May, 2023 Newsletter
May, 2023 Newsletter
By: Michelle Caron, Owner of Harmony Way in
Wilbraham, Massachusetts, USA
Welcome to the May, 2023 Harmony Way Newsletter!
The sun is shining. The birds are singing. All of nature in the Northern hemisphere is waking up and growing, reaching toward warmth and light. Shouldn't we be doing the same? Yes! As mammals living on this amazing planet, we should work to align ourselves with each of the changing seasons.
This means eating, moving and resting a bit differently within each part of the year. In spring, we can shake off the cold and dark of winter to get outside (with less warm layers needed) into the sun, eat more fresh, local greens and be connected to the changes we see around us in nature.
Whatever your plans are for May, here's hoping they are energizing and refreshing!
*VIRTUAL EVENTS AT HARMONY WAY*
💃 LIVE WEEKLY FITNESS CLASSES ON ZOOM 🧘♀️
You'll also need the Zoom Cloud Meetings app to participate.
It's free and simple to install/use.
Harmony Way Virtual
Home & Family Herbal Training Program
The Harmony Way Professional Herbalist Training Program*
More information about this program is here:
This program runs from March through December each year.
The next round of this training program opens
for registration in 2024.
The Harmony Way Virtual
Professional Herbalist Training Program
*Prerequisite: Harmony Way Home & Family
Herbal Training Program*
Over 350+ Hours of Professional Level,
Experiential Herbal Training!
Core Shamanic Healing & Counseling Classes:
The next year one class begins in September. Applications for this 2023 class are due by July 1st. The group sizes for this program are limited; so if you are interested, please inquire sooner, rather than later, before it fills. Thank you!
More information about this training program
(and its need-based, BIPOC/AAPI tuition waiver) is here:
Wishing you a healthy, inspiring month!
🎁*MORE FREE BONUSES!*🎁
Here is a link to a free, hour-long podcast episode where I was a guest in April. In it, I share how emotional and spiritual trauma gets stuck in the body and energy, how medical professionals/caregivers/first responders and others can manage trauma and stress while taking their power back and explain the differences between Reiki and Core Shamanism:
This Month's Exercise Demo:
(From: Fit Mother Project)
Spring is a great time to dust ourselves off and get outdoors for some healthy movement. There are so many beautiful flowers and buds to go with the birds singing as a backdrop for an outdoor workout. There are some ideal temperatures and humidity levels to get more out of your workouts, along with the colorful and fragrant natural wonders of this season to appreciate as part of that outdoor exercise. The article above shares not only a workout plan/ideas for movement in spring, but some scientifically-backed reasons to get outside for exercise as well. It is more beneficial than we might even realize for our moods/minds and overall health and well-being to be outdoors for a variety of types of movement.
*Always check in with your medical health provider for advice and guidance before starting a new workout program, being mindful of any existing conditions or injuries that you have, discussing these with a qualified medical professional prior to trying any workout.
This Month's Wellness Articles:
(From: Mountain Rose Herbs)
While extracted oils are not necessary nor part of a "whole food" lifestyle and can even contribute to heart disease/high cholesterol in the long-term, there are some that are considered to be somewhat healthier than others. Some oils are best used raw or in cold dishes (such as olive oil) to retain their heart-friendly monounsaturated fat content, mouth feel and flavor, while others can tolerate higher levels of heat and cooking (such as avocado oil). Determining what type of recipe you are cooking and its preferred flavor/necessary temperature can help you to figure out which oil would be healthiest and most appropriate for a particular dish. The above article instructs excellently about this topic, including a helpful smoke point chart as a visual.
This Month's Yummy Recipe: