Anahata Yoga Expands Mind, Body in New, Larger Space

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by Lauren Johnson

Kathleen Tooley, owner of Anahata Yoga and Wellness Center, in Lederach, has a simple mission: to show that yoga is accessible to anyone.

Tooley, a teacher of Kripalu-style yoga for seven years, became a yoga teacher to do just that. “People who felt like they couldn’t do yoga inspired me to become a teacher so I could show them that they actually can,” she says. “When folks come into the studio apologizing for being inflexible, I say, ‘I know, that’s why you’re here!’”

Kripalu yoga, which originated at the Yoga Society of Pennsylvania in 1965 and was named after kundalini yoga master Swami Kripalvanandji, uses standard yoga poses and breathwork to encourage inner focus, meditation and relaxation. At Anahata Yoga and Wellness Center (“Anahata” is the Sanskrit word for the heart chakra), yoga is taught from a more therapeutic perspective rather than a fitness perspective.

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Holistic Alternatives to Pain—Local Voices: BLAKEY ELKHART KORNFELD, Yoga and Meditation

LV_TransformationYoga_BlakeyElkhart_0617How do yoga, yoga therapy and meditation work to address pain?

Through breath-centered meditation and movement meditation, or yoga “asana” postures, the vagus nerve can be toned and the parasympathetic relaxation response can be turned on. It’s commonly said that there’s a “smoothing out” that happens when breath is focused on the places where pain is experienced. The phrase “send your breath to your knee” refers to the act of sending the energy, expansiveness and calm that can create that smoothing effect. It’s all because of the power of the mind, which doesn’t necessarily take away the actual pain but gives the person a different relationship to the pain by putting some space between them and the sensation.

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Lisa Gercie: Eclectic Healer Melds Counseling, Metaphysics and Hypnosis

by Gisele M. Siebold

CRG_LisaGercie_0816Licensed professional therapist Lisa Gercie is a uniquely eclectic healer. She has worked in the field of psychology for over 20 years and is board certified in the state of Pennsylvania and by the National Board of Certified Counselors. She is also a gifted metaphysical healer, skilled in traditional and metaphysical hypnotherapy. Gercie incorporates both traditional and spiritual teachings to fulfill client requests for expansion of growth, awareness, healing and optimal health. Gercie specializes in rebuilding life after death or divorce, grief issues, relationships, anxiety, depression, stress management, psychosocial oncology, work and career issues, self-esteem and self-image.

“I believe that when you change your thoughts and behaviors, you can change your life,” says Gercie. “As a solution-oriented and interactive therapist, my goal is to help others live a life where they are thriving versus just ‘living’ or ‘existing’.”

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Local Pain Specialist Bruce Nicholson, MD, Endorses CBD for Pain Management

by Gisele R. Siebold

DrBruceNicholsonDr. Bruce D. Nicholson, the director of Pain Specialists of Greater Lehigh Valley, as well as the medical director for the Division of Pain Management, Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network, acknowledges and understands that chronic pain is a complex problem, and treating it successfully requires a unified, coordinated, multidisciplinary approach. “The human body is an amazing system of well-orchestrated parts. Like a machine, each part contributes to the harmony of the whole. When illness or injury strikes, however, the entire system is affected and pain is often the result,” explains Nicholson. “Pain is actually the body’s way of signaling a breakdown of one of its parts. Although unpleasant, pain provides an important warning to protect the body against further injury.”

Nicholson is also a clinical associate professor at Penn State’s College of Medicine at Hershey Medical Center, and board certified in anesthesiology and pain management by the American Board of Anesthesiology. He consistently researches treatments that can confidently be recommended for patients, taking into consideration their long-term health and well-being.

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Reveal and Heal the Source of Pain with Zero Pain Now

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by Rebecca Antsis and Karen G. Meshkov

According to a 2015 study published by the National Institutes of Health, nearly 50 million Americans—one in every five people—suffer from severe or chronic pain.

The wide variety of pain management techniques varies from physical therapy and surgical procedures to the most controversial and widespread approach: the use of prescription opioids.

