Free Yoga for Beginners on Gaiam

New to yoga or want a fresh look at the basics? Let My Yoga on Gaiam TV guide you through the fundamental elements of a sound yoga practice.  From proper alignment to basic postures and breathing techniques, they've designed a new 14-day guide to give you the low-down on getting strong, flexible and balanced.

My Yoga Online on Gaiam TV is the ultimate resource to strengthen, center and awaken your body, mind and soul. With their vast library of yoga videos, Pilates and fitness videos, articles, guides and more, the possibilities for positive change are endless. Join our community and ignite your passion for a holistic healthy lifestyle.

Whether it’s your first time on the mat or your looking for a fresh start, they empower you with the tools to lay the foundation of a solid and well-rounded yoga practice.  So take a moment for yourself.  Relax, stretch, unwind and feel the amazing benefits of yoga with Gaiam.

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Surya Brasil Sapien Women Haircare Collection Review

Founded in 1995, Surya Brasil has been operating successfully in Brazil supplying cosmetics founded on a vision of internal beauty.  Their collections include: Amazonia Preciosa, Sapien Men, Sapien Women, Color Fixation, Vegan Lip Balms and their very popular Surya Henna Hair Coloring Creams and Powders.  Their also Ecocert, Certified VeganPETA cruelty-free and Fair Trade Certified.  The Sapien Women product line was developed for daily use and includes shampoo, conditioner, leave-in combing cream and split end repair cream, all of which feature fragrances made from natural coconut and mango extracts.

Their also a member of The Compact for Safe Cosmetics and Organic Trade Association.  The Sapien Women line offers more sustainable products and uses packaging made from Braskem's Green Plastic, who works to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  Recently I had the opportunity to try their new Sapien Women Haircare collection.  Here is my review.  

Sapien Women Shampoo $31.99
Sapien Women Shampoo is made from organic Amazonian ingredients and includes Pracaxi oil, essential amino acids, proteins from the Amaranth plant and Aloe Vera to hydrate, condition and add healthy shine. This shampoo does not contain sulfates, salt, parabens or mineral oil.   It also has none of the other bad stuff including BHT, EDTA, synthetic fragrances, GMOs, phthalates, alcohol or silicon.  The shampoo is a bit gooey and looks like melted honey with a fabulous natural fragrance similar to mango or a tropical fruit.  The smell is natural, light but not over powering.  It thoroughly and effectively cleans your hair with no weighing down and leaves it feeling moisturised at the same time.

Sapien Women Conditioner $26.59
Sapien Women Conditioner hydrates the hair while controlling frizz and contains rich organic ingredients from the Amazon like Uccuba and Murumuru butters, Pracaxi, Macadamia and organic Buriti Oils, Amaranth Protein, Vitamin E and Aloe Vera that drench the hair with intense moisture, shine and softness.  This shampoo does not contain sulfates, salt, parabens or mineral oil.   It also has none of the other bad stuff including BHT, EDTA, synthetic fragrances, GMOs, phthalates, alcohol or silicon.  It also has a luscious mango, tropical fruit smell.  The conditioner leaves your hair super soft with lots of shine.  I found this conditioner is very potent so a little goes a long way.  

Sapien Women Leave in Conditioner $16.69
Sapien Women Leave-in Conditioner is made with Amazonian Ucuuba and Murumuru butters, Pracaxi, Macadamia and Buriti oil as well as Amaranth Protein and Vitamin E, which work together to hydrate, condition and impart health and shine to the hair. Apply to damp hair and dry. Best results follow with Sapien Women Split End Repair.   It also has none of the other bad stuff including BHT, EDTA, synthetic fragrances, GMOs, phthalates, alcohol or silicon.

The leave in is one of my favorite products from the line!  I love the smell soooo good like the shampoo and conditioner.  A little goes a long way.  It won't leave your hair looking or feeling greasy or oily, and leaves your hair looking soft and silky.  This is hard to find with a natural product these days.  The shampoo and conditioner are gone and I still use this.  I highly recommend the leave in conditioning cream.

