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The Hidden Deficiency Having the proper amount of iodine in our system at all times is critical to overall health, yet the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition finds that iodine deficiency is increasing drastically in light of an increasingly anemic national diet of unpronounceable additives and secret, unlabeled ingredients. This deficit now affects nearly three-quarters of the population.

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contents Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.



is a Community for Healing and Growth by Carrie Jackson




Research Proves its Health Benefits


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32 WHOLE CHILD SPORTS 30 Free Play Earns the Winning Score

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34 AGELESS BEING Staying Vibrant in Mind, Body and Spirit by Kathleen Barnes



U.S. Farmed Seafood That’s Safe and Sustainable by Judith Fertig



Major Leagues Sport More Sustainable Stadiums by Avery Mack


Four Tips to Flip the Joy Switch by Linda Joy

46 SECOND CAREERS Lead to New Growth by Carrie Jackson





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Her Kind Lifestyle Honors All Living Things by Gerry Strauss



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That’s how many issues of Natural Awakenings Chicago we have published, including this September issue. We’re almost ready to start the next chapter, the second half of our first decade, coming next month with our October anniversary issue. Since we started on this journey, we’ve been blessed to meet so many amazing people in our community—passionate and gifted practitioners, inspiring teachers, heart-poundingly good speakers, dedicated life and health coaches, talented chefs, yoginis, sustainability gurus, dedicated local business owners and so many others. We’ve participated in a dazzling array of expos, exhibitions, shows, fundraisers and gatherings, meeting and talking with some powerful groups and likeminded folks sharing a purpose and a cause. And all along, we’ve been honored and humbled to be serving you in our Chicagoland community. So often, we rush onto the treadmill of life, meet a goal, barely glance up to check it off and carry on to the next, not stopping to celebrate or evaluate—much less bask in the glory of—reaching the milestone we had set and just met! What kind of craziness is that? Sounds like a recipe for life passing us way too quickly. I was going to say “I” am fortunate enough, but I think if you’re reading this magazine and looking to improve the quality of your life in whatever area then really, we are all fortunate enough to have ample resources and people to guide, propel and motivate us to achieve some fantastical goals. (Don’t you love that word?) And hopefully, those same people will encourage us to celebrate the milestones of our goals—setting them, acting on and achieving them and becoming the person we strive to be by living a purposeful, goal-driven life in whatever way is meaningful to us—and by stopping to enjoy the daily ride. As we explore the concept of “agelessness” in this issue, we ask you to take some time each day to define and explore some of your own fantastical goals. Whether you are just starting out, finding your voice and defining your life’s direction, or if you’ve been at this a while and are a seasoned explorer in this life, we hope you’ll take some time to think about the steps you can take to learn something new from the wonderful people that enrich your daily life. Each new person adds a little spark to our existence, just as we do to theirs, and each new interaction extends our youthful vigor and passion for living a truly ageless life. It’s been a fun summer of festivals and expos, and this month is no exception! Please come out and join us as we help celebrate two events, starting on September 12 at the TheosoFEST Mind, Body and Spirit Expo, in Wheaton. It’s our first year at this celebration, and we’re greatly looking forward to participating. Then on Sunday, September 13, we’re again joining our friends at the Evanston Green Living Festival. Get ready for fun as the annual festival teams up with Evanston Streets Alive! for a day of sustainable living and amazing food and music. Please see the news briefs, ads and calendar section for more details about these free, family events. Happy September, Happy Equinox! Savor the month!

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Putting the Plus in the O+ Festival to Aid the Arts


he O+ (Positive) Festival is coming to Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood from September 3 through 6 with more than 20 artists and 35-plus national and local musicians. A parade and kickoff party will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on Thursday. The festivities last from 4 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Friday and from noon to midnight Saturday, with a Wellness Expo outside Pilsen Vintage from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday’s festivities are closed to the public and are only for artists, musicians and patrons of the event. The all-volunteer O+ Festival is dedicated to bringing wellness services to artists and musicians. They donate their time and talent by making murals/installations or playing concerts and in return, receive medical, dental and wellness services donated by art-loving providers at the pop-up O+ Clinic. Location: downtown Pilsen neighborhood, Chicago. Cost for a weekend pass is a $10 donation. For more information including a complete schedule, visit

Lakeview Integrative Medicine Offers Purification Program


akeview Integrative Medicine will present a special program, One Degree of Change, at 6:30 p.m., September 8, developed by whole food supplement manufacturer Standard Process Inc., with Silvia Panitch, M.D., and Rindie Coker, DN. The program is an introduction to their 21-day purification program and discusses in detail the benefits of purification. Silvia Panitch, M.D. Daily exposure to toxins, including pollutants and diets high in processed foods, can ultimately disrupt the body’s endocrine, immune, nervous and reproductive systems. Although the body rids itself of toxins naturally, it can eventually become overburdened. Purification, also known as detoxification, can help remove toxins. The Standard Process 21-Day Purification Program is designed to lighten the toxic load, improve digestion and help maintain a healthy weight by combining whole food supplements with a whole food diet to cleanse the body of common toxins. Admission is free. Location: 3344 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago. RSVP by Sept. 4 to 773-525-6595. For more information, email Info@ or visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

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TheosoFEST Mind, Body and Spirit Festival


he Theosophical Society in America will host the 15th annual TheosoFEST Mind Body and Spirit Festival, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., September 12, on the grounds of its national headquarters, in Wheaton. The festival celebrates the wisdom of the generations, the unity of all life and spiritual self-transformation. Presentations include The Spiritual Power of Awareness, with Pablo Sender; Learn to Sing the Song Your Soul Has Given You, with Lydia Van den Broeck; Dream Interpretation, with Walter Perschke; and Riding the Wave of Human Potential, with Emanuel Kuntzelman. Participants will have the opportunity to explore their spirituality and network with like-minded people. Activities include spiritual talks, qigong, tai chi, gong sound meditation, a spirit drumming circle, labyrinth walks and a variety of vendors. Children can enjoy the Kids’ Korner and stories from Grandma Lois and her puppets, try tai chi and more. Vegetarian dishes from India Palace, Chicks ‘n Salsa and Around the World Café will be available. Admission is free. Parking is $5, hybrid cars and bicycles are free. Location: 1926 N. Main St., Wheaton. For more information, call 630-6681571, ext. 315, or visit theosofest. See ad on page 49.

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newsbriefs Learn the Benefits of Massage at Whole Health Acupuncture


hole Health Acupuncture is holding a community event, Introduction to Massage, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., September 12, presented by Mary Pat Payne, LMT. Participants will learn the basics of couples massage, self-massage, stress relief, stretching and deep breathing. Talks begin on the hour, followed by demonstrations, practice and free chair massages. Payne is a licensed massage therapist with 15 years of experience and offers integrated, or therapeutic massage at Whole Health Acupuncture. Her style combines Mary Pat Payne, LMT several massage techniques that include Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point and myofascial release with stretching and other bodywork modalities to create a customized session. Owner and practitioner Michael Koziol, LAc, says, “At Whole Health Acupuncture, we are committed to offering safe, effective and affordable acupuncture to as many people as we can. During sessions in our community acupuncture lounge, clients recline in our comfortable chairs for 30 to 60 minutes in a peaceful, relaxing environment. Our sliding scale ensures care that everyone can afford.” Admission is free. Location: 50 Turner Ave., Ste. 101, Elk Grove Village. For more information or to RSVP, call 847-357-3929 by Sept. 11. See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

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treets Alive, an Evanston community event with a theme of Just Move— Walk, Run and Bike to a More Sustainable Life! will take place from 1 to 6 p.m., September 13. Presented by Citizens’ Greener Evanston (CGE), the Evanston Environmental Association (EEA), and the city of Evanston, the event will clear a mile of Main Street of cars and fill it with fun activities. The Evanston Green Living Festival will be part of Streets Alive this year for the first time. Latino Resources will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at Streets Alive with food, music and games. The event’s goal is to help everyone visualize new ways to use public space and to inspire healthy, green transportation. For more information, visit See ad on page 27 and at


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newsbriefs Amy Iaquinta Offers Free Belly Fat Seminar in Northfield


r. Amy Iaquinta, of Phoenix Healing, will conduct a dinner seminar at 6:30 p.m. on September 16 at The Happ Inn Bar and Grill, in Northfield. She’ll explain how hormone imbalances can increase belly fat, disrupt sleep cycles, decrease fat burning and discuss how to reduce these symptoms. Participants will also learn why counting calories doesn’t work for belly fat, and what type of exercise to do to increase fat burning. Dr. Amy Iaquinta Iaquinta is a certified functional medicine practitioner who specializes in determining the state of the body’s functions through specific lab testing. From these results, she creates a personal blueprint to restore health and balance to her patients’ bodies through all-natural programs. “My passion is to help each one of my patients improve so greatly, both physically and mentally, that they become a better version of themselves, and ultimately have a much more optimal quality of life,” states Iaquinta, who has been in practice for 19 years. Her office is located in Glenview. Admission is free. Location: 305 Happ Rd., Northfield. RSVP (required) to 877-564-7060. For more information, visit See ad on page 13.

Get Ready for Fall Landscaping


all is the perfect time to plant native trees and shrubs, and Conserve Lake County is holding their third annual Fall Native Tree and Shrub Sale. Online pre-order shopping continues through September 18 at Shoppers can pick up plants in person from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., October 2 and 9 a.m. to noon, October 3, at the Almond Marsh Conserve Lake County Office. Members receive a 10 percent discount. Location: 32492 N. Almond Rd., Grayslake. For more information, call 847-568-5989 or email To pre-order, visit upcoming-events/event/116-fall-nativetree-and-shrub-sale.

Green Home Chicago Presents Evening Workshop and Networking


reen Home Chicago, celebrating its eighth year in business, presents the workshop, What is Quartz? from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., September 17. Networking prior to the event is from 5 to 5:30 p.m. The one-stop, eco-friendly interior design showroom will teach attendees the details of this most popular current material for hard surface countertops. The city-based design center supports local and American-made products, local artists and artisans. Their green criteria includes recycled, non-toxic and sustainable materials. They focus on listening to customers, hearing their vision for their home or office and then helping them to create a space that’ll be healthy and functional and also look fabulous. Green Home Chicago does kitchen and bathroom remodeling, as well as offers furniture, drapery and flooring materials for purchase. A Makers Show will be held on November 5, beginning at 5:30 p.m., with local artists and artisans selling their wares for the holidays. Artists interested in showing their work should email Location: 213 N. Morgan, Ste. 1-D, Chicago. Designers are eligible for CEUs. For more information, call 312-432-9400 or visit See ad on page 15.



Evanston Yoga Day is Going to be a Blast


o celebrate National Yoga Month, Heaven Meets Earth Yoga and local sponsors Whole Foods Market and Lululemon are teaming up beginning at 9 a.m., September 19, up to host the fifth annual Evanston Yoga Day. This celebration features an outdoor yoga class with live music, sound healing, giveaways and food. Everyone is encouraged to join in the yoga event and enjoy the sounds of chakra chimes, Tibetan bowls, drums and didgeridoo.

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newsbriefs Find a New Beginning for Relationships


elen Gitlevich, a medical doctor, decided to pursue her passion for helping others in different ways. She is now a certified relationship coach, certified Right Relationship For You facilitator, Access Consciousness certified facilitator, Body Process facilitator, Akashic Records teacher and Reiki master. She will conduct a Right Relationship for You Intro class from 7 to 9 p.m., September 18, and a Right Relationship for You New Beginning class from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., September 19 and 20. New Beginnings offers a different way to examine current relationships, envision what they could become and discover ways to create something new in life. People can take just the intro or both classes, but the Friday evening class is a prerequisite for the entire weekend course. Price: Intro class, $55 and New Beginnings, $850. To RSVP to either event, call 847-361-6259, email Helen Gitlevich or visit See ad on page 23 and in the Community Resource Guide.

Keep Our Beaches Clean and Healthy


e one of the thousands of people that will help clean up their local beaches on September 19 as part of the Alliance for the Great Lakes annual September Adopt-a-Beach Event. Cleanups will take place in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. Volunteers adopt a favorite stretch of shoreline and care for it by clearing away litter. Open to individuals and groups, Adopt-aBeach volunteers cleared nearly 51,800 pounds of trash from all eight Great Lakes states last year. Their reach is broader than cleaner shorelines, however. Many use their findings to make real-world changes for their beaches, writing letters to the editors of local publications or creating public displays of their findings. For others, beach adoption provides a hands-on lesson in citizen engagement for families, scouts and school groups. The Alliance launched its first September Adopt-a-Beach cleanups in Michigan and Illinois in 1991 to coincide with the International Coastal Cleanup. Dates and times for cleanups vary by location. Register online at For more information, visit

Unity to Host Tasty Event


nity in Chicago will host Taste of Unity—a culinary extravaganza for all ages, from 1 to 6 p.m., September 19, in the garden. Participants will enjoy tasting portions of appetizers, sides, entrées and desserts from more than 40 Unity “chefs”. BBQ, international dishes and vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m., with the after party from 4 to 6 p.m. DJ Ron will provide music throughout the afternoon for dancing. Free parking. Location: 1925 W. Thome Ave., Chicago. For more information, visit See ad on page 47. 16


BeHealthful Retreat Highlights Health and Wellness


he second annual all-day BeHealthful Retreat, presented by Jewel Osco and, will take place on September 27 at the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago’s historic Bridgeport neighborhood. Sarah Baker, a holistic business consultant, certified plant-based nutrition and holistic health coach and founder of, launched the BeHealthful Retreat series with the mission of creating inspirational space where a like-minded community can celebrate, connect, communicate and walk away Sarah Baker with the tools and tips needed for personal/business growth and health and wellness. Highlights include five in-depth panel discussions led by Chicago area experts, including Dr. Romy Block and Dr. Arielle Levitan, Dr. Dena Mendes, Bela Gandhi, Registered Dietician Dawn Jackson Blatner, Jasmine Jafferalli, Patrice Grell Yursik of Afrobella. com, Natalie Slater of BakeAndDestroy. com, ayurvedic practitioner Monica Yearwood and others. There will be six yoga and Pilates classes, led by yogi gurus such as Pam Udell, Amy Levy, Betina Gozo and Ashley Kohler; complimentary spa services from more than 20 spa vendors; and holistic shopping, cooking demonstrations, food tastings, lunch options, Zen rooms, giveaways and more from more than 20 wellness vendors. Parking is free. Location: 1029 W. 35th St., Chicago. For more information, visit, and See ad on page 12.

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newsbriefs Abundant Life Gala Anniversary Dinner


bundant Life Spiritual Center is celebrating its five-year anniversary with a special dinner event from 6 to 9 p.m., October 3, at the Patty Turner Center, in Deerfield. Maggiano’s will cater the event and wine will be available for purchase. Musical entertainment will be provided by the center’s band, The Grateful Living, which will perform a selection of their most engaging pop/classic rock/indie performance songs.   Reverend Carol Saunders was led by Spirit to begin a spiritual community affiliated with Unity Worldwide Ministries here in 2010. Since then, the community has been a source of spiritual awakening for many people through Rev. Carol Saunders its life-affirming Sunday services, seasonal sacred services, deeply connected community, spiritual classes and events.   Tickets: $50/person and include a donation to Abundant Life Spiritual Center. Location: 375 Elm St., Deerfield. To purchase tickets, email Bonnie@ or use the PayPal button at See ad in the Community Resource Guide.

Aver Relocates Holistic Dental Practice


r. Alla Aver, DDS, has moved her office to a new location at 2400 Ravine Way, Suite 400, in Glenview. Aver says that she will offer to patients “a green dental office that is environmentally friendly and hypoallergenic,” beginning September 9. The new office will also have an additional room to accommodate emergency patients, more waiting room seating to accommodate family visits and a larger parking lot. Aver, a biological and holistic dentist, uses homeopathy to effectively treat dental patients. She has advanced training Dr. Alla Aver, DDS in nutrition, toxicology, homeopathy, herbology and natural therapies such as CranioSacral and oxygen therapy that compliment biological dentistry. A dental discount plan available and PPO insurance plans accepted. For appointments, call 847-998-5100 or visit See ad on page 45, in the Community Resource Guide and at

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Infinite thanks to my loyal and wonderful patients who have chosen me for their dental care and have trusted our process in leading them to ultimate dental health! Have you made an intention to improve your health this year? Are you looking for a gentle, preventative, and holistic approach in choosing a dental home? I’d like to invite you to our practice. To me and my team, listening to your concerns, caring for your oral health, and providing a comfortable experience each and every visit is essential! That is why we are here! I know that choosing a dentist can sometimes bring anxiety and doubts, and we understand your concerns. We are here to guide you towards your most “healthiest mouth” in a conscientious manner. Holistic dentistry is about seeing the whole picture and knowing that oral health is a reflection of whole body wellness. We focus on providing each patient a personalized approach and the gentle conscious care that reflects the intention that brought them to call us in the first place! Whether your visit is routine, cosmetic or to replace old fillings, we offer a calm, friendly and welcoming environment that helps YOU relax and be at ease so that coming to the dentist can be a new, refreshing, and inspiring experience. Please visit our website, or call 312-944-7444 to learn more about our approach or to make an appointment. We look forward to meeting you and sharing smiles soon! I’ve been going to Dr. Paulson now for the last 15 years and I’m extremely happy. Indeed, I trust her so completely that I still see her even though I moved to London. Every time I’m back in Chicago – twice a year – I make an appointment. Why? Dr. Paulson and her lovely staff do incredible work and give great preventive advice. Dr.Paulson has an engineering background and it shows. Her approach is thorough, meticulous, and long-lasting. And she’s helped me completely turnaround the health of my teeth and gums. As an actor, when it comes to my teeth, I don’t want to mess around… I can’t recommend Dr. Paulson and her staff enough. ~ Jeff Mash

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newsbriefs Feng Shui School Opens Online Crystal Shoppe

So Well Fundraiser Program for Teachers and Nonprofits

he Feng Shui School of Chicago, a gold-level school offering basic Feng Shui in a Day classes and a Certified Feng Shui Consultant Training Program, has launched a new online Crystal Shoppe where customers can order crystals to keep energy circulating throughout their homes. Laurie Pawli Founder, Director and Certified Feng Shui Consultant Laurie Pawli contends that adding crystals to any space can create positive results in one’s life. She advises customers to place them in windows, long hallways, on desks, tables or at the center of the home. “My intention was to provide high-quality crystals at the lowest possible price for my clients and students to use as they applied feng shui in their homes,” explains Pawli. “And then I realized that everyone should benefit from the low prices and the highest quality. Each crystal is also energized and cleared in the sun and moon, and surrounded with the Six True Word Mantra to enhance the best energy.”

olay Wellness (So Well), in Skokie, is helping to raise money for local causes with deep discounts on products and services. Get $45 worth of spa services for $20 and $10 goes back to a chosen school group. Those that can sell 100 $20 fundraising vouchers can make $1,000 and help the teachers and parents unwind and relax. Services include one 45-minute salt room session, one 30-minute infrared salt sauna session and one 30-minute infrared massage session. That’s two hours of services to keep feeling so well. Pure crystal salt ionizes indoor air, simulating the cellnourishing ions of an ocean breeze. The Himalayan salt used is mineral rich, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antimicrobial, providing an environment where just sitting and breathing delivers multiple benefits. Infrared sauna detoxification is a gradual, gentle, safe and effective approach in cleansing the whole body for weight loss and cell renewal.


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Learn to GrowWELL at Agricultural High School


he Chicago Public School Office of Student Health and Wellness is holding a morning of gardening and school wellness workshops from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., September 4, at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, to kick off the new school year. Learn to GrowWELL from experts in urban horticulture and student gardening activities. Breakfast and tour of the school are included. Workshops include Gardening 101; Literature in the Garden; School Gardens and Core Content; Healthy Teacher Cooking; No Kitchen No Problem—Lessons from the Edible Schoolyard; Permaculture in the Garden; School Gardens and the Arts; and Growing Early Math in the Garden. Location: 3857 W. 111th St., Chicago. Register at CPDUs are available for teachers that register through CPS Learning Hub.

