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Health & Fitness | Winter 2012 Eastern Edition | Hersam Acorn Newspapers

Health & Fitness | Winter 2012 Eastern Edition | Hersam Acorn Newspapers

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It is hard not to notice the increase in thenumber of bicyclists over the last severalyears. And it is not just those trim, young,Lycra-clad guys hunched over their sleekroad bikes moving at a fast clip. Morewomen are joining the competitive riders,and people of all ages and sizes are ridingsitting erect or reclining in recumbents, trav-eling at a more leisurely pace. Reasons vary— health, fitness, environmental, economic,a good family activity — but the resultingpleasure is undeniable.As an aging baby boomer who resumedcycling three years ago — after not ridingother than occasionally for more than 40years — I’d like to share some of what Ihave learned, and encourage others to dustoff those bikes hanging in the garage andget back on the road.First, if you have a bike that has not beenridden in a while, take it to a bike shop fora tune-up to ensure it is safe to ride, thatthe tires and brakes are good and chain isproperly oiled and that the seat and handle-bars are at the right height for you. This willgenerally cost about $60 to $80. If you don’thave a bike and are uncertain as to whetheryou want to make the investment, checkwith your friends ... someone is sure tohave a bike you can try out.If you are buying new, consider how andhow often you might use it, and any physi-cal limitations you may have. For example,when I purchased a “comfort” bike about 15years ago — straight-across handlebars, acushy seat and fat tires — I was looking forrecreation and exercise rather than speedand a workout, plus I wanted to be able rideoff-road and have a rack to carry things if desired. As it turned out, I developed osteo-arthritis in my neck during the time the bikelived in my garage, and now riding a roadbike with its dropped handlebars would bedifficult.When shopping for a bike, figure on spend-ing at least $300 to $500 for a “good basic”bike, and then the accessories that you needversus want. A helmet and flashing rear lightare a must, however.Cycling can be a solo endeavor, or verysocial. While bike shops generally haveregular group rides for established rid-ers, the greatest opportunities in FairfieldCounty can be found through Sound CyclistsBicycles Club (SCBC), a 1,500-member orga-nization that, according to its mission state-ment, “provides organized rides and othercycling-related activities for our membersand the community, which stress safety, funand fitness for all levels of riders.”Riding levels are identified alphabetically— A through E — with the A riders movingat a clip of 20 mph or more, E riders travel-ing at less than 9 to 11 mph, and usuallydoing shorter routes. The C or intermediatecyclists ride at 13 to 14 mph; most shoprides begin at this level and cover 20 to 25miles. The other component of a ride isterrain, which can range from flat to hilly,meaning it includes some steep hills.Sound Cyclists is as welcoming to newbiesas it is to experienced riders, and offersskills clinics — handling curves, riding hills— as well as a plethora of regular ridesfrom various locations, and social activities.To access the ride schedule on the SCBCwebsite, soundcyclists.com, you need to be
by Janis Gibson
continued on page 6
 Whether riding solo or with a group, cycling is fun for all ages.
