Natural Awakenings Calendar Listings for February, 2014 in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess, NY

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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 SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1

Winter Yoga Retreat – 9:30am-6pm. Feb 1-Feb 2. Enjoy a 2-day retreat in meditation, yoga, the world of essential oils, restorative yoga, eating for a yoga body and kirtan. $225. 49 Lawton St, 2nd floor, New Rochelle. 914.632.1101. WestchesterYogaArts.com.

The Stress-Less Workshop – 10am-1pm. Learn how to de-stress naturally using safe, effective herbs and simple reflexology exercises. $30. Center For A Healthy You, 1984 New Hackensack Rd, Poughkeepsie. 845.592.4609.

Reiki I Class – 1-5:30pm. Feb 1-Feb 2. Learn self-healing benefits of Reiki, history, ethics, and hand positions. $150 manual/certificate, Anne Bentzen, Usui/Karuna Master. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 236 S Bedford Rd, Mt.Kisco. 914.588.4079. StarVisionsCommunity.org.

Yoga the Iyengar Way – 1:30-3pm. Feb 1-Mar 8. Explore the building blocks of Iyengar yoga: alignment of body mind/body breath/ and Self. Build from the ground up, step by step with precise instructions. $25ea or $127.50/series. 49 Lawton St, 2nd floor, New Rochelle. 914.632.1101. WestchesterYogaArts.com.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2

Core Principles of Pilates – 12:30-2:30pm. This workshop focuses on the teachings of Joseph Pilates’ principles to properly and safely execute exercise. $25. Inner Balance Studio, 1072 Rte 311, Patterson. Preregistration required: 845.878.7800. InnerBalanceStudio.org.

Groundhog Day Ecology Walk – 1pm. Join Cary Institute educators for a family friendly guided walk on the trails, open for this special event. Begin at main campus parking lot, 2801 Sharon Turnpike/Rte 44, Millbrook. Program cancelled in the event of severe weather. Register online at http://carygroundhogday.eventbrite.com. More info 845.677.7600 x121.

Art Therapy on Hudson: Art Journaling Workshops – 1:30-3pm. Love Me/Love Me Not. Journaling on questions of love. $30. Register: 914.584.1820. ArtXOnHudson.com.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3

Bi Monthly Adult Meditation Group – 7-8pm w/Merrill Black, Reiki Master. Unique theme, guided meditation, and group discussion. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. $15. 914.793.2600. TheTemperanceCenter.com.

Yoga Free Play – 7-8:30pm. Experience an evening of safety and support exploring yoga, dance, physical expression and freedom accompanied by world music. Rivertown Center for Yoga, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. $25. Info: Beth Bierko; 914.384.9983. Register: RivertownYoga.com.

Osteoporosis Awareness Group Meeting – 7-9pm. Physical therapy management of osteoporosis including pilates. Free. Burke Rehabilitation Hospital Bldg #4, 785 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains. Susan: 914.260.9339.

Men’s Group – 7:30-9:30pm. Gather with other holistically minded men to focus on personal development and methods for shaping a healthier and more balanced approach to living, particularly in relationship to others. $200/series of 9 or $30/ea. Transcendence at SunRaven, Bedford. RSVP: 914.218.3113 or TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4

Weight Loss thru Body Cleanse – 7pm. Free orientation to find out how to lose weight quickly and safely and how to keep it off. Results are guaranteed. Infinite Possibilities Inc, 1132 Main St, Peekskill. RSVP: 914.788.9355.

Sprouting Possibilities: Weight Loss for Young Adults 10-17yrs – 7pm. Free orientation for young adults to learn the benefits of how and what to eat and why. Infinite Possibilities Inc, 1132 Main St, Peekskill. Parking in rear. Register in advance: 914.788.9355.

Infinitely Young – 7pm. Free orientation on body cleanse for those over 70. Lose weight and start rejuvenating internal organs; watch the aging process start to reverse itself in the first 10 days. Infinite Possibilities Inc, 1132 Main St, Peekskill. Parking in rear. Register in advance: 914.788.9355.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5

Advanced Practitioner Program Integrative Medicine Round Table Study Group –12:30- 2pm. Holistic health practitioners gather to discuss individual client challenges and share perspectives on approaches to healing. Led by Dr Michael Finkelstein. Includes healthy, light lunch. $200/series of 9 or $40ea.Transcendence at SunRaven, Bedford. RSVP:  914.218.3113. TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course – 9:15-11:30am. Feb 6-Mar 23. Discover practical skills for coping with stress and uncertainty, increased clarity and creative thinking, greater energy/well being, and the healing power of meditative practices. Westchester Yoga Arts, New Rochelle. Info: 914.632.1101. WestchesterYogaArts.com.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7

National Wear Red Day for Women – Participants wear red and donate $5 in support of all women who have been touched by heart disease or stroke. Join the Go Red for Women movement and receive a red dress pin. GoRedForWomen.org.

Women’s Wisdom Group –10:30am-12pm. Join a community of progressive women who share and support one another while drawing inspiration from Mark Nepo’s seminal work, The Book of Awakening. $30/session. Transcendence at SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. RSVP:  914.218.3113. TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com.

Bi Monthly Adult Meditation Group – 7-8pm w/Merrill Black, Reiki Master. Unique theme, guided meditation, and group discussion. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. $15. 914.793.2600. TheTemperanceCenter.com.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9

Law Of Attraction Workshop – 10am-12pm w/Katie Ciriello. $35. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765.SynchronicityNY.com.

Ayurveda 101 – 11:30am-1pm. Explore the sister science to yoga, including the 5 Elements, the 3 Doshas, and the causes of disease. Learn the benefits of eating for one’s dosha and begin and end with pranayama & meditation. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 E Main St, Mt Kisco. $25/advanced or $30. QuestYogaArts.com.

Searching for Knowledge & Faith in the Dark – 12:30-2pm. An open-ended Socratic dialogue that invites and challenges the beliefs and expectations of all concerned in a safe and welcoming environment. $20. Inner Balance Studio, 1072 Rte 311, Patterson. 845.878.7800. InnerBalanceStudio.org.

Finding And Feeding Winter Birds – 2pm. Winter walk to learn what birds wintering in our area like to eat and where they find shelter. The walk includes a visit to the Bird of Prey exhibit and busy bird feeders. Included with Museum admission; free for members. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd. Scarsdale. Info: 914.723.3470; greenburghnaturecenter.org.

Let There Be Light Workshop – 2-5pm. Explore what it is to open to the light through chanting, movement, texts and inquiry. $45/advanced registration. Rivertown Center for Yoga, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Info: Beth Bierko, 914.384.9983. RivertownYoga.com.

Restorative Workshop – 4-6pm. This relaxing yet powerful practice that everyone can benefit from releases deeply held tensions, calms the nervous system, strengthens the immune system, and increases self awareness. $30. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 E Main St, Mt. Kisco. Preregister: QuestYogaArts.com.

Meditation – 5-6pm. Also 2/23. This class is inspired by ISHTA Yoga. Pre and post meditative asanas are used to prepare and restore the body, while the ancient tools of pranayama, visualization, and mantra are used to still the mind. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 E Main St, Mt Kisco. $15/drop-in. QuestYogaArts.com.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10

Ayurvedic Yoga Mix – 9-10:15am. This moderately paced class gives a deeper understanding of one’s body type.  $108/member, $120 non-member. $20 one time audit. Wainwright House, Rye. 914.967.6080.

Monthly Sounding & Singing Circle – 7-8:30pm. An evening of coming together to sing, be in community, free the voice, and offer healing. No professional or singing experience needed. Rivertown Center for Yoga, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Donation. Info: Beth Bierko, 914.384.9983. RivertownYoga.com.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11

Winter Trees at Sheldrake River Trail – 9:30-11am. Winter is a great time to learn how to identify trees by looking at buds, bark and branches.  Explore the magnificent trees on this beautiful trail. Sheldrake Environmental Center, 685 Weaver St. Larchmont. Free/members; non-members/$10. Info/RSVP:  914.834.1443.sheldrakecenter.org.

The Putnam Chapter of Over 40 Females – 6-8pm. A live and online nationwide networking company hosts a professional women’s business networking event at Char Steakhouse, Mahopac with guest speaker FelyCieza from Strategies for Wealth. Free/members or $25. RSVP: Over40Females.com.

Thought’s Leading Edge Therapy Group – 7:30-9pm. Open house meeting to learn about the masterful techniques of EFT, NLP & energy healing with Elizabeth Pasquale. Be guided to a more full union of one’s best self. $50. Well on the Way, LLC, 222 Westchester Ave, White Plains. 607.351.7024.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12

Bi Monthly Adult Meditation Group – 10-11am w/Merrill Black, Reiki Master. Unique theme, guided meditation, group discussion. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. $15. 914.793.2600. TheTemperanceCenter.com.

Garden Talk: Composting – 7pm. Dr Susan Rubin, Food Activist/Environmental Educator, speaking about composting. Sponsored by the Garden Club of Yorktown. Free. The John C Hart Memorial Library, 1130 Main St, Shrub Oak. 914.245.5262 x227. YorktownLibrary.org.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13

Thought’s Leading Edge Therapy Group – 10:30am-12pm. See Feb 11 for details. $50. Well on the Way, LLC, 191 Main St, Ossining. Info: 607.351.7024.

Fun and Fabulous Tarot – 7-9pm w/Beth Prins Leas. Explore this self-help tool during a fun evening designed for everyone. All attendees receive reading. $40/members or $45. Wainwright House, Rye. 914.967.6080; wainwright.org.

77 Questions for Skillful Living Study Group – 7:30-9:30pm. A unique gathering of individuals interested in a more in-depth and practical exploration of the concepts within Michael’s book: 77 Questions for Skillful Living. $200/series of 9 or $30/ea. Transcendence at SunRaven, Bedford. RSVP: 914.218.3113. TrancendenceAtSunRaven.com.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14

Women’s Wisdom Group –10:30am-12pm. Join a community of progressive women who share and support one another while drawing inspiration from Mark Nepo’s seminal work, The Book of Awakening. $30/session. Transcendence at SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. RSVP:  914.218.3113. TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com.

Mom’s Town: Because it Really Does Take a Village to Raise a Child! – Every other Fridays beginning 2/14. Get together with other moms over coffee and discus of topics facilitated by a Child Psychologist. Learn how to manage being a mom in a stressful world. Dr. Kristy M. Vanacore’s Integrative Psychological Center, 334 Underhill Ave, 3C, Yorktown Heights. Info/RSVP: 914.497.8006.

Valentines Day with the Angels Workshop – 7-9pm w/Adam Bernstein. $35. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNY.com.

Save a Heart Buy Some Art Event – 7-10pm. An evening of champagne, dessert, music, and beautiful works of art from local artist. Door prizes. Tickets with $10 donation.  4338 Albany Post Rd. Hyde Park. Info: Tony B Production 845.625.3558.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15

Reiki Healing Circle – 9-11am w/Marcus Feighery, Reiki Master. $15. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNY.com.

