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ost women who have more than one child will tell you that motherhood came more naturally the second (or third of fourth) time around. That’s because a mom who anxiously spends her first pregnancy and postpartum months obsessing over “expert” advice in What to Expect books or online forums is usually confident enough by the time baby number two comes around to trust the real expert: her own intuition. Sometimes we forget to give our bodies credit for telling us what they need, and a pregnant body is no different. As writer Deborah Shouse explains in our cover story, “Natural Motherhood” (page 17), the first step to a healthy, happy pregnancy and birth is to follow the clear directives your body is giving you. Feel hungry? Grab a nutritious snack. Feel sleepy? Take a nap or get to bed early. Nature’s calling? Get up and go. And while Deborah’s article only covers pregnancy and childbirth, this responsive, intuitive approach applied to parenting seems like it would make for a healthier, happier baby too. The term pioneer is thrown around a lot in the context of medicine, particularly alternative or holistic medicine, which, although it has been around for thousands of years, has taken on a new life as we rediscover the value of tackling health challenges naturally and proactively. But the trend away from pharmacological and surgical solutions has been slower growing in the United States, particularly in conservative areas like the South. So when we call Ed Jones a natural health pioneer in Chattanooga, we’re really saying something. Ed has been owner of Nutrition World for so long now that many people don’t realize that he used to be a Chattanooga policeman, and that his landmark store, which offers a plethora of supplements and other products designed to restore or maintain health, was once just a dream. In our Community Spotlight on page 14, he recalls sitting in his patrol car in the early-morning quiet, reading everything he could find about the connection between nutrition and wellness. A year later he took the plunge, becoming a small business owner in a field that many people eyed with doubt, if not suspicion. In light of today’s burgeoning industry that is nutrition-based medicine, Jones seems prescient. But 40 years ago, he was, yes, a pioneer—someone who left the safe and familiar behind to venture into the great unknown. We’re so glad he succeeded, as Nutrition World first became an outpost where like-minded people could find resources, support and information, and then became a healthy community in its own right, and a tremendous asset to all Chattanoogans. Our May issue is packed with great info, too much to discuss here. So don’t miss a page—but then pass it on. Sharing knowledge is one of the best kinds of recycling!

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hen clients call to ask her about the Maya Abdominal Therapy, Tracy Hilliard of Four Bridges Massage and Bodywork realizes that there is still some mystery surrounding this work. “Although the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy, or ATMAT, largely come from the hands of traditional healers, the techniques are actually based in fundamental principles of anatomy and Tracy Hilliard physiology,” she says. This form of bodywork focuses on reestablishing proper alignment of the pelvic organs—particularly the uterus, in women—to enable the client’s physiology to work at an optimal level, says Hilliard, a registered nurse and licensed massage therapist. Basic “flows” in the body, such as blood to and from the abdomen, nerve conduction, and hormone relay systems to the brain, can all be disrupted if there are adhesions or blockages, such as in the case of a mal-positioned uterus, she says. “Gentle manipulation of the ligaments and muscular structures that support these internal organs may be all that someone needs to begin seeing their body’s natural patterns return with reduced pain and optimal function,” she says. “The Maya Abdominal Therapy can assist in concerns such as fertility, irregular and painful menstrual cycles, digestive concerns and reducing scar tissue and adhesions.”

Another Gorgeous Evening Funds River Gorge Conservation


nother Gorgeous Evening, the annual outdoor event benefiting the Tennessee River Gorge Trust, a local conservation nonprofit, will be held May 11, beginning at 5:30 p.m., at Tennessee RiverPlace in Lookout Valley. TRGT has been working since 1981 to preserve the Tennessee River Gorge, which begins just a few miles downstream from Chattanooga. The ticket price includes dinner by the bite, catered by Lee Towery; specialty cocktails courtesy of the Feed For more information, visit FourBridges.MassageTherapy.com or call 423-322Company, 1885 Grill and Tremont Tav6974. See ad, page 19. ern; live Americana music from Broke Down Hound and smooth jazz by the Ben Friberg Trio; and a silent auction of paintings and photographs of the Tennessee River Gorge created by various pringtime, with its dramatic weather patterns—cold one local artists, including those from Artists day, hot the next—often brings a moment of truth for on the Loose and Art Creations. The homeowners, when they realize just how inefficient their money raised from the event will help old windows are. They can feel it on their skin when pay for ongoing land stewardship in the unwelcome cool or warm air sneaks in, and see it in gorge and educational programming for their utility bills as their HVAC units struggle to keep our community.  indoor air comfortable. “Awareness is key,” says TRGT After many years, wood-framed windows can become Associate Director Sarah Quattrochi. drafty, hard to open and rotten, and even double-paned vinyl “If people do not create a connection windows have a shelf life, as the gas between the panes escapes to the land that is surrounding their over time, says CRS Exteriors, a Knoxville-based company that has more than 25 homes and city, then it’s hard to help years’ experience selling and installing replacement windows, siding and doors. them see the value in protecting it. The The upside to replacing windows—or doors or siding, for that matter—is that trust hopes to introduce more people to the homeowner recoups part of the cost in lower utility bills, and the updates typiaccess points in the gorge so that they cally make a home more valuable. “Buying a home is one of the largest investwill learn to love the land and will want ments anyone can make, and solutions like these raise the value of your home by to help us protect it for future generaimproving its energy efficiency and curb appeal,” CRS Exteriors says. tions.” CRS Exteriors is the nation’s top seller of Infinity by Marvin windows and   doors, and the company recommends Marvin replacement products as “reliably Everlast Composite Siding Individual tickets are $125 prior to solid and virtually maintenance-free,” they say. “Their Infinity brand is as attractive May 5 and $150 after May 5. Tables as it is durable, and it’s the first name in quality.” and sponsorships are also available. For more information, visit trgt.org/events CRS serves Chattanooga, Knoxville and the Tri-Cities. For a free estimate or more or call 423-266-0314. See ad, page 25. information, call 423-486-9309 or visit CRSExteriors.com. See ad, page 39.

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Presentation Focuses on DrugFree Treatments for Disease, Pain


harles Adams, M.D., will give a free presentation on chelation therapy, ozone therapy and IASIS micro-current neurofeedback at the May 20 program of Dr. Charles Adams CHEO, the Complementary Health Education Organization. Adams, who owns Personal Integrative Medicine in Ringgold, Georgia, says he’s used these drug-free techniques to treat numerous diseases and relieve pain. “Chelation therapy has been used successfully for many years in numerous applications, and has been validated in the TACT1 study to be both safe and effective, with a 20 percent decrease in heart attacks in non-diabetics and a 40 percent decrease in heart attacks in diabetics,” Adams says. According to the Mayo Clinic, “the Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy (TACT), which ran from 2003 to 2012, was the first large-scale, multicenter study designed to determine the safety and efficacy of ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) chelation therapy for individuals with coronary artery disease (CAD) and prior myocardial infarction (MI).” Adams calls ozone therapy “a real painkiller” that has helped save knees and hips from replacement, and “the bell ringer for anti-aging.” Micro-current neurofeedback, which uses IASIS technology, essentially “reboots” the brain, and has shown particular promise for treating post-traumatic stress disorder, he says. Adams’s presentation, which will include a 20-minute meet and greet and a Q&A session, will take place from 4 to 6 p.m., May 20, in the yoga-speaker room of Nutrition World, 6201 Lee Highway, Chattanooga. The room is accessible from Vance Road, which runs behind the building. CHEO’s monthly educational programs are held at the same place and time the third Saturday of each month. The programs are free, but donations are appreciated. For more information, visit 4cheo.org.



