Natural Awakenings Magazine’s Calendar for January, 2012

For last minute calendar listings, check our ONLINE CALENDAR.  Natural Awakenings online calendar for Westchester & Putnam NY

 

MONDAY, JANUARY 2, 2012

Health/Weight-Loss Orientation – 7pm. Education is the best ally. When people understand the program and see the results they will be successful. No obligation, informative. RSVP required. Many upcoming orientations. Free. 914.788.WELL (9355) infinitepossibilitiesny.com.

All Levels Yoga – 7:30-9pm (Also 1/9, 1/16, 12/23 & 1/30). Regardless of flexibility, class is accessible to everyone, encouraging students to expand their practice with awareness and mindful intention. The YogaScape and Spa, 1100 Rte 52, 2nd floor, Carmel. 1st time free/drop-in/$18. 845.225.9642.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 5

Treat High Blood Pressure Naturally – 7pm. Dinner/lecture is limited to those with high blood pressure. Includes dinner. Free. White Plains. More info call Upper Cervical Chiropractic: 914.868.6200; ucc-ny.com.

Psychic Message Circle – 7-9pm w/Priscilla Keresey. Come receive messages from the other side as Priscilla facilitates between the two worlds, bringing in information from loved ones who have passed. Opal Moon, 2037 Albany Post Rd, Croton. $40. Registration required: 914.788.4955; opalmoon.net.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 6

Channeled Meditation by The Master Teachers – 7:30-9pm w/Suzy Meszoly. Receive deep spiritual guidance & physical attunements in this monthly experiential channeled meditation.Opal Moon, 2037 Albany Post Rd, Croton. $50/registration required: 914.788.4955; opalmoon.net.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 7

Painting from the Inside Out Workshop –10am-5pm. Come explore, experiment and play while painting, allowing spontaneity to release creativity and affect life! No skills required. Tarrytown. $90. Register: Eve-Marie, 914.909.6292; Evemarieelkin.com.

Become a Volunteer in Nature – 11am. Gardening, animal care, docent; come discover what it means to be a Nature Center volunteer. Adults and students 14 years and older are invited to tour and learn what unique volunteer opportunities await. Free. Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd, Scarsdale. 914.813.1280; greenburghnaturecenter.org.

Free Intro to Ayurveda – 12-1pm. Discover the Ayurvedic secrets to health and longevity by learning the basic guidelines for living in harmony. Topics include: history of Ayurveda, Ayurvedic body type, and diet and lifestyle guidelines for a healthier self. Free. RSVP required:  914.250.1417.

A Sea Change – 2-4:30pm. Free screening of “Imagine a World Without Fish”, winner of the NOAH 2010 Environmental Hero Award. Majestically filmed, a Grandfather’s odyssey of learning how acidification is affecting the oceans and future generations. Q&A follows. Ossinging Public Library, Ossining. 914.941.2416.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 8

Family Drumming Circle – 1pm. Join professional drummer Norbert Goldberg and release stress while playing world rhythms. Children 8 and up welcome. Bring a drum! Center for Aligned Healing, 175 King St, Chappaqua. $20/adults. RSVP: 914.588.4079.

Journey to Your Muse – 1-4pm. Spend a day in this mini-retreat that fuses shamanic healing and creative play, facilitated by healer, musician, and writer Mikki Baloy Davis. Energy Movement Center, 925 South St, Peekskill. $40/includes materials. 914.930.1504; pamohealing.com.

Meditation & Satsang – 1:30-2:30pm w/Amy Pearce-Hayden, ERYT, director and founder of the YogaScape and Spa. Be inspired to change the mind and open to new perspectives. YogaScape & Spa, 1100 Rte 52, 2nd floor, Carmel. Free. 845.225.9642.

Sweetcake Enso Art Exhibit Tour – 2pm w/curator Catherine Seigen Spaeth. Must RSVP. Free. Wainwright House, 260 Stuyvesant Ave, Rye. 914.967.6080; wainwright.org.

Yoga Absolute Beginner’s Series – 2:15-3:45pm (Also 1/15, 1/22 & 1/29). Learn the building blocks of a yoga practice and join a regular class with confidence. Liberation Yoga, 900 S. Lake Blvd, Mahopac. $55/series. Pre-registration required: 845.803.8389.

Full Moon Integration Ceremony – 7-9pm w/Pam Cucinell. The full moon symbolizes the culmination of intentions set at the new moon and illuminates things interfering with advancements. Opal Moon, 2037 Albany Post Rd, Croton. $20. Registration required: 914.788.4955; opalmoon.net.

