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ebruary is here, bringing images of flowers, chocolate, and hearts everywhere we look. Such images are powerful reminders of love, plus bonus opportunities to shower a sweetie with acts of kindness and devotion. I’m not suggesting you forgo all the candlelight and musical animated plush animals this year, but whether single or attached, I’d like to recommend this heart-centered season as a choice time to reflect upon the physical and emotional health of our own hearts and the lifetime relationship we have with ourselves. The heart is an amazing organ—the central hub of vitality in the body and commonly considered our emotional center. This month’s pioneering feature article by Linda Sechrist takes a comprehensive look at cardio health that includes a holistic acknowledgement of how emotional blockages integrate with physical functioning. Energetically speaking, the heart center registers the quality and power of love in our life and anchors the fourth chakra, said to be the nexus between the physical and spiritual. All things considered, it is best to be kind to the heart in every way, drinking in and expressing love in its infinite manifestations. What are you doing daily to foster heartfelt well-being? Louise Hay’s calendar tells me this month that “Loving myself is a magic wand.” How profound that simply by showering ourselves with unconditional love, we are waving a wand of positive transformation in our spiritual, emotional and physical experiences. Such self-acceptance naturally sparks healthful lifestyle changes. Katherine Woodward Thomas’ insights this month into being a love magnet may resonate deeply and inspire you to purify patterns of thought that have been keeping love at bay. Perhaps the first step is asking, “How can I treat myself as my own Valentine this year?” Because regular self-care is at the core of loving and honoring oneself, consider the plethora of businesses and services readily available within our pages for a variety of creative ideas. Our February Conscious Eating department about the many health benefits of chocolate may also be the perfect thing to tickle your fancy. You deserve it! At the heart of the matter, my Valentine’s Day wish is for each of us to experience such a joy and fullness of healing love within that it naturally flows out to all we encounter and positively translates to a happier and healthier world. With much love,

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newsbriefs Women’s Life Transition Class in Troy


arol Gardner, RN, MS, owner of Women’s Health and Healing, in Troy, is offering a six-session group coaching experience for women at mid-life at her office, with day and evening sessions beginning February 26. Carol Gardner Gardner is a trained coach in the Circle of Life program, a gentle, powerful process for personal healing, empowerment and transformation. With the support of a skilled coach, the power of group work and step-by-step tools, individuals can truly make powerful decisions about where their life is headed and how they intend to live it. Gardner has more than 40 years of clinical experience, including 25 years studying and training in complementary therapy, holistic wellness and preventative medicine and mindful meditation. She holds a master’s degree in health services management, is a Healing Touch and Reiki practitioner and is certified as a health, wellness and life coach. She offers private sessions, mini-workshops and personal and corporate retreats. Location: Harmony Building, 1813 Fifth Ave., Troy. For more information, call 518-312-8791, email CarolGardner.whh@ or visit See ad, page 18.

New Sky Ceiling at Joy of Nia Movement


eth Foster, a Nia instructor since 2005 and owner of Joy of Nia Movement studio, in Guilderland, relates how an inspiration that came while teaching a Nia class sparked her to paint the studio ceiling sky blue, with white clouds. The students were asked to reach their arms up and to sway them from side-to-side. Foster then said, “Imagine you are pushing the white clouds back and forth through the deep blue sky.” Using imagery allows the students to connect to their mental, emotional and spiritual realms, giving permission for each individual to move in their own body’s way, bringing joy and pleasure to the movement. The studio then fills with smiling faces and giggles, which is an indication that the students are connecting to the sheer joy of Nia movement and dance. Join the Open Beginner Night of Nia Dance on Feb. 4. Cost: $18. 3 Denny Rd., Guilderland. For more information and to RSVP, call 518-452-3679 or visit See ad, page 18.


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Organic Facials for Your Valentine


ure Elements now offers facial services in their Wellness Shop, using Hylunia products that create pure, safe, organic, green and effective vegan skin care, free of parabens, toxins and irritants. These products are beneficial to all skin types and ages. Facial varieties include aromatherapy facial, glycolic facial exfoliation, grape seed facial, hydrating aloe vera facial, jade stone facial, Power C facial, pure hyaluronic facial, teen facial, therapeutic acne facial, back treatment and microdermabrasion treatment. Gift certificates are available. After 10 years as a stylist in a traditional salon with exposure to harmful chemicals left owner Kristen Gaffney suffering from sinus and lung problems, she diligently researched organic, chemical-free products that would be better for her health, the health of her clients and the environment. In 2009, Gaffney open Pure Elements, an Organic Salon. In August 2011, Gaffney launched the Pure Elements Wellness Shop, featuring high-quality natural and organic products, as well as massage services. Location: 1724-1728 Western Ave, Albany. For more information, call 518-608-5405 or 518-621-7984 or visit See ad, page 3.

Feldenkrais Method Workshop on Musical Mastery


he Capital Region’s first full-time Feldenkrais practitioner, Buffy Owens, and Josh Schreiber will host a complimentary virtual introduction to the upcoming workshop, Movement for Musicians, on February 23. This one-hour event will give guests a taste of the workshop, complete with ways to integrate key concepts of the Feldenkrais Method into any practice and a short Awareness Through Movement lesson. Owens is also bringing in several experienced Feldenkrais practitioners to teach one-day movement retreats and specialized workshops throughout 2014. The first workshop, Movement for Musicians: The Feldenkrais Method & Musical Mastery, will be held on March 2. This lively workshop is perfect for both amateur and professional musicians. Participants are guaranteed to deepen their awareness of how the way they move impacts the music they make—from comfort in the way they practice to dramatic changes in the sound they produce. Cost: $90 prior to Feb. 24 or $120 thereafter. Workshop location: The Center for Nia & Yoga, 4 Central Ave., Albany. RSVP for the workshop or virtual event at or call 518-629-5664. See ad, page 33.

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newsbriefs Peaceful Inspirations Expands Class Offerings


eaceful Inspirations, a holistic and spiritual wellness gift shop in Delmar, has added several new classes to its calendar of events, including a kundalini meditation class that meets twice monthly at 7:15 p.m., Thursdays, and a two-part Ho’oponopono Problem Solving System Class, based on a Hawaiian technique that keeps participants open to divine inspiration and their full potential. “We have a comfortable meeting space in the back of the store, and holding classes and events complements our product lines and requests from our customers,” says owner Anne DeClue. The new class offerings join workshops held throughout the year with an evolving topic list such as aromatherapy, crystals and angels. The shop has also been host to special events, like aura photography and book signings for local authors. See this month’s Inspiration department (page 31) for a Ho’oponopono forgiveness affirmation. Location: 384 Kenwood Ave., Delmar. For a complete list of class times and fees, call 518-439-7039 or visit See ad, page 25.

Happy, Healthy Dogs at The Pampered Pet


he Pampered Pet offers grooming services that are distinct to each owner’s wants and needs. No matter which breed, trained groomers know the standards and beyond and can take care of special needs such as oatmeal baths, flea baths and de-skunking. The Pampered Pet also carries Holistic Select, Taste of the Wild and Blue Buffalo dog foods for purchase. The Pampered Pet also offers services such as daycare and boarding. Owners may drop their pet off for a few hours, half a day or a full day and be guaranteed that when the dog goes home, he or she will be tired, but very happy. Owner Brian Johnson does not believe in leaving dogs alone in cages overnight, saying, “Not only can it be unsafe, but how happy is this situation for your dog?” Instead, he takes them right home with him. He has dogs of his own that love to welcome visitors. Location: 415 U.S. Hwy. 9, Schodack Landing. For more information, call 518-732-2724, email Info@KiraPamperedPet. com or visit See ad, page 17. Kathleen Vroman LMT, NCTMB - Owner


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Sherry Lynn’s Gluten Free Relocates


herry Lynn’s, formerly operating on Troy-Schenectady Road, is relocating this month to a new Latham location at 11 Herbert Drive. The new location has a smaller café area and owners Sherry Lynn and Howard Birch intend to focus more on their baked goods and the retail end of the business. “The standalone building offers more parking and should be easier for customers to get to,” says Birch. A grand re-opening celebration is in the planning stage. Offering entirely gluten-free products and fare, Sherry Lynn’s has become an invaluable resource for those seeking gluten-free items, because there are few such retail outlets in the Capital Region. For more information, call 518-786-7700 or visit

In Harmony Yoga Offers Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra Class


n Harmony Yoga is offering a class, Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra; Foolproof, from 2 to 4 p.m., February 22. Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra is a meditation that is easy and accessible to all, because the only requirement is to lie down and listen. As students give themselves permission to rest and restore, they will tap into new sources of energy and be guided through each layer of being, called koshas, which include the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels, making this healing practice inclusive of the whole being. This induces a relaxation response, where the healing switch is turned on and revitalization and regeneration can occur. Research conducted at recognized universities and medical centers show that regular practice of yoga nidra offers a viable means of prevention and reversal of numerous ailments and diseases, including cardiovascular, stress-related illness, chronic pain and psychosomatic conditions. It has also been used successfully to relieve insomnia, anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, pain and many other issues. Cost is $20; register at Location: 137 Remsen St., Cohoes. For more information, call 518-369-8325 or visit

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newsbriefs Dali Mamma Sponsors Traveling Tastebuds Program for Kids


owntown Albany has many lunch spots, but Dali Mamma is trying to stand out from the crowd with a commitment to local produce and goods. Owner Katrin Haldeman decided that her love of food and its healing power would be best channeled into a café. Haldeman has also founded the Traveling Tastebuds program to help kids at the Albany Boys and Girls Club learn about the importance of eating well. Several times a year, groups of children come to the café to learn firsthand about healthy eating and extend that experience into their homes and the community. Haldeman says, “I truly believe that community is everything—from knowing my suppliers, my customers and being able to implement Traveling Tastebuds program—it all helps to bolster the community and bring about change from the ground up.” Location: 36 Maiden Lane, Albany. For more information and enrollment, call Katrin at 518-577-4191 or visit

Join the Epidemic of Wellness in Albany


o start an “epidemic of wellness” in the community, Dr. Stuart Erner and Dr. Joseph S. Gulyas will co-host an open house Wellness Wednesday, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., February 12, at Capital Region Progressive Medicine, in Albany. They will address questions such as “What is Wellness? Should I be taking vitamins? If so, which ones? How do I lose weight and keep it off? How do I take care of my family? Who is going to help me live a longer and healthier life?” Erner is a board-certified internist treating patients with a holistic, integrative approach to preventive health and wellness. Gulyas is a 25-year veteran of holistic health, a graduate of Skidmore College and New York Chiropractic College. Event location: 1873 Western Ave., Ste. 101, Albany. Dr. Erner: 518-452-4910, See ad, page 28. Dr. Gulyas: 518-371-4800, See ad, page 8.

Frolic Among Real Butterflies


he Museum of Innovation and Science (miSci), in Schenectady, is opening a new indoor butterfly house this month that will feature hundreds of brilliantly colored native butterflies, including monarchs, black swallowtails, painted ladies, tiger swallowtails and spicebush swallowtails. The exhibit runs February 15 through April 19 and is free with museum admission. The butterfly house recreates native habitat—the edge of an open field with flowers and trees. Be sure to stop at the chrysalis chamber to see the butterflies as they emerge. Learn about the exciting life cycles of the butterflies and how to create butterfly-friendly environments outside at home. Location: 15 Nott Terrace Heights. For more information, call 518-382-7890 or visit See ad, page 9.

