Author Archives: Melissa Gutierrez

Blue Print for Stress Reduction: Four Main Points

In the never-ending quest for balance and total well-being, I went to another workshop about stress relief. Taught by 2 women I feel blessed just to be able to hear speak on any movement/body subject. Irene Dowd (dancer and movement teacher extraordinaire) led us through visualizations and somatic explorations to release stress from our physical bodies while Rebecca Deitzal (bio-chemical/nutritional information powerhouse) explained the physiology of stress and how to use food to mitigate any negative side effects. The mind/body connection was confirmed again and further illuminated in the workshop. To be clear about how we relate to stress: Stress Read more…

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Book Review The Divine Doctor, by Dr. Joseph Michael Levry

While I love the idea of marrying 2 different kinds of mystical studies to create a practice that helps others achieve well-being, The Divine Doctor also elicited a few eye rolls from me. What you need to know: A combination of Kabbalah and Yogic Sciences The book addresses Why physical illnesses begin How to treat a variety of physical ailments through herbs, food and yoga Addressing the emotional causes of our physical unwellness The Book contains Meditations Prescriptive Asana practices Herbal Formulas Nutritional Advice What I liked: It’s important for people to understand that all physical diseases, ailments and conditions Read more…

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What is Frozen Shoulder and Why Yoga Will Make it Worse

Frozen shoulder is a physical syndrome in which the range of motion in the shoulder joint is severely limited. For a more official definition we turn to Web MD: Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition characterized by stiffness and pain in your shoulder joint. Signs and symptoms typically begin gradually, worsen over time and then resolve, usually within one to three years. Your risk of developing frozen shoulder increases if you’re recovering from a medical condition or procedure that prevents you from moving your arm — such as a stroke or a mastectomy. Treatment for frozen Read more…

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Buy the New Iron Maiden Live Recording of The Book of Souls Tour!

Sometimes you forget about a band that you love. After listening to the live recording of the Book of Souls tour I not only remember how much I love Iron Maiden, but feel stupid for ever having forgotten. This is British Metal at its finest and most essential.  Simply put this is kickass, get-shit-done music. Live recordings can be tricky when attempting to present the realness of the live experience without losing the sound. This recording’s sound is perfectly balanced and its raw energy is pure audio pleasure. Note: I streamed this on my Mac without external speakers. So that’s Read more…

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The Athletic Fashions of Janelle Funari

In the serendipitous way living in NYC has of spontaneously connecting you to the best people, I met a wonderful woman while looking for food in Brooklyn’s Industry City. BTW, I highly recommend the Avocaderia! Of course, I noticed her gorgeous white French Bulldog first. But was quickly sucked into one of those conversations in which you’re thinking the whole time, “I just found another tribe member.” Her name is Janelle Funari and she’s a fashion designer with amazing energy and the desire to help women in any way she can. Turns out she’s no joke. She’s designed yoga apparel Read more…

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Actual Anti-aging Information: Telomeres and Cellular Age

The internet is, unfortunately, full of misinformation regarding the aging process. We all want to know how to age gracefully or, ideally, not at all. Let’s just get that out of the way. *Deep breath* We will all age. We will all die. *Deep breath* That being said, we do, as conscious human beings, have the ability to influence our physical aging experience. Let’s start by understanding telomere length as a potential marker of health. (All information in this post comes from the book The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer by Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn and Read more…

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Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

We recently shared a post about the possible benefits one can receive when drinking apple cider vinegar. Helen Sanders from HealthAmbition.com also a post about ACV and it is much more extensive. We think Helen’s post is valuable, because it sites much of the research behind this practice (which some do daily!) and some of these valuable studies are about the positive effects of vinegars in general. Exciting as this content can be we ask that our readers put on their critical-thinking-helmets and remember that no article can tell you what to do for your health or prescribe the correct Read more…

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Tea and Yoga to Cleanse for This Spring

*A review of a workshop Mel taught with trainer and tea sommelier Natasha Nesic. How are you supporting yourself this Spring? First scene on teamuse.com as written by Natasha. “I want to debunk the myth that spinal twists wring out the organs. I’ve been seeing that in a lot of yoga journals lately.” Melissa demonstrated, rotating her torso. “The organs are mostly on the front of the body. They don’t move.” This was only the beginning of the Spring Cleanse Tea & Yoga Workshop at West End Health & Fitness, held on March 26th, 2017. “See? Here they are on Read more…

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Quick Fix for Weight Loss

THERE IS NO QUICK FIX to losing weight or looking slimmer. However, I seem to keep wanting to challenge that fact. The day after Easter when I pigged out, I decided to try something I was suggested to do. I drank a shot of apple cider vinegar. I nearly gagged and almost threw up. I was willing to experiment because a friend, whom I respect, said I should drink a little apple cider vinegar to get rid of this pesky belly fat I can’t seem to eliminate. Now that I tried, I decided to do a little research. This article from Read more…

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Hey, what’s YOUR Dosha? Ayurveda in Your Life.

It’s totally normal to have spring like temperatures in February right? No, obviously not. So, try to enjoy the respite from cold weather while managing your environmental anxiety (and your angst against climate-change deniers). But these swiftly fluctuating temperatures can really mess with our immune systems and our general sense of being. In this article, Abby will explain how the model of Indian medicine, Ayurveda, can help you regain balance: While doing my certification with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition For more about INN click here, I learned about Ayurveda. Simply stated, Ayurveda is the sister science to Yoga. Webster’s definition Read more…

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