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letterfrompublisher Happy June Dear Friends, The summer is always a great time for families to make memories together with vacations, summer night camp fires and car trips. I appreciate that when I am with

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vacations and other times together—sometimes funny, sometimes touching or sometimes sad, as we think of

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those who aren’t with us anymore.

The stories don’t get old either. Our family’s inside jokes are brought up

over and over and never fail to bring a smile to our lips, as we recall the times and places where the happy memories were born—blueberry picking in Maine, floating down a river in Costa Rica, board game nights that went way too late and going back even further to when I was a child, feeding a pair of baby raccoons who “adopted” us after their mother had been struck by a car.

We all have stories that make us who we are. They provide the substance

for our identity. The way we think about them and share them with others enables and empowers us to claim a space that is uniquely ours. The theme in this month’s magazine delves into the topic of telling our stories. Judith Fertig discusses the transformative power of telling your own story. She suggests that by telling your truth, you can change your life and heal your body.

There has been substantial research in the field of mind-body medicine

to show that when we tell an authentic story about ourselves, our body responds and relaxes. In a sense, the cells of our body know when we are telling our own truth. This research has profound implications for the health of each individual and the medical establishment. As our healers open themselves to hear not only the symptoms but also the stories of their patients, the capacity to heal fully is expanded.

So, take the opportunity to make some memories and prepare to share

them with the world. The summer awaits for you to learn, love and share. Peace,

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newsbriefs Weekend Spiritual Journaling Retreat


piritual Journaling in Nature offers a break from hectic, overscheduled lives, by providing space and time to breathe, to center and to play in the woods with others—human and non-human. The retreat, offered by the Center for Spirituality in Nature, will be held from July 25 to 27, in the beautiful retreat center near Harper’s Ferry. The workshop will be led by Beth Norcross, founder of the Center for Spirituality in Nature and an adjunct faculty member at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. An enthusiastic and popular teacher, speaker and preacher, she loves to share her passion and affection for both the Earth and the spirit with others.    The program helps participants set-up and keep a nature journal as a spiritual practice. Participants will talk together about the significant spiritual role the natural world played in the faith formation of our ancestors and discuss the important opportunity for spiritual deepening that nature offers. They will also go through the elements of keeping a nature journal and explore how journaling in nature helps to be centered, mindful and attentive to both spirit as well as other creatures. There will be lots of time to practice, both independently and as a group, and delight in the beautiful woods and waterways of Rolling Ridge. This retreat will be held at the Rolling Ridge Study Retreat Center, a retreat house on several hundred acres of wilderness in the foothills of the Blue Ridge. Rolling Ridge has miles of hiking and walking trails, woodlands and streams between the Shenandoah River and the Appalachian Trail. In addition to the surrounding forest, retreat participants may also enjoy quiet in the Meditation Shelter, walk the labyrinth, or get creative in the art cottage. The fee for the retreat is $200, which includes lodging in a double occupancy room, six meals prepared from fresh ingredients and served family-style and the program. Single occupancy can be requested for an increased fee of $210. For more information or to register, visit

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rom June 27 to 29, the Energy Institute of the Healing Arts will host its Spring-Summer Introductory Level I Tui Na Weekend Workshop, teaching 24 of over 100 different Tui Na hand manipulations. The workshop will be taught by Dr. Akmal Muwwakkil, who is licensed in massage therapy and acupuncture, with a Ph.D. in nutrition. He has taught Tui Na for more than 20 years and offers it as an introductory workshop, for CEUs and as a three-year certification course. Tui Na, a Traditional Chinese Therapeutic Bodywork system is one of the oldest bodywork healing arts systems in the world dating back some 300,000 years ago. Tui Na received its highest honors during the Sui and Tang dynasties, when massage doctors were authorized to teach Tui Na in schools where students received doctoral degrees in massage. Tui Na addresses soft tissue injuries, internal organ disharmonies, external disorders, structural integrity, pediatrics, reproductive disorders, traumatic pain, rehabilitation therapy, neurological disorders and sports injuries. It can be used to correct imbalances of the five sense organs, as it balances the internal organs. Tui Na is applied differently to children, adults and seniors because of their constitutional, meridians and body types. There are more than 100 different hand manipulations that are used in Tui Na, to aid the body in preventing or correcting health issues. The objective is to teach a health modality that will assist in self-healing. The goal is to expand each person’s knowledge and be able to assist others in need. For more information about the costs and location of this workshop, call 301-249-2445 or visit Healen. net. See ad, page 29.

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elebrate Fairfax, Northern Virginia’s largest community-wide celebration, arrives June 6 to 8, at the Fairfax County Government Center. Presented by Celebrate Fairfax, Inc., the annual festival hosts tens of thousands of visitors during the three-day run.    The 25-acre site is magically filled with fascinating sights and sounds of more than 300 exhibitors, food vendors, crafters and interactive activities. Celebrate Fairfax showcases live concerts on eight stages, ExxonMobil Children’s Avenue, a petting zoo, the Fairfax County Karaoke Championship, carnival rides and great festival foods. Another fun activity for kids is the Inova Train Ride. Nightly fireworks, presented by Leidos, are a highlight of the festival, and one of many great family programs. This year’s Bud Light Main Stage features top national headline performers The All-American Rejects, Cheap Trick and The Hunts—included in the price of admission. A recipient of one of the International Festivals and Events Association’s top honors, Celebrate Fairfax was named a Bronze Pinnacle Award winner in 2005 for its long-time quality and success. The festival was also a 2006 honoree as one of the Top 20 events in the southeastern United States. For more information on any of the festival’s programs, or to become a part of the festival as a volunteer, sponsor, performing artist or simply to attend, call the Celebrate Fairfax, Inc. office at 703-324-FAIR (3247) or visit

Amma, the Hugging Saint, Comes to D.C.


he is called Sri Mata Amritanandamayi, Mother of Immortal Bliss, or many people just know her as Amma, or mother. Although she was born and raised in India, Amma doesn’t subscribe to any particular religion. She says that her religion is love. This summer will be Amma’s eighteenth visit to the Washington, D.C. area. Her programs are free and will be held July 1 and 2. The programs will be held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway in Arlington, Virginia. A morning program begins at 10 a.m., and an evening program starts at 7 p.m., on both days. On July 2, the evening program is a special prayer for world peace called Devi Bhava. Amma dedicates every moment of her life to serving others with a pure selfless attitude. Amma works tirelessly to nourish and comfort people with her many humanitarian activities, including hospitals, orphanages, disaster relief, food for the poor and needy, schools, pensions for the elderly and disadvantaged, housing for the homeless and much more. Thousands of people attend Amma’s programs around the world to receive her blessings and imbibe her words of wisdom, as she shares her divine inspiration. Referred to as the hugging saint, Amma spends hours on end giving darshan (spiritual blessings) in the form of a hug. Over the past 40 years, Amma has embraced millions of people worldwide. As renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall said in presenting Amma with the GhandiKing award for non-violence at the United Nations in 2002, “I believe (Amma) stands here before us, God’s love in a human body.” For more information, visit AmmaDC. org. See ad, page 41.


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.S. Congressman Tim Ryan and Dr. Tara Brach will be speaking together on from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on June 9 at Woodson High School in Fairfax, on the benefits of mindfulness on youth, educators and parents. This event is sponsored by Minds Incorporated, a D.C.-based nonprofit dedicated to transforming schools and their communities into conscious, Tim Ryan connected and compassionate learning environments, by teaching mindfulness and other scientifically validated mind-body practices to students, teachers and parents. Minds Incorporated works closely with school leaders to customize programming, to build their capacity and embed knowledge of mind-body practices in the community for the long term. Seeking a new way for students to learn, the organization works to transform the culture of the schools where they work, making them safe, inclusive and compassionate places to learn. Brach is a leading western teacher of Buddhist Tara Brach meditation, emotional healing and spiritual awakening teacher and founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington. A clinical psychologist, Brach is author of Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha and the upcoming book, True Refuge–Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart (Bantam, 2013). Congressman Ryan (D-OH) has been serving in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2003. In addition to his legislative duties, Ryan is known for his passionate work to bring mindfulness into all aspects of public life. He is the author of A Mindful Nation, in which he explores how the practice of mindfulness is helping schoolchildren improve their ability to learn; veteran’s in heal from trauma; and how CEOs andmembers of Congress can become more effective leaders. Location: 9525 Main St., Fairfax. This event is open to the public. There is no cost to attend and no registration required. For more information, email

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Yummy Berries Cut Heart Attack Risk by a Third


ating three or more servings of blueberries and strawberries a week may help women reduce their risk of a heart attack, according to research from the University of East Anglia, in collaboration with the Harvard School of Public Health. The berries contain high levels of powerful flavonoids called anthocyanins, which may help dilate arteries, counter buildup of plaque and provide other cardiovascular benefits. Published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, the study involved 93,600 women ages 25 to 42 that completed questionnaires about their diet every four years for over 16 years. Those that ate the most berries had a 32 percent reduction in heart attack risk compared with those that ate them once a month or less, even if they ate a diet rich in other fruits and vegetables. “This is the first study to look at the impact of diet in younger and middleaged women,” remarks the study’s lead author, Aedín Cassidy, Ph.D., head of the university’s nutrition department. “Even at an early age, eating more of these fruits may reduce risk of a heart attack later in life.”

Saw Palmetto Combos Combat Enlarged Prostate


hree studies published in 2013 support the effectiveness of saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) extract for the treatment of prostate inflammation and other symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), commonly called enlarged prostate. In addition, both lycopene, a dietary carotenoid with strong antioxidant value, and selenium, an essential trace element that promotes an optimal antioxidant/oxidant balance, have been shown to exert beneficial effects in BPH. Researchers from Italy’s University of Catania studied 168 patients with prostate enlargement among nine urological medical clinics. Those taking a combination of saw palmetto, selenium and lycopene experienced greater reductions of inflammation markers and reduced risk of prostate cancer after three and six months of treatment. In an Australian study from the University of Queensland’s School of Medicine of patients with BPH, 32 men took an encapsulated formula containing saw palmetto, lycopene and other plant extracts, while 25 men were given a placebo. After three months of treatment, men receiving the herbal formulation experienced a 36 percent reduction in related symptoms, while the placebo group showed an 8 percent reduction. The herbal supplement group also showed a 15 percent reduction in daytime urination frequency and an almost 40 percent reduction in nighttime urination frequency. The long-term effectiveness of saw palmetto supplementation was reinforced in a Russian study of 38 patients with early prostate enlargement. After 10 years of receiving 320 milligrams of saw palmetto extract per day, researchers found no progression of the condition among the patients. 14

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Your Bite Affects Your Overall Health by Dr. Terry Victor, the DC Dentist hen most people are asked if there is any relationship between your bite (how your teeth come together) and your total body health, the overwhelming answer is likely, there is no connection. In holistic and biological dentistry, there is a great emphasis placed on the total interconnectedness and interrelationship of our bodies. If your bite is off or your teeth don’t come together properly, it can lead to a whole cascade of issues with the rest of your body. For example, when your bite is off, it can cause issues with the jaw joint (TMJ). It can also cause tension in the muscles along your cheeks and in the temple area, which could result in severe headaches. In addition, these muscles lie adjacent to the muscles in the neck and can cause a sore or stiff neck, back and hip. This can translate to back and hip pain. It is understandable why it is very important to have your bite assessed. Holistic and biological dentists recognize the important role that dentistry plays in overall health of an individual.


