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Yoga, Body Image, and Diversity: The Conversation Spreads

Lynda McCullough by Lynda McCullough | June 22nd, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Inspirational Media, Yoga | tags: benefits of yoga, body, body-image, everybodybends, happy body, Yoga, yoga body, yoga body image, yoga for all, yoga-for-beginners, yoga-practice, yoga-therapy

As a long-time yoga practitioner, I remember speaking with my teachers and fellow students 15 years ago about the discomforting fact that images in the publications were almost always those of young, white, athletic women or prominent male “gurus.” Some of us wrote letters to the editor protesting this fact, but nothing really changed.

Downward Doggy

Arielle Parris by Arielle Parris | June 15th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Yoga | tags: animal yoga, animals, benefits of yoga, deepen-your-yoga-practice, dog, dog care, doga, dogs, downward facing dog, funny, teaching yoga, Yoga, yoga for kids, yoga how-to, yoga poses, yoga-for-beginners, yoga-practice, yoga-therapy, yoga_positions

Here at Gaiam we know the importance of yoga for kiddos. Our bright, playful teeny yogi collection inspires even the littlest ones to come to the mat.

Since I have yet to have a human child, I have started getting my fur baby involved in my practice. So here are a few tricks for yoga for you and your dog.

Do Yoga Teachers Have a Role to Play in Healthcare?

Lynda McCullough by Lynda McCullough | May 19th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: good health, health, health benefits, healthy habits, healthy living, joint health, mental-health, staying healthy, womens health, Yoga, yoga breathing techniques, yoga for detox, yoga how-to, yoga poses, yoga poses for back pain, yoga-for-beginners, yoga-practice, yoga-techniques, yoga-therapy

Ever-increasing numbers of physicians and research studies tout the benefits of yoga, but is it truly being integrated into healthcare? A recent article in Yoga Journal notes that physicians are prescribing yoga in greater numbers than ever, and there are now more than 130 yoga therapy training programs worldwide. But what kind of access do patients have to classes or therapists that can meet their needs? Can those recovering from illness or struggling with depression find a class that feels welcoming and appropriate for their needs?

Open Your Heart

by ResourceGirls | May 19th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Yoga | tags: benefits of yoga, deepen-your-yoga-practice, heart, heart opening, open heart, Yoga, yoga how-to, yoga poses, yoga-for-beginners, yoga-practice, yoga-techniques, yoga_positions

These Resource Girls avoided yoga for years. Lauren was never big into working out and Cat wanted a “real” workout, not to sit in a circle and hum. Clearly, we were misinformed. Have you ever firmly believed something so strongly, only to find out you were completely wrong?

Prop it UP!

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | April 19th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Yoga | tags: challenge, contest, instagram, prize, props, restore, win, Yoga, yoga block, yoga contest, yoga props, yoga strap, yoga wheel, yoga-for-beginners, yoga-practice, yoga_positions

Gaiam and the Yoga and Body Image Coalition have teamed up to promote prop use as one of the great equalizers in yoga in this #PropitUp 7-day challenge.

Join Gaiam and YBIC members in breaking stereotypes and celebrating the accessibility of yoga by propping up your yoga practice!

Date:

  • April 25th-May 1th

To Enter:

Overcoming the Fear of Yoga

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | April 8th, 2016 | 2 Comments
topic: Yoga | tags: benefits of yoga, compare, flexibility, flexible, meditation, quiet mind, Yoga, yoga class, yoga classes, yoga-for-beginners, yoga-practice, yoga_positions

On a regular basis, I have people tell me all of the reasons they don’t do yoga: they aren’t flexible enough, they feel awkward compared to others in class, they can’t quiet their mind, they aren’t fit…the list goes on and on, filled with fear and uncertainty. While it makes me sad that so many people are holding themselves back from experiencing the transformative beauty of yoga, I am also happy that so many people are sharing these thoughts with me because in sharing they are looking for answers.

Learning to be Human

Lynda McCullough by Lynda McCullough | March 28th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Yoga | tags: beginner yoga, Beginner's Mind, beginners, deepen-your-yoga-practice, gentle workouts, yin yoga, Yoga, yoga-for-beginners, yoga-practice, yoga-therapy

The other day I attended a new yoga class. Though I entered the studio with ten minutes to spare, the entire floor was covered with bodies. For a gentle yoga class? In my experience the gentle classes usually provide plenty of room to find a private space.

Yoga, Disability, and Community

Lynda McCullough by Lynda McCullough | March 1st, 2016 | 1 Comment
topic: Inspirational Media, Yoga | tags: colorado, disabilities, seniors, Yoga, yoga class, yoga for everyone, yoga mat, yoga-for-beginners, yoga-practice, yoga-therapy, yoga_positions

Seven years ago I found a copy of yoga teacher Matthew Sanford’s book Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence, in the local used bookstore. The book lit me on fire: Not only did Sanford’s story of loss and healing profoundly move me, his deep and unique experience with yoga’s ability to transform touched into my own and inspired me to teach to people with disabilities.

3 Ways to Return to a Beginner’s Mindset

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | February 12th, 2016 | 3 Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: awareness, Beginner's Mind, beginners, benefits of yoga, Yoga, yoga poses, yoga-for-beginners, yoga-practice, yoga-therapy, yoga_positions

How long have you been coming to your yoga mat? When you think about your yoga practice, can you remember what brought you to yoga and how you felt during your first class? It’s been over 15 years since I first stepped on my yoga mat and I remember exactly how I felt. Excited and terrified.

6 Yoga Tips for Deep Sleep

Rodney Yee by Rodney Yee | January 13th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: help sleeping, how to sleep better, rodney yee, sleep, sleeping, sleeplessness, Yoga, yoga-for-beginners, yoga-therapy, yoga_positions

  1. Release tension. Before you get started with yoga before sleep, know that gentle forward bending will release tension in the postural muscles that support you all day long. When we lay down these muscles can rest but often do not shut off because of habit.