Monthly Teen Guided Mediation Group – 11am-12pm w/Merrill Black, Reiki Master. Unique themes for ages 13-17yrs.The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. $15. 914.793.2600.

Art Therapy on Hudson: Art Journaling Workshops – 1:30-3pm. Color, play, explore and write about that favorite color. $30/includes supplies. Register: 914.584.1820. ArtXOnHudson.com.

Weight Loss thru Body Cleanse – 6pm. Free orientation to find out how to lose weight quickly and safely and how to keep it off. Results are guaranteed. Infinite Possibilities Inc, 1132 Main St, Peekskill. RSVP: 914.788.9355.

Infinitely Young – 6pm. Free orientation on body cleanse for those over 70. Lose weight and start rejuvenating internal organs; watch the aging process start to reverse itself in the first 10 days. Infinite Possibilities Inc, 1132 Main St, Peekskill. Parking in rear. Register in advance: 914.788.9355.

Sprouting Possibilities: Weight Loss for Young Adults 10-17yrs – 6pm. Free orientation for young adults to learn the benefits of how and what to eat and why. Infinite Possibilities Inc, 1132 Main St, Peekskill. Parking in rear. Register in advance: 914.788.9355.

THE BOXCAR LILIES at The Blooming Seed Coffee House – 7pm. Trio of musicians and singer/songwriters bring blue grass, folk and gospel music to new heights. $12 at the door, cover includes locally roasted coffee courtesy Coffee Labs Roasters. Dessert cash bar by Home Sweet Home Bakery. 760 Route Six Mahopac (within Temple Beth Shalom).

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16

Partner Yoga – 1-3:30pm. Come with a partner or solo and explore the depth of experiencing poses in pairs. $50/per person. Registration required. Rivertown Center for Yoga, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Info: Beth Bierko, 914.384.9983. RivertownYoga.com.

Maple Sugaring At Home – 2pm. Learn the simple steps of how to make maple syrup. Dress for outdoors. Members $5, non-members $8. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd. Scarsdale. Info: 914.723.3470; greenburghnaturecenter.org.

Couples Yoga: A Fine Balance of Give & Take – 2:30-5pm w/Athina Pride. A wonderful way to connect. Couples pricing: $360/member or $400. $100/one-time audit. Wainwright House, Rye. 914.967.6080; wainwright.org.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17

Bi Monthly Adult Meditation Group – 7-8pm w/Merrill Black, Reiki Master. Unique theme, guided meditation, group discussion. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. $15.914.793.2600. TheTemperanceCenter.com.

Community Reiki Circle – 7-8:30pm. Open to those trained in Reiki who wish to practice and those not trained who wish to receive healing. Rivertown Center for Yoga, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Info: Beth Bierko, 914.384.9983. RivertownYoga.com.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18

Westchester Holistic Network Meeting – 8-10am. It’s not just for practitioners. Enjoy friendly people, healthy breakfast, compelling speakers. This month, Jenni Stone presents on Astrology. Good Counsel Campus, 52 North Broadway, White Plains. $15/members or $20. WestchesterHolisticNetwork.org.

Professional Women of Putnam – 6-8pm. Celebrate Your Heart event benefits the American Heart Association. The Winery at St. George, 1715 E Main St, Mohegan Lake. $15/includes appetizers. Cash Bar. More info: ProfessionalWomenOfPutnam.com.

Farmer Chef Alliance, Potluck and Presentation – 6:30-9pm. Snow date 2/19. Presenter: Peter Schmidt, Organic Farmer and Co-Founder Compostwerks.  Bring a dish to share.  Sponsored by Slow Food Metro North.  Muscoot Farm, 51 Rt. 100, Katonah. slowfoodmetronorth.com.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21

Women’s Wisdom Group –10:30am-12pm. Join a community of progressive women who share and support one another while drawing inspiration from Mark Nepo’s seminal work, The Book of Awakening. $30/session. Transcendence at SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. RSVP:  914.218.3113. TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com.

Bi Monthly Adult Meditation Group – 7-8pm w/Merrill Black, Reiki Master. Unique theme, guided meditation, group discussion. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. $15.914.793.2600.TheTemperanceCenter.com.

Thought’s Leading Edge Therapy Group – 7:30-9pm. See Feb 11 for details. $50. Well on the Way, LLC, 222 Westchester Ave, White Plains. Info: 607.351.7024.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22

Master Reiki Class – 9am-5pm. Feb 22-Feb 23 w/Reiki Master Marcus Feighery. $675/both classes. Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNY.com.

Reiki I Class – 1pm. Learn this ancient art of hands on healing in a two day course that also incorporates everything needed to know about the chakra system. Walk away as a certified Reiki Practitioner with the ability to go anywhere and work in the field of healing. Shima: 917.279.9577.

The Fairy Tale Marionettes – 1-4pm. Imagination and life lessons take breath through this creative, literature-based theater program. Course I: For girls only, grades 2-5. Wainwright House, Rye. 914.967.6080.

Wildlife In Winter – 2pm. Naturalist shows off favorite animals in this entertaining and informative program. Visitors hear, see, and touch many fascinating furry, feathered, and scaly friends. Best for ages 5 and over. Members $5, Non-Members $8. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd. Scarsdale. Info: 914.723.3470; greenburghnaturecenter.org.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23

Reiki II Class – 1pm. See Feb 22 listing for details. Anyone looking to be attuned to Reiki Master can also call Universal Healing Arts Connection. Shima: 917.279.9577.

Pineal Gland Awakening & Activation – 1-3pm. Create a magical, bliss-filled year for the self and loved ones with the creator of RICH Healing. $33. Refreshments. Info & RSVP: 914.575.8170. NewAgeBeginnings.com.

Aging Gracefully: Wisdom Through the Ages with Tao Porchon-Lynch – 2-4:30pm. Tao leads students through a deeply absorbing meditation, inspiring deep compassion and inner peace. $50 early registration. 49 Lawton St, 2nd Floor, New Rochelle. 914.632.1101; westchesteryogaarts.com.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24

Ayurvedic Yoga Mix – 9-10:15 am. This moderately paced class gives a deeper understanding of one’s body type. $108/member, $120/non-member. $20 one time audit. Wainwright House, Rye. 914.967.6080; wainwright.org.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25

Thought’s Leading Edge Therapy Group – 7:30-9pm. See Feb 11 for details. Well on the Way, LLC, 222 Westchester Ave, White Plains. $50. 607.351.7024.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26

Bi Monthly Adult Meditation Group – 10-11am w/Merrill Black, Reiki Master. Unique theme, guided meditation, group discussion. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 203, Eastchester. $15. 914.793.2600. TheTemperanceCenter.com.

The Science Of Nutrition Made Simple – 7-8:30pm. In this 3-part course, learn to rewire the brain to gain control of thoughts and feelings about food and get the body and a life to love. Wainwright House, Rye. 914.967.6080; wainwright.org.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27

Thought’s Leading Edge Therapy Group – 10:30am-12pm. See Feb 11 for details. $50. Well on the Way, LLC, 191 Main St, Ossining. Info: 607.351.7024.

Wainwright Monthly Spiritual Film Series: Yoga Woman – 7-9pm. From the busy streets of Manhattan to the dusty slums of Kenya and the golden beaches of Australia, this documentary uncovers a global phenomenon that has changed the face of yoga forever. $10 members/$15 non-members. Wainwright House, Rye. Info: 914.967.6080.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28

Women’s Wisdom Group –10:30am-12pm. Join a community of progressive women who share and support one another while drawing inspiration from Mark Nepo’s seminal work, The Book of Awakening. $30/session. Transcendence at SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. RSVP:  914.218.3113. TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com.

Go Red For Women Luncheon – 9am-2pm. American Idol participant Kimberley Locke keynotes the 6th annual Go Red For Women luncheon. Program also includes educational breakout sessions, interactive heart check-up, and a unique auction featuring sophisticated handbags, wallets and accessories. Jamie Hritz, 945.905.2134. Heart.org/dutchessulstergoredluncheon.

SATURDAY, MARCH 1

Develop Innate Psychic Ability in 1 Day – 10am-4pm. Learn the science behind the sixth sense and practice ESP. Everyone is psychic; participants are invited to experience this. Info: 914.672.9741. thescienceofmetaphysics.com.

TUESDAY, MARCH 4

Thought’s Leading Edge Therapy Group – 7:30-9pm. Also Tue Mar 18. Open house meeting to learn about the masterful techniques of EFT, NLP & energy healing with Elizabeth Pasquale. Be guided to a more full union of one’s best self. $50. Well on the Way, LLC, 222 Westchester Ave, White Plains. 607.351.7024.

Friday, March 7

Mindfulness at Work, with Sharon Salzberg and Janice Marturano –  3/7-3/9. Two perspectives on cultivating a mindful and compassionate experience of work. Garrison Institute. Info/register: 845.424.4800; garrisoninstitute.org.

Natural Awakenings Calendar Listings for December, 2013 in Westchester, Putnam & Dutchess, NY

CoverDec13-Med-35For additional event listings, updates and changes, visit our online calendar.

Visit www.WakeUpNaturally.com to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Please call ahead to confirm event details.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1

Wisdom Qigong – 4-5pm. Qigong is the ancient healing practice from the East which combines movement and breath within a moving meditation practice. $15. Inner Balance Studio, Patterson. Preregister: 845.878.7800. InnerBalanceStudio.org.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 2

Yoga Therapeutics Workshop – 11am-12:30pm. Mondays 12/2-12/30. Poses are offered at a slower pace to support optimal functioning of the joints, muscles and organs; a great class for beginners, seniors and those working with injuries and chronic illnesses. All levels. $150/6wks. Quest Yoga Arts, Mt Kisco. 914.241.9642. QuestYogaArts.com.

Professional Women of Westchester Holiday Party – 6-8pm. Come out for a great night of networking, mixing and mingling all to benefit Hope’s Door. Please bring an item from the Wish List of Hope’s Door. $15/member or $20. Includes appetizers with cash bar available. Morton’s The Steakhouse, 9 Maple Ave, White Plains. ProfessionalWomenOfWestchester.com.

Men’s Group – 7:30-9:30pm. Gather with other holistically minded men to focus on personal development and methods for shaping a healthier and more balanced approach to living, particularly in relationship to others. $200/series of 9 or $30/ea. Transcendence at SunRaven, Bedford. RSVP: 914.218.3113 or TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3

Managing Anxiety & Stress During the Holidays & Year Round for Those Living With Cancer – 6:30-8pm. Presentation followed by a Q&A period. Open to people living with breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. Free. Somers Public Library, Rte 139, Somers. Info/register: 914.962.6402. SupportConnection.org.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4

Sage Yoga Open House for Pre-schoolers – Noon-1:30pm. Meet the NYS Licensed and Certified Kids Yoga teacher. Learn about Winter & Spring Events for Pre-schoolers. Refreshments. Sage Yoga, 6 Maple Ave 2nd Floor, Armonk. Info: Susan 914.393.6517. SageYogaArmonk.com.