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Treating Menopause Naturally by Deidre Maccannon, M.D.


lant-based, bio-identical supplementation for hormone related transitions can be extremely beneficial for alleviation of debilitating symptoms, as well as the promotion of optimal health. Using these treatment modalities in a low dose and safe manner creates essentially no health risk of previously utilized high dose synthetic hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Perimenopause and menopause are natural life changes, with the average age of 50 to 52 and range of 37 to 55 years old. The perimenopausal period is a time of transition, where hormone levels fluctuate, prior to when women completely stop menstruating. This can be challenging with debilitating symptoms of fatigue, hot flashes, night sweats, migraines and rapid heartbeats, joint and muscle pain, insomnia, poor memory, mood changes with depression, anxiety and irritability, breast tenderness, vaginal atrophy with dryness, itching, bleeding, painful intercourse and decreased libido, urinary frequency, urgency and incontinence with increased susceptibility to infection, such as urinary tract infections (UTI). In January 2009, Oprah Winfrey said menopause caught her off guard. In the February 2009 edition of O, The Oprah Magazine, Winfrey shared that she felt “out of kilter” and had “issues” for two years that she suspected were hormonal. Winfrey went to a doctor who specializes in bio-identical hormones who informed her that her “hormonal tank was empty” and gave her a prescription for bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). “After one day on BHRT, I felt the veil lift,” Winfrey writes. “After three days, the sky was bluer, my brain was no longer fuzzy and my memory was sharper. I was literally singing and had a skip in my step.” For patients who receive BHRT, symptoms can be alleviated within weeks. BHRT are custom-made formulations specific for each individual patient and can include DHEA, estrogen, progesterone and/or testosterone. BHRT can provide symptom relief, protective benefits and decrease risk of osteoporosis, as well as enhance long-term quality of life. Within three to six weeks, vitality, sleep, mental clarity and balanced mood can be restored. Other natural therapies can be used in place of or in conjunction with BHRT, such as phytoestrogens (plants with estrogenic response), diet and exercise. Deidre Maccannon, M.D. of VIP IMED Center, in Fairfax, a physician of conventional/integrative medicine in women’s health/OB-GYN, can test for hormone levels and begin treatment with bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). For more information, call 703-207-4646 or visit See ad, page 20.

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wo small studies have linked beets with lower blood pressure. A study from the University of Reading, in England, served beet-fortified bread or bread without beets to 23 healthy men. Those that ate the fortified bread experienced reduced diastolic blood pressure and less artery stiffness during the six hours afterwards. Australia’s Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute studied 15 women and 15 men, divided randomly into groups that consumed either 500 grams of a placebo juice or beets with apple juice. During the 24 hours after consumption, the researchers noted a statistically significant reduction in systolic blood pressure of four to five points among the men drinking the beet juice.

Tapping Acupressure Points Heals Trauma in Vets


motional Freedom Techniques (EFT) may be an effective treatment for veterans that have been diagnosed with clinical posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a study published in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. EFT involves tapping on acupressure points while focusing on traumatic memories or painful emotions in order to release them. As part of the Veterans’ Stress Project, an anonymous clinical study comprising more than 2,000 participants, 59 veterans with PTSD were randomly assigned to either receive strictly standard care or also experience six, hour-long, EFT sessions. The psychological distress and PTSD symptoms showed significant reductions among veterans receiving the EFT sessions, with 90 percent matriculating out of the criteria for clinical PTSD. At a six-month follow-up, 80 percent of those participants still had symptoms below the clinical level for PTSD. According to Deb Tribbey, national coordinator for the Veterans’ Stress Project, PTSD symptoms that can be resolved with the combined therapy include insomnia, anger, grief, hyper-vigilance and pain. For more information, visit or

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”Mysticism is the science of awakening“ Thomas Hübl


Craniosacral Therapy Treating Post-Concussion Syndrome by Connie Hambrock, Ph.D.


very year, 24,000 children below the age of 5 have mild to traumatic brain injuries (TBI), due to falling from shopping carts in the United States. Approximately 250,000 children in the United States get treatment for concussions from sports injuries yearly, according to ABC and NBC evening news reports last March. An average of 53,000 people die yearly, in the United States from concussions or TBI according to the Center for Disease Control.     After getting a CAT scan to make certain that there is no brain hemorrhaging or swelling, the ER will send you home telling you to drink plenty of water, rest, and not to read, play electronic games or play sports for a week. However, what about the lingering headaches, dizziness, confused thinking, double vision, loss of equilibrium, ear ringing or nausea you may be left with? These symptoms are known as post-concussion syndrome or PCS. Anytime there is a compression of the bones and membranes in the head or neck, this restricts the flow and stabilizing pressure of cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF), blood flow, neural conductivity and the ability of the brain and surrounding membranes to function as they should. Craniosacral therapy is one of the few treatment avenues that is available to treat PCS with good long-lasting results. Craniosacral therapy originated as part of Dr. W. G. Sutherlands experiments. As an osteopathic physician, he realized that compression of certain cranial bones created restrictions that could be relieved by gentle pressure and subtle movements of the head and neck. Dr. John Upledger furthered his approach, by adding work with the hydration of the cranial membranes and the pulses of the CSF as it travels through the body. By working with the system to balance the bones, CSF and rehydrate the membranes, pain can be relieved, pressure released from the spine and nerves, allowing vision, hearing and brain neural chemistry to return to normalcy. Connie Hambrock, Ph.D. has been practicing craniosacral therapy (CST) and treating PCS in Herndon since 1996. As a National Board Certified Massage Therapist, CST, HypnoTherapist and Energy Healer, she owns and operates Hambrock Holistic Healing Center, in Herndon. For more information, contact or visit See ad, page 29.


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owadays, yoga is perceived mainly as a women’s activity. But, when Tao Porchon-Lynch was a child in Pondicherry, India, her aunt hastily informed her, “Only men do yoga.” Porchon-Lynch was undeterred. She figured, “If boys can do it, I can do it too.” Though she didn’t have any instruction until decades later, she began practicing on her own. At 95 years young, she is currently the world’s oldest living yoga teacher. She keeps an active schedule, traveling to various cities to teach yoga workshops and to participate in ballroom dancing competitions. In April, she participated in the Fred Astaire Dance Championships in Atlanta with dance partners 70 years her junior. She will visit Washington to lead a yoga workshop at Buddha B Yoga Studio on U Street, NW on July 25. Speaking in a gentle British accent, she explains that she was raised with

the Vedanta philosophy of seeing the oneness of all beings. As a child, she lived three blocks away from the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry, India, and visited it frequently with her uncle. The same uncle also knew Swami Vivekananda, an immortal figure whose 1893 speech at the World Parliament Religions ignited the first sparks of yoga in Western culture. In the 1950s, she was making films in Hollywood when the renowned Indra Devi came to town. Devi had known Porchon-Lynch’s family in India and asked her, “What are you doing in films? Why are you not teaching them yoga?” She told her, “Teach them pure yoga, real yoga.” At her urging and without any formal training, PorchonLynch began teaching yoga to the actresses at MGM. Eventually, she decided to go back to India to deepen her practice and understanding of yoga. She ap-

proached BKS Iyengar for instruction, but at the time, he only taught men. She banded together with Dona Holleman and another Indian woman and together, they persuaded Iyengar to allow them in his class. Later, she studied with Pattabhi Jois and the Maharaj of Mysore who taught her the importance of breath in yoga practice. Porchon-Lynch observes, “Without breath, the postures are not good. People are sloppy. When they know how the energy works in the body, then they can do a beautiful yoga. The meaning of it is to join the body, mind and spirit, to become one with it.” Porchon-Lynch will turn 96 on August 13. She finds she is a little stiffer than she used to be, due to a hip replacement and a rod in her leg, which eventually broke and had to be removed. But, she can still do yoga poses. Her attitude is, “I won’t let pain be the boss. I’m the boss.” She pays little attention to doctors’ warnings that she may have to cut back her physical activities. On the day of her interview, she wore a pair of high-heeled crimson red shoes, which she said she wore while climbing Machu Pichu. “I’m not interested in what I can’t do. I’m only interested in what I can do. Know that nothing is impossible.” PorchonLynch frequently reminds her yoga students, “When you breath, you are using the power of life within you. Everything that pulsates with life is also within us.” Porchon-Lynch’s workshop at Buddha B Yoga Studio on July 25 is called Explore The Body as Energy. She will explain how to use pranayama, hand positions (mudras) and bandhas (locks), to focus and store the body’s vital energy. This will be Porchon-Lynch’s second visit to Buddha B Yoga Center, Washington’s only Jivamukti-affiliated studio. Owners Valerie and Rexx Samuell try to create a spiritual focus in their studio, alongside vigorous posture practice. They also co-produce Healthy You, a plant-strong vegan cooking and wellness show on Fairfax Public Access television. Terri Carr is a D.C. medical freelance writer who blogs at For more information, visit BuddahB Yoga. See ad, page 11.

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How Telling Our Truths Can Set Us Free by Judith Fertig


fter his deployment in Iraq, U.S. Marine Captain Tyler Boudreau returned home in 2004 with post-traumatic stress syndrome and an emotional war wound that experts now call a “moral injury”. He could only sleep for an hour or two at night. He refused to take showers or leave the house for long periods of time. He and his wife divorced. “My body was home, but my head was still there [in Iraq],” he recounts. At first, Boudreau tried to make sense of his conflicted feelings by writing fiction. Then he wrote a detailed, nonfiction analysis of his deployment, but that didn’t help, either. In 2009 he wrote a memoir, Packing Inferno: The Unmaking of a Marine, that came closer to conveying his personal truth. “I needed to get back into the story,” he says, so he could pull his life back together in Northampton, Massachusetts. Like Boudreau, we all have stories—ongoing and ever-changing—that we tell ourselves to make sense of our lives. They can help us heal and powerfully guide us through life, or just as powerfully, hold us back.


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In 1949, Sarah Lawrence College Professor Joseph Campbell published The Hero with a Thousand Faces, in which he outlined a master monomyth. It involves leaving everyday life and answering a call to adventure, getting help from others along the way, facing adversity and returning with a gift, or boon, for ourselves and others. It’s a basic pattern of human existence, with endless variations.

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How does telling our truth help heal our body? Professor James Pennebaker, Ph.D., chair of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, is a pioneer in the mindbody benefits of story, which he explores in Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotions. In the late 1980s, while consulting for the Texas prison system, Pennebaker discovered that when suspects lied while taking polygraph tests, their heart rate rose, but when they confessed the truth, they relaxed. “Our cells know the truth,” writes microbiologist Sondra Barrett, Ph.D., who also blogs at, in Secrets of Your Cells, “Our physiol-

ogy responds to what we’re thinking, including what we don’t want people to know.” When we are afraid to tell a story and keep it in, “Our cells broadcast a signal of danger,” she explains. “Molecules of adrenalin, along with stress hormones, connect with receptors on heart, muscle and lung cells— and in the case of long-term sustained stress, immune cells.” We experience increased heart rate, tense muscles, shortness of breath and lower immunity when we’re stressed. She notes, “When we release the stories and feelings that torment us, our cells respond with great relief and once again become havens of safety.” We need to tell our stories even in facing life-threatening illness, and maybe because of it. Dr. Shayna Watson, an oncologist at the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario, in Canada, encourages physicians to listen to patients. “In the name of efficiency,” she reports in an article in Canadian Family Physician, “it’s easy to block out patients’ stories and deal only with the ‘facts’, to see the chat, the time and the stories as luxuries for when there is a cancellation. The study of narrative tells us, however, that in these easily neglected moments we might find more than we expect; there can be understanding, relationship building and healing—the elements of our common humanity.” A current problem is but a dot on the entire timeline of a person’s existence. By keeping their larger story in mind, patients can find a wider perspective, with the strength and resolve to heal, while the physician can see the patient as a person, rather than a diagnosis.

