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eeing Wayne Dyer’s face smiling out from this month’s cover is a surreal moment for me as we put the finishing touches on June’s Inspired Living issue. Hearing him speak last fall in New York City was an equal high. He has been a source of inspiration to me for more than a decade, and I feel honored by his work, which continues to lead readers like me to unimagined levels of personal fulfillment. An inside joke among my family and friends revolves around the number of inspirational quotes, notes and plaques that grace all the rooms in my house. I am incessantly drawn to them and even pass up opportunities to buy more, only due to limited wall space. But, just as the “Happily Ever After” sign that greets guests upon entering my home reads, that is exactly how I intend to live, no holds barred. I’m grateful to Dr. Dyer and many others that manage to instill within us the will to make every day meaningful. Judith Fertig’s feature article, “Life Lift,” shares the wisdom of other experts in how we can realize a true life lift by consciously evaluating options for making positive changes towards a happier existence. Isn’t it time to start living with joy? Just by infusing little bits of it into our own daily life, we cheer ourselves up and can raise others’ spirits, too. Speaking of spirited living, I expect you’ll be singing or humming a Jack Johnson song after reading our Green Living department this month. His selfless efforts to fund hundreds of environmental causes through his two environmental foundations, while at the same time spreading his mission of greening concert venues and tours, is very inspiring. He’s making a marked difference at local, regional and global levels. If we were to have a theme song for this issue, I’d choose his Upside Down. Maybe playing it in the background as you read will add an even greater uplift to this month’s content. No matter what, I hope you'll take Natural Awakenings along on some of your summer adventures. In honor of Father’s Day, I’d like to give a nod to another special man in my life, my dad. While we may have as many similarities as we do differences, it is a continued pleasure to learn from each other as the years go by. Being a writer and creative type, too, he is full of encouragement, and I’m blessed by his supportive cheerleading. He’s also an avid reader of this magazine! I look forward to this summer’s kayaking adventures as we pick up our ongoing conversations about life—past, present and future—while we spot birds, turtles and other delights of nature. Wishing you a fulfilled and inspired summer,

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newsbriefs Roots of Change to Perform in Albany


he musical group Roots of Change will be performing socially relevant folk and Americana, including original songs by band members and an eclectic mix of covers of songs by artists like Steve Earle, John Prine, Eliza Gilkyson, Townes Van Zandt, Ralph McTell, Kate Wolf, Greg Brown, Bruce Springsteen, Woody Guthrie, Dave Carter and Bob Dylan, from 7 to 10 p.m., June 21, on the outdoor patio at Emack & Bolio’s, in Albany. The band is comprised of Sybil Allyson on rhythm guitar and vocals, Mark Smith on lead guitar and vocals, Dave Pallas on bass and Nelson Gage on mandolin. Allyson states, “We perform selections that focus on socially conscious themes such as world peace, issues around homelessness and other relevant issues of importance to our community. We also sprinkle in several classic love songs by well-known singer/songwriters,” says Allyson. Location: 366 Delaware Ave. For more information, call 518-512-5100. Follow Roots of Change on Facebook.

Suzanne O’Brien Presents End of Life Doula Training


uzanne B. O’Brien, RN, is offering three programs in Albany in June. A seminar, Doula: A Bridge to End of Life Care—1 to 4 p.m., June 7, at First Lutheran Suzanne B. O'Brien Church (love donation). End of Life Doula Workshop Level 1—1 to 5 p.m., June 28, at Holiday Inn. End of Life Doula Workshop Level 2—1 to 5 p.m., June 29, at Holiday Inn. The seminar covers everything from how to start end-oflife conversations with family members to securing end-oflife wishes with advance directives and the basics on what to expect and how to care for a loved one at home. The End of Life Doula workshops level 1 and 2 cover the three phases of end-of-life care and what interventions to use in offering comfort to someone during this time. Stirred by her experience as a hospice and oncology nurse, O’Brien has launched training and education programs to support families caring for dying loved ones at home. Locations: First Lutheran Church, 181 Western Ave.; Holiday Inn, 205 Wolf Rd. For complete pricing and to register, visit


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Connie Bramer to Host Breast Cancer Fundraiser


he third annual Get Your Rack Back event, from 6:30 p.m. to midnight, June 7, at the Hilton Garden Inn, in Troy, will benefit the American Cancer Society Hope Club and Hosted by Connie Bramer, a breast cancer survivor and author of How Connie Got Her Rack Back, this year’s event is focused on the community’s need to provide services for cancer patients and their families in the Capital Region. Their motto, “For the community by the community,” means helping families affected by cancer. Get Your Rack Back raises funds for local charities that provide cancer research and much-needed services for cancer patients and their families. It contributed more than $15,000 over the last two years to benefit the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign. Location: 235 Hoosick St. For tickets, email or visit

Green and Organic Beauty at bloom Salon and Makeup Bar


ocated at 5 Maple Road, in Voorheesville, bloom Salon and Makeup Bar is a new eco-friendly facility that opened in January. Owner Allison Tulio offers a natural and organic hair care line called Use Me! and an organic, petrochemical- and artificial fragrance-free makeup line called 100% Pure. She specializes in hair and makeup for everyday life as well as the special events in our lives. Tulio Stylist Amy Kropp (left), owner says, “With our one-of-a-kind makeup bar, it is Allison Tulio (center) and stylist such a fun experience to come try on the makeup, Sarah Van Cleve (right) have a lesson or get all dolled up.” They are the first salon in the United States to become a part of Green Circle Salon, which ensures everything a client produces during their visit, including hair, foils, extra color and so on is all properly disposed of and recycled. Discarded hair is made into hair mats to help aid in the event of an oil spill. For more information, call 518-655-0043 or visit See ad, page 9.

Celebrate with Green Conscience Home and Garden


reen Conscience Home and Garden, in Saratoga Springs, is celebrating five years in business, and they are holding a party from 5 to 8 p.m., June 19, with food, drink and music to thank customers, contractors, friends and family. They carry a variety of organic and eco-friendly lawn, garden and home improvement products, specializing in green home renovation for families and businesses. As a supplier of non-toxic interior finishes for walls, floors and countertops, the showroom features natural and organic mattresses and bedding. Owner Karen Totino says, “We are a local business dedicated to providing inspiration and education to people interested in a sustainable lifestyle.” Location: 33 Church St. For more information, call 518-306-5196 or visit See ad, page 33.


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ane S. Gray is a massage therapist and owner of Healing Path Massage, in Schenectady. Along with Leonard Venezia, DC, and Lynn Allison, DC, she has introduced certified light energy therapy to her practice. Light therapy is a process by which photon energy is delivered to parts of the body via light emitting diodes (LED). This energy is absorbed by the cells for many therapeutic benefits, including increasing circulation and decreasing pain and inflammation. More than 50 years of research has shown that LEDs provide energy cells need to stimulate the release of nitric oxide, which enhances circulation and lymph flow and decreases pain and inflammation. In Light Wellness Systems features the latest red, blue and infrared LED technology with the ability to choose various frequencies for the greatest effect on body tissue. Gray has been using this system with great outcomes with her clients for more than two years. Location: 670 Franklin St., Schenectady. Healing Path offers Light Therapy Mon. through Fri. by appointment. For appointments, call 518 374-8654 or visit

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Cameron Shayne Detoxing Foot Baths for Good Health Susan Brown, at Vitality Health Center, in to Appear at VinYoga Nutritionist Scotia, is offering an IonCleanse detoxing foot bath for Festival in Altamont $10, ($40 value) for first-time clients during the month of


he VinYoga Festival, a taste of local wellness, will be a gathering of top body, spirit, wellness and environmental specialists, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., June 7, at the Altamont Vineyard and Winery, in Altamont. With yoga classes, vendors, food and more, the festival’s featured guest is international yoga guru, writer, philosopher and movement artist, Cameron Shayne. Shayne is the founder and director of the Budokon Martial, Yoga, Living Arts University. His students include world champion athletes Kerri Walsh and Sugar Ray Leonard. Participants will activate muscular energy lines in their posture, breathe, flow and energize. Attendees will experience a drumming circle, twilight yoga class, wine tasting and a beautiful view of the Heldeberg Mountains. The VinYoga festival is all about the community’s embodiment of the values related to health, beauty and wellness. All levels and ages are welcome. A portion of the proceeds benefits the American Red Cross. For tickets, visit See ad, page 2.

June. The IonCleanse detoxing foot bath is an easy, safe and relaxing way to eliminate toxins and heavy metals from the body that takes only 20 to 30 minutes. It’s great for joint pain, heavy metal toxicity, yeast and candidiasis issues. Recipients feel lighter and less toxic, with improved mental clarity, reduced pain, increased mobility and reduced stress. Brown has successfully used the foot baths in her practice for more than 11 years to help accelerate her clients’ cleansing and healing progress. Location: 3441 Amsterdam Rd. (Rte. 5), Scotia. For appointments, call 518-3724706 or visit

Luminous Energy Medicine Summer Workshops


hari Parslow, a shamanic practitioner and owner of Luminous Energy Medicine, in Saratoga Springs, will be opening her summer workshop schedule with a Solstice celebration at Still Point Retreat Center, in Mechanicville. The summer will be filled with other enlightening events with esteemed guest teachers from Peru, Ecuador and Tibet that will be joining Parslow to share their healing gifts and Shari Parslow indigenous wisdom teachings. Luminous Energy Medicine offers creative healing workshops and shamanic dream journey circles throughout the year to awaken intuition and cultivate evolution with our unique and luminous nature. Parslow also offers private sessions for healing, as well as sacred ceremonies to honor rites of passage. For registration, dates and locations, call Shari Parslow, LMT, BS, at 518-8799365, email or visit See ad, page 20.

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newsbriefs The Power to Protect Your Health is in Your Hands


Breast Thermography/Detox event will take place from 7 to 9 p.m., June 19, at Delmar Wellness Center. This information will be of special interest to women that have a family history of breast cancer or carry the BRCA gene. Florence Williams, in her book, Breasts, states that nine out of 10 breast cancers are linked to environmental factors, so the importance of detoxification and early detection through safe, non-invasive methods like thermography become abundantly clear. Dr. Joseph Olejak, a chiropractor and clinical nutritionist with 23 years of experience in alternative medicine, and Patricia Luccardi, who is certified in medical thermography and uses the latest non-invasive technology, will teach attendees about the benefits of thermography. Topics include thermography procedures; safety versus mammograms; angiogenesis; early detection; estrogen dominance; and components of a detox program. Participants receive a $50 discount on a thermogram and a $36 discount on the purification program. Admission is free, but must RSVP by Jun. 10 by calling 518439-5077. Location: 323 Delaware Ave., Delmar. For more information, visit or See ad, page 24.

Sundae on the Farm Gives Insight Into Food Production


undae on the Farm is a oncea-year opportunity to get close to the people and animals on a real, working farm and learn from narrators about (and sample) food, ice cream and agricultural exhibits. This year’s event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Father’s Day, June 15, at Welcome Stock Farm, in Schuylerville. Six hundred farms are in operation within Saratoga County, one of the very few U.S. counties where agriculture is on the rise. Sundae on the Farm was conceived 19 years ago to let residents see how their food goes from farm to table. Presented by the Saratoga County Agricultural Promotional Group, a committee of local farmers and concerned citizens, Cornell Cooperative Extension, both Saratoga County Chambers of Commerce and other groups, Sundae on the Farm co-chairs for 2014 are Jennifer Stevens, of Cornell Cooperative Extension, and Jaime O’Neill, of the Saratoga County Planning Department. Admission is free. Welcome Stock Farm is located at 170 W. River Rd., in Schuylerville. For more information, call 518885-8995 or visit


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Free Nerve System Screening


r. John Ferguson, owner of Ferguson Family Chiropractic, is offering a free nerve system screening and consultation during the month of June. Lifestyle stress adversely affects our health, and the nerve system is the means by which the body processes and manages stress. Dr. John Ferguson A chiropractor is trained to evaluate the nerve system to see how stress is affecting it and then release disturbances, allowing the body to better self-heal and regulate. The Insight technology, certified by the Space Foundation, is safe, painless and non-invasive testing, great for evaluating children and adults. It measures different aspects of nerve system performance within the body and whether individuals are in balance or succumbing to stress. The rolling infrared thermography scanner evaluates skin temperature patterns to see if the autonomic nerve system that regulates blood vessel, organ and gland function and overall healing is under stress or in balance. Ferguson uses this technology with his clients to effectively evaluate baseline issues, as well as progress. Location: 1783 Rte. 9 Clifton Park. For more information or to schedule a complimentary Insight scan, call 518-3835595 or visit See ad, page 31.

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newsbriefs Sage-Femme Midwifery Introduces Life Cycles in Balance


isa Cartier, a birth and natural fertility coach and owner of Life Cycles in Balance, has teamed up with Sage-Femme Midwifery, in Albany, to offer regular fertility consultations for those considering conception, having fertility issues or going through the medical fertility process. As a certified doula and monitrice, childbirth educator, certified lactation counselor and a master of Reiki and IET, Cartier helps women connect with their inner resources to discover their true beliefs about themselves, their relationships and their abilities to birth and parent their children. Cartier is also facilitating pregnancy/postpartum embodiment sessions for those that are fearful about birth, have experienced a traumatic birth or simply want to help ensure a better birth experience, and alleviate postpartum issues after challenging births. Her aim is to help clients identify and release any issues or situations that will inhibit emotional and physical readiness for birth. Bodywork and other tools unlock the issues and process them in a safe and empowering way, and each session ends with yoga nidra. Appointments with Cartier are available on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at Sage-Femme. Location: 527 Western Ave., Albany. For Life Cycles in Balance appointments with Cartier, call 518-813-9290. To learn more about Sage-Femme Midwifery, visit them on Facebook and at

kudos Jean’s Greens, Herbal Tea Works and Herbal Essentials, at the corner of routes 9 and 20, is celebrating 25 years of operation. They carry quality organic and wild-crafted herbs, teas, tinctures, essential oils, books, gifts and bath and beauty products, as well as a variety of supplies for making products at home. Owner Holly Applegate says, “I think of [founder] Jean Argus, her vision, warmth and willingness to trust me with her ‘baby’. We wouldn’t be here without you.” Location: 1545 Columbia Tpke., in Schodack. A free catalog is available. For more information, call 518-479-0471 or visit See ad, page 20.


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Old Songs Festival

A Musical Extravaganza Like No Other


he 34th annual Old Songs Festival will be held from 3 p.m. to midnight, June 27, from 9 a.m. to midnight, June 28 and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., June 29, at the Altamont Fairgrounds. This familyfriendly festival of folk, traditional, Celtic and world music and dance is known for its relaxed atmosphere, interactive sessions and workshops, hands-on experience and participatory nature. It features top performers with music from Appalachia, Quebec, Ireland, Scotland, Brazil, the Netherlands and more. Performers include De Temps Antan, with traditional music of Québec; Matuto, playing folkloric music of Brazil with a little bluegrass; Brooks Williams, an acoustic blues guitarist; The Stray Birds, a young trio singing in perfect harmony; and Vanaver Caravan, a Hudson Valley dance and music company. The lively dancing of all varieties is also a high point. The three main concerts are held Friday at 6:30 p.m., Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3:30 p.m. in the leafy, open-air main stage area (rain

site also provided). During the day on Saturday and Sunday there are 120 performances, dances and workshops. An extensive Artisan Area (including instrument makers), children’s activity area and diverse food concessions are available. For those looking for a used instrument that’s a good bargain or have an instrument they would like to sell, there is an instrument exchange conducted on all three days of the Old Songs Festival. The 2014 Great Groove Band is open to players of all acoustic instruments, for ages 6 to 18. Digital mp3s are posted online on June 1 and PDFs

are posted for students to memorize. The band will meet and rehearse at the Festival late Friday afternoon, and early Saturday and Sunday morning. Groovemama’s coaches will prepare three numbers with the large group, while the teen group will choose one tune for themselves and one from the two songs posted earlier. It all culminates in a main stage performance on Sunday afternoon. To register in advance, contact Donna Hebert at with name, address and instrument. One of the fun aspects of the weekend is camping out on the Festival grounds, but for those that prefer to seek lodging, special rates are in affect for attendees at nearby B&Bs, motels and hotels. Ticket discounts are in effect before Jun. 6, and children age 12 and under are admitted free. Location: 129 Grand St., Altamont. For more information and complete pricing, call 518-765-2815 or visit See ad, page 10.