Advanced Practitioner Program Integrative Medicine Round Table Study Group –12:30- 2pm. Holistic health practitioners gather to discuss individual client challenges and share perspectives on approaches to healing. Led by Dr Michael Finkelstein. Includes healthy, light lunch. $200/series of 9 or $40ea.Transcendence at SunRaven, Bedford. RSVP:  914.218.3113. TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5

Sharon Salzberg and Sylvia Boorstein: Cultivating the Kind Heart as the Path to Liberation – 12/5-12/8. Exploring the Buddha’s teaching on kindness as a basis for developing a generous heart and steadiness of attention.  Garrison Institute. Info/register: 845.424.4800; GarrisonInstitute.org.

Group Juice Fast – Dec 5-9. Dr Michael Finkelstein and Robin Queen follow the protocol developed by Dr. Gabriel Cousens from Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center. Daily gatherings and experiential activities and discussions; includes Dr. Finkelstein’s green juice for entirety of class. $495. Transcendence at SunRaven, Bedford. 914.218.3113. TrancendenceAtSunRaven.com.

Holistic Moms Network – 7-9pm. Beth Lambert, author of A Compromised Generation: The Epidemic of Chronic Illness in America’s Children discusses the many chronic illnesses and behavioral issues affecting children today. Learn how to step outside the traditional western medical paradigm. Free. Rye Public Library. Info: holisticmoms.org.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6

Women’s Wisdom Group –10:30am-12pm. Join a community of progressive women who share and support one another while drawing inspiration from Mark Nepo’s seminal work, The Book of Awakening. $30/session. Transcendence at SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. RSVP:  914.218.3113. TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com.

Holiday Kirtan – 7:30-9:30pm. Quiet the mind and open the heart with this powerful form of meditative chanting. Lead and performed by special guests Satya-Franche and the NY ensemble of Bhakta musicians, Ma Kirtan. $20/suggested. Transcendence at SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. RSVP: 914.218.3113. TrancendenceAtSunRaven.com.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7

Naturalist’s Choice Hike– 10am. Join a museum naturalist to explore the trails and ecological features of the reservation. Trailside Nature Museum, Rte 35 & Rte 121, Cross River. Info: 914.864.7322. FriendsOfTrailside.org.

Intro to Kundalini Yoga & Meditation – 10am-12pm. Also learn about other program offerings at Golden Temple Yoga Studio. RSVP: 914.232.3473. GoldenTempleYoga.com.

Sinterklaas Festival – 10am-midnight. A celebration of dance, theatre and music, all over the village of Rhinebeck. A non-denominational event. Check website for schedule: sinterklaasrhinebeck.com.

Holiday Exhibita; Trains, Your Ticket To The Great Outdoors – 10am-4:30pm (12/7-12/15, closed Friday). Display of model trains, presented by the Yonkers Model Railroad Club. Greenburgh Nature Center,99 Dromore Rd. Scarsdale. Non-members $3, plus regular GNC admission. Info: 914.813.1831; greenburghnaturecenter.org.

Blissful Holiday Spirit Craft & Holistic Health Fair – 12-5pm. Holiday gifts made from talented local vendors and holistic health practitioners. Gift certificates and discounted packages for Yoga, Acupuncture, Reiki and more. Path to Bliss Yoga, 1558 Main St, Pleasant Valley. Venue Phone: 845.242.1557.

Putnam Art Council’s Holiday Craft Invitational Show & Sale –  12/7 – 12/22, noon-5pm (closed Mon & Tues). Regionally made or designed art-centric gifts. Location: Belle Levine Art Center at Putnam Arts Council; 521 Kennicut Hill Road, Mahopac. Info: 845.803.8594.

Restorative Yoga – 2-3:30pm. Small class size allows for a hands-on therapeutic practice to soothe the body and mind. $20/members or $30. All Sport Health and Fitness, 17 Old Main St, Fishkill. Preregister: 845.896.5678. AllSportFishkill.com.

Home for the Holidays Yoga & Meditation Retreat – 2-7:30pm. Take a break from the holiday chaos and enter the home of the heart, body, breath, and spirit with yoga, journaling, guided meditation, and a delicious vegan dinner. All levels. $125. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 E Main St, Mt. Kisco.QuestYogaArts.com.

StarVisions Drumming Circle – 7:30pm. Bring a drum or rattle to raise vibrations. Community drumming following Native American ways for healing and manifestation with Anne Bentzen at SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. Extra instruments available. Adults/$25, students/$15. 914.236.4503. StarVisionsCommunity.org.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8

Moving Beyond “STUCK” Workshop – 10am -Noon. Basics of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy using art. For mental health practitioners

Register: 914.584.1820 or artxonhudson.com.

Meet the Animals – 1pm. Come visit with some of the Nature Center’s live animals; get up close and even hands-on as staff naturalist presents an informative program. $5/members or $8. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd, Scarsdale. Members $5, Non-Members $8. 914.813.1280. GreenburghNatureCenter.org.

Crystal Bowl Temple Holiday Event – 1-3pm. Come try amazing crystal bowls. Activations, meditations and refreshments. Crystal Bowl Temple, Larchmont. RSVP: 914.575.8170.

The Order of Melchizidek & Priesthood for Ordination into Interfaith Ministry – 1-4pm. Learn history, ceremonial rituals, legal duties and receive powerful Divine attunement. $100/class only; $250/class plus ordination w/certificate. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 236 S Bedford Rd, Mt. Kisco. 914.236.4503. StarVisionsCommunity.org.

Pajama Program Yoga Class for a Cause – 3-5pm. Games and yoga for ages 6+ with restorative class for adults. $45 in goods for one adult/one child, $10 in goods for each additional child – new bedtime book and children’s pajamas. Nueva Alma Yoga & Wellness, 811 McLean Ave, Yonkers. 914.294.0606.NuevaAlma.com.

Sage Yoga Holiday Open House – 4-5:15pm. Stop by for a free yoga class and holiday cheer with the Sage Community. Free yoga class at 5:30pm. Refreshments follow. Sage Yoga, 6 Maple Ave 2nd Floor, Armonk. Info: Susan 914.393.6517; SageYogaArmonk.com.

Meditation – 6-7pm. Also 12/22. Inspired by ISHTA yoga, use pre-and post-meditative asanas to prepare and restore the body and the ancient tools of pranayama, visualization, and mantra to still the mind. $15. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 E Main St, Mt. Kisco.QuestYogaArts.com.

Tibetan Singing Bowls Sound Healing – 7:30-9pm. Experience chakra clearing, balancing and alignment as sound energetically shifts one into a higher vibration. Facilitated by Beth Mullin, trained by Master Sound Healer from Nepal. $30. SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. Pre-register: 914.236.4503. StarVisionsCommunity.org.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 9

Monthly Sounding & Singing Circle – 7-8:30pm. Come together to sing, be in community, free the voice, and offer healing. No professional or singing experience required. Rivertown Center for Yoga, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Donation. Beth Bierko: 914.384.9983. RivertownYoga.com.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10

Green Drinks Westchester – 6-8pm. This month’s gathering at Encourage Yoga, the first green yoga studio in Westchester County. One Baltic Pl, Croton on Hudson. Facebook.com/GreenDrinksWestchester.

Safe and Natural Stress Reduction Lecture – 6:30pm. Learn what stress is and its affect on the body and what things can naturally help to cope with it better. Free. Dr Hiro Izumi, 550 Mamaroneck Ave, Ste 103, Harrison. Register/info: 914.310.9000. IzumiWellness.net.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11

Sage Yoga Kids & Teens Open House – Free 40 minute classes by age-group: K-12 call for times. Meet NYS Licensed & Certified Kids Yoga teacher. Learn about winter and spring events. Refreshments. Sage Yoga, 6 Maple Ave 2nd Floor, Armonk. Info: Susan 914.393.6517; SageYogaArmonk.com.

Biomimicry: Designing with the Wisdom of the Earth – 7pm. Biomimicry is an emerging discipline that seeks sustainable solutions by emulating nature’s designs and processes. Free. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd, Scarsdale. 914.813.1280. GreenburghNatureCenter.org.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12

Yoga Warriors Method – Time TBA. Class designed to help alleviate the symptoms of combat stress and post-traumatic stress disorder and increase resilience of critical task performers working in high stress environments, including their caregivers and family members. Nueva Alma Yoga and Wellness, 811 McLean Ave, Yonkers. 914.294.0606. NuevaAlma.com.

Health & Wellness: The Trampoline Effect – 2-4pm. w/ Judy Garfinkel, Life & Career Coach. Interactive presentation will focus on confidence and resilience during life transitions. Multi-purpose room, Greenburg Public Library, 300 Tarrytown Rd., Elmsford. Register required: 914.721.8235.

77 Questions for Skillful Living Study Group – 7:30-9:30pm. A unique gathering of individuals interested in a more in-depth and practical exploration of the concepts within Michael’s book: 77 Questions for Skillful Living. $200/series of 9 or $30/ea. Transcendence at SunRaven, Bedford. RSVP: 914.218.3113. TrancendenceAtSunRaven.com.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13

Customer Appreciation Weekend – 12/13-12/15. Receive 10% off entire holiday shopping purchases. Many beautiful gift items; late opening Fridays for the month of December:10am-9pm. Synchronicity, Rte22, Brewster. 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNY.com.

Women’s Wisdom Group –10:30am-12pm. Join a community of progressive women to share and support one another while drawing inspiration from Mark Nepo’s seminal work, The Book of Awakening. $30/session. Transcendence at SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. RSVP: 914.218.3113. TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com.

On Food & Cooking with Chef Tomas Saez – 11am-2pm. “No Heat Needed: Creative Ways to Prepare Food without Heat.” Hot tips and ideas. Multi-purpose room, Greenburg Public Library, 300 Tarrytown Rd. Elmsford. No registration required. Info: 914.721.8200.

Building Intuition Circle – 12:30-2pm. This gathering provides a safe haven to meditate and develop intuitive abilities with others of like mind. $15. Inner Balance Studio, Patterson. 845.878.7800. InnerBalanceStudio.org.

Zumba Party – 7-8:30pm. Free for members or $15. All Sport Health and Fitness, 17 Old Main St, Fishkill. 845.896.5678. AllSportFishkill.com.

Adults Only Pajama Party – 7-9:30pm. Fundraiser yoga class for the Pajama Program. Come sweat in pajamas for a good cause. Half flow, half restorative class to end the week. $40 in goods: new bedtime story books and children’s pajamas for donation bin. Nueva Alma Yoga & Wellness, 811 McLean Ave, Yonkers. 914.294.0606. NuevaAlma.com.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14

Second Saturdays in Beacon – All day city-wide celebration of the arts along Main St. in Beacon. Many galleries and shops stay open late to feature show openings, artist receptions, music, food, wine, and other special events.