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“Telling your story may be the most powerful medicine on Earth,” says Dr. Lissa Rankin, the author of Mind Over Medicine, who practices integrative medicine in Mill Valley, California. She’s tested the concept firsthand. “So many of us are tormented by the insane idea that we’re separate, disconnected beings, suffering all by our little lonesome selves,” she observes. “That’s exactly how I felt when I started blogging, as if I was the only one in the whole wide world who had lost her

mojo and longed to get it back. Then I started telling my story—and voilà! Millions of people responded to tell me how they had once lost theirs and since gotten it back.” They did it by telling their stories, witnessed with loving attention by others that care. “Each of us is a constantly unfolding narrative, a hero in a novel no one else can write. Yet, so many of us leave our stories untold, our songs unsung,” remarks Rankin. “When this happens, we wind up feeling lonely, listless and out of touch with our life purpose. We are plagued with a chronic sense that something is out of alignment. We may even wind up feeling unworthy, unloved or sick,” says Rankin, who blogs on related topics at

Power to Heal a Family Sometimes, writing a new story can help keep families connected. Kansas City, Missouri, author and columnist Deborah Shouse took an unplanned and unwanted, yet ultimately rewarding journey with her mother through Alzheimer’s disease. Shouse discovered that as her mother was losing her memory and identity through dementia, crafting a new narrative helped her family hold it together, a process she details in Love in the Land of Dementia. “You have to celebrate the person who is still with you,” Shouse says, noting we may discover a different, but still interesting, person that communicates in ways other than talking. She recommends employing a technique she calls The Hero Project, which she developed with her partner, Ron Zoglin. It uses words, photos and craft supplies in what Shouse terms “wordscrapping” to generate and tell a new story that helps keep the personal connection we have with our loved one and make visits more positive. She shares more supportive insights at Sharing an old story may also provide a rare link to the past for a person with dementia. “Savor and write down the stories you’re told, even if you hear certain ones many times,” Shouse counsels. “By writing down the most often-repeated stories, you create a legacy to share with family, friends and other caregivers.”

Power of the Wrong Story

Our thoughts are a shorthand version of a longer life story, says author Byron Katie, a self-help specialist from Ojai, California, who addresses reader stories via blog posts at Sometimes we tell ourselves the wrong story, one that keeps us from realizing our full potential, while making us miserable at the same time. Examples might include “I will always be overweight,” “My partner doesn’t love me” or “I’m stuck here.” Katie’s book, Who Would You Be Without Your Story? explores how we often take what happens in our lives, create a story with negative overtones, believe that version of the story and make ourselves unhappy. “The cause of suffering is the thought that we’re believing it,” she says. By questioning our stories, turning them around and crafting new and more truthful ones, we can change our lives.

Power to Heal the Community Humorist, speaker, and professional storyteller Kim Weitkamp, of Christiansburg, Virginia, knows that the power of story creates wider ripples. She sees it happen every time she performs at festivals and events around the country. “It is naturally in our DNA to communicate in story form,” she advises. “The power of story causes great revelation and change in those that listen.” She cites supporting studies conducted by psychologists Marshall Duke, Ph.D., and Robyn Fivush, Ph.D., at the Emory Center for Myth and Ritual in American Life, in Atlanta, Georgia. “They found that children—at ages 4, 14, 44 or 104, because we’re all children at heart—are more resilient and happy and rebound faster from stress when they know their family stories. They know they’re part of something that’s bigger than themselves that people in their family have kept going,” says Weitkamp. “When people leave a storytelling event, they leave telling stories,” she says with a smile, “and that results in happier and healthier families and communities.” Judith Fertig tells stories about food at from Overland Park, KS.

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What was the key turning point in embracing your life’s calling? Every time I would visit a spiritual teacher as a kid, they would say, “We’ve been waiting for you.” But I just wanted to be normal and was also skeptical; not every well-intentioned person is necessarily leading you home. I reached a turning point when I knew something had to change. I told myself that if this thing called God really exists and if I’m here to be a messenger, I have to experience it personally. In that moment, I began to undergo a transformation that culminated in a direct experience of the divine; an infinite ocean of energy vibrating with unconditional love. I felt part of what every spiritual teacher has been telling the world for thousands of years: that the true nature of reality is love, a love that expresses itself through all life forms. That experience allowed me to accept my role of helping others see and achieve their potential.

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We are vibrational beings inhabiting a vibrational universe. Yogis and mystics from traditions throughout time have known this. The subtlest form of vibration is the soul, which is overlaid by the emotional, with the physical as the outermost layer of energy. Because the emotional layer can accumulate a density that enshrouds our soul’s light and potential, it’s important to address it. Energy is like water—it wants to flow and can shift states at any moment. Judging or rejecting any aspect of our genuine identity disrupts that flow of energy. For example, if instead of being available to feel your anger when it arises you repress or deny it, that accumulating emotion acquires density and over time, becomes rage. But if you can learn to slow down and lean into the emotion, the anger can wash through and out of you and energy again flows freely. By allowing ourselves to acknowledge, experience and release these emotions without judgment, we are clearing the obstacles to our authentic self, what I term one’s “soul signature”.

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The soul signature is our purest potential expressed. You can have a calling to be a writer, but unless you are connected to who you are at the deepest level, your writing won’t have the same impact. Accessing our soul signature is a process. We didn’t end up where we are overnight, and it can take time to get back to that place where we can express our truest selves by working with the techniques of energy transformation described in my book.

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hermography, also known as digital infrared thermal imaging (DITI), is a totally non-invasive clinical imaging procedure that detects thermal differences within the body. These thermal differences may indicate the presence of disease or physical injury. Tbermography can be used as an aid, in conjunction with other diagnostic tools, for diagnosis and prognosis, as well as monitoring therapy progress, for conditions and injuries, including back injuries, arthritis, headache, nerve damage, unexplained pain, fibromyalgia, RSD (CRPS), dental problems and TMJ, artery inflammation, cardiac dysfunction, vascular disease, breast disease, carpal tunnel syndrome, disc disease, inflamma-

tory pain, skin cancer, referred pain syndrome, sprains and strains, stroke screening, whiplash, digestive disorders and many more diseases and dysfunctions in the body. Images, known as thermograms, can be taken of the whole body or just specific areas, such as a breast scan or a half body scan that scans for disease in all the major organs of the body. These scans can be used as part of an annual wellness screening or for investigation of a specific clinical problem. The digitized images are stored on a computer and are sent electronically to a themologist (certified doctor) for interpretation and reporting. Your report is color printed and a copy can also be sent to your

healthcare professional. Unlike most diagnostic tests, thermography is non-invasive, uses no radiation, is painless, and there is no contact with the body. DITI is FDA approved to detect thermal differences within the body and is very affordable. This quick and easy test starts with your medical history being taken, before you partially disrobe for the scanning to be preformed. Standard region of interest exams take approximately 15 minutes, a half body, 30 minutes and a full body, 45 minutes. Your printed report is normally completed within a few days. Thermography results are intended for use by healthcare providers to assist in evaluation, diagnosis and treatment. They are not intended for use by individuals for selfevaluation or self-diagnosis. Reports do not provide independent diagnosis of illness, disease or other conditions; therefore it is very important that you discuss your results with your healthcare provider. People have thermograms for a wide variety of reasons. A woman with a family history of early breast cancer may not want to wait until her insurance covers other forms of breast screening. Those with a family history of heart disease or stroke may want to detect potential problems as soon as possible. Someone who experiences back pain may want to pinpoint the source of that pain, to help their healthcare practitioner treat them more effectively. DITI is also a great tool for imaging whiplash or sports injuries. There are many other good reasons, but early detection is the key to prevention and achieving better treatment options. DITI fills a gap in clinical diagnosis in that X-ray, CT Ultrasound and MRI etc., are all tests of anatomy that measure the structures of your body. Thermography shows physiological changes and metabolic processes. It provides another tool to help you and your healthcare professional safely get you back to better health. Sherri Hudson is a Certified Clinical Thermographer. To learn more, call 703-635-6324 or visit See ad, page 20.

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Musician with a Cause Jack Johnson Plans Shows with the Planet in Mind by Meredith Montgomery


inger-songwriter Jack Johnson’s touring concerts have almost always doubled as fundraisers for local environmental nonprofits. “Early on, we recognized that we could not only fill a room, but also raise funds and awareness for nonprofit groups we believe in,” says Johnson. Then, as he started playing larger venues, “I realized the power of touring to connect our fans with local nonprofits in every town we played.” Johnson and his wife, Kim, also founded two environmentally focused charitable foundations, and during the past five years, all of his tour proceeds have been donated to them, in turn going to hundreds of environmental education nonprofits worldwide. The enabling commercial success began in 2001 when his debut album successfully established this Oahu, Hawaiian’s trademark mellow surf-rocker style. Since then, he’s released five more studio albums, including the most recent, From Here to Now to You. “While I have so much gratitude for the support our music receives, for me, music has always been a hobby, a side thing. It grew into a way to work in the nonprofit world. Being engaged in environmental education almost feels like my real job, and the music’s something we’re lucky enough to provide to fund related causes,” says Johnson. As the size of his audiences grows, so does the size of his potential environmental footprint. On the road, Johnson’s team works with the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance to fuel 28

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all tour trucks, buses and generators. Comprehensive conservation efforts including refillable water bottle stations, plus organic cotton T-shirts and reusable or biodegradable food service ware are standard at his shows. “We try to be environmentally conscious every step of the way,” says Johnson. “Our record cases and posters use recycled paper and ecofriendly inks. We record albums in my solar-powered studio. It’s an ongoing learning process and conversation as we find even better ways to do things.” Johnson’s team often requests increased recycling efforts and use of energy-efficient light bulbs at venues, advancing long-term eco-changes everywhere they perform. He explains, “Our thinking is that once they change the light bulbs for us, they’re not going to go back to the old light bulbs after we leave. Many venue managers tell us they have stuck with the improvements because they realize that they’re easy to do.” Marine pollution and single-use plastics are issues high on the musician’s environmental list, but the topic he’s most passionate about is food. In his home state of Hawaii, 90 percent of food is imported. “The idea of supporting your local food system is a big deal in our family and we take that point of view on the road because it’s a vital issue anywhere you go,” he says. At each tour stop, all of the band’s food is sourced within a specific radius. Johnson also works with radio stations to promote regional farming, helping to build community and fan awareness of the benefits of supporting local farms. At home, Johnson has solar panels on the roof and drives an electric car. The entire family, including three children, participates in recycling, worm composting and gardening. “It’s fun to take what we learn at home on the road and bring good things we learn on the road home,” he says. The Swiss Family Robinson is one of the family’s favorite books. “We love figuring out ways to apply ideas,” he remarks. “For our first water catchment system, we got 50-gallon drums previously used for oil and vinegar from a bread bakery and attached spigots. The kids were so excited to watch them fill the first time it rained.” Johnson finds that all of the facets of his life work together. For example, “Music is a social thing for me. I get to share it with people. Surfing is where I find a lot of balance; it’s a more private time. But I also come up with lyrics and musical ideas while I’m surfing.” Johnson’s approach to inspiring all generations to be conscious of the environment is to focus on the fun, because it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the big picture. Understanding that his own kids are among the future stewards of planet Earth, he works diligently to instill values of creativity and free thinking. Johnson reflects, “When I look at things that are in the world now that we would have never dreamed possible when we were growing up, I recognize how much can change in one generation. Looking for answers that aren’t there yet—things nobody’s thought of—that’s what’s going to solve problems.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Mobile/Baldwin, AL (

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or those who haven’t jumped on the Kombucha bandwagon, or insist that the nutrient and probiotic-rich fermented tea either smells or tastes bad, there is ample evidence that they haven’t been drinking Ralph Crafts’ MTO (Made to Order) Kombucha. A quick tasting of the different blends leaves even the most skeptical drinker with a different perspective of the popular health drink. MTO Kombucha comes in 19 flavors—including a new hops blend that tastes a bit like beer without the gluten and the alcohol that prevents so many from enjoying a cold one on a hot day. The quality of the ingredients makes all the difference, according to Crafts. Every element that goes into the brew, from the water to the organic tea to the


