yoga-practice

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?

Discipline

Dana Damara by Dana Damara | May 11th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: deepen-your-yoga-practice, discipline, growth, Personal Growth, self growth, spiritual growth, teacher, teachers, Yoga, yoga teacher, yoga teachers, yoga-practice, yoga-therapy

Discipline is defined as a branch of knowledge or the practice of training people. I find this interesting as a yoga “teacher,” for a few reasons. One is that that while I am a teacher, I am also only a student. And honestly, the only person I am ever really training is myself.

3 Ways to Get Out Of Your Yoga Rut

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | May 5th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Yoga | tags: awareness, benefits of yoga, change, changes, deepen-your-yoga-practice, refresh, renewal, Yoga, yoga poses, yoga styles, yoga-practice, yoga-techniques

You roll out your yoga mat, take your seat, and begin your routine before class starts. A routine comprised of stretching, sitting or lying down to mentally prepare, or maybe enjoying some time to chat with your fellow yogis. All is as it should be, yet something seems off. You’re uninspired, going through the motions, not as aware of what you’re doing, feeling low in energy and even contemplating the need to take more breaks.

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:

Apps for Earth: Yoga Studio + WWF + Apple

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | April 14th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Gaiam Happenings, Giving Back | tags: app store, earth, Earth Day, gaiam, give, give back, mobile apps, wwf, Yoga, yoga stud, yoga-practice

When Yoga Studio was tapped to work with with WWF and Apple for Apps for Earth, the fit seemed right. It seemed natural. And it seemed like a wonderful way to work together to protect life on our planet. As a part of Apps for Earth, WWF will receive 100% of the proceeds from the purchase of the Yoga Studio from now until April 24. That’s right, everything. What an opportunity to help make a difference!

5 Simple Yoga Poses to Soothe Stress

Elizabeth Wellington by Elizabeth Wellington | April 14th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Yoga | tags: health, healthy habits, lower stress, manage stress, mental-health, reduce stress, relieve stress, stress, stress management, stress-relief, Yoga, yoga-practice, yoga_positions

Next time you feel tension in your neck, or your mind is busy circling an internal to-do list, stop. Despite the inclination to push through, it’s more rewarding (and productive) to pause.

One in four Americans experience a great deal of stress. It isn’t just unpleasant to bear, stress can affect everything from your health, relationships, and work life. The near-constant distractions and obligations posed by a 24/7 culture only contribute to a sense of everyday strain.

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.

TRIBE

Dana Damara by Dana Damara | April 5th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: circle of friends, community, friends, friendship, tribe, Wanderlust Festival, Yoga, yoga community, yoga-practice

I’ve been thinking a lot about the word “tribe” over the past week. I just got back from my annual trip to Wanderlust in Squaw Valley, and that word simply encompasses how I feel the minute I step foot into that festival.

Tribe: “Any aggregate of people united by ties of descent from a common ancestor, community of customs and traditions.”

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.