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This month, Natural Awakenings is about living— how to do it better, healthier, less expensively and greener. And, it is about time to focus on something other than snow, ice and cold. I am ready to shed the sweaters and take a nice long walk in the warmth of the sun. After feeling like I have been living on the inside, nestled in the warmth of my home, I am ready to do some living on the outside. Our feature articles this month focus on some fundamental questions each of us must ask about our own lives. The decisions that we make about the type of house in which we live; the way that we purchase our daily necessities; the cars that we drive; and the way we clean our living space affect us and also affect our precious world. As consumers, we are constantly bombarded by messages about products and services that will be the “miracle” we are looking for—to create a perfect life. It is so easy to become complacent and accept the limited choices that are before us, as we, often times, pick the first item on the shelf with the flashiest packaging. In Crissy Trask’s “Live Green, Save Big,” she challenges us to become mindful consumers, as we fully consider alternatives about the big things we must purchase. I encourage you to let her challenge you, by reading her piece and then taking steps to be fully present in your decisions about consumption—a worthy goal as we celebrate Earth Day on April 22. Some local events can open your eyes to the myriad of choices for healthy and green products and services that abound in this area. Again this year, the Green Living Expo, on April 26 at George Mason University, in Arlington, will be full to overflowing with helpful information, local experts and products to make your life a bit greener. And, the Green Festival is right around the corner, at the end of May. Natural Awakenings is, once again, a media sponsor of the Green Festival and readers can enjoy a special benefit of 50 percent off regular ticket prices with the code: NATAWAKDC14. I am also pleased to present to you some very wise words from Wayne Dyer, including an excerpt from his latest book, I Can See Clearly Now. Dyer’s message is about living and choosing to do it with joy. Your chance to see Dyer in person, locally, is coming soon. The I Can Do It! Conference is coming to Baltimore this June (but is sure to sell out soon), with many great Hay House authors, including Iyanla Vanzant and Cheryl Richardson. So let’s make the decision to start living—intentionally, mindfully and with joy (but without the sweaters). I’m ready for the sun!
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Five Eco-Friendly Life Decisions that Can Actually Save Money by Crissy Trask
The Still Small Voice that Helps Us Find a Sense of Peace by Milagros Phillips
22 GOOD RIDDANCE TO BAD VIBES
Escaping Electromagnetic Exposure by Priscilla Goudreau-Santos
DIY Recipes Keep Your Home Naturally Clean by Lane Vail
MUSHROOM MAGIC Delicate Powerhouses of Nutrition and Medicine by Case Adams
29 FROM “WHY ME?”
TO “THANK YOU!” Wayne Dyer on the Value of Hard Lessons by Linda Sechrist
32 YOGA 101
Ten Important Ideas When Starting to Practice Yoga
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35 LET THE
Play Develops Cognitive, Emotional and Social Skills by Steve Smith
36 THERMOGRAPHY For Your Breast Health by Donna Marie Scippa
newsbriefs Experience Quantum-Touch Healing
our body has the innate ability to heal itself. However, when under stress or in poor health, your body does not have the energy needed to effectively accomplish this. Complementary and alternative healing modalities like Quantum-Touch give you tools and techniques to regain and reclaim health and wellness. Quantum-Touch is a modality that teaches simple breathing techniques and body awareness exercises to assist and accelerate healing. Quantum-Touch techniques are very effective for Miriam Hunter reducing and eliminating headaches, back pain and chronic pain, realigning structure, balancing organs, glands and systems, healing injuries and so much more. Miriam Hunter has been working with Quantum-Touch since 2002. She is certified as a practitioner, mentor and instructor of Quantum-Touch Levels 1 and 2 and Self-Created Health. Individual sessions and workshops assist in moving through issues with ease and are fun, uplifting and enlightening. Workshop participants learn and practice techniques and receive handouts that cover all the material. The techniques empower you to easily and actively participate in your own healing. Quantum-Touch is a safe, natural way to enhance and accelerate your body’s ability to heal itself. Doctors, surgeons, nurses, chiropractors, massage therapists and sports trainers have endorsed Quantum-Touch, and utilize the techniques in clinical settings, hospitals and operating rooms internationally. For more information and to experience a mini-session, join Hunter at the Natural Living Expo in Bethesda, MD, on March 30, booth 64. For more information about Quantum-Touch, workshops and healing stories, call 202-361-7321, email MiriamHunter@verizon.net or visit QuantumTouch.com. See ad, page 9.
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eRoy Malouf, owner of Energetic Well Being Process and business, life, and energy coach, has been helping his clients to remove pain quickly and to live in joy, love and freedom. He is offering three free Energetic Well Being demonstrations on May 13 in Fairfax, May 14 in Rockville, May 15 in Ellicott City and a workshop May 17 to 18 in Bethesda. The Energetic Well Being Process transcends traditional and alternative approaches. It is a ground- breaking synthesis of Chinese energetics, quantum physics and Western modalities that identifies the symptom LeRoy Malouf clearly, identifies the desired state of being and identifies and clears away root causes by deprogramming old patterns and reprogramming to the desired state. Malouf’s clients have experienced amazing results for a variety of wellness concerns. After three sessions, one client cancelled surgery to remove her gall bladder. She stated, “I had excruciating gall bladder pain on and off for many years. LeRoy worked with me three times and the pain went away. My gallbladder is healthy, and I am doing well many years later.” Through the free demonstrations, individual sessions, workshops and home study programs, participants learn how to be more mindful, perceptive and aware of how to maintain our natural state of physical, mental and emotional wellness.
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Awakening to Freedom: Yoga and Buddhism in the Kathmandu Valley
re you ready to take off on the journey of a lifetime? Join Yoga Nepal from October 27 to November 7 for pilgrimage and practice in the sacred Kathmandu Valley. Tucked away in a fold of Himalayan hills, the Kathmandu Valley has long been a “power place” for pilgrims and seekers from India, the Himalayas and Tibet. The journey will be led by HawaH, the creator and visionary behind the Poetry of Yoga project. HawaH is known throughout the District of Columbia metro area as an artist, author, educator, yoga instructor and community organizer. He is also the co-founder and executive director of the nonprofit organization, OneCommonUnity.org. Participants on the journey will enjoy daily vinyasa yoga, pranayama and meditation classes with HawaH, guided pilgrimages to unforgettable Buddhist monasteries and temples throughout the spiritual heart-center of Nepal and teachings from Tibetan masters. By participating in this journey, participants will see the world from a whole new perspective and connect with the sacred in the world, and within themselves. They will be encouraged to draw inspiration from the wisdom of ancient, living traditions, as they re-energize the body, open the heart and settle the mind in peace, within this community of like-minded yogis. Space is very limited and is likely to sell out quickly. To learn more or to register, visit YogaNepal.com.
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Home Renovations Aggravate Childhood Asthma
ew research suggests that renovation planning should involve more than just picking the right colors and styles; doing it right may help prevent childhood respiratory conditions. Researchers from St. Louis University, in Missouri, linked home renovations with increased wheezing, asthma and chronic coughing among children living in the home. The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, followed 31,049 children between the ages of 2 and 14 years old from seven Chinese cities over a two-year period. Previous research has also reached a similar conclusion, identifying some specific materials responsible for increased childhood respiratory disorders. A Russian study of 5,951 children ages 8 to 12 found that increased asthma and wheezing were related to recently completed painting, as well as the installation of new linoleum flooring, synthetic carpets, particleboard and wall coverings. That study, published in the same journal states, “Exposure levels are the highest during and shortly after painting, but low levels of exposure may remain for several months. Wooden furniture, as well as painted or varnished and new furniture, is likely to emit chemical substances.” A 2002 study of New York children published in the Journal of Urban Health found similar results.
Ventilation and Cleaning Hinder Indoor Pollutants
roperly ventilating and frequently cleaning our homes and offices are both important to our health, concludes a new European study published in the Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Researchers analyzed bacterial and fungal counts and suspended particulate matter in indoor air samples of 40 homes and offices. They determined that 45 percent had indoor pollution levels greater than that recommended by the current European Concerted Action Report on air quality standards. An analysis of a Canadian government Health Measures Survey discovered 47 different indoor volatile organic compounds (VOC) among more than half of the 3,857 households surveyed throughout Canada. Most of the VOCs identified there have also been present in separate European and U.S. studies. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), VOCs are carbon chemical compounds that can evaporate under normal indoor atmospheric conditions. The concern with indoor VOCs is their potential to react with indoor ozone to produce harmful byproducts that may be associated with adverse health effects in sensitive populations. Benzene, trichloroethylene, tetrachloroethylene and xylene top the list of common VOCs inside U.S. households, according to an EPA report. Typical sources comprise common household chemicals, furnishings and décor, as well as indoor activities such as unventilated cooking, heating and smoking. 12
Orange Oil Calms Kids in Dental Chairs
or centuries, aromatherapy using orange oil has been heralded in traditional herbalism for its ability to alleviate anxiety. Research published in the journal Advanced Biomedical Research now finds that aromatherapy using the same ingredient can significantly reduce a child’s anxiety at the dentist’s office. The study, conducted at Iran’s Isfahan University of Medical Sciences and published in the peer-reviewed journal Advanced Biomedical Research, tested 10 boys and 20 girls between 6 and 9 years old. In this crossover design study, participants were assigned randomly into two groups. Half the children were treated with water instead of any essential oil (control) initially and received orange aroma in the second session (intervention). Another 15 children received treatment under orange aroma in the first encounter (intervention) and were treated without any aroma the second time (control). When the children were given orange oil aromatherapy, they experienced significantly reduced heart rates and lower salivary cortisol levels compared with those not receiving it. The results corroborate findings from a 2000 study from the University of Vienna, in Austria, published in Physiology and Behavior.
Not Your Average Cocktail by Dr. Isabel Sharkar
utritional IV Therapy has become the new craze for all the right reasons. It is a highly efficient and effective way of absorbing high dosages of nutrients, not otherwise absorbable by the body when taken orally. The dosage and absorption of nutrients in oral supplements is limited per hour, they must be taken much more frequently and in smaller quantities. Poor intestinal function can further decrease the nutrient content absorbed. Bypassing the digestive system, IV nutrients go straight into the blood stream for immediate absorption. The most common Nutritional IV is the Myers’ Cocktail, invented 30 years ago by Dr. John Myers. It contains magnesium, calcium, various B vitamins and vitamin C; think of it as the IV multi-vitamin. In many cases high doses of vitamin C are extremely beneficial and because the GI tract cannot tolerate more than 10 to
40 grams per day, it is best to acquire high doses via an IV infusion. When cells are flooded with nutrients, they receive an energy boost that reduces symptoms, rebuilds the body and restores health. Nutritional IV Therapy is used to manage chronic fatigue, migraines, depression, fibromyalgia, acute and chronic infections, Lyme disease, poor immunity, cancer therapy, colds and flu, allergies, gastrointestinal conditions, muscle spasms, cardiovascular disease, asthma, viral and bacterial infections, anti-aging and post-surgical recovery. It further helps to build a stronger immune system, turbocharges energy levels, improves athletic performance and allows for faster recovery from stressful events. It’s no wonder why all the celebrities, top models and athletes are lining up for their weekly Nutritional IV Therapy. Dr. Isabel Sharkar is a licensed naturopathic physician and co-owner of Indigo Integrative Health Clinic, in Georgetown. For more information, visit IndigoHealthClinic.com. See ad below.
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Cheaper Solar Panels Spur Job Growth Solar industry jobs are up nearly 20 percent in the 14 months through November 2013 as cheaper panels and rising electricity rates spurred people to turn to solar, according to a report by the nonprofit Solar Foundation research group. At latest count, solar companies employ nearly 143,000 solar workers, up more than 23,000 from September 2012—a job growth rate that’s 10 times faster than the national average and is helping local economies, according to the foundation. The industry is expected to create 22,000 new jobs in 2014, although at a slower pace than 2013. Cuts of 8,500 positions are projected in the sector that generates electricity from fossil fuels. Solar firms surveyed in the report said that more than 50 percent of their business and homeowner customers turned to solar to save money, while nearly 23 percent said they invested in panels because costs are now comparable with utility rates. The report noted that the cost of solar equipment has fallen about 50 percent since the beginning of 2010, motivating more people to go green.
Widespread Use Awaits Cleaning Machines Rainwater flows through porous pavement, allowing it to quickly reach soil, which helps keep pavement clearer from ice and snow in the winter and reduces the amount of pollutants that rain washes off of streets and into bodies of surface water. “It works about 50 percent of the time,” says David Drullinger, an environmental quality professional with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. He explains that dirt, sand and other debris get stuck inside the pavement; for it to be effective again, it must be cleaned. More machines capable of unclogging these road surfaces are needed before widespread installation is viable. As more contractors gain experience working with the new material, the more effective it may become. Several communities in Michigan already are adopting the use of porous pavement for its benefits. Source: GreatLakesEcho.org
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Why not expand on the spring tradition of home cleaning by appraising existing home furnishings and décor to see how rearrangements can freshen the whole presentation? Employing a few basic creative strategies will yield long-lasting beauty, cost savings, health benefits and utility, all adding up to enhanced sustainability. Secondhand items readily spruce up interiors when they are thoughtfully selected. Look for gently used, new-to-you items—ranging from furniture and lamps to accent pieces like pottery and wall art—at antique and thrift shops, yard and estate sales or via online forums such as CraigsList.com and Freecycle.org. Seeking out fair trade items helps support a fair wage for artisans around the world. Plants enliven and beautify any space while cleaning indoor air, according to a recent study by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and Associated Landscape Contractors of America. Plants cited as especially effective in removing formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide from the air include bamboo palm, Chinese evergreen, English ivy, gerbera (African) daisy, chrysanthemum and peace lily. Pot them in used jars or other repurposed containers to conserve materials and add character and more personality to home décor. Overall balance is key. “An imbalanced room has large furniture grouped together at one end and lightweight furniture and bare walls at the other,” says professional designer Norma Lehmeier Hartie, author of Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify & Energize Your Life, Your Home & Your Planet. “The effect is like being on a tilting boat in a storm.” Furniture arrangements are best when they allow light to flow through spaces with ample allowance for moving about the room. The ideal setup facilitates worktable projects and small-group conversations. Round tables help make everyone feel like they belong, according to green living expert Annie Bond. Sustainable kitchen wares are often the classiest. Sturdy pots, pans and kettles, like Le Creuset and Picquot Ware, may offer replacement parts and lifetime guarantees; Bialetti and Bodum coffee makers and Littala glassware are durable and long-lasting. While some may cost more upfront, their longevity saves money over time. Then there’s always grandma’s iron skillet. Additional sources: GreenPages.org and GreenAmerica.org natural awakenings
routine. You grow a strong bond with your home.” Securing a much smaller dwelling than what we originally had designs on can lead to a lifetime of savings. With less space to furnish, heat, cool, light, clean and maintain, we can enjoy greater financial freedom, less stress and more time for fun.
