Sep 28–Oct 4, 2014

Hike historic and scenic mountain trails


  • Hike historic and scenic mountain trails to streams, lakes, and vistas
  • Visit one of the highest waterfalls in New York State
  • Enjoy autumn’s spectacular display of color


  • Lodging and meals
  • Presentation by a local speaker
  • Cruise on the Hudson River





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Battle Oily Skin With Natural Remedies

I was blessed with clear skin all through high school and college, but in my early twenties I started noticing an abundance of oil and a frightening amount of acne. I tried all of the natural remedies for acne – from the bacteria-killing tea tree oil to the world famous cure-all frankincense. While I noticed that the remedies I tried out did, in fact, fight the acne, my skin was still an oily mess. I decided to narrow my search and began looking into natural remedies specifically known to help oily skin.

During my research I’ve found conflicting reports about the use of tea tree oil on an oily face. Some websites list the oil as something to use on any type of skin because of its antibacterial properties, yet others argue that adding any kind of oil to oily skin is a bad idea. From my experience, tea tree oil does help fight the breakouts, but does little to help stop the shine.

While the reports about the tea tree oil have been conflicting, I have come across some oil-fighting tips that seem consistent across the board. The number one suggestion is to be prepared to absorb the extra oil. Carry tissues or purchase oil blotters and gently press them onto your face to soak up excess oil. You can actually create  your own blotters by cutting tissue paper (the kind you use in a gift bag) into small squares. Other suggestions include placing sliced cucumbers on your face or leaving lemon juice on it overnight. Cucumbers have a ton of vitamins that are good for the skin, and the citric acid in lemon juice acts as an astringent.

My very favorite tip, however, is to use Apple Cider Vinegar, a product that I have heard cures many ailments, but never realized was also a great skin care product. Many people argue that Apple Cider Vinegar can balance pH levels, preventing the skin from producing too much oil. The bonus: it ALSO acts as an antiseptic and can help kill the germs that actually cause breakouts! I haven’t tried it yet, but I will be heading to the store soon to give it a whirl….  A review to come?


For more info on natural remedies for oily skin, click here.

To read up on Apple Cider Vinegar for your skin, click here.

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Welcome from the Counseling & Wellness Center!

5337671787_b22308a155_mWelcome to the start of the 2014 fall semester!  We hope you had a relaxing and enjoyable summer and are ready to start the semester on the right foot.  The start of a new school year can bring feelings of excitement, anticipation, joy but also nervousness and uncertainty.  How will I like it here?  Will I make friends?  Can I pass my classes?  These are just some of the thoughts that may be running through your mind.

Here, at The Counseling & Wellness Center, our goal is to ensure that we support the emotional, social and psychological well- being of every student at the college.  Focusing on positive mental health is necessary to effectively function in an academic setting.  However, there are times when obstacles and challenges occur that may affect your overall well- being and academics.  This is when we encourage students to visit The Counseling & Wellness Office to speak with a counselor so that these issues can be addressed.  It can range from relationships, a loss of a loved one, family problems, eating disorders, alcohol and/ or drug abuse, and many more.  All counseling sessions are free, confidential and does not go on your academic record.

Holistic and wellness workshops are also offered to all students, such as yoga, meditation, group counseling, health fairs and psycho- educational workshops.  If at anytime you find that you need to speak to someone we hope that you will reach out to us for support and guidance.

To find out more information about our services on each campus, please call the Long Island Office at 631-687-1246/ 4588.  For the Brooklyn Office, please call 718-940-5851/ 5734.

Wishing you all a successful semester!

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The Wellness bloggers are back rollin’ in from their summertime adventures.

Stay tuned as this year we post a myriad of writings on all-things-wellness; body-mind-spirit. If you want to hear about something, let us know!

For now, click here for our off-campus Mindfulness Programs and here for our on-campus Wellness Programs.

Check out our Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter feeds.

More to come…


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Summertime Rolls…

The Wellness Bloggers are taking off this summer to various trips and life transitions around the World!

