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DRAFT: Shakti Yoga Can Help You De-stress During Finals

As students roll into finals, their stress levels are about to be at an all-time high. The end of the year can be filled with frustration and anxiety, so it is important to keep stress levels low. Thankfully Athens’ newly opened studio, Shakti Power Yoga Athens located at

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Shakti Power Yoga Athens is located at 940 Prince Ave., Athens, Ga 30606. (Photo/Devon Tucker)

940 Prince Ave., Athens, Ga 30606, offers the perfect deal for students who are looking to de-stress during this stressful time.

Shakti offers new students a package of $30 for unlimited classes for 30 days and students can get their money’s worth only after taking two classes. The classes range from heated power classes to guided meditation classes.

When it comes to stress management, yoga is ideal for fighting stress and finding serenity in your day according to the Mayo Clinic. They explain that the practice allows oneself to bring peace to both their body and mind and that Hatha yoga is a good choice for managing stress.

For students who are looking for a mental balance during finals, Shakti does not fall short on class options that will help you de-stress.

iRest

The practice of iRest incorporates intentional meditation and body relaxation and it is taught in an unheated classroom on Friday mornings. iRest Yoga has its practitioners recognize their peace of mind that is present during all circumstances of life and it decreases stress, anxiety, depression and even insomnia.

 

Guided Meditation

This unheated class is immediately after Shakti’s Ashtanga Primary Series class and is dedicated to 30 minutes of breathwork and meditation. Similar to iRest, meditation helps lower anxiety and stress levels but also increases one’s concentration and ability to focus.

 

Restorative

After sitting in the library all day, muscles can become stiff and even sore. Restorative yoga incorporates props such as tennis balls and blocks to assist with the healing and releasing of tight muscles, plus nourishing your connective tissues. This class is unheated and is held on Sunday evenings.

 

Flow and Restore

If you want to relax and still get a workout, the Flow and Restore class is held in a warm classroom that guides you through a vinyasa sequence. The class ends with an extended savasana that Shakti says it has you “leave feeling clear and refreshed”. It is held on Sunday and Tuesday mornings.

Flow and Yin

This class combines the practices of vinyasa and yin yoga. According to Shakti, vinyasa flow is medicine for the mind and yin yoga is healing for the body. The class guides students through deep stretches and is taught in a warm classroom on Monday and Wednesday mornings.

For more information on Shakti Yoga Athens visit their website here.

Maven Clinic Offers Online Subscriptions for College Women

The healthcare platform Maven now offers a subscription for women in college called Maven Campus. This nationwide plan allows students to connect with medical providers through video appointments and unlimited texting.

Maven Clinic launched the student plan about a year after they first introduced their platform in 2015. For $45 a month or $300 for a year, female students have the opportunity to send unlimited text messages and video appointments with more than 700 medical providers nationwide. 

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Maven Clinic allows women to book appointments 24/7 and for students the platform only costs $45 a month. (Photo/Devon Tucker)

When a patient makes their appointment, Maven Campus connects students to a myriad of specialists for both primary care and mental health including ob-gyns, nurse practitioners, and specialists for mental health. These private telemedical appointments are also not limited to the daytime. They can be accessed 24/7 and do not have to be scheduled in advance.

 

After Maven’s launch in April 2015, founder and CEO Kate Ryder noticed the increasing popularity of the app on college campus and realized that women in college were facing unique health issues. According to Cosmopolitan.com, Ryder explains that college students were facing new health challenges with mental and sexual health and it was difficult to get answers from their on-campus health centers. They developed Maven Campus to address these specific needs for students so students can feel comfortable with discussing their health needs.

India Milling, a 21-year-old nursing major from McDonough, Ga says, “One thing I’ve learned in nursing school so far is how important it is to trust your health care providers and form a relationship with them where you feel comfortable discussing your health concerns. I think maven clinic sounds great because it offers the opportunity to pick your healthcare provider based on background and credentials and then form that relationship with them all through the online app”.