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Yoga Boosts Brain Gray Matter


esearch from the Brain Imaging and Analysis Center at Duke University Medical Center has found that a regular hatha yoga practice increases gray matter within the brain, reversing the loss found among those with chronic pain. The researchers tested seven hatha yoga meditation practitioners and seven non-practitioners. Each of the subjects underwent tests for depression, anxiety, moods and cognition levels, along with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) brain scans. The scientists found that the brains of the yoga meditation practitioners contained significantly greater gray matter by volume in key brain regions, including the frontal, temporal and occipital cortices, plus the cerebellum and the hippocampus, compared to the non-yoga subjects. The yoga meditation practitioners also had more gray area in the prefrontal cortex regions that are involved in decision-making, reward/consequence, control and coordination.

Support Groups Keep Artery Patients Mobile


esearch published in the Journal of the American Heart Association has determined that when peripheral artery disease patients engage in behavioral support groups that encourage exercise, they realize increased mobility. The researchers from Northwestern University followed 194 patients for a year, testing subjects at six months and again at 12 months. The patients were divided into two groups; one attended weekly intervention group meetings, while the control group attended weekly lectures. After six months, the researchers found that only 6.3 percent of those that attended the support group meetings experienced mobility loss, compared to 26.5 percent of those that didn’t attend the meetings. After one year, the support group attendees again showed positive results. The control group had 18.5 percent loss in mobility, while only 5.2 percent of the support group attendees did.

Smog Increases Stroke Risk


esearch from Germany has found that the high particulate numbers in smoggy areas increase the risk of stroke. The Heinz Nixdorf Recall study followed more than 4,400 people between the ages of 45 and 74 years old. The researchers began the study in 2000. They compared stroke and heart attacks to air pollution particulate matter (PM) levels of PM10 (particle sizes of 10 micrometers or less) and PM2.5 (2.5 micrometers or less). The study found that stroke incidence was more than two-and-a-half times higher among people with long-term exposure to PM10, while stroke incidence increased by more than three times among people with long-term exposure to PM2.5 smog.



Chamomile Tea Helps Us Live Longer


n a study of 1,677 Mexican-American men and women over the age of 65 from the Southwestern U.S., researchers have found that drinking chamomile tea decreases the risk of earlier mortality by an average of 29 percent. Researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch followed the study population for seven years. Among those tested, 14 percent drank chamomile tea regularly. These were primarily women, and those women that drank chamomile tea experienced a 33 percent reduced mortality during the study period. The small group of men that drank the chamomile tea regularly did not register a significant difference in mortality. Chamomile also has a long history of use in folk medicine and is primarily used to settle digestion and calm the mind. It is a leading natural herbal tea in many countries and contains no caffeine. While various species may be used, chamomile tea is traditionally made by infusing the flowers of either German chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) or Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) into hot water. In Spanish-speaking regions, chamomile tea is often referred to as manzanilla tea—consumed in Mexico and other Spanish cultures for centuries.

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ecoalerts New Divvy for Everyone Program Expands Access to Bike Sharing Divvy for Everyone (D4E) is breaking down barriers to access the popular bike-share program by offering reduced cost annual memberships to residents. Under the new initiative, Chicago residents with incomes below 300 percent of the federal poverty level that don’t have a credit or debit card will qualify for a $5 annual Divvy membership, compared to the regular $75 price. The effort follows a major expansion of Divvy to new neighborhoods earlier this year, and a record-breaking weekend for ridership over the Fourth of July. Divvy is working with two local organizations on D4E outreach efforts. Slow Roll Chicago, dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and equitable bicycle culture in Chicago, is conducting citywide outreach. Go Bronzeville is focused on building local awareness in the Bronzeville community. In just two years of operation, more than 9.25 million miles have been logged on Divvy bikes through more than 4.4 million trips. For more information, visit

Fresh Moves Mobile Markets Serve Food Deserts Fresh Moves Mobile Markets will soon be providing affordable fresh fruits and vegetables in food desert communities on the city’s south and west sides. Growing Power, a national leader of the Good Food Movement for the last 20 years and an award-winning model of sustainable urban farming, will bring locally sourced fresh produce to neighborhood stops throughout 12 communities in the program’s first year. The city will provide one out-of-service transit bus, plus fuel and maintenance for one year, in support of the program. Residents will be able to use SNAP to make purchases. Mobile Markets will begin operating year-round on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Times and locations for the bus route are available at and

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Sat Nam Yoga Studio is a Community for Healing and Growth by Carrie Jackson


hile there is no shortage of yoga studios in the Chicagoland area, few of them offer as full a menu of events, workshops, healing services and comprehensive support to their students like Sat Nam Yoga Chicago, in the West Loop. Karampal Kaur, co-founder, director, yoga teacher and meditation leader considers the staff, volunteers, students and clients as part of one big family. “Our mission is to encourage people to expand, to have their own authentic experience, to learn and laugh and do it all in a knowledgeable, soulful, supportive community,” she says. Kaur, who has a background in management, has always enjoyed connecting with her community, but never saw herself opening a yoga studio. After taking a kundalini teacher certification course at an ashram in New Mexico, however, she felt an urge to serve people in a different way, and in 2010 opened Sat Nam Yoga in a single 750-square-foot room. Five years later, the studio has three practice rooms, a spirit boutique and rooms for healing services in a 2,200-square-foot space. “It wasn’t a decision to open a studio, but rather an evolvement. I really had no choice. My practice of kundalini yoga, as taught by my teacher, Yogi Bhajan, has changed me for the better


and transformed my thought patterns. It has taught me how to fully love myself and has given me the courage to take control of my life and be of service, besides improving my physical and mental health immensely,” says Kaur. Sat Nam offers a wide variety of yoga classes, including Kundalini, Vinyasa Flow, Mindful Vinyasa, Qigong, Hatha, Tween Girls Yoga and a Yin class that includes a personal Reiki treatment. What really makes Sat Nam stand out is their unique events. “Our workshops and events are a great opportunity to share in practices that are not widely taught in depth, including Akashic records,

Reiki certifications, sound healing, gong journeys and art therapy,” says Kaur. Once a month, they offer a Community Healing Circle, which includes a vegetarian-friendly potluck, a sound healing kirtan room and 10-minute gong integration. Practitioners offer 15-to-30-minute sessions on a range of healing practices such as light therapy, crystal therapy, shamanic and


tarot readings, chakra balancing, cupping, acupuncture and Thai body work. Events like Full Moon Fire Ceremony with Live Music and New Moon, New Beginnings Gong Journey with Reiki Healers are favorites. “Most of us live our lives so disconnected from the Earth and devoid of any kind of ritual that creates the space for us to connect,” says Kaur. “The new moon and full moon provide us with opportunities to carve out time in our lives for the sacred space needed to take care of ourselves. It’s essential.” Kaur encourages the Sat Nam Yoga community to take an active role in their own health and well-being. Besides a yoga class for tweens, they have students ranging in age from 20 to 75 years old. “It’s a joy to see how alike we really are,” says Kaur. “Sat Nam Yoga Chicago is for anyone who is curious about the benefits of yoga and meditation and how they may fit in their own lives, as well as anyone who would like more information on physical and mental preservation.” Sat Nam Yoga is run largely by volunteers. The practice of seva, or selfless service, is a huge part of what they believe. “We teach people how to create more space within for living passionate, healthy and happy lives, all while being supported by a community of people who are shifting, recreating and loving,” says Kaur. Sat Nam Yoga Chicago is located at 1304 W. Washington Blvd., in Chicago. For more information, call 312-8185791, email Info@SatNamYogaChicago or visit See ad in the Community Resource Guide. Carrie Jackson is an Evanston-based writer and frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings Chicago, and the chair of recruitment for the Chicago Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Connect at

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many of their patients do. “You now see it everywhere from major medical centers to mainstream advertising,” says McCall, who notes an increase in doctors, nurses and therapists attending the Yoga as Medicine seminars he and his wife Eliana teach internationally and from their Simply Yoga Institute studio, in Summit, New Jersey.

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Yoga Enters the Medical Mainstream Research Proves its Health Benefits by Meredith Montgomery


fter practicing internal medicine for 10 years in Boston, Dr. Timothy McCall became a full-time writer, exploring the health benefits of yoga. As the medical editor of Yoga Journal and the author of Yoga as Medicine: The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing, he says, “In the late 90s, the conveyor belt of patient care continued to speed up and I got frustrated. There was less time to form relationships with patients, which is essential to providing quality care without excessive tests and drugs.” Initially, McCall found that most of the documented research on yoga was from India, and notes it was low in quality from a Western perspective (though it is now excellent). In the West, the first notable scientific yoga article was published in 1973 in The Lancet on combining yoga and biofeedback to manage hypertension. According to the International Journal of Yoga, the surge in yoga’s popularity here finally gained academic interest in 2007, and there are now more than 2,000 yoga titles in the 28

National Institutes of Health PubMed. gov database, with 200 added annually. Initially, yoga teacher and economist Rajan Narayanan, Ph.D., founded the nonprofit Life in Yoga Foundation and Institute to offer free teacher training. Within a couple of years, the foundation’s focus shifted to integrating yoga into the mainstream healthcare system. “We realized that to make a real difference, we needed to teach doctors about yoga and its scientifically proven effects,” he says. Medical providers can earn credits to keep their licenses current by attending courses by Life in Yoga, the only yoga institution independently certified by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. Currently, even if physicians don’t practice yoga, it’s likely that

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“Yoga may help prevent diseases across the board because the root cause of 70 to 90 percent of all disorders is stress,” says Narayanan. Yoga increases the body’s ability to successfully respond to stress by activating the parasympathetic nervous system, which slows the heart and lowers blood pressure. That in turn suppresses sympathetic activity, reducing the amount of stress hormones in the body. Studies collected on demonstrate that yoga has been found to help manage hypertension, osteoporosis, body weight, physical fitness, anxiety, depression, diabetes, reproductive functions and pregnancy, among other issues. Studies at California’s Preventive Medicine Research Institute have tracked amelioration of heart disease. A growing body of research is validating yoga’s benefits for cancer patients, including at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. A small study at Norway’s University of Oslo suggests that yoga even alters gene expression, indicating it may induce health benefits on a molecular level.

Cultural Challenges

“For yoga to be effective, a regular practice must be implemented, which is challenging in a culture where people can’t sit for long without an electronic device. It’s more than just popping pills,” says Narayanan. McCall says, “Even if people can commit to just a few minutes of yoga practice a day, if they keep it up the benefits can be enormous.” “There are no sales reps telling doctors to use yoga therapy like there are for pharmaceuticals,” remarks Narayanan, and until yoga is funded by health insurance, it will be challeng-

ing to gain full acceptance in mainstream medicine. Another barrier is certification standards. The International Association of Yoga Therapists ( and the Council for Yoga Accreditation International ( are both beginning to offer certifications for therapy training programs and therapists. Narayanan is hopeful that certification could lead to yoga being covered by insurance. Medical school curricula have started shifting to embrace complementary approaches to wellness, with many textbooks now including information on mind/body therapies. The Principles and Practices of Yoga in Healthcare, coedited by Sat Bir Khalsa, Lorenzo Cohen, McCall and Shirley Telles and due out in 2016, is the first professional-level, medical textbook on yoga therapy. “Yoga has been proven to treat many conditions, yet yoga teachers don’t treat conditions, we treat individuals,” says McCall. “Yoga therapy is not a one-size-fits-all prescription because different bodies and minds, with different abilities and weaknesses, require individualized approaches.” While medical research is working to grant yoga more legitimacy among doctors, policymakers and the public, McCall says, “I believe these studies are systematically underestimating how powerful yoga can be. Science may tell us that it decreases systolic blood pressure and cortisol secretion and increases lung capacity and serotonin levels, but that doesn’t begin to capture the totality of what yoga is.” Meredith Montgomery, a registered yoga teacher, publishes Natural Awakenings of Mobile/Baldwin, AL (

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sponsoredcontent ever-present force of Qi belongs to no religion, yet is spiritual and available to all people willing to learn skillful breathing. Reaching our highest potential or enlightenment begins with being in charge of our own vibration and emotional state. Kathy Rivera Wallace: How does FOOD affect a person’s Qi vibration, according to your teachings?

Qigong Healing and Universal Oneness (Pt. 2)

Interview with Jeff Primack, Founder of the Qi Revolution Conference Interviewer Kathy Rivera Wallace is a TV talk show host who regularly interviews leading wellness experts. Jeff Primack is a Qigong teacher that studied with many Qi masters from all over the world and has taught 50,000+ people at live Qi Revolution conferences across the USA. Kathy Rivera Wallace: When I attended the Qi Revolution my favorite posture was the “Qi Ball”. I felt like I was carrying a magnetic orb of energy. What significance does this posture have? Jeff Primack: OUR HANDS ARE LIKE MIRRORS reflecting light back and forth. The Qi Ball posture is 10x stronger if palms are aligned correctly, i.e. not having one palm more forward. Learning to align your hands/body allows you to build a higher magnetic charge, which most people get excited about. Kids are especially drawn to the Qi Ball and a few schoolteachers that I’ve trained share it in their classrooms. Aside from feeling cool, the Qigong postures are shown to improve energy and resolve health issues. Kathy Rivera Wallace: How can everyday people use Qigong to reach their full potential? 30

Jeff Primack: More than simply collecting Qi, the Gong is a change in our discipline and character. Awakening to God/Nature’s presence in our daily lives is greatly supported by realizing we are energy, but most don’t physically experience this unity. Qi profoundly increases mind focus, because it changes us on the deepest level possible, the vibrational level. War Veterans love that our Qigong breathing techniques actually get you high, like a euphoric rush of energy. The 9-Breath method works so well for veterans, because their traumas are at the vibrational level. Holding breath and skillfully exhaling excites the vibration of our cells and brings a healing force. This


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Whole Child Sports Free Play Earns the Winning Score by Luis Fernando Llosa


any parents concerned that their children are getting engulfed by social media often turn to sports to spark physical activity. They scramble to sign their toddlers up for swimming and tennis lessons, T-ball and soccer practice, hoping these activities will teach their kids about motivation and leadership, while getting them off the couch and out the door. They hope that sports will be a conduit for their kids to learn what it takes to strive, drive toward a goal and succeed in later life. As a result, more than 40 million kids across America are engaged in organized play. But youth sports are not a panacea; while parental intentions are good, they sometimes don’t realize the potential for negative consequences. Those that have studied the phenomenon believe that youth sports—which on the surface, appear to provide a perfect environment for children to learn life lessons and develop critical social and physical skills—might hamper our children’s healthy physical, social, psychic and creative development.

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As Jenny Levy, head coach of the University of North Carolina’s 2013 NCAA champion women’s lacrosse team at Chapel Hill puts it, “Kids are kind of like overbred dogs, mimicking the drills we run in practice. They aren’t wired to think creatively. They do what they know. What’s safe.” This kind of behavior can start at an early age, when kids should be engaging in free play with minimal adult supervision in unstructured settings. Parenting expert Kim John Payne, author of Simplicity Parenting and The Soul of Discipline, says, “Parents are giving in to enormous societal pressure to push kids into high-performance sports settings several times a week. It’s an ‘arms race’ of sorts, with the clear victims being the kids themselves that are robbed of their childhoods.” There’s a much more holistic way kids can experience play, including sports. An American Academy of Pediatrics study attests that free and unstructured play is healthy and essential for helping children reach important social, emotional and cognitive developmental

milestones, plus managing stress and becoming resilient. Payne observes, “In free play, children have to actively problem solve and take one another’s feelings into account if the play is to be successful. In sports, the social problem solving is largely extrinsic, facilitated by coaches, referees or parents. During a child’s formative stages, between the ages of 5 and 12, having the freedom to develop, create and innovate is critical.” Creativity isn’t limited to only younger children. How sports are taught in this country at all levels, right up through college, often inhibits athletic creativity and problem solving—as Levy has noticed year after year in the freshmen players she trains—rather than fostering these attributes.

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It’s crucial to consider the whole child, not just the budding athlete. To revive a child’s imagination and create better conditions for developing creativity, resiliency and flexibility, contemplate the option of taking a child out of organized youth sports for a while to provide the time, space and opportunity to rediscover childhood play and games. Then support them in re-entering organized athletics when they’re a bit older and more physically and emotionally ready. Also, some kids that get heavily involved in highly structured youth sports too early may be prone to behavioral problems and serious physical injuries. The best thing a parent can do for a young child that is active and interested in sports is roll up their sleeves and join in unscripted backyard or playground family play. Kids thrive in the attention offered from mom or dad, regardless of parental athletic skill levels. Also, organize play dates with other neighborhood kids of varying ages, because they love to learn from each other, including how to work out disagreements.  Once kids are socially, emotionally and physically ready, organized sports can be an amazing platform for fun-filled learning. Having already

Why are most American kids getting turned off by sports by the time they should be really leaping into it? ~Steve Biddulph, author, Raising Boys and Raising Girls


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AGELESS BEING Staying Vibrant in Mind, Body and Spirit by Kathleen Barnes

Agelessness: Engaging in and experiencing life without fear of falling, failing or falling apart.


n a nutshell, that’s the philosophy of visionary women’s health expert Dr. Christiane Northrup, of Yarmouth, Maine, as explored in her latest book, Goddesses Never Age. “We’re long overdue for a paradigm shift about how we feel about growing older,” says Northrup. “You can change your future by adopting a new, ageless attitude that will help you flourish physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. We don’t have to buy into modern medicine’s promotion of the idea of the pathology of aging.” One of Northrup’s primary admonitions: “Don’t tell anyone how old you are. Another birthday means nothing.”

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and mentally feeble at a certain age. “When my mother turned 50, her mailbox suddenly filled with ads for adult diapers, walkers and long-term care insurance,” Northrup quips. The point is well taken. Think vibrant, healthy, gorgeous and yes, sexy Sandra Bullock, Johnny Depp, Chris Rock and Brooke Shields—all 50 or older—as the targets of ads for Depend. We’re living and working longer, and many of us are feeling, looking and staying young longer. So is 60 the new 40? Yes, say State University of New York at Stony Brook researchers, and further note that we’re generally leading longer and healthier lives. Centenarians are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population. In the 2010 census, 53,364 people had surpassed their 100th year, an increase


of 40 percent over the 1980 census, and more than 80 percent of them are women. The National Institute on Aging projects that this number could increase tenfold or more by 2050. What we think of as “old” has changed. Many baby boomers refuse to buy into the mythology of aging, bristle at being called senior citizens and especially dislike being called elderly. Their position is backed by science. Stem cell biologist Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., author of Biology of Belief and currently a visiting professor at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic, in Auckland, is best known for promoting the concept that DNA can be changed by belief, for good or ill. Lipton explains that we all have billions of stem cells designed to repair or replace damaged—and aging—tissues and organs. “[These cells] are profoundly influenced by our thoughts and perceptions about the environment,” Lipton explains. “Hence our beliefs about aging can either interfere with or enhance stem cell function, causing our physiological regeneration or decline.” “Yes, we are destined to grow older, but decrepitude and what we call aging is an optional state,” Northrup adds. “Our genes, nutrition and environment are under our control far more than we may have thought.” More, she says, “Words are powerful. Don’t talk yourself into believing your brain is turning to mush just because you are over 40.”

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“Manage the four horsemen of the aging apocalypse,” encourages nutrition and longevity expert Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., a Los Angeles board-certified nutritionist and author of The Most Effective Ways to Live Longer. He says the aging process, including disease, loss of physical or mental function and the general breakdown of systems, is caused by one or more of four factors: oxidative damage (literally rusty cells); inflammation; glycation (excess sugar, metabolic syndrome); and stress. “Collectively, they damage cells and DNA, wear down organs and systems, deeply damage the vascular pathways that deliver blood and oxygen to the entire body, and even shrink …continued on page 36

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brain size,” explains Bowden. While it may seem like a tall order to make lifestyle changes that vanquish these four horsemen, Bowden says they can be broken into manageable elements by employing an arsenal of healthful weapons: whole foods, nutrients, stress-reduction techniques, exercise, detoxification and relationship improvement. “All of these actually do double duty, battling more than one of the four processes that can effectively shorten your life,” he reports, based on his 25 years of study.

