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.

Healing the Trauma Body with EMDR

Healing the Trauma Body with EMDR

When the Psyche Sends Out an SOS, This Science-Based Therapy is There to Help
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a science-based psychotherapy modality that uses bilateral stimulation—the alternate stimulation of the right and left hemispheres of the brain—as a method of healing trauma by changing the way it’s stored in the body.

Tags: Mental Health


Esteemed Reader: Life, the Movie | August 2021

In the company of his nephew, Jason Stern has the opportunity to reflect on the movie that is life—a teachable moment.

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Locked & Loaded Against Lyme

Two New Preventative Treatments Could Keep a Lid on the Tick-Borne Illness
Health editor Wendy Kagan explores two exciting new treatments that show promise in helping prevent tick-borne Lyme Disease.

Tags: Health

Everyday Magic

Find Your Healing Spark at this Woodstock Shop
Everyday Magic owner Lizzie Rose Reiss first visited Woodstock on the advice of a friend in March 2019. The town felt so right that she pulled up stakes in LA and moved there just three months later. It was homey, much like New Hope, Pennsylvania, where Reiss grew up. “Artsy, bohemian, and small,” she says. “I had a strong feeling about Woodstock and all the signs confirmed it.” At Everyday Magic Intentional Goods and Healing, the shop she opened in November 2020, following your intuition is all part of the experience. “Everything in here is created to support your happiness, health, and wellbeing,” Reiss says. “And you don’t have to be super esoteric to find something useful and lovely. People on all levels will find what they need to help them on their journeys. It’s kind of like Ollivanders, the wand shop in Harry Potter.” At Ollivanders, the wand chooses the wizard best matched to its magical essence. When you venture into Everyday Magic, some of the items that might choose you include heady oils, lotions, and potions, protective pendants, inspiring artwork, T-shirts celebrating good vibes and kindness, soaps and salves, candles, teas, and many intriguing books. Much of the inventory is locally crafted. This April, Reiss moved the shop to a central location on Tinker Street with space to build out a treatment room and expand the menu of healing modalities—Reiki, energy healing, flower essence therapy, and more—she’s been practicing for the past decade. “Like so many of us, I found myself up against something in my own life that needed healing,” Reiss says. “I found a path that was effective and helpful, then I found out how to share it with everyone else.” Along with her one-on-one healing sessions, which can be booked in-person or remotely, this fall she’ll be co-teaching a course with fellow Woodstock healer CC Treadway through LightSchool Arts, a mystery school founded by Treadway devoted to teaching contemporary uses for ancient mysteries, earth magic, and energetic sciences. “The Great Song” is a nine-month celebration of music, mystery, and nature designed to help sound healers, musicians, singers, DJs, and anyone else who has dreamed about developing a body of musical work free their creative voice. To learn more about Reiss’s teaching and healing work you can visit the online store—or just stop into the shop at 69 Tinker Street in Woodstock and see where your intuition leads you. ...

Tags: Woodstock

Catskill Mountain Yoga Festival Debuts This Month at Plattekill Mountain

The one-day, family-friendly event features over 30 classes and workshops for all ages and abilities.
During the last year of the pandemic, many Hudson Valley and Catskills yoga enthusiasts discovered a love of practicing in the great outdoors. But the combo of movement and fresh mountain air was one that Delhi fitness instructor Raegan Reed had long ago realized was the perfect fit. Now, after years of dreaming and a pandemic-driven delay, she's finally realizing her dream of launching the Catskill Mountain Yoga Festival. The inaugural one-day event at Plattekill Mountain on Saturday, July 24 features over 30 indoor, outdoor, and mountaintop classes and workshops for all ages and abilities, as well as a farm-to-table dinner and concert.

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Esteemed Reader: Choose Your World | July 2021

Publisher Jason Stern reflects on the fixity of being and our capacity to create our own paradise or hell.

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Understanding the Wide World of Medical Imaging

When it comes to understanding and diagnosing the human body, there are few technologies more powerful than medical imaging. While the phrase might make you think of just X-rays or ultrasounds, there’s actually a wide world of non-invasive imaging services that expert medical providers like those at Columbia Memorial Health (CMH), the primary healthcare center for Columbia and Greene counties, rely on to guide their patients throughout their journeys to wellness. Here are a few types of diagnostic and interventional imaging services that are playing an increasingly important role in cutting-edge care today.

Tags: Health

Stone Wave Yoga: Tending the Flame of Personal and Communal Wellness

In the summer of 2019, Liz Glover Wilson had just opened the second location of her burgeoning Gardiner yoga studio and wellness campus, Stone Wave Yoga, in Poughkeepsie. Like so many other small business owners in the Hudson Valley, she had no way of knowing that only months later her entire business would fundamentally change. With the pandemic’s economic and personal challenges constantly at her door, however, yoga remained the one thing that Glover Wilson knew she could count on. “A lot of the students who stayed with us this last year are hungry to learn more about the yoga tool kit because they’re seeing that it really does work,” she says.

