If you’re looking to get outside this weekend — and you should be, there are some killer events taking place. For the fun-loving, creative types the RiverLink “Anything that Floats” parade is launching from Hominy Creek Park at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Build a float out of some spare furniture and old baby strollers and […]
Western North Carolina has long been a healing mecca. From its early sanitarium days to the present, the area has been filled with many wellness centers where people can go to relax, rejuvenate, heal and unwind. Today, many of these centers offer a variety of reasonably priced programs, from classes and workshops to individual and group […]
Tickets on sale for Our VOICE’s 40th anniversary celebration at Diana Wortham Theatre Our VOICE has been advocating for and supporting victims of sexual abuse for 40 years, and a huge part of that work has been addressing difficult topics and situations that too often go unspoken. It’s fitting then, that the organization’s 40th anniversary […]
If you are looking for something to satisfy that outdoor itch this weekend, we might just have you covered. The weather is shaping up to a be little cooler than average, so take this opportunity to beat the summer heat and enjoy this out-of-season polar vortex. We’ve gathered a list of some events taking place […]
When I first walk into his office, Abbas Rakhshani offers me a warm, generous hug. “Hugging communicates and transfers energy,” he says. I immediately feel comforted by his calm, compassionate presence. And by the end our interview, I feel like I’ve had a healing session myself. Rakhshani opened the Yoga Wellness Center in South Asheville […]
We are lucky enough to live in an area of the country where several medicinal herbs are native to our region and can be found growing wildly all around us. But what medicinal herbs, native or otherwise, grow well here in the Blue Ridge Mountains? The answer is … countless. So let’s start with some […]
It’s common sense that employers have a vested interest in employee health. After all, people can’t work if they’re sick, and people who aren’t feeling their best are less likely to do their best at work. Unfortunately, long hours and high stress on the job often stand in the way of an individual making healthy choices […]
Park Ridge Health enhances ICU care with advanced telemedicine Park Ridge Health is currently providing around-the-clock monitoring of intensive care unit (ICU) patients by physicians and critical care nurses through its new tele-ICU program. Using this technology, two-way video access in each patient’s room enables face-to-face consultations between the bedside and Advanced ICU Care team, and […]
On a hot summer afternoon at the Boys and Girls Club in West Asheville, about a dozen elementary school kids in bright, mismatched socks arrange their exercise mats in a small circle. At the center of that circle is Brooke Tyler, a tall, energetic Pilates teacher and owner of Clasique Acupuncture and Pilates Studio in […]
It’s Tuesday night at the Bywater, a riverside bar in Asheville, and patrons sit in clusters under the stars. The largest group occupies one corner of the fenced-in compound next to an area marked off with orange ribbon. Suddenly, a man steps into this improvised ring and lights the grouped wicks at both ends of the staff he’s carrying. When the wicks burst into flame, he begins to spin the staff — around his hands, his arms, his shoulders and his waist — in a hypnotic series of patterns.
Maintaining a conscious relationship with death is a necessary for living a sacred life. That’s one of the ideas behind the Bridges of Bardo, a series of public art performances, installations and conversations that all invite participants to consider and reflect upon their relationship with death. One of those installations is the Before I Die wall, an […]
CarePartners receives grant for PACE services CarePartners, a local nonprofit and member of Mission Health, recently received a $220,000 grant from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust and is now seeking approval to become a PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) providing. The primary purpose of PACE programming is to help elders remain […]
In essence, community palliative care is simply identifying “the right care, at the right time, for the right patient,” says Dr. Janet Bull, chief medical officer at Four Seasons Compassion for Life. The approach hardly seems radical, but it’s the basis of the potentially game-changing health care model that won the local nonprofit hospice and […]
In a town that graduates over 750 yoga teacher trainees a year from several studios, it seems it was only a matter of time before a yoga festival took root locally. Asheville YogaFest organizer Mike Hiers believes that the festival is another way to put Asheville on the map as an epicenter for yoga culture […]
Psychologist George Lindenfeld’s office at 138 Charlotte St. displays an eclectic mix of art nouveaux, art deco and arts and crafts. It’s telling that a box of facial tissue is always within reach. The Navy veteran says that he became curious about the workings of the mind as a child when his grandfather shut down and […]
Buncombe County receives Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize Buncombe County was recently announced as a recipient of the 2014 RWJF Culture of Health Prize awarded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The prize honors communities that are harnessing the collective power of leaders, partners and stakeholders to help residents live healthier lives, and […]
An estimated one in 59 children living in North Carolina is diagnosed with ASD. That’s significantly higher than the national estimate, but it is, in part, because diagnosis, research and treatment options are better than in many states.
Mission Health Partners is NC’s first clinically integrated network Mission Health, MAHEC and a group of independent physicians have spearheaded the development of a new health network: Mission Health Partners. Mission Health Partners is a patient-centric, physician-governed network of clinicians, hospitals and other providers working collaboratively to improve patient care, reduce costs and ultimately, according […]
What is the draw of the garden, the chicken coop, the pasture? For many it’s a connection that can offer unseen spiritual, mental and emotional yields. Be it through garden therapy, animal therapy or simply a quiet place to meditate, area green spaces offer the chance to heal and rejuvenate.
As we go out to tend the garden, we must remember to also tend to our most important tool — our body. While we love the process of gardening, the process may not always love us. Crouching, pulling and lifting can give us aches and pains, but yoga poses, when employed with mindfulness, can help keep us supple and healthy in the garden.
While teaching women’s-only Dao Flow Yoga class at Asheville Yoga Center, Dr. Saraswati Markus was approached by several women who were seeking natural solutions for their health problems. In response, Markus, a licensed acupuncturist and doctor of Chinese medicine, decided it was time to open her own clinic locally. She opened the Nourishing Life Center […]