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linical thermographer Rhonda K. Paseur has joined the practitioners at Nutrition World in Chattanooga to offer preventive breast and body screenings. Thermography is a noninvasive technology that helps identify changes in the body that can be precursors to certain health conditions. Also known as Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI), thermography measures physiological changes in the body through Rhonda K. Paseur evaluation of the heat (thermal) process. A specialized digital camera creates a picture of this thermal response, and these images are sent to specially trained medical doctors for interpretation. “Breast thermography offers women of all ages the opportunity to assess and monitor their breast health or to identify breast conditions earlier than has been possible through breast self-examination, doctor examination or mammography alone,” Paseur says. “It’s safe, painless, radiation free and compression free, and it’s the earliest and most comfortable screening that technology offers without sacrificing effectiveness.” Paseur, who is certified through the American College of Clinical Thermography, says she’s passionate about promoting the role of thermography as a proactive tool in the battle against breast cancer. “It’s a much-needed piece in the early-detection puzzle, providing risk information and possible early warnings that other tests cannot.” For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Paseur at 423-667-1014 or Rhonda@Thermography-Ltd.com. Thermography is also available to people in Chattanooga and the surrounding area through Thermography Limited and Stillpoint Health Associates. See ad, page 24.




Timberlake, Vedder, Adams Headline Pilgrimage Festival


he 2017 Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival, set for September 23 and 24 in Franklin, Tennessee, is just the latest evidence that Nashville is no longer hitched solely to the country music horse. The lineup is as genre-fluid as Justin Timberlake, who will headline the festival along with grunge god Eddie Vedder and alt-country pioneer Ryan Adams. Located 20 miles south of Nashville, Franklin has hosted the Pilgrimage Festival since musician and resident Kevin Griffin conceived of it two years ago as he was running through a century-old horse farm the city had just purchased. Working with his friends W. Brandt Wood and Michael Whelan, he created a family-friendly daytime event on the site. Its communityfueled vibe is inspired by the New Orleans Jazz Fest but has a Tennessee flavor. Timberlake, a Memphis native, co-owns and -produces the festival. The Pilgrimage lineup is diverse, with renowned performers from rock and roll, alt-country, bluegrass, jazz, indie, gospel and other genres. Performing on patina-clad stages reflecting the area’s aesthetic, many bands will give a partly acoustic set specifically tailored to the day. The festival also pairs artists for special on-stage collaborations. Other artists scheduled to perform are Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives, Amanda Shires, Avett Brothers, Shovels & Rope, Nikki Lane, Muddy Magnolias, Mavis Staples, Colter Wall, Valerie June, Pokey LaFarge and Better than Ezra. There will be a Little Pilgrims Stage with a kids’ play area and live music, regional food and drink on display at the Kitchen and Sippin’ stages, and food and merchant vendors in the Bazaar. For more information, visit PilgrimageFestival.com.

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

California is the fourth state to pass a law making it legal to swap seeds and collect them in non-commercial libraries. That’s good, because the U.S. Department of Agriculture Federal Seed Act, in place for 80 years, mandates that any activity involving non-commercial distribution of seeds must be labeled, permitted and tested according to industrial regulations that would be both costly and burdensome to the hundreds of local seed libraries operating in 46 states. Nebraska, Illinois and Minnesota also recently passed laws protecting noncommercial seed activity from regulatory requirements. Free seed libraries, swaps and exchanges increase access to local food and can play a large role in expanding and preserving biodiversity. Neil Thapar, the food and farm attorney at the Sustainable Economies Law Center, says, “We wanted to create the legal framework for an alternative system that is not reliant on large companies to provide open-pollinated seed varieties. Seed sharing has a direct connection to building local economic resilience.” The center is taking action to try to get laws changed in all 50 states.

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Pioneering Bike Paths Promise Easy Commutes Chicago has created 100 miles of new bike lanes in the last five years and plans to add another 50 miles of upgraded lanes with curbs to protect riders from cars by 2019. Beyond that, a series of floating, solar-powered bike paths along the edge of the Chicago River is on the drawing board; each mile of pathway may cost between $5 million and $10 million. The architecture firm SecondShore first proposed the idea. “You look at the river, and while it used to be the main commercial artery in the city, it’s not much of one anymore,” says firm cofounder James Chuck. “This fits with the mayor’s general economic strategy for the city—how to make use of latent infrastructure.” The floating bike paths, named RiverRide, would give pedalers a truly auto-free place to ride for part of their commute and connect with existing bike lanes. The system would fill gaps in the network, creating around a 17mile stretch of continuous bike paths connecting 28 neighborhoods. Floating on concrete pontoons, the paths would use solar power for lighting. Solar panels could also heat the surface so the path doesn’t ice up in winter. Plans call for the path to intersect with river bridges so bikers can cross to the other side.


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Marine Reserve Preserves Ocean Biodiversity The French government has expanded the Réserve Naturelle Nationale des Terres Australes Françaises, a highly protected marine reserve in French-controlled, sub-Antarctic waters of the southern Indian Ocean, from about 8,000 to more than 46,000 square miles; it now includes seven areas surrounding the islands of Crozet and Kerguelen. France intends to designate 10 percent of its oceanic territory by 2020, and this action brings the total as of the end of 2016 to 1.3 percent. These large-scale, fully protected marine reserves may serve as climate refuges for many species. The rich biodiversity of the new addition includes marine mammals, fish, seabirds, orcas, penguins, Antarctic fur seals and the critically endangered Amsterdam albatross. Source: PewTrusts.org


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Balancing Hormones for Fertility fter 35 years of working, writing and presenting on fertility and preconception health there is one thing, above all else, that must be right for ease of conception and a healthy, full-term pregnancy - hormone balance. Unfortunately modern diets and environments are a source of multiple hormone disruptors. Xeno-estrogens in personal care items, pesticides in non-organic food, BPA in plastics, and parabens in cosmetics - all disturb hormone production and balance. Compounding these issues is what I now believe to be the #1 cause of infertility in first world countries - oral contraceptives. Many women believe “The Pill” balances hormones, but it merely manipulates hormone production, masking the issues such as PMS, acne and cramps. Newer modes of hormonal delivery such as implants, patches, vaginal rings and IUDs can throw the body off-balance, compromising fertility and your ability to carry your baby to full term. So what’s the solution to the environmental, dietary, lifestyle and birth control factors that have thrown your body and your hormones out of balance? For the last 10 years there has been only one choice for me – Maca. This is the only supplement I’ve found (with supporting clinical evidence) that truly positively impacts hormones in women. The critical thing for me is how it works: Maca does not introduce hormones into the body, rather it nourishes the body’s own natural production of hormones through the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal-ovarian (HPAO) axis. This means that it uses the body’s own in-built biofeedback mechanism to balance hormones – increasing hormones that are under-produced or reducing hormones that are over-produced. I’ve found that restoring hormonal imbalances improves every aspect of reproduction. For more information go to Femmenessence.com. See ad, page 19. Jan Roberts, B.Pharm (Hons), Dip. Clinical Nutrition, is the co-author of many books, including the international best-seller, The Natural Way to Better Babies; Healthy Parents, Better Babies; and The Natural Way to a Better Birth & Bonding

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esearchers from Germany’s Goethe University, in Frankfurt, sought to determine the impact that the belief held by some that females are poor soccer players would have on their performance. The study had 36 teenage female soccer players engage in a ball-dribbling drill before and after reading a pertinent article. Half of the subjects read about the perceived incompetence of female soccer players and the other half read a piece about the growing popularity of the sport. The players that read the negative article needed significantly more time to complete the drill than those that read the positive article, possibly highlighting the impact that negative stereotyping has on women.




