Hands-on Cooking Classes
Cooking for Women's Health - with Bettina Zumdick
Many women today are struggling with various problems, such as painful menstruation, menopause, fibroids, breast problems, emotional difficulties and many more.
Bettina will demonstrate how to prepare dishes that will address overall health and can help improve many specific health issues. She will also discuss physical and emotional dynamics to improve the quality of our lives so we may enjoy vibrant health.
Quick and Easy Cooking - with Melanie Waxman
Melanie will show you that creating healthy, balanced and delicious meals doesn't mean you have to spend hours in the kitchen! You'll learn how to make dishes that can give you strength, vitality, and health - can be put together in a jiffy - and are so pleasing to the palate you'll want to make them again and again.
Cooking to Relieve Stress - with Melanie Waxman
Do you sometimes feel off-kilter? Find out how adjusting your cooking can help you regain feelings of balance and well-being. Discover dishes that help you feel relaxed, soothed, and nourished. Learn practical and realistic ways to be efficient in the kitchen after a long day at work. Decode how to turn macrobiotics into a practical way of life for you, gaining tools to have less stress and to stay healthy and happy.
Cooking for Beauty Within- with Amber Maisano
Support your organs, including your skin (the largest organ) with a variety of dishes and remedies designed to hydrate, balance and maintain optimum weight, regulate blood sugar, and provide lasting energy throughout the day.
Making the Most of Your Dining Experience - with Mirea Ellis
One of the highlights of any Kushi Institute program is enjoying our freshly prepared buffet-style meals. Made from high-quality organic whole foods that help boost your health and vitality, this discussion shows you how you can get the most benefits by making some personal adjustments to your selections. Find out why we have two buffet lines and which may be the better choice for you. Learn how simply choosing certain proportions of dishes and condiments can influence your health and well-being in many ways, including: becoming more alkaline (which equals more resistant to illness); improving digestion; maintaining better blood sugar levels; helping you reach weight goals; creating more satisfaction from your meals; feeling more light and relaxed, and more. You'll be able to apply everything you learn in this discussion to your meals at home as well as dining out.
Women's Health - with Bettina Zumdick
In today's culture, some diseases or conditions are more common to women, such as osteoarthritis, obesity, breast cancer, and depression. Concerns exclusive to women include pregnancy and menopause, as well as conditions such as uterine or ovarian cancers. In this brief introduction, senior macrobiotic teacher Bettina Zumdick will address these concerns to provide you with an understanding of the macrobiotic approach to women's health and wellness.
Dessert Magic - with Amber Maisano
What makes macrobiotic desserts so unique, delicious, nutritional, and just plain yummy? Visually appealing, flavorful, and guilt-free, macrobiotic desserts are a great way to introduce people to the exceptional offerings available within this diet. In this cooking class you'll join Kushi Institute chef, Amber Maisano, who will discuss concepts and demonstrate a variety of macrobiotic desserts using whole grain sweeteners, and macrobiotic dessert staples: agar-agar and amasake.
Chewing for Better Digestion- with Bettina Zumdick
Learn why how well we chew affects every aspect of our health as well as our appearance. In this dinner discussion, you'll gain a deeper understanding of what it means to "chew your food well" and why it is vital to the importance of creating digestive enzymes, absorption of nutrients, energy maintenance, and relaxation of the digestive organs.
Macro Menu Planning - with Melanie Waxman
In the mad rush of today's world it can be difficult to get into the kitchen -- let alone cook a satisfying meal! This discussion during dinner will give you ideas on how to really enjoy your macrobiotic practice with emphasis on selecting healthy foods and designing menus that fit into your busy life. Gain an easy balance in the kitchen between creativity and discipline in this wonderful practice. An extensive handout on macrobiotic menu planning is included in your welcome packet. Questions are encouraged!
Food and Emotions - with Mirea Ellis
Do you sometimes feel you are eating more from your emotions than your intellect? Most people do! Explore the underlying factors of emotional eating, the reasons some foods seem "addictive", and how emotional eating can be turned around and lead to positive emotional and life changes..
Senior Macrobiotic Teacher Panel on Self-Care and Nurturing - with Mirea Ellis, Melanie Waxman, Bettina Zumdick
Discover the self-care and self-nurturing practices these macrobiotic teachers use to help them create balance, vibrant health, well-being, and beauty in their lives.
Natural Home Remedies - with Melanie Waxman
Learn simple home remedies to strengthen the immune system and keep flu, colds, and fevers away. Discover what we can have on hand in our homes to ensure that we are ready for common ailments such as headaches, coughs, food poisoning, or even a sprained ankle. Find out how to use simple herbs and basic cooking ingredients to reclaim our freedom from today's 'popping a pill' culture.
Abundant Energy - with Melanie Waxman
External influences on your energy are many and varied. By understanding the vital connection between you and the space in which you live, it is possible to make changes to those things that influence you most, and ultimately, to change how you feel. With Melanie as your guide, see foods in terms of their living energy and how to apply this to pattern greater emotional energy and ultimately the health of every living cell in your body. A great macrobiotic primer.
Other Workshops on Fitness, Movement,
Natural Beauty, and more!
Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® - with Misha Forrester
Rediscover childlike flexibility with the Feldenkrais Method®, an internationally acclaimed system of health and pain relief. Using slow, gentle movements designed to communicate between muscle, bone, and brain, you'll develop a new awareness of your movements with more options for greater coordination, better posture, and cultivation of ease and grace. Great for relieving pain or stiffness and for finding renewed pleasure in your movements. To read about the Feldenkrais Method® click here or for this YouTube demonstration here.
Tao Yin Gentle Exercises - with Bettina Zumdick
Tao Yin is an ancient Oriental system designed to energize, bring strength and flexibility, as well as vibrancy to your body. Developing our physical, emotional and spiritual aspects through activating energy flow in our bodies enriches life's experiences. This set of exercises integrates internal and external awareness and discernment. Guided imagery is incorporated with emphasis on relaxation.
Walking for Better Balance - with Misha Forrester
Based on the Feldenkrais Method® this "inquiry" and mindful walking lesson builds on making better connections between your heels, ball of toes, toes, and ankles in relationship to your knees, hips, and pelvis for joint stability, upright mobility, and better balance. Kushi Institute participants have remarked how this lesson provides new insights to one's own postural habits and the potential for change. A requested class over and over again!
Morning Yoga - with Rima Sala
These classes are designed to help free the body of restrictions, through gentle stretches, postures, and flows, releasing stress and tension and restoring and balancing your energy as a start to the day. For every age and any fitness level.
Kick-boxing - with Mirea Ellis
Rev up your metabolism, tone muscles, build strength and endurance, and develop better balance with these fun, low-impact cardio workouts designed for everybody - all moves are easily adjusted for every fitness level. Enjoy great music including African drumming and traditional Brazilian songs as you go through simple routines you can continue to do at home.
Dreams As A Doorway - with Bettina Zumdick
Dreams will often point to dynamics we might overlook in our waking life, so we can make the necessary course corrections. Dreams can serve many purposes such as providing precognition of future events, telepathically connecting to loved ones, obtaining instruction, receiving healing, and much more. In this class we will explore various aspects of dreams, including how to program your dreams, lucid dreaming and interpreting your own dreams.
Connecting with Conversations - with Mirea Ellis
Sharing thoughts, insights and feelings in a safe space with other women can be one of the most "intimate" encounters possible - where you are truly seen, heard, and accepted -- as well as getting to know others in the group more deeply. This experience includes a short guided meditation and reflection on a topic, after which, in small groups, you'll have the opportunity to share how the topic has touched your life.
Strategies from Bones for Life® - with Misha Forrester
Develop harmonious coordination, stimulate bone-growth with your own weight-bearing posture and load. Engage in springy, rhythmic pulsations for a powerful antidote to osteoporosis. Based on Ruthy Alon's program of ninety approaches, these quick strategies allow you to send pressure through the bones, safely and easily, on your own, in standing, sitting, or lying down that signal the marrow in the bones to continue to grow. For more information on this program click here.
Relaxing the Jaw and Tongue - with Misha Forrester
Subtle movement reconditioning can help you release jaw tension that causes head and earaches, TMJ, and/or habitual tightness in chest and throat. Pain and limited movement in one's head and neck may stem from patterns that involve a chain of muscles, rather than just an area that is uncomfortable. This lesson will help you to release tension in your jaw and face which will most likely add to your comfort when sitting and with your digestion.
Rejuvenating Herbal Facial and Massage - with Mirea Ellis
Healthy skin is beautiful skin! Experience and enjoy a luxurious spa-type facial using certified organic and wild-crafted herbs, plants, and clay to tone, smooth, soothe, and nourish on a deep cellular level. Included in this session: a bentonite clay therapy mask with organic fruit and sea vegetables; relaxing, with a warm facial towel infused with an herbal skin elixir; and a guided facial massage with rejuvenating, anti-aging wild rosehip seed oil.
AND MORE ...
Dancing, outdoor walks, and more! Optional private sessions (at extra fees) offered during the week include: Restorative Massage, Energy Healing, Macrobiotic Consultations, Macrobiotic Menu Planning, and Feldenkrais Functional Integration®. For complete description and fees click here.
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