Oxidative Damage

Consider what rust does to metal. That’s what free radical oxygen molecules do to cells. Over time, they damage them and cause aging from within. “Oxidative damage plays a major role in virtually every degenerative disease of aging, from Alzheimer’s to cancer to heart disease and diabetes, even immune dysfunction,” says Bowden. His recommended key to destroying free radicals is a diet rich in antioxidants, including lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and healthy fats, nuts, grassfed meats and organic dairy products. Avoid environmental free radicals that show up in toxic chemicals by eating as much organic food as possible and avidly avoiding residues of the poisonous pesticides and herbicides sprayed on crops eaten by people and livestock.


Long-term inflammation is a silent killer because it operates beneath the radar, often unnoticed, damaging blood vessel walls. Like oxidative damage, inflammation is a factor in all the degenerative diseases associated with aging, says Bowden. His suggestion: First, get a Creactive protein (CRP) test to determine the levels of inflammation in our body. A CRP level over 3 milligrams/liter indicates a high risk of a heart attack. Antiinflammatory foods like onions, garlic, leafy greens, tomatoes, beans, nuts and seeds have all been widely scientifically proven to reduce chronic inflammation. 36


This is the result of excessive sugar that glues itself to protein or fat molecules, leaving a sticky mess that creates advanced glycation end (AGE) products that damage all body systems and are acknowledged culprits in the dreaded diseases associated with aging. Bowden’s basic answer is to minimize intake of sugar and simple carbs; anything made with white flour or white rice. Also avoid fried dishes and any foods cooked at high temperatures that actually skip the glycation production in the body and deliver harmful AGEs directly from the food. He advises taking 1,000 mg of carnosine (available in health food stores) daily to prevent glycation.


The long-term effects of physical, mental or emotional stress are tremendously damaging to the human physiology. Sustained exposure to the stress hormone cortisol can shrink parts of the brain, damage blood vessels, increase blood sugar levels, heart rate and blood pressure and contribute to chronic inflammation, according to wellestablished science recorded in the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Bowden warns, “Stress management is not a luxury.” In its many forms, including prayer, meditation and breathing exercises, it should be part of any agelessness program. Deep, restful sleep is as vital a component as ending toxic relationships, having a nurturing circle of friends and doing familiar, gentle exercise such as yoga or tai chi. Overall, Bowden adds, “Rather than thinking of


such endeavors as anti-aging, I strive to embody the concept of age independence. I admire former Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens, who resigned from the court when he reached age 90 because he wanted to play more tennis.” Bowden recommends embracing the concept of “squaring the curve”, meaning that instead of anticipating and experiencing a long downhill slope of poor health leading to death, “I look at a long plateau of health, with a steep drop-off at the end.” Wellness guru Dr. Michael Roizen, chair of the Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute, contends that although our chronological age can’t be changed, “Your ‘real age’ [calculated from data he collected from 60 million people] is the result of a wide variety of factors that are within your control. Dietary choices alone can make you 13 years younger or older than your actual age.” Roizen adds uncontrolled portion sizes, tobacco use and physical inactivity to the list of life-shortening lifestyle options.

Align with Spirit

“If you don’t have some kind of spiritual foundation, literally, God help you,” says Northrup. “God isn’t confined to a book or a church, mosque or synagogue. Divinity is the creative loving, vital flow of life force that we’re all part of and connected to. Our bodies are exquisite expressions meant to embody, not deny our spirits.” Touch, pleasure and sex can be part of it, too. Individuals that have the most fulfilling sex lives live the longest, according to researchers conducting the University of California, Riverside’s Longevity Project. “Pleasure comes in infinite forms,” says Northrup. “It can mean the exquisite taste of a pear or the sound of an angelic symphony, the kiss of sun on skin, the laughter of a child, spending time with friends or creating a pastel landscape. When you experience pleasure, God comes through and you become aware of your divine nature. You’ll find that joy comes in

ways that are unique to you.” Connection with the natural world is an essential element of agelessness, says Northrup. “The human body evolved to walk on the Earth, drinking its water, breathing its air and basking in its sunlight.” The bottom line is, “Agelessness is all about vitality. Taking all the right supplements and pills, or getting the right procedure isn’t the prescription for anti-aging,” says this renowned physician. “It’s ageless living that brings back a sense of vibrancy and youthfulness.” We could live to be well over 100 years old and, as Northrup likes to paraphrase Abraham Hicks, of The Law of Attraction fame, “Wouldn’t you rather have your life end something like this: ‘Happy-healthy, happy-healthy, happy-healthy, dead.’ Isn’t that a lot better than suffering sickness, decrepitude and frailty for years?” Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous books on natural health, her latest being Food Is Medicine: 101 Prescriptions from the Garden. Connect at

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SURF TO TURF U.S. Farmed Seafood That’s Safe and Sustainable by Judith Fertig

Wild-caught fish from pure waters is the gold standard of seafood, but sustainable populations from healthy waters are shrinking. That’s one reason why fish farms are appearing in unusual places—barramundi flourish on a Nebraska cattle ranch, shrimp in chilly Massachusetts and inland tilapia in Southern California.


ith the demand for seafood outpacing what can safely be harvested in the wild, half the seafood we eat comes from aquaculture, says Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D., administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Yet, farmed seafood has a reputation for uneven quality and questionable farming practices. A primary reason is that much of what Americans buy comes from Asia, where aquaculture is less stringently managed. Meanwhile, domestic aquaculture provides only about 5 percent of the seafood consumed here, according to NOAA.

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sustainable as a result of the rigorous U.S. management process that ensures fisheries are continuously monitored, improved and sustainable.” Whole Foods Markets have found that farming seafood (aquaculture) can provide a consistent, high-quality, yearround supply of healthy and delicious protein. Accordingly, “When it’s done right, aquaculture can be environmentally friendly and offer a crucial way to supplement wild-caught fish supplies. On the other hand, poor farming practices such as the overuse of chemicals and antibiotics and those that cause water pollution and other negative impacts on the environment are bad news.” A second solution is to consult with a trusted fishmonger that has high standards for flavor, health, safety, sustainability and environmental concerns.

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Chefs like Rick Moonen, who owns RM Seafood, in Las Vegas, are getting


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Adam Navidi, owner of the Oceans & Earth restaurant, in Yorba Linda, also runs nearby Future Foods Farms, encompassing 25 acres of herbs, lettuces, assorted vegetables and tank-raised tilapia. Baby greens, not GMO products, help feed the fish, while nitrates from the ammonia-rich fish waste fertilize the crops. The fish wastewater filters through the crops and returns to the fish tanks in an efficient, conservation-driven system that produces healthy, organic food. “Someday, chefs will be known both by their recipes and the methods used to produce their food,” Navidi predicts. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAnd from Overland Park, KS.

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ccording to the nationally recognized Monterey Bay Aquarium’s, these farmed fish and shellfish are current Best Choices. Under each fish or shellfish variety, check the Seafood Recommendations list for specific geographic areas, certified organic options, non-GMO feed, or other designations. Arctic Char: The farmed variety, raised in closed-tank systems, produce little impact on local habitats in the Pacific Northwest. Barramundi (Australian yellow perch): Look for it sourced from recirculating aquaculture systems in farms throughout the U.S. Catfish: Pond-farmed American catfish, found mainly near the Mississippi River, are some of the most sustainable fish available. Crawfish: Domestic production centers mainly in Louisiana, grown in ponds on existing agricultural lands. No feeds are added, but minimal fertilizer is used to support an aquatic food web that crawfish thrive on. As a native species, the potential impacts of escape are minimal. Mussels: Most farmed mussels for sale in the U.S. hail from New England and the Pacific Northwest, or are imported from nations with stringent environmental regulations. The nonprofit Marine Stewardship Council independently certifies some of these mussel fisheries as sustainable.

Oysters: Nearly 95 percent of the oysters Americans eat are farmed in New England, the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Northwest. Oyster farms in the U.S. and throughout the world are well managed and produce a sustainable product. Salmon: Before ordering, Seafood Watch recommends finding out where salmon originated by asking the local grocer or restaurant manager if it’s wild caught or farmed and its source. Shrimp: Most caught or farmed in U.S. and Canada also qualify as a Seafood Watch Good Alternative. However, avoid shrimp caught in Louisiana with otter trawls and in the Gulf of Mexico (except Florida) with skimmer trawls. All shrimp from recirculating aquaculture systems constitute a Best Choice. Tilapia: Tank-farmed tilapia in the U.S. and Canada has become a popular standard. Trout: Farmed rainbow trout from the U.S. gets a nod because it’s raised in environmentally friendly ways in spring-fed ponds.

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raditional sports stadiums and arenas generate a huge carbon footprint. Multiple sources concur that during a single football game, a 78,000-seat stadium can consume 65,000 kilowatt hours of electricity, and discarded cardboard, plastic and paper; in-stadium food and beverage containers; and tailgating debris that includes cans and bottles leave behind a mountain of waste. A dozen years ago, the pioneering Philadelphia Eagles enlisted the help of the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to begin a persistent push to their goal of going green. Today, the NRDC publishes the Greening Advisor guidebooks on green operating practices for all professional teams in Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League and Major League Soccer, plus the U.S. Tennis Association, and has expanded to include college sports.


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Veggie burgers, vegan cheesesteaks and sushi have also found their way onto game-day menus to add a change of pace for fans, says Julianne Soviero, author of Unleash Your True Athletic Potential. The growing interest shown by the sports industry in composting offers enormous potential benefits, and not a moment too soon, says Allen Hershkowitz, Ph.D., co-founder of the Green Sports Alliance and director of the NRDC Sports Project. Using recyclable containers counts—New York City’s venerable Yankee Stadium reduced its trash load by 40 percent by switching to biodegradable cups and service ware. PepsiCo supported the upgrade by exchanging its conventional plastic bottle for a bio-based version made from agricultural waste.


At New York’s Oncenter War Memorial Arena, the American Hockey League’s Syracuse Crunch pro team skates under LED lights. “They make the arena brighter. It’s easier to see the puck,” says defenseman Joey Mormina. “The fun light show that follows goals adds energy for the crowd and players.” LED lighting provides improved clarity in TV transmissions and sports action photos and doesn’t create


“The Crunch is the first pro hockey team to skate on recycled rainwater,” Sarosy adds. “It’s collected from the roof, stored in three central reservoirs in the basement and pumped into the Zamboni machine for resurfacing the ice.” The practice also diverts rainwater from overworked sewer systems. The first pro football stadium to earn a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification, the San Francisco 49ers Levi’s Stadium features a 27,000-square-foot rooftop garden to help control water runoff. Home to the Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers and Kings, the Staples Center has swapped out 178 flush urinals for waterless models, reducing annual water usage by 7 million gallons. Like the Eagles, the Florida Marlins pro baseball team, in Miami, now uses 50 percent less water via low-flow plumbing fixtures. Also, the stadium’s upgraded landscape design lessens outdoor irrigation needs by 60 percent. The University of Georgia likes keeping its grass green, but hates wasteful water dispensers. Its football field is now watered via an underground irrigation system that saves a million gallons a year. Soil moisture sensors indicate when watering is needed.

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Lincoln Financial Field, home to the Philadelphia Eagles, now boasts more than 11,000 solar panels and 14 wind turbines that combined, generate more than four times the energy used for all home games in a season. The staff uses green cleaning products and has increased recycling more than 200 percent since 2010. Most creatively, the carbon costs of team travel are offset via mitigation by financing tree plantings in their home state and purchasing seedlings for a wildlife refuge in Louisiana. The Seattle Mariners Safeco Field’s new scoreboard uses 90 percent less power than its predecessor and the Arizona Cardinals pro football team

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Choose Happiness Four Tips to Flip the Joy Switch by Linda Joy


recent Harris Interactive poll indicates that only one in three Americans are happy. Success, education and increases in annual household income create only marginally more happiness. So what will it take to go the distance? Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Choosing Happiness endeavors to discover just that. Its collection of intimate stories from more than two dozen women reveals telling insights— most profoundly, that happiness is a choice that anyone can make, regardless of their history or circumstances. Four tips from contributors to the book show how we all can rise up out of our troubles to the other side, shining.

Let Go of ‘Supposed To’

Family, friends and society exert pressure on us to achieve certain goals or impose their definition of success. When our soul doesn’t fit the mold, exciting things can happen. Happiness strategist Kristi Ling seemed to have it all: a high-powered job in Hollywood, significant income and the envy of all her friends—but her

success felt empty. She writes from her home in Los Angeles, “Each morning I’d get up thinking about who I needed to please, and then prepare myself to exist for another day. I looked and felt exhausted just about all the time. The worst part was that I thought I was doing everything right!” After a middle-of-the-night epiphany, Ling left her job and set out to discover what her heart wanted. She began following a completely different life path as a coach and healer, in which success means manifesting joy.

Be Grateful Now

While we’re striving to change our life or wishing things could have been different, we often forget to pay attention to what we have right now. Boni Lonnsburry, a conscious creation expert and founder/CEO of Inner Art, Inc., in Boulder, Colorado, writes about the morning she decided to choose happiness, despite the enormous challenges she was facing, including divorce, foreclosure, bankruptcy and possible homelessness. “I thought to myself, ‘Yes, my life could be better, but it also could be a hell of a lot worse. I’m healthy and smart—why, I even have some wisdom. Why am I focusing on how terrible everything is?’” Using the power of her choice to be happy right now, Lonnsburry not only found joy amidst the adversity, but created love and success beyond her wildest dreams.

Let Love In

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protect ourselves, even against the love we want. Certified Relationship Coach Stacey Martino, of Yardley, Pennsylvania, writes, “From the first day we met, I’d been waiting for [my boyfriend] Paul to end our relationship. I begged him for another chance—not for our relationship, but to be my authentic self—to figure out who I am and show up in our relationship as the real me.” Fourteen years later, Martino and her boyfriend, now husband, are still exploring the depths of their love for one another. For them, the choice to be vulnerable was the gateway to happiness.

Look Inward Instead of to Others

If we can’t own our pain, how can we create our joy? Choosing happiness means taking full responsibility for our state of mind, with no excuses. Lisa Marie Rosati, of Kings Park, New York, who today helps other women catalyze their own transformation, writes: “I didn’t want to accept what was going on inside [me], so I looked outside for a way to make things better. I depended on intimate relationships to complete me, and on friends and acquaintances for entertainment. My self-esteem floated on incoming compliments and I absolutely never wanted to spend a minute alone with my own thoughts, lest they erode whatever happiness I possessed at the moment. I was exhausted, frustrated and quite frankly, pissed off.” It took a flash of insight to set Rosati free of her patterns of blame—and then realizing she could create her own fulfillment was all it took to catapult her into a place of empowerment. Look out, world! As Los Angeles happiness expert and Positive Psychology Coach Lisa Cypers Kamen says, “Happiness is an inside job.” Joy, love and inspired living are ours for the taking—all we must do is choose. Linda Joy is the heart of Inspired Living Publishing and Aspire magazine. Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Choosing Happiness is her third in a series of bestselling anthologies. Next up is Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Cultivating Joy. Learn more at

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Second Careers Lead to New Growth

by Carrie Jackson


s more and more people in their 40s and 50s are looking at major career and lifestyle changes, the days of getting a job right out of school that we stick with for our whole life are becoming scarcer. Because of the focus on mindfulness, spirituality, healing and wellness, an increasing number of people are turning to practices such as massage and shiatsu as a mid-life career change. Steve Rogne, director of Zen Shiatsu Chicago, in Evanston, sees this on a regular basis. He says, “A lot of our students have gone a long way in their previous profession and realize they are looking for something different. They are taking care of elderly parents, looking at their own health in a different way and wanting to make their family happier and healthier. Shiatsu fills that goal and serves those needs.” Zen Shiatsu Chicago is one of the top schools in Illinois for practitioner training and certification. They also


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offer shiatsu treatments, traditional Western massage sessions, acupuncture, workshops and educational seminars. After a long background in management, Arlette Greer stated taking classes at Zen Shiatsu Chicago in 2009, and now is a teacher, practitioner and an academic administrator. Victoria Cameron, who spent decades in dance and theater, is now two years into the training program. Both say that shiatsu isn’t something they would have looked at early on in their lives, but it came at a time when they were ready and open for a change. Greer says, “It [shiatsu] was a long journey. I was a management consultant working long hours, traveling a lot and making good money, but it just wasn’t right for my personality. I wanted to find a way to work and actually help people. I was interested in coffee and


wine, and joined Metropolis in 2003. I planned to open my own business in 2008, but when the economy sank, I had a lot of fear and anxiety. I decided to really think about what I should do with my life, did a lot of soul searching and talked to everybody I knew. A friend of a friend told me I must look into Asian bodywork. A few weeks later, I went to an open house, and a week after that found myself enrolled in our 625-hour shiatsu training class, which I completed while still working 32 hours a week. All of a sudden, everything made sense. Everything clicked.” Cameron says, “I have always considered myself an entertainer. I’ve spent most of my life in the theater and dancing. I’ve never enjoyed school or been a good student. The fear of taking a test or not being able to learn something new has always held me back. A few years ago, I got out of a 13-year relationship and was searching for something new. I knew I had to start over, but wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I moved from the suburbs back into the city and stayed with a friend who was a massage therapist. I also was taking care of my elderly mother, who recently died at 97 years old. I was so interested in caregiving that I became a certified nursing assistant, which I really do enjoy and find rewarding. When my friend had to take a refresher course on shiatsu, I came along to see what it was about. I was immediately intrigued and made a commitment to completing the training program.” As an older student, Greer says, “I had spent years in graduate school, so I was used to being around young people. I was worried about the physicality of the work—it was hard to be in a room with 20-year-olds who are so limber. For me, the academic part was easier. It was nice to come back as an adult learner because I was super motivated and really want to do this. Younger people are at the start of their journey, everything is new—they haven’t tried or failed yet or as much. Also, my middle-aged clients respond better to me because they know I understand what it’s like to wake up with the various aches and pains that come with getting older. I wouldn’t have been open to this when I was 20. The

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Traditional Chinese Medicine concept was familiar, but I just wouldn’t have done it. I also have a master’s degree in psychology, and all that knowledge has been useful. This came at the right time, when I was ready and open.” Cameron says, “I have never been a good student, so taking tests and studying was difficult for me. My teachers at Zen Shiatsu Chicago make your success their priority. They “got me”, knew what I was freaked out about and knew I needed a little handholding. All of a sudden, I wasn’t embarrassed. Because I have a background in dance, I was already in pretty good shape to stretch and flow during a treatment. The movement is very melodic and keeps me in shape, so I feel younger and healthier. The stakes are a little higher for me than for other students because I need to work and need to make money, and I’ve made a commitment to do this. I see this as something I can be involved in for the rest of my life.” “Shortly after I started full time at Zen Shiatsu Chicago, my mother said to me, “I’ve never seen you this happy. I didn’t realize you were unhappy,” says Greer. “I’m a lot calmer and don’t let things affect me as much. I’m more compassionate, and now am aware of all that we carry in our bodies. When my father was in a nursing home, I became aware of the advantages of comforting touch for the residents. They spent so much time being handled by people that when they were actually given a hug or received a massage or a compassionate hand hold, they softened and had a better quality of life at the end.” “I have turned into a person who speaks her mind. I can’t believe I was shy in my youth!” says Cameron. “I’ve learned a lot of humbleness and bravery. I spent so many years putting up a lot of barriers and feeling maybe I didn’t have the brainpower to handle things. I’ve learned there are more people around you who want you to succeed if you tell them what they’re doing. The most important thing for me now is pursuing a life of endless curiosity. It constantly pushes you forward.”