Tags: General Wellness

Esteemed Reader: What is Life? | June 2021

Publisher Jason Sterns contemplates the unanswerable question: What is life?

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The Advantages of Being Awestruck

A look at the psychophysiology and health benefits of experiencing awe and other positive emotions.

Tags: General Wellness

Ritualist: New Paltz's Site for Spirituality, Wellness, and Witchcraft

Ritualist, a "modern witch shop" per owner Dana Cooper, is newly open in New Paltz. They carry tools for healing and magic making, which can be divinations and spells or simply connecting with one's inner power––you get to choose. Inside you can find apothecary goods, herbal tinctures, altar candles, journals, tarot decks, and houseplants. Ritualist stocks products almost exclusively by small and independent brands and makers, and is committed to making every customer feel welcome, in part by offering products made by creators in the POC and LGBTQ+ communities. Sustainability is also top of mind for Ritualist, as is equity: they donate 10% of monthly revenue to an organization that uplifts marginalized communities.

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Esteemed Reader: The Pen is Mightier than the Sword | May 2021

In trying to explain the world of publishing to a group of

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Finding Hope For Long COVID

New Centers Of Care Are Taking A Surround Sound Approach To Long Hauler Syndrome
Taking in every specialization from neurology and cardiology to rheumatology and pulmonology, local hospitals have robust treatment plans to combat the debilitating effects of long COVID.

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Soul Spa Wellness Weekend for BIPOC Community Leaders

Dharmakaya Center is Now Accepting Applications for this Free Restorative Weekend in July
Set on the Dharmakaya Center's 90-acre campus, the Soul Spa Wellness program, July 16-18, will offer a free weekend of restorative practices in a peaceful spiritual setting for 12 BIPOC community leaders from the Hudson Valley. This program is free and applications are now being accepted.

Tags: Retreats

Esteemed Reader | April 2021

The Awesome Mystery Of Nature
Publisher Jason Stern muses about the humbling power of Mother Nature and the need for humanity to work with and not against her.

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COVID Watch | April 2021

It Takes A Village To Vaccinate
Greenburgh's COVID Angels-a volunteer group almost 300 strong-work with churches and local health centers to reach low-income and minority residents who might otherwise get left behind in the vaccine rollout.

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Has COVID Killed Sex?

Has the stress, grief, and survival-centric state of mind that tanked you libido? You're not alone.

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The Changing Face of Telehealth

How The Virtual Medicine Boom Has Improved Access to Care at Columbia Memorial Health
In the face of a daunting global pandemic, Columbia Memorial Health has assembled an easily accessible telehealth system to put your mind at ease.

Tags: Medical

A Guide to Getting Your COVID-19 Vaccine

Your one-stop-shop guide to getting vaccinated in the Hudson Valley and the Catskills: Who qualifies, where to go, what to expect, and how to do it, plus the latest policy updates.

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Esteemed Reader: Impartiality Through Presence | March 2021

Words can distract from the thing they represent. Publisher Jason Stern finds that under the stress of oppressive conditions we can become really present, and, in presence, we can be impartial.

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COVID Watch: Essential, Invisible, Ineligible

Farm and Food Workers Await the Vaccine
Vulnerable farm workers and rural communities are being overlooked by New York State's Covid vaccine rollout.

Tags: General News & Politics

Support Groups Get A Digital Redo

When there's a will- and an internet connection- there's a way to be there for each other.
In COVID times, the move to all-virtual support groups has been a blessing and a gift for the Rhinebeck Parkinson’s Support Group.

Tags: Mental Health


Hudson Valley Events

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Family Class! Intro to Watercolor Painting: African Savannah with Shanna @ Cornell Creative Arts Center

Family Class! Intro to Watercolor Painting: African Savannah with Shanna

Thu., Aug. 5, 5:30 p.m. — In this class students will learn to make a variegated wash and...
Movement Without Borders: Yoga, Pilates, Dance @ PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century

Movement Without Borders: Yoga, Pilates, Dance

Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. & 12-1 p.m. Continues through Sept. 15 — Invigorating, adventurous 70-minute sessions, open to all ages and levels, focused on...

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It’s high time Chronogram made a newsletter about marijuana. Stay in the know with the latest on dispensary openings, industry news, cultivation tips, and more as we cover the emerging cannabis scene in New York and the Northeast. Welcome to High Society.


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Hudson Valley Fitness and Nutrition

The staples of health and wellness are exercise and diet. The Hudson Valley offers many resources for healthy living, including weekly yoga and fitness classes, cleansing workshops focused on nutrition and diet, organized hikes and outings through the region’s mountainous terrain, and fresh, locally grown food at farms and farmers’ markets.

Hudson Valley Spas

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle means finding ways to relax and unwind. Hudson Valley spas and resorts, like Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz and Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa in Milton, offer services and amenities that include meditation, stress reduction, massage, body treatments, and saunas. Hudson Valley spas feature eco-friendly products and cafés and juice bars with local, organic meals and snacks.