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Best Finds

Gifts that inspire good health and fitness

Find a style that works for you ✻ Top picks for yoga gear ✻

Best Fun Our ideas for enjoying life

Best Rx


Atlanta doctors answer your health questions

Atlanta yoga instructors’ profiles ✻ 2012 readers’ choice/ facebook p. faves


Best Bites

Fresh ideas to nourish your body


What Are Neuropathies? by Dr. Julian Bragg


The Weight of the Nation

by Dr. Reginald Mason



Giving issue the

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The greatest gift: become a donor, save a life p. 35





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contents November 2012

Giving issue the

The greatest gift: become a donor, save a life p. 35

Sherri’s Best List

10 From the Editor In the spirit

The scoop on what’s new around town

14 Best Finds

Gifts that inspire good health


What Are Neuropathies? by Dr. Julian Bragg


The Weight of the Nation

by Dr. Reginald Mason




16 Best Bites

Healthy and tasty ideas to nourish your body

18 Best Fun

Our ideas for enjoying life

13 Best Bulletin




Atlanta’s Favorite Yoga Instructors

In every issue 8 From the Publisher

Stretching your health & improving your fitness

20 Best Events

Photos from community events

22 Best Rx

Atlanta doctors answer your health questions

Local yogis share their stories and advice p. 43

departments 53

my beauty

Products, expert tips and more

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my money

New ways to look at your finances

my health

The benefits of homegrown food

24 Best Business

Meet businesses dedicated to a better you

26 Best Health

News, advice, prevention and more

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A complete guide to our advertisers by business category

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Cover model: Astrid Santana/Ember Hot Yoga Photography by: 2TPHOTO,

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Live Long, Live Happy So, just what is the key to living a long, healthy and happy life? Is it eating well, exercise, the right job, the perfect body or partner? Several studies have shown cultures that thrive and rank high in longevity and happiness have several factors working in their favor. Food from the earth and physical activity are high on the list, but community, friends and family were at the top. Many of us think that we need to feel loved and cared for to be truly happy. While this is really important, the research seems to say it is more important that we love and care for others. It is when we get outside of ourselves and stop thinking so much about “my life, my happiness� we truly begin to reap health benefits. Those who focused on other people—friends, family and co-workers stayed healthy and the effect was greatly increased if they volunteered and got involved in helping others. To put it’s not all about you. During this holiday season and in celebration of our “giving� issue, let’s remember that what makes this a happy world is our connection and caring for each other. When we get outside of ourselves and think of others, we find peace and perspective. So, don’t sweat the small stuff. Love your family and your friends. Give a little of yourself to help another and your holidays will be happy and you will be on the path to a long and healthy life. All the best Sherri Adair, Publisher,

My Best List Tower Garden – I don’t own one of these, but have seen it in action. This state-of-the-art vertical aeroponic growing system is perfect for patios, balconies, rooftops and any relatively sunny place. It grows up to 20 plants including vegetables, herbs and fruits. The Tower Garden by Juice Plus+ is an innovative, spaceefficient, cost-effective and overall great way to get nutritious, healthy food for you and your family. From luscious tomatoes and strawberries to melons and lettuce, this vertical garden is awesome. $499 or 12 payments of $43 per month. Details: (404) 915-0189, CafÊ Bustelo Espresso Coffee – The number one selling Cuban BEST coffee in the U.S., it is strong and powerful and will make one perfect VALUE colada. No sophisticated espresso equipment needed to enjoy this coffee. Sold in a 6 or 10 ounce brick pack or in a 10 or 36 ounce can. $3.95 for a 10 ounce brick Details: Available at Big Lots or Publix, Organic cotton scarves – This scarf makes a great holiday gift. It’s beautiful, soft and all natural. Made by Barkha’s Custom Sourcing, a woman owned eco-textile development and sourcing company—they work with certified organic cotton mills and Fair Trade or Fair Labor companies. $15 and up Details: (770) 696-5845, At the Collective, Inman Park








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from the editor In the Spirit

Giving back to your community should be a year-round effort, not just during the holidays. Get into that charitable spirit by finding something you are passionate about. Maybe you like to work with rescue animals, or maybe it’s donating time at a local hospital. For more volunteer ideas, visit our Giveback Guide (p. 29).

Read about the ultimate give-back opportunity in our Greatest Gift feature (p. 35), which explores how to become a donor and demonstrates how this act of generosity can forever change the lives of others. To help with the stress of the holiday season, why not give yoga a try? With its healing, relaxing and physical benefits, this practice is sure to help boost your mood. You stand to gain more agility and strength with each pose you strike. And if you’re not sure which type of yoga is right for you, read our helpful guide (p. 41). This season also brings out fun family traditions, delicious holiday recipes or a much-needed relaxing vacation. Whatever you do to help make your holidays merry and bright, let us know about it by writing on Best Self’s Facebook wall.

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The scoop on what’s new around town Pretty Powerful

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World famous makeup artist Bobbi Brown seeks to empower women through her new book, “Pretty Powerful.” This book is part makeup manual and part inspirational stories, as Bobbi interviews real women, athletes and celebrities about what beauty means to them. She also gives step-by-step tips for how to achieve a flawless look. $29.95

The simple yet elegant pieces from Louise Loirette Jewelry translate to any outfit and add a little flair. Named for her late aunt Louise, local jewelry designer Caroline Willett uses classic and clean designs that are timeless. Choose layering necklaces or simple earrings for a fun look and a pop of color. $15 - $55 Details:

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Find everything you need from athletic wear to fitness accessories at Athleta, Atlantic Station’s newest store catering to women and their sport of choice. The store opened on Oct. 31 and offers free fitness classes and in-store discounts for fitness professionals. Details: 1380 Atlantic Drive, Atlanta, GA,

Marietta-based practitioner Dr. Ken Knott sheds light on hormone replacement, menopause, andropause (male menopause) and common medical misconceptions in his book, “Dangerous Medicine, What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know Can Hurt You.” Learn more about your hormones by visiting Dr. Knott at Blue MedSpa in Atlanta where he offers hormone replacement therapy services.This book is available for $19.95 Details: Your local Barnes & Noble,

Photos courtesy of: Louise Loirette Jewelry (top right), Bobbi Brown (top left), Athleta (middle left) WellStar Health System (bottom left)

Visiting Olympian Patients and employees of the WellStar Health System community may be getting a surprise visit from a local Olympian very soon. Fayetteville, GA native and 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Triple Jumper WellStar Health System president & CEO, Christian Taylor has Reynold Jennings and Christian Taylor. partnered with WellStar to share his motivation for healthy living throughout the WellStar five-county service area. Taylor hopes to make a difference in his community by sharing his advice and knowledge about leading an active lifestyle.

Health of Our Youth The Ryan Cameron Foundation’s 5th Annual “Healthy, Stronger, Living Longer” Youth Health Fair will be held on Nov. 3 at The Gallery at South DeKalb from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be workshops focused on nutrition education, free health services, free giveaways and fun activities for kids. Details: 2801 Candler Road, Decatur, GA, (404) 784-1171,

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Gifts that Inspire Good Health and Fitness Compiled by Erin Cotter and Intisar Seraaj-Sabree

Looking for a gift that will keep on giving? Consider the Aquajogger, perfect for that loved one who likes the benefit of a low-impact workout. An ideal in-water exercise, it utilizes water weights to deliver a full-body fitness routine. $44.95 Details: Fleet Feet Sports, 224B Johnson Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA, (404) 255-3338,


For the exercise enthusiast on your holiday gift list, check out Breath Thermo. It is an apparel line designed to help them stay warm during the cold weather months. This new active wear line from Mizuno features a fabric technology that eliminates the need for the polar bear look with all of those unnecessary layers. $74.99


Exploring your surroundings while burning calories is now as easy as looking down at your wrist. TomTom’s Nike + SportWatch offers a GPS tracker that displays location and mileage so runners, walkers and joggers don’t have to worry about getting lost or keeping up with how many miles they’ve just walked. $149 Details: Your local Walmart,


