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Reiki Treatments Enhanced by New Technology


ndre a Kennedy, reiki master practitioner, instructor and owner of Mainstream Reiki, now offers the PEMF Inframat Pro First Edition Chakra Mat, the newest technology in healing mat therapy, as an add-on for $20 in addition to the regular reiki appointment fee. The mat consists of 16 pounds of seven different natural gemstones and offers five beneficial therapies of far-infrared heat, hot stone therapy, negative ion therapy, pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (PEMF) and chakra balancing. Benefits may include decrease of pain, inflammation and stress, improved circulation and more. PEMF is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to manage joint pain, bone repair and signs of depression, and is used by NASA to maintain the health of astronauts. Location: 400 W. Russell St., Ste. 2370, Saline. For more information, call 734-664-2255 or visit and See ad page 31.

Everything Depends on Clean Water


e re my S m i l e y, owner of the Fuller Life Water Company, says, “Tap water contaminates chlorine, fluoride, and silicone phosphate are at alltime highs and that does not include agricultural runoff, industrial waste and unused pharmaceuticals entering the water supply. One solution is reliably pure bottled water delivered to a home or business. Fuller Life Water has more than 30 years of experience providing the essential service of delivering purified bottled drinking water.” He notes, “Our technically advanced purification process combines two degassing units with a unique distillation method to produce water which is virtually 100 percent reliable against bacteria, viruses, heavy metals, organic and inorganic chemicals, and radioactive materials. Ozone is then used to sterilize the packaging container. We use the most advanced water purification technology available, making our water unique and superior to all other methods. A Fuller Life customer is assured of receiving great tasting water of the highest purity with each and every delivery.” To arrange delivery, call 800-224-6116.


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Easy Introduction to Holistic Heath Care


he Ann Arbor School of Massage, Herbal & Natural Medicine offers a full student and professional clinic in a peaceful setting, offering bodywork sessions for integrated therapeutic massage, reflexology, Polarity Therapy and energy balancing. Additionally, the wellness center maintains an Herbal Pharmacy and Dispensary, with medicinal and therapeutic herbal formulas. Check out and come to our free event, Meet Your Herbalists and Naturopaths, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on February 9, and the second Saturday of each month, iris analysis ($10), naturopathic consultations ($25 to $40) and bodywork from a licensed massage therapist ($45) are available. Director Mary Light says, “We are the only place in the entire Great Lakes region offering this type of operation, with this range of services: naturopath, clinical herbalist, therapeutic bodywork—within a framework of an onsite Herb Lab and Apothecary. Our associated learning community for herbal medicine education, The Gaia Center for Herbal Studies, offers year-round internships, work exchange and apothecary education." Location: 6276 Jackson Rd., Ste. B, Ann Arbor. For appointments, call 734-769-7794. For more information, visit NaturopathicSchoolOf See Facebook Event listing for more details: facebook. com/events/724611504588509/. Visit the The Gaia Center for Herbal Studies at

Food Summit Highlights Local Access


low Food, Huron Valley’s 11th annual Local Food Summit will be held February 16 in Towsley Auditorium at Washtenaw Community College. The Summit, brings together farmers, consumers, consumers, academics and retailers committed to creating a vibrant, sustainable and just local food community. In addition to education and networking, participants will enjoy a local meal curated by local chefs, amazing speakers and breakout sessions tackling diverse areas of our food system such as local restaurant purchasing, soil conservation and livestock nutrition. The keynote speaker is Ivette Perfecto, a longtime supporter of the local food movement and sustainable food efforts worldwide. As the George W. Pack Professor of Ecology, at SEAS at UMICH, she and her students explore the links between smallscale sustainable agriculture, biodiversity and food sovereignty. Perfecto’s extensive work is evidenced in her four books: Breakfast of Biodiversity, Nature’s Matrix: Linking Agriculture, Conservation and Food Sovereignty, and Coffee Agroecology, and Ecological Complexity and Agroecology. Location: 4800 E. Huron River Dr., Ann Arbor. For more information and sliding-scale pricing, visit See ad page 2.

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Find Antique Building Resources in Ypsilanti


aterials Unlimited, a full-service retail antiques store and restoration facility housed in a three-floor, 15,000-squarefoot 1920s Art Deco building in downtown Ypsilanti, showcases all varieties and styles of antique lighting, hardware, home decor, leaded glass windows, doors and furniture. The staff is adept at helping customers choose the proper style and function for the period of a home or business. The restoration department works to bring new life to furniture, lighting and many other items. Owner Reynold Lowe says, “Materials Unlimited will also take in outside restoration jobs for our customers, lamp repair being our specialty.” Location: 2 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. For more information, call 734-483-6980, email or visit

Outdoor Art Program Looking for Artists


culptureWalk, a year-long community arts project in which juried sculptures are installed at 12 locations in historic downtown Chelsea, is celebrating its 10th year. Artist are invited to submit entries for the 2019 season. Through a juried selection, winning artists receive a $750 award and a yearlong, highly visible platform to display their work. Sculptures will be available for sale, with 70 percent of the proceeds going to the artist. Chelsea District Library, as part of their sponsorship support, has made a financial commitment for two installations to be located on the library premises, as well as providing free docent tours. “We have been a partner with the SculptureWalk since its beginning,” says assistant director Linda Ballard. The application deadline is Feb. 17. For more information, email Crystal Scott at or apply for SculptureWalk Chelsea at

An Evening of Classic Compositions


elebrating its 40th year, the Washtenaw Community Concert Band’s Celebration of the Community concert at 7:30 p.m., February 28, will include the William Tell Overture and musical


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highlights from West Side Story and Oklahoma. A local high school band student winner of a concerto competition will perform and win a $1,500 prize. Refreshments are provided. Admission is free. Location: Washtenaw Community College Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr., Ann Arbor.

Auditioning Talent for Chelsea Sounds & Sights Concert Series


ounds & Sights on Thursday Nights, one of Michigan’s premier summer concert series, is accepting applications to be considered for this summer’s entertainment lineup. Auditions will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., March 4, in downtown Chelsea. This year’s schedule begins June 6 and continues every Thursday through August 15. Each week, 11 different entertainers perform on 11 separate staged areas throughout the downtown area. There are more than 100 paid spots available. Auditions are open to musicians, singer/songwriters, jugglers, magicians, performers, dance troupes, artists and other street performers. Applicants can choose to audition electronically or to perform at the live audition. There are 30 to 40 live audition slots available on a first-come basis, and there is no charge to audition. Location: 128 Park St. Applications are available online at Chelsea



he trustees of Legacy Land Conservancy, Michigan’s oldest local land trust, have appointed Diana Kern to lead the organization as executive director. Kern brings more than a dozen years of experience in nonprofit executive leadership, fund development, relationship management, budget management, board support and staff development to her new role at Legacy. She recently served as Diana Kern executive director of Michigan operations and vice president of philanthropy at Eversight. Legacy’s conservation efforts safeguard fresh water, protect wildlife habitat and recreational lands, and preserve the agricultural heritage and economic impact of local working farms. Since 1971, Legacy has partnered in the communities it serves to protect more than 9,000 acres in Jackson and Washtenaw counties. For more information, visit

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Bitter Melon Eases Knee Pain Bitter melon (Momordica charantia), a spiky, cucumber-shaped fruit, has traditionally been used in Asian countries to lower blood sugar. Now, researchers at Universiti Sains Malaysia report that it can significantly improve symptoms and reduce the pain of knee osteoarthritis. Half of 75 patients were given a placebo and the other half 1,500 milligrams three times a day of a bitter melon supplement. After three months, the bitter melon group had significantly fewer symptoms and less knee pain and analgesic use, as well as lowered body weight, body mass index and fasting blood glucose levels.

Immigration to U.S. Lowers Healthy Gut Bacteria People in developing nations have much greater diversity in gut bacteria than Americans, but a University of Minnesota study of U.S. immigration has found that six to nine months after moving to the U.S. and eating a Western diet, the gut bacteria of those from countries with predominantly non-Western diets changed to match gut bacteria typical of a Western diet, while their gut bacteria became less diverse and less healthy. These effects increased with the duration of U.S. residence and were compounded across generations. The more “Westernized” a woman’s microbiome, the greater her risk of obesity. 12

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Harmful Bacteria Linked to Certain Showerheads Harmful bacteria from the genus Mycobacterium have been shown to linger in showerheads and lead to lung infections through inhalation of steam. University of Colorado researchers analyzed 656 biofilms coating the inside of showerheads sent to them by volunteers throughout the U.S. and Europe, and found twice as much mycobacterium in showerheads from households receiving municipal water than in those receiving well water. Chlorine disinfection methods were suspected by the researchers. Plastic showerheads had levels that were, on average, two times lower than showerheads made of metal or metal and plastic components. “Hot spots” with high levels of mycobacteria—such as Hawaii, southern California, Florida, the upper Midwest and the mid-Atlantic states—generally overlapped regions where mycobacterium-related lung diseases are most prevalent.

Zinc Combo Fights Aging Diseases When zinc, a trace mineral, is combined with tea, coffee, chocolate and other foods that contain specific antioxidant compounds, it boosts protection against the oxidative stress linked to aging and diseases such as dementia, cancer and heart disease, report researchers from Auburn University, in Alabama, and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, in Germany. Zinc activates a plant compound known as hydroquinone, which boosts foods’ antioxidant properties. Hydroquinone alone cannot break down harmful free radicals, but when combined with zinc, a type of enzyme is created that helps prevent damage to organs and tissues.

Ashwagandha Normalizes Hypothyroid Levels Ashwagandha, a traditional ayurvedic herb, can significantly improve symptoms of subclinical hypothyroidism, a condition that affects many women, a new double-blind clinical study shows. Researchers from India’s Sudbhawana Hospital tested 50 patients that had high circulating thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels. For eight weeks,

The Power of Thank-You Notes

half were given 600 milligrams a day of ashwagandha; the other half were given a placebo. In the treatment group, TSH levels fell by more than 17 percent, T4 levels increased by nearly 20 percent and T3 levels increased by more than 40 percent. “Ashwagandha treatment effectively normalized the serum thyroid indices during the eight-week treatment period in a significant manner,” the report concluded.

Practicing gratitude is a healthy habit, yet people often hesitate to write heartfelt thank-you notes to people that have touched their lives. Researchers at the University of Chicago and the University of Texas, in Austin, report that writers underestimate how much people receiving those notes are surprised, happy and appreciative. The researchers also found that the letter writers were unduly concerned about their ability to express their gratitude skillfully. While the writers worried about choosing the right words, the recipients felt happiness simply through the warmth of the gesture.

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Bug Apocalypse

Sharp Decline Threatens Ecosystem

Insects around the world are in a crisis, and a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that the problem is even more widespread than scientists first believed. In a pristine rain forest in Puerto Rico, the number of invertebrates—including moths, butterflies, spiders and grasshoppers—dropped 60-fold between 1977 and 2013, probably due to a four-degree rise in average temperature. The lizards, birds and frogs that fed on them also seriously declined. In 2014, an international team of biologists estimated that globally in the past 35 years, the numbers of invertebrates such as beetles and bees had decreased by 45 percent. Another recent study showed a 76 percent decrease in flying insects in the past few decades in German nature preserves. The food web may be being obliterated from the bottom: Insects pollinate three-quarters of our food crops, feed the birds and fish that are also consumed by larger species and are vital to the decomposition that keeps soil healthy and ecosystems running. “Nature’s resilient, but we’re pushing her to such extremes that eventually it will cause a collapse of the system,” Brad Lister, a co-author of the Puerto Rican study, told the New York Times.

