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 that aired on Veria Living TV, a natural health channel on DISH, FiOS, and Frontier. For more than 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, has done natural-health reporting for WGBH-TV, 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, where she produces documentaries and also works as an actor and voice-over talent.
Posted on October 18th, 2014 by in Healthy Living, Studies, News, and Trends

Seven Mindful Practices to Transform Stress

There’s no way to escape it: If you’re alive, you experience stress. It might come in the form of a fast-paced job with tight deadlines, difficulty paying bills, family strife, even negative self-talk. Most of us don’t give a lot of thought to whether repeated daily stressors could be having a negative impact on our […]

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Posted on October 13th, 2014 by in Meditation

Zazen and the Practice of Simply Sitting

Years ago, when I was in my 30s, I conducted a television interview with a Zen Buddhist priest about the transformative power of meditation. At the time, I’d dabbled with various types of meditation, but certainly didn’t practice it regularly and couldn’t attest to its benefits. While I really liked the priest and everything she […]

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Posted on October 9th, 2014 by in Healthy Living

Nutritional Healing and the Art of the Cleanse

At least once a year, before winter arrives, I take my car in for a tune-up. My mechanic adds fluids, cleans the filters, and returns it to me like it’s brand new. I wouldn’t think of not giving my car this annual cleanup, but offering my body an internal cleanse is admittedly a newer concept. […]

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Posted on October 2nd, 2014 by in Meditation, Yoga

Chakras and the Mind-Body Connection

Some years ago, I was lying on a massage table in a dimly lit, lavender-scented room while a massage therapist kneaded my neck. It hurt. The pain caused me to flinch over and over again. “Wow—you’re really tight,” she remarked. Massage therapists work with a lot of necks, so I knew her comment meant my […]

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Posted on September 6th, 2014 by in Ayurveda, Healthy Living

Colder Weather and Boosting Your Immunity

Most of us don’t give much thought to the health of our immune systems until we come down with that bug that’s going around. Then we’re apt to wish we’d been paying it a bit more attention. “When an illness lingers, when it’s tough to get over a cough or a cold, when you get […]

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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 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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