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We’ve all experienced them, those moments when we feel the weight of the world lies upon our frail shoulders. They’re moments no one wants to own or feel, carrying with them that feeling of “Why me?” or, even worse, “What did I do to deserve this?” But unless we deal with these feelings, they eat at us. We all need to drop the rock, let go of the ball and chain, embrace the unknown and allow the power of grace to work its magic. So, what exactly is this power of grace and how do we capture its essence? For me, it’s about being authentic, truthful and open to receiving and giving of myself unconditionally and humbly. When we trust in life as a loving intelligence, supportive of authenticity and service, a bringer of magic and miracles as required, we create the possibility of experiencing this as true adventure, one that’s worth taking a leap now and then into the unknown. My dear friend and mentor, Paulette Gloria Harwood, has been teaching me that when you let go, you release your attachment to the outcome. Only then, can you allow the power of grace to work its magic. As the weather begins to change from warm to cold, we begin to cocoon. We start to crave comfort foods to help keep us warm and snug. Favorite winter dishes warm us from the inside and, as our slow cooker churns out yummy food for our bellies, ask yourself what it is you’re doing to fuel your soul? Are you living your life with grace and authenticity to better serve yourself and others? This fall and winter season, let’s learn to look inside ourselves and practice releasing the burdens from our souls that weigh us down. Take comfort not only on the outside with things that bring you physical warmth, but on the inside with your spiritual wellbeing, as well. You have the power within you. You need only find it. It’s our dharma. We were born to love, to give, to share, to heal, and to empower. With this printed publication of the Fall/Winter issue of Healthy Living, the words of the late Dr. Wayne Dyer help guide your process to grow strength. "Remain humble and grateful for all your accomplishments, and know that a force greater than your ego is always at work in your life." "Maxim for life: You get treated in life the way you teach people to treat you." "Live one day at a time emphasizing ethics rather than rules." Dr. Wayne Dyer died on August 29 2015, leaving behind the memory of a truly awesome individual who remained humble while sharing his life and learnings with thousands of people worldwide. Go with Grace,

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Your skin care regimen and lifestyle habits are the primary predictors of your skin’s health. Some of the leading factors that take a toll on the quality and texture of your skin are stress, lack of sleep, poor nutrition, pollution, damage from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, excessive smoking and drinking alcohol. Try some simple and easy home remedies to improve the overall health and appearance of your skin. Lemon Lemon is one of the best ingredients that you can use to promote clear skin. The citric acid present in lemon helps keep the skin clear by removing dead cells, and its vitamin C content

helps reduce dark spots by increasing the cell renewal process. Lemon also has bleaching properties that will help improve your overall skin complexion. Apply fresh-squeezed lemon juice to your entire face and neck. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then wash it off with lukewarm water. After this, rub cucumber slices on your skin to soften and moisturize it. Do this daily or every other day. Another option is squeeze the juice of one-half lemon and mix one to two tablespoons of raw honey in it. Apply it on your face, leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes and then rinse it off. To exfoliate your skin, mix two teaspoons each of lemon juice and sugar. Apply the mixture on your face, neck and hands. Scrub in a circular motion and leave it on for 10 minutes.

Then rinse it off with lukewarm water. Follow this remedy once a week to enjoy glowing skin. Turmeric Turmeric is an excellent antiseptic and skin-lightening agent that helps minimize scars and other marks. Plus, turmeric can alleviate allergic, inflammatory and infectious skin disorders that make your skin look dull and lifeless. Mix one tablespoon of turmeric powder with enough pineapple juice to make a paste. Apply the paste to your face and neck. Leave it on until the paste dries completely. Then wash it off with lukewarm water. Follow this remedy two or three times a week to reduce the appearance of spots on skin. continued on page 4

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It’s never too early to start teaching kids healthy habits— and that doesn’t just include brushing their teeth and eating their veggies. Research suggests teaching kids to stay active could be crucial in preventing childhood obesity and should factor just as prominently on that parenting “to do” list. Follow the Leader — The Need-to-Know While some kids can’t sit still, others may require some help from mom and dad to go from couch potato to young fitnessphenom. Beyond verbal encouragement and logistical support (the kids can’t drive themselves to soccer practice, after all), parental attitudes toward health and fitness have been linked to influencing how their children view exercise. Some research also shows that parents who exercise regularly are more likely to have kids who willingly get in on the action, too. And as far as fueling up after little 

league games, studies suggest parents who eat more fruits and veggies have kids who eat similarly. Monkey see, monkey do? But being active as a family might have a pretty small window of opportunity. Other studies indicate that when it comes to family fitness, the impact of parental influence often decreases as children age. While younger children are more open to being active with their parents, spending time with the ‘rents can be like soooo totally embarrassing for teens. Play Day — Your Action Plan Children can be masters of dissent, so forcing them to exercise might not always be the best strategy. While every parent has their own way of approaching life lessons, a better method when it comes to fitness is likely to get children to appreciate being active— and have a little fun along the way. “Because I said so” may work for putting the dishes away, but encouragement, celebrating small victories, and doing things together can

also be effective ways to motivate kids to get fit and stay active— without the resentment. Whether it’s riding bikes, taking a martial arts class, or walking the dog every night, research shows it’s important to consistently present each activity in a positive light. It may take a bit of time and patience, but when children find the fun in being active, those good habits can last a lifetime. So put fitness right up there with teaching the golden rule, respecting their elders, and that there’s no hiding a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk. Kristine Lockwood is a stay-at-home mom and health and fitness writer, certified in fitness nutrition and helping you to become your best FIT self. Healthier choices, happier you. To learn more log into This article was first featured on Visit for more health tips, workout ideas, delicious recipes, and more.

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Two Grannies Stretch Their Comfort Zone by Ginny Just and Beth Sobiloff

food, culture and local business It's sometimes difficult to environment, as well as finding fulfill dreams if you can't move out adventure, everywhere they go. But of your comfort zone to take the not having the time or resources necessary steps that will get you to take an extended vacation, they where you want to be. decided to combine business with Ginny Just, a 68 year-old Not willing to sit in rocking chairs, the grandmother of two boys and a Two Grannies have been doing challenging things pleasure by setting up workshops and these last few months . . . like walking in the interviews with business owners along freelance graphic designer and Beth treetops and sliding along a zip line at an the way. Sobiloff, a 65-year-old grandmother Adventure Park in Sandwich! of six and a web designer, have Two Grannies on the Road was born! combined business experience of over 55 years. As marketing experts and serial networkers, these two They plan to speak with three different target audiences: seasoned entrepreneurs have noticed in recent years that baby boomers are being seen differently in the business • Business owners - on the topic of creating teams and world. using collaboration and co-opetition to build a successful Many baby boomers are beginning to feel irrelevant, business. as they are laid off of jobs they have held for years, long before they are ready to retire. • Baby boomers / senior citizens - on continuing to feel Ginny and Beth decided that they want to help empower relevant in a world that thinks they should just “retire” baby boomers, and especially business owners, to achieve success in their businesses as well as their lives by thinking • College students in entrepreneur and women’s studies outside the box and then taking action. - about the real world of business ownership, building This starts with the two of them living their own dream relationships in a digital world, and connecting with of traveling across the country in an RV, experiencing the seasoned business owners. Through the use of various marketing tools and social media, they will work to raise awareness of the challenges that baby boomers and entrepreneurs are facing today. The Two Grannies plan to start their journey in the winter of 2016, traveling in an RV (The Lean, Green, Granny Machine) down the east coast of the United States and across the country to California and then back again. Already the women have acted as inspiration to other business owners who have yet to fulfill their own dreams. They knew they were on the right path when they received such comments as “I always wanted to do that!” or “Don’t you need a (massage therapist/hair dresser/driver) to go with you?”