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Mercury-Free Dentistry U.S. Supports Ending Amalgam Cavity Fillings


n a watershed move towards global mercury-free dentistry, the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) recently reported that the U.S. government has announced that it supports a phase down, with the goal of eventual phase out of mercury amalgam. That’s the silver-and-mercury-mixed material commonly used to fill cavities in teeth. This represents a radical reversal of the government’s former position that, “Any change toward the use of dental amalgam is likely to result in positive public health outcomes.” The new stance will be submitted at the third round of negotiations for the world mercury treaty. The IAOMT sees this as “an extraordinary development that will change the global debate about amalgam.” The IAOMT, a global network of 700 dental, medical and research professionals, is a longtime opponent of mercury amalgam because of possible health risks from mercury, a known toxin. It is considered especially risky for children and for pregnant women, whose fetuses can be affected. Possible side effects of the continuous release of toxic vapor from mercury fillings into the body include memory loss, tremors, personality changes and impaired immune systems. Yet, the World Dental Federation and the American Dental Association continue to maintain that mercury amalgam fillings are safe. To date, mercury fillings have been banned in Norway and restricted in Finland, Sweden, Austria, Canada and Germany. With the U.S. government on board, says Charles G. Brown, president of the World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry, “The debate has shifted from whether to end amalgam to how to end amalgam.” Mercury-free dentistry supports the use of a tooth-colored, bonded composite material, made primarily of resin. For more information, visit For safe mercury removal in the Capital District, Dr. Frederick Dreher is located at 410 Rowland St., Ballston Spa. Call 518-885-6185 or visit


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Harvard Medical School study found that how well women age in their 70s is linked to the way they ate earlier in life. Researchers started with 10,670 healthy women in their late 50s and followed them for 15 years. Published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the results saw fewer chronic diseases among women that followed diets heavy in plant-based foods during midlife; these women were also 34 percent more likely to live past 70. Those that ate most similarly to the Mediterranean diet had even better outcomes—a 46 percent greater likelihood of living past 70 without chronic diseases. Eleven percent of the subjects qualified as healthy agers, which researchers defined as having no major chronic diseases, physical impairments, mental health problems or trouble with thinking and memory. According to lead author Cecilia Samieri, Ph.D., midlife exposures are thought to be a particularly relevant period because most health conditions develop slowly over many years.

Yummy Berries Cut Heart Attack Risk by a Third


ating three or more servings of blueberries and strawberries a week may help women reduce their risk of a heart attack, according to research from the University of East Anglia, in collaboration with the Harvard School of Public Health. The berries contain high levels of powerful flavonoids called anthocyanins, which may help dilate arteries, counter buildup of plaque and provide other cardiovascular benefits. Published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, the study involved 93,600 women ages 25 to 42 that completed questionnaires about their diet every four years for over 16 years. Those that ate the most berries had a 32 percent reduction in heart attack risk compared with those that ate them once a month or less, even if they ate a diet rich in other fruits and vegetables. “This is the first study to look at the impact of diet in younger and middle-aged women,” remarks the study’s lead author, Aedín Cassidy, Ph.D., head of the university’s nutrition department. “Even at an early age, eating more of these fruits may reduce risk of a heart attack later in life.”

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Tapping Acupressure Points Heals Trauma in Vets


motional Freedom Techniques (EFT) may be an effective treatment for veterans that have been diagnosed with clinical posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a study published in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. EFT involves tapping on acupressure points while focusing on traumatic memories or painful emotions in order to release them. As part of the Veterans’ Stress Project, an anonymous clinical study comprising more than 2,000 participants, 59 veterans with PTSD were randomly assigned to either receive strictly standard care or also experience six, hour-long, EFT sessions. The psychological distress and PTSD symptoms showed significant reductions among veterans receiving the EFT sessions, with 90 percent matriculating out of the criteria for clinical PTSD. At a six-month follow-up, 80 percent of those participants still had symptoms below the clinical level for PTSD. According to Deb Tribbey, national coordinator for the Veterans’ Stress Project, PTSD symptoms that can be resolved with the combined therapy include insomnia, anger, grief, hyper-vigilance and pain. For more information, visit or


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globalbriefs News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.

Father Factor

Involved Dads Make for Smarter, Happier Kids It’s well known that involving fathers from the start in children’s lives has a significant positive impact on their development, including the greater economic security of having more than one parent. Yet, there’s more to the “father effect”. Numerous studies have found that children growing up in a household with a father present show superior outcomes in intelligence tests, particularly in nonverbal, or spatial, reasoning that’s integral in mathematics, science and engineering. The IQ advantage is attributed to the way that fathers interact with their children, with an emphasis on the manipulation of objects like blocks, roughhousing and outdoor activities, rather than language-based activities. A study of Chinese parents found that it was a father’s warmth toward his child that was the ultimate factor in predicting the child’s future academic success. A recent Canadian study from Concordia University provides new insights into a father’s impact on a daughter’s emotional development, as well. Lead researcher Erin Peugnot concluded, “Girls whose fathers lived with them when they were in middle childhood (ages 6 to 10) demonstrated less sadness, worry and shyness as preteens (ages 9 to 13) compared with girls whose fathers did not live with them,” he says. Source:

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globalbriefs Love Matters

Connectedness Ranks Above Power and Fame It seems that fame and fortune are less important to us than our connections with fellow human beings, after all. A study conducted by and PsychTests. com in 2012 and 2013 applying their proprietary Values Profile Test with 2,163 people showed they only moderately valued money and power, at best, which took a backseat to social values on a personal level. This revelation comes on the heels of another study on career motivation that similarly showed a drop in participants’ consuming desire for money and power in the workplace. The researchers at assessed 34 separate facets within six categories of values—social, aesthetic, theoretical, traditional, realistic and political. The five top-scoring facets were empathy, family and friends, appreciation of beauty, hard work/ diligence, altruism and the importance of helping others. Financial security came in 24th place and power was near last at 29th in importance. Ethics/morals placed 10th. For more information, visit

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Nonprofit Works to Lower Student Debt A small nonprofit named, recipient of the nationally recognized Dewey Winburne Community Service Award for “do-gooders”, is pioneering a way to help college graduates battle student loan debt by applying their skills on behalf of nonprofit community organizations. Researchers at say seven of 10 college students that graduated in 2013 owed money on a student loan, each averaging nearly $30,000 in debt. With SponsorChange, graduates with student loan debt sign up to help participating organizations, earning credits while adding work experience and leadership roles to their résumés. Organization donors sign up to reimburse the workers for their time by helping to pay down their student loans through tax-deductible funding. All see specific results for their contributions to worthy causes.

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Grass Releases Surprising Amounts of CO2 Which emits more of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide: a cornfield or a residential lawn? According to researchers at Elizabethtown College, in Pennsylvania, it’s the grass. David Bowne, an assistant professor of biology, published the study results in the Soil Science Society of America Journal. After measuring carbon dioxide released from each setting, the scientists found that urban areas deemed heat islands may have a smaller overall impact than previously thought, compared with suburban developments. Previously, the heat island effect has been perceived as a phenomenon that occurs only in cities, where the mass of paved roads, dark roofs and buildings absorb and concentrate heat, making cities much warmer during hot days than other areas. Both carbon dioxide releases and soil temperature were measurably higher in residential lawns than in croplands and higher temperatures are directly associated with carbon dioxide efflux. Bowne says, “As you increase temperature, you increase biological activity—be it microbial, plant, fungal or animal.” Increased activity leads to more respiration and increased carbon dioxide emissions. Source: LawnsVersusCorn


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GMOs Untold Risks, Unanswered Questions and Needed Action by Melinda Hemmelgarn


nyone walking into a typical American supermarket finds a dizzying display of more than 40,000 products, the majority of which are processed foods. According to the Grocery Manufacturers Association, at least 75 percent of the processed foods contain one or more genetically modified (GMO) ingredients, most likely from corn, soy and canola. With the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recent approval of GMO alfalfa and sugar beets, non-GMO choices will grow even narrower. What is a healthconscious consumer to do?

Heads Up What many people don’t realize is that the majority of GMO crops have been genetically engineered to withstand spraying with herbicides, such as Monsanto’s Roundup. Its active toxic ingredient, glyphosate, is systemically transported throughout the plant and into our environment and food chain. According to the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, “There is more than a casual association between GMO foods and adverse health effects.” Scientists familiar with the technology warn about the risk for new allergens, toxins and unpredictable, hard-to-detect side effects. Even the President’s Cancer Panel Report advises against choosing foods grown with pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers.

Most Americans are shocked to learn that for decades now, they’ve been blindly purchasing and feeding their families GE foods, not to mention toxic herbicide residues. Unlike other developed countries, the U.S. government does not require labels on GMO foods, leaving citizens to shop—and eat—in the dark.

Thanks to lobbying by the biotechnology industry, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has taken the stand that GMOs are “substantially equivalent” to their non-genetically modified counterparts. Therefore, labeling a GMO food product would be admitting that the GE products are somehow different. However, genetically modified crops are different. Don Huber, Ph.D., a plant pathologist and professor emeritus at Purdue University, says that when scientists insert genetic material from one organism into another that would not normally crossbreed or be possible with standard breeding programs, they disrupt an entire system. For example, both Huber and Warren Porter, Ph.D., a biologist at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, explain that glyphosate disrupts the soil’s complex microbiological system, critical for delivering micronutrients to plants. This both increases the plants’ susceptibility to diseases and reduces the nutritional quality of food crops. Farmers were told that GMO technology could simplify weed control and increase yields. Yet, according to The Organic Center, since the introduction of GE crops, nationwide pesticide use has increased substantially, by a total of more than 300 million pounds. The Union of Concerned Scientists reports that claims for higher yields have fallen short, as well. Now, new superweeds have developed resistance to glyphosate, and the biotech giants have responded by promoting new GE plants, resistant to stronger herbicides such as 2,4-D. The Pesticide Action Network of North America continues to collect research that links this suspected endocrine disruptor to thyroid problems, prostate cancer, reproductive abnormalities, Parkinson’s disease and delays in brain development. Both Porter and Chuck Benbrook, chief scientist at The Organic Center, warn that, as confirmed in multiple studies, pregnant women and children are most susceptible to harm. Making matters worse, the Organic Seed Alliance reports that there is, “unwanted spread of GE pollen and seed into organic agricultural systems,” and the genetic contamination of non-GMO crops.

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Roundup Ready alfalfa grieves Chris Blanchard the most. Blanchard, an organic farmer in Decorah, Iowa, explains: “Alfalfa is pollinated by bees, which can travel for miles, so we can be certain that seed stocks will be contaminated, threatening the livelihoods of organic farmers.”

What We Can Do It’s up to informed consumers to increase demand for non-GMO and organic foods. Here’s an effective action plan to protect our health and save Planet Earth. n Read ingredient labels and vote with your food dollars. Reject products likely to contain GMOs, such as dextrose, corn starch, corn syrup or corn sugar, soy lecithin, canola and cottonseed oils, and sugar from sugar beets. n Choose certified organic foods. They are our single best bet for avoiding GMO ingredients, synthetic pesticides, chemical fertilizers, antibiotics and hormones.

n Call or write President Obama, your state representatives and food manu facturers. Voice opposition to GMO crops and demand GMO-food labeling. n Grow some food using organic seeds. n Stay informed and don’t be duped. Here are some helpful resources: Center for Food Safety, CenterFor Radio interviews with Warren Porter (2/18/10) and Don Huber (4/21/11) on, The Organic Center, American Academy of Environmental Medicine’s Genetically Modified Food Position Paper, gmopost.html Melinda Hemmelgarn is a registered dietitian and award-winning writer and radio host based in Columbia, MO. Reach her at and tune in to Food Sleuth Radio at 20

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Discovering Hope Where it is Most Needed by Kim Steele

Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.

at the Saratoga Center for the Family. Trained in sand tray therapy, her office has a volume of figurines that clients can arrange while there. “I wanted to create a calm, soothing ~Helen Keller atmosphere to present the highest regard and respect to each client,” she notes. ife offers many events of laughter and Amyot was given an intern assignjoy, but sometimes we are bereaved ment to work with clients dealing in loss over a loss which can be very painwhen he realized his calling. He states, ful. Losing someone that has played an “The clients taught me while I was watchimportant part in our lives but is no longer ing their resilience and transformation.” around is one of the ultimate challenges of Amyot has been a licensed mental health our journey. Along with the many practicounselor since 2006 and is an adjunct cal difficulties we face when there is a professor in the psychology department death, loss and grief come in many other at Sage College of Albany. He was the Ann Simpson-McDowell and forms: losing a job, relocating, becoming a senior counselor at Haven Grief CounselBernard A. Amyot caregiver, trauma, self-esteem challenges, ing Center of Schenectady, and then later depression, anxiety and unanticipated life changes. Underserved as a consulting therapist at Saratoga Center for the standing that there are amazing professionals that can ease Family before embracing his dream of starting his own these transitions is important. Licensed Creative Art Therapist counseling practice. Ann Simpson-McDowell MA, and Bernard A. Amyot, MS, He has facilitated support groups on a variety of topics MA, LMHC, have both spent much of their lives helping from 1996 to 2011 and was the lead presenter at HAVEN people cope with loss and grief. (in Schenectady) to many community groups, churches and Simpson-McDowell and Amyot were colleagues at the school faculties throughout the Capital District. He also Haven Grief Counseling Center of Schenectady for many worked with schools upon the death of a student or faculty. years before the center decided to return to a volunteerHe has a strong understanding and passion about how he based format. Through years of working together, they grew wants to help, “I work with my clients by walking with them, into a strong, amazing team. Their reputation and work was not leading them. I allow them to confront at their pace.” so widely recognized that they were asked, along with other Amyot strives to create a sense of warmth and comfort, while colleagues, to counsel professionals on how to handle the his office contains many inspirational images, reminding his grief and trauma people were facing in New York City after clients that it is a place for hope. 9/11. As a result of that experience, Amyot later co-authored Both Simpson-McDowell and Amyot have the experience the New York State Manual for Grief. and a remarkable partnership that many would love to share, Simpson-McDowell has a calm and kind personality, yet and would like to one day create retreats to work with clients. there is a strong core in her deep understanding of loss. After Together, they collaborated to open Haven of Hope Counsellosing two dear friends, she decided to dedicate her life to ing Associates, LLC, in Clifton Park, earlier this year. It offers a helping others that suffer loss. She earned academic degrees welcoming and calming space for clients to feel right at home. after years of volunteering that included work at Hospice The soothing hues and kind images on the walls immediately and the Beginning Experience, an organization which offers demonstrate how this practice cares deeply for its clients. support for widows, divorced and separated individuals. Dur- Their Facebook page offers daily, beautiful, uplifting messages. ing several internships, she worked with young adults with Their dedication is quite evident, and Simpson-McDowell psychiatric problems transitioning back into the community states it best; “We hold hope when clients can’t.” and with children moving from homes into foster care. Simpson-McDowell co-founded Emerging Butterfly, in Haven of Hope Counseling Associates, LLC, is located at Latham, a support group to help young widows. She also Crescent Commons, 1471 Rte. 9, Ste. 201, in Clifton Park. pioneered an art therapy-based grief support program in loFor more information, call 518-982-5376 or visit cal schools that grew for more than 13 years with 15 school districts participating, from elementary to high school. Working with the students still holds a special place in her heart. Kim Steele is a contributing writer for Natural Awakenings After working at Haven Grief Counseling Center, she worked magazine who lives in Guilderland.


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wisewords From “Why Me?” to “Thank You!”

