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Countdown to Christmas: Our Holiday Gift Guide Day 3 A Scale That Gives More Than Just Weight

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Every year people panic to find the perfect gift. We at T2C have been collecting idea’s all year long to bring you the perfect gift guide at all price levels. When you’re at the end of your rope trying to find the perfect Christmas present this year, come to this guide for some great suggestions.

I absolutely love the new FitTrack Scale ($71.96). Paired with a phone app, you step on the scale and not only does it tell you your weight but there is an electrical signal that passes quickly through water that is present in hydrated muscle tissue but meets resistance when it hits fat tissue. This resistance is measured and input into scientifically validated FitTrack equations to calculate body composition measurements to track, and trend your body vitals over time with 17 Health Measurements.

Learn so much about your body including what age your body is do to your weight. You’d be surprised at that answer. What does your body weigh without fat? See if your energy is low because of what you eat and how it is utilized.

Since getting my scale I lost 10lds, saw my age get younger and realized I did not drink enough water to maintain my health.

What a Christmas gift ………..this is the gift of health!

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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Registration is Open for Solstice in Times Square 2024

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Solstice in Times Square: Mind Over Madness Yoga returns on Thursday, June 20, 2024 with our 22nd annual event! Experienced yogis and first-timers alike are invited to join us for one of the free yoga classes taking place throughout the day on the Broadway pedestrian plazas, finding calm once again within the chaos of life in New York City.

Go to Broadway and West 46th Street, where experienced yogis and first-timers alike are welcome to join us in-person for one of seven classes throughout the day.

All Solstice classes are free but donations are welcome and appreciated.

Can’t make it in person? Join us virtually by livestreaming any or all of the seven classes. All classes will stream on TSQ.org/Solstice via YouTube and on Facebook. There is no need to register for the event if you are not joining us in person.

Solstice in Times Square is an accessible event for people with disabilities. Please submit your accessibility accommodations by June 13, 2024 when you register for the event.

There will be an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter on site for all classes this year, provided by Inclusive Communication Services. The live stream will also have ASL interpretation all day and real time captions (with the option to turn off the captions).

For further information, please email info@tsq.org.

To register for a class, click here. You can choose your class time from the list of available classes, AFTER you click “CHECKOUT.” Please note, each person must have their own ticket, and each person is allotted ONE class for the whole day. After you have finished the registration process, you should receive a confirmation email from Times Square Alliance (timessquarealliance@buytickets.at) with your ticket. For contactless check-in, please have your ticket ready to scan on your smart device or printed out on the day of the event.

For more info and Frequently Asked Questions about Solstice in Times Square, visit TSQ.org/Solstice.

Share your Solstice photos and experiences using #SolsticeTSq via Twitter and Instagram, @TimesSquareNYC.

Class Schedule

7:30am – 8:30am Class, Instructed by Richa Dhekne, Presented by Consulate General of India, New York

Class Description: Join Richa on an inspiring journey through the sacred limbs of yoga, where asana, pranayama, and meditation beautifully intertwine.

(ASL interpreter present)

Instructor Bio: Richa Dhekne is a 500-hour Yoga instructor and Breath Meditation teacher with over two decades of experience as a volunteer and faculty member with the Art of Living Foundation. As a young college graduate, Richa embraced a transformative opportunity to live at the Art of Living ashram in Bangalore. There, she contributed to Rural Development Programs and the International Association of Human Values, empowering women and youth to achieve self-sufficiency and mental wellness. Richa’s journey brought her to New York, where she currently resides with her husband and teenage son. Professionally, she excels as the VP of Finance and Operations at skincare company Ahava. Balancing her career with her dedication to teaching, Richa continues to inspire and guide individuals through yoga and meditation, nurturing both youth and adults.

9:30am – 10:30am Class, Instructed by Cealia Brannan, Presented by Gaiam

Class Description: As we welcome the summer solstice, balance the heat of a cadenced vinyasa flow with fluid sequences that bring coolness, like water, through balancing and circular sequence transitions.

(ASL interpreter present)

Instructor Bio: Cealia Brannan is a dedicated yogi whose journey with yoga began around 8 years ago when it serendipitously landed in her lap. With a commitment to making yoga enjoyable and approachable for all, Cealia’s focus has been on blending fun, accessibility, and mindfulness into her practice and teaching. Cealia thrives on pushing the boundaries of traditional yoga by crafting imaginative and innovative sequences that keep her students engaged and inspired. Currently, she shares her expertise and passion for yoga with students worldwide through online teaching. Specializing in both Hatha and Vinyasa styles, Cealia brings a unique blend of grace and strength to her classes. Additionally, her expertise extends to mobility work, further enriching the yoga experience for her students.

11:30am – 12:30pm Class, Instructed by Tracye Warfield

Class Description: Vinyasa Flow – “Let’s Flow.” The practice of Vinyasa yoga allows transitions between standing, seated, supine and prone postures, guided by mindful breath. The practice is a moving meditation that creates strength, grounding, balance, expansion, and your own, unique flow in your body and mind. Perfect for all levels.

(ASL interpreter present)

Instructor Bio: “New York is home and a yoga flow is life.” Since 2010 Tracye Warfield has been sharing her experienced yoga practice in Vinyasa, Hatha, breathwork, mindfulness, and meditation internationally as a wellness and life design consultant with her company bytracye. During her travels throughout the globe, she has developed and implemented innovative and impactful programs for various organizations, including Fortune 500 corporations, non-profits, and wellness studios. She is passionate about creating inspired change – mind, body, and spirit – and empowering others to live their most abundant, healthy, and happy lives.

1:30pm – 2:30pm Class, Instructed by Lara Heimann

Class Description: Celebrate the summer solstice in a way that makes you feel fully “LYT” up! This class will be nourishing and challenging to activate the senses and spirit, so you are reminded of your resilience. This is a yoga practice for longevity, weaving creative mobility drills and functional movement into yoga poses that you know and love.

(ASL interpreter present)

Instructor Bio: Lara Heimann, an international yoga pioneer and Physical Therapist, revolutionizes the modern practice of yoga through her LYT Method®. With over 30 years of expertise, Lara integrates neuroscience and habit formation into her method, which is practiced by thousands worldwide in over 50 countries. Her comprehensive movement approach blends physical therapy techniques, yoga, functional movement, stress reduction, strength training, and mobility exercises, offering essential tools for modern lifestyles, taught online, in workshops, retreats, and corporate wellness programs.

3:30pm – 4:30pm Class, Instructed by Susan Hu

Class Description: Join Susan for a feel-good, rhythmic vinyasa flow to move with mindful breath and tap into the joy of the heart. The class will end with the most nourishing yoga nidra for deep rejuvenation and spiritual inspiration.

(ASL interpreter present)

Instructor Bio: A master of mindful breath and rhythmic movement with a focus on the connection to the Self, Susan is an E-RYT® 500, YACEP®, and founder of an RYS® 200 based in NYC. As the senior lead teacher at the Bhakti Center, she offers dynamic yet nourishing yoga classes and trainings including hatha, vinyasa, yin, restorative as well as meditation and yoga nidra. Deeply rooted in her spiritual practice, Susan guides students on an empowering and healing journey, invoking a sense of joy and love in every class.

5:30pm – 6:30pm Class, Instructed by Sri Dharma Mittra

Class Description: This sequence of yoga poses for all level practitioners will move the spine in all directions and leave you feeling recharged and energized.

(ASL interpreter present)

Instructor Bio: Sri Dharma Mittra first encountered yoga as a teenager before meeting his Guru in 1964 and beginning his training in earnest. Sri Dharma founded one of the early independent schools of yoga in New York City in 1975 and has taught hundreds of thousands the world over in the years since. He is the model and creator of the Master Yoga Chart of 908 Postures, the author of ASANAS: 608 Yoga Poses, Yoga Wisdom and the LOAY Teachers’ Manual, and a number of video series have been created over the last 20 years to help share his method of yoga.

7:300m – 8:30pm Class, Instructed by Douglass Stewart

Class Description: Douglass’ yoga class will be a slow flow, breath-oriented class designed to develop from the modified version of certain poses to their fuller expressions.

(ASL interpreter present)

Instructor Bio: Douglass Stewart has been teaching yoga since 2001. He is the co-founder of Yoga in Times Square, celebrating the Summer Solstice by uniting the community of yoga enthusiasts across the country. Douglass, in collaboration with Times Square Alliance, received Gold Distinction in the Shorty Awards for their Summer Solstice Video during the Covid 19 pandemic. He has received the Community Service Award for volunteering yoga classes at the LBGTQ Community Center. Douglass teaches at the Ishta Yoga Center, including the Teachers Training. He teaches yoga at Om City Yoga and currently leads meditation and the PPOW Gallery.

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Broadway & West 46th Street, 10036

 

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Deluvia Miracle Aloe Cream For The Softest Skin and Skin Healing

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For over 3 years I have had a skin condition Ichthyosis, where my body grows excess skin. Ichthyosis is a group of about 30 skin conditions that cause skin dryness and scaling. The condition gets its name from the Greek word for fish because the skin looks like fish scales.

People with this condition lose the protective barrier that keeps moisture in their skin. They also make new skin cells too quickly or shed old cells too slowly. This leads to a buildup of thick, scaly skin. I have mine on my rear end and it is so embarrassing even though most people can not see it. It goes from mild to out of control and there is no rhyme or reason for the condition. .

Ichthyosis can’t be cured, and I have tried every treatments and ointment. Some work, but mildly. Then I was sent Deluvia Miracle Aloe Cream ($40) sold on Amazon and ShareASale and viola not totally cleared but barely there.

This Aloe-Powered hydration is enriched with Aloe Vera, and it effectively hydrates and soothes dry, irritated skin.

It calms Eczema, Psoriasis, Burns, and more, offering targeted solutions for various skin concerns. By offering deep moisturization, it uniquely penetrates the skin, provides lasting hydration. It also reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

I understand now why they call this product a miracle.

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Author/Speaker David Rabadi Helps The World be More Aware of Mental Health Issues Prompted by Repressed Sexuality

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Profile by Brad Balfour

After David Rabadi was diagnosed with bipolar disorder – previously known as “manic depressive” illness — he followed a long path to coping with his illness. Not easily understood by most, the condition prompts swings from deep depression to an abnormally elevated mood.

Though Rabadi’s childhood was filled with joyful memories — house parties, family outings and dinners — he was a curious kid who loved Arabic music and belly dancing. He picked up the dancing from his cousin, Suhair, who was his babysitter.But when he was four, he accidentally caught a family friend who was secretly masturbating. The man then shoved his erect penis into the young boy’s mouth and threatened to kill him.


A few years later, at seven, he had another traumatic experience when his aunt Josephine passed away from breast cancer. Dad decided that he had to go to her funeral. There, with her body was in the casket, Rabadi’s father told him to “Go kiss her goodbye!” Given no choice, the boy walked up close to his aunt and kissed her forehead. Then, terrified, he quickly ran outside. Throughout the lad’s entire childhood, he spent much more time with females. He was a boy who liked playing with dolls and wearing his mother’s clothes. Even then, he knew that he was somehow different.

Once, at a special family party with a professional singer, a cousin grabbed Rabadi’s arm and moved him to the center of the room. “Dance!” she said, and everyone applauded as the boy happily followed the instruction. But another male relative said in a harsh tone, “You dance like a girl. You’re a faggot!” The young boy didn’t even know what a “faggot” was but he knew his cousin was right: he danced in a different way from the other men and boys. From that moment on, he never wanted to dance in front of a crowd. And if he did, he tried his best not to “dance like a girl.”

During this Pride Month, it’s important to consider the mental health issues prompted by denying one’s own sexuality.

Today, Rabadi is an inspirational speaker — a result of learning how to manage his disease and sexuality. He addresses diverse audiences, ranging from high school and college students to business professionals and mental health experts. In his talks, he stresses the importance for each of us of being honest with ourselves by facing our realities.

As Rabadi tells his listeners, “Accepting one’s reality is crucial to living a life that’s happier, healthier, more satisfying and productive.” This is further highlighted in his book, “Live Your Truth: Live To Be Yourself or Die As Someone Else” which came out a few years ago and describes his struggle with a bi-polar condition that emerged as he confronted being gay in a world which condemned his gayness.

Rabadi’s path to this enlightenment was not one that came easily. His own self-healing involved accepting his truth that he is gay. Instead of denying this mental and emotional reality, this encouraging speaker now acknowledges and embraces this. To quote from a speech of his, “My message to each of you is, don’t feel shame for who you are. For example, if you discover that you have some mental illness, don’t be embarrassed to ask for help. Or if you’re struggling with sexuality, give yourself permission to discover your own reality.

“You’ll make wiser decisions if you don’t automatically judge but actually listen to your authentic self. Then, after acknowledging our truths, we can start to discover the approaches — even medicines, if appropriate — that will allow us to live and enjoy our lives to the fullest.”

When this Arab American’s parents came from Jordan, they brought along two older brothers and a sister. Born in Yonkers, New York, the child became a first generation Arab American along with his younger brother John. His father was an example of a strong work ethic and a willingness to do whatever was needed. He worked two jobs, one in a factory and the other as a cab driver while his mother stayed home to raise the kids.

When Rabadi became a teenager, he realized that he was indeed attracted to other males. Being a teenager is challenging for anyone, but being a closeted Arab American is even harder. Homosexual acts are forbidden in traditional Islamic cultures, sometimes punishable by death. Jordan and Bahrain are the only Arab countries where homosexuality is legal.

Even so, most LGBTQ people in Jordan face social discrimination. Until 2013, it was even legal there to kill a homosexual in a so-called “honor killing.” Ironically, many of the very progressive oriented protestors supporting the Palestinian cause are identified as LBGTQ nonbinary. In many Middle Eastern countries, they would be quickly rounded up and killed because of their sexual orientation.  Today, Rabadi accepts his reality as a gay Arab American. He no longer feels embarrassed for having bipolar 1 disorder. Instead, he now functions effectively and publicly as a published author and journalist. Having learned the positive value of accepting himself, he now actively spreads awareness as an inspirational speaker for a wide range of audiences, from students to adults.

T2C: How old were you when you first realized you were gay? Describe the moment you realized it and how did you feel?

David Rabadi: I was seven years old when I realized I liked boys. I had a friend that was the same age and one day we were in his room and he asked me if I wanted to see what he saw his older brother do with a girl. I said ok. He told me to lay on the bed and then he got on top of me and started humping me. I felt a sensation in my stomach and I immediately liked the feeling. At the time I didn’t know that it meant I was gay. As I grew older, I learned that I was gay but kept it to myself because I was told it’s against God’s word and I would go to hell.

T2C: Once you understood it, how long did it take to develop relationships?

David Rabadi: Once I understood that I was gay, it was very difficult for me to form relationships with boys because I’m Middle Eastern. In our culture it was the deepest point of shame and dishonor. Gay people in the Middle East are put in jail and even killed. I had a lot of fear so I suppressed my sexuality for a long time. I did engage with gay sex but I never had a boyfriend.

T2C: Given this revelation how did it impact on your bipolar condition which I assume had expressed itself as you went through your teen years. Describe when you realized you needed therapy/medication?

David Rabadi: I believe because I was suppressing my sexuality, it manifested as bipolar disorder. I firmly believe you can brush anything off your shoulders but all that’s doing is changing its location. It wasn’t until I was 30 years old that I was diagnosed with “Bipolar 1.” Before that I experienced shifts in my mood, but I thought it was normal and that everyone experiences it. I was very productive. I graduated college with my BA in theatre and communication. I worked full time. I thought I was perfectly fine except for my denial of my sexuality.

T2C: When did you start your book? Was it a result of speaking out or did it come first?

David Rabadi: I started writing my book after I came out as gay and was diagnosed as bipolar. It took me eight years to write my book. I had to become comfortable in sharing my personal experiences and the trauma endured.

T2C: What did you feel the book needed to include to be inspirational?

David Rabadi: It was important to me to share my story so I could be a person that faced adversity and triumph. I am the first Jordanian to come out as gay in the Arab community in Yonkers. I know I’m not alone. I’ve met other gay Arabs who are still scared to come out and they tell me I am an inspiration. And in regards to sharing I have bipolar, there is a big stigma when it comes to mental illness. I’m on a mission to make mental illness look so good everyone wants it. It’s time to live our truth and not be embarrassed or feel shame for who we are and what we struggle with.

T2C: Describe your talks and what’s happening on that front?

David Rabadi: I go around to different universities and organizations and share my story. I ask the audience in every talk I give, “Do you want to live to be yourself or die as someone else?” Life is precious and we only live once. So do what makes you happy. And know that living your truth is the biggest gift you can give yourself.

T2C: How do you keep the bipolar condition under control nowadays after your revelations?

David Rabadi: I have learned to keep my bipolar disorder under control. I have to take my medication every day. I have to exercise to build endorphins. I see a therapist every two weeks and it’s a great way to keep things in perspective for me.

Rabadi is represented by the All American Entertainment (AAE) speakers bureau:

https://www.aaespeakers.com

Video sample of Rabadi’s message:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AanDuF21ur0

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Wellness and Beauty in June

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June is an amazing month to feel your very best. The sun is shinning and the weather is lovely. Make yourself feel the same kind of bliss with some of our favorite things this month.

Yum Cha Tea Company

With over 250 tea varieties, Yum Cha Tea Company is at the forefront of holistic wellness with its wide assortment of delicious offerings. We fell in love with their incredible Mushroom Tea Collection. Such delicious offerings as Creamsicle Cordyceps, Forestberry Sangria and Cordyceps Chai are both original and scrumptious. Simmer and sip all of their wonderful offerings that promote wellness and comfort as well as help boost immune systems and your mental and physical health.

Nicole and Zac together out of love created this fantastic brand that also has a giveback component.

“We love bees, and we can’t live without them. We know bees are dying all over the world. Our mission is to save the bees through teaching others about how they can help,” they state. “Each year, we allocate funds from sales of all products to pay for the creation of the beehives we plant. We buy and lend gear to new students that want to learn, until they’re interested enough to buy their own. Each yard maxes out at about 25 hives at a cost of about $30 to $50 each (depending on materials and how many boxes are added). During harvest, we bring the community together, provide a honey extractor, wax removers etc so everyone can learn the full process. Students provide their own ball jars, buckets etc so they can take what they want home. We then show the students how to package the excess for retail if they wish. With every purchase, you help make all of the above happen. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

Visit HERE for more info and to order from this wonderful small business.

Amalgam

Amalgam’s Heal Thy Roots – Hair Growth Oil is a necessity when it comes to haircare and scalp routines that are the foundation for thick, luscious hair.

Rooted in a deep respect for nature’s bounty and a commitment to purity, this vegan, and cruelty-free product is thoughtfully crafted with 23 plant-based ingredients. Made with 100% natural ingredients and free of fragrance and color.

This light-weight pre-wash scalp treatment featuring an exclusive blend of exotic herbs (and zero essential oils, artificial colors, fragrances, or sulfates) is expertly formulated to accelerate new hair growth and control hair loss, leaving hair looking noticeably fuller, thicker, and healthier in a few months. The vegan formula works beautifully on all hair types, including color or chemically treated hair, and is intended for men and women.

For more information, visit HERE.

 

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The Benefits of a Lymphatic-Drainage Massage

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I recently had the chance to try the icoone experience at the Organic Spa Media Event. What this machine does is give an intensive lymphatic drainage massage is the course of a short amount of time. The all-new icoone machine delivers 21,600 microstimulations every minute with Multi Micro Alveolar Stimulation that help to achieve quicker, longer-lasting results. The experience is extremely enjoyable and also does body shaping, anti-cellulite treatments, skin rejuvenation, lfirming, and improving blood circulation as well.

Getting a Lymphatic drainage massage is a specialized form of massage therapy that aims to stimulate the lymphatic system to promote the flow of lymph, a fluid that contains white blood cells, throughout the body. This type of massage helps to remove waste products, toxins, and excess fluids from the tissues, improving overall health and boosting the immune system.

The lymphatic drainage massage was developed in the 1930s by Danish doctors Emil and Estrid Vodder while they were working on the French Riviera. They noticed that patients with chronic colds had swollen lymph nodes, and through gentle massage techniques, they were able to relieve the swelling and improve the patients’ health. This technique has since been refined and is now used worldwide as a therapeutic treatment.

The lymphatic system is a crucial part of the immune system, consisting of a network of lymphatic vessels, nodes, and organs. It helps maintain fluid balance, absorb fats from the digestive tract, and protect the body against infections. Unlike the circulatory system, the lymphatic system does not have a central pump (like the heart) and relies on muscle movement, breathing, and manual manipulation to move lymph through the vessels.

A lymphatic drainage massage involves a series of gentle, rhythmic strokes and light pressure techniques that follow the direction of lymph flow, usually towards the heart. The therapist uses their hands to stimulate the lymphatic vessels and nodes, starting from the extremities and moving towards the body’s core. What this machine does is masterfully get in deeper and quicker.

You will feel small, circular movements on the skin. Then a gentle pressure and releasing it in a pumping motion. A scooping motion encourages lymph flow, while rotational movements on larger body areas.

Lymphatic drainage massage offers numerous health benefits, including:

  • Detoxification as it helps remove toxins and waste products from the body.
  • Reduced Swelling: Alleviates lymphedema and reduces fluid retention, especially after surgery or injury.
  • Improved Immune Function: Enhances the body’s ability to fight infections by stimulating lymph flow.
  • Pain Relief: Can reduce pain associated with conditions like fibromyalgia and arthritis.
  • Skin Health: Promotes healthy, glowing skin by reducing puffiness and improving circulation.
  • Relaxation: Induces a state of deep relaxation, reducing stress and anxiety.

Lymphatic drainage massage can also help with post-surgical recovery to help reduce swelling and speed up healing. In chronic conditions, such as managing symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and rheumatoid arthritis. It also helps reduce puffiness, improve skin tone, and manage cellulite.

Lymphatic drainage massage is not suitable for everyone. Especially if you have a chronic infections. Massages can spread an infection. Also if you have blood clots, heart conditions, cancer or kidney problems, as it can increase fluid load on the kidneys.

Lymphatic drainage massage is a gentle, effective therapy for enhancing lymphatic flow, supporting the immune system, and promoting overall health. When performed by a trained therapist, it can provide significant benefits for a variety of conditions, contributing to both physical and mental well-being. However, it is essential to consider individual health conditions and consult with healthcare professionals before undergoing this type of massage therapy.

In NYC you can get this treatment here

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