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Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Art plays a lot of different roles for a lot of different people. Art is entertainment, expression, status, spectacle, devotion, documentation and countless other meaningful, powerful positions. Art can also be healing. This notion, backed by a growing body of research, is at the heart of a handful of programs inside Western New York hospitals that help people feel a…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

As the co-owner of Campus Wheelworks in the Elmwood Village, Alex Davies has been exposed to various forms of cycling over the years. But when he first ventured into the world of cyclocross, he really had no idea what to expect. “The first race I did, I just kind of showed up on a random hybrid bike that I put knobby tires on,” explains Davies. “I went and gave it a try…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

November 3rd marks the date we adjust our clocks back one hour…and many Western New Yorkers say goodbye to that extra hour of daylight with dread. If you’re one who has trouble mustering the energy to do any more after work in the winter than perch on your couch for a binge watch, and the comfort foods can’t get delivered to your door fast enough, you’re not alone. Seas…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Few things are as synonymous with summer as a bicycle ride in the sunshine. Slow or fast, fancy or garage-sale find, a bike gives the rider permission to take in the sights and sounds that whir by unnoticed in a car. Whether you’re 5 or 55, now is as good a time as any to start enjoying the world on two wheels—so we rounded up five local routes ideal for beginner bicycl…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Picture a birder—aka someone who’s into the hobby of birding—and you probably imagine a gray-haired figure clad in cargo shorts, a pocketed vest and Tilley hat. While that image may be historically true, these days a birder is just as likely to be an Instagramming, skinny-jeans-wearing millennial. “It’s legit like real life Pokémon Go,” says avid birder Nathan Johnson, …

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Getting in better shape is an investment of both time and money. Fortunately, many of WNY’s most unique fitness studios are willing to offer free or deeply discounted classes for newcomers looking to try the workout before making a long-term commitment. Our rundown, here. Barre Centric Clarence, East Aurora and downtown Buffalo The skinny: First class is free …

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

With any home improvement project, people want the most bang for their buck. But the needs and wants of a couple in their 50s might be completely different than their needs at 70 or 80. Because of this—and the large boomer group that’s come of age (and is renovating!)—home designers have coined a new term: aging in place. The design trend encompasses construction elemen…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Two local entrepreneurs have come up with ways to help empower people as they plan for the next stages of their lives. Kohota, a retirement lifestyle planning website and the Final Path, a service that offers legacy planning and end of life consulting, both aim to create a more positive narrative about aging. Free service Kohota helps people develop a customized retirem…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

The digital clock on the nightstand reads 3:45 as the alarm pierces the early morning darkness. Marc Croteau, a graphic designer by trade and a fitness guru by passion, drops his feet to the floor and rises from bed. His wife and daughter, and the entire neighborhood, for that matter, are deep asleep. For Croteau, a former competitive bodybuilder, fitness is second nature …

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Self-care, the “practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s self,” is by definition vague and subjective. And that’s nothing against the Oxford Living Dictionary. Dr. Lisa Butler, associate professor at the University at Buffalo, who recently published “Six domains of self-care: attending to the whole person,” assured me that self-care is a very individual pursu…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Locals have lots of Buffalo pride, but it’s no secret that we all get a little sick of long winters. When cabin fever sets in, it’s important to find something to do—whether by embracing a cold, snowy day or escaping it with a novel activity. Here are some suggestions. Escape: Climb the walls This winter you can warm up while trying a new kind of workout at the Niagara C…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Nowhere is the phrase “A little goes a long way” more fitting than when it comes to volunteering. Acts big and small can make a huge difference, and there’s no reason to think you don’t have enough bandwidth. Whether you’re a retiree with newfound free time or a busy working mom trying to juggle career and family, there’s a volunteer opportunity that fits your lifestyle—an…

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…