A great find for anyone who wants to flavor their water, the AquaZinger water bottle is a portable way to infuse your drink with fresh fruits or veggies. Using the mini blender fixed at the bottom of the bottle, you can mix in berries, mint or cucumbers into the flat water for a refreshing new taste. $15.95 Details: (800) 482-0327,

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Versatile, convenient and suitable for all ages and fitness levels, the TruFit Unit is made to adapt to a busy lifestyle. Anchor the unit to anything close by (like a swing set, rack or pull-up bar), and you have a fitness unit. The TruFit Unit combines functional training with resistance, allowing your body to move with ease through the exercises. The package comes with a backpack to take the system with you, a DVD and a guidebook. $199.99 Details: Unique Outfitters, 3701 Presidential Pkwy., Atlanta, GA, (866) 994-1355,




Pick of the Month Fitness Fun Get social and sweaty with group classes that are high in both energy and fun. I found a way to get fit and try out multiple studios while saving money without the commitment of a membership. 10 Pack is a multi-studio fitness class card from Atlanta’s fitness expert, Cara Weaver. The card grants you access to top trendy studios such as Flywheel, Core, Stellar Bodies and others. Various card options allow you to customize a plan that mixes spinning, kickboxing, yoga and more to achieve your personal goals. Shop online at Jessica Dauler For more info visit For more info on Jessica visit

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Healthy and tasty ideas to nourish your body

Easy Pasta with Roasted Corn, Edamame and Tomatoes After a while, pasta can become boring when you stick to well-known favorites like alfredo and marinara. Spice up your repertoire and try this easy-to-make pasta with roasted corn, edamame and tomatoes. This recipe will give you the right amount of fruit and veggies you need to balance out the starch of pasta. Try adding slices of roasted chicken or steak to turn leftovers into a revamped second meal. Ingredients: 12 ounces linguini or farfalle 1 tablespoon of olive oil ¾ pint of grape tomatoes cut in half 1 cup frozen shelled edamame (Traders Joe’s brand) 1 cup frozen roasted whole kernel corn (Traders Joe’s brand) Handful of freshly grated Parmesan cheese Method: Cook the pasta according to the package directions, adding the edamame and corn during the last 2 minutes of cooking. Reserve ½ cup of the cooking water, drain the pasta and vegetables and return them to the pot. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the tomatoes and sauté until slightly softened, about 5-6 minutes. Add the tomatoes and Parmesan to the pasta and vegetables and toss to combine. Add the reserved cooking water if needed. Serves: 4

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—Recipe courtesy of Best Self Atlanta’s Associate Publisher, Patti Stephens

Fresh Food on the Move

One Smart Muffin

Farm Mobile sells fresh, locally grown produce, grass-fed beef, whole pasture raised chickens and free-range eggs and brings it all to you. This mobile farmers market can be found anywhere from the CNN center to downtown Brookhaven. A complete schedule of their locations can be found on their website.

Since she was a teenager, founder of Frannie’s Gluten Free Muffins, Frances Shaw has been dealing with fibromyalgia and gluten intolerance. Due to her poor health, she had to leave the Savannah College of Art and Design and was homebound for a year, but she used this time to create flavorful “allergy smart” muffins. These fluffy treats are free of gluten, dairy, nuts, soy and yeast, eliminating most food allergy concerns. Loaded with health benefits, they are made with organic fruits, vegetables and antibiotic-free eggs.

You can find them at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market on Saturday mornings and the East Atlanta Farmers Market on Thursday evenings. They have a meat CSA (community supported agriculture program) year-round and fresh produce CSA from mid- May through the third week of December. No matter which location you visit, their fresh products are sure to impress. Details: Riverview Farms, 954 White Graves Road, Ranger, GA, (706) 334-2926,

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Make it easier to get your pre-holiday body back. Even if you indulge a little over the holidays, GMM can help you minimize the damage. GMM’s chef-inspired portion- and calorie-controlled meals are all locally prepared and fresh, never frozen – the perfect blend of culinary magic and nutrition science. A great way to offset those holiday temptations. And what could be more convenient? GMM has over 90 pickup locations throughout metro Atlanta.

If you need a little help, GMM has a terrific menu of nutrition support services. GMM’s experienced team of registered dietitians and wellness professionals will work with you to not only help you set achievable goals over the holidays, but help you stay on track after they’re over!

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Explore new ways to get more out of life

A Llama Experience Compiled by Addie Balenger Instead of traveling down to South America to trek with llamas, simply visit the historic High Hampton Inn and Country Club located in Cashiers, N.C. Less than three hours from Atlanta, the inn offers its guests several opportunities to bond with these shaggy four-legged creatures. Every Thursday and Friday during the summer, llamas accompany hikers and serve as golf caddies. They make the ideal hiking companion, carrying picnic baskets, blankets and provisions as walkers make their way around Cherokee Campgrounds or around Hampton Lake up to the top of Rock Mountain. If you enjoy golfing, reserve a llama as your caddy. Fitted with a special harness to carry golf clubs, a llama does its job well, with feet shaped in such a way that they do not damage the grass. While a llama caddy may not be able to help you with your game, at least you won’t have to worry about them judging your stroke! During the evening, attend a meet-and-greet with the llamas at the inn’s Rock Mountain Tavern. Visitors have a chance to include a llama in the family picture and create a unique trip keepsake to show off to friends for years to come. The llamas at High Hampton Inn are not ordinary llamas. Previously featured on “National Geographic Adventures,”“BBC” and “Animal Planet,” these animals are owned and raised by Mark English, who has experience raising llamas at his family’s farm in Brevard, N.C. Intelligent, sociable and calm-natured, these domesticated creatures are suitable friends for family members of all ages. Renowned for their soft wool, llamas are related to camels and have a long history in South America as pack animals. Reserve your adventure with a llama at the High Hampton Inn today. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and celebrating its 90th season, the inn will not disappoint. In addition to golfing and hiking with llamas, the inn offers tennis, spa services and a 35-acre mountain lake for swimming, boating and fishing. And in case you were wondering, these other activities do not include llamas. Details: High Hampton Inn, 1525 Hwy. 107 S., Cashiers, N.C., (800) 334-2551, pro shop (828) 743-2450,

Written and directed by Robert Lepage, Cirque du Soleil’s newest production, Totem, shows the progress of species. The show explores man’s journey from an amphibian state to his desire to fly. The characters take on thrilling feats such as acrobatics, juggling, roller-skating and more. The show premieres Oct. 26 under the blue and yellow Big Top at

Winter Wonderland

Atlantic Station and runs through Dec. 16.

Get ready to ring in the holiday season with festive décor and a Nikolaustag Party at Der Biergarten on Dec. 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. This German restaurant and beer garden will feature garland and lights, nearly 10,000 ornaments, 72 nutcrackers and 26 Christmas trees. The party is open to the public and will have festivities like beer pong on the patio and the favorite German game, hide the pickle. Make sure to try a $4 glass of gluvine, a German wine that is served warm. Decorations will be in place mid-November through Jan. 7, 2013.

Details: Atlantic Station, 1380 Atlantic Drive NW, Atlanta, GA,

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Photos courtesy of High Hampton Inn (top), Cirque du Soleil (bottom left)

The History of Mankind

fun Events

Indian Festival & Pow-Wow

Nov. 1-4 Bring friends and family to learn about Native American with dance, music, crafts, storytelling and more. Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Drive, Stone Mountain Park, GA,

Run Around the Rock 5M /10M /15M Nov. 3/8 p.m. Run 5, 10 or 15 miles in this relaxed race environment. Register beforehand. Stone Mountain Park, Marina Parking Lot, 1000 Robert E. Lee Drive, Stone Mountain Park, GA,

Chastain Park Arts Festival

Nov. 3-4 The event will feature fine painters, photographers, sculptors, glass blowers and jewelers. Admission is free. Chastain Park,

The Royal Alpaca Challenge

Nov. 3-4 Watch these South American animals compete in fleece and performance categories. Admission is free. Georgia International Horse Park, 1996 Centennial Olympic Parkway, Conyers, GA,


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If you have toenail fungus, do you visit a spa or clinic under the care of a non-medical technician? Or, do you choose a professional practice, where your entire experience, from diagnosis to treatment, is handled by one of Atlanta’s most skilled podiatrists?

