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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Great Yoga Classes & Workshops in NYC & Brooklyn

Amber Campion has been added to my short list of my most favorite yoga instructors ever. She teaches regular classes and workshops in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

My husband and I attended her couples yoga/Thai massage workshop about two weeks ago. We loved it so much that I wrote a review for her website. It goes a little somethin' like this, "Amber's couples class was amazing. We would recommend it to lovers or to good friends. I am a yogi, and my husband is a mixed martial artist. We both left feeling much more open in our hips which became even more evident in each of our physical practices as well as in our day to day activities. Amber's calm presence and detailed instruction helped us feel welcome in the class of many couples. There was so much honesty and respect in the room. There were long moments when I felt that we were the only couple in the room, because the energy between my husband and I became so interconnected and we were so present with each other, something else that we have taken into our daily lives".

In March she will be teaching another Partner Yoga & Thai Massage Workshop at Bend & Bloom in Park Slope, Brooklyn (March 27: 5:15-7:15p.m.).

Yoga means union. Explore your connection with your partner or friend with an evening of Partner Yoga and Thai Massage. Enjoy a playful journey of supported yoga as we explore how to deepen our asanas through your partner's body weight, support, and breath. Then unwind and enjoy a basic sequence of stress-releasing Thai massage and stretches.

All duos (partners, spouses, friends, blind dates) are welcome! Only one person per couple needs to register.

$45 per couples if you register by March 21,
$50 per couple after March 21
Location: Bend & Bloom (708 Sackett Street between 4th and 5th avenue in Park Slope Brooklyn)

She will also be teaching a community (pay what you can) class (vinyasa flow) at Bend and Bloom on Tuesday, March 2nd (10-11:30a.m.).

At Om Factory, for all of March she will be teaching the community (pay what you can) class (vinyasa flow) on Wednesday mornings (10-11a.m.).

And she regularly teaches a Vinyasa Flow class at OM Factory on Thursday nights (7:45-9p.m.). All details and schedule are below. Amber invites you. "Please come out and stretch, breath, flow, laugh, & learn with me".

March Teaching Schedule (for adults/general population) schedule:

Tuesday, March 2nd: 10a.m.-11:30a.m. (@ Bend & Bloom) Community (pay what you can) Vinyasa Flow class
Wednesday, March 3rd: 10a.m.-11a.m. (@ OM Factory) Community (pay what you can) Vinyasa Flow class
Thursday, March 5th: 7:45p.m.-9p.m. (@ OM Factory) Vinyasa Flow class

Wednesday, March 10th: 10a.m.-11a.m. (@ OM Factory) Community (pay what you can) Vinyasa Flow class
Thursday, March 11th: 7:45p.m.-9p.m. (@ OM Factory) Vinyasa Flow class

Wednesday, March 17th: 10a.m.-11a.m. (@ OM Factory) Community (pay what you can) Vinyasa Flow class
Thursday, March 18th: 7:45p.m.-9p.m. (@ OM Factory) Vinyasa Flow class

Wednesday, March 24th: 10a.m.-11a.m. (@ OM Factory) Community (pay what you can) Vinyasa Flow class
Thursday, March 25th: 7:45p.m.-9p.m. (@ OM Factory) Vinyasa Flow class

Saturday, March 27th: 5:15p.m.-7:15p.m. (@ Bend & Bloom) Workshop: Partner Yoga & Thai Massage

Wednesday, March 31st: 10a.m.-11a.m. (@ OM Factory) Community (pay what you can) Vinyasa Flow class

Amber Campion received her 200 hour teacher training through the NY Open Center in 2006 with Jeff Migdow and Robyn Ross (Kripalu Yoga Teachers) in Prana Yoga, a chakra based practice with Kripalu technique. In 2007, she studied with Jill Satterfield (background in Iyengar Yoga) in Vajra Yoga through the social action teacher training. This training focused heavily on alignment, working from the inside, out (thinking about organs, bones, muscles, etc.) and also on practices of Tibetan Buddhism. She has studied with and gets inspiration from teachers such as Seane Corn, Cyndi Lee, Ana Forrest, Alana Kaivalya, Desiree Rumbaugh, and Roger Cole.