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non-GMO raw cane sugar, is carefully selected to produce a highly nutritious and delightfully refreshing drink. Each step of the brewing process is meticulously planned to expend the lowest energy, with the best quality product. Crafts and his staff of five use the latest technologies such as a tankless water heaters and high-grade induction heaters, to prepare the fermented tea. The magic of Kombucha comes from the SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) that looks somewhat like a mushroom, of which a small piece is placed in each vat and grows through the fermentation process. So pure are Crafts’ SCOBY’s that he was able to apply (and told that they would be accepted) for organic certification. The

brewery itself is heated and cooled with a geothermal system as well. While not off-the-grid completely, Crafts believes that his place quite possibly has the lowest carbon footprint of any Kombucha brewer in the country. After serving in the Marine Corps, Crafts was an architectural designer while taking care of his wife, Roseann. Her daily IV feedings caused her liver to become severely damaged, leading to hospitalization every few months due to infections. At the suggestion of Roseann’s Medicaid attendant, Crafts started serving store-bought Kombucha to his wife and drank it himself, with his nose pinched so he could avoid the unpleasant odor. On a whim, he started making it at home and realized that it tasted a lot better when it came from their own kitchen. As Kombucha became part of her regular diet, Roseann’s liver function returned to normal, and she went for three years with no hospitalizations. As Crafts recalls his late wife, “She was only 5’1” and weighed 85 pounds, but she was tougher than any Marine I ever knew.” Crafts started sharing his brew with others, including a colleague whose mother was unable to eat while enduring chemo for stage-four cancer. Within three days, the colleague called to say that his mother was back to a full diet and no stomach ache. On the strength of that, the new Kombucha-convert convinced and invested in Crafts’ building of a commercial kitchen (in his garage) that was then certified by the state so that he could produce MTO Kombucha for sale. Roseann was instrumental in getting the company started—creating different recipes by adding fresh zests of organic fruits such lemon, orange, strawberries, raspberries and grapefruit, herbs and spices such as rosemary, basil or anise, or other organic flavorings such as vanilla and chocolate—all while using her walker. Within a few years, the demand was so great that MTO Kombucha moved into their current location, a 4,000-square-foot commercial kitchen in Vint Hill in Warrenton, Virginia. MTO Kombucha is growing at an amazing rate and will be doubling the amount of current production within the next few months. But, in spite of this phenomenal growth, the elements that

As Kombucha became part of her regular diet, Roseann’s liver function returned to normal, and she went for three years with no hospitalizations make MTO Kombucha, the hand-crafting of the brew, won’t be compromised. With new bottling machines, staff will be freed up from the time-consuming tasks and left to focus on crafting the brew. Crafts is quick to share the different and unique flavors of his brews. After pouring a taste in the glass jar, he watches with a knowing smile as he waits to

hear the words he has heard thousands of times before, “Hey, that’s really good.” He knows that it is more than good taste that he is delivering. Crafts hears countless stories of how his brew has helped the drinker to overcome acid reflux and other digestive issues, muscular problems, healing issues, even curing a horse of parasites—just to name of few. He knows that amazing things can happen when there is hand-crafted goodness and love in every bottle.

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hen President John F. Kennedy said in 1961 that the U.S. should commit to sending a man to the moon and return him safely by the end of the decade, few suspected the bounty of technological spinoffs that such National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) space missions would yield. Today, many of NASA’s research advancements, as well as technologies developed outside the space program, are put to good use in everyday life. Of particular interest are products used in fitness workouts. ABI Research, a technology market intelligence company, revealed the growing popularity of consumer health and wellness technologies in its latest market projections for wearable, healthrelated devices. Estimates are that 80 million wearable monitoring devices, including heart monitors and biosensors that read body temperature and motion, will be sold by 2016. When Clint, a global market research firm, conducted its most recent Fitness and Technology Survey, its findings showed technology at work. Based on 745 online interviews with people in seven countries, 72 percent of exercisers embraced some type of technology, including smartphone apps, to support their fitness routines two or more times a week. In recent years, amateur and professional athletes have increasingly

benefited from technological advances that help them chart, improve upon and customize their fitness routines. Tracking fitness progress and weight loss is now just clicks away with personal devices such as a Wi-Fi scale, which accurately measures weight, body fat percentage and body mass index. Online graphs chart the individual’s progress. While the typical setting for measuring blood pressure and heart rate used to be in a physician’s office, hospital or pharmacy, new digital wrist blood pressure and heart monitors now allow exercise enthusiasts to do it themselves, wherever they are, helping ensure they are not exceeding the safety parameters of their fitness programs. User-friendly digital pocket pedometers and wireless activityduring-sleep wristbands both work in conjunction with a downloaded app to allow self-monitoring. Exercisers can track steps; distances walked cycled or swum; calories burned; total active minutes; and how long and how well they sleep. In some U.S. fitness centers, members have an option of working with an automated, virtual, personal trainer. This almost-do-it-yourself approach to professionally guided fitness begins with a survey of an individual’s lifestyle and goals to create a personalized fitness regimen. Each time exercisers go to

the center, they insert a key into a “smart trainer”, generating the day’s 30-minute customized workout. The technology focuses primarily on helping clients manage weight and maintain muscle. Other technologies, such as medical-grade, pneumatic [air] compression boot systems, are facilitating athome recovery for hip and knee surgery patients and quicker muscle recovery for serious athletes. Air-filled chambers remain inflated as pressure cycles sequentially move from the foot up the leg. The cycles flush out waste and replenish blood supplies to the muscles. More complex bio-analyzing systems retrieve feedback from the body’s electromagnetic fields, the multiple energy meridians and the frequencies of the body’s cells and organs. “Such systems are largely used by chiropractors, naturopaths, physical therapists and acupuncturists,” says Loran Swensen, CEO of Innergy Development, which owns AO Scan, maker of the Magnetic Resonance Bio-Analyzer. For people that struggle with traditional workouts or physical limitations, whole-body vibration technology may be a solution. “When you stand on the oscillating platform, the body reacts to the vertical vibratory stimulus with an involuntary muscle contraction; depending on the speed, muscles can react up to 23 times per second,” advises Linda Craig, co-owner of Circulation Nation, in Greer, South Carolina. Similar platforms are becoming commonplace in chiropractic practices. Consumer applications of medical devices have led to the home use of additional sophisticated technologies like laser therapy. Successfully used for more than 30 years in Europe to treat trauma, inflammation, overuse injuries and cosmetic issues, as well as to provide pain relief and healing, some forms have recently been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. With 129,397,925 gym members worldwide according to a recent International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association report, it’s safe to predict that consumer demand ensures even more significant technological advances are in our near future. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings.

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If Autism Is Treatable, Should It Be Treated? by Dr. Chas Gant, M.D., Ph.D.


or over a decade, attention has been drawn to the escalating incidence of autism and for good reason. A March 2014 Center for Disease Control (CDC) report suggests that within the last few years, the incidence of autism has jumped another 30 percent. This calculation suggests that autism is doubling in incidence every four to five years. Based on calculations from that data, one could project that by the year 2038, the incidence of autism could reach the terminal level of 100 percent of U.S. children. This is a doomsday scenario because civilization as we know it would collapse if most of its citizens suffer from autism. It is important to begin sounding the clarion call and ask the question that rarely gets asked, “How do we treat autism effectively and shut down the ticking time bomb?” For so long, the official answer has been that the cause of autism is unknown, so no effective treatment exists. The disorder can only be managed.


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The root of the problem originates in a healthcare system which has not yet embraced an effective paradigm for applying the knowledge already available and that can potentially reverse autism in most individuals. The required paradigm shift begins with an understanding of the two very different definitions of the term diagnosis. A diagnosis can be defined as the appearance of something or as a cause. For instance, for thousands of years, pneumonia was diagnosed by its appearance; fever, chills, cough, sweats and shortness of breath. With the advent of the germ theory paradigm, the second definition of the term diagnosis came into vogue and the cause (germs) was diagnosed. Discovery of a cause of any disease leads to targeted treatments, like antibiotics, which have saved countless lives. But until the germ theory paradigm was adopted, a curative treatment could not be found. Autism, like most chronic medical and psychiatric disorders, is far more

complicated. No single cause (like a germ) exists. There are many causal risk factors. For instance, overgrowth of clostridial organisms (tetanus germs) in the intestines causes an over-exposure to a toxin, which is notorious for paralyzing the nervous system (e.g., lockjaw). Many autistic individuals have “locked up” brains which are incapable of processing complex, rapidly shifting information, like speech, language and non-verbal communication. Consequently, an autistic individual withdraws socially, one of the cardinal symptoms of the disorder. Unfortunately, dozens of additional immunological, infectious, metabolic, genetic, allergic, nutritional, toxicological and hormone/neurotransmitter-related risk factors, which can be detected through in-depth, functional medicine and nutrigenomic testing, can conspire to cause the symptoms of autism. Thorough interpretation of hundreds of data points, totally unique to each individual, is required to construct a one-of-a-kind, effective treatment plan, which involves supplements and other therapeutic measures, often requiring intensive professional support to institute. But what choice do we, as a civilization, have? Do we choose to effectively diagnose the unique combinations of risk factors in each individual; treat each autistic individual rationally or conclude that it’s just too complicated, muddle by in the best way possible, and face potentially unthinkable consequences? Whatever we decide, we had better not wait too long to make this decision. Doomsday may be looming in just a few decades. Sources: CDC Report, March 2014, Bolter ER (1998). Chas Gant, M.D., Ph.D. is an internationally known author, physician and practitioner, specializing in molecular health and healing, especially as it supports psycho-spiritual growth and mental health recovery from problems such as AD/HD, autism, mood problems, addictions, food and carbohydrate compulsions and nicotine dependence. For more information, call 202-2377000 ext. 104 or visit See ad, page 8.


Yoga for Children with Autism or Sensory Issues by Shakta Kaur Khalsa


rian has autism. He is 10 years old, but in many ways his 6-year-old sister, Lydia, is his model for behavior. They come to yoga class together and Brian follows his sister’s lead, hissing and stretching into cobra pose, squatting like a frog and stretching forward toward his toes. His favorite part of yoga is meditating and singing affirmations. “I am happy, I am good,” rings out enthusiastically, getting louder as he continues. Vocal modulation is not easy for Brian, but no one minds. He is happy. He is learning self-regulation, through the development of awareness, that is a natural by-product of yoga practice. And, most importantly, he is learning to be himself. Brian visited with speechlanguage pathologist Linda Hagood, in Austin, Texas, during a Radiant Child Yoga training course. Hagood had taken this course some years before and has had remarkable success using yoga with her children who have sensory processing difference. Brian has memorized much of the book Fly Like A Butterfly: Yoga for Children. He voluntarily uses the chanting and breathing to calm down in school and at bedtime. Hagood offers this advise for parents who are seeking natural help for their children, “For children like Brian, whose autism profoundly impacts communication and social opportunities, yoga sessions can provide a very special time to share energy and pleasure with family and friends. ‘Time for yoga’ can be ‘time together’, for the child whose primary challenge is finding love, friendship and intimacy. Brian and others with autism often struggle with the dynamics of conversation and complex team sports, but can grasp the importance of connecting to their family and friends during yoga. For some families, it is the first or only activity they can all do together.” People sometimes ask why children should do

yoga. Twenty years ago, that question was most likely asked about martial arts. Now there are classes for children at martial arts studios around every corner. And, like martial arts, yoga develops many wonderful qualities in children. Beside the obvious benefits of exercising the physical body, yoga sharpens the child’s ability to calm down and focus. It cultivates confidence and self-discipline. Many find that yoga, when practiced regularly, helps children become more aware of their thoughts and feelings. From this awareness, changes and growth in new and positive directions can blossom. Sensory processing differences are often present in autism, learning disabilities and ADHD. An increasing number of pediatric therapists and teachers are being trained in children’s yoga with great results. Some obvious benefits are chanting and toning, using the breath, posture and exercises, deep relaxation and meditation/quiet time. Use of sound vibration and vocalization is calming and helps to focus attention. This encourages development of language and the physical ability to speak. Deep breathing has a calming effect. Children are able to learn to use their breath to self-calm. Practicing breathing encourages the development of breath support for speech and postural stability. Postures and exercises help with all developmental aspects of gross motor skills, including general body awareness and position in space. Many exercises use cross-body movements which help with brain-balancing and organization of the nervous system. Even a few brief moments of quiet stillness can have beneficial effects for children who rarely stop moving. During deep relaxation, use visualization techniques. Meditation/ quiet time improves attention span, removes anxiety and frees the mind from clutter, so that it is more available for learning new things. Shakta Kaur Khalsa is one of the world’s leading experts on children and yoga. She is a trained yoga professional at the highest level (ERYT-500) and was named one of the top five Kundalini Yoga teachers in the world by Yoga Journal. She studied under the direct guidance of Yogi Bhajan, Master of Kundalini Yoga. She is the author of five wellknown yoga books, including the classic Fly Like A Butterfly: Yoga for Children and Kundalini Yoga. To learn more, visit See ad, page 26.

