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Articles from: September 2016

Finding the Right Yoga Teacher – Becoming the Right Yoga Teacher by Raji Thron

With good guidance, yoga can be done by anyone at any age, not just the young and flexible. A yoga teacher can create a refuge for tuning in, relaxing and reconnecting to inner vitality without competition or pressure. Besides guiding movements and stretches to help a person keep or regain youthful mobility, a teacher can offer tools for mindful stress reduction such as breathing, relaxation and meditation.

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Yoga Profile: Paula Heitzner

Paula Heitzner has been teaching yoga since 1964. She is an experienced registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance and is a senior board member of the Yoga Teachers’ Association. She is a practitioner and instructor of Hatha, Iyengar, Siddha Yoga and Pranayama Breath Work with a lifetime Kripalu certification. She has studied Western mind-body movement therapy, including ideo-kinesis, the Alexander Technique, body polarity, bio-energetics, Feldenkrais and continuum movement explorations. She also has a background in classic and modern dance forms and choreography.

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Welcome New Chiropractor to Team

Dr. Paul Lentini, a chiropractor with over 22 years of experience in the field, and his staff at Bardonia Chiropractic and Wellness Center in Bardonia, invite the community to help welcome Dr. Brendt Mendelblatt to the office.

Dr. Brendt is a graduate of New York Chiropractic College, located in Seneca Falls, New York. Upon graduating, he was awarded the Alumni Class President Award for his active role in the Student Government Association, where he helped coordinate various fundraisers in support of the school and the local community. He is proficient in diversified adjusting, both manual and instrument assisted soft tissue massage, including ConnectX therapy, and flexion and distraction techniques.

Additionally, he is a lifelong resident of Rockland County, having graduated from Clarkstown South High School in 2007. An avid fan of reading and creative writing, he attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and graduated with a B.S. in English. He believes in treating the whole patient, which includes educating the patient on their condition and encouraging them to take an active role in their treatment and chiropractic care.

Location: 28 Bardonia Rd., Bardonia. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact 845-623-1558 or visit

Yoga Profile: Raji Thron

Raji is the director of Yoga Synthesis teacher trainings in NJ and NY. Over the last 19 years, he has trained many of the best yoga teachers in the metropolitan area. For more than 30 years he has practiced in prominent lineages including: Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Shivananda, Iyengar, Krishnamacharya, Anusara and Kundalini. He trained at Colorado Yoga Institute, Santa Barbara Yoga Center, White Lotus Foundation, the original Yoga Works and Yoga Centers in Bellevue Washington.

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Yoga Profile: Bridget Rawls Peterson

Bridget Rawls Peterson, E-RYT 500, began her yoga practice while obtaining her BA in dance education in North Carolina She was a technically trained dancer and the power poses really challenged her in a way her body had never been challenged before. The flow of the Vinyasa practice felt fluid and natural to her body.

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Newburgh Chiropractic Offers Bio-Tracker Testing

Dr. Janette Pena of Newburgh Chiropractic is pleased to now add Bio-Tracker Testing, a bio-electromagnetic response technology to her chiropractic and wellness practice. This non-invasive testing procedure is perfect for all ages. According to, “the Bio- Tracker combines the fields of naturopathy, homeopathy, traditional medicine and acupuncture with today’s leading edge BioElectromagnetic Response computer technology. It is a system that facilitates clear communication between the body and the physician, enabling the bio-electromagnetic fields of the body to be accurately measured and assessed. The physical body has an impressive intrinsic ability to heal itself. When, however, the body does not complete the healing process on its own, we are able as a result of this technology to assist the physician in strengthening its inherent healing capacity.”

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Yoga Profile: Tenley Marshall Escoffery

Tenley Marshall Escoffery is a yoga teacher and artist dedicated to sharing how the practice of using our creativity and imagination through art, nature and yoga encourages intuition, discipline and endurance. She offers workshops and classes for adults and children that incorporate yoga, art and journaling techniques. These workshops link our creative and imaginative self with our mind, body and spirit.

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Celebrate the Orchards with Apple and Plum Desserts by Joseph Bases

Cookie dough is one of the first recipes beginning bakers learn as it is easy to make, has a great shelf life and is diverse in its applications. It can be rolled out and used for cut out cookies, folded over a filling to form a pocket or used to make pies and tarts. It can be held in the freezer for up to six months.

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Yoga Profile: Judy Levin

I experienced my first yoga class with a fellow college friend but didn't follow up until many years and three kids later. I was looking for a way to disconnect from the everyday stress of my typical day and knew immediately that I found my solace.

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Yoga Profile: Lena Madsen

Lena Madsen offers a unique class experience in her studio, Body Sense and Soul. Classes are small and personal with a limited number of participants. This provides the students a much more intimate and safe learning environment in which their personal needs can be met to a much higher degree. She felt a strong pull towards this teaching scenario in 2005, after having taught large classes for many years.

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