MONDAY, JANUARY 9

Tea & Play for Prospective Parents – 1pm (Also 1/23 & 1/30) w/early childhood teacher Karen Atkinson. Learn more about the programs for young children. Drop-ins welcome/advance registration appreciated. Early Childhood Center at Tappan Hill School, 50 Ichabod Ln, Tarrytown. Patricia Owens: 845.356.9715.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 10

Puppet Show – 2pm. The Shoemaker and the Elves Tabletop Puppet Show and Craft. Ossining Public Library, 53 Croton Ave, Ossining. Free. 914.941.2416.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11

Fierce Light: Where Spirit Meets Action – 7pm/refreshments; 7:30pm/program. Filmmaker Velcrow Ripper created an award-winning, inspiring documentary of a new consciousness emerging around the world. Greenburgh Nature Center (partnering with Sierra Club), 99 Dromore Rd, Scarsdale. Free. 914.813.1280; greenburghnaturecenter.org.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 12

Trademarks/Patents/Copyrights for Small Business Owners – 7-9pm. An intellectual property primer workshop w/Zak Shusterman covering understanding intellectual property, including trademarks, copyrights and patents, options for protecting and  profiting from intellectual property. 21 N Broadway, 2nd floor, Tarrytown. $20. Register/info: 914.332.1400.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 14

Natural Awakenings & Whole Foods Market Yonkers present a Day of Wellness – 10am-3pm. Free. Located at Whole Foods Market,  Westchester’s Ridge Hill, One Ridge Hill Blvd., Yonkers. See above article for more info.

 

Free Intro to Ayurveda – 12-1pm. Discover the Ayurvedic secrets to health and longevity by learning the basic guidelines for living in harmony. Topics include: history of Ayurveda, Ayurvedic body type, and diet and lifestyle guidelines for a healthier self. Free. RSVP required:  914.250.1417.

2012 & Beyond – 2-4pm w/Bente Hansen. This channeling session provides new and exciting information from beyond the veil to guide through the changes of 2012. Opal Moon, 2037 Albany Post Rd, Croton. $25. Registration required: 914.788.4955; opalmoon.net

Milonga del Arte:  An Evening of Argentine Tango – 7pm-midnight. Enjoy wine & tapas reception, Tango lessons, performances, and live music. Arts Westchester, Mamaroneck Ave, Gallery Lobby, White Plains. 914.428.4220.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 15

Reiki 1 Certification – 12-5pm w/Reiki Master Adrea Robles. Become attuned to the universal Reiki energy and learn how to transfer the energy to heal the self and others. Liberation Yoga, 900 S. Lake Blvd, Mahopac. $100/course & manual. Pre-registration required:  845.803.8389.

Health / Weight-Loss Orientation – 4pm. Education is the best ally. When people understand the program and see the results they will be successful. No obligation, informative. RSVP required. Many upcoming orientations. Free. 914.788.WELL (9355) infinitepossibilitiesny.com.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 17

Westchester Holistic Network Breakfast Meeting – 8-10am. This group of holistically minded people gathers for breakfast and program the third Tuesday of the month. Spirituality Center at Good Counsel Campus, 52 North Broadway, White Plains. $15/member; $18/non-member. 914.422.1784; westchesterholisticnetwork.org.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 19

Transcendence ReTreat – 9:30am-2pm. Group meets the third Thursday of each month through June. Transcendence at SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. 914.234.6646; SunRaven.org.

Kids Club – Little Chefs Cooking Class – Pizza Making 4pm-6pm. 1/19; and Quesadilla Making  4pm-6pm, 1/27. Enjoy shopping while your kids have fun with Culinary Demonstration Specialist Alice and learn to cook. $5 per child. Vegetarian and Gluten Free options available.  Whole Foods Market Yonkers. Sign up 72 hours in advance: 914.378.8090.

Introduction to Massage Therapy as a Career Workshop – 6-8 pm. Learn about the profession of massage therapy, hear about programs, and tour the school. Finger Lakes School of Massage, 272 North Bedford Rd, Mount Kisco. Free.  Register w/admissions: 914.241.7363.

How to Overcome Confrontational Conversations – 7-9pm. Workshop covers how to handle oneself in various confrontational situations. $45/advance or $50. Wine, soft drinks and light fare served. W@TERCOOLER, 21 N Broadway, 2nd floor, Tarrytown. Register/info: 914.332.1400.

