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CRESLI Seal Walks at Cupsogue Beach (Westhampton, NY)

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Get back into nature with a guided tour of marine life native to Long Island’s waters!

Beginning February 28 and continuing most weekends until April 26, follow CRESLI (Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island) scientists as they show you the natural beauty and bounty of the waters off of the south shore of Long Island.

Cameras and binoculars are encouraged, with many friendly seals stopping by for a photo op.

Suggested donations are $5 for adults, $3 for children and the walks are approximately 1.3 miles long, so wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Start times vary from 7:30am-1:00pm, and separate tours for large groups are available with pre-registration.

Visit CRESLI’s website for more information and to register.

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Nutrition & Fitness Information Session!

When it comes to eating healthy and starting an exercise regimen, the abundance of information can be overwhelming!  Barrington, a certified personal trainer and nutritionist, is here to help you be the better you through his #bethebetteryou self- improvement program.  Please join the Office of Health Services to obtain more information on his program, as well as get a FREE fitness consultation after the presentation!  More information can be found below.  We hope to see you at this informative session on becoming a better you! 

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The Benefits of Dandelion

Yes, you read that right! The weed that you poison on your lawn is actually extremely healthy for you. Dandelions are packed with vitamins A, C and D, zinc, iron, magnesium and potassium. They are chiefly used for detoxing the body, specifically the liver. Dandelion can aid with inflammation, eczema, and regulate blood-sugar levels. The green leaves can be eaten raw in salads, cooked, or brewed into tea. You can buy dandelion at most supermarkets and pre-made organic teas are available. Why buy the plant at the store when it probably grows on your front lawn?!

For more information, check out the links below:

http://www.yogajournal.com/article/food-diet/fresh-crop/

http://www.livestrong.com/article/241852-benefits-of-drinking-dandelion-tea/

http://www.dandeliontea.org/dandelion-tea/facts-about-dandelion-tea-benefits

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How Yoga & Meditation Can Help Heal Addiction

It is common knowledge that if one is suffering from addiction, he or she will most likely frequent a Twelve-Step program. This is the Western approach to addiction. However, the Eastern approach to addiction is that it is not a separate disease, rather it is an over attachment within the condition of human suffering.

Kevin Griffin, the author of One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps and cofounder of the Buddhist Recovery Network (BRN), explains that addiction may be a “misguided spiritual search”. The longing for a spiritual connection may manifest itself as addiction. Addicts can be seen as sensation seekers, looking for something else in life, so why not satisfy that hunger with yoga and meditation?

Where do yoga, mindfulness and meditation come into play? Think about how addiction is the polar opposite of possessing a bodymind connection or maintaining a full and present mind. Through the integration of yoga and meditation with Twelve-Step programs, an addict can become more present and mindful of his or her thoughts and actions, instead of giving into impulsivities and cravings.

A recovering alcoholic, who has remained anonymous in this article attested to the following: “I wasn’t drinking, but my addictive tendencies were making the rounds in different areas of my life, so I still felt crazy and restless and unhappy. At the suggestion of a fellow recovering alcoholic, I signed up for a yoga class. In yoga postures, I got introduced to how frenetic and negative my thinking was, and I knew that that’s where the change needed to happen. Abstinence from alcohol wasn’t enough. Eventually I started a meditation practice, which is where I get to both observe and train my mind.”

For the full article and more information, click the link below:

http://kripalu.org/article/860/

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Winter Wonderland Walk

Caleb Smith State Park Preserve

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Route 25 (Jericho Turnpike)
Smithtown – 11787
Tel: 631-265-1054

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Date & Time:
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Fri, Feb 20, 2015

Join us to walk in the preserve’s winter wonderland, dress for the weather, registration starts 2 weeks before the event.

Admission: $4, $3 for children

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Words of Wisdom (Part 2): Einstein

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When someone says the word “genius,” who is the first person you think of?
We continue onward with the Words of Wisdom series to the man who brought us some of the most profound understandings of the universe yet uncovered: Albert Einstein. Without this mastermind the world of scientific inquiry, its applications, and our general understanding on how reality works would be vastly different. His concepts of the photoelectric effect, special relativity, matter-energy equivalence (E=mc^2 for all y’all nerdy folk), general relativity, and more has built the foundation of modern physics and our framework of perceiving the universe.