Nov. 4 Enjoy food, wine, a slient auction and more. Proceeds benifit the local farming community.Tickets are $95. Nov. 10/8 a.m. Benefiting Make-A-Wish® Georgia Chapter, participants of this marathon will get a T-shirt, cup of frozen yogurt and the chance to win an iPad. Yogli Mogli at Emory, 1403 Oxford Road, Atlanta, GA,

Parent Palooza

Nov. 10 - 11 This event offers the best tips, products and more for parents of children of any age.Tickets in advance ($10) or at the door ($12). Cobb Galleria, Centre Two Galleria Pkwy, Atlanta, GA,

At Village Podiatry, our board-certified doctors painlessly perform an FDA-cleared laser procedure, killing fungus under the nail without harming the surrounding skin.

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights

So don’t take chances. Trust the medical professionals at Village Podiatry, the Southeast’s largest, most respected practice specializing in foot and ankle care.

Nov. 17 - Jan. 5 Glimmering with more than one million lights, the show will blanket the Garden’s 30 acres. Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA,

The Lighting of Atlantic Station

Nov. 19 Be one of the first to welcome Santa Claus and see Atlantic Station’s holiday lights extravaganza with over 250,000 lights. Atlantic Station, 1380 Atlantic Drive, Atlanta GA,

Snow Mountain

Nov. 21- Feb. 18 Enjoy a fun-filled snow day when the green lawn turns white overnight. Activities include tubing, snowman building, snowball fights and more. Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Drive, Stone Mountain Park, GA,

Atlanta Half Marathon and Thanksgiving Day 5K

Nov. 22/7:30 a.m. Earn your turkey dinner alongside 6,000 other runners on Thanksgiving day in this Atlanta Track Club event. Register beforehand.Turner Field Stadium, 755 Hank Aaron Drive SE, Atlanta, GA,

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Macy’s Great Tree Lighting

Nov. 22 Begin the holiday season with live music, fireworks and the 64th lighting of Macy’s Department Store’s Tree. Lenox Square, 3393 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA,

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Community Special Events



3 Bella by Alethea’s Beauty Event, Sept. 20 1. Alethea Tinkle 2. Hope Rickett, Audrea Glenn, Caroline Lawson, Jennifer Dunaway

Body by Vi Open House, Oct. 9, 3. Katy Kellner, Shannon Sharpe, Luther Bellinger

Dr. Bhatia’s Grand Opening Open House, Oct. 4 4. Jessica Abadie, Nicole Simpson, Meagen Williams, Dr. Tasneem Bhatia, Brooke Archer, Tracey Romain, Katie Bacot


“Peelin Groovy” Neocutis Event, Sept. 26, Marietta Facial Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics Center 5. Liz Breedlove, Meg Joyner, Skyla Cox, Dr. Ken Anderson, Kim Palmieri, Rachel McEntyre, Sara Kovac, Sonya Barzegar

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I notice my face seems redder and it looks like I have blush on all the time. What is going on and what can I do about it?

What is the least expensive way to make your face look younger? Is it worth paying for treatments at salons and spas?

There are plenty of inexpensive ways to boost your skin’s youthful texture. I recommend patients start with a daily exfoliant treatment such as Retin-A (tretinoin, approx $70), which will both remove dead skin cell layers as well as stimulate collagen production. Because tretinoin can cause mild to moderate irritation initially, I recommend starting with a glycolic acid moisturizer or retinoid derivative such as “retinol” to allow your skin to adapt to the exfoliation more easily. As always, the first and most important intervention that requires little expense is wearing a daily sunscreen. Using at least an SPF 15 or 30 daily on your face and neck will go a long way in preventing wrinkles and sunspots.

Can I get skin cancer on my head? Skin cancer can occur anywhere on your body. Skin frequently exposed to ultraviolet light is at greater risk because the damaging rays can affect the way your skin cells reproduce and that can result in skin cancer like melanoma. The best way to avoid this is to stay out of the sun. However, I would urge people who enjoy staying out in the sun to use the broad spectrum, SPF 30 or higher sunscreen regularly (the spray kind is helpful if applying to the scalp) or wear a protective hat when outdoors.

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Nutrition For Your Eyes Lutein is one of only two carotenoids found in the human eye that helps protect it by absorbing potentially damaging light and safeguarding it against oxidative damage or cellular damage. This carotenoid, a plant-based antioxidant found in nature, is present in certain foods. Look for lutein in:

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Eggs yolks. An egg white omelet may seem like a healthy choice, but you will miss out on eye health benefits found in the yolk. —Courtesy of Carolyn O’Neil, MS, RD, Atlanta-based dietician and author of “The Dish on Eating Healthy and Being Fabulous!”

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The Millard Fuller Legacy Build 2012, named in honor of Millard Fuller, creator of Habitat for Humanity and The Fuller Center for Housing, held its 4th annual charity effort to help build homes for families around the nation and the world. Among these selfless volunteers were several members of Atlanta Home Improvement magazine. “It was an amazing experience,” said Rachel Sirlin, an account manager at Atlanta Home Improvement Magazine. “Giving of yourself to someone who needs your help makes you appreciate what you have.” In this global and national charity event, volunteers were ready to work toward manifesting the corporation’s goal of rehabilitating at least 100 homes through Fuller Center partners. Volunteers gathered in McDonough, GA from Sept. 9-14 with hammer and nails. More than 12 dozen volunteers were rallied to provide families with decent, affordable and warm places to live. Their mission: renovating four homes. To date, Henry County has hosted the building of more than 25 homes for families in Henry County, GA. The next Legacy Build opportunity will be held next spring in Joplin, MO to help people who lost their homes during the May 2011 tornado. For more information about the Legacy Build, visit




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The difference you can make by becoming a donor

It may surprise you to learn that one organ donor can save the lives of eight people, and one tissue donor can help 50 others. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 115,000 Americans are currently on the transplant waiting list, and 18 people in the U.S. will die each day waiting for an organ. Signing up to become a donor may not be something that crosses your mind every day, but it is easier than you might think.

Becoming a donor

To become a donor, you must first enroll in your state’s donor registry. “The registry is a confidential database of donor designations,” says Kaysha Cranon, Public Affairs Coordinator at LifeLink. “If a person wishes to become an organ donor they can designate their decision when they get or renew their driver’s license or online at” Once you designate your decision on your driver’s license, be sure to discuss this with your loved ones so they understand your wishes. They may be asked to serve as your advocate or sign a consent form for your donation to occur. It is also important to note that there is no cost to your family for your organ donation. This cost is always paid by the recipient, usually through insurance, Medicare or Medicaid.

Who can be a donor

“There are essentially two types of organ donors: deceased donors and living donors,” explains Dr. Miguel Tan, Surgical Director of Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation at Piedmont Transplant Institute. “When it comes to deceased donors, almost anyone who has irreversible brain injury (or so-called ‘brain death’) is a potential donor.”




In addition to their organs, a deceased donor can donate a number of tissues as well. “Donated tissue includes heart valves, bone, skin, corneas and soft tissue like tendons and ligaments,” Cranon says. “Donated heart valves replace damaged ones and allow the heart to function normally. Annually, more than 750,000 lives are helped through tissue transplantation.” Living donors can donate a major organ such as a kidney, as well as blood, bone marrow, stem cells and even umbilical cord blood. “To be a living donor, you need to be in pristine health,” says Dr. Carlos Zayas, a transplant surgeon at Piedmont Hospital. “Diabetes, high blood pressure, gestational diabetes or preeclampsia, a sickle cell trait (which is common in the South), or a BMI higher than 30 are the most common reasons for exclusion.” The requirements for bone marrow donors are similar to those of an organ donor. “People who have HIV or hepatitis are not eligible to donate,” says Leslie Kerns, Program Manager of the Bone Marrow Transplant Program at Northside Hospital. “Insulin dependent diabetes, autoimmune disorders or other significant health issues defer you from being a donor. The goal being not to transmit anything that could harm a recipient and also not to cause any increased risk to the donor.”

