Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Free summer yoga at Ballpark Village

Ballpark Village has started their 2015 series of free yoga classes.  You can join in tomorrow, May 20 at 6 p.m., for one hour of yoga held at Ballpark Village.  Classes are on select Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the summer and fall.  For the full schedule and more information, click here.

Afterwards, head on over to the Central Library.  We're only 10 blocks away.  Here you'll find books and videos on yoga that you can use for inspiration to keep your practice going.  Here are some of the great choices you'll find.


  • Quick start yoga. Fast efficient workouts 20 minutes or less.
  • Health & fitness. Vol. 1, Yoga for the rest of us: heart healthy yoga.
  • A.M. yoga for your week.
  • Yoga for runners intermediate program.
  • Kundalini yoga to detox & destress.


  • Complete yoga workbook: a practical approach to healing common ailments with yoga by Stella Weller.
  • Step-by-step yoga for conception, pregnancy, birth and beyond by Fran├žoise Barbira Freedman and Doriel Hall.
  • Gentle yoga for arthritis featuring contributions by Laurie Sanford and Nancy Forstbauer.
  • Yoga for dummies by Larry Payne, PhD, and Georg Feuerstein, PhD.
  • Yoga for a healthy lower back: a practical guide to developing strength and relieving pain by Liz Owen and Holly Lebowitz Rossi.
  • Little flower yoga for kids: a yoga and mindfulness program to help your child improve attention and emotional balance by Jennifer Cohen Harper.
  • Original yoga: rediscovering traditional practices of Hatha yoga by Richard Rosen.

As you can see, SLPL has a wide variety of choices!  We also have Yoga Journal available for checkout.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Strokes: Know the signs and act in time!

Strokes are serious business.  In the United States, they are responsible for more serious long-term disabilities than any other disease, and are a leading cause of death.  Over 800,000 strokes happen in the United States every year.

Knowing the signs is important, because the faster someone having a stroke gets help, the more likely they are to recover.  Learn about the signs of stroke, as well as risk factors, here at the National Institutes of Health.

For books in the SLPL collection, choices include
  • Stronger after stroke: your roadmap to recovery by Peter Levine.
  • Understanding and dealing with stroke by Dr. Keith Souter.
  • Can I tell you about having a stroke?: a guide for friends, family and professionals by Lisa Taylor and Swee Hong Chia.

What do you know about stroke? Stroke strikes fast. You should too. Call 911. Know Stroke... A program of The National Institutes of Health.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Double the fun!

Check out the two opportunities for fun fitness happening this Saturday at your library!

  • In the morning, try Zumba at the Carpenter Branch.  The fun starts at 10:30.
  • In the afternoon, Laughter Yoga at the Schlafly Branch starts at 2 p.m.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Healthy eyes

Vision is important to quality of life. Here are some resources to help you make eyesight a priority, take care of your eyes, and retain visual health.

National Eye Institute at the National Institutes of Health has these tips to protect your vision.
  • Eat lots of leafy green vegetables and fish
  • Exercise
  • Control blood pressure
  • Wear sunglasses and a hat with a brim
  • Don't smoke
  • Use protective eyewear as necessary
Books we have for you to check out include:

  • Reader's digest guide to eye care: common vision problems, from dry eye to macular degeneration by Jennifer S. Weizer and Joshua D. Stein
  • Fact and fiction of healthy vision: eye care for adults and children by Clyde K. Kitchen
  • The big book of family eye care by Joe Di Girolamo
  • Eye care sourcebook edited by Sandra J. Judd
  • Taking care of your eyes: a collection of the patient education handouts used by America's leading eye doctors by Melvin L. Rubin & Lawrence A. Winograd

Click over to the SLPL catalog to search for more books on eye health, or use your SLPL card to access Consumer Health Complete, a database full of reliable information you can access from anywhere.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Problematic pollen

Seasonal allergies are a very common condition that can make being outside less fun.  The immune system sees pollen and mold as invaders, and tries to protect the body by producing antibodies to fight them off.  This overreaction results in the sneezing, itching, and congestion that affect your quality of life, and maybe even work/school performance.

Pollen levels are higher in the morning, so scheduling your outdoor activities in the evening could help.  Knowing what the pollen counts are could help you avoid allergens too.

The American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology has a map where you can see what the pollen and mold levels are in your area.  Today's report for St. Louis says that mold is high, tree pollen is very high, and pollen from both weeds and grasses is low.  For more details, including which species are contributing the most, you can create a free account.  Today's top culprits are mulberry, oak, and ash.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Celebrate National Library Week with Laughter Yoga and Exercise

Next week is National Library Week, and what better way to celebrate than by attending an event in the Healthy Living series put together by the St. Louis Public Library.  There are two options (go to both or either), both at the Library's Buder Branch:
  • Tuesday April 14 at 6:30 p.m.
    •  Marlene Chertok, founder of the St. Louis Laughter Club, and a Registered Nurse and certified laughter yoga leader, will lead Laughter Yoga – Laugh for the Health of it!  Developed by a physician from Mumbai, India, laughter yoga will help you to stay in high spirits when life throws you challenges. It will enhance your ability to laugh and smile when dealing with negative emotions, situations, and negative or difficult people. Instructor. This session is open to people of all ages and abilities and to anyone who wants to laugh!

  • Thursday April 16 at 6:30 p.m. 
    • OASIS will provide a free beginners exercise class to teach about the benefits of exercise and how to improve functional fitness.  Participants will learn basic exercises that are not only safe and effective, but energizing and fun! This is a low impact exercise program.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Budget-friendly cooking returns!

Missed the first Healthy Cooking on a Budget? The program will be presented again at the Julia Davis Branch on Saturday, March 28 at 4 p.m. Professional cook and Operation Food Search Outreach Coordinator Mariella Funk explains healthy eating on a budget. Take home recipe cards and informational handouts (while supplies last).