Customer Appreciation Weekend at Synchronicity – See Dec 13 for details. Synchronicity, Rte 22, Brewster. 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNY.com.

Reiki Circle & Share – 9-11am with Marcus Feighery, Reiki Master. Come experience this Devine healing energy. $15.Synchronicity, 1511 Rte 22, Brewster. RSVP: 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNY.com.

Peace, Art & Craftiness Holiday Craft Fair –11am-4pm. Local artists showcasing and selling their hand crafted, from the heart, one of kind gifts. Free. 27 Milburn St, Bronxville. 646.722.0781. LyteBodyFitness.com.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15

Customer Appreciation Weekend at Synchronicity – See Dec 13 for details. Rte 22, Brewster. 845.363.1765. SynchronicityNY.com.

1st Annual Holiday Boutique Day – 11am-3pm. Enjoy a variety of vendors, holiday gifts, raffles and more. The Temperance Center, 453 White Plains Rd, Ste 201/203, Eastchester. Merrill: 914.793.2600. The TemperanceCenter.com.

Family Yoga – 11:30am-12:30pm. Yoga workshop for parents and children of all ages. Families participate in a variety of asanas, exploring partner poses as well as partnered breathing exercises. $25/2, $5/additional persons. Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 E Main St, Mt. Kisco. QuestYogaArts.com.

Crystal Bowl Temple Holiday Event – 1-3pm. Come try amazing crystal bowls. Activations, meditations and refreshments. Crystal Bowl Temple, Larchmont. RSVP: 914.575.8170.

Art Journaling Workshop – 1:30-3:30pm. Annual Small Book Making/Gift Workshop. To register: 914.584.1820 or artxonhudson.com.

Yoga Nidra Meditation – 6-8pm. Learn how to deepen a practice in this guided meditation workshop.  $28. Riverstone Yoga, 2 Hudson View Way, Tarrytown. 914.332.9642 .  Riverstoneyoga.com.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 16

Community Reiki Circle – 7-8:30pm. Come experience the power of this natural healing energy by trained masters and practitioners. Open to those trained in Reiki wanting to practice and those not trained who wish to receive healing. Rivertown Center for Yoga 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Beth Bierko:914. 384.9983. RivertownYoga.com.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17

StarVisions Healing Circle – 7:30pm. Connecting wisdom and energy principles to life; come experience deep energy healing in a group setting with Anne Bentzen, Reiki Master. $25 or $15/students. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 236 S Bedford Rd, Mt. Kisco. Preregister: 914.588.4079.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19

Yoga Warriors Method – Time TBA. Class designed to help alleviate symptoms of combat stress and post-traumatic stress disorder and increase the resilience of critical task performers working in high stress environments, including their caregivers and family members. Nueva Alma Yoga and Wellness, 811 McLean Ave, Yonkers. 914.294.0606. NuevaAlma.com.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20

Women’s Wisdom Group –10:30am-12pm. Join a community of progressive women to share and support one another while drawing inspiration from Mark Nepo’s seminal work, The Book of Awakening. $30/session. Transcendence at SunRaven, 501 Guard Hill Rd, Bedford. RSVP:  914.218.3113. TranscendenceAtSunRaven.com.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21

Decorate a Tree for Wildlife – 1-2:30pm. Join a Teatown holiday tradition that celebrates nature’s gifts to us. Decorate a tree with goodies for the birds, squirrels and other wildlife. Free/members or $5. Preregistration required: 914.762.2912 x110.Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Rd, Ossining. Teatown.org.

CoSM’s Full Moon Winter Solstice Celestial Celebration – 8pm-3am. Hosts: Alex Grey & Allyson Grey. Music,. Live Painting, Fire Spinning. CoSM’s Store and Mushroom Café will be open. $30 online/$40 at the door.  Cosm.org. Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (CoSM) 46 Deer Hill Rd. Wappingers Falls. Info: 845.297.2323

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22

Crystal Bowl Temple Holiday Event – 1-3pm. Come try amazing crystal bowls. Activations, meditations and refreshments. Crystal Bowl Temple, Larchmont. RSVP: 914.575.8170.

Special Winter Solstice Celebration – 6pm. Gather with the communities of StarVisions and the Chapel at Croton Falls to celebrate the Return of the Light. Ceremony led by Bear Walker, Anishinabe Medicine Man. Free. Bring food to share. Chapel at Croton Falls, Rte 22, Croton Falls. Info: StarVisionsCommunity.org.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 23

Holi-Daze Mini-Camp – 9am-12pm ages 4-5yrs & 9am-3pm ages 6-12yrs. Also 12/26, 12/27, 12/30 & 12/31. Hiking, crafts, and enough adventure to keep children busy and active throughout the holiday season. Teatown Lake Reserveration, 1600 Spring Valley Rd, Ossining. Call for prices and preregistration: 914.762.2912 x110. Teatown.org.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27

Yoga at Greenburgh Nature Center –  9-10am. Yoga classes held outdoors in case of inclement weather. Drop-ins welcome. $20 drop-in; GNC, 99 Dromore Rd, Scarsdale. Info: 914.813.1831; greenburghnaturecenter.org.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29

Crystal Bowl Temple Holiday Event – 1-3pm. Come try amazing crystal bowls. Activations, meditations and refreshments. Crystal Bowl Temple, Larchmont. RSVP: 914.575.8170.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31

New Year’s Eve Candlelight Yoga – 10:45-12:15pm. Start the New Year with a relaxing yoga class, ringing in the New Year in silence, followed by a toast and celebration. $35. Riverstone Yoga, 2 Hudson View Way, Tarrytown. 914.332.9642 . RiverstoneYoga.com.

Yoga, Eagles, Feldenkrais, Red Tent Gathering & Oneness Blessing, this Month in Westchester

 red-tent-eventNatural Awakenings Event Briefs for February 2013

Inspired things to do in Westchester and Putnam Counties, New York


Monthly Red Tent Temple Gatherings for Women at Ixchel Center in White Plains

Ixchel Center in White Plains is hosting Red Tent Temple gatherings each month on the full moon. The gatherings are reminiscent of the moon lodges and menstrual huts that took place centuries ago, when women would remove themselves from daily responsibilities in order to be cared for by their elders.

“Red Tents are a place to care for one another through healing, song, meditation, council, rest and sharing,” says shamanic healer Mikki Davis, who leads the monthly gatherings with women’s health expert Cathy Lipsky. “Participants can come to nourish themselves, express their unique wisdom, tell stories, listen deeply to each other and cultivate a women–honoring culture.”

For more information, visit AlisaStarkWeather.com and scroll down to the section on the Red Tent Temple movement. The next Red Tent Temple Gathering takes place on Sunday, February 10, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. To register, email cathy@HolisticNP.com or mbaloydavis@gmail.com or call 914.912.2351. Ixchel Center is located at 308 Battle Ave. in White Plains.

 Visit HolisticNP.com or call 914.912.2351 for more information.

 

Celebrating Fifteen Years of Quality Yoga Instruction in White Plains

The Yoga Garden of White Plains is celebrating 15 years of quality yoga instruction in the community, and students are invited to join the celebration. Anyone who takes their first class before February 28 will be entered to win one month of unlimited yoga classes.

“We welcome students who are curious about yoga but intimidated by images of people doing acrobatic or gymnastic looking poses,” says owner and instructor Patty Holmes. “The Yoga Garden is the place to begin your yoga journey, and I teach with the highest respect for all who go down this yogic path.”

Holmes says that she teaches five principles of yoga, as opposed to one particular style. “The result is that, as our body learns to integrate these principles, poses reveal themselves in a beautiful and organic way that makes our yoga practice joyful, healthy and balanced.” Over the years, hundreds of students have taken classes at The Yoga Garden, located at St. Bartholomew’s Church, where both group classes and private instruction are offered.

The Yoga Garden is located at 82 Prospect St. in White Plains. For more information call 914.325.7180, email yogagardenwp@gmail.com or visit YogaGardenWP.com.

 

Teatown’s Hudson River EagleFest Returns

Each winter more than 100 bald eagles from Canada and northern New York and New England fly south to the lower Hudson Valley to feed on fish and waterfowl in unfrozen waters. Teatown Lake Reservation’s annual Hudson River EagleFest takes advantage of this phenomenon by helping visitors to view and learn about these majestic birds. This year’s event takes place on Saturday, February 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Croton Point Park.

EagelFest features multiple viewing locations along the Hudson River; each staffed with birding experts, to help people see America’s national symbol in the wild. Informational shows will run all day at Croton Point Park, presented by a variety of experts, on many aspects of bald eagles, owls and other raptors.

Additional eagle viewing sites along the Hudson River that are free of charge include the Kathryn W. Davis RiverWalk Center in Sleepy Hollow, Steamboat River Park in Verplanck, Riverfront Green Park in Peekskill, and Boscobel House and Gardens in Garrison. Keepsake maps, available at Teatown and each viewing site, will give precise directions to each location. Details on the daylong event can be found at Teatown.org/eaglefest/index.htm.

Teatown Lake Reservation, located at 1600 Spring Valley Road in Ossining, is a private, non-profit nature preserve and education center spanning the towns of Yorktown, Cortlandt and New Castle. To learn more, call 914.762.2912 or visit Teatown.org. Croton Point Park is located at 1A Croton Point Avenue in Croton-on-Hudson.

 

Workshop Offers Anxiety Relief Through Feldenkrais

Larry Attile, a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, is offering an anxiety reduction workshop on Sunday, March 3, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. in Scarsdale. Using the simple, gentle movements of Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement exercises, Attile will teach participants how to free themselves from habitual physical patterns that contribute to, and exacerbate, anxiety symptoms.

“We experience anxiety in our bodies, and these muscular and neurological responses can become habitual,” says Attile. “Such responses then worsen the chronic tension and fatigue associated with anxiety.”

Attile’s workshop will focus on how people develop habitual patterns of muscular tension and poor breathing, and what new responses can reestablish internal balance. “Participants will leave the workshop with new ways of intervening that have been proven to alleviate anxiety in moments of stress,” he says. To reserve a space or learn more, call 914.588.0763. The workshop fee is $95.

The workshop will be held at 79 Montgomery Ave. in Scarsdale. For more information about Feldenkrais and Larry Attile, visit WestchesterChiKung.com.

 

Free Oneness Blessing Ceremony in Mt. Kisco

StarVisions, Inc. council member Anne Bentzen, MSOT, RMT along with Oneness Blessing Trainers, Rosario Mazer and Vera Angelico, provide a free Oneness Blessing community service program at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Mt. Kisco on Saturday, February 2, at 10 a.m.

This introductory program, sponsored by StarVisions, offers insights into understanding how the universal connection of all humanity can free the mind to experience more joy.

