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Articles from: August 2013

The Art of Sleeping Meditation

Join Kamini Desai, a leading authority in the field of Yoga Nidra, for a four weekend Yoga Nidra Facilitator Training designed for therapists, healthcare professionals, yoga teachers, and anyone who would like to develop their personal potential and receive the tools to help those who might not participate in traditional yoga but can benefit from its healing effects.

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Erectile Dysfunction: The Oriental Medicine Perspective

Viagra, although initially studied for other issues, was approved for and widely marketed as the answer to erectile dysfunction (ED). The increase in blood flow to the genitals was actually a side effect of the medication. The marketing and sales of Viagra was a huge money maker and the medication gained worldwide prominence within a few short months of its approval.

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Upcoming Art Exhibitions at The Barn

Several years ago, Bruno Loehrer purchased the remains of an old dairy barn on Elm Lake in the town of Greenville near Middletown. As he explains, “Surrounded by wetlands and wildlife, I engaged local talent to renovate and create a new home. Keeping the same footprint as the original barn, we maintained the historical structure. With the use of modern equipment we were able to raise the oak beam structure and all the original beams now support the barn as they did after the first raising over 200 years ago. I have turned it into an art gallery atmosphere where artists, art lovers, collectors, local patrons or for that matter anyone from anywhere can meet, relax, show their work or view what is exhibiting.”

The Barn debut of Art at Elm Lake launches with the opening reception showing three local artists Daniela Cooney, George Centamore and Joan Kehlenbeck on Sept 21 and 22 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. The artists will be present during the reception, so it is a must see event. The following exhibit on October 19 and 20 will be showcasing Eugen Meier from Zurich, Switzerland who will be present to meet the community. “We extend an open invitation to all and hope you will join us,” says Loeher.

Location: 2 Decker Dr., Town of Greenville, Middletown. For more information, visit or call 697-4291.

Children’s Dental Wellness by Dr. Sherri Alpert

Caring for your children’s teeth is a key part of their overall health and wellbeing. Many parents wonder when to start dental care for their children. It actually should start well before the first tooth appears.

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The Role of Hypnosis with Children by Ajamu Ayinde

Whether you’re a new parent or a seasoned veteran, there’s a good chance that at some point during your child’s life you’ve wished for better ways to help your child deal with their medical and academic challenges. Common concerns include helping your child fall asleep, stop a bad habit or perform better in school. Many of the medications used to manage your child’s symptoms may cause drowsiness, nausea or other side effects. Luckily, hypnosis has no side effects. It has been around since ancient times and the tools have been employed by American doctors and dentists since the 1950’s.

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Emotional Eating Webinar

On Monday, August 26, at 7 p.m., Michelle Bybel will be offering a free webinar on emotional eating based on her new book, The Secret Burden: Letting Go of the Shame, Anger and Guilt of Emotional Eating. The webinar, “Beyond Overeating: How emotional eating is holding you back, keeping you stuck, and what you can do to reclaim your power!” will help attendees discover the four personality types of emotional eaters, why we use food to cope and why it's a problem, how changing your mindset will help you to transform your life and heal your relationship with food.

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Starting a Solitude Practice with Your Family by Rachel Astarte Piccione

Let there be space in your togetherness. —Khalil Gibran

Taking time for ourselves on a regular basis—or creating a solitude practice—is essential for our peace of mind. It allows us a few moments a day to recharge our soul’s batteries so that we can give back to our loved ones more fully. Beginning a solitude practice isn’t just for adults; it’s also an essential self-esteem-building tool for children. When kids learn to honor their deepest selves and validate who they truly are, they are more likely to face challenges and conflicts with a solid foundation of self-awareness—an understanding of what feels right or wrong to them. Everyone in your household—individual partners and children alike—can incorporate alone time into their lives as a regular practice. Here’s how:

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Visit the Nyack Farmers’ Market on Thursdays

Fresh produce…breads, pies, cookies…cheese… grass-fed beef…flowers…ice cream…honey…eggs…olive oil… the list of delights goes on at the Nyack Farmers’ Market.

The Market is run by the Nyack Chamber of Commerce and is open every Thursday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine, through November 21 in the municipal parking lot on Main Street at the center of the Village. Free parking is available for market patrons in the Artopee lot adjacent to the Market. We move indoors for the winter months. From December to April you’ll find us at Nyack Center at the corner of Depew and South Broadway, in the heart of Nyack.

Now in its 16th year, the Nyack Farmers’ Market is one of the oldest markets in the tri-state area. Attracting upwards of 1,000 shoppers every Thursday, the Market’s 21 vendors offer a broad array of local products — including cut flowers, farm fresh and organic fruits and vegetables, free-range eggs, fresh pickles, sauerkraut and olives, fresh baked goods, honey and maple syrup, coffee, gluten-free baked goods, pies and cookies, gourmet seafood, pasta and homemade sauces, hummus and Middle Eastern delicacies, handmade cheeses, fine local wines and cider and more.

The Market also features weekly entertainment including live music performed by local artists as well as other activities such as face painting, caricatures and visits from Nyack’s Amazing Grace Circus.

Location: Main Street parking lot, downtown Nyack. For more information and to sign up for our weekly newsletter, visit or contact 353-2221.

The Basics of Children’s Wellness by Andrea Lynn Waronker

There is a lot to be said about children's health and wellness. First, let's talk about the basics. Good nutrition and lots of sleep are two key elements to children's health. Family time and socialization with friends and peers also is essential. These basics are preferable to a sedentary life style with electronics, poor diet and few activities that stimulate the mind and the body.

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Curves of New City Offers Rest of Summer Free for New Members

As the temperatures heat up, Curves of New City has a cool offer for new members. They are offering new members the rest of summer free if they sign up by August 31 for a Fitness membership. Curves is a leader in the fitness and weight management category and the largest weight loss and fitness club chain in the world for women.

“With summer in full swing we are thrilled to offer new Curves members a great deal to join now and not pay the monthly membership fee through August,” says co-owner Barbara Weinberg. “In addition to receiving a free, no obligation consultation, prospective members also can learn about Curves Complete, our program offering a fully integrated and personalized weight loss solution that includes the Curves Fitness program, customized meal plans and one-on-one coaching.”

New City Curves also has recently introduced their new Curves meal replacement and 100 calorie snack bars. “It’s the sweetest way to keep you on track with your diet, and they fit in your purse.” says Weinberg. “There are three meal replacement bars and three 100 calorie snack bars. All have chocolate and two are gluten-free.” The Curves bars, only available through a Curves weight loss and fitness center, are packed with protein and fiber and are a nutritious, delicious way to eat on the go.

Location: 69 South Main St., New City. For more information, call 708-0700 or visit