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Veal Saltimbocca


Love: What Is It?


Courting Marriage Success

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by Nuris Lemire, MS, OTR/L, NC

Relationship Expert Stephanie Coontz Shares Guidelines


Healing for Broken Hearts


No Dust on the Mirror

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by Paula Koger, RN, MA, DOM

Reflections on a Life of Conscious Wholeness


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Keys to Heart Health

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Ways to Improve Heart Health Naturally


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Home Sweet Homes


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Forgiveness: A Good Dead that Heals


Five Super-Easy Veggies for Brown Thumbs


Conscious Communication in Healthcare


Injury-Free Yoga: Approaches for Safe Practice


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Using Soul Power to Transform Love, Abundance & Health February is typically the month when people start to take action on their New Year’s resolutions to transform one or more aspects of life, particularly in the area of love. The power of Soul Healing can help you make lasting changes— help you bring more love, harmony, abundance, well-being and meaning into your life. Join Master Ellen Logan, Divine Channel, Worldwide Representative of Master Zhi Gang Sha, world-renowned Master Healer, Soul Leader, Divine Channel and New York Times bestselling author, to learn the sacred wisdom and practices to transform every aspect of your life. “Soul Healing helps clear soul, mind and body blockages,” states Master Ellen. “When you remove blockages and light flows in, you really can fill your life with love, peace and harmony.” In order to transform and enlighten every aspect of life and resonate with higher frequencies, we must remove the soul, mind and body blockages that manifest as life challenges. Soul Healing is the path to real freedom

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because it removes the karmic patterns holding us back mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically. It empowers us to release negative mindsets, attitudes, beliefs and attachments and open your soul, heart, mind and body to create a divinely guided life. Master Ellen will share profound yet simple Soul Healing techniques to empower you to transform any aspect of your life. As a Divine Channel, she will offer powerful blessings to uplift the frequency of your relationships, health, finances and spirituality with a Love Peace Harmony 3-hour class on February 26, 6:30-9:30, 805 East Ft. King St. Ocala, FL, $20, preregister $15. February 23-24, Open Your Spiritual Channels: Soul Language, 10 am–6 pm, Kashi Interfaith Spiritual Community, Sebastian. For more information, contact Geho Gold, 386-341-6260, www. See ad, p.34.

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The Saltshaker Thief

Hot Peppers Help the Heart


ebruary is Heart Health Month, and individuals who like hot peppers have another reason to continue their spicy habit, according to recent research. A study presented at the latest National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society focused on the benefits of capsaicin and its fiery-hot relatives, a piquant family of substances termed capsaicinoids, that give cayenne, jalapeños, habanero and other chili peppers their heat. The research team discovered that these substances boost heart health in several ways: They block the action of a gene producing a substance that makes arteries contract and restrict the flow of blood to the heart and other organs; lower cholesterol by reducing its accumulation in the body and increasing its breakdown and excretion; decrease the size of cholesterol deposits already formed in blood vessels that narrow arteries and increase the risk of heart attacks or strokes; and reduce overall levels of so-called “bad” cholesterol while not affecting levels of “good” cholesterol.


efore reaching for the saltshaker, consider that excessive dietary salt not only burdens the kidneys and increases the risk of hypertension; it may also deplete vital calcium. Research by Canadian medical researchers at the University of Alberta recently discovered an important link between sodium and calcium, which appear to be regulated by the same molecule in the body. When sodium intake becomes too high, the body excretes it via urine, taking calcium with it, and creating a risk for developing kidney stones and osteoporosis. So, pass the pepper instead.

Spuds Lower Blood Pressure


he potato’s rep as a fattening food is getting a much-deserved revision. In a recent report in the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, scientists note that two small servings of purple potatoes a day reduce blood pressure by about 4 percent—nearly as much as oatmeal—without causing weight gain. The researchers say that decrease may potentially reduce the risk of some forms of heart disease. In the study, 18 volunteers that were overweight or obese with high blood pressure ate six to eight golf ballsized purple majesty potatoes, with skins, twice a day for a month. The researchers used purple potatoes because the pigment in darker fruits and vegetables is especially rich in beneficial phytochemicals. They monitored participants’ blood pressure, both systolic (the first number in a blood pressure reading, such as 120/80) and diastolic, and found that the average diastolic pressure dropped by 4.3 percent, while the systolic pressure decreased by 3.5 percent. None of the volunteers gained weight. Although they aren’t yet certain, the researchers believe that red- and whiteskinned potatoes may offer similar benefits. Pass on the butter or sour cream, though, and don’t even consider French fries—the study’s potatoes were cooked without oil.


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Holistic vs. “Conventional” Medicine by Hanoch Talmor, M.D.


umans were created as a perfect biological system. At one point at the initial stage of the embryonic development, there are 128 identical cells with identical DNA. Those identical embryonic cells have all the necessary information to become a specific tissue or an organ, and to work harmoniously together. Then each organ creates different proteins which are the result of their DNA function. The DNA has been modulated and has changed from the original one. The body has undifferentiated cells called “stem cells.” They can transform themselves to a specific organ’s cells, and can regenerate and replace injured or diseased cells anywhere in the body. The two amazing facts above demonstrate that the body has what it needs to regenerate and heal itself. All true healing is generated from the body. It is my belief that the body has unlimited selfhealing potential. Some people believe that disease originates from bad luck, aging, genetics, and so on. These beliefs are false. The body will function perfectly and will be disease free in a harmonious environment. Symptoms such as pain, fever, nausea, etc., are manifestations of the body’s repair processes. They can serve as a wake-up call to find and resolve issues that may have contributed to the illness. The following are examples of those issues: n Unhealthy nutrition and water. n Emotional and mental stress.


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differently. Several people can have the same illness, but the main cause of the illness can be different in each person. Not identifying (or ignoring) these issues may cause illness and prevent healing. One patient, after talking on a cell phone for five minutes, was sick for 6 months. Other people may use their cell phone heavily for years before developing brain cancer. Often, they do not realize the cause. Allopathic doctors are often unaware of these issues and are not trained to address them. Conventional or allopathic medicine utilizes chemical drugs and surgery to suppress symptoms of

illness. It does not address the causes of illness. Drugs do not help the body heal itself. Allopathic medicine can be life-saving in cases of trauma and in acute illnesses. However, in non-life-threatening illnesses, the effects of chemical drugs and surgery, eventually, do more harm than good. Even if the symptoms of the treated condition improve or disappear, the drugs cause cumulative toxicity and weaken the body. This will contribute to the development of other illnesses and premature aging later in life. The human body is very resilient; it tolerates slow accumulation of toxicity and degeneration for long periods of time. Ultimately, the body will exhaust all its reserves and its ability to make up for the accumulated damage. When this point is reached, more serious illnesses may develop. Prevention is priceless when compared to treating illness. In contrast, holistic practitioners use natural remedies and non-invasive supportive modalities. They help patients find and address the causes of their illness. They address physical, emotional and mental aspects of disease. They look at each person as a whole. The outcome of holistic healing is faster recovery and better long-term health. Dr. Talmor is a holistic M.D. who has been practicing various modalities of holistic and natural medicine in Gainesville since 1989. He is Board certified in Pediatrics and practices many holistic modalities including classic homeopathy, nutrition, herbal cleansing, heavy metal chelation, and non-invasive energetic modalities such as Biosyntonie and nutripuncture. He teaches his patients various modalities of emotional and mental self support, psychokinesiology, allergy elimination, NAET, etc. He conducts monthly free webinars by phone and online to educate the public. He offers local workshops on holistic medicine. See www. or call 352-377-0015.