“2013 is a year for moving into our hearts and experiencing life, rather than having our brains try to understand it,” says Bentzen. “The central understanding of oneness is that inner transformation and awakening into higher states of consciousness do not come from intellectual understanding, but from a neurobiological process in the brain, whereby one’s experience of life is redefined at its core.”

Bentzen says these aims are achieved by the Oneness Deeksha, a transfer of divine grace that initiates a journey into higher states of consciousness. “The Deeksha is believed to affect the different lobes of the brain, reducing stress levels and intensifying feelings of love, joy and awareness,” she says. “Millions across the globe testify to the calming and awakening effects of the Oneness Deeksha, which evokes the truth that is inherent in every tradition, religion and culture.”

The program includes instruction, video and the giving of the Oneness Blessing from Bentzen and others. Doors open at 9:45 a.m. and all are welcome.

The Unitarian Universalist Church is located at 236 South Bedford Rd., Mt. Kisco. For more information visit StarVisionsCommunity.org or call 914.588.4079.

 

Grand Opening Week at Acker House Center for Integrative Health

Acker House Center for Integrative Health will open on February 1 at 139 Grand Street in , NY. The Center will celebrate with a free grand open house week Feb. 18-23, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., with sample classes, consultations and bodywork sessions.

Owned and directed by Liz Ingalls, a physical therapist and craniosacral therapist, the Center is where licensed and accredited holistic professionals and medical specialists provide quality care, health screenings and education for all ages. It is home to Holistic Physical Therapy, an eight-person physical therapy and occupational therapy practice using conventional rehabilitation and alternative modalities, from lymphatic drainage to organ manipulation, to successfully resolve many hard-to-treat conditions, including ADD, fibromyalgia, back and knee pain, headaches and incontinence.

Other Center services include lactation and parenting support, sensory integration groups, dance-related fitness classes and more. The Center also houses the Wake Robin Shop, open by appointment.

Call 914.707.1399 or visit AckerHouseNY.com for detailed information and a schedule of open house events.

FREE YOGA CLASSES in Westchester & Putnam NY

FREE YOGA CLASSES

During Natural Awakenings Yoga Week

September 12-18, 2011,

in Westchester & Putnam Counties, NY

During Natural Awakenings Yoga Week

An exciting array of yoga studios throughout Westchester and Putnam are opening their doors and allowing students to try yoga for free during Natural Awakenings Yoga Week. Take that first yoga class, experiment with a new style, or find a new favorite teacher from Monday, September 12 to Sunday, September 18.

Enjoy!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Relaxing the Body to Calm the Mind Yoga – 9am. A Vinyasa style class with some restorative and yin influences. Free for new students. The Rose Center, 17 Purdy Ave. Rye. Register: rosecenterny.com.

Align & Strengthen Yoga – 9-10:15am. w/ Lara Azzarito Ward, Director, Lotus Gardens Yoga School. Free for new students. Pre-registration Required: 860.354.6241. Jewish Community Center of Sherman, 9 Rt. 39 North, Sherman, CT.

Multi-level Class for Adults – 9-10:30am. Must pre-register. One free class only, at YogaShine during Yoga Week, for new students. YogaShine, 7-11 Legion Dr. Valhalla. Info: 914.769.8745.

Core Abs Yoga – 9:30am. Free for new students. Westchester Yoga Arts, 82 Center Ave. New Rochelle. Info: 914.632.1101; westchesteryogaarts.com.

Intro to Kundalini Yoga and Meditation – 9:30-11am. Free for new students. Golden Temple Yoga.232 Katonah Ave. Katonah. Register: 914 232 3473. Info: goldentempleyoga.com

Hatha Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. w/Catie. Free for new students. Hudson Valley Health & Tennis Yoga Studio, 100 River St. Hastings on Hudson. Info: 914.478.4400; hudsonvalleytennis.com.

Beginner Yoga – 11:30am. Free for new students. SageYoga @ The Gym, 99 Business Park Dr. Armonk. Pre-register: 914.393.6517. Info: armonkyoga.com.

Hot Power Yoga Level 1 – 5:30pm. Free for new students. 245 Rt. 100, Somers. Info: 914.401.9140; sacredspaceyoga.info.

Beginner/Intermediate Yoga for Teens – 7-8:15pm. Ages 12 $ up. Catherine Riedel leads a this Hatha Yoga class, that relieves stress and improves focus for teens. Free. Ossining Public Library, 53 Croton Ave. Ossining. OssiningLibrary.org. Register: 914.941.2416 x 336.

Vinyasa Flow Class – 7:30pm. w/ Phoebe Kelly. Free for new students. YogaWorks, 50 S. Buckhout St. Irvington. Info: 914.591.9642.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Gentle Hatha – 8:45am. Free for new students. 245 Rt. 100, Somers. Info: 914.401.9140; sacredspaceyoga.info.

Vinyasa Flow – 9-10am. w/Caryna Free for new students. Hudson Valley Health & Tennis Yoga Studio, 100 River St. Hastings on Hudson. Info: 914.478.4400; hudsonvalleytennis.com.

Open Level Vinyasa Style Class – 9:30am w/ with Karen. Free for new students. Drop-ins welcome. Be True Yoga, 14 Harwood Court, Suite 326, Scarsdale. 914.723.5900.

Mixed Level Yoga – 9:30am. Free for new students. Westchester Yoga Arts, 82 Center Ave. New Rochelle. Info: 914.632.1101; westchesteryogaarts.com.

Hot Power Yoga Level 1-2 – 11:30am. Free for new students. 245 Rt. 100, Somers. Info: 914.401.9140; sacredspaceyoga.info.

Gentle Beginner Yoga Class – 4:30pm. Free for new students. 979 Route 6/202/22 Brewster. Info: avayoga.com. Preregister: 845.278.2331.

Kundalini Yoga – 7-8:30pm. w/ Siri Chand Kaur. Free for new students. The Yoga Co-op is located at The Garrison Golf Club, 2015 Rt. 9 at Snake Hill Rd. 845.224.9909; garrisonyoga.com.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Core Abs Yoga – 9:30am. Free for new students. Westchester Yoga Arts, 82 Center Ave. New Rochelle. Info: 914.632.1101; westchesteryogaarts.com.

Level 2-3 Yoga – 9:30am. Free for new students. SageYoga @ The Gym, 99 Business Park Dr. Armonk. Pre-register: 914.393.6517. Info: armonkyoga.com.

Vinyasa Flow 1-2 – 9:30-10:45am. w/ Colleen Breeckner. Free for new students. Quest Yoga Arts, 11 Main St. 2nd floor, Mt. Kisco. Info: 914.241.9642; questyogaarts.com.

Power Hour – 12:30-1:30pm. w/ Jane. Free for new students. O2 Living. 792 Rt. 35, Cross River. Info: 914.763.6320; o2living.com.

Vinayasa Flow – 4-5pm. w/Chrissy Free for new students. Hudson Valley Health & Tennis Yoga Studio, 100 River St. Hastings on Hudson. Info: 914.478.4400; hudsonvalleytennis.com.

Gentle Hatha – 4:30pm. Free for new students. 245 Rt. 100, Somers. Info: 914.401.9140; sacredspaceyoga.info.

All Level Yoga – 7-8:30pm. w/ Ellen Forman. Free for new students. The Yoga Co-op is located at The Garrison Golf Club, 2015 Rt. 9 at Snake Hill Rd. Info: 845.224.9909; garrisonyoga.com.

Open Level Flow – 7:30pm. Free for new students. 900 S. Lake Blvd, Mahopac Info: LiberationNY.com; 845.803.8389.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Vinyasa Level 1 – 9:30am. Free for new students. 245 Rt. 100, Somers. Info: 914.401.9140; sacredspaceyoga.info.

All Levels Yoga Class – 9:30-11am. w/ Basil Jones. Free for new students. Basil Yoga, 2 Keeler Lane, North Salem. Info: basilyoga.com.

Viniyoga – 11am. Open class, all levels welcome. Free for new students. Yoga on Lake Rippowam, South Salem. Info: 914.763.2548; rippowamyoga.com.

Hot Power Yoga Level 1-2 – 11:30am. Free for new students. 245 Rt. 100, Somers. Info: 914.401.9140; sacredspaceyoga.info.

Vinyasa Basics – 4:30pm. Free for new students. 900 S. Lake Blvd, Mahopac. Info: LiberationNY.com; 845.803.8389.

Gentle Beginner Yoga Class – 7pm. Free for new students. 979 Route 6/202/22 Brewster. Info: avayoga.com. Preregister: 845.278.2331.

Meditation & Pranayama Class – 7-8:15pm. With Dan Benanav. Free for new students. The Yoga Co-op is located at The Garrison Golf Club, 2015 Rt. 9 at Snake Hill Rd. 845.224.9909; garrisonyoga.com.

Multi-level Class for Adults – 7-8:30pm. Must pre-register. One free class only, at YogaShine during Yoga Week, for new students. YogaShine, 7-11 Legion Dr. Valhalla. Info: 914.769.8745.

Fertility Yoga – 7:30-8:45pm. w/ Beth Gibney-Boulden. All women open to conception are welcome to attend.  Free for new students. Full Circle Family Care, 1241 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains. Register: 914.421.1500 x 0. Info: FullCircleFamilyCare.com.

Friday, September 16, 2011

All levels Yoga – 8am. w/ Cat Guthrie. Free for new students. The Yoga Co-op is located at The Garrison Golf Club, 2015 Rt. 9 at Snake Hill Rd. 845.224.9909; garrisonyoga.com.

Adults with Special Concerns/Seniors, Super Gentle –  9:10-10:10am. Must pre-register. One free class only at YogaShine during Yoga Week, for new students.  YogaShine, 7-11 Legion Dr. Valhalla. Info: 914.769.8745.

Teen Yoga (ages 13 – 18 yrs) – 4:30-5:30pm. Free for new students. Hudson Yoga, 5 Old Post Rd. South, Croton on Hudson. Registration limited, call: 914.319.4010.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Vinyasa Level 1-2 – 9:30am. Free for new students. 245 Rt. 100, Somers. Info: 914.401.9140; sacredspaceyoga.info.

Open Level Vinyassa Class – 10am. Outdoors, bring a mat and water. Free for new students. At PepsiCo Campus located at 700 Anderson Hill Rd, Purchase. Pre-Register: Lori 917.209.1783; meet at visitor’s booth.

Weekend Warrior Workout – 10-11:20am. A fun and high energy yoga class that works the entire body and suitable for all levels. Free for new students. The Center. 71A Croton Ave. Ossining. Info: 646.228.4002; e-sensualdance.com.

All Level Yoga – 10:30-11:45am w/ Dyanna Kozloski. Free for new students. The Yoga Co-op is located at The Garrison Golf Club, 2015 Rt. 9 at Snake Hill Rd. 845.224.9909; garrisonyoga.com.

