Hudson Valley Health & Wellness


A central part of Hudson Valley lifestyle is health—from getting outdoors to eating nutritious, sustainable food, people who live in the region care about living well-rounded, healthy lifestyles, with a focus on fitness, nutrition, mindfulness, and general wellness. Chronogram’s Hudson Valley online magazine focuses monthly on wellness coverage, including health trends and topics, diets and cleanses, medical treatments and facilities, alternative medicine and practices, yoga and movement, health myths and mantras, bone and heart health, sound healing, and wellness fairs and expos.


Esteemed Reader | February 2019

A note from our publisher, Jason Stern.

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Digital Detox: Breaking Your Phone Addiction

Wellness editor Wendy Kagan exploring our addiction to phones and social media, and looks for solutions to breaking our technology addiction.

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Samadhi Offers an Alternative Road to Addiction Recovery

Head to Colony on 1/27 to Help Raise Funds for Mindfulness-Based Recovery
A star-studded evening coming to Colony Woodstock this Sunday, January 27, will benefit Samadhi Recovery, a treatment center for those suffering from substance use and related disorders and addictions that’s being founded in Kingston by filmmaker, substance abuse counselor, and recovery coach David McNamara.

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Spa Fleet’s Mobile Sauna Comes to You

A Tiny (Hot) House for Rent + Tips for Sauna Bathing
This woodfired Finnish sauna, adorably dubbed "Cloudberry," comes to you for a luxurious, steamy night, weekend, or whole vacation. The brainchild of Rosendale resident Henning Grentz, this towable sauna is built like a tiny house on a 7-by-14-foot trailer. With seating for 8, LED mood lighting, an outdoor shower, and pre-cut wood, it looks like it might be time to organize the next neighborhood sauna party.

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10 Simple & Sustainable Tips for a Healthier You in 2019

Make your 2019 health resolution doable with these easy and effective tips.
Several tips on how to kickstart the new you in the New Year!

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Esteemed Reader | January 2019

A note from our publisher, Jason Stern.

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Q&A: Talking with Ruth-Ellen Blodgett of Planned Parenthood

Ruth-Ellen Blodgett, President & CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Mid-Hudson Valley, discusses the organization's services in an ever-changing political climate.

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5 Modalities to Boost Energy and Immunity During Winter

With short, cold days and a flurry of activities the winter holidays can be a draining time. Here are five alternative healing modalities on offer in the Hudson Valley to rejuvenate and replenish you.

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Esteemed Reader of Our Magazine

Jason Stern shares his father's illness and Thanksgiving with family.

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Naturally Calm: Alternative Anxiety Therapies

Ditch the Xanax and opt for natural anxiety relief with these alternative healing modalities.

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Labor of (Self) Love

From fertility and childbirth to end-of-life care, women are supporting women to take charge of their health.
The offerings at Wyld Womyn and Fertile Ground reflect a broader shift in women’s, healthcare—away from merely treating bodies, lifecycles, reproductive cycles, and sexual health as syndrome or sickness, and toward empowering people to tune into themselves.

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2018 Ahimsa Yoga & Music Festival

Started by music industry veteran Bernie Walters and his yoga teacher wife Katherine Walters, Ahimsa Yoga & Music Festival succeeds in gathering spiritually uplifting musicians and yoga teachers under one roof to share their gifts.

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The 50th Anniversary of Auroville & Matagiri on 10/20

In honor of the 50th anniversary, two prominent Aurovillians will speak at Matagiri.

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Esteemed Reader | October 2018

A note from our publisher, Jason Stern.

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Combatting Opioid Addiction in the Hudson Valley

Opioid drug rehab in New York State

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Anger Management Treatment in the Hudson Valley

Psychotherapist David Haviland talks about the best ways to manage anger.