Group Past Life Regression Workshop – 7-9pm w/Certified hypnotherapist Saundra (Cindy) Blum. Be guided gently down the path to examine how past experiences influence life today.  Awakenings, 215 Katonah Ave, Katonah. $35. Info: 914.232.0382; awakeningskatonah.com.

Kirtan Circle – 7:30-9pm. Join Dennis Wing and friends for a musical evening of sacred chanting to raise one’s vibrations and release stress. Center for Aligned Healing, 175 King St, Chappaqua. $20. Register: 914.588.4079.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 21

Psychic Fair – 1/21 & 1/22. Tarot Readers, Palmistry, Psychics, Mediums, Stone Healers, Shamanic Healers, Reiki Healers & more. Carmel Sanctuary, 97 Old Rt. 6, Carmel. Info: carmelsanctuary.com; 845.225.3777.

Introductory Session & Campus Tour/Blue Rock School – 10am. Tour for families interested in grades K-8, come learn about Blue Rock School’s unique, child-centered philosophy and tour the beautiful, three-acre wooded campus. 110 Demarest Mill Rd (off Germonds Rd.), West Nyack. RSVP: 845.627.0234; BlueRockSchool.org.

Planning a Spring Garden Workshop – 10am-12noon. Join farming experts focused on starting that 2012 vegetable garden. Learn everything needed to get started, including the planning process, vegetable choice, starting seeds, and more. Hilltop Hanover Farm, Yorktown Heights. $20. RSVP: 914.962.2368; HilltopHanoverFarm.org.

Reiki I Class – 10am-5pm. Learn self-healing benefits of Reiki, history, and hand positions with Anne Bentzen, MSOT, RMT. Center for Aligned Healing, 175 King St, Chappaqua. $150/includes manual, certificate & 4 attunements. Register by 1/19:  914.588.4079; Balancing4life.com.

5Rhythms® Dance/Movement Practice – 11am-5pm. Dance the embodiment of transition with Endless Waves workshop, taught by Lucia Rose Horan. Kaia Yoga, 1200 Post Rd East, Westport. $80. 203.532.0660.

Free Intro to Ayurveda – 12-1pm. Discover the Ayurvedic secrets to health and longevity by learning the basic guidelines for living in harmony. Topics include: history of Ayurveda, Ayurvedic body type, and diet and lifestyle guidelines for a healthier self. Free. RSVP required:  914.250.1417.

Compositing 101 – 1-3pm. Composting experts demystify the process of composting to get the most out of backyard composting. Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St, Yorktown Heights. $20. Registration required: 914.962.2368; HilltopHanoverFarm.org.

Informal Yoga Workshop – 1-4pm. Practice yoga anatomy, safety, and emotional benefits with Dr. Brandon DC, CYT and Lori Rubin CYT; complimentary tea and healthy snacks served.  979 Rte 6.  $40. 845.279.4300.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 22

Psychic Fair – 1/21 & 1/22. Tarot Readers, Palmistry, Psychics, Mediums, Stone Healers, Shamanic Healers, Reiki Healers & more. Carmel Sanctuary, 97 Old Rt. 6, Carmel. Info: carmelsanctuary.com; 845.225.3777.

Interfaith Celebration – 2pm w/Rev. Mary Azima Jackson, interfaith Minister. Wainwright House, 260 Stuyvesant Ave, Rye. Free. 914.967.6080; wainwright.org.

Health / Weight-Loss Orientation – 5pm. Education is the best ally. When people understand the program and see the results they will be successful. No obligation, informative. RSVP required. Many upcoming orientations. Free. 914.788.WELL (9355) infinitepossibilitiesny.com.

MONDAY, JANUARY 23

New Moon Circle (Chinese Year of the Dragon) – 7-9pm w/Pam Cucinell. The new moon is a time for new beginnings; join each month to plant the seeds of intention. Bring a journal. Opal Moon, 2037 Albany Post Rd, Croton. $20. Registration required: 914.788.4955; opalmoon.net.

Wednesday, January 25

Store Tour + Lunch at Whole Foods Market Yonkers – 11am-12:30pm. Store tour to learn about the great values at Whole Foods Market Yonkers. Sign up 48 hours in advance: 914.378.8090.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 26

Astrology Workshop – 7-9pm w/Lucy Gordon.  Learn how using astrology can facilitate a positive change in life. Appropriate for all levels of experience. Awakenings, 215 Katonah Ave, Katonah. $35. Pre-registration required:  914.232.0382; awakeningskatonah.com.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 27

Teacher Enhancement Workshop – Time TBA w/Amy Pearce Hayden, E-RYT.  Props and assists for deeper alignment correction. The YogaScape and Spa, 1100 Rte 52, 2nd floor, Carmel. $30. Registration information: 845.225.9642.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 28

Joyful Beginnings for Prospective Parents – 10am-12noon. Experience a morning in the nursery/kindergarten. Snack, creative play, and more provided for children while parents meet lead teacher Karen Atkinson. Early Childhood Center at Tappan Hill School, 50 Ichabod Ln, Tarrytown. Pre-registration required: 845.356.9715.