2. Deciding Where to Live
SAVE BIG Five Eco-Friendly Life Decisions that Can Actually Save Us Money by Crissy Trask
very pivotal life decision, from choosing where we live to eating healthier, can support our best interests environmentally, as well. The good news is that it is possible to afford a sustainable way of life. Eco-friendly choices for housing, vehicles and food— generally perceived as expensive for the average individual or family—often are not only attainable when pursued in a thoughtful way, but can actually save us money compared to maintaining the status quo.
1. Buying a Home
When considering a move to a new place, we often find out how much house we can manage and then proceed to invest to the hilt. But if hitting our spending limit will leave a deficit in the amount of green and healthy home features and furnishings we can achieve, we could end up with a residence that makes neither financial nor 18
ecological sense, and isn’t good for our health. A solution is to scale back on costly square footage. Spending 25 to 40 percent less than we think we can on a smaller home provides more possibilities when planning the renovation budget, enabling us to create a home that is more deeply satisfying. Nicole Alvarez, an architectural designer with Ellen Cassilly Architect, in Durham, North Carolina, who blogs at IntentionallySmall.com, says that if we value quality over quantity, place over space and living more intentionally in every aspect of our lives, we are ready for a small home. Occupying less space has profoundly influenced her daily life and happiness. Alvarez has found, “When space is limited, everything has a function and a purpose. Everything has to be intentional. Over time, as you grow in the home, you make small modifications to personalize it more to adjust to your
Urban, suburban or rural, where we live incurs long-term repercussions on the natural environment. Choosing an established community within or close to an urban center tends to be more protective of air, water and land quality than living in a distant, car-dependent suburb, yet many families feel either drawn to or resigned to the suburbs for the lower housing prices. But as Ilana Preuss, vice president at Washington, D.C.-based Smart Growth America, explains, “There is more to housing affordability than how much rent or mortgage we pay. Transportation costs are the second-biggest budget item for most families. In locations with access to few transportation choices, the combined cost of housing and transportation can be more than 60 percent of the total household budget. For families with access to a range of transportation choices, the combined cost can be less than 40 percent.” In most suburbs, where the only practical transportation choice is a personal vehicle, dependency on a car takes a toll on us financially and physically. Driving a personal vehicle 15,000 miles a year can cost about $9,122 annually in ownership and operating expenses, according to AAA’s 2013 Your Driving Costs report, and hours spent daily sitting behind the wheel being sedentary is eroding our health. Lack of transportation options is a leading detriment to the nation’s collective wellness, according to the federal agency Healthy People. Sustainable cities provide many transportation options, including public buses and trains, car-sharing services and all forms of ride sharing; and perhaps most importantly, they are bike- and pedestrian-friendly. Choosing communities that make it possible to reduce driving and even go car-free
price of $28,431, the category has been around long enough to create a market in previously owned vehicles. A used hybrid that is just two years old can cost up to 25 percent less than a new one.
4. Buying American Eco-friendly choices for housing, vehicles and food—generally perceived as expensive for the average individual or family—often are not only attainable when pursued in a thoughtful way, but can actually save us money compared to maintaining the status quo. much of the time can save us money, reduce stress and improve our health.
3. Choosing a Car
We know two primary facts about cars: They are expensive and those with internal combustion engines pollute during operation. Still, many of us need one. Reducing the total impact and burden of owning a car can be as simple as prioritizing fuel efficiency. It helps that fuel-sippers now come in more sizes than just small, yet small subcompacts remain a good place to start our research because of their budget-friendly prices and high fuel economy. A subcompact that averages 32 miles per gallon (mpg) and has a sticker price below $15,000 can save us so much money compared with a top-selling compact SUV—upwards of $16,000 over five years, according to Edmunds.com—that if we need a larger vehicle on occasion, we can more easily afford to rent one. Hybrid electric vehicles (HEV), both small and midsized, can be an even better choice, averaging 41 mpg. Cost comparisons show that an HEV can save a heavily travelling city driver nearly $1,000 in fuel costs annually versus a comparably sized conventional gasolinepowered car. Although a 2014 midsized HEV has an average suggested retail
According to Consumer Reports, many shoppers prefer to buy products made in the USA, but with more than 60 percent of all consumer goods now produced overseas, finding American goods is not always easy. The good news is that buying American doesn’t mean only buying American made. We back the U.S. economy and jobs when we purchase used items that have been renewed or repurposed by enterprising citizens. Creative reuse supports new and existing businesses that collect, clean, sort, recondition, refurbish, remanufacture, update, refinish, reupholster, repair, tailor, distribute and sell used parts, materials and finished goods. Sarah Baird, director of outreach and communications of the Center for a New American Dream, an organization working to shift consumption away from wasteful trends, loves the history of used items. She says, “An item that has already lived one life has a story to tell, and is infinitely more interesting than anything newly manufactured.” Another reward is the big savings afforded by previously owned durable goods; not even America’s big-box discount retailers can beat these genuine bargains. Of course, not everything is available in the used marketplace, but when it makes sense, we can proudly know that our purchases support American ingenuity and workers.
Green Housing Yields Social and Security Benefits n Large-home inhabitants may go all day without seeing one another and communication and togetherness can suffer. Family members living in small homes can more easily cultivate strong communications and cohesion. n Dense neighborhoods encourage interaction and cooperation among neighbors, nurturing a cohesive community that can reward us with social connections, collective responsibility and assistance when needed. n Urban homes give vandals and thieves fewer opportunities because neighbors are close by and passersby may be more readily noticed. n Small homes can encourage disconnecting from technology and getting outside. When the TV can be heard throughout the house, parents are more likely to urge outdoor playtime for kids. n The footprint of a small dwelling uses a fraction of the buildable lot, leaving more outdoor space for planting gardens that can nourish bodies and souls. Source: GreenMatters.com
5. Getting Healthy
Going green is healthy in innumerable ways. In addition to driving less, banning toxic products from our household cupboards and dinner plates is another solid place to start on the road to improved well-being for ourselves and the planet. Toxic consumer products pollute the planet, from manufacture through use and disposal. They aren’t doing us any favors. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that the average human body now contains an estimated 700 industrial compounds, pollutants natural awakenings
The newest hybrids have been around for more than a decade, and the batteries have held up extremely well, lasting 150,000 to 200,000 miles in some cases. ~ CNN.com and other chemicals due to exposure to toxic consumer products and industrial chemicals. After researching proper local disposal of such hazards, replace them on future shopping forays with safer choices. It’s an investment in our health that can save untold pain and money and pay off big time in avoiding health problems ranging from cancer, asthma and chronic diseases to impaired fertility, birth defects and learning disabilities according to the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Coalition. To reduce exposure to the toxins that are commonly sprayed on conventional crops, select sustainable and organic versions of foods to prepare at home whenever possible. Such choices help keep both our bodies and the environment healthy and can be surprisingly affordable compared with eating out and consuming prepackaged convenience foods. By substituting whole foods for prepared foods, cooking more meals at home and practicing good eating habits—like eating less meat and downsizing portions—the average person can enjoy high-quality food for $7 to $11 per day. This matches or falls below what the average American daily spends on food, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Considering that diet-related diseases can cost afflicted families thousands of dollars a year, better food choices can make us not only healthier, but wealthier, too. Crissy Trask is the author of Go Green, Spend Less, Live Better. Connect at CrissyTrask.com. 20
Quieting Finding the still small voice that helps us find a sense of peace, even in difficult times by Milagros Phillips
he first lesson in A Course in Miracles is, “Nothing I see in this room (on this street, from this window, in this place) means anything.” You are then to look around the room and apply the idea to whatever you see. Why is this lesson important? What the course is reminding us, is that everything is neutral, until we give it meaning. From the time we are very small, the adults around us take us by the hand and give us the names for everything we see, the furniture, our food, the colors that surround us and the parts of the body. They tell us which words are “good” and which are “bad.” We are taught to differentiate from good and bad experiences, good and bad people, and we gather information of how to stay safe, based on those teachings, setting a strong foundation for how we will perceive the world around us. As we move on in life, a lot of those early teachings become the background noise that settles into our subconscious and quietly runs our lives. We give power to those inner voices that drag us into past experiences, taking us out of the present moment. Mind chatter that becomes incessant are the voices of information
stored in our subconscious. Learning to quiet those voices is a worthwhile endeavor. A quiet mind allows us to hear the still small voice that communicates with compassion. It gives us space to come up with useful solutions and it allows us a sense of peace, even in difficult times. To stop the mind chatter, spend time in meditation. The discipline of focusing on your breath can help quiet the mind and give you some much needed rest. Pick something you consider beautiful to look at, and allow yourself to become fully absorbed in its beauty. Ask yourself, “I wonder what my next thought is going to be?” For some reason this question momentarily quiets the mind. Look in the mirror and stare into your eyes. As you quiet the inner voices, you will find a peace you did not know was there. Milagros Phillips has been a sound shaman/teacher and a Reiki master/ teacher for 20 years, diversity/race healing consultant for over 30 years and is a multi-talented artist and an intuitive. She is a coach and leads retreats for self-care and transformation. For more information, visit WholenessInDiversity.wix.com. natural awakenings
Good Riddance to Bad Vibes
Escaping Electromagnetic Exposure by Priscilla Goudreau-Santos
e crackle the environment. I try “Just because of with ento neutralize its effect to someone isn’t help the body regulate ergy. Natural electromagnetic fields Traver says. feeling symptoms properly,” within us regulate how While protection in from exposure highly occupied famour bodies work. Plus, we continually encounily areas is important, to electronic ter many outside energy providing protection in technology, that bedrooms is especially fields from Wi-Fi, cell phones and towers, vital, due to the amount doesn’t mean power lines, microwave of time we spend there that it’s not having for rest and restoration. ovens, computers, TVs, security devices and radiagnoses somean effect on DNA.” Traver’s dar. A growing number times suggest remediation of experts see these surmeasures that involve ~ Camilla Rees rounding frequencies as an electrician grounding an increasing danger to our well-being. currents and adding selective shielding Applying modalities like acupunc- materials to block frequencies flowture, Reiki, Touch for Health and Eden ing from electronic devices. “Magnetic Energy Medicine can help us maintain fields from outside the house are hard a healthy energy balance internally. to control, but 98 percent of what I find They work to harmonize the body can be fixed,” she advises. to protect against stress, trauma and When Terry Mollner, 69, was associated illness. having trouble sleeping, he contacted Phyllis Traver, owner of Safe & Traver, who receives client referrals from Sound Home, in Boston, is certified by energy healers. “The conclusions were the International Institute of Buildingstunning,” Mollner says. “The detector’s Biology & Ecology to detect, measure measurements went off the charts in and counter in-home electromagnetic the bedroom. It wasn’t the flat screen activity. “The institute usually finds that TV at the foot of my bed, but how the when a patient doesn’t respond to treat- room’s wiring was done. The electriment by an energy healer, it’s because cian installed a relay so I can switch off
the power on that side of the house at night. Now, I sleep six or seven hours,” which he characterizes as “a profound change.” He also suggests turning off and moving cell phones away from beds. Mollner then hardwired the computers in his home, eliminated Wi-Fi and rearranged the electronic equipment in his home office. Kim Cook, an energy practitioner in Mission Viejo, California, specializes in Eden Energy Medicine and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). Cook decided not to buy a house she was initially interested in because it was in a hot spot. When Cook used her meter to chart frequencies at home, it also prompted her to move her bedroom clock radio to a different bureau. “It’s no longer sitting right at our heads,” she notes. Plus, “I don’t put my cell phone on my body and it bothers me that my son puts his in his pocket.” An overarching observation from Cook’s professional practice is that increasing numbers of people in pain are interested in energy medicine because they’re so frustrated with Western medicine. She observes, “Pain is blocked energy, and people are learning how to unblock it naturally.” The World Health Organization (WHO) launched the International EMF Project in 1996 because of rising public health concerns due to the surge in EMF sources. After reviewing extensive research and thousands of articles, the organization can’t confirm—or deny— the existence of health consequences from exposure to low-level EMFs. But in 2011, the WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer classified the electromagnetic radiation from cell phones as possibly carcinogenic to humans, based on increased risk for glioma, a malignant brain cancer. Lloyd Morgan, a senior researcher with the nonprofit Environmental Health Trust and lead author of the internationally endorsed report, Cellphones and Brain Tumors, goes further, unequivocally stating, “Cell phone radiation is a carcinogen.” In our own environment, we can regulate EMF, says Iowan Camilla Rees, founder of the educational petition website ElectromagneticHealth.org and Campaign for Radiation Free Schools
on Facebook; she is the co-author of Public Health SOS: The Shadow Side of the Wireless Revolution and Morgan’s cell phone report. Says Rees, “You can buy a meter, avoid using cordless phones and baby monitors, and change your cell phone behavior. The harmful effects of cell phones
decrease with distance; just by holding the cell phone six inches from your head, there is a 10,000-fold reduction of risk.” Priscilla Goudreau-Santos is a freelance writer and owner of Priscilla Goudreau Public Relations & Marketing, in Charlotte, NC.
Global Foods From Around the Corner
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Washing soda, a caustic chemical cousin of baking soda, softens water and removes stains. Bond advises, “It’s a heavy duty cleaner as powerful as any toxic solvent,” so wear gloves. Hydrogen peroxide is considered an effective disinfectant and bleach alternative by the Environmental Protection Agency. Use it to whiten grout and remove stains.
HOMEMADE ECO-CLEANERS DIY Recipes Keep Your Home Naturally Clean by Lane Vail
mericans use 35 million pounds of toxic household cleaning products annually. According to the Children’s Health Environmental Coalition, in Los Angeles, traces of cleaning chemicals can be found throughout the human body within seconds of exposure, posing risks like asthma, allergies, cancer, reproductive toxicity, hormone disruption, neurotoxicity and death. Equally sobering is the decades of research suggesting a relationship between the overuse of powerful disinfectants and the rise of antibiotic-resistant super bacteria like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), as well as concerns over these toxins entering water supplies and wildlife food chains. Cleaning product labels lack transparency, says Johanna Congleton, Ph.D., a senior scientist for the Environmental Working Group, because “manufacturers aren’t required to specify ingredients.” One approach to assure safe ingredients is do-it-yourself (DIY) products. For Matt and Betsy Jabs, the authors of DIY Natural Household Cleaners who blog at DIYNatural.com, creating homemade cleaners is a rewarding exercise in sustainability and simplicity. “We’re cutting through all the marketing and getting back to basics,” says Matt. Affordability is another benefit:
The Jabs’ homemade laundry detergent costs five cents per load, compared with 21 cents for a store brand. Annie B. Bond, a bestselling author and pioneering editor of the award-winning Green Guide, dispels a DIY myth: “What’s time-consuming isn’t making the cleaners; it’s making the decision to switch and figuring it all out,” she says.