The donation process: What you need to know “Most patients are afraid to donate because they are fearful of pain, so the first thing to know is that the only organ that living donors can give are kidneys, partial liver transplants or partial lung transplants,” Dr. Zayas says. “Organ donation in the U.S. is highly regulated, and donors are put through extensive testing. Donors require more testing than the recipients do to ensure the reliability and function of their organs and that (the donors) will stay healthy for years after transplant.”

While some people may fear the financial implications of taking time off from work to donate, many states have enacted laws that provide paid leave for bone marrow and organ donors. “In Georgia, government employees are entitled to 30 days of paid time off to recover,” Dr. Zayas says. “You can also deduct up to $10,000 from your income taxes in Georgia if you are an organ donor.” And for people who act on behalf of a deceased donor, they can rest assured that the body of their loved one is treated with respect and dignity throughout the entire donation process. “The donor’s appearance following donation still allows for an open-casket funeral,” Cranon

says. “Once the organ or tissue recovery process is completed, the body is released to the donor’s family. From the time the donation process begins, it is usually completed within 24 to 36 hours, and the family may then proceed with funeral arrangements.”

Blood & Bone Marrow

According to the American Red Cross, someone needs blood every two seconds in the U.S., and Type O-negative blood is always in high demand because it can be transfused to patients of all blood types. “You must be 18 to 65 years of age to donate blood because you have the best reserve,” Dr. Zayas says. “You must be infection free and cancer free, and free of hepatitis B, hepatitis C or active hepatitis A. You cannot have STDs or HIV, and you must have a certain body weight. Anyone with a BMI (body mass index) of less than 20 should not donate.” The blood donation process includes a mini-physical to check your temperature, blood pressure, pulse and hemoglobin to ensure it is safe for you to give blood. Since the average adult has about 10 pints of blood in their body, roughly one pint is given during a donation. The entire process from the time you arrive to the time you leave takes about an hour and 15 minutes. Bone marrow donation is a bit more complex, but the need for it is just as great. “Only 30 percent of patients who need a donor transplant have access to a fully matched related donor,” Kerns says. “The others need to rely on unrelated donors to be able to have access to life saving transplants.” The first step to become a bone marrow donor is joining the Be The Match Registry at If a doctor selects you as a match for a patient, you may be asked to donate bone marrow or cells from circulating blood (called Peripheral blood cell – or PBSC - donation). “A good donor for bone marrow is different than a good blood donor,” Dr. Zayas says. “You must be between 18 and 50 because stem cells are so important for bone marrow, which decrease after age 50.” PBSC donation involves removing a donor’s blood through a sterile needle in one arm. The blood is passed through a machine that separates out the cells used in transplants, and the remaining blood is returned through the other arm. Bone marrow donation, on the other hand, is a surgical procedure in which liquid marrow is withdrawn from the back of the donor’s pelvic bones using special, hollow needles. General or regional anesthesia is always used for this procedure, so donors feel no needle injections and no pain during marrow donation.


“The most common solid organ donated by a living person is a kidney,” Dr. Tan says. “If there are no potential issues such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity, a donor’s outcome after donating a kidney is excellent. The available data indicates that people can live a normal, healthy life with a single kidney, and there is no impact of how long the donor lives.” By becoming a living kidney donor, you will not only increase the supply of quality life-saving organs to those in need, but potentially reduce the costs associated with chronic kidney disease. “An increase in living donation also reduces the number of patients languishing on the waiting list and allows those who do not have living donors to ‘move up’ the list to potentially reduce their waiting time,” he says.

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When Dunwoody resident Becky Springer contacted a rare bacterial infection in 2008, the condition became so lifethreatening that doctors had to amputate her hands and feet to stop her organs from shutting down. After three months in the hospital and six weeks at a rehabilitation center, she was able to return home to her husband and three young daughters. But her failing kidneys still required weekly dialysis, and in 2009, she was placed on the kidney transplant list at the Piedmont Hospital Transplant Institute. Unfortunately, none of her relatives or friends were suitable donors. Then Becky met a woman named Amy Otto through her neighborhood book club. Upon hearing Beckyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story, Amy volunteered to donate one of her kidneys to her new friend. When doctors determined that Amy was a six point (in other words, perfect) match, she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hesitate to undergo the surgery to retrieve one of her kidneys. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I honestly believe God picked her. It was divine intervention,â&#x20AC;? Becky says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The fact that I found a live kidney donor was unbelievable, and the fact that she was a six Becky Springer and her point match even more unbelievable.â&#x20AC;? daughter Mary Catherine The transplant was successful, and today Becky no longer requires dialysis. The two women remain close friends, and with the help of their Dunwoody book club, they have organized a fundraiser to benefit the Piedmont Transplant Institute. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Next to giving birth, giving an organ is truly the biggest and greatest gift that you can give to anybody,â&#x20AC;? Becky says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I often say that I have a beautiful kidney from a beautiful person.â&#x20AC;?

Ashford Jaggernauth Ashford Jaggernauth of Marietta suffers from Berger disease, a rare kidney disorder that occurs when one of the bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proteins that helps fight infections settles into the kidneys. As a result, he developed total kidney failure. One of his sisters donated her kidney in 1993, but earlier this year, Ashford required another transplant. He had hoped that his sister who lives in Trinidad would be a match this time, but this wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the case. Ashford needed to find another donor quickly, and as luck would have it, he received a kidney just five months later. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Although I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t met my donor, he is truly an amazing person to donate his organ freely on behalf of someone else,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am eternally grateful to him and to the doctors who carefully chose him as a match for me.â&#x20AC;? Ashford became part of what is called a â&#x20AC;&#x153;kidney chain,â&#x20AC;? which starts when an altruistic donor (a healthy person who donates a kidney without a specific person in mind) steps forward. But once the donorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kidney is given to a recipient, that recipient must have a donor willing to give his or her kidney to another stranger. Ashford Jaggernauth Fortunately Ashfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sister was willing to help, so she flew from and his wife, Merle Trinidad to donate her kidney to another stranger in Colorado. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am deeply indebted to my sister and my donor for their unconditional love in freely giving their kidneys and enduring much pain during their operation, all for my benefit and to allow me another chance to live,â&#x20AC;? Ashford says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every time I think about these acts of kindness, I am overwhelmed with the extent of the care and compassion of these precious people.â&#x20AC;?

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“Between June 1 and December 1, 2011, more than 1450 mothers agreed to have their newborn baby’s cord blood unit collected,” says Dr. Cathy Bonk, Immediate Past Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at DeKalb Medical. “From the units that were collected, 282 units met the standards for clinical-grade units and another 1200 units distributed for research purposes. What’s more, three people in the U.S. received stem cell transplants from cord blood units collected during this time period.”

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Because patients are most likely to match with someone of their own ethnicity, adding more diverse donors to the national registry increases the likelihood that all patients will find a life-saving match. Nobody knows this more than Dr. Zayas, who, just two years ago, was also a patient as he battled a rare and aggressive form of blood cancer. “If you are Hispanic or Latino, there is a smaller pool of people from which they can test for a viable candidate,” he says. “In my case, it was nine months before I had a donor. We went to the international registry and found someone in Sao Paulo, Brazil, but he turned out not to be a good match. One of my brothers was a closer match than expected and good enough to go through process. Thank God we did that, because we are so blessed that I am alive.” Today Dr. Zayas is cancer-free, but he continues to devote his time to orchestrating minority group bone marrow drives though local churches and synagogues in Atlanta. He’s also spearheaded a public awareness campaign in his native Puerto Rico, and he has even gotten members of his organ transplant team at Piedmont Hospital to sign up with the international registry. “In the bone marrow world, most people will die in 60 to 90 days waiting for a donor,” he says. “For every four people to come forward to be considered for bone marrow, only one will agree to do it for a stranger. Most people only want to donate for someone they love.”

