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Breath, Mantra & Music: 3 Holistic Ways to Help Improve Your Sleep

The following is a special guest blog post by Maya Benattar, a music therapist and psychotherapist here in New York City. Her website is www.mayabenattar.com. Thanks, Maya!

 

There are a lot of reasons why people may have trouble sleeping- anxiety, stress, too much caffeine, hormonal shifts. We live in a fast-paced society where lack of sleep is often seen as a badge of honor.

If you’ve ever had a sleepless night (or many!), you probably know all too well the feelings that arise when you can’t get back to sleep and you really want to! Sometimes we can do everything “right”- no caffeine after 2pm, less screen time in the evenings, warm milk, lavender- and sleep can still be elusive. Read more

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How To Finally Start Meditating (Or Just Learn More About It)

It doesn’t so much matter where you start, just that you start somewhere. Pick whatever learning tool best suits you! And remember, relaxation is not the only benefit. Meditation has been proven to increase grey matter in the brain (the stuff you need for learning and cognition).

In-Person Meditation Groups/Classes in NYC

Shambhala Center of NYC (also has podcasts on their website)
Dharma Punx (also has podcasts on their website)
Kadampa Meditation Center

Meditation Apps
iSleep Easy– Apple OS, click here for Android
Guided Mind– Apple OS
Simply Being– Apple OS, click here for Android

Books
Anything By Author and Buddhist Nun Pema Chodron
The Miracle of Mindfulness: Thich Nhat Hanh
Turning the Mind Into An Ally: Sakyong Mipham
Natural Wakefulness: Gaylon Ferguson

Interactive/Historical
Rubin Museum

Videos

Relaxation Response Video: Massachusetts General Hospital Benson-Henry Institute For Mind Body Medicine

While You’re In The Neighborhood…

Having just moved my office to midtown in December, I’ve been slowly exploring the new neighborhood and am amazed at the history nearby! Bryant Park, The New York Public Library main branch and Grand Central Terminal are all just a stone’s throw from my acupuncture office. I feel so lucky to be close to these New York City landmarks, and they each have an incredible array of events and activities to offer to locals and visitors. Read more

How To Use A Slow-Cooker: And Why I’m Obsessed!

Slow-cooker imageI’ve been using a simple slow cooker for several years now. It’s become hands-down my favorite way to cook- filling my home with incredible smells and leaving me with leftovers to freeze for a few weeks later. Slow cooker meals are the epitome of fall and winter eating: warm, comforting meals that help you to eat seasonally (and locally), since meat and root vegetables are perfectly suited to this method. In looking over a few online forums, I realized that there are a lot of people who aren’t sure how to use one. Read below for FAQ’s and links to a few of my favorite recipes. Read more