Destress & Renew – 12:15-1:30pm. Free for new students. The Center. 71A Croton Ave. Ossining. Info: 646.228.4002; e-sensualdance.com.

Viniyoga – 12:30pm. Open class, all levels welcome. Free for new students. Yoga on Lake Rippowam, South Salem. Info: 914.763.2548; rippowamyoga.com.

Introduction to Meditation – 1-1:45pm. Drop-ins are welcome. Free for new students. Yoga Shivaya, 15 N. Broadway, 2nd Floor, in Tarrytown. Info: 914.584.1647.

Indigo Kidz Yoga – 2-2:45pm. Free for new students. The Center. 71A Croton Ave. Ossining. Info: 646.228.4002; e-sensualdance.com.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Gentle Healing Yoga – 10-11:10am. Free for new students. The Center. 71A Croton Ave. Ossining. Info: 646.228.4002; e-sensualdance.com.

Yoga Open Level – 10-11:15am. w/ Joelle Van Sickle. Free for new students. The Living Room, 103 Main St., Cold Spring. Info: 845.270.8210; coldspringlivingroom.com.

Alignment Flow – 10:30-11:45am w/ Julian Paik. Free for new students. The Yoga Co-op is located at The Garrison Golf Club, 2015 Rt. 9 at Snake Hill Rd. 845.224.9909; garrisonyoga.com.

Free Mommy & Me Yoga – 11am-12noon. w/ Beth Gibney-Boulden. Babies 6 weeks old up to crawling are welcome, with moms who have been cleared for exercise after birth. Free for new students. Full Circle Family Care, 1241 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains. Register: 914.421.1500 x 0. Info: FullCircleFamilyCare.com.

Level 2 Vinyasa Yoga – 6:30pm. Free for new students. Westchester Yoga Arts, 82 Center Ave. New Rochelle. Info: 914.632.1101; westchesteryogaarts.com.

 

Natural Awakenings’ Last-Minute Gift Guide

Still looking for a special present for that hard-to-please person on your list? Our gift guide can help. We looked in local shops and found plenty of unique, easily available gifts that are also good for the body, the spirit or the planet. So shop on. This holiday season you can feel extra good about giving.

Tibetan Spinning Ring – Sterling silver ring inscribed with the protection prayer: “Om Ma Ni Padme Hum.” It’s said that every spin of the ring sends this mantra to the heavens! $24

To buy: Available at Opal Moon Wellness Center & Unique Gifts, 2037 Albany Post Rd. (Rte. 9A), Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520

 

Glass Water Bottle – Finally, a safe water bottle with no funky metallic taste! Lifefactory’s 16- and 22-ounce glass bottles are sturdy, with screw-top lids and protective silicone sleeves. They’re easy to clean, work well with ionized water—and are stylish, too, coming in a variety of colors. $18.95-20.95

To buy: Visit BonniesHerbals.com or call 914.923.4346

 

Spa Treatment at o2 living – What woman over 30 wouldn’t love a deluxe facial treatment? The Opulence Brightening 60-minute facial at o2 living evens and brightens skin tone on the face and neck by using hyperbaric oxygen technology that delivers a high dose of vitamin C and skin-brightening botanicals for a lasting, luminous glow. Gift card $180 per treatment

To buy: Available at o2 living, 6 Yellow Monkey Village, Cross River, NY 10518, or order by phone at 914.763.6320 or online at o2living.com

 

Dinner for Two at Flying Pig on Lexington – Give the gift of local food at this casual farm-to-table restaurant. It’s the ideal location for unwinding after the holidays with a friend. Just hope they take you! Gift card, various denominations

To buy: Available at Flying Pig on Lexington, 251 Lexington Ave., Mt. Kisco, NY 10549, or order by phone at 914.666.7445. Info:  FlyingPigOnLex.com

 

“Peace on Earth” MassageBoth relaxing and therapeutic, massage is the perfect gift for the nurturers on your list—you know, the ones who are there for everyone else but don’t have time for themselves. This 75-minute session incorporates a special, calming aromatherapy blend and hot stones to melt away stress and winter chills. Gift card $150

To buy: Available at Organic Day Spa, 434 White Plains Rd., Eastchester, NY 10709, or order by phone at 914.652.7111. Gift cards can be e-mailed or mailed out same day.

 

Publisher’s Book Recommendation

If the Buddha Dated: A Handbook for Finding Love on a Spiritual Path – Author Charlotte Sophia Kasl applies Buddhist wisdom to modern love and life, with a playful twist. Also by Kasl:  If the Buddha Got Stuck: A Handbook for Change on a Spiritual Path and If the Buddha Married: Creating Enduring Relationships on a Spiritual Path. Paperback $14

To buy: Available at Awakenings, 215 Katonah Ave., Katonah, NY 10536.

Info: AwakeningsKatonah.com.

 

Pilates Gift CardGive the gift of fitness. You know that Pilates creates a longer, leaner, sexier body, but you may not know that it also increases flexibility and joint mobility, improves posture, balance and coordination, and boosts bone density. Gift card $90 per private session; $25 per drop-in class

To buy: Available at Premier Pilates & Yoga, 200 North Ave., Ste. 6, New Rochelle, NY 10801, or order by phone at 914.235.1250

 

 

Bennington Candles – The perfect holiday gift for your honey or your hostess, Bennington’s all-natural aromatherapy candles come in three sizes and a variety of scents, including Romance, Relaxation, Prosperity, the natural elements Earth, Air, Fire and Water, and many more. $1.99-16.95

To buy: Available at Awakenings, 215 Katonah Avenue, Katonah, NY 10536. While you’re there, browse their New Age book section for some inspiration for yourself! Info: 914.232.0382

 

 

Crystal GlobeIlluminated, hand-blown crystal sphere. When non-illuminated, it shows an environmental or physical map; magically, when illuminated, it shows country boundaries. Features vary by style. Crystal globes $300-600; smaller (14-16 inch), acrylic globes $150-600

To buy: Available at Earth Lore, 2 Fairway Dr., Pawling, NY 12564. It’s worth the drive just to see these beautiful illuminated globes in Earth Lore’s incredible holiday window displays. Extended holiday hours, call for info: 845.855.8899

 

November, 2010 Events for Westchester & Putnam NY

Upcoming Events…

Please call ahead to confirm event details. 

Monday, November 1

Busy Persons’ Online Directed Retreat – Take this opportunity to move toward the coming of Light in the darkness. Registration deadline is 11/15. Divine Compassions Spirituality Center. $30. Call for details: 914.798.1202.

Meditation Class – 7-8:30pm (11/1,11/8) w/Robert Mawson. All levels welcome. Instructions given; bring a cushion or chairs provided. Human Bodyworks Massage Therapy & Healing Arts Center, 32 Main St., Hastings on Hudson. $15. 917.445.1767; HumanBodyworks.com.

Tuesday, November 2

Mamaroneck Farmers Market – 1:30-6:30pm. Open rain or shine until 11/23. Choose from a cornucopia of local organic produce, baked goods, artisanal breads, beef, honey and maple products. Harbor Island Park. Info: 914.923.4837; communitymarkets.biz.

Discover Network Spinal Analysis – 7pm w/Dr. Lawrence Stern. NSA touches the spine assisting the brain to relieve pain, tension and improve well-being. Stern Chiropractic & Integrated Wellness, 27 Radio Circle, Ste. 104, Mt.Kisco. Light refreshments. 914.864.2222.

Wednesday, November 3

Gentle Yoga – 6-7:20pm (Wednesdays: 11/3-11/24) w/Terry. Slow-paced classes that incorporate guided meditation and foster ease in the body and mind. 1st class free/drop-in $18. The YogaScape and Spa, 1100 Rt. 52, 2nd floor, Carmel. 845.225.9642; theyogascape.com.

Thursday, November 4

Green Business Challenge Meeting – 8-9:30am. The topic is Landlord & Tenant Best Practices at the offices of Reckson Associates, 360 Hamilton Ave., White Plains. Info: 914.977.3400.

Pre-Natal Yoga – 9:30-10:45am (Thursdays: 11/4-12/16). Designed for moms-to-be, class will strengthen and open, cultivating breath awareness and mind-body unity all through yoga poses modified for the unique requirements of the pregnant body. Quest Yoga Arts. $150/6wks. 914.241.9642; questyogaarts.com.

Stress Is Gone Meetup – 1–2pm & 7–8pm. Get to the source of stress. Feel tension leaving the body and feel better about the future. Human Bodyworks Massage Therapy & Healing Arts Center. 32 Main St., Hastings on Hudson. Free. 917.445.1767; HumanBodyworks.com.

Ladies’ Comedy Night – 7pm. Presented by The Rye Arts Center. Cocktails at 7pm; light supper at 7:30pm; show starts at 8pm. Reservation for table of 6 only. $55. Info: 914.967.0700.

For The Next 7 Generations – 7:30pm. Award winning documentary that tells the story of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers who came together to help create a new way of life that brings the planet back into balance. Wainwright House, 260 Stuyvesant Ave., Rye. 914.967.6080; wainwright.org.

Friday, November 5

Treasures in the Attic – 2pm. Susan Longo has been selling antiques and collectibles full-time on the internet for over 10 years. Come listen to fascinating stories – especially about selling a $9000 doll! Somers Library. 914.232.5717; somerslibrary.org.

Medium Phil Quinn at Carmel Sanctuary – 7-9pm. As a life guide, world famous, Phil Quinn draws upon divine insight to help others find clarity and direction in their lives. $125. The Sanctuary in Carmel. 97 Old Rt. 6, Carmel. Register: 845.225.3777. Info: carmelsanctuary.com.

Saturday, November 6

Mount Kisco Farmers Market – 8:30-1pm. Open rain or shine until11/20. Stock-up for Thanksgiving with fresh vegetables, creative quiches, eggs and artisanal breads. Boys and Girls Club of Northern Westchester, 351 East Main St. Info:  914.923.4837; communitymarkets.biz.

What’s New in Medicare – 10:30am. This Medicare Right Center program addresses the open enrollment period beginning Nov.15, health reform issues, and the Rx drug plan Part D. Heritage Hills Activity Center, Somers. Free. 914.519.7914.

Creative Explorations – 1-4pm (11/6, 12/4, 1/8). A series of creative movement and expressive art workshops for children 8-12 yrs. The Oaks, 590 Davenport Ave, New Rochelle. $65. Info: 914.632.8084.

Holistic Moms Network – 1:30-2:30pm. Learn stress relieving yoga techniques, in particular ‘Miracle Balls’. All welcome. Full Circle Family Care, 1241 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains. Free.  914.421.1500.

New Moon Ceremony – 2-4pm w/ Spiritual Astrologer Demitra Vassiliadis. Opal Moon, 2037 Albany Post Rd. Croton on Hudson. Register/Info: 914.788.4955.