The practitioners that Maven accepts to the platform go through a highly selective process with only 35% of the practitioners being accepted. Their providers have a 4.9 out of 5 star rating and are not limited to women’s and mental health. The subscription provides unlimited access to instant prescriptions, help with acne, nutrition, the cold and flu and even physical therapy.

If you want to get involved with Maven Campus, check out their ambassador program here.

 

Georgia’s Golda Kombucha Sees Significant Growth

Kombucha, a fermented tea, is rising in health popularity nationwide and Georgia’s very own brand, Golda Kombucha, has seen significant growth in recent months.

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Golda Kombucha sells to-go cups and growlers at the Bishop Park Farmers Market. (Photo/Devon Tucker)

Golda Kombucha was started by Melanie Wade in 2013, and her brand was Georgia’s first kombucha tea to hit local markets. To Wade, kombucha is not just a business to her, it is a part of her family history.  Melanie Wade’s grandmother, Golda, has been brewing kombucha for over 40 years in the Blue Ridge Mountains and has since then passed on her knowledge to Melanie.

Wade spent multiple years perfecting the craft of brewing kombucha with her grandmother and as of 2013, she has expanded her recipes to the local markets of the southeast.

When Melanie first debuted her business to local farmers markets and festivals in Atlanta, knowledge of kombucha was not common to the public.

“When I first started my business here in Atlanta, no one really knew what kombucha was. I really had to educate the governing bodies to get my business license and to tell them exactly what kombucha was. It was pretty difficult because they didn’t know and it was like teaching them a whole new concept” explains Wade.

Wade’s time spent educating the public has paid off. Today, Golda Kombucha can be found in over 110 Kroger supermarkets and in eight Whole Foods Markets. Golda can also be found in the local Athens area at the Bishop Park Farmers Market, West Broad Farmers Market, Hendershot’s, Sips, Donderos and the Daily Groceries Co-op.

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Golda Kombucha sells flavors ranging from lavender lemonade to peach ginger. (Photo/Devon Tucker)

According the New York Times, the kombucha industry is a national market now with companies like GT’s Kombucha producing more than a million bottles of kombucha a year and Wade holds this trend in the southeast. Golda Kombucha was the first kombucha business to hit Georgia and Wade projects significant growth in the coming months with the rising popularity.

“It wasn’t until fall of 2016, so about 6 months ago, that people really started understanding it and really started to catch on to the health benefits of it,” says Wade, “It is really popular out west, like in California, and I think that it really is just the wave of kombucha coming to the east coast. So I am definitely projecting a lot of growth of the next few years”.

If you want to learn more about Golda Kombucha, you can find information on Melanie’s company here.

Photo Essay: Valentine’s Day Yoga

ATHENS, Ga. – Active couples celebrated the day of love early this year with Vestigo, an online platform to book outdoor and active adventures, on Sunday, Feb. 12. Vestigo partnered up with Terrapin Brew Co. to host a couples yoga class as part of Terrapin’s Weekend of Love. The class, led by Brittany Barnes, taught nine couples how to communicate and work with each other while going through a vinyasa sequence.

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Nine couples follow yoga instructor, Brittany Barnes, in a partner warrior pose on Sun. Feb, 12 at Terrapin Brew Co. The class focuses on partners working together to successfully hold a yoga pose. (Photo/Devon Tucker)
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Terrapin Brew Co. hosted a Weekend of Love from Friday, Feb. 1o to Sunday Feb. 12. The weekend ended with the Vestigo yoga class led by Brittany Barnes. (Photo/Devon Tucker)
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Rochelle Still stretches out with her friend and yoga partner Lacey Flynn. The yoga class was open to all types of couples and relationships. (Photo/Devon Tucker)
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Couples follow yoga instructor, Brittany Barnes, in a supported side body stretch. The Vestigo yoga class specialized in relying on and supporting your partner to achieve the end goal of a beautifully balanced yoga pose. (Photo/Devon Tucker).
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Phi Nguyen (left) watches Lacey Flynn (middle) and Rochelle Still (right) as they hold the pose natarajasana together. This yoga position, also known as Lord of the Dance pose, helps increase concentration and decreases stress levels.  (Photo/Devon Tucker)
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Mother, Jackie Barnes (left), and daughter, Ashley Barnes (right), laugh together as they work with each other to stand up.  As Brittany Barnes led the class she kept it very interactive and encouraged every attendee to let go and have fun in the moment.    (Photo/Devon Tucker)
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Thomas Whitney (left) and his girlfriend Holly Munro (right) balance one another during tree pose. The partner class taught couples how to work together and bring them closer. By doing so, couples could go deeper into positions than they would by themselves. (Photo/Devon Tucker)