Of course Einstein stood on the shoulders of giants to develop his theories (Maxwell, Planck, Newton, etc.), but in doing so he himself became a giant. Perhaps it was his wacked hair style or dynamic facial expressions that rendered him such an icon in pop-culture, but it is irrefutable this man had a mighty mind. Einstein was not always correct and it is true some of his theories were tossed (ex: concept of a cosmological constant). However the essence of what makes Albert Einstein so great is that he did make mistakes, he was human, and thus attainable. His humility and ability to relate with words matched his intellect, and so we call him wise.

SJC Wellness Top Five Quotes by Albert Einstein:

#5: “Out of Clutter, find simplicity. From Discord, find Harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies Opportunity.”

#4: “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”

#3: “Every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.”

#2: “My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.”

#1: “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.”

Food for thought: If our consciousness is a part of the universe,  how do we draw conclusions on what the universe is without understanding our consciousness?

photo cred: Randy Halverson

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METTA – Approaching Valentine’s Day

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The Pali word metta is a multi-significant word that translates into loving-kindness, friendliness, goodwill, and non-violence. Essentially, it is the wish for the welfare and happiness of others; the altruistic attitude of love and friendliness not based on self-interest.

It evokes within us a warm-hearted feeling of fellowship, sympathy, and love which overcomes all social, religious, racial, political, and economic barriers.

Metta is indeed a universal, unselfish and all-embracing love.

METTA MEDITATION

The practice begins with developing a loving acceptance of yourself. If resistance is experienced, which is natural, then it indicates that some feelings of unworthiness are present. This only means there is work to be done with the self as the practice is designed to overcome feelings of self-doubt and various forms of negativity. From this point, you are then ready to systematically develop loving-kindness towards others.

Four Types of Persons to develop loving-kindness towards:

  1. a respected, beloved person – such as a teacher or mentor;
  2. a dearly beloved person – such as a close family member or friend;
  3. a neutral person – someone you know, but have no special feelings towards;
  4. a hostile person – someone you are currently having difficulty with.

Start with yourself and then progressively begin to send loving-kindness from person to person in the above order. This will help break down the barriers between yourself and the four types of people. By breaking down the divisions within our own minds, the source of much of the conflict we experience, we attain the effects of Metta.

Pick a place to sit quietly, close your eyes, focus on your breath, and begin the practice…

 

METTA MEDITATION LI EVENT

Need some guidance? Join MBSR of Long Island for a guided metta meditation practice on Valentine’s Day from 10:30 a.m. -12 p.m. in Setauket at Avalon State Park & Preserve.

TO REGISTER: email: dr.cherylkurash@gmail.com

 

MAY THIS VALENTINE’S DAY BE FILLED WITH METTA

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Alternate Nostril Breathing (Nadi Shodhan Pranayama)

Alternate nostril breathing is one of my favorite breathing techniques! It’s simple & easy to do. What I love about it is you can do it anywhere; at school, work, or just running around. It’s a great way to de-stress and most importantly it balances the mind. Alternate nostril breathing is found to be calming and can help clear the mind. According to the article listed below: Nadi Shodhan Pranayama “Helps harmonize the left and right hemispheres of the brain, which correlate to the logical and emotional sides of our personality”. Lastly, it can improve circulatory or respiratory issues.

How to do it:

  • Whether you’re at home or out (bathroom, car, etc.), find a quiet place for yourself.
  • Ideally you’d like to be seated, spine is long & erect.
  • Using the right hand, place the index finger and middle finger on the space between the eyebrows.
  • Thumb rests on the right nostril; ring finger and little finger rest on the left nostril.
  • Begin to close off the right nostril with the thumb and breath deeply into the left nostril.
  • Then, close off the left nostril with your ring finger and little finger and let the breath flow out through the right nostril.
  • Breathe deeply into the right nostril, closing it off with the thumb, and breathe out gently through the left nostril.
  • This completes one around. Suggested 9 rounds.

I hope you enjoy Nadi Shodhan Pranayama as much as I do!

For more information and a video of this technique click the link below:

http://www.artofliving.org/yoga/breathing-techniques/alternate-nostril-breathing-nadi-shodhan

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Yoga for Athletes: Trail Runners

My love for running came before I started practicing yoga. Once I began to practice, I noticed how good the poses felt and in particular, how great the stretching feels. I thought ‘Imagine incorporating some of these stretches while I run?’ If you are a runner you’ll love the integration of these poses:

http://www.yogajournal.com/slideshow/4-poses-perfect-trail-running/

Also, if you would like an entire one-hour yoga class made for runners, click below:

http://www.yogajournal.com/video/cross-training/yoga-trail-running/

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