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Articles from: March 2017

Liz Whalen, Wisdom of Wellness

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My first attempt at yoga was as a teenager at home with DVDs, and I didn’t really feel like it was right for me at the time. When I was in my early twenties, I went to my first class at a local gym and had an incredible teacher who got me hooked on the practice. I started practicing on a regular basis. Jivamukti introduced me to the spiritual aspects, including chanting and meditation, and from then on my life became completely different. I had a more positive, empowered outlook on life, and I was able to let go of worries and open up to more peace and joy as a result.

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Is CPT for PTSD Right for You?


Licensed psychologist Sally Nazari shares that Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is one of her favorite approaches in trauma recovery. “And I am in good company. Multiple research studies show the significant benefits and improvements with CPT in people working to transform their lives after a traumatic event. As one of a handful of therapists in New York offering CPT to the community, I can help you get your life back on track with 12 weekly session modules,” she says.

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Challenger Center Camp

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Give your kid some space this summer—outer space! The Challenger Center’s week-long summer camp programs, designed for kids in grades 1 through 6, gives children a fun-filled, science-based, learning experience that will last a lifetime.

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Open House for Summer Play Camp


Summer Play Camp will host two open houses– one on March 11 and the other April 29 for parents and children to take a tour, meet the Camp Director and hear all about the camp's unique and adventure-filled summer program. Fun activities are planned for the children and refreshments will be served.

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Become Part of Cropsey Community Farm

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Cropsey Community Farm offers residents the opportunity to become part of the largest CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) in the metro area. Preserved and restored by the Rockland Farm Alliance (RFA), Cropsey farm consists of 25 acres of biodynamically cultivated farmland located in New City. CSA members will receive a family-sized basket of over 40 varieties of vegetables for 25 weeks, beginning in June and ending in November. In addition, throughout the year families will receive free admission to workshops offered on the farm.

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Resiliency for a Self-Aware Life by Paula Heitzner

The month of March, with the return of more light, stirs our imagination and physicality. We emerge from winter's cocoon, and naturally seek the increasing energy and promise inherent in spring. This time is perfect to utilize the benefits of our yoga practice. Paraphrasing the well-known saying of R&R, typically known as rest and relaxation, we also can embrace it as resiliency along with resistance, recovery or resolution. The second "R" always should be self-determined so as to be appropriate at any given time in one's life. As the journey unfolds, we can enlarge R&R to be an all-encompassing R, R, R & R of resiliency, resistance, recovery and resolution. Whimsically, the four RRRR's reminds me of the growling mantra of powerful creatures, who also share the prana.

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Beatrice B. Mattaway, Willow Tree Yoga

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I was first introduced to yoga in the mid 60’s when I was 5 years old and living in Japan. My parents would take us every Saturday to a Zen-do, where we practiced zazen Zen Buddhist meditation. Because that form of meditation required silently sitting upright for about an hour at a time, we would have a yoga instructor come to our house to help prepare our minds and bodies for zazen.

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Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Celebrates 29 Years of Service


Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, Inc. celebrates 29 nine years of caring, comfort and compassionate end of life care so that patients may live as fully and comfortably as possible. Hospice care is offered in the home, nursing home, group home, assisted living facility, adult home and hospital or at their Kaplan Family Hospice Residence that opened in 2006. “We serve all terminal illness or disease with a prognosis of six months or less and all age groups. Our care is focused on meeting the patient and families physical, social and spiritual needs by offering a team approach,” says Director of Marketing and Development Janice Valentino.

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So You… Summer Sewing and Fashion Design Camps

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Learn something new, meet new friends and have a great time at So You… summer sewing camps. Boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 13 are welcome and camps are offered throughout the area. Sewing fulfills soft STEM/STEAM requirements. Sewing is a great creative outlet and a valuable life skill. Sewing also aids in the development of eye-hand coordination, process thinking, problem solving, patience and focus. And most important, it is fun.

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The Skinny on Food Sensitivities and Allergies by Lisa Y. Mitchell

In the past couple of decades most of us have heard of an increasing number of our friends, co-workers and family members whose lives are being affected by food allergies and sensitivities. It seems that every week someone was just diagnosed with lactose intolerance, gluten sensitivities, corn or soy allergies, digestive issues, various autoimmune conditions and the list goes on. This might leave us wondering,“What exactly is a food allergy? Is this new allergy frequency all in my imagination? Has it always been this way? How did they figure this out? Am I next?”

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