Ginny and Beth would welcome anyone who would like to follow their journey at or on Facebook at They also encourage tips on what to see along the road, and baby boomer business owners across the country with interesting stories to tell.

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We asked several of our healing practitioners to describe a mindfulness ritual they, themselves, use to harness their own inner being and create inner harmony and peace! Here is what they shared.


I Chant at a Kirtan A kirtan is an ancient participatory music experience that can carry us effortlessly to a place of stillness. It is one of the oldest sacred music traditions of the world. Using ancient Sanskrit mantras, the kirtan calls upon sacred energies which serve to quiet the mind, remove obstacles and bring us back to the center of our being. By repeating these simple mantras over and over, the kirtan is an easy way for me to experience some freedom from the daily chatter of my mind. Jill Jardine, Spiritual Advisor

any body of water puts me at ease and makes me feel as if I’m floating on a lazy river. I also like to walk in nature and hear the crackle of the branches or leaves under my feet, or the snow crunching beneath my boots in the winter. I love watching and listening to the animals of all seasons. These sounds help me connect with Gaia and myself, remembering we are all one with Her and the Source. Karen Norman, Believe In Spirit Healing

s I discover a new kinship In the first moments of day, before our mind is fully awake, is the most

u I Clear My Energy As a healing practitioner, it is important to keep my energy clear and protected. Every morning before getting out of bed, I do a brief clearing and grounding meditation. I sit up in bed, I give thanks, and call on my angels, guides and loved ones to surround me in love and light, and I imagine a beam of white light going through my crown chakra all the way down to mother earth and back. I start my day, spiritually centered, grounded and protected and, above all, open. Heather Keay, JLJ Spirtual Healing


I Become One with Nature I quiet my mind by listening to the sounds around me and by feeling the sun, the cold or the breeze on my skin and body. Listening to the ocean or 

powerful time for meditation. Just before the coming of dawn, Mother Nature exists in a state of flux. The earth’s energy is stable, free of the disordered vibrations that are a by-product of humanity’s comings and goings. In these first moments of the day, our mental chatter remains in the land of slumber, though we, ourselves, are awake. To meditate in this peaceful in-between time is to connect with the divine in an intimate fashion. This daily practice creates an inner peace and present awareness that remains the whole day through. I discover a new kinship with the universal life force during morning meditations because my awareness becomes a mirror for earthly consciousness Leah Somers, Purely Simple Wellness continued on page 8 . . .

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W I Drum at Drum Circles! Drumming is a foundation of many cultures. Group drumming reduces stress, boosts the immune system, provides a creative outlet and is fun for all ages. No prior experience is needed to participate in a drum circle. You can learn a rhythm or connect to natural rhythms like your heart beat! At a drum circle when you get a groove on with others, magic happens! Your mind quiets, the beat transports you into inner freedom and other dimensions. Share your rhythm, joy and vitality with others. Drum! Monique Morimoto SoulWorks Rhythm® and SoulWorks Coaching®

j I Pray Prayer, prayer, prayer. I am continually asking for guidance, answers and in return sending my gratitude to the spirit world. The more I do that, the more connected and blessed life is. One of the ways that I connect to this energy is through ThetaHealing(r). It teaches how to put to use one's

own natural intuition, relying upon unconditional love of Creator Of All That Is to do the actual “work.” Not only does it connect me to "spirit" and open up my intuition, but it's also a way to ask for healing. I can't imagine my life without it. Beth O'Connor Emotional Intelligence Coach

n I Chant the Reiki Gokai (Japanese) Every morning and evening, join your hands in prayer. Pray these words to your heart and chant these words with your mouth. The Reiki Gokai are an important tool to help us live in the flow of Reiki. Gokai means Five Principles. Let Reiki do its work, No rush no guiding or fixing, just let it be for solid 5 minutes and then a clearing happens naturally. Every morning and evening, join your hands in prayer. Pray these words to your heart and chant these words with your mouth.

The Reiki Gokai (Japanese) Shoufuku no hihoo Manbyo no ley-yaku Kyo dake wa Ikaruna Shinpai suna Kansha shite Gyo hage me Hito ni shinsetsu ni Asa yuu gassho shite kokoro ni jeji kuchi ni tonaeyo Shin shin kaizen, Usui Reiki Ryoho Chosso Usui Mikao

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If you’ve ever seen a CrossFit competition on television or happened to see a CrossFit class running down the road as you drove by, you may have thought to yourself, “what the heck is going on?” What you’re seeing, in essence, is the sport of fitness. That means doing it will require you to perform many different types of athletic movements. CrossFit is actually built from the bones of various fitness techniques and sports. Each of which challenges the body in specific ways. To create elite athletes, Crossfit has combined the following types of fitness to create a whole new sport. High-intensity interval training HIIT is a cardiovascular training technique that pairs periods of high-intensity work with periods of

rest. You may have already been HIIT by performing sprit intervals on a treadmill. HIIT is the most basic way CrossFit creates metabolic conditioning workouts. CrossFitters are usually asked to perform various exercises for time. CrossFit ups the ante by sometimes requiring an athlete to work as much as he or she can within a specific time or rep-range, resting only when absolutely necessary. Weightlifting The sport of weightlifting is comprised of two lifts: the snatch, and the clean and jerk. This sport is also commonly known as Olympicstyle weightlifting.

CrossFit utilizes both these lifts and their variations as parts of workouts. Sometimes, athletes perform these lifts with light loads and high reps. Other times, CrossFit athletes test their strength by lifting these lifts as heavy as they can for one rep. The snatch and the clean and jerk are difficult, technical lifts, especially at near-max weight. It’s best to get some coaching before attempting these lifts on your own. However, many elite-level CrossFitters can perform the snatch and clean and jerk well enough to compete in the sport at very high levels.

Holistic Physical Therapy Ian L. Rubinstein, M.P.T., M.R., owner of Eclectic Physical Therapy™, has over 20 years experience helping thousands of patients with their physical discomforts. He has developed a unique combination of therapies, combining manual soft tissue release techniques with traditional physical therapy. This not-so-typical intervention has proven key to addressing his patients’ many states of “dis— ease”. Ian’s specialties include, but are not limited to: Neck/ Back Pain, Headaches/Migraines, Bulging/Herniated Discs, Pinched Nerves, Tendonitis/ Bursitis, TMJ Dysfunctions, Fibromyalgia. Experience has taught Ian that under physical duress, restrictions develop that cause an individual’s body tissues to feel restricted, burdened, and/or “dis—eased”. Remove the core restrictions and the body

returns to its relaxed, balanced, healthy state. He has developed a unique therapy that focuses on listening to the body, identifying the trouble areas, and intuitively responding to its needs. Unlike traditional chiropractic and physical therapy methods which emphasize routine manipulation of the symptomatic body part, Ian utilizes a distinctive approach by incorporating techniques like Reiki, Craniosacral Therapy, Visceral Manipulation and other forms of soft tissue release. This is what he refers to as “Light Touch” therapy. This diverse blend provides a patient with a therapy flexible enough to address many causes of the symptoms. 

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Plyometrics Plyos are exercises that train your body's stretch-contract reflex through jumping movements. In other words, plyos help teach your muscles to stretch and snap almost like a rubber band. The point of plyometric exercise is to increase the body's power, speed, and explosiveness. CrossFit athletes utilize these movements by doing things like box jumps, tuck jumps, and bounding.

