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Articles from: April 2017
Abeja Montessori is a bilingual home-based preschool program. Its focus is on nature education and play which is considered the child's work. Children as young as 24 months learn Spanish in a relaxed environment. They have the freedom to choose from various activities, and the opportunity to work independently or collaborate with other children.
My son forgot his homework at school the other day. In a panic, he races off the school bus to tell me the news. He was very stressed outabout not being able to hand in his assignment the next day. After I explained we can email his teacher and let her know what happened, he calmed down.
What happened to him after he realized he forgot his homework? His breathing became more rapid which caused his heart to pump blood through his body faster. His muscles tensed up. His body released hormones to help respond to the ‘fight or flight’ activation of his sympathetic nervous system. All of these reactions put pressure on his immune and digestive systems. Once he calmed down, so did the responses his body had to the stress stimulus. This is how the body handles short term stress.
Summer Play Camp holds endless possibilities for adventure and exploration. Children have time to pause, wonder, play and make friends. The quintessential antidote to the often hurried pace of a busy school year, Summer Play offers a healthy balance. Children can discover their passions and also decompress, engaging in a variety of hands-on, creative and playful activities. Playgrounds abound and there are enough magical play spaces for the most vivid imaginations. Children can build fairy houses, learn to play the ukulele, make pickles, and snuggle with a floppy eared bunny. All campers age nine and up experience a weekly nature hike at area trails, lakes and parks – quite often a highlight of the week.
Each of us has experienced anxiety many times throughout the course of our lives. Everyday events often cause stress which leads to having anxious thoughts and feelings. Pressure at one’s job, demands of family life, even things we look forward to such as hosting a holiday gathering or moving to a new home will often make us feel overwhelmed and can result in negative emotions. Usually these sensations of being stressed and anxious are temporary and will dissipate quickly once the urgency of the situation has passed.
Cathy Kennedy, Holistic Chamber of Commerce (HCC) chapter president, is pleased to invite local practitioners and vendors to share in the first indoor/outdoor Holistic Chamber of Commerce Fair being held June 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Wholeness Center in Valley Cottage. Natural Awakenings is a media sponsor of the event.
The ancient bond between femininity, fertility and healthy growth is being rekindled at Cropsey Community Farm as farm manager Pearl Wetherall takes charge of Rockland County’s first organic Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), a project of Rockland Farm Alliance.
Husband and wife team, Nick and Liz Carnicelli, saw a need for more nutritious gluten-free options in the community. “Everything I see that is gluten-free usually contains tapioca and/or potato starch, which are not the best options health-wise,” says Liz, an Ayurvedic practitioner, yoga instructor and personal trainer with a practice in New City. “They are lacking in nutrients and can create a toothpastelike effect in the digestive tract, leading to a sluggish system and toxic build-up.” With her background in organic baking, and Nick’s background as a professional chef, they decided to team up to open Wild & Free, in which they offer organic gluten-free, sugar-free and vegan options.
On Sunday, April 23 from 11 a.m.to 4 p.m., The B Hive Organic Salon will host its sixth annual Outdoor Earth Week Green Fair and Market. The event will include great products such as local honey, handmade candles and body products, henna and glitter tattoos, face painting, balloons and much more for the whole family. They also will host live music, food trucks and several programs from Live Bees with MEVO, butterflies with Rick Mikula, birds from the Tenafly Nature Preserve and a reptile show from Outraghisss Pets.
Research has shown Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) to be an effective method for recovery from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). CPT is an evidenced based therapy, which means that it has been proven to be effective through rigorous scientific research. It helps individuals understand and change how they think about their trauma and its aftermath by connecting thoughts, feelings, behavior and physical reactions. Recognizing how certain thoughts about trauma bring on stress can lead to finding more positive ways to deal with the trauma.