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, 

Sunday, November 5, 2017


For the first time in the history, Italian city Florence crossed the boundaries and brought its most hidden treasures and crafts to showcase in New York. 
Held in one of the most significant districts of New York City  (Financial District - Maiden Lane), the Florence in New York Trade Show attracted a large number of local buyers, tourists, art, fashion, food and wine professionals, media journalists, and other visitors. Each artist was able to demonstrate his or her individuality and share some knowledge, creativity and personal stories of business’s success. 

I felt happy to be invited and participate in the event, as I had a chance to speak to most of the presenters, traders and organizers of the show. 
Many crafts surprised me with originality and design  (jewelry), some of the cosmetics were fantastic as well (soaps and gold masks). 
The collection of shoes and bags were impressive and stylish, and the home made decor and wooden furniture reminded me of the wooden items and textures that we used in my father’s country house that he built and decorated all by himself.I always have nostalgic feelings for our fun field family summer vacations that we spent away from a big city where I was raised.  

Through generations Florence has been known for creativity and a freedom of artistic expression. 
While in New York, creativity and individuality of each artist expressed throughout his crafts marked this event as a very unique and inspiring. 

I captured and still remember the welcoming spirit, friendliness and the generosity that fulfilled every conversation that I had, and every moment of the event including its food tasting, music performances, lectures, fashion show, coffee breaks, gifts sharing and more. 

Come again to New York, Florence! Otherwise, I might visit you myself. From now on you are on my list of most desirable travel destinations!

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Pumpking Craze

I call this time of the year Pumpkin craze, not only because of the Halloween, but also because I see pumpkins almost everywhere I go: CVS, Schools, Libraries, Bookstores, Parks, or Restaurants. Not to mention Fresh Food and Farmer's Markets that display pumpkins of all sorts, colors and sizes in large amounts.  

But why do I ever bother writing about Pumpkin?  
It is Bright Yellow, just like sun, it vibrates, it is very healthy and is very affordable. Plus, by my family tradition I learned a secret of making some yummy dishes using pumpkin and its seeds. 
Here is one of my fav, simple but tasty..   

1 Whisk the yolks, 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, and 3/4 cup cream together in a medium saucepan. Heat while stirring continuously with a rubber spatula  over medium-low heat, for about 10 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl. Stir to cool.
2 Add pumpkin, vanilla, spices, and salt to the egg mixture. 
Stir 1 tablespoon rum and 1 teaspoon gelatin together in a small bowl. 
Heat the remaining tablespoon rum, and stir in to the gelatin mixture until dissolved. Gently whisk into the pumpkin mixture. 

Beat 1/2 cup cream to stiff peaks, and fold into pumpkin mixture. 
Pour into a shallow dish, cover and chill for about 8 hours or up to overnight.
3 Beat the remaining cream and sugar to stiff peaks. 
Alternately layer the pumpkin mousse and whipped cream in a glass serving dish. Sprinkle the chocolate shavings between top two layers. 
      Serve chilled.

  3-5 large egg yolks
1/2 c brown sugar/organic sugar 
2-3 c heavy cream
15 oz. Canned pumpkin or freshly cooked pumpkin pure 
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1½ tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. ground ginger
¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
¼ tsp. Kosher salt
2 tbsp. dark rum
1 tsp. powdered gelatin/organic
3 oz. shaved dark chocolate and walnuts 

Happy Fall To Y'a All !

Sunday, September 10, 2017


How to teach Technology to PreK-1st graders? How to turn your class into an epic adventure? How to get going with Google while teaching Social Studies to 5th graders? How to engage parents and families in a meaningful  conversation using apps, social media and video chat? Can my 13 y.o. teenager create his/her own application?  Run a podcast? Compose and record his music tune on his own portable Apple device? 

Are those Smart Boards only for smart students? How do I use a Smart Board  to differentiate between 5 groups of students with different learning  and intellectual abilities? What is in there for international students and other diverse learners? Can I teach health, yoga and nutritions to my teenage daughter using Tech and Apps? 

All these and many other questions were positively answered during the fantastic and fun field Summit run by the NYC Department of Education in July 2017 at the LaGuardia High School, that is located in the heart of Manhattan, NYC. 
Luckily, I was invited, and consequently, I am still busy digesting all the material I received and ideas I learned during the Conference. 

Is technological advancement a reality or we still need some support from those who are in charge of creating new products? YES and NO. YES, because the variety of products available on the market is rapidly growing. And, NO because most of the products have similarities and it only takes a courage and creative thinking to absorb a new challenge. 

One of the examples of the products that we liked was the product called "Genius Plaza".  Genius Plaza provides access to culturally relevant, personalized learning content in math and the English Language Art for students from Pre-K to 12th grade. 

As we  learned it from our conversation with the owners: "Students move from passive learners to protagonists of their learning journey. As the first multicultural educational platform built for diverse communities, Genius Plaza has expanded its reach to close the academic achievement gap among students of different languages across the globe. The company was created by a diverse group of educators, programmers, designers, and leaders who believe that education is the only sustainable development vehicle that is available to all, with access as the only barrier".

We agree with the last statement and fully support the initiatives. We asked our friends and their families to join Coffee District for our first collaborative and 
( Free !) workshop to create some of the Tech products that will be available on your iPhones in the nearest future! Many Thanks to our sponsors and friends at !  

More articles, podcasts and interviews with inspiring people are in the works, so keep reading!

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Health and Peace,