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Unfortunately the trend in organ donation over the last five years has been less than encouraging. “The rate of donation for both deceased and living donors has either flattened out or decreased, while the waiting list continues to grow at a rate of three to four percent every year,” Dr. Tan says. “Organ donation is an important public health issue because of the disparity between the number of patients awaiting transplantation and the number of available donors. Currently, there are approximately 100,000 patients awaiting solid organ transplantation. However, there were only 15,000 donors in 2011 (deceased and living).” So if organ donation is something you’ve ever considered, now could be the perfect time to enroll with your state’s registry. You never know – someday you could be a silent hero in the life of another person.

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The practice of yoga dates back thousands of years, and is still popular today for its physical and mental benefits. Yoga, which means “to join or yoke together,” aims to stretch the body and spirit through measured breathing and different poses.

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According to the American Yoga Association, the techniques date back more than 5,000 years, and the whole system of yoga is built on three main structures: exercise, breathing and meditation. Newcomers to yoga will see many different benefits. “After just a few classes, yoga will begin to reshape the body, working towards optimizing strength, flexibility and tuning up all of the body’s systems,” explains Jeff Sousa of Ember Hot Yoga. “However, from the first class, and then all along the way, the main benefit is just how you feel after practicing. New students notice more energy, less stress and anxiety, and increased focus.” John Merideth, the founder and director of OnlYoga adds, “Yoga can lower blood pressure, alleviate diabetes, allow better concentration, and improve overall fitness and well-being.”

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2012 Readers’ Choice/ Facebook Faves Neda Draupadi Honarvar, E-RYT I am the owner of Tough Love Yoga, the creator of Metal Yoga and a current yoga ambassador for Lululemon Athletica. My love for teaching is second only to my passion for learning, and believing that being a student of yoga has and continues to transform the capacity and potential of my mind, body and heart. I have studied yoga for over 12 years and have completed 200 hour certifications in Classical Hatha yoga and Kali Natha yoga, and have completed Anusara Immersion and Level 1 Anusara Teacher Training.

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How to Choose: Assess Your Condition Depending on your level of physical fitness and any medical issues you may have, it’s best to shop around before deciding on a specific practice. Merideth explains that while many people want to achieve peak physical fitness, others are recovering from major illness and need a gentle practice. “Choosing a style is more about exploration than anything else. Find a class and teacher that Photos courtesy of Ron Hart Photos (top left), photo courtesy of lululemon (bottom middle) and Emily Furtsch (top right)

keep you coming back for more,” says Meryl Arnett, a lululemon ambassador who teaches at Atlanta Hot Yoga and Ember Hot Yoga. “Not all yoga classes are created equal. I often see

What other types of life improvement do you practice? Yoga and meditation are my true loves, but I also love hiking as an alternative means to ground through my body and clear my mind. What piece of advice would you give a first-timer? Yoga is a practice. It’s a lifelong relationship that will nourish and transform you, but just like every other relationship, there are challenges. Don’t give up. Be open, have fun and try not to take yourself too seriously or give yourself a hard time, especially when you’re doing something that’s difficult. Try to approach your challenges with excitement rather than frustration. Stay devoted and work through them. I promise it’s worth it. Favorite inspirational quote, mantra or saying: A Native American wise man once said there were always two dogs inside of him fighting–a good dog and a bad dog. When asked, ‘Which one wins?’ he replied, ‘The one I feed.’ 

new students exploring yoga after injury. Look for something therapeutic or alignment-based.” As with any new fitness class, you are trying for the first time, make sure to speak with your primary care physician if you have any concerns about your health limitations. “Check with your doctor and talk about intentions so we can enter the journey safely together,” says Lisa Agostoni of Charmed Yoga. “It’s critical that new students tell instructors of any injuries, illnesses or medical conditions - past or present - so we can make modifications.” Yoga is not only being practiced inside studios, but also in parks and other outdoor venues

Helen Noviello I received a B.S. in health and physical education as well as numerous fitness and yoga teaching certifications, and have been working and teaching in the health, wellness and fitness industry for 35 years, teaching yoga for 25. I teach yoga at my private studio, Yoga By Helen. My very eclectic flow style of teaching is noncompetitive, spiritual and nurturing. In addition to how incredibly centered teaching yoga makes me feel, the biggest joy of sharing my love of yoga is seeing the bliss it creates in my students.

making it even more accessible. “To see people come together in an outdoor community yoga environment is an amazing experience – it connects them and grounds them,” says manager at exhale Atlanta, Anne-Marie Berte, a yogi who has taught and organized several outdoor yoga events. “I think more and more people are gravitating towards yoga because of the strong need to let go of stress, reconnect with themselves and also with others.”

Yoga Over 40 Concerned that you’ve started yoga too late in life? Instructors say not to worry. According to Arnett, yoga is for all ages, body types and fitness levels. “The most common thing I hear is ‘but I’m not flexible,’” she says. “I promise this does not matter. The purpose of class is to build flexibility and strength slowly and safely. There are as many variations of each pose as there are body types. Your teacher will find modifications that are right for you.”

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What other types of life improvement do you practice? In addition to practicing yoga and meditation, I live a very holistic lifestyle including organic, whole food nutrition, organic natural cosmetics, supplements, herbal teas, aromatherapy and alternative health. I feel it is a must to get into nature for a walk everyday. What piece of advice would you give a first-timer? Yoga is about what feels good for you. Do not compare, do not compete. It is important to find your own expression of yoga and not worry about what others are doing. Yoga is a blissful practice that should always feel good. Favorite inspirational quote, mantra or saying: Words I strive to live by: “Have a smile in your heart, love and compassion in your intent finding gratitude in the gifts of each and every moment.”




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I am an Atlanta native and have enjoyed teaching yoga for over 20 years. My certifications include: Kripalu yoga (200 hours), and additional 500 hour certification through Esther Myers of Toronto, Canada. I especially enjoy working with singers, performers and seniors. Yoga is a lovely gift to be shared with each unique individual. What other types of life improvement do you practice? I am an accomplished singer, actor, artist, reflexologist and master’s swimmer. I am also the proud mom to two beautiful golden retrievers and a cat, and wife to my great husband, Ken. What piece of advice would you give a first-timer? I would say find a very experienced teacher, start slowly and have fun. If it isn’t fun, it isn’t worth doing. Favorite inspirational quote, mantra or saying: In the words of yoga teacher, Vanda Scaravelli, “For once…be simple!”

I took my first class on a whim 12 years ago. Yoga offered me this wonderful way to move my body and get my mind to stop thinking so much. In 2004, I completed a teacher training program recognized by the National Yoga Alliance. I also completed a YogaKids Foundations course to teach children’s yoga. I currently teach Vinyasa flow style yoga at Balance Yoga and love every minute of it. What other types of life improvement do you practice? I meditate on a regular basis and try to perform random acts of kindness daily. I also love to bake and cook. What piece of advice would you give a first-timer? I tell new people who stop by the studio requesting information about our classes just to come- we will take care of the rest. Favorite inspirational quote, mantra or saying: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” —Maya Angelou

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I am a Nesta and BodyFlow certified yoga instructor and have been teaching for over eight years. My teaching style is a mix of Ashtanga and Vinyasa. What other types of life improvement do you practice? I am an avid participant in CrossFit as well as other fitness programs and the owner of Adrenaline Fitness and CrossFit AF. What piece of advice would you give a first-timer? Don’t rush it. Take your time and the changes will come. Favorite inspirational quote, mantra or saying: “Life, its choices and its practices are relative to the practitioner.”