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esearchers from the United Kingdom’s University of Winchester have found that cycling improves brain function. The study tested the cognitive function of 17 physically active men in their 20s before and after two, 30-minute sessions on a stationary bike. The results showed significant cognitive improvements following each session. Biking to work is also a good way to reduce our carbon footprint, but breathing in exhaust fumes and other pollutants is a concern for street cyclists. Alexander Bigazzi, a transportation expert in the department of civil engineering and school of community and regional planning at the University of British Columbia, has studied the relationship between average-speed bicycle travel and inhalation of potentially harmful air. Using a U.S. Census-based computer model of 10,000 people, Bigazzi found that the ideal bicycling speed to inhale the minimum amount of pollution is between 7.5 to 12.5 miles per hour (mph), placing the lowest risk for women at nearly eight mph and for men at just over eight mph. “The faster you move, the harder you breathe and the more pollution you could potentially inhale, but you are also exposed to traffic for a shorter period of time. This analysis shows where the sweet spot is,” says Bigazzi.

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than $100. Often, if it was 7 p.m. and we were within a couple of dollars of breaking a hundred, I would buy a protein bar from my own store just so things would not seem so dismal. Three years into the business, we finally produced our first day when we actually broke $300, and I was ecstatic. This milestone certainly did not mean I was making money, but it did give me the confidence to leave the police department to pursue my dream of building Nutrition World.   In 1982, I opened our second Chattanooga location in Brainerd Village shopping center. I had one full-time and one part-time employee, and between the three of us, we covered many hours. This new location was a blessing for me, as we slowly but consistently built the number of customers who valued our ethics, knowledge and good intentions for our community.  

Tenacity and Passion Are Foundations of Nutrition World by Ed Jones


still remember being a Chattanooga police officer in 1978, and sitting alone in my patrol car early in the morning, when almost everyone else in the city was asleep. During these slow hours, I would study every book on nutrition and vitamins I could get my hands on. Now, almost 40 years later, as I look back on how my life unfolded over those decades, I can see how those nights studying in the patrol car planted the seeds of my passion for nutrition and health, which continue to blossom even today.  

Turning Passion into Profit

In 1979, I opened Nutrition World at Four Squares Mall on a shoestring budget of $25,000. With that amount, 14


Several years later, Nutrition World relocated to a much larger location in Brainerd Village and we closed the Hixson location. My only daughter, Cady, was born in 1990 around this time. 

borrowed from a local bank, I had to purchase every item for my new business, from the checkout counters and shelving to the inventory. The first three years of business almost broke my entrepreneurial spirit as I worked various shifts as a ore in 1979 ion World st patrolman and First Nutrit at Nutrition World during the day. The challenge was not the work hours, but the days when we would count the drawer at night and our daily total would be less


Nutrition World after its renovation in December 2016

Our first year at the new location, business dropped. Panic set in because my overhead had tripled while my profits had plummeted. I again buckled down, focusing my attention and hard work on overcoming this challenge, as I have done countless times in my career. The following year, the business turned the corner and we finally started seeing light at the end of the tunnel.

I now see the culmination of a dream that started on those cold, dark mornings in a police cruiser in 1978. This new, larger location offered me the square footage to add in to Nutrition World the type of practitioners who shared my belief in holistic, safe methods for treating disease and achieving optimal health. Mackie Pierre of MAXX Fitness began offering one-on-one personal training, Catherine Thomas offered massage therapy, and Dr. Brett Wheatcroft started his chiropractic practice. All three of these practitioners began

providing their services in the back part of the Brainerd Village store, and all three are still with me, 17 years later—along with more than 10 additional practitioners.

Forward into the Future

During these years, as Cady grew older, her mother would bring her to Nutrition World, and by age 7, Cady was working around the store, bagging items for customers. In early 2000, I had a strong intuition that renting space in a mall was limiting my future on many levels, and I kept my eyes open for a better location. In 2006, I had the opportunity to purchase a standalone building at 6201 Lee Highway, where Nutrition World is today. Despite that fact that I’ve taken a disciplined approach to healthful eating and using vitamins almost all my life, I never forced any of my beliefs onto my daughter. As Cady grew older, she worked more hours at the store, in a variety of roles. She then went off to college for four years, but upon her return, she wanted to see if nutrition and health were part of her life’s calling, so she joined the staff at Nutrition World—by that time 20-plus

strong—and ultimately became an integral part of the business’s success. Cady’s vision and passion for helping people, her interest in learning about holistic nutrition, and her knack for entrepreneurism have astounded me, and I could not be prouder. She is presently pursuing her master’s in nutrition as she works fulltime at the store as director of sales. With her incredible innate abilities, giving heart, business mindset and thirst for knowledge about nutrition, I believe she has everything necessary to carry Nutrition World far into the future. I am so grateful for the support I’ve received in building the awesome success of Nutrition World. I will never ignore the important role of the Chattanooga community, my family members, my amazing staff and especially Cady have played in this profound gift. I now see the culmination of a dream that started on those cold, dark mornings in that police cruiser—and it feels magical. Ed Jones is president of Nutrition World. For more information about the store and its services, visit NutritionW.com. See ad, page 19.

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NATURAL MOTHERHOOD Creating the Best Start for New Life by Deborah Shouse


woman’s body is exquisitely designed to conceive, nurture and give birth,” says Dr. Carol J. Phillips, an Annapolis, Maryland, prenatal chiropractor, doula and author of Hands of Love: Seven Steps to the Miracle of Birth. Judith Lothian, Ph.D., associate editor of the Journal of Perinatal Education, professor of nursing at Seton Hall University, in South Orange, New Jersey, and a natural childbirth educator, knows the significance of women’s deep intuitive instinct. “Women who feel supported and encouraged can tap into their own wisdom and find deep satisfaction in giving birth naturally. The process itself perfectly prepares mother and baby to continue on their journey together.” Several gentle strategies help mothers-to-be prepare for the joys of natural pregnancy and childbirth.

research its benefits and healing qualities. The yearning for comfort foods like pizza, macaroni or ice cream may signal the need for more nurturing. Eyeing popcorn or chips could be a sign she’s stuffing down an emotion. She can ask herself, “What am I suppressing?” “Eat a lot of protein, including vitamin B-rich foods, during both pregnancy and breastfeeding,” advises O’Mara. “Nursing moms need to eat nutrient-dense foods frequently, along with getting adequate fluids,” says Wilson. She recommends foods that assist lactation called galatactagogues, like

Build a Baby-Friendly Body Discover Intuitive Nutrition

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“Follow your urges,” counsels Peggy O’Mara, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, former editor of Mothering Magazine and author of Having a Baby, Naturally. “Eat when you’re hungry. Sleep when you’re weary. Go to the bathroom the moment nature calls. Practice this in pregnancy so you’ll be in the habit of listening to your instincts when you give birth.” This simple advice counters women’s common habit of attending to other people’s needs instead of their own. Along with eating organic whole foods, Kristy Wilson, of Las Vegas, a certified professional midwife, labor doula and placenta preparation specialist, recommends both a plant-based food supplement with iron and whole food prenatal supplement. Vitamin C is important for a strong amniotic sac; she suggests at least 500 milligrams daily. A high-strung mom can take magnesium chloride baths or sip a soothing cup of red raspberry leaf tea. “Women that are concerned about their diet can tune into the baby and ask what they need,” says Lori Bregman, of Santa Monica, California, a doula, birth coach and author of The Mindful Mom-to-Be. If craving a certain dish, she can

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almonds, avocados, legumes, kale and spinach. To increase milk production, add fennel to meals or smoothies, or turn to capsules.

the baby’s immune system to also strengthen the child.