Find these multitasking ingredients in local groceries and health stores or online. White vinegar effectively cleans, deodorizes, cuts grease and disinfects against bacteria, viruses and mold. Castile soap in liquid or bar form serves as a biodegradable, vegetable-based surfactant and all-around cleaner (avoid mixing with vinegar, which neutralizes its cleansing properties). Baking soda cleans, whitens, neutralizes odors and softens water. It’s an excellent scrubbing agent for bathrooms, refrigerators and ovens. Borax, a natural mineral, improves the effectiveness of laundry soap. Although classified (as is salt) as a low-level health hazard that should be kept away from children and animals, borax is non-carcinogenic and isn’t absorbed through skin.
Essential oils derived from plants infuse cleaners with fragrance and boost germ-fighting power. Tea tree, eucalyptus and lavender oils all boast antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. The Jabs advise that although they can be pricy, “The investment will pay for itself many times over.” Lemon juice or citric acid cuts through grease, removes mold and bacteria and leaves dishes streak-free. Coarse kosher salt helps soften dishwasher water and acts as a scouring agent.
All-purpose cleaner: Homemade Cleaners: Quick-and-Easy Toxin-Free Recipes, by Mandy O’Brien and Dionna Ford, suggests combining one cup of vinegar, one cup of water and 15 drops of lemon oil in a spray bottle. Use it anywhere, including glass and mirrors. For serious disinfecting, follow with a hydrogen peroxide spray. Foaming hand/dish soap: Shake one cup of water, a quarter-cup of castile soap and 15 drops of essential oil in a foaming dispenser. Use in bathrooms and kitchens. Dishwashing detergent: DIYNatural recommends mixing one cup of borax, one cup of washing soda, a half-cup of citric acid and a half-cup of coarse kosher salt. Leave it uncovered for several days, stirring often to prevent clumping. Cover and refrigerate. Use one tablespoon per load with a half-cup of citric acid in the rinse to combat streaks. Laundry detergent: Combine one cup of borax, one cup of washing soda and one 14-ounce bar of grated castile soap. Use one tablespoon per load, adding a half-cup of lemon juice to the rinse cycle. Prior to washing, use hydrogen peroxide as a stain remover (test first; it may lift color).
Bathroom soft scrub: Bond recommends creating a thick paste with liquid castile soap and a half-cup of baking soda. Scour tubs, showers and stainless steel surfaces with a sponge, and then rinse. Toilet bowl cleaner: Sprinkle one cup of borax into the toilet at bedtime and then clean the loosened grime with a brush the next morning, advises Bond. Wipe outer surfaces with the all-purpose spray. Wood polish: Bond recommends mixing a quarter-cup of vinegar or lemon juice with a few drops of olive and lemon oil. Hard floor cleaner: Environmental Working Group’s DIY Cleaning Guide suggests combining a half-gallon of hot water with one cup of white vinegar in a bucket to mop.
Jean Calleja, co-owner of the Eco Laundry Company, in New York City, suggests customers buy recycled, organic, unbleached cloths and local products when possible.
Carpet cleaner: Freshen rugs by sprinkling baking soda at night and vacuuming in the morning, suggests Bond. For deeper cleaning, combine one cup of vinegar and two-and-a-half gallons of water in a steam cleaner.
Cloth Tools Replace Paper
Americans, comprising less than 5 percent of the world’s population, use 30 percent of the world’s paper, according to the Worldwatch Institute. Some 13 billion pounds of this comes from paper towels, mostly landfilled because grime-soaked paper is non-recyclable. Ecological and economical alternatives include cloth dishrags, towels, napkins, wipes and handkerchiefs plus washable diapers and menstrual pads.
In the kitchen: Use washcloths or repurpose cotton T-shirts into 10-by10-inch squares to use regularly with a homemade all-purpose cleaner on surfaces. Replace paper towels with cloth towels for drying hands. At the table: Cloth napkins enhance mealtime. Buy or make plain napkins (by hemming cotton fabric squares) for everyday use and celebrate holidays with fancypatterned fabric rolled into napkin rings. Lane Vail is a freelance writer in South Carolina. Connect at WriterLane.com.
Culinary Mushroom Magic Delicate Powerhouses of Nutrition and Medicine by Case Adams
ushrooms have played a remarkable role in human history. Egyptian hieroglyphics dating back 4,500 years linked mushrooms to immortality. The famous 5,300-yearold “iceman” found frozen in 1991 in the Tyrolean Alps carried a sachet containing the mushroom species Piptoporus betulinus—the birch polypore. Greek writings of Hippocrates, Pliny, Dioscorides, Galen and others regarded the mushroom Fomitopsis officinalis (agarikon) as a panacea. While enthusiasm later waned in Europe, with John Farley characterizing mushrooms in his 1784 book, The London Art of Cookery, as “treacherous gratifications,” Native American Indians used varieties such as puffballs (Calvatia and Lycoperdon species) for rheumatism, congested organs and other diseased conditions. Yet, modernday culinary connoisseurs owe the recent surge in interest in fungal delicacies more to Japanese and Chinese traditions, which have consistently advanced mushrooms’ nutritional 26
and medicinal uses. Ancient Chinese medical texts, including the Hanshu (82 CE) even refer to the famed reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum) as the “mushroom of immortality”. Today, fungi cuisine in the West is typically limited to Agaracus bisporus— the relatively mild button mushroom, which matures into the acclaimed portobello. But digging deeper into available options reveals chanterelle (Cantharellus sp.), oyster (Pleurotus ostreatus), morel (Morchella sp.) and shiitake (Lentinula edodes) species. These culinary mushrooms provide a virtuosity of delicate flavors harboring nutritional and medicinal benefits, according to those that study them. University of California-Berkeley research scientist and Mycologist Christopher Hobbs, Ph.D., explains that shiitake and oyster mushrooms follow the button as the most widely cultivated around the world. “They come in many colors, varieties and species and are typically the most easily digested and utilized of all mushrooms,” he notes.
“Mushrooms are an amazing health food,” says Hobbs. “Most edible fungi are high in fiber, good-quality protein, key vitamins, micronutrients, phosphorous and potassium, and low in fat and calories. It’s one of nature’s perfect diet foods.” As protein powerhouses, portobello and other button mushrooms, shiitake and oyster varieties all deliver between 30 and 35 percent protein by weight. The fiber content can range from 20 grams per 100 grams (about 3.5 ounces) in the case of portobello to a lofty 48 grams per 100 grams in the Phoenix oyster mushroom. Mushrooms also supply potent B vitamins. One hundred grams (about 3.5 ounces) of portobello contains more than four milligrams (mg) of riboflavin (B2), 69 mg niacin (B3) and 12 mg pantothenic acid (B5). Shiitake’s comparable numbers are three, 106 and 17 while pink oyster delivers 2.45, 66 and 33 mg of the three nutrients. Thus, they deliver significantly more than recommended daily allowances (RDA)—for example, niacin’s adult RDA ranges from 14 to 16 mg and riboflavin’s is just 1.1 to 1.3 mg. Mushrooms also present one of the few food sources of vitamin D— primarily D2—but some also contain small amounts of vitamin D3, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture research. Also, their D2 levels spike dramatically when sun-dried sporeside-up, confirmed in research by internationally recognized Mycologist Paul Stamets. Mushrooms contain important minerals, too. Portobello contains 4,500 mg, oyster 4,500 mg and shiitake 2,700 mg of potassium per 100 grams, all with low sodium levels. Plus, they deliver usable amounts of copper, zinc and selenium. Beyond the nutrient numbers lies mushrooms’ bonus round: They contain special complex polysaccharides—long-chain molecules within cell walls—that have been the subject of intense research at leading institutions around the world, including Harvard, Yale and the University of California. Mushrooms’ (1-3)-betaglucan complexes have been shown to inhibit many cancers and suggest
Healing Nourishment Mushrooms are so versatile we can eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They add a note of delicious creativity to diverse dishes. Plus they deliver protein, vitamins and protective compounds. Fresh is always best and just-picked is better, although dried can work in a pinch. potential solutions for diabetes, heart disease and immune-related conditions. Stamets explains that mushrooms also contain sterols, shown to benefit cardiovascular health. “Shiitake and other mushrooms like reishi have cholesterolnormalizing effects,” adds Hobbs. Can we take these benefits back to the kitchen? “Most mushrooms have to be cooked to release their health-giving benefits,” explains Hobbs. Stamets concurs: “Cooking liberates mushroom nutrients from their matrix of cells. They are tenderized upon heating, making their nutrients bioavailable for digestion.” Thankfully, finding these tasty superfood delicacies has become easier as entrepreneurial fresh-mushroom growers have emerged throughout the United States in recent years. Case Adams is a California naturopath and author of 25 books on natural healing. Learn more at CaseAdams.com.
My Tacos by Cate Moss Makes a healthy filling for tacos and enchiladas, or crumble as a topper on deluxe nachos. They taste as good as they smell, and like chili they taste almost better as leftovers. Fills 12 large tacos, or more paired with fillings such as chopped leafy lettuce or guacamole. 1-2 cups of chopped stropharia, shiitake or maitake mushrooms 1 cup crumbled tempeh or other healthful protein source ¼ cup chopped onions ½ cup sunflower seeds or chopped almonds ¼ cup sesame seeds 1 cup corn 1 chopped sweet pepper (add hot peppers if desired)
1 small handful of chopped olives 4 shakes of soy sauce 1 Tbsp spiced hot chocolate 2 Tbsp chili powder 1 Tbsp ground cumin ¼ cup nutritional yeast 2 cloves of chopped garlic 1 cup broth or water Sauté mushrooms, protein and onions until crispy (uncrowded in the pan). Then add remaining ingredients and braise on low heat. Allow mixture to cook down to desired consistency. For more Mushroom Rcipes, visit our website: naturalawakeningsdc.com Recipes courtesy of employees of Fungi Perfecti, LLC; photos courtesy of Paul Stamets.
Celebrate Earth Day in Arlington Learn practical ways to make positive changes—with information for homeowners, condo owners, apartment renters, students and families.
ooking for a great way to celebrate Earth Day? The Earth Week Community Fair and Green Living Expo at George Mason University in Arlington is the place to be on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., for great, green fun for all. Great strides have been made to adopt sustainable practices. We applaud efforts to restore our tree canopy, by protecting existing trees and planting new ones, to remove invasive species and replace them with native species, so that native plants and wildlife can thrive. Also to improve our energy efficiency to reduce carbon emissions, and there is still much more
to do. At the Earth Week Community Fair and Green Living Expo, attendees will learn practical ways to make positive changes—with information for homeowners, condo owners, apartment renters, students and families. The expo will feature more than 50 exhibitors, talks and seminars, a Reuse Craft Corridor and a Kid’s Activity Zone. Environmentally-friendly transportation and energy use are themes of the event. One exhibitor, enviroCAB, is the only 100 percent hybrid taxicab fleet in the region. According to enviroCAB’s General Manager Renaud de Viel Castel, “Every time you are using a hybrid taxicab, or every time you turn off the
lights when you exit a room, you are making a small difference, but small differences add up to make bigger ones.” EnviroHomeDesign will offer expertise on building a new home or completing a renovation with the planet in mind. Principal Marta Layseca says, “Sustainable renovations are the appropriate solution for families that want to update and enlarge their homes. Our homes reduce waste and materials during construction and save on operational costs, by minimizing water and energy use.” Toxins in the home are another area of focus. Sustainable Design Group President John Spears advocates for making a home a sanctuary, free from toxins, from higher utility bills and from blackouts. “Most houses use products with chemicals called volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in paints, adhesives, particle board, cabinets—just about everything. This is not healthy. Our company uses products that are free of VOCs or low in VOCs.” The event will also include a do-it-yourself area, where participants can learn practical skills such as caulking and weather sealing, making bike repairs and building and installing a rain barrel. A ceremony recognizing the winner and nominees of the George Mason University Green Patriot Award will also take place at the expo. This award recognizes an individual, business or organization that exemplifies sustainability in order to better civic life in the Arlington community. Artistic rain barrels created through Mason’s Operation Rain Barrel in partnership with Arlington Public Schools will be on display. This program engages students in learning about environmental sustainability. The artistic rain barrels will be auctioned off at the fair, through a silent auction. The event is sponsored by Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment and George Mason University at Founders Hall, 3351 Fairfax Dr., Arlington. For more information, call 703-2286427 or visit ArlingtonEnvironment. org/expo. See ad, page 20.
wisewords From “Why Me?” to “Thank You!”
Wayne Dyer on the Value of Hard Lessons by Linda Sechrist
fter four decades teaching selfdevelopment and empowerment and authoring more than 30 bestselling books, Wayne W. Dyer, Ph.D., shares dozens of events from his life in his latest work, I Can See Clearly Now. In unflinching detail, he relates vivid impressions of encountering many forks in the road, from his youth in Detroit to the present day, and reflects on these events from his current perspective, noting what lessons he ultimately learned.
these miracles show up. There are 60 chapters in the book. Every time I finished one, I would think: “Now I can see clearly why I had to go through all of these experiences and learn all these lessons.” As a result, I suggest that whenever something happens that leads you to ask, “Why is this happening to me?” shift instead to the awareness that all experiences, no matter what, are gifts.
What has writing this book taught you and how can it help others better understand their own lives?
You describe the influential patterns and motivators in your life as diamonds and stones; how would you characterize your childhood years in foster homes?
My biggest lesson was that our whole life is like a checkerboard. When I looked back on my life, I began to realize this and gained an awareness of the fact that there’s something else moving all of the pieces around. The key to attracting this mystical guidance into your life is to start with awareness that all things are possible and to forget about yourself. When you get your ego out of the picture, your inner mantra isn’t, “What’s in it for me? and “How much more can I get?” Instead, when your inner mantra is, “How may I serve or what may I do for you?” and you practice consistently living this way, you attract this mystical guidance. I have found that the more I do this, the more
I can now see that spending the better part of my first decade in a series of foster homes was all a part of God’s infallible plan for me. I believe I was in a type of training camp for becoming a teacher of higher spiritual and commonsense principles. If I was going to spend my adult life teaching, lecturing and writing on self-reliance, then I obviously needed to learn to rely upon myself and be in a position to never be dissuaded from this awareness. What better training ground for teaching this than an early childhood that required a sense of independence and need for self-sufficiency? Now that I know that every encounter, challenge and situation is a spectacular thread in a
tapestry, and that each represents and defines my life, I am deeply grateful for them all. Each of us has a mission of some kind to fulfill at the moment we make the shift from nowhere to now here, from spirit to form. I’ve seen firsthand how this universe has a creative source of energy supporting it that is literally the matrix of all matter. Nothing occurs by happenstance anywhere, because this universal mind is perpetually on call, going about its miraculous ways in terms of infinite possibilities.
What can you see clearly about your role as a parent? I’ve watched my eight children show up from birth with their unique personalities and blossom into their own awakenings. I know for certain that the one Divine mind that is responsible for all of creation has a hand in this engaging mystery. Same parents, same environment, same culture and yet eight individuals, with their own distinctive character traits. Khalil Gibran stated it perfectly in The Prophet: “Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, and though they are with you yet they belong not to you.” Each of my children had their blueprint from God. My job has been to guide, then step aside and let whatever is inside them that is their own uniqueness steer the course of their lives.
