The J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center

April 23, 2011
Hosted by Terri-Sue

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Therapeutic horseback riding is not only good for the body, it is good for the mind and spirit as well. Be sure to tune in for this discussion on the many benefits therapeutic riding can provide. Learn how this very special therapy can raise self-esteem and empower those who encounter the power of these majestic animals with self-confidence and pure joy.

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Frame of Mind is a program that mainly focuses on various means of obtaining a healthy, well balanced life. We will also consider the benefits of combining modern science with ancient healing practices such as Ayurveda.

We will help develop a community of people who want to enrich their lives with new ways of looking at the world and all who inhabit it. In so doing, you can create ways that we can live and work together harmoniously and peacefully for the good of mankind and our planet Earth.

If we believe that we can create peace in the world exponentially, our mission becomes to lead by positive example. If we learn to live and think healthier, we begin to explore and focus on our strengths. Once we determine what our strengths are, we can use those gifts and talents to help others to heal. Helping others fosters congeniality. Congeniality facilitates peace and love.

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Terri-Sue is an elementary school teacher. She has earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction.

She began taking classes in Ayurveda at the Chopra Center in Carlsbad, California and was inspired to learn more about alternative means to heal the mind, body and spirit. Terri-Sue shares her learning experience with you as she continues to gather knowledge and a clearer understanding of how to live a healthier lifestyle through prayer, meditation, yoga, exercise and healthier nutritional choices. Although her expertise is in teaching, her journey in learning about holistic healing as well as mainstream health and wellness practices continues to unfold as she interviews various guests in their specific areas of expertise.

Her accomplishments include being named 1999 Teacher of the Year for the Long Beach Unified School District. She has also been a mentor to aspiring Cal State University student teachers. She is also a writing coach.

Terri-Sue is an aspiring author of children’s books and maintains membership in the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She has two published poems, one of which received Honorable Mention in a nationwide contest for teachers. She has earned a certificate in Art and Creativity for Healing. Terri-Sue belongs to the Institute of Noetic Science, which promotes peaceful living globally, while learning more about each other as a human race.

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  • 4/30/2011: Equine Therapy in Huntington Beach Listen Now
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  • 4/16/2011: The Boston Buddha - Meditation With Children Listen Now
  • 4/9/2011: Special Encore Presentation: Yoga for Kids Listen Now
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Catriona MacGregor

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Valencia Porter

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Teresa Anne Power

TERESA ANNE POWER, avid yoga practitioner for the past quarter-century, is the author of the The ABCs of Yoga for Kids. Her book has won eight awards, including receiving a Gold Medal in the Mom’s Choice Awards. For the past eight years she has taught yoga to young children, both in schools and at local organizations, and has spoken at numerous libraries, schools, book stores, yoga studios, and school conferences. Teresa has also taught Teacher Training Seminars at Children’s Bureau and Pathways to help children from all walks of life be exposed to the health benefits of yoga. She is a member of the Society of Book Writers and Illustrators and The Independent Book Publishers Association, and writes articles about children’s health on She lives in Pacific Palisades, California with her husband and two teen-age children. For more information, please visit Teresa’s website at or contact her at View Guest page

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Barbara Reuer

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Dr. Jeffrey Rubin

Jeffrey B. Rubin Ph.D., is the creator of meditative psychotherapy, a practice that he developed through insights gained from decades of study, teaching and helping hundreds of people flourish. The author of the critically acclaimed books "The Art of Flourishing," "Psychotherapy and Buddhism," "The Good Life" and "A Psychoanalysis for Our Time," Dr. Rubin is a practicing psychotherapist and teacher of meditation in New York City and Bedford Hills, New York, and has taught at various universities, psychoanalytic institutes and Buddhist and yoga centers. He lectures around the country and has given workshops at the United Nations, the Esalen Institute, the Open Center and the 92nd Street Y. A blogger for Huffington Post and Psychology Today, his pioneering approach to psychotherapy and Buddhism has been featured in The New York Times Magazine. His website is View Guest page

