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 November 11th, 2013 by in Conscious Living, Creative Corner

Putting Your Soul on the Page

This is my story in a nutshell: I grew up in the Midwest, the older of two children.  My mother was emotional; my father was dominant. She stayed home; he worked a lot. I was a strong student. I went to college in New York City, fell in love a couple of years after graduation, […]

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Posted on November 2nd, 2013 by in Conscious Living, Creative Corner

The Five Stages of the Creative Path

For a long time now, a handful of my close friends have been telling me that I should write a book. “You’re such a good storyteller, Portland,” my friend Molly frequently says. “You’ve got a book in you,” my friend Eden often reminds me. “I wish you’d write your stories down.” But I haven’t. I’ve […]

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Posted on October 26th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Hardwiring Happiness

I don’t like to admit this, but I definitely have a hard time being happy, especially for extended periods of time. In any given situation, I’m masterful at finding something about which to be frustrated, disgruntled, or disappointed. I loathe this quality in myself, but a tendency to focus on the negative rather than the […]

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Posted on October 3rd, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Following Your Bliss—with Eyes Open

As a people, we Americans are the workhorses of the world. We work longer days and have less vacation time than anyone in the industrialized world. We retire later, too. And yet a recent Gallup poll found that 70 percent of Americans don’t like their jobs. Think about it: If we’re spending most of our […]

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Posted on October 2nd, 2013 by in Relationships

The Three Keys to a Fulfilling Sex Life

Sex. The word itself piques our interest, whether or not we admit it. How can we not be sensitized to sexuality? Suggestive images are ubiquitous in advertising, and there’s no shortage of sexy characters jumping into bed on television and film. All around us, the message is clear: Everyone’s having really great sex. Not quite. […]

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Posted on September 30th, 2013 by in Life Lessons

Goodbye, Inner Critic—Hello, Inner Coach

Recently, I received some unexpected news—the lovely condo I rent is being put up for sale. The fact that I have to move has me questioning whether I want to pack up my life on the West Coast and head back East. When I’m faced with making major life decisions, it’s not pretty. I ruminate […]

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Posted on September 24th, 2013 by in Life Lessons

Baby Steps to Self-Renewal

A few years ago I had my dream job.  I was the host and executive producer of a national television talk show about natural health, wellness, and alternative ways to heal the body and mind. But I was a total hypocrite: Here I was interviewing well-regarded experts from a plethora of disciplines about the importance […]

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Posted on September 18th, 2013 by in Yoga

Yoga to Loosen the Grip of Grief

Both of my grandmothers died about 10 years ago. I was especially saddened when the one I was closer to passed away, but I can’t say I was grief-stricken. She was nearing 90 years old and, while I kept in touch with her, it had been a few years since I’d last seen her. She […]

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