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Enhancing Relationships with Pranic Healing


ajesh Ravisankar will facilitate a MCKS Pranic Healing session with a video presentation, Enhancing and Healing Relationships: The Energetic Approach, from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m., February 10, at Good Karma Studio, in Albany. He says, “In this Valentine’s month, it is time to take a fresh perspective about relationships. A relationship is a continuous exchange of energy between two individuals. In this video lesson, we will take a look at how it affects us and others around us and what we can do to disintegrate our old thought patterns, so that we can be more loving to ourselves and others.” Ravisankar believes that MCKS Pranic Healing helps us do this seamlessly and in the easiest way possible. MCKS Pranic Healing is a highly evolved and tested system of energy medicine developed by Grandmaster Choa Kok Sui that utilizes prana (life force) to balance, harmonize and transform the body’s energy processes. Ravisankar also facilitates monthly full moon meditations and is available by appointment for individual healing sessions. $10 suggested donation. Event location: 3 Vatrano Rd., Albany. For more information, call 518-419-2767 or visit See ads, pages 32 and 36. natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Unique Valentine’s Day Weekend Getaway


his Valentine’s Day, loving couples can make a quick getaway to enjoy an active, fun, informative and romantic holiday. Mena Zarrelli and Dave Trahan will host a special weekend with couples yoga and a fitness retreat at the Sagamore Island Resort, on Lake George, from February 14 through 16. In addition to spectacular views and luxurious accommodations, each couple will receive three specially prepared gourmet meals, two yoga classes, two challenging fitness classes, an informative wellness lecture by Dr. David Weck and comedy entertainment by Boston’s StageCoach Improv. Cost is $295 per person, including double occupancy lodging at Sagamore’s historic hotel or lake lodge. For more information and registration, visit See ad, page 15.

kudos Soluna Yoga, in Niskayuna, is celebrating its ninth anniversary. Owner and instructor Lisa Alexander opened the studio after discovering a love for yoga, which she combined with her background in education. She earned her yoga training credentials from the Kripalu Center, in Massachusetts, and her mission is to provide an environment that will enLisa Alexander hance personal and physical growth through a yoga experience. “We are committed to bringing compassion, peace and a sense of well-being to all students,” says Alexander. Class levels range from beginner to advanced yoga styles that include yin, chair, gentle, prenatal, ashtanga vinyasa and vinyasa flow. The studio also hosts Pilates, qigong and meditation classes. Location: 2317 Balltown Rd., Niskayuna. For class descriptions, schedule and more information, call 518-429-1455 or visit See ad, page 31. WGCU Public Media has recognized Natural Awakenings founder Sharon Bruckman as one of its 14 exceptional women for 2014 Makers: Women Who Make Southwest Florida. The award coincides with the magazine’s celebration of 20 years in publication, a milestone recognized nationwide. For more information and to connect, visit 12

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The Flurry Festival Celebrates Traditional Music and Dance


hake off the winter blues, dance, sing and more at the 27th annual Flurry Festival, which runs from February 14 to 16 in Saratoga Springs. The festival’s headquarters fills City Center and the Saratoga Hilton Hotel, with more performances and workshops scheduled at Saratoga Music Hall, Caffé Lena and The Parting Glass Pub. The Flurry is well known as the best winter weekend event for dancers and music lovers, featuring more than 400 performers, five venues and 250 events. The lineup includes programs for families with young children, new and exciting programs for teens, and fun for all ages with international music and dance events, non-stop swing and contra dancing, jamming and music instruction, storytelling and more. Young children will stay busy with easy family dances, traditional squaredancing, international family dancing, a kids’ jug band jam, community barn dances, improvisational modern dance, funny songs and sing-alongs, storytelling and more. Teens will have their own contra dance, improvisational modern dance class, teen talent showcase and teen jam session, World dance for teens, Sing-Along Songs from Summer Camp, Spanish-style hip-hop dancing and other activities are specially geared to teens and young adults. Festivalgoers of all ages will enjoy a major lineup of international music and

dance, featuring an African Jive Dancapalooza, Cajun dance parties, regional Greek folk dances, Irish singing, Yodeling, Yiddish square-dancing and a Scandinavian dance party. Traditional festival activities such as non-stop contra and swing dancing will go all weekend long, including a Lindy Boot Camp and a Lindy Bomb Ball later the same day, contra dancing for all levels of ability, waltzes, squares and romantic couple dances on Valentine’s Day. This year there will be two techno contra dance parties, one late at night and one during the day, for those that don’t want to stay up late. There is no need to bring a partner. For non-dancers, there are jam sessions, music instruction workshops, concerts, storytelling, demonstrations and special dance performances to watch. The weekend brings more than 20 live concerts, from African American Gospel and freedom songs with Kim and Reggie Harris to Vintage Blues with Annie & the Hedonists, Flamenco Music and Dance with Tania Asili. Also, more than 30 music instruction workshops for everything from beginning harmonica to body percussion, hillbilly blues banjo playing, steel pan drum and more. Sponsored in part by Natural Awakenings magazine. For more information and advance tickets, visit (discounts for students, children and seniors). See ad, back cover. natural awakenings

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Early Warnings of Heart Troubles Differ for Women


omen may worry more about breast cancer, but in reality, heart disease is the top killer of American women, claiming 300,000 lives a year, 7.5 times the number that die of breast cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although heart disease is more often perceived as a men’s issue, since 1984 more women have died of heart disease than men. Part of the reason may be that women’s heart attacks can differ from men’s and the American Heart Association (AHA) warns that women often fail to recognize the symptoms, ranging from torso aches and pains and nausea to anxiety, shortness of breath, dizziness and extreme fatigue. They may experience subtle symptoms for months and write them off as byproducts of menopause, heartburn or effects of aging. The National Institutes of Health states that 43 percent of women that have heart attacks experience no chest pain. The difference between the more subtle signs of a heart attack in women and the more dramatic signs in men may help explain why 75 percent of men, prompted to act quickly, survive a first heart attack, while only 62 percent of women do, according to the AHA. “Research shows that women may not be diagnosed or treated as aggressively as men,” notes the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.



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imply blowing up a balloon may help doctors test heart function, according to a new study from the Cleveland Clinic. Although such examinations usually require expensive and sometimes invasive procedures, the new test can be done in a doctor’s office in 30 seconds, according to the research findings published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The patient simply breathes into a Mylar balloon, similar to a party version, and the air is passed through a machine to produce an individual “breathprint”. Researchers determined that exhaled breath contains volatile organic compounds that can be easily analyzed to determine potential heart failure.

Nostalgia Arms Us for the Future


aving lingering fond memories of happy times, once actually thought to be a psychiatric disorder, have now been confirmed as a healthy and, ultimately, positive activity. Most people experience nostalgia at least once a week and nearly half of those surveyed reported experiencing it three or four times a week, say researchers at England’s University of Southampton. When speaking wistfully of the past, individuals are usually reconstructing happy memories of family and friends, and typically become more optimistic about the future, reports lead researcher and Social Psychologist Constantine Sedikides, Ph.D., who observes, “Nostalgia makes us a bit more human.” The Southampton paper, presented to the American Psychological Association, meshes well with another study confirming that nostalgic memories inspire positive feelings of joy, high self-regard, belonging and meaningfulness in life. In two studies, social psychologists at North Dakota State University found that past fond memories help us become more self-confident and cope better in the present. “We see nostalgia as a psychological resource that people can dip into to conjure the evidence they need to assure themselves that they’re valued,” says lead researcher Clay Routledge.

Happy Marriage, Healthier Lives


University of Missouri expert says that people in happy marriages are more likely to rate their health better than their peers as they age. Evidently, engaging with one’s spouse builds a strong relationship that can improve spirits, promote feelings of well-being and lower stress. Analyzing data from 707 continuously married adults that participated in the Marital Instability Over the Life Course panel study, a 20-year nationwide research project begun in 1980, researchers found that married people have better mental and physical health and are less likely to develop chronic conditions than their unmarried, widowed or divorced peers. Thus, researchers recommended involving spouses and families in treatment for any illness. They further suggested that in cases of a strained marital relationship, improving marital harmony would also improve health. natural awakenings

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Many Animals Mate for Life

Paisley Hearts Michael Wertz Michael Wertz says he has always found the act of melding the art of illustration and commerce exciting. “I love to direct that passion into crafting an emotive experience that words cannot,” explains the Oakland, California-based illustrator. “For me, it means I’ve created an image that distills a moment of clarity.” Wertz’s bold, energetic visions leap from his imagination through the pencil he always uses to begin an illustration, and finish as digital collage, monoprints or screen prints. He has been creating images for publishers, designers, advertising agencies and musicians since 1995, when he graduated from the California College of the Arts, in Oakland. The artist’s colorful imagery, commissioned by dozens of national clients, has been featured in Communication Arts and American Illustration and recognized by the Society of Illustrators. Today, Wertz runs a printmaking shop called Inky Oxnard, in West Oakland, and lives nearby, as a “… friend to the four-pawed and a lover of all things brightly colored, including love.” View the artist’s portfolio at 16

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Humans like to think of themselves as unique when it comes to taking vows of togetherness. But a surprising number of other species in the animal kingdom provide sterling examples of fidelity, monogamy and lifelong pairing. Gibbons, of the ape family, are the nearest relatives to humans that mate for life. They form extremely strong pairings and both sexes are on relatively equal footing in their relationships. Bald eagles, our national emblem, typically mate for life, except in the event of a partner’s inability to procreate. Wolves, often portrayed as tricksters in folklore, conduct a family life more loyal than many human relationships. Wolf packs typically comprise a male, a female and their offspring, making them akin to a human nuclear family. Swans form monogamous pair bonds that last for many years or even for life. Their loyalty is so storied that the image of two swans swimming with their necks entwined in the shape of a heart has become a universal symbol of true love. French angelfish are seldom found far from their mate, because they live, travel and even hunt in pairs. The fish form monogamous relationships that often last as long as both individuals are alive. In fact, they act as a team to vigorously defend their territory against neighboring pairs. Other examples include albatrosses, African antelopes, black vultures, Malagasy giant rats, prairie voles, sandhill cranes, termites and, of course, turtle doves. To view images, visit and MatesSlideshow.

Loving Local

Small Retailers Gaining Force While online mega-shopping malls have decimated many types of small businesses around the country, the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies notes that independent bookstores are doing surprisingly well. For the last four years, their number and total sales have grown, despite the recent recession. In 2009, citizens patronized 1,651 independent bookstores in the United States; today their number exceeds 1,900. In addition, local coffee shops have grown faster than the largest chain’s storefronts. Bakers and specialty food purveyors, independent pharmacies and pet, fabric and stationery stores are growing, too. One reason for the good news is the “buy local” ethic promoted by groups such as the American Independent Business Alliance. Last year, sales at independent businesses in cities benefitting from these campaigns grew 8.6 percent; those without them still increased 3.4 percent. Independents are winning customer loyalty in part by hosting and sponsoring events that enrich the community. The public is realizing that buying local supports area families, keeps more dollars circulating locally and strengthens a healthy sense of community that benefits everyone. Source:

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ecotip Beyond Bling

True Treasures Avert Eco-Harm Done right, Valentine’s Day and gifts of jewelry go together like love and marriage. Those that have no desire to support the unsafe worker conditions, widespread price fixing and waste associated with gold mining, also linked to pollution, financing wars and terrorism, look for better options. They wish to have no part in underwriting standard ring-making practices which, according to the Worldwatch Institute, create tons of toxic mining waste that can persist for decades and enter the food chain. Happily, there are far more ethical choices. Alternate routes. Among many sustainable and socially responsible options, jewelry made from recycled gold, silver and titanium plus synthetic gemstones is offered by GreenKarat ( while Brilliant Earth ( provides antiques and also custom makes or helps customers create their own treasured gifts utilizing minerals from pure sources; the company also donates 5 percent of its profits to support communities that have suffered from unethical industry practices. Heirlooms. A son or grandson gifting a grandmother’s or mother’s cherished piece of jewelry to a spouse or girlfriend expresses a tradition of love and family connectivity, plus gives new life to precious items. Michelle Ercanbrack, a family historian at, recommends using a family-treasured diamond in a more modern setting or making a ring into a pendant. “Heirlooms link the present to the past—they are part of a family narrative that can increase the present generation’s sense of belonging and identity,” she says. Native American jewelry. Deborah Nelson, owner of Silver Eagle Gallery, in Naples, Florida, and Highlands, North Carolina, attests that artful jewelry by Native Americans supports their culture and forges a connection to Americana with timeless appeal. Bracelets made by Navajo Indians incorporate turquoise pieces often linked together or set in mosaic form on a sterling band. Sterling silver and golden amber sunburst rings also make good gifts. “The handmade attention to detail is a stark contrast to what’s cast in a mold overseas,” says Nelson.


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by Martin Miron

ommunity Massage The current group & Holistic Theraof practitioners includes pies is a group of Kathleen Vroman, LMT; like-minded practitioners Abi’l-Khayr, LMT; Ashley dedicated to providing Parsley, LMT; Christie the community with a Fronhofer, Reiki master; variety of professional and Barbra Gilman, wellness services focused transformational specialon addressing the health ist. This group of talented needs of individuals and and dedicated profesfamilies, while offering sionals makes a variety a comforting space to of services available: Kathleen Vroman relax and renew. therapeutic relaxation Kathleen Vroman is the owner of and deep tissue massage; specialty Community Massage and a NYS licensed massage therapies including prenatal, massage therapist. She holds national hot stone, hot compress, acupressure certification for massage through NCBTface massage and cold stone headMB and has Reiki II training. She is also ache massage; myofascial bodywork; certified to teach the Baby’s First Massage aromatherapy; reflexology; craniosacral program and has earned a comprehentherapy; Reiki energy healing; and Acsive nutrition certificate. cess Consciousness energy work. The business was started in April Some key resources available on 2013, but the idea began in 1998, the business website are a quarterly ewhile Vroman was working at a local newsletter, online scheduling and online health food store. “It all started with gift certificates. Monthly specials and the desire to find a career path that upcoming classes are also posted there. was more fulfilling than the work I had Plans for 2014 include a combeen doing,” she says. After receiving munity room where classes, workshops her license in 2009, she began pracand community events can be held and ticing massage full-time in 2010 at a hosting a distribution site for Bonfire local spa. While there, she began to Farm, where members can pick up their visualize a health and wellness practice weekly garden share produce. Upcomthat offered pain relief and relaxation ing specials and events include Valenwhile having space to create a nurturtine’s Day promotions and packages ing atmosphere and design community during the month of February; an Intro collaborative initiatives. to Access Consciousness on Febru Since opening her business, Vroary 19 and an open house during Troy man has begun to realize her vision Night Out on February 28. of community involvement as a way to offer healing therapies and healthy Community Massage & Holistic choices by inviting fellow practitioners, Therapies is located at 255 River St., local artists and Troy retailers to parlower level, Troy. For more informaticipate with her business. “It has been tion, please call: 518-272-1400 or visit very exciting and satisfying to work See ad, with other people to bring a variety of page 8. alternative services to the community,” Vroman adds. “I have also been able to Martin Miron is the editor of the NY create a quiet and comforting atmoCapital District edition of Natural sphere using plants and artwork.” Awakenings magazine. natural awakenings

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from running out to find love to going within to discover the barriers I had against it. Thus I began what became the Calling in “The One” process.