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uddhaFest 2014 will soon be here. Celebrating its fifth anniversary, the festival of films, talks, meditation and music will be held June 19 to 22, at the Spectrum Theatre at Artisphere in Rosslyn. Dan Harris of ABC News will be the opening night speaker. Harris was delivering the news live, on air, when he had a panic attack. Five million people watched it happen. He had to cut his news segment short and return the program to Diane Sawyer and Charlie Gibson so they could resume the broadcast. That incident followed his return from an extensive time covering the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, which led to depression and a period of self-medicating that included cocaine and ecstasy. The panic attack led him to embark on an unexpected, sometimes hilarious and deeply skeptical odyssey, through the often strange worlds of spirituality and self-help. As it happens, he found the help he needed in Buddhist philosophy and the practice of meditation. Harris’ new book chronicles that journey. He tells a story that is funny, engaging and honest. His skepticism, weaknesses and strengths are all exposed as he works to heal his addiction and find a connection to something deeper in himself. Harris is co-host of Nightline and a weekend anchor for Good Morning America. His book, 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Really Works—A True Story, was published last March. Harris’ story is about a man whose journey leads him to Buddhism and meditation. The opening night film, Blood Brother, which follows his talk, is about


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a man whose journey leads him not to Buddhism, but to a path of service and devotion—a unifying force in most world religions. This story resonates deeply with the profound teachings of Buddhism and explores the universality of principles and the importance of affirming the links that exist between spiritual traditions. Simply put, this is a film about love—a vivid portrayal of someone who, though not a Buddhist, is walking the Bodhisattva’s path. Perhaps the most generous gift is to give of ourselves, and that’s what the film’s subject, Rocky Braat, does when he walks into an orphanage for kids with HIV and AIDS, in a remote village in India. This film is about the desire to serve and how a heart that is open, opens to joy—even in the most disturbing conditions.

Dan Harris Despite the unflinching look at often harrowing circumstances, this beautifully shot film is brimming with genuine happiness. It’s a love story between Rocky and the kids and between Rocky and his best friend, Steve Hooper, the filmmaker who decides to chronicle Braat’s journey. Don’t miss this Sundance Grand Jury and Audience Award Winner. Also highlighted this year—wellknown teacher Allan Lokos, whose

survival and recovery from a deadly plane crash is a remarkable demonstration of how reliance on meditation practice and the dharma can help one persevere in any situation. Saturday programming includes Gelek Rimpoche, Roshi Joan Halifax and Tibet Fest during the day, followed by a solstice-inspired evening program featuring Tara Brach. The program will include live music by Angela Blueskies and the evocative work of storyteller Margo McLoughlin, who will transport us to other places with her magical tales. On Sunday, the remarkable Fleet Maull will talk about a tantric notion of practicing at the crossroads of life, where birth and death, fear and fearlessness co-exist side by side. Participants will also be invited to hear an intriguing talk and discussion on mindful leadership, and the increasing value being put on that skill, by leading corporations and organizations. The closing night program will feature Sharon Salzberg and Barbara Bonner, who will be joined by Ram Dass via Skype, for an animated conversation that will focus on how generosity can manifest in our day-to-day lives in often unexpected ways, opening new pathways of greater meaning. They will broaden our understanding of generosity far beyond contemporary culture’s definition of giving money and material wealth, instead helping us consider what it means to live a truly generous life. Gabriel Riera and Eric Forbis are the cofounders and co-directors of BuddhaFest. The Spectrum Theatre at Artisphere is located at 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. For tickets and more information visit See ad, page 54.


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important. It helped me start caring less about what others think and more about what I think. My willingness to face this fear paved the way for a more honest and genuine way of life. Most of us don’t like to hurt or disappoint our fellow men and women. It’s an uncomfortable thing to do. Some common reasons for this are: n We don’t want to feel guilty. n We don’t want to disappoint others because we know how bad it feels. n We don’t have the language to let someone down with grace and love. n Our fear of conflict and our desire to keep the peace keep us from telling the truth. n We want people to like us and are uncomfortable when they don’t.

Let Me Disappoint You Except from the book The Art of Extreme Self-Care by Cheryl Richardson


hate being disappointed. For me, getting my hopes up and then having them dashed is and has always been a very difficult thing to take. That’s why when someone asks for a favor, my reflex is often to say yes when I’d really rather say no. Or I spend far too long devising a gracious excuse, only to end up feeling frustrated and resentful for having wasted so much of my time. Not long after I started working with Thomas Leonard, he challenged me to do something that sent waves of anxiety coursing through my veins. He


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knew that I was too concerned with what people thought of me and that I was bending over backward to be liked. So, to help me get over my need to be a good girl, he suggested that I make one person angry every day for an entire month. His intention was to help me become “desensitized” to my fear of conflict and letting people down by confronting their anger, disappointment, or hurt feelings head-on. Just the thought of doing this made me sick to my stomach. And he knew it. But he (and eventually I) also knew that it was

One of the harsh realities about practicing Extreme Self-Care is that you must learn to manage the anxiety that arises when other people are disappointed, angry, or hurt. And they will be. When you decide to break your pattern of self-sacrifice and deprivation, you’ll need to start saying no, setting limits, and putting boundaries in place to protect your time, energy, and emotional needs. This poses a difficult challenge for any sensitive, caring person. Why? Because you will, for instance, disappoint a friend when you decide not to babysit her kids. Or you’ll probably hurt your son’s feelings when you tell him that he has to walk to his friend’s house instead of always being chauffeured. Or you might anger your partner when you ask him to wash his own clothes. Because you’ll be changing the rules of the game, certain individuals won’t like it. But remember, if you want to live a meaningful life that also makes a difference in the lives of others, you need to make a difference in your own life first. That way your motivation is pure and without regret.

How to Disappoint the Right Way It’s amazing to see what some people will do to avoid hurting or disappointing others. My conversation with Barbara, a woman who called into my Internet radio show, illustrates this well. Barbara was aware of her tendency

to be a good girl, and even before she contacted me, she knew exactly what was going on. “I’m about to commit the ultimate good-girl act,” she admitted. “For the last six months, my manager has worked hard to help me find a new position in a part of the country with a warmer climate, which is something I’ve wanted for a long time. But as I go through the interview process, it’s becoming clear that the job isn’t what I thought it would be, and I don’t think I’ll be happy. And here’s the crazy thing—believe it or not, I’m actually thinking about taking the job anyway. Because my manager has really gone out of his way to help me, I’d hate to let him down.” As outrageous as this story seems, I wasn’t surprised in the least. If you think about it, I’m sure you can recall times when you’ve done a similar thing. For example, even though everything inside of you screamed “No!” perhaps you agreed to take on a new client just because you didn’t want her to feel rejected. Or maybe you argued with your spouse about not having enough time together, and then you found yourself agreeing to run a fund-raiser for your child’s school that very day, simply because you wanted the other parents to know how committed you were. Every day people make critical decisions based on what others want, knowing on some level that they’re committing an act of self-betrayal. The role of the good girl (or boy) is a tough one to turn down. So what happens when you start to let people down and they get upset? When you practice Extreme Self-Care there will be fallout, to be sure. In fact, you may lose some relationships that you thought were important to you. This is bound to happen, because if you tend to overgive, you’ve trained those in your life to expect it and they’ll question you once you stop. Remember that by making your needs a priority, you’re also changing the rules. Cheryl Richardson is the author of The Art of Extreme Self-Care (Hay House 2009). Learn more about Cheryl Richardson and inspirational authors such as Dr. Wayne Dyer, Doreen Virtue, Brian Weiss and more at the Hay House I Can Do It! event in Baltimore, June 21 and 22. For more information, please visit or call 800-654-5126.


JOURNEY TO MATURITY Setbacks Make Boys Into Men by Nick Clements


e all know hard-charging young men that have their foot planted firmly on the accelerator. They claim that easing off would damage their career and be an admission of failure. They are wrong. Those enjoying early successes can grow up overstressed by trying to stay on the fast track at any cost. These alpha boys are doing what they think others want them to do. In many cases, they are influenced by subtle and overt pressures from parents, peers and celebrity lifestyles, as well as advertising and video games. As a consequence, these men, obsessed with superficial goals, are emotionally stunted, controlling and unable to form long-term relationships. The good news is that if they can recognize these symptoms and want to change, they may be ready to mature into an alpha wolf, a whole different kind of man. An essential catalyst for this change usually comes from experiencing personal wounding: being overlooked for a promotion, feeling redundant, losing a friend or status or perhaps sacrificing a former identity to parenthood. Ultimately, the true test is how he faces such failure and deals with his emotions without labeling himself as weak. The hallmark of mature manhood is how a guy acknowledges his diminishment, not how he manages success. When he stops hiding from himself, signs of his emerging as a mature hero, an alpha wolf, will appear.

He’ll recognize that he makes mistakes, absorb and acknowledge his vulnerability, admit he doesn’t know all the answers and become comfortable with this loss of control. These are the lessons a man must learn to become a more realistic, whole and three-dimensional individual. How he reacts to setbacks and takes responsibility for his actions molds character and helps him take his rightful place in society, rather than a false position. Instead of being obsessed by competing for things and one-upmanship in the material world like an alpha boy, the alpha wolf grows up by adding strong spirituality and compassion to his life skills. He sees the bigger picture, and by viewing people as friends rather than rivals, is better able to forge mature, loving relationships and be a better father. Our sons need to be exposed to emotionally intelligent role models and discussions of attendant values and traits. It’s not a simple or easy path, but it’s an essential process for boys and men that benefits them and everyone in their lives. Nick Clements is an inspirational speaker, workshop leader and author of a trilogy of books on male spirituality and rites of passage, including his recent novel, The Alpha Wolf, A Tale About the Modern Male. He also blogs on masculinity at Learn more at

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Mystical Summer School Renaissance of Spirit by J.C. Wehnelt


What lies elebrate behind our experiLife Festival ences? How is our (CLF), one reality created? of Europe’s largest For millennia, spiritual events with more than mystics have been 1,000 attendees exploring how our live and online, reality is cominvites you to join posed. “Mysticism the Renaissance is the science of of Spirit—Mysawakening”, says tical Summer Thomas Hübl, the School from July initiator and host 24 to August 3. of the CLF. “One In the eleventh of its core compeyear of the CLF, tences lies in how Thomas Hübl people from all we synchronize the over the world will study the mystical inside—potential, energy, intelligence, principles, and in a dynamic mix of with the outside—manifestation, the world, cultural contributions.” exploration and celebration, exercises Hübl is a modern spiritual teachand encounters, develop a culture er. His work encompasses the essence that places awakening in the center of of traditional mystical wisdom together everyday life. 40

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He has dedicated his life to exploring consciousness and supporting other people doing the same. At the same time, he contributes to public dialogue, interexchanges with other keen thinkers and connects with other spiritual teachers in order to initiate mutual projects. The marketplace is the place where we encounter life—in our work, in our relationship, on the street. Silence is the space in which the source of life can be experienced. In our everyday lives, these may seem to be two different places. Many people suffer from this confusion. The festival trains us to combine both realms with the help of the mystical principles—the love of spirit and the love of life. Come and join this growing movement, either in person, in the north of Germany or through the web-stream. The CLF consists of four modules, starting with our longing for our connection with source, which is the driving force for our awakening. The first module provides an overview of the tools that are used in mystical studies. We learn about the principles that underlie the experiences, and we examine them based on our own lives. In the second module, we focus on the mystical principles of healing. During two days, we will explore how healing becomes possible if we integrate personal and superpersonal aspects of ourselves. Brain researchers and neurobiologists will contribute their insights about how meditation and empathy deepen our consciousness. The third module focuses on intimate relationships as a container in which the energetic principle of Eros is operating. We thereby develop the awareness of being embedded within an enormous web, in which we constantly receive and transmit information. In the final module, we focus on the cultural field we are constantly creating together. The mystical principles show us how we can become a source for others in everyday life—in the awareness that water will always continue to be replenished. In this way, we create a culture of giving over one of taking. All the presentations will be either in English or in German with simulta-

neous translation. Attendees of the live web-stream are invited to interact by sending in their questions, which will be forwarded to the presenters. The Celebrate Life Festival is a nonprofit event. All proceeds go to special carefully selected charitable projects which will be introduced at the venue. Come and be part of the global researcher community. Be a teacher and student of the others at the same time, so that we together can find out, using the insights of mysticism, what an awakening in everyday life in the twenty-first century can look like.


