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New Yoga Mat? Eliminate the Smell

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | April 7th, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: apple cider vinegar, gaiam, mat spray, new mats, odor, odor removal, strong odors, tea tree oil, yoga mat, yoga mat spray, yoga mats

Yoga Mat Smell

A new yoga mat is full of promise and excitement to revitalize your practice. But along with promise, a new mat offers up something less appealing: new-mat smell.

Whether your mat is made of recycled rubber, jute, bamboo or the more common and affordable PVC, it will release an odor that alerts all around you to its newness.

What’s a concerned yogi — one who doesn’t want to subject herself or her fellow downward doggers to headache-inducing off-gassing — to do?

Well, while you likely won’t eliminate the smell completely (only time can do that!), you can certainly reduce its assault on your nose. Here’s how:

Acne: Could Yoga Be the Culprit?

Nichole Golden by Nichole Golden | May 20th, 2013 | 2 Comments
topic: Detox, Fitness, Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: Ardha Matsyendrasana, bacteria, breakouts, clear skin, detox, detoxification, diet, face, Half Spinal Twist, Head-to-Knee Forward Bend, healthy-eating, hot yoga, janu sirsasana, sweat, toxins, water, yoga for acne, yoga mat

Yoga and AcneYoga is a therapeutic practice that always stimulates a certain degree of detoxification. Hot yoga in particular really inspires a release of toxins. In the long-term, this is great for your skin. But in the short-term, you may experience a few literal “bumps” along the road to a glowing countenance.

Yoga and the Earth

Nichole Golden by Nichole Golden | April 22nd, 2013 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Green Living, Yoga | tags: ahimsa, change, composting, Earth Day, eco-friendly, Eka Pada Rajakapotasana, electricity, energy, environment, green, habits, Hanumanasana, lights, Lizard Pose, Mother Earth, non-violence, One-Legged King Pigeon Pose, organic cotton, Parasvottanasana, planet, Pyramid Pose, recycled, recycling, Splits Pose, tree-pose, trees, Utthan Pristhasana, Vrksasana, Yoga, yoga block, yoga mat, yoga poses, yoga props, yoga strap

Earth Day YogaAs you grow and deepen your conversation with yoga, it becomes quite clear that the yoga practice must stretch far beyond the boundaries of that little sticky mat. Naturally, your practice begins to bleed into every part of your life, saturating your world with concepts like ahimsa (non-violence). Part of that concept is living in a way that is non-harming to the Earth.

Earth Day is the perfect opportunity to explore this mind-set, as we look for ways to give back to our life-sustaining planet. Every moment we are nourished and blessed by the abundant gifts of the Earth, and on this particular day we have the chance to give gratitude back to the source! This is a special chance to develop lasting rituals in your yoga practice and in your life that nurture an eco-centric approach to everyday living and that have the potential to last all year round.

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.

Motivation for Your Yoga Practice

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | November 8th, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: alive, Big Happy Day, body, boost immune system, cancer, celebrate being alive, celebrate life, coach, compassion, daily yoga practice, dedicate, Dedication, discipline, exercise, Fitness, friendship, Hillary Rubin, inspiration, lost loved one, memory, motivation, move in your body, movement, muscle of discipline, no presssure, presence, video, wellness, Yoga, yoga mat

Wellness pioneer Hillary Rubin encourages us to stay motivated to make it to the yoga mat — and to practice compassion for ourselves on the days when we don’t. One of her favorite motivators? Dedicating your daily yoga practice to someone or something that inspires you.

7 Essential Home Workout Tools

Chris Freytag by Chris Freytag | February 29th, 2012 | 18 Comments
topic: Fitness, Weight Loss | tags: balance-ball, balanceball, cardio machine, dumbbells, elliptical trainer, exercise, fitness equipment, hand weights, home fitness, home gym, mini stepper, pedometer, resistance bands, stability ball, sticky mat, strength training, weight-loss, workout videos, workout-DVDs, yoga mat

Balance BalLast week I wrote about keeping your gym membership and focusing on the gym amenities you really use. But if getting to the gym isn’t working for you, I suggest stocking your home with a few well-chosen pieces of exercise gear to help you start or maintain a consistent fitness regimen. Having your own gear handy puts you in control. It saves you time, since you never have to drive to and from the health club. It gives you a weatherproof alternative to outdoor activities like walking or biking. And it lets you squeeze in exercise in the morning before the kids wake up or in the evening while you’re watching your favorite TV show.

Last-Minute Halloween Costume Contest!

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | October 29th, 2010 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: balanceball, colleen saidman, costumes, dress, funny, halloween, humor, rodney yee, yoga mat

Need a last-minute Halloween costume on a shoe-string budget? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! Be comfortable AND cost-effective reusing your favorite Gaiam products or by being one of the faces of Gaiam!

You can be everyone’s favorite yogi duo Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman with these simple steps.

Colleen:

Trudie Styler on Martha Stewart’s 2010 Yoga Show!

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | January 7th, 2010 | No Comments
topic: Celebrity Workouts, Fitness, Gaiam Happenings, Trudie Styler, Yoga | tags: dvd, trudie styler, Yoga, yoga mat

Actress, film producer, director, human rights activist, environmentalist, organic farmer *and* UNICEF ambassador Trudie Styler will be appearing on The Martha Stewart Show tomorrow, January 8.

It’s Martha’s 2010 Yoga Show, and Trudie will be joining her to discuss all of the wonderful benefits of yoga practice, talk about her new Warrior Yoga® DVD, and lead the audience through a routine. Best of all, she’ll be showing off our new Medallions Yoga Mat! Here are more details: