Monday, October 22, 2018


I started my lesson today as usual, by asking my EFL students about the preferred books they have read over the weekend. 
As I expected, only half of my class read a book and the other half was busy with something else. I have mostly boys in my class, and it seems difficult for their families to keep boys reading. There are so many other fun activities like football, swimming, tennis, and chess classes that are running throughout our neighborhood.  Somehow, reading books or completing writing assignments is not popular among most elementary and middle school students in New York. 
I felt I wanted to change that. 
At the corner of my class, I spotted my new student (Aimar) who just came to the country a few months ago after a devastating life at the refugee camp. He seemed lonely, sad, and disengaged. I knew that watching the war and destruction of his hometown, leaving his own country and arriving in the USA was not a happy occasion for him, nor for his family. I thought to myself: “What can I do to change the adverse circumstances into favorable conditions for him? “

I pulled out the book that I found in the local library, set down on the comfortable chair, and start reading a story about one of the most famous football clubs called:  “Manchester United”. As the story unfolds we learned that 'Manchester United' was formed in 1878 by railway workers of the Newton Heath, and that it successfully competed in the English Soccer League in 1892. Unfortunately, the club ran into financial difficulties and in 1901 it was on the brink of bankruptcy until the miracle happened...

As legend has it, and as it is written in the book: " the team's captain Henry Stafford organized a fundraising event -four days bazaar, and he sent his favorite dog around the crowd with a collection box around his neck. But the dog run away and ended up on the doorstep of a local wealthy businessman named John Davis. Davis had a beautiful daughter who immediately took the dog to her house. Davis offered to buy the dog from Henry and paid about $1000  as an investment to the club. The club was saved and Davis was appointed the chairman and the owner of the club."

After this introduction, we started to talk about miracles that happen in our lives.  Everyone, including myself, shared at least one example.  Then, to my big surprise, as soon as I start reading about the best football players of our time, Aimar asked me a question in the English Language: 
“Do you watch football?"
“Yes," I said, "My father was a big football fan,  and he watched football by hours. I like watching it too. Do you like watching or playing it?”- I asked Aimar in return. 
“ Yes",  he replied in his soft and very shy voice, and he smiled for the first time in three months. 

Then, suddenly, the discussion broke down the silence in my class,  and my boys started to share their own experiences in playing the game, talking about their favorite players and their favorite coaches.  I did not want to stop them, I actually enjoyed the outbreak and the emotions I saw on my student's faces. I felt pleased that reading this book encouraged my class to cooperate and that it helped them to pour out their emotions. For some reason, I felt happy about the moments we shared during the class. It was an enriching and meaningful experience for each and everyone, including Aimar. 

I kept reading the book until the class was over. At the end of the class, Aimar came to me and asked if he can take this book home. It was the first time in his three months of stay in the USA when Aimar actually asked for a book. 
I knew, at this very moment, that Aimar had found his ground and that this book, our discussion, and the new friends he made during my lesson completely turned some of his adverse circumstances into something positive, favorable and life fulfilling. 

"Mission accomplished", I thought to myself, but suddenly I heard:
 "Can we read this book again sometime soon, please?
"Sure, I will be happy to do this again, as there is more to tell and more to learn"- I said quietly, and I meant it.

Sunday, June 17, 2018


I am not a scientist, neither I dare to call myself a nutritionist or a ‘pro’ in providing any kind of health advice, but I truly believe that having a glass of a carrot juice for breakfast can change the world.
As much as I like my organic espresso for lunch, I do have a strange habit to store a couple of packages of organic carrots in my refrigerator, in case I am thirsty for juice. Huge thanks to my dad who taught me to snack on fiber-rich veggies like carrots, celery, apples, and pears. 

Carrots and apples were my father’s favorite plants and he could talk hours about the health benefits of these two. Was my father a doctor? No, my mother was. Was my father a scientist? No, but my father was an engineer by day and the painter, the amateur beekeeper and gardener after 5PM.. His and my mom’s handmade gardens and country houses remain the best memories of my childhood.  

Apparently, according to a new study conducted in the USA and in Europe, eating more orange colored food can contribute to your health. A plant compound found in carrots helps reduce inflammation in the brain and memory deficits. The compound, called luteolin, is also found in green and red peppers, celery, peppermint, rosemary, and chamomile. Was it a coincidence that I saw all these plants growing in our family garden? 
I don’t think it was.

Linking my childhood memories to my nowadays - carrots, peppermint, chamomile, celery and many other fruits, vegetables, and herbs are the common ingredients in my own recipes where a plant-based diet takes a priority. 

Every time when the whole world celebrates a “father’s” or a “mother's day” I feel some kind of a dissonance. I feel that I don’t need a special “ Father’s”  or “Mother’s” Day in my calendar to thank my parents for the fantastic job they have done while raising their family and educating their children. I greet them every time I raise a glass of a carrot or an apple juice that reminds me of their love, wisdom, dignity, perseverance, and intelligence. 