Spark the Spirit

Affirmations can positively state the mother-to-be’s intentions for pregnancy Wilson recommends yoga, swimming, and birth. Examples include: “Birth walking or light jogging three to five is a safe and wonderful experience. times a week, for 20 minutes a day. I am choosing the right path for my “Squatting like a child on your haunches birth. I trust my body and my inis a great exercise for childbirth,” she stincts. I have all the support I need.” says, noting that 20 squats daily will Wilson recommends choosing two strengthen core muscles. Sitting on an to four that resonate, repeating them exercise ball instead of a desk chair or every morning while gazing into the couch also engages core muscles, while mirror, placing them on the refrigeraimproving posture. tor door and even having them pop “Regular exercise brings more enup on a smartphone. ergy, better sleep, reduced stress, higher “Meditation prepares you for spirits, better odds of an easy labor, faster childbirth and can also be soothing post-delivery recovery and reduced risk during labor by offering tools that push of gestational diabetes and high blood The connections established away fear,” says O‘Mara. She likes this pressure during pregnancy,” Bregman mantra from Thich Nhat Hahn’s book, between mother and finds. She recommends a prenatal yoga Being Peace: “Breathing in, I calm practice that includes breathing and vimyself, breathing out, I smile.” child are much stronger sualizations. This restorative form of yoga To begin, sit comfortably in a quiet when she progresses through room with eyes closed. For women offers gentle stretching, promotes good circulation and naturally supports relief new to meditation, Wilson suggests pregnancy and birth from or healing of many possible pregnancy lighting a scented or colored candle a natural perspective. ailments. and noticing the colors and movement “To alleviate physical distress, try of the flame for something physical ~Kristy Wilson chiropractic prenatal care,” says Phillips. to focus on. “This calming practice is Light finger contact from an experiimportant because labor becomes like enced practitioner helps realign bony segments and restores a meditation,” she says. The mother copes through the conthe body’s normal tone. “A prenatal expert can adjust so the traction, then uses her meditation skills to reset, refocus and mom’s body maintains its balance and the baby is free to ground herself before the next contraction. move.” Wilson and Bregman both encourage expectant mothers Craniosacral therapy reestablishes balance to the memto keep a journal during pregnancy. “Record thoughts and branes that encapsulate the brain and spinal cord. experiences. Sometimes dreams tell things about the child, who has a story too,” advises Wilson.

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Prepare the Mind

“Just say, ‘No thanks,’ to friends who want to burden you with stories of their long, excruciating labors,” O’Mara advises. “Protect yourself from toxic people and their horror stories. Focus on maintaining your own good health and surround yourself with people that have experienced a normal birth. Plan to have uplifting support during the birthing process and in the postpartum period.” A woman easily influenced by others might ask her doula, midwife or spouse to be her advocate. A woman that needs to exercise control might seek such assistance for peace of mind, knowing that her wishes will be followed. “‘Pain’ is a fear-based word,” to be avoided in conversations about labor, Wilson explains. “Don’t fear the strength of contractions. They are doing exactly what your body needs to do to give birth.” As a midwife, she helps moms relax and embrace these intensely important sensations by focusing on what is going on in their body. Research published in the journal Cell Adhesion & Migration shows that the hormones released during labor enter into




Design a Special Experience Create a Birth Plan

Those that prefer a home birth can find a compatible midwife through a natural birthing community such as the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives, International Childbirth Education Association and La Leche League. For a hospital experience, look for low-Caesarean rates, a personally compatible doctor and a distinct birthing center. Either way, a doula or midwife can help craft the desired birth plan. Upon selecting a venue, the expectant mother may imagine the ideal birth environment and write positive statements, such as, “I want to move around freely. I want my husband and sister with me at all times.” “If a home birth is a mother’s first choice, design two plans; one for home and one for the hospital,” suggests Phillips. “If the mother needs hospital care during labor, the attendants will know her wishes.” Wilson encourages the spouse to be involved from

the beginning. “The partner’s energy plays a role in how the birth progresses during labor. Plus, being part of the planning keeps him engaged and attuned to her wishes.”

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“The birthing mother needs continuous support from someone that can focus on her and her needs,” says Phillips. “The partner also needs to have access to experienced support. Both need to surround themselves with people that know how to enfold them in love.”’ A birthing team includes the medically trained attendant appointed to help deliver the baby; either a midwife or a doctor. Many women choose to have a trained doula collaborate, as well. She provides continuity of care and advocacy, lessens the need for medical intervention, stays with the mother, honors and includes the partner and supports the parents in making informed decisions. With home births, family members tend to invite themselves over. The mom needs to have control of her birthing atmosphere. “I encourage moms to be firm regarding who they want in the room when the baby is born,” Wilson says.

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For more than 25 years, Patricia Salem, of Louisville, Kentucky, a licensed and board-certified art therapist, has taught mindfulness practices and art therapy in such diverse settings as hospitals and schools. Aiming to help kids and adults learn to harmoniously ease life’s challenges, her work across generations has led her to seek ways to support entire family systems on their individual and familial journey to more mindful living. Her classes focus on skills like cultivating awareness, communication, self-compassion and self-care. “Teaching mindfulness and stress reduction to children is a start; however, teaching parents and grandparents is important, too. Children need reinforcement at home for practices they are learning in order for them to take hold,” says Salem. Carolyn Tucker, a psychotherapist in Atlanta, started offering classes on mindful grandparenting six years ago after witnessing a rise in grandparents seeking therapy. “In working with new mothers, I’ve found that a common area of friction is too little or too much

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try to model that old age isn’t tragic, and show the joy in this stage of life,” she says. Yet grandparents also should be mindful of any physical limitations and set boundaries with grandkids as needed. “It’s okay to say, ‘I can’t hang on the jungle gym with you,’ and suggest an alternative,” says Moon. Good relationships with the grandkids begin with maintaining open relationships with their parents, experts note. To do this, consistently engage in compassionate listening. “It can be tempting for grandparents that know what may have worked in raising their own children to react or jump in, but it’s important to avoid giving unsolicited advice,” Salem cautions. At the same time, grandparents can notice aspects a harried parent may miss and, if handled carefully, can provide important insights. “I was known as the ‘fairy mom’, offering magic, art and imagination. I was grateful my own mother was there, too, because one child needed more structure and stability than I was providing,” says Tucker, a mother of four. “She gave me mindful feedback without making me feel like she was trying to usurp my role.” Moon suggests practicing “right speech”—messages that are positive, affirming and loving—with everyone. “It’s important to be humble and recognize the huge job of parents and all they juggle. Let them know that you are there to support them in whatever way you can.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.

