Yoga | A Reflection on Asana

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As this forever winter begins to turn to spring, birds will chirp, flowers will bloom, and inevitably swimsuit season will be upon us all…

But before we get caught up in what that may mean to each and every one of us, let us take a moment to reflect on our connection to our bodies.

In yoga, asana or postures/poses are meant to foster a connection between the body and mind, between movement and breath. By doing so, this connection allows us to develop understanding and compassion on a number of levels. One level is that of meeting one’s body where it is. By this I refer to one’s physical ability to move and be in certain asana. Another level is where one comes to accept their body, their corporal form, as it is. By this I mean there is no judgment from the mind against the body. Any desire or fantasy of the body being in one form or another are met with compassion. This compassion is an expression of accepting one’s self as a whole.

Once we’ve been practicing yoga asana for sometime, we’ll begin to notice our perspective shift towards our feelings about our bodies. While it may take some time for us to come to terms with our own images of how we appear, asana moves us towards mastering these emotions in a way that allows us to stand strong and grounded, with confidence, in how our physical form exists. And, in time, this physical form becomes an expression of our emotional and spiritual form, because of how asana cultivates the connection between mind, body, and spirit.

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Words of Wisdom (Part 4): Aurelius

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Deemed the “philosopher king,” 2nd century emperor of Rome Marcus Aurelius is one of the most well recognized stoic philosophers to date. In his most famous work Meditations, Aurelius explored through verses written to himself the deeper levels of one’s individuality, purpose, and benevolence. When we think of Roman emperors we usually think of decadent megalomaniacs, dramatic assassinations, or Russell Crowe fighting off tigers and the corruption of Joaquin Phoenix. Marcus Aurelius however spent much of his time studying and writing. As one of the last “good emperors” of Rome before its inevitable collapse, he maintained stability, peace, and freedom of expression of the people. His words written millennium ago are still cited in commencement speeches, yearbooks, intro to philosophy courses, and right here on his page.

SJC Wellness Top Five Quotes by Marcus Aurelius:

#5: “When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”
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#4: “He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.”
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#3: “Regain your senses, call yourself back, and once again wake up. Now that you realize that only dreams were troubling you, view this ‘reality’ as you view your dreams.”
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#2: “Humans have come into being for the sake of each other, so either teach them, or learn to bear them.”
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#1: “Look within, for within is the wellspring of virtue, which will not cease from flowing, if you do not cease from digging.”

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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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Eliminate GMO Foods from Your Diet!

GMO’s.  You may have seen these three letters and wondered what do they mean.  GMO  stands for Genetically Modified Organisms, and refers to food products that have been created by taking the gene of the plant or animal and reproducing it using technological means.  Chemicals and additives are added to this process, as well as bacteria and viruses so manufacturers can mass produce food products.  This method of food production has been deemed unsafe for people, and has resulted in contamination of foods and destruction of crops.

Trying to understand which foods are GMO can be a daunting task, especially with the abundance of information on food, nutrition and overall health.  However, people are now taking a more proactive approach to learn how foods are produced, pay more attention to what they are putting into their body, and focusing on how to eat more wholesome foods that naturally produced.  Listed below is a snapshot of some of the brands that are GMO -free.

GMO-Free-Brands

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The Numerous Medicinal Benefits of Ginger Root Tea

Even though Spring arrives in a couple of days, I have noticed that some people are getting that “end of the season cold & cough” that they cannot kick. I wanted to share with you what my mom has given to me since I was a kid to help kick those annoying colds a bit faster or even prevent them. If you like the earthy spicy taste of ginger, you’ll love the simplicity of ginger root tea. Ginger is an ancient herb traced back to 5,000 years ago in Chinese, Indian, Greek & Roman cultures. It’s first use as a tonic came from the Chinese and Indians.