Girevoy sport Although most everyone knows what a kettlebell is, few people know that the implement is actually a sport. Kettlebells were used primarily in Russia and were brought to the United States in the late 1990s. In Kettlebell competitions, athletes perform twohanded jerks and single-arm snatches for reps. The athletes perform the movements for 10 minutes without putting the kettlebell down.

Powerlifting Powerlifting is a sport in which athletes try to lift as much weight as they can on the bench press, deadlift, and back squat. Elite-level powerlifters can squat more than 900 pounds.

CrossFitters borrow movements from Girevoy sport training like swings, snatches, and cleans. However, CrossFitters may also see non-competition movements like Turkish get-ups and overhead squats programmed in their workouts.

Much like the Olympic lifts, CrossFitters can do these “big three” lifts for high reps as parts of metabolic-conditioning circuits. Or, they load as much weight as they can to test their raw strength. The deadlift, squat, and bench press are also an important part of a base strength training protocol for CrossFitters at all levels. So, most CrossFit classes begin by working on one of these lifts or their variations. Gymnastics Although CrossFit boxes don’t program things like backflips and handsprings in their workouts, learning the basics of gymnastics is an important part of a CrossFitter’s repertoire. So, even people completely new to fitness and CrossFit start working on gymnastics progressions to build to doing rope climbs, handstands, and muscle-ups. Gymnastics is also used to increase flexibility and body awareness, important parts of general physical preparedness. Often, the gymnastics aspects of CrossFit are the most challenging for athletes at all levels.


Calisthenics This form of exercise teaches people is ability to control and move their body weight. Push-ups, pull-ups, air squats, and sit-ups are staples in CrossFit because they build base strength. Even very high-level CrossFitters practice their bodyweight movements so they can do them as easily and efficiently as possible. Calisthenics is highly important for CrossFit because you can'thope to move a barbell, kettlebell, or other weighted implement if you don’t first have the strength to move your body. Strongman The sport of strongman has roots in ancient sports like the highland games. Today, Strongman competitions require athletes to prove their strength by lifting Atlas stones, pulling trains, and even deadlifting cars. Carrying odd, heavy objects is also a challenging and unique part of the sport. CrossFit borrows some strongman implements like the yoke and sandbags to test its athletes in new ways.

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Suspension training Some CF boxes have started to implement suspension training(TRX bands) into their workouts. TRX bands are usually hung from a bar and athletes put their feet or hands in the ends to perform movements like flyes, rows, and even crunches. Doing exercises while suspended requires an extra level core stability and strength. Athletes new to CrossFit can benefit from TRX training because it is lowimpact, but effective.

Cassie Smith is a senior editor for After her tenure as a college soccer player, Cassie found a competitive outlet in CrossFit. In July of 2015, she competed as a member of the Verdant CrossFit team at the CrossFit Games. Cassie is also a nationallevel weightlifter and a USA Weightlifting sports performance coach.

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“Sometimes the wrong choices bring us to the right places.” ~Unknown “This is it,” I thought. I finally found the man I had been waiting for. Of course, it had taken me 39 years and a painful divorce from my husband of 10 years. But that was all worth it, I told myself, because it had led me to the man who seemed to see, understand and love me the way I had always hoped someone would. Things were blissful in the beginning. We made breakfasts together, took romantic vacations to exotic locations, we fantasized about buying vacation houses. Our developing story read like a fairy tale. But this fairy tale did not have a happy ending. The once-sweet Prince Charming eventually became cold, distant and abusive – a man in

constant pursuit of new “shiny objects” to distract him from the remnants of his troubled past. I was that shiny object . . . until I wasn’t shiny anymore. The clock struck midnight and I was left with a broken heart. There was a firestorm of mixed emotions after the breakup: betrayal, rage, sadness and disappointment. I wanted someone to wake me up and tell me it was all just a bad dream. I wanted Prince Charming to return so I could feel those loving feelings again! I spent countless hours mentally rehashing the details of the story, torturing myself, trying to see precisely why things went wrong. This fruitless nonsense only made me angrier and sadder. Then one day, amidst the noise of the fruitless nonsense, I heard a gentler voice inside me whisper, “Be patient. The most painful relationships can be the best teachers.”

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After I heard that voice, I began to let myself consider that, just maybe, this heinous experience was serving a benevolent purpose I had yet to discover. And that’s when the learning began. I recognized that I had been so willing to make someone else the focal point of my life because, deep down, outside of a romantic relationship, I had no idea who I was, let alone how to love myself. I had spent so much time after the breakup focusing on my ex-boyfriend’s shortcomings because I was not ready to see that, in some ways, I was just like him. I spent the majority of my adult life bouncing from one relationship to another because I told myself that “happiness” was just around the corner; all I needed was the right partner. continued on page 12 . . .

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The pursuit of Mr. Right kept me at a safe distance from the pain I spent a lifetime avoiding: the acrimonious divorce of my parents at age 13 and subsequent abandonment by a mother who left an emotionally unavailable father to raise my sister and me. It turns out that betrayal, rage, sadness and disappointment were actually remnants of my own past, feelings I thought romantic love would magically erase. The harder we work to escape unwanted parts of ourselves, the greater the likelihood we will choose relationships that help us find these unwanted parts. I thought a relationship with Prince Charming meant I would never have to feel the pain of grief, but what I really needed was to learn how to welcome grief. The feelings associated with grief are our body’s way of inviting us to honor and grow from loss. When I decided to stop running away from my feelings, it didn’t take long to discover that avoiding psychic pain is like running in front of an avalanche:

children, a successful therapy practice, the ability to play and sing music, and a village of supportive friends. I was so busy searching for happiness outside of myself that I couldn’t see that the makings of happiness were already there, waiting for my own recognition. The feelings associated with grief are our body’s way of inviting us to honor Looking back, what initially felt like and grow from loss. a death was actually a rebirth. All of When we stop running, all of the once- my feelings, even the ones I feared forbidden feelings cascade over us with were too destructive, deserve to be acknowledged and felt. such a great force, it can feel as if we When we welcome our feelings into will be crushed by their weight. At first, it felt like I was dying. I cried awareness, we are taking the first with such intensity and regularity that brave step toward accepting all of who we are. This acceptance is the I began to refer to these daily crying spells as “taking out the trash.” The only beginning of unconditional self-love. Working through grief eventually problem was, there was so much trash yielded a life of creativity and that I feared this chore would never be abundance that my once fearful heart finished. never knew was possible! I attended weekly therapy sessions, Bonds with old friends became furiously wrote in my journal and stronger, I started writing more, and confided in trustworthy friends. I began to discover activities and Through this, I slowly (and I mean interests, both new and old,that slowly) started to see that the life I once thought of as empty was actually brought me joy. Eighteen months after quite full. I had my health, two healthy the breakup, I noticed I wasn’t just

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surviving each day anymore; I was actually living a pretty decent life – by myself. None of this would have been possible had it not been for the blistering heartache of betrayal and loss. So, if you are in the shadowy aftermath of loss and it feels as if you are dying, perhaps you are really in the process of being reborn. It is your own inner wisdom that has led you to where you are, so trust it. Though you may feel awful now, remember this is how you feel, it is not who you are. Feelings are temporary energy states that, when given permission to exist, like the weather, move in and out of our conscious field. There is no point in fighting your feelings because they will only scream louder until you hear them. Why make them work that hard? As you progress through your own journey, gently remind yourself that everything you seek, you already have. You may feel broken right now,

and that’s okay. It is important to remember that all of the pieces are there, waiting to be put back together in the form of a stronger, wiser you. You might stumble along the path and that is also okay. Life isn’t like the Olympics – we don’t have to perfect the routine or stick the landing – we just have to keep showing up, trying our best every day, to travel our own path at our own pace. So, I invite you to ask yourself, “How could this pain be an invitation to grow?” If you are patient and listen closely, the answer will find you. It might be slow and subtle at first, but it will come.