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nation’s gross domestic product. “Women’s unpaid work—raising children, taking care of households, serving on school boards, volunteering, caring for aging parents, etc.—constitutes 50 percent of all production in the U.S. and 70 percent of that in developing countries. This unvalued economic sector underlies and supports the public and private parts of the entire economy,” advises Henderson, who observes that competition cannot be the sole basis for an economy with any expectation of high quality of life on a small planet. In her film, As She Is, producer and director Megan McFeely, of Marin County, California, captures her own journey to understand the collective potential of the feminine and how to live true to its innate knowing. She queries: “Can you imagine what might happen if women here and around the world rose up together and used our power of longing to heal the Earth?” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at ItsAllAboutWe.com.

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tive and consensus-building, and pursue universal outcomes and group cooperation. They contrast with conventional competitive strategies and solutions, according to The Legislative Effectiveness of Women in Congress study at Vanderbilt University’s Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, in Nashville. Jean Shinoda Bolen, a medical doctor, Jungian analyst in Mill Valley, California, and author of Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman, has been advocating since 2002 for a United Nations Fifth World Conference on Women (5WCW). “Empowered and equal women are the key to peace and sustainability. We need to rise up together and fulfill the Dalai Lama’s words at the Vancouver Peace Summit: ‘It will be up to Western women to bring about peace.’” Bolen’s 5WCW vision joins millennial women worldwide now entering their era of activism with the feminist movement spearheaded by a boomer generation of women that’s forwarded the equality and empowerment of women this far. To this end, she marched in Washington, D.C., on January 21 in the Million Women’s March that globally attracted 5 million participants. “To make human rights women’s rights, we need a united global women’s movement,” she states. Sande Hart, from Orange County, California, director of the Charter for Compassion International-Women and Girls sector and president of the women’s global interfaith organization Spiritual and Religious Alliance for Hope (SARAH), participated in the Los Angeles Women’s March with 750,000 others. “There’s a sense that we’ve had enough. We’re not angry. We are morally outraged and seeking peaceful solutions wrapped in compassion and based in justice for all. In nearly 15 years of women’s community building, I’m convinced that healing our communities with resilience and a regenerative spirit is our biological and innate imperative. I see women emerging in unprecedented ways to make this happen,” says Hart. The Rising Women Rising World organization provides tools and training to help women and men develop feminine wisdom and the qualities of potent

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Milk Minus the Moo

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hen dietary concerns, food sensitivities or curiosity prompt us to try alternative milks, it helps to know the basic facts about the leading types, to choose the best ones for us.

Almond Milk

Pro: Almond milk is low in fat and can be easily made at home, so ingredients are known. One cup of homemade almond milk has about 40 calories, one gram of protein, 6 percent of the daily value (DV) for calcium, three grams of fat and eight

physician who owns the popular natural health website, DrAxe.com, and the Exodus Health Center, near Nashville, Tennessee, points out, “High in mediumchain triglycerides, coconut milk is a very filling, fat-burning food.” One cup of homemade coconut milk has about 450 calories, six grams of protein and 64 grams of fat, plus trace minerals such as manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and copper. Canned coconut milk is similar: one cup of Native Forest Unsweetened Coconut Milk Classic contains 420 calories, three grams of protein and 45 grams of fat, plus trace minerals such as manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and copper in each cup. Con: High in fat and calories, coconut milk may not be the best choice for drinking every day, but is delicious in Asian-style soups and curries.

grams of carbohydrates. As for storebought options, one cup of Silk Organic Almond Original contains 60 calories, with one gram of protein, 10 percent DV for calcium, two-and-a-half grams of fat and eight grams of carbohydrates. Con: Almond milk is neither high in protein nor calcium; it’s not as nutritionally packed as other alternatives. Some might not care for the faint nutty flavor.

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Pro: Hemp milk, made from hulled hemp seeds, contains 10 essential amino acids, including key fats. “Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are vital for healthy functioning of the brain,” says Axe. Hemp milk works well for people with tree nut allergies. One cup of Pacific Hemp Original has 140 calories, three grams of protein, 50 percent DV for calcium, five grams of fat and 20 grams of carbohydrates. Living Harvest Tempt Hemp Milk has 80 calories per cup, two grams of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, eight grams of fat and one gram of carbohydrates.

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Pro: High in vitamins and calcium when fortified, rice milk made from brown rice is also high in vitamins. According to Ted Kallmyer, author of Flexible Dieting, in Bend, Oregon, rice milk is the least likely alternative milk to trigger an allergy. One cup of Pacific Rice Milk has 130 calories, one gram of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, two grams of fat and 37 grams of carbohydrates. One cup of Rice Dream Organic Rice Drink has 120 calories, one gram of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, 2.5 grams of fat and 23 grams of carbohydrates. Con: Low in fat and protein, it’s also relatively high in carbohydrates. It has a less creamy texture than hemp, coconut or soy milks.

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Soy Milk

Pro: Soy milk provides more protein than other alternative milks. Look for a calcium-fortified, organic brand that doesn’t contain the thickening agent carrageenan, suggests Dr. Andrew Weil, founding director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, in Tucson. Different brands have different nutritional components. For example, one cup of Organic Valley Soy Original has 100 calories per cup, with seven grams of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, three grams of fat and 11 grams of carbohydrates. One cup of Organic EdenSoy Extra Original Soymilk contains 130 calories, with 11 grams of protein, 20 percent DV for calcium, four grams of fat and 13 grams of carbohydrates. Con: Some people might not like the thick texture and soy aftertaste. Dr. Frank Lipman, founder and director of Eleven Eleven Wellness Center, in New York City, says that limiting soy is a good idea due to soy’s prevalent pesticide saturation and its researched links to thyroid, endocrine system and sex hormone dysfunction (Tinyurl. com/SoyDarksideStudies). If soy is eaten, “Choose certified organic, soy products— preferably fermented versions like miso, natto and tempeh—with the Non-GMO Project seal; and do so sparingly, no more than twice a week,” advises Lipman. Judith Fertig writes food health articles and cookbooks from Overland Park, KS (JudithFertig.com).

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ome of the best plants to keep as summer companions are herbs that enrich life with their flavors, fragrances and beauty. It’s not too late to pot up a few herbs or plant them in the garden if we choose varieties that thrive in hot, summer weather.

Reliable Basils

“I place basil as the number one herb in popularity, as well as heat tolerance,” says Cristina Spindler, owner of the Peconic River Herb Farm, in Calverton, New York. “Basil actually prefers heat.” There are many types, and greenleafed culinary varieties are easy to grow through the summer, provided they’re not allowed to dry out. Two particularly heat-hardy types are purple-leafed varieties such as red rubin and African blue, which debuted in 1983. “Purple basil is shockingly fraNaturallyChattanooga.com

grant and beautiful on the plate. Plus, it’s easy to grow in a small space and produces quickly,” says Lisa Kessler, who for several years has co-owned with her husband, Ben, the White Hills Lavender and Herb Farm, in Dearing, Georgia. “The flowering tops are usable as herbs and as beautiful cut flowers, so don’t toss them away.” “African blue basil flourishes in summer heat and is an especially beneficial nectar plant for bees and other pollinators,” says Traci Anderson, who has been running Seminole Springs Herb Farm, in Eustis, Florida, in their family for more than 20 years. Vigorous and heavy-flowering, it can grow to over three feet tall, and usually persists as a perennial in Florida, Texas and other mild winter climates.