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North Carolina’s free-roaming wild horse herds on the Outer Banks have “ridden out” their share of storms. When Hurricane Florence struck the area in 2018, the Corolla Wild Horse Fund of Currituck County, where the herd lives, announced on Facebook, “The horses have lived on this barrier island for 500 years, and they are wellequipped to deal with rough weather. They know where to go to stay high and dry, and are probably in better shape right now than most of us humans, who are scrambling with final preparations.” Historians believe the herds, which number about 100 horses, descend from those brought to the New World by European explorers. Instincts dating back five centuries compel the feral mustangs to either huddle on high ground, butts to the wind, or seek refuge in the maritime forest during storms, say experts. But news has come of a Shackleford Banks horse named Merlin that was fenced in an inundated quarantine site during the storm, according to the Foundation for Shackleford Horses. Merlin somehow survived, and it “may have involved swimming,” says Margaret Poindexter, president of the foundation that co-manages the herd on National Park Service land.

Fish Revival

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Following the removal two years ago of an obsolete dam in Manville, New Jersey, American shad are successfully spawning in the lower section of the Millstone River. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently observed juvenile fish there for the first time since 1845. American shad (Alosa sapidissima) are the largest member of the herring family and are anadromous, as they spend most of their lives in saltwater, but return to freshwater rivers each spring to spawn. They played an important role in American history and economics. New Jersey Department of Emvironmental Protection Commissioner Catherine McCabe says, “This species has an inherent tendency to recolonize once obstacles are removed from its migratory path.” During the Industrial Revolution, rivers were dammed for electric power and lakes, but during the last decade, dam removal has become a new call to action. Besides preventing fish migrations, dams also harm water quality in rivers by blocking water flow, trapping sediment and changing habitats.

Scientists are trying to translate speech-paralyzed patients’ thoughts into speech using brain implants. The technique will potentially provide a brain/computer interface (BCI) to enable people with a spinal cord injury, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, stroke or other paralyzing conditions to “talk” again. Experts think a system that decodes whether a person is silently saying yes, no, hungry, pain or water is now within reach, thanks to parallel advances in neuroscience, engineering and machine learning. “We think we’re getting enough of an understanding of the brain signals that encode silent speech that we could soon make something practical,” says Brian Pasley, of the University of California, Berkeley. The first BCI read electrical signals in the motor cortex corresponding to the intention to move, and used software to translate the signals into instructions to operate a computer cursor or robotic arm. In 2016, scientists at the University of Pittsburgh went a step further, adding sensors to a mind-controlled robotic arm so it produced sensations of touch.

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ometime between the salad and the main course at her grandson’s bar mitzvah, Joyce Lenard, then 69, felt a crushing pressure deep within her chest. A tireless go-getter who had worked in Hillary Clinton’s district office when she was a U.S. senator, raised two daughters and recently donated a kidney to one of them, Lenard had spent months painstakingly planning the 100-guest gala, so when the pain came, she ignored it and got on with the party. She even drove herself to her Long Island home that night. “I just assumed I was having indigestion and it would pass,” Lenard recalls. Hours later, her husband rushed her to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with a rare, often-fatal form of heart attack, takotsubo cardiomyopathy, in which intense stress literally changes the shape of the heart. Thankful to be alive, she has since taken up meditation, cleaned up her diet and now leads a support group for female heart patients of all ages. Like her, many of them never saw it coming.

“Women tend to be the caregivers,” says Lenard. “We take care of our husbands, our families, our friends, our careers, and we often forget about our own health. Then look what happens.” Lenard is among the 44 million U.S. women with cardiovascular disease, an insidious illness that until recently has been erroneously framed as a “man’s disease”. In reality, it is the number one killer of women, responsible for one in three deaths each year, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). By comparison, one in 26 women die of breast cancer. While awareness has risen since 2004, when AHA launched its Go Red for Women campaign, surveys show only 17 percent of women view cardiovascular disease as something that should concern them. It should, experts say, because 80 to 90 percent of cases are avoidable with lifestyle and dietary changes. In some cases, natural remedies can even reverse it. “We have all this sophisticated equipment and all these medications, but when it comes down to it, the vast majority of cardiovascular disease can be prevent-

ed,” says integrative cardiologist Christina Adams, M.D., of the Scripps Women’s Heart Center, in La Jolla, California.

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In the late 1990s, researchers discovered women were about as likely as men to be diagnosed with the disease, and far more likely to die from it. “They didn’t have the classic signs and symptoms, so they often went undiagnosed and untreated,” explains Jennifer Mieres, M.D., a cardiology professor at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, in New York. Along with chest pain, women often suffer fatigue, shortness of breath, indigestion, pain in the neck, back or jaw, nausea or anxiety in the months leading up to a heart attack. In more than half of the cases, according to one recent study in the journal Circulation, doctors fail to recognize these symptoms. Then there is the “not now” factor. “I used to see women all the time who said, ‘I have had these symptoms for months, but I just didn’t have time to take care of it,’” says Mieres, co-author of Heart Smart for Women: Six S.T.E.P.S. in Six Weeks to Heart-Healthy Living. Recent research has also shown that women are uniquely vulnerable to developing heart disease in ways that men don’t share. Taking birth control pills (especially while

smoking) can boost risk. Complications during pregnancy such as preeclampsia and gestational diabetes can be hard on the heart, increasing vulnerability for years to come. Because estrogen is believed to be cardio-protective, when it wanes during perimenopause and menopause, risk goes up again. “As soon as we hit menopause, our biological milieu starts to change,” says Mieres, noting that “good” cholesterol tends to decrease and “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides tend to increase. Yet, arterial plaque—which can ultimately build up, break loose and cause a heart attack or stroke—starts accumulating as early as age 20, so the earlier women start paying attention, the better.

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Thirty years after the first cholesterol-lowering medication hit the market, so-called statin drugs have become the largest class of medications in the world, with U.S. sales doubling between 2000 and 2010 to reach $20 billion, according to the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. While drugs can be appropriate for those already diagnosed with heart disease and at high risk of heart attack or stroke, they are not without serious side effects. Statins can cause chronic muscle pain, memory loss and increased blood sugar, while hypertension drugs can precipitate fainting and kidney damage.

For many patients, there’s another way, integrative cardiologists say. Unfortunately, most of the talk about prevention focuses on prescription medications, says Stephen Devries, M.D., executive director of the Chicago-based Gaples Institute for Integrative Cardiology. “What often gets lost in the discussion are the dietary changes, which can be equally important.” Devries recommends a plant-based Mediterranean diet—low in the saturated fat found in beef, processed meats and cheese— and high in leafy greens, whole grains and the “good” fats found in fatty fish, olive oil and avocados. Specific foods have also been shown to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Nuts, including walnuts, peanuts and almonds, have been shown to lower LDL. One 2017 study of 77,000 female nurses, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, found those that ate peanuts or tree nuts (including almonds and cashews) two or more times per week had a 19 percent lower risk of developing heart disease. Those that ate walnuts once a week cut their risk by 23 percent. Dark purple and red fruits contain compounds called anthocyanins that boost production of nitric oxide, and in turn expand blood vessels, improving circulation. Another recent study, published in the journal Circulation, followed 94,000 women for 18 years and found those that ate four servings or more per week of blue-

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Supplements for a Healthy Heart ª RED YEAST RICE EXTRACT: This over-the-counter (OTC) extract, commonly used in Chinese medicine, has been shown to significantly lower both total cholesterol and LDL, or “bad” cholesterol levels, much like a statin does. Studies show 1.2 to 2.4 grams per day can reduce cholesterol by 26 percent in 12 weeks. ª OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS: Eating fatty

fish or taking fish oil supplements (one to four grams daily of EPA/DHA) has been shown to reduce risk of heart disease in healthy people and lower triglyceride levels and risk of heart attack in those already diagnosed with cardiovascular disease. Walnuts, chia, hemp and flax seeds are excellent vegan sources of Omega-3s.

ª COENZYME Q10: Found in small

amounts in organ meats, sardines, cauliflower and asparagus, this powerful antioxidant—also available in OTC supplements—can lower blood pressure and help combat the side effects of statins.

ª NICOTINOMIDE RIBOSIDE: Fairly new on the supplement scene, this compound, known as NR, has been shown to mimic the beneficial impacts of calorie restriction, improving blood pressure and arterial health in those with mild hypertension. ª GARLIC: Some studies suggest that garlic, either fresh or in supplements, can lower cholesterol and blood pressure.


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berries and strawberries were a third less likely to have a heart attack. Pomegranates are also key for heart health, with recent research published in the journal Clinical Nutrition showing a daily serving of juice can make platelets less sticky, lower blood pressure and reduce plaque formation. Dark leafy greens like kale and broccoli—which are rich in vitamin K—play an important role in fostering a healthy heart structure, with each serving per week cutting the risk of heart disease by 23 percent, according to the Gaples Institute.

Nurturing the Emotional Heart

No discussion of heart health would be complete without an emphasis on social and emotional health, a critical risk factor which until recently has been largely absent, says Sandeep Jauhar, M.D., director of the Heart Failure Program at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, and author of the new book, Heart: A History. But research shows the emotional heart can break, too, as in Lenard’s case. With as many as 90 percent of incidents occurring in women, the condition that landed her in the emergency room often shows up in patients with no signs of obstructed blood vessels or high cholesterol. Rather, factors like financial worries, work stress or the death of or break-up with a loved one can flood the heart with stress hormones, changing its shape to one that resembles a Japanese pot called a takotsubo and weakening it profoundly. “Remarkably, in many cases, once the emotional state returns to normal, so does the heart,” says Jauhar.

Longer-term, emotional stress has been shown to lead to platelet aggregation, or stickiness in the blood, which can impact blood flow. Also, constant bombardment by stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol can damage the inner walls of blood vessels, boosting accumulation of plaque. To nurture the metaphorical heart, integrative cardiologists recommend taking time to maintain healthy personal relationships and minimize work stress. As well, exercising five to six days per week for at least 30 minutes and practicing activities like mindfulness meditation or yoga have been shown to lower heart rate. A recent study published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes looked at 201 people with coronary heart disease. It found those that practiced meditation were 50 percent less likely to die or have a heart attack or stroke in the span of five years. Finding quiet spaces to retreat to can also be important. A study published in November by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston, found that living and working in chronically noisy environments can boost the risk for heart problems. It is also wise to prioritize sleep (at least seven hours per night), because the lack of it can inflame arteries. The bottom line is that a holistic approach is best, says Jauhar. “If you want to live a long life, don’t smoke, eat well and exercise, but also pay attention to the quality of your relationships and your ability to withstand stress and transcend distress. Those are also a matter of life and death.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at

Couples Communication Reaps Many Rewards by Seth Kopald ouples seem to push each other’s buttons and often say hurtful things. Perhaps the closer people are, the more they feel safe to let their guards down. The problem is that people often hurt the ones they care about the most when they speak from feelings like anger or frustration, or from their pain they are experiencing. Richard Schwartz, developer of the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model, encourages people to look within when someone is in conflict with another and identify which parts are activated prior to speaking. The term parts refers to various aspects, perspectives and feelings people have, and these parts tend to take control during conversations. For instance, if someone feels criticized by their partner, they may notice multiple parts might be activated. One part may feel hurt and sad, while another is angry and wants to lash out. Both parts exist simultaneously. Perhaps there is even a third part that wants to deflect the criticism by acting like it never happened. It is normal for people to experience


a range of reactions and only let one bubble to the surface. A person may be taken over by anger, for instance, while a sad part yearns for closeness.

harder. Thus, the key is to notice these parts or feelings as they begin to emerge and take a moment to understand them, perhaps with some compassion. One may think, “I notice anger rising in me; it wants to lash out,” or “I feel a sense of not being heard, and frustration is building.” Some may think, “I notice the need to tell him/her that it’s all his/her fault, I wonder why.” When we notice, the Self is noticing. When people allow parts or feelings to take the lead, the true Self is in the back seat, along for the ride. Conversely, when they notice their parts emerging, they can pause and speak for them. One may say, “As we are talking, I’m noticing anger rising in me,” and if people really listen to their own anger, they may find that anger protects them from being hurt. Then they can talk about that to their partner in a calmer way. At first, this type of communication may feel unnatural. People are used to talking from parts, not for them. Over time, this type of communication becomes more fluid, partners start to notice when each other are taken over by parts and may find more patience and understanding, knowing that a part is talking rather than the person’s

The key is to notice these parts or feelings as they begin to emerge and take a moment to understand them, perhaps with some compassion. When people speak from their parts, the listener often reacts defensively. For instance, if a partner speaks from anger, the other may feel the need to protect him or herself. If one person speaks from annoyance, the listener may feel criticized or shamed, and react by becoming distant. Speaking from a part then, often provokes reactions in others. Then anger speaks to anger, or anger causes shutdown in the other. There is another way to go about this. People can notice what’s happening inside and share that with their partner. People may warn themselves not to say hurtful thing, but, once they are taken over by a part, noticing is much

true Self. When a partner speaks for a part, it lets the other know that they care enough to do so. It’s an investment in the relationship. Seth Kopald is an IFS practitioner who leads individual sessions, couple communication sessions and groups. Seth creates a safe space and guides people to care for themselves in a loving and insightful way. He holds a Ph.D. in organizational management with a specialization in leadership and a master’s degree in education. For more information, call 734-3953319 or visit See ad page 21. February 2019


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that same power to make us feel whole if that genuine, heartfelt connection is there.” Hugs tap into that fundamental human need to belong, says Murphy. “Hugs and other forms of affectionate touch act as powerful reminders that we belong. “These behaviors also turn down our biological response to stress and may even improve how our immune system works.” For example, researchers think that touching might trigger our body to release oxytocin, a hormone that can reduce fear and improve social bonding, Murphy notes. Hugs and the associated oxytocin release can have powerful ripple effects in the body, decreasing heart rate and levels of stress hormones cortisol and norepinephrine, along with improving immune function and pain tolerance. Oxytocin can also trigger the release of feel-good hormones like serotonin and dopamine.


