Landing on the homepage of Anahata Yoga’s website, it is clear that this is not just a run-of-the-mill yoga studio. Their statement of principles includes, “NO fancy yoga outfits; NO performing postures that don’t feel good in your body; NO fast movements.” These “NO”s are followed with glorious affirmations: “YES to reducing stress and anxiety in your life; YES to practicing yoga in a non-competitive, nonjudgmental environment; YES to experiencing the pleasure of deep, full breathing; YES to cultivating compassion for yourself and others; YES to mindful movement; YES to accepting yourself just the way you are.” Continue reading →
Candy Pack, a certified aromatherapist, began Green Street Luxuries out of the need to help her own family’s skin problems. “It started to become a business before I knew it was going to be a business,” laughs Pack. When her youngest son was born with severe eczema 24 years ago, she was appalled by the medicines and creams the doctor prescribed to put on her infant’s open wounds. “I read that piece of paper that it came with, front and back—I had to use a magnifying glass because the print was so small.” When she read all the harsh chemicals contained in the tube, Pack says she “threw it right in the trash. I was not putting that on my infant—I wouldn’t put it on myself.” Continue reading →
EZLifescan was founded by Dr. Jo Ellen Halteman, a chiropractor in search of a safer, healthier method to monitor her own breast health—ideally one free of radiation and compression. Her answer came when she found medical Digital Thermal Imaging (DITI)—a safe and accurate screening tool with no physical contact, no pain and no side effects to the rest of the body. Continue reading →
Since his firsthand experiences in stressful and traumatic situations like prison, Michael Huggins, RYT, learned that yoga can work wonders. His nonprofit, Transformation Yoga Project (TYP), now offers yoga classes in prisons and detention centers, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers, as well as to veterans and other unique groups. Continue reading →
After a firsthand experience with the symptoms of menopause, Monica Gavin, M.D., developed an interest in anti-aging medicine. “I had every symptom possible—lack of sleep, mood swings, increased abdominal fat and decreased energy,” she explains. “I went to my gynecologist and she did not offer any solutions except progesterone.” Continue reading →
Can meditation positively affect teenagers’ lives? At Tinicum Art and Science (TAS), high school students are learning to calm their minds, stabilize their inner worlds and tap into their creativity before entering the classroom. Encouraging a teenager’s non-judgmental awareness of themselves and their surroundings takes a safe and nurturing community that models compassion and requires active participation. Becoming more mindful helps adolescents better regulate how life circumstances impact their well-being. Continue reading →
The indigenous community of Rio Blanco is applying a new twist to its ancient, ancestral traditions. In the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador, this indigenous Kichwa community is creating soaps utilizing the healing properties of the native medicinal plants of the forest.
For years, Sue Elkind led a successful graphic design studio in Hollywood. Increasingly, though, she found her work to be unsatisfying. “There was a lack of real meaning behind what the clients wanted,” she says. “And although designing movie posters sounded cool, there came a point where my yoga practice would not allow me to ignore my heart.”
Dr. Beth Skovron of Heritage Dental, in Montgomeryville, opened her practice in 2005 with a clear focus: taking the dread out of dental visits. Having worked alongside other dentists for 10 years prior to starting her own business, she saw a need for a place where patients felt comfortable. “My whole idea was to create a relaxing environment to take the edge off of going to the dentist,” she says.