CVS Cuts the Cost of Epinephrine Injectors

CVS now carries a cheaper alternative to Mylan’s EpiPen, an authorized generic brand for Adrenaclick by Impax Laboratories. CVS announced the new generic brand epinephrine injector this month for an affordable cost.

According to CVS.com the generic double-pack is priced at $109.99, which is currently the lowest price for an epinephrine auto-injector device in the market.

EpiPens and the new authorized generic brand of Adrenaclick release an epinephrine injection for someone who goes into anaphylactic shock due to an allergic reaction. Common allergies that cause anaphylaxis are insect stings and bites and food allergies such as nuts and shellfish.

Those with these life-threatening allergic reactions must keep an auto-injector pen on them at all times and typically have to purchase multiple packs to keep in various locations such as work and school.  

The generic brand of Adrenaclick was released following a dispute over the prices of EpiPens in the pharmaceutical market.  Mylan, the pharmaceutical company that currently owns EpiPen, faced controversy this past year due to their spike in EpiPen prices.

The cost for a two-pack reached up to $600 causing outrage among consumers. Many saw it as unethical because epinephrine injections are life-saving and yet the prices increased at least 500% over approximately 10 years. Higher prices make it difficult for consumers to purchase the EpiPen with or without insurance.

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EpiPen image taken from Flickr.com. Photo by Cara.

“When I started in pharmaceuticals, the EpiPen only cost about hundred something dollars and now it costs around $600 while it probably only costs a few bucks to make,” says local CVS Pharmacist Ethylene Cook.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the cost of an EpiPen in 2007 was only $93.88.

Last September Heather Bresch, the chief executive of Mylan, had a congressional hearing where she was questioned about the rising costs of an EpiPen pack. Lawmakers asked Bresch to explain the process behind the pricing of the two-pack for EpiPens and questioned her on the company’s rising salaries.

The congressional hearing also addressed the short shelf life of an EpiPen during the September hearing. The current EpiPen can last up to 18 months causing many users to discard $600 of unused epinephrine injections in the trash. At the hearing, Bresch mentioned that Mylan hopes to increase the shelf life to a minimum 24 months. By increasing the shelf life, Mylan would please many consumers who have had to discard their expensive unused two-packs.

“The current EpiPen we have on our shelf here at CVS says that it expires in February of 2018. So about a little over a year,” explains CVS Pharmacist Ethylene Cook.

Prior to President Trump’s inauguration in January, the subject of drug prices has been a common theme for the president. President Trump has been previously quoted as saying that the pharmaceutical companies  “are getting away with murder” because of their high prices.

The president has made many statements about the drug industry and said how he would like the change the process for pricing drugs. He is now following through with this plan. 

On Tuesday, Jan. 31, President Trump met with leaders from pharmaceutical companies to discuss regulations and drug prices. The president hopes that he can ease FDA regulations in order to allow drugs to be approved faster for the market. He also would like to bring more drug production to the United States and change the pricing process for what he calls “bidding wars”. President Trump has not announced any specific policies for this change.

Before the launch of the new authorized generic of Adrenaclick this month, Mylan published a press release announcing that they would start offering a generic brand of the EpiPen for “$300 per epinephrine injection USP two-pack, which is more than 50% lower than the WAC [Wholesale Acquisition Cost] of EpiPen 2-Pak® Auto-Injectors”.

The generic brand is currently available for a prescription, but the $300 two-pack still exceeds the price of the new generic brand for Adrenaclick.

The new generic auto-injector at CVS is a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved device containing the same active ingredient as Mylan’s EpiPen. At $109.99 the authorized generic for Adrenaclick appeals to consumers for its low cost.