Katherine Woodward Thomas on Drawing True Love Our Way by Debra Melani


fter years of experiencing love going sour, Katherine Woodward Thomas set a goal: She would marry her soul mate within a year. Her quest inspired a surprising awakening that spurred her to look deep inside for the key that would unblock love. Thomas realized the transformation that enabled her success involved clear steps that could help anyone. Today, the licensed psychotherapist and relationship expert has guided thousands toward successful relationships via her national bestseller, Calling in “The One”: 7 Weeks to Attract the Love of Your Life, and subsequent books and seminars.

What catalyzed your Calling in “The One” professional journey?


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I was 41, a card-carrying member of one of America’s largest-growing groups—the never-marrieds. I had bought into the cultural belief that a woman my age had little chance of finding a great husband. I felt anxious and resigned, trying to come to terms with it, but sad inside. Fortunately, at the time, I was part of a small group supportive of each other’s intentions. So I set the outrageous intention that I would be engaged by my next birthday. I also recognized my longstanding pattern of attracting unavailable men who were engaged, married or alcoholics. A woman in the group said, “Katherine, I will hold that intention with you if you permit me to hold you accountable to be the woman you would need to be in order to fulfill it.” Her wake-up call turned my focus

How does it differ from other approaches to finding love? Many approaches focus on the external reasons love is elusive, such as all the good men are taken, men don’t like powerful women or just not having met the right person. This approach focuses more on the internal reasons—going within to discover and release one’s own conscious and unconscious barriers. For most of us, a gap exists between how much we think we want love and how much we are actually open and ready to receive it. Until we bridge that gap, we will covertly keep love at bay, and won’t even realize we are doing it.

What are the most common hidden barriers to love? One hidden barrier is resentment. We only resent people to the extent that we’ve given our power away to them. Uncover your role in what happened. Even if it was 97 percent their fault and 3 percent yours, zero in on that 3 percent, because you’ll only be able to trust yourself to love again once you’ve taken that responsibility. If you still feel resentful, you have not yet evolved beyond the person you were before. Another centers on old agreements—the spoken and unspoken, agreements we make, usually in an emotional time—such as “I’m never going to let myself get hurt again” or “I’ll never love anyone the way I love you.” Such agreements live in our lives as intentions. They may no longer be

For most of us, a gap exists between how much we think we want love and how much we are actually open and ready to receive it. Until we bridge that gap, we will covertly keep love at bay, and won’t even realize we are doing it. conscious, yet still set our course. Another has to do with toxic relational dynamics. To find the best partnership, you need to be your best self. Maintaining a toxic dynamic drains personal power, making it hard to move forward in life. It’s vital to evolve out of this debilitating dynamic so you are in the center of your power everywhere in life. The fourth area, and probably the most important, revolves around the core beliefs you hold about both yourself and others. You might have a reasonably clear sense of yourself around money, career and friendship, but your core love identity might cause you to believe yourself unworthy of a quality partner. Identifying and challenging these beliefs is critical in learning how to break free from them, helping to raise your value in your own eyes and thus in others.

You believe the best way to find a needle in a haystack is to become magnetic and allow that needle to find you. How does one become magnetic to love? Being centered in the truth of your own value and the real possibilities you hold for true love is wildly attractive. Love yearns to embrace us, but can’t come to us if it can’t come through us. When we shift into this place of possibility, we can become profoundly magnetic to love. Learn more at, or Explore the qualities possible in an enlightened mate at NaturalAwakenings Freelance journalist Debra Melani is from Lyons, CO. Connect at

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CHOCOLATE AS HEALTH FOOD Boosting Diets and Heart Health by Judith Fertig


esearch tells us that 14 out of any 10 individuals like chocolate,” quips cartoonist Sandra Boynton. American chocolate lovers buy 58 millionplus pounds around Valentine’s Day, according to Nielsen Research. Ideally, the dark treat would be as healthy as a salad or an apple. Fortunately, accumulating research is on the way to giving plant-based chocolate superfood status. All chocolate starts with cacao beans, seeds from the pods of the tropical cacao tree that thrives only in hot, rainy climates in Africa, Indonesia and South America. Local soil and climate conditions determine flavor characteristics, much as with grapes. Harvested beans are fermented to create the chocolate taste and then dried. Afterwards, chocolate makers add brand-specific ingredients to the cacao solids. “The percentage number on a bar’s wrapper represents the weight that actually comes from the cacao bean content,” says Robert L. Wolke, professor emeritus of chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh and author of


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What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained. “The higher the number, the lower the percentage of sugar and the less sweet, more bitter and complex the flavor.” This is significant because dark chocolate contains higher levels of antioxidants which can help reduce cell damage, according to the Integrative Medicine Department at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor. Alex Whitmore, founder of Taza Chocolate, in Somerville, Massachusetts, recently had one of its bars lab tested for antioxidant levels, called ORAC, or oxygen radical absorption capacity; the higher the value, the more antioxidants. Taza Chocolate’s 80% Dark Bar had a 65 percent higher ORAC than Himalayan goji berries, famed for being a superfood. “This is very high for a chocolate bar,” notes Whitmore. Cocoa also serves as a superfood for cardiovascular and metabolic health, report two recent studies from separate teams of Harvard School of Public Health researchers. A 2012 meta-analysis of clinical trials published in the American Journal of Clinical

Nutrition concluded that consuming dark, unsweetened cocoa powder and dark chocolate can improve blood pressure, vascular dilation and cholesterol levels, plus reduce metabolic precursors like diabetes that can lead to heart disease. In 2011, Eric Ding, Ph.D., a Harvard School of Public Health epidemiologist and nutrition scientist, reviewed short-term trials of subjects ingesting 400 to 500 mg per day of flavonoid-rich cocoa, which he equates to 33 bars of milk chocolate or eight bars of dark chocolate. While Ding feels this is an unreasonable amount to eat because of the extra calories from sugar and fat, he states, “Supplements with concentrated cocoa flavonoids may perhaps be helpful for garnering the benefits discovered. The key is getting the benefits for heart disease while avoiding the calories, and for that, chocolate bars are not likely the best solution.” Another observational study published in Nutrition shows that eating dark chocolate might help keep the pounds off for teenagers. Researchers with the Healthy Lifestyle in Europe by Nutrition in Adolescence program at the University of Zaragoza, in Spain, knew that chocolate consumption in adults already had been linked to lower body mass index. They found that chocolate consumption was also associated with lower total and midsection fat in European adolescents, reports Sayer Ji, founder of, a natural health research database. “The quality and cocoa content they used in their research is probably much higher than in America,” says Ji. “From my perspective, it appears that even when researchers don’t control for type, the results across the board are rather startling. Even American subjects, presumably eating common milk chocolate bars, see benefits.” So, this Valentine’s Day—and every day—we can happily relish that one-ounce piece of artisan dark chocolate melting slowly in our mouth and know we’re doing it for pleasure and for health. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAnd from Overland Park, KS.

Chocolate Cookery Vegan Chocolate Pie

Serve this with fresh raspberries and enjoy a little romance. Yields 8 servings Chocolate Wafer Crust 61/2 oz dairy-free chocolate wafer cookies, crushed into fine crumbs 1 Tbsp maple or date sugar 3 oz vegan buttery stick (such as Earth Balance), melted and slightly cooled Chocolate Filling 13 oz dairy-free semisweet chocolate chips (such as Ghirardelli) 1 /3 cup strong brewed coffee 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 lb silken tofu, drained 1 Tbsp agave 1 (9-in) prepared chocolate wafer crust Preheat the oven to 350° F. For the crust, combine the cookie crumbs, sugar and melted vegan buttery stick. Press this mixture firmly and evenly into the bottom, up the sides and just over the lip of a 9-inch metal pie pan. Bake on the middle rack of the oven until the crust is set and appears dry, 18 to 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely, about 1 hour.

For the filling, melt the chocolate chips with the coffee and vanilla in a medium metal bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring often with a spatula. Combine the tofu, melted chocolate mixture and agave in a blender or food processor until smooth, about 1 minute. Pour the filling into the crust and refrigerate for 2 hours or until the filling becomes firm.

Vegan Hot Chocolate

A comforting way to enjoy the benefits of chocolate on a cold day. Yields 4 servings 21/2 cups plain rice milk 3 Tbsp maple or date sugar 3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder 1 /2 tsp salt 1 /2 tsp vanilla extract 1 pinch ground cinnamon 1 pinch cayenne pepper Bring the rice milk, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla extract, cinnamon and cayenne pepper to a simmer in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Remove from the heat and whisk until frothy. Serve immediately. Source: Recipes courtesy of Judith Fertig

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RETHINKING HEART HEALTH Pioneering Doctors and Patients Reinvent Cardio Care by Linda Sechrist


n 1977, Dr. Dean Ornish began to think beyond an allopathic medicine paradigm that defined the reversal of cardiovascular disease, including coronary heart disease (CHD) and the hypertensive diseases such as heart failure and stroke, as physiologically implausible. Undaunted by the challenge of funding his research, he pushed forward. Results of his foundational 1986 to 1992 Lifestyle Heart Trial, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, proved that individuals with preexisting coronary atherosclerosis that make intensive, integrated lifestyle changes can begin to experience improvements in their condition after as little as one year without using lipid-lowering drugs. Based on his 30-plus years of clinical research, Ornish and his colleagues further showed that five years of following proper nutrition, fitness and stress


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management—which must include love and support—can reduce symptoms of CHD and other chronic conditions. He remarks in Love & Survival: 8 Pathways to Intimacy and Health that despite numerous studies showing a medical basis for its occurrence, the reason why CHD is reversible is still the subject of debate. Ornish’s work has paved the way for a growing corps of pioneering integrative physicians successfully collaborating with patients to reduce the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States.

Plaque the Culprit

The cause of cardiovascular disease is arterial plaque, a fine layer of fatty material that forms within the arteries and blocks blood flow. It is largely the result of food and activity choices, plus the degree of inflammation in the arteries. Dr. Steven Masley’s three keys

to improving heart health highlighted in his book, The 30-Day Heart Tune-Up, and an upcoming PBS special, concern lifestyle factors capable of shrinking plaque, improving circulation and strengthening the heartbeat. “Abnormal plaque growth is preventable 90 percent of the time,” states the president of Masley Optimal Health Center, in St. Petersburg, Florida. While conducting research on the heart health of nearly 1,000 patients over a period of 20 years, Masley suspected that the traditional assessment approach of measuring cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure didn’t effectively address the biochemistry within arteries. Testing intima-media thickness (IMT) using a simple 10-minute external ultrasound confirmed it. The test bounces high-frequency sound waves to measure the thickness of the carotid arteries’ innermost two layers on either side of the neck. “This valuable tool allows for an estimate of arterial age. A healthy, young cardiovascular system has less plaque and an unhealthy, old one has more,” advises Masley. IMT, a useful tool for preventing future heart attacks and strokes, differs from standard carotid Doppler ultrasound, which looks for artery obstructions suggesting surgery. A practitioner of functional medicine, Masley explains heart-related diagnoses differently than his allopathic counterparts. “Rather than diagnosing high blood pressure as hypertension, I categorize it as not enough exercise, not enough fruits and vegetables, high emotional stress and excessive body fat.” To optimize heart health, Masley employs a broad, holistic matrix of options that enhance the cardiovascular system—the interactions among diet, activity level, weight, environmental toxins, hormones, stress and biochemical factors such as blood sugar control and inflammation levels. He prescribes heart-healing foods that simultaneously help to manage the aging process, following a customized, heart-friendly supplement plan; engaging in exercise that strengthens the heart and arteries; and learning how to better manage stress. He contends that cardiovascular

Love and intimacy are at the root of what makes us sick and what makes us well, what causes sadness and what brings happiness, what makes us suffer and what leads to healing. ~ Dr. Dean Ornish, Love & Survival events remain the top cause of death because individuals are largely unaware of treatment options before they get into trouble. More, “Most people falsely assume that their condition has been fixed with a medical procedure and/or drugs, and that a lifestyle change isn’t necessary.”

Cholesterol’s Bad Rap

Dr. Stephen Sinatra, an integrative cardiologist, anti-aging specialist and bioenergetics psychotherapist in Manchester, Connecticut, has also shifted his heart health paradigm. He now prescribes a combination of conventional medicine, food, supplements, mind/body strategies and natural healing methods. His book, Heartbreak and Heart Disease: A Mind/Body Prescription for Healing the Heart, relates many inspiring case histories that address the psycho-emotional component of heart health and illustrate how to repair and reopen a broken heart by releasing long-repressed emotions. Following two years of Gestalt psychotherapy training and seven years of bioenergetics training, Sinatra likewise realized that heartbreak was one of the major causes of heart disease. An expert in the field of natural cardiology, he had once believed that cholesterol and fat were the primary causes before 40 years of treatment research taught him otherwise. “Cholesterol is not the reason for heart disease,” advises Sinatra, founder of and author of The Great Cholesterol Myth. “The body produces and needs cholesterol to convert sunlight to vitamin D, to make sex hormones, vital semipermeable membranes for the body’s trillions of cells, plus bile salts for digestion. Even your brain makes and uses cholesterol to build connections between the neurons that facilitate learning and memory.”