Dr. Jill Gross is a licensed psychologist and mother of two who practices in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Gross has helped others build lives of abundance and love. This article was previously published on To learn more about Dr. Gross’s practice and read more of her writing, please visit www.drjillgross. com or connect on Facebook Dr Jill Gross

This past February I was again asked to help with the Senior Illustration for Freelance class at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. This is the second time I was asked to help out MassArt by acting as the Art Director for a design job I was working on. This year we chose to have Healthy Living magazine be the job that these talented students worked on. So the cover of this issue shows off the talents of Mel Stocker, a very talented and sweet young woman. There were fifteen students in the class and it was a very tough decision to narrow it down to just one student's abilities. But Mel's cover speaks to the upcoming season, the joy of nature, the clean air and how we can harness that to playfully use our surroundings for health. Can you see all that in this illustration? We certainly would love a world like this all the time! Wouldn't we?

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Editors pick! ParaYoga is a living link to the ancient sciences of yoga and tantra. Our mission is to serve these teachings by continuing to be a leading resource for the dissemination of their wisdom, power and capacity to positively affect all aspects of modern life. Our unique approach is to emphasize the light of direct experience, combined with authoritative knowledge and accessibility so that students and teachers of all levels––and society as a whole––are uplifted by yoga and tantra's time-tested practices, leading to ultimate fulfillment From "Om" to "Namaste," yoga enthusiasts practically speak their own language. Here’s our guide to all things yoga to make reaching savasana (don’t worry, we’ve defined it below) much less intimidating.

The Methods One look at a yoga studio’s schedule and it’s time to whip out a dictionary. We’ve decoded some of the crazysounding names and pointed out the best bets for beginners. A word of warning: Always check with the studio or instructor before jumping into a new class, as teaching methods may vary between studios and even instructors. Anti-Gravity or Aerial: A blend of aerial arts and yoga, this method (a few schools teach similar classes under different names) relies on a fabric trapeze bearing some or all of the body's weight, allowing practitioners to focus on posture and relaxation— not to mention it’s a tono-fun. Beginner-friendly. Ashtanga: A more athletic method, Ashtanga is a traditional practice focused on progressive pose sequences tied to the breath. The Primary Series, made up of about 75 poses, takes about 90 minutes

to go through and promotes spinal alignment, detoxification of the body, and building strength and flexibility. And there ain’t no stopping in this class— continuous flow is central to its practice. Bikram: A series of 26 basic postures, repeated twice each, practiced in a 105-degree studio. This method, created by Bikram Choudhury, has inspired similar “hot” and “warm” yoga classes. Hatha: Most modern forms of yoga fall under this traditional branch. Classes called “Hatha” are typically basic with a classic approach pairing breathing exercises with postures. Beginner-friendly. Integral: As the name suggests, this method aims to make yoga an integral part of practitioners’ everyday lives.

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Integrative: Formally known as Integrative Yoga Therapy, this method was developed specifically for medical settings and is used for patients with everything from heart disease to AIDS to psychiatric disorders. ISHTA: This stands for Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra, and Ayurveda, and aims to connect students with their own internal energy. Classes include a cocktail of Ashtanga-like postures and Iyengar’s precision served on the rocks with breathing and meditation. Iyengar (i-ying-ger): This form holds poses for much longer than other yoga practices, encouraging students SSYS Ad for Natural Awakenings 1-2 page.pdf to feel each muscle’s role in the pose.

Iyengar often incorporates props like belts, blocks, blankets, and chairs and is a good practice for people with injuries or specific physical limitations. Beginner-friendly.

are made up of rapid, repetitive movements intended to awaken the body, mind, and spiritual strength. This practice works to tap into the inner “Kundalini" (aka "serpent" energy).

Jivamukti (jee-vah-mook-tee): This method is focused on an authentic spiritual experience. Each class concentrates on a theme and may involve chanting and scripture readings.

Power Yoga: This method has an athletic edge and was created for Westerners back in the ‘80s. It’s often practiced in a mildly heated room, and classes may vary greatly based on the teacher’s style, as it doesn’t follow a set progression of of asanas. Prenatal Prenatal: A type of yoga designed for moms-to-be and even new mamas. By focusing on yogic breathing (think of it as the hip version of Lamaze) and strengthening muscles, Caitlin Simmons

Kripalu (kree-pah-loo): With a focus on getting in touch with the body, each class of this method moves through three phases: basic mechanics, mediation and longheld poses, and a flowing sequence. Beginner-friendly. Kundalini: A fluid, energetic method that keeps practitioners 1 8/31/15 3:06 PM moving through poses. The sequences


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some say prenatal yoga may even ease and speed up delivery. Beginnerfriendly. Restorative: Relaxation is key in restorative yoga, which is especially great for anyone recovering from injury (or in need of some serious chill time). Expect easy (often modified) standard asanas held for an extra-long time to allow the mind to tune out and calm down. Beginner-friendly. Sivananda (shi-vah-non-dah): A slow-paced, spiritual method that incorporates sun salutations and the same 12 asanas in each class. This school of yoga focuses on breathing, relaxation, diet, exercise, and positive thinking as the means to a healthy lifestyle.

Cow Face (Gomukhasana, go-mookahs-ahna): Sit with knees bent, soles of the feet on the floor. Slide one foot under the opposite knee, and bring the top knee down to rest atop the bottom knee so that knees are stacked, facing forward. Raise the arm on the sideMichelle of the Grigalunas1-6 bottom leg,Ad.pdf turn 1

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Trying to move into a pose while watching the instructor and decoding the Sanskrit pose names often results in a bit of an awkward limbo move. Get the D-L on common poses beforehand to keep up with the pros. Note: Almost all poses have a Sanskrit and English name— we’ve organized ours by type of pose and then alphabetized by English name. Check out the traditional pronunciation to sound extra in-theknow.

Bound Angle or Cobbler’s (Baddha Konasana, bah-da kone-ahsahna): Sit tall on the sit bones, bend knees, and bring soles of the feet together. Grab the feet or ankles and lengthen the back, lifting the crown of the head to the ceiling. To modify, sit on top of a block, lessening strain on hips and groin.

Vinyasa: This is a wider category of yoga practices including Ashtanga, Power Yoga, and Jivamukti Jivamukti, among others. Generally, vinyasa classes are flowing and rhythmic. A vinyasa is also any progression of flowing postures (see below).


