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The practice of yoga has been known to improve an individual’s physical and mental well-being through movement and meditation, but a common misconception is the idea that all yoga practices are the same. That is a notion which could not be further from the truth. With several various types of yoga, it can be difficult to determine which is the best fit for you and your lifestyle. While all forms of yoga presumably increase flexibility, improve posture, decrease stress levels, and increase focus, to name just a few of the health benefits, it is important to find a branch of yoga which resonates with your mind, body, and soul. Below we delve into some of the more common yoga practices:

Not All


Is Created Equal

Hatha Yoga

Hatha yoga is a general category that encompasses several forms of yoga. Classes marketed as teaching hatha yoga are typically a gentle introduction into the physical practice of yoga. Hatha practice places emphasis on the mind/body connection and the ability to ground one’s self in the present moment.

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Vinyasa Yoga

Aerial Yoga

The word “vinyasa” in Sanskrit loosely means “to place in a special way.” The practice of vinyasa yoga puts emphasis on the connection between postures and the breath. Vinyasa is typically a faster paced, breath-linked series of postures, which builds physical and mental strength.

If you’re looking for an unconventional yoga practice, aerial yoga turns the preconceived notions of what yoga is, upside down, quite literally. A mix of yoga and aerial acrobatics, aerial yoga allows you to stretch deeply with the support of a silk hammock, suspended from the ceiling. Supported, yogis can invert, or hang upside down, which can help decompress the spinal column, and increase blood flow throughout the body.

Restorative Yoga

A restorative practice focuses on promoting a sense of healing and deep relaxation. More slowly paced than many other forms of yoga, restorative yoga consists of a few simple postures that are held for several minutes each and supported by the use of yoga props.

Bikram Yoga

If you’re looking to practice in 90 to 100 degree temperatures, then Bikram yoga is for you. Typically beginner Bikram classes consist of a 90-minute practice of the same 26 postures. While the heated environment can promote deeper muscle relaxation and increased flexibility, it would not be recommended for people with sensitivity to heat or with certain cardiac and respiratory ailments. So whether you are looking to unwind and relax with a restorative practice, or work up a sweat with a Bikram practice, there is a subset of yoga waiting to be discovered and enjoyed by all. Katherine Alexis Athanasiou is a certified physician assistant (PA-C).

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Bending Over Backwards For Yoga Month BY NICOLE ROSENTHAL

September is National Yoga Month, designed to inspire others to lead a balanced and healthy lifestyle while educating about the benefits of the practice. Designated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Yoga Month serves as a time to make small changes to our daily habits in order to promote increased energy, cardio and circulatory health and even weight reduction. The practice of yoga has been around for 5,000 years, first practiced in the Indus-Sarasvati civilization in Northern India by Vedic priests. Rooted in self-healing and mind-body harmony, yoga is dedicated to the body’s ability to heal itself. While there are over one hundred variations of the practice, most modern yoga studios integrate exercises from various schools. Most sessions typically include breathing exercises, meditation and poses that stretch and flex muscle groups. “Though many of these techniques date back to ancient times, the benefits [that yoga] provides are invaluable in modern day life,” said Yoga Nanda owner Cara Stone. “​Yoga provides​ the tools p ​ eople n ​ eed to successfully navigate the pressures of the current fast paced world in which we live. These teachings also provide a safe and effective outlet for releasing physical and emotional tension through mindful movement, breath awareness, and meditation. ​Yoga classes offer in-studio

guidance as well as simple instructions for at-home practices so students​can continue to cultivate mindfulness on their own.” Om Sweet Om Yoga features various open classes throughout the month of September, ranging from foundational beginners classes, candlelight yoga, pre/post-natal, teen yoga and senior classes. Also available for the month is a new beginners series with Yoga Nanda’s own Kathleen Byrne. Affectionately named “Basic Tuesdays”, the class will focus on the fundamentals of breathing, posture and preliminary poses. “​At Yoga Nanda o​ur mission is to build a yoga community where you can know your truth, speak your truth, and hold your truth in your heart,” continued Stone. “Through physical, emotional, and spiritual self-realization, we grow to unite with our larger collective in compassion and service.” To kick-off the celebration, the Sands Point Preserve in Port Washington hosted the One Love Long Island Yoga Festival on Sept. 9, featuring live music performances, drum circles, meditation, henna artists and a multitude of yoga-related activities and seminar. “Yoga Nanda celebrates Yoga Month by being of service and continuing to support One Love Long Island Yoga Festival,” said Stone. “The festival is in its sixth year, and is put on completely by volunteers. One hundred percent of the profits to be donated to support survivors of human trafficking as well as a Long