Wayne Dyer on the Value of Hard Lessons by Linda Sechrist


fter four decades teaching selfdevelopment and empowerment and authoring more than 30 bestselling books, Wayne W. Dyer, Ph.D., shares dozens of events from his life in his latest work, I Can See Clearly Now. In unflinching detail, he relates vivid impressions of encountering many forks in the road, from his youth in Detroit to the present day, and reflects on these events from his current perspective, noting what lessons he ultimately learned.

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help others better understand their own lives? My biggest lesson was that our whole life is like a checkerboard. When I looked back on my life, I began to realize this and gained an awareness of the fact that there’s something else moving all of the pieces around. The key to attracting this mystical guidance into your life is to start with awareness that all things are possible and to forget about yourself. When you get your ego out of the picture, your inner mantra isn’t, “What’s in it for me? and “How much more can I get?” Instead, when your inner mantra is, “How may

I serve or what may I do for you?” and you practice consistently living this way, you attract this mystical guidance. I have found that the more I do this, the more these miracles show up. There are 60 chapters in the book. Every time I finished one, I would think: “Now I can see clearly why I had to go through all of these experiences and learn all these lessons.” As a result, I suggest that whenever something happens that leads you to ask, “Why is this happening to me?” shift instead to the awareness that all experiences, no matter what, are gifts.

You describe the influential patterns and motivators in your life as diamonds and stones; how would you characterize your childhood years in foster homes? I can now see that spending the better part of my first decade in a series of foster homes was all a part of God’s infallible plan for me. I believe I was in a type of training camp for becoming a teacher of higher spiritual and commonsense principles. If I was going to spend my adult life teaching, lecturing and writing on self-reliance, then I obviously needed to learn to rely upon myself and be in a position to never be dissuaded from this awareness. What better training ground for teaching this than an early childhood that required a sense of independence and need for self-sufficiency? Now that I know that every encounter, challenge

and situation is a spectacular thread in a tapestry, and that each represents and defines my life, I am deeply grateful for them all. Each of us has a mission of some kind to fulfill at the moment we make the shift from nowhere to now here, from spirit to form. I’ve seen firsthand how this universe has a creative source of energy supporting it that is literally the matrix of all matter. Nothing occurs by happenstance anywhere, because this universal mind is perpetually on call, going about its miraculous ways in terms of infinite possibilities.


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What can you see clearly about your role as a parent? I’ve watched my eight children show up from birth with their unique personalities and blossom into their own awakenings. I know for certain that the one Divine mind that is responsible for all of creation has a hand in this engaging mystery. Same parents, same environment, same culture and yet eight individuals, with their own distinctive character traits. Khalil Gibran stated it perfectly in The Prophet: “Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, and though they are with you yet they belong not to you.” Each of my children had their blueprint from God. My job has been to guide, then step aside and let whatever is inside them that is their own uniqueness steer the course of their lives.

What has your life taught you about prayer? I feel that the prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi says it best: “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is darkness, let me bring light. Where there is sadness, let me bring joy.” The masters I’ve studied pray to become more godly, more like where we originally came from. My prayer is always, “Help me to remind myself to get rid of this ego and to be like You are. Help me to be my highest self, the place within that is God.” Linda Sechrist is a Natural Awakenings senior staff writer. Visit for the extended interview.

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Peaceful Acres Horses Advocating for People and Horses by Nancy Somera


ne woman, four horses and a 12-acre farm in upstate New York’s Capital Region formed the humble beginnings of Peaceful Acres Horses (PAH), a wellness sanctuary for these magnificent creatures and their people. In 2002, after experiencing a grief/ loss trauma, Nanci Beyerl, an equine specialist with a master’s degree in social work, bought the farm, and soon realized that she experienced fewer panic attacks and less anxiety when she spent her days working in nature with her horses. She decided to attend an equineassisted learning program in Arizona in 2003, and upon returning to New York, felt an incredible drive to commit herself to that work. Beyerl’s thoughts at the time were, “If I could feel better, what could I do with my horses to help other women, and also children, to help them surpass grief/loss trauma?” Assisted by the Nixon Peabody law firm and other community members offering pro bono services, she was able to turn her farm into a nonprofit organization in 2007. Through grants and Beyerl’s diligence in building partnerships with organizations that serve women and families, PAH now maintains a full equine guided experiential learning (EGEL) program, in which rescued and retired horses guide human partners in healing emotionally, psychologically and physically. The healing that takes place at PAH

is reciprocal. Some of the rescued horses come to the farm emaciated, ill and traumatized after years of neglect and near starvation. To date, PAH has rescued and rehabilitated 120 horses and donkeys. “When we see the collaborative partnership between horses healing people and people healing horses, it’s perfect synergy; it’s beautiful,” Beyerl says. “When people help restore the rescued equines, everyone becomes empowered and quality of life improves. Without any other form of traditional therapy introduced, this is what naturally happens; people and horses come together and friendships and trust are established, which is extremely therapeutic in itself.” Another consequence of the equine learning program is the mirroring that occurs between horse and human, bringing greater awareness to people with maladaptive behaviors. “When a person spends time with a horse and begins to encroach on the horse’s boundaries, the horse pulls away,” explains Beyerl. “This same type of behavior toward people in their life often leads to them leaving.” She says that by working with the horse, a person can learn to shift the maladaptive behavior slightly and in turn, the horse begins to want to be with them. With mirroring, positive behaviors and control mechanisms improve rapidly. As PAH grew from 2007 to 2010, grant assistance from the Susan G. Komen Foundation allowed Beyerl to establish wellness retreats and workshops

for women diagnosed with cancer. As Beyerl learned more about what retreat participants were looking for, PAH expanded their services to include nutritional counseling, yoga and Reiki. “We found people wanted support in eating better and living a healthier lifestyle to optimize healing during treatment and prevent cancer in the future,” she says. Growing in popularity, PAH began to receive calls from people without cancer that were looking for similar getaways to escape work/life stress and burnout, so they began to hold festivals and concerts to raise funds to support retreats without the constraints set by grant money. On July 12, PAH is holding its next wellness festival fundraiser, Kick Cancer’s A--. The all-day event is open to the public and will feature wellness facilitators. Dinner is offered by local food vendors and a concert performed by Garrett Duffy, of Barefoot Truth, and Ashley Sophia, who owns two rescue horses of her own. All proceeds will help fund scholarships for people that need financial assistance to participate in PAH programs. Also, PAH will be hosting Kick Up Your Heels, its 50th birthday party reception, from 2 to 6 p.m., June 21. Guests are invited to meet and play with the horses and donkeys and participate in equine-guided learning demonstrations. Anyone interested in supporting the PAH mission can become a horse sponsor or a feed and veterinary farrier (hoof maintenance) partner to help with monthly equine expenses, which in turn helps reduce the costs of therapies offered through their programs. Location: 3740 Rynex Corners Rd., Pattersonville. For more information, call 518887-3178 or visit PeacefulAcresHorses. com. See ad, page 42. Nancy Somera is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings.

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LIFE LIFT Being Happy from the Inside Out by Judith Fertig

An age-old question rides a new wave of bestseller lists, university research and governmental soul-searching. The answers to “What are the secrets of a happy life?” might surprise us.


appiness is the only true measure of personal success,” advises Geoffrey James, of Hollis, New Hampshire, author of How to Say It: Business to Business Selling. His work confirms that the rollercoaster world of business does not always promote a sense of well-being. James believes, “The big enemy of happiness is worry, which comes from focusing on events that are outside your control.” For him, something as simple as a good night’s sleep contributes to personal happiness. Each of us has certain things that help make us feel positive, and they often come in small moments, advises Ed Diener, Ph.D., a psychology professor at the University of Illinois and author of Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth. Based on 25 years of research into the subject, he’s a recognized expert in what he calls “subjective well-being.” In a recent six-part BBC series on happiness, Diener told viewers, “It may


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sound silly, but we ask people, ‘How happy are you, on a scale of one to 10?’ The interesting thing is that it produces real answers that are valid—not perfect, but valid—and they predict all sorts of real things in their lives.”

Getting to Happy

The moment-to-moment path to happiness follows a trail blazed by paradox. A recent University of Missouri College of Business study by Marsha Richins, Ph.D., suggests that happiness is in the wanting, not the getting. As noted Positive Psychologist Martin Seligman, Ph.D., remarks, “Focusing solely on happiness as a foundation of a good life,” won’t get you there. Gretchen Rubin, the New York City-based author of The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, further finds that, “Happiness doesn’t always make you feel happy.” Trying each day to be emotionally centered, affable, kind, conscientious, generous, patient, principled, accomplished, spiritual and

true to yourself—the kind of person that should be happy and that makes other people happy—can be tough. Widespread economic and associated financial challenges have made many question whether money can buy happiness, a common core assumption of the “happiness starts on the outside” approach. Apparently, money can sometimes buy feelings of well-being, but only to a certain degree, according to researchers Angus Deaton and Daniel Kahneman, at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs. In 2010, they surveyed 450,000 randomly chosen residents across the country via daily questionnaires. The study revealed that, “Low income exacerbates the emotional pain associated with such misfortunes as divorce, ill health and being alone.” Yet they also discovered that, “High income buys life satisfaction, but not happiness,” and there is no further progress in happiness beyond an annual income of $75,000 (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences). On the other side of the world, in the tiny Himalayan country of Bhutan, where 70 percent of its 717,000 citizens are subsistence farmers and an annual income of $75,000 would be considered a fortune, people say they are generally happy, partly due to the nation’s “happiness starts on the inside” philosophy. Since 1971, Bhutan has been operating based on a gross domestic happiness (GDH) value system. Bhutanese Prime Minister Jigmi Y. Thinley explains that the country has focused on growing both materially and spiritually, and citizen well-being has taken precedence over economic growth. For decades, this was deemed an oddity by many in the West, although now it appears prescient. “It’s easy to mine the land and fish the seas and get rich,” says Thakur Singh Powdyel, Bhutan’s minister of education. “Yet we believe you cannot have a prosperous nation in the long run that does not conserve its natural environment or take care of the well-being of its people, which is being borne out by what is happening to the outside world.” The country measures its success in maintaining GDH by conducting regular surveys of the population. The reigning

official definition of happiness involves peace, contentment and living in harmony with all creation. Seligman, author of Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being, has become a believer in GDH. “How can you measure well-being in a person, a family, a country or globally?” he queries. Research by Seligman and his colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, points to four basic elements: positive emotion, relationships, meaning in life and accomplishment, or PERMA. Seligman says there are proven ways to improve each element. For positive emotion, writing down three “blessings”, or things that went well that day, can increase our feelings of gratitude and well-being. For relationships, actively listening and being present for a loved one and having that attention returned can strengthen those bonds. Increasing meaning in our lives, says Seligman, can be a challenge for Westerners. “We have threadbare spiritual and relationship furniture. We have too much ‘I’ and not enough ‘we,’” he says. But getting involved in something that increases the “we” factor will help make us happier.

Nurturing Signature Strengths

Self-surveys at AuthenticHappiness. com can help us identify our strengths and realize what we’re especially good at—and we increase our feelings of accomplishment by doing more of them. “You can even figure out how to do the task you like least by using your signature strength,” Seligman advises. He shares an example of a grocery store cashier that disliked bagging groceries, but was exceptional at

If I become happy and it makes you happy, it is like tipping the first domino so the next one falls and that happiness spreads. ~ James Fowler, economic behaviorist, University of California-San Diego social interaction. She made herself happier by chatting with her customers while she packed their selections. Lara Blair, a portrait photographer in Camas, Washington, believes in celebrating strengths. “If making things is what you love, give it the space in your brain, home and life that it deserves.” Blair’s seminars and retreats help people tap ways to increase feelings of creativity, accomplishment and meaning. “If you nurture it and believe that growing this beautiful thing is worth the effort, the rewards will be more than you ever dreamed,” she says. When, as a happily married lawyer with children, Rubin thought her life was missing something vital, she used her love for reading and writing to explore that wistful, “What if?” She started researching subjective happiness via Marcus Aurelius, Samuel Johnson, Benjamin Franklin and St. Thérèse de Lisieux, whom Rubin refers to as her “spiritual master.” She decided to testdrive her findings at Happiness-Project. com and began blogging about new ways of thinking and behaving that were bringing her and her readers greater selfrealization and contentment. “A great place to start is with your own body,” she counsels. “Are you

getting enough sleep? Are you getting good food to eat? When you take care of those very basic things, you feel energized, and then you can start moving to address other issues.”

Sustaining Happiness

Once we’ve upped our happiness quotient, it can still be difficult to stay at that level, says Kennon Sheldon, professor of psychological sciences at the University of Missouri, in Columbia. In a recent study conducted with researchers at the University of California-Riverside, Sheldon and his colleagues found that by both recognizing that the desire for “more” and “better” in our lives won’t stop and also appreciating what we have, we’ll stay happy. It’s equally vital to continually keep things fresh, with positive new experiences at home, work, play and exercise, as well as in relationships. In other words, sustained happiness takes a little work. “Just before going to bed,” suggests James, “write down at least one wonderful thing that happened that day. It may be anything from making a child laugh to a big sale. Whatever it is, be grateful for the present day, because it will never come again.” The benefits of individual wellbeing radiate to those around us, notes Seligman. “When individuals are flourishing, they are more productive at work, physically healthier and at peace.” He believes that as we find ways to increase positive emotion, relationships, meaning in life and individual accomplishment, it’s possible for life on Earth to flourish. Judith Fertig is a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.

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localfood A New Taste Oasis in Guilderland


est friends Tiffany Honikel and Lauren Miller have opened A Natural Way Café at 2568 Western Avenue, in the Carpenter Plaza, in Guilderland. They offer natural fare, with no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives, in an inviting, warm, comfortable atmosphere. Their bacon and sandwich meat contain no nitrates or added chemicals. Gluten-free options, including muffins, scones and bread for sandwiches, are available. More vegan options are planned. Serving breakfast and lunch, menu items include breakfast sandwiches, morning pastries, soup of the day, make-your-own salads and an organic ice cream bar. Honikel and Lauren Miller have tasted and approved every item that is on the menu. Combining Miller’s background in baking and Honikel’s business experience, they provide an atmosphere where people can work or play on their laptop or meet a friend to laugh and reminisce about old times while enjoying a meal. They also want to contribute to the community by hosting future events and fundraisers for nonprofits. Call ahead-ordering is available at 518-621-0347. For more information, visit

Good Morning Café Expands to Offer Good Night Noodle


he Good Morning Café, a breakfast destination for health-conscious consumers looking for fresh, nutritious and locally-sourced food, has expanded to incorporate Good Night Noodle, an Asianinspired pho noodle soup café featuring organic, minimally processed ingredients. Chef Linh Sullins has partnered with Good Morning's owner, Nancy Holzman, to bring traditional Southeast Asian recipes with an exciting modern flair to the community. The menu includes pho, spring rolls and pad Thai, as well as daily specials, all featuring intentionally sourced ingredients. The Asian noodle soup café is designed to satisfy the appetites of customers while sustaining a rural village thousands of miles away. Both Good Morning Café and Good Night Noodle act on a direct impact giving (DIG) model. Good Morning has a Five for Five fund, a unique give-back model in which five cents from specific menu items are allocated to five funds that reflect their mission and vision in assisting Cambodian families ravaged by decades of warfare. At Good Night Noodle, for every bowl of pho purchased by diners, Sullins and Holzman will buy one pound of rice for the Poysomroung Village, their adopted community in Cambodia. With ongoing community support that includes a successful fundraising dinner in November 2013 and an Indiegogo Internet campaign, grassroots support for the new venture and its mission has been overwhelming. Good Night Noodle is now open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for dine in or take out. Location: 2100 Doubleday Ave., Ballston Spa. For more information, call 518-309-3359 or visit