What has your life taught you about prayer? I feel that the prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi says it best: “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is darkness, let me bring light. Where there is sadness, let me bring joy.” The masters I’ve studied pray to become more godly, more like where we originally came from. My prayer is always, “Help me to remind myself to get rid of this ego and to be like You are. Help me to be my highest self, the place within that is God.” Linda Sechrist is a Natural Awakenings senior staff writer. Visit ItsAllAboutWe. com for the extended interview. natural awakenings
Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
I Can See Clearly Now No matter how hard anyone tries to make me be gloomy, they can never succeed because I came here from a Divine light, and there is nothing anyone can do to put out that light.
t’s Christmastime 1941, a few weeks after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. America has been drawn into war; two of my mother’s brothers are serving in the military, one in Europe and the other in the Pacific. My father is no longer in the picture. His persistent carousing with other women, excessive drinking, and regular encounters as a lawbreaker, which have landed him in jail on several occasions, have finally made living with him impossible for my mother. He has simply walked away from his fatherly responsibilities, never to be heard from again. My mother is alone with three children under the age of five to feed. She’s taking her three boys to her mother’s house to be watched while she goes to work for the day. 30
My two older brothers and I are waiting with our mother for the bus to arrive on Jefferson Avenue on the east side of Detroit. We’re dressed in our snowsuits, mittens, galoshes, and earmuffs, standing at the bus stop next to what appears to us to be a huge mountain of freshly plowed snow. The road is littered with salt to melt the continually falling snow, and it is one big nasty mess. A truck drives past the four of us, spraying us so hard with slush that we’re knocked off of our feet. We land safely but soaked on the gigantic pile of snow. My mother breaks down—she’s dressed for work and covered with dirty, salty slush. She is exasperated. Her life is obviously out of control with the departure of her
former husband, and she’s doing her best to make ends meet. The lingering Depression, along with a world war, contributes to her overall situation. Work is difficult to come by, and my mother must rely upon the meager help that comes from her family. They too are overburdened by the long-term economic downturn. It is a difficult period under the best of circumstances, due to shortages of all manner of goods, and the fog of war itself. My two brothers are very upset, too. Five-year-old Jim attempts to console our mother; three-year-old David is crying uncontrollably. Me? I am having the time of my life. This is like a nice surprise party with a big castle of snow that we’re all lying on top of. We can have fun! I don’t quite understand why everyone is so angry and frustrated. And then these words came out of my mouth: “It’s okay, Mommy. Don’t cry. We can all just stay here and play in the snow.” I’m the baby who seldom cries; the toddler who tries to make everyone laugh and feel good, regardless of what’s going on. I’m the kid who makes silly faces to change the environment from sad to glad. I am that little boy who’d be sure There must be a pony here somewhere if the sandbox was full of manure. I don’t know how to be filled with sadness. My demeanor seems to be naturally inclined to look for the bright side and pay little heed to things that make everyone else dreary. According to my mother, I’m the most independent and inquisitive little boy she and her family have ever encountered. Apparently I arrived with this happy disposition intact. I am so happy to be here in this world. At 19 months of age I am almost the same size as Dave, who is 18 months older. I try to get my brother to laugh and feel safe, because he seems to be afraid, sick, and most of the time, sad, but he seldom even smiles. I find the world so exciting, and I love wandering and exploring. As I grow up, nothing seems to disturb or distress me. I look around and all I see brings me to a state of awe and wonder. I want everyone to be happy. I want all of the despair in my family to just disappear. I am sure we don’t have to be miserable just because our father
is such a shit. I want to see any big people There are so my mother have joy in her might say about it. many things to soul rather than all of this I seem to be distress. I want my oldest totally in a world be excited about. brother, Jim, to stop worryof my own—one I am in a kind of ing so much about Mother that’s joyful, full of and his two younger brothexciting unlimited blissful state of ers. If I can make them potentialities and appreciation and happy and have some fun, discoveries that I maybe all of this other stuff can make on my bewilderment will just go away. own. No matter almost all I just can’t comprehow hard anyone hend why everyone seems tries to make me so dour. There are so many things to be gloomy, they can never succeed bebe excited about. I can play for hours cause I came here from a Divine light, with a spoon or an empty cardboard and there is nothing anyone can do to box. I love to go outside and gaze at put out that light. This is who I am—a the flowers, the butterflies, or the stray piece of God who hasn’t forgotten that cat that keeps coming to our yard. I am God is love. As am I. in a kind of blissful state of appreciation and bewilderment almost all of To learn more about Wayne Dyer and the time. I also have a very strong mind inspirational authors such as Cheryl Richof my own. I won’t let anyone tell me ardson, Doreen Virtue, Brian Weiss and what I can or cannot do—I insist upon more, consider attending the Hay House discovering my boundaries on my own. I Can Do It! event in Baltimore, MD, June When I am told no, I simply smile and 21st & 22nd, 2014. For more information then proceed to do what my inner self please visit www.hayhouse.com or call instructs me to do—regardless of what 800-654-5126.
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For your first week or two, visit a variety of classes with a handful of different teachers. Give yourself a chance to see what’s out there, and understand that each teacher brings a unique voice and perspective to how they convey and motivate you. After you find your favorite, you can move into the next step.
5. Be committed to that teacher.
Yoga 101 Ten Important Ideas to Keep in Mind When Starting to Practice Yoga by HawaH Kasat
1. Yoga is ancient.
The practice dates back more than 2,500 years. It encompasses deep philosophy and contains a science to personality development, self-awareness, strength, perseverance, compassion, patience and love. If you want to gain the full benefits of yoga, don’t reduce it to being a means to get your butt looking tight or flexing your six pack— make sure you see the bigger picture.
2. Health is as much mental, as physical.
You may be accessing yoga at an aerobic/cardio workout level, but remember yoga is much more than this. If you are coming to yoga for the physical postures and benefits to your health, that is great, but remember, in order to continue and 32
progress on your journey, you’ll have to begin to explore the science of the mind and spirit.
3. Stick with it.
At first it may seem challenging or hard. For sure, the physical postures will be difficult. You may be aching for days (even if you thought you were in good shape before starting) because you’re using muscles you’ve never exercised before. You might want to throw the towel in, but you’ve got to be patient. Give the practice time to work its magic. You’ll be doing yourself a huge disservice if you only go five times and decide yoga isn’t working. If you’re serious about growing, you've got to give it a regular schedule. Try three to five times a week, for about three months, and then make an assessment.
Once you’ve found a teacher that you really enjoy, stick with them for a few months. This is important because it will allow you to become familiar with their style and vocabulary. With time, you’ll develop trust, which is an essential component to your progress. That teacher will also get to know your body better, and be in a better position to make specific adjustments that work for you.
6. Start exploring again.
If you make it this far and begin to feel established in your practice, then it is always good to give the body new movements and positions to challenge routine. At this point you may want to remain dedicated to your initial teacher, but also occasionally visit other classes with different instructors. Enroll in special workshops/retreats in which components of the practice are explored more deeply.
7. Ask questions.
If you think you’re doing something wrong and are not sure, ask your teacher. Don’t spend months doubting yourself; find out the proper way to do things early. This will proactively help prevent injuries from occurring in the future, and it will also help build community, if you take the time to get to know your fellow students and learn from their experiences too.
8. Remember, it’s about an entire lifestyle change.
Going to class a few times a week is a great start, but if you really want to shake things up, you’ll have to start looking at the food you put in your body; the number of hours you spend
in front of the television; the way you are interacting in your relationships and so on. With dedication, yoga will help bring all the various facets of your life into balance.
9. Read introductory yoga books and articles.
I promise if you read even just a few pages of an ancient yoga text before going and stepping into your yoga class, your experience in class will change dramatically. It will help get you in the state of mind to have experiences beyond just the physical body.
Make it a point to read books and articles about yoga philosophy. It will exponentially expedite your progress.
10. Take it easy and have fun. We take ourselves way too seriously, way too much of the time. Enjoy yourself in class and that will be the main ingredient in the recipe for continuing to come back and establishing yourself for the long haul. HawaH Kasat is an artist, author, educator, yoga teacher and community organizer. In the year 2000, he
co-founded One Common Unity, a nonprofit organization that inspires a culture of non-violence through arts, media and music. He has released four books, two musical CDs and produced three documentary films. His fourth book, The Poetry Of Yoga, is a two-volume anthology set featuring the writing of 300+ yogi poets from 19 different countries and contains special forewords from Shiva Rea and Sharon Gannon. Join him on his 2014 international yoga retreat and Buddhist pilgrimage to Nepal by visiting YogaNepal.com.
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Let the Children Play
Play Develops Cognitive, Emotional and Social Skills
by Steve Smith
omething odd is going on in the lives of many young (pre-K and kindergarten age) children. They don’t get much of a chance to play, especially in school. Yet, researchers from all over the world have established beyond a doubt that young children need plenty of time for creative, free play, to grow up healthy. Not only that, but when children play, they are developing the vital skills they will need for later academic success. It seems though that play has been given a “time out”, so what’s going on? Over the last few decades, several trends have converged that have reduced the amount of time and the quality of child’s play. Family life has become busier, more scheduled and more regimented. Who has time to play? Children spend vastly more time in front of screens at home and in school. Sure, they might be having fun and even learning something, but they’re not developing the range of skills that they would if they were truly playing. At the same time, many neighborhoods feel less safe, so parents are less likely to tell the children to go out and play. The biggest factor crowding play out of the lives of young children is globalization and the fear that young
people won’t be able to compete in the global economy. Americans tend to like more, better and faster, so our response has been to emphasize academics at the expense of time for play for young children. As a result of No Child Left Behind, and more recently with the Common Core Standards, pre-K and kindergarten have become mainly about academic readiness. On top of this, our leaders, from the President on down, are calling for universal pre-K and kindergarten in the belief that children, especially disadvantaged children, need a leg up. So what’s the problem? Don’t kids need to be prepared for serious learning? Of course. The issue is how young children learn best. A growing body of research suggests that the heavy emphasis on early academic learning reflects a misunderstanding of how young children actually engage the world. It turns out that play is key. As adults, we tend to conflate play with leisure. It’s what we do after our work is finished. But for little children, play is their work. When children play, they are developing the cognitive, emotional and social skills they will need for later academic success. One could see the turn toward
early academics in many schools, as an attempt to help disadvantaged children overcome the limits of their environments. Indeed, there is evidence that highly structured academic settings can give these children a boost. However, research also shows that the effect may be relatively short lived, and that, young children who have generous opportunity for creative free play at school perform better in the long run. It’s partly a question of balance between play and academic work. In many schools, the balance has been tipped to favor academics, to the virtual exclusion of play. Even recess, a time-honored opportunity for children to play, is disappearing in many schools. It’s tempting to see child’s play as something sweet but ultimately frivolous, which is mainly the province of relatively affluent children. In this view, play—especially for poor kids— must be sacrificed in order to prepare children for a complex and demanding future. Not so. We’re doing our children a serious disservice by taking away the chance to play. This is not a matter of nostalgia for a simpler, more innocent time. It’s a question of how we understand what childhood is all about and how to best equip children for the future. Right now, we’re conducting a massive experiment on young children, and given all we know about the essential role of play, the results might not be what’s best for their future and ours. So, what to do? The claim that play is essential for young children, and that many schools are overemphasizing academics at the expense of play, challenges an entrenched paradigm. The best option for concerned parents and others is to investigate the research on play, then draw their own conclusions. Two good places to start are the Alliance for Childhood (AllianceForChildhood.org) and the U.S. Play Coalition (usPlayCoalition.clemson.edu/). It’s a good bet that once parents find out the whole story, they too will agree—let the children play. Steve Smith is director of advancement for the Washington Waldorf School, in Bethesda, Maryland. See ad, page 14.
For Your Breast Health by Donna Marie Scippa
hermography or medical infrared imaging, is a painless, non-invasive, and inexpensive breast scan approved by the FDA for women of any age. Research suggests that breast cancer survival rests upon the earliest possible detection. When discovered early, 95 percent cure rates are possible, making breast thermography an essential part of risk assessment and early detection. Thermography involves fascinating technology. It is a physiologic test measuring heat levels in the tissue. Interpreting a thermogram requires a complex computerized system, which measures heat in the breast, by analyzing images taken by a state-ofthe-art medical infrared camera. All of us are heat generators, and most of the heat we produce is normal. A thermogram detects abnormal heat in the breast tissue, (angiogenesis, or new blood vessel formation, necessary to sustain the growth of a tumor), which is one of the earliest signs that 36
a breast cancer may be forming. Thermography is an imaging procedure that uses no radiation, injections, extreme pressure or other invasive methods. Infrared markers of early stage cancers, missed by other methods, may be discovered using thermography. The beautiful thing about thermography is that it is capable of picking up these early signs, while giving us 90 percent sensitivity and specificity. Mammogram is an X-ray (radiation) and a structural test. It detects micro calcifications and masses in breast tissue, which may or may not be benign. Unfortunately, cancer has already formed and been present in the breast for some time before detection by mammogram is possible. Christiane Northrup, M.D., Board Certified OB/GYN and author, a strong advocate of thermography, states, “I understand that mammography has been the gold standard for years. Doctors are the most familiar
with this test and many believe that a mammogram is the best test for detecting breast cancer early, but it’s not. Studies show that a thermogram identifies precancerous or cancerous cells earlier.” The inclusion of thermography in breast cancer awareness and prevention plans is essential. It helps differentiate high-risk women, detect changes in breast tissue early and may give women a significant chance of beating an aggressive and widespread disease. It has been determined that no one method of examination alone can serve all the needs of breast cancer detection. Thermography can help in this arena, especially given how many women have dense breast tissue, which lowers the sensitivity of mammography. It is also important to note that if women began receiving thermographic scans in their 20’s, we could be given a significant opportunity to change the course of a woman’s life. Breast cancers in younger women are generally more aggressive and have poorer survival rates. Breast thermography offers younger women a valuable imaging tool that they can add to their regular breast health check-ups. The importance of including thermography cannot be over emphasized. In this day and age, we need to be as proactive as possible, in order to finally stop breast cancer from being so prevalent and the cancer women fear the most. Breast thermography has developed into an important tool in the fight against breast cancer and is important to include in any breast health program. Source: Huffington Post, October 12, 2010 Donna Marie Scippa has been a nurse practitioner in women’s health for more than 20 years, based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Scippa will be in Fairfax to present a free women’s health workshop and clinic, April 24 to 27. For more information about Scippa, visit BreastThermography.com. For more information about the workshop and clinic, call 703-865-5690 or visit NeckBackAndBeyond.com. See ad, page 22.
sibility and the stressors of daily living, and places it on spirit, nourishment and authentic living. I completed my first raw food cleanse several years ago and left feeling like a completely different person. I had maintained a healthy diet for many years but was amazed at the dramatic shift in my mind and body, after eating raw foods for just seven days. The experience opened my eyes to a new way of living—food became my medicine. I want to share my experience with you. We live in a fast-paced society and we stretch ourselves too thin. We must learn to slow down and nourish ourselves and our life. But how? In my experience, we have to feel health in order to be motivated toward change. What does a healing environment look like? What does it feel like? Join me to experience wellness in our healing space at The Barn at Two Rivers, and take home the tools and knowledge you need to nourish your life.
