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Chloe the Yogi Goes to the Amusement Park
This week a special offering of Lara Lands “CHLOE THE YOGI” for FREE! Go to the link and take advantage of this great offer for the Holidays!
Chloe the Yogi: The Amusement Park is the first edition of a five book series of electronic yoga adventure books that mirror the experience of a children’s yoga class. The story featuring Chloe the Yogi is an engaging vehicle for learning yoga poses and reinforcing the emotional support that children get through stretching, breathing, and role playing. Designed for the iPad, the Chloe the Yogi E-Book series was created as an answer to parents’ desire to see and experience what their children are learning in the increasingly popular yoga classes offered for children. It is the first book designed specifically to be enjoyed through electronic devices where both the child and the parent can benefit from seeing the movement in and out of the pose. The Chloe the Yogi E-book series is tailored toward children ages 3-7 and their parents.
Chloe the Yogi Goes to the Amusement Park Support
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On the First Anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shootings, Harlem Remembers the Children of Sandy Hook and Their Own
Vigil and Exhibition Basketball Game
Half-time Show with Organizing For Action Fellows & Friends
Sunday, December 15, 2013 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
West 142nd Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues
On the occasion of the first anniversary of the shootings in Sandy Hook Elementary School, this event will not only honor those who lost their lives on that day, but also the many children who have lost their lives tragically to gun violence in Harlem.
*Only 150 seats available! Please register here!
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All Hail the Kale! By Karen Smith-Hagman, RN, MSN
The year of kale is upon us, and it is no wonder why so many people pledge their loyalty to this nutritionally dense super food.
Restaurants, celebrities and chefs swear by kale both for its taste and its nutrition. A dark, leafy green vegetable that grows well in a cold climate, kale contains numerous antioxidants and vitamins A, K, C, folate, calcium, potassium and more.
Now that the days are shorter and the weather is cold, kale season is just beginning. Fresh kale is available in farmer’s markets from the middle of summer. But kale is hardy and some claim it is better after frost ends the growing season. So, you can find kale well into the winter.
Based on a 2,000-calorie diet, one cup of boiled kale provides your body with more than 300 percent of the daily value of vitamin A and 1,000 percent of vitamin K.
Among many health benefits, vitamin A helps keep skin and mucous membrane cells healthy and moist. The moistness helps ward off bacteria and viruses since it makes it harder for them to latch on and cause damage to your immune system.
Vitamin K can regulate the clotting of blood and maintain bone health. With the upcoming winter season, slippery walkways can make for one nasty fall. But by taking the necessary precautions now and giving your body the nutrients it needs, you can have the best defense intact to help protect against injury.
Available at your local farmer’s market, kale, garlic and bell and jalapeño peppers, when combined, make for a delicious treat.
The following recipe requires little prep time in the kitchen and is bursting with vitamins and minerals:
Kale with Garlic and Peppers
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 cups red bell pepper, sliced
1 tablespoon jalapeño pepper, chopped and seeded
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 cups kale, chopped and stems removed
½ cup low-sodium vegetable broth
1 clove garlic, minced
Preparation: Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven or large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add red bell pepper, jalapeño, salt and black pepper and sauté three minutes or until tender. Add chopped kale and broth and cover. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook 10 minutes or until tender, stirring once. Stir in garlic and increase heat to medium. Cook uncovered for two minutes or until liquid evaporates.
The best gift you can give your family and friends is a meal that is both healthy and flavorful. A recipe for optimal health: eat nutritious food, dance, laugh, and be active. Enjoy life!
Karen Smith-Hagman, RN, MSN, is Vice President, Medical Management at EmblemHealth where she oversees initiatives that improve the health and well-being of New Yorkers. EmblemHealth is a sponsor of Harvest Home Farmer’s Market, which provides access to locally grown fruits and vegetables and cooking demonstrations at the West Harlem, East Harlem and Metropolitan farmer’s markets.
Train your brain. This does not require any athletic activity. This is yoga for your mind. We are enthusiastic to encourage you to join in the mental aerobics of the mind this Friday, October 18, at 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm with Lara Land at Land Yoga.
There has been plenty said of the power of attraction, some of it on point and some of it not. Understand what the power of attraction is, how it works, and how you can start to use it to get where you’re going. Like a director, our brains are constantly editing what information we consciously receive. Learn to be in charge of what you are receiving. TRAIN YOUR BRAIN by creating a clear mission and life path.
Gentle meditation, Journal Writing and Vision Board Direction.
Bring pictures of yourself and images which inspire you.
Train Your Brain Workshop $30. Register HERE.
2116 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
New York, NY 10026
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“You know, I love all kinds of activism. I certainly think blacks deserve to have something whether it is affirmative action or an opportunity that should be opened up to them. But at the same time I believe that people of color are not the only poor people in America and all over the world.”
“Respect your parents. What they tell you is true. Hard work, dedication and faith will get you anything. Imagination will drive itself. You can get anything you want, but you have to have faith behind all your ideas. Stick to your goals and have an undying faith.”
– Russell Simmons
We wanted to quote Russell Simmons this week again (one of many times that we have quoted Simmons here on our blog in our inspirational quotes archive) as a follow up to our quote from Don Lemon last week. I believe both of these public figures are inspirational to our children and the community.