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Paving the Way to Joyful Living by Martin Miron


ey 2 Joy, Inc., a wellness community center located in Colonie, focuses on the whole person; body, mind and spirit. Owner Shannon Keyes is a certified hypnotist, registered yoga teacher, Usui Reiki master/teacher, certified tantric educator, sound healer and ordained minister. Key 2 Joy offers private and group hypnosis sessions, yoga and qigong classes, Reiki, sound healing and a wide variety of workshops and events that encourage people to discover the joy within. After many years in corporate accounting, Keyes encountered an auto accident in the early 90s that left her suffering with chronic pain and a diagnosis of fibromyalgia. Through that experience, she discovered the benefits of complementary healing modalities that facilitated her complete recovery. When she was later diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a variety of similar modalities played an equally effective role. Now, more than 10 years after both diagnoses, Keyes lives a healthy, symptom-free life. In gaining knowledge about the healing qualities of many modalities, the nature of disease and how the body heals during her own healing process, Keyes became inspired to help others do the same. She decided to change career paths and opened Key 2 Joy in 2010. Her mission is to establish a safe, nurturing, supportive environment where learning and healing go hand-in-hand. Keyes says, “We help clients unlock the door to a

life of balance, health and joy.” Key 2 Joy offers a variety of yoga classes and events, including meditation and kirtan (ecstatic chanting with music). Small, mixed level classes, with generally fewer than 12 people, ensure that everyone finds a class and receives personal attention in achieving their goals. Workshops and special events have included such topics as aura drawing, animal totem exploration and most recently, a spiritual Australian didgeridoo workshop. Keyes’ specialty is hypnosis, and she provides sessions for weight loss, smoking cessation and stress management. She enthuses, “Our successful clients are our biggest accomplishment. We have helped hundreds of people to lose weight, ditch unhealthy habits and become healthier. Complementary modalities like hypnosis and yoga work wonderfully with conventional methods and in many cases, people are able to reduce stress, relieve discomfort and find the joy they thought was lost to them.” Key 2 Joy offers a free, half-hour screening to all new clients, which constitutes an individual consultation to assess which services can best assist them on their journey to better health. Day, evening and weekend appointments are available. Key 2 Joy is located at 145 Vly Rd., Ste. 6, Shaker Pine Plaza, in Colonie. For more information, call 518-598-6968 or visit See ad, page 11. natural awakenings

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Hormone Help for Guys Natural Ways to Boost Vitality by James Occhiogrosso


ithout hormones, the body’s chemical messengers affecting every human biological system, nothing works correctly. Testosterone, in particular, is critically important for male development, starting in the embryo, through puberty and into old age. After reaching peak levels in a man during his mid-to-late-20s, his testosterone level begins a slow decline. From the age of about 35, it drops by about 10 percent per decade for the rest of his life, accompanied by a slight increase in estrogen levels. While women experience physical markers when they enter menopause, there is no specific point at which men typically enter andropause, the less extreme male version of the change of life due to low hormone production. Related changes usually cause minor problems at first and then tend to become more severe. Medical studies from Seattle’s Veterans Administration Puget Sound Health Care System, the University of Washington and Harvard University show that testosterone deficiency contributes to reduced muscle and bone mass, male breast enlargement, depression, atherosclerosis, anemia and diabetes.

Test First Hormones travel the bloodstream in bound and unbound (free) forms; only the free ones activate various body functions. When evaluating a man, a doctor will typically order a blood test for total testosterone, combining both forms. Older men often can show a 30

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normal total testosterone level, but have a low level of free testosterone. A saliva test brings clarity, because saliva only contains free hormones. Fifty-plusyear-old men with low free testosterone that show signs of hormone imbalance should consider natural supplementation, even when total testosterone is normal. It’s best to test before starting a rebalancing program and to retest after a few months. Establishing a record over time allows a man to monitor and adjust progress.

Hormone Help Starts Here Taking supportive steps in nutrition and lifestyle choices can make a big difference. Diet. Proper nutrition, embracing a full complement of vitamins and minerals, is essential. Eliminate red meat, cheese, fast food and processed snack foods, which can increase estrogen levels. Herbal supplements such as Tribulus (Tribulus terrestris), or puncture vine; ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba), Korean red ginseng (Panex ginseng) and maca (Lepidium meyenii or Lepidium peruvianum) can help by increasing testosterone levels,

“When a man with low testosterone restores his level back to its biological norm—he feels like a man again!” ~ Dr. Eugene R. Shippen

sexual libido or erectile function. Some influence testosterone levels directly; others help enhance function by indirectly providing nutrients to improve circulation and general sexual health. Weight control. Excess fat, particularly around the abdomen, stores and produces estrogen. Reducing fat tissue can help both lower estrogen and enhance testosterone. Environmental exposure. Endocrine disruptors, called xenoestrogens, from everyday exposure to toxic estrogenic industrial chemicals, can mimic the effects of estrogen in a man’s body. These routinely appear in petrochemicals, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, dairy products, meats, canned foods, personal care products and plastics. Bisphenol-A (BPA) in the lining of metal food cans is particularly dangerous. Avoid microwaving foods in plastic containers, even when they are labeled as microwave-safe. Research medications. Dr. Eugene R. Shippen, co-author of The Testosterone Syndrome, states, “Highdose statin drugs used to lower cholesterol definitely lower testosterone levels and are high on the list of causes of erectile dysfunction.”

To find a local compounding pharmacy for natural bioidentical testosterone skin cream, as prescribed by a medical practitioner, visit Exercise. Physically inactive people lose up to 5 percent of their total muscle mass per decade. Exercise helps to lower estrogen levels and enhance testosterone levels.

to unnatural fluctuations in testosterone and estrogen. In contrast, skin creams permit precise daily or periodic dosing as prescribed by a qualified health care practitioner. As they age, some men strongly feel the effects of a cumulative decline in testosterone levels and experience significant symptoms, while others barely notice it. Restoring testosterone to its biological norm can be rewarding. Remember that hormones are powerful

and a little can go a long way. Beyond a prescribed amount, more is not better and can reverse benefits. James Occhiogrosso, a natural health practitioner and master herbalist, specializes in salivary hormone testing and natural hormone balancing for men and women. For a phone consultation, call 239-498-1547, email DrJim@ or visit

Testosterone Supplements Past incorrect beliefs that testosterone replacement therapy causes prostate cancer left many medical practitioners reluctant to prescribe it. The latest scientific research shows that a healthy man does not increase the risk by raising his testosterone level to the normal biological range for his age. Renowned medical oncologist and prostate cancer researcher and survivor, Dr. Charles “Snuffy” Myers, has stated, “There is absolutely no hint that testosterone at high levels correlates with prostate cancer.” He founded the American Institute for Diseases of the Prostate, near Charlottesville, Virginia. Natural bioidentical testosterone cream labeled USP, for United States Pharmacopeia standard, is available at compounding pharmacies. Bioidentical means that a substance has the same chemical form as that produced by the human body. Other forms of testosterone therapy, including biweekly injections, skin patches and pills, typically employ synthetic chemicals that are similar, but not identical, to natural testosterone. Thus, such products are not completely recognizable by the body. About 15 years ago, bestselling author and hormone balancing expert Dr. John R. Lee published his startling conclusion that synthetic hormones can cause serious side effects, including an increased risk of stroke, cancer and liver damage. His findings were subsequently confirmed by the Women’s Health Initiative study. Injections, skin patches and pills subject the body natural awakenings

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Musician with a Cause Jack Johnson Plans Shows with the Planet in Mind


by Meredith Montgomery

inger-songwriter Jack Johnson’s touring concerts have almost always doubled as fundraisers for local environmental nonprofits. “Early on, we recognized that we could not only fill a room, but also raise funds and awareness for nonprofit groups we believe in,” says Johnson. Then, as he started playing larger venues, “I realized the power of touring to connect our fans with local nonprofits in every town we played.” Johnson and his wife, Kim, also founded two environmentally focused charitable foundations, and during the past five years, all of his tour proceeds have been donated to them, in turn going to hundreds of environmental education nonprofits worldwide. The enabling commercial success began in 2001 when his debut album successfully established this Oahu, Hawaiian’s trademark mellow surf-rocker style. Since then, he’s released five more studio albums, including the most recent, From Here to Now to You. “While I have so much gratitude for the support our music receives, for me, music has always been a hobby, a side thing. It grew into a way to work in the nonprofit world. Being engaged in environmental education almost feels like my real job, and the music’s something we’re lucky enough to provide to fund related causes,” says Johnson. As the size of his audiences grows, so does the size of his potential environmental footprint. On the road, Johnson’s team works with the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance to fuel


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all tour trucks, buses and generators. Comprehensive conservation efforts including refillable water bottle stations, plus organic cotton T-shirts and reusable or biodegradable food service ware are standard at his shows. “We try to be environmentally conscious every step of the way,” says Johnson. “Our record cases and posters use recycled paper and ecofriendly inks. We record albums in my solar-powered studio. It’s an ongoing learning process and conversation as we find even better ways to do things.” Johnson’s team often requests increased recycling efforts and use of energy-efficient light bulbs at venues, advancing long-term eco-changes everywhere they perform. He explains, “Our thinking is that once they change the light bulbs for us, they’re not going to go back to the old light bulbs after we leave. Many venue managers tell us they have stuck with the improvements because they realize that they’re easy to do.” Marine pollution and single-use plastics are issues high on the musician’s environmental list, but the topic he’s most passionate about is food. In his home state of Hawaii, 90 percent of food is imported. “The idea of supporting your local food system is a big deal in our family and we take that point of view on the road because it’s a vital issue anywhere you go,” he says. At each tour stop, all of the band’s food is sourced within a specific radius. Johnson also works with radio stations to promote regional farming, helping to build community and fan awareness of the benefits of supporting local farms. At home, Johnson has solar panels on the roof and drives an electric car. The entire family, including three children, participates in recycling, worm composting and gardening. “It’s fun to take what we learn at home on the road and bring good things we learn on the road home,” he says. The Swiss Family Robinson is one of the family’s favorite books. “We love figuring out ways to apply ideas,” he remarks. “For our first water catchment system, we got 50-gallon drums previously used for oil and vinegar from a bread bakery and attached spigots. The kids were so excited to watch them fill the first time it rained.” Johnson finds that all of the facets of his life work together. For example, “Music is a social thing for me. I get to share it with people. Surfing is where I find a lot of balance; it’s a more private time. But I also come up with lyrics and musical ideas while I’m surfing.” Johnson’s approach to inspiring all generations to be conscious of the environment is to focus on the fun, because it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the big picture. Understanding that his own kids are among the future stewards of planet Earth, he works diligently to instill values of creativity and free thinking. Johnson reflects, “When I look at things that are in the world now that we would have never dreamed possible when we were growing up, I recognize how much can change in one generation. Looking for answers that aren’t there yet—things nobody’s thought of—that’s what’s going to solve problems.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Mobile/Baldwin, AL ( natural awakenings

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The Healing Power of Silence by Robert Rabbin


of our heart, where it breaks open to reveal another heart that knows how to meet life with open arms. Silence It was more than grace, an epiphany or a knows that thoughts about life are not life itself. If we touch life through mystical union; it was my soul’s homeSilence, life touches us back intimately coming, my heart’s overflowing love, my mind’s eternal peace. In Silence, I experi- and we become one with life itself. enced freedom, clarity and joy as my true Then the mystery, wonder, beauty and sanctity becomes our life. Everything self, felt my core identity and essential but wonderment falls nature as a unity-inanger, fear and love with all creation, When I return from away; violence disappear as and realized it is within silence I am less if they never existed. this essence that we Knowing Silence learn to embody healthan when I entered: is knowing our self ing in our world. less harried, fearful, and our world for the This Silence time. We only belongs to us all—it anxious and egotistical. first have to be still until is who and what we Whatever the gift of that Silence comes are. Selfless silence from within to ilknows only the present silence is, it is one of forth luminate and embrace moment, this incredlessening, purifying, us, serving as the ible instant of pure life teaching and when time stops and softening. The “I” that teacher, path, redeeming and we breathe the high-alreturns is more loving restoring us in love. titude air we call love. In this truth-filled Let us explore Silence than the “I” who left. moment, we enter our as a way of knowing Self fully and deeply. and being, which we ~ Rabbi Rami Shapiro We know our own know, which we are. beauty, power and Silence is within. magnificence. As the It is within our breath, embodiment of Silence, we are perfeclike music between thoughts, the light tion itself, a treasure that the world needs in our eyes. It is felt in the high arc of now. Right now the Universe needs each birds, the rhythm of waves, the innoof us to be our true Self, expressing the cence of children, the heart’s deepest healing power of our heart, in Silence. emotions that have no cause. It is seen in small kindnesses, the stillness of As a lifelong mystic, Robert Rabbin is nights and peaceful early mornings. It is present when beholding a loved one, an innovative self-awareness teacher and author of The 5 Principles of joined in spirit. Authentic Living. Connect at In Silence, we open to life and life opens to us. It touches the center ne day I disappeared into Silence…


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What is the McKenzie Method? by Joseph Maccio


lso known as Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), the McKenzie Method is a philosophy of active patient involvement and education that is trusted and used by practitioners and patients all over the world for back, neck and extremity problems. An evidence-based approach, the key distinction of MDT is its initial assessment component—a safe and reliable means to accurately reach a diagnosis—and only then make the appropriate treatment plan. Certified McKenzie clinicians use valid indicators to know right away whether and uniquely how the method will work for each patient. Imagining life without pain is something that thousands of people do every day. There are many promises made as to how this can be achieved that often involve a substantial financial and time commitment. There are few methods that will empower the patient on how to achieve these desired results. MDT practitioners do not give out exercises, they prescribe them. Research and their training have shown that specificity of exercise is crucial to successful outcomes. The assessment method is based on trying to determine if a directional preference of movement exists and if so, to make sure that the exercises are completed. This differs greatly from general physical therapy, because very often, flexibility and strengthening exercises are all given together, which often results in unfavorable results. There are times when the correct direction of motion will produce pain.

Very often, a treating therapist will immediately avoid this direction, where as the skilled MDT clinician will be able to monitor the situation carefully to determine whether this is simply a derangement that needs to be corrected and the symptoms will subside after several repetitions. The MDT process is a specific evaluation and treatment system that empowers the patient to not only learn the corrective exercises and positions to eliminate the pain, but how to prevent symptoms from returning. Patients typically show significant improvement within the first few visits. Most patients are quite surprised at how simple the process is and why they did not choose this route much earlier on. The MDT process can be applied for any musculoskeletal condition in the spine or the extremity joints. Research has shown that many of the specialized tests and diagnostics studies for musculoskeletal conditions are not very accurate in determining where the cause of pain is generated. Not only do patients typically obtain results quickly, but they are able to prevent recurrence for years to come. The strategies for prevention are quite simple and usually only need to be done twice a day. Joseph G. Maccio, MA, PT, is a diplomate in MDT and has been practicing this approach since 1985. He opened Maccio Physical Therapy at 1 New Hampshire Ave., in Troy, NY in 1986. For more information, call 518-2732121. See ad, page 27.

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Here Comes… the Bride, the Groom and the Dog us, it also eased any tensions and reminded us to laugh and enjoy the day.” Further north, in the Finger Lakes region of Central New York, Angela Winfield and Lance Lyons married at another by Sandra Murphy scenic outdoor spot, this one lakeside at the historic Aurora Inn. Winfield and Lyons have been legally blind since the ages of 4 and 29, respectively. They met while learning to liver Mullins, Pekingese, walked down the aisle work with their guide dogs. “For several weeks, we took two with Katherine Austing, flower girl. Although trips a day with the dogs and trainer to learn and bond with he’s quite the social animal, Oliver became a bit restless during the ceremony because he’s used to more the dogs,” says Winfield, noting, “Lance and I bonded, too.” action than talk. Ever since puppyhood, Oliver has proved Ogden, a black Labrador and golden retriever mix, his mettle, traveling the motorwalked down the aisle with the cycle race circuit in a motor maid of honor as the flower dog. home with his owners, Rachel Riddler, a German shepherd and and Charlie Mullins. golden retriever mix, served as “Oliver does everything the ring bearer and escorted the with us, so he had to be in the groom to his position to await wedding too,” explains Charlie, the bride. Both dogs wore tuxedo a professional rider. “He’s used collars with satin buttons and to crowds.” bowties, matching cuffs and fresh Rachel’s family lives in Pennflower boutonnières. sylvania, while Charlie’s resides The couple relates amusing in Iowa. Everyone met up for the stories of a few small complicawedding at a mountain church 90 tions. Service dogs are inventive minutes from the couple’s home creatures and in this case, their contributions included unfastenin Hickory, North Carolina. “It’s ing the safety pins in order to fun to include your dog in your remove their formal cuffs and special day,” says Charlie. “For Drew and Amy Scheeler’s Yorkshire terrier, Reese

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Rachel and Charlie Mullins return them to Angela and Lance before the couple could tie the knot. Then Ogden took a nap on the bride’s train. “We heard it made a nice contrast: black dog on white dress,” says Winfield, laughing. Because Riddler wants to be near Lance at all times, they looped his leash around a table leg during their first dance as a newly married couple. “He dragged the whole table onto the dance floor!” Appropriately, the cake topper included a pair of dogs, along with the bride and groom. Winfield and Lyons rented the historic lakeside E.B. Morgan house, in Aurora, for visiting family members. “We aren’t that formal. We had local cheeses and beer, ribs and a clambake in this museum setting,” relates Lyons. The dogs fit right in. Dogs facilitate weddings in other ways, as well. In Harleysville, Pennsylvania, husband-hopeful Drew Scheeler enlisted the help of Reese, a Yorkshire terrier pup. “I couldn’t think of a better way to propose than on a dog tag with the words, ‘Amy, will you marry me?’” he says. “Reese changed our lives, and there was no way he wouldn’t be part of our wedding. He barked only once, when we kissed.” Kelley Goad, a dog walker for Ben and Lori Newman, in Seattle, met their chocolate Labrador, Milkshake, a year before their wedding, so who better to walk the dog down the aisle? Milkshake’s day started with several hours of play at a local dog park, followed by a bath so he would be sweet-smelling for the ceremony. Milkshake spent the evening before the big day at Goad’s house. Although they were friends, his nervousness at being separated from his people resulted in gastric distress. Once reunited, his upset was over, just in time for a problemfree walk down the aisle. During the photo session, Milkshake happily posed with the wedding party. “The photographer worked with us,” relates Goad. “Milkshake is solid when told to sit-stay, and when I showed him a treat, his ears perked up for the picture.” Afterwards, following a few laps through the cocktail party reception, Milkshake was ready to retire to the dressing room with a new chew for a nap. All’s well that ends well. Sandra Murphy is a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.

Tips for Putting a Doggie in the Wedding  Have one person that knows the dog well be responsible for him, with no other duties.  Exercise the dog first, and then bathe him. Allow for multiple potty breaks.  Let the dog explore the venue during the rehearsal before it’s crowded with guests.  If a dog is not socialized to be around crowds or has bad habits like barking or jumping up on people, include this four-legged pal in the photos, but not the ceremony.  Plan to have the dog leave the reception early before he gets overly tired.

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MONDAY, JUNE 2 Tune In To Wellness Today: Medical Thermography – Host, LisaMarie Tersigni, interviews Howard Vics of Medical Thermography Associates. SACC TV, Cable Channels 16 & 18. Times:

TUESDAY, JUNE 3 From Pill to Conception – 10am. Learn how to restore menstrual and fertility health coming off the pill, patch, shot or other hormonal contraceptives. $10 suggested donation. Sage-Femme Midwifery, 527 Western Ave, Albany. RSVP: Lisa Cartier, 518-307-9810. Massage School Exploration Evening – 6-9:30pm. Sample science class, self-care techniques, bodywork demonstration. Receive a gift certificate for a free massage in the Student Clinic. $40 advance. $50 same day. CNW School of Massage Therapy, 3 Cerone Commercial Dr, Albany. Register: 518-489-4026. Education Outreach: Use of Thermography as Early Detection Tool – 6:30-8pm. Learn about this incredible health and wellness technology. Free. Medical Thermography Associates, 2 Chelsea Pl, Clifton Park. RSVP: 518-983-6564. Visioning Workshop – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn visioning process developed by Michael Beckwith. A technique for opening oneself up to guidance direct from spirit for any aspect of life. Learn about this process and take part in a facilitated session. By donation. New Thought New York, 2 Imperial Ln, Charlton, 518-423-3569.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4 How’s Your Health? Let’s Talk! – 1pm. Dr. Joseph Guylas of Northest Spine & Wellness presents on important health topics. Free. Community Room at Clifton Park Center Mall, 22 Clifton Country Rd. Info: 518-371-4800. Make Your Own Bug Repellant – 6:30-8:30pm. With Debra Manor, Certified Clinical Aromatherapist and teacher. Learn how to make a bug repellant spray. $35 includes materials. Saratoga Botanicals, 80 Henry St, Saratoga Spgs. RSVP: 518-306-4108.

THURSDAY, JUNE 5 Symphony of The Soil Viewing – 6:45-9pm. Filmed on four continents, using a captivating mix of art and science. This film is an exploration of soil, a complex living organism and the foundation of life on earth. Free. Delmar Wellness Center, 323 Delaware Ave, Delmar. RSVP required: 518-439-5077.

FRIDAY, JUNE 6 Women’s Weekend: At Camp Little Notch – June 6-8. All day. Women becoming acquainted at a beautiful place with miles of babbling streams and acres of forest. Includes food and activities. Tibetan meditation and a healing circle with the Mystic Satprem. 744 Sly Pond Rd, Ft Ann, NY. Info: 518-788-7062.


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Energetic Protection – 1-3pm. With Brenda Jenks. Recognize when personal energy field is compromised, how to first cleanse/remove intrusive energy and how to set up protective energies to prevent further interference. $45. Preregistration required. Key 2 Joy, 145 Vly Rd, Ste 6, Shaker Pine Plaza, Colonie. Info: 518-598-6968. Nia Dance Party: Latin Beats – 7-8pm. Free our spirits while dancing with colorful scarves. $18. Joy of Nia Movement, Guilderland. RSVP: 518452-3679. Kirtan: with the Three Graces – 7-9pm. With Chandrika. Ecstatic chanting from the Indian Bhakti (devotional) tradition. Sing together from the heart, regardless of ability. Sing, dance or lie down and relax. No experience or special skill necessary. Kids welcome with supervision. $20 donation. Key 2 Joy, 145 Vly Rd, Ste 6, Shaker Pine Plaza, Colonie. 518-598-6968. Comedy for a Cause: Benefit the Hellions of Troy Roller Derby League – 7:30pm doors open. Support local, DIY roller derby league at this comedy show. Light fare and full service bar available, comedy material will be PG-13. Comedy Works, 500 Northern Blvd, Albany. Tickets:

SATURDAY, JUNE 7 Earthly Remedies – 9am-2pm. Meet Erin Ethier, owner of Earthly Remedies. Learn about and purchase organic products for home, body and pets. Sharon Springs Farmers Market, Main St. Info: 518-534-3003.

markyourcalendar SATURDAY, JUNE 7 VinYoga Festival: A Taste of Local Wellness – 9am-8pm. Gathering of top body, spirit, wellness and environmental specialists. Yoga classes, vendors, food and more. Performances and classes with Cameron Shayne. Portion of proceeds benefit the American Red Cross. $40 advance. $50 same day. Altamont Vinyard Winery, 3001 Furbeck Rd. Tickets: Enlightenment at the Beginning: The Truth of Wholeness – 10:30am-3pm. With Eileen MarderMirman. Through lecture and experiential work, awaken the ability that resides within. Wholeness not only at the end of our search but at the beginning

of each moment. $50. One Big Roof, 433 Broadway, Saratoga Spgs. Info: 607-237-5143.

markyourcalendar SATURDAY, JUNE 7 Doula: A Bridge to End of Life Care – 1-4pm. For family, caregivers and community volunteers. Learn to avoid the 3 mistakes that children of baby boomers make which can create extra anxiety about end of life care for their parents. Presented by Suzanne B. O’Brien RN, Hospice nurse. By donation. First Lutheran Church, 181 Western Ave, Albany. Info: Third Annual Cancer Fundraiser: Get Your Rack Back – 6:30pm-12am. Proceeds support ACS HopeClub and Food, entertainment, silent auction and more. Hilton Garden Inn, 235 Hoosick St, Troy. $65. Tickets:

SUNDAY, JUNE 8 Bank of America Pride 5K – 8am registration. Show your pride while supporting the Pride Center of the Capital Region. Start/finish at Washington Park Lake House, Albany. Info/registration forms: 518-462-6138. Access Consciousness – 11am-12pm. With Barbra Gilman. Discover a set of tools and processes that can change anything in life that is not working. Informational workshop and demonstrations of these simple yet powerful techniques. Free. Registration requested but not required. Tranquil Spirit Wellness Center 1744 Rte 9, Castleton. Info: 929-777-0873. MELTed – 1-2:30pm. With Genii Rutherford. A self-treatment technique that helps one get out and stay out of pain in just 10-minutes. Discover how to actively partake in decreasing stuck stress daily so it doesn’t accumulate and cause symptoms that zap vitality and energy. $20 advance. Yoga Lily, 1 Barney Rd, Ste 222, Clifton Park. Info: 518-744-5565.

markyourcalendar SUNDAY, JUNE 8 Psychosynthesis Professional Training Program: Introductory Session – 3:30-5pm. Experiential and informational. Learn about psychosynthesis and upcoming training programs available. 200 Trillium Ln, Albany. Free. Registration required: Info: Metaphysical Book Discussion Group – 6pm. Discussing The 10 Commandments in America by Chris Hedges. Hosted by New Thought New York. By donation. Woodlawn Commons, 156 Lawrence St, Saratoga Spgs. Info: 518-423-3569.

MONDAY, JUNE 9 End Squabbles Over Studying – 7:15-8:30pm. What if, parents and children could transform the school experience? The Bars technique assists children to be more relaxed, have fun in school, practice stress-free studying, improve test results and achieve better-quality sleep. $10. Joy of Yoga

become empowered to be healthier and happier. Hypnosis and other proven techniques used in a group setting. Topics include: emotional eating, stress, exercise, goals and habits. $20. Key 2 Joy, 145 Vly Rd, Ste 6, Shaker Pine Plaza, Colonie. Info: 518-598-6968.

Studio, 376 Broadway, Saratoga Spgs. Registration Required: 929-777-0873.

TUESDAY, JUNE 10 Lifecyles in Balance: Fertility – 9am-12pm. For those considering conception, having fertility issues or going through the medical fertility process. Addressing underlying issues with the goal of optimizing fertility. Sage-Femme Midwifery, 527 Western Ave, Albany. Info/appt required, Lisa Cartier: 518-307-9810. Open Beginner Night of Nia Dance – 6-7pm. Learn the basic moves and begin connecting to joy and healing. No experience necessary. Space limited. $18. Joy of Nia Movement, Guilderland. RSVP: 518-452-3679.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11 Breastfeeding Informational Sessions – 6-6:30pm. Providing the most up to date information to help clients achieve a successful breastfeeding relationship. Naturally Grown, 282B River St, Troy. Info: 518-274-2229. Veggie Burgers Six Ways – 6-8:30pm. With Tamara Flanders. Leave behind the frozen patties and make delicious veggie burgers at home. $65. Different Drummer’s Kitchen, Stuyvesant Plaza, Rte 20/Western Ave, Albany. Preregistration required: 518-459-7990. DIY: Bath Salts – 6:30-8:30pm. With Debra Manor, Certified Clinical Aromatherapist and teacher. An informational and hands-on workshop on how to make a bath salt blend for sore and tired muscles. $35 includes materials. Saratoga Botanicals, 80 Henry St, Saratoga Spgs. RSVP: 518-306-4108.

THURSDAY, JUNE 12 Full Moon Flow Yoga Workshop – 7-8pm. All levels. Scheduled on the night of the full moon, this class features a combination of yoga moves and meditation to help you connect more fully with nature’s cycles. $15. CNY Healing Arts Center, 38A Old Sparrowbush Rd, Latham. Register: 518-724-5750.

FRIDAY, JUNE 13 Meet Medical Thermography Associates – 123pm. Discussing the use of thermography for medical applications. Visit booth at the Glen Eddy Senior Wellness Fair, One Glen Eddy Dr, Niskayuna. RSVP by June 10: 518-280-8369. HOPE Pet Adoption Clinic – 1-4pm. Homes for Orphaned Pets Exist will be holding an Adoption Clinic. Wilton Mall, 3065 New York 50, Saratoga Spgs. Info: 518-428-2994. Healing Power of Meditation – June 13-15. 5-8:30pm/Fri-11am/Sun. The deepest repair to our being is where meditation gives us its greatest gift: the realization of who we are. Work with colors and virtues as a means of healing, combined with the power of meditation. Peace Village, Haines Falls Preregistration requested: 518-589-5000. Full Moon Meditation – 6-7:30pm. Discover the special energies of full moon in Sagittarius, the sign for wanderers seeking truth. Get a taste of consciousness, peace of mind and a look into one’s inner beauty with this ancient Tibetan meditation. By donation. IKIERA, 34 Cemetery Rd, Clifton Park. Info: 518-788-7062.

Spiritual Tea Gossip – 7:30-9:30pm. With the Mystic Satprem. Find questions from the heart and behind the heart but never dare to ask. Beginning of a series to listen to answers from the beyond. Arrive with an empty head and an open heart and leave with singing eyes. IKIERA, 34 Cemetery Rd, Clifton Park. Info: 518-788-7062.


markyourcalendar SATURDAY, JUNE 14 The Wisdom of Self-Care: A Symposium on Whole Health and Purpose – 8am-5pm. Self-care reaps a happy, whole and fulfilling life. Learn from leading holistic and integrative health practitioners. Presentations, exhibits, horse therapy, gifts, farm to seminar lunch, dancing and more. Gideon Putnam, 24 Gideon Putnam Rd, Saratoga Spgs. Info: Making Sense of Sound Exhibit Opens – 9am5pm. Discover sound with hands-on fun. Play and experiment, make some noise and listen. Free with admission. Museum of Science and Innovation, 15 Nott Terrace Hghts, Schenectady. 518-382-7890. Troy River Fest – 10am-5pm. River St, from Fulton to Congress Streets, in Downtown Troy, come alive with one of the country’s largest festivals. Artisans, music, food and kids’ activities. Info: Day of Pampering – 11am-1pm or 2-4pm. Includes massage, facial, life reading and detoxing foot bath. $109. Limited space. Vitality Health Center, 3441 Amsterdam Rd, Rte 5, Scotia. Register: 518-372-4706.

markyourcalendar SATURDAY, JUNE 14 – SUNDAY, JUNE 15 Renaissance Festival – June 14-15. 11am-6pm. Discover a long-forgotten past with the magic of princesses, dragons and knights intertwined with history and sport. Attend a show by street or stage performers, see a joust tournament or learn about the art of battle. Artisans, food and more. $10 adults, $3.50 kids. Free under two. Info: Capital Pride Festival – 12pm/parade; festival follows. Washington Park, Albany. Info: Pride Center of the Capital Region, 518-462-6138. Samba Workshop – 12-5pm. Brazilian Samba and Samba Fusion workshops taught by Brazilian born international instructor Lia Muniz. $35 two-hour workshop. Albany Dance & Fitness, 1197 Central Ave, Albany. 518-573-3631. Releasing Weight Group Sessions – 12:30-1:30pm. Learn to make permanent changes in life and

Awaken Your Inner Goddess Workshop – 3-7pm. Be liberated from ideas of beauty and status and still be creative, successful and happy as female beings. Celebrate womanhood and dance inner goddess. $117. IKIERA, 34 Cemetery Rd, Clifton Park. Info: 518-788-7062. Divine Harmony Spiritualist Church Service – 4pm. Services include music, healing, laughter, great energy and messages from Spirit followed by a social hour. Children’s Lyceum activities held during service. Niskayuna Reformed Church, Fellowship Hall, 3041 Troy-Schenectady Rd, Niskayuna. Info: 518-213-4724. Community Kirtan – 7-9pm. Ecstatic chanting from the Indian Bhakti (devotional) tradition. Everyone sings together from the heart, regardless of ability. Sing, dance or lie down and relax. No experience or special skill necessary. Kids welcome with supervision. $15 donation. Key 2 Joy, 145 Vly Rd, Ste 6, Shaker Pine Plaza, Colonie. 518-598-6968.