Real Perpetrators

Sinatra names the real perpetrators of heart disease—stress, inflammation and overeating sugar and processed foods containing saturated fat. He counsels that the heart benefits less from a lowfat, high-carbohydrate diet than one low in carbohydrates and higher in healthy fats, overturning widespread medical mantras. Also, a high-fructose, high-grain carbohydrate diet raises triglycerides, increases the risk of metabolic syndrome and contributes to insulin resistance, causing the liver to produce more cholesterol, as well as more inflammatory, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL) particles, all of which increase the risk for CHD, diabetes and stroke. The American Heart Association (AHA) estimates that metabolic syndrome, which affects nearly 35 percent of American adults, may overtake smoking as the leading risk factor for CHD. The AHA currently is focused on increasing awareness that heart disease is the number one killer of women. Its Go Red for Women campaign emphasizes the vital need to take preventive basic actions, including adopting an exercise routine, healthier diet and doctor visits for appropriate non-invasive tests.

Essential Spirit

Dr. James Forleo, a chiropractor in Durango, Colorado, with 30-plus years of clinical experience, maintains that health is simple, disease is complicated (also the title of his book). He counsels patients, “If mental stress is present in your life, you owe it to your cardiovascular system to change to a healthier lifestyle. Your life may depend on it.” Forleo has recognized that an individual’s state of mind can be a big help or hindrance in maintaining a healthy heart. “The heart represents a different realm of experience entirely, one natural awakenings

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It is no coincidence that we address our physical and emotional heart by the same name. Our physical heart usually reflects the state of our emotional heart, and vice versa. ~ Dr. James Forleo that cannot be explained by logic and reason,” comments Forleo. He champions the link between maintaining normal spinal function and healthy heart function, along with supporting the inner presence of Spirit, which he calls the healthy heart’s ultimate elixir. “Its essence relaxes the heart, opens the mind to possibilities greater than itself and provides the perspective that the heart and the mind are complementary,” he observes. He explains that when our emotions get bottled up, something in our heart or circulation has to give. “If you or someone you know experiences heart problems, chances are that unresolved emotions lie directly below the surface,” he says. “There are exceptions, and genetic problems can explain many heart defects, but heart problems don’t usually show up unless emotions are involved.” Forleo’s concept is supported by the work of Rollin McCraty, Ph.D., executive vice president and director of research at California’s Institute


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of HeartMath. His research papers include The Energetic Heart: Bioelectromagnetic Interactions Within and Between People. “Today, evidence suggests that the heart may play a particularly important role in emotional experience. Research in the relatively new discipline of neurocardiology has confirmed that the heart is a sensory organ and acts as a sophisticated information encoding and processing center that learns, remembers and makes independent functional decisions that don’t involve the cerebral cortex,” advises McCraty.

To Happy Hearts

Pioneering integrative medical doctors Masley, Sinatra, Forleo and Mona Lisa Schultz, who also holds a Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience, agree that in matters of heart disease, emotions take center stage. Schultz, who recently co-authored All is Well: Heal Your Body with Medicine, Affirmations and Intuition, with Louise L. Hay, a leading founder of the self-help movement,

applies her 25 years of experience as a medical intuitive with the best of Western clinical science, brain research and energy medicine. Shultz observes, “Every illness has an emotional component, which tells us intuitively that something or someone in our life or environment is out of balance and needs to be addressed. Our use of language—such as frustration makes our heart race, anger boils our blood—and our common sense are telling us what we don’t need more studies to confirm. If we can’t deal with our anger in a timely fashion, name our feelings, respond effectively and release them, we increase our chance of illness, ranging from hypertension to cardiovascular events.” According to the American Journal of Cardiology, the U.S. spends 10 percent of all healthcare dollars for cardiovascular disease prevention and medical management versus 90 percent on medical treatment procedures and hospital care. For individuals interested in taking charge of their heart health, working with a physician that embraces the emerging paradigm of integrative lifestyle changes and prevention can be a drug-free, lifesaving decision. Linda Sechrist is the senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit for full interviews.


octors in the Capital Region are very aware of both the urgency of addressing the national epidemic of heart diseases and the plethora of new developments in the field that can help patients live longer, healthier lives.


Dr. Stuart Erner, of the Capital Region Progressive Medicine and Longevity Practice, states, “In my practice, we focus on proper Dr. Stuart Erner nutrition, sensible exercise, optimal sleep, stress reduction and a nutraceutical protocol geared to optimizing cardiovascular health. “Integrative practitioners realize that is unlikely that we can prevent arterial plaque formation in many of our patients, but if we can minimize it and keep the plaques ‘stable’ by keeping silent inflammation at bay, then we can reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes, because when plaque hemorrhage occurs, those events can occur. “I instruct my patients to be aware of the symptoms that can indicate heart problems so that they will bring them to my attention immediately, whereby the appropriate medical interventions can be undertaken.”


Larry Malerba, DO, of the Guilderland Homeopathic Clinic, author of Green Medicine, says, “A paradigm shift is beginning to Larry Malerba, DO take shape regarding cholesterol theory and its relationship to cardiovascular disease. Popular

opinion has favored low-fat diets for some time now, but the pendulum is swinging back in the direction of lowcarb dieting. “There is also much to be said about the heart as an organ of perception and the psyche’s connection to heart disease. Since the medical establishment is usually the last to catch on, good information is not easy to come by. That is why it is incumbent upon the general public to educate themselves about this very important health issue.”


Amy Cole, ND, owner of Back To Nature Family Wellness, explains that naturopathic heart health involves more than simply supporting the Amy Cole, ND cardiovascular system with heart-friendly herbs. Naturopathic doctors consider the endocrine system, the immune system, the gastrointestinal system and others and how they made be affecting the heart. Cole states, “If blood sugar levels are high, this can cause inflammation in the body and blood vessels, which can lead to an increase of cholesterol deposition in the arteries. Once sugar levels are brought back into a normal range, inflammation decreases and the need for the body to produce cholesterol decreases. “Another huge part of heart health is supporting the mental/emotion self. Laugher, love, and outlook can all affect the physical body. Helping to bring the physical body systems and the mental/emotional system back into balance will help to strengthen the heart and eliminate any cardiovascular issues.”


Anita Burock Stotts, M.D., of Healthy Endeavors Medicine, PC, practices functional medicine and internal mediAnita Burock Stotss, M.D. cine. She says, “I assess my patients as mind-bodyspirit creations, utilizing the concept of seven core clinical functions as a framework. This type of evaluation and the development of individualized treatment plans designed to restore balance is especially wellsuited to address heart (cardiovascular) disease. Healthy Endeavors offers EndoPat testing to assess endothelial health. This simple, non-invasive, FDA-certified procedure is performed right in the office, takes about 15 minutes and yields immediate answers. It is useful to detect early disease, to assist in assessing risk of cardiovascular disease and to check on the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions. Dr. Stuart Erner: Pllc, 1873 Western Ave., Ste. 101, Albany, 518-452-4910, See ad, page 28. Larry Malerba, DO: 2592 Western Ave., Guilderland, 518-357-4210, Dr. Amy Cole, 77 Troy Rd., Ste. E, East Greenbush, NY. 60 Benmont Ave., Ste. 30, Bennington, VT, 518-701-4587, Anita Burock Stotts, M.D.: 2592 Western Ave., Ste. 102, Altamont, NY, 518355-2060, See ad, page 10.

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Home Safe Home Practical Pillars of Well-Being by Christa O’Leary

Done right, our home serves as an empowering foundation for well-being. Aligning with four key pillars of harmony will facilitate an inspired, healthy and vibrant home that supports body, mind and spirit.

Mainstays of a Home in Harmony

Creating an inspired and healthy home environment soothes the soul and recharges our proverbial batteries. Making healthful choices in the products we use and consume helps ensure we retain a healthy body and vibrant living in an era when we are inundated with disease-producing toxins in our homes, food, air and water. Applying simple solutions to slow down helps us maintain a calm mind amidst the frenetic pace of daily life. Periodically unplugging from the instant demands of technology is a good first step. Tuning into our life purpose and sharing it with others allows us to shine. We naturally radiate our inner light in ever-expanding ways.

Mindful Strategies

A study published by the International Academy for Design and Health shows that because our home influences us on many levels, the setting is continually either supporting or depleting its occupants. Consciously creating and sustaining a nurturing environment fortifies the roots from which family members evolve and grow. Experience shows us how improving our immediate surroundings, ranging from our wardrobe to household furnishings, helps to manifest positive internal transformations. The activity likewise reflects our inner landscape, allowing us to take a step back and observe how we are changing and hope to change. 28

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That’s why we periodically feel impelled to clear unsettling clutter from our private spaces. It’s an irritant that disrupts order and our sense of beauty; even when it’s stashed in drawers and closets, we still know it’s there. It competes for attention and distracts our focus. A recently relocated design client felt that her new house was beautiful, but didn’t feel like a home. The woman explained that when she was there, she was short-tempered with her kids, a sharp contrast to her usual demeanor. She yearned to love her home, enjoy her kids and live vibrantly. A key part of the solution was tackling the home’s mudroom entrance that was cluttered with the kids’ detritus, a condition that irritated her the minute she walked through the door. Many of the home products we buy contain disquieting, hidden elements. Understanding which ingredients are hazardous is imperative to maintaining a safe home environment. Key decisions range from the choice of carpets, couches and bedding to cleaning products, laundry solutions and air fresheners. Knowing the products we use are healthful enhances peace of mind. As one homeowner said, “I am so relieved to have a better understanding of what products I shouldn’t bring home. I was so scared before that I just ignored the idea that chemicals could be harmful.” Being informed and alert to the composition of the items we bring into our home—including food—is vital. More than 80,000 chemicals make up the ingredients in commonly available products that end up in the typical American home, and a large portion of them are toxic. Nearly 20 percent of the chemicals are not divulged, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA also reports that the average person holds more than 700 toxic chemicals in their body. We inhale myriad chemical byproducts that fill the air both indoors and out, plus ingest numerous toxins in the foods and beverages we consume. Once absorbed, they remain in the body unless flushed out, throwing it out of balance and, as widespread research shows, causing a broad range of diseases. reports that the psychological impacts of feeling stressed, helpless and overwhelmed by the fear of lurking poisons can directly influence our physical health. Making informed choices can alleviate such feelings. It only requires taking a series of small and manageable, progressive steps to create our own style of a healthy and harmonious home life. On a spiritual level, we can rest assured that such caring for our inner temple and larger environment supports a greater good and fosters a deeper connection to life’s Source. We feel more physically, psychologically and spiritually vibrant. Our home becomes a vital wellspring that, cleaned and furnished with holistic awareness, continually refreshes us.

Declutter and De-stress for a Hospitable Home by Brenda Cary Jenks


he best way to live harmoniously is to start with our bedroom, because we spend one-third of our lives there. In feng shui terms, the bedroom has only two purposes; sleeping and making love, and getting a good night’s sleep is critical to our health and well-being. Properly maintained, it can be our sanctuary; a retreat from the stresses of the world. If the bedroom contains a computer or television, it is unlikely that the occupants are getting deep restful sleep. Eliminating or limiting all electronics in the bedroom is best, but if there must be a cell phone or alarm clock, keep it more than four feet from sleepers’ heads, so the snooze button is too far away to reach and go back to sleep. If there is an LED digital clock display, we do not sleep as deeply as we should. Other disruptive factors include poorly placed mirrors, colors not conducive to restful sleep, such as yellow or orange, a bathroom directly off the bedroom and the wrong bed position in relation to the main entrance of the room. Remember, less is more; is there clutter in the bedroom? When was the last time the space under the bed was cleaned? When was the closet last weeded out? We wear 20 percent of our clothes 80 percent of the time, and there may be much to donate to a worthy cause. Also, keep the top of the dresser uncluttered, as well as bed stands. Brenda Cary Jenks is a feng shui/space clearing consultant in the Capital District with 18 years of experience. Contact her at 518-321-5940 or

Christa O’Leary is founder and CEO of Home in Harmony, Inc., combining expertise in marriage and family therapy, interior design and green living. Her book, Home in Harmony Lifestyle: Designing an Inspired Life, will be released in November. Connect at natural awakenings

