July 2019

Integrative Wellness

July at Open Door

Independence is a heady draught, and if you drink it in your youth, it can have the same effect on the brain as young wine does. It does not matter that its taste is not always appealing. It is addictive and with each drink you want more.
-Maya Angelou


Happy Independence Day!  

May you find time to relax with those you love,appreciate the abundance of this season and may we all find ways to support/encourage/applaud the freedom of all!

We will be closed the 4th of July and some classes are canceled on the 5th so please check web site for details.

We look forward to seeing you soon....lots of fun things percolating at Open Door, so keep an eye on our web site:https://www.opendoorworkshop.com/

To your good health-



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Special Events

Summer Dance!!!

Summer Aerial Yoga
Fridays 4:30-5:30pm with Maryam Paydarfar - Beginner

Saturdays, 10:30-11:30am- Beginner
July 20 Sonya Carter

Somatics for Wellbeing
with Kate Gamble &  guests    
Tuesdays,  July 2- August 6,  5:30-6:30pm

July Lunch & Learn: What is Nutritional Therapy? Supporting the Foundations of Health
with Lili Hanft
Friday, July 5, 12-1pm
 Free and open to all!

Basic Concepts of Somatic Experiencing
with Russell Jones, SEP
Sunday, July 14, 10:00 -  5:30 (1.5 hour lunch)

Healthy Spines: Achieving a healthy spine through education, posture and exercise
with Lisa Blackburn, PT
 Wednesdays, July 17- August 14, 5:30-7pm

Iyengar – The Man,Yoga and the Student’s Journey (Film)
Friday, August 2nd, 7:00 PM
Briggs Opera Hall, White River Junction, VT 

See our Complete Schedule Here!
Meet the Practitioner

Open Door is excited to have Lisa Blackburn joining our team!
Lisa Blackburn is a seasoned physical therapist who specializes in manual physical therapy. She is a 1993 graduate of Hahnemann University where she earned her Masters degree in Physical Therapy and was a nationally recognized Mary McMillan Scholar.  She received her B.S. in Biology from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill in 1991.  After graduation, Lisa worked for eight years at the National Rehabilitation Hospital and was a manager of one of its Outpatient Facilities.  Since 2001 she has worked in private practice specializing in manual therapy.  After 10 years of private practice in Maryland she moved to the Hanover, NH area and established a practice in 2012. Lisa has had exceptional training in manual techniques through Michigan State University School of Osteopathy Continuing Education Program.  She also has extensive continuing education in foot biomechanics, gait and running analysis.  Lisa enjoys keeping both the young and seasoned athlete healthy while participating in their chosen activity.
Email Lisa 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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"Advice is like the snow. The softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon and the deeper it sinks into the mind.”

- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Nutrition Notes- Spiralized Veggies
Celebrate the bounty of summer with a lighter, more nutritious alternative to pasta
Lili Hanft

Spiralized vegetables are a wonderful way to incorporate more vegetables into your diet while enjoying variations on classic pasta dishes. Summer is the perfect time to experiment with spiralizing as the warmer weather calls for lighter, veggie-centric meals, and there is an abundance of fresh, local produce. Kids can have fun turning veggies into noodles, too!

The wheat and gluten found in regular pasta can be inflammatory for many people, triggering symptoms such as bloating, headaches, and fatigue, while the refined carbohydrate content can cause blood sugar spikes and crashes. By contrast, the vegetables that lend themselves well to spiralizing such as zucchini, summer squash, carrots, daikon radish, beets, turnips, parsnips, butternut squash, and sweet potatoes are rich in healthful nutrients. Antioxidants such as beta carotene and vitamin C protect against free radical damage, while phytonutrients and minerals support cellular function and fiber feeds the microbiome. The typical American diet is high in refined grains and low in vegetables, so replacing some pasta with spiralized veggie noodles is a great way to shift that ratio in a health-promoting direction.

There are a variety of spiralizers on the market, including some that sit on the countertop and have a crank handle and multiple blades to create different-sized noodles (this is the style I use and love), while other versions are handheld. It even works to create noodles with a vegetable peeler. The best way I have found to cook “zoodles” (zucchini noodles) is to bake them, as this removes the natural moistness better than steaming. Sauteing also works. To bake, simply place the zoodles in baking dish (it’s fine if they overlap) and bake for 15 or so minutes at 350 degrees until tender.

Zoodles can be served with pasta sauce just like spaghetti. They are delicious tossed with homemade pesto made from fresh basil, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, and walnuts. Or choose a sugar-free, organic tomato sauce and add meatballs made from grass-fed beef. Two of my favorite ways to use zoodles are combined with basil, cherry tomatoes, and olive oil in this salad or smothered in this creamy dairy free alfredo sauce made with cauliflower (a double dose of hidden veggies!).
See the recipes here!

Aerial Yoga at Open Door!

Looking for a unique activity for your bachelorette party? Family reunion? Sorority? Birthday? Look no further! Aerial yoga at Open Door is the perfect fit.

An exciting combination of yoga, pilates, and dance - aerial yoga uses a variety of different poses in which the body is supported and assisted by a suspended silk hammock to help you strengthen muscles, gain flexibility, move with your breath, and change your perspective all at once! Aerial yoga will have you and your friends smiling, laughing, exploring all the way through class and will leave you feeling refreshed, recharged, and connected.

For more information visit us at opendoorworkshop.com or call us at 802-478-4346. 

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