SUNDAY, JUNE 15 Anniversary Bash: Summer Celebration – 10am4pm. Huge door busters, raffles, kids’ activities, demos, samples and more. Honest Weight Food Co-Op, 100 Watervliet Ave, Albany. Info: 518-482-2667. Sundae on the Farm 2014 – 12-4pm. Family fun day at Welcome Stock Farm. Animals, wagon rides and exhibits. Free. 170 W River Rd, Schuylerville. Info: 518-885-8995. Healing Power of Forgiveness – 2-4pm. Forgiving is a self-empowering process. Together we explore this delicate and profound art of forgiveness. Sponsored by Capital District Brahma Kumaris. Free. Albany Hindu Temple Cultural Center, 450 Albany Shaker Rd. RSVP: 518-466-3904. Father’s Day Concert – 6pm. Featuring live music and fireworks over the Hudson River. Food and beverages available for purchase. Free. Albany Riverfront Park Amphitheatre at the Corning Preserve. Info: Meditation for World Peace – 6:30-7:30pm. Observe as the universe is filled with energy of lightness, radiance and peace. Together, peace, love and care will be sent to our world. For new and experienced meditators. Free. Peace Village, Haines Falls. 518-589-5000.

MONDAY, JUNE 16 Are Relationships Puzzling You? – 7:15-8:30pm. Take a look at a very different perspective and some dynamic tools for breakthroughs in relationships. What if relationships no longer had to be about drama, self-sacrifice, judgment or fitting in with everyone else? $10. Joy of Yoga Studio, 376 Broadway, Saratoga Spgs. Registration Required: 929-777–0873.

TUESDAY, JUNE 17 Make Your Own Bug Bite Roll On – 8am-5pm. With Debra Manor, Certified Clinical Aromatherapist and teacher. An informational and hands-on workshop on how to create a roll on to soothe and relieve the symptoms of bites. $35 includes materi-

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als. Saratoga Botanicals, 80 Henry St, Saratoga Spgs. RSVP: 518-306-4108. Un-Box Your Life Workshop – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn ways to un-box life and live in the beauty, joy and love that truly can be one’s personal life. $25 preregistered. $35 door. Sponsored by New Thought New York at Pine Hollow Arboretum, Slingerlands. Preregister, Regina Wagner-Garhartt: 518-466-6846.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18 Pathways to Family Wellness Group Gathering – 6:30-7:30pm. Interested in more holistic, health conscious living and informed lifestyle choices for the family? Attend the next family gathering group to discuss enhancing the mother to child connection to facilitate better growth and development. Ferguson Family Chiropractic, 1783 Rte 9, Clifton Park. Info: 518-383-5595.

THURSDAY, JUNE 19 Sling Babies – 10am-12pm. Meeting about babywearing. Rent a carrier or get help with one already owned. Naturally Grown, 282B River St, Troy. Info: 518-274-2229. Sustainable Happiness – 6-7pm. What possibilities may be created if one could turn everything around that seems to be holding them back from a phenomenal life that works with ease? Discover Access Consciousness, a powerful method where one can let go of existing limitations. $10. Community Massage, 255 River St, Lower Level, Troy. Registration required: 929-777-0873. 5th Anniversary Celebration – 6-8pm. Enjoy food, drink and music for clients, contractors, friends and family. Green Conscience Home, 33 Church St, Saratoga Springs. Info: Karen, 518-306-5196. Breast Thermography/Detox Event – 7-9pm. With Patricia Luccardi of Breast Thermography International and Dr Joseph Olejak. Learn about the importance of detoxification and early cancer detection through safe non-invasive methods like thermography. Free. Registration required. Delmar Wellness Center, 323 Delaware Ave, Delmar. RSVP required: 518-439-5077.

FRIDAY, JUNE 20 Cooking for Peace – June 20-22. 5-8:30pm /Fri11am/Sun. Through cooking demos, classes, meditation and fun learn how to nurture the whole self with simple, yet powerful changes in eating habits. Peace Village, Haines Falls. Preregistration requested: 518-589-5000. Hypno Breath: To Reduce Stress – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn to incorporate powerful self-hypnosis and breathe techniques to quickly and easily reduce stress in daily life. $45 advance. $50 same day. Key 2 Joy, 145 Vly Rd, Ste 6, Shaker Pine Plaza, Colonie. Info: 518-598-6968.

SATURDAY, JUNE 21 Chronic Low Milk Supply – 10am. Unable to breastfeed baby due to low milk supply? Receive support from other moms. Free. Sage-Femme Midwifery, 527 Western Ave, Albany. RSVP: Kate, 518-926-0112. Grand Opening Celebration Open House – 125pm. Music, refreshments, raffles, Solstice drumming, readings, energy balancing, chair massage and


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more. See the new center and celebrate the first day of summer. Tranquil Spirit Wellness Center 1744 Rte 9, Castleton. Info, Laura: 518-755-8377. Summer Solstice Restorative Yoga – 2-4pm. Therapeutic yoga utilizing props (blankets, bolsters, eye pillows) to completely support postures that allow the body to deeply surrender, the mind to become tranquil and the heart to feel sweetness. In Harmony Yoga, 137 Remsen St, Cohoes. RSVP: 518-369-8325. Night of the Swan Planetarium Show Opens – 3pm. Explore Cygnus, the swan, a constellation visible in the summer night sky at this live show that looks at the current night sky. Admission plus $5. Museum of Science and Innovation, 15 Nott Terrace Hghts, Schenectady. 518-382-7890. Shamanic Healing Circle – 3-7pm. Brings one into the heart behind the heart. Release pains, traumas pressure and stress. Experience rejuvenation and bliss in nature under a pyramid. $54-$90. IKIERA, 34 Cemetery Rd, Clifton Park. Info: 518-788-7062. Sacredness of Breath Sound – 7-8:30pm. With Phil Shiva Jones. Interactive workshop teaching meditation and simple breathing techniques with the Australian didgeridoo followed by a didgeridoo healing session. $20 advance. $25 same day. Key 2 Joy, 145 Vly Rd, Ste 6, Shaker Pine Plaza, Colonie. Info: 518-598-6968.

SUNDAY, JUNE 22 Summer Solstice Celebration – 4pm ceremony; potluck follows. Shari Parslow of Luminous Energy Medicine leads this sacred event. Still Point Interfaith Retreat Center, 20 Still Point Rd, Mechanicville. Info: 518-879-9365.

MONDAY, JUNE 23 Men’s Health Workshop – 6:10-7pm. Discussion on men’s health issues: heart health, understanding cholesterol, prostate health, increasing strength and libido. Free. Ferguson Family Chiropractic, 1783 Rte 9, Clifton Park. Info: 518-383-5595.

TUESDAY, JUNE 24 Lifecyles in Balance: Fertility – 9am-12pm. See June 10 for details. Sage-Femme Midwifery, 527 Western Ave, Albany. Info/apt required: Lisa Cartier, 518-307-9810. Money Isn’t the Problem! – 6-7pm. There is no such thing as a money issue; only an issue of what one is willing or unwilling to receive and what if that is about the energy being held? Learn to de-construct the reality/energy around money. $10. Community Massage, 255 River St, Lower Level, Troy. Registration required: 929-777-0873.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25 Monthly Movie Night – 6-8pm. Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. Movie screening and discussion with the professionals at Vitality Health Center. $10 Donation. 3441 Amsterdam Rd, Rte 5, Scotia. Registration: 518-372-4706. Autoimmune Disease Lecture – 6:30-8pm. With Dr Heidi Rasmussen, MD. Explore the common pathways in development and diversity of autoimmune disease, how the body regulates immunity and defends itself against invaders and how to optimize the function of the immune system. Free. Saratoga Botanicals, 80 Henry St, Saratoga Spgs. RSVP: 518-306-4108.

THURSDAY, JUNE 26 DIY: After Sun Hydrosol – 6:30-8:30pm. With Debra Manor, Certified Clinical Aromatherapist and teacher. An informational and hands-on workshop on how to make a soothing after the sun hydrosol. $35 includes materials. Saratoga Botanicals, 80 Henry St, Saratoga Spgs. RSVP: 518-306-4108.


markyourcalendar SATURDAY, JUNE 28 Trans-Portal Concert – 7-8:30pm. Musical performance to experience a combination of spiritual awareness and expanded consciousness with the vibration of sound and music infused with healing intention. $20 advance. $25 same day. Key 2 Joy, 145 Vly Rd, Ste 6, Shaker Pine Plaza, Colonie. Info: 518-598-6968.

SUNDAY, JUNE 29 Earthly Remedies – 10am-3pm. Meet Erin Ethier, owner of Earthly Remedies. Learn about and purchase organic products for home, body and pets. 2nd Annual Bounty of the County Artisan and farmer’s market, Schoharie. Info: 518-534-3003. Readings – 1-4pm. With David Vozzy. A gifted intuitive interpreting the wisdom of the cards. A fun afternoon with friends and family. $15/15min. $30/30 min. In Harmony Yoga, 137 Remsen St, Cohoes. Info: 518-369-8325.

plan ahead THURSDAY, JULY 3 Pure Essentials – 6-8pm. With Dawn DuBois, LMT. Learn the benefits and how to integrate pure essential oils into everyday life. $10 material fee. Registration requested but not required. Tranquil Spirit Wellness Center, 1744 Rte 9, Castleton. Info: 518-727-8626.

SATURDAY, JULY 5 July Jamboree 2014 – 11am-5pm. 8th Annual. Live music, veggie food trucks, kids’ activities and more than 300 rescued animals. $10 adults. $5 kids. Free for toddlers and members. Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, 35 Van Wagner Rd, Willow, NY. Info: 845-679-5955.

TUESDAY, JULY 8 Massage Demonstration and Information Session – 6-7:30pm. Learn about massage therapy training programs, life-long placement services and financial aid. Observe a chair massage demonstration and tour the school. Free. CNW School of Massage Therapy, 3 Cerone Commercial Dr, Albany. RSVP: 518-489-4026.

SATURDAY, JULY 12 Kick Cancer’s A--: Wellness and Music Festival – 10am-9pm. A day of wellness facilitation, nutritious meals and live entertainment. Peaceful Acres Horses, 3740 Pattersonville-Rynex Corners Rd, Pattersonville. Tickets:


drop-in. Albany Dance & Fitness, 1197 Central Avenue, Albany. 518-573-3631.

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Classical Hatha Yoga – 4:30-5:45pm or 6:307:45pm. Practice in its purest state. Reduce stress and pain. $15 drop-in. $70 six classes. Vitality Health Center, 3441 Amsterdam Rd, Rte 5, Scotia. Register: 518-372-4706.


Pilates: Basic Mat Class – 5:30pm. Healing With Movement Pilates, 2021 Western Ave, Albany. $20/ class. Penny: 518-669-9677.

Local Art Show at Community Massage – Explore a continually changing exhibit of local artists’ works. Community Massage and Holistic Therapies, 255 River St, Troy. Info/times: 518-272-1400.

Lyme Support Group – 6pm. 2nd Tues. Share stories, frustrations and achievements. Find support and guidance. All welcome. Free. The Stram Center for Integrative Medicine, 388 Kenwood Ave, Delmar. Register: 518-689-2244.

New Beginnings Meditation Course – Albany/ Schenectady area. Free. Info/appt: 518-466-3904. Tune In To Wellness Today TV Show – With LisaMarie Tersigni. Meet local wellness providers and learn the benefits of natural wellness modalities, services and products available. View: 24/7, Visit Peace Village – 9am-6pm. Experience selfdiscovery, relax, silence, solitude and find peace of mind. Meet others interested in integrating a spiritual dimension into life. Daily tours. Call ahead. Peace Village, 54 O’Hara Rd, Rte 23A, Haines Falls. Info: 518-589-5000.

sunday Dharma Meditation – 9am. Weekly meditation followed up by short discussion. About 75-min. All contemplative traditions honored. $10 donation. One Big Roof, 433 Broadway, Saratoga Spgs. Info: 518-450-1624. Dr Joe on the Radio – 12:45pm. Dr Joseph Guylas of Northeast Spine and Wellness gives his weekly radio show including tips for better health. Tune in to 101.3 FM. Yoga of 12 Step Recovery (Y12SR) – 3-5pm. 1st Sun. Group sharing circle and themed yoga class integrating wisdom of yoga and the practical tools of 12-step programs. $12-$16 donation. Shanti Yoga, 135 2nd St, Troy. Info: 518-365-5660. Kundalini Yoga and Meditation – 4-5:30pm. Expand awareness, strengthen body, increase stamina and elevate consciousness through movement, asana, powerful pranayama and deep meditation. Drop-in classes. Heartspace Yoga, 747 Madison Ave, Albany. Info: 518-712-9642.

Tea Talk – 6pm. 2nd Tues. New topics each month. Samples of the featured tea served. $5. Short and Stout Tea, 1736a Western Ave, Albany. Preregister/ Info: 518-456-8327. very gentle poses are held. Unwind, restore, meditate and rejuvenate. Space limited. $15. Key 2 Joy, 145 Vly Rd, Ste 6, Shaker Pine Plaza, Colonie. Info: 518-598-6968.

Holistic Healthy Living Group Program – 6:308pm. For people ready to beat disease, become energized, lose weight, feel great and live well. Twice monthly for three months. Small class size. Info: 518-292-8767.

Guided Meditation Circle – 7-9pm through June 30. With Diane Finn. Metaphysical discussion followed by a guided meditation. Divinely guided circle based upon the collective energy of the group. $15 suggested donation. Tranquil Spirit Wellness Center, 1744 Rte 9, Castleton. Info: 518-477-7667.

Spiritual Fitness Class – 6:30-8:30pm. June 10Aug 12. Live one’s highest truth and trust in a higher power that fills life with courage and hope. Lifestyle and attitude requiring practice to be effective. Preregistration required. By donation. New Thought New York, 2 Imperial Ln, Charlton, 518-423-3569.


Hypnosis Workshop – 6:30-9:30pm. Find out more about hypnosis with NGH hypnosis instructor, George Guarino. $12.50. Albany. Info: 518256-6549.

Lifecyles in Balance: Pregnancy/Postpartum Embodiment – 9am-12pm. 2nd & 4th Tues. For those who have fear around birth, have experienced a traumatic birth or simply want to help ensure a better birth experience. Sage-Femme Midwifery, 527 Western Ave, Albany. Info/appt required: Lisa Cartier, 518-307-9810. Body Fat Screening/Blood Pressure Testing – 11am-2pm. Testing body fat and blood pressure to then translate those numbers into healthy information. Free. Honest Weight Food Co-Op, 100 Watervliet Ave, Albany. Info: 518-482-2667. Wellness Workout – 12:15-1:15pm. Create a healthy integrated state of wellness, fitness and balance for the body, brain and whole being. $10

Releasing Weight Group Sessions – 6:45-7:45pm. 3rd Tues. Learn to make changes in life and become empowered to be healthier and happier. Hypnosis and other techniques used. Topics include: emotional eating, stress, exercise, goals and habits. $20. Key 2 Joy, 145 Vly Rd, Ste 6, Shaker Pine Plaza, Colonie. Info: 518-598-6968.

wednesday Gentle Ballet – 10-11am. Feel like an elegant dancer while improving balance and flexibility. $10 drop-in. Albany Dance & Fitness, 1197 Central Ave, Albany. 518-573-3631.

monday Reflexology – 2:30-5:30pm. A method of using simple, time-tested methods of pressing, pulling and massaging for the purpose of providing pain relief. Honest Weight Food Co-Op, 100 Watervliet Ave, Albany. Info/appt time: 518-482-2667. Hot Warrior Yoga – 6pm. 50 plus posture practice combining hot hatha and hot vinyasa in an 85-degree room. A physical and psychological challenge. $15. In Harmony Yoga, 137 Remsen St, Cohoes. Info: 518-369-8325. Monthly Restorative Yoga – 6-7:30pm. Last Mon. Passive stretching that uses props like blankets, bolsters, pillows and blocks to support the body as

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Knit & Stitch – 12-2pm. Through June 27. For people at all levels of expertise, those with skills to share and others who wish to learn. Free. Honest Weight Food Co-Op, 100 Watervliet Ave, Albany. Info: 518-482-2667.