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ugs don’t just feel good; they do good. A simple embrace can boost our health and mood, connect us spiritually and even help mend society. Hugs and other types of affectionate touching can provide numerous benefits in the face of threats or stress, according to Michael Murphy, Ph.D., a researcher with the Laboratory for the Study of Stress, Immunity and Disease at Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh. “The research shows that touch behaviors like hugs reduce negative responses to threats and make people feel happier, more secure and more supported.” In a study of 404 adults, Carnegie Mellon researchers looked at how social support and hugs affected participants’ susceptibility to the common cold after being exposed to the virus. “People experiencing lots of conflict are more likely to get a cold when exposed to a virus,” says Murphy. “But individuals who also tend to receive lots of hugs appear protected from this additional risk.” 20

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A Primal Need for Connection Mata Amritanandamayi, a 65-year-old Indian spiritual leader better known as Amma, has hugged tens of millions of people around the world, earning her the nickname, “the hugging saint.” Amma’s tradition of hugging people grew organically, from hugging someone she noticed in distress, to how she receives massive crowds clamoring for one of her loving, compassionate embraces. “A hug is a gesture that reveals the spiritual truth that, ‘We are not two—we are one,’” says Swami Amritaswarupananda, one of Amma’s senior disciples. “In today’s world, where people often feel alienated and lonely, a hug can uplift and make us feel reconnected to the people and world around us.” Intention is key to the exchange of energy that occurs with a hug, says Amritaswarupananda. “What is important is the sincerity behind the action—the genuine feeling of love and compassion. A simple glance or mere touch of the hand can have

While Murphy cautions that the jury is out on the effects of hugs on strangers, as most research has been done on embraces between loved ones, Ken Nwadike, Jr. has built a national campaign around the concept. Known as the “free hugs guy”, the former competitive runner began offering up hugs during the 2014 Boston Marathon, the year after the deadly bombing. Nwadike has since brought the Free Hugs Project to more divisive spaces, from political rallies to protests, offering hugs to all to spread love and inspire change. The Los Angeles activist’s all-embracing hugs are a symbol of unconditional love, respect and unity at a time when tensions and political divisions are running high. For Nwadike, hugs are a way of de-escalating conflict and mending the human divide. “Communities are divided because of fear, hatred and misunderstanding. Starting the conversation with kindness, rather than hatred, will get us a lot further,” he says. Consent is always important, and not everyone appreciates an unsolicited hug. But like compliments, hugs are free to give and usually well received. As humans, we bear arms that were built not to harm, but to heal. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at

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Cell biologist Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., author of Biology of Belief, says, “I was exhilarated by the new realization that I could change the character of my life by changing my beliefs. I was instantly energized because I realized that there was a science-based path that would take me from my job as a perennial ‘victim’ to my new job as ‘co-creator’ of my destiny.” Transforming beliefs within our subconscious mind, which controls more than 95 percent of our thoughts and actions, awakens us to the self-realization of being a spiritual being having a human experience. We can co-create our human experiences by moving into the driver’s seat of our life, regaining personal power and becoming whole again. In his book, Lipton introduces a way to do this through what is called PSYCH-K , which allows us to transform our beliefs simply and effectively by accessing the power within. With this tool, we can create a wholebrain state that allows the left and right hemispheres of the mind to effectively communicate, creating harmony and peace within. Dr. Norma Milanovich, author of The Light Shall Set You Free, says, “Accept everything as a sign of your power to manifest and immediately give silent thanks for your gifts.”



by Mary Mazur hose in complete alignment with all aspects of themselves and the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical parts are existing in perfect harmony wake up feeling refreshed, relaxed, free and grateful for the new day and for their life. If there is any resistance or doubt about this, a growth opportunity is available. Rather than focusing our energy on what we don’t want, ask what it is we do want. We must be ready and willing to learn how to transform the resistance, doubt and fears to create a life filled with peace, harmony, love and freedom.

How we feel, what we say to ourselves and how we act are a result of the beliefs and perceptions we have acquired from a lifetime of experience. In the first few years of our lives, we receive complete downloads from our families and social environments which become beliefs embedded in our subconscious mind. These programs become our automatic responses; especially when we are stressed and out of sync with the way we want to act or feel. Even with willpower and positive thinking, we so often fall back into old patterns, and many times, this leads to distress in our relationships, finances, health, and quality of life.

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s a special meal for Valentine’s Day or any other, many plant-based dishes are so tasty that no one will miss the meat. Low in fat and sugar and high in ingredients that promote heart health, the following recipes are courtesy of Carol D’Anca, a board-certified nutrition practitioner and author of Real Food for Healthy People: A Recipe & Resource Guide, in Highland Park, Illinois.

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Start With Soup

Alternate method: Wash the squash. Make several slits to allow for escaping steam. Roast whole in the oven for about 45 minutes or until soft and easy to peel and cut.

Rich in dietary fiber and low in fat, butternut squash with low-salt vegetable broth and spices is an easy-to-make soup loaded with nutrients and flavor. Allow 40 to 45 minutes to roast the squash.

Butternut Squash Soup Yields: Four servings

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1 butternut squash, 2-3 lbs, peeled and cut in cubes to equal 4 cups 3 cups low-sodium vegetable broth Dash red pepper flakes

Preheat oven to 425° F. Line a heavy baking pan with parchment paper. Spread squash cubes in a single layer, using two lined pans if needed. Roast for about 40 minutes or until tender when pierced with a fork.

Transfer the roasted squash to a food processor or heavy-duty blender. Add remaining ingredients and process until smooth. Add additional broth to reach desired consistency. Divide into four bowls. For texture and crunch, garnish with roasted pepita or pumpkin seeds.

Hearty Bread

This whole-grain, gluten-free, no-knead, no-mess bread contains flax, sunflower and chia seeds, hazelnuts, oats, coconut oil and maple syrup as a sweetener. Accompanying soup, it makes for a satisfying meal. This recipe is adapted from “Change Your Life Bread” in D’Anca’s book My New Roots.

preferably Himalayan 2 Tbsp maple syrup 6 Tbsp coconut oil, liquefied at low temperature in a small pan 3 cups water In a loaf pan lined with parchment, combine all dry ingredients, stirring well. Whisk maple syrup and water together in a measuring cup. Add to the dry ingredients and mix until everything is soaked and dough becomes thick. If it’s too thick to stir, add one or two teaspoons of water until it’s manageable. Smooth the top with the back of a spoon.

and easy toast, slice before freezing.

The Pleasures of Pasta

Pasta is guilt-free when we use a whole wheat variety that digests more slowly than white flour pasta, avoiding blood sugar spikes, D’Anca says. Gluten-free, grain-free or vegetable pasta can be substituted for whole grain pasta. Fresh asparagus is recommended. If it’s not in season, consider red chard for its bright red and green colors and abundance of vitamins K, A and C. It’s a good source of magnesium, potassium, iron and dietary fiber.

Change Your Life Bread Yields: One loaf 2 cups shelled raw sunflower seeds 1 cup whole flax seeds 1 cup blanched hazelnuts 3 cups rolled oats (use certified gluten-free oats, if needed) 4 Tbsp chia seeds 6 Tbsp psyllium husks Pinch fresh ground coarse salt,

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Let it sit on the counter for at least two hours, or all day or overnight. When the dough retains its shape, even when you pull the sides of the loaf pan or lift the parchment, it’s ready to bake. Preheat oven to 350° F. Place loaf pan in the oven on the middle rack and bake for 20 minutes. Remove bread from loaf pan, place it upside down directly on the rack and bake for another 30 to 40 minutes. Bread is done when it sounds hollow when tapped. Let cool completely before slicing. Store bread in a tightly sealed container for up to five days. Freezes well. For a quick

Whole Grain Pasta with Asparagus and Tomato Coulis Yields: 6 servings for dinner or 8 as a smaller first course. 1 lb of your favorite whole grain pasta

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3 large cloves garlic, roasted for about 25 minutes in their skins 3 pints cherry or grape tomatoes, halved Use red, orange, yellow or a mix of colors 1½ Tbsp fresh thyme leaves 1 lb fresh asparagus, pencil thin is best (if not available, substitute red chard) ¼ cup pitted Kalamata olives ½ cup fresh basil ¼ cup white wine or white wine vinegar Squeeze garlic from its skins into a large skillet. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Cook over medium heat until the mixture is reduced and thickened to a sauce (coulis), about 20 to 30 minutes. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain the pasta well and place back in the pan. Add tomato coulis and olives. Toss well to infuse flavors. Let warm for 2 to 3 minutes. Serve at once.

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Chickpeas are a great source of fiber. Bell peppers, also known as sweet peppers, are available in white, orange, green and purple. Lycopene gives red tomatoes their color, may reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol and lower blood pressure. Yellow tomatoes have twice as much iron and zinc and higher levels of vitamin B and folate to help red blood cells. Darker tomatoes ranging from purple to black produce higher levels of antioxidants for a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. Don’t overlook green tomatoes, which are higher in vitamin K and calcium than reds or yellows.

Roasted Chickpeas with Grilled Vegetables Yields: Serves two, or four if dished over quinoa 12 small mushrooms, sliced 2 ripe tomatoes, quartered 1 red bell pepper, cut in strips 1 yellow pepper, cut in strips 1 red onion, cut into wedges, or 1½ cups leeks, halved lengthwise, cleaned, and cut chiffonade-style About 6 cloves of garlic, peeled 2, 14-oz cans of chickpeas, rinsed and drained 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary Balsamic or white wine vinegar Preheat oven to 400° F. Put mushrooms, tomatoes, red and yellow peppers, onion and garlic in a large roasting pan. Roast for about 30 minutes or until the vegetables caramelize. Remove the pan and turn the vegetables over. Add the chickpeas and rosemary and return to the oven. Roast for another 30 to 45 minutes until the edges of the vegetables start to turn dark and the chickpeas are browning. Sprinkle with balsamic vinegar, toss and serve warm as is or over quinoa.

Burgers for Lunch

These burgers are good either oven baked or grilled, weather permitting. Offer toppings like baby spinach, salsa, nut cheese, pesto, fig jam, mango or slaw. Apple cider vinegar, dill, celery salt and agave nectar to taste makes a dressing for slaw. Thin slices of Granny Smith or Honey Crisp apples add a tang of tart or hint of sweetness.

