Take a Stand Against Sitting

It’s a world of sitting. Sitting in a car, at a desk or on a couch, Americans spend approximately six to eight sedentary hours each day, according to the American Heart Association.

The body is meant to move. The joints, bones, muscles and organs thrive on the physiological effects of motion. The simple act of supporting one’s own body weight by standing can spark vital molecular activity.

All of that seated time affects the body.  Continue reading

TeenVoices: Back to School: What Teens Want Their Parents to Know

  • That alarm going off in the morning isn’t easy to hear. Not only do we want another five minutes… we need it. It can be difficult to transition from the “sleep-ins” of the summer to the early rises for school.
  • First day appearances are important to us. We want to make sure we show our best selves on the first day which can be hard when complicated by teen struggles like acne, bad hair days and a lack of self-confidence.
  • Cafeteria politics. With new class schedules, it’s not a guarantee that all our friends have the same lunch time, and there is somewhat of an unspoken rule that where you sit on the first day determines the rest of the year. It can be difficult to choose where to sit and find new friends within the first few minutes of lunch. 
  • Going back to the structured routine of school after the freedom of the summer can be tricky. It’s strange to go from free-flowing summer days to having lunch at a certain time and even having to ask to go to the bathroom.
  • Homework! I could go on about this one for a while. It is hard when teachers assign lots of homework, especially when we have multiple classes to worry about and extracurricular obligations.
  • Time management is a learned skill. It may take us a while to find our groove when it comes to balancing schoolwork, sports/activities and free time.
  • Tests, tests, and oh, did I mention tests? Tests are frequent and can be quite stressful, especially when there are many tests all within the same week. While we know that parents may not like the grade we get on an exam, we want you to know that the material is challenging, and we do our best.
  • Social aspects. School is so much more than just academics. It’s a mixture of trying to find the right friend group and feeling comfortable with who you are. It’s not an easy process and there is no formula to get the “right” answer. We are still discovering ourselves.
  • We will make mistakes and might not live up to perceived expectations. We need your support and understanding during these times. A discussion and collaborative approach on how to improve things is better than feeling failure and disappointment.

Really the list could go on and it varies from person to person. Just know that high-school really is hard in all its different aspects. Support and patience is valued as we go through all these back-to-school challenges.

Hannah Adamson is a senior in high school. She practices meditation and takes ThetaHealing courses with Reshma Shah in Westfield, New Jersey. September 2018

Local Yoga: Meditation Made Easy

Developing a seated meditation practice may not be the easiest thing to accomplish. To sit perfectly still with the little aches and pains in the body and the many racing thoughts in the mind might seem to be anything but meditative. However, using these four mindfulness tricks may help ease the transition to bring meditation into a daily routine. Continue reading

The Wonders of Life

A billion years—how about 5.43 billion years? That, according to Google, is how long the Earth has been around. In my mind, that borders on incomprehensible. I look up to the sky and am mesmerized by the countless stars, each a sun with who knows how many planets circling. The questions fly through my mind, but it all comes down to this: how does this miracle of life work? What drives the migration of millions of species around the globe to a pre-determined spot on or under our Earth. Each species is guided accurately to a specific spot on the globe—by air, on land and under the seas—thousands of miles away. Unlike us, they never miss. They don’t show up in Europe when they set out for Australia. Who times these migrations? Who invented their GPS?  Continue reading

Empowered Light Holistic Expo Returns to Oaks

This fall’s Empowered Light Holistic Expo is just around the corner, running from 5 to 9 p.m., September 28, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., September 29 and 30, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Avenue, in Oaks, Pennsylvania. Plenty of free parking is available.

The expo’s focus is on holistic lifestyles, spiritual classes and personal development. “People feel stressed and distracted, and they are looking for more connection and answers,” says the expo’s founder, Sue Greenwald. “The expo offers connection with new friends, new ideas and, most of all, a community where people feel supported in a fun way.”  Continue reading

Bucks County Comes Together for 6th Annual Healthy Living Festival

The Bucks County Healthy Living Festival will bring an ever-expanding community together for its sixth annual celebration of healthy living, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on September 9 at Snipes Farm and Education Center, in Morrisville. The festival introduces residents of Bucks County and surrounding areas to the many small business entrepreneurs that offer healthier, more sustainable living choices.  Continue reading

Award-Winning New York Hypnotherapist and Trainer Now in Perkasie

George Bien, PhD, founder of Hypnosis for a New You, has relocated from New York to Perkasie and is now offering not only personal hypnosis sessions, but also public speaking trainings, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) certification and “Professional Hypnotherapist” certification.  Continue reading

Elkins Park Practitioner Offers Conscious Parenting Coaching and More

Leah Weisman, founder of Dynamic Living Resources, is offering personalized programs for adults and children to empower relationships, health and learning. Offerings include individual and group coaching programs, workshops and retreats.  Continue reading

Teen Voices: The Family Connection

by Hannah Adamson

Sitting in the kitchen with my 92-year-old grandfather, listening to stories about driving tractors, plucking strawberries and carrying water from the well, I am reminded of the challenges and lessons embedded in my family’s past. While Grandad may not understand iPhones or the internet, he knows more about life than I possibly could at 17. With this in mind, I feel it is invaluable for teens like myself to take time to listen to our own histories and spend time with family.  Continue reading

Local Yoga: Cooling Pregnancy Yoga to Beat the Heat

During pregnancy, it can be challenging to stay cool in the summer months. Even women who love the feeling of the sun shining down on them need to retreat for shade so as not to overheat. The following list of yoga tips are geared toward pregnancy but can be enjoyed by anyone to beat the summer heat.  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