Her approach to the practice is one of inquiry and exploration. She seeks to empower others to see that it is not outside of themselves, but within, that the search begins. Her classes are playful and vigorous with themes artfully intertwined, leaving you feeling the deeper purpose of the practice that will go with you off the mat and into the world. She works with at-risk and incarcerated youth through the Lineage Project and teaches playful workshops ranging from partner yoga to Yogaeira, a practice she developed that combines Yoga and Capoeira (a Brazilian Martial Art she has been training since 2005). Her website is

Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Three Trainings for Transformation: A Deeper View

>The Three Trainings for Transformation: A Deeper View
>Sharon Salzberg>

>Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - Wednesday, March 10, 2010

This program will focus on the 3 essential foundations of transformation in the Buddhist path: ethics, concentration and wisdom, from both a theoretical and practical perspective. This course is intended for those who already have a meditation practice and would like to further their understanding. There will not be beginning meditation instruction offered, so Sharon requests that people consider this before registering. The course is designed to be taken in full with no drop-ins.

Sharon Salzberg is cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts. She is one of America’s leading meditation teachers and authors, and has been a student of Buddhism since 1971, guiding meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. Sharon’s latest book is The Kindness Handbook, published by Sounds True. She is also the author of The Force of Kindness, published by Sounds True; Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience, published by Riverhead Books; and Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness, published by Shambhala Publications.

>Click here to register and for more information
>New York Insight Meditation Center
28 W 27th St., 10th Fl
New York, NY 10001
(212) 213-4802

Listen to Juliette Aiyana's Podcast: Interviewed by Bob Flaws Dipl. Ac. & C.H., FNAAOM

In this interview Bob Flaws and Juliette Aiyana talk about Juliette's most recent activities in the realm of weight loss and Chinese medicine. Juliette talks about the Dr. Sear's L.E.A.N. (Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude & Nutrition) program for kids, personal options in weight loss, blogging, Facebook, Martha Stewart, and more. As always, Juliette is upbeat, enthusiastic, and very down to earth.

Click HERE to listen.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Weight Loss Teleseminar, April 15th, Register Now!


Hosted by Health & Wellness In No Time with Guest Juliette Aiyana. 

Join in on the call from the comfort of your own home! Space is limited. Register HERE:
Have you been struggling to lose weight? Are you looking for a new approach? Join Juliette on April 15 at 8 p.m. EST (7 PM CST /  6 PM MST / 5 PM PST) as she discusses Chinese Medicine and how it can contribute to weight loss. She will speak with us about her views on raw foods and juicing and even share some secrets about how new mom’s can lose their “baby” weight.
Juliette Aiyana is a well-respected acupuncturist, herbalist, and educator. She is also the author of Chinese Medicine & Healthy Weight Management. Juliette has a thriving Chinese Medicine practice in the heart of New York City and offers numerous resources on her website: and REGISTER:

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Partner Massage Class in NYC this Valentine's Sunday 2010

Massage and Assisted Stretching for Partners

with Brad Teasdale

Sunday, February 14th, 6-8PM

this dynamic, hands on workshop introduces basic massage therapy techniques and assisted stretches that help release tension from the body and open the energy centers for enhanced sensitivity and engagement with life. specific focus is given to the hips (1st and second chakras) and the upper back / chest (heart chakra) - areas that are often over-stressed from our contemporary lifestyles. couples and partners will learn practical skills that enrich their relationship and deepen their bonds of love. this class welcomes individuals as well.

Cost: $30 OR 2 classes off your 10/20 class card OR $50/couple

Please pre-register by emailing

Hope to see you there!

RECALL: Applegate Farms Organic Sausage

If I posted FDA food recalls everyday, I would not have time to do any other work and I'd mostly have the ground beef industry to thank for that. But since most of you who read my blog eat organic foods, I feel compelled to post today's recall by the FDA.

12-ounce packages of "Applegate Farms CERTIFIED ORGANIC FIRE ROASTED RED PEPPER FULLY COOKED CHICKEN & TURKEY SAUSAGE." Each package also indicates "KEEP REFRIGERATED" and "SKINLESS" on the label.

Each package has a USE BY/FREEZE BY date of February 28, 2010 and "Heating Instructions" on the back of the label. Also, the products bear the establishment number "P-5411" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products were produced on January 7, 2010 and were distributed to retailers in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, and Texas.

This product is being recalled because consumer's complained that they found plastic particles in the sausage. You can read the full recall details and sign up for recall e-mail alerts HERE.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Contact the White House Tell Obama to Stop Factory Farms from Degrading Organic Dairy Standards

Contact the White House
Tell Obama to Stop Factory Farms from Degrading Organic Dairy Standards

(I got this alert through the Organic Consumer's Association newsletter)

With so many people calling the White House on this issue and others right now, it's very hard to get through. Please call and leave a message, but if waiting on the phone is too frustrating, you can SEND AN E-MAIL instead. Thanks! CLICK HERE TO FIND THE PHONE NUMBER TO CALL.
Organic dairies that graze their cows on pasture produce food that is healthier, safer, and more nutritious than chemical or GMO food, while protecting the environment and removing dangerous greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.

