yoga-practice

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.

Alignment

Dana Damara by Dana Damara | March 18th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Yoga | tags: alignment, benefits of yoga, bks-iyengar, deepen-your-yoga-practice, Iyengar, Iyengar yoga, Personal Growth, strength, Yoga, yoga poses, yoga-practice, yoga-therapy

The very first yoga class I ever attended was Iyengar-based. This was some fifteen years ago, when I was totally into Tai Bo, Spin and Step Aerobics. Kind of an unusual transition, really. Truth be told, I hated it. I could hear the clock ticking, I did not sweat, and there was no music. It felt like such a waste of time to me. It took me a good month to go back. Honestly, it was like pulling teeth, but something kept me going back once a week.

Kid-Friendly Yoga Practice for Spring

Erika Prafder by Erika Prafder | March 9th, 2016 | 1 Comment
topic: Family Health, Yoga | tags: book review, books, kid's yoga, kids, Yoga, yoga for kids, yoga poses, yoga-practice, yoga_positions

As spring arrives and bathes us in a gorgeous display of floral colors, pack a picnic lunch, some yoga mats, and head outside for an inspiring stretch, courtesy of Mother Nature. Practicing in the open air with your kids is a great way to foster a love, connection, and partnership with our earthly blessings.

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.