Sapien Women Split End Repair $32.79
Suitable for all hair types, Sapien Women Split end Repair softens and repairs split ends without sticky residue or product build up. This natural and organic styling aid contains organic oils of Argan, Pracaxi, Madadamia and Buriti as well as Vitamin E and plant-based silicon derived from rapeseed (Brassica napus) a bright yellow flowering member of the mustard or cabbage family (Brassicaceae).  
As with all of their products, it's free of sulfates, salt, parabens or mineral oil.  It's also free of BHT, EDTA, synthetic fragrances, GMOs, phthalates, alcohol or silicon. This is another favorite product.  It gives amazing shine and protection but doesn't look greasy or oily.  As with the conditioner and leave in, you only need a small skirt and you're good to go!  
Overall I loved trying this new, natural and organic haircare line from Surya Brasil.  All products are free of bad for you toxic ingredients and have healthier ingredients in their place which I love!  To learn more about Surya Brasil please visit their website at:  You can also purchase their products at

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How to Loose Weight Naturally

Drink Water
Yes - drink more water and only water if you can!  Most people know that the body needs water for hydration and optimum functioning of organs, but it also promotes weight loss. One way to consume fewer calories is to drink a full glass of water before every meal and snack. Drinking water before a meal will cause a person's stomach to feel full quicker, therefore causing them to eat less.  Water also flushes out those pesky toxins that are in the environment and food we eat everyday.

Eat Less Carbs
This is one of the hardest habits for most people to kick.  Most of us love bread, pasta, potatoes, ect.  Which is fine in moderation but not at every meal.  Try to replace those carbs with smaller portions of protein like lean meats and fish and pair them with fruits and veggies at every meal if you can.  If your going to eat carbs, eat them in the morning so you have the rest of the day to burn them off.  Yes carbohydrates convert to sugar and then fat.  No it doesn't matter if that bread is organic and glueten free :)  It's a fact that carbs convert to sugar and sugar converts to fat - whether it's organic or not.  So if you can limit them as much as possible, it's the best way to loose that extra weight fast!

Eat More Fruits and Veggies
This is a no brainer right?!  Well some people have problems eating healthy foods.  But it's the best secret to loosing weight.  Fruits and veggies are nutrient dense. This means that for their weight, most produce is low in calories; so you can eat a lot more when your diet is rich in veggies and fruits - and still not consume a whole lot of calories.  Remember, all produce, from a juicy apple to a crisp romaine is packed with water and fiber.  Which means their low in calories and make you feel fuller longer.

Consume Coconut oil
Coconut Oil is very effective in reducing and maintaining weight.  It contains short and medium-chain fatty acids that help in taking off excessive weight. It is also easy to digest and it helps in healthy functioning of the thyroid and enzymes systems.  It increases your metabolism by removing stress on the pancreases, which burns more energy and helps overweight people loose weight.  This is why people living in tropical coastal areas who eat coconut oil daily as their primary cooking oil and are much slimmer and healthier compared to other countries.  Make sure you buy Organic Virigin Coconut Oil, otherwise you'll loose all the important beneficial nutrients.  You want to also ensure it is USDA organic certified, because that means it has the highest quality organic certification, so it's 100% organic, natural and safe.

Consume Apple Cider Vinegar
In a 2009 study published in Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, it was found that subjects that consumed acetic acid for 12 weeks experienced significant declines in body weight, abdominal fat, waist circumference and triglycerides. Triglycerides contribute to the bad cholesterol which is what we want to avoid.

Research shows significant weight loss benefits from sustained daily intake of acetic acid (which is a main ingredient in apple cider vinegar).  To add ACV to your daily routine and assist with weight loss, add 2 tsp. - 1 tbsp. of Bragg's Organic Apple Cider Vinegar to 16 ounces of water. This concoction can be sipped throughout the day.  If you don't like the taste, add some frozen fruit with Sweetleaf Stevia or a natural water enhancer like Skinny Girl Blueberry Acai  droplets into water.  I promise you won't taste it.

Walk More
Walking is easy, free and very effective!  You can go outside and walk anywhere you want to and what a bonus to get that Vitamin D3 if the sun is out.  Walking on a trail or up and down hill challenges your balance, which ups your overall calories by up to 82 percent!  Brisk walking at 3 to 4 mph gets you into a moderate intensity workout zone, which is the minimum for a decent workout not only to lose weight but to increase cardiovascular fitness. Walking at 4.7 mph burns as many calories as jogging.

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