200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in North Wales

Whole Body Yoga Studio presents yoga instructor Vladamir Tcharov, from Pranakriya School of Healing Arts, who will lead a 200-hour yoga teacher training. The training will be offered through nine intensive weekend sessions, taking place September 7 to 9, October 12 to 14, November 2 to 4, December 7 to 9, January 11 to 13, February 8 to 10, March 1 to 3, April 5 to 7 and May 3 to 5. Continue reading

New Support Available for Mamas and Mamas-to-Be

Evergreen Counseling invites new and expectant mothers to its new, therapeutic support group, Babies Don’t Come With Manuals. The group will meet from 11 a.m. to noon beginning July 21, and will continue every other Saturday at its Warminster office. Continue reading

Autism- and Sensory-Friendly Music Festival Launches in Jermyn

Inclusion Festival, an autism- and sensory-friendly music and wellness festival, will be held July 28 and 29 at Mountain Sky Festival Grounds, in Jermyn, Pennsylvania, just north of Scranton.

Inclusion Festival celebrates neurodiversity, promotes understanding and acceptance, and provides educational opportunities within a safe, nurturing environment. Individuals with special needs, and those who wish to support them, are invited to participate and attend recreational and educational workshops, connect with nature, experience live music, participate in mindfulness practices and build a supportive community network and lifestyle that extends far beyond the festival grounds. Continue reading

Multiple Yoga Teacher Trainings Available at Anahata

In keeping with its mission to establish itself as a premiere yoga teacher training studio, Anahata Yoga & Wellness Center is expanding its offerings. In addition to its foundational 200-hour teacher training and prenatal teacher training, it is now offering a 300-hour program.

The 300-hour training is open to graduates of any 200-hour program and is offered in five modules designed to deepen a teacher’s skills in the areas of anatomy, chakra yoga, ayurveda, meditation and the art of teaching. Continue reading

Improving Canine Nutrition: Real Food for Better Health

by Laura Weis

Almost 90 percent of dog owners feed their dog kibble, but what about other commercial options such as frozen raw food or canned diets? The optimal dog diet is the least processed and the closest to a wild canid diet, and with a little research it is possible to improve even the best commercial foods.  Continue reading

Teen Voices: The Benefits of Technology in Moderation

by Hannah Adamson

Teens are often criticized for being addicted to technology and disconnected from real life. While it is true that many teens spend a lot of time using smartphones and surfing the internet, it’s important to note some of the positive effects of using such technology.  Continue reading

Local Yoga: Yogic Philosophy

by Rosie Lazroe

The Yamas and Niyamas are the first two limbs of the eight-fold yogic path. Devoted study and practice of these 10 principles can literally bring your yoga practice to life throughout all of your daily activities.

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The five Yamas are ethical guidelines for the yogi, pertaining to his or her relationship with others in society, the outer environment and nature.  Continue reading

10 Anti-Inflammatory Foods Flavorful Ways to Lower Disease Risk

by Judith Fertig

Any time our bodies sense an “invader”—a microbe, virus, plant pollen or unwelcome chemical—they go into high alert, producing white blood cells to fight it off. Once the danger has been thwarted, normal functioning returns.

If we continue to expose ourselves to these threats, then the high-alert process, known as inflammation, becomes chronic. This disturbance of natural equilibrium can lead to cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, depression and pain. It can also mask or worsen autoimmune diseases. Eating foods with natural anti-inflammatory properties can help our bodies function better. Continue reading

A Model Experience – Letter from the Publisher – July 2018

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Recently, I spent a few days in Sweden. What an amazing trip. The views were stunning and the city of Stockholm majestic, but it was the people and the human interactions that knocked me over. Not only the experience there, but how the effects of spending a short amount of time with a small group of exceptionally nice people have impacted me.

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Art that Inspires Action Artists Work to Save Nature’s Beauty

by Avery Mack

Mounts Botanical Garden, in Palm Beach County, Florida, hosted Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea, a thought-provoking traveling exhibit featuring giant sea creatures made entirely of marine debris from beaches. “It graphically illustrates the amount of plastic pollution in our oceans and waterways,” says Curator and Director Rochelle Wolberg. The exhibit included Grace the Humpback Whale Tail, the Marine Debris Anemone, Priscilla the Parrot Fish, Flash the Marlin, Water Bottle Jelly, Sebastian James the Puffin, Lidia the Seal, Hugo the Humpback Whale Tail, American Sea Star and Musical Seaweed. Take a look at some of them and check for current exhibit locations at WashedAshore.orgContinue reading

Organic Farmers Growing America’s Health Restoring the Nutritional Value of Crops

by Melinda Hemmelgarn

When searching online for images of scientists, pictures of men and women in white lab coats peering into microscopes fill the screen. What’s missing are farmers. Our society doesn’t tend to equate the two, yet farmers are active field scientists. How they choose to grow and produce food greatly impacts our shared environment of soil, water and air quality, as well as the nutritional content of food, and therefore, public health.  Continue reading