Tuesday, June 5, 2018


Learning a foreign language is a tough and daunting activity. But considering the growth of the international markets and the rapid speed of the global mobility, it will become a necessary 'job' skill, that will put many potential employees and business entrepreneurs apart from the crowd. According to  Forbes MagazineIn today's Millennial -saturated job market there is a rare skill that makes hiring managers sit up and take notice: fluency in a high- demand, low supply language. In addition to Chinese and Arabic, the top 10 most popular languages for American college students include Japanese, Latin, and Russian"I can't agree more. 

During my last visit to Europe and Russia, I was surprised by the tremendous amount of the international companies that speak languages other than English. My own experience in the corporate, educational and start-up businesses proved that knowledge of a foreign language is always a huge plus and advancement, just as the ability to think creatively, sing and play a musical instrument like no-one else can play. 

In the latest debates about the new generation and the lack of some authenticity, there is a missing part in the discussion: How one can save his/her authentic self if his/her native language and culture are not taught in their schools? How can one study a foreign or English language for career advancement and better communication? 

To bridge the gap I created a group of students, international scholars and business professionals who love improving or learning foreign languages for their career and life advancement. One of our meetings is approaching on June 15th, 2018. If you are in New York, please visit us to learn, collaborate, socialize, or to support. 

And stay tuned for more news. 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Raw Chocolate, The Fuel Stop and the Wellness Coaching Workshops in NYC

The Fuel Stop,  a luxurious Spa located in the heart of Manhattan at 200 Central Park S, New York, NY 10019, hosted a spectacular event, held on May 15th, 2018 at 7PM.
As soon as the doors for its regular clients were closed, the guests started to arrive despite of the horrible weather conditions, pouring rain and chilling wind. Nothing could stop lucky guests who received invitations from the event' hosting organizers: Kasia Bosne (The Owner of Rawmantic-Chocolate) and Mila Jouravleva ( The Owner of The Fuel Stop). I am drafting my  article about this event and I will publish it in the local media in hope that people can reverse their view on eating and turn to plant based diet and other healthy options we' learned about during this evening.

The amount of information shared by the guest speaker Dr. Brian Clement was overwhelming and certainly very  valuable. The speeches were followed by a Q & A session and the raffle where everyone had a chance to win a prize. People shared about their concerns, asked specific questions, searched for advice and earned some bonuses for participation. In the picture above, I am proudly holding my trophy - the book called "The Power of a Woman" - written by Dr. Clement' wife, Dr. Anna Maria Clement for answering correctly one particular question:  Dr. Clement asked the audience : Who knows what is the one thing that women can do that guys can't ? I replied : the childbirth..and I was right. It was fun and I promised to read the book!

I wish I can share some more, and post my detailed article about this event and its organizers. However, I should follow the rules suggested by the publishing venues who agreed to publish my article on the pages of their magazine(s) first. So, do follow Coffee District media in the future so that you can read all the details about this fantastic evening, including the Health and Wellness science we learned from its well known hosts and the guest speaker Brian Clement, Phd,  the director of the Hippocrates Health Institute, in Florida.

Stay tuned!

Sunday, January 7, 2018


By Lena Green.

The frosty and cold weather that I and my fellow New Yorkers are experiencing this week, brought me to a place that offered Hot Sauna (banya) and other healthy services to rejuvenate the immune system, restore your skin, energy and vitality. Going to banya was a tradition in my family, and I simply wanted to feel the experience again. 
The journey was fantastic, and I will share a few important tips for those who wanted to try hot saunas but never had an opportunity in the past. The Hot Sauna experience is great if it is done right. So before you go to any Hot Sauna make sure that your are ready to take a full advantage of your trip.

Plan to spend at least 3-4 hours there, bring some necessary accessories with you and invite your friends, family, yoga teammates, or your children. Regardless of the age of your "sauna team" all of the members will greatly benefit from the trip. 

Make sure that the hot sauna you choose has a cold pool in it as well, because for most effective experience you will need to switch between the hot and cold temperature on many occasions by immersing your body in the hot 'spot' and after that by jumping into the cold pool for more relaxation. (Make sure you consult your doctor before your go to the hot sauna as the heart rate in hot saunas  increases up to 55-65% so you want to make sure your doctor is fine with that.) 
Birch Whisk
Why birch? It is common to bring a birch or oak whisk with you for massaging and therapeutic 'spanking ' with the whisk. Sometimes people call birch whisking -  a "jewish acupuncture"  because the tradition originated in Russia a long ago and it was also very popular in some jewish shuls and temples in Europe. Birch whisks are beneficial for your skin and using birch or oak whisks brings about the same effect as some acupuncture session does. 
Essential Oils. 
For more relaxation and pleasure  you can use some essential oils, including rosemary oil, pine tree oils, eucalyptus, lavender, ect. 
Hot sauna is a great place to practice Hatha yoga that requires a variety of stretching exercises and is not very difficult for majority of people. The benches in the sauna rooms are extremely hot, so make sure you have a blanket or a towel with you so that you can perform a variety of yoga poses without any discomfort.   
Wearing a Hat 
Make sure you have a special sauna hat so that your hair won't get damaged by high temperature generated in the sauna. Don't bring any over the counter cosmetics, shampoo, lotions, creams and other artificial  "beauty" products that are loaded with chemicals and harmful oils. Try to limit your supplies to an organic shampoo, organic soap and some body scrubs. 