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One Big Roof

Reducing Stress, Creating Mindfulness and Positive Health by Kim Steele


estling on the third floor above the Putnam Market in downtown Saratoga is a sanctuary for healing and wellness. One Big Roof offers group meditations, workshops and classes. Pierre Zimmerman, the director of One Big Roof, has been working in health care for more than 30 years. He is a Saratoga Stress Reduction Program organizational consultant and an ordained Buddhist chaplain who thoroughly understands the need for positive health and mindfulness. He shares how One Big Roof, “houses people from all cultures, ethnicity, faiths and views, and yet shares a common humanity.” Collaborating with Zimmerman and Caroline Russell Smith, Dr. Selma Nemer started the Saratoga Stress Reduction Program, modeled on the program founded by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The Saratoga Stress Reduction Program teaches people to take charge of their health and wellness through mindfulness. “Mindfulness is a powerful and innate human resource,” says Zimmerman. “It is a way of focusing our attention that allows us to respond to the challenges of everyday life with greater clarity and calm. When we aren’t driven by emotions, physical discomfort or external forces, we are less stressed and more in control. Mindfulness allows us to tap into our own abilities to learn, grow and heal.” Some people enroll in the Saratoga Stress Reduction Program because of stressful jobs, families, or finances, or because they want to gain control over conditions such as chronic illness and pain, anxieties, gastrointestinal distress, sleep disturbances, fatigue, high blood pressure or headaches. Others enroll because they just want to regain control over their lives, which seem unbalanced. The Saratoga Stress Reduction Program is an eight-week course where participants meet together for one-and-a half hours per week and then spend five hours together on a retreat at the end of the course. There is

guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices that include body scan, walking meditation, sitting meditation and mindful eating. Gentle stretching and mindful yoga (no previous yoga experience is necessary), group discussions, mindful communication exercises for everyday life, opportunities for empathy and compassion for self and others with loving kindness practices are all part of the course. There are guided meditation CDs and a workbook, so attendees can practice at home. Zimmerman’s vision is “to continue to serve people in the community with wraparound and complementary services, so that people gain more clarity, focus and insight toward physical, attentional, emotional and cognitive balance. We want to continue to expand the work, resources and benefits we are providing because healthcare is a personal matter and a social collective concern.” Many insurance plans work with One Big Roof to provide coverage for the Stress Reduction Program, and Zimmerman has seen the growth of One Big Roof’s programs since the doors opened in 2010. The Stress Reduction Program has expanded from three courses to seven. One Big Roof offers many programs for free or donations. They also gift money to local agencies such as homeless shelters, domestic violence centers and cancer clients. Zimmerman states, “We hope to be around for many years to keep serving people in the community.” One Big Roof is located at 433 Broadway, Ste. 302, on the third floor, above the Putnam Market. For more information, call 518-581-3180 ext. 307 or visit To learn more about the Saratoga Stress Reduction Program, visit Kim Steele is a contributing writer for Natural Awakenings magazine who lives in Guilderland.

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HEALING HURT A Hawaiian Mantra Lets Love Back In H

o’oponopono is an ancient Hawaiian huna, a secret to facilitating forgiveness within; or simply, the art of forgiveness. Four healing phrases are employed in a harmonic mantra to help “make things right” or “correct the errors”. It works to cleanse hurt feelings and relieve suffering from being in an unforgiving or unforgiven state. According to the Babylon online dictionary, Ho’oponopono is used to release problems and blocks that cause imbalance, unease and stress in the self; bring peace and balance through physical, mental and spiritual cleansing that involves repentance and transmutation; and create balance, freedom, love, peace and wisdom within individuals, social entities, the world and the universe. Ho’oponopono Forgiveness Mantra I am sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you. These four forgiveness phrases, both individually and collectively, help heal us and our relationships with others, especially loved ones. Each one melts hearts and heals souls. Going deeper, we can voice this mantra in communing with the divine and see the effect both within and without. I am sorry for participating in this erroneous memory data. Please forgive me for not seeing the

perfection in this moment, and playing back a universal memory I have received within me that is riddled with wrongs and errors. Thank you for cleansing me, others, the world and the universe. I love you. Loving the sweet divine is the greatest power or energy there is in all space. I am now loving everyone involved and affected. I know that my perceptions of them are within me, where this error first occurred and where it can be eradicated. Like planting a seed in soil that grows into nothing of our making, the divine does the work as we allow it to work through us. As we come to consistently use the Ho’oponopono mantra, we may elect to select a special word as a substitute for the whole mantra to use as a touchstone, so that when we say or think this word, we are immediately clear and clean of all the pain associated with any erroneous memory data presented. Our heart is healed and family or friends will return to relationships with a lighter heart. We do not need to understand how it works, only that it does. Source: Adapted from Peaceful Inspirations is offering a two part Ho’oponopono Problem Solving System Class. For class times and cost, contact Peaceful Inspirations at 384 Kenwood Ave., Delmar: 518-439-7039. See ad, page 25. natural awakenings

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naturalpet can help. Follow-up visits every six months allow the doctor to identify the point at which heart disease has progressed toward impending heart failure. In general, pets with either a diseased or failing heart can benefit from supplements. Individual regimens vary, based on the nature of the patient’s case.


Cardiac Care for Pets How to Keep Little Hearts Humming by Dr. Shawn Messonnier


ymptoms that suggest a dog or cat’s heart is not pumping effectively include coughing and fatigue from light exercise. Before the signs are evident, it is far better to check for heart disease during regular twice-yearly visits to the veterinarian. Using a stethoscope, a skilled doctor can pick up telltale heart murmurs during the examination. A fairly common problem with cats, heart disease tends to occur as cardiomyopathy, an issue with the heart muscle. In most dogs, where cardiomyopathy is rare, it usually involves damaged heart valves, resulting in “leaks” that allow blood to flow in both directions.

Upon an initial diagnosis of heart disease, one of two mistakes in treatment routinely occur: Either a doctor prescribes strong cardiac medications to “prevent” heart failure from happening (even though no medication has been shown to prevent heart failure), or he takes a wait-and-see approach, only intervening when the disease progresses to irreversible heart failure. The better approach is to do further testing and evaluation at the first sign of a murmur, including chest X-rays, an electrocardiogram (EKG) and a cardiac ultrasound to classify the stage of the disease and determine if conventional medications

Fish oil contains beneficial docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) unsaturated omega-3 fatty acids. The principle metabolites derived from the metabolism of EPA and DHA tend to be antiinflammatory. Contrariwise, omega-6 fatty acids, which are found in warm-weather vegetable oils, produce pro-inflammatory mediators. Because omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids compete with each other to be converted to active metabolites (pro-inflammatory and antiinflammatory) in the body, decreasing the intake of omega-6 fatty acids and/ or increasing dietary omega-3 fatty acid levels, available through fish oil, is generally considered beneficial. The differing numbers identifying omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids simply refer to where the carbon-carbon double bonds are positioned in the molecules. Supplementing with fish oil may also reduce the occurrence of atherosclerosis, thrombosis, coronary heart disease, arrhythmias, heart failure and sudden cardiac death by decreasing inflammation throughout the body, including in the heart.

Coenzyme Q-10

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), also known as ubiquinol or ubiquinone, is a naturally occurring antioxidant synthesized in


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most tissues in the body. The highest concentrations are in the heart, kidneys, liver and pancreas. In the diet, CoQ10 is found in foods such as organ meats, poultry, fish, meat, nuts, soybean oil, fruits, vegetables, eggs and dairy products. The Professional’s Handbook of Complementary & Alternative Medicines explains that CoQ10 is used in electron transport in mitochondria— small organelles inside cells that convert carbohydrates and fats into energy. It reports that studies in people with hypertension showed a reduction in systolic blood pressure through CoQ10 supplementation. Benefits of such therapy studied in people with a heart that has failed in its pumping ability showed increased improved heart function and proper dilation of the blood vessels for improved circulation. It is proving to be one of the best nutrients to help an ailing heart.


The herb hawthorn is highly regarded for its suitability in the treatment of heart disease due to its flavonoid and other antioxidant content. It provides several beneficial effects for the heart—helping to maintain a normal heart rhythm with decreased risk of arrhythmias; bolstering the force of heart muscle contraction; increasing coronary blood flow; and decreasing the organ’s energy demands. It acts like angiotensin-1-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors such as the medicine Enalapril, used to help regulate blood pressure and reduce the workload of a failing heart. While other therapies can be used to help pet heart patients, these three are a sound starting point. In some cases, they may be suitable instead of medications that can cause side effects to the kidney and liver, or at least allow for smaller doses. Natural remedies provide a gentler alternative. Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the awardwinning author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. For more information, visit natural awakenings

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Your Creative Purpose by Beth Davis


hristine Kidder, quite satisfied with my path, founder of Your but I knew I was close.” It Creative Purpose, was only after she discovcombines scientific hand ered scientific hand analysis analysis and expressive arts in 2009 that it all started to help her clients underto make sense, and she stand their life purpose and finally had a clear sense of creative gifts, and what purpose and direction. holds them back from fully Having her hands read expressing them. She says for the first time by somethat Your Creative Purpose one whom she had never gives people tools, ideas, met was a life-changing resources and inspiration experience for her. “The Christine Kidder to break through the blocks information that I learned and move through challenges. from my own hands was so accurate; For Kidder, founding Your Creative it not only confirmed and validated Purpose in 2010 was a natural process who I knew I was, but also explained of evolution. Her own desire to create what was holding me back from really started as a child. She loved drawing accepting and sharing my gifts,” recalls and painting, but something always Kidder. “I discovered my life purpose seemed to hold her back; she often felt involved creativity and mentoring. That as if she wasn’t gifted at all. was very powerful, not because it told After high school, she attended the me something I didn’t know. It was exPratt Institute, in Brooklyn, New York, actly the path I was on, but didn’t trust.” where she earned a Bachelor of Fine By then, she was seriously considerArts degree in photography. “Throughing becoming a creativity coach to help out my time at Pratt, I did all the basic others overcome creative blocks. “When art stuff, but I still had this feeling that someone I didn’t even know showed I was a fraud—that I wasn’t really an me how it’s literally written in my hands artist,” says Kidder. It was a feeling that (my fingerprints, to be precise), it was continued until she read the book The very powerful!” Understanding just how Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron. “It was real hand analysis was, Kidder knew she such a powerful tool,” she explains. needed to learn it. Shortly after returning “It gave me the techniques and exerfrom the event, she began hand analysis cises I needed to gain self-confidence. training and took a year-long training in I realized I was holding myself back. It expressive arts therapy from New York changed my life.” Expressive Arts. After spending several years as a Hand analysis is a scientific system photographer, Kidder took some time that has no predictive nature (unlike off after having children. When it was palm reading) and is a repeatable time to go back to work, she once again system that anyone can learn. While it found herself in a cloud of uncertainty. does incorporate some elements of anShe considered positions as an art teach- cient palmistry, it also combines the later or art therapist, but instead turned her est scientific data and current advances attention to the culinary arts and became in human psychology and philosophy a personal chef. She did this for seven to give people profound insight about years, all the while keeping involved themselves. But it’s more than just the with creativity workshops and camps. palm—it’s also about fingerprints. “I was always feeling as if I could “We all know that our fingerprints never quite figure out what it was I was identify us physically, but now we also supposed to do,” she notes. “I was never know that they have a lot of other in-


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formation, too,” explains Kidder. “Our fingerprints are actually like a blueprint for our lives. They tell us our greatest strengths (life purpose) and our greatest challenges (life lesson). This information, along with other things like the shape of our hands and the lines in our palms, gives a trained hand analyst a good picture of who you were designed to be in this life.” She says that for some people, hand analysis is enough, but for others, being aware of the problem is not always sufficient to fix it. For them, Kidder offers private coaching and a variety of creativity workshops—including a Parent-Child Self Discovery workshop, Hand Analysis Discovery Circle and occasional teleclasses. Her workshops allow people to take part in an art process where they can learn to understand more about the information they’ve received from their hand analysis in a different way. “The act of making art can change you and help you move through challenges. It’s not just for an artist—we’re using it as a tool to break through creative blocks in all areas of life for so many different kinds of people,” she says. Kidder has no doubt that she has indeed found her purpose. “Ever since I began doing this, I love it so much and I’m so passionate about learning and understanding as much as I can,” she says. “Every time I do a reading, it’s so amazing how accurate it is and how strongly my clients are affected that I want to do more.” Kidder is offering a guided and personalized 12-week teleclass tour of Julia Cameron’s renowned creativity block breakthrough program, The Artist’s Way, beginning Feb. 12, at a cost of $97. Call 518-421-2091 to register or visit See ad, page 6.


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THURSDAY, JANUARY 30 Comedy for a Cause – 7-10pm. This special night benefits The Gift of Life International and its efforts to save the lives of children with congenital heart defects. $20. Purchase tickets before Jan 29. Sponsored by the Albany Rotary Club, Comedy Works, 500 Northern Blvd, Albany: 518-275-6897.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31 Find Your Inner Goddess – 5:30-9:30pm. Worldwide know meditation teacher and mystic Satprem will help participants embrace their individual womanhood and inspire confidence and inner power through this special workshop. Get connected holistically with mind, body and soul. Celebrate your womanhood, dancing your Goddess. Preregistration required $120. One Big Roof, 433 Broadway, 3rd Flr, Saratoga Spgs. Register: Ikiera Divine Holistic Healing Arts: 518-210-0402.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1 Detox Skinny Wraps – 11:30am. Free demonstration presented by Danielle Klahr, Independent Arbonne Consultant. Change of clothes is recommended. Healing With Movement Pilates, 2021 Western Ave, Albany. 518 669-9677.


