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Naturopathy, acupuncture and local food converge at MOUNTAIN

MOUNTAIN opened in Crown Heights last month, and is unlike any other business establishment in the city. Part health food cafe, part holistic health center, MOUNTAIN offers services that are not readily available in the neighborhood.

"We wanted a place where people could be introduced to alternative culture," said co-owner Justine Lynch. "What i'm hoping is people see this places as a place for balance."

In a place like New York City, and indeed in most urban environments, getting ahead is often the goal and the inspiration for people, said Lynch. MOUNTAIN, which was seven years in the making, is intended to be an answer to that.

"We're bridging two gaps," said Lynch. "Everybody wants good health... and "[this] needs to be a place for peace."

903 Franklin Ave., 719-771-2476, ilovemountain.net

This is MOUNTAIN

Justine Lynch owns MOUNTAIN with her husband Tom
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Justine Lynch owns MOUNTAIN with her husband Tom McCauley. They are both acupuncturists. Tom also runs the kitchen (he was the former owner of Miracle Bar & Grill in the West Village).

The couple has lived nearby Prospect Lefferts Gardens since 2006, and lived in the Rockaways for four years before that. They have twin daughters. Their mission is to provide the services they believe in, but also to be a part of the community, which is why they offer free community health clinics.

"If our community is healthy, it's better for everyone," said Lynch.

Welcome to MOUNTAIN

MOUNTAIN Crown Heights is open and inviting upon
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MOUNTAIN Crown Heights is open and inviting upon first entering. You can get food from the Apothecary Kitchen to go, or enjoy it at a communal wooden table.

Yoga and classes are offered in an art-filled room

Mountain offers yoga, nutrition classes, meditation and free
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Mountain offers yoga, nutrition classes, meditation and free health workshops in its studio. Dr. Millie Lytle, a naturopathic doctor, also offers nutritional counseling in her Eating for Meaning program. She runs the free programs at MOUNTAIN.

Upcoming free classes:

Heartburn Clinic, Nov. 16 from 1 - 4 p.m.: "Bring in your most recent blood work and or scans if you have them to Dr. Millie and receive food and supplement recommendations for alleviating burning, belching, bloating and phlegm as a result of GERD, H. Pylori bacteria, silent reflux, heartburn and Barrett's Esophagus."

Stress Clinic, Dec. 21 from 1 -4 p.m.: "Bring in your most recent blood work and receive food and supplement recommendations for reducing stress, improving sleep and enjoying the holiday season. Especially recommended for those with thyroid problems, stress eating, depression and insomnia. Blood work preferable but not required."

MOUNTAIN also hopes to introduce movement or dance classes.

"The flower of well-being is the creative," Lynch said.

Chinese herbs

MOUNTAIN is also a dispensary for Classical Pearls
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MOUNTAIN is also a dispensary for Classical Pearls brand Chinese herbs (sourced from small farms in China and processed in Portland, O.R.) and nutritional supplements formulated by the in-house naturopathic doctor Dr. Millie Lytle.

Private rooms for clinical visits

At MOUNTAIN, various approaches to holistic healthcare are
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At MOUNTAIN, various approaches to holistic healthcare are offered, including: acupuncture, foot reflexology, massage therapy and Reiki and Kinesiology. Most are available on a sliding pay scale.

Lynch practices 5-element acupuncture, an ancient therapy that's used in phases set to nature's seasons. Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture (TCM) is also offered.

Rooftop garden

Julia Trotta (gallery curator) and Lynn Thy Tun
Photo Credit: JUSTINE LYNCH

Julia Trotta (gallery curator) and Lynn Thy Tun (clinic coordinator) sit on the roof at MOUNTAIN. In Summer 2015, a rooftop garden will be installed. To be primarily grown: herbs, edible flowers and leaf lettuces. They are also planning an apiary.

They make their own juices

The Apothecary Kitchen at MOUNTAIN prepares local seasonal
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The Apothecary Kitchen at MOUNTAIN prepares local seasonal food and cold-pressed juices.

Apothecary Kitchen eats

The Apothecary Kitchen at MOUNTAIN's food is healthy
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The Apothecary Kitchen at MOUNTAIN's food is healthy and full of beauty. Here's the daily quiche, with ingredients that change based on seasonal availability.

"I think people can come in and have an experience of healing though eating," Lynch said.

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