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Havening Calms the Brain in Unique Fashion


both the body and psyche.” Ryen explains that the Havening Techniques works gently and quickly in most cases, saying, “Many clients have had years of therapy for traumatic events in their past and are still feeling stuck. Dr. Ruden’s work is designed to help the brain, more specifically the amygdala, so that a client can have more resilience, and therefore more options in life choices.” “The consequences of trauma and stressful life events are stored in the brain and activated by conscious or inadvertent recall,” notes Ruden. “Once this recall occurs, symptoms are generated. The Havening Techniques is designed to disrupt this pathway through a process called synaptic depotentiation. After performing The Havening Techniques, the emotions, and sometimes even the ability to recall the memory, can be extinguished.”

ersonal and professional coach vening has helped thousands of people Donna Ryen became certified as worldwide, including veterans suffering a Havening Techniques trainer from post-traumatic stress disorder and and practitioner to help her clients other war-related stresses. overcome trauma by making room for According to Ruden, “When an new thought and behavior patterns. The event or experience is perceived as Havening Techniques was developed by traumatic or highly stressful, it can Dr. Ronald Ruden, become immutably and is described encoded, often with in his book When life-altering consethe Past is Always quences. However, Present. Also called recent research in the amygdala depotentifield of neuroscience ation therapy (ADT), has shown us how it is Havening uses a possible to modify this specific therapeutic encoding. The Haventouch which genering Techniques methods ates delta waves are designed to change Ryen offers coaching in-person and in the brain. This the brain to de-traumaover Skype, teaching clients to self technique can be tize the memory and apply the Havening Touch. See ad on applied by a trained permanently remove Donna Ryen page 45. professional and can its negative effects from be taught and self-applied. It is in a category of psychosensory therapies which Donna Ryen will offer introductory workshops uses sensory input to alter thought, mood and behavior. on the Havening Techniques The Havening Techniques is also from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., September 24 used by psychologists, social workers Events will be held in the lobby of the Oak Park Public Library, and other healthcare practitioners to 834 Lake Street, in Oak Park. help eliminate trauma-related disturRyen can be reached at 734-417-3884 or bances linked to phobias, chronic pain, panic attacks, cravings and more. Ha-



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Alexandra Paul on Vegan Activism Her Kind Lifestyle Honors All Living Things by Gerry Strauss

What is your philosophy of life? Be kind. Being kind is different from being nice. I spent my teens and 20s anxious to be nice, and all it gave me was a boatload of acquaintances and an inauthentic self. Nice aims to be popular. Kindness is about doing the right thing: justice, fairness, patience, respect. Kindness is at the heart of why I’m a vegan, and why I’ve been arrested 16 times for civil disobedience supporting peace, equal rights and the environment. Being kind to myself inspires me to exercise and live healthfully.

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citizen, my mom boycotted companies that acted against her ethics. Growing up with such a role model, trying to make the world better came naturally. Walking my talk is a challenge I face daily as I choose what to buy, what to eat and how to be, and I also think it is the most effective way to encourage change in others.

What drives your commitment to a vegan diet? I became a vegetarian when I was 14, after reading Frances Moore Lappé’s Diet for a Small Planet, which taught me how eating meat was destructive to the planet. A couple of years later, I did a book report on Peter Singer’s Animal Liberation and learned the ethical reasons against eating animals. I stopped using cosmetics tested on animals when I was a teen and stopped wearing leather, wool and silk in my 20s. I finally gave up eating dairy in my late 40s, and I wish I’d done it earlier. Although I did it to benefit animals, being vegan has enriched my life and changed the way I look at the world. The only way there will be enough food and water for Earth’s expected 10 billion people in 35 years is if humankind stops raising animals for food, so my veganism is helping the planet, as well as my own health.


Which other aspects of your diet and lifestyle do you credit for looking and feeling vital? My husband Ian and I go to bed early and generally get up with the sun. I’ve never consumed coffee, soda or alcohol, only water and protein shakes. I believe being a vegetarian, and now a vegan, has given me tons of energy. I also prioritize making time for my workout routine, and that helps me feel good every day. I didn’t always have this serenity with my lifestyle and health. For a dozen years, until my late 20s, I struggled with bulimia. Becoming vegan improved my relationship with food, aligning my diet with my values, and I have never been more at peace with myself.

Why do you enjoy working out? For me, being active is fun—not only because I feel good moving my body, but because I am also outside with friends, reading on a stationary bike or listening to favorite podcasts while stretching. Six days a week, I do an hour of cardio; either swimming or the stationary bike. Every other day I practice yoga for at least 45 minutes to ensure that my back stays pain-free. Once a week, I go hiking for two hours with friends, chatting the whole time, which all makes it worth getting up at 4:30 a.m. I walk whenever I’m on a conference call, either outside or at my tread desk, a simple treadmill under a standing desk; I’m walking on it when I’m reading or answering emails, too. It’s the best present I ever gave myself. Like everyone, sometimes I don’t particularly feel like working out, but all these factors make it easier to start, and once I start, I’m always glad to be exercising. Gerry Strauss is a freelance writer in Hamilton, NJ. Connect at

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EYE HEALTH FOR DOGS 10 Foods to Keep Canine Vision Sharp by Audi Donamor


ey colorful foods, packed with nutrients, protect against eye problems ranging from progressive retinal atrophy and uveitis to cataracts and glaucoma. Here are 10 foods that are highly regarded in helping prevent and defend against vision problems. Their eye-worthy nutrients include anthocyanins, beta-carotene, carotenoids, glutathione, lycopene, omega-3 essential fatty acids, phytonutrients—and the special partnership of lutein and zeaxanthin, sometimes referred to as “sunscreen for the eyes”. An easy way to serve these power-packed foods is as a mash. Simply combine a few cups of fruits and vegetables in a food processor with a half-cup of filtered water and blend as a raw pet meal topper. For a cooked topper, chop the fruits and vegetables and place in a medium sized sauce pan with the filtered water and a couple tablespoons of first-pressed olive oil. Simmer gently, cool and serve. Maybe top it all off with a fish or egg. Blueberries contain two eye-healthy carotenoids: lutein and zeaxanthin. They also deliver anthocyanins, eye-nourishing phytonutrients known to support night vision, according to a study published in the Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology. University of Oklahoma research suggests that flavonoids like the rutin, resveratrol and quercetin in blueberries may help prevent retinal atrophy. Their selenium and zinc components also support vision, according to a study from the National Eye Institute. Eating blueberries has even been associated with the reduction of eye fatigue, according to The Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry. Broccoli’s anti-cancer benefits are well known, but it’s also recognized as one of the best vegetables for eye health. A good source of lutein and zeaxanthin, it’s also packed with beta-carotene. Don’t leave the leaves behind, because they contain even more beta-carotene than the stems and florets. Researchers at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine have found that broccoli and broccoli sprouts protect the retina from free radical damage, which may be due to a compound called sulphoraphane that boosts the body’s defense against free radicals.


Carrots come in 100 varieties, from deep purple and white to brilliant orange. Each is a storehouse of nutrient power, providing vitamin A, beta-carotene, vitamins C, D, E and K, and riboflavin, niacin, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, sodium, iron, magnesium, manganese, sulphur, copper and iodine. The adage that carrots are good for the eyes is true. They even contain lycopene and lutein, phytonutrients that protect from UVB radiation and free radical damage. Cold-water fish such as salmon, tuna, cod, haddock and sardines are rich in omega-3s, especially EPA and DHA, which are widely known to be important to cellular health. DHA makes up 30 percent of the fatty acids that comprise the retina. The particularly high levels of omega3s in sardines add further protection to retinal health, according to researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.   Eggs are rich in cysteine and sulphur, two components of glutathione. Cataract Health News reports that sulphurcontaining compounds have been found to protect eyes from cataract formation. Egg yolks contain lutein, and a University of Massachusetts study has found that eating an egg a day raised levels of lutein and zeaxanthin in the blood; at the same time, blood serum lipids and lipoprotein cholesterol concentrations remained stable. Garlic. Researchers at the University of Oregon suggest that sulphur-rich garlic is important for the production of glutathione, a protein that acts as an antioxidant for the eye’s lens, and can be instrumental in the prevention of some visual problems. Kale is an excellent source of lutein and zeaxanthin. The American Optometric Association says these special antioxidants act like “internal sunglasses.” Add betacarotene to the mix and kale serves as a preferred foil to oxidative stress. Pumpkin’s orange color is a sure sign that it’s packed with carotenoids like beta-carotene, which help neutralize free radicals. Its lutein and zeaxanthin generally promote eye health and further protect against retinal degeneration. Even pumpkin seeds carry several benefits, including omega-3s, zinc and phytosterols to enhance a dog’s immune response. Sweet potatoes are loaded with both beta-carotene and anthocyanins, the latter high in antioxidant and antiinflammatory properties. Tomatoes are famous for their lycopene, a carotenoid and phytonutrient found in red produce. This powerful antioxidant helps protect against sun damage and retinal degeneration and has been well documented as Make vision effective in cancer and diet part of prevention. Processed tomato prodannual exams ucts contain higher of lycopene by a local vet. levels than the raw fruit.


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plus: inspired living ✔AUGUST

parenting with presence plus: creativity ✔SEPTEMBER


plus: yoga benefits OCTOBER

working together

plus: natural antidepressants NOVEMBER

true wealth

plus: beauty DECEMBER

prayer & meditation plus: holiday themes


by Lisa Rosinky


people’s faith and trust in aniel Sperry, a “couchsurfer” one another and create in his late 50s, decided a meaningful connecfew years ago to quit his day tions across cultures. job and make a living by performIt’s easy to become ing cello music and reciting poetry a member by creating a in living rooms across the country. “I profile as a host and/ didn’t know it would become a catalyst or a traveler, which for bringing communities of includes verified local people together,” identification. Guests he says, but his first don’t need to reciprocate gig, a “little shotgun by hosting or leaving gifts, shack” in Elko, Nealthough lasting friendvada, became more ships are a common than a once in a lifetime result. Hosts and guests experience. Years later, his Elko are encouraged to leave host remains a close friend and hosts honest reviews for each a regular (and lucrative) stop on his cross-country tours. As a traveler, offer other, which helps ensure ongoing safety Not only does creating connections with strangers an ethnic meal, good and good behavior all make us happier—as Unistory or how to say around. Meanwhile, nonversity of Chicago social scientists have proven—it leads hello in a different members also are to fun travel stories. If we language. As a host, welcome to explore couchsurfing events in choose to see the world via be open to what their city. Fun opportuthe decade-old organization at, we guests can teach. nities to make new connections include weekly might find ourselves sleepKeep a travel log language exchanges, ing on a sailboat in the Irish Sea; meeting backpackers and guestbook to skill swaps, outdoor activities and potlucks. by solar-powered light in a “For me, it’s cave in Petra, Jordan; sharing record memories. undeniably about the community, the a room with a pet bird that falls asleep listening to sappy love songs on the radio; kind of person it tends to attract,” says Joseph Abrahamson, a couchsurfer in or jamming to old-time banjo and fiddle his mid-20s. “A room full of couchsurftunes in a North Carolina kitchen. ers is full of stories and listening and The global community of couchsurfers, now 10 million strong, consid- sharing and trust. It changes a person in a positive way… people that travel ers strangers “friends you haven’t met like this for long enough can no longer yet.” They currently are hosting and survive with closed minds.” organizing more than half-a-million events in more than 200,000 cities worldwide this year. The aim is to make Lisa Rosinky is a freelance writer travel easier and more affordable, build in Boston.




Event sponsored by Natural Awakenings Chicago.

Yoga Month

SUNDAY, AUGUST 30 Wellness Fair at SunGates Center – 11am-5pm. Self-care for your body, mind and spirit. Did you ever want to experience: Chromatherapy (John of God Crystal Light Bed); Qi Chair Massage; Reflexology (on Amethyst Biomat); Astrology Reading; Chiropractic Alignment; Emotion Code (Emotional Release); Quantum Reiki (Hands on Energy); Angel Card Reading. Choose any 3 services 15-minute sessions: $50. SunGates Center, 395 Dundee Rd, Ste 500, Wheeling. 847-345-0988.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 SoulCollage Workshop – 10am. Instructor: Dr. Lindsey. Have you ever wanted to see your thoughts spring to life in a beautiful and artistic way? SoulCollage is a creative practice that can gently guide you into learning about your own psyche through the use of collaged pictures. It can help you focus, reduce stress, find your inner truth and find answers to your questions. Instructor available after class for private spiritual and intuitive sessions. $25 includes all material. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. Registration required: 815-307-1180. For more offerings:

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 Women’s Networking Group – 11:30am-1pm. 1st Wed. Offered through the Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce. Buy own lunch. Location varies around Hoffman Estates. Go Green Highland Park Meeting – 121:30pm. 1st Wed. All are welcome to attend. If you would like to be involved but are unable to attend the meetings, email us. Madame ZuZu’s, 582 Roger Williams Ave, Highland Park. More info: Free Shiatsu Intro – 7-9:30pm. Learn the fundamental techniques and philosophies of Zen Shiatsu and chat with current students and instructors. Free. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. Applied Metaphysics Class – 7:30-10:30pm. Learn step-by-step how to develop your fullest potential. Learn how to meditate, how to relax and breathe for greater health and awareness, how to remember, understand and interpret your dreams, how to project healing energies for yourself or other people, and much more. $20 minimum donation. School of Metaphysics, 5021 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago. 773-427-0155.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 Center for Integrative Body Mind Sciences and Palm Leaf Massage Booth – Sept 3-7. At Buffalo Grove Days. Stop by for a mini-massage and health info. For location & complete schedule:

$10 Adjustment Kids’ Day – 5-6pm. 1st Thurs. Dr. Joseph Brannigan and staff provide kid and teen adjustments, plus free ice cream, a treasure chest, coloring and movies. Teens welcome too. Fee will be used to send a kid to camp at Parkview Church. Brannigan Chiropractic Center, 1400 Ravinia Pl, Orland Park. Appt required: 708-966-4413. O+ Festival – Sept 3-6. 7-10pm, Thurs; 4pm-1:30am, Fri; 12pm-12am, Sat; 12-6pm, Sun (not for public). Includes over 20 artists and 35 plus national and local musicians. A parade and kickoff party, 7-10pm, Sept 3. Includes Wellness expo, 12-6pm, Sat. $10 donation/weekend pass. Pilsen neighborhood. For complete schedule & info:

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 GrowWELL Workshops – 8am-12:30pm. Learn from experts in urban horticulture and student gardening activities. Breakfast and tour of the school included. CPDUs available for teachers that register through CPS Learning Hub. Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, 3857 W 111th St, Chicago. Register: Chakra Healing & Gong Meditation – 6-8:30pm. Learn about the 7 chakra system for natural healing. Experience chakra activation through moving meditation and deep chakra healing with the gong vibrations, played by Ronald Roesing. $45. Body & Brain Center, 9204 W 159th St, Orland Park. RSVP requested: 708-226-0245 or 1st Fridays Community Healing Circle – 6-10pm. Every 1st Fri. Explore alternative healing modalities by donation. Energy/body work, tarot readers. Gather your friends and come out for a night of selfexploration. $10 Entrance. Sat Nam Yoga Chicago, 1304 W Washington Blvd, Chicago. 312-818-5791.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 Ocean of Devotion Gong Wash – 7:30-9pm. With Preston Klik. A gentle-but-dynamic, 60-min sound meditation. Preston plays a trio of gongs (including a customized 36-inch heart gong), plus crystal bowls, Bombay Temple Bowls, ocean drum, etc. $25/advance online pre-payment; $30/at door. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130.

Balancing Hormones Naturally: A Natural Solution to PMS & Menopause – 7pm. Randall Davis, DC, CCST, will help participants evaluate their current hormonal status and different options that one has to help oneself become free of hormonal stress. Learn about: the difference between synthetic and natural hormones; estrogen dominance syndrome; which foods/vitamins/nutritional herbs can help support the hormonal system; how chiropractic can help. Free. Center for Holistic Medicine, 240 Saunders Rd, Riverwoods/Deerfield. For more info & to RSVP: 847-236-1701.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 Malcolm Smith, International Healer – Sept 8-10. 9am-6pm. He is accepting appointments for 30-min private healing sessions for $90. He is also available for a limited number of remote healings in the evenings. Final 2015 dates are Dec 1-3. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. To schedule: 847-299-6535 or Beginning Zen Shiatsu on the Massage Table – Tuesdays, Sept 8-Nov 17 (Skip Oct 13). 11am-2pm. Learn how to give a basic 1-hr shiatsu treatment that you can share with friends and family. Course is a stand-alone offering, and also the first 30 hrs of our complete shiatsu certification programs. $450 plus books. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. Free Community Night – 6pm, Class; 7:30pm, mini-treatments. Bone Broth Basics with Elisa Rabin. She will introduce the basic concepts and health benefits of making bone broth. Mini-treatments: Amethyst BioMat Session. Tribe Healing Arts, 181921 W Belmont Ave, Chicago. 312-800-1389. Green Drinks Libertyville – 6:30pm. 2nd Tues. Like-minded people meet to discuss issues of environmental importance and build awareness. O’Toole’s Pub, 412 N Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville. For more info: or One Degree of Change – 6:30pm. Developed by whole food supplement manufacturer Standard Process Inc., with Silvia Panitch, MD, and Rindie Coker, DN, as an introduction to their 21-day purification program and explain in detail the benefits of purification. Admission free. Lakeview Integrative Medicine, 3344 N Ashland Ave, Chicago. RSVP by Sept 4: 773-525-6595.


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 “No Experience Necessary” Watercolor Painting – 10am. Instructor: Kathleen Beening. Class focuses on combining your inner creative Goddess with techniques such as wet-into-wet, dry brush and working with the color wheel. You will be proud to display your finished painting by the end of class. Instructor available after class for private chakra and intuitive sessions. $50 includes all materials. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. Registration required: 815-307-1180. For more offerings:

Beginning Zen Shiatsu – Wednesdays, Sept 9-Nov 18. 11am-2pm. Learn to give a basic 1-hr shiatsu treatment that you can share with friends and family. Course is a stand-alone offering; also the first 30 hrs of our complete shiatsu certification programs. $450 plus books. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. North Shore Health Solutions Open House – 5-7pm. Come and meet the doctor and network. With Dr. Kim Jacobs Martin, DC. 1446 Te c h n y R d , N o r t h b r o o k . 8 4 7 - 7 1 5 - 9 0 6 0 .

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Aryuveda Overview – 6:30pm. With Loribeth Cohen, PT, studio director and owner of re:fit-restoring and enhancing through fitness and integrative therapies. Learn how simple dietary and lifestyle changes can make an impact on your life and balance. Educate and empower yourself to maintain the health of the healthy and help restore the dis-eased. Free. re:fit Rehabilitation and Fitness, 901 Waukegan Rd, Glenview. 847-657-0881. UFOs, Crop Circles, St. Malachy’s Prophecy – 6:30-8:30pm. Prophecy that this is the last Pope, Jesus, Maitreya, Save our Planet. Hear how these are all related. Not a recruitment type lecture, just a lot of “Food For Thought” and discussion. Free. Garrett Wellness, 3020 N Kimball, Chicago. Tom Masbaum: 708-955-3634. World Day of Prayer Service – 7pm. Features testimonies of prayer team members inspired by the book, Pray Up Your Life: 50 Powerful Prayer Practices To Help You Create The Life You Desire, by Charline Manuel. Also includes music, meditation, prayers and more. Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. 847-297-0997. Are You Tired of Living with Neck Pain? – 7-7:45pm. Is your neck pain keeping you from doing the things you love to do? If yes, then this workshop is for you. During this free 45-min workshop learn exercises that will help restore neck motion. With Daryl Newman, DN. Space limited. North Shore Naprapathic Fitness & Wellness, 3330 Dundee Rd, Ste S5, Northbrook. Register by Sept 7: 847-272-3700. Raydiant Pathways to a Raydiant Life – 7:309pm. Experience Raydiant Pathways, an interactive visual technology using light, color and geometry, to connect with the truth and power of your higher Raydiant Self. Explore the essentials for creating fulfillment and how you can use Raydiant Pathways to release limiting beliefs, stop self-sabotaging behavior, and achieve higher function in any area of your life in minutes. Also on Sept 24. Led by Peter Kime, creator of Raydiant Pathways. $15. Raydiant Day Center, 1400 Greenleaf St, Evanston. 847-869-6477. Register: Unity World Day of Prayer – 8pm. An opportunity to make a positive difference by fostering healing and wholeness through prayer. As citizens of the planet, we are tasked to heed Gandhi’s call to, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” What better way to start than by establishing healthy and life-affirming practices in our own lives. Free. Patty Turner Center, 375 Elm St, Deerfield. 847-337-3866.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 Zero Balancing I – Sept 10-13. 9am-5pm. Instructors: Sheila McCarthy-Daskovsky and Diane Tader. Zero Balancing is a body-mind therapy that uses skilled touch to balance the relationship between body energy and structure to amplify wellness. Learn to work with both structure and energy consciously and simultaneously to identify and touch the energy movement in bone and joints. $795. Zero Balancing Wellness Center, 809 Ridge Rd Ste 200, Wilmette. 847-920-9292. Wine and Cheese Club: Go Local! – 6-7pm. Get to know local cheeses and domestic wines. Taste your way through class, enjoying 6 seasonal cheeses paired with three artfully selected wines. 21+. $10/person. Whole Foods Market Schaumburg, 750 N Martingale Rd, Schaumburg. Registration required: 847-585-5800.