Black Bean/Veggie Burger

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1 16-oz can of black beans, drained, rinsed well and dried on a paper towel ½ red bell pepper, cut in large pieces 1 medium-size onion, cut in large pieces 1 Tbsp chili powder, mild or hot to taste 3 cloves of garlic, rough chopped 1 tsp black cumin

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Place black beans in the food processor and pulse to a thick, sticky consistency. Add the drained red pepper mixture, flax “egg”, cumin and chili spice. Process until lightly mixed. Add bread crumbs until you have a firm burger and form into patties. Grill for 5 to 10 minutes, turning once, or bake in a 350° F oven on a parchment-lined baking sheet for about 5 to 10 minutes on each side.

Guilt-Free Chocolate Dessert

“Chocolate desserts usually include loads of sugar and butter, making them a highly processed and saturated-fat food,” says D’Anca. “These treats deliver the good fat of cacao nibs and the antioxidants of raw cacao.”

1 Tbsp ground flax seeds 3 Tbsp water Approximately 1 cup bread crumbs (gluten-free if needed) to act as a binder 4 buns or bread of choice

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and mix them to a smooth batter. Chill the batter for about 20 minutes. Roll into either bite-sized or larger balls to serve as is or roll in nuts, coconut or cacao for texture and added taste. For more recipes and information about nutrition and heart health provided by D’Anca, visit Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect via AveryMack@

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Make a flax “egg” by mixing the ground flax seeds with the water. Let it sit for 3 to 5 minutes until it thickens to an egg consistency.

Yields: 12 servings

Place the bell pepper, onion and garlic in a food processor and process until smooth. Remove the mixture and drain in a fine sieve. Too much liquid will make the burgers fall apart.

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hether skiing on fresh powder on a mountain slope, ice skating or snowshoeing, winter recreation offers new opportunities to get in shape and a specialized focus for fitness. “Preparing your body should be on top of your list of vacation details,” says physical therapist Linda Scholl, of the University of Utah Orthopaedic Center. Her ski fitness classes in Salt Lake City focus on developing four muscle groups: quads, hamstrings, glutes and core. “Ideally, you should take six to eight weeks to prepare for a ski vacation, but three weeks’ prep is better than nothing,” she says. That also goes for most winter pursuits. Sean Sewell, founder of Mountain Fitness School, in Denver, concurs. “People tend to think that these sports are mostly quad-dominant, but it’s not necessarily the case. I believe the body works as a unit, and is therefore only as strong as its weakest link, so all muscle groups are important in the big picture.”

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up and down stairs can also do wonders. “Stairs are the closest thing to a hill, and you can get creative with stairs—skipping a stair or hopping. It also has a cardio component which helps you adjust to the altitude of a ski destination,” says Scholl. Maggie Lehrian, owner of Roots Yoga Studio, in Hawley, Pennsylvania, attests to yoga’s benefits for conditioning, “The standing sequences in yoga practice, especially hatha yoga, are tremendously effective at increasing balance and strength in the legs and glutes needed for cross-country and downhill skiing, skating and snow shoeing.” She recommends adding 30 minutes of cardio, such as walking or running, three times a week to a balanced yoga practice that includes components of strength-building and stretching. Yoga fosters concentration and endurance and offers unrealized benefits. “Breathwork can be extremely helpful when traveling to higher altitudes,” says Lehrian. Yoga also scores high for attaining a confident, healthy beach body for a winter Caribbean getaway, with strength-building, core-focused styles such as vinyasa or power flow.

Experts agree that the body’s core muscle groups are not only key in getting fit, but play a major role in preventing common injuries. “The core should always be activated during heavy exercises. This keeps the back safe and allows for better power output,” says Sewell. “The core is not just the abdominal muscles. I like to think of the core as an area from the shoulders to the knees and both the front and back of the body.” Proper alignment is paramount. “Skiing involves absorbing a lot of force. It’s literally controlling a fall downhill, so leg alignment is everything,” says Scholl. This applies to many winter sports—including skiing, hockey and ice skating— to avoid injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament, which stabilizes the knee.

Body Basics Being winter-ready also means eating well and staying hydrated, both on and off the slopes. “Eat well and take recovery seriously,” says Sewell. “If you are serious about performance and recovery, then do not skip out on eating.” Scholl recommends drinking plenty of water, avoiding alcohol before hitting the slopes and consuming a good balance of protein and carbohydrates, especially post-workout or after a day of skiing.

Perks of Winter Sports Choosing a winter sport is ideal to help combat cold weather blues and the alltoo-common winter rut. As a bonus, skiing and snowboarding burn a surprisingly high number of calories. In essence, getting outside just makes winter more enjoyable. “Whether it is a solo powder day or a mellow spring day, being in the mountains is empowering and rejuvenating,” says Sewell. Scholl agrees. “It’s important to stay active, regardless of how cold it is outside. Enjoy winter and where you are.” Marlaina Donato is the author of Multidimensional Aromatherapy and several other books. Connect at

Winter-Worthy Workouts According to Mountain Fitness School founder Sean Sewell: n Stretching and warming up are a must for mobility, recovery and most importantly, to maximize all exercises. Using foam rollers or a lacrosse ball and yoga and massage are all recommended. n Kettlebell Swing is the best bang-for-your-buck exercise for glutes, core, calorie-burning and endurance. If this is too advanced, a deadlift can replicate many of the same benefits. n Squat for healthy knees, strong quads and core, and better motor control. Try the goblet squat, offset squat, double kettlebell squat or body squat, or whatever else might be more comfortable. n Lunging is a good starting exercise; step-back, front and side lunges are three options. Add weight when proficient with a kettlebell, dumbbell or even a backpack. n Press for upper body strength and a strong core; pushup, chest press, overhead press. Start off with a TRX or a high box for pushups to reinforce good form. Once proficient, progress to floor pushups. n Core exercises are for quicker results, safety and reinforcement for the back. Try planks and hollow holds. According to physical therapist Linda Scholl, the following are recommended for three days a week for six to eight weeks

to build strength and skill without overtraining. Repeat each exercise with a 15-second rest. n Hamstrings focus: dumbbell dead lifts standing on one or both legs (three repetitions, 10 each side) n Squats: body weight squat (10, three repetitions progressing to 10, three repetitions each leg) Tip: Technique matters. Squat with good form: knees over your ankles in both the frontal and sagittal plane (knees in line with your first and second toe and never in front of the toes throughout the entire squat). n Buttocks/Lateral Motion: speed skater hops (three repetitions of 20 seconds each from side-to-side) n Core focus: plank/side plank (three repetitions of 30 seconds each) Check with a physician before beginning an exercise regimen.

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How to Align Money With Values Reflect upon what’s important in a financial institution, and then shop around for the right fit.

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While large numbers of investors are moving their money responsibly, changing bank accounts can still feel difficult to many people, says Fran Teplitz, executive co-director of the Washington, D.C., nonprofit Green America, which works to promote a more sustainable economy. To make the sometimes intimidating bank-changing process a little easier, Green America’s Get a Better Bank campaign at BetterBank breaks it down into bite-sized steps. “Educate yourself on the issues with the conventional banking industry, from Wall Street speculation to predatory lending practices,” says Teplitz. People don’t need to sacrifice banking needs for their values. Reflect upon what’s important in a financial institution, and then shop around for the right fit. Credit unions and community development banks that lend in local and

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Investing for the Future For longer-term investing, there are more vehicles available to responsibly assist investors toward their financial and social goals. While responsible investing once meant simply screening out “sin stocks”, like tobacco, guns and gambling, which were available only to investors able to make a large minimum deposit, today there are values-based funds to suit every cause and income level. “Socially responsible investing has come a long way since it got off the ground in this country during the apartheid divestiture movement in the 1980s,” says Gary Matthews, an investment advisor and CEO of SRI Investing LLC, headquartered in New York City. Countering some investor concerns about underperforming SRI funds, there is a growing body of evidence to show that money that does good can also do well. The firm Nuveen TIAA Investments assessed the leading SRI equity indexes over the long term and “found no statistical difference in returns compared to broad market benchmarks,” nor any additional risks, according to a 2017 report Responsible Investing: Delivering Competitive Performance.

Today there are values-based funds to suit every cause and income level. SRI Approaches and Outcomes Fossil fuel-free portfolios are trending, Matthews notes—which Green America encourages. While acknowledging the ever-fluctuating price of oil, Matthews says he’s seen diversified portfolios that eliminate oil, coal and natural gas do better at times than those that include them. A subset of SRI investments, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing focuses less on what sector a company is in than on how they conduct their business. The way companies treat their employees and respond to climate change are factors that may have a positive influence on financial performance. Robo-advisors, a recent arrival in the SRI sector, are online investment services that automate money management. Robo-advisor companies make it easier for people to invest and leverage technology to keep fees down, although they usually do not offer in-depth impact

research on the companies within the financial products they offer, according to Amberjae Freeman, of the portfolio management team for Swell Investing LLC, an impact investment company in Santa Monica, California. Swell evaluates thousands of companies to build diversified portfolios of businesses aligned with at least one of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Like most SRI firms, Swell offers retirement IRAs (individual retirement accounts), as well as more liquid brokerage accounts, with a minimum initial deposit of $50. While the array of investment options can be daunting, investors should aim for progress, rather than perfection, in their portfolios. As the money and impact in a portfolio grows, so does an investor’s confidence and knowledge. April Thompson is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. Connect at

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ids and teens have always had plenty to be stressed about, such as family finances, parental bickering, the birth of a sibling and other challenges on the home front. Then there are the ageold tensions of taking school exams and squabbles with friends and other classmates. Yet with the proliferation of social media and cyber-bullying, kids face obstacles other generations did not, and chronic juvenile anxiety has become a pervasive mental health issue. However, there are a number of integrative approaches that can


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help heal youthful psyches. “I encourage kids and parents to focus on skills, versus pills,” says Lawrence Rosen, M.D., founder of The Whole Child Center, in Oradell, New Jersey. “There are several safe and cost-effective natural options for anxiety.”

Mindful Modalities Relaxing and engaging the imagination are necessary for healthy brain development and offsetting stress. Downtime in general and specifically limiting screen time is paramount. “Electronic devices can be very overstimulating and can cause or

exacerbate anxiety,” says Kristi Kiel, ND, Ph.D., of Lake Superior Natural Health, in Ashland, Wisconsin. “There should be at least a one-to-one balance of screen time and outside play.” Mindful activities and creative outlets like art, music and dance in a no-pressure environment help kids get out of “fight-orflight” mode. “Both parents and kids need to have go-to coping skills,” says Rosen. “Meditation and yoga are safe and work very well.” Kids need to feel a sense of control over their bodies, he adds, and mindful breathing techniques can make a significant difference in how they handle stress. So can a regular dose of the great outdoors. Exercise helps boost serotonin levels, which decreases anxiety. Timothy DiGiacomo, Psy.D., clinical director of the Mountain Valley Treatment Center, in Plainfield, New Hampshire, emphasizes the value of getting outside. “Connection to nature, calmness and present-moment awareness are all benefits.”

Sleep and Diet Triggers Before parents seek any treatment for their child’s anxiety, Kiel stresses the importance of looking at the basics. “When children don’t get enough sleep, their bodies don’t respond as well to stressful situations. School-age children need 10 to12 hours of sleep per night, and teenagers should be getting nine to 10

hours.” Sensitivity to certain foods such as gluten or dairy is also something to consider, says Kiel. Rosen concurs. “Artificial dyes and sweeteners can negatively impact mood and focus. More of an issue, though, is nutritional imbalance.” Skipping breakfast or eating mostly carbs can feed anxiety, he notes. “The brain relies on sustainable fuel—a blend of lean proteins, healthy fats—and in some cases, gluten-free, whole grain carbs.” Eating foods high in healthy fat and protein can help minimize blood sugar fluctuations that can trigger symptoms of anxiety in kids. Probiotics and/or cultured and fermented foods can help gut health and promote equilibrium. Omega-3 fats from fish or vegetarian sources are also important additions.

