Local Yoga: Water Yoga

by Rosie Lazroe, Coordinator, Local Yoga Directory

The buoyant feeling of floating in a body of water can bring welcome relief to those that suffer from chronic arthritis, fibromyalgia or general aches and pains. Yoga is wonderful for achy bodies, but when we ache it can be very challenging to get up and down off the floor. While chair yoga classes are available for those with limited mobility, we can also think out of the box and try a few yoga postures while cooling down in our favorite body of water. Continue reading

Natural Treatments for Allergies

by Katie Samsel

Sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose—Many people suffer with seasonal allergies, and some suffer all year-round. An allergy is a hypersensitivity reaction, with the body overreacting to a substance that would otherwise be considered harmless. Symptoms vary, but may include sinus irritation, skin rash and breathing difficulty.  Continue reading

LOCAL YOGA: Spring the Energy Body into Motion

by Rosie Lazroe

Take a moment to sense the space surrounding you. Imagine that your physical body is the nucleus within a cushion of unseen energy that radiates effortlessly from within. This cushion of energy around the physical body is called the auric field, or energy field, and some people believe that it is just as real as our physical form.

The idea that we all have a bubble of energy surrounding us can be an abstract concept to grasp. However, some yogic lineages believe that a person’s energy field is quite real, and contains thousands of invisible energy pathways called nadis. The nadis work with the chakra system, both of which originate at the spine and flow outward into the auric field. As information comes to us from the outside world, it filters through the nadis and chakras, and is then redistributed back out into the world around us. 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

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

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

Greenshire Celebrates A Mid-Summer Gathering

Greenshire Institute for Holistic Studies is hosting a free community gathering from 1 p.m. until sunset, June 23, on their campus grounds in Quakertown.

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Functional Medicine Practice Now Certifying for Medical Cannabis

Joseph Carchedi, M.D., director of Lower Gwynedd Functional Medicine Institute, has become a certifying medical cannabis physician. In addition to certifying patients, the practice offers state-of-the-art CBD oil (cannabidiol) products, including a CBD-infused water.

Carchedi offers, “I believe that medical cannabis will change people’s lives by improving their quality of life and providing hope to those that have been struggling with chronic disease.”

 

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Manhattan Massage Therapist Relocates to BuxMont

After more than 35 years of private practice in Manhattan, Licensed Massage Therapist Lee Noonan has relocated and is offering “City Massage at Country Prices” to Bucks and Montgomery county residents.

Referring to her services as “The Art of Touch”, Noonan understands that the lasting aspect of treatment lies in discovering the underlying causes of pain. This often involves detective work, such as recognizing when a change in a client’s lifestyle or surroundings might be adversely affecting their body.

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