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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Free Classes Saturday, May 13 at The Yoga House in Kingston

Posted By on Wed, May 10, 2017 at 12:32 PM

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The Yoga House in Kingston is about to spread its wings. Quickly outgrowing its quaint space on Crown Street in Uptown Kingston (the classes were "bursting at the seams," say the founders, Leigha Butler and Jacqui Nash), the studio will be opening a second location this weekend at 474 Broadway in Midtown Kingston.

To celebrate the grand opening of the Broadway studio, The Yoga House will be offering free classes all day at both studios on Saturday, May 13. There will be a total of 16 free classes to choose from, many of them just 40 minutes long, offering a Whitman's sampler of yoga styles and tempos - from Ashtanga and AcroYoga to Slow Flow and Restorative.

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The new, larger space on Broadway will hold most of the classes currently on the menu at The Yoga House (such as Flying Flow and Yoga Basics), while a selection of specialty classes will now occupy the Crown Street location (such as Prenatal Yoga and Yoga en Espanol). Students who purchase class cards will be able to use them at both studio locations.

Coinciding with its physical expansion, The Yoga House is also adding a few new classes to its schedule. Kundalini Yoga, Meditation, and Gong will be led by HariPrakaash; Baby & Me will be taught by Amy Reed; and Aroma RESTorative, featuring a combination of aromatherapy with gentle poses and relaxation, will be led by Mel Toth.

Visit the studio website for a schedule of free opening day classes on May 13. Or take a look at the new schedule for both studios beginning May 14.

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

New Wellness Oasis: Woodstock Healing Arts

Posted By on Sun, Mar 12, 2017 at 5:19 AM

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Ever since the yoga teachers and energy workers replaced the Me Generation hippies, Woodstock has been a gathering place for healers. So it is fitting that the Most Famous Small Town in America now has a new space dedicated to integrative health and wellness, with a variety of healing modalities and a team-based, cost-conscious approach that is sure to endear itself to locals.

Woodstock Healing Arts caters to wellness seekers with a wide range of health practitioners housed in a beautifully renovated new space in the Bradley Meadows shopping plaza. The menu of services covers some 16 specialties, from craniosacral therapy and nutritional counseling to functional medicine and holistic gynecology.

"We are dedicated to bridging the gap between conventional Western medical care and traditional healing arts like acupuncture and massage therapy," says owner and acupuncturist Ben Fleisher. "Clients get the benefit of a collaborative team of experts, while maintaining the confidentiality and safety of a traditional medical office."

A commitment to providing many free and low-cost educational events and treatment options forms the backbone of the Woodstock Healing Arts philosophy. Community Acupuncture, offered weekly on Wednesdays from 12 to 3pm, makes the traditional Chinese medical practice more accessible and affordable with sliding-scale rates.

The light-filled space itself invites relaxation and healing, whether you're waiting for a treatment or browsing the selection of apothecary products. Woodstock Healing Arts' interior is barely recognizable from its last incarnation as the town's old video store, adjacent to the Bank of America and next door to Sunflower Natural Foods Market. "Come on in and see if you still remember where the dirty movies lived!" jokes Fleisher. Then relax and let the healing begin.

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Upcoming free workshops and events at Woodstock Healing Arts include:

SoulCollage, a blend of art and collage-making with the work of Joseph Campbell and Jungian dream analysis, March 23, 6:30-8:30pm

Mindfulness for IBS, Digestion, and Gut Health, a workshop about easing digestive woes with mindfulness techniques, March 26, 1-3pm

Family Health with Essential Oils, highlighting essential-oil remedies for everything from kids' stomach aches to fevers and coughs, April 8, 2-4pm

Woodstock Healing Arts, 845.393.HEAL (4325)

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Saugerties' New Sensation: Savor Beauty + Spa

Posted By on Thu, Aug 4, 2016 at 9:00 AM

The new storefront at 114 Partition Street in Saugerties.
  • The new storefront at 114 Partition Street in Saugerties.