Blue Rock School Talk Over Tea – 3-5pm. An informational gathering with a current Blue Rock family. Learn more about the unique, child-centered philosophy of this progressive, independent day school serving students kindergarten through 8th grade. RSVP: Beverly Stycos, 845.627.0234.

Dessert & Tea Night – 7pm. Lola’s Tea House, 130 Fifth Ave., Pelham. 914.738.2100.

Sunday, November 7

Pelham Farmers Market – 9am-1pm. Open weekly rain or shine until 11/21. Stock-up for Thanksgiving with fresh vegetables, baked goods, chutneys and nut butters.  Corner of Harmon Ave and 5th Ave. 914.923.4837; communitymarkets.biz.

Community Yoga Class – 1:30-2:30pm. Visit the Yogascape and Spa for a free community class held the first Sunday of each month. 1100 Rt. 52, 2nd floor (at Farmers Mills Rd.), Carmel. 845.225.9642; theyogascape.com.

Monday, November 8

Growing in Love With Baby – 7pm. Explore feelings, concerns and hopes around the upcoming birth of baby. Putnam Healing Arts, Carmel. $15. RSVP: 845.228.8132; putnamhealingarts.com.

Tuesday, November 9

Westchester Holistic Breakfast – 8-10am. Join a group of holistically-minded people from all walks of life and enjoy an organic breakfast in a beautiful setting plus an informative speaker. Good Counsel Covenant, 52 N. Broadway, White Plains. $18. 914.422.1784;   WestchesterHolisticNewtwork.org.

Holistic Moms Network – 7-9pm. Round table discussion about holiday family traditions.  Share ways to celebrate autumn and winter holidays; come away with ideas and inspiration for starting new seasonal traditions. Desmond-Fish Library, Rt. 9D and 403, Garrison. 845.809.5242; holisticmoms.org.

Neurologic Relief Center Technique – 7pm w/Dr. Lawrence Stern. NRCT relieves meningial compression for chronic pain sufferers. Non-invasive demonstration available. Stern Chiropractic & Integrated Wellness, 27 Radio Cir., Ste. 104, Mt. Kisco. Light refreshments. 914.864.2222.

Wednesday, November 10

A Question of Clean Energy – 7pm. Find out why the DEC has declined to issue a Water Quality Certificate for Indian Point, and learn about why closed cycle cooling of the plant has been mandated. Greenburgh Nature Center, Scarsdale. 914.723.3470; greenburghnaturecenter.org.

Optimal Health Care Panel – 7-9pm. Join in for a lively evening of Q&A about natural approaches to health issues. Optimal Health Care is a group of holistic practitioners practicing compassionate and natural healing. Brewster Adult Education, Brewster. 845.279.5051.

Finding Right Work – 7-9:30pm (11/10, 11/17,12/1,12/8). An interactive workshop offering a practical and holistic approach to finding meaningful employment. The Graduate Institute, Bethany, CT.  $195/4 sessions. Info: 203.874.4252; learn.edu/rightwork.

Thursday, November 11

Coping With Stress During The Holidays – 7pm. Whether coping with stress of preparations, family get-togethers, or grieving a loss, maintain health with holistic techniques. Presented by Putnam Healing Arts at Mahopac Public Library. Registration required. 845.628.2009; putnamhealingarts.com.

Speed Business Networking – 7:30pm. Lola’s Tea House, 130 Fifth Ave., Pelham. Details: 914.738.2100.

Friday, November 12

Beginner Yoga Workshop – 9:30-10:45am (Fridays: 11/12-12/17). This intimate 5 week workshop is the perfect way to begin the yoga journey in a safe, nurturing and inspiring setting.  Quest Yoga Arts, 11-13 Main St., Mt. Kisco. $125. Info:  914.241.9642; questyogaarts.com

Reiki Share – 7pm. Energize health and reduce stress with this method for self-rejuvenation. Putnam Healing Arts. Registration required. $15/donation. 845.228.8132; putnamhealingarts.com.

Saturday, November 13

Gossett’s Winter Farmer’s Market – 9am-1pm. Featuring organic produce, grass-fed meats, local baked goods, Wave Hill bread, Cascade Winery, Seatuck seafood, raw local honey, artisans, weekly events. 1202, Rt. 35, South Salem.

The Mysteries of Life – 9:30am-5pm (11/13,11/14) w/Michael Rosenbaum. Unlock the secrets to connecting to the Higher Self and learn about the four higher levels of reality. Wainwright House, 260 Stuyvesant Ave., Rye. $225. More info: 914.967.6080.

Introduction to Honeybees – 1pm. Join Mag and Michelle for a film, and discuss some considerations to starting a backyard beehive. Putnam Healing Arts, Carmel. $15. RSVP:   845.228.8132; putnamhealingarts.com.

Animal Communication – 1-2:30pm. An open forum facilitated by professional inter-species communicator Barbara Baker. Topics to be decided by attendees; free will donation. Animals or pictures, need not be present. Art of Healing, 1 Front St, Patterson. 845.878.4325; babaker.net.

Sunday, November 14

Reiki Healing Circle – 11am-1pm. Opal Moon, 2037 Albany Post Rd. Croton on Hudson. Register/Info: 914.788.4955.

Meditation/Satsang – 1:30-2:30pm w/Amy Pearce-Hayden. Join in a practice of stilling the mind, followed by group discussion regarding aspects of yogic philosophy. Yogascape and Spa, 1100 Rt. 52, 2nd floor, Carmel. Free. Info: 845.225.9642; theyogascape.com.

Shamanic Drumming Circle – 1:30-4:30pm. Drum, rattle, journey, journal, dance and connect with nature for personal as well as planetary healing. Circle of Tranquility, Hawthorne. $30. 914.237.0241; bobbisholisticcare.com.

Restorative Yoga – 5-7pm. This workshop incorporates gentle, classic supported postures and breath. The practice of restorative yoga will: release deeply held tensions, calm the nervous system, strengthen the immune system, and increase self-awareness. Quest Yoga Arts. $25  914.241.9642; questyogaarts.com.

Monday, November 15

Introduction to EFT Healing Technique – 7pm. Achieve goals and release fears with EFT. Bring balance to body, mind and spirit. Putnam Healing Arts, Carmel. $25. RSVP: 945.228.8132; putnamhealingarts.com.

Girls’ Night Out for Cancer Awareness – Time TBA. Melting Pot hosts a special four-course fondue dinner for $45 per person which includes a $10 donation to the campaign. Vegetarian /special diet options available. 430 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains. 914.993.6358; meltingpot.com.

Tuesday, November 16

Green Drinks Westchester – 6-8pm. at Emma’s Ale House, 68 Gedney Way, White Plains. RSVP to Dani Glaser: dani@greenteamspirit.com.

Wednesday, November 17

Achieve Top Notch Performance – 7-8pm w/ Dr. Robert Silverman, Westchester’s top performance expert. Hands-on program that optimizes core power, kettlebells and nutrition. New York ChiroCare, White Plains. Info: 914.287.6464; DrRobertSilverman.com.

Thursday, November 18

Blue Horizons Holistic Network – 12-2pm. Enjoy lunch with people interested in holistic and wellness issues. This month’s program is a Singing Bowl Concert with Beth Mullins. Best Western, 29 Rte. 59, (exit 11 off NYS Thruway North.) Nyack. Bluehorizons.us.

The Great American Smoke-Out 2010 – 2-6:30 pm. Keep quitting smoking! Main Street Acupuncture, 32 North Division St., (rear entrance) Peekskill. 914.737.6647.

Alternative Smoking Cessation – 7pm. Combined approach of acupuncture, hypnosis and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) to help smokers quit and remain smoke-free for the rest of their lives. Whole Healthy Family, 401 Columbus Ave., Valhalla. Free. RSVP: 203.797.9288.

Reiki Circle – 7-9pm. Everyone with or without experience is invited to receive and give this heart centered energy. Circle of Tranquility, Hawthorne. $10. 914.769.1446; bobbisholisticcare.com.

Past Life Regression –7-9pm w/Cindy Blum. Awakenings, 215 Katonah Ave. Katonah. $25. 914.232.0382; awakeningskatonah.com.

Munay Ki Circle – 7:30pm. w/ Deana Paqua. Work with power animals, ceremony, journeying, and sharing sacred space together to create peace, healing, ease and joy. $22. The Sanctuary in Carmel. 97 Old Rt. 6, Carmel. Register: 845.225.3777. Info: carmelsanctuary.com.

Friday, November 19

Kirtan Concert – 7-8:30pm. Devotional chanting with Satya Franche and Ma Kirtan. Wainwright House, 260 Stuyvesant Ave., Rye. 914.967.6080; wainwright.org.

Kirtan Concert – 7:30-9:30pm. Spend an evening with Kundalini Yogi, GuruNam, and be surrounded by the wondrous sounds of devotional chant. The YogaScape and Spa, 1100 Rt. 52, 2nd floor, Carmel. 845.225.9642; theyogascape.com.

Saturday, November 20

The Magic of Power Animals – 9:30am-12:30pm w/Bill Evarts.  Meet and work with power animals through meditation and visualization. Wainwright House, 260 Stuyvesant Ave., Rye. 914.967.6080; wainwright.org.

Family Yoga Workshops – 1:30-2:15pm (ages 3-6/w parents); 2:30-3:30pm (ages 7/up w/parents). Families participate in a variety of asanas, exploring partner poses as well as partnered breathing exercises. Quest Yoga Arts. $25/2people, $5/additional family member. 914.241.9642; questyogaarts.com.

The Art/Science/Psychology of Mindfulness Meditation – 2-4:30pm w/Judith Tota, M.S. Learn how to use this ancient buddhist practice to reduce stress and enhance wellbeing in daily life. Liberation Yoga and Wellness Center, 900 S. Lake Blvd., Mahopac. $25. Register: 845.803.8389.

Sunday, November 21

Awaken Wellness Fair – 10am-5pm. Nearly 100 practitioners, exhibitors and vendors on hand for lots of new wellness info about self care, living green, etc., including readings from gifted intuitives. Pre-register online/$10 thru 11/17, or $15/door. Doubletree Hotel, Tarrytown. Info: AwakenFair.com.

Crystals and Rocks: The Stone People – 11am-4pm. Presented by Judith Star-Medicine. Must pre-register by 11/17. Wainwright House, 260 Stuyvesant Ave., Rye. More info: 914.967.6080; wainwright.org.

Prema Birthing Certification Class – 5:30-8:30pm w/Elka Boren, Shaman & Clairvoyant. Also private sessions w/ Elka available 11/18-11/23. Human Bodyworks Massage Therapy & Healing Arts Center. 32 Main St. Hastings on Hudson. $400. Register/info: 917.445.1767; HumanBodyworks.com.

A Chorus of Voices – 3-4:30pm. The original poetry of and by Doretta Cornell and Alice Feeley, as well as sister-members of other local religious congregations. Divine Compassion Spirituality Center, 52 North Broadway, White Plains. Donation. 914.798.1202.