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eeling the need to recharge your batteries? Longing for more energy, clarity, and balance in your life? A wellness retreat might be just what you need. We are pleased to announce Restorative Health’s first Raw Food Retreat, from May 22 to 25, at The Barn at Two Rivers, nestled in the foothills of the Shenandoah Valley, just 80 miles from Washington. The newly renovated, Civil War-era barn combines vintage charm with elegant modern amenities, and provides both open, tranquil retreat space and cozy lodging, with views of the surrounding countryside. Raw Food Retreat gives you the opportunity to step away from your stressful life. By reserving four days in a community with like-minded individuals, we have created an environment to nourish not just your body, but your spirit. Spend time nurturing yourself—no dishes to wash or meetings to
attend. You can take time for you. You’ll learn practical techniques that can be easily applied to your daily life. Enjoy the healing benefits of delicious raw foods, while learning to prepare rich nut cheeses, cultured berries and dairy-free ice cream, just to name a few. Nutrient-dense foods are essential, but must be balanced with daily methods of detoxification. Far infrared sauna rids the body of chemical toxins, while emotional freedom technique (EFT) encourages the release of emotional toxicity that often keeps us trapped in our disease. Daily meditation will balance your mind, and you’ll receive healing touch with massage and acupuncture. Our life is like a puzzle, comprised of many pieces. When one piece is missing, the picture is not complete. We’ve created a retreat that taps into every one of these pieces. It’s a balancing act. Raw Food Retreat takes the emphasis off of duty, respon-
A Few Healthful Ways We Can Live in Our Homes by Bill Hutchins
ur home is an organism, which can breathe with and be in rhythm with the life force of the Earth. Our home is our next layer of enclosure beyond our skin, and as our skin, our home is an organ that is essential to our well-being. Our home can be healthful—feed our health—if we consider it as we do our skin, the membrane of our body, mind and soul. Membranes unite the two sides they border, forming a woven dialogue. Our home is a vessel (with exterior membrane-walls) that can put us in relationship with place. Further, our physical home and inner self mirror each other. As we live through our home, we give form to our soul; as we deepen our inner journey, we’re more open to the world in which our
home unites us. Let’s call this process dwelling. Central to dwelling is an awareness that we can live in our home, as a sailboat. We tend to live in buildings—when riding a powerboat, we unconsciously flip on/off switches, triggering various mysterious machines, go where we want as fast as possible and are hermetically sealed from the natural world. We can live in our home, as when sailing. We can pay attention to the wind and currents, adjust our home to respond to the flow of nature, engage with the ocean— breathe the fresh air. While sitting in front of a TV deadens our senses, deactivates us, we can vitalize our health by engaging, reaching out and forming relationships. Our home can provide a place for the many selves that we are, providing us a balanced life (yin-yang). Our home can offer expansive spaces which takes us out of ourselves; intimate nooks where we can be inward and reflective; gathering spaces to be with friends and family; comforting rooms for when we’re especially in need of healing and darker spaces to retreat from the hustle and bustle of life. Nothing is more healing than being in nature, and our home can put us in relationship with the natural world. This can happen spatially, as places in our home can be in intimate relationship with our garden, or a tree (or forest); capture summer breezes; provide sunny places to take in the Earth’s warmth or track the arc of the moon. It can also happen through the materials we build with. Just as we want to eat food that is as close to its natural state as possible, as it holds more nutrients, so do we want to build with recognizable materials—earth, wood, stone—as they hold a deep resonance. Relatedly, the uncomplicated act of tending a garden is perhaps the simplest, yet deepest, way living through our home can nurture us. This dialogue is completely reciprocal. As we tend our garden and reap a harvest, so does the Earth nurture us. Light—we are light, seeking light. Much of my work as an architect is cracking homes open to receive light, or designing new homes that act as a sundial, capturing light throughout the day, as appropriate to each room.
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As with acupuncture, opening pathways in our home is vital to our health. The first act we can do in making our homes more healthful is to weed all clutter and prune all dead branches to make way for new life. Then, intentionally place all objects being aware of how they are part of an energetic dialogue uniting all things (including the stars). We can engage with all objects in our home and see them as living beings, not just inert, dust-collecting remnants of past lives. You can develop such thinking by studying feng shui. Don’t just call in an expert to align your home for you, understand these principles and engage. Just as our body needs care and attention, so does our home. We tend to see maintenance as a distraction from our busy lives, where it can be seen as a respite, a working-meditation, a chance to get out of our heads (we live far too much in our heads, inside, sitting). There is a lot of literature on healthy homes, most of which focuses on concerns such as non-toxic finishes and furnishings and ventilating noxious fumes. All of that is important but does not get to the core issue. We receive the most healing when we work from the inside-out, which only comes through conscious engagement—the pot drips what’s in it. The primary work is always a shift in awareness or consciousness. With fresh eyes and an open heart, we can live in the world through our homes in a way that feeds and nurtures all parts of ourselves. Bill Hutchins is the founder and principal architect of Helicon Works Architects (HeliconWorks.com), in Takoma Park, and board president of the Kevin Rohan Memorial Eco Foundation in Kathmandu, Nepal. See ad, page 33.
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THURSDAY, APRIL 3 Green Juice Class – 8-9am. Get ready for spring. Come learn how to make delicious green juice, the elixir of health, with Melissa Windsor, CHHC, DC. Just in time for spring detox. Free. Restorative Health, 4801 Wisconsin Ave, NW, Tenleytown. Register: RestorativeHealth.org. Coaching Café – 7-8:30pm. Discuss the effectiveness of health and wellness coaching in creating behavior change, observe a simulated coaching exercise, and more. Maryland University of Integrative Health, 7750 Montpelier Rd, Laurel, MD. Register: MUIH.edu.
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Monthly Hands on Class – 10am-12pm. The most valuable beekeeping education happens hands-on, throughout the season. Learn our unique style of hive management that is based on respect for the honeybee. $50. Azure B LLC, 4730 Bicknell Rd, Marbury, MD. Register: AzureBLLC. com/#!Education/c6za. Nutrition Expo – 3-5:30pm. Join us for hands-on activities, food preparation, tastings, and a wide variety of learning experiences— all focused on whole, healthy foods and sound nutrition. Maryland University of Integrative Health, 7750 Montpelier Rd, Laurel, MD. Register: MUIH.edu. Abundant Mama Journaling Circle – 6:30-8pm. Author Shawn Fink guides you through transformative journal prompts meant to wake you up and get you thinking about your motherhood story. $45. Lil Omm Yoga, 4708 Wisconsin Ave, NW. Register: LilOmm.com.
MONDAY, APRIL 7 Intro to Meditation: Being Still – 6:30-7:15pm. You hear it all the time: stress bad, meditation good. Come learn meditation basics with Timothy Eden, MSW in this calming introductory class. Studies show even minutes a day can make a big difference in your health. Come as you are, beginners and advanced meditators welcome. Free. Restorative Health, 4801 Wisconsin Ave, NW, Tenleytown. Register: RestorativeHealth.org.
TUESDAY, APRIL 8 Herbal Medicine Making: Plant Identification and Organoleptic Assessment – 5-7pm. An introduction to a selection of wild and cultivated plants in Maryland – how to identify them and assess their characteristics and uses by sensory evaluation. $25. Maryland University of Integrative Health, 7750 Montpelier Rd, Laurel, MD. Register: MUIH.edu.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9 DC Contemplative Lawyers Group – 7:30-9pm. 20 minutes of guided meditation followed by guided discussion. Open to all active and retired lawyers, legal professionals, law students and judges. The Center for Mindful Living, 4708 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 200, NW, Tenleytown. Info: Living-Mindfully.org.
THURSDAY, APRIL 10 SoulCollage® Workshop – 10am-12pm. Using the SoulCollage® process, play with images and your creativity to create personal cards. All material provided. No artistic experience necessary.
$30. Bethesda, MD. Register: HollyMaeDesigns@ icloud.com. Aphrodisiacs: Make Your Own CustomBlended Massage Oil – 6:30-8pm. In this workshop, you’ll have an opportunity to formulate your own massage oil scented with your custom essential oil blend to take home with you. $50. Herban Lifestyle, 2931C Eskridge Rd, 1st Fl, Merrifield, VA. Register: HerbanLifestyle.com/ Product/Aphrodisiacs-Make-Your-Own-CustomBlended-Massage-Oil-April-10-2014-Merrifield Fairfax?tid=128. Green Juice Class – 7-8pm. See April 3 for details. Free. Restorative Health, 4801 Wisconsin Ave, NW, Tenleytown. Register: RestorativeHealth.org.
FRIDAY, APRIL 11 Access Consciousness Bars Workshop –10am6pm. Learn Access Bars with an Access certified Facilitator, receive 2 Bars sessions, run 2 Bars Sessions, receive a comprehensive manual and charts to become a practitioner. Gina Maybury, 8996 Burke Lake Rd, Ste L101, Burke, VA. RSVP: 703- 6290925 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Yoga Philosophy for Kids - Yoga for All Children – 5-9pm. With Becky Eschenroeder. Yoga Philosophy that includes Yoga Sutras, Chakras, Meditation, Yoga Nidra, and Guided Relaxation for Kids Learn fundamental yoga philosophy and how it pertains to children. $95. YoKid at Mind the Mat, Del Ray, Alexandria, VA. Register: YoKid.org/20-hr-BasicCourses-Registration. Movie Night - Raw Faith – 7-9pm. Raw Faith is an intimate and revealing documentary that follows the private life of Marilyn Sewell, a minister who has re-energized her Portland community. $5. Buddha B Yoga Studio, 1115 U St, Ste 202, NW. Info: BuddhaBYoga.com. Singles Sangha – 7-10pm. A welcoming community of people who gather to experience a shared connection with others who are, by choice or by circumstance, single at this time in their lives. All varieties and ages of single people are encouraged to join. The Center for Mindful Living, 4708 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 200, NW, Tenleytown. Info: Living-Mindfully.org. Keys to Radiant Health – 7:30pm. Thru April 13. Join us for an inner spring cleaning weekend of Ayurvedic and Western wisdom and science including yoga, food as medicine, healing herbs and more. $285. Sanctuary Retreat Center, 19520 Darnestown Rd, Beallsville, MD. Register: Gilah@am-kolel.org.
SATURDAY, APRIL 12 Spring Cleaning - Detox Online Support Group – Thru April 18. Join Dr. Melissa Windsor for spring detoxification via an online support group from the comfort of your home. Instruction, recipes and support provided. Register: 202-244-6661 or RestorativeHealth.org. Learn to Read your Angel Cards – 10am-3pm. In this class you will receive your own deck of Angel Tarot Cards created by Doreen Virtue and Radleigh Valentine and learn to read for yourself and others. Miriam Hunter and Gina Maybury, 8996 Burke Lake Rd, Ste L101, Burke, VA. RSVP: 202-361-7321 or MiriamHunter@verizon.net. Teaching K-5th Yoga - Yoga for All Children – 12-8pm. With Michelle Kelsey Mitchell. K-5th (5-10 year olds): Developmental Stages, Behavior Management, Pranayama, Relaxation, Teaching Strategies and Methodology for your yoga classroom. $195. YoKid at Mind the Mat, Del Ray, Alexandria, VA. Register: YoKid.org/20-hr-BasicCourses-Registration. Love Struck: An Exploration of Mindful Relationships – 2-4pm. Join spiritual leader and energy healer Felix Lopez for a workshop to explore the transformative practice of mindfulness in relationships. $25. Buddha B Yoga Studio, 1115 U St, Ste 202, NW. Info: BuddhaBYoga.com. Monthly MAAD Sangha (Mood, Attachment and Anxiety Disorders) Dharma Sanga – 2-4pm. With Trudy Ann Mitchell-Gilkey. Take refuge in the power of awareness, understanding and compassion. Not designed to replace psychotherapy, and participants must email facilitator in advance. The Center for Mindful Living, 4708 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 200, NW, Tenleytown. Info: Living-Mindfully.org.
SUNDAY, APRIL 13 Teaching 6th-12th Grade Yoga - Yoga for All Children – 12-7pm. With Becky Eschenroeder. 6th-12th (11-17 year olds): Developmental Stages, Behavior Management, Pranayama, Teaching Strategies and Methodology for your yoga classroom. $195. YoKid at Mind the Mat, Del Ray, Alexandria, VA. Register: YoKid.org/20-hr-Basic-Courses-Registration. iPath Postural Alignment – 2-3:30pm. With Denese Cavanaugh. As our posture deteriorates, joint movements become restricted and the differences between tense and weak muscles places greater stress on the joints, which then have to compensate. $25. Buddha B Yoga Studio, 1115 U St, Ste 202, NW. Info: BuddhaBYoga.com.
AnumThubten KM Group – 4-6pm. This “open” KM groups is the Washington, DC chapter of the Dharmata Foundation which is dedicated to the teachings of AnamThubten. The Center for Mindful Living, 4708 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 200, NW, Tenleytown. Info: Living-Mindfully.org. Children’s Sangha – 4-5pm. For 5-12-year olds, accompanied by parents. The class provides young children with a Buddhist framework to explore their inner life, understand the causes of emotional stress, and develop peace, wisdom and kindness. The Center for Mindful Living, 4708 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 200, NW, Tenleytown. Info: Living-Mindfully.org. Partner Prenatal Yoga – 6:30-8pm. Yoga, breath work, visualization and massage will leave all 3 of you centered and calm. $30/pair. Lil Omm Yoga, 4708 Wisconsin Ave, NW. Register: LilOmm.com.
SUNDAY, APRIL 13 Mindfulness in Recovery – 6:30-8pm. Open to those with an interest in the intersection of Buddhist teachings and 12 step recovery. The Center for Mindful Living, 4708 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 200, NW, Tenleytown. Info: Living-Mindfully.org.
MONDAY, APRIL 14 Cleanse with Benefits: Detox Program – 6:307:30pm. Lose weight, feel great and reclaim energy. 5-week group coaching includes orientation, 10-day detox, and follow-on sessions to introduce antiinflammatory eating. Meal delivery optional. $275. Nutrition Matters Now, 5758 MacArthur Blvd, NW. Register: 202-330-3047. Extreme Self-Care: The Power of Rhythm and Routine – 7-8pm. Join our monthly support group as together we work our way through Cheryl Richardson’s inspiring 12-month program, The Art of Extreme Self-Care, with Nutrition and Lifestyle Coach Melissa Windsor, DC, CHC and Naturopathic Physician Karen Threlkel, ND. Come walk the walk with us. $10/class. Restorative Health, 4801 Wisconsin Ave, NW, Tenleytown. Register: RestorativeHealth.org.