Saugerties is just bubbling over these days with fresh energy. And now there's even more reason to point your compass towards this vivacious dame of a town. A newly unveiled 5,000-square-foot haven of wellness and pampering has just landed at 114 Partition Street, in the heart of the action: Savor Beauty + Spa.

Fans of Savor's two other locations--New York's West Village and Woodstock--will find another gorgeously inviting space in Saugerties, and will be able to indulge in familiar offerings, from anti-aging facials to signature massages featuring Savor's eco-friendly and uber-natural line of skincare products. But what sets the Saugerties venue apart is that it will also serve as Savor's manufacturing hub--a fragrant factory where all of its organic skincare products are made in the on-premise Beauty Kitchen at the heart of the shop.

Angela Jia Kim creating "beauty boosters" in Savor's Beauty Kitchen.
  • Angela Jia Kim creating "beauty boosters" in Savor's Beauty Kitchen.

"We decided to combine our skincare production and spa treatments under one roof so that guests can see how our natural products are made from pure ingredients," says Savor owner and founder Angela Jia Kim, who is pictured above mixing elixirs in the new space. "For me, it brings the soul into the business."

Kim's business already has a whole lot of soul: It's committed to empowering local women through its Dollars & Scents program, which focuses on hiring women who are re-transitioning back into the workplace after taking time off to raise children. Serving and giving back to the community is a centerpiece of Kim's business model, and Saugerties stands to gain much more than a place for feminine pampering.

"We chose Saugerties as our home because it's a magical village filled with the entrepreneurial spirit," says Kim. "The people of Saugerties have welcomed us with open arms, and we feel fortunate to bring our entire team here to contribute to this vibrant community." In addition to the Beauty Kitchen, the new eco-spa will feature three treatment rooms for organic facials and massages, a beauty bar for brow and makeup services, and a retail area where guests can shop for skin-nourishing creams, cleansers, serums, and more. Meanwhile, the second-floor Savor Loft will be available for private events, workshops and classes.

Savor Beauty Saugerties will open its doors for a Grand Opening party from 6pm to 9pm on Friday, August 5, 2016, at 114 Partition Street. Festivities will continue throughout the weekend.

For reservations, call 845-247-3758, or book online at savorspa.com.

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Upstate Magic at Maha Rose North

Posted By on Sun, May 22, 2016 at 5:52 PM

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The Hudson Valley's newest wellness hub, Maha Rose North, in Hurley, will kick off summer with a holiday weekend of soul-nourishing workshops and activities open to all. Participants from near and far are invited to come for a full retreat including overnight lodging and meals, or to choose a la carte from an inviting lineup of experiences and adventures.

"Upstate Magic Memorial Day Weekend" begins Friday night, May 27, with a Breathe and Renovate Sound Bath (8-9:30pm) led by local sound and energy healer Lavender Suarez. During Saturday "crafternoon," the happenings include "All You Can Tie-Dye" (bring your own white items for tie-dying) from 11 to 4 with a lunch break at 1pm, followed by a "Dancorcism" dance party (4-5:30pm). The day ends with healing and stress-busting Breathwork and meditation, led by Luke Simon (7:30-9:30pm).

Sunday starts joyfully with a Magical Laughter workshop (10-11:30am), dreamed up by Maha Rose founder Lisa Levine to help participants connect to their creativity and sense of spontaneity. Sunday "crafternoon" brings Macrame Magic (2-4pm), followed by "Wishcraft: The Art of Manifesting" (7:30-9pm), which will introduce participants to the world of hypnosis as a tool to master the mind and to manifest dreams and goals.

Maha Rose North is the upstate incarnation of Brooklyn's Maha Rose Center for Healing, an oasis of wellness offerings from Reiki to acupuncture to trance dance. Set on nine acres, the Hudson Valley retreat center welcomes locals as well as New Yorkers seeking restoration and renewal amid the Catskill foothills' forests, streams, and fields. "Here people can come for a more in-depth experience over a whole weekend," says Levine. "We're also excited to offer workshops and events during the week for the local community such as sound baths, breathwork, laughter yoga, and prenatal yoga classes with local teacher Sara Beck."

Maha Rose North

130 Morgan Hill Rd, Hurley

Upstate Magic Memorial Day Weekend

Prenatal Yoga Classes

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Farm-Fresh to the Rescue, with Long Table Harvest

Posted By on Sun, Apr 17, 2016 at 2:44 PM

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It was while working at farms in the Hudson Valley that Audrey Berman and Laura Engleman discovered just how much food gets left behind at harvest time. "On average, 20% of what is grown doesn’t make it out of the field," says Berman. In an aha moment, the pair realized that these farm-fresh leftovers could go a long way toward feeding people in need in their home communities of Columbia County.

This was the seed that sprouted the idea for Long Table Harvest, a new food rescue program cofounded by Berman and Engleman last fall. Now partnered up with 16 local farms and serving 14 distribution sites, Long Table Harvest is poised to deliver this year's leftover harvest to food-insecure individuals across the region.

The pair notes while that Columbia County has over 52,000 acres of farmland yielding an abundance of high-quality produce, it also has about 7,000 people who are food-insecure and another 10,000 who live 200% below the poverty line. Together, this accounts for about 25% of the population, with many elderly people and children affected. The new food-rescue program is serving to bridge the gap between wholesome farm food that would otherwise go to waste and the people who need it most.

To make it work, Long Table Harvest needs our help. The group has launched an IndieGoGo campaign to raise $20,000 to purchase a delivery vehicle and to register, insure, and fuel it. Funds are also needed to cover liability insurance costs for all of the volunteers working on the farms.

The 2016 growing season has only just begun, and the Long Table Harvest website already notes that they've rescued 435 pounds of food. Imagine what summer will bring - and imagine the impact of all that farm-fresh produce on the health and the hearts of our local communities.

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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Sacred Sound Healing in Beacon

Posted By on Sun, Feb 28, 2016 at 9:30 AM

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On Thursday evenings in March, North Cedar St. in Beacon will fill with the sounds of bells and bowls, chimes and gongs. It's the place to come for a celestial sound bath as well as a place to meditate with saints and angels, says local shaman Eileen O'Hare, who will guide the group with her own soulful and spontaneous vocal sounds.

The vision is to create a divinely inspired space for a community of like minds and kindred spirits to come together in joy, peace, and empowerment. "The series is [meant] to bring people together to enter into altered states of consciousness through collective music-making with only metallic instruments," says O'Hare. "They say energetically, metallic sounds attract the higher vibratory beings. That is why in so many traditions, like Buddhism and Catholicism, bells are big in ritual."

The sacred sound-making will begin this Thursday, March 3, from 7 to 9pm at The Healing House at 11 North Cedar St. in Beacon. Pay is by suggested donation on a sliding scale of $11-$33.

For more information on events at The Healing House, call 914-456-7789 or email xoeolovemore@gmail.com. Or visit eileenohare.com.

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Get the Facts: Keeping Kids Safe from Drugs

Posted By on Sun, Feb 7, 2016 at 4:51 PM

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Calling all concerned parents: Here's a way to empower yourself with knowledge to face the drug-abuse crisis that's threatening the lives of young people in our community and nationwide.

An open forum on the evening of February 10 (snow date February 11) at the Onteora Middle School/High School aims to inform and engage the public about this growing health scourge. Guests can expect to learn more about:

* What signs to look for

* How to talk to your child about drugs

* How to get help for your child

* Where to learn more

* Available resources

Created in partnership with the Ulster Prevention Council, the forum will include representatives of rehab centers, law enforcement, and community service providers, as well as recovering addicts and family members affected by drug abuse.