We thank you all for your continual support, feedback, and interest in the happenings we write about. Upon our return in the fall we’ll be bringing back all sorts of new experiences and learnings from our summertime rolls…

Wishing all our readers the best summer ever with brave new divings into the Unknown


Photo Credit


Meditation and Wellness  on Long Island
over the summer click here


Summertime Rolls by Jane’s Addiction…


I am the wind, sea, and sail
I am the ship for any gale
I am the sky, cloud-filled blue
I am it all, strong and true
I am setting off to far new lands
I am it all, godself in man.
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Jun 22–28, 2014

Clear lakes and tranquil rivers await experienced and beginning paddlers alike on this “bucket list” trip in the Lower 48’s largest park. We’ll canoe, stay at waterfront campsites, hike, and visit the Adirondack Museum.


  • Travel part of the historic Adirondack Canoe Trail and scenic Northern Forest Canoe Trail
  • Enjoy a layover day with a hike to Cold River Falls on the Northville-Placid Trail
  • Visit the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, NY


  • All rentals (including lightweight Kevlar canoes), camping fees, and admissions
  • All meals, which will be interesting, tasty, and nutritious
  • Clear lakes, wilderness rivers, waterfalls, and great scenery


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Yoga and Wellness Event


Calling all psychology buffs, wellness fans, yogis and yoginis, organic foodies, and nature lovers! 

The Mental Health Association in Suffolk County is getting ready for their annual Yoga and Wellness Event! This fun and exciting fundraiser will have yoga classes, children’s activities, interesting vendors, and opportunities for outdoor experiences. For just $25 (paid in advance), you can enjoy a beautiful morning of yoga and other healthy activities while helping to support a very important organization! 


Date: Sunday, June 8th

Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: The Old Field Club in East Setauket


Visit the Mental Health Association in Suffolk County’s Facebook Page for more information or to “share” the event details with friends! We hope to see you there!



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Yoga Pose of the Week | Savasana

This week, I’m highlighting the yoga asana, or pose, Savasana, or corpse posewhich is more or less the English translation from Sanskrit. This pose keeps us on the floor and it begins to settle us after supported shoulder stand posture. Because the pose is symmetrical, be mindful of keeping your breath in sync with the step by step movement of the posture.

To do corpse pose, sit in the middle of your mat:

  1. Come to lay on your mat with your legs extended to the corners of your mat.
  2. Place your arms slightly away from your body, palms turned towards the sky.
  3. Tuck your shoulder blades under your chest by drawing them together and sliding them down your back. This will create space across you chest and help to position your shoulders comfortably.
  4. Slide your sacrum, or tailbone, towards your heals.
  5. Slightly tuck your chin, extending through the top of the head, allowing for your neck to lengthen.
  6. Begin to deepen your breath.
  7. Let go of all that no longer serves or supports you.
  8. Breath full breathes for as long as you’d like or need.

To come out of corpse pose, draw your knees into your chest, and roll over on to your right side before pressing yourself up to sit.

Feel free to use props in corpse pose, either a blanket to cover yourself or a bolster under your knees to help support your lower back and legs.

Some of this pose’s more specific benefits are that it relaxes and cools the body and mind.

Highlighting some of corpse pose’s Ayurvedic points to consider (I hope you figured out your dosha!):

  • Vata try to cultivate stillness through grounding by placing your palms turned down on your belly.
  • Pitta try to relax fully by maintaining a steady and easy connection to the breath.
  • Kapha try to connect with lightness by keep the palms turned upward and allowing the breath to be deep.

Also, from the perspective of Ayurveda, if you’re one dosha, but one day you’re feeling like another, try the modification for that dosha. The modification could be beneficial as a way to return you to balance with your own dominant dosha.

This post brings our home practice full circle. Combining this posture with all the previous ones posted will create a daily practice that is accessible for yogis and yoginis of all levels that will help support you by providing a channel for the mind and body to connect through mindful physical exercise. In case you missed any here are the previous posts in the order to practice them:

Surya Namaskara
Janu Sirsasana
Setu Bandhasana
Salamba Sarvagasana

If you’re interested in learning or practicing yoga, please feel free to attend one of the yoga classes offered in the John A. Danzi Center, right on the SJC Patchogue campus (free for students, faculty and staff; $5 for alumni and guests).

