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Understanding Sexual Trauma

Understanding Sexual Trauma

Treating Sexual Trauma Stories such as Dr. Ford’s decades-old sexual trauma may be frozen in the mind and body. Traumatic experiences remain cocooned in the nervous system and are susceptible to the effects of brain chemistry. Imago therapists use core skills to be an empathetic, neutral listener. Trauma therapists employ these core skills AND an additional layer of resilience, patience, hopefulness, and strong boundaries. Trauma therapists gently hold space for their client’s emotional and embodied pain allowing the story to emerge organically. How Trauma Appears Trauma may obscure a client’s self-compassion resources. […]

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Harvest Moon & Herbs Festival

Smile Herb Shop Harvest Moon & Herbs Festival

Join us this weekend at Smile Herb Shop’s celebration of 44 years of herbalism with a fun-filled day of yummy food, vendors, autumn plants and bulbs, lectures, drum circles, live music, herb walks and more! When: September 29th  10 am – 4 pm Where: Smile Herb Shop 4908 Berwyn Rd College Park, MD 20740 Cost: FREE! FREE PARKING RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET AT HOLY REDEEMER CHURCH, USE THE 2nd ENTRANCE. For more information or to register see Smile’s Eventbrite page here Schedule of Events 10:30 am – Plants of Protection: […]

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A New Way to Love Workshop

A New Way to Love Workshop

Invest in your marriage! Make an investment in your marriage or relationship. Building on a spiritual foundation, you and your partner will acquire tools to deepen your communication, build a bridge to each other’s world, and repair ruptures in your relationship. Whether married for one year or for ten years, this workshop will focus on renewing what brought you together in the beginning. “Discovering a new way to love” is the theme for the Couplehood workshop.  This affordable six-week session is aimed at transforming the world one relationship at […]

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Essential Oils for Beginners

Essential Oils for Beginners

Join Olivia MacMillan, Registered Aromatherapist, as she guides you through all the need-to-knows about using essential oils to heal the body, mind, and spirit. This class will cover where essential oils come from, how they are made, and the profiles of 8 of the most versatile, important, and economical essential oils as well as how essential oils are best used and why, essential oil safety, dos & don’ts, and easy recipes! Don’t forget to bring your questions as the last 20 minutes of the class will be Q&A with […]

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Recharge, Restore, Rejuvenate! The Ayurveda Way to Feel Young at Any Age

No matter what your age, there are things you can do to look and feel younger, healthier, happier. You hold the future of your health in your own hands. The wonderful thing about ayurvedic healing is that it teaches both damage-prevention and damage-reversal; so following these few basic tips from The Council of Maharishi Ayurveda Physicians can make a big difference to that image you see in the mirror. Here’s what the Council has to say about looking and feeling young Eat to Live Longer How much of a […]

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Healing Greens 101: An Ayurvedic Perspective

No longer just a frilly garnish, kale is taking the culinary world by storm. Along with it, leafy greens like spinach, chard, and even collards and turnip greens are gracing plates everywhere from fine dining hotspots to fast food restaurants across the country. These nutrient-packed veggies have long played a starring role in Ayurvedic cooking, and with good reason. They’re hydrating, nutrient-rich, and when prepared while fresh, they contain prana, or life-supporting energy. Below, we’ll share both Ayurvedic and nutritional insights on leafy greens, along with tasty ways to incorporate […]

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Vocal Toning for Health and Healing with Michael Gallelli

Join Michael Gallelli, a shamanic practitioner and sound activator, for a communal circle of Vocal Toning. Michael will share the basics in the personal practice of toning and lead several rounds of toning for energetic cleansing and harmonic toning with the group. Vocal Toning is a unique form of meditation. It can be practiced in a group or alone. Group toning is energizing, empowering and easy to do. Participants create tones and basic vowels sounds that resonant with themselves. In a group circle, each person adds to his or […]

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9 Tips to Live Ayurveda This Fall

As we transition into the fall season, the season of Vata, we can empower ourselves by bringing as much energy and happiness as possible into our everyday life with these simple ayurvedic tips. With a few easy changes in our routine, it may surprise you how easily we can transition from one season into the next! Be with Nature Take time every day for a walk in the sun. Early morning is a wonderful time. Turn off the phone and listen to the sounds of nature or the environment, […]

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Top Tips for Balancing Fiery Emotions An interview with Nancy Lonsdorf, M.D.

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy — except when those fiery Pitta emotions flare up as a result of too much heat. Fortunately, Ayurveda offers easy, natural remedies to keep you cool as a cucumber this summer. In the interview below, we delve into the topic with top integrative physician and Ayurvedic expert, Nancy Lonsdorf, M.D. Dr. Lonsdorf was named “one of the nation’s most prominent Ayurvedic doctors” by The Chicago Tribune. vpk: Could you explain why, from the perspective of Ayurveda, we might tend to feel more irritable or short-tempered […]

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Priming Your Microbiome for a Healthier, Happier Life: An Interview with Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary

People often say, “go with your gut.” But if the microorganisms that live in your intestines are out of whack, it might lead you to make unhealthy choices, according to integrative neurologist Kulreet Chaudhary, M.D. A pioneer in integrative neurology and the author of The Prime, Dr. Chaudhary draws from both Ayurvedic knowledge and Western medicine to treat her patients. In this interview, we talk with Dr. Chaudhary about the microbiome and how it affects our mind, body, and emotions. vpk: The microbiome seems to be making quite the […]

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