Variations on a Theme

Rodney Yee by Rodney Yee | September 21st, 2015 | 1 Comment
topic: Gaiam Happenings, Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: asana, colleen saidman, Colleen Saidman Yee, daily yoga practice, deepen-your-yoga-practice, itunes, rodney yee, theme, vinyasa, Yoga, yoga DVDs, yoga-for-beginners, yoga_positions

Another triangle pose, another sun salutation, another day of yoga, sounds like drudgery to the outsider. So are we all changing to the next fitness fad?  No way! There is never boredom in the ritual because the nuances are forever different and the exquisite flavor keeps being more refined, delicate and delightful.

5 Rejuvenating Practices to Start Your Day in 10 Minutes or Less

Elizabeth Wellington by Elizabeth Wellington | September 1st, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: breath-work, breathe, breathing-exercises, exercise routine for morning, meditation, meditation for beginners, morning, morning energy, stretching, vinyasa, Vinyasa yoga, yoga breathing techniques

When I take a few moments in the beginning of the day for myself, it makes all the difference. Instead of spiraling into stress, I float forward with ease and a bit of enthusiasm. Contrary to popular belief, dedication to a yoga and self-care practice doesn’t need to take hours of your time. When you need it, a simple ten minutes can point you in the right direction. Approach your day with a smile and one or more of these practices:

“What Is Yoga?” Answering the Misinformed

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | March 27th, 2014 | 4 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: breath, Iyengar yoga, meditation, mindfulness, power yoga, practice, rodney yee, the benefits of yoga, vinyasa, yin yoga, Yoga, yoga nidra, yoga-for-beginners

If you practice yoga, chances are someone is going to ask you what yoga is and why you do it. I have answered both of these questions time after time over the years and it never ceases to amaze me how much misinformation is circulating, based on stereotypes or without thinking.

I was talking to my brother a few weeks ago, expressing how great yoga would be for my niece who is a very flexible athlete.  His response? “She’ll start yoga when she’s 50 and starts to slow down.” You would think I would have taken this opportunity to inform him of the various styles of yoga available, the mental and physical benefits of yoga for all ages, and the need for an athlete to balance sports strength and power with the flexibility and healing benefits of yoga—but I didn’t. Instead I sat there stunned.

Detox Yoga Pose Sequence

Sadie Nardini by Sadie Nardini | February 6th, 2014 | 26 Comments
topic: Detox, Fitness, Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: cleanse, core strength, meditation, power yoga, pranayama, stress-relief, vinyasa, weight-loss, Yoga, yoga for detox, yoga poses, yoga-practice

Detox Yoga

Before the holidays is a great time to detox. It can stave off weight gain and put you in a healthy mindset to help you resist temptation. And detoxing after the holiday “re-tox” — no matter how much carnage was left on that Thanksgiving dinner table, or how much stress crept into your weekend — is as easy as unrolling your mat. No matter when or on what level you could use a little realigning, this sequence is for you.

8 Yoga Poses to Stimulate Metabolism

Gwen Lawrence by Gwen Lawrence | December 18th, 2013 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Weight Loss, Yoga | tags: arm flaps, backbends, Bridge, camels, handstand, happiness, headstand, health, hot yoga, inversions, kapalabhati breathing, metabolism, plow, pranaymas, prayer twist, rabbit, savasana, shoulder stand, twisted lunge, twists, ujj, vinyasa, weight-loss, wheel, Yoga

Wheel Pose yoga

In addition to yoga’s well-documented methods of promoting health and happiness. it also has the ability to help you lose weight,  burn calories, boost metabolism and reduce stress. Although yoga is not a quick fix, it can be an excellent long-term approach to losing weight and keeping it off.

Anxiety to Zen: An Open Letter to Yoga

Bonnie Schmidt by Bonnie Schmidt | March 18th, 2013 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: anger, anxiety, arm balances, astavakrasana, breath, confidence, control, drive, enlightenment, euphoria, expression, forward fold, get to know yourself, going with the flow, imperfect, journey, judgement, knowledge, mistakes, new path, panic attacks, peace, poems, relinquish control, resentment, speak your mind, strong, sun salutations, tight hamstrings, tranquility, trust, truth, unique, universe, vinyasa, yoga class, yoga mat, yoga poses, yoga saved my life, yoga studio, yoga teacher training, yoga-practice

Yoga saved my life.