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Esteemed Reader | September 2018

Esteemed Reader of Our Magazine: The family was sitting in front of our food, awaiting inspiration for some sort of prayer before the meal. We never know what form the prayer will take. It can be a song, or an ee cummings poem, or a zen gatha. Sometimes the prayer is simply a moment of silence holding hands. After some moments at the table, the six-year old, a nephew visiting from France, spoke up with his painfully charming French accent. "I want to talk about what I'm grateful for." As he uttered the words, the atmosphere in the room seemed to become more rarified, like we had emerged from fog into mountain sunlight. Everyone felt the rightness of the suggestion each person spoke, formulating an expression of gratitude. Mostly, these referred to what was present here and now—appreciation for being together with people we love, sharing a meal, and being alive. When it was my turn to speak I found that I felt thankful for the boy's invitation to be grateful. The suggestion had brought warmth into my heart and recognition of abundance, so that's what I said. "That's a good one," the little boy commented, and my gratitude increased. Since that evening, I've taken gratitude as a theme, considering where I feel it naturally and where appreciation is supplanted by less abundant emotions like resentment, impatience, dissatisfaction, and regret. When I notice these creeping in, I sometimes remember that gratitude is a possibility, and gratitude comes to light. I am left with the impression that gratitude and recognition of abundance in the moment is the normal, native condition, like the natural state of pure water, clear and translucent, that becomes muddy only when turbulence disturbs sediment at the bottom. I see that gratitude is not a result of having something to be grateful for. Gratitude is a disposition of being in contact with and naturally appreciating what is, with what is right. The opposite of this disposition is dwelling on what isn't, focusing on what's wrong. The reality is that what's lacking is an illusion. The notion of what's lacking is a construct. It isn't real. For instance, when I am with what is, I can appreciate the person in front of me. I see what the person means when they speak, and that the thing the person sees is true in the way they see it, even if I see something else. When I really understand what someone else sees, I cannot disagree with them. When I acknowledge that others see something true, I am able to connect that truth with the truth of what I see, and form a larger body of truth. A long time ago, I had a teacher who was fond of aphorisms. He even wrote them, creating a distillate from otherwise long-winded advice. One that I recall was a mere three words long. It said: Gratitude increases capacity. Perceiving and appreciating what is, I observe that I open to a subtle or pronounced enthusiasm. When I am filled with some of this finer emotion of appreciation and gratitude, it increases the energy and force available to suffer, feel joy, and work towards an aim. Capacity is increased. The message of the boy at the table coincided a day later with a conversation with my friend and colleague, Ralph. He told me that he has been doing an exercise of writing down three things for which he is grateful at the end of every day and found the practice helpful. It was clear I needed to try this, so I took it up. The results are subtle but pronounced. Each night I write three things for which I am grateful, and as a result I'm on the lookout for things to write in my journal all day, seeking objects for which to be grateful. In the evening, I write about what I've collected. So, given that it's past midnight and we go to print with this issue tomorrow morning, I will do the exercise here and now. 1. I'm grateful for Ralph and the colleagues I work with publishing this magazine (see the masthead for details). These amazing people work hard and with profound dedication and creativity day after day, deadline after deadline. I am honored and to work in this milieu. 2. I'm grateful to have work that allows me to promote and amplify the creative and cultural life of this rich network of communities, and to have the privilege of contributing meaning and participating in the cultural commons of the Hudson Valley. 3. As I sit here listening to the peepers outside my window, feeling the cool, end-of-summer air, I'm grateful for the privilege of living in this paradise. The Hudson Valley is a place among places, so beautiful, and full of inspired people, businesses, and organizations cocreating a community and way of living for which everyone can feel grateful. ...

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Girls On the Run Fuels Girl Power in the Hudson Valley

Girls on the Run Hudson Valley helps young women build confidence, resilience, and joy.

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Butoh: The Crucible of Body and Mind @ Zen Mountain Monastery

Butoh: The Crucible of Body and Mind

Fri., Feb. 15, 6-10 p.m., Sat., Feb. 16, 6 a.m.-9:30 p.m. and Sun., Feb. 17, 6 a.m.-12 p.m. — How comfortable can we allow ourselves to be in our body? How...
Literary LoveFest with Dakota Lane @ Woodstock Public Library

Literary LoveFest with Dakota Lane

Sat., Feb. 16, 5-6 p.m. — Dakota Lane brings an evening of love and laughter to the Woodstock...

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