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Veal Saltimbocca by Clark Dougherty, LMT (MA27082) ½ lb. thin veal scallopines 4 basil leaves 8 sage leaves 8 slices prosciutto 6 tbsp. fresh mozzarella cheese ½ cup flour for dusting veal scallopines 4 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil ½ stick unsalted butter ¼ cup dry white wine Using flat side of a meat mallet, pound veal into very thin, long pieces. Cut flattened veal into eight similar-sized pieces. Lay pieces out in top/bottom pairs (like a sandwich), matching size and shape as best as possible. On each of the four bottom

pieces, place one basil and one sage leaf, leaving a small gap between the two. Put a tablespoon dollop of mozzarella in the space between leaves. Place 2 slices of prosciutto over the herbs and cheese, leaving a clear margin of veal along the edges. Place top piece of veal over bottom piece. With flat side of mallet, use 4 or 5 pounding strokes to bond veal pieces together. Then use sharp ends of mallet to lightly hammer around the edges of the scallopines, sealing them. Dredge assembled scallopines in flour, shaking off excess. Put EVOO and half the butter in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. When bubbling ceases, place veal in pan. Sauté for no more than 2 minutes on first side, turn, and sauté about a minute more. The object is to cook veal through, and melt the cheese, but not dry out the very thin

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Love: What Is It? by Nuris Lemire, MS, OTR/L, NC

“Love is the ability and willingness to allow those you care for to be what they choose for themselves without any insistence that they satisfy you.” —Wayne Dyer


ove is in the air! What is love? When we hear the world “love,” many of us automatically think soul mates, Valentine’s Day, romantic, intimate love or such. However, let

us go deeper, into the very essence of love. Love begins within, with the love of self. Within each of us is an endless reservoir of love, compassion, courage and radiant love. In order for us to truly share the power of love with others in our life, we must begin by fully loving ourselves and filling our own heart well first. As we nourish ourselves and express positive, loving thoughts for ourselves, we are able to branch out and reach to others in the same way. Many call this the ripple effect. We cannot give to others what we do not have for ourselves. Some will ask: “How do I do



that?” “Isn’t self love narcissistic and selfish?” “What will others think?” Do you want to hear a great secret? Learning to love ourselves is why we are here! The key to opening the self to love is gratitude. With a grateful heart, feeling the blessings of any situation, we get past the fear and separation which opens the gates to manifest the desires of the heart. Through expanding our awareness outward, we begin to realize that everyone is the energy of love solidified into human form. We learn to see the divine in all people, no matter who they are. Next this gift extends beyond human beings, with the realization that all living things are part of the same energy too. The ten thousand things, including ourselves, are all musical notes in a great cosmic symphony. We understand that the word “universe” means literally one verse of this grand composition. As we tune inward, we connect with the master within—this universal, musical essence. It resonates in the core of our being. In the presence of this great power, the “I AM,” we are grateful, humble, centered, at peace. It is a power that nurtures and protects us from within, just as we nurture and protect those we love. Remembering that we are all One—we are beings of light and divine manifestations of love. We are the Tao. The time is now to shift your perspective, re-frame your focus, and reconnect. There is no such thing as “later,” only the eternal now. Choose this “now” to choose love. Reference: The Three Treasures of I-Kuan Tao by Derek Lin


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tephanie Coontz, professor of history and family studies at The Evergreen State College, in Olympia, Washington, shares her learned perspective in an intriguing oeuvre of books—Marriage, A History: How Love Conquered Marriage; The Way We Never Were; The Way We Really Are; and A Strange Stirring. She’s also co-chair and director of public education at the University of Miami’s research-based nonprofit Council on Contemporary Families. As a speaker, she shares good news on marriage, based on her extensive study and observations.

and slightly scary, and some men still want an admiring, yielding woman, the trend favors valuing more individualized traits. In a reversal from 40 years ago, men are much less interested in a partner’s cooking and housekeeping than in her intelligence, humor and accomplishments. Women value a mate who shares household chores more than one who is a high earner. (See more results of a Pew Research Center survey at

Is marriage becoming passé?

Be truly interested in your partner’s ideas and activities; take pride in their achievements; use endearments or offer tactile affection without being asked; have a sense of humor about differences; and never let irritation or anger slide into contempt.

While marriage as an institution is less powerful than it used to be, people have higher expectations of marriage as a relationship. Precisely because most Americans no longer feel they have to marry, they are more specific about what they want from it. When a marital relationship works today, it is fairer, more intimate, more mutually beneficial and less prone to violence than ever before. Yet, individuals are less willing to stay in a relationship that doesn’t confer these benefits.

Which qualities do people most desire in a mate today? The old model of married love held that opposites attract. Men wanted mates who were pliable and nurturing; women wanted men who were ambitious, powerful and protective. The new model is based on similarities of interests and talents. While some women are still attracted to men who are richer, taller, more powerful

What guidelines foster a rewarding marriage?

How can small, daily interactions contribute to intimacy?

We all have moments when we are irritated, angry or emotionally or intellectually unresponsive. A mate will tolerate these as long as he or she trusts you to be loving and attentive most of the time. It’s an emotional line of credit—each partner needs to keep replenishing the reserves of trust and good will, rather than drawing them down. Psychologist and researcher John Gottman, Ph.D., suggests people need about five positive interactions for every negative one in an intimate relationship. It’s less the occasional over-the-top gesture and more the regular, small deposits that count—a few words of appre-

ciation, a loving touch, an expression of sexual attraction. If we have trouble remembering to regularly express appreciation, we may do better by asking, “What would have been harder about this day if my partner wasn’t in my life?”

Why do the new realities of marriage emphasize play over work?

Successful marriages used to depend upon specialization. Men and women couldn’t substitute for one another in accomplishing tasks. A typical woman couldn’t support herself financially; a typical man didn’t know how to feed himself, do laundry or manage childrearing. Even if couples didn’t share many mutual interests, the partners often took pleasure in being indispensable. Now women can support themselves and men cook and clean. Thus, shared interests and leisure activities, rather than specialized work roles, increasingly serve as the glue of marriage. Play takes people off the work-centric treadmill and introduces novelty into the relationship. Spending leisure time with others also produces higher levels of happiness than cocooning, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. So make it a double-date night.

How do current and potential partners benefit from game changers, from cell phones to the Internet?

The Internet makes it easier to meet partners. Once in a partnership, technology can help daily tasks get accomplished efficiently, leaving more leisure time. It also allows us to check in with each other while apart. But e-devices are no substitute for face time. The best way to nurture a relationship is to unplug from the grid and plug into real life. I see many couples reinvigorated by each other’s company after a few hours together engaged in a fun outdoor recreational activity. For relevant articles and interviews, visit S. Alison Chabonais is the national editor of Natural Awakenings magazines.