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ant of Mediterranean herbs; it can be grown as a perennial where soil doesn’t freeze hard in winter. “My top herb garden choice for the hot, humid conditions in the South is Tuscan blue rosemary, because it is beautiful, easy to grow and is wonderful in all kinds of foods and products,” Kessler says. “It blooms in several seasons and provides bees with off-season food.” Thyme is a top cooking herb, although too much summer rain can lead to mildew and leaf blight. This rarely happens with Summer savory, which has a punchy flavor that Spindler describes as “a peppery cross between oregano and thyme that’s perfect on all of the classic summer veggies—squash, green beans, tomatoes and corn.” Kessler recommends oregano as part of our summer planting list. “Let your kids or grandkids have the experience of putting it in the pasta sauce. It’s easy to grow in a small herb garden and will last through the winter in most parts of the South.” An unrelated tropical plant from Africa with strong oregano flavor, the leaves of variegated Cuban oregano are pretty enough to grow alongside flowers, and the plants thrive in humid heat. Cuban oregano readily grows through hot summers, and the plants produce more leaves each time leaf tips are harvested.

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In Central Florida, Anderson recommends culantro, aka Mexican coriander, as a summer herb different from the better-known cilantro. “Culantro equals the flavor of cilantro, but with no bitter or medicinal aftertaste.” A great long-term performer, it continues producing flavorful new leaves even after the plant starts blooming. Anderson also suggests growing West Indian lemongrass for its fragrant leaves and thick stalks. A vigorous, clump-forming grass, lemongrass can

be grown in containers anywhere or served as an edible ornamental in landscapes where summers are hot. “Lemongrass enjoys a sunny and moist environment, so it benefits from being near an air conditioner drain or downspout,” she advises.

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Herbs always need watering in hot weather, and pouring from a watering can at the base is far better than bathing the leaves with a hose. Should containers become so dry that they refuse to take up water, place them in a broad dish or pail filled with three inches of water for 30 minutes to re-

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Taggart Siegel Seeks to Seed an Agricultural Revolution by April Thompson


or more than 30 years, Taggart Siegel has produced award-winning films on little-known aspects of the natural and cultural world. His diverse documentaries range from the story of a Hmong shaman immigrant adjusting to American life to a Midwestern organic farmer that salvaged his family’s farm. Siegel’s latest film, Seed: The Untold Story, follows global seed keepers from Minnesota to India battling multinational agribusinesses in a quest to protect our agricultural heritage and food sources—ancient seeds passed down through untold generations. Interviews with farmers, ethnobotanists and activists explore the importance of the genetic material that these tiny time capsules carry. Siegel is the founder and executive director of Collective Eye Films, a nonprofit media company in Portland, Oregon. He co-directed and produced this latest offering with documentary filmmaker Jon Betz, with backing from Academy Award-winning actress Marisa Tomei.

Why does the colossal loss of food crop diversity during the past century matter? Up to 96 percent of seed varieties have been lost since 1903. During this period, we have destroyed the infrastructure of traditional agriculture: 10,000 years of seeds saved from families and farmers. It threatens our survival. We can’t rely on genetically modified seeds to



see us through climate changes. We need nongenetically engineered seed varieties like the thousands of different types of rice grown in India to be able to adapt to extreme events like floods and droughts. Universal responsibility to save seeds began to dwindle in the 1920s, when hybrid corn crops came onto the market, promising higher yields; instead of growing crops from seeds saved, borrowed or shared with neighbors, farmers bought seeds from stores. In the 1990s, huge corporations bought up some 20,000 seed companies, and the number of cultivated seed varieties dropped precipitously. Ten agrichemical companies now control more than two-thirds of the global seed market.

How do hybrid seeds differ from open-pollinated seeds?  You cannot save a hybrid seed; if you try to use it, the results are unreliable. Hybrids are engineered to be planted for one year only. With open-pollinated and heirloom seeds, you’re planting reliable seeds saved from year to year, generation to generation, bred for the consistency of their qualities. Indigenous people in Mexico’s Oaxaca Valley, for example, have successfully cultivated local seeds for at least 8,700 years, right up to today. Hybrids require high levels of chemical inputs to produce. Illustrating the contrast, Hopi corn, grown for


thousands of years, requires little water and contains much more protein than today’s commercial crops, without poisoning the land with heavy industrial inputs. The Hopi think of seeds as their children, intimately connected with their heritage and culture, so they protect them. Beyond big, strong crops, farming is a spiritual act.

Why do so many farmers voluntarily choose hybrid seeds, given the troubling issues involved? Most farmers just want streamlined labor and the biggest yield. Often, commodity crops using commercial seeds and chemical fertilizers have the biggest yield and make them the most money, even though severe downsides like the loss of flavor and nutrients mean it’s ultimately not the best result. In India, more than 250,000 farmers have committed suicide during the past 20 years to escape onerous debts accrued to purchase industrialized agricultural inputs. An Indian seed salesman interviewed for the film despairs, “The seeds we sell don’t taste good and require so many chemicals that many farmers kill themselves.”

What is the seed-saver movement achieving, and how can everyday gardeners and citizens take action? Seed libraries and banks are critically important because the seeds are adapted to the local environment. Seed libraries have multiplied from only a handful a few years ago to as many as 300 located in towns across America today. Public libraries check out seeds to plant in your garden, asking only that you return harvested seeds for others to enjoy. Farmers can now “back up” their seeds in local seed banks, which are also becoming important educational resources to teach students about these issues.

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amily dogs frequently accompany us on errands and outings away from their familiar home environment and we want them to enjoy these expeditions, so understanding their view of the world is important. To a dog, every experience is either familiar or unfamiliar. The first time they encounter a new sound, place or person, they may feel anxious. We can help with the adjustment by introducing them slowly to each new experience and step aside to provide them distance or space to observe it first at their own pace. Knowing the “tells” that signal when a dog is comfortable or uncomfortable goes a long way to a harmonious experience. Allison Culver, assistant director of The Lightfoot Way holistic animal learning center, in Houston, remarks, “Knowing how to communicate with your animal can save a lot of heartache.” With a bit of applied attention, we can readily learn to understand the changes in canine body posture and behavior that communicate their emotional state. Start by observing the dog’s posture when they are relaxed at home. It’s likely that their weight is balanced on all four legs and their mouth is slightly open; movement is relaxed, loose and agile. When a dog feels happy or playful, notice how their ears may perk up or tilt slightly forward. Their tail might rise and wag, and they may emit a cheerful bark. Using their visual and audio

demeanor as a baseline prepares us to be alert for three secret tells that signal a change in their emotion. Closing their mouth routinely occurs when a dog is unsure or anxious. When their mouth remains closed for a minute or more, it’s a sure clue that they need more time to process information. Lip licking such as quick flicks of the tongue is meant to appease and may prevent an uncomfortable situation from escalating into anything resembling a confrontation. Dogs do it with each other and with us, too. A look away that avoids direct eye contact likewise signals that a dog is urgently processing their current environment. Norwegian dog trainer Turid Rugaas, author of On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals, identifies the lip licking and averting of the eyes as selfcalming behaviors. She affirms, “When dogs are stressed by the environment, they start using calming signals to ease the stress.” When this happens, first try creating more space or distance between the dog and any perceived threat; this may return them to their body language norm. If not, consider using holistic calming aids like a properly mixed lavender essential oil spray or Bach Rescue Remedy Pet flower essences, keeping these well away from their face. Also try mentally engaging the dog with learned cues. A quick game of sit, down, sit plus highfive allows

them to engage in a familiar activity while they adjust to a new environment. If the pet does not respond to normal cues and continues to display multiple stress signals for an extended period, leave the scene altogether. Their anxiety hasn’t been relieved. If it’s still important that the dog learns to enjoy the troubling environment, work with a professional trainer that uses positive reinforcement tools to aid the transition (see PetProfessionalGuild. com or apdt.com). The trainer will assist in creating a plan that allows the pet to adjust at a pace that allows them to remain comfortable. By observing a dog’s posture, we can be confident of choosing mutually good outings. Susan Briggs, of Houston, TX, is co-author of Off-Leash Dog Play: A Complete Guide to Safety & Fun, co-founder of The Dog Gurus and owner of Crystal Canine (CrystalCanine.com).