Free Intro to Ayurveda – 12-1pm. Discover the Ayurvedic secrets to health and longevity by learning the basic guidelines for living in harmony. Topics include: history of Ayurveda, Ayurvedic body type, and diet and lifestyle guidelines for a healthier self. Free. RSVP required:  914.250.1417.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 28

Family Constellation Work – 1-4:30pm. Workshop allows one to look at events in the family history that impact present life experience; as hidden dynamics are revealed, new solutions emerge. Tarrytown. $70 by 1/14 or $100/couples; $85/$115 thereafter. Eve-Marie, 914.909.6292; Evemarieelkin.com.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 29

Journey to Your Muse – 2-5pm. Spend a day in this mini-retreat that fuses shamanic healing and creative play; facilitated by healer, musician, and writer Mikki Baloy Davis. Garrison Art Center, 23 Depot Square/Garrison’s Landing, Garrison. $40/includes materials; Pamohealing.com.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 31

Mommy & Me at Whole Foods Market Yonkers – 9:30-11am. Meet other new moms in the area and enjoy breakfast for you and baby. January Guest: Prenatal Yoga Discussion & Demonstration with Marcia Siper from Yoga Bliss. Free. RSVP: 914.378.8090.

Digestive Health Lecture – 7:30pm w/Drs. Hiro & Michiko Izumi. Learn how NUCCA upper cervical chiropractic and enzyme nutrition therapy can help restore normal digestion and promote overall health naturally. 550 Mamaroneck Ave, Ste 103, Harrison. Free. Register/info: 914.310.9000; izumiwellness.net.

The Art of Quick & Easy Healthy Cooking

by Vitalah Simon

Whole Foods Cooking Teacher Vitalah Simon

How much time are you willing to spend in the kitchen? Whether you have 10, 30 or 60 minutes, there are many wonderful and creative foods to prepare for you, your family and your friends. Home-prepared foods are the healthiest, most nutritious and tastiest meals. Cooking at home allows you to choose quality organic, GMO-free ingredients and filtered water, which are great ways to invest in your health.

Make cooking more enjoyable by creating a kitchen in which you enjoy spending time. Keep it orderly and easy to navigate. Let the sink be clear of dishes and the counters empty for laying out the ingredients. Then, prepare to create with a variety of colors, textures and aromas. When starting a meal, figure out what takes the longest to cook and prepare those items first, so that everything will be finished around the same time.

The creative use of leftovers is essential for quick, economical meals. Set aside one to two hours a week to make a big pot of grains and a pot of beans. It takes about five minutes to wash and sort the beans. Then, soak them for about eight hours. Cooking beans and grains requires no special attention. Just be around to turn them on, skim foam off the beans as the pot comes to a boil, and later turn them off.  Having these cooked staples on hand throughout the week greatly reduces meal preparation time.

Raw or cooked vegetables can be prepared more quickly and have the most nutritive value when freshly cut (this reduces oxidation). If time is limited, vegetables can be prepped in advance, but they are best when used within 24 hours.  Some people choose to use cut frozen vegetables as a time saver. Canned sardines or salmon are ready instantly and a great addition to many meals.

For a quick 10-minute meal, make a salad with lots of veggies, add some of your cooked grains and beans or fish, and flavor it with a high-quality bottled dressing.

Soup can be made in 30 minutes, perhaps using some of the beans. Add large cut veggies, pressure cook, and puree. Or, mash the beans and grains together, making a croquette to pan-fry. Meanwhile, steam some greens and make a simple miso-tahini dressing, served with a side of toasted nori strips.

If you have an hour, create a diverse, balanced meal with these four dishes: red lentils with roots, quinoa with corn, arame with onions, and steamed broccoli and cauliflower tossed with olive oil, lemon and basil.

Home cooking is a wonderful way to enrich your health and your relationships while providing yourself and others with the pleasure of fantastic food.  Let your playful Inner Cook come out, improvise boldly and delight in your senses!

Vitalah Simon has been a Whole Foods Cooking Teacher for 20 years. Contact yogashine@verizon.net or 914.769.8745.

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