About Healthy Living Bucks and Montgomery Counties

Natural Awakenings magazine is the nation's largest and most established healthy living publication. This is the website for the Bucks/Montgomery area of PA. We have had a presence in Bucks and Montgomery Counties since January 2010. Readers use Natural Awakenings as the local educational resource for enhancing their lives through healthy living choices and the protection of our environment. Each month we publish informative and educational articles on a variety of ways people can safeguard or improve their family’s personal health while we also address the larger issue of planetary health. We have approximately 50,000 readers each month who are: - Overwhelmingly female (70%) - Over 51% have a household income of over 50K - 72% are between the ages of 25-54 - 80% purchase products or services from ads seen in Natural Awakenings - Natural Awakenings magazine rated higher over TV, radio, internet and other print publications as the #1 source for health-related information

Elizabeth Joyce Launches First Friday Lecture Series

In conjunction with Embracing Spiritual Frontiers, world-renowned psychic, healer and author Elizabeth Joyce is launching a First Friday lecture series, to be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of each month, at the James Lorah House, in Doylestown. The inaugural lecture is being presented January 4.

Readers are invited to enjoy The Power of the Inner Soul: Becoming Masters of the Planet, wherein Joyce will offer spiritual, intuitive, downloaded messages to provide attendees with an internal blueprint for accessing the energies of ascension.  Continue reading

Making Family Resolutions That Last

by Beth Ceccarelli

Making resolutions as a family unit can help motivate us to stick with our changes all year long, plus it allows time for bonding. Here are four easy and fun resolution ideas to get started:

Experiment with produce.
Plan a family trip to the local supermarket and explore the produce department. Let the kids choose a new fruit or vegetable that they’ve never tried before. For kid-friendly fruit ideas, try star fruit, kiwi and blackberries. For vegetables that will capture the attention of even the fussiest eater, try purple cauliflower, sugar snap peas and mini sweet peppers.  Continue reading

Messages from Within: Organ Vitality in Holistic Veterinary Medicine

by David MacDonald

When things are going well, it’s easy to take for granted the functioning of internal organs. One goal of veterinary medicine, however, is to minimize or prevent the onset of illness, and optimizing internal organ function to its fullest potential is part of this process.  Continue reading

Teen Voices: Building a Bridge to Middle School Confidence

by Hannah Adamson

Moving to middle school was quite a change—a bigger school, new classmates, more freedom. It was exciting, but also overwhelming. At elementary school I had found my groove; I had found a great group of friends and participated in many group activities. Sixth grade began and none of my close friends were in my classes. Everything, and everyone, was new. I did become friends with people I met and joined new school activities, but something just wasn’t right. I started to worry more about my appearance, who the “cool kids” were, why the crowded cafeteria felt lonely and if the girls laughing behind me were laughing at me or at something completely unrelated. I began to question if people really liked me, if I was accepted, if I was happy. I had all of these worries in my head, but, for the most part, always had a smile on my face. I did not want anyone to know that I was lonely and insecure; everyone else seemed to be doing just fine.  Continue reading

Local Yoga: A New Commitment for a New Year

by Rosie Lazroe

Welcome 2019! This year, I resolve to spend more time focusing on my heart, and I invite you to join me in making the commitment each month to do something that feeds your soul. We can do simple things like getting more rest or larger things like traveling to a new destination. I hope the following ideas spark even greater ideas within you. Let’s make this year the best one yet!

January: Let’s start off the year by establishing healthier sleep patterns. Start small by increasing the amount of sleep by five to 15 minutes each week. Yoga postures such as forward folds can calm the mind for better sleep.  Continue reading

More Lessons in Life

We received a lot of positive feedback on the Publishers Letter in November, so I thought I would just do a little continuation with a few personal comments.

Honesty is so important. It is the link to integrity, friendship, relationships and self. It is not always easy and is sometimes a challenge, but like all of life, if we pay attention, understand we are human, stay open and be willing to admit our shortcomings, the rewards are priceless.

Interpersonal relationships. Building this skill pays back in life, in business, in parenting, in everything human. We should be teaching it in our schools, from day one to college graduation. Perfecting it is priceless.  Continue reading

Local M.D. Celebrates 20 Years of Teaching Yoga

Michael Cheikin, M.D., medical director at Center for Optimal Health, in Plymouth Meeting, is celebrating 20 years of serving the community via the unusual combination of medical doctor and yoga instructor.

Cheikin first began teaching yoga as a means to help his chronic pain and fibromyalgia patients. While his patients benefited, his uncommon approach was not embraced by everyone. Cheikin explains, “When I started teaching yoga at a local hospital in 1998, the public relations department sent me a concerned memo stating, ‘What do you think you’re doing? You’ll ruin our reputation!’”  Continue reading

Creating a More Successful Self: George Bien Discusses Hypnotic Influence

by Melanie Rankin

Award-winning hypnotherapist George Bien, Ph.D., has been helping people through hypnosis for more than 30 years. He is presently the principal trainer for the International Association of Counselors and Therapists (IACT). He recently relocated from New York and is providing individual and group hypnosis, as well as training and certification services, in and around Perkasie.  Continue reading

Holiday Pet Zen: What to Do When All Is Not So Calm and Much Too Bright

by Laura Weis

Creating an oasis of calm for pets during the holidays doesn’t have to be difficult, but does require some planning to provide support and mitigate stress. First remember the basics: exercise, sleep and good nutrition. When holiday scheduling leaves pets at home for long hours, they become bored and can experience anxiety. Exercise (for pets and people) is an antidote to physical and mental stress and improves sleep. If pets are getting more treats during the holidays, cut back their regular amount of food and try to keep high fat treats to a minimum.  Continue reading

Teen Voices: Help Build a Kinder World, One Person at a Time

by Hannah Adamson

Uplifting humanity can start with lifting up just one person. Recently it seems that negativity has been inundating the news through violence, hate and tragedy. While we may not be able to immediately correct these major issues, as individuals we do have the power to spread positivity to those we meet. Simple acts of kindness contribute to the ripple effect that builds a better world. Here are some quick and easy ideas of how to spread positivity:  Continue reading

Local Yoga: The Yoga of Sound

by Rosie Lazroe

Picture this—Lying on a yoga mat, cocooned in a cozy blanket of soothing sounds that clear the mind of thoughts. At times you can even feel the sound vibration move through you, easing the body of pain. Yes, sound yoga is a thing!

Sound bath and sound healing sessions use many different instruments; however, the most popular ones used in yoga classes are crystal singing bowls, Tibetan singing bowls and gongs. These instruments have different individual functions, yet all follow the concept of brainwave entrainment. During a sound bath, human brainwaves will begin to match the sound frequencies made by each instrument. As a result, brainwaves will resonate at an alpha or theta state, which induces deep relaxation in the body and draws the listener into a deep state of calm.  Continue reading