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and bend it until it is touching the upper back. Extend the opposite arm, turn and bend it to reach back for the other hand, clasping them together, if possible. Lotus (Padmasana, pod-mahs-ahna): Similar to easy pose, but with feet resting on top of the thighs, rather than on the floor. Pigeon (Kapotasana, cop-poh-tahsanna): From downward dog, bend one leg in to the chest, bring between the arms and place on the mat with foot pointing to opposite side. Keep opposite leg extended straight behind. Bring the hands to either side of the hips, lengthening the back. To deepen the pose, lean the torso forward over the bent leg and reach arms straight forward. Staff (Dandasana): Sitting on the buttocks, legs extended directly in front, hands rest on the floor next to the hips to help lengthen the back. Seated Spinal Twist (Matsyendrasana, mot-see-en-drawsahna): From Staff Pose, bend the right knee to draw the right heel toward the left seat. Cross and step the left foot to the outside of the right knee. Place the left hand a few inches behind the sacrum for support, and twist to the left using the right hand or elbow against the left knee for resistance. 3/16/15

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Chair (Utkatasana, oot-kah-tahsahna): Stand up straight with feet together. Bend the knees slightly, bringing buttocks toward the ground as if sitting in a chair, but keeping the knees together and aligned. Raise arms straight up next to the ears. Dancing Shiva or Lord of the Dance (Natarajasana, not-ah-rahjahs-ahna): From standing, transfer weight to the right foot and bring the left heel to the buttocks. Reach back with the left hand, grasping the inside of the left foot. Lift the left thigh by kicking the foot back into the hand. Once balanced, raise the right arm straight overhead.

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Eagle (Garudasana, gah-ru-dasana): From standing, bend knees slightly and cross one thigh over the other, transferring all weight to the standing leg. Wrap

the crossed leg around the standing leg, hooking the foot around the calf (or getting as close as possible). Extend arms straight forward and cross one over the other. Bend elbows, so the elbow on one arm is tucked inside the other. Turn palms inward and grasp hands. Half Moon (Ardha Chandrasana, are-duh chun-drahs-ahna): Similar to Warrior II, but with the body rotated to face the side of the supporting leg. Reach arm on the supporting leg’s side towards the floor for support, while reaching the opposite arm up towards the ceiling. Bring gaze towards raised hand. Lizard (Utthan Pristhasana, ootahn prees-thahs-ahna): From a lunge position, turn front foot to a 45 degree angle and bring forearms to the floor inside the front leg. Mountain (Tadasana, ta-dahsahna): Stand tall with big toes touching but heels slightly apart (so that the outsides of the feet are parallel). Root through the entire foot

and rest the arms at the sides. Reach the crown of the head toward the ceiling, lengthening the spine.



Reverse Warrior: From Warrior II, stretch the back arm and lean torso back until the back hand reaches the back leg. Turn the palm upward, reaching the front arm overhead with the palm facing the back of the room and the fingers pointing up. Tree (Vrksasana, vrik-shahsahna): From mountain pose, bring the sole of one foot up to the inner thigh or calf of the other leg (never on the knee joint!). Raise the arms up and open slightly, palms facing each other or fingers in Jnana Mudra. If possible, look upward. Warrior I (Virabhadrasana I, veer-ah-bah-drahs-ahna): From a lunge position, turn the heel of the back foot down to reach the floor. Keep torso and hips facing front and reach arms straight continued on page 18

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upward alongside each ear, lifting the chest toward the ceiling. Warrior II (Virabhadrasana II): With feet in the same position as Warrior I, open the torso to the side of the back leg. Extend arms straight out to the front and back, palms facing down. Look forward over the front arm.

hips. Contract abdominal muscles and lift the buttocks from the floor. To increase the lift, add a block under each hand. Firefly (Tittibhasana, tee-tee-bahsahna): Similar to crow pose, but with arms straightened and legs extended to each side. Advanced.

Core Warrior III (Virabhadrasana III): From Warrior I, lift the back leg Boat (Paripurna Navasana, par-eepoor-na nah-vahsand lean the upper body ahna): Balancing Warrior III forward, creating on the sit bones, a straight line the back and legs supported by rise from the mat, one leg. Reach creating a “V” shape forward with with the body. The both arms. Arms, back is straight (not hips, and raised rounded or arched) leg should be Kerry Ann McCarthy and legs begin bent parallel to the at the knee with floor. shins parallel to the floor (half boat pose), then straighten the legs to reach Arm Balances full boat pose. Crow (Kakasana or Bakasana): From standing, turn toes outward, heels touching. Bend knees until buttocks rest on heels. Lean upper body forward, placing forearms on the floor, knees against shoulders or upper arms. Shift weight forward onto hands, lifting forearms from the floor, and lift the buttocks with knees supported by upper arms. In full crow, feet come all the way off the floor. Eight-Angle Pose (Astavakrasana, ahsh-tah-vah-krahs-ahna): From standing forward, bend wrap the right arm inside and around the right leg, placing the hand on the floor outside the right foot. Work the right shoulder behind the knee, then cross the left ankle in front of the right. Slowly lift both feet to the right, supporting the weight on both palms. Scale Pose (Tolasana, toe-lahsahna): Start in lotus pose and place both palms on the floor next to the


Bow (Dhanurasana, don-your-ahsahna): Lay on the stomach, arms at sides. Bend the knees reaching the heels toward the buttocks. Reach back with the hands to grasp ankles, and use the core muscles to lift the chest and legs off the mat, balancing on the hip bones. Cat-Cow (Marjaryasana, mahrjahr-ee-ahs-ahna): Technically two separate poses, cat-cow refers to a linked movement. Begin on hands and knees with spine neutral. Arch the back, bringing the chest forward and up and then reverse, pulling chest and stomach inward while rounding the back. Four-limbed Staff Pose (Chatarunga Dadasana, chat-ah-tuhngah da-dahs-ana): From plank pose, lower the body until only a few inches from the floor. Keep elbows pulled in toward the ribs.

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Dolphin: Begin on hands and knees and then lower to forearms. Curl toes under and lift the hips. This pose resembles downward dog, but with weight on feet and forearms rather than hands. Plank (Phalankasana, pal-a-kahsana): The body is supported on toes and hands, with arms unbent and positioned directly under the shoulders— as if in a push-up position. Side Plank (Vasisthasana, vahs-eesthahs-ahna): From plank position, turn toes to the left, stacking left foot on top of right, and lift left arm from the mat, reaching toward the ceiling. Maintain the straight line of the body, simply rotate to one side. Locust (Salambhasana, shah-labahs-ahna): Laying on stomach with arms at sides, lift chest and legs from the floor, reaching back with arms. Backbends Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana, set-too bahn-dah sar-van-gahs-ahna): Lying with back on the mat and arms at sides, bend knees bringing the soles of the feet to the mat. Move heels towards buttocks until the finger tips can reach them. Rolling onto the outer shoulder blades, lift hips from the mat until they create a straight diagonal line from knees to shoulders. For supported bridge, place a block under the sacrum resting weight on the block for a restorative posture. Camel (Ustrasana, oosh-trahs-ahna): From a kneeling position, rise so that thighs are perpendicular to the floor. Slowly arch the back, raising the chest to the ceiling and bring the hands behind you to rest on the ankles or heels. Try to push the chest up and out. Upward-Facing Dog (Urdhva Muhka Svanasana, oord-vah moo-kah svahn-ahs-ahna): Similar to cobra

pose, but with arms fully straightened, and the entire body lifted from the mat, supported only on the hands and tops Emma Jane Grilanel of the feet.

Three-Legged Dog (Tri Pada Adho Mukha Svanasana, tree pah-dah ah-doh moo-ka svahn-ahs-ahna): From downward dog, lift one leg up and back, keeping the knee straight and the raised foot flexed. Also known as down-dog split.

Cobra (Bhujangasana, boo-jangahs-ahna): Lay face-down on the mat, palms on the mat alongside the ribs. Lift the chest off the mat, bringing the gaze forward or slightly upward, rooting through thighs and the tops of the feet.

