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Give Props! 4 Kids Yoga Aids for Practice Support

Erika Prafder by Erika Prafder | April 25th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Yoga | tags: blankets, block, kid's yoga, kids, props, sandbag, strap, tips, Yoga, yoga blankets, yoga block, yoga props, yoga strap, yoga tips, yoga-techniques

At times, we all need someone or something to lean on. Reaching out for and accepting support—in its many forms—is a great life skill to impart to children.

Kids’ yoga offers an opportunity to introduce this concept, particularly through the use of props.

Spring Cleaning and a Lightness of Being

Elizabeth Wellington by Elizabeth Wellington | April 20th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: be-happy, book review, books, cleaning, happy, healthy home, home, Spring, spring cleaning, tips

I gather clutter every year: paperclips, shoes that don’t fit, magazines, and leftovers in the fridge. I know a balanced life requires that I’m conscious of what I bring into my life—and that I let go of things in equal proportion. It’s not as easy as it sounds. Research shows that we overvalue things once we buy them, which is why we often live over-cluttered and complicated lives.

4 Ways Meditation Improves Relationships

by guest | April 18th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: meditation | tags: conscious-relationship, grateful, gratefulness, how to meditate, manage stress, meditate, meditating, meditation, Relationships, stress-relief, tips

Guest blog by Emma Seppälä.

We’ve heard that meditation can help with so many things, from focus to sleep. But it also has another tremendously valuable added benefit: it improves our relationships. You may wonder how a seated and isolated activity—after all, even if you’re meditating in a group, you’re not talking to anyone—can help improve your social skills and relationship prowess, but research shows it does. Here’s how.

3 Major Misconceptions about Gluten

Joelle Klein by Joelle Klein | April 14th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness | tags: food, foodie, gluten, gluten-free, myths, organic foods, tips

Free the gluten! That is, free gluten from misconceptions about its health risks and benefits.

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. It helps with the elasticity and chewiness of dough. It is commonly found in bread, bagels, baked goods, pasta, cereals, sauces and salad dressing. It’s also found in malts and food coloring. Foods that are naturally gluten-free include rice, quinoa, potatoes, beans and nuts. Wine and hard liquors are gluten-free but beer is not.

Tough Talk: 6 Ways for Women to Be Confident Communicators

Laura Hobbs by Laura Hobbs | April 5th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: communication, miscommunication, office, tips, women, Women for Women, Women’s Health

Next time you’re in a meeting at the office, listen closely to another woman in the room. What you’ll often hear is a struggle in her choice of words or her tone of voice—an urge to convey an idea while avoiding being misinterpreted as arrogant, pushy, or too assertive.

9 Foam Roller Dos and Don’ts

Lisa Truesdale by Lisa Truesdale | March 21st, 2016 | 1 Comment
topic: Health & Wellness | tags: fitness tips, foam roller, foam rolling, muscle pain, restore, self-myofascial release, tips, workout tips

You’re experiencing pain or muscle aches, and your personal trainer, physical therapist, or physician suggests trying a foam roller. So you pick one up the first chance you get, take it home, and unpack it…but now what?

5 Ways to Get Kids Involved in Yoga

by guest | September 9th, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: back to school, child's pose, down dog, exercise tips, family, family exercise, family memories, family time, fitness tips, gaiam, tips, two fit moms, Yoga, yoga for kids, yoga tips, yoga-for-beginners, yoga-practice

A guest post from Two Fit Moms.

It’s a new year — a new school year that is — and time to get back to the books! It’s also a great time to get back on track fitness-wise.  What better time than now to also get your kids involved in your yoga practice. Kids are naturally interested in any activity that they see their parents doing — at least ours are — so, we bet they will be super excited to practice yoga with you.

Yoga for Insomnia

Colleen Saidman by Colleen Saidman | March 19th, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: daily yoga practice, insomnia, tips

Insomnia can deprive us of the joy of the day by creating anything from a fuzzy brain, to an agitated nervous system, to lousy digestion, to a compromised immune system. How do we get a good night’s sleep when our minds are on overdrive, and our muscles are bound up? One reason for insomnia can be that we haven’t used our legs enough during the day; when your legs are restless, it is difficult for your body to relax. If you can’t get off the “go” mode, sleep may be illusive—after all, for incessant worriers, what better time to worry than when you should be sleeping?

3 Ways to Re-Inspire Your Yoga Practice

Jessica Mehring by Jessica Mehring | February 11th, 2015 | 1 Comment
topic: Health & Wellness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: inspiration, love, self-love, tips, Yoga

Has the passion for your yoga practice faded? Is your motivation to hit the mat at an all-time low? Can’t seem to make it to your regular classes anymore, and your home practice has lost its luster?

This happens to every yoga practitioner at some point. Though a regular yoga routine is comforting and familiar, if you don’t change things up from time to time, eventually that routine will turn into a rut.

Tips on Mastering Handstand

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | February 14th, 2013 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Green Living, Yoga | tags: Adho Mukha Vrksasana, asanas, core alignment, Downward-Facing Tree, handstand, inversion, mindfulness, tips, Yoga, yoga classes, yoga instructor, yoga poses, yoga teacher, yogi

Kathryn Budig HandstandAny yoga pose can be done in an inspired way. In fact, the more inspiration you put into it, the better the pose. (This goes for Savasana too, yo.) Be present, breathe, look inward, breathe … be inspired. This is yoga!

Nevertheless, most of us yogis aspire toward the more advanced asanas, and one that usually comes right to mind is Handstand: Adho Mukha Vrksasana. Downward-Facing Tree. In which your hands and fingers are the branches reaching down into the ground, and your feet and toes the roots reaching for the sky. There’s nothing like it for a new perspective — on yourself and on life in general.