Relaxing through Finals

6819877.LKQrrPaNAs we approach finals week with the pitter patter of our hearts RACING for it be OVER, here are some tips passed down to us from some of our fabulous SJC students:

“So it’s almost finals week and you’re all stressed to the brim of your intellectual capacity. You have 4 exams, 3 papers, a thesis proposal, research presentation, and 975 other things you’d rather do, all weighing you down like an anchor strapped to your waist. You’re stressed, and you’re anxious. You may be at your breaking point, and you may be thinking over the fact that your life is just a sh*#show extravaganza right now.

If you’re depressed, if you’re overwhelmed, if you’re finding it hard to be a human right now, know you’re not alone. If you feel like your life will end if you get a B- in freshman English, just please, take a moment, step back, and be grateful for this stress. Be grateful that you’ve been granted the honor to stress about arbitrary letters (A+ B- C+ D- F) on an arbitrary piece of gilded paper which, I promise, will NOT prevent you from living another day, another year, or for that matter, a long, loving and fulfilling life. Trust me, we all got this!” ~Thought Catalog

AND why not throw in some yoga and meditation TOMORROW at our favorite off-campus place:

Saturday, May 9th from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
In the Barn at Avalon Park and Preserve
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Get Out There

Yoga in Nature

at Seatuck Environmental Center / Sat Mar 28


Yoga Nature Sunset

$10 yoga class offered at Seatuck Environmental Center in Islip.

appropriate for all levels – even if you are not flexible and have never tried yoga before! Come with no judgements or expectations and enjoy a relaxing experience to nourish your mind, body and soul! All are welcome to attend. No pre-registration necessary.


Seatuck Environmental Center

550 South Bay Avenue
Islip – 11751

Tel: 631-786-4609
Visit Website: Website.

Date & Time

09:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Last Saturday Session: March 28

Cost:    $10

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Get Out There: Long Island Exploring

Nature On the Move

at Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve / Sat Mar 28


Enjoy a 4-mile slow to moderately paced hike, observe and discuss the fields and woods of Caumsett.


Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve

25 Lloyd Harbor Rd.
Lloyd Neck – 11743

Tel: 631-423-1770

Date & Time

12:30 PM – 02:45 PM

Sat, Mar 28, 2015

Cost:    $4 Adult, $3 children, $8 parking fee

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It’s Growing Season!

Growing a Four Season Organic Garden

at Peconic Lane Community Center / Sat Mar 14


Join us to learn gardening techniques including making soil, choosing your site, seeds and seed saving, managing weeds, canning, food storage and more.


Peconic Lane Community Center

1170 Peconic Ln.
Peconic – 11958

Tel: 631-283-3195 ext. 19

Date & Time

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Sat, Mar 14, 2015

Cost: Free Event

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CRESLI Seal Walks at Cupsogue Beach (Westhampton, NY)


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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Winter Wonderland Walk

Caleb Smith State Park Preserve


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

Visit Website: Website

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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Get Outside: Long Island Local Events


HIKE – Brookhaven State Park, from Shoreham High School

Date: Sunday, December 14, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM
Presented by: Long Island Group
Leader: Mrs Jane Fasullo – 631-689-1568
Registration: Registration Optional
Level: Moderate
Location: 2 Defense Hill Road, Shoreham, NY 11786, USA
5 – 6 mi., 2 hrs., mostly rolling to flat, moderate pace with some stops.

Walk from behind the Shoreham-Wading River High School into the pine and oak forest of the north shore, and weather permitting, to the ponds.

Learn about Alleghany mound ants (if we see their mounds!), some of our many native plants, and anything else we find.

Bathrooms in the library.

Dress in layers for the weather. On a 2 plus hour hike in mid-December, the weather can change very quickly. Bring warter proof overlayers if there is any chance of rain or snow. A plastic poncho is always good even just to block wind, and its light and compact to carry.

Only heavy rain or snow cancels this hike.

Directions: Park in the far right corner of the Wading River High School parking lot. The entrance to the school is at the first traffic light east of the intersection of 25A and William Floyd Parkway.

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damnationThe award-winning film about the high environmental costs of dams that outweigh their value, and the restless beauty of wild, restored rivers.

Watch Damnation


Watch it, rate it, share it.

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Yoga for Anxiety and Depression

Most people associate the word “yoga” with words like “stretch,” “relax,” “breathe,” and “calm.” People across the globe have been practicing yoga for centuries, and here in America, we are finally catching up. This ancient practice is now being observed and studied, and researchers are finding that yoga really does, in fact, help people calm down. Not only that, but it can uplift people out of a bad mood!

If you have been feeling anxious or depressed, or are simply interested in learning more about how yoga can be used to improve mental and emotional well-being, you may want to attend the Yoga for Anxiety and Depression Workshop at The Long Island Center for Yoga in Babylon. The studio will hold the workshop tomorrow, November 13, from 7:45 – 9:15 pm. The cost is just $20, and what you’ll learn may benefit you for the rest of your life.

For more information, visit The Long Island Center For Yoga’s Website or view the event on Facebook.

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Movember | Men’s Health Awareness


Happy November! This time every year some men take on the challenge of not shaving the whole month for various reasons. I’d like to bring to you attention the Movember Foundation, “a leading global organization committed to changing the face of men’s health.” While I’ve never participated in “No Shave November,” before, I’m partaking this year through the Movember Foundation.

“The Movember community has raised $559 million to date and funded over 800 programs in 21 countries. This work is saving and improving the lives of men affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems.

The Movember Foundation challenges men to grow moustaches during Movember (formerly known as November), to spark conversation and raise vital funds for its men’s health programs. To date, 4 million moustaches have been grown worldwide, but we won’t stop growing as long as serious men’s health issues exist.”

To support, donate, or just follow how hairy things get with my moustache, go to: for my personal page, or for my team’s page.

And if you’re up for it sign up yourself, join my team, or join Movember as an individual as we work towards building awareness of men’s health issues.


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