Island organization that works with families with alcoholism and drug addiction.” For more information about Yoga Month and Yoga Nanda, visit www. or call 516-307-9007. Check out some of these yoga month specials: Ever Veda 140 Cove Rd., Oyster Bay 516-721-4216 Specials: Ever Veda is offering a full-day autumn retreat on Sept. 24 which includes a sunrise fire ceremony, meditation, gentle yoga and kirtan (call and response chanting). Local practitioners will lead introductory and interactive discussions on nutrition, daily routine and Vedic

astrology. Ayurvedic breakfast and lunch, herbal teas and treats will be provided throughout. Body in Balance Yoga 111 E. Jericho Tpke., Mineola 516-747-4997 Specials: Every Sunday throughout the month of September, Body in Balance Yoga is offering $5 Sunday yoga. Join yogi Hang Njuyen and experience a taste of Yoga Month for an affordable price. Om Sweet Om Yoga 12 Irma Ave., Port Washington 516-944-9642 Specials: New students are welcomed at Om Sweet Om Yoga with a $39 unlimited pass for two weeks.

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Alzheimer’s Conference Provides Education, Services On Tuesday, Sept. 26, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is hosting a free Concepts in Care educational conference which will provide Alzheimer’s-related education and services to Long Islanders living with Alzheimer’s, their family and professional caregivers, and the general public. The event, part of AFA’s national Educating America Tour, will be held at the Marriott Melville (1350 Walt Whitman Rd., Melville), from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. “There are more than 50,000 people on Long Island who are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease,” said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFA’s president and chief executive officer. “This conference will help give people a better understanding of the illness, enable them to learn from experts and help them be more prepared to work with, and care for, people who are impacted by the disease.” Peter Davies, Ph.D., director of the Litwin-Zucker Center for Alzheimer’s Disease & Memory Disorders at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, will keynote the conference, providing an overview of Alzheimer’s disease, research and clinical trials. Davies is also a professor of pathology and neuroscience at Hofstra University’s Northwell School of Medicine. For more than 35 years, Davies’ research has been focused on the biochemistry of Alzheimer’s disease, with a specific interest in the development of new treatments and diagnostic tests for Alzheimer’s disease. Jane Stelboum, a certified yoga teacher and owner of Sarasvate, will present Yoga Designed for the Brain, where she will teach attendees how simple, effective yoga tools can help the caregiver stay grounded, calm and focused. In this session, she will teach breathing technique and meditation to help reduce stress and improve your mood. Bert Brodsky, founder of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and chairman of its board of directors, and Jared Finkelstein, co-chair of AFA Young Executives, will both share their stories as caregivers for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease. A Q&A session will be held following each session to give attendees the opportunity to ask questions. Participants will also be able to receive a free memory

screening, a free hearing exam, and have the opportunity to network with one another. The event will also feature a display of the AFA Quilt to Remember, the nation’s first largescale quilt that pays tribute to the more than five million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease. Visit or call 866-232-8484 for more information and to register.

Jane Stelboum is a certified yoga teacher and owner of Sarasvate

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Family Meals Month

In the midst of our busy lives and hectic schedules, taking the time to sit down and eat together with the family can often get neglected. September is National Family Meals Month, a great opportunity to prioritize family life and improve our nutrition. The start of the school year is the perfect time to start serving meals at home and renew your commitment to the family. Countless studies have shown that regular family meals are linked to positive outcomes for our children, including improved grades, positive self-esteem and healthier eating habits. A study in 2014 showed that structured meals strongly influence a child’s long-term health. Family mealtime doesn’t just mean eating together; it also includes cooking together, talking with each other, and spending time to form positive relationships. Family mealtime has been proven to benefit the health and wellness of children and adolescents, and can create a positive impact in our community. Here are just a few benefits of family mealtime, as well as some tips that can improve your meals together:

dinner, and teaching them to take small amounts at first and more if they get hungry later.

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Healthier Relationships

Taking the time to sit down together gives everyone a chance to learn more about each other. Plus, it adds a sense of security in family life. Put the cell phones away and turn the TV off; take this time to connect and make memories together. Incorporating family mealtime now is a lesson that your children can use for life.