Let me recount the benefits of ginger root:

  • Helps settle nausea, indigestion, bloating
  • Colds, flu
  • Motion sickness
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Anti-inflammatory for joints
  • Lowers high blood pressure

The list goes on! It’s even speculated to suppress cancer cells.

How to make ginger root tea:

  • Buy ginger root at your local supermarket
  • Rinse and cut up into slices of your choosing
  • Boil water
  • Pour hot water and sliced ginger root into your mug or tea cup
  • Enjoy!

Remember that ginger is a little spicy. You may want to start with three slices of ginger root and see how you like it. This tea will warm up your entire body and is great for chest colds. Lastly, there is the option to add lemon or honey.

For more information, click below:

Scientific & History: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92775/

http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-ginger-root.html

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Get Out There: Long Island Exploring

Nature On the Move

at Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve / Sat Mar 28

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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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“Mind, Body, Spirit” Health & Wellness Fair Next Wednesday! (BK)

The Wellness Office, in collaboration with the Health Services Office, Student Activities and Office of Alumni Relations, will be presenting our annual “Mind, Body, Spirit” Health & Wellness Fair on Wednesday, March 18th, from 12-2pm in the college auditorium.  Attendees will have the opportunity to get free massages, acupuncture, reiki, as well as obtain information related to physical, mental and spiritual health.  Samples of healthy food and drinks will also be provided.  
We hope to see you there, so mark your calendars now!
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A Natural Cleaning Product May Work Wonders on Your Face

I am fortunate enough to work with a woman who seems to bring sunshine with her wherever she goes. When I ran into her in the staff kitchen earlier this week, I stopped to catch up. We made some small talk about the weather, her new glasses, and the happenings of the past weekend. During our conversation I just couldn’t help but notice that her face was glowing. I decided to comment on it and let her know that I was in awe of her gorgeous skin. Without hesitation, she revealed her secret: baking soda

Like me, she tries to keep the things she puts on or in her body as natural as possible. While she does admit to using a store-bought face cleanser at night, she likes to keep it simple in the morning. All she does is sprinkle a bit of baking soda in her palms, add some water to it, and use it as a face cleanser!

I was well aware that baking soda is sometimes used as a household cleaner, but I had never heard of it being used as a skincare product. After doing some research, I found out that many people use baking soda to keep their skin looking great. It is a gentle way to exfoliate, and some people claim that it has even helped them battle their acne. In general, it is known for giving the skin a healthy, natural glow. If you are looking to simplify your hygiene routine and give your face a beautiful glow, consider trying this easy trick!

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We Need YOUR Feedback! *Counseling and Wellness Survey*

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As we ease into the middle of the Spring 2015 Semester, the staff members of the St. Joseph’s College Counseling and Wellness Center would like to remind you that we are here to support you!

In order to continue to meet the needs of our students, we like to ask for feedback. Your opinions and comments are extremely important to us. 

In fact, the responses we receive will guide us as we implement changes and updates during the coming months!

Please click HERE to participate and we thank you for your time and effort!

 
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Balance | Love & Hate

“A woman said unto a man, ‘I love you.’ And the man said, ‘It is in my heart to be worthy of your love.’ And the woman said, ‘You love me not?’ And the man only gazed upon her and said nothing. Then the woman cried aloud, ‘I hate you.’ And the man said, ‘Then it is also in my heart to be worthy of your hate.'”

– Kahlil Gibran

There is so much to be said about balance in our lives as humans. One of the most polarizing is the back and forth between love and hate. In truth, we all are capable of both. Were we struggle is balancing the two. There is a balance to how much space each holds in our lives and that varies based on what we present. We must learn to understand what it is we are seeking. If it is love we are seeking, let us send out love. If it is hate we are seeking, then we send out hate. The matter is finding the balance that brings us the most peace. That is a universal process; one that takes a great toll on our self worth and how we define our purpose. Too much of one or the other, and our balance is lost, ourselves are lost. Such a journey is difficult, but as we become centered, the reward is ultimate in its nature.

Keep seeking.

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