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2 Metaphysical Book Discussion Group – 6 pm. Discussing The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav. Hosted by New Thought New York and offered on a donation basis. Woodlawn Commons, 156 Lawrence St, Saratoga Spgs. Info: 518-423-3569. Bach Flowers Basics Workshop – 11am-6pm. An introduction to the uses and properties of each of the 38 Bach Flower Remedies developed by Dr. Edward Bach in the 1930s. One Big Roof, 433 Broadway, 3rd Flr, Saratoga Spgs. $200. Registration Required. Nini Gridley: 518-573-0571.

Times Union 34th Annual Home Expo – Feb 7-9. 3-9pm/Fri; 10am-7pm/Sat; 10am-5pm/Sun. Bring the family to the Capital Region’s largest and longest running consumer home expo. Featuring over 300 experts to shop and compare. Participate in live cooking and interior design demonstrations and how-to seminars. Stunning art collections from top local artists and ongoing activities for the kids. Info: 518-454-5583.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8 Feldenkrais 101 – 9:30am-1pm. If new to the Feldenkrais method, then this workshop is a must. Discover how Feldenkrais can help improve flexibility and coordination, increase vitality and reduce aches and pains. $45. Conscious Movements, 130 Everett Rd, Albany. Info: 518-629-5664.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4 Open Beginner Night of Nia Dance – 6-7pm. Learn the basic moves to get started and begin connecting to joy and healing. No experience necessary. Relaxed, comfortable studio. Space limited. $18. Joy of Nia Movement, Guilderland. RSVP: 518-452-3679. Stop Painting Your Walls: American Clay Workshop – 6-7:30pm. Learn a new “green” way to add color and texture to the home with American Clay plasters. Learn how to apply the clay and leave with a self-made sample board. $20. Supplies included. Green Conscience Home, 33 Church St, Saratoga Spgs. RSVP: 518-306-5196.


Polar Cap 4-mile Race – 10am. Adirondack Runners’ annual 4-mile race. Race proceeds help support two important local charities: Sacred Heart Food Pantry and Upstate NY Autism Awareness. Preregistration is $20. $15 for club members. $25 race day registration. Warm refreshments and awards ceremony after the race. Lake George Forum, 2200 State Route 9, Lake George. Info: 518-636-6789.

Newborn Babywearing – 10am. Learn information on safe and healthy babywearing given by pediatric occupational therapist and babywearing mom, Amber Chaves. Discuss the benefits of babywearing, safety guidelines and what to look for when purchasing a carrier. Babies are welcome to accompany parents and caregivers. Free. The Bundle Store, 35 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa. 518-557-8809.

Strolling Psychic Fair – 11am-3pm. Beat the winter blues and see what spring has in store for with an intuitive reading from a local psychic in participating shops/ eateries along the Jay St Pedestrian downtown walkway. $25/15 minutes or $40/30 minutes. Info: Crossroads Gifts and Wellness, Schenectady. 518-357-8366.


Weight Loss Seminar – 12-1pm. Learn how to eat better and lose weight without starvation. A proven program of healthy weight loss which has worked without drugs or surgery. Free. Northeast Spine and Wellness, 1741 Rte 9, Clifton Park. RSVP: 518-371-4800.

Potluck and Movie Night – 5:15pm/dinner; 6pm/ movie. If curious about the New Thought movement or want to know more about its history and current evolution, come and see the movie What is New Thought? Followed by discussion. Offered on a donation basis. New Thought New York, 2 Imperial Lane, Charlton. Info: 518-423-3569.


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29 Facing Winter – 6-8:30pm. Treat yourself to an evening of delicious snacks and helpful demonstrations by Certified Health Coach, Joan Bender and Licensed Massage Therapist, Magi Thayer; all targeting dry winter skin. Discover specific foods, create simple skin care remedies and learn easy, at home massage techniques that banish the effects of a harsh winter on your face. Registration required before Jan 24. $35. Delmar Massage, 323 Delaware Ave, Delmar. Register: 518-588-8597.


Vaccines & Your Family – 10am. Join Dr. Kelli Patenaude to learn insights into how vaccines work and their effect on the immune system. Free. SageFemme Midwifery, 527 Western Ave, Albany. Register: Sage-Femme’s Facebook Event Page. Holistic Moms Network: Probiotics – 6-8pm. Kelli Patenaude of Schuyler Creek Chiropractic Center will present on probiotics. Kids welcome but be mindful of the presenter and others’ experiences.

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Special Guest, Artist Lauren Cavanaugh – 10am-5pm. Lauren shares her exquisite sterling and gemstone pendants just in time for Valentine’s Day. Crossroads Gifts and Wellness, 133 Jay St, Schenectady. 518-357-8366.

Year. Learn healing techniques used for thousands of years. Discover the effects of acupuncture and Chinese dietary therapy on emotional, digestive and physical health and more. Learn how to feel one’s best naturally. Free. Albany Total Wellness, 130 Everett Rd, Albany. Register: 518-435-1280 or visit Facebook events page.

Valentine’s Desserts, Hands-on – 12pm. Pastry Chef Corinna Selby demonstrates chocolate tarts, heart-shaped cookies and raspberry truffles. $65. Different Drummer’s Kitchen, Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany. Preregister: 518-459-7990. Aura Drawing – 1-3pm. Learn how to “see” auras, how to draw them and how to interpret each drawing. An excellent boost for one’s intuitive skills and creativity. BYO pastels, or colored pencils. $45. Preregistration required. Key 2 Joy, 145 Vly Rd, Ste 6, Shaker Pine Plaza, Colonie. Info: 518-598-6968. Inviting Prosperity Consciousness – 3:30-5:30pm. Have a desire for one’s individual cup to run over with prosperity? Learn the practical tips and spiritual opening techniques that remove negative beliefs and expectations. $45. Preregistration required. Key 2 Joy, 145 Vly Rd, Ste 6, Shaker Pine Plaza, Colonie. Info: 518-598-6968. 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 will held during the service. Family friendly congregation. Niskayuna Reformed Church, Fellowship Hall, 3041 TroySchenectady Rd, Niskayuna. Info: 518-213-4724.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9 HOPE Pet Adoption Clinic – 1-4pm. Homes for Orphaned Pets Exist will be holding an Adoption Clinic at the Wilton Mall, 3065 New York 50, Saratoga Spgs. Info: 518-428-2994. Open Mic Poetry and Prose – 2pm. Hosted by Nancy Klepsch and Dan Wilcox. This is one of the Capital Region’s best open mic venues for poetry and spoken word. Bring friends and prose for performance. Free. The Arts Center of the Capital Region, 265 River St, Troy. Info: 518-273-0552.

The Artist’s Way, In your Hands – 12-wk teleclass. A guided and personalized tour of Julia Cameron’s renowned creativity block breakthrough program. $97 for entire session. Details and to preregister, Christine Kidder of Your Creative Purpose: 518-421-2091.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10 Enhancing & Healing Relationships: The Energetic Approach – 6:45-8:15pm. Hosted by Pranic Healing Hands that Heal. $10 suggested donation. Good Karma Studio, 3 Vatrano Rd, Albany. Info: 518-419-2767.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11 Pre-Valentine’s Day Partner Yoga Workshop – 6-7:30pm. Workshop is ideal for couples, friends or relatives interested in connecting and having fun. No yoga experience necessary. Space is limited. Reserve early. $15/person. CNY Healing Arts, 38A Old Sparrowbush Rd, Latham. Register: 518-724-5750. Babywearing Education – 10am. Learn the benefits and safety guidelines of babywearing and what to look for when purchasing a carrier. Presented by pediatric occupational therapist and babywearing mom, Amber Chaves, of The Bundle Store. Babies are welcome. $2 suggested donation. Sage-Femme Midwifery, 527 Western Ave, Albany. Register: Sage-Femme’s Facebook Event Page.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12 Wellness Wednesday – 10:30am-12:30pm. Open house at Capital Region Progressive Medicine, 1873 Western Ave, Albany. Info: 518-452-4910. Ancient Secrets to Health and Vitality in the New Year – 6-7pm. Celebrate the Chinese New

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13 Cancer Support Group – 12-1pm. Release feelings of isolation, confusion, anxiety, identity crisis and day to day uncertainties among people with similar wishes to improve the quality of their lives. Donations welcome. One Big Roof, 433 Broadway, 3rd Flr, Saratoga Spgs. Info: 518-450-1624. Moonlight Ski 2014 – 7pm. Family Moonlight Cross Country Ski evening. BYO ski equipment. A warm-up fire hot drinks and marshmallows will be provided by Shenendehowa Nordic Club. Free. Vischer Ferry Nature Preserve, meet at the preserve’s main parking lot on Riverview Rd, at the Whipple Bridge, Clifton Park. Celebration of Rhythm – 7:30pm. North Indian music followed by Jamaican music. $15. GE Theatre, 432 State St, Schenectady. Tickets:

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14 American Red Cross Blood Drive – 11:30am5:15pm. Donation types: double-red cells, blood. Albany Elks Lodge 49, 25 Allen St, Albany. Info: 1-800-RED-CROSS. Sound Meditation Group – 6:30-8pm. Sound (vibration) is a powerful form of healing. In a group setting, experience the benefits of sound meditation by practicing mantras from various traditions. $15/ suggested donation. Key 2 Joy, 145 Vly Rd, Ste 6, Shaker Pine Plaza, Colonie. Info: 518-598-6968.

markyourcalendar FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14 – SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16 Valentine’s Day Yoga Retreat Weekend at The Sagamore Resort – Couples yoga and fitness classes, lectures and live comedy, healthy, gourmet meals, and spa treatments by appointment. One fun, romantic weekend. Info and Register:

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15 Butterflies Arrive at miSci – Thru Apr 19. Discover hundreds of brilliantly colored native butterflies at new indoor butterfly house. Learn about the exciting life cycles of the butterflies and learn how to create butterfly-friendly environments outside at home. Free with museum admission. Museum of Science and Innovation, 15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady. 518-382-7890. Weight Loss Seminar – 12-1pm. Learn how to eat better and lose weight without starvation. A proven program of healthy weight loss which has worked without drugs or surgery. Free. Northeast Spine


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Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra-Foolproof – 2-4pm. Yoga Nidra is a meditation that is easy and accessible to all. No experience necessary. $20. In Harmony Yoga, 137 Remsen St, Cohoes. Info: 518-369-8325.

and Wellness, 1741 Rte 9, Clifton Park. RSVP: 518-371-4800. Razi’El Muntasir – 3-7pm. An interactive, entertaining and enlightening workshop with NYC and worldwide based Intuitive Holistic Guide and Chef Razi’El. Includes a full meal with appetizers, soup and salad, main course and dessert. Registration required: $60 before Feb 8; $75 thereafter. Hosted by Crossroads Gifts and Wellness. Held at Sleeping Dragon Farm, Duanesburg. Info/full details: 518-357-8366. Cupid for a Cure 2014 – 5-10pm. 5pm/cocktails; 6pm/Italian style buffet. A Valentine’s dinner and dance benefitting Relay for Life. Dress in black and/or red. Includes a DJ, karaoke, contests and games, raffles and auctions. Photographs will be available. $30/person. Open to ages 18 and over. Sweet Basil’s Restaurant, Route 9, Queensbury. Info: 518-932-5831. Community Kirtan – 7-9pm. Ecstatic chanting from the Indian Bhakti (devotional) tradition. Everyone sings together from their hearts, regardless of ability. No experience or special skill is needed. Sing, dance or lie down and relax. Kids welcome with supervision. $15 suggested donation. Key 2 Joy, 145 Vly Rd, Ste 6, Shaker Pine Plaza, Colonie. 518-598-6968.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18 Anti-Cancer Cooking: Culinary Demonstration and Tasting Series – 7-9pm. Join Eric C. Sharer, MPH, RD, CSO, demonstrating quick, healthy recipes and cooking techniques to maximize healing. Food tasting, great company and practical nutrition information. $30. The Stram Center for Integrative Medicine, 388 Kenwood Avenue, Delmar. Preregistration required: 518 689-2244. Releasing Weight Monthly Group Sessions – 7:45pm. Learn to make permanent changes in life and become empowered to be healthier and happier. Hypnosis and other proven techniques are 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.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23 Reiki Level II Class – 9am-5pm. Step up individual healing abilities to the next level, receive a Reiki level II attunement, learn the Reiki symbols, distance healing and give and receive full body Reiki sessions. Class size limited. Prerequisite: Reiki I certificate. $175. The Art of Reiki, 251 River St, Ste 401, Troy. Registration and advanced deposit required: Joyce, 518-271-7802. Room, 596 New Loudon Rd, Newton Plaza, behind Starbucks, Latham. Info: 303-589-7208.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22 The Business of Creativity – 9am-3:30pm. Workshop is designed for people looking to start a business or increase current income with their creative talents. Preregistration required. $125. The Foundry for Art Design & Culture, 119 Remsen St, Cohoes. Alana Sparrow: 518- 878-2612. Learn to Skate at Empire State Plaza – Free clinics offered at 9:15am and 10am. Skate rentals are available: $3/children under 12 or $4/adults. Registration required. Info: 1-877-659-4ESP. Become an Access Consciousness Bars Practitioner – 10am-5pm. By touching 32 points on the head, limiting beliefs are released, like deleting old files off the computer and then allowing something new and wonderful to show up. $200. Joy of Yoga Studio, 376 Broadway, Saratoga Spgs. Registration required: 929-777-0873.

