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 March 17th, 2014 by in Yoga

Yoga and Strengthening the Self-Compassion Muscle

In Chinese astrology, I’m a Snake. We Snakes apparently prefer mental activity to physical activity. We’re the kind of people who don’t mind being curled up all day with a good book. I don’t know that I possess every characteristic that the ancient Chinese deemed Snakes to have, but that one—the fact that I typically […]

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Posted on March 5th, 2014 by in Healthy Living

Yoga and Mindfulness for Weight Loss

We are a country of excess. Our desire for more and more is evident in the increasing size of our homes, cars, and meals over the last half-century or more. Our waistlines have followed suit. Two-thirds of American adults are now overweight or obese. But there’s more to it than that. Aruni Nan Futuronsky, who […]

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Posted on February 6th, 2014 by in Conscious Living

Living a Creative Life

When I was growing up, my mother encouraged me to watch old black-and-white movies with her. None of my peers was familiar with Rebecca, Mildred Pierce, or All About Eve, but I was. Mom would also play Broadway show tunes in the house, from musicals like Mame and Cabaret. I remember going to the art […]

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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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