THRUSDAY, APRIL 17 Craft Artisanal Spa Products from Natural Ingredients – 7-8:30pm. See April 1 for details. $50. Herban Lifestyle, 2931C Eskridge Rd, 1st Fl, Merrifield, VA. Register: HerbanLifeStyle.com/Product/ Craft-Your-Own-Organic-Spa-Products-WorkshopApril-17-MerrifieldFairfax?tid=128.
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with Molly Meehan. This class will be a hands-on day including herbal plant walk around the farm, a foundational background in herbalism and medicinal herbal preparations including tincture-making as well as a medicine-making rotation medicinal oil, herbal salves, and more. Each student will leave with their own tincture, salve, and vinegar. $55. Centro Ashé, 1620 Chester Ave, Bryans Road, MD. Register: Info@CentroAshe.org.
The Heart Chakra Workshop – 5:30-7:30pm. Explore, heal, and awaken the Heart Chakra, or energy center, with a delightful sensory-filled journey that includes effortless meditation and gentle self-administered acupressure. $40. OurSpace, 809 Easley St, Silver Spring, MD. Register: AwakenMyHeartNow.com/The-Chakra-Workshop-Series.html.
Thru Sunday, May 4. Learn to: Accelerate Healing, Relieve Pain, Reduce Inflammation, Reduce Stress and more. Address the root cause of disease and create space for true healing. CEU’s available. Miriam Hunter, 8996 Burke Lake Rd, Ste L101, Burke, VA. RSVP: 202-361-7321 or MiriamHunter@verizon.net
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Ethics, the Environment, and Avoiding the Collapse of Civilization – 1:30pm. Paul Ehrich, eminent biologist and population environmentalist from Stanford, is making a special appearance to build on his Royal Society paper from January 2013. A reception and discussion groups will follow the presentation. Proceeds will support a village water project in El Salvador where RRUUC youth conduct a summer service program. $20. River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6301 River Rd, Bethesda, MD. Info: RRUUC.org/Social-Justice/ Task-Forces/Environmental.html.
Herb Walk on Herb Day – 11am-12:30pm. A relaxing and informative tour of the MUIH grounds. Learn to recognize a variety of herbs and understand their uses for healing and wellness. Maryland University of Integrative Health, 7750 Montpelier Rd, Laurel, MD. Register: MUIH.edu.
Access Consciousness Body Processes –10am-1pm & 2-5pm. Learn 2 Access Body Processes. Give and receive 2 separate Access Body Processes with a Certified Facilitator and receive written materials about the Processes. Gina Maybury, 8996 Burke Lake Rd, Ste L101, Burke, VA. RSVP: 703-6290925 or email 703Change@gmail.com.
THURSDAY, APRIL 24 SoulCollage® Workshop – 10am-12pm. See April 10 for details. $30. Bethesda, MD. Register: HollyMaeDesigns@icloud.com. Free Womens Health Seminar – 7pm. Learn the latest information about women’s health and the value of Thermography screening for your breast health. Neck, Back & Beyond Wellness Center, 10560 Main St, PH 1, Fairfax, VA. Register: 703865-5690 or NeckBackandBeyond@gmail.com.
SATURDAY, APRIL 26 Centro Ashé Grassroots Herbal Program – 6month series thru Sept. 9am-5pm.This program offers a chance to explore folk herbalism from various traditions, and to understand natures ability to support our health, strength and vitality. The series is an introduction and includes herbal fundamentals, practical and therapeutic applications of herbs, body system therapeutics, nutritional healing, herbal preparations and medicine making. Group discounts available. $888. Centro Ashé, 1620 Chester Ave, Bryans Road, MD. Register: Info@CentroAshe.org. Prenatal Yoga Retreat – 9am-3pm. A full day of yoga, community, relaxation, ritual and motherhood. All pregnant moms are welcome at any stage of pregnancy. No yoga experience necessary. $100. Lil Omm Yoga, 4708 Wisconsin Ave, NW. Register: LilOmm.com. Chakra Tai Chi – 4:45-5:15pm. A gentle and meditative movement sequence designed by Dr. Aminah Raheem, creator and founder of Soul Lightening International, to bring attention to the chakras. OurSpace, 809 Easley St, Silver Spring, MD. Info: Shira@AwakenMyHeartNow.com.
Asana Lab: Lengthening the Front Body – 2-4:30pm. With Kristen Krash. Backbends are the most invigorating and adventurous poses to help with slouching and poor posture. $35. Buddha B Yoga Studio, 1115 U St, Ste 202, NW. Info: BuddhaBYoga.com. AnumThubten KM Group – 4-6pm. This “open” KM groups is the Washington, DC chapter of the Dharmata Foundation which is dedicated to the teachings of AnamThubten. The Center for Mindful Living, 4708 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 200, NW, Tenleytown. Info: Living-Mindfully.org. Intro to Mindfulness - Yoga for Parents and Teachers – 6:30-7:30pm. Sarah Waxman presents current brain research on mindfulness and yoga practice to enrich our daily lives. Geared for parents and educators with children ages 3-18. $20. Lil Omm Yoga, 4708 Wisconsin Ave, NW. Register: LilOmm.com. Mindfulness in Recovery – 6:30-8pm. Open to those with an interest in the intersection of Buddhist teachings and 12 step recovery. The Center for Mindful Living, 4708 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 200, NW, Tenleytown. Info: Living-Mindfully.org.
SUNDAY, MAY 4 Cultivate: A Journey in Re-Skilling and ReConnecting – First Sun of each month thru Oct. Explore basic elements of homesteading. We will examine our relationship with our food, our homes, the land, and our health, exploring the intersection of self-reliance, sustainability and community. Our goal is to nourish our skill sets and challenge ourselves to cultivate intention in the way we choose to live. $450. Centro Ashé, 1620 Chester Ave, Bryans Road, MD. Register: Info@CentroAshe.org.
TUESDAY, MAY 13 Free Energetic Well Being© Demonstration – 7-9pm. Join LeRoy Malouf as he demonstrates the EWB Process© in which volunteers witness how energetic clearing can quickly relieve pain and symptoms. Hosted at the offices of Dr. Margaret Gennaro, 10560 Main St, Ste 301, Fairfax, VA. Info: EWBP.com.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 14 Intensive Life Coaching Training – Thru May 18. Guide clients to discover their life purpose, or provide business, career, relationship, health or spiritual coaching with intensive training through the Life Purpose Institute. A proven process. RSVP: 858-484-3400 or LifePurposeInstitute.com. Free Energetic Well Being© Demonstration – 7:30-9:30pm. See May 13 for details. Hosted by Glory Lane at 4705 Sunflower Dr, Rockville, MD. Info: EWBP.com.
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sunday Dupont Circle FreshFarm Market – 8:30am-1pm. A producer-only farmers’ market. Only regional growers from the Chesapeake Bay watershed region (DE, MD, PA, VA and WV) may sell at market. 20th St, NW, between Massachusetts Ave and Hillyer Pl, NW and the adjacent bank parking lot. Info: 202-362-8889. Open Level GYROTONIC® Group – 10-11am. This class is open to all experience levels and provides a well rounded, fundamental GYROTONIC® work out on the pulley tower. $35/session, $250/10 Sessions. Elements Fitness & Wellness Center, 2233 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 217, NW. Info: ElementsCenter.com. Sunday Morning Meditation Class – 10:30am12:30pm. With Hugh Byrne. An oasis in a busy week, including 30-minute guided meditations, a 10-minute walking meditation, and 30-minute discussion. A mini-retreat. Drop-ins welcome. The Center for Mindful Living, 4708 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 200, NW, Tenleytown. Info: Living-Mindfully.org. Weekly Yoga and Brunch – 10:30-11:45am. Work up your appetite with a Flow 1-2 Asana practice at Yoga District. Then come downstairs to enjoy a yummy vegan brunch at District Tea Lodge. Both your yoga practice and brunch is included in the price. Invite your friends and have an awesome time. $22. Yoga District and District Tea Lodge, 1922 I St, NW. Register: Bit.ly/177o7wP. Sunday iRest® Yoga Nidra Meditation – 6-7pm. Dubbed “Sleep of the Yogi”, this meditation is easy, relaxing, and has been clinically proven to decrease symptoms of insomnia, anxiety, PTSD, chronic pain, and depression. $20. OurSpace, 809 Easley St, Silver Spring, MD. Register: AwakenMyHeartNow. com/Sunday-Yoga-Nidra-Sessions.html
Early Morning Meditation – 7:30-8:15am. A beautiful way to start your day, with a 30-minute meditation and optional 15-minute discussion following. Drop-ins welcome. A project of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW). The Center for Mindful Living, 4708 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 200, NW, Tenleytown. Info: Living-Mindfully.org. Advanced GYROTONIC® Group – 10-11am. For clients with a significant amount of experience in the GYROTONIC method. $35/session. Elements Fitness & Wellness Center, 2233 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 217, NW. Info: ElementsCenter.com. Mommy Meet Up – 11:45am-12:45pm. 1st Mon. A friendly environment to chat, share, and learn together as moms with children. Bring your lunch and enjoy the space to learn, live, play and grow. $5. Lil Omm Yoga, 4708 Wisconsin Ave, NW. Register: LilOmm.com.
Beginner GYROTONIC® Group – 12-1pm. This class is held on the GYROTONIC pulley tower and is designed for new students. Students will learn how to set up the equipment and gain an understanding of the fundamental movements of the system. $35/ session. $250/10 sessions. Elements Fitness & Wellness Center, 2233 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 217, NW. Info: ElementsCenter.com. Breastfeeding Mothers’ Support Group – 5:156:15pm. 2nd Mon. Mothers bring your babies of all ages to connect with other mothers, ask questions of Holistic Mothering’s IBCLC Sharon Curry and find support for breastfeeding related challenges. Baby scale available. $10. Lil Omm Yoga, 4708 Wisconsin Ave, NW. Register: LilOmm.com. Yoga for Women Cancer Survivors – 7-8:15pm. This gentle class for women cancer survivors includes breathing exercises, healing yoga sequences, and restorative postures appropriate during and after cancer treatment. We practice in a safe space that encourages and nurtures women who are undergoing treatment for and in remission from cancer. All levels welcome. $10. Sibley Memorial Hospital, 5255 Loughboro Rd, NW. Register: 202-243-2320. Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. A fluid contemplation in motion and balance of breath, this yoga class nurtures harmony of mind and body as we work with alignment and awareness, deep stretching and relaxation for a revitalizing experience. $10. Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd, Mount Rainier, MD. Register: JoesMovement.org. Mindfulness Meditation – 7:30-9:00pm. These classes will introduce the practice of mindfulness meditation and give an overview of helpful means for working with thoughts, opening difficult emotions, developing wisdom, and deepening compassion. The Center for Mindful Living, 4708 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 200, NW, Tenleytown. Info: Living-Mindfully.org. Tai Chi – 8-9pm. Learn and enjoy peaceful slow movements, balance, and meditation, this class is for youth and adults who will study the movements of Tai Chi Chun long form. Tai chi is an internal Chinese martial art practiced for health benefits, self control, and relaxation. $10. Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd, Mount Rainier, MD. Register: JoesMovement.org.
tuesday Early Morning Meditation – 7:30-8:15 am. See Monday for details. The Center for Mindful Living, 4708 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 200, NW, Tenleytown. Info: Living-Mindfully.org. Moms’ Craft and Chat Morning – 10am-12pm. In between drop off and pick up, make a little something for yourself and meet other moms. We’ll have material available or bring your own. $10.
Power Up Your Brain (For Aging) – 12-2pm. This is Brain Education for successful aging. It teach you how to integrate your brain functions, enhance your brain’s executive control, and tap into its unlimited potential. $50. Gaithersburg Dahn Yoga, 840 Muddy Branch Rd, Gaithersburg, MD. Register: 301-3304861 or Gaithersburg@DahnYoga.com. Introductory Yoga Series – 12:15-1:15pm. A brief introduction to the fundamentals of yoga, for beginners and for those new to the Iyengar approach. No experience necessary. $68/course or $20/drop-in. Unity Woods Yoga Center, 4853 Cordell Ave, Ste PH7, Bethesda, MD. Info: UnityWoods.com. Open Level GYROTONIC® Group – 1-2pm. See Sunday for details. Elements Fitness & Wellness Center, 2233 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 217, NW. Info: ElementsCenter.com. Girls in Tune – Middle School – 4-6pm. A mindful awareness group to help girls soothe anxiety and enhance positive coping skills. The Center for Mindful Living, 4708 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 200, NW, Tenleytown. Info: Living-Mindfully.org. Girls in Tune – High School – 6-7:15pm. A mindful-awareness stress-reduction group designed for girls who want to reduce anxiety, regulate their moods, and create and sustain healthy friendships. The Center for Mindful Living, 4708 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 200, NW, Tenleytown. Info: LivingMindfully.org. Hoop Jam – 6:45-8:15pm. With Noelle Powers. Lift your spirits and get a full body workout accompanied by a super hoop-friendly soundtrack. All ages and skill levels are welcome at this drop in jam. A lesson for those interested is presented in the first half hour of jam, and the remaining hour is self-directed. $10. Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd, Mount Rainier, MD. Register: JoesMovement.org. I Meditate DC: Introduction to the Art of Living – 7-8pm. Refresh and rejuvenate with a free community service initiative to introduce people to breathing and meditation techniques that have a calming effect on the mind and reduce stress. In this 60-minute interactive session, participants develop insight on how to reduce negative emotions that eat up our energy and time. The Art of Living Foundation, 2401 15th St, NW. Register: Secure. ArtofLiving.org/Events.aspx. Community Yoga Class DC – 7:15-8:15pm. Experience Dahn Yoga, a dynamic mind-body practice originating in Korea that combines stretching, flowing movement, deep breathing exercises and meditation. No previous experience needed. $10/ suggested donation for Dahn Yoga Foundation’s Nicaragua Project. Dahn Yoga DC, 700 14th St, NW. Register: 202-393-2440. Zumba – 8:30-9:30pm. Zumba is an effective, exhilarating, Latin-inspired, easy-to-follow, calorieburning dance fitness-party that works all major groups in a high-energy cardio blast that leaves the participants invigorated, refreshed and full of life. It achieves the perfect balance of a progressive core workout, full-body cardio and strength training, and a stress-relieving, energy-producing fitness experience. $10. Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd, Mount Rainier, MD. Register: JoesMovement.org.
