Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 18 January 2013 00:00
Joyce Peprah was inspired, inclined to proceed with a vision of holistic healing through the power of yoga after suffering a leg injury.
Rather than rely on prescription drugs to help with the pain, she pushed through the agony with spiritual discipline that originated in ancient India.
The idea sprung while working at her current job. She is a nurse at the Cornell Medical Center in New York City.
However, the plan is coming to fruition in Mineola.
Peprah’s Body and Brain Holistic Center For Yoga will open at 365 Hillside Avenue after being approved by the Mineola Village Board on Wednesday, Jan. 9. The Uniondale resident has taught yoga since 2009.
Peprah holds a masters degree in midwifery and women’s health. Her work in the newborn intensive care unit in Manhattan keeps her humble and balanced.
“I had a problem with my right knee and left shoulder,” said Peprah. “I had the choice to go see my orthopedist first, but I chose to do yoga. Within three weeks my left shoulder was fine and my right knee is better. Then, I decided to train and teach people what I learned.”
With her background in physiology, Peprah thinks of applying yoga as an alternative healing solution. She plans to train up to eight people at a time during class sessions in the village, which could run five days a week.
The primary benefits of yoga include pulse rate decreases, cardiovascular efficiency increases, joint range of motion increases, and eye-hand coordination aid, among other health related improvements. Peprah plans to apply all facets of the exercise routine.
“Everything that you do originates from your thoughts and emotions,” she said. “As a person with a medical background, I can understand that. We as people have feel-good hormones and then we have the hormones that create fight-or-flight [issues]. If people are constantly under stress, you are constantly being affected by fight-or-flight. Through yoga, we teach you to relax, to stretch and by the end of the day, you’ll feel better.”
Peprah plans to continue her position in Manhattan, but she feels that what you focus on will always grow. If the business takes off, she may hone her craft on the late 19th century callisthenic.
“If I want to help people, then I’ll have to [leave nursing],” said Peprah.
The approval process of the business was smooth, but saw slight opposition from neighboring residents. Jean Keeler, a 22-year Foch Boulevard homeowner was happy to see the center replace a mortgage broker, but is concerned about parking issues.
“I think the enterprise you’re engaging in is a noble endeavor,” Keeler said. “Most of the parking [in the area] is on the street. Some of it is used on Foch Boulevard where we live. As a resident, I’m concerned about the flow of traffic coming to an already congested area.”
Keeler was also critical of the condition of the street, which she believes hasn’t been paved since she moved to Mineola. Peprah may encourage patrons to use a nearby municipal parking lot if no space is available during operating hours.
“We have a lot of U-turn situations happening, though having nothing to do with this business, but because it’s a through street to a main road, there’s a lot of traffic going through that area,” Keeler said.
The village currently has a road-repaving project in the works, according to village officials.
“I think this is a step above a dance studio, because some dance studios have kids in classes who need to be dropped off successively,” Trustee Paul Pereira said.
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
Eleni Pitzel has lived in East Williston since 1975, having raised five children. Prior to that, she and her family lived in Floral Park. Pitzel is a longtime club member, and served as corresponding secretary for two years.
Pitzel has been the club’s art instructor for four years; she also teaches art at St. Paul’s Orthodox Cathedral in West Hempstead. “My artistic skills are a gift from God, and from that gift I give back to others,” Pitzel said.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
A new proposal by interim Town of North Hempstead Supervisor John Riordan seeks to hike pay for elected officials. Riordan's plan would have board members’ salaries jump by $15,000 to a total of $55,000, an increase of approximately 37.5 percent. Other proposed salaries would be $138,000 for the supervisor, $115,000 for the receiver of taxes and $105,000 for the town clerk.
Riordan introduced the proposal at the last town board meeting, on Nov. 19, requesting that a resolution be placed on the agenda setting Dec. 10 for a public hearing to consider the adoption of an amendment that would enable the salary increases for the 2014 calendar year.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
MAA Travel Soccer teams wrapped up their respective fall 2013 seasons recently. Two MAA teams won titles this season in the Long Island Junior Soccer League; the BU13 Mineola Empire went 9-0-1 and the GU14 Red Bulls enjoyed a 8-1-1 campaign to each win first place trophies. The GU11 Honey Badgers went undefeated (6-0-2) and finished in second place in their division, as did the GU15 Mini-Mustangs with a 7-1-1 season record.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The Mineola 12U fall intramural baseball team celebrated their fall season and tournament championship with a pizza party/awards dinner on Nov. 20. In addition to celebrating a great fall season and tournament championship, the boys were treated to an inspirational talk by coach Ken Conrade, the 2013 New York State High School Coach of the Year.
Conrade, the Kellenberg Memorial High School assistant principal for academics and girls varsity softball coach, was the keynote speaker for the awards dinner. He presented a very talked about baseball and youth sports.
Conrade’s talk was framed around each inning of a baseball game. He used stories and examples from the first to an extra “10th inning” to drive home both a sports and life lesson. For example, as part of the seventh inning stretch, he had each player stand up, stretch their legs and then go and thank their parents for their support and commitment to their baseball playing.