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Restorative Yoga Teacher Training for 200-Hour Certified Yoga Teachers – Thru June 22. Restorative Yoga teacher training for 200-hour certified teachers with Bernie. $500. Yoga District, 1922 I St, NW. Register:

GYROKINESIS Pre-training – 11am-5pm. Thru June 8 and June 13-15. This is the first step in becoming certified to teach GYROKINESIS, but also is a great standalone intensive for students interested in deepening their practice. $775. Elements Fitness & Wellness Center, 2233 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 217, NW. Register: or

Practical Permaculture Weekend Intensive – 10am-4pm. Join Centro Ashé in exploring the basics of permaculture, wild plants, soil health, and get practical with hands on activities applicable to your home. $100. Centro Ashé Herbs & Education, 1620 Chester Ave, Bryans Road, MD. Register: 301-3756082 or or Backyard-Permaculture.html. Accunect SelfCare Workshop – 1-5pm. Learn simple, easy, yet powerful energy medicine techniques to improve your health, manage stress, balance your body, and help injuries heal faster. The technique can be done on yourself, your family, your friends, even your pets. $95. Neck, Back & Beyond Wellness Center, 10560 Main St, Ste 204, Fairfax, VA. Register: Healing Jewelry Workshop – 1-3pm. Bring your favorite stone or crystal beads, old broken necklaces, and pendants and we will make New Healing Jewelry. Combine old with new and learn what each stone heals. $25 (includes one clasp, flex wire for necklace and instructions). Hambrock Holistic Healing Center, 297 Herndon Pkwy, Ste 105, Herndon, VA. Register: 571-331-9208 or HambrockHolistic@ The First 3 Months: Establishing and Enjoying the Breastfeeding Relationship – 1-3pm. A lively 2-hour breastfeeding workshop for expectant families. $60. Lil Omm Yoga, 4708 Wisconsin Ave, NW, Tenleytown. Info:

MONDAY, JUNE 2 Fitness For Life – 2-3pm. This class is designed for all ages and will cover exercises you can do lying down or seated to help maintain balance and flexibility, and increase bone density and muscle strength. $15-$18. Elements Fitness & Wellness Center, 2233 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 217, NW. Register: or Yoga Teacher Workshop: Neck and Shoulder Pain – 5:30-8pm. A workshop designed to give yoga teachers tools to help students address neck and shoulder pain. Please bring a mat, two blocks and a blanket. Maryland University of Integrative Health, 7750 Montpelier Rd, Laurel, MD. Register:

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4 How to Start an Online Business – 11am-12pm. Learn how to start your own Online Business with tried and true winning strategies and helpful hints. Gina Maybury with Susan Pruyn at 8996 Burke Lake Rd, Ste L101, Burke, VA. Register: 703-629-0925 or


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YoKid Basic 20-hour Teacher Training – 5-9pm. Thru June 8. Yoga philosophy and the Yoga Sutras as they pertain to kids and teens, asana for the elementary, middle, and high school student, yoga games, yoga stories, and partner poses. $485. YoKid... Stretch Your Limits, Baltimore Yoga Village. Register: Register: YoKid. org/20-Hr-Basic-Courses-Registration. Vocal Toning - “Vibration Meditation” – 7:308:30pm. Amazingly simple, yet peacefully powerful. We sit in a circle and resonate vowel sounds with a crystal bowl to release stress. After a few minutes we close with silence and feel relaxed and energetic. $5. Unity of Gaithersburg, 111 Central Ave, Gaithersburg, MD. Register:


The 25-acre site is magically filled with fascinating sights and sounds of more than 300 exhibitors, food vendors, crafters and interactive activities. Celebrate Fairfax! showcases live concerts on eight stages, a petting zoo, karaoke championship, carnival rides and great festival foods.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 7 Redefining Health – 9am-5pm. Thru June 8. A weekend workshop for personal reflection and transformation. $165. Maryland University of Integrative Health, 7750 Montpelier Rd, Laurel, MD. Register: The Art of Flower Essence Therapy Weekend Intensive – 9am-8pm. Thru June 8. Participants in this weekend course will form a deep understanding of the original 38 Bach flower essences. We will also explore several North American essences and learn how to choose specific essences for the individual. $150. Centro Ashé Herbs & Education, 1620 Chester Ave, Bryans Road, MD. Register: 301375-6082 or or CentroAshe. org/Backyard-Permaculture.html.

Karmic Limitations: Understanding, Working with and Purifying Your Nature – 2-5pm. The most basic philosophical premise of yoga is that we are not our bodies and our minds, but spirit soul. $35. Buddha B Yoga Studio, 1115 U St, Ste 202, NW. Register: Getting to Handstand – 2:30-3:30pm. Learn the mechanics of handstand in a semi-private class. $20. Lil Omm Yoga, 4708 Wisconsin Ave, NW, Tenleytown. Info:

SUNDAY JUNE 8 iPath Postural Alignment – 2-3:30pm. Whether you are new to Mind /Body awareness techniques or a seasoned athlete, the Integral Postural Alignment Therapy method (iPATH®) will help create the ideal posture. $25. Buddha B Yoga Studio, 1115 U St, Ste 202, NW. Register:

MONDAY, JUNE 9 Sweet Mysteries of Life, Natures Reversal of Diabetes – 8-9pm. These classes provide nutritional and herbal tools that assist in reduction and/or elimination of the nutritional deficiencies causing diabetes. $20/session. Healen Arts Acupuncture Wellness Studio LLC and The Energy Institute of the Healing Arts Foundation, inc. Each class is over the internet Ustream.Tv/Channel/Healen-Arts-Publishing. Register: or or

TUESDAY, JUNE 10 Careers in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine – 6:30-8pm. Hear about the journey of practicing acupuncturists who have built successful practices and careers. Maryland University of Integrative Health, 7750 Montpelier Rd, Laurel, MD. Register: Itsy Bitsy Babies - 12-1pm. In this 6 week session, newborns enjoy developmentally appropriate yoga while parents connect and find support. $150. Lil Omm Yoga, 4708 Wisconsin Ave, NW, Tenleytown. Info:

THURSDAY, JUNE 12 Nutrition Lecture: Healthy Fat Superfoods – 7-8:30pm. Learn which superfoods with healthy fats to integrate into your diet and inexpensive ways to put them there. Free samples and demos. Maryland University of Integrative Health, 7750 Montpelier Rd, Laurel, MD. Register:

FRIDAY, JUNE 13 Communicating Reiki Mainstream – 6:308:30pm. An evening of learning with Pamela Miles for Reiki practitioners on how to communicate more effectively about the benefits of the practice. $45. Maryland University of Integrative Health, 7750 Montpelier Rd, Laurel, MD. Register:

SATURDAY, JUNE 14 Reiki Level I Class – 9am-6pm. Through this oneday class, anyone can learn Reiki, a gentle handson form of healing energy that brings us back into balance physically and emotionally. $200. New Leaf Acupuncture & Reiki, Residence in Adams Morgan–exact address to be provided upon registration. Register: Reiki-Classes. Into the World of Birth and Babies- 2:30-3:30pm. Expectant families are invited to meet a variety of birth workers and specialists. $5. Lil Omm Yoga, 4708 Wisconsin Ave, NW, Tenleytown. Info:

SUNDAY, JUNE 15 Asana Lab: Advanced Vinyasa Krama – 2-4:30pm. Vinyasa. Flow. These words are ubiquitous in modern yoga asana practice. Break out of the box of the chatturanga-up dog-down dog and discover what vinyasa karma is really about. $35. Buddha B Yoga Studio, 1115 U St, Ste 202, NW. Register: Vegetarian Potluck and Kirtan – 4:30-8pm. 4:30pm Eat, 6:15pm Chant Sanskrit Mantras from your heart. Bring a vegetarian dish. Come for some or all. Families welcome. Donation. (All money benefits girls rescued from sex trafficking in India.) BE Yoga, 45406 Lakeside Dr, Sterling, VA. Info:

MONDAY, JUNE 16 Fitness for Life – 2-3pm. See June 2 for details. $15-$18. Elements Fitness & Wellness Center, 2233 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 217, NW. Register: FrontDesk@ or Sweet Mysteries of Life, Natures Reversal of Diabetes – 8-9pm. See June 9 for details. $20/ session. Healen Arts Acupuncture Wellness Studio LLC and The Energy Institute of the Healing Arts Foundation, inc. Each class is over the internet Ustream.Tv/Channel/Healen-Arts-Publishing. Register: or or

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18 Free Energetic Well BeingTM Demonstration – 7-9 pm. Join LeRoy Malouf as he demonstrates the EWB ProcessTMwhere volunteers witness how energetic clearing can quickly relieve pain and symptoms. Hosted by Cathy Feder at Physical Therapy for Health, 3345 Duke St, Alexandria, VA. RSVP: Cathy at 703-370-4093 or

THURSDAY, JUNE 19 Sister Circle – 6:45-8:15pm. Held the 3rd Thursday of each month, women are invited to come together to share and receive emotional support. The group is led by Dr. Theresa Ford, a skilled and sensitive psychotherapist. $20. Creative Counseling and Coaching Services, Seekers Church, 276 Carroll St, NW. Register: Crystals Workshop – 7-9pm. Learn about crystals, their qualities and ways to use them in your life. A fun-filled workshop and everyone is given crystals to take home. Gina Maybury, 8996 Burke Lake Rd, Ste L101, Burke, VA. Register: 703-629-0925 or Graduate Programs Open House – 7-9pm. Ex-

plore Maryland University of Integrative Health’s academic offerings and learn how our programs can advance your current career or inspire a new path. Maryland University of Integrative Health, 7750 Montpelier Rd, Laurel, MD. Register:

FRIDAY, JUNE 20 Energetic Well-BeingTM Proficiency Workshop – 9am-6pm. Thru June 22. This three-day workshop teaches an accelerated version of working with symptoms compared to the EWBTM basic level, and clearing more challenging symptoms, whether physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual. $795 for new participants. $595 for returning participants. Hosted by LeRoy Malouf at the Bethesda Marriott, 5151 Pooks Hill Rd, MD. Register: 508-375-6452 or or Vocal Toning - “Vibration Meditation” – 7:308:30pm.See June 6 for details. $5. Unity of Gaithersburg, 111 Central Ave, Gaithersburg, MD. Register:

SATURDAY, JUNE 21 I Can Do It! Conference. Thru June 22. Explore, dream, discover with Hay House authors. Join for a few hours or an entire weekend and learn how to heal pain, use daily meditation practices and make healthy choices stick. Believe in you to reach your highest potential. Register: 800-654-5126 or Fermentation Workshop and Herbs for Digestion – 9am-5pm. Workshop on herbs for digestion including bitters, astringents, demulcents, carminatives and preparations followed by a workshop on the Art of Fermentation including veggie ferments, condiments, beverages including sodas, kombucha and honey wine. $50. Centro Ashé Herbs & Education, 1620 Chester Ave, Bryans Road, MD. Register: 301375-6082 or or CentroAshe. org/Backyard-Permaculture.html. Community HU Song – 10-10:30am. The HU is a love song to God that can uplift, heal, comfort and give us guidance. It is an ancient name for GOD and can benefit anyone. It is practiced by people from all walks of life. Northern Virginia ECK Center, Sacred Circle, 919 King St, Alexandria, VA. Info: 703-916-0515 or Fear Factor - Facing our Fears and Anxieties – 2-4pm. With Felix Lopez. In this first session we will explore one of the biggest obstacles of happiness: fear. Join us to explore the role of fear in our lives. $25. Buddha B Yoga Studio, 1115 U St, Ste 202, NW. Register:

specialevent Summer Solstice Community Sand Mandala From ancient times, visualizing, creating and meditating on a mandala has been a spiritual practice by which one’s own divine creative essence, through symbolic and sacred art, is expressed.

