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 February 4th, 2014 by in Healthy Living

What’s Your Allostatic Load?

What is allostatic load? The phrase is relatively unfamiliar to most of us, but it’s well worth learning what yours is, pondering how to reduce it, and then taking action. According to Mark Pettus, MD, Chief of Medicine at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany and a Kripalu invited presenter, allostatic load is the cumulative wear […]

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Posted on January 25th, 2014 by in Conscious Living

Chakras and the Power of Connection

I’m a very grounded person. People use that word to describe me all the time. I’m down-to-earth, practical, not easily swayed by trends. I have a strong sense of self. While I appreciate my inner sturdiness, I know that my spiritual muscles, so to speak, are weaker. I don’t feel a strong connection to that […]

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Posted on January 21st, 2014 by in Conscious Living

Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself

The last six years have been the most difficult in my adult life. Since my ex-husband and I separated in 2008, I’ve been trying to build a life as a single woman. But I’ve had a hard time believing that good things are on the horizon for me since I lost the foundation that my […]

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Posted on January 13th, 2014 by in Conscious Living

Getting Your Groove Back

Many years ago, when I was living in Vermont, I taught English as a Second Language. I created my own little business tutoring the many engineers and scientists who came to Burlington to work at places like IBM and UVM and needed to improve their communication skills. I was really good at it—a natural—and yet […]

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Posted on January 9th, 2014 by in Healthy Living, Nutrition

Losing Weight the Mindful Way

I thought I’d won the battle once and for all. After consuming no more than 1,300 calories a day and working out six days a week (three of them at a very intense boot camp) the summer before last, I’d lost just over 20 pounds. Once I’d lost all the weight I wanted to lose, […]

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Posted on December 30th, 2013 by in Meditation, Yoga

Pranayama for Riding the Wave

A couple of days ago, I embarked on yet another major life change. I left Los Angeles, where I’ve been living for the last two and a half years, and returned to the Boston area. Though I’m coming back to a familiar place, I’m not sure how I’m going to support myself here. As a […]

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Posted on December 21st, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Empathy and Connection

Why do some people have long-standing marriages, strong family connections, meaningful friendships, and thriving careers? Qualities such as diligence, dependability, flexibility, and commitment surely help people craft successful lives, but one often overlooked quality that contributes to the health of relationships—personal or professional—is empathy. “When we exhibit empathy, we understand others from their point of […]

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Posted on December 19th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Rituals for the New Year

If you’re looking to create lasting change in 2014, you might want to introduce a tool more powerful than willpower. Instead of making a resolution to let go of a bad habit, make more money, or meet Mr. Right, try performing a ritual around it. “Rituals are the spiritual technology of the 21st century,” says […]

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