It’s ok to come from different view points and have a discussion or a debate. Especially when ultimately everyone wants the same thing, people growing into the best person that they can be. Self-empowerment (as Don said) and recognizing your self worth. The important bottom line here is to have the discussion. This discussion which has been brought up several times over the years by many public figures such as Bill Cosby and Oprah Winfrey, Jay Z and Common. I remember on the Oprah show when Jay Z was on, and they politely disagreed with each other about his lyrics. But you believed that they walked away with respect for each other even though they viewed the topic differently. I love interviews like this because it brings up a discussion. It is an important discussion to keep having. Whether agreeing or disagreeing have a discussion with your kids and each other and keep it moving.
I really like the second quote above by Russell Simmons “Respect your parents…” The message really helps to mold your/our way of thinking. And if not your parents, your grandmother, or your aunt or older brother, sister etc. To discuss helping people, improving yourself, helping each other, treating one another with kindness and respect, I can’t think of a better or more important discussion to have. Even if it starts with a disagreement it might end with an agreement or at least an understanding.
And just one last thing, living in New York is one thing, but living in Harlem is a bigger feeling of community, and focus and passion towards helping those that need it. At least this is the Harlem that I have come to love. People here in our community black, white, spanish, artist, corporate, community organizers, politicians, rich, poor, moms, students whatever, all seem to step it up a notch or two and this is a great thing. I was speaking with someone the other night at a Harlem event (at the HarlemGarage) and we were discussing Detroit (the woman I was speaking with was from there) and the turmoil that Detroit is going through right now. She said she wants to go help in some way. We both shared an enthusiasm on how we might help – help is really where it all begins. That’s what I’m talking about. People that give a sh#! (pardon my French) and walk the walk don’t talk the talk. I think Russell, Don, everyone that I’ve mentioned above are perfect examples of people who care and act. And if you disagree, just wikipedia any one of them.
Keep it moving, have faith, keep having the discussions. We all want the same things, though we may get there in our own way, style and time.
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Chad Harper (Hip Hop Saves Lives) and Negus World bring you “Let’s Take It Higher” at Carnegie Hall November 3rd, 2013 at 8:30 pm. A Kids Helping Kids Benefit Concert for Clean Water in Haiti. Please repost and retweet or buy tickets for a very good cause to help sell out their concert at CARNEGIE HALL!
This night celebrates hip hop’s African roots and honors the father of hip hop, DJ Kool Herc. He is credited with developing the breakbeat, a percussion solo that originated in indigenous African culture as a way to communicate, worship, and perform ceremonies. Students of the youth program Kids Helping Kids: a Hip Hop Experience open the show. Other performers include Nice and Smooth, a group that embodies hip hop’s culture, a special performance honoring health and birthing rights activist Ruth Lubic, and world roots artists Zing Experience and Brown Rice Family, representing the music that inspired hip hop.
HarlemCondoLife also just received word from Hip Hop Saves Lives that The Associated Press http://www.ap.org/, (arguably the best journalism in the world that was founded in 1846, AKA the Marines of journalism “the first in, the last out”) has just agreed to do a piece on RAKIM AT CARNEGIE HALL!!!!!!!!!!!! Big and exciting news as everyone involved have been working so hard towards this event.
Hip Hop has never looked so good! Tickets available at www.carnegiehall.org. See you there!
For further information on Kids Helping Kids click on LINK.
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As you may have noticed Chloe the Yogi is the newest thing for the cool kids. With Holidays and Birthdays right around the corner take advantage of this limited offer for only $0.99 you can buy “Chloe the Yogi Goes to the Amusement Park” by Adventures in Yogaland, Inc. Why pay $2.99 (regular price) when you can buy it for $0.99! Take advantage of this limited offer for the first edition of this five book series of electronic yoga adventure books that mirror the experience of a children’s yoga class.
Get Chloe the Yogi Goes to the Amusement Park on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
*This interactive book is a great way to get kids active with yoga and healthy habits while having fun at the same time.
“Chloe the Yogi: The Amusement Park is the first edition of a five book series of electronic yoga adventure books that mirror the experience of a children’s yoga class. The story featuring Chloe the Yogi is an engaging vehicle for learning yoga poses and reinforcing the emotional support that children get through stretching, breathing, and role playing. Designed for the iPad, the Chloe the Yogi E-Book series was created as an answer to parents’ desire to see and experience what their children are learning in the increasingly popular yoga classes offered for children. It is the first book designed specifically to be enjoyed through electronic devices where both the child and the parent can benefit from seeing the movement in and out of the pose. The Chloe the Yogi E-book series is tailored toward children ages 3-7 and their parents.”
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For the last time this summer, you can go west coast swing dancing in Harlem. West coast swing is one of my favorite dances – sort of a cross between Lindy-style swing and salsa. It is danced to all kinds of music – R & B, pop, blues, rock, even hip-hop and country.
The event is run by Paula Wilson – an amazing dancer, in partnership with Riverside Park as part of their Summer on the Hudson programming. I saw Paula & her partner Ken Kreshtool perform at a party a couple of weeks ago at Stepping Out Studios. What a treat! I was lucky enough to get a dance with Ken, who is a terrific leader with a lot of musicality and some very smooth moves. The dancing goes from 6 pm – 9 pm this Saturday, September 28th at West Harlem Piers Park (West 125th St. and the Hudson River). Paula will teach a lesson at about 7 pm and the entire event is free. If you know West Coast, come and show your stuff; if you’ve never done the dance, come out and give it a try!
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The transformation of the former deli/99 cent store on the corner of 114 and FDB is almost complete. TriBeCa Pediatrics will join a growing number of businesses catering to kids in South Harlem. We look forward to the addition to the neighborhood.
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