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monDAY, MAY 1 Stretch & Breathe Gentle Yoga – 10-11am. Ongoing Mondays. Movement Arts Collective, 3813 Dayton Blvd., Chattanooga. Info: 423-401-8115 or MovementArtsCollective.com. Power Lunch – Noon-1pm. Ongoing Mondays with Maggie. $10 drop-in. Blissful Wellness at Nutrition World, 6237 Vance Rd., Ste. 8, Chattanooga. Info: NutritionW.com.

Wednesdays. Free class begins with tong ren therapy healing requests for each individual, followed by easy qigong exercises and a silent meditation session. Reserve a spot online at yyh.ch/. Class is also broadcast live, and healing requests accepted online. Yin Yang House, 818 E. Main. Info: yyh.ch/. Improve Chattanooga – 7:30pm. First Wednesday of each month. A collection of some of the best improvisors in the Southeast, whose goal is to turn Chattanooga into an improv destination like Chicago or New York. Locations vary. Info: ImproveChattanooga.com.

Strengthen the Stretch – 4:45-5:45pm. Ongoing Mondays with Cara. $10 drop-in. Blissful Wellness at Nutrition World, 6237 Vance Rd., Ste. 8, Chattanooga. Info: NutritionW.com.


Tai Ji – 6-7pm. Ongoing Mondays with Kara. $10 drop-in. Blissful Wellness at Nutrition World, 6237 Vance Rd., Ste. 8, Chattanooga. Info: NutritionW.com.

Vinyasa Flow – 10:30am. Ongoing Thursdays. $10 drop-in. Blissful Wellness at Nutrition World, 6237 Vance Rd., Ste. 8, Chattanooga. Info: NutritionW.com.

Classical Barre – 7-8:15pm. Ongoing Mondays with Monica. $10 drop-in. Blissful Wellness at Nutrition World, 6237 Vance Rd., Ste. 8, Chattanooga. Info: NutritionW.com.

Gentle Yoga – 2pm. Ongoing Thursdays. $10 dropin. Blissful Wellness at Nutrition World, 6237 Vance Rd., Ste. 8, Chattanooga. Info: NutritionW.com.

creatives were challenged to find a piece among the permanent collection at the Hunter that spoke to them, and create a new piece based on the museum work. Location: WorkSpace Gallery, 302 W. 6th St., Chattanooga. Info: ChattanoogaWorkSpace.com.

SATURDAY, MAY 6 Yang Style Tai Chi Form Instruction – 8-9am. Ongoing Saturdays. Instruction in a medium-length Yang Style Tai Chi form as well as other forms for advanced students. After a month of instruction, students may attend other practice sessions (form and meditation) Tues. & Thus., 8-9am. $50/ month unlimited classes. Reserve a spot online. Yin Yang House, 818 E. Main St., Chattanooga. Info: YinYangHouse.com. Pedaling for Parkinson’s – 9am. Ongoing Saturdays. Stationary bike class ideal for people 30-75 years old diagnosed with idiopathic Parkinson’s disease. Free for Y members; $5 nonmembers. North River YMCA, Hixson. Info: 423-877-3517. Prenatal Yoga – 10:30am. Ongoing Saturdays. $10 drop-in. Blissful Wellness at Nutrition World, 6237 Vance Rd., Ste. 8, Chattanooga. Info: NutritionW.com. Hot Hula Fusion – 10-11am. Ongoing Saturdays. Frances Estela teaches this beginner-friendly fitness class based in Polynesian dance. $12 drop-in or use your class card. Movement Arts Collective, 3813 Dayton Blvd., Red Bank. Info: 423-401-8115 or MovementArtsCollective.com.


Signal Mountain Farmers’ Market – 4-6pm. Ongoing Thursdays. Seasonal produce, eggs, meats, body products, coffee, crafts, baked goods, dog treats, boiled peanuts, plants, flowers, all from local farms. Front lot of Pruett’s Signal Mountain Market, 1210 Taft Hwy., Signal Mountain. Info: signalfarmersmarket@gmail.com.

First Time Flow – 8:30am. Ongoing Tuesdays. $10 drop-in. Blissful Wellness at Nutrition World, 6237 Vance Rd., Ste. 8, Chattanooga. Info: NutritionW.com.

Strong by Zumba – 5:30pm. Ongoing Thursdays. $5 drop-in. Blissful Wellness at Nutrition World, 6237 Vance Rd., Ste. 8, Chattanooga. Info: NutritionW.com.

Prenatal Yoga – Noon-1pm. Ongoing Saturdays. Movement Arts Collective, 3813 Dayton Blvd., Chattanooga. Info: 423-401-8115 or MovementArtsCollective.com.

Community Chair – 10:30am. Ongoing Tuesdays. $8 drop-in. Blissful Wellness at Nutrition World, 6237 Vance Rd., Ste. 8, Chattanooga. Info: NutritionW.com.

Pedaling for Parkinson’s – 6pm. Ongoing Thursdays. Stationary bike class ideal for people 30-75 years old diagnosed with idiopathic Parkinson’s disease. Free for Y members; $5 nonmembers. North River YMCA, Hixson. Info: 423-877-3517.

Fletcher Pilates Fusion – Noon-1pm. Ongoing Saturdays with Holli. $10 drop-in. Blissful Wellness at Nutrition World, 6237 Vance Rd., Ste. 8, Chattanooga. Info: NutritionW.com.

Learn to be a Massage Therapist – Ongoing Mondays. 28-week class at East Tennessee’s oldest massage school. Massage Institute of Cleveland, 2321 N. Ocoee St., Cleveland. Info: 423-559-0380.

Gentle Yoga – 2pm. Ongoing Tuesdays. $10 dropin. Blissful Wellness at Nutrition World, 6237 Vance Rd., Ste. 8, Chattanooga. Info: NutritionW.com. Pedaling for Parkinson’s – 6pm. Ongoing Tuesdays. Stationary bike class ideal for people 30-75 years old diagnosed with idiopathic Parkinson’s disease. Free for Y members; $5 nonmembers. North River YMCA, Hixson. Info: 423-877-3517.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 3 Flow and Restore – 8:30am. Ongoing Wednesdays. $10 drop-in. Blissful Wellness at Nutrition World, 6237 Vance Rd., Ste. 8, Chattanooga. Info: NutritionW.com. Power Lunch – Noon. Ongoing Wednesdays. $10 drop-in. Blissful Wellness at Nutrition World, 6237 Vance Rd., Ste. 8, Chattanooga. Info: NutritionW.com. Classical Barre – 6pm. Ongoing Wednesdays. $10 drop-in. Blissful Wellness at Nutrition World, 6201 Lee Hwy., Chattanooga. Info: NutritionW.com. Tong Ren Therapy Energy Healing Class with Qigong and Meditation – 6:30-7:30pm. Ongoing



Zumba –6:30pm. Ongoing Thursdays. $5 drop-in. Blissful Wellness at Nutrition World, 6237 Vance Rd., Ste. 8, Chattanooga. Info: NutritionW.com. Barbecue Wine Tasting at Back Inn Café – Bluff View Wine Director Michael Vasta explains how to pair the perfect wine with your favorite summer dishes. Covers a broad spectrum of wines to please every palate. $40. Reservations required. Location: 412 E. 2nd St., Chattanooga. Info: 423-265-5033 x4. Body Massage – Ongoing Thursdays. One fullhour body massage for $25. The Massage Institute of Cleveland, 2321 N. Ocoee St., Cleveland. Info: 423-559-0380.