Energetic Self Care – 2-5pm. Learn how to protect oneself, family members, friends, pets and home from the ill effects of artificial fields. Harmonize home, office space and environment. Learn the basics to help individuals work with their own energy to effect change in their environment. Given by Marjanii McCline LMT/ Reiki Master. $45 in advance; $50 at door. The Yoga Lily, 1 Barney Rd, Ste 222, Clifton Park. Preregistration required: 518-744-5565. Free Movement for Musicians Webinar – 6-7pm. Are you a musician? Would you like to discover how to improve the quality and dynamic range of one’s sound while improving comfort and decreasing tension? If so, join us for a free virtual Movement for Musicians webinar. Hosted by Conscious Movements. Info: 518-629-5664.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19 Introduction to Access Consciousness – 5:306:30pm. What if change could be quick and fun; like deleting old files from the computer? Hosted by Transformational Specialist Barbra Gilman. $10. Community Massage and Holistic Therapies, 255 River St, Troy. Registration required: 929-777-0873.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20 Green Building and Design Mixer – 5-7pm. Food, drink and music. Mingle with builders, contractors, realtors, bankers, attorneys, designers, architects, alternative energy providers, suppliers and educators. Network and feel the energy of being around new ideas, concepts and products related to green building and design. Free. Hosted by Green Conscience Home and Garden, 33 Church St, Saratoga Spgs. RSVP: 518-306-5196.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21 Sacred Vibrational Healing Circle – 7-9pm. Join us for a mystical evening of sound and vibrational healing. Release deeply rooted stress and entrain your brain while sitting in the coherent energy field generated by an advanced technology. No experience necessary; beneficial for all. $20. The Mandala

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24 Monthly Restorative Yoga – 6-7:30pm. Restorative yoga is passive stretching that uses props like blankets, bolsters, pillows and blocks to support the body as very gentle poses are held. This is a great way to unwind, restore, meditate and rejuvenate. Space limited to 10. $15. Key 2 Joy, 145 Vly Rd, Ste 6, Shaker Pine Plaza, Colonie. Info: 518-598-6968. Labyrinth – 7pm. Part of the MVP Health Care Premier Movie Series, catch the 1986 magical classic on the big screen. Rated PG. $5/adults, $3/ child. The Palace Theatre, 19 Clinton Ave, Albany. Info: 518-465-3334. Spiritual Living Circle – 7 pm. A discussion of the January issue of Science of Mind magazine. Given on a love offering basis. Ask about a free 60-day online subscription to Science of Mind magazine. New Thought New York, 2 Imperial Ln, Charlton. Info: 518-423-3569

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Access Consciousness Energetic Coaching – 7:15pm. What if change could be quick and fun; like deleting old files from the computer? Hosted by Transformational Specialist Barbra Gilman. $10. Joy of Yoga Studio, 376 Broadway, Saratoga Spgs. Registration required: 929-777-0873. Dream Circle for Healing and Self Awareness – 7:30-9pm. Explore one’s dream-life and use its messages to improve life and to connect with soul. Janine DeTillio Cammarata leads participants through the Lightening Dream Process. Ages 15 and up. $10 one week in advance. The Yoga Lily, 1 Barney Rd, Ste 222, Clifton Park. Info: 518-744-5565.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26 White Birch Talk: What You Don’t Know May Help You! – 7-8:30pm. Southern Adirondack Audubon will host Tom Mowatt. Digitally enhanced talk on the new discoveries in the biochemistry of the white birch tree, including compounds identified as an effective treatment for cancer. Free. Crandall Library, Community Room, 251 Glen St, Glens Falls. Info: 518-745-8637. Women’s Life Transition Class: “Circle of Life” Consciously Planning the Next Turn of Your Wheel – A 6-week group coaching experience for women at mid-life. Day sessions meeting in Troy. Contact Carol Gardner: 518-312-8791.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27 Cancer Support Group – 12-1pm. Release feelings of isolation, confusion, anxiety, identity crisis and day to day uncertainties among people with similar wishes to improve the quality of their lives. Donations welcome. One Big Roof, 433 Broadway, 3rd Flr, Saratoga Spgs. Info: 518-450-1624.

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Women’s Life Transition Class: “Circle of Life” Consciously Planning the Next Turn of Your Wheel. A 6-week group coaching experience for women at mid-life. Evening sessions meeting in Troy. Contact Carol Gardner: 518-312-8791.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28 Open House at Community Massage & Holistic Therapies – 5-7pm. Meet the practitioners, learn about our variety of services and explore the comforting space. Offering chair massage and a raffle featuring photography by John O’Neill. Free. Part of Troy Night Out. 255 River St, Troy. Info: 518-272-1400.

Movie Night – 7:30pm. Curious about mindfulness? Grab a cushion and explore the world of mindfulness through the eyes of 35 world-renowned medical and mental health experts in the film, The Mindfulness Movie. Free. Albany Total Wellness, 130 Everett Rd, Albany. Info: 518-435-1280.

plan ahead SATURDAY, MARCH 1 20th Annual Sleep-A-Thon – 7pm-2am. The Homeless Action Committee of Albany is dedicated to improving the lives of homeless people and advocating for permanent solutions to the problems of homelessness. Info/donations/pledge sheets: 518-426-0554.

SUNDAY, MARCH 2 Metaphysical Book Discussion Group – 6 pm. Discussing Rescuing the Bible From Fundamentalism by John Shelby Spong. Hosted by New Thought New York and offered on a donation basis. Woodlawn Commons, 156 Lawrence St, Saratoga Spgs. Info: 518-423-3569. Movement for Musicians Workshop – This Feldenkrais Method And Musical Mastery Workshop is perfect for both amateur and professional musicians alike. $90 prior to Feb 24 or $120 thereafter. Hosted by Conscious Movements. Info: 518-629-5664.


markyourcalendar SATURDAY, MARCH 8 SUNDAY MARCH 9 NY Women’s Expo 2014 – Mar 8-9. 10am-6pm/ Sat; 10am-4pm/Sun. The Ultimate shopping and entertainment experience for women with over 150 exhibits showcasing the best of the Capital Regions salons, spas, boutiques, fashion, health, nutrition, fitness, financial planning, career building, home decor, education and more. Seminars and demonstrations from the area experts. $5. Siena College, Marcelle Athletic Complex, Loundonville. Info:

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Receive the support of pillows, bolsters, blankets and loving hands while resting in healing yoga postures. Regenerate, repair and recover. $20. Paid one week in advance. The Yoga Lily, 1 Barney Rd, Ste 222, Clifton Park. Info: 518-744-5565.

New Beginnings Meditation Course – Albany/ Schenectady area. Free. Info/appt: 518-466-3904.


Visit Peace Village – 9am-6pm. Learn new things about oneself, relax, enjoy 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.

Local Art Show at Community Massage – 11am7pm. Explore a continually changing exhibit of local artists’ works in a peaceful and unique gallery setting. Community Massage and Holistic Therapies, 255 River St, Troy. Info: 518-272-1400. 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.

sunday Guided Yoga and Meditation Practices – 8-9:30am. First Unitarian Society of Schenectady. Free. 1221 Wendell Ave, Schenectady. Info: 518374-4446. Dharma Meditation – 9am. Weekly meditation followed up by a short discussion. About 75-min. All contemplative traditions honored. $10 donation. One Big Roof, 433 Broadway, Saratoga Spgs. Info: 518-450-1624. Sunday Morning Nia Dance – 10-11am. Start the week off energized and refreshed with a joyfully free spirit and move with passion. Connect to body through the movement of dance. $18/class. Joy of Nia Movement, Guilderland. Info: 518-452-3679. Medium, Psychic or Animal Communication Readings – 12-5pm.Walk-ins welcome but appointments suggested. Peaceful Inspirations, 384 Kenwood Ave, Delmar. Info: 518-439-7039. 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.

Young Audience Planetarium Show: Visit to the Moon – 1pm. Be guided on an exploration of the moon. Admission plus $5. Museum of Science and Innovation, 15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady. Info: 518-382-7890. Healing Angels of the Energy Field Class – 1-3pm. Thru Feb 16. Work as a team, meet and work with healing angels. Perfect for people wanting to learn about angels or for healing arts practitioners. $15/ class. Registration and advanced deposit required Attend one or both classes. The Art of Reiki, 251 River St, Ste 401, Troy. Joyce: 518-271-7802. 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/suggested donation which is average cost of drop-in yoga classes. Shanti Yoga, 135 2nd St, Troy. Info: 518-365-5660. Restorative Yoga Workshop – 7-8:45pm. Last Sun.

Meditation by Donation – 6-7pm. Basic meditation instruction and introduction to the format of Zazen practice. Two 20-30-minute sitting meditations, a short walking meditation and chanting. Albany Total Wellness, 130 Everett Rd, Albany. Register: 518-595-3067.

tuesday 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-TEAS (8327). An Evening with the Docs – 7pm. 2nd Tues. Evening of wine and cheese discussing current health care topics. Bring a friend. AAC Family Wellness, 402 Rowland St, Ballston Spa. Info: 518-363-0202. Chronic Low Milk Supply Support Group – 10am. 4th Tues. Challenged with breastfeeding due to chronic low milk supply? Want to talk with

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other moms to receive and provide support? Free. Sage-Femme Midwifery, 527 Western Ave, Albany. Register: Sage-Femme’s Facebook Event Page.

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

Body Fat Screening/Blood Pressure Testing – 11am-2pm. Personal Trainer Jeff Grayson Miller has instruments to test body fat and blood pressure and the know-how to translate those numbers into healthy information. Free. Honest Weight Food Co-Op, 100 Watervliet Ave, Albany. Info: 518-482-2667.

The Compassionate Brain – 6-8pm. Thru Mar 6. Eight-part lecture/discussion series. Audio presentation followed by a discussion and instruction in a related meditation practice. Register for individual sessions or entire series. Donations welcomed. Solid Ground Center for a Balanced Life, 148 Central Ave, Albany. Register: 518-339-9443.

Local Art Show at Community Massage – 11am7pm. See Monday for details. Community Massage and Holistic Therapies, 255 River St, Troy. Info: 518-272-1400. Pilates: Basic Mat Class – 5:30pm. Healing With Movement Pilates, 2021 Western Ave, Albany. $20/ class. Penny: 518 669-9677. 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. Awareness Through Movement: For EveryBODY – 6:30-7:30pm. Discover gentle movement sequences to create immediate improvements in personal awareness, posture, balance and flexibility. $15. Conscious Movements, 130 Everett Rd, Albany. Register: 518-629-5664. Hypnosis Workshop – 6:30-9:30pm. Find out more about hypnosis with NGH hypnosis instructor, George Guarino. $12.50. Albany. Info: 518256-6549.

7pm. See Monday for details. Community Massage and Holistic Therapies, 255 River St, Troy. Info: 518-272-1400. 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.

Prenatal Yoga – 7:30pm. Thru Feb 20. Connect with baby through breath and mindfulness. Stretch and strengthen to prepare for childbirth. Learn breathing techniques to assist in labor. $17/class or $88/8-week session. The Yoga Lily, 1 Barney Rd, Ste 222, Clifton Park. Register: 518-744-5565.

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.


Tea and Qigong – 7-8:30pm. With Dr. Wang. Chinese medicinal tea sampling and movement. $15. One Big Roof, 433 Broadway, 3rd Flr, Saratoga Spgs. Info: 518- 581-3180.

Nutrition/Lifestyle Group Coach Class – 6:308pm. Create healthy, sustainable nutrition and lifestyle changes. Interactive and results-oriented. Info: 888-581-5526.

Beginner’s Meditation – 7:30pm. Thru Feb 26. Learn simple techniques to increase self-awareness, manage stress and promote healing. New weekly topics providing support needed to make conscious living one’s lifestyle. $17/class. The Yoga Lily, 1 Barney Rd, Ste 222, Clifton Park. Register: 518-744-5565.



Awareness Through Movement: For Moms and More – 9:30-10:30am. Gentle movements designed to help one feel better and to provide breathing space needed as an active mother. $15. Conscious Movements, 130 Everett Rd, Albany. Register: 518-629-5664.

Local Art Show at Community Massage – 11am7pm. See Monday for details. Community Massage and Holistic Therapies, 255 River St, Troy. Info: 518-272-1400.

Intuitive Readings with Julie – 11am-2pm. By appointment. $40/30-min. Crossroads Gifts and Wellness, 133 Jay St, Schenectady. Info: 518-357-8366. Local Art Show at Community Massage – 11am-

Meditation and Mindfulness Practice Group – 6:30-8pm. 2nd Thurs. All welcomed. All levels of experience welcome. Free. Solid Ground Center for a Balanced Life, 148 Central Ave, Albany. Info: 518-339-9443.

Awareness Through Movement: For Chronic Pain – 12-1pm. Designed specifically for those experiencing chronic pain. Gentle movement sequences, mindfulness practices and a supportive community. Space limited to five participants. $15. Conscious Movements, 130 Everett Rd, Albany. Register: 518-629-5664.