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Clairvoyant Meditation: Awareness and Tools – Thursdays, Sept 10-Oct 8. 7-8:30pm. Learn to ground, work with energy as you move it out and bring new energy in, clear room for positive experiences, learn about your abilities and heal yourself in the process. Clairvoyant Center of Chicago, 518 Lee, Evanston. Register: 847-757-2838 or

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 Accessing the Akashic Records Certification Training – Sept 11-12. 6-9pm, Fri; 10am-5pm, Sat. With Christina Cross. Prerequisite: How to Read the Akashic Records: Accessing the Archive of the Soul and Its Journey, either book or CDs. Class prepares you to do work in your own Records and the Akashic Records of others. Cross helps you understand how to work in your own Records for a clearer connection with Source, and to gain supportive insight, guidance and wisdom for your own evolution. $250, $225/member; $100/repeat attendance. Equilibrium Energy + Education, Dearborn Station, 47 W Polk, Ste M-5, Chicago. Advanced registration required: 312-786-1882. Good Or Bad, Karma Is Not A Four-Letter Word – 7-9pm. Ron Hounsell will look at the 7,000-yr-old concept of karma, and explore the practical everyday implications and opportunities it represents. Learn about different kinds of karma and the relationship between it and reincarnation, the soul’s journey, forgiveness, grace and other related ideas. Free; donation accepted. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. Info & register: 847-299-6535.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 Qi Revolution: Healing Event – Sept 12-15. Qigong Practitioner Jeff Primack and 20 other instructors will be leading a large group to practice together. urriculum now updated to the most useful in life. Focus on Food-Healing protocols for cancer, diabetes and heart disease. New in 2015 is a greater “Scientific and Evidence-Based” approach to our presentations. Lineup includes a big qigong/ energy component to the experience. $149/4-days. Schaumburg Convention Center, 1551 Thoreau Dr N, Schaumburg. 800-298-8970. Meditation Workshops – Sept 12-13. Sept 12: 8:30-10:30am, White Eagle Club House; 3-5pm, Schaumburg Library; Sept 13: 9:30am-12:30pm, Morton Arboretum. The Vishwa Jagriti Mission of North America (VJMNA) will host Dr. Archika Didi (founder of LifePath). Free/Sept 12; $18/Sept 13. Locations: Eagle Club House, 4265 White Eagle Dr, Naperville; Schaumburg Library, 130 S Roselle Rd; Morton Arboretum, 4100 IL Rte 53, Lisle. For more info or to register (required for events in Schaumburg and Lisle): or Psychic Intuitive Development Class – 10am. Instructor: Rebecca Brown. The best way to improve intuition is to practice with other people. Clear out the cobwebs, relax the body tension and quiet the racing mind. The class is like a vitamin shot for your imagination. Instructor available after class for private chakra and intuitive sessions. $25. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. Registration required: 815-307-1180. For more offerings:

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TheosoFEST Mind, Body and Spirit Festival – 10am-5pm. Celebrates the wisdom of the generations, the unity of all life and spiritual self-transformation. Activities include spiritual talks, qigong, tai chi, gong sound meditation, a spirit drumming circle, labyrinth walks and a variety of vendors. Activities for children. Admission free; $5 parking (hybrid cars and bicycles free). 1926 N Main St, Wheaton. 630-668-1571 x 315. Introduction to Massage – 11am-1pm. With Mary Pat Payne, LMT. Learn the basics about couples massage, self-massage, stress relief, stretching and deep breathing Talks begin on the hour followed by demonstration, practice and free chair massage. Free. Whole Health Acupuncture, 50 Turner Ave, Ste 101, Elk Grove Village. Space limited; RSVP by Sept 11: 847-357-3929. Psychic Holistic Fair – 11am-6pm. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa offers monthly Psychic Holistic Fairs on the 2nd full weekend each month. The majority of our practitioners have been featured on TV, radio, podcasts, magazines and books. Each day of the event has many options and each day the options are different. Our Retail Boutique is open during the event and we also have different Artist Trunk Shows out front each day. First come, first served. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. 815-307-1180. For more offerings: The Real Brass Ring Talk and Book Signing – 2pm. Dianne Bischoff James, bestselling author of The Real Brass Ring: Change Your Life Course Now, will present excerpts from her award-winning novel and share the 14 Shortcuts for Happy Living which illustrate the critical steps needed to create positive life changes, once and for all. Free; books available for purchase for $20. Elevated Delights Intuitive Center, 1701 Quincy Ave, Ste 30 Naperville. Register: 630-717-4569 or Chicago IANDS Presents: Pat Moffitt Cook – 2-5pm.  Guest speaker: Pat Moffitt Cook,  author, sound healer, gifted intuitive, collected sound healing music from around the world. Support/study group/resource/forum for spiritual experiences, near-death experiences, out-of-body experiences, losses, research. $20 suggested donation. Evanston Hospital, Frank Auditorium, 2650 Ridge Ave, Evanston. 847-251-5758. Medicine for the People – 6-8:30pm. Food Plant Dance Medicine: Healing with what you have. In this dynamic and unique workshop, nationally known integrative medicine physician Dr. Geeta Maker-Clark lays out her wealth of knowledge about the everyday medicines that have a tremendous capacity to help you live a vibrant life. $35/ preregistered, $40/day of. Sat Nam Yoga Chicago, 1304 W Washington Blvd, Chicago. 312-818-5791.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 Kendeñhgonah (Deer Has Full Tail Moon) 9th Annual Prairie Harvest Celebration – Gathering and fundraiser features delicious local food, live music, nature and local heritage demonstrations, and an opportunity to socialize with fun people who care about our county and conservation. Deerpath Farm, 26339 N Farwell Rd, Mettawa. For more info: 847548-5989 x 33 or

Hogs for Dogs (and Kitties Too) Charity Ride – 10:30am, registration; 11:45am, ride. Leisurely ride will wind through the northern suburbs, approximately 70 miles, ending at the after “Paw-ty” at Side-Outs Bar and Eatery, 4018 Roberts Rd, Island Lake. Free food and live music. Encouraged to bring 10 items from Heartland’s Wish List for a patch. $25/ advance, $30/day of; $10/advance for passengers or those who want to join party. Heartland Animal Shelter, 2975 Milwaukee Ave, Northbrook. Registration: Psychic Holistic Fair – 11am-4pm. See Sept 12 description. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. 815-307-1180. For more offerings: A Good Plan – 2-4pm. Author Mair Hill introduces simple steps to make healthy choices a habit. Heartwood Center, 1818 Dempster St, Evanston. Save by registering early: Evanston Streets Alive featuring the Evanston Green Living Festival – 1-6pm. Streets Alive is a pro-walk, pro-bike, proplace initiative of Citizens’ Greener Evanston (CGE). Featuring activities, exhibitors, food, and music with space for movement and interaction. The Evanston Environmental Association (EEA) will bring the Evanston Green Living Festival to Streets Alive. Environmentally focused organizations will present their green products, services, and ideas. Free. Main St between Florence Ave & Hinman Ave, & between Asbury Ave & Ridge Ave, Evanston.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 Rosh Hashanah (Judaism) EFT Workshop – 6:30-9pm. Complete release of digestive issues, acid reflux, colitis, bloating, etc, all the way down to hemorrhoids. Experience relief right in this workshop. Success guaranteed. $30, 2CEs. Beyond Wellness, 16345 Harlem Ave, Tinley Park. 708-614-6860. Tom Masbaum: 708-955-3634, Breathing Into Peace – 7-9pm. Instructor: Leslie Sann. Discover something great and even miraculous in your life. Breathwork is an active meditation that clears fears, blocked emotions and tension allowing for deep relaxation, rejuvenation and the opening of the heart. Come prepared to reboot, clarify and become more alert and present. $35. Zero Balancing Wellness Center, 809 Ridge Rd Ste 200, Wilmette. 847-920-9292.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 Hispanic Heritage Month starts Free Heart Healthy Dinner Diabetes Event: Diabetes Breakthrough – 6:15pm, check in; 6:30pm, begins. Presented by: Kim Martin, DC, CFMP. Type II diabetes is reversible. We review the world’s 40+ most well-respected doctors, nutritionists, dietitians, pharmacists, and scientists reveal how to reverse Type II Diabetes at the recent Reversing Diabetes World Summit 2014. Type II diabetic adults only. 1446 Techny Rd, Northbrook. 847-715-9060.



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Fall Native Tree and Shrub Sale Online Pre-Order Ends – Shoppers pick up plants in person from 10am5pm, Oct 2; 9am-12pm, Oct 3. Members receive a 10% discount. 32492 N Almond Rd, Grayslake. More info: 847-568-5989 or Info@ConserveLakeCounty. org. To pre-order:

Free Belly Fat Seminar – Dr. Amy Iaquinta, of Phoenix Healing, will conduct a dinner seminar. Learn how hormone imbalances can increase belly fat, disrupt sleep cycles, decrease fat burning and what to do about it. Free. The Happ Inn Bar and Grill, 305 Happ Rd, Northfield. RSVP required: 877-564-7060. Mat Pilates classes – 12-12:50pm. These classes will introduce you to the basic Pilates principles to help you build a stronger core and increase flexibility and balance. 6-wk course with a 7th week for makups. $100. re:fit Rehabilitation and Fitness, 901 Waukegan Rd, Glenview. 847-657-0881. The Conflicted Legacies of John Muir – 7pm. Often called the Father of the National Park Service, John Muir remains an icon of the American environmental movement. Yet, he is also a controversial figure today because of his focus on preserving broad swaths of wilderness to the exclusion of other areas, his attempts to remove Native Americans from his favored sites and more. Loyola University’s Benjamin Johnson will explore these mixed legacies. Free. Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Rd, Highland Park. For more info & complete schedule, Rena Cohen: 847-831-0331. Wellness Wednesday Institute – 6:45-8pm. 3rd Wed. Class explores the 5 brain wave frequencies, how they affect the body, mind and spirit, and various vibration meditations to bring you back into equilibrium. Explore, awaken and journey toward a healthier life and environment. Learn how to manifest an abundant, boundless life of love, peace and happiness by shifting your frequency. $25. Awaken Your Spirit & Embrace Your Journey, 319b Harrison St, Oak Park. To register: 312-720-2638,

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 Essential Oils with the Zyto – 5pm. Instructor: Kim Rader. Are you intrigued by the buzz about essential oils and their uses for wellness, emotional balance and more? Class includes your personal Zyto Bio Feedback Analysis to help reach your full balanced potential. No pressure opportunity to purchase essential oils at wholesale prices. $35. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. Registration required: 815-307-1180. For more offerings: What is Quartz? CEU Workshop and Networking – 5pm, networking; 5:30-6:30, program. Learn about quartz, the most popular current material for hard surface counter tops. CEU program for designers. All welcome. Green Home Chicago, 213 N Morgan, Ste 1-D, Chicago. 312-432-9400. Bright Body Attunement: Nourishing Aliveness – 7:30-9:30pm. Align your inner energy centers with your master blueprint for health and success. Enjoy new levels of vitality, clarity and action for any goal. Work with Peter Kime, creator of Raydiant Lightware™, a revolutionary interactive visual tool for energy alignment and higher connection. $25, $30 after Sept 15. Raydiant Day Center, 1400 Greenleaf St, Evanston. 847-869-6477. Register:

Young Living Event – Sept 18 & 19. Informative sessions about Young Living products, business, FDA compliance, highlights from convention and so much more. Join us for one day or both days to learn, share, have fun and reignite your essential oil passions. This is not a corporate-sponsored event. Marriott, Hoffman Estates. Details & registration: Feng Shui in a Day – 9:30am-5pm. Learn the basics of feng shui to instantly shift the energy in your home and improve your life. Laurie Pawli teaches you how to bring in new opportunities, discuss placement of furniture, use of color in this fun hands-on powerpacked day. Bring your floor plan so that you can learn the proper placement of the bagua on your home. $108. Clubhouse Inn & Suites, 630 Pasquinelli, Westmont. Register: Autumn Equinox Journey – 7-8:30pm. With Lindy Ferrigno. Mabon, the Autumn Equinox, is a time for harvesting and reflecting on the past year. Is there any unresolved issue inside you you’ve been longing to reap the rewards of? Now is the time to take this energy and turn it to your own purposes. $22/advance, $29/at door. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. 847-864-1130. The Energy of Managing Stress – 7-9pm. Learn the latest medical science information about stress and the body, the findings on how to better manage it, and the practice of specific energy healing and meditation techniques from Richard Popp, a certified craniosacral therapist and energy healer/ instructor. $25, $20/A.R.E. members. Richard will also be doing private 25-min de-stressing sessions for $30, Sept 19. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. Info & register: 847-299-6535. Schedule a session: 847-604-4510,, or Right Relationship For You Intro Class – 7-9pm. Discover what else is possible for you, your life, and you relationships. $55. Country Inn & Suites, 600 N Milwaukee Ave, Prospect Heights. RSVP: 847-361-6259, or

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 Adopt-A-Beach – Volunteers adopt a favorite stretch of shoreline and care for it by clearing away litter. Dates & times for cleanups vary by location. For more info: Register: Evanston Yoga Day – 9am. Outdoor yoga class with live music sound healing. Sponsored by Whole Foods, Lululemon and Heaven Meets Earth Yoga. Free giveaways and food. $20 recommended donation. 225 Greenwood & the lake at The Evanston History Center. Manifestation Meditation – 10am. Instructor: Lisa DeMars. Transform what seem to be insurmountable issues in relationships, family, finances, career and health. Bring about clarity so confusion, tension, anxiety and behavior patterns that sabotage your desired results are brought into harmony. Using

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techniques of focusing we will resolve points of contention to achieve the results you desire. Instructor available after class for private chakra and intuitive sessions. $20. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. Registration required: 815-307-1180. For more offerings: Past Life Regression Intensive: One Lifetime Impacts Others – 10am-4:30pm. Through past life regression, you can more readily understand yourself and the changes you desire. Open to anyone interested in using past life regression as a personal tool for self-development. A certificate of completion given at the end of the intensive. $95, $80/10 days advance. Infinity Foundation, 1282 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828. Sat Nam’s Annual YogaThon Open House – 10am5pm. Free classes all day, take as many as your heart desires. Explore 8 disciplines of yoga, gong baths, walking labyrinth, vegan eats, raffles and more. Sat Nam Yoga Chicago, 1304 W Washington Blvd, Chicago. 312-818-5791. Right Relationship For You New Beginning Class – Sept 19-20. 10am-6pm. Class gives you a different way to see what your relationships are now, what they could be, and how you might create something new, just for you. Prerequisite: Intro to Right Relationship For You, held Sept 18. $850/both days. Country Inn & Suites, 600 N Milwaukee Ave, Prospect Heights. RSVP: 847-361-6259, or Finding True Self Workshop – Sept 19 & 20. 127:30pm, Sat; 9am-7pm, Sun. Designed to help you look at the mental and emotional patterns that keep you from living your best life, this workshop generates a powerful transformation that helps you reconnect with your true nature. 2 days of physical exercises, group interaction, meditation and reflection. $145. Northbrook Body & Brain Center, 1947 Cherry Ln, Northbrook. RSVP by Sept 12: 708-226-0245. Taste of Unity – 1-4pm. Enjoy culinary masterpieces in Unity in Chicago’s beautiful garden and gazebo. Wonderfully diverse dishes and desserts, music, dancing and fun for all. 10 tickets for only $5, food tastings 2-5 tickets each. Unity in Chicago, 1925 W Thome Ave, Chicago. 773-973-0007.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 Intuition Insight 101 – 10am. Instructor: Fran Verzosa. Have you ever replayed something that has happened in your life wishing you had made different choices or taken a different path? Did you feel this way because somewhere inside of you knew what was going to happen? Learn how to trust your inner truth and learn intuitive tools that will help you confirm what is in your heart. Instructor available after class for private chakra and intuitive sessions. $25. Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa, 30 N Williams St, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake. Registration required: 815-307-1180. For more offerings: A Life Worth Living: Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Workshop – 10am-1pm. Join GuruNischan for this in-depth clearing and re-connecting to the truth that lives deep inside you, the longing to belong, the you that is ready to shine brightly in the world. It is your time. Be Optimal Holistic Health Center,

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1249 Waukegan Rd, Glenview. 847-486-8000. Blue Sky & Bloom on the Farm – 10:30am1:30pm. Day includes Yoga in the Field; brunch; Farmer demonstrations. Peasants’ Plot, Manteno. Tickets & more info: event/1691472. Life Reboot Workshop Level 1: Live the Life You Love – 1-3:30pm. Led by Dianne Bischoff James, author of the best-selling book The Real Brass Ring, will open up a world of possibilities and combine a wealth of information, dynamic exercises and profound, hands-on experiences to illuminate pathways for greater personal passion, peace and prosperity. $50. The Intuitive Angel, 83 Century Dr, Oswego. Register: 630-554-7713 or

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 Int’l Day of Peace

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 World Car Free Day Free Heart Healthy Dinner Diabetes Event: Diabetes Breakthrough – 6:15pm, check in; 6:30pm, begins. See Sept 15 listing. 1446 Techny Rd, Northbrook. 847-715-9060. Introduction to Essential Oils: 2-Night Class – Sept 22 & 29. 6:30-9:30pm. Learn a basic care kit for physical/emotional issues: headaches, colds, sore muscles, emotional burnout, and a bath salt for relaxation. Also learn basic safety guidelines, blending, application and guidelines for distinguishing high quality oils. CEs available for Licensed Massage Therapists. $125. Insight Awareness, 18110 Martin Ave, Homewood. 708-957-1284.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 Autumn Equinox Eid Ul-Adha (Islam) Yom Kippur (Judaism) Cookin’ Up Abundance – 6:30-8pm. Come join in the fun as feng shui consultant Laurie Pawli teaches you the many ways you can enhance the treasure trove of abundance in your kitchen. $25. Equilibrium Energy + Education, 47 W Polk, Chicago. Register: 312-786-1882.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 Indian Cooking – 6-7:30pm. Join Usha as she demonstrates some of her favorite Indian dishes for the season $5/person. Whole Foods Market Schaumburg, 750 N Martingale Rd, Schaumburg. Registration required: 847-585-5800. Introductory Talk on The Havening Techniques – 6:30-8:30pm. With Donna Ryen, Certified Havening Trainer & Practitioner. Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St, Oak Park. 734-417-3884.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 Lightworkers Midwest Conference: 11th Year – Sept 25-27. 7-10pm, doors open at 6pm, Fri; ends 5pm, Sun. Live entertainment, speakers, vendors all weekend. Cutting-edge topics to move you forward. Different speakers all in one room, every hour to motivate, educate and inspire. Rocks, crystals, sacred journals, high-vibrational art, jewelry, photography, music and more. Free parking. Pre-register for seating. Benedictine University, 5700 College Rd, Krasa Bldg,

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Lisle. 630-579-8184. Talking Drum – 7:30-9:30pm. Join us for a Talking Stick and Drumming Circle. Listen with your heart, communicate your truth, and celebrate life with a drum, feet, hands, shakers and more. Led by Jim Colum and Aliess Kime. $15. Raydiant Day Center, 1400 Greenleaf St, Evanston. 847-869-6477. Register:

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 Citizens’ Climate Lobby Great Lakes Regional Conference – Sept 26 & 27. Learn about climate change issues and CCL’s mission and work. Keynote speakers: Dr. Bennett Brabson, Emeritus Professor of Environmental Physics at Indiana University Bloomington (IUB) and Sarah Hunt, Energy Policy Analyst at the Niskanen Center. Camp Manitoqua, Frankfort. Registration by Sept 8 and more info: Massage for Animal Companions: Provide Relaxation and Healing – 9:30am-4pm. Bodywork for your companion animals provide total relaxation and stimulate healing of acute and chronic conditions, encourage calm behavior, and possibly extend the life of your four-legged friends. Please leave your furry friend at home, but feel free to bring their picture. $160, $150/10 days advance. Infinity Foundation, 1282 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park. 847-831-8828. Certification Class for EFT With A Guarantee™ – Sept 26 & 27. 9:30am-5pm. 14-hr Become an EFT With A Guarantee practitioner. Learn basic EFT plus how to guarantee success in every EFT session for yourself and for your clients. For beginners and experienced EFT Practitioners. Experience relief for yourself. Money back guarantee. 14 CEs. $225, $195/advance, $95/repeat class or prior attendance at any of Tom’s 6-hr or longer workshops. SoderWorld Healing Arts Center, Willowbrook. To register: 630-455-5885 or Tom Masbaum: 708-955-3634. Urban Chicken Keeping – 10am-12pm. Class designed for curious folks who are considering getting chickens, as well as for those who already have their own birds. Learn how to raise chicks, care for adult birds, and keep your neighbors happy. Classroom at Garfield Park Conservatory, 100 N Central Park Ave, Chicago. 312-746-5092. Transformation from Adulthood to Soulhood: Experiential Workshop – 10am-1pm. Workshop will provide a safe, peaceful and loving environment where any fears preventing this transformation can be explored. Spiritual mentoring, one-on-one exercises, group discussion and meditation will guide you towards making soul contact. All registered participants will receive a complimentary spiritual mentoring session. $75. INSIDE, 1241 N Green St, McHenry. 815-245-9673. Montalbano Farms Tour – 10am-3pm. Montalbano Farms welcomes The Sugar Beet Food Co-op and friends to spend a day exploring their farm. Less than 2 hrs from Chicago this working farm with CSA program is committed to producing high quality, organically grown produce for local consumption. $12/ co-op member, $15/nonmember, free for kids 17 & under. More info & schedule: Tickets: Nature’s Heart Workshop and WonderWalk – 1:30-5:30pm. Let nature’s deep intelligence help you with any dream or challenge in this indoor-outdoor workshop. Awaken your heart’s ability to see, know

and communicate using 21st-century shamanic art, then go on a self-directed WonderWalk to receive nature’s guidance for your heart quest. Reconvene to share insights. Includes WonderWalk Field Journal with portal drawings encoded for deepening your experience. Led by Peter Kime, co-founder of Raydiant Day. $40, $45 after Sept 21. Raydiant Day Center, 1400 Greenleaf St, Evanston. 847-869-6477. Register: Autumnal Equinox Meditation – 5pm. Celebrate and meditate with us. Join us to celebrate the beginning of fall with a guided meditation, free treatments from our providers and refreshments. Free. Mind Body Healing Center, 77 W Washington, Ste 1704, Chicago. Reservations required: 312-285-5287.  