“There is really no difference between EpiPen and the generic brand for Adrenaclick. They have the same mode of administration. The only difference is that the brand EpiPen has a trainer injector while the generic does not,” explains CVS Pharmacist Ethylene Cook.

The need for affordable epinephrine injections puts the injection packs in high demand.  According to the Wall Street Journal, more than 3.6 million people were given a prescription for an EpiPen 2-Pak last year.

For consumers to switch over to the more affordable epinephrine injector, all they need to do is talk to their prescriber to see if the generic of Adrenaclick is a good fit, then to have them write a prescription for an epinephrine auto-injector.

According to CVS, the generic of Adrenaclick is available to patients both with insurance coverage and patients who pay with cash.  This makes the auto-injector more affordable for the 3.6 million people in need of epinephrine injections for anaphylaxis. 

The authorized generic brand of Adrenaclick is made by Lineage Therapeutics, the pharmaceutical company that CVS negotiated with for the low price.
CVS pharmacist Ethylene Cook says “CVS currently has the cheapest price for the generic brand on the market. We were able to negotiate with Lineage, the maker of the generic, the special price of $109.99 and everywhere you go it will be more expensive than us.”

According to the Lineage Therapeutics website, they strive to “deliver therapeutic options to lower costs, increase patient access to medicines, and improve lives.”

Adrenaclick is not new to the market. According to the Washington Post, the FDA approved it back in 1939. However, the price for an epinephrine auto-injector has not been this low since the early 2000’s. The need for epinephrine injections will continue to be in large numbers for consumers who have allergies to insects and food.

The authorized generic for Adrenaclick, available at CVS, is a step towards a more affordable future for those who need a life-saving injection on them at all times.

Fuel Hot Yoga Offers Free Classes

Fuel Hot Yoga, located at 398 Foundry St., will host an open house this Sunday, January 22, 2017 from 8 a.m to 6 p.m. The open house will include complimentary classes, retail deals and giveaways for all students that attend.

The studio, formerly known as Bikram Yoga Athens, is taking reservations ahead of time for attendees to reserve a spot in one of the six classes offered on Sunday. The first-come first-served classes include Hot Vinyasa, Bikram Yoga, and Yin Yoga.

The classes at Fuel Hot Yoga leads its participants through a series of yoga poses in a room that has the heat turned up. The studio is also for all levels of yoga goers.

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Fuel Hot Yoga students walk out of the studio on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. (Photo / Devon Tucker)

If you are new to the practice of hot yoga, the studio recommends the Bikram yoga class for beginners. The 90 minute yoga class will be offered for free three times on Sunday, at 10 a.m, 2 p.m, and 4 p.m.

However, if interested in another style of yoga, the studio will also offer a free Hot Vinyasa class at 8 a.m and 12 p.m and a Yin Yoga class at 6 p.m.

The 90 minute Hot Vinyasa class is perfect for those with a little more experience. It is a blend of five styles of yoga that focuses on advanced sequences. Students will be taught meditation, inversions and deep back bends.

The third type of class offered on Sunday is a 60 minute Yin Yoga class. Yin Yoga is ideal for those who do not like hot yoga classes. It is taught at a slower pace and the studio is not heated. The class targets your ligaments and connective tissues to increase your natural range of motion.

While attending the open house, guests will be given the opportunity to win some membership deals and door prizes. Some prizes will be a free month of yoga, a yoga mat and a towel, yoga clothes and water bottles.

If you are unable to attend Fuel Hot Yoga’s open house this Sunday, new members still have the option to buy the 30 Days Unlimited Yoga package for $30. This package allows a new customer to attend as many classes as they want for a month.

 

 

Welcome

Hi readers,

Welcome to Mindful Living! This blog was created for Multiplatform Story Production (JOUR 4090) at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.  On this lifestyle blog you will be able to view a variety of story types focused on the concept of mindfulness, health and positivity. I am excited to see where this beat will take me this semester and cheers to healthy living!

Enjoy.

Devon Tucker