Nutritious Meals

Meals prepared at home are typically more nutritious than those eaten while dining out. You get to control the ingredients and have the freedom to remove or add certain ingredients to your dishes. Preparing food with the family can help your children learn more about appropriate portion sizes and food groups. Try to set a good example by preparing healthy food options for the meal

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Family mealtime has been proven to benefit the health and wellness of children and adolescents, and can create a positive impact in our community.


such as lean protein, fresh vegetables and whole grains. You can start by letting your children serve themselves at

Kids love to help cook and prepare food, especially if it means spending more time with the family. This is a nice time to teach your children basic cooking skills that they can use in college and further on in life. Try to prepare some family recipes together to help pass on tradition and embrace your family culture.


Preparing meals at home is typically cheaper than going out to eat, and the price gap between cooking and dining out is growing larger. Buy your groceries in bulk for even more savings and reap the benefits of more cost-effective and healthier meals.

Make It Simple

Family mealtime does not need to be a fancy affair! If anything, keeping it simple makes it more enjoyable for the whole family. You can try to prep a few meals in the beginning of the week, or even

purchase something premade. It’s important to spend enough time together, but sitting for too long can lead to distraction and irritability. Keep things simple and make family mealtime something for everyone to look forward to.

Any Mealtime Can Be Family Mealtime

Family mealtime doesn’t have to just mean dinner. Breakfast may be the only feasible option for getting

the entire family at the table together during the day. Whatever it may be, just make time to sit together and enjoy a meal. Stefani Pappas, MS, RDN, CDN, CPT, is a clinical dietitian nutritionist at St. Francis Hospital. She also provides private and group nutrition counseling at her office in Great Neck. Visit for more information.

HEALTH BRIEFS Stroke Support Group

North Shore University Hospital Free support groups for stroke survivors and caregivers take place every Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in building no. 304 on the hospital campus. Bring your lunch, beverages provided. For more info, call the volunteer office at 516-562-4947. ....................................

Bereavement Support

Northwell’s Center for Wellness & Integrative Medicine hosts an eight-session group on healing from the loss of a parent on Wednesdays through Nov. 8, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Located at 1500 Old Northern Blvd. on the second floor in Roslyn. Visit or call 516-858-3095 for details.


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Hepatitis C: The End Is Near Fact: Hepatitis C is the most common chronic viral infection in the United States affecting an estimated 2.7 to 7 million people. Fact: Hepatitis C is one of the leading indications for liver transplantation and one of the most common predisposing factors for the development of primary liver cancer. Fact: Hepatitis C was previously called non-A non-B hepatitis until discovery of the hepatitis C antibody in 1991. Fact: Hepatitis C is curable in almost 99 percent of all people with the disease with all oral regimens with minimal side effects. Fact: Hepatitis C is the only chronic viral infection that can be cured with a short course of anti-viral therapy. Fact: Hepatitis C treatment improves all-cause mortality, decreases the risk of progression of cirrhosis, decreases the risk for developing primary liver cancer, decreases the need for potential liver transplantation and improves overall quality of life. Fact: Hepatitis C therapies remain unattainable for some patients due to insurance restrictions allowing these patients with curable disease to potentially progress to cirrhosis, liver cancer or need a liver transplantation. With the approval of two more potent

agents to treat hepatitis C in August 2017, we have now reached a point where we have extremely tolerable oral agents to treat all hepatitis C genotypes in naĂŻve and treatment-experienced patients, with or without cirrhosis, with or without kidney failure, even those on dialysis, with or with HIV infection and even the 1-5 percent of people who have failed the new regimens such as Harvoni, Zepatier or Viekira. The story of the development of hepatitis C therapies is one for the record books. I cannot think of a single disease entity in medical history that has gone from discovery to cure in a matter of 25 years. In 1992, the treatment for hepatitis C was interferon, an injectable medication with a very low cure rate of about 2 percent and many side effects. Interferon remained the backbone of therapy until 2014 when new therapies were introduced. Since 2014, 13 single agents and 7 combination agents have been approved. The pace of discovery and approval of treatment agents is unprecedented. The latest two agents to be approved in August 2017, Vosevi and Mavyret, complete our ability to treat the last remaining difficult to treat patients