Cindy Olah I have been practicing yoga for 15 years and became a 200 hour registered yoga teacher in 2002. I received my Anusara Inspired Yoga license in 2010 and I’m also a Reiki Master. I opened Sacred Garden Yoga in 2003, which is where I teach and practice. This beautiful practice has empowered me and cultivates a teaching style that is dynamic, heart opening, grounding and transformative. What other types of life improvement do you practice? I run about 20 miles a week and my husband and I have been avid salsa dancers for 12 years. I also meditate and journal regularly. What piece of advice would you give a first-timer? Do not get discouraged! You are never too old, too out of shape, too stiff or too bad to start a new endeavor. Give yourself time to learn and get better because you are worth it. Favorite inspirational quote, mantra or saying: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” —Marianne Williamson 

Astrid Santana After practicing yoga sporadically for the past 17 years, Astrid got serious about her yoga practice about seven years ago. Inspired by the profound personal growth and well-being she was able to cultivate from her work on her mat, Astrid became a certified teacher in the Pranakriya lineage. She currently teaches at Decatur Yoga and Pilates, Ember Hot Yoga, exhale spa and Tough Love Yoga. What other types of life improvement do you practice? In addition to yoga, I also enjoy hiking, backpacking, camping, and generally exploring any forests, rivers, or mountains, all the while enjoying the company of my two rescue mutts, Leo and Loretta Lynn. What piece of advice would you give a first-timer? If you are a first timer, congratulations on making it to your mat!  This is the beginning of your journey. Our destination is not the “perfect pose.” We’re already perfect just where we are. The practice of yoga is a way of remembering that taking joy in where we are each day and embracing our own divine nature. Favorite inspirational quote, mantra or saying: “It’s better to be a first rate version of yourself instead of a second rate version of somebody else.”—Judy Garland

Eleanora Lipton Eleanora Lipton, Registered Polarity Educator and founding director of Intuitive Yoga believes, “If you can breathe, you can do yoga!” Intuitive Yoga, energy principles of Polarity Therapy combined with Hatha yoga and 30 years of practice is taught at the Atlanta Polarity & Intuitive Yoga Center, Park Place, and Living Foods Institute. What other types of life improvement do you practice? I walk a lot. I walk with friends, clients and by myself.  I grow plants, lots of them.  I love most all outdoor activity. I meditate a lot. What piece of advice would you give a firsttimer? Find a teacher you know will hold your highest interest and safety above all else.  Favorite inspirational quote, mantra or saying: “Breathe into the tension, smile into your body/ temple.”

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with Dr. Venus Von Mock Ask the Hypnotherapy Specialist What is Hypnosis? Hypnosis is derived from the Greek word “hypnos”, meaning to “sleep”, but in fact it is not sleep at all. A person in a state of hypnosis is deeply, physically relaxed, yet conscious. They experience a heightened sense of awareness and an intense state of concentration, much like when absorbed in reading an interesting book or watching a movie. The person is receptive to suggestion, however cannot be coerced to do anything against their will. Hypnosis is a natural state that we enter many times throughout a normal day without consciously being aware of it.

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Hot yoga class at Ember Hot Yoga Agostoni believes breathwork is key for helping people of any age. “As a 40-year-old with cystic fibrosis, I recognize power and beauty in breath,” she says. “Linking breath to poses builds endurance.” There are two types of breathwork: three-part yogic breath, which helps to control breathing and increase lung capacity, and Kapalabhati, a traditional internal cleansing technique.

Trend Alert: Hot Yoga The hottest new yoga practice is simply that. Participants move through poses in 105-degree temperatures. Arnett outlines pros and cons: “Hot yoga allows muscles to stretch more than in regular temperatures, so you can access poses more comfortably. Sweating also encourages detoxification. The hot room isn’t always appropriate though.” Those with high blood pressure may want to stay away. Low blood pressure can also lead to dizziness or lightheadedness. Take your personality into consideration too. “If you are high-stress, the hot room may pull you further out of balance. If you are ‘go-with-theflow’ then a hot class could complement your personality,” Arnett says.

How can clinical Hypnosis bring positive change to my life? As a Hypnotherapist, my client and I work together to remove or change limiting behaviors and thoughts to positive, productive ones. Hypnosis is simply a method to bypass the conscious mind, allowing us to reach the sources of limitations residing in the subconscious mind. Many times we are unaware of the true sources that are blocking us, mentally, emotionally, physically, and/or spiritually. My goal as a Clinical Hypnotherapist, is to remove these energetic blocks within, by addressing them at their source, and supporting positive change through positive suggestions and reinforcement. The Subconscious is a gateway to limitless possibilities for a better quality of life.

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Yoga Styles If you still haven’t decided which yoga is right for you, read on to discover the differences between Ashtanga, Yin and everything in between. Hatha: The most common yoga in the United States, emphasizing poses with breathing and meditation. Try it: If you’re new to yoga and want to learn beginner’s poses, relaxation and meditation techniques to help you become more comfortable with yoga. Iyengar: May benefit those in need of physical therapy through props like blocks, cushions and straps. Try it: If you are more practiced at yoga poses, but want to gain better alignment through the use of different props. Vinyasa: Translated “to flow,” constant movement through poses creating a high-energy workout. Try it: If you find constant movement more exciting than simply stretching. This type of yoga will incorporate flow sequences like “sun salutation” into the class. Ashtanga: Meaning “eight-limbed,” a multi-pronged, demanding approach that suits ex-athletes who are used to moving quickly. Try it: If you are more independent and like to move quickly through your day, but still like to maintain order in your life, this athletic form of yoga is for you. Restorative: Incorporates the use of props to assist in relief of chronic stress, illness and injury. Try it: If you want to combine yoga with other athletic activities, and also need to stretch out sore muscles. This type of yoga uses props such as blankets to help you maintain a yoga position for 10 to 20 minutes. Yin: Highlights deepening postures, stretching connective tissues, and creating greater flexibility. Try it: If meditation or relaxation is your goal, this is the yoga for you. It is similar to restorative yoga in that the poses are held for long periods of time; however, in Yin yoga, the goal is deeper meditation. Jivamukti: This practice can involve music, scripture reading, and chanting. The emphasis is more spiritual than physical. Try it: If yoga is a more spiritual path for you than athletic, and if chanting while doing yoga doesn’t bother you. This type of yoga has been adopted by celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Russell Simmons. AcroYoga: This yoga practice builds on communication, trust, and concentration to achieve acrobatic yoga sequences with two or three people. Try it: If you work well with others, are experienced in yoga, and want more of a challenge, this is the new yoga class for you. Namaste.




What other types of life improvement do you practice? I am vegan. I also do some trail running, play drums, sail boats and love being on the ocean or in the mountains. What piece of advice would you give a first-timer? Constant practice is the key to success. Favorite inspirational quote, mantra or saying: “Be the change that you want to see in the world.”—Gandhi

Ashley Bohanon Yoga is refreshing for me, helping me feel strong inside and out. There is nothing better than sharing that! I’ve trained at Peachtree Yoga Center with grounded kids and study alignment-based yoga. I teach employees at CHOA as well as campers at Camp Strong4Life. I also teach at studios, schools and give private sessions. What other types of life improvement do you practice? I think it’s important to constantly learn and grow in different areas. Lately I’ve been learning about meditation, healthy cooking, tennis, chess and recently signed up for my first half marathon. What piece of advice would you give a first-timer? Relax. This is for you, and no one is watching you as much as you feel like they will. Favorite inspirational quote, mantra or saying: “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” —Howard Thurman

Mandy Wright I discovered yoga and began my practice in 2003. In 2006 I was certified as a teacher. I am currently teaching at Atlanta Hot Yoga and Yoga Samadhi. I am trained in Vinyasa yoga and teach hot and power yoga as well. Using an applied knowledge of both anatomy and yoga, I also teach yoga to athletes at CrossFit Atlanta and CrossFit RX. People who practice yoga inspire me to do what I do, teachers and students alike. We share this practice and learn from one another as we make the journey. That is my inspiration. What other types of life improvement do you practice? I do CrossFit and, from time to time, I still consider myself a runner. What piece of advice would you give a first-timer? Be fearless. Favorite inspirational quote, mantra or saying: “Run my dear, from anything that may not strengthen your precious budding wings.”—Hafiz

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I found yoga in 2008 and dedicated much of my time since then to intense study. I received my certification to teach yoga from Sri Dharma Mittra in 2010 and now teach traditional Hatha Raja yoga and dynamic flowing Vinyasa classes. The light along my yogic path is made brighter by every student I come in contact with, that inspires me to teach every day.