Intuitive Readings – 11am-2pm. With Julie. $40/30-min. Crossroads Gifts and Wellness, 133 Jay St, Schenectady. Info/appt: 518-357-8366. Detox Flow – 4:15-5:30pm.With Colleen. Twists, massage and conscious breathing to assist the elimination systems. Purge toxic thoughts. Experience a calmer mind and a clearer connection of body, mind and spirit. $15. In Harmony Yoga, 137 Remsen St, Cohoes. Info: 518-369-8325.

Family Yoga – 5pm. Families connect through yoga with storytelling and silly songs, breathing techniques, family partner poses, healthy educational tips, creative sequences and meditation. $88 eight weeks; $17 drop-in. The Yoga Lily, 1 Barney Rd, Ste 222, Clifton Park. Info: 518-744-5565.

Kundalini Yoga and Meditation – 5:45-7:15pm. Expand awareness, strengthen body, increase stamina and elevate consciousness through movement, asana, powerful pranayama and deep meditation. Drop-in classes. Heartspace Yoga, 10 Second St, 2nd Flr, Troy. Info: 518-712-9642.

Parents’ Night Out at Tiny Tots Tea Room – 5:309pm. 3rd Fri. Monthly event includes babysitting, open play, food, crafts and drinks. $35 first child; $25 siblings. 1536 Crescent Rd, Plaza 8, Clifton Park. Info: 518-348-1050.

Family Support Group: for Caregivers of Loved Ones with Mental Illness – 6:30-8pm. 1st and 3rd Wed. SUNYA School of Public Health, 1 University Pl, Rensselaer. Info: 518-588-6949. Qigong – 7-8:30pm. With Dr Wang. $15. One Big Roof, 433 Broadway, 3rd Flr, Saratoga Spgs. Info: 518- 581-3180.

thursday Breastfeeding Support Group – 10:30am-12pm. 1st Thurs. For moms, their breastfed babies and toddlers with a certified lactation counselor available to answer any questions or concerns. Anyone pregnant and thinking about breastfeeding welcome. Naturally Grown, 282B River St, Troy. Info: 518-274-2229. Cancer Support Group – 12-1pm. Every other Thurs. Release feelings of isolation, confusion, anxiety, identity crisis and day-to-day uncertainties among people wanting to improve their quality of life. Donations welcome. One Big Roof, 433 Broadway, 3rd Flr, Saratoga Spgs. Info/dates: 518-450-1624. Kid’s Yoga – 4:30-5:30pm. Develop strength, coordination, density for growing bones, flexibility for muscle resilience and maximum nutrient absorption. Learn relaxation techniques and more. $88 eight weeks; $17 drop-in. The Yoga Lily, 1 Barney Rd, Ste 222, Clifton Park. Info: 518-744-5565. Pilates: Intermediate Mat Class – 5:30pm. Healing With Movement Pilates, 2021 Western Ave, Albany. $20. Penny: 518 669-9677. Herstory – 5:30-8:30pm. Through July 10. Sixweek class exploring women on paper through reading, writing and oral history. No writing background


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required. Open to men and women. $162 members. $180 nonmembers. The Arts Center of the Capital Region, 265 River St, Troy. Register: 518-273-0552. Meeting of Albany Holistic Nurses Society, Inc – 6pm. 2nd Thurs. Support and information for nurses and interested individuals. Monthly meetings and topics. Details/location, Sandra Marnell: 518-875-6050. Meditation and Mindfulness Practice Group – 6:30-8pm. 2nd Thurs. All welcome. All levels of experience welcome. Free. Solid Ground Center for a Balanced Life, 148 Central Ave, Albany. Info: 518-339-9443. Practicing the Art of Extreme Self-Care – 6:308:30pm. Through July 10. Students do many of the activities presented in Cheryl Richardson’s book The Art of Extreme Self-Care. $80 preregistered. $90 door. Sponsored by New Thought New York at Pine Hollow Arboretum, Slingerlands. Preregister, Regina Wagner-Garhartt: 518-466-6846.

friday Kundalini Yoga – 9:30-11am. Taught by Yogi Bhajan, Kim Rossi. Donation. Lincoln Bath House at the Saratoga Spa State Park, front door entrance, to the rear of the 1st Flr, 39 Roosevelt Dr, Saratoga Spgs. Info: 518-321-5660.

Sound Meditation Group – 6:30-8pm. 2nd Friday. Sound is a powerful form of healing. Group experiences the benefits of sound meditation by practicing mantras. $15 suggested donation. Key 2 Joy, 145 Vly Rd, Ste 6, Shaker Pine Plaza, Colonie. Info: 518-598-6968. Sacred Drum Circle – 7:30pm. 1st Fri. Light a candle for one’s intention and let the heart be guided into the heartbeat rhythm. Drumming is healing and a powerful sound meditation. No experience necessary. The Yoga Lily, 1 Barney Rd, Ste 222, Clifton Park. RSVP: 518-744-5565.

saturday Chakra Yoga – 10am. Raise energy, improve wellbeing and expand consciousness through balancing the chakras. $88 eight weeks; $17 drop-in. The Yoga Lily, 1 Barney Rd, Ste 222, Clifton Park. Info: 518-744-5565. Holistic Healthy Living Group Program – 1011:30am. Twice monthly for three months. For people ready to beat disease, become energized, lose weight, feel great and live well. Small class. Info: 518-292-8767. Live Music Saturday Brunch – 10am-12pm. Alternating weeks. Good food, music and vibes. Good Morning Breakfast Café, 2100 Doubleday Ave, Ballston Spa. Dates/info: Facebook page. 518-309-3359. Gong Lab – 4-5:30pm. 1st Sat. Relaxation and meditation in a sonic environment. By donation. Heartspace Yoga & Healing Arts, 10 2nd St, Troy. Info: 518-389-2200.

naturaldirectory Connecting you with local businesses and experts in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Natural Directory, email ACUPUNCTURE NORTHEAST SPINE AND WELLNESS 1741 Rte 9, Clifton Park 1873 Western Ave, Albany 518-371-4800 •

All-natural care providing pain relief and wellness care through acupuncture, massage therapy, laser therapy and acupressure. Experience in women’s health, insomnia, stress, migraines and fibromyalgia. See ad, page 16.


At Saratoga Botanicals 80 Henry St, Saratoga Springs 518-306-4108 • Pain reduction, stress and tension relief, increased energy levels and improved mood, stronger digestion, relief from addictions, greater sense of overall health and well-being, facial rejuvenation. See ad, page 7.


Michele Dolan L.Ac, Acupuncturist At Albany Total Wellness 130 Everett Rd, Albany 518-435-1280 Acupuncture and herbal therapy are an all-natural alternative to improving well-being, preventing illness and resolving some of the most common health issues. See ad, page 12.

ART THERAPY ANN SIMPSON-MCDOWELL, MA, LCAT Haven of Hope Counseling Associates, LLC 1471 Rte 9, Ste 201, Crescent Commons, Clifton Park • 518-982-5376

Licensed Creative Art Therapist. 18 years’ experience in grief work, all losses, and life change adaptation. Offering compassionate counseling, therapeutic art and sand tray work for all ages.


M. Lisa Verschoor 1-800-224-1020 - Nationwide Consciously sort out relationships, health, career and all life altering situations through the natal chart. Radio talk-show host, teacher and astrologer for over 25 years.


Ferguson Family Chiropractic 1783 Rte 9, Clifton Park 518-383-5595 • The “Chiropractor for your family”. With 10 years of pediatric/ family wellness care experience, Dr. John is committed to healthy lifestyle changes for the family. See ad, page 31.


Northeast Spine and Wellness Offices in Albany & Clifton Park 518-371-4800 • A 25-year veteran of holistic health. Graduate of Skidmore C o l l e g e a n d N e w Yo r k Chiropractic College. Received Clinician of the Year during internship at Greenvale Outpatient Facility. See ad, page 16.

BODYWORK ELENA AJDELSZTAJN, LMT At Key 2 Joy, Colonie 518-495-0175

NYS licensed massage therapist offering craniosacral therapy, a bodywork modality to help you process and resolve deeply held tension in the body. Professional, peaceful environment.


Nick Pavoldi Structural Integration Practitioner, Proprietor 578 New Loudon Rd, Latham • 518-389-2200 79 Washington St, Saratoga Springs • 518-389-2083 Bodywork Professionals are skilled, dedicated, career therapists who specialize in the art and science of effective soft tissue massage therapy and a variety of bodywork moralities. See ad, page 16.



At Albany Total Wellness 130 Everett Rd, Albany 518-435-1280 • Over 9 years’ experience working as a chiropractor. Establishes caring and compassionate relationships with each and every patient. See ad, page 12.


Biodynamic craniosacral therapy is a subtle yet deeply relaxing form of body work that employs light touch. Offering BCST to infants, children, and adults.


Rev. Lisajo Kay, MS, CCC-SLP, OUnI Interfaith Minister and Lic. Wedding Officiant 518-212-REVK (7385) Co-creating and officiating "union ceremonies of the heart, to match you, your life, your path." Getting to know couples personally to create a unique ceremony. Large/ small, traditional/non-traditional, interfaith/non-denominational, or civil. LGBT friendly.


At Vitality Health Center 3441 Amsterdam Rd (Rte 5), Scotia 518-372-4706 • Combining traditional remedies using whole foods, herbals and Reiki with modern detoxification therapies such as detoxifying foot baths, Rife machine and Live Cell microscopy to support our innate healing abilities.

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Joyce Willson, RN BSN 251 River St, Troy, NY 518-271-7802 • Joyce brings to her Reiki practice her knowledge and experience in dealing with chronic and acute health issues as well as her passion for focusing on the health and wellness of the individual. See ad, page 12.


Laurie Bonser, CFP, CPA, Coach 518-312-7980 Innovative planning and information for financial health, wellness, and fitness through all life transitions, changes, and goals. Available for clients nationwide. See ad, page 10.

Over 20 years of energy healing experience. Using advanced, deep and powerful techniques to help clients feel better and achieve balance. Practicing in Clifton Park and Saratoga See ad, page 13.

FITNESS ALBANY DANCE & FITNESS Gail Tassarotti, Owner/Instructor 1197 Central Ave, Albany 518-573-3631

Relieve stress and feel positive about yourself as you get fit. Offering a variety of classes for all ability levels (adults and teens only). See ad, page 13.

SLEEPING DRAGON REIKI Elisabeth Rolfe, RP IARP Crossroads Gifts & Wellness 518-357-8366

Reiki and intuitive energy sessions by appointment at Crossroads Gifts & Wellness on Jay Street in Downtown Schenectady.


Sari Medick, Owner 1536 Crescent Rd, Clifton Park 518-348-1050 • Open play for newborn to age 12, six days a week. Fullservice café with gluten-, dairy- and peanut-free menu options. See ad, page 29.


Beth Foster Owner & Licensed Nia Instructor 3 Denny Rd, Guilderland 518-452-3679 • E x p e r i e n c e t h e e n e rg e t i c , expressive and joyful way to exercise. Free your spirit and move with passion as you connect to your body through the movement of Nia. Small, yearround classes in a comfortable studio open to all fitness levels. See ad, page 34.


Inspiring Wellness Solutions 518-292-8767 Certified instructor of group fitness, Ballettone, Kettlebell and group cycling. Licensed Zumba instructor. Two master’s degrees in education and extensive experience in designing fitness and exercise programs. See ad, page 20.


Assesses physical and nonphysical influences in a home or business and suggests appropriate adjustments to ensure environment s u p p o r t s o n e p h y s i c a l l y, emotionally and financially. 18+ years’ experience serving the Capital District and beyond.


Functional Medicine is a dynamic approach to assessing, preventing and treating complex chronic disease. It is science-based and patient-centered. See ad, page 51.


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At Saratoga Botanicals 80 Henry St, Saratoga Springs 518-306-4108 • Approaching medicine with a mindful dedication, taking the time for in-depth examination and healing practices. See ad, page 7.




Erin Ethier, Owner 518-534-3003

The Capital District’s source for all-natural hand salves, lip balms, herbal tinctures, deodorants, baby products, pet products and more; all made locally with only the best organic ingredients. See ad, page 22.


Food Waste Pick-Up/Composting 164 Montgomery St, Albany 518-472-0222 • Bringing the Composting Movement to the Capital Region, Empire Zero offers food waste compost pickup service for households, restaurants and institutions. Convenient, affordable and locally owned.


Karen Totino 33 Church St, Saratoga Springs 518-306-5196 • Specializing in green home renovation for families and businesses. Supplier of non-toxic interior finishes for walls, floors, counter tops. Showroom features natural and organic mattresses, and bedding. See ad, page 33.

GRIEF/LOSS BERNARD A. AMYOT, MS, MA, LMHC Haven of Hope Counseling Associates, LLC 1471 Rte 9, Ste 201, Crescent Commons, Clifton Park • 518-982-5376

20+ years’ experience in grief/loss and life transition counseling. Focus on sudden death loss, divorce/separation, family relationship issues, anxiety, and depression. Using CBT and companioning counseling model.


Inspiring Wellness Solutions 518-292-8767 Licensed esthetician, certified medical esthetician and Reiki II practitioner who is experienced in manual lymphatic drainage, shiatsu facial massage techniques and ear candling. See ad, page 20.


Herbal Tea Works & Herbal Essentials 1545 Columbia Turnpike, Schodack 518-479-0471 • Gifts from the Earth for you and yours. Offering quality organic and wild-crafted herbs, teas, tinctures, essential oils, books, gifts, and bath and beauty products, as well as a variety of supplies for making your own products. Free catalog available. See ad, page 20.

HOLISTIC DENTISTRY DR. FREDERICK DREHER 410 Rowland St, Ballston Spa 518-885-6185

Combining a holistic approach that treats the teeth and the mouth, realizing the connection between dental health and whole-body wellness. Safe mercury removal.






Niskayuna, Clifton Park & NYC 518-374-5492 • Using homeopathy, hypnosis, jin shin jyutsu, and intuitive-based counseling in a comprehensive wholistic healing practice. Poet and author of Training Tracks, poems by implosion, available through


Paula Marie Histed 239-370-7928

Offering intuitive readings to deepen inspiration and divine guidance on your spiritual journey. Serving the Capital District and beyond. See ad, page 18.



Key 2 Joy, Inc 145 Vly Rd, Ste 6, Shaker Pine Plaza, Colonie 518-598-6968 • Lose weight, stop smoking and release stress with hypnosis. Certified Hypnotist Shannon Keyes can help you get results now. See ad, page 11.


929-777-0873 • A simple, powerful and playful method to change any area of your life; allowing you to be and have more. Complementary initial mini session.



Serving the Capital District and Beyond 518-532-0275


Board-certified internist treating patients with a holistic, integrative approach to preventive health and wellness. Specialties: weight loss, age management, menopause, low testosterone, thyroid and adrenal disorders, fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue, irritable bowel. See ad, page 6.

Personalized, inspirational coaching to joyfully move you in the direction of your dreams. Start living the life you want to lead today; because life is more than a four-letter word.

LISAMARIE TERSIGNI, CHHC, AADP Inspiring Wellness Solutions 518-292-8767

Certified Holistic Health Counselor, American Association of Drugless Practitioners certified, nutrition specialist, Intuit and Reiki Master/ teacher; specializing in disease prevention, disease reversal and healing. See ad, page 20.

HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINE GUILDERLAND HOMEOPATHIC CLINIC Larry Malerba, DO • Mary Malerba, RN 2592 Western Ave, Guilderland 518-357-4210 •

Safe, FDA-approved, holistic medical care for body, heart, mind & soul. 25 years’ experience treating all types of medical conditions in children and adults.

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Carol Gardner, RN, MS • 518-312-8791 Coaching women to effectively discover strength and wisdom to support the body, mind and spirit; especially during life changes including retirement, divorce, chronic illness, grief and loss. See ad, page 12.


Christine Kidder 518-421-2091

316 Delaware Ave, Ste 25, Delmar 518-475-9999 Est. 2001

Offering a variety of massage and energy healing modalities in a peaceful and safe environment. Wellness packages, Young Living Oils, Aromatherapy Products. See ad, page 34.

Inspiring Wellness Solutions 518-292-8767 NYS licensed massage therapist, offering customized massage and body work for medical, sports, fitness and therapeutic needs. See ad, page 20.



At Healing Path Massage 670 Franklin St, Schenectady 518-374-8654 • Using the exciting new advances in Light Energy technology to increase circulation and decrease pain and inflammation. Red, blue and infrared lights enhance healing on many levels.

Kathleen Vroman, NYS LMT 255 River St, Troy 518-272-1400 • Offering therapeutic massage, myofascial bodywork, craniosacral t h e r a p y, a n d r e f l e x o l o g y. Individually customized in a professional and peaceful atmosphere, enhanced with local art and natural foliage. Discover Troy’s “Urban Oasis.” See ad, page 51.


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NYS licensed massage therapist, registered yoga teacher, personal trainer and spinning instructor with years of successful experience in healing arts and fitness. See ad, page 20.

At Albany Total Wellness 130 Everett Rd, Albany 518-915-1788 The Capital District’s standard in therapeutic massage. Providing the latest in clinically proven therapies and delivering the highest level of quality service to our clients. See ad, page 12.


Stephanie Cavoli, LMT Albany & Schenectady Locations 518-952-1161 •


Paul Jensen, Jr, MS, LMT 17 Computer Dr East, Albany 518-366-4429 • Therapeutic massage, bodywork, energy work, personal training and life coaching. 16 years of experience helping clients eliminate pain, optimize recovery and maximize performance. See ad, page 17.


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The Red Pines Training Center 3 Cerone Commercial Dr, Albany 518-489-4026 •

Offering NYS recognized Massage Therapy Training Programs. Full/Part time schedules. NYS Approved Continuing Education Classes. Quality learning environment. Student Clinic open to the public.


Scientific hand analysis is a system that can give you profound insight about yourself from the markings in your hands. See ad, page 24.



Nourish your body; feed your soul. Specializing in gentle techniques inspired by traditional Swedish and Temple Lomi massage. Herbal infused oils enhance every session.


Heidi Ricks, LM 518-588-7122 Maureen Murphy, CPM 518-229-6541 406 Fulton St, Ste 513, Troy Empowering women through knowledge, experience and heart. Offering gynecology, preconception counseling, homebirth midwifery services and lactation counseling. See ad, page 6.


K. Michelle Doyle, CNM, NYS LM 35 Dearstyne Rd, Troy 518-238-3469 • An independent midwifery p r a c t i c e o ff e r i n g q u a l i t y w o m e n ’s h e a l t h c a r e a n d planned home birth services. Considering home birth? Call for a free consult.


Kelly McDermott, CNM, LM 527 Western Ave, Albany 518-813-9290 • At Sage-Femme Midwifery, we believe women should be empowered to create their own birth experiences as well as be educated to be actively involved in decision making and selfcare. Kelly has been serving the Capital District since 1987.


Clarinet and Recorder Instructor 347-879-9440 30+ years’ professional experience as orchestral and solo clarinetist and instructor. David's students routinely score high at NYSSMA and play first-chair for ESYO. Dynamic, supportive, fun, healthy teaching. Accepting students beginner to adult.



Guitar Instructor 518-369-6365


Professional, full-time instructor of 60+ students per week. Specializing in teaching kids ages 6 and up, and teenagers in various styles. Private and group lessons. Teaching at Patrizio Center for the Arts (Latham) & Rocky’s Music Studio (North Greenbush). See ad, page 41.


Dr. Amy Cole, ND 77 Troy Rd, Ste E, East Greenbush 160 Benmont Ave, Ste 30, Bennington, VT 518-701-4587 •

Providing naturopathic consultation integrating science and nature. Plans include nutrition, herbs, homeopathy and hydrotherapy. Exploring all aspects of a person including mind, body and spirit. See ad, page 31.


With 35 years of experience in India, the Mystic Satprem created a place for your journey to holistic well-being. Meditation-CrystalReiki courses, Divine Healing (Reiki) Initiations – Energy healing (Acupuncture-Acupressure-Prenatal-CrystalShamanic), Personal Development courses, HandCard-Eye Readings and Eclipse Astrology are provided one-to-one or in small groups. Explore a balanced Body-Mind and Soul.


Lisa Small, Independent Consultant/Leader 518-755-2170 • Certified organic, non-GMO Project Verified, Fair Trade skin and body care, cosmetics, essential oils, massage, aromatherapy, home fragrance, unique gifts and more. Products for the entire family. Discover organic.



133 Jay St, Schenectady 518-357-8366 Find us on Facebook or Divine Inspiration for mind, body, spirit and senses. Locally crafted, fair trade and spiritual gifts, Local all-natural food items, coffee, tea, health and body care products, crystals and stones, essential oils and much more.


282B River St, Troy 518-274-2229

At Vitality Health Center 3441 Amsterdam Rd (Rte 5), Scotia 518-372-4706 • Certified nutritionist and medical intuitive for 20+ years, using whole foods and herbs to reprogram and empower our innate wisdom to unravel toxicities to attain vital health.


Natural Awakenings provides helpful information on natural health and environmental issues with a consistently positive perspective and tone, which is not always easy considering how serious and intimidating some of these topics are. It’s a rarity. Publications like Natural Awakenings reach many people and I’m so glad to be able to share a voice beyond the propaganda. ~ Melinda Hemmelgarn, Food Sleuth

I have changed so much over the last year finally realizing that life is so much bigger than me. I love this Earth and all the wonders that are a part of it, and your magazine contributes to my appreciation.

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A natural, eco-friendly baby and momma boutique. Our mission is to support the natural growth of your child through high quality products and educational classes.

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Holistic health and nutrition coach with extensive experience in the health care field. Specializing in the needs of men in mid-life and weight concerns for men and women. See ad, page 20.

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Saratoga Botanicals is a health and wellness spa providing massage, acupuncture, skin care, osteopathy and Reiki. We sell our own personally branded organic health and beauty products, too. See ad, page 7.

Intimate, neighborhood studio, specializing in individual attention and fracture prevention. Class sizes limited to 10 people. Private or duet sessions also available by appointment. Penny is a Pilates Method Alliance Certified Instructor, Meeks Method Osteoporosis Exercise Specialist and Foot Management Professional.

Penny Shure 2021 Western Ave, Albany 518-669-9677 •

80 Henry St, Saratoga Springs Book spa appointments online or by phone. 518-306-4108 •




Inspiring Wellness Solutions 518-292-8767 Psychotherapist and spiritual counselor specializing in stress and anxiety disorders, PTSD, bereavement, depression and spiritual concerns. See ad, page 20.

RECOVERY SANDRA MARNELL, RN, MA Duanesburg & Schenectady 518-875-6050


1 New Hampshire Ave, Troy 518-273-2121

The McKenzie Method is an active patient involvement and education system for back, neck and extremity pain. Its methodology is backed by therapists/doctors worldwide. See ad, page 27.

C e r t i f i e d H e a l i n g To u c h Practitioner, Addiction Counselor, Recovery Coach and Trainer. Support for withdrawal from alcohol and other drugs. Immune system strengthening. Healing and pain relief. Decrease depression and anxiety.

1471 Rte 9, Ste 201, Crescent Commons, Clifton Park • 518-982-5376

Licensed mental health practitioners providing counseling for all types of losses including sudden death, suicide/homicide, divorce and separation. Assisting in life transitions, anxiety, depression and self-esteem issues. Individual and group sessions available.

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YOGA OF 12 STEP RECOVERY (Y12SR) Kathy Garner Greco, Certified Instructor 518-365-5660 •

Y12SR is a group sharing circle and themed yoga class that integrates the wisdom of yoga and the practical tools of 12-step programs. Classes meeting at Shanti Yoga in Troy.


Shari Parslow BS, LMT Shamanic Healing and Intuitive Massage 518-879-9365 • Through deep connection, healing, and honoring – our lives can be uniquely expressed with unlimited grace. Shari is a shamanic practitioner, licensed massage therapist and mentor with over 20 years of energy medicine and integrative bodywork experience. Offering private healing sessions, workshops, and ceremonies. See ad, page 20.

SPECIALTY TEAS SHORT & STOUT TEA COMPANY 1736A Western Ave, Albany 518-456-TEAS (8327)

Over 70 premium loose teas and accessories for purchase and enjoyment in our tea café. Free Wi-Fi and private room available for parties.


An Independent Spiritualist Church serving the Capital Region. Service dates/times are available online. Healing and mediumship included in all services.



2 Chelsea Place, Clifton Park 518-983-6564

NEW THOUGHT NEW YORK Rev. Joanne McFadden, Minister 2 Imperial Ln, Charlton 518-423-3569

Inner peace. Joy. Abundance. This spiritual community offers the tools and support to change your life. Classes, workshops, meditation, book discussion groups and spiritual cinema.





Avis A. Burnett, PhD 639 Riverview Rd, Rexford 518-371-0579 • Your Spiritual Mentor for individual transformational counseling, energetic healing sessions and workshops. Using principles of quantum mechanics to shift patterns of thinking, behaving and feeling at the cellular level.

SUSTAINABLE FINANCE SUSTAINABLE WEALTH ADVISORS Harry Moran, CFP, AIF 112 Spring St, Ste 101, Saratoga Springs 518-450-1755

Comprehensive financial planning and highly customized asset management strategies for socially and environmentally conscious investors. Serving the greater Capital Region. [Securities offered through Portfolio Resources Group, Inc. Member FINRA, SIPC, MSRB, SIFMA. Office of Supervisory Jurisdiction (OSJ): 800 Brickell Ave, Ste 903, Miami, FL.] See ad, page 14.


Corporate wellness programs, individual counseling and group nutrition coaching to support clients to live a healthy and fit lifestyle. Specializing in disease prevention and management. See ad, page 20.

NORTHEAST SPINE AND WELLNESS 1741 Rte 9, Clifton Park 1873 Western Ave, Albany 518-371-4800 •

Offering evaluation, education and solutions to chronic health concerns where others believe nothing else can be done. Helping to navigate the “storm” of ill health with the 3 Ms: Meal, Movement and Mind. See ad, page 16.


148 Central Ave, Albany 518-339-9443 • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction classes, monthly walk-in meditation sessions, seminars and individual instruction. Teachers trained at the University of Massachusetts with 20 years of experience.



1744 Rte 9, Castleton 518-755-8377

Patricia Luccardi, LMT, CNMT, CTT Chatham and Delmar 518-929-7579 • Detect changes at the cellular level years before a mammogram. Clearer results, fewer additional tests, allowing for dietary and lifestyle changes. See ad, page 24.


Setting the standard. Medical thermography reveals physiological function and changes. Detects cardio-vascular problems, hormonal imbalance, lymphatic congestion, and more. Used for early detection/prevention and breast cancer screening. See ad, page 8.

A community gathering space offering various therapies, wellness classes, retail area showcasing local artisans, art gallery, fun retreats and events. See ad, page 2.

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classifieds For fees and info on placing classifieds, email Deadline is the 5th of the month. HEALING REIKI – Energy treatments for clearing, re-balancing and alignment. Relief from anxiety and stress. Albany, Troy, Clifton Park, Saratoga. Christina Elizabeth Manning, Usui Holy Fire Reiki Master: 518-496-0221,, or

INTERN ORGANIC FARM – Duties include greenhouse/ seedling work; planting/sowing; cultivation; harvesting. Other duties possible. Weekly stipend and share of the produce harvested. Hudson, NY. Email:

MAIL ORDER AZUREGREEN.NET – Herbs, books, mortars and pestles, bumper stickers, jewelry, incense, gift items, gemstones, amulets, statuary. 8,000 items. Wholesale and retail.



SCHENECTADY – Seeking healing arts practitioners to share space in existing massage office. Workshop and treatment space available. Call Stephanie: 518-952-1161.

VENDORS WANTED FLEA MARKET – Vendors of collectibles, glass, books, comics, or other flea market items. Ryan’s Farmer’s Market, Albany: 518-459-5775.

433 Broadway, 3rd Flr, Saratoga Springs 518-450-1624 • A spacious retreat and workshop center in the heart of Saratoga. Attend mind, body, spirit events for improved health and well-being. See schedule online.

54 O’Hara Rd (at Rte 23A), Haines Falls, NY 518-589-5000 Experience the tranquility of weekend retreats, vegetarian food and special day events for the Capital District. Learn to meditate, be open to life-changing experiences and find inner peace and power. Relax, refresh and renew. See ad, page 17.

YOGA HEARTSPACE YOGA & HEALING ARTS 747 Madison Ave, Albany 10 2nd St, Troy • 518-512-3390

With locations in Troy and A l b a n y, H e a r t s p a c e i s a community-oriented yoga studio offering daily drop-in classes for all levels, workshops and special events. See ad, page 16.


137 Remsen St, Cohoes 518-369-8325 • Our Sacred Space embodies a compassionate environment that will empower your body, mind and spirit. Kripalu, Hot Warrior Yoga (85 degrees), Vinyasa, The 5 Tibetan Rites of Rejuvenation, Yoga Basics, Detox Flow and Pre-Natal.

ROGER LIPERA WEB DESIGN & CONSULTING – Guilderland. 518-248-4175.

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145 Vly Road, Ste 6, Shaker Pine Plaza, Colonie 518-598-6968 •

tions for all levels.

Registered yoga instructors offering: Hatha, Svaroopa, Gentle & Restorative, Tantra, and Bhakti yoga and medita-





Certified vinyasa yoga instructor specializing in low impact yoga. In-home classes possible. See ad, page 20.



SARATOGA SPRINGS – Seeking acupuncturists, massage therapists and estheticians to join a team of health and healing practitioners interested in mind body spirit approach. Info: 518-306-4108.


Inspiring Wellness Solutions 518-292-8767

Empowering workshops and rejuvenating retreats for women. Unveil authentic self, explore dreams and create the j o y f u l l i f e me a n t to l i v e . Wo r k s h o p s h e l d i n t h e Adirondacks or at one’s location.

MASSAGE CLINICS MASSAGE CLINICS – Receive massage from currently enrolled students. $40/hour; $35/age 65 and older or 18 and under. $30/students. CNW School of Massage Therapy, 3 Cerone Commercial Drive, Albany. Times/appt: 518-489-4068.


Classes in Albany & Troy Sat Kriya Kaur • 518-712-9642

Kundalini Yoga expands your awareness, strengthens your body, increases your stamina and elevates your consciousness through movement, powerful pranayam and deep meditation. No experience necessary/drop in classes. Visit website for locations and class times.


2317 Balltown Rd, Niskayuna 518-429-1455 • Offering private and group yoga lessons for all abilities and ages. Soluna focuses on education, individual attention and providing a safe environment to enhance each student’s personal and physical growth in their yoga experience. See ad, page 7.


Pam Medina, Founder, E-RYT 1 Barney Rd, Ste 222, Clifton Park 518-744-5565 • A welcoming, safe, healing space to nourish one’s whole being. Gentle to challenging yoga classes. Also Chair and Restorative Yoga, Thai Yoga Bodywork, Goddess events, meditation, workshops, retreats.

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