Educate Yourself
There are plenty of websites & podcasts on benefits of Hot Sauna. Here is one I can recommend:

If you are tired of reading articles about sauna, you can listen to a podcast too: 

And yes, it is so cold outside, so go to banya, now! 

Stay tuned for more news about wellness, yoga and music!  

Friday, December 8, 2017


Posted by Lena Green
As the year goes by, I want to share the experience I had this past  summer, when I attended the International Herb Symposium-a Conference on Medicinal Herbs held in the beautiful Wheaton College, MA. I followed my family' traditional interest in the Botany, Herbalism and Medicine, including my own 'yogic' set of values.   

As it was said on the IHS website: “The International Herb Symposium represents a wide range of traditions, ideas, beliefs, and the various methods we have on working with healing plants from folkloric to ethnobotanical, clinical and scientific.The teachers and classes we’ve chosen for this year’s IHS represent some of the great diversity found amongst herbalists and herbalism in the world today” . 

It was exactly what I experienced in addition to meeting with many fantastic people, enthusiasts,  scientists and amateur learners of the “Dawn to Earth “ wisdom and spending a couple of days away from the busy and hassled NYC.  The amount of information I received was overwhelming and I will jump into the description of some resources I read,  in hope to engage more readers and book-clubbers into this discussion. 

One of the books that catches my attention was called "The Yoga Of Herbs - An Ayurvedic Guide To Herbal Medicine". By Dr. David Frawley and Dr. Vasant  Lad.
In the Preface of this book the authors stated that in Ayurveda, the medical science of India, yoga refers to the “right usage” and right combination of the herbs. After the above combination brings the body and the mind in balance then they call it yoga. 
Ayurveda believed in herbal energetics and the potencies of herbs,  and now many orthodox medical practitioners began to see that the regularly prescribed drugs and their side effects can be suppressed, interact, or even exchanged with the medical herbs of similar origin.  

The purpose of this book  is to introduce the Ayurveda and some Chinese herbs to the Western world, and make it practically applied system of Herbalism. The book is very difficult to read because it contains a different set of ideas, conclusions and observations as comparing to western mentality. But it has a "revolutionary spirit" and it aims to combat the rapid modernization, globalization, robotization, the tech domination and the devaluation of human values. It teaches  people  how to preserve a sense of unity, a spirit of integration and collaboration by approaching our own bodies and minds as a harmonic system of different (eight) limbs and it urges to find a way to think " Globally" in the Holistic way.  
The other resource I found attractive was a webiste called "The Herbarium" , check it out you will love it. 

On a practical note I want to share about the herb called  the "Valerian "  If using in moderation it has no side effects but many practical benefits-from suppressing some sleep disorders , insomnia and anxiety to treating asthma and all sorts of headaches. 
From the yogic point of view it is great to practice a couple of poses and then have a glass of warm Valerian tea before going to bed. Here is a sample of few beneficial yoga poses for better sleep. 

Janu Sirsasana (Head-of-the-Knee Pose)
1 minute [10–15 breaths], each side
Sit with extended legs. Place the sole of your left foot against your right inner thigh, right hand by your hip. Lift your left arm, exhale, and fold over the right leg, reaching for your foot or shin. Rest your head on a block. Switch sides.

Viparita Karani (Legs-up-the-Wall Pose)

3 minutes,  [30–45 breaths]

Fold a blanket into a narrow stack that’s the length of your spine. Sit close to a wall and place the blanket behind you, perpendicular to the wall. Lie back onto the blanket, then scoot your buttocks as close to the wall as possible and send your legs up. Rest with your arms by your sides.

What are you thinking about this stuff, people? Can herbs help to heal anyone in the future ? 
Is it only for aromatic qualities that we love using some herbs in our kitchens?

Share your thougts..

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017


According to the weather  forecast this winter in New York is promised to be warmer than usual. So our fellow New Yorkers and many visitors start making plans for the upcoming Holidays and vacations.  

Speaking on the phone with few of my relatives I discovered that they are coming to visit Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona and they will travel through New York city. 

To my excitment and surprise I realized that I might see a dear part of my family I didn't meet for about 15 years! Needless to say I am booking reservations and purchasing tickets for them to make their stay in New York city happy and memorable!

Here I share a video that carries a festive spirit of the winter in New York and it showcases some of the yummy and luxury indulgences we might try. 

Happy Winter to all,