The USDA is finally coming out with new rules to better enforce the longstanding requirement that organic cows must graze on pasture, rather than be confined in feedlots. Only one last hurdle remains: the President's Office of Management and Budget (OMB) review.

Straus Dairy (based in California) and Aurora Dairy (based in Colorado) are making a last-ditch effort to prevent the USDA from cracking down on their feedlot operations. They're making a determined effort to sway the Obama administration, utilizing "insider influence" gained through campaign contributions to Obama and politicians like Tom Vilsack, who now heads the USDA.

In order to prevent factory dairy farms from driving ethical organic farmers out of business, and stop special interest manipulation of organic standards, thousands of us need to pick up the phone today. Call the Obama administration and tell them you're furious that the USDA has never adequately enforced the pasture requirement for organic dairy farms. Tell them that you'll never forgive the President if he lets ties to political contributors destroy the strict standards that safeguard organic integrity.

Tell the President that you won't settle for less! If a farm's dairy cows are kept in confinement or aren't on pasture, then its milk and dairy products are not organic!

For a better understanding of the issue you can read the detailed backgrounder, prepared by the Cornucopia Institute, that was submitted during Cornucopia's meeting with the OMB Friday, January 22, 2010:

Urgent Call For Human Milk Donations for Haitian Infants

Urgent Call for Human Milk Donations for Haiti Infants

Washington, DC--The Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA), United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC), International Lactation Consultant Association/United States Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA/USLCA), and La Leche League International (LLLI) are jointly issuing an urgent call for human milk donations for premature infants in Haiti, as well as sick and premature infants in the United States.

This week the first shipment of human milk from mothers in the United States will be shipped to the U.S. Navy ship Comfort stationed outside Haiti. Comfort is currently set up with a neonatal intensive care unit and medical personnel to provide urgent care to victims of the earthquake. An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant stationed at the U.S. Navy base in Bethesda, MD is assisting with providing breast pump equipment and supplies to Comfort. Dr. Erika Beard-Irvine, pediatric neonatologist, is on board to coordinate distribution of the milk to infants in need. HMBANA, USBC, ILCA/USLCA, and LLLI are responding to requests to provide milk for both premature infants and at-risk mothers who have recently delivered babies on board the USNS Comfort, but an urgent need exists for additional donations.

At the current time, the infrastructure to deliver human milk to Haiti infants on land has not yet been established. As soon as that infrastructure is in place, additional donations will be provided to older infants.

Mothers who are willing to donate human milk should contact their regional Mothers' Milk Bank of HMBANA. A list of regional milk banks is available on the HMBANA Web site at (

Currently milk banks are already low on donor milk. New milk donations will be used for Haiti victims as well as to replenish donor supplies to continue to serve sick and premature infants in the United States. Donor milk provides unique protection for fragile preterm infants. Financial donations are also strongly encouraged to allow HMBANA, a nonprofit organization, to continue serving infants in need.

UNICEF, the World Health Organization, the Emergency Nutrition Network, and medical professionals all recommend that breastfeeding and human milk be used for infants in disasters or emergencies. Human milk is life-saving due to its disease prevention properties. It is safe, clean, and does not depend on water which is often unavailable or contaminated in an emergency. Relief workers, health care providers, and other volunteers are urged to provide support for breastfeeding mothers to enable them to continue breastfeeding, and to assist pregnant and postpartum women in initiating and sustaining breastfeeding.

For more information, contact HMBANA at 408-998-4550 ( Additional information can be provided from the United States Breastfeeding Committee at 202-367-1132 (, ILCA/USLCA at 800-452-2478 ( or, or La Leche League at 847-519-7730 (

United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC)
The United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) is an independent nonprofit coalition of 41 nationally influential professional, educational, and governmental organizations. Representing over half a million concerned professionals and the families they serve, USBC and its member organizations share a common mission to improve the Nation's health by working collaboratively to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding. For more information about USBC,

The USBC is an organization of organizations. Opinions expressed by USBC are not necessarily the position of all member organizations and opinions expressed by USBC member organization representatives are not necessarily the position of USBC.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Now Open Monday

Once again, due to demand, I have expanded my office hours. 

As of Monday, February 1st, I am scheduling patients from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. which opens 7 more appointment slots each week. See you there!

Thank you all for choosing me as your health care practitioner and for referring your friends, family and co-workers.