter feeling guilty. Not for failing to shovel my sidewalk or for skipping the gym to watch movies under a blanket. No, I feel guilty because while I’m inside hibernating, my dog is stuck inside with me. Walks get cut short because of the cold and puppy playdates get canceled when a snowstorm makes driving too treacherous.

Even if you don’t live in a cold climate, there are times when we’re too bogged down by life (work, relationships, etc.) to give our pets the attention and exercise they deserve. But summer is the perfect time to make it up to your canine companion!

“Green Lemonade! Fifty Cents!”

Ginny Figlar Colón by Ginny Figlar Colón | May 30th, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: artificial flavors, children, compost, compostable, environment, green kids, Green Living, high fructose corn syrup, kids, lemonade, lemonade stand, organic, paper, parenting, plastic, recyclable, recycle, recycling, reusable, sugar, summer

Green Lemonade Stand

When my daughter held her first lemonade stand this past week, I was so caught up in the “milestone” aspect of it all that I totally missed out on an opportunity to add an environmental lesson to the mathematical/economical one.

Yoga for Road Trips

Gwen Lawrence by Gwen Lawrence | December 7th, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Eco Travel, Fitness, Yoga | tags: back-pain, breathing, breathing techniques, car, dry eyes, eye stretches, Forward Folds, Gwen Lawrence, high gas prices, holiday, holiday travel, inflation, lions pose, low back, road rage, road trip, road trips, shoulder shrugs, shoulders, stress, stretching, summer, tension, tight forearms, travel, vacation, wrist rolls, wrists, Yoga

With air travel rates literally reaching the skies, many people are choosing to drive instead of fly to their holiday destinations. But along with the excitement of your trip, you can expect to feel some anxiety and stress. Not to mention, succumbing to the inevitable frustration of traffic and road rage after spending hours in the car. In order to balance the added stressors that accompany affordable travel, get into the habit of stretching while on the road.

Here are five yoga poses, stretches and breathing techniques to undo the tension of long hours in the car and help you arrive to your destination refreshed and happy.

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.