Fall Flavors

 

The time of harvest is upon us. Some great root vegetables are plentiful now. An easy way to savor their rich colors and earthy flavors is in a simple and easy recipe like this one. It's fun to prepare and can be supplied entirely from a farmer's market! 

Roasted Root Veggies

The ingredients you'll need are: 

2 Potatoes (white or sweet)
1 Carrot
1 Parsley Root
1 Beet root
2 Onions
2 Cloves of Garlic

1 Bunch of fresh Rosemary
2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
Coarse Salt

To prepare:
Preset oven to 425 degrees. Cut all vegetable and combine with olive oil and rosemary. Spread onto a baking sheet and top with sliced garlic and salt. Bake for 30 minutes. Serve immediately.

 

Leslie's Summer Reading

Most of the year I spend my extra time reading books that will enlighten me clinically or with my nose in a parenting book. But this summer amidst the chaos of a busy practice and my hectic life with two children, I am finding myself drawn to poetry that nourishes my spirit.

Poetry is something that for me, must be digested, sat with, chewed upon; it is to be read and re-read. It must be allowed to enter slowly into my spirit. When I find that place behind the words, where resonance occurs and a feeling emerges, I am left open and speechless. I must breathe deeply and let myself be moved.

Lately, I have found myself reading once again one of my favorite Poets, Mary Oliver. Her observations and insights into both the natural world and human nature touch me deeply. I share with you today one of my favorite summer poems from her 1986 collection of poems entitled Dream Work. Please take a moment, still yourself and enjoy...

Morning Poem by Mary Oliver

Every morning
the world
is created.
Under the orange
 
sticks of the sun
the heaped
ashes of the night
turn into leaves again
 
and fasten themselves to the high branches ---
and the ponds appear
like black cloth
on which are painted islands
 
of summer lilies.
If it is your nature
to be happy
you will swim away along the soft trails
 
for hours, your imagination
alighting everywhere.
And if your spirit
carries within it
 
the thorn
that is heavier than lead ---
if it's all you can do
to keep on trudging ---
 
there is still
somewhere deep within you
a beast shouting that the earth
is exactly what it wanted ---
 
each pond with its blazing lilies
is a prayer heard and answered
lavishly,
every morning,
 
whether or not
you have ever dared to be happy,
whether or not
you have ever dared to pray.

 

What does the NFL and the US Army know that most men don't?

 

One of the most common responses we get from our female patients after a good acupuncture treatment is:

"I wish I could get my husband to try acupuncture!"

I always picture all those poor husbands out there, going about their lives, unaware of how good they could be feeling!

It's true that, in the West, most acupuncturists--and people who seek acupuncture--are women. As the only male practitioner at Satori, I often wonder why it has been slower to catch on with my fellow American men, although this is changing as professional sports teams and even the male-dominated U.S. Army are seeing the value of this modality.

There is a theory that men tend to wait until "something is wrong" before seeking out any sort of treatment. That, of course, is the perfect argument for trying acupuncture, a holistic therapy that can bring your body and mind back into balance and prevent ailments before they even start, or help reverse them once they have.

Acupuncture can benefit men in so many ways, including relieving back and muscle pains, easing stress, helping to repair sports and fitness-related injuries, helping generate more focus and energy to get through the day, improving prostate and sexual health (including E.D. and infertility), raising testosterone levels, and more. Even just having a sympathetic person to talk to about their unique concerns can do wonders for the spirit--and as holistic practitioners, acupuncturists are excellent at helping people make the connections that bring ease into their daily lives.

If you are a woman and really want to share the benefits of acupuncture with your husband or significant other, let him know that your regular appointments are not like trips to the day spa; they are a serious commitment to your health and staying at the top of your game. And if we can do that for you--and the NFL and the Army--we can do it for him.

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Be like the Butterfly and ease your summer stress

The summer time is supposed to be about easy living, yet for some it can be exhausting. We can find ourselves overwhelmed by all the activity; family vacations, weekend getaways, community gatherings, outdoor sports, barbeques and more. Even though these are fun, it is so important to stop, breathe, and recharge our batteries so that we don’t get depleted.

A good way to unwind, nourish yourself and re-charge can be as easy as doing this classic restorative, heart-opening yoga pose referred to as ‘Sleeping Butterfly’. You may have noticed these beautiful creatures this summer, and in this pose we can imitate their free, open and tranquil nature. Try it yourself or with your family!

Sleeping Butterfly Pose (Supta Baddha Konasana)

For maximum comfort in this pose, you will need three pillows. Start seated on the floor in a quiet space. Position a nearby pillow vertically behind you, so that it is the length of the torso, and in line with the spine and head. Once the pillow has been set, place both palms on the ground next to the hips. Bend the knees and place both feet together flat on the ground. Slide the heels in close to the groin. Keep the core engaged as you gently roll the spine down on top of the pillow and settle in. Take a few deep breaths here and slowly bring the soles of the feet together into Butterfly pose, let the knees surrender to gravity and fall out to the sides. Place the remaining two pillows underneath each bent knee for more support. To deeply settle into the pose, allow the head and neck to be heavy on the pillow supporting you. Let the shoulders and arms cascade down and out from the spine and spread the arms out on the ground at a comfortable angle. Let the palms and elbows face up, and externally rotate the upper arms to flatten the shoulder blades and create a beautiful opening in the chest. Allow the pelvis and knees to relax fully, avoiding temptation to drive the knees down, and instead focusing on the opening of the hips and creating heavy releases of weight into the pillows underneath your knees. Allow the eyes to close, take long deep breaths staying here, supported, for 2-5 minutes.

This pose relaxes the mind and the central nervous system. It can not only relieve symptoms of stress, but also depression, PMS and menopause. It opens the heart, stimulates the abdominal organs, and improves mobility in digestion. Butterfly pose frees energy flow in your pelvic area, nourishes the root chakra, and stretches your inner thigh and groin muscles.

Do not hold this pose for long if you have lower back pain or any groin or knee injury. To exit the posture, draw the arms in towards the body and use the hands to guide the legs back together. Lift the feet and circle the knees here in both directions a few times to bring awareness back to the legs and pelvis. Hug the knees into the chest and gently rock from side to side a few times. Engage the core pushing the lower back into the cushion as you draw yourself up to a seated pose. Plant the feet on the ground, and slowly roll up to stand. Notice how you feel in this moment and commit to doing this pose again whenever you need to unwind and re-charge.