FRIDAY, MAY 5 Community Gentle Stretch and Yin – 10:30am. Ongoing Fridays. $8 drop-in. Blissful Wellness at Nutrition World, 6237 Vance Rd., Ste. 8, Chattanooga. Info: NutritionW.com. Inspired II: WorkSpace Artists Inspired by the Hunter Museum of American Collection – 5:30-8:30pm. Chattanooga WorkSpace artists/


Curvy Yoga – 11:30am-12:30pm. Ongoing Saturdays. Cyndi Allen teaches this beginner-friendly yoga class designed for curvy bodies. $12 drop-in or use your class card. Movement Arts Collective, 3813 Dayton Blvd., Red Bank. Info: 423-401-8115 or MovementArtsCollective.com.

Prenatal Yoga – 1:15-2:15pm. Ongoing Saturdays with Cara. $10 drop-in. Blissful Wellness at Nutrition World, 6237 Vance Rd., Ste. 8, Chattanooga. Info: NutritionW.com.

SUNDAY, MAY 7 Unity of Chattanooga Sunday Service – 11am. Ongoing Sundays. Music, message, meditation and fellowship. All spiritual paths are honored. Location: Granfalloon, 400 E. Main St., Chattanooga. Info: UnityOfChattanooga.org or 423-755-7990. Play Along with the CSO at the Chattanooga Market – 11am-4pm. Local vendors offer produce, food, beer & wine, art, crafts in an open-air pavilion with live music and food trucks. First Tennessee Pavilion, 1829 Carter St., Chattanooga. Info: ChattanoogaMarket.com. Brian Wilson presents Pet Sounds: The Final Performances – 8pm. The music legend has extended the run of his Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary World Tour, performing the Beach Boys’ iconic album for the final time. Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St., Chattanooga. Info: TivoliChattanooga.com.

THURSDAY, MAY 11 Another Gorgeous Evening – 5:30pm. Benefits the Tennessee River Gorge Trust. Includes outdoor dinner, cocktails, live jazz music and silent auction of paintings of the gorge by local artists. Location: Tennessee RiverPlace in Lookout Valley. Cost: $125 before May 5 or $150 after. Info: TRGT.org/Events or call 423-266-0314.

First Tennessee Pavilion, 1829 Carter St., Chattanooga. Info: ChattanoogaMarket.com.


SATURDAY, MAY 27 41st annual Spring Arts in the Park – May 2728, 10am-6pm. Artwork and food from more than 175 juried fine arts and fine crafts exhibitors and food booths. Adults $5; children under 12 free. All proceeds benefit the nonprofit Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association. Downtown City Park, Blue Ridge, GA. Info: BlueRidgeArts.net.

FRIDAY, MAY 12 Paddling by Moonlight – 7pm. Join one of the Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center naturalists on a 3-hour, 5-mile canoe ride along scenic Lookout Creek, learning about the history and animal life surrounding this piece of water. Info: ReflectionRiding.org.

SUNDAY, MAY 14 Mother’s Day Celebration at the Chattanooga Market – 11am-4pm. Local vendors offer produce, food, beer & wine, art, crafts in an open-air pavilion with live music and food trucks. First Tennessee Pavilion, 1829 Carter St., Chattanooga. Info: ChattanoogaMarket.com.

MONDAY, MAY 15 Bike Commuting 101 – 6-7pm. Learn the rules of the road and riding techniques to be a confident and predictable commuter. Taught by League of American Bicyclists-certified instructors. Ages 14 and up. Free. Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. Info: OutdoorChattanooga.com.

FRIDAY, MAY 19 Picnic in the Passageways – 11:30am-1:30pm. Ongoing Fridays. Have lunch in Grass Garden Inversion, 730 Cherry Street, with food trucks, music and activities. Bistro seating. Additional seating in the Urban Chandelier, 709 Cherry Street. Info: PassagewaysChattanooga.com.

SATURDAY, MAY 20 Learn to Make Handmade Soap – 9am-noon. Karen Creel, owner of Gardenchick, teaches the



basics of cold-process soap making. Ingredients, utensils  and  safety equipment  provided. There will be a variety of essential oils and botanicals to choose from. Participants will take home their soap for curing and a booklet with directions for replicating the process. Crabtree Farms, 1000 E. 30th St., Chattanooga. Info: CrabtreeFarms.org. Mommy to Bee Maternity Event – 9am-1pm. Bumble-bee-themed maternity event features information from pregnancy and newborn experts, vendor booths, tour of the Birth Place, giveaways, lunch, baby shower. Space is limited; registration required. Parkridge Hospital East, 941 Spring Creek Rd., Chattanooga. Info and registration: 800-242-5662. Chelation Therapy, Ozone Therapy and IASIS Micro-current Neurofeedback – 4-6pm. Charles Adams, M.D., owner of Personal Integrative Medicine in Ringgold, GA, discusses drug-free techniques for treating disease and relieving pain. Sponsored by CHEO. Free, but donations appreciated. Yoga-speaker room behind Nutrition World, 6201 Lee Hwy., Chattanooga. Info: 4cheo.org.

SUNDAY, MAY 21 Chattanooga Market – 11am-4pm. Local vendors offer produce, food, beer & wine, art, crafts in an open-air pavilion with live music and food trucks.

Street Food Festival at the Chattanooga Market – 11am-4pm. Local vendors offer produce, food, beer & wine, art, crafts in an open-air pavilion with live music and food trucks. First Tennessee Pavilion, 1829 Carter St., Chattanooga. Info: ChattanoogaMarket.com.

TUESDAY, MAY 30 First day of summer day camp at YMCA of Metropolitan Chattanooga – 9am-4pm. Camp runs May 30-Aug. 4 at locations in metro area and North GA. For boys and girls aged 5 to 12; separate teen programs. Physical and creative activities plus educational enrichment. Info: 423-265-8834 or YMCAChattanooga.org.

save the date FRIDAY, JUNE 9 Riverbend Festival – June 9-17. Chattanooga’s premier music festival features 100 acts on five stages along the 21st Century Waterfront. Info: RiverbendFestival.com.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival – Sept. 23-24. Family-friendly daytime event in Franklin, TN, headlined by Justin Timberlake, Eddie Vedder and Ryan Adams. Info: PilgrimageFestival.com.

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Environmental Education TENNESSEE RIVER GORGE TRUST 1214 Dartmouth St. Chattanooga, TN 37405 423-266-0314 TRGT.org

For more than 33 years, TRGT has worked to protect the Tennessee River Gorge as a healthy and productive resource for our community through land protection, education, community engagement and good land-stewardship practices. See ad, page 25.


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Family owned and operated for the last 21 years, we provide a wide selection of vitamins, herbs, essential oils, weightloss products, Advocare and many other natural health products for the entire family. See ad, page 29.



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