Pretty grand statement, I know. And perhaps other people say that, too. I guess depending on where you are in life or what you happen to be going through, there are a lot of things that can save your life. A good book could do it, a sign from the universe or maybe even a strong martini. But when I say that yoga saved my life, I mean it truly came into my life during one of the darkest moments I had ever experienced and gave me back my desire to really live — fully and entirely.

A few years back, I found myself completely paralyzed with anxiety. I couldn’t go to work, drive my car or even leave my house without a potential panic attack. This anxiety made me angry. It made me resentful. But most of all, it made me an entirely different person. I became a shell of what I used to be. A lot of people thought I’d stay that way. Full disclosure: I thought I’d stay that way too.

Activate Your Hope Chakra

Chrissy Carter by Chrissy Carter | April 18th, 2012 | 4 Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: Anahata chakra, asana, bija mantra, breath, breathe, breathing technique, Chair Pose, corpse pose, darkness, depression, Fierce Pose, fourth chakra, heart chakra, HOPE, hopelessness, light, lotus pose, meditation, mountain-pose, Padmasana, pranayama, Rabindranath Tagore, savasana, Standing Forward Bend, Sun Salutation, Surya Namaskara, Tadasana, Utkatasana, Uttanasana, vinyasa, YAM, yoga poses

Chrissy Carter

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It is impossible to know hope until one has experienced hopelessness — that feeling of suffocating permanence, as if you will be forever trapped in your present situation. In a place of hopelessness, all feels irrevocably lost. We harden and brace ourselves for permanent pain in the same way that we gather and store reserves in preparation for a long, hard winter. It’s as if the shutters have been closed and all the lights turned off. Lost in the darkness, we succumb to avidya (ignorance), the belief that our finite experience is all-pervasive and interminable. Helpless, hapless and hopeless, it is impossible to imagine a light at the end of the tunnel, and we start to lose sight of the big picture.

But in these times, hope can be a light in the darkness, filtering through the slats in the shutters, shifting the shadows in our dark room from ominous to promising. Suddenly and against all odds, we can find compassion for ourselves in the face of suffering.

Dancing Warrior: A Humble Yoga Sequence Teaches Strength

Kathryn Budig by Kathryn Budig | September 21st, 2011 | 6 Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: aim true, Aim True Yoga DVD, dancing warrior, fear, happiness, home, Kathryn Budig, love, patience, reverse warrior, Reverse Warrior Pose, side angle pose, strength, vinyasa, warrior, warrior 1, warrior 2, Warrior I, Warrior II pose, warrior one, Warrior One Pose, Warrior Pose, warrior two, Warrior Two Pose, Yoga, yoga breathing techniques, yoga flow, yoga poses, yoga sequence

Dancing Warrior

No matter what
No matter where
It’s always home
If love is there.

I grew up with this quote hanging on our kitchen wall. As a little girl, I admired the fine needlework (yes, I grew up in Kansas) rather than the actual message embedded in the thread. As I’ve grown in life and with my yoga practice, I’ve come to fully understand the power behind this simple message. Home and comfort reside in the small things, and love is magically woven into every crevice of our lives when we learn to let go of the story we’re telling ourselves and open our eyes.

Bandhas 101: How to Amplify the Benefits of Any Pose

Sadie Nardini by Sadie Nardini | October 9th, 2009 | 8 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: abs, bandhas, breath, burn, calories, core, energy, flexibility, flow, headstands, inversions, loss, nardini, out, pose, power, sadie, strength, stretch, vinyasa, weight, work, Yoga


My student Mary came to me nearly in tears one day after class. She’d been working for years to get into a headstand, yet continually watched newer students lift up with ease before her. She asked, “What am I doing wrong?”

Since Mary had come into my yoga classes only the week before, I asked her if she was using her bandhas to help her attain headstand. “What’s a bandha?” she asked, looking puzzled.

4 Yoga Mistakes that Can Cause Knee Pain

Sadie Nardini by Sadie Nardini | July 15th, 2009 | 73 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Aging, Yoga | tags: alignment, core, flexibility, flexors, hamstrings, hips, IT band, joints, knees, nardini, pain, quadriceps, release, sadie, strength, vinyasa, Yoga

Senior Woman Warrior

Yes, yoga is known for its healing powers and ability to transform your body and mind into a lean — yet much less mean — you.