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NYC based meditation classes, retreats, tapes and CDs

In Your Home
Dharmaseed.org is digitally converting over 6,000 talks, many of which are accessible online, and has a catalog of recorded meditation teachings on tape or CD, all of which are priced on a donation scale. In other words, you pay what you can afford with the added benefit of listening to them in the comfort of your home according to your time schedule. Talks are by such teachers as Sharon Salsberg, Philip Moffitt, Silvia Boorstien and Jose Reissig. Contact: http://www.dharmaseed.org, call (800) 969.7333 or e-mail dharma@crocker.com

New York Insight Meditation

NYIMC is a non residential center which offers classes and day long retreats. Classes are donation basis or free. I frequent the weekend day-long retreats which are hosted by a variety of teachers. The space is comfortable with chairs or zafu cushions, tea and water. Contact: http://www.nyimc.org 28 West 28th Street, NYC

Insight Meditation

Insight Meditation is associated with NYIM and is located in Barre, Massachusetts. Many of its retreats can be paid for on a sliding scale basis. Contact: http://www.dharma.org, Call: (978) 355.4378, or E-mail: ims@dharma.org

Tibet House

Tibet House is dedicated to the proposition that the wisdom and arts of all human civilizations vitally enrich the emerging global culture. They focus on a special concern for Tibet, its people, its spectacular highlands, and its civilization of extraordinary wisdom and beauty. Tibet’s vast high plateau is the size of the United States west of the Mississippi. Its mountain snows give rise to Asia’s greatest rivers, sustaining the lives of 40% of humanity. The hidden heart of Asia, it has served during the last thousand years of invasion as the treasury of Asia’s most sophisticated spiritual arts and sciences. Yet its precious Buddhist civilization of wisdom, compassion, peace, and harmony is under a real threat of imminent extinction. By presenting Tibetan civilization, its profound wisdom and special art of freedom, to the people of the world, we hope to inspire them to join the effort to save it. Tibet House New York is part of a worldwide network of Tibetan institutions committed to ensuring that the light of the Tibetan spirit never disappears from the face of the earth. Tibet often offers affordable meditation classes. Contact: http://www.tibethouse.org 22 West 15th Street NYC (212) 807.0563

Menla Mountian Retreat

Menla Retreat center in the Catskill Mountains is named for the medicine Buddha, Menla. The center’s land was gifted to the Dalai Lama by its previous owner. I went to Menla for its first Medicine Buddha teaching and initiation with the Gaden Jangtse Twawa Dhangtsen Monks and Robert Thurman. The energy on the mountain is incredibly powerful and relaxing. The accommodations were clean, simple and comfortable. The food was organic, vegetarian and delicious. The other retreat attendees were very friendly and open. I met people of all ages and walks of life. My experience on the mountain was extraordinarily beautiful. Immediately upon my arrival I knew I was in the right place. I found a nearby stream on the property and sat quietly. Within moments I felt clear and relaxed as I felt my body and mind soften. The retreat was empowering and challenging to my mind, spirit and body. (Have you ever sat in lotus for 3 days?) Aspects of my self changed and developed with the guidance and teaching of Geshe Jigme Gyatso and Robert Thurman, through the initiation and the healing puja the monks blessed us with. This is the first time I was part of this kind of ceremony. I think that had I attended a different event on the mountain I still would have come back feeling very relaxed and centered because the energy there is just so healing.
















9 Tips to Lower Your Blood Pressure Now!

You don’t always have to wait to quit your job or to lose weight before lowering your blood pressure. Use these natural techniques to re-gain your health and to reduce your stress.

    1. Reduce Intake of Processed Table Salt and Increase Potassium Intake.
      Reduce or eliminate colas from your diet. Use low or no sodium soy sauce or other seasonings products. Avoid pre-packaged, pre-made foods such as boxed frozen and canned foods which are high in processed sodium (20% or more of you daily value). When choosing salt, try unrefined sea salt which retain important minerals. Increase potassium rich foods such as bananas, avocados, cantaloupe, apricots, raisins, beans, figs, winter squash and tomato sauce. (Most tomato product brands are packed in B.P.A. lined cans so be sure to avoid those brands by choosing jarred sauces, making your own from farm fresh tomato. As of the writing of this article canned Glenn Muir do not use B.P.A. can liners. You can also try boxes of Pomi brand tomato product). Food is the best medicine, but you can also consider taking a potassium supplement daily.
    2. Exercise Daily. Studies show that cardio vascular exercise reduces blood pressure and relieves stress. Sometimes due to health reasons or time constraints we cannot work out often or engage in a vigorous cardiovascular program. That is okay. Start by walking for 5-15 minutes per day. Slowly increase your walking time and soon you may be able to go to the gym again. Also try hatha yoga, qi-gong or tai-chi.
    3. Use Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs. Scientific research studies show that acupuncture reduces blood pressure by reducing stress hormones, such as cortisol and by releasing good hormones called endorphins. Chinese herbs are often used in combination with acupuncture to balance the root cause of energy disharmony which may contribute to high blood pressure.
    4. Take Breaks At Work. To reduce your stress, walk out of the office for a few minutes, breathe deeply and let go.

  1. Reduce Exposure to News Media. Cut down on T.V. news shows, newspaper and magazine reading and internet news media. News sources such as T.V. news, news magazine shows, Court TV, Cops, Unsolved Mysteries and other crime shows as well as glossy news magazines thrive on inducing fear and anxiety which causes blood pressure to rise as stress levels rise.
  2. Give Yourself Alone Time.Even five minutes a day of quiet time can help. Try any of the following; meditate, walk, sit in a garden, breathe, go for a drive or bike ride.
  3. Engage in Low Stress Activities You Enjoy. Knitting, golfing, gardening, playing with pets, fishing, dance, sing, play an instrument, walk in the park or meet a friend for tea.
  4. Breathe. Become aware of your breath. Do you stop breathing when you are stressed or do you sigh a lot? Do you take short breaths into the top of your chest? Or do breathe deeply filling down to the bottom of your belly? Take time to just breathe and relax. You don’t always have try some special breathing exercise because sometimes just sitting and feeling the sensation breath moving through your body can be enough. Inhale through the nose, feel the air move through, is it cool or warm? Can you feel it move through the throat? Notice your chest expand, your lungs fill and ribs expand. As you exhale notice your belly soften, ribs soften, chest relax and warm air move out of your mouth.
  5. Develop Mindful Awareness. Become mindful of your reactions to stressful situations. What raises the hair on the back of your neck? What causes you tense up your shoulders or jaw? What situations or people cause your blood to boil? As you become aware of your stress reactions to people, places and things, take a breath and consider this advice Tibetan monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, writes in his book Anger. Wisdom for Cooling the Flames:‘The first function of mindfulness is to recognize, not fight. “Breathing in, I know anger has manifested in me”. And breathing out, “I will take good care of you.” Once we have recognized our anger we embrace it. This is the second function of mindfulness, and it is a very pleasant practice. Instead of fighting we are taking good care of our emotion. If you know how to embrace your anger, something will change.’

Integrating just a few of these many tips into your daily life can help blood pressure control and reduce stress.

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Juliette Aiyana, L.Ac., Herbalist, Author, Creator of HealthyStuffU.com
Aiyana Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs
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