Tuesday, November 23

Rising Star Healing System Initiation – 5-9pm w/Elka Boren, Shaman & Clairvoyant. Human Bodyworks Massage Therapy & Healing Arts Center. 32 Main St. Hastings on Hudson. $700. Register/info: 917.445.1767; HumanBodyworks.com.

Friday, November 26

Mediumship Circle – 6:30-8pm. Awakenings, 215 Katonah Ave. Katonah. Info: 914.232.0382; awakeningskatonah.com.

Wednesday, December 1

Bladder Basics School – 10:30am w/Susan Riordan, PT from SRM Women’s Health Physical Therapy. Stress and urge incontinence and the proper exercise to perform. Jumpin’ Jeepers, Route 6, Mahopac. Contact Susan: 914.488.5440.

Friday, December 3

Ladies Night Out – 7-10pm. Shopping event at Club Fit JV with  DJ, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, cash bar, 30+ vendors, eco-friendly goody bags & grand prize raffle ticket ($1,000 value), only $15. Benefits the Lakeland Education Foundation. 914.396.7664.

Tuesday, December 7

Natural Awakenings Night – 6pm. Help us celebrate our 3 Year Anniversary, upstairs at the Flying Pig in Mt. Kisco! All invited. Complementary buffet & cash bar. RSVP to Natural Awakenings at 914.617.8750. Directions: flyingpigonlex.com.

Aromatherapy Certification Program Begins Fall, 2010 in Mount Kisco

Amy Vona, Campus Director of Finger Lakes School of Massage

Amy Vona of The Finger Lakes School of Massage in Mt. Kisco is now offering a 200-hour Aromatherapy Certification Program. The course begins in September and offers professional clinical certification through NAHA, the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is based on the healing properties of fragrant essential oils extracted from plants. The field unites the intuitive art of plant energetics with the science of botany to blend aromas for physiological, psychological, and spiritual well-being.

The program will include an in-depth study of over 50 essential oils. Students will create natural products to provide support for cold and flu, pain relief, allergies, inflammation, infection and more. The class supports green living by empowering students to create their own natural household cleaners, insect repellents, and body care products. The essential oils are blended into organic salts, oils, butters, and salves that are included in the course tuition. Upon graduation, students will have new career opportunities, whether their interest lies in starting a new business, creating a new product line, working in retail or working clinically as a healer.

The course runs from September 25 through December 14 on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 9:30 p.m. and on five Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will be held at the Finger Lakes School of Massage in Mount Kisco and Massage Therapists can earn 90 CEUs. For more information, contact Amy Vona at 518.281.4080 or avona@flsm.com.

InterGenerate & the Community Garden Movement in Westchester, NY: Where Hope Blooms Large

InterGenerate’s new community garden in Mt. Kisco

By Peggy Clarke

Until recently, the United States was the breadbasket of the world—able to sustain its population.  Today, America is a net food importer, dependent on large corporations for the nation’s food supply, often turning a blind eye to the human cost paid by migrant workers and generally uninterested in the price that the planet is paying for transporting all that food across countries.

But a movement is growing across the country, as people band together with neighbors, friends, family and complete strangers to embark on the common goal of growing their own food. Community Gardens, like the Victory Gardens of generations past, are sprouting up everywhere, inspiring cooperation that is grounded in the common need for food and a commitment to finding alternatives that are safer for Earth and all her inhabitants.

Gardening is an excellent way to address many problems. Community gardening provides equal access to fresh food at very lost cost. Growing produce locally creates greater food security and doing it organically, as is common in community gardens, reduces the risks associated with pesticides and other agricultural chemicals. Local sourcing also has a dramatic impact on reducing the nation’s carbon footprint, since nearly a third of that footprint currently stems from agri-business and associated transportation. In addition, community gardens can build and strengthen communities across diversities that often divide them.

Currently, there are six gardens in Yonkers, thanks to Groundworks Hudson Valley. There’s also a new garden at Ward Park in New Rochelle, at least one urban garden in Mt. Vernon, a bird-friendly demonstration garden at the Bedford Audubon, and a re-opened and revitalized garden in Ossining. The most established community garden in the county, Onatru, is located in South Salem. And this year, InterGenerate has opened an 80-plot community garden in Mt. Kisco that is also serving families at the Inter-faith Food Pantry.  InterGenerate also opened a Teaching Garden at John Jay Homestead and runs an intergenerational garden camp at Bylane Farm in the month of July.  And this doesn’t count the myriad school gardens that are becoming commonplace in our county. Because these gardens require funding, InterGenerate has founded the Westchester Community Garden Network to raise funds on behalf of all gardens in the county.

With the budding of all these community gardens, people are getting to know their neighbors, learning how to grow their own food and rekindling the home arts of preserving, freezing and pickling to get through the cold winter. The development of local gardens gives people the power of self-determination, provides food security, builds communities and lets us live more gently on Earth.  Grab a hoe and join the revolution!

Peggy Clarke is Co-Founder of InterGenerate. For more information about Community Gardens in Westchester or InterGenerate, visit intergenerateny.org.

Breast Health, Toxicity and Early Detection

Dr. Michael Wald and Nilay Shah, MD

Dr. Michael Wald and Nilay Shah, MD of Integrative Medicine & Nutrition

A conversation with Dr. Michael Wald of Integrative Medicine and Nutrition in Mount Kisco, NY, a practice he shares with Nilay Shah, MD

What options do women have for breast screening and an early breast cancer diagnosis?

Medically speaking, methods of early detection for breast cancer involve mammography, sonography, sometimes MRI and occasionally thermography. Based on the age of the woman, her family health history and hormonal, nutritional and toxicity testing, her prevention potential is improved significantly. Unfortunately, self-breast examinations have been disproven for early breast cancer detection.

What is the relationship between toxicity and breast cancer?

Because the fatty tissue in breasts can store toxins, women should avoid wearing tight fitting bras that compress the lymphatic vessels. These vessels are designed to carry toxins away from the breast tissues. When that function is impaired, those toxins can damage the genetic material in breasts, resulting in genetic “breaks” (DNA breaks); by definition, this is cancer formation. If the body’s immune system fails to recognize these abnormal cells, they grow out of control and tumors form.
It is important to know that tumors grow for an average of five years before they are large enough to be detected with mammography or sonography. Thermography, on the other hand, can detect increases in body temperature that may result from new blood vessel growth in the breasts. And the best part is that thermography does not involve the use of radiation.

Recent guidelines for breast cancer screening using Mammograms have been confusing. Can you explain them?

According to the recent Federally appointed task force, current guidelines for women ages 50 to 74 with no personal or family history of breast cancer are to receive a mammography every two years. Regular self-breast examinations are not discouraged in these guidelines.
The American Cancer Society, however, is sticking with the longstanding recommendation of annual breast mammography for women, starting at age 40. These two groups examined the same scientific criteria and came up with very different guidelines. Some say that the guidelines were reduced to cut down on expenditures and save money in the medical establishment, while others say they were reduced because the older recommendations were dangerous.
My experience is that women have always been suspicious of the too frequent recommendation of radiation and crushing mammography. My personal opinion is that breast cancer treatments overall are a medical failure and, scientifically speaking, should be seriously reevaluated or at the very least be combined with natural therapies.

Do you recommend Thermography for Breast Cancer screening?

Thermographic technology has been researched for more than 30 years and has recently been gaining national prominence and more widespread use. It should not, however, be considered an alternative to mammography. As an adjunct screening method, thermography should be included in every woman’s regular breast health regimen. We believe that women of all ages should employ a combination of techniques, including thermography, possibly mammography, and sometimes ultrasound or MRI examinations. Studies have shown that the earliest detection generally occurs when several techniques are used in combination.
Early detection is the best defense against breast cancer. When treated in the earliest stages, a 95% cure rate can be expected. Studies have shown that when thermography was added to a woman’s regular breast health checkups, a 61% increased survival rate was realized. When it is used as part of a multi-modal approach (clinical examination, mammography and thermography) 95% of early stage cancers will be detected. Since 23% of all breast cancers occur in women under the age of 49, we recommend mammography and sonography if indicated, and thermography with nutritional, hormonal and toxicity testing.

What about ultrasound and other tests for breast cancer screening?

Ultrasound is a non-irradiating screening tool for women who are at high risk for breast cancer and unable to tolerate the confinement of MRI. It’s also an alternative for those who do not want to expose themselves to the radiation of mammography, those who have dense breasts or breast implants, women who are pregnant, and those whose biopsy shows an abnormal result.
During my 18 years of practice, I have put together a list of recommended evaluations to prevent, monitor and help treat breast cancers and other abnormalities. They include saliva testing, blood tests, urine nutrition testing, mammography, sonogram, thermography, and metals and toxin testing, depending upon the unique needs of each woman.

You’ve written a book on cancer and nutrition. What are your nutritional recommendations for breast health and cancer treatment?

Many nutritional supplements are extremely helpful in the prevention and treatment of breast cancer and other problems like fibrocystic breast disease. For instance, studies show that intravenous vitamin C causes the death of abnormal cells, including cancer cells. Vitamin C by mouth does not have this effect. We have compiled an extensive list of cancer fighting nutrients and presented these findings at the International & American Associations of Clinical Nutrition’s Symposium on Cancer. When it comes to breast cancer treatment and prevention, or the management of other health issues, it is important to first identify what each person’s needs are. This is essential for maximizing their health potential. Only with individualized consultation, testing and clinical knowledge can we determine the ideal nutritional recommendations for each person.

How can our readers learn more?

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New Community Garden Coming to Marsh Sanctuary in Mt. Kisco

The buildings at Marsh Sanctuary

A $20,000 grant from the Rusticus Garden Club will allow InterGenerate to build a new community garden at Marsh Sanctuary in Mt. Kisco. The garden opens this spring, with as many as 60 individual plots and a large communal plot that can be gardened and used for teaching local growing techniques. Food from the communal garden will be donated to the Mt. Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry.

The garden at Marsh Sanctuary will serve a broad cross-section of the local population. The site is adjacent to Leonard Park, an age 55-plus housing development, and within walking distance from the town center. There are plans to provide transportation to the site for those unable to walk. InterGenerate and Marsh are planning to renovate a stable and and attached house on the site for a demonstration kitchen, nature center, library, and meeting rooms.

The Rusticus Garden Club (rusticusgc.org), a member of the Garden Club of America, was founded in 1952 with headquarters in Bedford, NY. InterGenerate (intergenerateny.org) is a volunteer organization that builds community around food security and local resourcing, primarily focused on community gardens. The Marsh Sanctuary is a 156-acre nature preserve, open to the public daily from dawn to dusk.

For more information about Marsh Memorial Sanctuary, contact Christian Pace, 914.241.2808 and see http://sites.google.com/site/marshsanctuary.

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