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Yoga Corner: Any Given Wednesday

Mar 31, 2020 01:17PM ● By Nicole Zornitzer

Today I was awoken with a jolt before the sun had risen.

Today I rushed to the ER with my mom who verbalized today was the day…

She was dying.

She was read to go.

She was comfortable with this knowledge.

What we do in the face of crisis is left as an open question.

I certainly don’t have the answers.

I quite honestly don’t want the answers.

I said the only thing I knew to say…


I comforted her and told her she had accomplished all that she needed to.

She had loved all that she loved so purely. We know this.

She does not need to hold on for us. We understand.

My day began believing today was the last day of her life.

12 hours later, we are back home, she is resting and I am journaling because what else can I do but try to express my sadness via words or expression tomorrow on the mat.

How does one manage the constant fluctuation of emotion?

How do we start the day in fear and try to end it in gratitude?

How do I digest this all?

I don’t know.

So I share.

I share my pain, my honesty regarding a situation I was not prepared to manage on an average Wednesday morning.

I am learning, just as you are, to live.

Sometimes I don’t want to partake in this life any longer.

But then I look around. I feel the unconditional love of my children who need me.

I feel the support of my true friends, not the fair-weather friends. The ones who are here for me every single day. 

I struggle, just as you may.

Tomorrow, I will awake, another day

What will it bring?

I do not know.

But what I do know, is that I will persevere.

I will show up to life.

I will be me.

I will be the support I need to be for mom.

I will try to find happiness in the smallest of moments.

I will arrive on mat and again, try to heal for what seems like a lifetime of healing.

Every day is a different experience, we must embrace them all.

This is what I try to teach others every day they come to their mats.  

Today was a terrible day.

Tomorrow will be a new day.

Nicole Zornitzer, ERYT 1000, yoga therapist, founder of Niyama Yoga & Wellness Studio in Randolph, New Jersey.

Tick Talk

Spring officially sprung on March 21. We have turned our clocks ahead. We are looking forward to warm winds, sunny skies and the smell of fresh cut grass. The daffodils and tulips have recently bloomed and we are just starting with the yard work that comes with the warmer weather.  Sadly, another season has started ramping up.  Tick season.

•             The best form of protection is prevention. Educating oneself about tick activity and how our behaviors overlap with tick habitats is the first step.

•             According to the NJ DOH, in 2022 Hunterdon County led the state with a Lyme disease incidence rate of 426 cases per 100,000 people. The fact is ticks spend approximately 90% of their lives not on a host but aggressively searching for one, molting to their next stage or over-wintering. This is why a tick remediation program should be implemented on school grounds where NJ DOH deems high risk for tick exposure and subsequent attachment to human hosts.

•             Governor Murphy has signed a bill that mandates tick education in NJ public schools. See this for the details.  Tick education must now be incorporated into K-12 school curriculum. See link:

•             May is a great month to remind the public that tick activity is in full swing. In New Jersey, there are many tickborne diseases that affect residents, including Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, Powassan, and Spotted Fever Group Rickettsiosis.

•             For years, the focus has mainly been about protecting ourselves from Lyme disease. But other tick-borne diseases are on the rise in Central Jersey. An increase of incidence of Babesia and Anaplasma are sidelining people too. These two pathogens are scary because they effect our blood cells. Babesia affects the red blood cells and Anaplasma effects the white blood cells.

•             Ticks can be infected with more than one pathogen. When you contract Lyme it is possible to contract more than just that one disease. This is called a co-infection. It is super important to pay attention to your symptoms. See link.

A good resource from the State:


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