Triangle (Trikonasana, tree-koneahs-ahna): From Warrior II, straighten

Wheel (Urdhva Dhanurasana, oordvah don-oor-ahsahna): From bridge, Wheel place hands on the floor behind the shoulders, with the fingers pointed toward the feet and elbows pointed straight up. Lift entire body from the floor, supported by hands Paulette Gloria Harwood and feet. Forward Bends Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana, ah-doh moo-ka svahn-ahs-ahna): Hands shoulderwidth apart, placed firmly on the mat. Feet hip-distance apart, weight evenly distributed between hands and feet, with heels pushing toward the floor. Happy Baby (Ananda Balasana, ah-nahn-dah bahl-ahs-ahna): Lying on back, bring knees toward the chest. Grasp knees and spread legs hipswidth apart. Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana, oot-tahn-ahs-ahna): From mountain pose, bend from the hips, reaching for the floor. Try to keep knees straight while bringing hands to shins or the floor. 

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Straddling Forward Bend (Prasarita Padottanasana, prah-sa-reetah pah-doh-tahn-ahs-ahna): With feet wide apart (depends on flexibility, but wider than shoulder width), outsides of the feet parallel, bend forward at the hips, resting hands on the floor or a block, and (if possible) bringing the crown of the head to the floor. This can also be a preparation for a headstand. Inversions Handstand (Adho Mukha Vrksasana, Handstand ah-doh moo-kah vricks-ahs-ahna): For this inversion of mountain pose, start in downward dog with hands a few inches from a wall. Bring one foot closer to the hands and hop with the back foot Cindia VonIderstein until comfortable Norton hopping all the way up to the handstand, supported by the wall. Supported Headstand (Salamba Sirsasana, sah-lom-ba sheer-shahsahna): From kneeling, interlock the fingers and place forearms on the floor, elbows shoulder distance apart. Set the crown of the head on the floor between the hands, stand and walk the feet toward the head. Eventually, lift the feet from the floor, supporting through the arms, not the head and neck. Supported Shoulder Stand (Salamba Sarvangasana, sah-lom-ba sar-van-gahs-ahna): Lay on the floor, with arms at sides, knees bent with the soles of the feet on the floor. Contract the core muscles to pull the knees in toward the chest, and then continue to lift the pelvis and back. With upper arms on the floor and palms supporting the lower back, straighten the legs upward.


Plow (Halasana): Lay on the back, keeping legs straight. Flip legs overhead so the toes touch the ground behind the head. The body should be supported by the shoulders, arms at sides. Restorative Child’s Pose (Balasana, bah-lahsahna): Kneel on the mat with big toes touching, knees hip width apart. Bring the upper body forward to rest on the thighs, bending at the hips. Arms can be left at the sides or extended all the way forward on the mat. If buttocks does not reach heals, place a blanket or pillow in the void. Corpse (Savasana, shah-vahs-ahna): A relaxation pose, savasana is typically reserved for the end of the practice. Lay on the back, arms comfortable resting at side, palms facing up. Feet and legs gently turned outward. Crocodile (Makarasana, mah-kahrah-nahs-ahna): Lay face down on the floor with legs slightly spread, toes turned outward. Stack forearms and rest forehead on arms. Easy (Sukhasana, soo-kahs-ahna): Resting on the sit bones, cross legs, bringing the tops of the feet to the floor and stretching knees downward. For a modification, sit on a block. Alternate the crossing of the legs each time the pose is taken. Hero (Virasana): Kneel with knees together and feet spread slightly wider than hips. Sit back on the

calves, back tall. *We used Yoga Journal and Mind Body Green to help describe these poses.

The Anatomy

When moving through a class, yogis are likely to hear some uncommon anatomy phrases. This one’s for all the non-docs out there. Sacrum: This is a bone structure at the base of the spine, which includes the tailbone. Sit Bones: Part of the pelvis, these bones are most easily felt when sitting on a hard surface. They’re located toward the underside of the buttocks. This is the part of the butt yoga instructors often recommend sitting on. Sternum: Also known as the breastbone, this is the bone that runs vertically down the center of the chest. An instructor may direct the class to reach their sternums forward, upward, etc.

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Karma: An Eastern concept of cause and effect. The belief is that karma is not a punishment for actions, it is simply the result. Mantra: A few words or syllables to repeat while meditating. It should inspire, but not distract, the mind. Namaste: Generally, a greeting, but in yoga, it is meant to be a greeting of another’s soul. Om: Nope, not just a stereotype. This slow, steady sound is a mantra. Pranayama (prah-nie-yahm-ah): Controlled breathing or breathing techniques used during yoga. Fire breathing (Kapalbhati, kah-pah-lah-bah-tee): A pranayama technique used during Kundalini, Breath of Fire involves rapid breathing that engages the diaphragm. Jnana Mudra (nyah-nah moo-drah): The hand position often adopted when meditating. The tips of the forefinger and thumb come together (as if saying “OK”). Rest the hands with palms facing upward. Sanskrit: An ancient language of India and Hinduism. Sun Salutation: A sequence of asanas: mountain pose, standing forward bend, lunge, plank pose, chatarunga,

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Asanas: Sanskrit for “manner of sitting,” an asana is any yoga posture or pose. Ashram: A destination for a yoga retreat. Ashrams offer yoga workshops, seminars, and events. Block: Usually made of foam or cork, yoga blocks provide extra support for the body in more difficult yoga positions. Chakra: Energy centers throughout the body. We each have seven chakras: the “base” chakra, sacral chakra, solar plexus chakra, heart chakra, throat chakra, brow (aka “third eye”) chakra, and crown chakra.

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Manifesting Crystals The Law of Attraction says that the reality that we experience in our lives – our degree of happiness, success, love and abundance – is determined by our thoughts and emotions. Whatever you focus on most intently in your thoughts, whether good or bad, is what will come into your life. We call this manifestation. Citrine and bloodstone are both good stones for manifestation. 

Energizing Crystals We can all use an energy boost from time to time. Choosing an energizing stone is a great way to help you get through the tough times. Energizertype healing crystals tend to be very powerful because of their higher vibrations, so you may need to use them sparingly. But, they can be miracle workers when you are feeling fatigued or weakened. You could temper them a bit if you wrap them in a gold setting. Also, you might want to

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As a holistic veterinarian, I know that vaccinations can be both helpful and harmful, depending upon their usage. While limited vaccinations will help establish immunity in our younger pets, repeated and unnecessary vaccinations can be harmful if the immune system acts inappropriately and harms the pet. This article will explore vaccine titers and offer support to those of you who choose this route for your pets. Vaccine titer tests are simple blood tests that measure your pet’s antibodies to certain diseases. In most practices these diseases include distemper, parvo and hepatitis virus for dogs, and rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia virus for cats. The titer is a mathematical number derived from testing your pet’s blood for antibodies against these diseases. A positive titer means that your pet has antibodies against a specific disease and indicates your pet is protected from diseases from that

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The difference between substance abuse and addiction is very slight. Substance abuse means using an illegal substance or using a legal substance in the wrong way. Addiction begins as abuse, or using a substance like marijuana or cocaine. People can get addicted to all sorts of substances. When we think of addiction, we usually think of alcohol or illegal drugs. But people become addicted to medications, cigarettes, even glue! And some substances are more addictive than others. Drugs like crack or heroin are so addictive that they might only be used once or twice before the user loses control. Being physically addicted means a person’s body actually becomes dependent on a particular substance (even smoking is physically addictive). It also means building tolerance to that substance, so that a person needs a larger dose than ever before to get the same effects. Someone who is physically addicted and stops using a substance like drugs, alcohol or cigarettes may experience withdrawal symptoms. Psychological addiction happens when the cravings for a drug are psychological or emotional. People who are psychologically addicted feel overcome by the desire to have a drug. They may lie or steal to get it. A person crosses the line between abuse and addiction when he or she has come to depend on a drug. His or her whole life centers around the need for it. An addicted person no longer feels like there is a choice in taking a substance. However, many other signs can suggest a possible addiction, such as changes in mood or weight loss or gain. Psychological signals • use of drugs or alcohol as a way to forget problems or to relax • withdrawal or keeping secrets from family and friends • loss of interest in activities that used to be important 

