Savasana with a Chair and Weight

Colleen Saidman by Colleen Saidman | September 29th, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Detox, Health & Wellness | tags: back-pain, colleen saidman, Colleen Saidman Yee, deepen-your-yoga-practice, exhaustion, recharge, restore, rodney yee, savasana, Yoga, yoga-for-beginners, yoga-practice, yoga-therapy, yoga_positions

Relief for back pain, exhaustion, fuzzy brain and much more!

If you answer yes to more than two of the questions below, then find a chair and grab a sandbag. Tell everyone in the house that you’ll resurface in 10 minutes.

  1. Are you tired?
  2. Are you wired?
  3. Are you lacking in patience?

Variations on a Theme

Rodney Yee by Rodney Yee | September 21st, 2015 | No Comments
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.

Yogi Not Flexible

Lynda McCullough by Lynda McCullough | September 11th, 2015 | 4 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Inspirational Media, Yoga | tags: benefits of yoga, deepen-your-yoga-practice, finding a yoga teacher, flexibility, flexible, real life, Yoga, yoga teacher, yoga teacher training, yoga teachers, yoga-for-beginners, yoga-practice, yoga-techniques, yoga-therapy, yoga_positions

When You Aren’t The Most Flexible Yogi On The Block: One Woman Finds Her Niche As A Teacher

Who is eligible to become a yoga teacher? Those with X number of years’ experience? The most adept practitioners? Anyone who wants to?

9 Ways to Get Kids Off the Couch and Onto the Mat

Lisa Truesdale by Lisa Truesdale | September 10th, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Yoga | tags: breathing-exercises, fun, gaiam, kid's yoga, kid-focused, Yoga, yoga DVDs, yoga for kids, yoga games, yoga gear, yoga mats, yoga-for-beginners

The other day, when I was entering the rec center for a class, I passed a woman who was just heading out. She had a long blond ponytail, and over her shoulder was a purple yoga bag with her mat strapped underneath. Following close behind her was her adorable “mini me”—a little girl, about 5 or 6, with a long blond ponytail, toting a rolled-up pink yoga mat almost as big as she was.

Kids Yoga

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | September 9th, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Yoga | tags: activities for kids, breathing-exercises, children's behavior, family exercise, keeping kids active, parenting, The ABCs of Yoga for Kids, Yoga, yoga for kids, yoga-for-beginners

Have you ever thought of introducing your children to yoga? Just as yoga has many benefits for adults, it provides a wonderful foundation of mindfulness and body awareness for children. Kids need the tools to handle the ups and downs of life, connect to their body, and tune into their emotional and mental state on a regular basis, and yoga provides a safe space to explore and nurture that.

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.

5 Simple Steps To Cultivate A Beginner’s Mind

Elizabeth Wellington by Elizabeth Wellington | August 12th, 2015 | 1 Comment
topic: Health & Wellness, Inspirational Media, Personal Growth | tags: beginners, breathe, breathing-exercises, Personal Growth, self image, self-compassion, self-love, Yoga, yoga-for-beginners, yoga-practice

Last time I went to the airport, I saw a small boy with his hands and cheeks up against a large glass window. He watched the planes take off over and over again with a look of awe smudged across his face. His reflection held a sense of luminous possibility, as if he realized he could fly too. I stood there, tired and anxious to get to on my flight, witnessing something magical.

Passport hOMe

Chrissy Carter by Chrissy Carter | August 6th, 2015 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Home, Yoga | tags: chrissy carter, deepen-your-yoga-practice, Eco Travel, France, gaiam, nature vacation, summer-travel, travel, vacations, Yoga, yoga poses, yoga-for-beginners, yoga-therapy

France is my happy place. I don’t know if I can even describe it, but France just has a certain je ne sais quoi that makes me feel at home.

What People Say When You Tell Them You Do Yoga

Matt Cooke by Matt Cooke | March 4th, 2015 | 3 Comments
topic: Conscious Living News, Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: motivation, Yoga, yoga for everyone, yoga-for-beginners

“Yoga does not remove us from the reality or responsibilities of everyday life, but rather places our feet firmly and resolutely in the practical ground of experience. We don’t transcend our lives; we return to the life we left behind in the hopes of something better.” - Donna Farhi

Get Inverted: What I Learned by Turning My Yoga Practice Upside-Down

Megan Hannan by Megan Hannan | June 22nd, 2014 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: advanced yoga, downward facing dog, Forearm Stand, headstand, inversions, tripod, Yoga, yoga-for-beginners

yoga inversions

When I first saw the notice for the inversions workshop, I was excited. But after I signed up and paid, I was nervous. When the day arrived and I was warming up on my mat, I was terrified! What if I was the worst one there? What if I fell on my face? What if I fell on my neighbor? So many fears.

I may very well have been the worst one there, but I did not fall on my face, nor did I fall on my neighbor. What I did do was find the strength to push myself further than I’d gone before.