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Helpful Supplements Supplements dosed appropriately for children and teenagers are safe and can offer huge benefits. “Magnesium is good for relaxation, especially anxiety accompanied by muscle tension. B-complex vitamins are also important because they are depleted by stress and help the body to handle stress,” says Kiel. Her herbal recommendations include skullcap, hops and milky oat as teas or glycerin-based extracts. “For teenagers, in addition to these three gentle herbs, I recommend kava kava, which can have a significant calming effect without drowsiness.”

Polyvagal Theory Research by Stephen Porges, Ph.D., a professor at the University of North Carolina, in Chapel Hill, addresses the importance of the vagus nerve, which runs from the brain through the face and thorax to the abdomen. His polyvagal theory suggests the interconnectedness of emotions, mind and body in both children and adults. This nerve affects all major organs and plays a critical role in anxiety and inflammation. Mindful breathing and using the vocal chords, especially singing, stimulates the vagus nerve and nourishes well-being. Splashing the face with cold water during times of stress also tones this nerve and reduces acute anxiety. DiGiacomo emphasizes that different natural therapies offer hope even for severe cases, advising, “It’s important to know that anxiety is highly treatable.” Marlaina Donato is the author of Multidimensional Aromatherapy. Connect at

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en Page is a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist and author of Deeper Dating: How to Drop the Games of Seduction and Discover the Power of Intimacy. A relationship, intimacy and dating expert, he has led hundreds of workshops on intimacy and spirituality and taught at Columbia University, the Omega Institute and the Garrison Institute. Page

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embarrassed or awkward about—their deepest insecurities—are some of their greatest gifts. These Core Gifts are like secret parts of ourselves that we often want to hide because we feel so vulnerable around them. But these gifts are where we have the greatest sensitivity and passion; they’re the things we feel and care the most deeply about and the keys to finding someone who really loves us for who we are. When we learn to lead with and cherish our Core Gifts instead of hiding them away, the story of our romantic life completely changes. But the opposite is true, too. Suppressing our gifts is actually an act of quiet violence against our most authentic self, and it always leads us into situations where we end up feeling diminished or hurt. The degree to which we feel ashamed of those vulnerable parts of ourselves is the degree to which we’re going to be attracted to people who are bad for us.

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How can we move past our insecurities to discover and honor our Core Gifts? If you find yourself repeatedly attracted to people who don’t treasure you for who you are, there are Core Gift qualities you haven’t learned to honor. Anywhere you’re insecure, you can ask yourself questions that really change the way you think about yourself. What might be the gift that lies inside this insecurity, and how have I not honored it? Who are the people in my life who have valued my gifts and how did that feel? You can also discover your Core Gifts by asking yourself what sensitivities keep getting stepped on or neglected—those are qualities you haven’t learned to treasure enough yet.

Why is it important to differentiate between what you call Attractions of Inspiration and Attractions of Deprivation? This is perhaps the most important distinction you can make in your search for love.

Attractions of Deprivation are attractions to people who are only sometimes available to love and treat you well, but you become deeply invested in trying to get them to love you because you’re unconsciously trying to heal old childhood wounds through the relationship. But there are also Attractions of Inspiration; these are people who inspire you by who they are in the world and how they treat you and others. When you start really learning how to honor and lead with your Core Gifts, your attractions change. You’ll start becoming attracted to available people who love you for who you are. Deciding to say no to Attractions of Deprivation to only pursue Attractions of Inspiration is quite simply the most important decision you’ll ever make in your search for healthy love.

What is the Wave of Distancing, and how can it sabotage relationships? The Wave of Distancing is the single greatest saboteur of healthy love that I know of.

If you haven’t yet learned to honor your Core Gifts, you’ll want to flee when you meet Attractions of Inspiration who are available and kind. You may begin noticing qualities about them that irritate you and find yourself wanting to leave—this is what I call the Wave. The Wave is fear, because something deep inside you knows that this person could be special, and to open yourself up to and possibly be hurt by a kind person is a very scary thing. So your psyche unconsciously protects you by making you want to flee, and if you don’t understand this, then you may leave what could be a wonderful relationship. If you do understand it, you’ll come to realize that like a wave, it hits hard, but then passes. If you can stick around long enough and just keep enjoying that person throughout the Wave, those feelings will disappear and the attraction will return. Emily Courtney is a freelance health and wellness writer and editor living in northern Colorado. Connect at

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ust as whales are born with an instinct for the deep, we are born with an impulse toward creating a quality of life. No matter the type of work that leads us there, following that impulse is the destiny of each soul, so we search to find our medium through which aliveness can express itself. Following our instinct for the deep, we find each other. In areas of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, whales sing basically the same song, and when a new verse is added, they all incorporate it. As humans, we have a greater capacity to communicate, yet we resist adding to our common song. Whales occupying the same geographical areas that may include large oceans tend to sing similar songs with local variations, but whales from other regions of the world will sing entirely different songs. Once united, though, they find a common pitch. The songs are constantly evolving over time, and old patterns are not repeated. In essence, whales stay current, freshly updating their communications with each other. It’s a noble task for us all to emulate. Most whales, especially humpbacks, compose patterns of sound that are strikingly resonant with human musical traditions. What helps whales be such good communicators is that sound travels about four times faster in water than on land. Thus, it is profoundly easier to hear in the deep. Dwelling there, we have a better chance of staying current and hearing our common song. When we follow our instinct for the deep, we discover our common song, which brings us alive. Through this unfolding, we make our contribution to the common good. From generation to generation, all that we learn and create adds to this living work of art we call a quality of life. Adapted excerpt from More Together than Alone, by Mark Nepo. Connect at and


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ian trained in the use of essential oils understands the properties of each oil, along with its proper dilution and application, a subject not generally taught in traditional veterinary schools; holistic medicine requires additional training. With proper use under professional guidance, essential oils can be part of a larger treatment plan, says Richter. Cats are generally more sensitive to oils because they don’t metabolize medicine as efficiently as dogs, he notes. “As one professor used to tell our veterinary class, ‘Cats are not small dogs, so they can’t be treated as if they are’—always good to remember.”

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Just as chamomile tea relaxes humans, anxious dogs find its scent calming. Some vets spray the exam room with lavender between appointments to calm anxious clients. Sally Morgan, a physical therapist and advanced certified practitioner of the gentle animal bodywork therapy known as Tellington TTouch, sees clients in her Northampton, Massachusetts, office. “I put a drop of a peace and calming blend or – continued on next page.

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natural pet lavender on the carpet or a pillow,” she says. “It relaxes the animal and dissipates the smells of previous clients. I don’t use diffusers. The odor can be too strong for their sensitive noses. There’s also a danger it could spill and be licked up.” Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed Kim Paciotti, owner of Training Canines, LLC, based in Statesville, North Carolina, finds the scent of green apples relieves anxiety and soothes upset tummies for dogs and puppies that suffer from motion sickness. “Cotton balls placed inside a small container clipped to the outside of their crates deliver the smell,” she says. “They don’t have direct contact, but still reap the benefits, allowing the dogs to self-medicate by sniffing when they feel the need.” Kimberley Wallace, founder of kW Sustainable Brands, in San Diego, burns organic, sweet basil-scented candles for their antiviral, antibacterial properties. Her pugs love the smell. “Our rescue pug has mast cell tumors which compromise her immune system. I do my due diligence to buy all-natural products whenever I can.”

Proceed With Caution Pure essential oils are far too strong to use undiluted, Richter says. Age, physical condition and species are so varied that guessing which oil and how to use it can be dangerous to the pet. “Skin irritation like a hot spot or rash is a relatively minor problem that could benefit from the right essential oil. An open wound requires a veterinary visit,” he says. “Some oils aren’t recommended unless under veterinary guidance. Reactions can range from mere annoyance to toxicity.”


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Wintergreen, melaleuca, pennyroyal, tea tree and pine oils cause the most reported problems for dogs, according to Peppermint, cloves, cinnamon and oregano oil also can be quite strong and require educated use, says Richter. An uneven gait, vomiting, diarrhea, drooling and weakness can be symptoms of toxicity, requiring immediate veterinary care to prevent damage to the central nervous system

or organ failure. In its fragrance and taste, plants have defense mechanisms to ward off destructive insects or to attract bees and butterflies. Those same properties can help people and animals. The plant’s natural compounds can ward off fungi, bacteria, parasites or inflammation. However, just reading a label isn’t enough to know which oils will work best for these problems. “The Animal Desk Reference II: Essential Oils for Animals, Second Edition, by Melissa Shelton, is a reader-friendly guide,” says Richter. “I touch on the subject in my book The Ultimate Pet Health Guide: Breakthrough Nutrition and Integrative Care for Dogs and Cats, but for deeper study, I recommend Shelton’s book.” “One thing I’d say is, learn all you can before using oils around pets,” Richter says. “There’s not a one-size-fits-all formula for dilution for safe use. There are too many variables with oils and animals.” Be more than a well-meaning pet lover—also be well-educated. Sandra Murphy is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect at

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Dexter Winter Marketplace – 9am-1pm. Features art and crafts, bread and baked goods, jewelry, fresh produce, eggs, cheese, meats and more. Dexter Senior Center, 7720 Ann Arbor St, Dexter.

Teens Using Drugs: What to Know and What to Do – 6-7:30pm. Learn about adolescent substance use, its effects on the developing brain and signs/ symptoms of substance use problems. For parents, teens, family, others. Free. St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center, 5305 Elliott Dr, Ypsilanti. 485-8725.

Family Art Studio: Fantastical Realities – 11am1pm; 2-4pm. Create fantastical stories through collaging found images. UMMA docents will lead a tour of Patrick Nagatani’s Proof: The Rioichi Excavations exhibition, followed by a hands-on workshop with local artist Adrian Deva. Free; space limited. UMMA, 525 S State St. 764-0395. Registration required:


Free Intro to Brazilian Fitness Class – 12:301:30pm. Start learning Capoeira from the basics with our free introduction class designed for new participants. Capoeira is a well-rounded art form, what makes is so unique and special is that it incorporates martial arts, dance, fitness and music altogether. The Phoenix Center, 220 Main St. Pre-registration required: 985-1352 or Internation Drawing in the Galleries – 1pm. Student docents or other facilitators will be on hand to provide free sketching materials and facilitate your experience of looking and drawing. Beginners welcome. UMMA Store, 525 S State St. 764-0395. Stewardship Workday: Gallup Park – 1-3pm. World Wetlands Day. Help keep this ecosystem healthy by removing invasive shrubs such as buckthorn. Tools, snacks and know-how provided. Free. From Gallup’s main entrance, drive across the wooden bridge, and meet in the first lot after the bridge.

Rimrock, Playas, Petroglyphs and Pronghorns – 7:30-9pm. Dennis Albert, PhD, discusses the endemic flora of the Playa Lakes of the Hart Mountain (Oregon) and Sheldon Wildlife (Nevada) refuges, with a focus on the smaller playas on the tops of the basalt rim rock. Free. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd. 647-7600. mbgna.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8 Usui/Holy Fire III Advanced Reiki Training and Reiki Master Class – Feb 8-10. 9am-5:30pm. Complete your training and be able to teach after this 3-day workshop. Combination of lecture, practice and experience. See website for details, pre-requisites and to register. $800. Community Room 1, 400 W Russell St, 400 W Russell St, Saline. 664-2255. The RFD Boys – 8pm. The house band of Michigan bluegrass. $11, $10/member, senior, student. The Ark, 316 S Main St. 761-1800.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9 Mindful Dexter: Second Saturday Meditation – 9:30-10:30am. Free mindfulness meditation in a safe, friendly group setting. Sessions have no religious affiliation. Appropriate for beginners as well as experienced meditators; guided by experienced mindfulness practitioners/facilitators. All welcome; no registration necessary. Dexter Library, 3255 Alpine St, Dexter. 476-8474.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6 Learn the Truth about Your Health Class – 7-8pm. In this free class, Kristen will go over supplements that help support the heart, cardiovascular function, and endurance. Additionally, she will debunk false information that makes the media headlines and discusses what true heart healthy food is. The Nutritional Healing Center, 462 Jackson Plaza. To register: 302-7575. TheNutritional

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Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga – 10-11am. Relax with us as local yoga instructor, Marlene McGrath, leads a class in prenatal/postnatal yoga. Babies welcome. Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood Dr. 327-4200. Tea Time – 10am-12pm. Learn about tea time around the world and make a special tea or cocoa mix to take home. Learn how to make a healthy snack to go with your tea. Ages 5-12. $10/child. Adult accompanies children. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd. 647-7600.