• problems with schoolwork, such as slipping grades or absences • changes in friendships, such as hanging out only with friends who use drugs • spending a lot of time figuring out how to get drugs • stealing or selling belongings to be able to afford drugs • failed attempts to stop taking drugs or drinking • anxiety, anger, or depression • mood swings Physical signals • changes in sleeping habits • feeling shaky or sick when trying to stop • needing to take more of the substance to get the same effect • changes in eating habits, including weight loss or gain

Tips for Recovery • Tell your friends about your decision to stop using drugs. • Ask your friends or family to be available when you need them. • Accept invitations only to events that you know won’t involve drugs or alcohol. • Have a plan about what you’ll do if you find yourself in a place with drugs or alcohol. • Remind yourself that having an addiction doesn’t make a person bad or weak.

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Friendly. Route 6 Seatoller Shops. N. Eastham, MA 508.240.1095 Organic Spa. Artisan Skin Care Spa Hair, Facials, Reflexology, Pedicure, Manicure, Waxing, Organically Made Products. Orleans, MA 508.240.0066 PERSONAL TRAINER Michael Eaton NASM Certified and CrossFit Coach. Bootcamps, Strength and Conditioning. 211 Lincoln St, Hingham, Ma. 781.803.7062 PILATES Transitions Studio Suzanne Boynton. - The GYROTONIC® method - STOTT PILATES® Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, Injury & Special 70 Court Street, Plymouth, MA 781.248.0516 PRANIC HEALING Miriam Smith Certified MCKS Pranic Healer/ Teacher. Balancing physical, emotional, mental, & spiritual energy with no-touch. Relieves acute/chronic illness, stress, pain. Private in person or distance sessions. Ongoing Workshops. 978.807.1634 PUBLIC RELATIONS Candita’s Production Studio. I will assess the publicity needs of your business and offer a clear plan for achieving those goals. 781.834.2728

Integrative Mind Body Therapies EMERGE Healing through uniquely designed individual or group sessions to help you emerge Reiki Lisa Brazil-Pomar. Reiki Master/Teacher Intuitive Reiki, IET Basic, MDT. New Paradigm Multi-Dimensional from physical and emotional stress. Michelle Grigalunas, 200 Hr. Transformation(MDT)/Basic Master Healer. Kids Reiki Circle. Story RYT, M.Ed, 617.997.2157 Time Reiki 774.269.1499 MANTRA THERAPIES AND TEACHINGS Jill Jardine Help solve life’s problems, (including financial, health, and relationship SCHOOLS & CERTIFICATION Women of Wisdom Schools issues), by chanting Sanskrit Mantras. Jill Jardine M.A. Counseling/ of Wisdom Free Open House! Meet our exceptional instructors, hear presentations on extraordinary School Programs, light snacks, Psychology, Certified & Reverend in Sanskrit Mantra. Teaching Q&A. Call 508.230.3680 Mantras with true credentials & positive results to groups and individually for years. 781.204.9350. SHAMINISM JAMES THE SHAMAN Shaman, Reiki Master, Psychic, Channel, Medium. James does sessions in person, MARTIAL ARTS & SELF DEFENSE MacPhail Academy telephone, Skype. 857.719.9076 Uechi-ryu Karate, Jujitsu, Bully Defense - Womens Self defense, Yoga, Corporate programs available. Assonet & East Bridgewater, MA 508.386.7704 SOUL CREATIONS Your Soul’s Journey Reiki, Reflexology, Organizing or Ceremonies of Love. Use collage multi-card reading, pick a daily card or frame one.”Guiding your journey, one card at a MASSAGE Relaxation by Rae. Raeann Johnson, Owner & time.” Be a smarty, book a party. Debra Bunszel 781.789.1113 Therapist. Offering Kriya Massage, Pregnancy Massage, Body Scrubs, Ear Coning, Reiki. 103 Esta Road, Plymouth 781.249.7438 SPECIAL EDUCATION ADVOCATE Candita Mamet, MSW Trained by the Federation for Children with Special Needs. Eligibility Determination • IEP Development & Placement. Call MASSAGE THERAPIST Jennifer Savage, LMT Deep tissue, sports, pregnancy, Oncology and Classic Western massage offered. 781.834.2728 or email 33 Railroad Ave. , Suite 3, Duxbury, MA. 781-934-0020 VETERINARY ALTERNATIVES Kingston Animal Hospital Acupuncture & other natural & holistic treatments to promote Metaphysical Healing New Age Products Hafta Havit wellness and longevity. Mark Russo, Kingston 781.585.6525 Unique arts, Inspirational Gifts, Crystals, Stones, Salt Lamps, Music, Books, Local Artist’s Work, Jewelry, Statuaries,Tapestries VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Ascend Hospice of Ma. For 781.829.4969 160 Schoosett Street, Pembroke terminally ill patients and their families. Reiki, Pet Therapy, Music, Massage, Reflexology. 508.229.8390 Volunteer Supervisor, JamiLynn Lamy: Arlene Sandman: New Age Store & Healing Center Open Doors. Specializing in crystals, jewelry, divination tools, herbs, incense, books, cds, healing tools. Free Reiki Treatments, on-going WELLNESS Ebb and Flow Massage, Skin Care, Reiki, Body workshops, Psychic Tarot readings daily, 395 Washington Street, Treatments, Yoga, Meditation & Pilates, Wellness Packages. Braintree, Open 7 days. 9am-9pm, 781.843.8224 Children’s Classes. 215 Onset Avenue, Onset, MA 508.273.7736 Nutrition Therapy Kind Eating with Stacey Richmond, Wellness and Beauty Center New England Wellness RD Nutrition Counseling and Mindful Eating Programs/Retreats. Solutions Massage, Polarity, Reiki, Acupuncture, Oriental Specializing in Disordered Eating. Kingston and West Barnstable Medicine. Holistic Healing, Meditations. 90 Rockland Street Suite offices. 508.362.1221 7, Hanover 781.829.9355 and Norwell Athletic Club on Rt. 53. 781.659.6565 ORGANIC Hair Studio In Nature Hair Studio. A Hair Salon with a Healing Touch. Organic Color System. Earth 

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WELLNESS LIFE COACHING Genie Lee Perron. Reiki Master/ Teacher, certified Life Coach and Certified Chakradance Facilitator. Contact Genie 774.413.5695 or YOGA HEART CENTERED HEALING Fern Ross Israel, LMHC Classes: YOGA/Meditation/QiGong. Specialty workshops: Restorative YOGA/Stress Reduction/FINDING Tranquility Tapas Acupressure Technique, Counseling Milton, MA 617.913.1810 YOGA, PILATES, BARRE, ZUMBA Cindia Norton, owner Studio 143. Beautiful new studio in Scituate offering classes to all ages and abilities. 781.378.2810 Check our website for scheduled classes Yoga Classes & Yoga Teacher certifications Open Doors Yoga Studios 14 locations in the south shore. 781.843.8224 Yoga Classes & Yoga Teacher certifications Sacred Space Yoga School Paulette Gloria Harwood, Custom Group and Private Yoga Teacher Certifications. 781.626.0000

Reverend Patricia A. Bertucci at 617.469.2568 December 4th, 2015 4-10pm LAKEVILLE, MA Stress Free Holiday Shopping Fest Hosted by Candita Mamet of Healthy Living Magazine. Held at the LeBaron Hills Country Club. Click on our website to learn more APRIL 17th, 2016 Sunday 10-6pm PLYMOUTH, MA 11th Annual Healthy Living Expo, Learning Conference and Road Race Hosted by Candita Mamet of Healthy Living Magazine. Held at the Radisson Hotel, Plymouth, MA. Click on our website to learn more July 14, 2016 4-10pm Hull, MA Move your soul Spirit Messages Fair and Marketplace Readings, natural products, healing jewelery, sacred clothing, oracles, aura photos, crystals & more. Enjoy yoga classes on the beach. Free Admission to the marketplace. Readings $40 for 20 minutes. Cash Bar Ladies Night. 781 834 2728.

