Anahata Yoga Offers Kripalu-Inspired Yoga Teacher Training this Spring

Anahata Yoga & Wellness Center, in Lederach, is now registering prospective yoga teachers for their latest 200-hour yoga teacher training.

Running from February through November, the training will be held the first weekend of each month. The curriculum includes teaching methodology, anatomy and physiology, yoga philosophy and ethics, and practicum. Electives, such as Teaching Beginner’s Yoga, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, Ayurveda, the Chakra System, Yoga for Hypermobility and iRest Yoga Nidra, are also offered.

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Kudos: Cathy Windland of Inner Spa

KUDOS_CathyWindland_0917.jpgCathy Windland, owner of Inner Spa, in Newtown, was recently voted “Best Holistic Health Practitioner” in the Bucks County Courier Times annual “Best of Bucks” campaign.

Windland has been practicing colon hydrotherapy at Inner Spa since 2011, when she received her foundation level certification from the International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy (I-ACT). Since then, she has expanded her knowledge base, continued her education and is now a National Board Certified Colon Hydrotherapist. In addition to providing colonics, Windland is dedicated to teaching others the practice of colon hydrotherapy. In 2015, she became an I-ACT certified colon hydrotherapy instructor.

Passionate about digestive health and supporting her clients in their quest for wellness, Windland says she never dreamed of being called to her current vocation. With a background in the business world, Windland says she is grateful that life led her to the holistic health profession and is honored to receive this recognition from the community.

Inner Spa is an organic wellness spa that focuses on cleansing services and internal wellness. It is one of the few centers in the area certified by I-ACT to offer colon hydrotherapy.

Location: 4 Terry Dr., Atrium Bldg., Ste. 12, Newtown. For more information, call 215-968-9000, email Info@InnerSpa.org or visit InnerSpa.org.

September 2017

First Fall Holistic and Healing Expo Hosted by Encore Senior Services

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This fall, Encore Experiences senior center, in Harleysville, is hosting its first Holistic and Healing Expo, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., October 8, at 312 Alumni Avenue, in Harleysville. Holistic health and wellness vendors are invited to register for a table at this new community event.

The goal of the expo, says Site and Program Director Patty Roxberry, is to introduce holistic living and wellness avenues to area senior citizens, as well as to the community. Encore Experiences currently offers its members a wide variety of holistic health and wellness services, including tai chi, yoga, acupuncture and massage therapy, and is excited to open its doors to additional services designed to promote overall health and enrich the lives of participants of any age. “Our members enjoy it!” says Roxberry, commenting on the center’s wellness programs and classes.

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Inner Spa Offering Wellness Workshops

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Newtown’s Inner Spa will be hosting a free Wellness Toolkit Workshop Series in the community throughout the month of May. The series is designed to provide healthy tools to use in the quest for wellness and offer opportunities to connect with like-minded individuals striving to cultivate health and vitality.

Topics to be discussed include Kick the Sugar Habit; C’mon! Get Happy Hour; Healthy Digestion Basics; Mental Detox: Moving Beyond Affirmations; and Medicine Cabinet Makeover. Owner Cathy Windland enthusiastically describes each of the five topics to be presented.

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Stress Signals: Listen to Lessen

by Christine Tentilucci

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The term “mind-body connection” can evoke a multitude of subjective definitions. One interpretation is the relationship between mental stress and physical health. Research illustrates that stress that affects the mind directly relates to the health of the body. Therefore, mind-body awareness — remaining aware of how our mental and emotional state correlates to experiences within the body — can be a valuable tool in managing the stress response.

When reacting to stressors, the body releases cortisol, known as the “stress hormone”. If the mind is in a continual state of stress, the cortisol level remains constantly elevated, wreaking havoc on a number of the body’s functions. Chronic stress has been linked to digestive disorders, suppressed immune function, internal inflammation and even cancer.

Women’s health is significantly tied to the body’s delicate balance of hormones, which includes cortisol. This is why decreasing the stress response, and conversely increasing the relaxation response, is a key component of women’s health. These are just a few ways increased stress can affect women’s health:

Periodic Periods. Considering cortisol is part of the hormonal system, it’s no wonder that stress may cause irregular periods.

Bouts of Blemishes. Ever wonder why pimples often pop up during times of stress? Raised cortisol levels can cause excess oil production, contributing to acne breakouts.

Tummy Trouble. Prolonged stress can increase stomach acid, causing indigestion, discomfort and the potential development of IBS or ulcers.

