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Pilates for Pregnancy and Postpartum by Rosibel Landau

Becoming a new mother is one of the most beautiful things in the world. However, the task involves a lot of physical and hormonal changes. The abdominal muscles and pelvic floor are two muscle groups that are most affected by pregnancy. The abdominal wall stretches to allow the fetus to grow and the pelvic floor is constantly challenged to support the new weight. This sometimes will cause the abdominal wall to separate, which is called diastasis recti.

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The Benefits of Just Breathing Out by Betsy Thomason

Breathing happens naturally, without effort or forethought. Aren’t we lucky?

Think again. The cost associated with relying on this unconscious system is that we know little about the physical benefits of focused, intentional breathing. As a result, the body becomes undernourished. There’s not enough oxygen to provide energy for every cell in the body. You may experience this as sluggishness and brain fog. While the brain thinks it’s in charge of the wellbeing show, other parts of the body are the truth tellers.

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Four Key Reasons to Detoxify Your Body by Michelle Timothee

Every second of every day, we are constantly exposed to toxins that could potentially harm our bodies. They’re in the air we breathe, the foods we eat, the beverages we drink—they’re even in the products that we use. While most of these toxins will do us no major harm, and our bodies are more than capable of dealing with the vast majority of them, some of these toxins and free radicals can lead to more serious problems. This is why it is so important that we carry out regular detoxes and detoxify our entire bodies.

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Myofascial Release Therapy Can Reduce Chronic Pain by Magda Durante

The skyrocketing rate of opiate addiction is national news these days, as short term use of pain medication ends up becoming a long-term problem. Rather than addressing the causes of pain— underlying inflammation, poor movement patterns or injury—the pain often gets covered up by addressing just the symptoms so we can continue with our daily activities. However, when the cause of pain is ignored, symptoms become stronger and more insistent.

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Community Spotlight: Laser Revision for Pediatric Patients

Dr. Geri-Lynn Waldman, owner of Hudson Valley Pediatric Dentistry, is pleased to announce that her office now offers laser revision of tongue and lip ties for infants and children who may be suffering from difficulty breastfeeding and speech. “A tongue or lip tie is when the frenum (tissue) that naturally connects the tongue and lip to its surrounding structures is too short or tight. This can impede normal function,” she explains. “In other words, the upper lip is unable to flange properly to allow for a deep latch and the tongue’s ability to extrude and elevate efficiently is impaired.”

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Moving Beyond Life’s Drama and Trauma by Peter Heymann

Every person, no matter how happy they seem, has experienced either drama or trauma in their upbringing. These experiences are powerful forces in our formative years.

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Enhance Your Life with Mindfulness by Dr. Sally Nazari

Sixty years ago, modern scientists began studying the brains of people who regularly engaged in meditation practices. They found that these practitioners could weather stressful events with more resilience, come up with more original and creative ideas and engage in improved cognitive functioning such as memory recall. In the last ten years, we also have come to discover that every time we think, feel or act, a neural connection occurs in our brain. Things that we think, feel or do most often strengthen these connections and pathways and those connections that we don't use become weakened and begin to fade away. We may notice this with our habits that have become automatic and often mindless.

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Love and Truer Healing by Ronnie Figueroa

I believe we are born with an innate ability and desire to love and be loved. There has been much research, as well as personal accounts that have suggested this to be true. However, how do we determine if our love is genuine and balanced? It happens as we connect more genuinely to our truer selves and it manifests itself as caring, giving, forgiveness, true grief, maintaining presence and more.

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Finding Peace and Joy with Yoga by Paula Heitzner

Throughout time, life as we know it has continued to evolve as advances such as the wheel, the steam engine and air travel, came about. More recently, the internet and electronics are influencing our daily lives. These developments were intended to bring more ease and enjoyment to all lives and to expand the borders of all phases of meaningful living. However, in many ways they may have missed their mark and as a society we are busier than ever, enjoying ourselves less, assaulted by visual and audio stimulation and always running the race against time. These so-called advances are being rivaled by the influences of the ancient practice of yoga.

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Foodie Spotlight: AJ’s Catering and Take Out

AJ’s Catering and Take Out has carved a niche in the heart of Pearl River. Having opened the doors to his business over four years ago, Chef AJ Servidio has changed the way people look at take out and catering. His philosophy is culinary old school where meals start from scratch with fresh ingredients and local products.

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