UPDATE 3/21: Gaiam has repaired the situation and all is well. Thank you to their reps.
UPDATE 3/12: I want to follow up and let all of my readers know that Gaiam has turned out to be a less than stellar company to work with. I was made promises in exchange for my honest review of the product and promotion of their site. And they have completely vanished off the face of the earth. I gave their representative fair warning and multiple chances to rectify the situation but as I'm being ignored now, I wanted to make you all aware and recommend to any of my fellow bloggers who happen up0n this to not work with them nor their media reps at Single Edition Media. Thank you.
Original Post: Januar 22, 2013
For the unfamiliar, Gaiam (that’s "guy-um") is a provider of information, goods and services to customers who value the environment, a sustainable economy, healthy lifestyles, alternative healthcare and personal development. They sell products in all the stores you and I love to shop in (Target, Whole Foods, etc.) and here’s a fun fact (I love this kind of stuff): the word “Gaiam” is a fusion of the words "Gaia" and "I am". Gaia, mother Earth, was honored on the Isle of Crete in ancient Greece 5,000 years ago by the Minoan civilization. This civilization valued education, art, science, recreation, and the environment and believed that the Earth was directly connected to its existence and daily life. The concept of Gaia stems from the ancient philosophy that the Earth is a living entity.
Thank you, Wikipedia. You know everything. And thus concludes our history lesson of the day and onto the good stuff! This one is dedicated to my homies who just don’t wanna leave the house…
Ok, so Gaiam TV, an innovative service, is the first streaming fitness video subscription service designed to reach those interested in health, wellness, yoga, fitness and personal development. With over 2,000 titles, Gaiam TV is like Netflix for you exercise/health-lovers out there. They seem to have hundreds of hours of online yoga, Pilates and cardio workouts with top instructors like Seane Corn, Jillian Michaels and Kathryn Budig.
Gaiam’s yoga and fitness videos are flexible, simple to use, and customizable by things like weight loss, total body sculpting or increased energy. Then you can narrow down your options based on level, style, instructor and amount of available time (quickie Pilates for everyone!). You can make a playlist – it’s like Spotify but with yoga. Namaste, kids! (Whenever I write the word “Namaste,” I feel this weird itch to italicize it. I have no idea why.)
This is a pretty engaging way to work out and not leave your house. And obviously the benefit of it being sourced online is 24/7 convenience with streaming capabilities (iPad, smartphone, etc.).
And for you, since I love you all so much, I’ve been sponsored by Gaiam to not only write this post, but also offer you a 10-day free trial via http://bit.ly/GaiamTVActive. (Normally $9.95 a month, which is pretty on par with going rates, right? You can cancel anytime.)
Let me know if you give it a whirl! I hope you enjoy.