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calendar of events Critters Up Close: Hawks and Falcons – Feb 9 & 10. 10am-4pm, Sat; 1-4, Sun. With Leslie Science and Nature Center. Monthly selection of live animals brought to the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum with special animal-oriented, hands-on activities. Free with museum membership. Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, 220 E Ann St. 997-1553.


Owl Do I Love Thee – 7-9pm. Also held Feb 14. Ages 18 yrs & older. Treat your special someone to an evening of romance and fun with our resident owls. Enjoy tasty desserts and beverages, snuggle up on a candle-lit poetry walk, and get up close and personal with these magnificent night hunters. $25/ couple member, $30/couple nonmember. Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. Registration required: 997-1553 or

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11 Catching Your Breath – 10-11:30am. Presented by MI Alzheimer’s Disease Center. A free monthly program for caregivers of adults with memory loss. Designed for learning skills for continued health and well-being. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd. Info & to register: 936-8803. mbgna.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12 Stewards’ Circle – 7:30-8:30am. Topic: New Invasives. Learn about wild parsnip, swallow-wort, Chinese yam, mile-a-minute and other invasives that are only now starting to gain a toe-hold in our area. An informal discussion on a monthly topic with volunteer and professional land stewards, plus others interested in nature. Free. Bruegger’s Bagels, 709 N University Ave. 996-3190. Stewardship Teens Using Drugs: What to Know and What to Do – 6-7pm. Separate sessions for adults to learn ways to help when a teen substance use problem is suspected, and for teens to explore their beliefs about and the personal effects of substance use. For parents, teens, family, others. Free. St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center, 5305 Elliott Dr, Ypsilanti. 485-8725. Bees in New Zealand – 6:30-8:30pm. Long-time Lansing-area beekeeper Steve Tillman talks about beekeeping Down Under. Program also includes a mini-workshop on building and using a Styrofoam nuc. Presented by Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers. Free. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd. 647-7600. Washtenaw Reads Event: Literacy and the Transformative Power of Reading – 7-8:30pm. Join Washtenaw Literacy Director Amy Goodman and several adult literacy learners and tutors as they provide a snapshot of literacy challenges in our area.


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The Ben Daniels Band – 8pm. Homegrown Michigan roots music for today. $15. The Ark, 316 S Main St. 761-1800.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17 Jazzy Ash & Leaping Lizards – 1pm. The first New Orleans jazz band for kids. $12/adults, $10/ kids 12 & under. The Ark, 316 S Main St. 761-1800.

Psychic Saturday Party – 12-5pm. Variety of psychic readers, shopping, snacks. Door prizes during 1st hr. $3/admission; Readings: $2/min (15 mins min). Enlightened Soul Center, 3820 Packard, Ste 280. 358-0218. Astrology Predictions for 2019 – 6:15-8:15pm. Richard Weber covers highlights for the U.S., MI, and you. $10/advance, $15/door. Enlightened Soul Center, 3820 Packard, Ste 280. 358-0218. Enlightened

and how it relates to your chart. $10. Enlightened Soul Center, 3820 Packard, Ste 280. 358-0218.

The Washtenaw Reads selection for 2019, Reading with Patrick, demonstrates the power of literacy. Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E Eisenhower Pkwy. 327-4200.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15 Day Off Outdoors: Grossology – 8:30am-5:30pm. For youth currently enrolled in grades K-5. Investigate how turkey vultures defend themselves with vomit and experiment with molds and yeasts. Study scat and dissect owl pellets to explore the food chain from another perspective. $70/child, $65/child LSNC Enhanced Members. Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. Registration required by Feb 8, 12pm: 997-1553 or Short and Snappy Tours – 3-3:30pm or 3:30-4pm. Student docents explore love and death, politics and humor, history, mythology, materiality, fashion, food, and other ideas in these short & sweet 15-min peeks at the UMMA collection. UMMA Store, 525 S State St. 764-0395. UMMA.UMich. edu/events. Danish Hygge Cozy Winter – 6:30-8:30pm. Hygge is the Danish word for cozy. Join us for some cozy times with a virtual fireplace, real warm drinks, sweet treats, and mellow music playing in the background. Local crafter Beth Battey on-hand teaching and helping with crochet or knitting projects, and can also do jigsaw puzzles or quietly read. Downtown Library, 343 S Fifth Ave. 327-4200.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16 Dexter Winter Marketplace – 9am-1pm. Features art and crafts, bread and baked goods, jewelry, fresh produce, eggs, cheese, meats and more. Dexter Senior Center, 7720 Ann Arbor St, Dexter. CBD 101 – 3-4pm. A great opportunity to for those who don’t know much about CBD and would like to learn. We will answer questions like: What is CBD? How does it work? What are the health benefits? How can it help me? We will touch the endocannabinoid system and how CBD can help activate your body’s own natural healing system to alleviate chronic issues. $15/person. Blue Sage Health Consulting, 114 S Main St. 585-7063. AstroBabble: A Fun Look at Sun Signs – 7-9pm. Beverly Fish discusses a new sign each month

Stewardship Workday: Foxfire West Park – 1-3pm. The wetlands at Foxfire West are threatened by non-native shrubs. Help improve the habitat for frogs and other wildlife by removing these invaders. Tools, snacks and know-how provided. Free. Meet at the park entrance on Birchwood Dr, between Hickory Point Dr & Timbercrest Ct. Ron Gries: Coping with Grief – 2-3:30pm. Ron Gries wrote during the last years of his wife’s life and continued after she died. That writing later turned into a book, Through Death to Life, which offers insight and support to those who grieve the loss of their spouse. Westgate Branch, 2503 Jackson Ave. 327-8301. Winter Dormant Orchids – 2-4pm. Speaker Leo Schordje talks about orchids that go dormant in the winter. Ann Arbor Orchid Society. Free. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd. 647-7600. Fireside Fun: A Good Old-Fashioned Campfire Circle – 6:30-8pm. There’s nothing quite as relaxing as sitting around a campfire, roasting marshmallows and swapping stories. Bring camp chairs and s’mores fixings. We’ll provide a blazing outdoor campfire and plenty of marshmallows. Free. Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. 9971553.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18 Day Off Outdoors: The Nature of Sound & Music – 8:30am-5:30pm. Investigate how birds, frogs, and insects make music and learn about how animals use sound to survive. Test your skills through various experiments that explore how humans, and other animals, communicate. $70/child, $65/child LSNC Enhanced Members. Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. Registration required by Feb 11, 12pm: 997-1553 or The Complex Environmental Web of Northern Lower Michigan: Climate, Soils, Forests – 7:309pm. Schaetzl, professor in the Michigan State University Department of Geology, discusses the process of soil formation in conjunction with climate and plant communities in the northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan. Presented by Michigan Botanical Club. Free. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd. 647-7600.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19 Controlled Burn Program – 7-8:30pm. Fire is used as a restoration tool in many of Ann Arbor’s natural areas. Ask questions and learn more about the benefits of effectively and safely using fire as a restoration tool. Northside Community Center, 815 Taylor St.

Sustainable Ann Arbor Forum: Adapting to a Changing Climate – 7-8:30pm. Join a conversation on how the Ann Arbor community is taking steps to address climate impacts and what more we could be doing at the city, neighborhood and individual level. Climate adaptation experts will share the soup to nuts on climate change for Ann Arbor and what we can do to thrive in a changing future. Downtown Library, 343 S Fifth Ave. 327-4200. Arachnids: No Need for Phobias – 7:30-9pm. Cara Shillington, professor of biology at Eastern Michigan University, discusses her research, which includes observations of spider behavior in cold and heat, what they eat, how they move and how they reproduce. Presented by Sierra Club Huron Valley. Free. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd. 647-7600. Dispelling Myths about Smoking, Mental Health/ Substance Use Disorders and Recovery – 7:30-9pm. People with mental health and/or substance use disorder can quit tobacco use. Health educator Rosemary Bak Lowery, MS, CHES®, CNP, ACSM-CPT will shed light on the relationship between tobacco use, mental health and substance use disorders; the extent of this public health problem, and resources for help in quitting tobacco. Free. St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center, 5305 Elliott Dr, Ypsilanti. 485-8725.





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Volunteer Burn Crew Training – 12-5pm. This is the required training session for anyone interested in assisting with NAP’s controlled burns. Burns typically take place Mon-Fri, 12-7pm. DTE Energy Nature House, Leslie Science and Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. Registration required by Feb 18: 794-6627 or Smell & Tell: AromaBox – 6:30-8:45pm. The AromaBox is an analog scent device that does more than diffuse pleasant scents, it is a tool for cultivating curiosity, collaboration and building community. The AromaBox has another benefit: it can be used as a storytelling device with or without technologies like Arduino. This Smell and Tell is a hands-on multi-sensory event. Westgate Branch, 2503 Jackson Ave. 327-8301. Why Aren’t You Losing Weight on the Keto Diet? – 7-8pm. Join Dr. Bensaid for her free class and learn how your body type and digestive health plays a role in how you lose weight and learn the correct way to keto. The Nutritional Healing Center, 462 Jackson Plaza. To register: 302-7575. The Michigan Hummingbirds – 7:30-9pm. Join Allen Chartier for a program on his study of hummingbirds in Michigan and the Great Lakes area. Allen founded the Great Lakes HummerNet in 2001. Learn how you can participate in this study, and how to attract and feed hummingbirds. Free. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd. 647-7600. mbgna.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21 Ikebana: Japanese Flower Arranging – 1-2:30pm. Presented by Ann Arbor Ikebana Intl Chapter. Create your own seasonal Ikebana arrangement with guidance by a certified instructor. $20. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd. Reservations required:



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calendar of events Mindful Dexter: Third Thursday Meditation – 6-7pm. Free mindfulness meditation in a safe, friendly group setting. Sessions have no religious affiliation. Appropriate for beginners as well as experienced meditators; guided by experienced mindfulness practitioners/facilitators. All welcome; no registration necessary. Dexter Wellness Center, 2810 Baker Rd, Dexter. 476-8474. Meditation and Reiki Share – 7-8:30pm. A brief explanation of reiki is followed by a meditation focused on relaxation and healing. Then stay for a Reiki Share to give and receive reiki in groups. All welcome; practitioners of any level of reiki and those new to reiki, too. Optional Reiki Q&A begins at 8:30pm. Free. Community Room 1, 400 W Russell St, 400 W Russell St, Saline. 664-2255.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22 Movement-Based Learning with Brain Gym – 9:30-10:30am & 10:30-11:30am. Katy Held leads this movement-based program designed to promote learning, relaxation and balance. Try this relaxing way to engage your brain. Downtown Library, 343 S Fifth Ave. 327-4200.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23 Usui/Holy Fire III Reiki I and II Class – Feb 23-24. 9am-5:30pm. Provide reiki healing energy to yourself, others and animals after this 2-day workshop. Combination of lecture, practice and experience. See website for full class details and to register online. $325. Community Room 1, 400 W Russell St, 400 W Russell St, Saline. 664-2255. Soapmaking 101 – 3-5pm. Learn about the basics of soapmaking by watching a live demonstration from start to finish led by local soapmaker Stephanie Hawkes. Learn about various ingredients that can be used to produce a great bar of soap from natural


What You Need to Know about CBD: Not All Is Created Equal – 2-4pm. Talk and demo with Zilis hemp products. Free. Enlightened Soul Center, 3820 Packard, Ste 280. 358-0218.