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 Moon Festival 2nd Annual BeHealthful Retreat – All-day, allinclusive holistic health, wellness, networking retreat and conference hybrid. Join fellow like-minded change agents for a full day of personal growth, discovery, networking and pampering. Zhou B Art Center, 1029 W 35th St, Chicago. Registration and pricing: Initial Awakening Workshop – 9am-6pm. Workshop helps you open up energy pathways, strengthen your core, and awaken your energy sense deeply. Enhance inner focus by delving deeper into the feeling of your physical body. $190. Mount Prospect Body & Brain Center, 1 W Rand Rd, Ste C, Mt Prospect. RSVP: 708-226-0245. The House Is Your Second Body – 9:30-10:30 am. The condition your home is a true reflection of your life. Learn how to open the flow of energy in various areas of your life, spot any blockages, and create the feeling of a balanced space to move your life forward. Free. Soderworld, 16W501 Nielson, Willowbrook. 630-455-5885. Find The Hidden Abundance In Your Kitchen – 11am. Join Laurie Pawli from the Feng Shui School of Chicago, as she teaches you how to energize your kitchen and discover how you can add abundance to your life! $25. Soderworld, 16W501 Nielson, Willowbrook. 630-455-5885. Fall Fest – 11am-2pm. Horse-drawn hayrides, inflatable entertainment, many crafts and activities run by some of our sponsors and delicious food from our local vendors all at Rehm Park. Free. 615 Garfield St, Oak Park. 708-725-2400 The Gong Whisperer: Vibration, Resonance, and Consciousness – 2-5pm. Preston Klik’s “Ocean of Devotion Gong Wash” is a gentle-but-dynamic, 90-min (including intro talk) sound meditation. He plays his customized Heart Gong, plus crystal bowls, Himalayan temple bowls, ocean drum, etc. $15/ advance, $20/at door. Ethical Humanist Society Auditorium, 7574 N Lincoln, Skokie.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 Beginning Astrology Level 1: 6-Wk Class – 7:309:30pm. Learn planets, signs, houses, aspects, interpretation and transits. Complete beginner or know some about astrology, this course will provide what you need to go forward in your own astrological studies. $180; $150/ registration by Sept 21. Life Force Arts Center, 1609 W Belmont Ave, Chicago. 773-327-7224.





The Gift of the Dream: An Introduction – 7pm. Learn about the wisdom of dreams with Dr. Keren Vishny. Program includes a viewing of the film, An Appointment with a Wise Old Dog: Dream Images in a Time of Crisis by David Blum. There will be a discussion of the film and suggestions for working more deeply with dreams. $25. Zero Balancing Wellness Center, 809 Ridge Rd Ste 200, Wilmette. 847-920-9292.

The Adoption Process from A to Z – 7-9:15pm. Attorney Sally Wildman explores fundamentals of adopting a child and basic legal steps of this process. Highlights include different types of adoption, resources for initiating a search for an available child, and today’s trend of “openness.” Program open to public; preregistration necessary. $30. Adult Education Lyons Township, Lyons Twp High School, 100 S Brainard Ave, La Grange. Registration required; Course # 70100: 708-579-6573 or (The Adoption Process is under “Home & Family” in the catalog, p 15).

SATURAY, OCTOBER 3 Decoding the Ancients – 1-4:30pm. New Discovery Lecture Series: Lecture session will outline the decoding of ancient Egyptian manuscripts to mathematically confirm the existence of multiple universes, parallel dimensions, the potential for inter-dimensional travel, the Heavens, reincarnation, and the afterlife with the “Predictive Result Standard” science requires. Free. Sulzer Library, 4455 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago. 773-942-6926. The Spiritual Side of Lemuria and Atlantis – 2-5pm. With Dr. Rosita Rodriguez. The ancient civilizations of Lemuria and Atlantis were very different in their spiritual beliefs. Explore these differences and learn about the migrations to Egypt and other places before and during the sinking of these ancient lands. $45, $35/A.R.E. members. The Edgar Cayce Holistic Center and Bookstore in Unity Northwest Church, 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines. Info & register: 847-299-6535. Abundant Life Gala Anniversary Dinner – 6-9pm. Celebrate the 5-yr anniversary with a special dinner catered by Maggiano’s; wine available for purchase. Musical entertainment provided by The Grateful Living. $50/person. Patty Turner Center, 375 Elm St, Deerfield. 847-337-3866. Tickets: or

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10 Chicago Vegan Mania 2015 – 10am-5pm. Celebrate Chicagoland’s vegan community, culture, commerce, cuisine and couture. Sample food, listen to speakers, enjoy live music, dance and fashion exhibit, art show and dozens of vendors. Free. Broadway Armory, 5917 N Broadway, Chicago. Decoding the Ancients – 1-4:30pm. New Discovery Lecture Series: Lecture session will outline the decoding of ancient Egyptian manuscripts to mathematically confirm the existence of multiple universes, parallel dimensions, the potential for inter-dimensional travel, the Heavens, reincarnation, and the afterlife with the “Predictive Result Standard” science requires. Free. King Library, 3436 S King Dr, Chicago. 773-942-6926. 2020 Vision: Connecting Co-Creators Worldwide – 2-8pm. Visionary/Futurist Barbara Marx Hubbard and Conscious Evolutionaries Chicagoland Ppresent Annual Awards Event to Honor Chicagoland Innovators and New Initiative Towards the Birth a of Co-Creative Humanity. $65/general admission, $85/ Premium Seating (all seating includes meal). Bodhi Spiritual Center, 2746 N Magnolia, Chicago. Tickets: 847-660-4454 or


MONDAY, OCTOBER 5 NLP & Timeline Resolution Certifications Training – 11:45am-8pm. Awaken the power of your mind in 9 immersive days. Advance interpersonal communications. Master body language to be more persuasive. Rewire negative programming, feelings, habits into greater capabilities. Heighten creativity, problem-solving abilities. Deepen change making it longer-lasting, faster plus more effective. Register before Sept 21 and save $400. $2,995. Level, 318 W. Adams, Chicago. 312-854-2270.

Life Reboot Workshop Series: Level 1 & 2 – Oct 15 & 18. 7-9pm, Thurs; 2-5, Sun. Join Dianne Bischoff James for a Midlife Reboot and discover your path for living a joyful, authentic life. Based on the award-winning book, The Real Brass Ring: Change Your Life Course Now, Dianne will share the 14 Shortcuts for Happy Living and a wealth of information to make life transformation easy. $75. The Present Moment, Libertyville Civic Center, 135 W Church St, Libertyville. Register: 847-421-1441 or



Great Lakes Restoration Conference – Sept 29Oct 1. Learn about the latest issues and network with supporters and activists to develop strategies that advance federal, regional and local restoration goals. Open to the public. Drake Hotel, 140 E Walton Pl, Chicago. Register, schedule: 312-787-2200 or

The Adoption Process from A to Z – 7-9:15pm. Attorney Sally Wildman explores fundamentals of adopting a child and basic legal steps of this process. Highlights include different types of adoption, resources for initiating a search for an available child, and today’s trend of “openness.” Program open to public; preregistration necessary. $35. Community Education District 211, Fremd High School, 1000 S Quentin Rd, Palatine. Registration required; Course # P280-01: 847-7556820 or (The Adoption Process is under “Personal Enrichment/Development” in the catalog, p35).

Free Heart Healthy Dinner Diabetes Event: Diabetes Breakthrough – 6:15pm, check in; 6:30pm, begins. See Sept 15 listing. 1446 Techny Rd, Northbrook. 847-715-9060.

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$25 Off Whole Body Check Up – Thru Sept. With Dr. Arutcheva. Series of tests to help identify what imbalances, weaknesses and blockage you have in your body. Then provided with the customized plan that will allow you to detoxify and balance bodily systems with necessary supplements. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130.

Organic Facials – Sun & Mon. $45/45 mins plus free Salt relaxation room session ($15 value). SoWell/Solay, 4819 Main St, Skokie. Appt required: 847-676-5571.

$45 Manicure + Pedicure with Free Foot Treatment – Thru Sept. Fingers/toes soaked, nails filed and cuticles trimmed. Hands/feet exfoliated, masked and massaged to hydrate, nourish and protect from environmental stress. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $59.99 Full-Body Exfoliation – Thru Sept. A reviving treatment returns that youthful glow, as the entire body is exfoliated to buff away dead skin cells with custom blends of your choice. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $75 Anti-Aging Facial – Thru Sept. With a revolutionary, non-surgical approach see an increase of collagen production, and skin regain elasticity and plumpness. Also includes the use of galvanic/ ultrasonic machine and a special facial and décolleté massage. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130. $79.99 Swedish or Combination Massage (90 Min) – Thru Sept. Enjoy the classic form of fullbody soft tissue massage. Excellent for first time clients. Choose to do a combination massage, which is a medium between a Swedish and a Deep Tissue. Antalee Wellness Spa, 1834-36 Glenview Rd, Glenview. 847-486-1130.

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Attention High School Athletes – Pilates Mat classes are for you. Re:fit will be offering classes in Mat Pilates to help you build a stronger core and increase flexibility and balance. Great for the fall or spring sports, dance, cheer or poms. re:fit Rehabilitation and Fitness, 901 Waukegan Rd, Glenview. 847-657-0881. Children’s Dental Exam – Start the new school year off right with a complimentary exam with bite-wing X-rays. Ages 2-18. Thru Dec 31. Gaiamed Dental Spa, 929 Ridge Rd, Wilmette. For details & appt: 847-977-1655 or Dental Discount Plan – Allows patients without dental insurance to receive quality dental care at affordable prices. Gaiamed is offering free tooth whitening to each enrolled adult. Gaiamed Dental Spa, 929 Ridge Rd, Wilmette. For details & appt: 847-977-1655 or Fall Special Intuitive Readings – Thru Sept. $30/40-min readings. Intuitive Resources, 650 Meacham Rd, Elk Grove Village. 847-564-6159. Introductory Massage Package – Kai Milligan is a national certified massage therapist with expertise in a vast array of massage types. She is offering an introductory massage package at 30% off for the first two visits. re:fit Rehabilitation and Fitness, 901 Waukegan Rd, Glenview. 847-657-0881.

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Jefferson Park Sunday Market – Thru Oct. 9:30am-1:30pm. 2nd & 4th Sun. Food and craft vendors and entertainment. Jefferson Park, corner of Lawrence & Long, Chicago. 773-282-3879. Celebration Service – 10am. A dynamic, conscious community rooted in universal spiritual principles. Music, inspiring message and a loving community. Childcare provided for birth-4; youth programming for 5-18. Awaken your inherent power and purpose through unconditional love, creativity and conscious community. Bodhi Spiritual Center, 2746 N Magnolia Ave, Chicago. 773-248-5683. Feminine Divine Support Group – 10-11:30am. Through study and ritual we learn the impact of the Divine Feminine and how much her wisdom, healing is needed. Through supporting and sharing our intuitive wisdom, authentic greatness, healing powers, we manifest beauty, harmony. Join our support group honoring the Sacred Feminine; become the Feminine Divine. Women’s Wisdom, The Dance Building, 1330 Webford, Des Plaines. 847-258-7225. Logan Square Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct 25. 10am-3pm. Food, music, entertainment, socializing, fun. Held on Logan Blvd from Milwaukee Ave to Whipple St, Chicago. Abundant Life Spiritual Center Sunday Service – 10:30-11:40am. Sunday celebration service with an inspiring spiritual message that directly applies to your life now. Pop/rock/indie music provided by The Grateful Living. Free. Patty Turner Center, 375 Elm St, Deerfield. 847-337-3866. Out Chicago Radio Program – 11am-1pm. The only local and live LGBT radio show in the Chicago Metro Area. Out Chicago is an outstanding new show about LGBT life, current events and civil rights hosted by Scott Duff, a Chicago-based actor, comedian, theatre educator and activist. On WCPTAM 820, WCPT-FM 92.7 (North), WCPY-FM 92.5 (West), and WCPQ-FM 99.9 (South). Call-in: 773-763-WCPT. Dreams Come True Manifesting Theatre – 1-2:30pm. Create, direct and rehearse scenes of joy, fulfillment, prosperity you wish to experience in this artistic workshop. Practice the life you want to live and have fun doing it. Be a manifesting star and a Dream Maker cast member. Acting experience not necessary. Live your dream. WomensWisdom, 1330 Webford, Des Plaines. 847-258-7207. Community Tai Chi/DahnMuDo Class – 2-3pm. Gentle but powerful movements that strengthen muscles and joints, improves your blood and energy circulation, correct skeletal imbalances, plus enhance your focus, concentration and confidence. Based on the Korean healing martial art, DahnMuDo (the way of limitless energy). Free or donation. Donations go to nonprofit Earth Citizens Organization for Heroes

Leadership Program. Orland Park Body & Brain Center, 9204 W 159th St, Orland Park. RSVP: 708-226-0245 or Aura Healings – 3-4pm. Also 6-7pm, Thurs. 1015-min healing with healers that will clear and tune up your energy system. $5 suggested donation. Clairvoyants Center of Chicago, 518 Lee, Evanston. 847-757-2838

Monday Acupuncture Sessions – Mon, Wed & Sat. $25/45min in group setting or $45/private session. SoWell/ Solay, 4819 Main St, Skokie. Appt required: 847676-5571. Gluten-Free Monday – 10am-8pm. All gluten-free grocery items 10% off all-day long. Free. Earthly Goods Health Foods, 6951 Grand Ave, Gurnee. 847-855-9677.

markyourcalendar Footbath Detox Mondays – 11am-6pm. Sluggishness, fatigue, low energy and poor sleep? A 30-min ionic footbath stimulates cells to release toxins and rebalance the cellular system that is responsible for overall health. The process continues after the toxins are dislodged during treatment, allowing your entire body to function optimally. Save $10. Nutritional Health Solutions, 480 Elm Pl, Ste 108, Highland Park. 847-207-2034. Medium Monday – 11am-7pm. $50 medium readings with a complementary free clear quartz crystal. Intuitive Resources, 650 Meacham Rd, Elk Grove Village. 847-564-6159. Nia: Body-Mind-Spirit Dance – 11:30am12:30pm. 5Also Wed & Fri. Nia tunes your mind and tones your body. 52 simple moves combine with great music to bring flexibility, agility, mobility, strength and stability to your body. All ages. All abilities. Practiced barefoot. Bring a mat for floor work. Led by Aliess Kime, Certified Nia Teacher. $14/drop-in. Raydiant Day Center, 1400 Greenleaf St, Evanston. 847-869-6477. Register: 50/50 Class: Zumba and POUND – 6:30-7:30pm. Aliza Mor, nationally certified instructor for over 5 years, will get the party started with 30 mins of Zumba followed by 30 mins of POUND (weighted drum sticks are used for a cardio/strength workout). Beginners are very welcome and no judgment is allowed here. Tash Fitness, 8816 N Bronx Ave, Skokie. Registration required: 847-379-5777.

Tuesday Pilates Mat Class for Beginners – 10-10:50am. Introduction to the basic Pilates principles to help build a stronger core and increase flexibility and balance. Each class will concentrate on a specific series of exercises to promote proper body alignment while engaging your core. Small class sizes ensure personalized attention. $90/6 wks or $18/class. re:fit Rehabilitation and Fitness, 901 Waukegan Rd, Glenview. 847-657-0881.

Shiatsu Student Clinic – 7 or 8pm. Clients receive a 45-min session from an advanced Zen Shiatsu student. Sessions are performed in a group setting with instructor observation. Live shakuhachi and singing bowl music is provided by Jia Senghe. $35/45-min or $90/3 treatments. Zen Shiatsu Chicago, 825A Chicago Ave, Evanston. Availability limited; for appts: 847-864-1130. Tai Chi Class – 8:15pm. Also Sat, 9am. Reduce stress; increase flexibility and balance; improve muscle strength and definition; increase energy; stamina and agility. Wear flat-soled shoes and loose fitting clothes. $10/class. Whole Health Acupuncture, 50 Turner Ave, Elk Grove Village. 847-357-3929.

Wednesday Near Infrared Sauna Sessions or Infrared Massage Traction Table – Wed-Fri. $15/30 mins. SoWell/Solay, 4819 Main St, Skokie. Appt required: 847-676-5571. Reiki Wednesday – $55/60-min healings. Intuitive Resources, 650 Meacham Rd, Elk Grove Village. 847-564-6159. Wellness Wednesdays – Your choice of Oxygenated Rife Lymphatic Detox, MediCupping or Raindrop Technique. $40. 150 E Cook Ave, Ste 101, Libertyville. For appt, Teresa: 224-888-1170 or 561-881-4321. Happy Hour Free Acupuncture – 11am-12pm. Initial evaluation and treatment for instant pain relief or any health concerns. For videos look up Deerfield Community Acupuncture on YouTube. The best doctor is in your body. Get well naturally. Free. Deerfield Community Acupuncture, 405 Lake Cook Rd, Ste 211, Deerfield. 847-845-4090. Midweek Grace – 7-8pm. Experience community spiritual practice to support calm, peace and purpose throughout your week. Bodhi Spiritual Center, 2746 N Magnolia Ave, Chicago. 773-248-5683. Kundalini Yoga and Meditation – 8-9:30pm. Instructor: Guru Nischan. Kundalini Yoga is a powerful way to cut through subconscious programming and clear the psyche. It offers a fast reset of the nervous system and adjustment of the glandular system to give you luster, shine and a healthy glow. $17 drop in; member discounts available. Mosksha Riverwest, 700 N Carpenter St, Chicago. 312-942-9642.

