Portland Helmich

Portland Helmich

Portland is the creator, host, and producer of the Kripalu Perspectives podcast series. She's also is the creator, host, and executive producer of What’s the Alternative?, a series of 52 half-hour talk shows about natural and alternative forms of healing the body-mind on Veria Living TV, a natural health channel on DISH, FiOS, and Frontier. For 15 years, Portland’s been investigating natural health and healing as a host, reporter, writer, and producer. She's been an alternative medicine correspondent for Oxygen, a health reporter for The American Consumer on PBS, and was the creator, host, and executive producer of Journeys Into Healing on Wisdom Television. She produced for HealthWeek and Healing Quest on PBS and was a medical producer for WCVB-TV (Boston’s ABC News affiliate). She’s also covered the subject as a freelance writer for Body + Soul, Alternative Medicine, and Spa magazines. Portland currently lives in Boston and produces other natural health programming for Veria Living TV.
Posted on August 30th, 2014 by in Healthy Living, Nutrition

Cooking as Self-Care

When I was a girl, my mother would ask my younger brother and me if we wanted to go grocery shopping with her or if we’d rather stay home. My brother would invariably jump at the chance to scan the supermarket aisles with Mom. He thought perusing all the gastronomic options was fun, and he […]

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Posted on August 2nd, 2014 by in Yoga

Broga: Men’s Yoga for Mind and Body

Drive through just about any town these days and you’re bound to see a yoga studio. More and more are popping up every day; a 2012 Yoga Journal survey showed that 20.4 million Americans now practice yoga. Of those, 82 percent are women. The gender imbalance doesn’t surprise Robert Sidoti, creator and cofounder of Broga, […]

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Posted on July 29th, 2014 by in Conscious Living

Nondualism and Becoming One with the Universe

The practice of nondual yoga helps us remember as adults what was second nature to us as young babies. Apparently, at around 18 months old, we begin to develop a sense of “self” and “other,” but before that time we aren’t able to perceive separation. Our cribs, our toys, our parents—it doesn’t matter—they’re all part […]

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Posted on July 24th, 2014 by in Conscious Living, Meditation

Awakening the Sacred Feminine

I recently saw a therapist who works with crystals to help clients gain insight into the qualities they’re looking to augment in themselves. Apparently, when asked to select a crystal that calls to us, we choose the one whose core qualities we need the most. I chose a piece of watermelon tourmaline, which apparently means […]

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Posted on July 19th, 2014 by in Conscious Living

Finding Your Sacred Calling

One of the most basic questions we humans will eventually ask ourselves (if we live long enough) is, “Why am I here? What’s the purpose of my life?” We live in a society that’s so externally focused that it’s easy to forget we might be walking the planet for a deeper reason than to make […]

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Posted on July 12th, 2014 by in Healthy Living

Practicing Progress, Not Perfection

As an early adolescent, I spent a lot of time looking at Vogue magazine. I was especially taken by Brooke Shields and her high-fashion spreads. She and I were the same age, yet she had pencil-thin legs and a mostly flat chest. By 13 years old, my body was already quite developed. I looked years […]

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Posted on July 5th, 2014 by in Yoga

Practicing Emotional Balance

Like many people I know, I’ve dealt with depression and anxiety at various points in my life. We’re not alone. The World Health Organization has stated that by the year 2030, depression and anxiety will be our number-one global disease burden, second only to AIDS. It’s a staggering statistic. To cope, some turn to psychotherapy […]

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Posted on June 28th, 2014 by in Conscious Living, Healthy Living

Yoga Nidra: The Antidote to Modern Life

I was not the type of child who enjoyed staying up late. Whether I was at home or at a slumber party, when I began to feel the Sandman calling, off to bed I went. I knew the intense discomfort I’d experience the next day if I hadn’t slept enough. My eyes would be heavy; […]

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