ingredients and botanicals to man-made colorants and fragrances. Downtown Library, 343 S Fifth Ave. 327-4200. Parents’ Night Out: Simple Machines – 5:3010pm. Learn how simple machines work and find your inventor’s spark. Then put yourself to the test and design and build your own contraption to solve a tricky problem. Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, 220 E Ann St. Registration required by Feb 20, 12pm: 997-1553 or Spirit Gallery – 7-9pm. With Lisa Bousson. Evidential medium gives messages from the departed. $25/advance. Enlightened Soul Center, 3820 Packard, Ste 280. 358-0218. EnlightenedSoulCenter. com.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24 Winter Nature Walk – 10am-12pm. Kick off National Invasive Species Awareness Week by learning to identify native and non-native trees and shrubs in the winter. Dress for the weather, and be prepared for a long hike. Meet at the parking lot off Fuller Rd. Storytelling for Kids – 1pm. Each year, The Ark’s Storytelling Festival brings masters of the tale from

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Farms and Open Space: Preserving Rural Washtenaw County – 7-8:30pm. A panel of experts from Washtenaw County government agencies and nonprofits discuss what we can do to preserve farmland, forests, open space and natural areas in Washtenaw County. Westgate Branch, 2503 Jackson Ave. 3278301. Co-Occurring Eating Disorders and Addiction: Implications for Recovery – 7:30-9pm. Tiffany Schultz, LLMSW; Dawn Farm Outpatient Therapist, will explore the ways in which substance use disorders and eating disorders intersect and how those intersections impact the course of treatment and recovery for the individual. Free. St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center, 5305 Elliott Dr, Ypsilanti. 485-8725. Artist Spotlight Series: Estar Cohen – 8pm. “Her songs are spacious, impressionistic, and generous,” Pulp Magazine. Free; bring a canned food donation for Food Gatherers. The Ark, 316 S Main St. 7611800.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28 Celebration of the Community: 40 Years – 7:30pm. Concert will include its annual concerto winner of a competition involving area high school students plus the William Tell Overture and musical highlights from West Side Story and Oklahoma. Free. Washtenaw Community College, Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E Huron River Dr. 252-9221.

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daily CDL Winter Reading Program – Thru Feb 28. Read any book of your choice and share a review of the book. Each week 2 raffle winners will be drawn from the review cards. Chelsea District Library, 221 S Main St, Chelsea. 475-8732. Chelsea

they hop, crawl and slither in their homes. Our knowledgeable staff will be on hand to answer your questions, and have activities or specimens out for you to explore. Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. 997-1553. Readers/Healers – Hours vary. Also Sat. Tarot, astrological and crystal readers scheduled every weekend; reiki energy healing. Call ahead or drop-ins. Evenstar’s Chalice, 36 N Huron St, Ypsilanti. 905-7980.

Movement Classes for People with Special Needs – Ballet Chelsea has developed a wide range of new classes especially for people of all ages with a wide range of limitations. Open class for students age 8-14 on Fri evenings where students build confidence, enhance peer interaction skills as well as strengthen coordination and stamina.1050 S Main St, Chelsea. Info: 475-3070 or Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga – With Marlene McGrath. Classes designed to support the changes of a pregnant body, instill confidence in the body’s abilities, and provide physical, mental, and emotional preparation for birth and mothering. Postnatal yoga practiced with babies present. For times, dates & costs: Yoga Classes at Yoga Room – With Christy DeBurton. Classes held Mon, Tue, Thurs, Sat. A small, supportive, non-competitive, friendly yoga studio teaching various yoga styles that focuses on individual attention to challenge you in a balanced, rejuvenating way. 765 Archwood Dr. 761-8409.

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physical activity and meditation. $95/8 classes; $105/9 classes. Info: 662-6282 or Nature Storytime – 10-11am. Every other Sun. Ages 1-5. Caregiver required and free. Explore and appreciate the outdoors: live animal visits, hikes, stories and hands-on activities. $5/child nonmembers, $4/child members. Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. 997-1553. Group Meditation – 10-11:30am. 45-min group meditation followed by a talk and sharing. Meditation classes and retreats. With Insight Meditation Ann Arbor. Free. Held at Harmony Yoga, 1955 Pauline Blvd, Ste 100 B. 945-7612. Info@Insight Sunday Online Meditation from Anywhere – 11am-12pm. No experience necessary. Building an international sangha by connecting loving hearts. Facilitated by Celeste Zygmont. Donations welcome. To receive a link: CelesteZygmont2@yahoo. com or Tibetan Buddhist Meditation – 11am-12pm. To develop your compassionate heart. Healing meditations, 10am 1st Sun. Instruction always available. Karma Kagyu Lineage. Free. Karma Thegsum Choling, 614 Minor St. 761-7495 or 678-7549.

Yoga with Cats – 8:30-9:30am. Practice hatha-style among the calming cats in new cat café. All levels welcome, ages 16+. $10. 5245 Jackson Rd. Pre-registration required:

Yin Yoga & Meditation – 1-2:30pm. Starting with 5 mins Huayen warming up exercise, and followed by 45 mins yin yoga and 30 mins sitting meditation. Free. Triple Crane Monastery, 7665 Werkner Rd, Chelsea. 757-8567.

1-Day Silent Meditation Retreat – 9am-5pm. 4th Sun. Spend a day away from hectic city and find inner peace and relaxation at suburban Monastery. Retreat starts with 30 mins stretching, and interval 1 hr sitting meditation and 30 mins walking/ standing meditation. Discussion and Q&A. Light lunch included. Free. Triple Crane Monastery, 7665 Werkner Rd, Chelsea. 757-8567. HuayenWorld-usa. org/usa/en.

Japanese Reiki Practice Circle – 1-3pm. 1st Sun. With Andrew Anders. A monthly reiki gathering event for all local practitioners to practice together. Each session covers one or more aspects of the traditional Usui Reiki Ryoho including breathing meditation, hands-on healing (reiki share), Reiju (empowerment/attunement) and more. 1st hr for advanced students; 2nd hr for everyone. $15. Info: 480-8107 or

Iyengar Yoga – 10am. Also Mon, 6pm; Thurs, 7pm; Sat, 10am. With David Rosenberg. Experience invigorating yoga postures using the methods of BKS Iyengar to strengthen the body, create a feeling of well-being, reduce stress, and release tension through

Kirtan Dance – 1:30-3pm. 2nd Sun. Combines the healing vibrational practices of devotional singing and dance. Sessions start with a chant and then move to dance using simple movements that combine yoga, bharatanatyam mudras, and folk and

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ongoing events Bollywood dance styles. $15/class; $50/4 classes. Sadhana Dance Theater, 607 Robin Rd. 330-3051. Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild – 2-4pm. 4th Sun. Monthly meetings always start with stories and then more stories. Listeners and tellers welcome. Free. Nicola’s Books, 2513 Jackson Ave. AnnArbor Contact Improv – 2-4pm. An interactive, free form dance style that involves contact with two or more people through which dancers give and share weight. No partner required. Beginners welcome. $5-$10 sliding scale. Phoenix Center, 200 S Main (above Elmo’s). 604-4416. ContactImprovAnn Free Yoga Class – 4:30pm. 2nd to last Sun. Bring own mat and enjoy a relaxing flow designed for all levels by a certified yoga teacher with over 3 yrs teaching experience. Om of Medicine, 111 S Main St. 369-8255.

and fitness level who seek to relax and have fun with this engaging body/mind activity. A peaceful, flowing, low-impact exercise, well-suited for calming and centering. Free/low fee. Info, Karla: 325-4244 or Energy Work/Self-Care Practices – 9-10am, Mon. Also Tues &/or Thurs, 6-7pm. $185. Peaceful Dragon School, 1945 Pauline Blvd, Ste B. 741-0695. Stretch and Strength Yoga – 10-11am. Class targets specific areas to build strength, increase flexibility and improve your overall fitness. $15/ nonmember, $10/member. Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. 747-0123. Tai Chi Beginners – 10-11:15am, Mon. Also Tues, 2:30-3:45pm; Tues &/or Thurs, 7:15-8:30pm. $185. Peaceful Dragon School, 1945 Pauline Blvd, Ste B. 741-0695. Classical Hatha Yoga – 10-11:30am. Start with 5 min warm up exercise followed by 1 hr custom yoga postures; class emphasizes incorporating ones body’s

Medical Cannabis Support Group – 4:30pm. Last Sun. Designed for individuals seeking support and information for utilizing medical cannabis. An opportunity to connect with community and gain new perspectives in your healing journey. Free. Om of Medicine, 111 S Main St. 369-8255. Om

Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Jam – 7-9pm. 2nd & 4th Sun. Singers, guitarists (acoustic and electric), bass, mandolin, uke, banjo, percussion, keys—whatever you want to bring. And if you just want to listen, that’s fine too. $2/session. Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. Sign up to play: Sound Healing Concert – 7-9pm. Rare, therapeutic chakra-tuned crystal bowls played with recorded soundscape music while reiki is sent to the audience. $20/at door. 3820 Packard, Ste 280. 358-0218.

monday Martial Arts Classes – Mon-Sat. Classes include Aikido, Zen Meditation, Mixed Martial Arts, Batto-ho, Weapons, and Children’s Aikido. Huron Valley Aikikai, 1904 Federal Blvd. For schedule: 761-6012 or Tai Chi: Beginning through Advanced – MonThurs. With Good EnerChi Studio and Staggerin Dragon School of Tai Chi. For individuals of any age


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Massage Therapy Program – Also Wed. Connect, visit, ask questions or have a massage by a student. Ann Arbor School of Massage, Herbal & Natural Medicine, 6276 Jackson Rd, Ste B. RSVP: 769-7794 or Drop-In Breathwork Sessions – 9:30-11am & 7-8:30pm. With Frank Levey. Each session offers participants guidance and training useful for experiencing a free and open breath to enhance health on all levels of being and in daily life. $15-$25. For locations: 657-8742 or Realization Process Practice – 6-7:30pm. Explore and practice the Realization Process as developed by Dr. Judith Blackstone. It is a body-centered approach to personal and spiritual healing and maturity. Beginners and drop-ins welcome. Donation. Evenstar’s Chalice, 36 N Huron St, Ypsilanti. 905-7980. EvenstarsChalice. com/realization-process. Kundalini Yoga and Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Utilizing breath, sound vibration and rhythmic exercises we can awakening the energy within us to excel and reach our potential. The way to the realization of your true self as taught by Yogi Bhajan. $16/drop-in, $84/series. A2 Kundalini Yoga, 4117 Jackson Rd. 276-6520.

Sunday Group Meditation – 5-6pm, sitting meditation; 6-6:30pm, mindful sharing. Sitting meditation to start the week. No instruction. Please enter and depart in silence. No experience necessary. Donations welcome. Deep Spring Center, 704 Airport Blvd. Info, Tana: 477-5848 or Inspiring Talk by Mata Yogananda – 7pm. Spiritual talk, pure meditation and silent prayer, with Winged Prayer for all in need at 9pm. We welcome all. Please come and stay as long as you wish. Free. Self Realization Meditation Healing Centre, 7187 Drumheller, Bath. 517-641-6201.

Massage, Reflexology and Energy Work – Also Wed. Student interns, in our peaceful and private wellness center. $25 student clinic rate, by appt. Ann Arbor School of Massage, Herbal & Natural Medicine, 6276 Jackson Rd, Ste B. RSVP: 769-7794 or

movement and breathing. This practice focus primarily on physical discipline and body strengthening, increasing vital life force and calming one’s mind. Free. Triple Crane Monastery, 7665 Werkner Rd, Chelsea. 757-8567. Socrates Café – 10:30-11:30am. 2nd & 4th Mon. People from different backgrounds get together and exchange thoughtful ideas and experiences while embracing the Socratic Method. Free/members, $2/nonmember. Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. 794-6250. A Course in Miracles Study Group – 6:45-8:45pm. All invited to join a group reading and discussion of this popular Foundation for Inner Peace metaphysical book; includes study materials and text. Donation requested. Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. 327-0270. Meditation Sitting Group – 7-8pm. Washington Street Educational Center, Room 114, Chelsea. More info, Carol Blotter: 475-0942.