Have a great (and yoga filled) summer, everyone!

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Finals are just around the corner, but that does not mean the extraneous stress and calamitous worrying has to be too.

As you find yourself encircled by page-flipping textbooks, scattered loose-leaf handouts, and computer tabs, remember to give yourself room to breath and relax. A strategy I found helpful was the off-on method.  Begin your studying with a solid 25 minute block of work. Then rest for 5 minutes. Repeat the 25 on, 5 off for another two cycles. After the forth 25 minute block, take 15- 20 minutes off. The breakdown is as follows: (25 on, 5 off, 25 on, 5 off, 25 on, 5 off, 25 on, 20 off, repeat). You can adjust/ tailor the time blocks best to your individual needs.

For some other great strategies, click on the link: 5 Great Study Skills.

Enjoy the super relaxing/ focusing YouTube video from utopian sounds

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Travel Like a Pro

How to travel like a pro


This is what it takes…

  1. Targus AC Adapter – Simultaneously charges your laptop AND one other USB device (including a tablet).
  2. Passport, Euros, British Pounds and Canadian dollars – Because I travel internationally I carry these all the time.  I generally go straight to the ATM after I land and get local currency, but every once in a while it doesn’t work.  I carry enough currency to get a cab and get to my hotel.
  3. 30 pin Apple USB cord and adapter – My phone needs the new cord, my tablet the old cord.  Don’t carry two cords, just carry one cord and the adapter.
  4. USB and Micro USB cords
  5. Logitech wireless mouse – I have to create a lot of powerpoint presentations and the mouse makes it much easier.
  6. ATT Wifi Hotspot – This hotspot can host up to 10 devices.  It’s worth it if you can avoid hotel wifi charges just twice a month.  It’s also critical to have your own wifi if you’re doing presentations at client offices.
  7.  Aleve, Chap stick and clippers
  8. USB drive – Make life easy for everyone and be prepared to hand them your presentation on a stick.  (and don’t trust anyone else’s)
  9. Earplugs – Want to make a friend for life?  Offer your seatmate a pair of earplugs to drown out the screaming baby in the next row.  Also handy for squelching the sounds of amorous/drunk hotel guests.
  10. PC earpiece and microphone –  This is a must if you want to skype without irritating the crap out of everyone.
  11. Bluetooth earpiece – You can’t run through airports and get your rental car while on a conference call if you aren’t handsfree.
  12. Bose noise-cancelling earphones – These do double duty as great headphones while running or on the plane and they’re also fantastic for conference calls.
  13. Dell laptop – My laptop is old and I really didn’t need a new one but my company agreed to upgrade it to a solid state harddrive.  I added a new battery and my 4 year old laptop is much better than new.
  14. Ipad with Bluetooth keypad/case – Yes, it’s possible to do email on your laptop while watching the webex on your ipad and participating in the call on your iphone.
  15. Zone Bar – Don’t be a slave to your hunger.  Carry a bar and eat when you can.
  16. Monster charger – Plugs into the wall and can charge two USB devices (including a tablet).  One of the ports pulls out and can be plugged into a car lighter to charge in the car.
  17. Road ID
  18. Scientific American – I love this magazine and save it for reading on planes and at the gate.

Not Shown

  1. Global Entry Card – This program expedites re-entry to the US and also secures membership in TSA Precheck.
  2. iPhone 5 on ATT – I choose ATT because of their global coverage.  Did you know you can retroactively add phone plan features?  If you get back from an international trip and realize you used a lot of data you can go online and retroactively add the necessary global data features to your plan as long you’re still in the same billing cycle.
  3. Timex Analog/Digital Dual-tech Ironman Watch –  This watch has both analog and digital timekeeping.  I keep the digital display on central time and change the analog to the local time zone.


And remember, never ever check a bag.


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