A central part of Hudson Valley lifestyle is health—from getting outdoors to eating nutritious, sustainable food, people who live in the region care about living well-rounded, healthy lifestyles, with a focus on fitness, nutrition, mindfulness, and general wellness. Chronogram’s Hudson Valley online magazine focuses monthly on wellness coverage, including health trends and topics, diets and cleanses, medical treatments and facilities, alternative medicine and practices, yoga and movement, health myths and mantras, bone and heart health, sound healing, and wellness fairs and expos.

Esteemed Reader: The Drunkards and the Tavern

I'm sharing a poem I learned from a Persian dervish. We sang it in Farsi, together with complex rhythms on dumbeks, daffs, and zarbs. Those who knew how would play the melody on the ney, setar, and kemancheh, all traditional Persian instruments.

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The Love Doctors

When a Relationship Needs CPR, It's Hendrix and Hunt to the Rescue
Harville Hendrix and Helen Kelly LaHunt, creators of Imago Relationship Therapy, talk with Wendy Kagan about why couples stumble, what it takes to keep a relationship together, and how they overcame their own marital struggles.

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Upstater and Your Day at the Spa

Win a $500 trip to Buttermilk Spa by entering this contest put out by our sister site, Upstater.

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Esteemed Reader: Learning How to Learn

There's a disposition that combines artistry and warriorship, looking to each situation as an opportunity for both creation and work on oneself. Only to do the more difficult thing is a peculiar form of masochism; but to insistently choose the course that is both difficult and creative, thus steadily threading life with series of bold creative events, is to choose a life that is real.

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Outfoxing Lung Cancer

With a newly recommended screening, cancer’s top killer may have met its match
It’s about time that we had some defense against lung cancer. Responsible for about 27 percent of cancer deaths, it is by far the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women.

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The Road to Whole

Holistic Health Means Options
Mens sana in corpore sano. (Sound mind in sound body.) The ancient Romans knew it, and so did Socrates when he pointed out that a healthy part can't exist on an unhealthy whole.

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The Stem Cell Solution

An experimental therapy is injecting hope and healing into the fight against multiple sclerosis.

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Flower Empowered

Making your own herbal medicine is easy, earthy, and exuberantly healing.
In our culture of CVS convenience, it's all too easy to hand over our health to a brand-name label or Big Pharma script. People like Maia Toll remind us that there's another way—a simpler, connected-to-the-earth way of taking charge of our own bodies.

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Surviving Cancer

For A Growing Number of Lucky People, Cancer Is Losing Its Death Grip
It may seem a bold, even risky statement to say that cancer today is becoming less of a death sentence and more of a chronic illness that can be managed with vigilance and care. (Plenty of people caught in the final fire of disease, and their loved ones, would disagree.) Yet doctors and researchers in the oncology world see this happening for certain people and types of cancers—especially breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer, among others—thanks to an arsenal of very limber and precise modern medical treatments.

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Enter the Karmapa

The man his followers call the Gyalwa Karmapa is the 29-year-old leader of a major school of Tibetan Buddhism and of the Karma Triyana Dharmachakra (KTD) monastery and shrine in Woodstock, which was founded by his predecessor, the 16th Karmapa, in the 1970s.

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Daring to Be Silent

Turn off your smartphone and see what quietude can teach you.

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Hudson Valley Events

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Yoga with a View @ Boscobel

Yoga with a View

Mondays, 6-7:15 p.m. Continues through Sept. 7 — The gorgeous views at Boscobel provide the perfect backdrop for rest, relaxation,...
Rachel Papo: Homeschooled @ The Center for Photography at Woodstock

Rachel Papo: Homeschooled

April 18-June 14 — The Center for Photography at Woodstock’s spring 2015 solo exhibitionist and her...

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Hudson Valley Fitness and Nutrition

The staples of health and wellness are exercise and diet. The Hudson Valley offers many resources for healthy living, including weekly yoga and fitness classes, cleansing workshops focused on nutrition and diet, organized hikes and outings through the region’s mountainous terrain, and fresh, locally grown food at farms and farmers’ markets.

Hudson Valley Spas

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle means finding ways to relax and unwind. Hudson Valley spas and resorts, like Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz and Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa in Milton, offer services and amenities that include meditation, stress reduction, massage, body treatments, and saunas. Hudson Valley spas feature eco-friendly products and cafés and juice bars with local, organic meals and snacks.