But the persistence of chronic pain has forced even more conservative-leaning
patients to seek relief options that fall outside the confines of the traditional medical model. One such alternative method is the Zero Pain Now program.

Zero Pain Now is founded upon the discoveries of Dr. John E. Sarno, a physician and professor of rehabilitation medicine at New York University School of Medicine. During the 1970s, Sarno discovered a mind-body connection between certain forms of pain and repressed emotion.

Dan Buglio, a certified Zero Pain Now coach whose work is based on Sarno’s initial discovery, points out that we encounter proof of this relationship daily: “We cry, we blush, we get nervous stomachs; these are all very real, universally accepted physical changes to our bodies that happen as a result of emotion stimulus. So why not pain?”

Sarno called the pain it produced tension myositis syndrome (TMS). He published his findings and, in more than 45 years of practice, cured countless chronic pain sufferers, and did so at little cost to the patient.

But as is common to those ahead of their time, Sarno’s work remained in obscurity until it was resurrected three decades later by Rapid Life Change coach Adam Heller, who healed himself from a long bout with severe back pain by studying the work of Sarno and other mind-body advocates.

Through extensive research and lived experience, Heller improved upon the processes with his program Zero Pain Now, a step-by-step coaching protocol to help those afflicted with chronic pain end it completely.

Over 1,000 private coaching clients have gone through the private Zero Pain Now coaching program and 97 percent were able to eliminate their pain completely, a metric unrivaled by other pain management techniques. Further, a pilot study conducted at the Mayo Clinic at the end of 2015 was designed to measure how effective Zero Pain Now would be for longtime sufferers of chronic pain, including those with lower back pain, degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, shoulder pain, groin pain, spinal stenosis and migraines. The pilot participants started the program with reported pain levels of mid- to high-intensity. The results showed that every single patient was pain free by the end of the 28-day program.

Bucks County resident Dan Buglio is thrilled to be among that 97 percent. For over a decade, Buglio suffered with debilitating back pain and sciatica. Frustrated by ineffective treatments offered by his doctors, he sought out alternatives. Zero Pain Now was the protocol that finally ended his pain, and he has remained pain free for the past six years.

Buglio has made it his life’s mission to help others end their pain through the Zero Pain Now program, which includes education on the nature of pain, a customized pain assessment, and a proven process to reverse the body’s physical response to suffering caused by the emotional world. “It is that process that ends the pain,“ says Buglio, who works one-on-one with clients in person, via video chat and email.

The first step, he asserts, is becoming proactive about your health. “Many people delegate their health to their doctors, where it does not require any thinking or ownership on the patient’s part.”

Another hurdle Buglio helps his clients over is the shift in mindset. “It’s hard to accept the reality that pain is actually caused by the body’s real physical reaction to intense emotions and stress. The pain is real, but so is the cure.”

For people interested in learning more, there is a free, online diagnostic pain test available at YourPainTest.com that quickly ascertains whether the sufferer is a candidate for the program. “The test takes only about five minutes and is free. You can access it from your smartphone. If you are in pain and you’ve been told there’s no hope, I encourage you to take it. You have nothing to lose and, potentially, so much to gain.”

For more information, call 800-580-6530 or visit DanBuglio.com

Rebecca Antsis is a Pennsylvania-based writer, performer and editorial associate for Natural Awakenings BuxMont. Connect at RebeccaAntsis@gmail.com.

Karen G. Meshkov is publisher and director of advertising partnerships for Natural Awakenings BuxMont.

June 2017

Find Enlightenment at Solstice Expo & Holistic Fair in New Hope

NB_SolsticeExpo_0617The Society for Metaphysical Enlightenment invites participants to tune into their body, mind and spirit and experience the love of higher consciousness at the Ninth Annual Solstice Expo & Holistic Fair, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., on June 17 and 18, at New Hope Eagle Firehouse.

Guest speakers are scheduled every hour and will include presentations by Annabella Wood, John Schaeffer, Rose Moyer with Judy Kay, Thalia Alexiou, Suzanne Werfelman, Elizabeth Joyce, Corbie Mitleid, Chris Gage, Katherine Wolff, Susan Stein and Sera Hwang. Topics will range from decluttering the mind to embracing spiritual frontiers, and everything in between.