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Silvana is a certified and licensed massage therapist from Huntington Beach, CA and a native of Uruguay. She specializes in deep tissue massage and focuses on back, neck and shoulder pain as well as injuries often found in musicians, drummers and guitarists. She has worked her magic on the necks, arms and lower backs of rock stars Kenny Loggins, Blink 182, SUBLIME with Rome, Everlast and other tensed artists. This spring and summer her clients will include Roger Waters of Pink Floyd and Def Leppard of Poison. She has over 15 years experience in the medical field and over 1000 hours of education in bodywork and Reiki energy work. She also has advanced Aromatherapy Practioner certification. Silvana has combined her passion for bodywork, music, and nature to create Forest Nymphs, an all vegan organic bath and bodyline. Some of her creations have been featured on HGTV’s 15 Handmade Gifts ideas and many national, international magazines and beauty reviews. Her products can be found in several stores, including Whole Foods Market coming in 2012. She believes that making a positive difference is the key to a less painful world. View Guest page

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Sherry Staiger

Sherry Staiger has been active her whole life and has always led an active life style. She teaches yoga, spinning classes, pilates, and Zumba. Her well rounded lifestyle is at the core of her healthy approach to life. Taking care of your mind, body soul connection is what yoga offers…helps you to release stress and focus on the present with breath work and proper alignment which can correct and improve posture and even lead to s stronger body. Classes like Zumba and Spinning (indoor cycling) can help with the cardio vascular system which helps to maintain body weight and keeps the joints well oiled with the synovial fluid which we tend to lose as we mature in age. Sherry has two adult sons who live active life styles because of her setting the example in their early childhood. And of course eating a healthy diet is just as important. At 48, Sherry has never been healthier or stronger and with such a sense of peace and confidence from within. View Guest page

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Dr. Ram Tamang

Dr. Ram Tamang is a licensed Ayurvedic Physician in India and Nepal and a master herbalist who headed a panchakarma retreat center in South India and is currently a partner with the Healing Gardens of Ayurveda. Dr. Ram Tamang has studied yoga extensively with yogic masters in India. He has written numerous question and answer articles on Ayurveda for LA Yoga Magazine. In addition, he has held several national and international lectures, seminars and workshops on Ayurveda and Health at various Ayurvedic schools around the world. View Guest page

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Gordon Wheeler

Gordon Wheeler, PhD, is internationally-known for his teaching, training, and writing in Gestalt therapy, coaching, and education. He has served as President of Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California since 2002, where he also served for some years as CEO. His written work, including a dozen books and over 100 articles in the field, has emphasized the evolution of Gestalt theory as the basis for relational and developmental self-theory, integrating the body of Gestalt psychology research with the Gestalt therapy tradition. Gordon’s areas of exploration include relational development, self and shame, couples and intimacy, multi-cultural issues, gender and men’s issues, leadership and coaching, and lifelong integral education, as well as post-Holocaust issues and Gestalt Systems Constellations. Gordon and his wife Nancy Lunney-Wheeler have a large and growing blended family and make their homes at Esalen and in Santa Cruz California. View Guest page

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John Whiteman

John is an inspirational speaker and author with Hay House publishing. His first book 9 Days to Feel Fantastic (Spring 2012) is based on his experiences as a professional Troubleshooter helping people whose businesses and personal lives were in crisis. Through his work John has found that there are 9 Elements which when incorporated into your life, lifts your energy vibration, makes you happier, and helps you to find and live your life’s purpose. These practical steps form the foundation to a philosophy of life he calls The Way which brings your Mind, Body and Spirit together as one, helping you to be the person you were meant to be and live a life filled with happiness and flow. To find out and read more about John and The Way he regularly writes, posts and speaks on his Website on Facebook and on You Tube View Guest page

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Laurie Zagon

Art & Creativity for Healing classes and workshops are taught by Founder/Director Laurie Zagon and her team of 25 certified Art4Healing® facilitators. In 2004 Ms. Zagon was honored by Mission Hospital with the “Spirit of Giving” Award for her contribution to the community. Ms. Zagon received her Master of Fine Arts at Syracuse University in New York and her undergraduate degree at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. A fine arts professor for over 14 years at the City University of New York, she taught design, color and light theory, and painting. For over 25 years, Ms. Zagon has facilitated Art & Creativity For Healing workshops. Using her method of Art4Healing®, she has helped thousands of children and adults process stress, illness, grief and fear in hospitals and nonprofit community organizations throughout Southern California and the U.S. The Art4Healing® method was initially developed in New York, in 1987 as an art workshop to help busy Wall Street executives deal with stress. Laurie’s work in color and light is well known not only through her paintings but also through published works. She is also the co-author of the book The Power of Color: Creating Healthy Interior Spaces and most recently, Art for healing: Painting Your heart Out . View Guest page

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