Early Morning Meditation – 7:30-8:15am. See Monday for details. The Center for Mindful Living, 4708 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 200, NW, Tenleytown. Info: Living-Mindfully.org. Pilates – 8:30-9:30am. This Pilates mat class is suitable for students who are new to pilates or who have already been introduced to the method. The first two classes will focus on fundamental concepts in pilates and each week will build on the last. $10. Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd, Mount Rainier, MD. Register: JoesMovement.org. Advanced GYROTONIC® Group – 10-11am. See Monday for details. $35/session. Elements Fitness & Wellness Center, 2233 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 217, NW. Info: ElementsCenter.com. Tai-Chi/KiGong – 12-1pm. Experience DahnMuDo, derived from the ancient tradition of Korean healing and martial arts forms. It can be literally translated as “the art of being limitless.” While many DahnMuDo forms can be physically challenging, it is gentle enough to be practiced by anyone of any age. $20. Dahn Yoga DC, 700 14th St, NW. Register: 202-393-2440. Seva Stress-Release Acupressure – 1-4pm. Seva Stress-Release is a series of acupressure points designed to ease the human stress response and support overall well-being. 30-minute private sessions. $15-$40 (suggested). OurSpace, 809 Easley St, Silver Spring, MD. Register: OurSpaceAcupuncture.org/Seva-Stress-ReleaseAcupressure.html. Tai-Chi/KiGong – 6-7:15pm. See previous Wed listing for details. $20. Dahn Yoga DC, 700 14th St, NW. Register: 202-393-2440. Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. See Monday for details. $10. Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd, Mount Rainier, MD. Register: JoesMovement.org. Wednesdays with Tara Brach – 7:30-9pm. Class includes 30-min of Vipassana meditation instruction and guided meditation followed by an hour-long Dharma talk. A large gathering of approximately 250-300 people. Beginners through advanced students welcome. There is no registration, but dana (donation) of about $10-$15 is suggested to help cover expenses and is gratefully received. River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6301 River Rd (corner of Whittier Blvd and River Rd), Bethesda, MD. Info: IMCW.org. Blessing Circle – 9:15-9:45pm. 2nd Wed. The Insight Meditation Community of Washington offers the Blessing Circle to comfort and support those experiencing loss, grief, illness or any of the “10,000 sorrows” of this life. We gather after the Wed class with Tara Brach for a 30-min service of sharing, mindful and supportive listening and metta practice. River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6301 River Rd (enter from Whittier Blvd), Bethesda, MD. Info: IMCW.org.
thursday Early Morning Meditation – 7:30-8:15am. See Mon for details. The Center for Mindful Living, 4708 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 200, NW, Tenleytown. Info: Living-Mindfully.org.
Seva Stress-Release Acupressure – 1-4pm. See Wed for details. $15-$40 (suggested donation). OurSpace, 809 Easley St, Silver Spring, MD. Register: OurSpaceAcupuncture.org/Seva-Stress-ReleaseAcupressure.html. FreshFarm Market at Penn Quarter – 3-7pm. Delicious locally grown fruits, veggies, cut flowers, plants, handmade soaps, meats, cheeses, eggs and more are available every week. Market is open rain, snow or shine. All EBT customers and WIC/Senior coupons customers will receive Double Dollar coupons to match their EBT dollars or WIC/Senior coupons redeemed up to $10. North end of 8th St, NW (between D and E sts, NW). Info: 202-362-8889. Energy Yoga – 5:45-6:45pm. Classes use meridian stretching and tapping to open the energy flow, breathing postures to circulate and accumulate energy, and energy meditation to deepen your inner connections. $20. Dahn Yoga DC, 700 14th St, NW. Register: 202-393-2440. Mad Hatter Open Mic – 6:30-8pm. 1st Thurs. House of Steep invites you to join us for an evening of tea, and talent. Creativity welcomed. House Of Steep, 3800 Lee Hwy, Ste D, Arlington, VA. Info: HouseOfSteep.com/Upcoming-Event-Open-Mic-Night. I Meditate DC: Introduction to the Art of Living – 7-8pm. See Tuesday for details. The Art of Living Foundation, 2401 15th St, NW. Register: Secure. ArtofLiving.org/Events.aspx. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction – 7-9:30pm. An eight-week program that assists people who want to learn to use their own internal resources to respond to stress, medical and psychological conditions, and promote healthy living. The Center for Mindful Living, 4708 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 200, NW, Tenleytown. Info: Living-Mindfully.org. Zumba – 8:30-9:30pm. See Tuesday for details. $10. Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd, Mount Rainier, MD. Register: JoesMovement.org.
friday Early Morning Meditation – 7:30-8:15 am. See Monday for details. The Center for Mindful Living, 4708 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 200, NW, Tenleytown. Info: Living-Mindfully.org. Open Level GYROTONIC® Group – 10-11am. See Sunday for details. Elements Fitness & Wellness Center, 2233 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 217, NW. Info: ElementsCenter.com. Yoga for People Living With Cancer and Their Caregivers – 2-3pm. A relaxing hour of yoga taught by yoga therapist Yael Flusberg. The class combines breathwork, gentle movement and guided visualization. GW University Hospital, 900 23rd St, NW. RSVP: Jennifer Bires, 202-741-2218 or JBires@ Mfa.Gwu.edu. Yoga for Teens – 4:15-5:15pm. A special space for teens to explore asana, meditation, breathwork, and relaxation. The full spectrum of yoga is used to help teens build a healthy attitude. $200. Lil Omm Yoga, 4708 Wisconsin Ave, NW. Register: LilOmm.com. Chakra Healing Class – 6-7:15pm. Activate your seven chakras with moving meditation (Brain Wave Vibration) and deep, energy meditation to restore a flow of natural healing energy. $10. Dahn Yoga DC, 700 14th St, NW. Register: 202-393-2440.
Community Yoga Class – 6-7pm. Community classes are mixed-level, one-hour asana classes taught by a rotating selection of Unity Woods teachers. They are offered by different teachers every Friday of the session. $5/class. Unity Woods Yoga Center. 4853 Cordell Ave, Ste PH9, Bethesda, MD. Info: UnityWoods.com. Biodanza – 6:45-8:15pm. Last Friday of every month. Expressive dance that fuses movement, music and heartfelt emotion that will help you tap into your joy. Two “left feet” welcome. No age limits. Near Dupont in DC. Biodanza East Coast, 1611 16th St, DC. Register: LifeDance.me. Vocal Toning: “Vibration Meditation” – 7:30 –8:30pm. 2nd and 4th Fri. Amazingly simple, yet peacefully powerful. We sit in a circle and resonate vowel sounds with a crystal bowl to release stress and create peaceful clarity. Free with $5.00 donation for use of the space. Unity of Gaithersburg, 111 Central Ave, Gaithersburg, MD. Info: UnityOfGaithersburg.org.
saturday Tai Chi and Qigong – 8-9:30am. Learn the Chinese martial art referred to as “meditation in motion”. Improves your health and overall sense of well being. Dancing In Silence, Inc, 4413 Tuckerman St, University Park, MD. Register: Info@DancingInSilence.com. Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market – 9am-1pm. A producer-only farmers’ market that supplies the Mount Pleasant neighborhood with local fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy, bread, cakes, flowers, plants and prepared foods. Some producers are certified organic or use chemical-free methods, and the meat and dairy is free range. Producers are all located within 125 miles of Washington DC. Lamont Park, corner of 17th and Lamont, NW. Info: Mtpfm.org. Community Yoga Class DC – 10-11am. See Tuesday for details. $10/suggested donation for Dahn Yoga Foundation’s Nicaragua Project. Dahn Yoga DC, 700 14th St, NW. Register: 202-393-2440. Open Level GYROTONIC® Group – 9am. See Sunday for details. Elements Fitness & Wellness Center, 2233 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 217, NW. Info: ElementsCenter.com. Open Level GYROTONIC® Group – 10am. See Sunday for details. Elements Fitness & Wellness Center, 2233 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 217, NW. Info: ElementsCenter.com. Gyrokinesis Group Class – 11am-12pm. Group class starting on stools, moving to the floor and finishing with a standing series. $15-$18. Elements Center, 2233 Wisconsin Ave, NW. FrontDesk@ ElementsCenter.com. Adoption Event – 12-3pm. Rural Dog Rescue holds its weekly adoption event every Saturday at Howl to the Chief. Fosters and Volunteers Needed. Howl to the Chief, 733 8th St, SE. Info: RuralDogRescue.com. I Meditate DC: Introduction to the Art of Living – 4-5pm. See Tuesday for details. The Art of Living Foundation, 2401 15th St, NW. Register: Secure. ArtofLiving.org/Events.aspx.
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1221 Connecticut Ave, Ste 5B, NW, DC 202-300-8428 • CityAcupunctureCircle.com Safe, affordable acupuncture care. Pay what you can, $20-$50 per treatment. Join the Community Acupuncture movement.
IX CHEL WELLNESS
202-630-2435 • Adam@IxChelWellness.com IxChelWellness.com We provide acupuncture and Intuitive Reiki services. Our mission is to heal our patients, ourselves, each other and our communities.
809 Easley St, Silver Spring, MD 301-388-8085 • OurSpaceAcupuncture.org Natural, affordable, safe, holistic health care in a comfortable community setting. We ask for $15-$40 per session. Schedule your appointment online today.
REVIVE COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE 3808 34th St, Mt. Rainier, MD 301-864-1975 • Revive-Acupuncture.com
$15-$35 acupuncture. Open Tuesday/Thursday, 2-7pm, Wednesday/Friday/Saturday, 10am-2pm. Convenient to Brookland, Chillum, H St, the Hill, Hyattsville, Cheverly. Free parking. Walk-ins welcome.
ARCHITECT HELICON WORKS
7108 Holly Ave, Takoma Park 301-404-5578 • HeliconWorks.com Ecologically sensitive architecture and building practices, responding to people and place. See ad, page 33.
AYURVEDA APURVA AYURVEDA HEALING CENTER 2841 Hartland Rd, Ste 207, Falls Church 703-667-0465 WellnessWithNature.com
Offering traditional ayurvedic bodywork and energy work for health and balance. Urban pancha karma, health counseling and other techniques to encourage a healthy lifestyle.
BEE KEEPING AZURE B LLC
4730 Bicknell Rd, Marbury, MD 301-743-2331 • AzureBLLC.com Azure B LLC is a small, familyrun permaculture farm in Southern Maryland. We offer beekeeping education, locally made equipment and support.
CONSULTING GRACE PRODUCTIONS
Grace Ogden, Principal 301-445-6771 • GraceProductions.co Grace Ogden leads this consulting and event production firm that supports progressive social change with an awareness of why spiritual principles and practices matter. See ad, page 31.
COUNSELING CREATIVE COUNSELING AND COACHING SERVICES, LLC
Individual and Group Therapy & Life Coaching 240-354-3854 CreativeCounselingAndCoaching.com Offers high quality, culturally competent and gender-sensitive therapy and life coaching for adults that promotes physical, psychological and spiritual well-being.
MARY KENDELL, MS, NP
Couples Therapy GW Center for Integrative Medicine 202-833-5055, 202-300-4981 Gwcim.com • SexMatters2Me@gmail.com Evaluation, treatment, counseling, and education for all sexual health concerns. See ad, page 2.
CATERING SUNNYSIDE GOURMET TonyaVirgan@gmail.com 301-585-6484
Catering and packaged foods using sustainable, organic, locally sourced ingredients. No processed ingredients. Specializing in international fusion dishes, paellas and tagines. Accommodate all dietary needs. See ad, page 39.
NATALIE X. KORYTNYK, PHD
Individual & Couples Therapy GW Center for Integrative Medicine 202-833-5055 • Gwcim.com With over 20 years of experience, D r. N a t a l i e K o r y t n y k i s a psychologist with an expertise in relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression, work stress, eating disorders and self-esteem. See ad, page 2.
MELISSA WINDSOR, DC, CHC
Chiropractor and Certified Holistic Health Coach Restorative Health 202-244-6661 RestorativeHealth.org Dr. Windsor is a Chiropractor and Nutrition and Lifestyle Coach. She is an expert in using both chiropractic and nutrition in healing the body and balancing the immune system both for general wellness and in the face of specific disease states. See ad, page 3.
TEAM BUILDING ASSOCIATES
TeamBuilder@msn.com 703-241-2421 • TeamBuildingAssociates.com Conducting organizational and family constellations to improve relationships and resolve obstacles to personal and professional success.
Whoever is happy will make others happy too. ~Anne Frank
DENTIST LYNN D. LOCKLEAR, DDS, LVIF 437 Cedar Street, NW, DC 202-829-7600
Dr. Lynn Locklear has helped many patients to get their “bite back” non-surgically after a diagnosis of TMJ Dysfunction. An International Associate of Dentists, Top in Washinton, D.C. in 2012. See ad, page 14.
571-494-1952 Margaret@toTallyEssential.org toTallyEssential.org
The team at toTally Essential are Independent Product Consultants, helping share their knowledge and experience with their communities by enriching people’s lives with the wonders of essential oils and essential oil wellness products. See ad, page 37.
EDUCATION WASHINGTON WALDORF SCHOOL 4800 Sangamore Rd, Bethesda 301-229-6107 WashingtonWaldorf.org
Washington Waldorf encourages the connections that broaden students’ experience and help them grow in new directions. Their teachers incorporate academic, artistic, and practical elements into every subject, creating memorable lessons—and highly successful scholars—along the way. See ad, page 14.
202-557-8384 Steve@FlexAware.com Back Pain? Breathing Problems? FlexAware is remarkably effective for all ages, all health conditions. Applied neuroscience, based on the way young children move naturally.
ELEMENTS FITNESS AND WELLNESS CENTER
2233 Wisconsin, Ste 217, DC 20007 202-333-5252 • ElementsCenter.com Offering Pilates, GYROTONIC® Exercise, physical therapy, massage and more for clients of all ages. Experience the joy of moving and breathing freely at Elements Center.
ENERGY HEALING ENERGETIC WELL BEING
LeRoy Malouf, Owner 625 Willow Street, West Barnstable, MA info@EWBP.com 508-375-6452 • EWBP.com Removing root causes of symptoms and creating strong internal support for desired state of being - what you want in life - with full confidence and self-reliance. See ad, page 31.
HEALTH COACH CINDY SANTA ANA, CHC Unlock Better Health CindySantaAna@gmail.com UnlockBetterHealth.com
Cindy Santa Ana - Board Certified Health Coach specializing in weight loss, clean eating and thyroid disease. Leading workshops, cooking classes and Farmers’ Market demos in NoVa. See ad, page 41.
HEALING GATEWAY 877- 534-5534 HealingGateway.com
Sherry Lynn Dmytrewycz invites you to enter into a healthier, unlimited life with an energy clearing for you, your space or your animals. Handson or distance sessions. See ad, page 39.
MIRIAM HUNTER & GINA MAYBURY 8996 Burke Lake Rd, Ste L101, Burke, VA Miriam Hunter 202-361-7321 MiriamHunter@verizon.net Gina Maybury 703-629-0925 GinaMaybury@gmail.com MiriamHunter.com
Sessions and workshops in Quantum-Touch, Access Consciousness, Angel Card reading, Crystal Healing, Sound Healing, Metamorphosis and more. See ad, page 9.
HEALTHY PETS THE BIG BAD WOOF
5501 Baltimore Ave, Hyattsville, MD 117 Carroll St NW, Old Takoma, DC 301-403-8957 • TheBigBadWoof.com The Big Bad Woof is a community resource for companion animals and their guardians. We are committed to providing nutritious foods for companion animals whether they are dogs, cats, small mammals, birds or fish. We provide access to organic, holistic and premium raw diets and a wide range of alternatives including holistic supplements for companion animals. See ad, page 34.