Thursday Happy Hour Free Acupuncture – 11am-12pm. Initial evaluation and treatment for instant pain relief or any health concerns. For videos look up Deerfield Community Acupuncture on YouTube. The best doctor is in your body. Get well naturally. Free. Deerfield Community Acupuncture, 405 Lake Cook Rd, Ste 211, Deerfield. 847-845-4090. Meditation Thursdays at the Center, Rosley’s Rocks and Gems – 6:30-7:30pm. Join us for our weekly night of centering. Meditation guided then silent; all levels welcome, and all questions welcome. Free. 4344 N Western Ave, Chicago. 773-561-7200.

Friday Chakra Friday – 11am-7pm. A full chakra evaluation along with a chakra balance. $70/60-min. Intuitive Resources, 650 Meacham Rd, Elk Grove Village. 847-564-6159. Mindfulness Class – 12:15-1:15pm. Each class will consist of guided mindfulness exercises such as sitting and walking. No previous experience necessary; class also supports those who are experienced practitioners. An open practice so can come and go as need to. With Eric Lieb, Certified Mindfulness Trainer. $10/pre-register, $12/drop-in. Center for Holistic Medicine, 240 Saunders Rd, Riverwoods/ Deerfield. For more info & to RSVP: 847-236-1701.

Saturday Angel Weekend – Sat & Sun. Indulge in an angel reading allowing your archangels to guide and lead your path. $40 angel readings with unlimited time. Intuitive Resources, 650 Meacham Rd, Elk Grove Village. 847-564-6159. Mighty House Radio Program – 8-11am. Funny, friendly experts with answers and ideas to help with all of your home improvement projects. Join Ron Cowgill, Robbie Ehrhardt, Rich Cowgill and the Mighty House team each Saturday morning to get help with all your home improvement and repair issues. On WCPT-AM 820, WCPTFM 92.7 (North), WCPY-FM 92.5 (West), and WCPQ-FM 99.9 (South). Call-in: 773-763-WCPT. Morton Grove Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct 17. 8am-12pm. No market held July 4. Locally grown produce. Morton Grove Civic Center, 6140 Dempster St. Tai Chi Class – 9am. See Tues listing. Whole Health Acupuncture, 50 Turner Ave, Elk Grove Village. 847-357-3929. Indoor Farmers’ Market – 9am-1pm. Year round. Heritage Prairie Farm, 2N308 Brundige Rd, Elburn. 630-443-5989. National Yoga Month Open House – 10-11am. Experience the basics of Body & Brain Yoga: meridian stretching, breathing postures and energy meditation. Rather than focusing on a strict set of yoga poses that demand physical strength, Body & Brain incorporates a wide variety of exercises that stretch the physical, energetic and spiritual bodies. No prior experience needed. $5. Body & Brain Center, 9204 W 159th St, Orland Park. RSVP requested: 708-226-0245  or Tarot Readings with Rita – 10am-2pm. Looking for guidance through life’s challenges? We can use the cards to help you use your intuition and higher consciousness to navigate towards your highest good. Free tea or coffee. $20. INSIDE, 1241 N Green St, McHenry. 815-245-9673. Vet Talk Radio Program – 6-7pm. Program hosted by U.S. Marine Corps Vet Antonio Correa and Fred Newson of the U.S. Navy. Both men have lived the life of a military man, and now they are working to give a voice to the veterans. Gain a new perspective on the issues facing veterans today. On WCPT-AM 820, WCPT-FM 92.7 (North), WCPYFM 92.5 (West), and WCPQ-FM 99.9 (South).

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HELP WANTED/HIRING HELP IN EXPANSION, ORGANIZATION AND MARKETING OF MY BUSINESS – Earn a percentage of income made from workshops and private sessions. Skills needed: proficient computer knowledge and marketing knowledge. Most work can be done from your home. Call Irma 847-707-4032 or email Relationship Management/Sales CHICAGO and SOUTH SUBURBS – Excellent opportunity for flexible part-time work with great rewards. Natural Awakenings Chicago is seeking a self-motivated professional with strong interpersonal and communication skills to introduce businesses to the benefits of advertising to our community in print and online. Ideal candidate must be self-motivated, organized and creative in sourcing suitable clients and events to target in Chicago and suburbs. You must enjoy conversing on the phone and hosting face-to-face meetings, as well as enjoy working both from your home and from the road throughout the metropolitan area, and have previous relationship-based ad sales experience. You’ll need at least 20 flexible daytime hours per week to prosper. Occasional weekend and evening time required to attend events and network. Pay is generous commission, plus bonuses. Email your name, a brief description of your experience and your phone number to

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SPACE AVAILABLE Workshop, Classroom and Healing Space to Rent – available 7 days/wk, located within Rosley’s Rocks & Gems in Lincoln Square neighborhood. 4344 N Western Ave, Chicago. Call Steve: 773-561-7200.

communityresourceguide Connecting you to the leaders in natural health care & green living in our community. acupuncture DEERFIELD COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE

405 Lake Cook Rd, Ste 211 847-845-4090 Quick pain relief, long-lasting results, sliding scale pricing of $20$40/treatment where you pay what you can afford. Offering acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in truly peaceful and healing environment. Open early/late hours, 7 days a week. For more info, testimonials, or to schedule an appointment, call 847-845-4090 or visit

WHOLE HEALTH ACUPUNCTURE 50 E Turner Ave, Elk Grove Village 847-357-3929

Offering community acupuncture on a sliding scale from $15-$40. Acupuncture is most effective when done consistently and for a full course of treatment. This brings faster relief, so you can get back to work and the things that you enjoy. Pricing lets you afford to have acupuncture simply because it feels good.

acupuncture & traditional oriental medicine LANA MOSHKOVICH, LAc, ND, MSOM

1500 Shermer Rd, Ste LL29, Northbrook 60062 847-508-1470 Trained in both Western and Oriental Medicine, I use acupuncture and a dietary approach along with herbal remedies to resolve musculoskeletal pain, internal medicine health issues, insomnia, anxiety and women’s health. Schedule your initial appointment on to find out if acupuncture can help you. Get a healthier and alternative approach to your chronic health conditions.

allergy relief Calandra Acupuncture South Loop and Arlington Hts 312-515-9492

Offering a variety of modalities to help you feel better, including NAET Allergy Elimination, acupuncture and Reiki. We thrive to work with your primary medical doctors to offer the highest quality complimentary care and welcome patients who haven’t found relief through traditional western medicine. Also offering informational and certification classes.

animal communication Whispers of Love

Linda Roberts 312-231-5607 Helping people and animals to heal their past, present, and to live healthy lives is Linda’s passion. Animal Communication provides assistance with behavioral issues, recent adoptions, illnesses, allergies, medical concerns and more. Communication coupled with energy work may benefit all family members. Linda performs and teaches energy sessions, animal communication, Shamanism, Reiki and Belly Dance.

Zero Balancing Wellness Center

Mary H. Murphy, LMT, CZB, CST-D 809 Ridge Rd, Ste 200, Wilmette 60091 847-920-9292 • Zero Balancing (ZB) works with the flow of chi through the skeletal system. Gentle, and energizing, a ZB session leaves the client with a wonderful feeling of body-mind integration and energized relaxation. ZB can help relieve body pain, emotional distress and boost well-being. Received clothed, ZB addresses the whole person.

brain health Marny Turvill, MD Evanston 60201 847-644-8540

Has your life been taken over by PTSD, a concussion or other TBI, chemical sensitivities, anxiety, or a child with learning or behavior problems? If you are ready to take back control and thrive, contact Dr. Marny now! You can feel better, think better and behave better without medications!

animal shelters Harmony House for Cats 2914 N Elston, Chicago 60618 773-293-6103 •

Harmony House for Cats is a cageless, no-kill, eco-friendly, Platinum-LEED shelter dedicated to rescuing and rehoming injured and abandoned cats. New volunteers, supporters and adopters are welcome. The huge sunny adoption rooms provide a natural home-like environment for both cats and people.

bodywork Roth Structural Integration

Diane Roth, BCSI Highland Park, 60035 847-831-3213 • Structural Integration (SI) realigns, rebalances and re-educates the body through manual therapy and movement education. Chronic pain, bad posture, tired and achy bodies are signs that the body is out of balance. SI benefits include decreased pain, injury rehabilitation, improved posture, ease in movement, and increased flexibility and stamina.


825 Chicago Ave, Evanston 60202 847-864-1130 You’ll feel the stress melt away like the snow in spring through our relaxation-focused shiatsu massage practice, which offers the same energizing benefits as acupuncture combined with the restorative power of yoga poses. Dress in cozy threads, shiatsu is performed on fully clothed clients. Professional and student therapists available. See ad on back cover.

coaching & counseling David Scott Bartky

Certified Law of Attraction Life Coach “Phone Coaching At Its Best” 973-444-7301 The Law of Attraction is always operating in your life. Are you using it to attract what you want? I will teach you processes and techniques so you’ll not only start to attract what you want (a relationship, more money, more clients, etc.), you’ll also become more excited about life.


Dr. Robbie Maller Hartman, PhD, PCC 847-831-5660 Professional certified life coach and licensed clinical psychologist with over 20 years experience in health and wellness. Specializing in emotional eating issues, non-dieting weight loss, healthy lifestyle coaching, mindfulness meditation training, and stress management. Mentored by bestselling author Geneen Roth, as seen on Oprah. Call for a complimentary phone consultation.

Raydiant Life Coaching Peter Kime, MA 847-869-6477 • Evanston

All challenges are an opportunity to heal and evolve. With 27 years experience I combine energy healing with psychological and spiritual counsel to help you in that process. Come to know and empower your truth. Go forward more fit to create greater joy, fulfillment, and love. Free 20 minute initial consult. See ad on page 29.

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Live an Illuminated Life Sister Goddess GuruNischan 312-671-0466

Taking the complexity out of enlightenment, meditation, yoga, LIFE, and leaving all of the best and most Luminous stuff. The stuff that turns you on, when life shuts you off. The stuff that reclaims you, reveals you, and courses electricity through your Soul. Call for a FREE TurnOn Session and let’s Light Your World Up! 

RESOLUTIONS COACHING & CERTIFICATION TRAINING Tim Marshall, Cht, NLPT, MC 25 E Washington • 233 E Erie 312-854-2270

Achieve higher performance and motivation. Do you want peace of mind eliminating uncontrollable fear? Are you sad yet want to be happier, or angry but want inner calm? Stop smoking. Eat less. Reduce stress, anxiety, compulsions. Enjoy life more with greater success. 30+ years hypnosis and NLP experience. Free phone consultation.

colon hydrotherapy NORTHSHORE COLONICS

Lori Hirshman, I-ACT certified 1535 Lake Cook Rd, Ste 113 (behind Northbrook Court), Northbrook 60062 Add’l location: Colonics in Grayslake, 408 Center St 773-551-5083 • You don’t need to suffer any more! We offer a relaxing and private environment where discretion and absolute cleanliness is never taken for granted! Our I-ACT certified practitioners have more than 12 years experience in Colon Hydrotherapy, Guided Programs, Life/Nutritional Coaching, all to help you make better choices for yourself.


Jim Kolar, Rph 3479 N Broadway, Chicago 60657 773-525-0766 Save-Rite is your locally owned compounding specialist in Lakeview. Besides dispensing traditional medication, we work closely with your doctor to customize medications for pediatric care, sports medicine, pain management, veterinary needs and a wide range of hormone replacement therapies (BHRT). We also offer a variety of medical equipment and daily living supplies so that you’ll always enjoy a healthy lifestyle.  Free delivery to Lakeview and surrounding areas. See ad on page 20.

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crystal healing ROSLEY’S ROCKS AND GEMS

4344 N Western Ave, Chicago 60618 773-561-7200 • Join us at our new location, The Center, where we offer the widest selection of chakra healing stones, rough crystals, collectors’ pieces and specialty items. Come meditate in the crystal skull room, relax and heal on our new Amethyst Biomat™, and see our skilled and professional readers and healers.

digestive health specialist NUTRITIONAL HEALTH SOLUTIONS

Reneé S. Barasch, LDHS 480 Elm Place, Ste 108, Highland Park 60035 847-207-2034 • Digestive problems? Acid Reflux/ GERD, IBS, Crohn’s, colitis? Let us help you naturally achieve nutritional balance, feel better and enhance the quality of your life. Improve digestion while reducing discomfort and bloating so you can eat the foods you love again. Certified digestive health specialist/enzyme therapist. See ad on page 9.

EFT (emotional freedom techniques) TOM MASBAUM, EFTADVANCED

708-955-3634 EFT, Emotional Freedom Techniques, is a simple, gentle and very effective tapping procedure on the acupuncture spots, or acupuncture without needles. In individual EFT sessions Tom offers a 100% guarantee of success or no charge. 6,000 individual sessions, mostly on the phone. Emotional and many physical issues fade away. Initial call free.

energetic family wellness DR. NICK KUENNEN, DC

The Wellness Source 1245 N Milwaukee Ave, Ste 202B, Glenview 60025 (Across from Abt) 224-413-3500 • We offer an effective, holistic wellness approach that is the only one in the entire Chicagoland area. The difference lies with the BioModulator that delivers healing bioenergy and corrective chiropractic techniques, neuro-muscular release techniques, nutrition recommendations, acupuncture meridian lines, digital X-rays, orthopedic and neurological testing, emotional releasing and essential oils. We ensure results with our approach. See ad on page 7.

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energy work Chi Balancing Center Located in Art of Natural Healing 7773 Lake St, River Forest 60305 708-366-8002

Reiki Master David Riddle has used the Akashic Records in his energy work sessions since 1998. In Akashic EnergyworkSM, David connects the energy body held within the Akashic Records to the individual using hands on healing. This brings energy to the client for health, happiness and karmic relief.

Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa 30 N Williams, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake 815-307-1180

Offering daily intuitive and energetic healing sessions. Offerings include: aura analysis and clearing, soul synergizing, SoulCollage chakra balancing, singing bowl sessions, chakra channeling, chakra dowsing, crystal chakra balancing, chakra healing touch, crystal grid sessions, shamanic sessions, Vivaxis connection alignment, reflexology and Reiki. Appointments recommended.


Marla Levitt Goldberg 847-984-0440 • 847-275-5584

Want to feel more flow and joy in your life? Do toxic thoughts limit your potential or block clear thinking? Marla will help release blocks, interferences, negative energies, entities and emotions that may be left from your past. Call today to schedule a consultation. See ad on page 31.

essential oils DoTERRA Essential Oils Allison Lutze

Need help with seasonal threats? Breathe easy with Breathe® Respiratory Blend, made by dōTERRA. Use aromatically and topically to maintain clear airways. Also works well for the snorer in your family leading to a better nights rest, for everyone. Visit website for more information.

YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS Karen Duewel 847-772-0212

Young Living oils and supplements with natural plant extracts can support women’s health throughout the various phases of life; providing temporary relief from cramps, nausea, hot flashes and emotional swings. For daily challenges, consider lavender or Stress Away to relieve daily stress, encourage relaxation and reduce nervous tension. Enjoy life naturally. See ad on page 37.

feng shui Laurie Pawli, Certified Feng Shui Consultant

The Feng Shui School of Chicago

You can now learn feng shui in the Chicago area. The Feng Shui School of Chicago is recognized as a Gold Level School, the highest standard established by the International Feng Shui Guild. We teach basic “Feng Shui in a Day” classes, as well as a comprehensive 77-hour “Certified Feng Shui Consultant Training Program”. A “layering” approach is taught using Form, Best Personal Direction, and Front Door Bagua placement. Laurie is a student of Grand Master Professor Lin Yun, Katherine Metz and Denise Linn.  8

green/healthy foods & restaurants


2508 W Devon, Chicago 60659 773-274-5800 • Arya Bhavan offers a menu of authentic vegan, raw, gluten-free and organic Indian dishes, prepared with healthy ingredients, no GMO or MSG, and a careful mix of ayurvedic Indian spices with nutritional properties that benefit both mind and body. We help you “Eat Well, Feel Well, Think Well, Heal Well!” See ad on page 41.

green real estate KATIE HAUSER

Baird & Warner Green Broker 847-212-5214 I understand that heating, cooling, energy efficiency and commuting distance are important to your home buying and remodeling decisions. As a NAR Green Broker, I’ll help you find the dream home that meets your sustainable lifestyle. Working together, we’ll locate the best resources to make green improvements and sustainable renovations.


Reverend, Reiki Master Teacher, CCMBA Teacher, Hands on Healing Covering McHenry & Woodstock Lake Geneva, WI 262-745-4345 Offering a number of healing modalities. Testing for what protocol is required for healing at a Cellular Morphogenic, DNA level. Heal the emotional, mental and spiritual body, and the physical body can heal. Reiki, Crystal Reiki, CCMBA/CCSMC, Meridian, Aura and Chakra Clearing, Past Life Therapy, Emotional Release and more.

holistic dentistry DR. ALLA AVER, DDS

2400 Ravine Way, Suite 400, Glenview 60025 847-998-5100 • Stay healthy with a whole-body, preventative care approach. We use non-fluoridated ozonated water, periodontal herbal treatments, and gluten-free herbal paste. Restorative options include: safe amalgam removal, BPA-free fillings and sealants, non-metal crowns and bridges, sleep apnea and TMJ appliances, and non-acrylic night guards, partials and dentures. Our conservative approach includes: digital X-rays and intraoral camera, nonsurgical gum therapies including laser and ozone, and herbal irrigation. Material reactivity testing, saliva pH and microscopic plaque analysis are available. Our natural approach includes dental homeopathy, craniosacral therapy, and nutritional counseling. Dental discount plan available and PPO insurance plans accepted. See ad on page 45.

K. BOEHM, DDS, & Associates

1585 N Barrington Rd, Ste 106, Hoffman Estates 60069 847-884-1220 1440 Maple Ave, Ste 2A Lisle 60532 630-810-1280 •

State-of-the-art holistic methods of dental care in a relaxed environment. Having extensive knowledge of the correlation between oral and overall health, Dr Boehm offers bio-friendly materials compatible with your body. Services include mercury-free fillings and crowns or bridges, safe mercury removal, fluoride-free office, electrodermal screening, homeopathy, cranial osteopathy, orthodontics and jaw orthopedics, laser treatment of gum disease and ozone therapy.

TAF G. PAULSON, D.D.S., P.C. 233 E Erie St, Ste 816, Chicago 60611 312-944-7444

We offer gentle holistic dentistry that supports vibrant well-being in a caring and peaceful environment. Our Conscious Care includes mercury-free fillings; non-surgical periodontal therapy; digital X-rays; safe, biocompatible materials; bacterial analysis using a microscope; dental homeopathy and nutritional counseling. We guide you to dental wellness thorough education. Free indoor parking. See ad on page 19.

Dr. Andie T. Pearson

Gaiamed Dental 929 Ridge Rd, Wilmette 847-977-1655 Holistic dentistry involves an awareness of care that relates to the entire person. Gaiamed is a full-service practice using the most biocompatible dental options. Our services range from nonsurgical gum care to mercury-and-PBA-free restorations, crowns, bridges, partial and full dentures, children's dentistry, braces, implants, dental homeopathy, and craniosacral therapy. See ad on page 5.

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2035 N Milwaukee Ave, Riverwoods/Deerfield 60015 847-947-8622 Dr. Rasekh’s practice philosophy emphasizes education, prevention and minimally invasive dentistry. Enter our modern and calming dental facility, allow the ambiance to put you at ease, and be certain that excellent care awaits you. We offer, digital X-rays, biocompatible materials, mercury- and metal-free restorations, children’s dentistry and smile design and analysis. See ad on page 33.

Holistic Dentistry Chicago Elizabeth Strzelecka, DDS 7460 W Belmont, Chicago 60634 773-745-3636


As a Biological dentist, I recognize the impact of toxic substances and only use materials and procedures that are systemically compatible with your body. We offer a wide variety of procedures from general to cosmetic, ozone therapy, laser dentistry, safe mercury removal, TScan bite adjustment for TMJ, Earthing chair, infrared sauna and restoration of porcelain implants, all in a safe and relaxing atmosphere.

MIDWEST INTEGRATIVE DENTISTRY 11952 Oak Creek Pkwy, Huntley 60142 847-659-8500 •

Dr. Sukel is a holistic general dentist, cosmetically restoring teeth without mercury or fluoride. Our digital X-rays and CT cone beam provide 3-D views for detailed diagnosis of root canals, laser gum treatment, missing teeth, implants and dentures. Sleep appliances and TMJ treatments for head and neck pain are also available.