June 6-8 2:30-5:30pm

The Vienna Arts Society building 115 Pleasant St, NW, Vienna. Register: 571-422-6734 or or Agni Yoga and The Shiva Sutras: Cultivating Everyday Awareness and Power – 4-6:30pm. Agni is the spiritual fire that allows us to realize our full and limitless potential. $35. Buddha B Yoga Studio, 1115 U St, Ste 202, NW. Register:

SUNDAY, JUNE 22 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. Register: 703-6290925 or

MONDAY, JUNE 23 Peace thru Culture Camp – 8am-4pm. Thru August 16. Peace thru Culture Camp is for youth ages 5-12. We introduce different cultures through movement, music, art, cooking and guest presenters. $150/week. Peace thru Culture Camp at Perry Center, New York Ave Recreation and Park, 1st and New York Ave, NW. Register: Free Energetic Well-BeingTM Demonstration – 7-9pm. Join LeRoy Malouf as he demonstrates the EWB ProcessTMwhere volunteers witness how energetic clearing can quickly relieve pain and symptoms. Hosted by Rays of Healing Church at The Center for Spiritual Enlightenment, 222 North Washington St, Falls Church, VA. RSVP: 508-375-6452 or Sweet Mysteries of Life, Natures Reversal of Diabetes – 8-9pm. See June 9 for details. $20/ session. Healen Arts Acupuncture Wellness Studio LLC and The Energy Institute of the Healing Arts Foundation, inc. Each class is over the internet Ustream.Tv/Channel/Healen-Arts-Publishing. Register: or or

THURSDAY, JUNE 26 Circle Yoga Book Club – 7:30-9pm. This month we’ll discuss Why?: What Your Life is Telling You About Who You Are and Why You’re Here, by Matthew McKay, Sean OLaoire, Ralph Metzner, which is available for purchase in the Circle Yoga shop. Donations appreciated and benefit the Circle Yoga Scholarship Fund. Circle Yoga, 3838 Northampton St, NW.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 28 Thai Yoga Massage Immersion Weekend – Thru June 29. 11am-5pm. Join Gracy for a 2-Day Thai Yoga Massage immersion weekend. $175. Yoga District, I Street Studio, 1922 I St, NW. Register: Real Lyme Solutions – 9am-4pm. Learn 6 affordable solutions to help with brain fog, gut health, joint pain, and balancing emotions. $47. Family Health Thermal Imaging & Detox, 427A Carlisle Dr, Herndon, VA. Chakra Tai Chi (CTC) – 4:45-5:15pm. CTC is a meditative movement sequence which brings attention to the different energy centers, known as chakras. No previous knowledge or experience necessary. OurSpace, 809 Easley St, Silver Spring, MD. Register: The Sixth Chakra Workshop – 5:30-7:30pm. This experiential workshop combines tools from yoga nidra meditation and Chinese medicine to invite attention and balance the energy center known as the third eye. $40. OurSpace, 809 Easley St, Silver Spring, MD. Register:


Quantum-Touch Level 1 Workshop – 9am-5pm. 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. Register: 202-3617321 or

present to you and self-accepting. Learn how to move in the direction of what you want from life. $395 through 6/30. $450 after 6/30. Radiant Child Yoga, Reston Associtation, 12001 Sunrise Valley Dr, Reston, VA. Register: 1-888-561-2126 or Info@ or


Yoga for ADHD, Autism and Differently Abled – 1:30-6pm. Thru Aug 3. Learn how to reach the hearts and minds of these children with creativity, intuition, and excellent therapeutic tools. No previous experience necessary. Designed for parents, teachers, family members, and anyone working with children. $460 through 6/25. $510 after 6/25. Radiant Child Yoga, Reston Associtation, 12001 Sunrise Valley Dr, Reston, VA. Register: 1-888-561-2126 or Info@ or

Intuitive Wellness Center Open House – 10am4pm. Free mini-sessions in Quantum-Touch, Access Consciousness Bars, Lumilight Therapy, Massage. Crystals, Energy Sprays, Pet Protectors, Angel Cards, books, Massage supplies and more available. Free drawings for healing crystals. Intuitive Wellness Center, 8996 Burke Lake Rd, Ste L101, Burke, VA. Register: 202-361-7321 or Accunect SelfCare Workshop – 1-5pm. Learn simple, easy, yet powerful energy medicine techniques to improve your health, manage stress, balance your body, and help injuries heal faster. The technique can be done on yourself, your family, your friends, even your pets. $95. Tri-Therapeutic Massage, 11250 Roger Bacon Dr, Ste 5, Reston, VA. Register:



AMMA, the Hugging Saint

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Thousands of people attend Amma’s programs around the world to receive her blessings and imbibe her words of wisdom as she shares her divine inspiration. Referred to as the hugging saint, Amma spends hours on end giving darshan (spiritual blessings) in the form of a hug.

July 1-2 10-11am and 7-9pm

Crystal Gateway Marriott 1700 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington. Info:

SATURDAY, JULY 12 The Four Foundations of Mindfulness – 10am-4pm. Sharon Salzberg teaches the Four Foundations of Mindfulness for greater awareness of body, mind, feelings and experiences. Co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society (Barre, MA), she teaches meditation practices of mindfulness and loving kindness. Donation, no set fee. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave, NW. Info:

With Shakta Kaur Khalsa

Learn to teach children yoga. Provides enlightening results for kids with ADD, ADHD, autism and self-calming technigues for all ages. No previous experience necessary. For parents, teachers, family, and anyone working with children.

July 26-28 8:30am • 6pm.

$599 through 7/15. $679 after 7/15. Materials cost $119. Radiant Child Yoga, Reston Associtation 12001 Sunrise Valley Dr, Reston, VA. Register: 1-888-561-2126, or

WEDNESDAY, JULY 30 Happily Ever Now – 1-5pm. Navigate into happiness using tools that can change your life. Become

Conquer Your Fear; Change Your Life – 11am12pm. Join us to discuss this topic as we examine the question “What is life all about?” When fear is a dominant player it steals the joy, health, well-being and freedom of living. Eckankar, Northern Virginia Eck Center, 2810 Old Lee Hwy, Ste 301, Fairfax, VA. Info: 703-916-0515 or

TUESDAY, JULY 15 Herb Walk – 5-7pm. Join us for an informative tour of MUIH’s herb garden and property. Learn to recognize herbs and how they are used for healing and wellness. Maryland University of Integrative Health, 7750 Montpelier Rd, Laurel, MD. Register:


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MONDAY, AUGUST 5 Yoga Basics – 9:30-10:30am. 4-week series offers the fundamentals of posture and breathwork. If you’re new to yoga or want to work your way back into practice, here is an opportunity to get started. $60. Lil Omm Yoga, 4708 Wisconsin Ave, NW. Register:

SATURDAY, AUGUST 9 Freeing the Heart – 1-5pm.Tara Brach, clinical psychologist, leading meditation teacher explores living with a fearless, open heart. Her workshop investigates ways we habitually cut ourselves off from feeling connected, compassionate and at home with ourselves and others. Donation, no set fee. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave, NW. Info:

SATURDAY, AUGUST 16 Buddhist Psychology – 9am-5pm. Jack Cornfield, renowned clinical psychologist, meditation teacher and author, presents a daylong training on mindfulness based on the fundamental principles of Buddhist psychology, with meditations on love, consciousness, healing and the nature of mind. Sliding scale $108-200. Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW), 3401 Nebraska Ave, NW. Register:

AUGUST 17 200-Hour Intensive Teacher Training – 7am-9pm. Thru Aug 27. A 200 hour intensive teacher training at the Outer Banks, North Carolina. $3,708. ($3,108 Early Bird Enrollment). Yoga District at Outer Banks, NC. Register:

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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.

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 – 7:30-8:15 am. See Monday for details. The Center for Mindful Living, 4708 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 200, NW, Tenleytown. Info: 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:


Open-Level GYROTONIC® Group – 1-2pm. $25-35/session. See Sunday for details. Elements Fitness & Wellness Center, 2233 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 217, NW. Info: FrontDesk@ElementsCenter. com or

Open Level GYROTONIC® Group – 10-11am. Gyrotonic pulley tower group class, aims to improve flexibility while also increasing strength and muscle tone. $25-35/session. Elements Fitness & Wellness Center, 2233 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 217, NW. Register: or

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:

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:

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:

Yoga – 6:30-8pm. 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:

West African Dance – 11:30am-12:30pm. Throughout the African continent, dance and music have long been a part of the collective culture, bringing people together for praise, celebration, motivation, and healing. Immerse yourself in this beautiful experience as you learn dances from Guinea and Mali, West Africa. Accompanied by live drumming. $18. MamaSita Studio, 6906 4th St, NW. Info:

Yoga for Women Cancer Survivors – 7-8:15pm. Weekly meditative, gentle and restorative yoga using mindful movement, balance and breathing techniques taught by Amy Dara Hochberg to help women with a history of cancer to reduce anxiety, improve quality of life, and regain sense of self. On-going class; participants may join the group at any time. $7. Sibley Memorial Hospital, 5255 Loughboro Rd, NW. Register:

Yoga for Women Cancer Survivors – 12-1pm. A gentle yoga class that encourages and nurtures warrior women from brand new beginners to experienced yoginis undergoing treatment for and in remission from cancer. Suggested donation is $10. Proceeds benefit Living Beyond Breast Cancer. Circle Yoga, 3838 Northampton St, NW. Info: 202686-1104 or

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:

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.

wednesday Early Morning Meditation – 7:30-8:15am. See Monday for details. The Center for Mindful Living, 4708 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 200, NW, Tenleytown. Info: 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:

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Advanced GYROTONIC® Group – 10-11am. For clients with a significant amount of experience in the GYROTONIC method. $25-35/session. Elements Fitness & Wellness Center, 2233 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 217, NW. Info: FrontDesk@ElementsCenter. com or Tai Chi/KiGong – 12:10-1pm. 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. Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. See Mon for details. $10. Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd, Mount Rainier, MD. Register: West African Dance – 7-8pm. See Monday for details. $18. MamaSita Studio, 6906 4th St, NW, DC. Info: Wednesdays with Tara Brach – 7:30-9pm. Class includes 30 mins 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: 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:

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: 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. Sister Circle – 6:45-8:15pm. 3rd Thurs. Women are invited to come together to share and receive emotional support. The group is led by Dr. Theresa Ford, a skilled and sensitive psychotherapist. $20. Creative Counseling and Coaching Services, Seekers Church, 276 Carroll St, NW. Register: TFord@ 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. Meditation and Mindfulness: Tools for Alleviating Stress after a Cancer Diagnosis – 7-8pm. Join other cancer survivors to learn about and practice a relaxation technique that focuses on breathing. Facilitated by Ashley Nunn, MA. This practice has been shown to be effective in reducing stress, anxiety and loneliness and in improving sleep and boosting the immune system. Family members and caregivers welcome. Sibley Memorial Hospital, 5255 Loughboro Rd, NW. Info: Community/Events/default.aspx.