HOWL TO THE CHIEF
733 8th St SE, DC 202-544-8710 • HowlToTheChief.com We carry a large assortment of natural, holistic, raw and organic diets for dogs, cats and small animals. Grooming and selfserve dog wash service too! See ad, page 38.
PAWS OF ENCHANTMENT 3415 Perry St, Mount Rainier 301-209-0411 PawsOfEnchantment.com
The original holistic pet spa in the Metro DC area. Rated ‘Best’ by Washingtonian Magazine. Let your pet be enchanted! See ad, page 11.
HERBS GREEN COMFORT HERBAL APOTHECARY & SCHOOL OF HERBAL MEDICINE 540-937-4283 Green.Comfort@gmail.com
Green Comfort offers a variety of educational opportunities for herbal studies, offering clinical training, integrated medicine and holistic nutrition. Apothecary and garden apprenticeships are available to returning students. Green Comfort Herbal Apothecary Clinic is available by appointment to anyone wishing to discuss their health concerns and a holistic healing regimen.
HOLISTIC HEALING RECONNECTIVE HEALING Debbie Spinelli 305-992-5733 Debbie333Spinelli@gmail.com
Reconnective Healing is a form of holistic healing; leading clients to a deeply transformational path that allows for healing on all levels; physical, spiritual, mental and emotional. As a practitioner and healer since 2011, Spinelli has trained with Dr. Eric Pearl, the founder of Reconnective Healing. See ad, page 17.
HOLISTIC PARENTING HOLISTIC MOMS NETWORK ARLINGTON/ALEXANDRIA CHAPTER 571-451-8273 HolisticMomsArlAlex@gmail.com HolisticMomsArlAlex.blogspot.com
A nonprofit resource for parents seeking support in their natural lifestyle choices. All chapters hold monthly meetings and most offer supplemental activities.
HOME ENVIRONMENT MIKHAIL SOGONOV, PH.D.
InSitu EcoTesting LLC GW Center for Integrative Medicine 202-833-5055 • Sogonov@InSitu-ET.com Consulting company inspecting indoor environment for biological agents negatively affecting human health. Mainly focused on mold, also includes sewage contamination and pet and pest allergens. See ad, page 2.
HYDROTHERAPY VITALITY CLEANSING
We offer an elegant and contemporary space using the natural element of water to gently wash debris from the colon. Our gravity-open system provides the connection between water and cleanliness that forms the basis for rejuvenation and vitality. See ad, page 21.
INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE ALI SAFAYAN, MD
Integrative Physician and Medical Acupuncturist Restorative Health 202-244-6661 • RestorativeHealth.org Dr. Safayan views himself as a partner and educator, offering medical assessment and treatment plans that combine the best of conventional medicine with complementary and alternative therapies. He offers medical acupuncture, p r o l o t h e r a p y, a n d a l l e r g y elimination techniques See ad, page 3.
ANGELA GABRIEL, MSOM, LAC, CH GW Center for Integrative Medicine 202-833-5055, 202-300-4981 Gwcim.com
Classical Chinese medicine, Japanese-style acupuncture, pain and stress management, chronic issues, family care, women’s health, pregnancy, children, Kiiko Matsumoto-style acupuncture, moxibustion, integrative medicine. See ad, page 2.
GW CENTER FOR INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE
3022 Javier Rd, Ste 217, Fairfax 703-207-4646 • VIPiMED.com
908 New Hampshire Ave, NW, DC 202-833-5055 • Gwcim.com
A clinic that effectively combines use of traditional and conventional evidencebased medical practices through a variety of complementary and alternative therapies and has many years of close collaboration with George Washington University Medical Center and a variety of physicians in most subspecialties. See ad, page 2.
INDIGO INTEGRATIVE HEALTH CLINIC 1010 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 660, DC 202-298-9131 IndigoHealthClinic.com
The body has an innate ability to heal itself and achieve balance from everyday stressors through non-toxic, non-aggressive and highly effective modalities. See ad, page 13.
MIKHAIL KOGAN, MD
GW Center for Integrative Medicine 202-833-5055 • Gwcim.com
Dr. Kogan is Medical Director of GW Center for Integrative Medicine where he provides integrative consultations and primary care. In addition, he does geriatric consultations at GW University Hospital and makes home visits to frail patients. See ad, page 2.
NATIONAL INTEGRATED HEALTH ASSOCIATES
410-736-9311 LifeDanceMe@gmail.com • LifeDance.me Michelle Dubreuil Macek offers a wholehearted, mindful life coaching approach to guide you towards breaking down limiting thoughts and creating space for joy, love and peace in your life. See ad, page 11.
MINDFULNESS COACHING FOR LIFE! 703-203-9202 Robyn@RobynPovich.com RobynPovich.com
Robyn Povich, Certified Professional Coach, Arbinger trained Coach, and Certified Facilitator of The Work™. She offers private sessions, retreats, workshops and tele-classes. Become more present and empowered in your life.
MARTIAL ARTS 301-466-5894 Info@DancingInSilence.com
Leaders in Integrative Medicine and Biological Dentistry At National Integrated Health Associates, NIHA, our team of Integrative doctors blends the best of western medicine and safe, proven complementary and alternative therapies to help the body heal. See ad, page 8.
Restorative Health is a patient-focused integrative medical practice dedicated to helping people achieve optimal health. Using a variety of healing therapies, the doctors at Restorative Health work with you in identifying the causes of illness and in shaping personalized, unique therapies to eliminate them. See ad, page 3.
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LIFE COACH LIFE DANCE COACHING
DANCING IN SILENCE, INC.
5225 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 402, NW 202-237-7000 ext 118 NIHADC.com
4801 Wisconsin Ave, NW 202-255-6661 • RestorativeHealth.org
VIP iMed features individualized Integrative Medical and Wellness Programs: transforming your life and addressing your individual needs, with a proven record of treating most medical conditions and getting results.
Evening classes in Taiji, Qigong, Hip Tinh Mon. All Classes at UPCOB, 4413 Tuckerman St, University Park, MD, 20784. Free Saturday Taji. See ad, Page 23.
MASSAGE AT EASE: TRAGER AND MASSAGE Lisa Bregman 202-686-7202 LisaBregman@yahoo.com
Deep bodywork that uses rhythmic, wavelike movement to ease pain, joint and muscle tension, and release long-held uncomfortable movement and postural patterns. See ad, page 2.
POTOMAC MASSAGE THERAPY INSTITUTE 5028 Wisconsin Ave, NW PMTI.org
Whether you are looking for a new career, interested in continuing your education to expand your knowledge as a massage therapist, or drawn to take an introductory class on massage and bodywork for yourself, family and friends–come join the circle at PMTI. Classes and workshops available, as well as massages. See ad, page 25.
MEAL DELIVERY SERVICE POWER SUPPLY DC MyPowerSupply.com
MARIANNA LEDENAC, ND
Adult & Pediatric Naturopathic Medicine GW Center for Integrative Medicine 202-833-5055 • Gwcim.com
Power Supply provides fresh, tasty, all-natural and nutritious meal plans. Just order online, pickup at one of our 46+ DC/MD/VA locations, heat and enjoy. We offer Pure Paleo, Mixatarian (Paleo-Inspired) and Vegetarian choices made with local and organic when possible. No gluten or dairy. Order one-time or on a recurring basis
Dr. Ledenac is a Naturopathic Physician in family medicine caring for adults and children. She has a special focus in weight management (body composition improvement), nutritional assessments, pediatrics, and women’s health including fertility care. See ad, page 2.
SUNRISE MEDICAL LABORATORIES
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Marietta Amatangelo Director 877-428-0555 Info@2Nourish.com • 2Nourish.com
A trusted nutritionist and wellness coach in the tri-Metro area, with functional nutrition expertise in digestive and detox, wellness, MTHFR, cancer and chronic conditions.
We h a v e b e e n serving our community for over 40 years with our Patient Service Centers, Insurance Participation, comprehensive testing menu, and high quality local service. See ad, page 39.
MEDITATION HUGH BYRNE, PHD
Mindfulness-based counseling and meditation instruction. Dr. Byrne teaches classes, retreats, and workshops on Buddhism and meditation in the Washington DC area and nationwide and provides individual counseling.
NATUROPATHIC PHYSICIANS ALOE WELLNESS
5840 MacArthur Blvd NW, Ste 2, DC 202-966-2563 • AloeWellnessDC.com
240-330-3674 Facebook.com/HeyGouter Handcrafting raw, vegan and organic treats, tonics and cleanses in Washington DC. Making a raw vegan lifestyle more approachable, fun and simple through our products and services; consume less, become aware and live sustainably.
302-897-2407 Krista@KristaNoelle.com • KristaNoelle.com Krista combines her knowledge of physiology, medicinal herbs, foodas-medicine and the mind/body connection to evoke positive and lasting change with each individual client. She currently sees clients in the Baltimore and Washington area.
Our Naturopathic physicians, acupuncturist, massage therapist, reiki practitioner, and life coach provide a comprehensive and personalized approach to achieving optimal health and wellness.
KAREN THRELKEL, ND
Naturopathic Medicine Restorative Health 202-244-6661 • RestorativeHealth.org
RAW LIVING D-LIGHT
571-471-2891 • Luzy@RawLivingDLight RawLivingDLight.com
Dr. Threlkel provides her patients with a full range of naturopathic medical services, including naturopathic medical assessment, specialty laboratory testing, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, detoxification, nutritional supplementation and herbal medicine. See ad, page 3.
Alkaline foods to restore your health and nourish your body. Microgreens and sprouts, foods for superior health. Classes, workshops and private consultation. Available for lectures and home growing consultations. See ad, page 34.
YES! ORGANIC MARKET YesOrganicMarket.com
Yes! Organic Market has provided healthful food, supplements and body care products at affordable prices for over 30 years. Visit any of our seven stores in the greater Washington DC metropolitan area. See ad, page 8.
PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS HERBAN LIFESTYLE HerbanLifestyle.com
Making the world a happier, healthier, better-smelling place by handcrafting herbal bath and body products using organic, natural and Fair Trade ingredients in earthfriendly packaging. See ad, page 39.
Alexis Knot, Independent Consultant 202-436-1264 • Alexis.Knox@icloud.com US.NYROrganic.com/Shop/AlexisKnox Founded in 1981 in London, NYR Organic is an all natural, certified organic award-winning skincare line for men, women and babies. Contact me to learn more. See ad, page 16.
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT BIODANZA EAST COAST USA BiodanzaEastCoast@gmail.com 410-736-9311 • Biodanza-usa.com
Join us for personal development through a fusion of authentic movement, awesome music, and heartfelt emotions. A safe space for you to feel and dance organically all of the untapped potential within you. See ad, page 11.
REIKI LIFE HOLISTIC CENTER, LLC
ReikiCenterOnline@yahoo.com 570-868-6635 • LifeHolisticReiki.com Our main focus is Reiki, a spiritual practice which promotes physical, emotional and spiritual healing. We offer Certification in Reiki 1 thru Reiki Master/Teacher Usui and Tibetan Style. Dr. Anthony received a Master/Teacher attunement on Kurama Mtn, Japan, the birthplace of Reiki. We offer CEUs for Massage Therapists.
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LUANN JACOBS, SLP/RMT
Reiki-Biofeedback Practitioner GW Center for Integrative Medicine 202-833-5055 • Gwcim.com Luann provides treatments and trainings in the use of Reiki handson and biofeedback for self-care, and Reiki care of others. See ad, page 2.
REIKI VYBZ CENTER
Dwight Palmer, Reiki Master/Teacher 202-596-5181 • ReikiVybz.com R e i k i Vy b z C e n t e r i s a complementary healing therapy that focuses on individual healing and restoration. Healing can be done through sessions, shares or clinics. Reiki opens energetic pathways that are blocked by illnesses or emotions. Reiki Practitioner training also offered. See ad, page 21.
THERAPEUTIC YOGA LINDA LANG
GW Center for Integrative Medicine 202-833-5055 • TherapeuticYogaDC.com A highly experienced practitioner, certified in the medical, therapeutic arena of Cardiac Yoga. Specializing in chronic conditions and degenerative disease. Therapeutic yoga for special conditions and m e d i t a t i o n a r e o ff e r e d b y appointment with GW Center for Integrative Medicine. See ad, page 2.
Yoga Teacher Training. See ad, page 42.
DESAI HEALTH AND WELLNESS
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Eat healthy. Increase energy. Reduce stress. No one approach works for everyone. Find out yours. Discover simple ways to making a healthy life easy and possible.
WashingtonDC@DahnYoga.com 202-393-2440 • DahnYoga.com Dahn Yoga is a dynamic mindbody practice originating in Korea that combines stretching, flowing movement, deep PObreathing exercises and meditation in a simple and easy to learn format that focuses on the development of the body’s core strength as the basis of physical, mental, and spiritual health.
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12106 Wilkins Ave, Rockville 301-881-3330 • extendYoga.com
Accunect™ and BodyTalk™ are used to restore the body’s natural ability to heal itself at the mind, body and spirit levels, by clearing the underlying sources of stress that interfere with this natural healing process. Selfcare workshops are offered to educate and empower individuals in their own healthcare. See ad, page 34.
extendYoga strives to provide a positive, nurturing environment that challenges individuals to extend themselves physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. We believe in giving back to the community by participating in various charitable causes.
LIL OMM YOGA
4708 Wisconsin Ave, NW, DC 20016 202-248-6304 A friendly, community yoga center welcoming all ages and stages of life. Offering open and honest teaching regarding yoga, well-being, family and spirituality.
ON THE WAY COACHING
Linda@OnTheWayCoaching.com OnTheWayCoaching.com Linda Mastro uses humor, intuition and compassion to coach people who are ready to take a pilgrimage into the heart of life.
THE YOGA FUSION STUDIO
4609 Willow Ln, Chevy Chase, MD 20815 301-656-8937 • TheYogaFusionStudio.com
THETA HEALING CREATIVE HEALING TRENDS 301-876-3475 CreativeHealingTrends.com
Rebecca Norris is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, offering ThetaHealing, an extraordinary new technique that allows for immediate physical and emotional transformations and healings. See ad, page 4.
WELLNESS BLUE HERON WELLNESS
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2001 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston BelovedYoga.com Beloved Yoga embraces all traditions and paths of yoga and our classes are designed to give you a complete yoga experience. Our teachers come from different lineages offering you a wellbalanced practice and exposure to this ancient practice. One intention that you will find in all our classes is the philosophy of flow, integrating breath with movement creating a meditative space for the mind, body and spirit.
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202-246-9592 YaelFlusberg@gmail.com • YaelFlusberg.com Experienced yoga therapist/coach available for group and individual sessions drawing from a deep well of creative, somatic and reflective methods to help you flourish.
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BUDDHA B YOGA
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4000 Albemarle St, NW Ste 202 202-244-9588 Lisa@Balancentering.com Helping others find natural ways to gain optimum health through Zero Balancing, Massage, Energy Therapy and Herbal Support. See ad, page 17.
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