Malia Hilliard I fell in love with yoga at 15 when my father took me to my first yoga retreat after I severely injured my back. The practice was Iyengar-based, therefore both powerful and therapeutic. Lyengar remains my greatest inspiration and after 10 years of studying, I developed my own teaching style that’s fluid, powerful, inspiring and fun. Now a Yoga Alliance Certified E-RYT-200 instructor I teach at several studios and host workshops and retreats globally. I am continually honored to witness the transformational power of yoga in my students and in myself.

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For MEN and WOMEN What other types of life improvement do you practice? Having grown up in Hawaii, I live for the outdoors. I rock climb, paddleboard, swim and hike at every chance I get. What piece of advice would you give a first-timer? Get out of your head. Feel your way through the practice, don’t think your way through. Don’t let your inherent need to be good at everything get in the way. Only then will your practice be safe, meaningful and fun. Favorite inspirational quote, mantra or saying: “If you don’t like your circumstances change your attitudes.”—Ben Franklin

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I discovered yoga as a massage therapist looking to learn more about alternative medicine and it immediately taught me how to care for myself in ways that no one had ever taught me before. I dove even deeper when meeting Baron Baptiste in 2000 and then Ana Forrest shortly after, two teachers who I am guided by today as I share my journey in yoga with my own students. I received my 200 hour yoga certification through YogaWorks and teach a Power Vinyasa Flow in several studios around Atlanta. What other types of life improvement do you practice? I love riding motorcycles, rock climbing, playing capoeira and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. My main source of exercise is walking my amazing dog, Jane. I’m also a frustrated chess player. What piece of advice would you give a first-timer? Everyone starts at the beginning. Enjoy the process, every time you get on the mat you will be going to new places in your body. Favorite inspirational quote, mantra or saying: A quote that continues to teach me to do more by doing less is from Ancient China. “Before enlightenment chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.”

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John is the director of onlYoga and teaches vigorous, creative Vinyasa flow and Ashtanga. As a swimmer and distance runner, he was drawn to yoga because of its demand for a perfect balance of strength, flexibility and endurance. With more than 22 years of personal practice and 20 years of teaching, John believes that yoga is meant to be a dynamic psycho/spiritual journey as much as it is a physical passage. John is continually inspired to teach by the profound transformation he sees in his students. He teaches at onlYoga, Exhale Spa and Ember Yoga and leads numerous trainings, workshops and retreats. What other types of life improvement do you practice? I love to swim, run, climb, surf and play Frisbee and ball with my Jack Russell terriers. I also enjoy the intersection of yoga and technology, especially Apple Tech.  I love to cook and garden. I am an education/research junkie and use sites like to explore new areas. What piece of advice would you give a first-timer? Learning is a lifelong process; if you can remember this every time you step on your mat you will avoid two of the biggest stumbling blocks: believing that there is a goal and taking yourself too seriously. Favorite inspirational quote, mantra or saying: “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” —Steve Jobs

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I started practicing yoga and meditation from a book when I was 14 years old and found my first yoga teacher in my early twenties. I am certified in Hatha yoga, Kundalini yoga and Kali Natha yoga. I have taught all over Atlanta, and opened my own yoga studio, Kashi Atlanta, in 1998. I am an “urban yoga monk,” having taken sanyasin (monks) vows, dedicating my life to the path of yoga philosophy and to selfless service to our community. I am inspired by my students every day. I also get inspired by leading our Yoga Teachers Training Course - I love teaching the teachers. My own teacher, Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati, inspires me with her courage and humor. What other types of life improvement do you practice? I love to meditate, chant, give, love and serve. At Kashi Atlanta, we have a Street Meals Program which feeds 20,000 people each year. We also have a Kashi KidsArt Program, where we go into the Atlanta Children’s Hospital and do art projects with the kids. And our Prison Yoga Project takes yoga and meditation into local women’s prisons. I find that so many people can benefit from the stress reducing practices both yoga and meditation offer. What piece of advice would you give a first-timer? To find your rhythm, stay aware of your breath, and do not judge, yourself or anyone else. And to enjoy the practice. Yoga is about opening up and finding your deeper connection to your heart and your spirit. Use your practice to cultivate calm presence, so you can be happier on or off the mat.  Favorite inspirational quote, mantra or saying: “Learn to drink as you pour, so the spiritual heart cannot run dry and you always have love to give.” —Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati

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I have yoga certifications from Equinox, AAAI and YogaFit, and have been practicing since 1997. I lead instructor training, Anusara classes and guided meditation at my studio, Aerobics, Yoga & More. My sixth video in the Altheatized series is Soul Stretch, a gentle yoga routine. I am inspired by freedom and nature - I often practice outside. What other types of life improvement do you practice? I practice Sajido martial arts,Tae Kwon Do and Pilates weekly, I mountain/nature trail hike monthly and I meditate and study philosophy daily. What piece of advice would you give a first-timer? Be patient, listen to your body, and close your eyes (no competition with others or yourself). Favorite inspirational quote, mantra or saying: “Confidence is the sexiest thing a woman can wear.”

Jason Anderson A Former UF and pro basketball player turned 500 RYT, 200 ERYT (Hatha yoga), Jason is the senior instructor and director of teacher training at Atlanta Hot Yoga. Practicing for six years, Jason is inspired to enhance the mind, body and spirit through yoga. What other types of life improvement do you practice? Swimming, vegan diet. What piece of advice would you give a first-timer? Come to the mat without expectations, comparisons to others, listen and do your best. Favorite inspirational quote, mantra or saying: Everything is perfect, and nothing is permanent.

Leah Culberson As the Managing Director of Atlanta Hot Yoga, LLC and 500HR Yoga Alliance Certified Instructor, Leah’s 11 years of teaching yields a unique blend of expertise and focus. Her signature teaching style embodies a keen attention to detail and anatomic focus, intermingled with her emphasis on breath flow as the source of strength and depth in ones practice and evolutionary unfolding. Leah is inspired to teach by her belief in the healing modality of yoga - one she’s personally witnessed through her own 14 year yoga practice. What other types of life improvement do you practice? I participated in various competitive sports as a gymnast, diver, tennis player, college cheerleader and distance runner. I am a purist and also flirt with vegetarianism with 95 percent success rate. I seek moderation as a way of life and being. I am also an avid reader and seeker of knowledge and wisdom. What piece of advice would you give a first-timer? My advice for first timers is to jump into the practice with deep reverence and belief in the innate desire of the body, mind and spirits’ desire to express, be known and heal. The practice lends itself to improvisation, which is its risk, responsibility and strength. Favorite inspirational quote, mantra or saying: “The truth will set you free.”

Healing the Body - balance, energy, flow and meditation Energetic Healing: An Alternative Path to Wellbeing Those in search of healing are turning to alternative sources when traditional medicine alone falls short. Energetic Healing practitioner Mindy Strich, founder of Healing Hearts, LLC promotes this holistic approach as a complement to conventional Western medicine. Energetic Healing is based on the idea that the human body radiates energy in a three to four foot cocoon surrounding itself. Thoughts, experiences, emotions and belief systems originate in this field and are stored in our cells. Depletions and distortions in the flow of energy can manifest as disease, illness and anxiety. Stritch says, “When you balance the flow of energy, the body uses its innate wisdom to heal itself.” Energetic Healers are trained to balance this flow by redirecting energy to areas that need it most.