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: Osteoporosis Prevention and Care – 12-1pm. A combination of floor work and Gyrotonic exercise designed to help improve balance and increase bone health. $25-35. Elements Fitness & Wellness Center, 2233 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 217, NW. Register: or 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@ 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. $8/class. Unity Woods Yoga Center. 4853 Cordell Ave, Ste PH9, Bethesda, MD. Info: Yoga for Women Cancer Survivors – 6:307:30pm. Join Amy Dara for a gentle class designed


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for women undergoing treatment or who are in remission from cancer. We will include breathing, stretching, balancing, and healing yoga sequences appropriate during and after cancer treatment. Our safe and nurturing space welcomes new beginners to experienced yogis alike. $10. Lil Omm Yoga, 4708 Wisconsin Ave, NW. Info:

saturday 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: Open Level GYROTONIC® Group – 9am. See Sunday for details. $25-35/session. Elements Fitness & Wellness Center, 2233 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 217, NW. Info: or Open Level GYROTONIC® Group – 10am. See Sunday for details. $25-35/session. Elements Fitness & Wellness Center, 2233 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 217, NW. Info: or 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@ Open Level GYROTONIC® Group – 11am12pm. See Sunday for details. $25-35/session. Elements Fitness & Wellness Center, 2233 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 217, NW. Info: or 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: 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.



Connecting you to the leaders in natural health care and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide, email to request our media kit. ACUPUNCTURE CITY ACUPUNCTURE CIRCLE

1221 Connecticut Ave, Ste 5B, NW, DC 202-300-8428 • Safe, affordable acupuncture care. Pay what you can, $20-$50 per treatment. Join the Community Acupuncture movement. See ad, page 29.

HEALEN ARTS ACUPUNCTURE WELLNESS STUDIO Akmal Muwwakkil, PhD, LA.c, LMT 12911 Woodmore Rd., Mitchellville, MD 301-249-2445 •

We provide acupuncture, Tui Na, healthy lifestyle changes, weight loss, holistic diabetes care, pain reduction, detoxification to increase life and longevity. See ad, page 29.


202-630-2435 • 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 • 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 •


Chiropractor and Certified Holistic Health Coach Restorative Health 202-244-6661 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.

ACUPRESSURE AWAKEN MY HEART NOW Silver Spring, MD 240-839-1661

Compassionate, supportive and skilled, Shira combines acupressure and yogic meditation in individual/group sessions to cultivate a whole-being path to healing and growth.


7108 Holly Ave, Takoma Park 301-404-5578 • Ecologically sensitive architecture and building practices, responding to people and place.


PO Box 212, Washington Grove, MD 301-337-0988

Services that give people time for more important things in their lives. The services offered are property care including “green” cleaning, errands, in home/office food services, elder care and training. All services have sustainability in mind and use only natural, no chemical and organic options. See ad, page 29.


Grace Ogden, Principal 301-445-6771 •


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 32.

4730 Bicknell Rd, Marbury, MD 301-743-2331 • Azure B LLC is a small, familyrun permaculture farm in Southern Maryland. We offer beekeeping education, locally made equipment and support.




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 33.

Theresa Ford, Ph.D., LPC, BCC Individual and Group Therapy & Life Coaching 240-354-3854

Offers high quality, culturally competent and gender-sensitive therapy and life coaching for adults that promotes physical, psychological and spiritual well-being.

$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.

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. ~Aristotle natural awakenings

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Couples Therapy GW Center for Integrative Medicine 202-833-5055, 202-300-4981 • Evaluation, treatment, counseling, and education for all sexual health concerns. See ad, page 2.





LeRoy Malouf, Owner 625 Willow Street, West Barnstable, MA 508-375-6452 •

5501 Baltimore Ave, Hyattsville, MD 117 Carroll St NW, Old Takoma, DC 301-403-8957 •

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 16.


Individual & Couples Therapy GW Center for Integrative Medicine 202-833-5055 • 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.



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 26.

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 37.



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 5.

EDUCATION WASHINGTON WALDORF SCHOOL 4800 Sangamore Rd, Bethesda 301-229-6107

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.

Thomas Valone, President 301-220-0440 • Integrity Research Institute is dedicated to scientific integrity in energy, propulsion, and bioenergetics. We pride ourselves in being an all-volunteer organization. See ad, page 13.

PAWS OF ENCHANTMENT 3415 Perry St, Mount Rainier 301-209-0411

The original holistic pet spa in the Metro DC area. Rated ‘Best’ by Washingtonian Magazine. Let your pet be enchanted!


8996 Burke Lake Rd, Ste L101, Burke, VA Miriam Hunter 202-361-7321 Gina Maybury 703-629-0925


Sessions and workshops in Quantum-Touch, Access Consciousness, Angel Card reading, Crystal Healing, Sound Healing, Metamorphosis and more. See ad, page 13.


Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value. ~Albert Einstein

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.




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. ®

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733 8th St SE, DC 202-544-8710 •


2233 Wisconsin, Ste 217, DC 20007 202-333-5252 •


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 11.

The DC Dentist 509 11th St, SE, DC 202-544-3626 • Dr.Victor provides exceptional holistic and biological dentistry. The DC Dentist is the first ecofriendly and completely sustainable dental office in the DC area. See ad, page 4.


297 Herndon Pkwy, Ste 105, Herndon, VA 571-331-9208

Complementary and Alternative therapists in collaboration providing, Hypnotherapy of all k i n d s , M a s s a g e T h e r a p y, CranioSacral therapy, Energy Work, Crystal Therapy, Life Coaching, MindBody Business Coaching and classes. See ad, page 29.



National Integrative Health Associates 5225 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 402, NW, DC 202-237-7000 ext 104 •


InSitu EcoTesting LLC GW Center for Integrative Medicine 202-833-5055 • 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.



908 New Hampshire Ave, NW, DC 202-833-5055 •


Joan Fowler 301-452-3305 • Reconnective Healing, a new level of healing that scientists and researchers know we now have access to. It goes beyond energy healing spectrum into a new bandwidth of light and information. See ad, page 20.

RECONNECTIVE HEALING Debbie Spinelli 305-992-5733

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 20.

HOLISTIC PARENTING HOLISTIC MOMS NETWORK ARLINGTON/ALEXANDRIA CHAPTER 571-451-8273 A nonprofit resource for parents seeking support in their natural lifestyle choices. All chapters hold monthly meetings and most offer supplemental activities.

Our dreams are made of real things, like a shoebox full of photographs.

Dr. Gant, an internationally known author and integrative/functional medicine physician, addresses the root causes of chronic medical and psychiatric disorders, unique to each patient in all age ranges. See ad, page 8.

571-331-1497 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 18.

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


Integrative Physician and Medical Acupuncturist Restorative Health 202-244-6661 • 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

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.

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 5.


GW Center for Integrative Medicine 202-833-5055 •

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.


5225 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 402, NW 202-237-7000 ext 118

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.

~Jack Johnson

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4801 Wisconsin Ave, NW 202-255-6661 •

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.


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 31.


3022 Javier Rd, Ste 217, Fairfax 703-207-4646 •

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. See ad, page 20.

Mindfulness-based counseling and meditation instruction. Dr. Byrne teaches classes, retreats, and workshops on Buddhism and meditation in the Washington, D.C. area and nationwide and provides individual counseling.

MTO KOMBUCHA 540-364-2639


410-736-9311 • 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.


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 10.


1937 Shipyard Rd, Chesapeake, VA 888-448-8376 Advanced, potent, fastacting all-natural trace mineral/cell salt blends that provide cellular nutrition which improve the musculoskeletal (Pain Away), optical (Clearer Eyes), respiratory systems (Celox). See ad, page 13.

NUTRITION 2 NOURISH, NUTRITION & WELLNESS Marietta Amatangelo, Director 877-428-0555 •

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.


240-330-3674 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.



5840 MacArthur Blvd NW, Ste 2, DC 202-966-2563 • Our Naturopathic physicians, acupuncturist, massage therapist, reiki practitioner, and life coach provide a comprehensive and personalized approach to achieving optimal health and wellness.


Naturopathic Medicine Restorative Health 202-244-6661 •

AT EASE: TRAGER AND MASSAGE Lisa Bregman 202-686-7202

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.

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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.




Adult & Pediatric Naturopathic Medicine GW Center for Integrative Medicine 202-833-5055 •



Kombucha is a delicious, naturally brewed, healthy drink, rich in probiotics and B vitamins, with a history dating back 2,000 years. Delivered at locations throughout the greater DC area or order online. See ad, page 19.


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.

302-897-2407 • 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.


571-471-2891 • Luzy@RawLivingDLight 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 9.


Debby Ward, Founder & Owner 3017 James Street, Fairfax 703-281-7743 •



Reiki-Biofeedback Practitioner GW Center for Integrative Medicine 202-833-5055 •


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.

Make your dream garden a reality—growing your own organic food made easy. Classes, consults, coaching, designs, installations and products. See ad, page 45.



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 18.


Alexis Knox, Independent Consultant 202-436-1264 • 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 12.

Dwight Palmer, Reiki Master/Teacher 202-596-5181 • 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 26.



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 570-868-6635 • 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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2854 Hunter Mill Rd, Oakton, VA 703-281-1767 At Unity of Fairfax, we offer a welcoming, safe environment to explore one’s own relationship with God in a community of like-minded individuals.


GW Center for Integrative Medicine 202-833-5055 • 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.


Gain insight on your life issues from counseling session with spiritual practitioner, spiritual and scientific r e s e a r c h e r, a n d c e r t i f i e d hypnotherapist. Variety of processes available: mapping parental gifts and harms, learning about your special talents, hypnosis, and guided imagery. See


Suchinta Abhayaratna, Th.D.


Suchinta is a Transpersonal/ Transformational Psychologist, self-care coach, consultant, workshop facilitator, Mandala healing arts facilitator, Family/ Systemic Constellations facilitator Reiki Master and teacher. CHI is a multi-modal educational approach to holistic self-care, healing and transformation that combines ancient knowledge, science and spirituality. See ad, page 29.

FAMILY HEALTH THERMAL IMAGING & DETOX 427A Carlisle Dr, Herndon, VA 703-635-6324

Digital infrared thermal imaging, thermography is a totally non-invasive clinical imaging procedure for detecting and monitoring a number of diseases and physical injuries, by showing the thermal abnormalities present in the body. It is used as an aid for diagnosis and prognosis, as well as monitoring therapy progress, for conditions and injuries. Non Invasive. No Radiation. Painless. Affordable. F.D.A. approved. See ad, page 20.


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 25.

Learning never exhausts the mind. ~Leonardo da Vinci natural awakenings

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202-599-0832 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.


Centreville, VA 571-232-9979 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 25.

WELLNESS COACHING ON THE WAY COACHING Linda Mastro uses humor, intuition and compassion to coach people who are ready to take a pilgrimage into the heart of life.


1115 U St NW, DC, Ste 202 202-588-5885 • Experience a place of refuge and a spiritual center where all are welcome! A Vegan Vinyasa yoga studio and JivaMukti™ Yoga Center Affiliate. Open 7 days a week and offering over 55 classes a week, including 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training. See ad, page 11.

DAHN YOGA 202-393-2440 • 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.


2001 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston 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.


4000 Albemarle St, NW Ste 202 202-244-9588 Helping others find natural ways to gain optimum health through Zero Balancing, Massage, Energy Therapy and Herbal Support. See ad, page 26.

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.


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.


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