March 2019

Integrative Wellness

March at Open Door

Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.
Peter Drucker



We have been doing some spring cleaning at Open Door as we attempt to get rid of systems that don't serve you or us anymore. To that end, we have launched a new registration process for our classes in the movement lab. You will note that links on our web site will take you to Mindbody where you can register and pay for classes. We have also created more consistent pricing, so please note changes for some classes.Our hope is that this will improve your experience as you engage with our offerings at Open Door.

As with any spring cleaning, there has been a brief spell of controlled chaos as we transition from the old to the new. We are grateful to our team and to you for your patience while we streamline this process. By April 1, we will add almost all clinical services and workshops to this platform. Our goal is to improve efficiencies and to create a clear sense of the collaborative nature of our work under this umbrella.

As always, your feedback is appreciated. Please let us know if you note any glitches during this transition.

On a perhaps more interesting note, we encourage you to take a look at our web site as our offerings continue to expand. We now have over 35 practitioners and teachers working with us. At our last team meeting, it was a delight to see the array of talent in the room.The way in which each person supports our mission is impressive.

As the days become longer, the light more spectacular, and the smell of the earth rises from the snowy banks, may you find ways to spring clean by setting clear intentions, decluttering your life from those things that don't serve you and celebrating the moments in your day where you can be present to the sweet simplicity of feeling the earth once again delight us with her seasonal  transformation.

To your health and with gratitude-

Kate and the Open Door Team


Special Events

Self-Defense for Women (ages 13+)
Fridays, March 8-29, 4-5pm

Plant Journey Sound Bath Mini Retreat
Saturday, March 16, 6-8:30pm

Death Cafe
Wednesday,March 20, 2019, 5:30-7pm

Seasonal P.A.U.S.E. 
Back to Basics: Reclaiming the Elemental Self 

Thursday, March 21, 6:30-8pm


Yin Yoga & the Koshas
Saturday, March 30, 10am-6pm


See our Complete Schedule Here!
Meet the Practitioner
 Ann Greenwald, MS

Ann Greenwald is a certified movement coach and Neurokinetic Therapy  (NKT) practioner.  While getting a master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering (specializing in Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine) at the University of Vermont, Ann loved taking aerobics classes at a local Burlington gym to stay in shape and train for triathalons.  At the time, she couldn’t afford the gym membership on a grad student stipend, so she got certified to teach group fitness to get a free gym membership! Thirty years filled with continuing education certifications in aqua fitness, indoor cycling, TRX, pilates, and active aging fitness, along with coaching swimming, skiing, soccer, basketball, and baseball (2 active sons, age 21 and 23 years) and a fascination of how the human body moves and functions at all levels has led to the creation of AGIFT Movement Coaching (Ann Greenwald Institute of Fitness Transformation).  AGIFT specializes in helping those who struggle with chronic pain, neurological conditions, and balance deficiencies to regain movement freedom and health.  AGIFT’s custom designed Better Balance and Movement Freedom Program guides clients toward understanding and embodiment of improved alignment, breathing, and control of movements.  Ann believes that true connection and engagement in the process equals fun, health, and happiness for all!  
Email Ann at
Nutrition Notes
Holly Westling

During these cold early March days, when spring seems far away, I find it comforting to curl up in front of a fire with a good book and some nurturing bone broth. Sipping on bone broth is a nourishing way to warm up while boosting your immune system and overall health. Bone broth is easily digested and is an excellent source of collagen, glycine and glutamine that help restore and reduce inflammation in the lining of the gut. It is also a great way to rehydrate and replenish nutrients while recovering from an upset stomach (tis the season!). This rich broth is full of minerals such as calcium, magnesium and phosphorous that support bone health as well as glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate that help reduce joint inflammation. Bone broth differs from regular stock in that it is much richer in nutrients and protein. It is made differently as well. In order to leach all of these beneficial nutrients from the bones, you must simmer the bones for a much longer time (I usually simmer for at least 6 hours and up to 24 hours adding water as needed). You also need to add a bit of lemon juice or vinegar to help draw the nutrients out of the bones. The way to tell that your bone broth is done is by poking the bones with a fork - they should feel rubbery and soft to the touch. As I mentioned, bone broth is a great comfort food by itself, and I also use it as a base for a super nutritious soup or stew. You can buy organic, high quality bone broth at many Coop stores near by as well as at Juel where they offer locally made bone broth (local is best!). Attached is a simple bone broth recipe. You can modify it to suit your own taste such as adding ginger or pureed roasted vegetables after it is boiled down. Making bone broth is quite easy, but it can take a while to collect enough bones to boil. If I am eating a dinner with local meat or chicken, I save the bones in a container in my freezer until I have enough to boil for broth. Cheers!

Holly's bone broth recipe here!

Open Door For Spring Parties & Events!

Consider Open Door for your Spring
Event Venue!
Spring is not (too) far off! Well, maybe it is,
but why not get excited about it anyways and start planning your Spring events now? Open Door in White River Junction is an ideal venue for bridal and baby showers, prom parties, and birthday events. For photos of the space visit: or email Miriah at for questions or to schedule a time to visit the studio. 

And speaking of Spring... Not too early to sign up for your Edgewater CSA Box! Picks ups at Open Door Wednesdays, June 19- October 2, 3:45-6pm. More information here!
Through our wellness programs, Open Door offers clients the tools to be self reliant and resilient, and to achieve vibrant health and well-being. We take a fresh approach to healthcare that encourages the use of preventative practices and collaboration between client and provider. We work with clients in private sessions and group classes in our studio. We also bring our services to the workplace and out to the community.
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- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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