UZIT Lori Guth Moffett at TEDx

Written by: jonas (view bio) Tuesday, 4 March 2014


We were thrilled to see one of our Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program graduates, now one of our Urban Zen instructors, Lori Guth Moffett, giving a presentation at TEDxColumbus.

Lori has been a registered yoga teacher and reiki master for ten years, and completed our inaugural UZIT program in 2009 . She currently teaches classes and workshops at Yoga on High. In 2013, Lori was able to help secure a grant from Alice and Robert Estrich Fund of the Columbus Foundation to launch a program at Wexner Heritage Village and Zussman Hospice to support patients, staff and family members reducing stress using Urban Zen Integrative Therapy.


My Experience with the 10 Day Detox Diet

Written by: (view bio) Thursday, 20 February 2014

“Nothing dims your light more than the doing of things again and again that are no longer serving you.”

– Rodney Yee

One of the most valuable things I’ve gained from my meditation practice is the ability to notice what is happening in the present moment. In January, it was this noticing that alerted me to how out of alignment I was. Exhausted, depleted and emotionally spent, I found myself doing what I’ve always done – I was reaching for food. Not for nourishment, not for sustenance but as a means of comforting my discomfort.

hero book 250x360 My Experience with the 10 Day Detox DietAs luck would have it, it was not long after that I received an email from on of Urban Zen Integrative Therapy’s most trusted advisors, Dr. Mark Hyman, asking if I’d be interested in trying out the new 10 Day Detox Diet. Like most folks, I have started and failed to finish many diet plans in my day, but I was truly so depleted that I knew I needed to give myself over to a plan and a team that I trusted – I didn’t have the energy or the capacity to be creative, I needed to be told what to do. I had only one goal for the 10 days – to feel more aligned with vibrancy through the food choices I was making. I needed a reboot – a lifestyle makeover.

This was definitely work. Breaking the habitual patterns I had created in my day-to-day life took attention and focus. The 10DDD itself is pretty straight-forward and, for me, preparation was the key to success. I had to make sure that the right foods were in the house, the wrong foods were removed and that my family knew I was on my own plan for the next 10 days. Each day of the Detox consisted of the following:


VOICE OF THE UZIT: Above All, Bearing Witness

Written by: Urban Zen (view bio) Friday, 14 February 2014

bearingwitness VOICE OF THE UZIT: Above All, Bearing Witness

BY VIRGINIA MACALI, Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program Trainee

There was an edge of anticipation for the second 5-day Urban Zen training that was palpable as we walked into the room. It was a mix of excitement for being together again, mixed with the anxiety of being assessed and tested on our learning over the past four months. The teachers and mentors guided us through more practices and language distinctions to help us to be even more precise with our language and more grounded and present with ourselves and others.


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