with hepatitis C. Mavyret is a combination of two new agents, glecaprevir and pibrentasvir. It has been approved for the treatment of previously untreated patients without cirrhosis with genotypes 1-6 for an 8-week course and in those with cirrhosis, for 12 weeks. For those who failed previous treatments with interferon, ribavirin and Sofosbuvir, it is approved for 8 weeks in non-cirrhotics and 12 weeks for cirrhotics in people with genotypes 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6. It is approved for 16 weeks in people with genotype 3 who previously failed therapy with interferon, ribavirin and Sofosbuvir. In people who did not respond to agents such as Harvoni, Zepatier or Viekira, it is recommended to be used for 12 or 16 weeks depending upon the previous regimen used. Cure rates with this regimen are 98 percent Vosevi is a combination of two previously approved agents, Sofosbuvir and Velpatasvir, plus a third new agent, Voxilaprevir. It is approved for the treatment of people who failed previous regimens such as Harvoni, Zepatier or Viekira for 12 weeks regardless of whether cirrhosis is present. Cure rates with this regimen are greater


than 98 percent. Medicine now has all the tools it needs to eradicate the hepatitis C virus and cure all patients with hepatitis C infection. Sadly, not all patients are able to get these life-saving medications due to insurance restrictions. Luckily, most insurance plans in New York State cover the therapy although co-pays may vary. We have seen copays as little as $5 and as high as $3,500 per month. In New York, more than 90 percent of people with hepatitis C can get these life-saving medications. In most other parts of the country, the rates are much lower. Hopefully, as healthcare continues to be debated and delivery altered, legislators will ensure that all people with hepatitis C are able to get these medications at an affordable rate. It is both cost-saving in the long-term and the right thing to do. David Bernstein, MD, FAASLD,FACG, AGAF, FACP, is the chief of hepatology at Sandra Atlas Bass Center for Liver Diseases and a professor of medicine at Hofstra-Northwell School of Medicine.


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Five Ways To Stop Feeling Overworked And Overwhelmed In my work with multi-passionate, hard working women, I frequently encounter individuals who are experiencing an overall disconnect from themselves. Meeting the constant demands of career, family and social commitments has left them feeling drained, imbalanced and alone. Purpose disappears when our sole focus becomes “doing” instead of “being”. I have developed a five step process to help individuals realign with their sense of purpose while nurturing themselves at a whole body level; even in times of stress and overload.


Center Yourself

Plan for 5-10 minutes each morning to simply be with yourself. Before you turn on your devices, walk the dog or feed your kids, take some time to mentally prepare yourself for the day ahead.

whole, unprocessed foods and make sure to pack plenty of healthy snacks to tide hunger over as it arises throughout the day. A consistent exercise routine will also program you for a more positive mindset throughout your day.

LIFE EVOLUTIONS Melody Pourmoradi This time can be used to meditate, journal or visualize—whatever will help you welcome the day with a sense of peace and calm.


Fuel Your Body

Taking proper care of yourself on a physical level allows you to show up in the world more effectively and energetically. Be sure to eat


Get Organized

When you have a full schedule, it is imperative that you do as much planning ahead of time as possible to ensure a smooth day ahead. Get acquainted with the “notes” section of your iPhone and throughout the day as needed, jot down ideas, lists and other important information that need to be documented. Meal and wardrobe prep at the beginning of each week are also instrumental tools so that you can wake up each day and focus on what is most important.


Get Adequate Amounts Of Sleep

Often times we sacrifice sleep to get things done, but performing at optimal levels in our daily lives requires us to fully recharge at night. Consider a routine that includes taking a warm shower, turning off your phone for a half-hour to read a book (not on your iPad) and dimming the lights to indicate to your body that it’s time to rest. Use the tools that you find soothing on a daily basis to induce deep rest and ground yourself for the night.

Practice Your Passions


Fill your life with an abundance of things that you love. Surrounding yourself with things that you are passionate about will empower and inspire you. Find beauty everywhere.

Listen to a song that moves you. Define your bliss and put it into action. When you take the time to align with activities that bring you joy, you will operate at your best throughout the day and feel less overwhelmed and more energized. By committing to these five strategies, even the most overloaded individuals can find moments of peace, balance and centeredness in the midst of overwhelm and challenge. Melody Pourmoradi is a women’s life and wellness coach at Life Evolutions Coaching. Check out www. to learn more.


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