February 2013


Healing for Broken Hearts by Dr. Paula Koger, RN, MA, DOM


t is true: a broken heart, emotional hurts, or disappointments can contribute to heart disease. I have seen that healing the hurts, adjusting the diet, and improving organ function and energy flow allows the heart to heal. There is nothing worse than being hurt by a sudden rejection, blow, loss, or lack of love. When I studied psychosomatic energetic medicine with Dr. Reimar Blanis in 2007, I learned how to address the traumas and hurts of an emotional and physical nature that were stored in the body using his homeopathic formulas. A young woman of 19 had been in the hospital several times getting tested for chest pain at a cost of several thousand dollars. She had no response to the treatments she was receiving. She was in great pain, pale, weak and unable to get out of bed for very long. When she came to me, I tested her using the Psychosomatic Energetics Reba testing machine. She showed an energetic block in her fourth chakra, or heart center. The cause of the block was the sudden loss of her first love: her father. She had been Daddy’s little girl. When Dad and Mom divorced and he moved out of the house and into the arms of his new lover, the little girl rarely saw Daddy, as he was very absorbed in his new romance. It was a devastation trauma which she had stored in her heart. By taking the homeopathy to release the trauma, and doing some emotional work which included a treatment with her Dad, she was out of bed and off to college in a couple of weeks with no chest pain. She soon had a life and a


boyfriend. It is, of course, essential to find the cause in each person individually. Many people know about and think they have resolved traumas. We use NES and kinesiology to test whether it is indeed out of the tissues. When we treat the cause of the block, optimal conditions for the body to heal are achieved. Many people are able to fully heal by taking charge of what is causing their problems and addressing them. Another client, whose heart symptoms were returning, came to me to avoid a second open heart surgery. Repeat heart surgeries are common. He healed the wound of his wife’s rejection of him in their intimate relationship and does not need a second surgery after all. One of the things I have found by studying with expert doctors worldwide is that the most-neglected and most-needed part of being well and happy is to heal emotional traumas and toxins stored in the body. The human body is a walking history of a person’s life, containing “recordings” of events which are experienced pre-birth and onward. These recordings include memories of trauma resulting from physical, emotional, or psychological insult or injury. Sources of these stressors include genetic predispositions, acute macro-trauma or chronic microtrauma, accumulation of negative thoughts, and the physical effects of aging and toxins. As we experience insults and injuries, we store and stack these traumas. We are not our traumas, yet

most people live their entire lives with insult and injury, through the filter of emotional and physical traumas. Unfortunately, the trauma of insults and injuries—whether physical, mental, or emotional—create a continuing loop of dysfunction if left alone. These can show up as adverse health manifestations as mild as a pinched nerve, sore neck, trick knee, anxiousness and nervousness, or as extreme as a major illness such as heart disease. Until these patterns are released, they can continue to dominate and rule our lives. Many of these tendencies, blocks, and trauma patterns come from what we have in our ancestral heritage and family patterns. According to Bernie Siegle, author of Love, Medicine and Miracles, being loved is vital to one’s health. Statistics verify that. In a study at Harvard, 95% of the students who described their parents as unloving suffered a major illness by the time they were in midlife. By addressing patterns and blocks, we amplify our recovery from disease, and increase our joy and longevity. When these traumas are identified and released using Attractor Field Therapies, Emotional Transformation Therapy, Ultra Violet light, Electronic Gemstones, and your own participation, we achieve connection to our love which can heal our hearts, bodies, and minds. Remember, disease begins 20 years before a symptom. We can avert and prevent the need for more serious interventions. Healing our heart allows us to have a connection to our source, as well as attract love and our life partner. Dr. Koger is the author of Manifesting Love and Your Soul Mate. She is available for consultations or workshops; visit www. or call 941539 4232.

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e spend a good deal of time gazing at ourselves in a mirror with the physical eye, as well as into the mirror of our mind with an analytical eye, endeavoring to size ourselves up in our own estimation, and also determining how others might evaluate us. Both of these mirrors are clouded with ego-related dust that distorts our vision. Only when we turn our gaze inward with the intuitive eye of awareness can we perceive our innate wholeness, for there is no dust on the mirror of the soul. Consider this: A consciousness of wholeness reunifies us with our authentic self, so that even during those times when we are unaware of it, our wholeness is intact and utterly dust-free—only our awareness of it is missing. When awareness returns, we live free from ego’s bondage and its ignorance-soaked history and habits. We are reunified with the reality of our being. Our daily practice is to be ever mindful—on the dot—the moment we lose sight of our true nature. Everyday experiences grace us with reminders by mentally tapping us on the shoulder and returning us to the qualities we wish to express in our interactions with our self, others and all of life. We are continually given the opportunity to reconnect with the high vision

we hold for ourselves in our mental, emotional, spiritual, physical, professional, relational and communal life structures. It serves us well to remember that we are here learning to mother our consciousness, just as the universe mothers us throughout our lifetime and beyond. Intelligence, wisdom, intuition, joy and creativity—these are the qualities we want to mother within ourselves in order to unveil our original face. As we set a conscious intention to evolve, we live as the master artists we are—creating, directing and producing our lives. The more time we set aside for meditation, contemplation and life visioning, the more we can have 20/20 vision in foresight, rather than hindsight. Through practice, we activate our intuition, clean off egoic dust and enter a more consistently clear-sighted state of mindful being. Thus we actualize our highest potential and realize our organic, enlightened consciousness. Michael Bernard Beckwith is the founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center, in Los Angeles, California, author of Life Visioning: A Transformative Process for Activating Your Unique Gifts and Highest Potential (Sounds True, 2011/2013), and originator of the Life Visioning process.

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Arielle Ford Sharing Soulmate Manifestation Secrets by Linda Sechrist


erhaps best known for her Hot Chocolate for the Mystical Soul series, in her recent book, The Soulmate Secret: Manifest the Love of Your Life with the Law of Attraction, seven-time author Arielle Ford explains how you can take control of your romantic destiny. How do you describe a soulmate? I believe that a soulmate is someone to whom you feel a deep and profound connection; a person with whom you feel completely comfortable being yourself; an individual whom you love unconditionally and who loves you unconditionally. Without sounding too sentimental, it is someone who you feel completes you. The film, Shall We Dance?, starring Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon, features a grand scene where Sarandon’s character explains why we all want a soulmate relationship. “We need a witness to our lives,” she says. “There are billions of people on the planet … I mean, what does any one life really mean? Your life will not go unnoticed, because I will notice it. Your life will not go unwitnessed, because I will be your witness.” A soulmate is your witness.

Why do so many people struggle with finding their true love? A typical reason is that after a few bad relationships, some people unconsciously shut down and give up. They no longer believe the right person is out there for them. One part of them says, “Yes, I want a relationship.” Another laments, “No! I’m afraid to get hurt again.” An important part of manifesting love is preparing yourself for it by overcoming emotional wounds. The Soulmate Secret provides processes, projects and emotional release techniques that can assist in healing your heart and opening you up to love.