WHAT: Onteora Community Forum on Drug Abuse

WHEN: Wednesday, February 10, 6:30pm (snow date February 11)

WHERE: Onteora High School/Middle School (auditorium), 4166 NY-28, Boiceville

WHO: All are welcome

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

(Re)treat Yourself: Women's Wellness Weekend at Frost Valley

Posted By on Sun, Jan 24, 2016 at 9:05 AM

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Women: Got healthy New Year's resolutions? Here's a way to keep them going well into 2016.

Frost Valley YMCA in the Catskills will host its annual Women's Wellness Weekend retreat April 1-3, 2016. It's chance to nurture body, mind, and spirit - and to set the year off on a path of wellbeing.

During the weekend, choose from activities that range from the invigorating to the mindful: Zumba, nature hikes, body sculpting, yoga, tai chi, qi gong, and meditation. Feed your creative spirit with watercolor painting, pottery making, or group drumming, and learn from experts who will discuss stress management, maintaining a youthful appearance with organics, and achieving inner balance. Naturally, healthy gourmet food is included in the experience, with a range of options tailored to individual dietary needs.

Guests are invited to attend the weekend solo or come with a friend for three days of connection, relaxation, and wellness on Frost Valley's 5,500 acres in the Catskill Mountains.

To learn more and plan your retreat, visit FrostValley.org or call 845-985-2291, ext.450.

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Local Charities Get Pampered at Savor Spa Woodstock

Posted By on Sun, Jan 10, 2016 at 3:03 PM

Savor Spa owner Angela Jia Kim
  • Savor Spa owner Angela Jia Kim

Treat yourself to some spa pampering, and a local charity will get pampered too. All through January, when you get a 60-minute massage or facial at Savor Spa in Woodstock, 10% of the cost will be donated to one of three local charities of your choice: Family of Woodstock, the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, or Scenic Hudson.

It's all part of Savor Spa owner Angela Jia Kim's vision to make a difference in the Hudson Valley, where she opened a branch of her popular Manhattan spa in 2013. All of the natural beauty products used at Savor Spa are also produced in the Hudson Valley through Kim's company, Om Aroma & Co. Through both the spa in Woodstock and the manufacturing facility in Shokan, Kim is on the way to achieving her goal of creating 50 jobs in the Hudson Valley.

The charity benefit offers a great incentive to experience a Savor massage or facial, and to sample the locally made Om Aroma & Co. products firsthand. Popular skincare products include a Pumpkin Serum that Kim says "calms redness, soothes hyper-pigmentation, and prevents wrinkles," as well as cleansers, moisturizers, toners, and creams made with organic and preservative-free natural ingredients.

To book your spa treatment and support a local charity, call Savor Spa at 845.684.7148. Or book online and use one of the following three codes to choose your charity: FAM for Family of Woodstock, WFS for Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, and HUD for Scenic Hudson.

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Sunday, December 27, 2015

New Paltz Effort Helps Syrian Refugees

Posted By and on Sun, Dec 27, 2015 at 12:21 PM

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That old baby carrier that left your hands free while keeping your infant close? It could help the plight of a Syrian refugee family, possibly savings lives along the way.

New Paltz shop owner Donna Bruschi has started a local effort to collect and donate used baby carriers for Syrian refugees in Greece, where many families begin their long journey on foot to a new life in a new country. Bruschi's initiative is part of the Carry the Future humanitarian effort started by California mom Cristal Munoz-Logothetis; so far, Bruschi has collected more than 16 baby carriers to be sent to a refugee center in Greece.

“It’s natural that New Paltz should help, as our town was founded by Huguenot refugees driven from their homes by religious and political strife," says Bruschi. “This is a great way to extend what we do in our own community to help moms and families half a world away and in dire need."

The Carry the Future campaign began this past September with the goal of sending 100 baby carriers. To date they have sent more than 7,000, all through the efforts of grassroots volunteers.

To donate your used baby carrier, contact Donna Bruschi at New Baby New World, via email at newbabynewworld@yahoo.com, or by calling 845-255-9200.

Or contact Carry the Future directly.

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