Dr. Bernice Teplitsky, DDS, PC 3256 N Ashland, Chicago 60657 773-975-6666 In addition to state-of-the-art technology and methods offered by most holistic dentists (microscopes, ozone trherapy, etc.), we treat you as a partner. We thoroughly explain your unique situation, provide treatment options and keep you comfortable with Netflix, music and paraffin wax treatments. Located off the Brown line. Free garage parking.

holistic fitness COMFY FITNESS

2115 N Damen, Chicago 60647 312-373-0727 Disenchantment or intimidation of the classic gym setting keeps many from getting into shape. If this sounds like you, Comfy Fitness can help. Our trainers will guide and teach you how to reach your health and fitness goals while leaving you looking forward to your next workout. Call for a free fitness assessment today. See ad on page 17.

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Teresa Lopez, LPN 150 E Cook Ave, Libertyville 60048 224-888-1170 • Feel better this fall! We offer lymphatic detoxification with oxygenation to restore your cells’ natural energy levels and restore proper lymph function. Also offering MediCupping and other healing approaches. See website for full list of services.

Amy Andrews

Feel Good Again Health Detective Highland Park and Virtual Consulting 847-361-6238 Frustrated with your health? Your tests are “normal” but you don’t feel right? Do you want to finally solve your energy, gut, weight, and mood symptoms? Get empowered! Find and correct the root causes of hormonal, digestive and detox issues, so you can enjoy life and feel good again!


847-361-6259 • How would you like to have a different future? Being a Certified Relationship coach and facilitator as well as Access Consciousness Facilitator and Akashic Records teacher and consultant I use all the tools to empower you to heal and release blocks and limitations that seem to limit your joy, money, and/or relationships. See ad on page 23.

Gnosis Natural Health

EFT, Emotional Freedom Techniques, is a gentle, simple yet very successful process for releasing emotional and many physical symptoms. Every session, mostly on the phone, has a guarantee of success. It is that wonderful. Over 6,000 individual sessions and hundreds of classes over the last 11 years. Tom Masbaum, EFT Advanced, is the Founder of EFT With A Guarantee™.

re:fit-restoring and enhancing through fitness and integrative therapies Loribeth Cohen, PT Studio Director Mimi Abrams, PT 910 Waukegan Rd, Glenview 60025 847-657-0881 •

At re:fit, we believe that the body and mind interact to create health or “dis-ease.” We address both the underlying causes of pain and the body’s potential for healing. We offer many techniques for treatment and encourage the client to engage in their process of healing by combining physical therapy, IMT and exercise. Feel the difference! See ad on page 23.

holistic home organizer HOME SPACE ORGANIZING Jody Casden 847-209-0083 

A holistic approach to organizing and letting go of clutter. HSO recognizes the tools for restoring and creating nourishing spaces. HSO is green and sustainably conscious and provides creative solutions. We understand that an environment that nourishes you improves emotional and physical wellness. Call today to schedule a complimentary consultation.

holistic medicine Dr. Kristen Bobik, DC

Claire Boye-Doe, MS Nutrition Response TestingTM 5756 N. Ridge Ave, Ste 3, Chicago 60660 773-561-5516 • Searching for a natural, very effective way to feel better? Nutrition Response TestingTM uses the body’s innate intelligence to decipher exactly what’s needed to heal and repair the root cause of your symptoms. Fix asthma, arthritis, migraines, digestive & heart issues, and more!  FREE consultation- mention Natural Awakenings (value $150). 

2500 W Higgins, Ste 420, Hoffman Estates 847-310-0303 The

Our wellness clinic averages only a 5-minute wait time before you’re getting natural, safe, and effective treatment with the Doctor. Dr. Kristen specializes in acupuncture, low-force chiropractic care and food intolerance testing, and uses unique diagnostic tests to uncover the real cause of your health concern. Located at the corner of Higgins and Barrington roads. See ad on page 37.

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6137 N Elston Ave, Chicago 60646 773-631-5001 Dr. Deane is a premier holistic chiropractic physician who offers total body solutions to chronic health and pain challenges. She treats all three sides of the triangle of health­—structure, chemical and emotions— to resolve problems at the root cause. If you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, and want to flip the switch from pain and chronic illness, Dr. Deane can help. Call for appointment. See ad on page 31.

Dr. Jerry P. Gore, MD

Center for Holistic Medicine 240 Saunders Rd, Riverwoods/Deerfield 60015 847-236-1101 Dr. Gore is director, supervisor and staff physician. He obtained his MD from the University of Illinois School of Medicine and his post-graduate work at Northwestern Institute of Psychiatry. He has over 30 years of experience blending nutrition, supplements, homeopathy, psychotherapy and collaborating with other practitioners at the center to offer a truly holistic medicine practice. See ad on page 23.


IL Center for Progressive Medicine 1002 W Lake St, Chicago 60607 312-243-3338 • Dr. LeRoy has 20 years of experience in collaborating with his patients to determine why they are not well. He specializes in investigative work that includes a detailed discussion, examination and laboratory testing, then creates an integrative treatment plan that often includes diet and nutrition changes, acupuncture, chiropractic and other lifestyle modifications. Dr. LeRoy is best known for breast thermography, HPV treatment and GI problems. See ad on page 49.


North Shore Health Solutions LTD 1446 Techny Rd, Northbrook 60062 847-715-9060 • Dr. Kim Martin, DC, FASA, BCIM, CFMP, is a certified gluten-free practitioner in Northbrook. She specializes in “Solving the Mystery of Your Chronic Condition” using Functional Medicine, blood work, stool samples and saliva. Free Diabetes Lecture event September 15, 22 and 29. Call 847-715-9060 for more events details. See ad on page 11.

Mind Body Healing Center

77 W Washington, Ste 1704 Chicago 60602 312-285-5287

We treat both the emotional and physical aspects of your health and specialize in depression, anxiety, digestive disorders and pain management. We provide diagnostic testing such as Biomeridian screening and apply natural interventions such as psychotherapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, physical therapy, nutrition, massage and energy work. Insurance accepted. Available evening and weekends.


Angela Waltman FNP, AHN-C 522 Poplar St, Wilmette 60091 773-454-2644

Angela provides a blend of Eastern & Western Medicine, offering care for urgent needs such as coughs, colds and minor injuries. Her Prepare For Surgery/Heal Faster program is incredibly helpful and works for chemo and chronic pain, too. She teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) & Mindfulness meditation, also Healing Energy Work. Truly Mind, Body & Spirit Care.

Dr. Kevin J. Regan, DC, DABCA 118 N Clinton, Ste 103, Chicago 60661 312-876-1600 •

Do you have pain or inflammation that won’t go away? Is stress making you ill? Therapeutic treatment with the Magnesphere© will balance out and energize you through a total body immersion into a bio-magnetic field. The Magnesphere© provides deep relaxation and stress relief through a combination of science and holistic intervention.

holistic medicineayurveda Monica Yearwood

3807 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago 60618 773-697-3640 Monica Yearwood is an ayurvedic practitioner who empowers her clients with experiential practices. Her focus is digestive health, detoxification and lifestyle. Monica’s programs integrate diet, herbology and practices that cultivate awareness such as meditation and yoga. She runs programs out of her ayurvedic center, Hamsa Ayurveda & Yoga, in Chicago.

holistic physical rehabilitation LIFEWAVE INSTITUTE, LLC

Dr. Andrew Serlin, DC 3113 Dundee Rd, Northbrook 60062 224-723-5693 • Pro athletes heal quickly with aquatic therapy and so can you at one of the only facilities in Chicagoland with a warm water pool featuring an underwater treadmill. LifeWave Institute combines chiropractic, massage, aquatic and land-based rehab with practices of T’ai Chi Ch’uan, Chi Kung and acupuncture to deliver comfortable and effective muscular and joint pain relief.

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Elisa Sue Rabin, MS, OTRL Founder & Director: The Center for Integrative Body Mind Sciences Private sessions & 4-day Wellness Intensives 847-579-1177

Elisa is an integrative healthcare practitioner specializing in pain relief and gut-brain disorders. She expertly applies advanced techniques to release inflammation and re-patterns symptoms associated with IBS, fibromyalgia, migraines, depression, stress and hormonal imbalance. She is a compassionate communicator, and partners with each client to create a relationship for deep exploration and integration.


Advanced Arlington Medical Center 333 W Dundee Rd, Buffalo Grove 60089 847-243-0355 Board-certfied internist Dr. Eric Nagaj diagnoses using conventional medicine, and also treats acute and chronic illness using anthroposophical medicine and the least toxic yet effective treatment for the condition. Dr. Nagaj offers comprehensive medical evaluations, advanced nutritional testing and treatments with new lines of validated anthroposophic/homeopathic remedies, bio-identical hormones, and much more. See ad on page 41.


820 AM Streaming live: Chicago’s Progressive Talk is a whole lot more than just a radio station. It is a community of several hundred thousand people who are sustainably inclined, environmentally responsible, community conscious and socially engaged. Monday through Friday the program lineup features national show hosts who broadcast from various cities across America. From the very political, to the very serious, to almostover-the-line edgy, they talk about what matters to you. On the weekends, specialty shows cover home improvement, gardening, Chicago politics, and much more. Listen on the radio or tune in online at See ad on page 71.

integrative medicine LAKEVIEW INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE Silvia Panitch, MD, Medical Director 3344 N Ashland Ave, Chicago 60657 773-525-6595

Balance your spiritual, emotional, psychological and physical well-being, and get the tools to heal. We integrate Western medicine methods of functional and internal medicine with modalities including acupuncture, biofeedback, chiropractic, nutrition, enzymes, amino acids, bio-identical hormones, homeopathy and neurotransmitters. Specializing in women’s health, weight control, pain management, gastrointestinal issues, adrenal fatigue and food allergies.

DR. CHERYL SCHWARTZ, DO Center for Holistic Medicine 240 Saunders Rd, Riverwoods/Deerfield 60015 847-236-1701

I specialize in Internal Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. My goal is to help people in good health maintain their well-being, while assisting those with health problems to feel better and move to a more positive path. I manage general internal medicine issues as well as treat appropriate patients with Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment, a hands-on method of healing. See ad on page 23.

integrative psychotherapy SUSAN ATCHISON, LCPC

A Healing Soul, Ltd. NW Suburbs; 847-370-5181 Have pain, anxiety, indecision or depression been making your life miserable? I can help you to have a happier, more fulfilling life. Using a holistic approach, we’ll balance and renew your body, mind and spiritual selves. For lasting results—to feel lighter and more whole—call today for your appointment.

BODY BASED PSYCHOTHERAPY Ellen Goode, CADC, CBT, ICST, CMT City & Suburbs • 312-504-4106

Want more from life? If you tried some other therapy or self help before and felt some deeper conflict was unseen or unresolved, it probably was. Mind/Body Therapy goes deeper and broader than other approaches. Helping clients with addictions, relational problems, abuse, personal and spiritual growth, etc. since 1988. Free initial consultation.

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David H. Johnson, LCSW

847-475-3017, voicemail People of all ages come to me in pain due to trauma, childhood issues and addiction. My holistic approach helps to resolve wounds of the mind, body and spirit where recovery is not only possible but inevitable. Lasting results for happier, productive lives is the goal of my body-centered psychotherapy. Call for free initial consultation.


McHenry’s Only Holistic~Cultural Center 1241 N Green St, McHenry 60050 • Live near McHenry? Looking for fun, affordable things to do? We’re your relaxed, creative hangout. Get a shiatsu massage, hear original music, make new friends, tap into your inner healer. Reasonable rental rates. Mention this ad for 20% off a shiatsu massage. Find your whole new world INSIDE. All ages. See ad on page 6.


Clinical Director, Inner Balance Northbrook, Chicago, Palm Springs 847-224-0244 Ellen’s 30 years of experience as a psychotherapist integrates a conscious approach to healing old patterns through a mix of trauma and mindfulness-based psychotherapies, HMR, Lifeline, The Work (Byron Katie), energy medicine and somatic awareness. Join “Inner Balance Meditation” for updates on her events, and visit her at

intuitive consultation MICHELE HEATHER

847-509-8289 Do you feel stuck? Mentally blocked or can’t make a decision? Michele helps you identify and release issues keeping you from full expression of your Essences. Surround yourself by the love of your Guides to release issues for an awesome, humbling and life-transforming experience. Michele is also psychic and a Reiki Master Teacher.

lifelong learning & personal growth THE EDGAR CAYCE HOLISTIC CENTER AND BOOKSTORE At Unity Northwest Church 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines 60016 847-299-6535

Full-service bookstore, Cayce remedies, spiritual growth study groups, monthly programs, workshops and holistic fairs, intuitive skills development training, knowledgeable seekers, intuitives, healers and more. Call for hours. See ad on page 33.


1282 Old Skokie Rd, Highland Park 60035 847-831-8828 • Offering more than 200 Courses for Life in personal, professional and spiritual growth and development. How the Brain Influences Pain with Trupti Gokani, MD on September 16. Massage for Animal Companions with Share Siwek, DVM September 26, CEUs available. Reasonable practitioner and classroom rental. Call or email for a free course guide.

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organic mattresses & bedding NORTH SHORE BEDDING 984 Willow Rd, Ste H, Northbrook 60062 847-291-6770

We offer a safe and cost-effective alternative to conventional mattresses, in a low-pressure, relaxing sales environment. Full selection of only allnatural and organic latex mattresses, pillows and accessories, including Natura and Savvy Rest. Locally owned and operated since 1983. See ad on page 21.

naturopathic consultation DR. ALLA ARUTCHEVA, MD, PhD, ND

Associate Professor, Rush University Med. School Antalee Wellness 1836 Glenview Rd, 2nd Fl, Glenview 60025 • 847-486-1130

When your body is in an imbalanced state your health is compromised. Dr. Alla Arutcheva’s Full Body Check Up is a non-invasive, highly reliable test that can provide you with a snapshot of your current state of health. She can also identify which supplements your body needs for optimal healing benefits. See ad on page 13.

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organic spa Solay Wellness / So WELL 4819 Main, Skokie 847-676-5571

So Well is your unique destination for wellness in Skokie. Enjoy our Salt Relaxation Room, $15/session; Infrared Salt Sauna, $15/session or Heated Massage Beds, $15/ session. While you’re here, discover over 300+ artisan crafted, organic and fair trade Salt crystal lamps, bath & beauty, healthy gourmet, natural home products and more to continue your wellness journey. To learn more, or order securely, call or visit website.

Alison Egeland, ND Schaumburg 847-895-8180

Dr. Alison is a Naturopathic Doctor with additional training in Functional Medicine. Considering each individual’s unique combination of genetics, lifestyle, environmental exposures, to uncover and treat underlying imbalances that lead to complex, chronic conditions such as GI disorders, chronic fatigue, autoimmune issues, thyroid and adrenal imbalances, metabolic disorders, chemical sensitivity and hormone imbalances.

pain management JOYCE ANN, OTR/L, GCFP Live a More Functional Life By Building Better Balance 847-748-8313

What could you do if you were pain free? I can help you replace constriction and pain with confident movement. My approach includes Occupational Therapy, Feldenkrais Method, Reflex and Vestibular integration. Effective for individuals suffering from fibromyalgia, arthritis, car accidents, trauma and neurological issues. Call me today. Most insurance accepted.

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Charlotte Hammond, MS, RD, LDN, RYT 150 N Michigan, Ste 800, Chicago, 60601 312-547-9247, Registered and Licensed Dietitian providing integrative nutritional counseling and Medical Nutrition Therapy for weight management, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, kidney disease, osteoporosis, special needs, bowel disorders, vegan/vegetarian diets, dietary transition, mindful eating, detoxification, safe supplementation and more. Also available for grocery store tours, cupboard clean-out, menu management and seminars.

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past life awareness CANDACE

650 Meacham Rd, Elk Grove 60007 847-564-6159 Looking for answers and solutions to current issues in your life? The answer may lie in understanding your past lives. With over 22 years experience, Candace works with you to gain a conscious awareness of how your past lives and relationships affect who you are today. Call or text for appointments. See ad on page 35.

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Bodhi Spiritual Center

Become a more empowered, authentic you through personal and spiritual development. Work with the horse that mirrors your emotions using this information to navigate your world more clearly. Work with a spiritual director to help you discover how to come home to you. Contact us for information.

Check out our Sunday Celebration Service at 10am each week. Enjoy a dynamic, conscious community rooted in universal spiritual principles that Reveal Love, Honor All Paths and Celebrate Life. Safe and loving childcare for children ages birth to 4, and playful and rich youth programming for ages 5-18. Amazing music, inspiring message, and a loving community awaits you.

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preventive medicine DR. LYNNE BELSKY

Living Well MD 1535 Lake Cook Rd, Ste 306, Northbrook 60062 847-418-2030 Care for body, mind, and spirit with personalized, integrative medical care. Concierge physician dedicated to helping you stay healthy, prevent disease, and feel your best. See ad on page 20.

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THE EDGAR CAYCE HOLISTIC CENTER AND BOOKSTORE At Unity Northwest Church 259 E Central Rd, Des Plaines 60016 847-299-6535

Fitting you in the correct type of shoe for your activity, and in the proper size and width for your feet, is our number one objective. When shoes fit well and your feet are comfortable, your whole body feels better and you can perform at your optimum level throughout the entire day. Largest selection of New Balance footwear and apparel in the Chicago area, with extensive inventory of sizes and widths from 2A-6E. Friendly staff is experienced in helping to resolve or relieve many common foot ailments such as plantar fasciitis, bunions, morton’s neuroma, hammer toe, and arch pain. Locally owned and operated since 1995. See ad on page 17.

Full-service bookstore, Cayce remedies, spiritual growth study groups, monthly programs, workshops and holistic fairs, intuitive skills development training, knowledgeable seekers, intuitives, healers and more. Call for hours. See ad on page 33.


Rev. Carol Saunders 375 Elm St, Deerfield 60015 847-337-3866

spiritual boutique Psychic & medium CANDACE

650 Meacham Rd, Elk Grove 60007 847-564-6159 Inspire joy and love in your life. Find answers to your challenges with the help of Candace’s psychic intuition. Specializing in chakra balancing, spiritual cleansing, past life regression and tarot/angel cards. More than 22 years experience. Call or text for appointments. See ad on page 35.

Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa 30 N Williams, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake 815-307-1180

Destination location offering a comprehensive selection of spiritual and metaphysical supplies, extensive crystals and rocks, unique artisan art and jewelry, organic teas, vintage precious and semiprecious jewelry and artifacts, essential oils and other natural products. In our boutique-like environment you can enjoy classes and daily psychic and chakra-based sessions too.

We are a Unity spiritual community with practical and inspirational teachings that emphasize you as a divine creation. Our Sunday services are current, relevant and uplifting. We welcome everyone. Family friendly. Sunday Celebration Service with indie/pop/rock music by The Grateful Living 10am at the Patty Turner Center, in Deerfield.

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Enlightened Balance Chakra Spa 30 N Williams, Brink Street Market, Ste F, Crystal Lake 815-307-1180

Offering daily psychic, medium and intuitive sessions in a unique boutique-like environment. Offerings include: channeled medium connections, tarot & oracle readings, divinely guided soul paintings, pendulum spiritual guidance, spirit animal discovery singing bowl sessions, palm reading, constellation readings, problem resolution sessions, animal path readings, rune casting, numerology and spiritual blessings and attunements. Appointments recommended.


650 Meacham, Elk Grove 60007 847-564-6159 Intuitive Resources is a spiritual boutique conveniently located in the northwest suburbs. Our large selection of services includes Reiki, chakra therapy (cleansing and balancing), Tarot card and intuitive readings, past life regression, etc. Our shop offers a large variety of spiritual gifts to choose from: candles, crystals, books, jewelry, sage/incense and much more. Open Monday through Friday from 11am-8pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10am-6pm. See ad on page 35.


West Loop: 1304 W Washington Blvd 312-818-5791 Immerse yourself in a soulful community. $20 for 2 weeks of Unlimited Yoga (new students). Kundalini, vinyasa, hatha, yin, partner yoga, restorative, tween girls’ creative yoga, qigong, meditation, gong baths, moon rituals and healing circles. Energy/body work by appointment. All ages, all levels.

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