Do you believe in the possibility of more than one soulmate? Although most individuals think of a soulmate in romantic terms, I believe there are other kinds. A good example is the friendship and strong connection that television personality

What universal law can be used in this search? The Law of Attraction demonstrates that you attract to you the people, events and experiences that match your state of being. If you focus on being filled with gratitude for the love,

Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King share. I see theirs as a soulmate relationship. I also believe pets can connect on such a deep level that they deserve to be called soulmates.

companionship and joy you presently have in your life, you will attract more of that. When you focus on what you don’t have, you send out a message of lack. In return, you attract more lack. In the movie Conversations With God, the main character says to God, “I just want my life back,” to which God replies, “You can’t have anything that you want.” God then explains in a dialogue that in “wanting” something (or someone), one only gets the experience and the feeling of wanting, not having. In preparation for manifesting your soulmate, begin “living as if.” This means that your daily actions are congruent with your beliefs. For example, I once heard about a famous actress who, while waiting for her soulmate, set a place at the table for him at each meal. Eventually, he arrived in her life. The actress sent a clear message to the Universe and the Universe delivered. What are the key steps to manifesting a soulmate? In addition to healing your heart from past relationships, you need to create a clear intention. My favorite analogy is the one about placing an order. When you walk into your favorite coffee shop, you confidently place your order with the barista, who smiles, writes the order on the side of a cup, and takes your money. Within minutes, you are walking out the door with the exact, delicious cup of brew you ordered. Ordering up a soulmate from the Universe works in a similar way. Although it sn’t always as instantaneous, it can be just as precise. For the Universe to deliver your perfect soulmate, you must clearly place your order. First, search your heart for what you truly desire, and then make a detailed list of your soulmate’s desirable qualities. I recommend that you create a ritual for releasing your list to the Universe and then let go, trusting that the person you are looking for is also looking for you. Visit For more on Arielle Ford, visit www.

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Keys to Heart Health Ways to Improve Heart Health Naturally by Janet Bond Brill


ardiovascular disease,

manifested primarily as heart attacks and stroke, is America’s number one killer, dwarfing all other causes of death, including cancer and diabetes. More than 107 million of us have an unhealthy level of “bad” LDL cholesterol, a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. But, there are easy ways we can take charge of our heart health.

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in six foods, a fiber supplement, and a short walk to our daily routine. Together, they can significantly and quickly lower bad LDL cholesterol levels and decrease risk of developing heart disease. Here’s how:


Eat Oatmeal – Oats are a highly nutritious whole grain filled with a special type of cholesterol-lowering, soluble fiber called betaglucan, which soaks up “bad” LDL cholesterol and pushes it through the digestive system so that it is not absorbed. The fiber in oats also binds up bile acids in the intestine so that they are excreted. This forces the liver to make more bile acids to replenish the lost supply, which leads to lower LDL cholesterol. They also contain a powerful, unique antioxidant, which counteracts the destructive and atherosclerosis-inducing damage of unstable free-radicals. Eat Almonds – Almonds are chockablock full of heart-healthy ingredients such as monounsaturated fat (like olive oil) and fiber. They are one of the best sources of Vitamin E, a potent antioxidant that blocks the toxic changes to LDL and helps prevent plaque build-up in the blood vessels. But, only eat a handful of almonds or any nuts daily, because they are high in calories. Eat Flaxseeds – Flaxseeds are a wonderful plant source of omega-3 anti-inflammatory fats, a plus in countering the inflammatory disorder atherosclerosis. Two other components of flaxseeds actually target LDL cholesterol: lignan and fiber. Lignans are hormone-like plant chemicals that function as powerful antioxidants and dampen the actions of two key cholesterol-producing enzymes. Be sure to eat only ground flaxseeds, or else their thick coating inhibits digestion. Eat Beans – A delicious, low fat source of protein, beans are full of heart healthy vitamins and minerals and are one of the richest sources of cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber. Legumes such as beans, peas and lentils reduce LDL by promoting healthy populations of friendly bacteria in the colon, which ferment the beans, releasing healthful byproducts that travel to the liver and squelch production of LDL cholesterol. Eat Apples – An apple a day keeps the cardiologist away. They serve up a cholesterol-lowering fiber called pectin. Another ingredient in apples, called polyphe-

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“Let food be thy medicine and let thy medicine be thy food.” nols, functions as a strong antioxidant and prompts the liver to clear LDL cholesterol. Eating the apple skin ensures the highest level of antioxidant intake. Eat or take Phytosterols – Phytosterols, a plant’s version of cholesterol, are a highly effective means of reducing LDL because they masquerade as cholesterol and are absorbed into the intestinal cells in lieu of cholesterol. Phytosterol-fortified products on the market, which have an excellent safety record, range from orange juice to yogurt. One favored phytosterol supplement is Cholest-Off. The single caveat: Absorption of fat-soluble vitamins may decrease with phytosterol intake. Following the government-advocated “5-a-day” intake of fruits and vegetables offsets this effect. Eat Garlic – Garlic is a regular chemical factory, with lots of active ingredients that not only lower LDL, but also function as powerful antioxidants and blood thinners. Garlic lowers LDL by dampening the activity of the main cholesterol-producing enzyme in the liver. Eating as little as a clove a day has been shown to rev up the body’s ability to dissolve blood clots, which can precipitate a heart attack by sealing off plaque-filled arteries.

Take Metamucil – When people think of laxatives, they think about regularity. But the psyllium seed husk fiber in Metamucil is one of nature’s most potent cholesterol-lowering agents. It lowers LDL by promoting bile acid excretion (somewhat like oats) and by preventing the absorption of cholesterol into the body. A healthy digestive tract is a bonus. Walk – Walking is one of the simplest, safest and least expensive LDL-lowering strategies. Walking just 30 minutes a day protects the heart by increasing the size of LDL particles (bigger is better), decreasing inflammation and targeting dangerous belly fat. Just remember to pick up the pace, because faster is better for health and longevity.

Adopting these simple steps into our day is a proven, effective alternative or complement to prescription medications for lowering “bad” cholesterol and preventing heart disease. As Hippocrates counseled long ago, “Let food be thy medicine and let thy medicine be thy food.” Janet Bond Brill, Ph.D., is a registered dietitian, licensed dietitian/nutritionist and author of Cholesterol Down: 10 simple steps to lower your cholesterol in 4 weeks—without prescription drugs. She is a nationally recognized nutrition, health and fitness expert, specializing in cardiovascular disease prevention. Visit or

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in & Tonic by Melody Murphy

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ast month I began the tale of my rat-roamings, how I fled my home from rodent interlopers to live at large upon the land. To recap: During Thanksgiving weekend, I started hearing sounds in my walls. I called a Rodentslayer. He said it was rats. He set traps. I left home. I was gone for two weeks, returning daily for rat recon. It took them the first week to succumb to the traps, and the second week for me to feel certain that I could abide in my home once more. That’s the gist of it. The real story is how wonderfully kind everyone was. When I said I had rats and was leaving home until they were annihilated, the response was overwhelming. I lost count of how many friends immediately said, “Come stay here.” No room at the inn? Not a problem for me this Christmas. As I said last month, my natural inclination is to decline offers of help, but rats will take that right out of you. So I decided I would change my ways and say yes to just about everyone who offered me accommodations. And so I accepted the kindness of the Seven Innkeepers of Eastern Ocala during my fortnight of exile. I don’t get to travel much. So I am unaccustomed to staying with others for two weeks at a time. I definitely am unaccustomed to wandering town as a gypsy. One would think this would get old fast. It didn’t.