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Health & Fitness
 Hersam Acorn Newspapers  
 January 26, 2012
American poet Henry David Thoreauretreated to the woods to find some peaceand quiet. I often wish I could do the same.Every day there are hundreds of demandsupon my time, money and, yes, energy.Moreover, I’m sick and tired of relying onmedication that doesn’t work and exerciseregimens that don’t deliver on promises forrejuvenation.For natural healer and educator Elieth AmaniHarris, however, the key to a balancedand calm life begins with going inward.A health-care professional, Harris wearsmany hats: He is an expert on ayurvedicmedicine, a clinical nutritionist, a yoga andqi gong master instructor, a chef and foodtherapist, and an enzyme specialist.Adhering to the philosophies of Chinesemedicine, Elieth (pronounced Elliot) looksat each client’s symptoms and treats thedisharmony within that manifests as adiscomforting ailment. The goal of hiswork is to enhance one’s overall health andvitality by restoring inner balance. This isdone by strengthening the flow of one’senergy, or qi, through individual plans andprotocols that he designs at his practices inManhattan and New Canaan.He also leads yoga and qi gong workshopsin Bridgeport, Westport and Trumbull.Along with having a master’s degree innutritional counseling from the Universityof Bridgeport and a bachelor of arts degreein chemistry and business, Elieth also hasmore than 30 years of experience in prac-ticing yoga and Chinese healing practices,such as qi gong. He sprinkles classes withinsights about how food and herbs canaffect one’s health, and students hang onhis every word.In a recent class at Westport’s Center forSenior Activities, Elieth explained how aspecific qi gong posture could strengthenone’s spleen. He said that when peopleare filled with worry, they often have aweakened spleen. Elieth also provided exer-cises to help build the immune system. Bystrengthening your insides, you are able toface any problems that life brings, Eliethsaid. “There will always be problems inyour life, but by releasing blocked qi, youcan get to the solution and move on,” hesaid.Patricia Eberle of Westport agreed. Shehas been a student in Elieth’s qi gong andyoga classes in Westport for several years.She said that she keeps coming to classesbecause it makes her feel good. Patriciasaid, “I think it’s healing, extremely so.”Although student Pat Spoor has only beentaking qi gong for a few weeks, she’s reap-ing its benefits. “I’m learning about a wholenew way of living,” Pat said. “I’m seeinghow doing this movement leads to goodhealth and how the mind, body and spiritare interconnected.”Elieth’s qi gong class begins with a sittingmeditation and discussion of the practice,followed by a series of postures and move-ment exercises. Through deep breathing,inhaling in and out through the nose andvisualization, the qi is unleashed. A feelingof relaxation then naturally occurs. Eliethtypically ends each session with a medita-tion using one of the qi gong traditionalhealing sounds.Patricia likes to take a few extra minutesafter the class ends to transition back tothe ‘real world.’ “Qi gong puts you in sucha state of relaxation,” she explained. “Youdon’t want to leave.”Patricia begins every Monday morning withthe yoga class that Elieth teaches at the
Begins with going inward
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Center for Senior Activities in Westport.After a short break, she gets ready for qigong to begin. When asked how she gotstarted in qi gong, Patricia explained thatshe “stumbled” into it. “I was supposed togo to a Pilates class but this was going oninstead,” Patricia said. “I now love it andcome every week.”Elieth encourages his students to practiceat home. The feelings of well-being andhealth can only occur if these healingexercises are put into action. “It’s as if I’mholding a big, red juicy apple and tellingyou that it tastes really good,” he said. “Icould explain about how delicious it is butunless you make the choice to bite into itand experience it for yourself, you won’treally understand what I’m talking about.”To better serve his Connecticut clients,Elieth recently acquired office space inNew Canaan. He said that he will provideindividual consultations ($120 per hour/$60 per 30 minutes) and yoga and qi gongclasses there. “Everyone has specific needsbased on their lifestyle and their healthchallenges,” Elieth said. “I give them indi-vidual protocols and practices that willenhance their well being.” This plan forliving healthy includes yoga, qi gong, self-massage, meditation and nutrition.Elieth was first introduced to qi gong in1994 when he was studying in a monasteryin Virginia. “One of the monks introducedme to qi gong and the healing sounds andhow it could lead to physical healing andmanaging emotional patterns,” Elieth said.He also studied energy work with leadersin the field — Master Del Pi and Ra UnNefel Amen.People of all ages are drawn to the calm-ness, Elieth said. They want the obviouspeace of mind that he possesses. He attri-butes the increased interest to a sharedfrustration with Western medicine. “Moreand more people are interested in tradi-tional Chinese medicine practices becausethey’re frustrated with traditional Westerncare,” he explained. “They want to get welland to maintain their health, so they’reinvesting in integrative practices that treatthe cause of their physical challenges rath-er than the symptoms.”
 For more information about Elieth’s classesor to schedule a consultation: 203-685-0450;life-rx.us.
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