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6 (Useful!) Eco-Tips for Health and Beauty

Laura Hobbs by Laura Hobbs | May 25th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Healthy Home, Personal Growth | tags: beauty, beauty products, celebrate beauty, DIY, DIY projects, DIY spa, eco, eco-friendly, eco-friendly fashion, hacks, hair, health, health benefits, healthy habits, natural beauty, outer beauty, soap, tips, womens health

Show of hands: how many of you have ever looked at your cosmetics’ ingredient list, scrunched your nose, and asked, “What in the world is that?” If you’re like me—and the tens of millions of other American women who put time, effort (and money!) into a healthy lifestyle—then it’s worth knowing that your efforts are also healthy for the environment. From recycling programs to essential oils and lowering the carbon footprint of your suds, here are six tips for considering the planet while taking care of yourself.

10 Tips to Start a Meditation Practice

by guest | May 17th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: meditation | tags: Beginner's Mind, beginners, breath, breath-work, breathe, breathing, fitness tips, meditation, meditation for beginners, meditation for dummies, meditation practice, quality of breath, tips

A guest post by Ashley Turner.

Have you always wanted to start meditating, but don’t know how? Or started a meditation practice and quickly fallen off the wagon? It takes a little instruction, but it’s simpler and easier than you may think.

7 Mindful Things You Can Do Today

by guest | May 2nd, 2016 | No Comments
topic: meditation | tags: benefits of meditation, meditate, meditation, meditation for beginners, meditation practice, mindful eating, mindful exercise, mindful walking, mindfully, mindfulness, mindfulness practice, practicing mindfulness, relax, relaxation, tips

A guest post by Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

When people practice mindfulness they say things like, it makes me calm, it softens my body, it helps me be more aware of choice or I seem to be more clear about what matters. The question I love to follow with is, “what would the days, weeks and months ahead be like if there is more of this in your life?”

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.