Distressed Sleep. Mental stress and the accompanying mind chatter can be a sleep-interrupter. Plus, a common side effect of increased cortisol is a pattern of waking up during the night. Lack of sleep can lead to fogginess, irritability and low energy, causing more stress and continuing the cycle. The body’s functions rest and reset during the sleep cycle, making healthy sleep a n important part of lowering the stress response.

Weight Woes. Research has linked heightened levels of cortisol to weight gain and belly fat. In addition, stress may trigger emotional eating and increased cravings. To add insult to injury, cortisol-related weight gain can be difficult to reverse, making weight loss a more challenging task.

Seeking advice from a trusted healthcare provider is important for any woman that thinks stress and cortisol may be affecting her health, but mind-body awareness should also remain integral to her day. Take time to stop, breathe deeply and be aware, and then explore ways to turn down the volume on stress.

Christine Tentilucci is the marketing manager for Inner Spa, a fully organic, holistic, eco-friendly wellness spa in Newtown. For more information, call 215-968-9000, email Christine@InnerSpa.org, or visit InnerSpa.org and InnerVitalitySpa.com.

May 2016 Issue

C’mon! Get Happy Hour Launches Free Workshops from Inner Spa

MakeupKit_32588944_sInner Spa will offer a series of free workshops at 6:30 p.m. on alternating Monday evenings throughout the spring.

The Wellness Toolkit Workshops begin April 11 and will feature a variety of topics to help attendees develop new practices and perspectives that will enhance full-bodied wellness as the seasons change. The series kicks off with C’mon! Get Happy Hour, where attendees can learn practical tips to blend relaxation and joy into everyday living. The series continues every other Monday with such topics as Detoxification 101; Transitioning from SAD; Get Your Fiber Fill; Healthy Tummy, Healthy Body; and Natural Tools and Techniques.

Inner Spa owner and colon hydrotherapist Cathy Windland shares, “Learning is good for the soul and your overall wellness. We look forward to coming together as a community and having fun as we improve our health.”

Free refreshments will be served.

Inner Spa is located at 4 Terry Dr., Ste. 12, Newtown. Workshop locations TBD.  Reservations are requested. For more information, call 219-968-9000 or visit InnerSpa.org. See ad, page 26

100 Tips for a Long and Healthy Life

Part One: 1 – 20

by Daniel Lebowitz

Adapted from 121 Ways to Live 121 Years and More!: Prescriptions for Longevity by Ronald Klatz and Robert M. Goldman

1. Inflammation is the new cholesterol
Cholesterol is responsible for the buildup of fatty deposits in arteries. However, this is only part of the issue in heart disease. Inflammation can weaken arteries and cause cholesterol buildups to break off and create blockages (heart attacks). Get levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) tested; high levels are a sign of inflammation and increased risk of heart disease.

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A Spiritual Walk with Horses

Pamela Lee leads local programs to unite the equine and human worlds on a spiritual level. She employs horses to help awaken the genuine inner self and facilitate deep, inner-soul work,. Lee’s unique program helps participants to overcome self-judgment and to live in the present and feel secure in their vulnerability. Continue reading

Locals Offer Tips on How to Sustain Happiness

The illusive happiness that one seeks is truly accessible at any given moment. It is a state; a way of being that can be created when awareness becomes primary; when finding the emotion of pleasure, contentment and joy becomes important in every moment. Often, as we rush around, getting tasks done and moving at a quick pace, it seem unattainable. Yet it Continue reading

Connecting Dads and Daughters

by Nicole Ricchetti, MA, LMFT

One of life’s greatest relationships is between a father and a daughter. However, not every father knows how to connect with his little girl.

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River Valley Waldorf School Offers Three Summer Camps

River Valley Waldorf School, in Upper Black Eddy, is offering three different summer camps to satisfy children ages 3 to 12. The camps are consistent with the child-centered practices and principles of Waldorf Education.

Campers ages 3 to 6 can enjoy ample time playing outdoors and in the water; they also learn baking, craft-making and other creative pursuits including creating puppet stories. This camp is also offered at the Waldorf Morning Glory Doylestown campus. Continue reading

Boost Your Immunity, Boost Your Business

dr warnerDr. Wendy Warner, a board certified holistic physician and obstetrician/gynecologist, is co-author of Boosting your Immunity for Dummies. The nationally known lecturer and teacher of integrative medicine will provide expert advice on how to harness the power of your immune system from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., June 6, at the Lower Bucks Chamber of Commerce (LBCCC), in Fairless Hills. Continue reading