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Meditation: Centering the Mind and Body Meditative thinking is often overlooked in our busy schedules. However, just a few minutes of meditation per day can have positive long-term results. Leslie Clayton of Body Awareness Studio says that when we meditate even just 12 minutes each day, “we increase our memory and stimulate the area of the brain that is responsible for happiness. At the same time, we are decreasing the chemicals that cause stress and depression.” Clayton suggests meditation through movement as a form of exercise. Many exercises such as yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi and Qui Jong can be practiced while meditating. Create an environment that allows you to simply be with yourself and focus while moving through these exercises. Engage in breathing through the movements. Breathwork helps practitioners achieve centered focus, Clayton says, and “from this place we can truly bring our own essence and presence forward.”

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Every student needs a mat. Leigh Anne Neal of Nirvana Yoga recommends an inexpensive mat such as the brand Gaiam for beginners. $21.69 Details: Your local Target or T.J. Maxx Serious yogis should go for a higher quality mat, as it will get more wear and tear. Try the Black May Pro from Manduka, the favorite brand of Brianna Nortons a yoga teacher at exhale mind body spa and Jennifer Smith of Balance Yoga Atlanta. $94

Meryl Arnett of Atlanta Hot Yoga in Buckhead and Ember Hot Yoga in Woodstock also recommends The Mat from lululemon athletica. “I’ve practiced on a Manduka Pro Lite mat for years and loved it (still do) but The Mat from lululemon is even more slip resistant and has great cushioning if you are practicing on a hard floor.”




People use a yoga block to as support in various yoga poses and to help achieve better alignment of the body. These blocks come in different shapes and sizes can be made of cork or foam. Details:


Great for the beginner, yoga workout straps help if you need a little extra push to get into the positions and help you achieve proper body alignment. Details: Available at your local REI or Target

Some yoga classes end with meditation where you sit or lay down. If you need extra warmth during this time, you may want to consider bringing a blanket to class. This can also be used for extra cushion during certain poses.

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You’ll want a towel handy to keep you and your mat sweatfree and prevent you from slipping. A simple beach towel works, but Arnett invests in a Sweatless Towel by Yogitoes, especially for hot classes. $15 Details: Atlanta Activewear, 996 Virginia Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA, (404) 532-1975, www.


Arnett recommends fitted clothing so instructors can see students’ bodies clearly and make corrections to poses as needed. Her favorites are Atlanta Activewear and lululemon athletica. Smith loves Be Present tank tops. Neal likes lululemon athletica’s wonderunder tights and sports bras and American Apparel for their leggings and tank tops. Details:




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Getting together with family over the holidays presents a unique—albeit delicate—opportunity to discuss finances with your parents. We live in a society where asking people about their money is considered rude. Many families are secretive about their savings. Despite the discomfort, consider how caring for your parents financially might impact your own future financial well-being.

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Like everything else, food has a history. In the past, people were directly connected to their food supply, but now we have a near total disconnect from it. In fact, we are totally dependent on others for food, and we have not been self-sufficient with our food supply since the late 1700s. Long ago we were hunters and gatherers who searched and found food and water wherever it was present. When it was no longer available, we moved on to the next area. We were so in tune with our food that we even learned the migration patterns of animals and which plants were safe to eat. Of course, this was very healthy when available. But unfortunately it was unpredictable, and could barely sustain a small tribe. The health issue we are faced with today is that we are genetically wired to thrive on this naturally obtained fuel. Our most valuable weapon to protect ourselves from what is sold is to be a knowledgeable label reader. A few simple rules of thumb are: If it is sold in a bag or a can with a long shelf life, beware. These items are typically found in the aisles of your market. Healthier choices are usually on the perimeter of the store. Marketing slogans can be deceiving and misleading, so buyers beware. If it was previously alive, there is a good chance it could be good for you. The label reading rules are as follows: • Organic - Five digits and starts with a nine. Grown naturally with no chemicals. Think ‘nine is divine’ to quote my good friend Mikki Douglas from Planet Mikki. • Conventional - Four digits and starts with a four. Grown with chemicals and pesticides. • GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) Five digits and starts with an eight. Grown unnaturally and genetically modified.

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Tread Lightly When Suspecting a Neuropathy

What is a neuropathy?

How are neuropathies diagnosed and treated?

Neuropathies are diseases of peripheral nerves, those that extend from the spinal cord to the rest of the body. There are many different types of peripheral nerves performing many different functions, and many different ways in which these nerves can be damaged. Because of this, neuropathies are a highly variable set of diseases, with different presentations and treatments.

At Midtown Neurology, we use state of the art testing techniques to identify, characterize, and treat neuropathy, starting with a comprehensive history and physical examination to clarify the timecourse of the disease and to determine which nerve populations are affected. Laboratory testing can be used to look for underlying disease, and more specialized electrical testing can be used to clarify the distribution and severity of nerve dysfunction. In some cases, microscopic analysis of small nerve fibers in the skin (a procedure known as a punch biopsy) can be used to further investigate the neuropathy.

How do I know I might have a neuropathy? Neuropathy causes different symptoms depending on which nerves are involved. Some neuropathies cause numbness, while others cause pain most typically described as burning or electrical. These symptoms are often, but not always, worse at night. Longer nerves are often affected earlier in the course of the disease, causing symptoms to appear first in the feet and then progress upwards with time. Other neuropathies cause disruption of the involuntary aspects of the nervous system, leading to irregularities in pulse or blood pressure, reduced sweating, nausea, or other GI symptoms. One other commmon symptom is imbalance, especially in dark enviroments, caused by numbness in the feet.

What causes neuropathies? Some neuropathies are caused by other diseases, most commonly diabetes, but also others including thyroid disease, vitamin deficiencies, or inflammatory disease such as lupus. Others are caused by dysfunction of the immune system which causes it to attack peripheral nerves. In some cases, a definitive underlying cause for the neuropathy is never able to be identified.

Treatment of neuropathy depends on the results of these investigations. If an underlying cause is identified, it can be treated; even in the cases in which the neuropathy cannot be reversed, this treatment can prevent progression of disease. Medications can also be used to reduce nerve irritability and counteract autonomic dysfunction, reducing the symptoms of neuropathy, even in cases where the neuropathy itself cannot be treated. Physical therapy is often helpful in cases where neuropathy causes loss of balance. Dr. Julian Bragg, M.D., Ph.D.

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Through a coordinated approach to care with a focus on preventive medicine, we strive to help our members achieve total health—mind, body and spirit. But there is an epidemic weighing us down, literally. Two out of three Americans are obese or overweight, placing them at a higher risk for chronic disease. So, Kaiser Permanente is partnering with several national organizations to take on The Weight of the Nation and guide communities to total health.

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What is The Weight of the Nation? The Weight of the Nation is a public health campaign about the impact of obesity and excess weight. It centers on a four-part documentary series Reginald Mason, MD

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What is Kaiser Permanente Doing to Support Healthy Eating and Active Living in Atlanta? Kaiser Permanente Georgia supports a number of healthy living initiatives in the metro Atlanta area through our Community Benefit program. We donated $2.5 million to develop the new Atlanta Beltline Eastside Trail. The multi-use trail connecting Piedmont and Freedom parks provides Atlantans with a safe place to exercise. Kaiser Permanente Georgia also sponsors the Piedmont Park Green Market and provided grants to the Atlanta Community Food Bank and Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless to improve access to fresh, affordable produce.

What Steps Can I Take Now to Improve My Health? Exercise is medicine, and I prescribe it to my patients every day. Start a walking regimen—30 minutes a day, five days a week., a Web site powered by Kaiser Permanente, is a great resource for locating walking groups and trails in your community, as well as learning about the vast health benefits of walking.

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