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

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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.
~Nari
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TAKE A TRIP

ADIRONDACK CANOE CLASSIC, NEW YORK

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.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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

INCLUDES

  • 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

BOOK IT!

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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
Parsvottanasana
Parsvokonasana
Janu Sirsasana
Setu Bandhasana
Salamba Sarvagasana
Savasana

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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Relax

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

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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.

THE MOST IMPORTANT REQUIREMENT FOR SUCCESSFUL TRAVEL? A very understanding family.

And remember, never ever check a bag.

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Calling all Child Study Majors!

Learn how to manage your student’s behaviors in the classroom through the use of specific yoga techniques. This new trend in education has become nationally recognized so be one of the first to stand out as you go for a job interview.

Not only will you help your students self-regulate in a positive and empowering way, but you also will learn techniques to decrease stress levels for yourself as a teacher.

Yoga Education Teaching Toolbox - 2014

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Yoga Pose of the Week | Salamba Sarvangasana

This week, I’m highlighting the yoga asana, or pose, Salamba Sarvangasana, or supported all limb posewhich is more or less the English translation from Sanskrit. More simply referred to as supported shoulder stand, this pose keeps us on the floor and it moves us in the same direction in which we were moving the body with bridge 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 supported shoulder stand pose, sit towards the front half or middle of your mat:

  1. Come to lay on your mat with both legs bent and feet flat on the floor, slightly apart and parallel.
  2. Place your arms along side your body, palms facing down and fingers pointing in the same direction as your toes.
  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. On an exhale, draw your knees into your chest.
  5. On an inhale, press your hands, arms, and shoulders down as you lift your hips and legs.
  6. On an exhale, bring your hands to your lower back to support your hips, walking the elbows and shoulders underneath you as close together as you can.
  7. On an inhale, extend your legs, pressing the balls of your feet towards the sky.
  8. Breath for 10 full breathes.

To come out of supported shoulder stand, reverse the steps above, moving mindfully and gently.

Be mindful of any impingement along the back, shoulders, or neck during supported shoulder stand. All the weight of the body should be supported by the arms and shoulders. There should be no weight on the neck. A folded blanket can be placed under the shoulders to help provide some cushioning for comfort if needed.

Some of this pose’s more specific benefits are that it strengthens the abdomen and hips. Supported shoulder stand pose also helps to regulate blood pressure and aids in intravenous return. Some of this pose’s contraindications are for those with any neck or shoulder pain as well as high blood pressure.

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

  • Vata try using the wall for support and stability if you feel unease.
  • Pitta try to maintain steadiness and ease, attempting to not overextend or overexert yourself.
  • Kapha try to enjoy the perspective from being inverted, noticing if it shakes things up for you.

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.

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).

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Planet Earth

Suppose I asked
you “when is your birthday?” After
all, it is a day set aside for celebrating your life
here on Earth. I am sure you would answer rather
quickly.  But what if I asked you “what day is Earth Day?”
Why
such a day is set aside celebrating peace,prosperity and
the planet as a whole… celebrating the Earth, which allows for your
birthday to be a thing. It allows for you to be a thing. The Earth – just
a mass of stuff. But a very particular arrangement  of stuff. So particular
and specific in fact, that on this mass of stuff,  moving at cataclysmic
speeds around a giant nuclear-fire-ball hurdling through the chasms
of oblivious space about a dark pit of  massiveness to which light
cannot even escape yet here this arrangeme
nt is where there
is such a thing as water, cells, organisms, plants, animals,
people, our minds… amongst this chaos, upon
this mass of particular stuff that we call
Earth…
we can exist. We
can say Life is.

So let us celebrate why we have birthdays at all. Tomorrow, April 22nd, is Earth Day. 

Enjoy the Earthy video from Robert Revol:

 

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TAKE A TRIP

WATERFALL MAGIC IN THE COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE, OREGON AND WASHINGTON

Jun 8–13, 2014

View amazing waterfalls cascading from the sheer basalt walls of the Columbia River Gorge. Daily hikes will take us through riotous wildflower displays and to views of Mts. Adams, Hood, St. Helens, and more.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover and explore the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area
  • Experience dramatic waterfalls at high flow
  • Visit Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Bonneville Dam Visitors Center

INCLUDES

  • Transportation from the Portland International Airport
  • Room and meals at Columbia-Willamette YMCA Camp Collins in Gresham, Oregon
  • One dinner will be at a well-known local restaurant

BOOK IT! 

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