I actually had a delightful time during my travels. Roving from pillar to post fazed me not at all; I enjoyed myself and proved surprisingly adaptable to constant change. I slept like a lamb in all the homes of my sojourn, in every single ridiculously comfortable guest-room bed. The atmosphere was quite festive. This was the first half of December, when normally I would have been acquiring a tree, decorating my house, and watching my Christmas movies. This way, I got to enjoy everyone else’s Christmas decorations, with no effort of my own. There’s something to be said for that. And I did get to watch Christmas movies. I experienced The Polar Express with Innkeeper #5, Emmett Otter’s Jug Band Christmas and Frosty the Snowman with Innkeepers #6 and some Hawaiian pizza. With #7 and her cat, I watched Miracle on 34th Street by the glow of the Christmas tree in a hundred-year-old house haunted by a little-girl ghost. We partook of red velvet macaroons and speculated what the resident haint would make of Natalie Wood. (Verdict: They’d get along. Also, I’ll take a haint over rats any day.) With #2, I enjoyed apples, cheese, and chardonnay by the light of the luminous pale gold full moon. Mr. #2, having quite the sense of humor, left a stuffed Christmas mouse crocheted by Mrs. #2 on my bed. Well-played, sir. Homemade chili and the bag of oranges made up for it somewhat, but my memory is long. #3 and I did a cider sampling. Between the homes of #3 and #4, I

read three books in 48 hours, at Inn #4 in the company of my favorite cat. Though outwardly surly, she is an excellent reading-in-bed companion. And I enjoyed a serene early morning of coffee on the back porch with #5 and a lovely view of misty winter woods. You forget things when you live alone too long. Such as, it’s really nice having coffee in the mornings with other pajama-clad people. (When someone else has gotten up first and made the coffee: even better.) Also lovely: good conversation and people with whom to sit down to supper, which someone else has cooked. The Innkeepers reminded me of this. Of course, Innkeepers #1 were my mother and grandmother. Smokey the Wonder-Schnoodle was most pleased I was there, and I enjoyed it as well. Thomas Wolfe was wrong; you can go home again. I returned to my own home at the end of two weeks, but I was in no hurry. Oddly (and nicely) enough, I’d never felt not at home wherever I’d stayed. It all felt natural. I rediscovered some things in my rat-roamings. I was reminded that when people offer to help, they generally mean it and are genuinely pleased to do so; that I am blessed to have a host of kind and generous friends; and that when you say yes, sometimes lovely things can happen. I’d been feeling strangely lonesome just before the arrival of the rodent interlopers. Rats for company is NOT what I had in mind. But it was funny how, just when I needed it most, I got two weeks of companionship with a baker’s dozen of my favorite people. Maybe that was my Christmas present. Maybe it was just as #5 said: “Well, honey, sometimes God even sends us rats to make sure we get what we need.” I could have done without rats as divine instrument. But at least they were not sacrificed in vain. Here endeth the lesson. Melody Murphy is a native Floridian who lives in Ocala.

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A Conversation with Loretta LaRoche Author, Stress Management Consultant, Humorist by Gail Condrick


oretta LaRoche, author, speaker and corporate stress management consultant, was the winner of the 2007 National Humor Treasure award. Her books reflect the lighter side of her life philosophy. Her recent book Lighten Up! joins her title hit parade that includes Life is Not a Stress Rehearsal and Life Is Short – Wear Your Party Pants.

Q. Why does your message, “Life is not a stress rehearsal,” resonate with audiences? I have found that, in the last 30 years, Americans’ paradigm for living has become busyness and stress. We live as if every minute is stressful and define our lives that way. Some stress is essential to life; it excites us and moves us forward, signaling when to pay attention to that which gives us passion and happiness. It also helps us discern when we are in danger. What incapacitates many people is catastrophising and awfulizing, which leads to feeling they have no choices. Discovering how to find the “bless in the mess,” and living in appreciation, encourages a more peaceful, rich and juicy life. Q. Your books and talks blend humor, common sense and values, like living in the moment and optimism, as a

sure-fire antidote to stress. How does this work? We all choose how to interpret the events in our lives. We can opt for humor, wisdom, compassion or the willingness to accept the situation for what it is. Many of us spend our time listing our weaknesses. Then we make the mistake of sharing them with other people who listen and help us add to them. We anticipate problems and practice misery. Optimists know that bad things can happen, but they don’t obsess over them. A true optimist wakes up thinking: “Anything can happen today and I can deal with it, as I have in the past.” We’ve all experienced difficult times in our lives, and for the most part we survive them and go on. It’s these bumps in the road that give us that can-do feeling. Q. Why do you believe that it’s never too late to have a happy childhood? Children are masters of living in the moment; but for most adults, it takes some work. If we integrate some of what kids do, we can approach each day with awe and look at everything with new eyes. We let go of a “been there, done that” attitude and really look around us. That creature on

the floor is not just another bug, it’s a bug! When we are truly involved in the natural flow of our life, then time and space disappear; we now live in the moment, we are at our best and feel oh, so good. Allow your children or grandchildren to lead you to that special place where you can act silly and be a child again. There, you will rediscover the simple pleasures that bring you happiness, joy and a pure sense of awe. Q. What advice do you have for families to create a home filled with joy rather than anxiety? Role-modeling joyful, optimistic behavior ourselves is one of the best ways to create a happy family. Often, we have no clue how powerful our everyday conversations and body language are in influencing children’s behavior. I suggest doing simple things together, like eating dinner. Let everyone in the family have unstructured play time. And don’t waste your day worrying; instead pat yourself on the back for what you have done right. Don’t reserve fun for weekends, birthdays and holidays; pick a day and celebrate for no reason at all. Live life to the fullest in your eternal now. Just break out the champagne and party pants and celebrate! Q. How can people maintain their joy during difficult times? Few can be joyful 24/7, but even in the darkest times, there can be humor and laughter. Laughter makes life easier; it allows us to see the absurdity of it all and gives our brains a vacation and a reality check. Being in good humor keeps life simpler, lighter and more humane. Let’s all have amazing lives, where you become the fun you are seeking—your own entertainment center. That way, wherever you go will be joyful, if you just show up. For more information, visit Connect with freelance writer Gail Condrick of Sarasota, FL, at

February 2013



FORGIVENESS A Good Deed that Heals by Susie Ruth


ittle Earl and his parents were having a terrible time. Diagnosed as hyperactive and defiant at school and at home, the 7-year-old couldn’t seem to control his anger. One tumultuous week, it got so bad he was hospitalized for the weekend.

“Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself.” ~ Victor Parachin in “How to Forgive: 10 Guidelines” at

Six months later, Earl was much happier; he had found a new way to deal with his feelings and was off the Ritalin and Prozac he’d been given for hyperactivity. His parents’ relationship with each other also had improved. He began to do better in school. The whole family had found a “third way” to deal with their anger. Rather than denying or venting it, they had learned how to forgive. It’s an answer being explored more widely today. “Why is forgiveness so powerful a force?” asks Harry Aponte, in the Journal of Family Therapy. “Because it is a direct product of love.” Forgiveness, the antidote to taking offense, isn’t easy; self-sacrifice is involved. But it carries a lighter price tag than nursing a feud or holding a grudge. Not forgiving gives another


person power over us. Forgiveness sets us free of imprisoning bitterness, anger, revenge, and resentment, and allows us to find a new way to think of the “wrongdoer.” Robert Enright, an education psychologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and known as the father of forgiveness research, has observed that those who practice forgiveness usually maintain their emotional health. For people who are able to let go of the hurt, he says, “Much of the giving comes back to us in a form a spiritual person might call peace … in a diminishment of anxiety and depression and an increase of hope and

“Forgiveness is more than a moral imperative, more than a theological dictum.

It is the only means, given our humanness and imperfections, to overcome hate and condemnation and proceed with the business of growing and loving.” ~ Paul Coleman, psychologist in Wappingers Falls, New York

self-esteem.” Enright established the International Forgiveness Institute in 1994 to share research on the power of forgiveness. Recently, he was in Belfast, Ireland, assessing the cumulative effects of his ongoing curriculum there introducing school children to the idea of forgiveness. “We simply lay the foundation that there’s such a thing as forgiveness,” he notes. His U.S. pilot city is Milwaukee, which CityRating. com reports has property crime rates exceeding the national average and a murder rate higher than Belfast’s. “I think forgiveness absolutely has to be learned,” advises Enright. He emphasizes that forgiveness is not weakness; it is not forgetting, excusing, condoning, or reconciling oneself to a wrong done. Neither does it preclude justice. “Our work in forgiveness education is based on the conviction that forgiveness can reduce anger,” Enright explains, “and that a decrease in anger leads to less depression and anxiety and to stronger academic achievement and more peaceful social behavior.” Robert Enright’s books include the seminal Forgiveness is a Choice and his book for children, Rising Above the Storm Clouds: What It’s Like to Forgive. Primary source: The Christian Science Monitor

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Five Super-Easy Veggies for Brown Thumbs by David Y. Goodman, UF/IFAS Marion County Master Gardener


t happens to all of us. Sometimes you wander through an amazing garden and think, “Whoa, that’s amazing—I could never do that.” But the truth is, you could do that—you just might not be able to right now. “What?” you say. “No way. Seriously. You don’t know me. I’m not a green thumb. I’m a brown thumb! Everything I touch dies!” Shh … take a deep breath. You can grow food. Gardening is a learned skill. Like laying tile or playing piano, it isn’t something you are born with (even though some people may just “have” that extra something). What you need to do is start with something easy. Don’t try growing pumpkins or bell peppers right away if you’re timid, half-hearted, or scared of failing. This year is the year you will become a green thumb. Let me get you started with five plants that are so easy it’s scary.

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... Continued from Page 25 let any beans mature on the vine, you can get a good month of picking out of these highly productive and almost un-killable wonders. 3. Mustard Mustard is not just for hot dogs. Though the popular yellow condiment comes from its processed seeds, mustard greens are a delicious vegetable all their own. As a coldseason crop, they produce consistently and with little trouble from insects. Bonus: mustard plants, when tilled under, have been shown to kill nematodes. Plant in fall, winter or early spring and harvest large leaves as needed. Though spicy raw, they can be added to salads in moderation. (Don’t say I didn’t warn you!) Boiled, they’re excellent and much milder, with a finer texture than their cousin collards. And speaking of collards ...

4. Collards Collards are a Southern classic. Whether boiled with a ham-bone or used in place of pasta in “primal” lasagna, they’re a good, hearty green with some serious nutrition. In late fall or early spring, I scatter seeds across a prepared bed and then rake them in and water. A week or two later and you’ll have plenty of baby collards coming up. Thin as needed and throw the young greens into salads. When the plants reach a good size, harvest leaves as desired, cut out the mid-ribs, and boil away. To freeze for future meals, drop the leaves in boiling water for a minute, then fish them out and freeze in sealed bags. 5. Sweet potatoes Did you know sweet potatoes are a perennial in Florida? They’re also delicious, nutritious, and highly productive. To start your own, buy a few roots

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from the store in late winter/early spring, stick toothpicks in them about halfway down the tuber, and suspend them in water. Within a few weeks, they should start growing vines from the tops. As the vines reach two inches or so, break them off and plant them in pots to grow larger—these are called “slips.” If you are really lazy, just plant a few whole sweet potatoes—they’ll come up. As long as they have enough water, loose soil, and room to ramble, sweet potatoes will rapidly cover a patch of ground, and grow plenty more roots for you by the fall. I plant sweet potatoes around March and harvest them around November. Incidentally, the leaves are also edible, raw or cooked. It’s hard to beat that!


o, there they are—lettuce, yardlong beans, mustard, collards, and sweet potatoes—five super-easy plants that will turn your brown thumb bright green. I guarantee you, if you plant these veggies in fair soil and water them moderately often, you will get a harvest. If you are space-challenged, elderly, handicapped or renting, you can also grow all of these in containers (though sweet potatoes won’t produce nearly as well). As the cracks continue to form in the global economic system, learning to grow food might just save your life one day, or at least keep you healthy. Even if things improve, it is really, really hard to beat baked sweet potatoes, green beans, and a mess of greens alongside a homegrown organic salad. Stop wishing you could grow things. Stop making excuses. Go buy some seeds or tubers and make an amazing garden of your own! David Goodman is a Master Gardener, writer, musician, artist and father, as well as the creator of, an online resource for people who are serious about growing food in Florida.

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Conscious Communication in Healthcare by David Wolf


ho Are We Caring For? “Healthcare” naturally evokes the question, “Who (or what) are we caring for?” About a year ago today I was called to the Philadelphia area, as my father was soon to pass away. My daughter and I arrived from Florida, and immediately went to his bedside and intensely chanted ageless mantras, particularly meant for the time when the self leaves the body. Though he was incapacitated, he turned to us and opened his eyes with recognition, and moments later departed. His body was still there, though my dad was gone. We look at a photo of ourselves when we were five years old. Do we say, “Who is this stranger?” No, we say “That’s me, when I was five.” We know from science that the body continuously changes. Death is another change of body. Not one cell in your present body was part of your five-year-old body. Something remains the same—that to which we refer as “I.” This something indicates an identity separate from the physical, an unchanging essence. It is to this non-material essence that quality care directs itself. “My hand hurts.” “I have pain in my stomach.” To whom does the word “my” refer? Whose hand is it? Attitudes, Self-Awareness, and Quality of Care Research has shown a strong correlation between the extent to which healthcare providers appreciate the influence of spiritual and psychosocial factors on health, and characteristics such as effectiveness of communication, patients feeling safe