Kundalini Yoga – 9:30-11am. Taught by Yogi Bhajan, Kim Rossi. Classes offered by donation. Lincoln Bath House at the Saratoga Spa State Park, front door entrance; walk to the rear of the 1st flr, 39 Roosevelt Dr, Saratoga Spgs. Info: 518-321-5660. Local Art Show at Community Massage – 11am7pm. See Monday for details. Community Massage and Holistic Therapies, 255 River St, Troy. Info: 518-272-1400. Hot Warrior Yoga – 5:30pm. See Monday for details. $15. In Harmony Yoga, 137 Remsen St, Cohoes. Info: 518-369-8325. Sacred Drum Circle – 7:30pm. 1st Fri. Gather in a circle, 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 Local Art Show at Community Massage – See Monday for details. Call for Saturday hours. Community Massage and Holistic Therapies, 255 River St, Troy. Info: 518-272-1400. Delmar Farmers’ Market – 9am-1pm. Indoors Nov-May. Local, organic and natural farm products, baked goods, local and fair trade crafts and music. Bethlehem Central Middle School, 332 Kenwood Ave, Delmar. Info: Medium, Psychic or Animal Communication Readings – 10am-6pm. Walk-ins welcome, but appointments suggested. Peaceful Inspirations, 384 Kenwood Ave, Delmar. Info: 518-439-7039. The 5 Tibetan Rites of Rejuvenation – 1212:30pm. A system handed down from Tibetan lamas. Five postures with ancient breath repeated 21 times. Reputed to strengthen the body, enhance energy, regenerate body and mind and stem the aging process. $8. In Harmony Yoga, 137 Remsen St, Cohoes. Info: 518-369-8325.


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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 8.


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 39.


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 22.

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

Ann uses Therapeutic Art to subdue mood, elevate self-esteem, and give voice to children and adults shut down but deeply trying to express themselves. She has over 18 years of experience counseling for grief, trauma and life change. Ann offers sand tray work as another avenue of artistic and symbolic expression to assist clients of all ages.

At Albany Total Wellness 130 Everett Rd, Albany 518-435-1280 • Dr. Medwin has been working as a chiropractor for over nine years and has established caring and compassionate relationships with each and every one of her patients. See ad, page 22.


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 23.



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 11.


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Over 20 years of energy healing experience. Jack uses among the most advanced, deep and powerful techniques in the area to help clients feel better and achieve balance. Practicing in Clifton Park and Saratoga. See ad, page 9.

Myofascial Bodywork is a gentle and effective form of hands-on therapy. This technique provides profound relaxation, and relief from most forms of chronic pain. Locations in Albany, Troy & Malta.



Ferguson Family Chiropractic 1783 Rte 9, Clifton Park 518-383-5595 •

Inspiring Wellness Solutions 1-888-581-5526 Lynn is a certified fitness instructor, healing touch practitioner and Reiki II practitioner. She also teaches energy yoga classes. See ad, page 33.

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 21.

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


Northeast Spine and Wellness Offices in Albany & Clifton Park 518-371-4800 • Dr. Gulyas is a 25-year veteran of holistic health. A graduate of Skidmore College and New York Chiropractic College, Dr. Gulyas received the distinction as Clinician of the Year during his internship at Greenvale Outpatient Facility. See ad, page 8.


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

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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 19.



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.


BRENDA C. JENKS 518-321-5940

Brenda will assess physical and non-physical influences in your home or business and then suggest appropriate adjustments to ensure your environment supports you physically, emotionally and financially. 18 plus years serving the Capital District and beyond.

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 17.



Inspiring Wellness Solutions 1-888-581-5526 Certified instructor of Group Fitness, Ballettone, Kettlebell and Group Cycling. Licensed Zumba instructor. Rebecca maintains two master’s degrees in education and has extensive experience in designing fitness and exercise programs. See ad, page 33.

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

Bernard has been working over 18 years in the field of grief, loss and life transition counseling. He assists in the ripple effects of these changes and in formulating new, healthy beginnings for his clients. Areas of focus: job loss/change, divorce/ separation, disease diagnosis, pet loss, depression, PTSD, and sudden death loss.


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 ages and levels. See ad, page 18.


Functional Medicine is a dynamic approach to assessing, preventing and treating complex chronic disease. It is science-based and patient-centered. See ad, page 10.


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1505 Rte 9, Clifton Park 518-374-1362 Fresh, local produce, glutenfree foods, organic bulk fruits, nuts, grains, beans, herbs, flours, coffees, vitamins, body products and more. Locally owned and operated since 1995. See ad, page 6.

NISKAYUNA CO-OP MARKET 2227 Nott St, Schenectady 518-374-1362

Offering many organic, local, gourmet and specialty items. Personal service and convenience. Lifetime membership is $5. See ad, page 3.


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.

HANDS THAT HEAL – PRANIC HEALING 2 Stanton St, Ste 401, Troy • 518-419-2767

Pranic Healing is a no-touch, nodrug healing modality. Experience healing for physical, emotional, psychological, financial, and relationship issues. Learn a powerful meditation on twin hearts. See ad, page 32.

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

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.


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 21.


LisaMarie unites her education in nutrition, counseling and healing arts with 25 years of workers’ compensation health care experience to develop sustainable multidisciplinary wellness and fitness programs. Specialties: cancer patients, perimenopause and weight concerns; men and women. See ad, page 33.


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.

HOMEOPATHY JEROME MICHAEL PINDELL Niskayuna, Clifton Park & NYC 518-374-5492

Jerome M. Pindell uses homeopathy, hypnosis, jin shin jyutsu, and intuitive based counseling in a comprehensive wholistic healing practice. He is also a poet and author of Training Tracks, poems by implosion, available through


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 15.



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 14.



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 28.

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 22.



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 11.

Offering the energy tools of Access Consciousness; easy, fast and fun. Learn how to shift any area of your life; allowing you to be more. Complementary initial mini session.


Serving the Capital District and Beyond 518-532-0275 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. See ad, page 33.




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 18.

BALANCE MASSAGE STUDIO 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 13.


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. Relax and renew at your urban oasis. See ad, page 8.



Christine Kidder 518-421-2091

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Scientific hand analysis is a system that can give you profound insight about yourself from the markings in your hands. See ad, page 6.

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Regina is an 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 33.

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Heidi Ricks, LM 518-588-7122 Maureen Murphy, CPM 518-229-6541 406 Fulton St, Ste 513, Troy

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.

Empowering women through knowledge, experience and heart. Offering gynecology, preconception counseling, homebirth midwifery services and lactation counseling. See ad, page 28.



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.


Laura Spratt 518-688-1490

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Permanent makeup using organic, hypo-allergenic pigments. Areola pigmentation and scar camouflage. Eyebrows, eyeliner, lips. Now you can have the confidence of knowing you look your very best every morning, without having


Guitar Instructor 518-369-6365

35 Milton Ave (Rte 50), Ballston Spa 518-557-8809 •

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 13.

Eco-friendly baby and maternity boutique. Babywearing, toys and gifts, maternity/nursing items, handmade, socially responsible inventory. Classes and events for parents and parents-to-be. See ad, page 39.

NATUROPATH BACK TO NATURE FAMILY WELLNESS 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.


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.

PEACEFUL INSPIRATIONS 384 Kenwood Ave, Delmar 518-439-7039

Your local, holistic and wellness store dedicated to enriching the spirit, mind and body. Gifts for all ages, workshops and Psychic, Crossover (Medium) and Intuitive Animal Communication readings available by appointment. See ad, page 25.


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Inspiring Wellness Solutions 1-888-581-5526 Holistic health, lifestyle and nutrition coach with extensive experience in the pharmacy field. Specializing in the needs of men in mid-life and weight concerns for men and women. See ad, page 33.




PURE ELEMENTS AN ORGANIC SALON & WELLNESS SHOP 1724-1728 Western Ave, Albany 518-608-5405 or 518-621-7984



Kathy Garner Greco, Certified Instructor 518-365-5660 •

1 New Hampshire Ave, Troy 518-273-2121



ORGANIC SPA SARATOGA BOTANICALS ORGANIC SPA & STORE 80 Henry St, Saratoga Springs Book spa appointments online or by phone. 518-306-4108 •

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 39.


Saratoga Botanicals 80 Henry St, Saratoga Springs 518-306-4108 • Dr. Rasmussen approaches medicine with a mindful dedication, taking the time for indepth examination and healing practices. See ad, page 39.

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.

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 20.

Providing a healthy alternative to the traditional salon and spa experience using only the highest quality natural and organic products in our services. Let us help you look beautiful and feel your best while nurturing your health. See ad, page 3.

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



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 33.


HAVEN OF HOPE COUNSELING ASSOCIATES, LLC 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 session available.


Buffy Owens, Feldenkrais Method At Albany Total Wellness 130 Everett Rd, Albany 518-629-5664 Offering group classes and private sessions for those interested in meditation & mindfulness, women moving through pregnancy and for families who have children with special needs & extraordinary gifts. See ad, page 22.


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415 US Hwy 9, Schodack Landing 518-732-2724 • We love pets and are certain your cat or dog will leave our salon happy, healthy and looking great. Holistic pet food also available. See ad, page 17.

Bryon is a psychotherapist and spiritual counselor specializing in stress and anxiety disorders, PTSD, bereavement, depression and spiritual concerns. See ad, page 33.

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.


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


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.

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 26.


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.


Specializing in disease prevention and management, Inspiring Wellness Solutions offers Corporate Wellness Programs, Individual Counseling and Group Nutrition Coaching to support their clients to live a healthy and fit lifestyle. See ad, page 33.

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

Full-service wellness facilities offering non-drug solutions for your health care concerns. Our practitioners each have over 25 years experience in the field of holistic health. See ad, page 8.


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.

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Empowering workshops and rejuvenating retreats for women. Unveil your authentic self, explore your dreams and create the joyful life you were meant to live. Workshops held in the Adirondacks or at your location. It’s time to spread your wings.


433 Broadway, 3rd Flr, Saratoga Springs 518-450-1624 • One Big Roof is a spacious retreat and workshop center in the heart of Saratoga. Join others attending or leading mind/body/spirit events for improved health and well-being. See ongoing 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 14.


Inspiring Wellness Solutions 1-888-581-5526 Renie is a certified yoga instructor who teaches beginner and experienced yoga classes, specializing in alignment and mind, body, spirit principles. See ad, page 33.


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.


classifieds For fees and info on placing classifieds, email Deadline is the 10th of the month. DONATIONS NEEDED – Coats, jackets, blankets, hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, bedding, wash clothes, towels, toilet paper, diapers and more. LITD Warehouse Ministry, 5 Catherine St, Schenectady. 518-334-2347.


145 Vly Road, Ste 6, Shaker Pine Plaza, Colonie 518-598-6968 • Registered yoga instructors offering: Hatha, Svaroopa, Gentle & Restorative, Tantra, and Bhakti yoga and meditations for all levels. See ad, page 15.

KUNDALINI YOGA OF ALBANY Classes in Albany, Saratoga & Troy Sat Kriya Kaur 518-712-9642

ADMIN – Friendly, organized, person for PT administrative assistant position in small functional medicine practice. May also do some work from home. Guilderland. Anita Burock Stotts, MD. 518-355-2060. MUST LOVE PETS – Professional lead pet sitter. Must be at least 21 and live in Schenectady or Niskayuna. SALON MEO – FT/PT receptionist. 601 WatervlietShaker Rd, Latham. 518-608-4891.


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

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

MASSAGE FEBRUARY INTRO SPECIAL – $45/full hour. Deep tissue; Swedish. Love & Gratitude Therapeutic Massage, Madison Ave, Albany. 518-475-2805.

RELATIONSHIPS SEEKING SPIRITUAL LADY – Troy, NY. 33, SM for open minded SF; let’s share meditation, laughter and love. 518-419-2765.


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 31.


Pam Medina, Founder, E-RYT 1 Barney Rd, Ste 222, Clifton Park 518-744-5565 • A welcoming, safe, healing space to nourish your whole being. Gentle to challenging yoga classes, as well as Chair and Restorative Yoga, Thai Yoga Bodywork, Goddess Events, Meditation, Workshops and Retreats.

LOOKING FOR HOLISTIC PRACTITIONERS & ENTREPRENEURS – To be pioneers and launch our brand of Neal’s Yard Remedies (NYR) in the US. An award-winning, family-owned, ethical company with an established 32-year-old brand and reputation for excellence worldwide. To learn more, Lisa: 518-755-2170.

SINGERS WANTED CAPITAL COMMNUNITY VOICES – Join this SATB community chorus, meeting weekly for rehearsals leading to a May, 2014 concert. Rehearsals and performance in East Greenbush. Contact:

SPACE FOR RENT RECENTLY RENOVATED RETAIL SPACE FOR LEASE – Open-floor plan. Located in prime location at busy intersection near Crossgates Mall in Guilderland. 1726 Western Ave, Albany. Tom Carins: 518-466-0726.



good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. ~Nelson Mandela

UPCOMING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES – The Arts Center in Troy. Alana: 518-273-0552 x 221.


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Natural Awakenings of the NY Capital District - February 2014  

February 2014 issue of Natural Awakenings Magazine (NY Capital District Edition).