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Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

One of the best parts of living here? From even the deepest part of downtown Buffalo, you can find yourself surrounded by trees — and immersed in nature — in less than a half hour. And what better way to enjoy all the outdoors has to offer year-round than by going camping. So if you have a hankering to get outside in the Buffalo area, here are a four of the best campgro…

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“Calm is a super power,” Rachna Clerci, Rainbow Kids-certified yoga teacher, tells her students in the yurt — a tall, traditional tent originating from Central Asia. Located at Healing Waters Center for Yoga in East Aurora, the yurt roots in a lush green nature reserve, surrounded by wildflowers and the rushing waters of Cazenovia Creek. Mini yogis (“yoginis”) stand ins…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

When a bunch of strangers sit down to spend an afternoon together, certain topics of conversation are typically verboten — like politics and death. But for one group in Buffalo, the latter is the whole reason for gathering. Death Café Buffalo, the new, local affiliate of an international movement with chapters in 56 countries, is a discussion group where people get toge…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

There’s “baby & me” swimming, where the little one gets to paddle and kick while dad stands still and provides buoyancy. Soccer and softball usually mean kids running around and parents parked in the bleachers. On family bike rides, tiny legs tire much faster than mom’s. One look at even the most athletic clan’s choice of family activity usually leaves the kids sweaty …

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Emily works hard in school, loves her dog and plays soccer year-round. She participates in church youth group and helps out around the house. Her parents trust her completely. But as the Wheatfield 13-year-old prepares to enter high school this year, Emily’s family approached a difficult crossroad that comes with raising a teenager: She wanted a smartphone, and access t…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Performance has always come naturally to Stacy Zawadzki. “My grandmother played piano and my great-grandfather played the viola,” said the owner and director of Zawadzki Performing Arts Center (ZPAC). “I’d put on shows in the backyard, and get my brothers in costume. We’d have everybody lined up to watch at family parties.” Today, Zawadski owns ZPAC, a West Seneca-ba…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

In an age when people are taking strides toward living their best, healthiest life, it’s no surprise that natural beauty products are a growing trend. Local entrepreneurs have taken notice, and shops are popping up from Williamsville to East Aurora. Tom Akers was one of the first when he opened Renew Bath and Body on Elmwood Avenue in 2014. He believes natural beauty pr…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Tiny goats are just damn adorable. Yoga is centering and rejuvenating. But does it make any sense to combine the two? For aficionados of goat yoga, the answer is a resounding “absolutely.” Yes, it’s a real thing. No, the goats don’t do yoga; the people do. It’s a craze that started a couple years ago in Ohio and spread via social media videos, showing a sunny pasture…

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If you’ve absorbed the sounds, sights and scents of nature during a walk in the woods and emerged feeling calmer and more focused, you have dabbled in a wellness trend — forest bathing. Developed in Japan during the 1980s, Shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, has gained popularity in the U.S. over the last couple of years. It’s simple and inexpensive — take a leisurely two …

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

When Margaret Kolodziejczyk adopted Conrad — a Labrador German Shepherd mix — eight years ago, she never suspected he’d inspire her to start her own business. “He had a lot of digestive issues,” Kolodziejczyk said. “Nothing seemed to make a difference until I started experimenting with homemade diets.” Kolodziejczyk said she has always been careful about her own heal…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Over one third of Americans have tried a form of alternative medicine, spending billions of dollars out of pocket. As mental health and chronic conditions crescendo, some doctors prescribe alternative medicine as a response to conditions ranging from allergies to addiction recovery, replacing pills with less-traditional approaches like acupuncture for pain relief. Yes, …

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

Hiking during any season is an excellent way to unplug, clear your mind and decompress. But you don’t need to go to Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon or Yosemite to experience awe-inspiring beauty. Here are some of the most striking parks in Western and Central New York — all punctuated by dramatic waterfalls, and all within a 3-hour drive or less. Chittenango Falls Chit…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

In the days of disco, the Village People struck gold with their farcical twist on what it means to be “manly.” Costumed as a cowboy, a police officer, a construction worker and a seaman, they sang “macho, macho man”…and we ate it up. Times have changed. Just as we now have more women among the ranks of police officers, construction workers and the enlisted, the list…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

“I think I just joined Globo Gym,” Robert Buckley said after the first dodgeball game with his new team. Buckley, 25, had played several seasons in a league run by nonprofit Healthy Buffalo. Bu after taking last season off because of his work schedule, his old team was full. Undeterred, he approached Healthy Buffalo founder Chas Kirsch and said, “I want to play. I do…