2015/16 Ongoing Events

Yoga Kerry Ann McCarthy 200 hr E-YRT. Offering: Yoga classes. Yoga Privates. Aerial Yoga. Indoor Paddleboard yoga. Outdoor yoga classes. Yoga teacher Trainer. Kerry Ann McCarthy 781.789.8156

BRAINTREE, MA Free Reiki Sessions Tuesday evenings 7-9pm 30 minute sessions. Call on Monday to reserve space Open Doors, 395 Washington Street, Braintree 781-843-8224

Yoga Greg Belcher RYT-200 Yoga, Kids Cardio Yoga, Certified Reiki Master Teacher, Integrated Energy Therapy Basic Level, New Paradigm MDT Master Healer. Cardinal Yoga and Bodywork. 1525 Hanover St., 2nd Floor. Hanover 781.421.6007

MARSHFIELD, MA Drumming CIRCLE PORCELLO GALLERY First & Third Thursday Of Every Month! 839 Webster St, Marshfield Ma. 7- 9pm $10.00 Donation Appreciated Call Hafta Havit 781.829.4969

YOGA RETREATS Tricia Glynn Yoga Ogunquit, Maine. Playa Grande, Costa Rica. Sedona, Arizona. Sailing the British, Virgin Islands. Anguilla, British, West Indies. 617.947.2983 Monthly Payment Plans Available

2015/2016 Calendar Of Events October 17 - 23, 8:30am-5pm WEYMOUTH, MA Susi Hately - Kinesiology of Yoga & Therapeutic Yoga Intensive First Time Offered in New England. Open Doors Yoga Studios, Weymouth, MA or October 24th, 10-6pm DEDHAM, MA The Rhythm Spa for Women Immerse your Soul in a Rhythm Experience! $124; Lunch+ included. More info: or

SAGAMORE BEACH, MA Tong Ren & Varied Energy Healing Clinic. drop-in, $10. Thursday’s 5:30-8:30pm. 508539-2885. Cape Cod Center for Whole Health, 116 State Road, Suite#3, Sagamore Beach, MA SAGAMORE BEACH, MA CRYSTAL & MINERAL FAIR 10-20% discounts! Sunday’s 10am-3pm 9/27, 10/25, 11/22, 12/13, 1/10, 2/21, 3/27 Common and rare crystals, minerals and jewelry. Cape Cod Center for Whole Health 116 State Road, Suite#3. 508.539.2885 SAGAMORE BEACH, MA Monthly- Reiki, Crystal Energy Healing, IET, classes For Certification and CEU’s. Cape Cod Center for Whole Health 116 State Road, Suite#3 508.539.2885

SAGAMORE BEACH, MA Spring (March & April) and Fall (September & October) - Hypnotherapy (220 October 25th, Sunday, 10-6pm Hingham, MA Renegade hours) and NLP (64 hours) classes for Certification and Run Obstacle Course Race South Shore’s Biggest Block Party CEU’s. Cape Cod Center for Whole Health. 116 State Road, Suite#3 508.539.2885 complete with a 5 mile course, over 20 obstacles, beer, live band, food and family fun all at Wompatuck State Park in Hingham. November 6th ANDOVER, Ma Love, Healing & Art An Evening of Spirit Communication Join Laim Galvin, Lori Doupe’ Sheridan and Nancy Smith as they bring messages of love and healing from loved-ones on the other side.Ticket $40. 781.834.2728 November 21, 2015 10 - 5 pm. CANTON, MA Holistic Health and Psychic Fair Offering free Healings. Private Medium, Psychic or Taro readings for a fee. Experience Reiki, spirit drawings, massage, yoga, and more. Sponsored by Canton Spiritualist Church. Food/Drinks available for Purchase. Free Admission. 1-3 Blue Hill River Road Canton, MA. Contact


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Talent abounds WINNER Mel Stocker is an illustrator based on the South Shore of Massachusetts. She went to Massachusetts College of Art and Design and graduated with a BFA in Illustration.

by Ginny Just

If you noticed the cover of this issue of Healthy Living you saw a lovely illustration done by a talented young woman from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston; Mel Stocker. Her illustration was the winner in a class of students in the Senior Illustration for Freelance class this past February and March. This class is taught by an illustrator that I have known for many years, Irena Roman. We thought you might like to see some of the other entries from this superbly creative class. Kayla Bailey is an illustrator focusing on editorial and poster design from Exeter, Rhode Island. Her work incorporates both pattern and heavy line work. Her preferred mediums are both acrylic ink and pen.

Mel has many artistic interests, but is especially excited by character design, comics, and working with vibrant colors. Being one of those people that gets a little too excited when she passes by a dog on the street, she's also developed a special passion for animals and specializes in drawing them. website: email: Jim Medeiros is an illustrator based out of Boston. His work consists of both narrative and editorial content. Some artistic content he enjoys personally ranges from surrealist painters to cheesey 1980s sciencefiction novel covers. He can be contacted at

Michael Brainard is a Boston based illustrator focused towards environmental and character design, as well as sports illustration along with posters and prints. In his spare time, he likes to be outdoors as much as possible, whether it's by biking, kayaking, or rock climbing. 

EMMA RICKERT The amount of poisons added to processed food purely to make them look more appetizing is pretty disgusting. If food dyes can harm our bodies, isn't that reason enough to get rid of them? This image illustrates food melting into puddles to dramatize the idea of how toxic these food dyes can be and what foods you can find them in.

Abigail McCoy is an illustrator from New England. Her work is colorful with a bit of humor. She enjoys making images that are narrative and relatable.

Jenn Rea is a Boston based illustrator whose love for color is infinite. She works traditionally in Gouache and is heavily influenced by portraiture, color relationships and her deep ties with nature.

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KRISTA PERRY "Color is really important to me as an illustrator, so I try to surround myself with it as much as possible. I'm constantly switching between cute patterns and illustrations with creepy imagery. Having a good variety of both keeps me happy and excited about life." To see more of Krista's artwork go to kristaperryart. com or reach her at info@ Sarah Moorhead is an illustrator working in digital media in the Boston area, focusing on concept design. She grew up in New England and has spent her childhood years exploring woods and lakes, and as such her work is inspired by an active love of nature.

ELLEN NORTON grew up in Berlin Massachusetts and has a love for the woods, animals, rock and roll stars and tea. She mainly works in watercolor and colored pencil and loves making imagery that tells a story and encourages childhood reminiscence.

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