Spring is a time for renewal. Many health experts suggest taking part in detoxifying cleanses, healthier diets and mind-body exercises that will help to flush and refresh the body for the summer season.
However, spring is also the season of mud, wind, and allergies, and that makes it sometimes difficult to get outdoors in the fresh air.
Thanks to GaiamTV, you don’t have to ditch your spring-cleaning exercise routine because of unappealing weather conditions. Every Sunday, Gaiam presents Salutation Sundays, an online program that offers yoga and fitness videos, delivered straight to you, so you can watch and participate conveniently indoors. Yoga is one of the best ways to prepare the mind and the body for a new season. With its detoxifying and renewing benefits, yoga refreshes and rejuvenates in so many ways, especially in the spring.
This Sunday, Gaiam is featuring yoga master Rodney Yee. Having appeared on Oprah, Good Morning America, PBS, and in many other television shows, Yee’s level of professionalism and expertise will certainly not disappoint.
Since taking his first yoga class in 1980, Yee turned a curious need to maintain his flexibility and strength gained from his days as a gymnast and ballet dancer into a full blown career as an esteemed yoga teacher that has allowed him to travel all over the world.
Finding calm amidst the chaos, bringing like-minded people together, and getting to a point where a life threatening disease can be dealt with in a healthy way through spiritual healing and alternative medicine is the goal of Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program (UZIT) at UCLA, which launches today, November 17, 2011.
The idea for such a program was born when world-renowned fashion designer Karan felt a deep desire to see that her husband Stephan Weiss, who was dying of lung cancer, received the soul healing spiritual care not offered by traditional Western medicine.
Today, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center is partnering with Karan’s UZIT to become the first hospital on the West Coast to offer yoga therapy, mindfulness meditation, nutrition, Reiki, and aromatherapy for patients at their bedside and beyond.
According to Dr. David Feinberg, president of the UCLA Health System, CEO of the UCLA Hospital System, and associate vice chancellor for health sciences, UZIT works perfectly at UCLA as it matches their mission of treating the whole patient rather than just the symptoms of a particular illness. (more…)
As a teacher of yoga and Pilates, I am aware that some people stick with either one method or the other as part of their exercise program. Even in our modern era of fitness, where crossover classes such as Yogilates are the latest rage, some choose to be loyal to their preferred modality.
While there are many similarities between yoga and Pilates, the differences that exist may be enough to tip the scale of favoritism.
What is Yoga?
Yoga is a 5000-year-old discipline steeped in spirituality. The practice of yoga- however diluted by modern culture- still involves a whisper of self-reflection and divine connection. Good for the mind and the body, yoga rises above the realm of exercise because of its intention to elevate the consciousness of those who practice.
Every weekday morning at 6 a.m. and at 6:30 a.m. Gaiam, the lifestyle media company that creates and sells scores of yoga and fitness workout DVDs, will feature a 30-minute workout that will kickstart your day in an invigorating and restorative way.
From Rodney Yee’s Ulimate Power Yoga to Patricia Moreno’s Cardio Burn Yoga, each 30-minute session allows you to start your day with a cardio boost and an arsenal of mind-body techniques that will prepare you for the day’s stresses that lie ahead of you.
Here is the line-up for this week: (more…)