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Doylestown Food Market Presents Final FED Talk

carrotsgreens_4885567_l.jpgDoylestown Community Programs, the educational, nonprofit branch of Doylestown Food Market, presents the last talk of its FED Talks 2017 series, from 7 to 9 p.m., June 8, at Doylestown Mennonite Church. Connie Guerin, MA, MS, will present Mental Health Myths and Food Addiction.

Complimentary snacks will be provided as Guerin discusses the growing mental health epidemic and its connection to food addiction. Attendees will learn about the relationship between food and emotional states, the effect that the food industry has on mental health and how eating clean, natural food creates a sound mind and body.

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Alzheimer’s Awareness Event, The Longest Day, is All About Love

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The Alzheimer’s Association is hosting its newest signature, team-focused fundraising event, The Longest Day, which takes place on this year’s summer solstice, June 21.

To honor those living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers, for whom every day can truly be the longest day, Alzheimer’s Association supporters around the world will spend the day doing something they love. It’s the culmination of a month-long commemoration of Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month.

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Green Street Luxuries Moves, Reopens as GSL Organics & Boutique

barefeetsandbohemianjewelry__144471109_l.jpgChange is in the air for Green Street Luxuries, Lansdale’s popular organic skincare spa and creator of GSL Organics’ handcrafted, custom-made line of paraben-, sodium lauryl sulfate- and gluten-free skincare products.

After six years in its current form, the company has relocated and reopened as GSL Organics & Boutique in a new space not far from their former location in downtown Lansdale. The new location, at 308 West Main Street, carries an expanded GSL Organics product line, which offers many new and renewed items for purchase in-store and online. All GSL gift cards will be accepted at the new location.

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Lovelight Yoga and Arts Festival Returns

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Celebrate the spirit of yoga and community—from the grassroots of the 60s counter-culture, to the modern yoga and transformational arts gatherings at the Lovelight Yoga and Arts Festival. The second annual festival will be held August 18 to 20, in Darlington, Maryland, just a few hours from BuxMont.

The festival draws some of the most beloved national teachers, kirtan, music and yoga headliners, including Krishna Das, Dharma Mittra, Trevor Hall, Dana Trixie Flynn, Tina Malia and MC Yogi, as well as many other well-known, regional teachers. Throughout the festival, attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy musical performances, yoga classes, flow arts, themed campsites, drum circles, vegan and vegetarian food vendors, art installations, live painting, interactive art projects, workshops, fire dancing, wholesome libations and high vibrational food.

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Healthy Living Q&A Sessions at International School of Shiatsu

CRG_InternationalSchoolOfShiatsu_0117The International School of Shiatsu is holding bi-weekly Q&A sessions for anyone with questions about how to use shiatsu, health coaching and other holistic techniques for mental and physical betterment.

Held the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month in Pipersville, these informal meetings are open to anyone that is curious about making lifestyle changes. The meetings are freeform, where no question is “too small or too stupid,” says Shirley Scranta, the school’s director.

“It’s a chance to explore your options,” she explains. “The more questions you ask, the more informed you are to make decisions about your life.”

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Letter from the Publisher, June 2017

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PAIN has an element of blank; / It cannot recollect

When it began, or if there were / A day when it was not.

It has no future but itself, / Its infinite realms contain

Its past, enlightened to perceive / New periods of pain.

~Emily Dickenson

Karen Meshkov, Natural Awakenings BuxMontPain is a chronic condition shared by 100 million Americans; it’s the leading reason people go to doctors in the U.S., costing the nation upwards of $635 billion a year—more than cancer, heart disease and diabetes combined, according to the American Academy of Pain Medicine.

WebMD explains how vast and amorphous the condition can be, saying, “Chronic pain can be mild or excruciating, episodic or continuous, merely inconvenient or totally incapacitating…the signals of pain remain active in the nervous system for months or even years.” Sometimes the cause is known, or eventually discovered; sometimes the source remains a mystery.

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