and secure to express themselves, and practitioner and patient satisfaction. Practitioners who value the holistic approach to healthcare possess more self-awareness, and empathy for others. Bhagavad-gita, a widely recognized source of ancient wisdom, emphasizes how the process of selfrealization is complementary with cultivating compassion for others. In a 1992 article published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, Dr. Howard Spiro wrote, “… Empathy overcomes narcissism and isolation. … we have to know who we are to find ourselves and to confirm ourselves in others. Modern medicine has turned physicians away from themselves and toward the contemplation of images. These images include only the body and its various systems and structures and do not show the mind and spirit of the patient.” The First Duty of Love High level communication skills in the medical and healing environments significantly correlate with quicker recovery, less litigation, greater diagnostic accuracy, less practitioner burnout, and a host of other favorable outcomes. Thus, for a genuinely caring practitioner, excellence in communication is vital. Listening skills have been found to be the most important aspect of communication in all relationships connected with the healthcare environment. Paul Tillich commented, “The first duty of love is to listen.” Spiro wrote, “Medical students begin their education with the dead body and the living cell; they learn that the patient is passive and that the cells

are alive. Dissection of the cadaver in medical school teaches primacy of the eye over the ear, for cadavers do not complain, and no one has to listen.” Communication Skills Training Quality training in communication makes a substantive difference in the quality of communication in healthrelated settings. Those who maintain the view “I already know how to communicate. I don’t need training,” have been found to be less effective communicators, and more apt to create interpersonal difficulties in healthcare venues. Healthcare providers have the opportunity to ensure that expertise does not replace empathy, and in this way to attend, through conscious communication, to the conscious beings whom they serve. As Spiro wrote, “A medical student told how he and a group of residents were laughing and joking through ‘work-rounds’ one morning; they expressed amused resentment toward their next patient, a comatose old man. … After the ritual chest examination and a few shouts in his ear, they turned to go, when their attention was caught by a new card on the wall, colored by a child’s hand. ‘Get well soon, Grandpa,’ it read. The troupe fell silent as they left the room, and for a moment the joking ceased. That was empathy, with the child if not with the old man.” David B. Wolf, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., is the founder of Satvatove Institute (www., an international personal and organizational development company with headquarters in Alachua, Florida. The author of Relationships That Work: The Power of Conscious Living, he conducts transformative communication and personal growth seminars worldwide, as well as individual and group coaching. He has published books and articles in a variety of fields, including mantra meditation and child protection, and is the director of the Satvatove School of Transformative Coaching.

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Yoga is renowned for


increasing physical flexibility, balance and range of motion, while decreasing stress. Yet, as with any form of exercise, injuries may result

INJURY-FREE YOGA Proven Approaches for Safe Practice

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from improper practice.

by Lynda Bassett

Between 15 and 20 million Americans practice yoga, spending an estimated $5.7 billion annually on classes and accessories. National Yoga Month, in September, reminds us to always make personal safety a guiding principle during practice sessions. Experts advise the following guidelines for practicing injury-free yoga.


ike any kind of movement, yoga involves some risk,” says Devarshi Steven Hartman, dean of the Kripalu School of Yoga, headquartered in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. “The level of risk depends on the individual’s age, physical condition, limitations, emotional state, previous injuries, strength, time of day, awareness, type of movement and how much weight bearing is taking place.” It isn’t uncommon for both seasoned athletes and yoga neophytes to push too hard in the beginning. Dr. Loren Fishman, medical director at Manhattan Physical Medicine and


Rehabilitation, says, “The three leading causes of injury are an overenthusiastic student, improper alignment and poor teaching.” Many aspirants feel they have to master a pose right away; thus, a “Type A” person may have the most potential for injury, observes Sadie Nardini, New York City-based founder of Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga and host of cable TV’s Viera Living’s daily yoga show, Rock Your Yoga. Some instructors may have a vigorous Type A attitude, as well. “Keep looking if you feel pushed,” she advises. Choosing a style is less important

than choosing the instructor best suited to the student’s needs. “Finding the right teacher,” says Nardini, “is kind of like dating. Keep looking until you find your match.”

Proven Guidelines

Here are some safe approaches and injury-prevention tips from experienced yogis. Research the teacher. Investigate a yoga instructor’s credentials before signing up for a class, advises Meredith Montgomery, a board member of the Yoga Health Foundation and publisher of Natural Awakenings’ Mobile/Baldwin edition. Read the instructor’s biography to verify his or her professional training, certification and level of experience. YogaAlliance. org maintains a well-respected registry of instructors that have been certified as registered yoga teachers (RYT). Analyze the class level. Consider the name of the class, plus the level of advancement. New students may want to begin with a gentle, restorative or yin-type class. To reduce any risk, “Sign up for classes that are one level lower than where you are,” advises Fishman. Ask how many students are allowed in the class; a smaller size means more one-on-one attention. Speak out. “Don’t be afraid to ask questions,” Fishman emphasizes; get to the class early, introduce yourself to the teacher and perhaps audit various classes. Good instructors always ask students about their health and fitness history. Look for special needs groups.

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“You can get really specific in choosing the right yoga class, whether it focuses on back care or other therapeutic yoga,” notes Nardini. Exercise caution. Certain areas of the body, such as the back, neck and limbs, are particularly prone to injury, counsels Hartman. “Twisting and contorting poses can cause undue pressure,” so take things slowly and stop if pain occurs. Practice correct alignment. Experts agree that proper alignment is key to injury-free yoga. “There’s a lot to proper alignment; it’s integral to being a yoga teacher,” says Fishman. A good one will walk the room to make sure everyone has the correct form, keeping the vertebrae more or less in line, even in a twisting pose. Seek modifying options. Instructors must teach modifications in poses to accommodate the individual, often using props such as blocks and straps. Learn to breathe. Proper breathing cannot be overemphasized.

“Kripalu’s teaching methodology, for example, emphasizes coordinating movement with breath because it is one of the leading ways to prevent injury,” Hartman says. Go with a teacher who understands anatomy. A teacher with such a background knows not only how muscles move, but also how they move together. Experts in yoga understand kinesiology—the natural synergies and limits to muscle and joint movement, according to Fishman. Nardini further emphasizes the importance of teaching transitions between poses. Consider prior injuries. “People think of yoga as a healing practice. That does not [necessarily] mean it will help heal a previous injury,” says Nardini. “It’s possible you can make it even worse.” Those with previous injuries, as well as elderly individuals and expectant mothers, must take extra safety precautions. Remember that yoga is not about competition. “Don’t be afraid to take a

time out,” says Fishman. “Or go into a child’s or modified child’s pose if you need to.” In the end, “Yoga is about increasing awareness of the body. A well-schooled yoga teacher intends to create individual, empowering experiences,” concludes Hartman. Lynda Bassett is a freelance writer based near Boston, MA. Connect at

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Power of Affirmative Prayer” followed by a workshop in the afternoon. 11am, open to all. Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave., 352-373-1030, Monday, February 18 Green Smoothie Workshop, Demonstration, and Tasting. 6pm, free. Call for reservation. Lemire Clinic, 11115 SW 93rd Ct Rd., Suite 600, Ocala, 352-291-9459, February 18-19 Auditions, “Sex Please We’re Sixty,” comedy theatrical production. Ocala Civic Theatre, 4337 East Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, 352-236-2274, Tuesday, February 19 Informational Meeting for a 7-week “Success System for Smoking Cessation,” 7pm. Facilitated by Jean Wiley, former smoker. No reservations are needed; no cost for informational meeting. Info: 352-262-8443. Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave., 352-373-1030, Wednesday, February 20 Wellness consultation on Irritable Bowel Syndrome and 24-hour urinalysis for biochemical evidence of what foods your body is having a difficult time digesting and assimilating. Free consultation; call for appointment. Reesers Nutrition Center, 3243 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, 352-732-0718, February 20-March 17 “King o’ the Moon,” theatrical production staged at The Hippodrome, 25 SE 2nd Pl., Gainesville, 352-375-HIPP, Thursday, February 21 Group Coaching: The Five Languages of Love. $10, call for reservation. Lemire Clinic, 11115 SW 93rd Ct Rd., Suite 600, Ocala, 352-291-9459, Saturday, February 23 * Colonics with Elba. Call for cost and appointment. Lemire Clinic, 11115 SW 93rd Ct Rd., Suite 600, Ocala, 352291-9459, * Create Conscious Community through skill building, fun personal growth games and powerful introspection. 1-6pm. Organized and Facilitated by Satvatove Institute graduates. Sacred Earth Center, 1029 NW 23rd Ave, Gainesville. Contact Patrick Mangum at 386-937-6491 to register. * Intertribal Spirit Designs Workshop, 1:30-5:30pm. Learn about native art, the medicine wheel and symbols; then make your personal dream catcher with those symbols based on your birthday. $40 includes all supplies. Reservations required. Info: 352-283-1246 or 813-758-2267. Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave., 352-373-1030, www. * New Stones for the New Era: the Stones of Tucson. Workshop and talk with Sharron Britton. 2-4 pm, $20. High Springs Emporium, 660 NW Santa Fe Blvd, High Springs, 386-454-8657, * Organic Gardening Workshop 9-4, $50 (lunch not in-

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Thursday, February 28 Energy Activations for Awakening with Rev. Ojela Frank, LMT. All day starting at 10; online by Skype video call or local sessions in Ocala. Appointment and fee info: 352-239-9272, Friday, March 1 Aumakhua-Ki™ Healing Level 1 with Rev. Ojela Frank, LMT. 12 Noon, online course. For information about the new daily course, cost, and pre-registration: 352-239-9272, March 1-4 Krishna Das “The Heart of Devotion” Retreat including Kirtan and Yoga workshops. $175. Hindu Temple of Central Florida, Casselberry, FL. Tickets and info: 321-439-8353, www.krishnadas. com.

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Tuesday, February 26 Love, Peace and Harmony to Transform. $15/advance, $20/door, 6:309:30pm. Divine Channel Master Ellen Logan for chanting and practices to transform life blockages and help heal humanity. Soul Essentials, Ocala. Info: Geho, 386-341-6260, Wednesday, February 27 Signs and Symptoms Analysis. Any time any of the organs and system of the body are out of balance, there are signs and symptoms. Once identified, a specific-to-you treatment is possible. Free consultation; call for appointment. Reesers Nutrition Center, 3243 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, 352-732-0718,

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Two Saturdays: March 2 and 23 Beekeeping Workshop, Part I and II. 9-4, $35/day (lunch not included). Registration closes February 15. Crones Cradle Conserve, 6411 NE 217 PL, Citra, 352-595-3377, March 8-10 Transformative Communication and Self-Empowerment Seminar facilitated by Dr. David Wolf, author of Relationships That Work, and Marie Glasheen, professional transformative coach. Information/registration: Dharm Khalsa, 352-222-6331, or March 9-10 * Marion County Master Gardeners, 8-5 Saturday, 9-4 Sunday. $1/person. Marion County Fair-grounds. 2232 NE Jacksonville Rd, Ocala, Fl 34470. * Reiki Level II with Ojela Frank, LMT, in Ocala. Saturday 10-5:30, Sunday 12-4:30. Information: 352-239-9272, http:// March 23-24 Kanapaha Spring Festival. 9-5 Saturday, 10-4 Sunday. Kanapaha Botanical Springs, 4700 SW 58th Drive Gainesville.

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March 25-26 Auditions, “Guys and Dolls,” musical theatre production. Ocala Civic Theatre, 4337 East Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, 352236-2274, March 26-31 Satvatove Advanced Seminar Experience; 6 days of courageous introspection and self-empowerment, facilitated by Dr. David Wolf and Marie Glasheen. Information/registration: Dharm Khalsa, 352-222-6331, or Saturday, March 30 Spring Garden Kickoff. 9-3, $3/workshop/person. Snacks, garden tours, seedlings for sale. Crones Cradle Conserve, 6411 NE 217 PL, Citra, 352-595-3377, www.cronescradleconserve. com. Saturday, April 6 Eco Agro Trails Run. Location: Crones Cradle Conserve, 6411 NE 217 PL, Citra, 352-595-3377, Registration through Information:

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ONGOING SUNDAYS * A Course in Miracles, 9:30am. Master Mind Healing Circle, 10am. Meditation and Metaphysical Lesson plus youth and children’s classes, 11am. Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave., Gainesville, 352-373-1030, * Celebrating Community and Inspiring Message/Science of Mind and Spirit. Meditation 9:45am, Celebration/Message 10:30am, Youth and Children’s Celebration 10:30am. Love offering. OakBrook Center for Spiritual Living, 1009 NE 28 Ave, Ocala, FL, * Celebration and Meditation, 10am. Farmers Market and MasterMind group afterwards. Unity of Ocala, 101 Cedar Rd., Ocala, www. * Trinity of Light Spiritual Service and Meditation, 10am, College of Central Florida, Enterprise Bldg. Room 101, 352-502-0253, Trinityoflightholders@ MONDAYS Abraham Study Group, 6pm; A Course in Miracles, 7:30pm. Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave., 352373-1030, MONDAY-FRIDAY Belly-dancing, fitness, yoga classes, personal training as early as 5:30am, as late as 7:30pm. Hip Moves, 708 NW 23rd Ave, Gainesville, 352692-0132,

TUESDAY-SATURDAY Therapeutic Bodywork, Energy Healing with Ojela Frank, LMT (MA60322) at Hyde-Away Salon, Ocala. By Appointment, 352-239-9272, WEDNESDAYS * 4T Prosperity Program: Tithing of Time, Talent and Treasure for Prosperity and the Fullness of Life. 12 2-hour classes, lessons on CD, transcript, workbook, $55. Facilitated by Norm Bogert. Unity of The Villages, Spruce Creek Professional Center, Suite 504. Info: 352-750 3997. * Meditation, Visioning, and Healing Service, 6-7pm. Love offering. OakBrook Center for Spiritual Living, 1009 NE 28 Ave, Ocala, FL, THURSDAYS Amrit Yoga w/Veda, 5:30-6:30, downtown Public Library, 401 E. University Ave, Gainesville, 4th floor, free. 352-692-3922. FRIDAYS Reiki Healing with Dee Mitchell, 7pm, first and third Fridays. Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave., Gainesville, 32606, 352-373-1030, SATURDAYS Farmstead Saturdays. Free, 9-3. Crones Cradle, 6411 NE 217 Pl, Citra. 352-595-3377,

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