Monthly Washtenaw County CHADD (Children and Adults with ADD/ADHD) Chapter Meetings – 7-9pm. Tues & Wed. Join us to hear free educational speakers, get resources, find community and support for you and your family members. WISD Teaching and Administration Bldg, 1819 S Wagner Rd. 330-4996. Details: AnnArbor-ADHD-ADD-Support.

wednesday Anxiety, Depression and Pain – See Tues listing. Ann Arbor School of Massage, Herbal & Natural Medicine, 6276 Jackson Rd, Ste B. RSVP: 769-7794 or Light Worker Activation Group with Sandya – It is time to activate your spiritual purpose and bring forth “The Gifts” that will accelerate personal and planetary transformation. Massage, Reflexology and Energy Work – See Tues listing. Ann Arbor School of Massage, Herbal & Natural Medicine, 6276 Jackson Rd, Ste B. RSVP: 769-7794 or


Massage Therapy Program – See Tues listing. Ann Arbor School of Massage, Herbal & Natural Medicine, 6276 Jackson Rd, Ste B. RSVP: 769-7794 or

Anxiety, Depression and Pain – Also Wed. Feel better with natural medicine methods. Advisory during our clinic days to learn better alternatives. Ann Arbor School of Massage, Herbal & Natural Medicine, 6276 Jackson Rd, Ste B. RSVP: 769-7794 or

Nature Storytime – 10-11am. Ages 1-5. Caregiver required and free. Explore and appreciate the outdoors: live animal visits, hikes, stories and hands-on activities. $5/child nonmembers, $4/child members. Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. 997-1553.

Ann Arbor School Herbal Apothecary Open – 10am-2pm. Free advisory, custom formulas for body systems, herbalists on staff. Ann Arbor School of Massage, Herbal & Natural Medicine, 6276 Jackson Rd, Ste B. 769-7794. Naturopathic Weekly Iyengar Yoga – 10:30-11am, sitting meditation; 11am-12pm, yoga. With Erica Dutton. Iyengarbased asanas provide flexibility, gentleness and strength. If possible, bring a mat and/or blanket to class. Donations welcome. Deep Spring Center, 704 Airport Blvd. Tana: 477-5848 or Slow-Flow Yoga – 5:30-7pm. Also 10:30am-12pm, Fri. With Ellen Livingston. All levels welcome to our community-oriented small classes in our 30-ft heated yurt on 5 beautiful acres in SW Ann Arbor. $15/drop-in, $6-$12/class with a pass. More info: 645-3217 or Intro to Kundalini Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Called the Yoga of Awareness. An ancient practice only once knew by the rare sadhu or rishi. We have these teachings now to deliver ourselves to our excellence, truth and greatest capabilities referred to as a self-sensory human. A science of kryias, meditations, mantras, mudras, bhandas and relaxation. $20/drop-in, $84-7 wk series. Bloom Wellness, 2450 W Stadium Blvd. 276-6520. Classical Hatha Yoga – 6-7:30pm. Start with 5 min warm up exercise followed by 1 hr custom yoga postures; class emphasizes incorporating ones body’s movement and breathing. This practice focus primarily on physical discipline and body strengthening, increasing vital life force and calming one’s mind. Free. Triple Crane Monastery, 7665 Werkner Rd, Chelsea. 757-8567. HuayenWorld-usa. org/usa/en. Why Develop a Self-Hypnosis Practice – 6:308:30pm. Learn and practice self-hypnosis techniques in this workshop. We’ll discuss the applications and opinions of others. Course # HSC4430. $39. Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E Huron River Dr. 677-5060. Lost Treasures of the Titanic – Nov 7, 14. 7-8pm. Over one 100 yrs ago the HMS Titanic sank on its maiden voyage. Join retired Arts and Humanities teacher Kathy Gunderson as she describes the lost treasures of this disaster in this four part series. Registration required. Chelsea Senior Center, 512 E Washington St. 475-8732. Tibetan Buddhist Meditation – 7:30-8:30pm. Silent sitting. Instruction always available. Free. Karma Thesum Choling, 614 Minor St. 761-7495 or 678-7549.

thursday Meditation – 10-11:30am. Start with 20 mins stretching, followed by 45 min-1 hr sitting meditation, ends with a brief group sharing chat. Open to all background and level of practitioners wishing to support their practices. Always emphasis on breathing control techniques. Free. Triple Crane Monastery, 7665 Werkner Rd, Chelsea. 757-8567. Huayen Happy Hour Massage – 3-8pm. We’ll match your needs with an expert therapist who can tailor a massage to your wellness needs. Call to reserve

your spot as space is limited. $55/60 min, $80/90 min. Balance Massage Therapy, 5155 Plymouth Rd. 660-5919. Open Mic Night – 7pm. Signup is available online or at the door, and it is also first come, first serve. The Rumpus Room, at Jet’s Pizza, 506 N Main St, Chelsea. Meditation Class – 7-8pm. Short lesson and meditation, followed by discussion with instructor Lori Barresi. Drop-in, every other Thursday. $10. Enlightened Soul Center, 3820 Packard, Ste 280. 358-0218. Open Meditation – 7:30-8:30pm. Two, 20-min, mindfulness meditation sittings. Open to the public; drop-ins welcome. Donations welcome. The Lotus Center of Ann Arbor, 2711 Carpenter Rd. 975-2745. Yoga with Cats – 7:30-8:30pm. Practice hatha-style among the calming cats in new cat café. All levels welcome, ages 16+. $10. 5245 Jackson Rd. Pre-registration required:

friday Free Exercise Classes for Ypsilanti Seniors – 10:30-11:30am. National Kidney Foundation of Michigan is hosting free exercise classes. Ypsilanti Township Community Center, 2025 E Clark Rd. Kristie Lewis: 800-482-1455. Meditation Group – 10:30am-11:45am. Beginning and experienced meditators welcome. Group is open to exploring and integrating the spiritual teachings from a variety of wisdom traditions. A recorded teaching is followed by a period of silent meditation and a time for discussion. For more info including location, Mary Trudeau: 625-1844 or Slow-Flow Yoga – 10:30am-12pm. Also 5:30-7pm, Fri. With Ellen Livingston. All levels welcome to our community-oriented small classes in our 30-ft heated yurt on 5 beautiful acres in SW Ann Arbor. $15/drop-in, $6-$12/class with a pass. More info: 645-3217 or Ypsilanti Open Meditation – 11am. With Ypsilanti District Library. Research has shown the many beneficial effects of mindfulness-based meditation practice on overall health and well-being. Meditation encourages and develops concentration, clarity, emotional optimism, and positive ways of being. Sessions are guided weekly drop-ins. Free. More info: 482-4110, or Free Senior Swim at Chelsea Wellness Center – 4-7pm. 2nd Fri. Seniors (60+ years) are welcome to use the Wellness Center pools for free. Chelsea Wellness Center, 14800 E Old US 12, Chelsea. More info: 214-0220.

More info or to register: 320-4958 or KNelson@ Intensive Meditation with Lighthouse Center – 7pm, gather; 7:30-10:15pm, chanting. 1st & 3rd Fri. Chanting and prayer, followed by meditating 20 mins on each of the 7 chakra energy centers. May enter and leave meditation room at any time. Donations accepted. 740 E Shore Dr, Whitmore Lake. 417-5804. Dances of Universal Peace – 7-9pm. 1st Fri. With Judy Lee Trautman. Dances of universal peace were originated in the 60s in San Francisco by Sufi teacher Samuel Lewis to celebrate the world’s religions through simple folk dance steps. The dances are a form of moving meditation that require neither partner nor experience. $5. Info: 419-475-6535, JLTrautman@ or Devotional Singing or Chanting – 8:15pm. Some of Mata Yogananda’s Song-Soul Chants, pure meditation and silent prayer, with Winged Prayer at 9pm. We welcome all. Please come and stay as long as you wish. Free. Self Realization Meditation Healing Centre, 7187 Drumheller, Bath. 517-6416201.

saturday Readers/Healers – Hours vary. Also Sun. Tarot, astrological and crystal readers scheduled every weekend; reiki energy healing. Call ahead or dropins. Evenstar’s Chalice, 36 N Huron St, Ypsilanti. 905-7980. The Breastfeeding Cafe – 10-11:30am. Come and meet other women who are breastfeeding or want to be breastfeeding their babies. This free, drop-in group focuses on supporting breastfeeding mothers in a casual, comfortable setting. 722 Brooks St. 975-6534.

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Free Senior Swim at Dexter Wellness Center – 4-7pm. 4th Fri. Seniors (60+ years) are welcome to use the Wellness Center pools for free. Dexter Wellness Center, 2810 Baker Rd. More info: 580-2500.

RELAXSTATION MASSAGE THERAPY – Massage Therapist Positions open at RelaxStation in Ann Arbor. $85 to $110 (including credit card tips) for a 5-hour shift. W-2 (not 1099), PTO after first year. Free parking. Massage benefits. 734-623-1951.

Nature & Nurture Fertility Support Group – 6:30-8pm. Group is to bring those experiencing infertility together to support each other while enjoying the healthy benefits of nature. $5/session. County Farm Park, Washtenaw & Platt area.

WORK EXCHANGE – Partial work exchange opportunity in exchange for tuition in Massage Therapy or Natural Medicine Program, for upcoming enrollment cycles. NaturopathicSchoolOfAnnArbor. net. Call 734-769-7794.

February 2019


community resource guide


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


734-475-2748 Make your dreams come true. I work with you on a personal level to determine the best solutions for your unique needs. I am your trusted partner in success. See ad page 37.



Dr. W. K. Dobracki, DDS 606 W Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, 48103 734-747-6400 Passionate about holistic care while utilizing Bio-Compatible materials and lasers. Our patients can elect to be free from fluoride, mercury and other harmful metals. Filling materials are tooth colored and both BPA & Bis-GMA free. We offer natural oral health products using fine essential oils, and free of gluten and preservatives. See ad page 5.




since 1974 RELAXSTATION A ntiques & A rchitectural S alvage MASSAGE THERAPY A full-service antiques store and restoration facility showcasing period lighting, stained and beveled glass, furniture, doors and much more. Creative new uses for salvaged antiques is our specialty. See ad page 15.


300 W Huron, Ann Arbor, 48103 734-623-1951 You’re in Good Hands. Offering affordable and convenient high-quality massage therapy so that you can live your life more fully. Walk-in or appointment 7 days a week.


Margo Hertzfeld, Certified Aromatherapist 419-360-0169


Clinically certified aromatherapist 400 W Russell St, Ste 2370, Saline, 48176 offers holistic consultations with 734-664-2255Check us out on customized blends of professional quality essential oils. Trust Margo During 2W. Michigan Ave. Ypsilanti, MI 48197 (734) 483-6980 Tue - Sat 10-5 Sunyour 12-5 reiki session, I see to help you understand the comissues affecting your energy and plicated world of aromatherapy. recent life experiences then share Her holistic approach can help you insights and fresh perspectives maximize your benefits from this powerful therapy assisting you in moving forward. and minimize side effects. Aromatherapy is a wonSee ad page 31. derful way to integrate natural healing into your life. Phone consultations are available.

SELF ACCEPTANCE PROCESS 8830 Currie, Northville, MI 734-796-6690

Healing sessions include: Intuitive guidance, holistic therapy, auricular acupuncture and trauma erase homeopathy. $185. (1-2-hr session). See ad page 27.


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Arbor Wellness Center, 2350 Washtenaw Ave, Ste 3, Rm A, Ann Arbor, 48104 734-395-3319 With Seth’s help, develop more peace, compassion, and playfulness while you get to know your inner world. Build self-leadership and feel more centered and grounded. See ad page 21.

LIFE COACH, HEALTH RETREATS Ellen Livingston 734-645-3217

Complimentary first session. Ellen’s powerfully effective coaching has helped hundreds of people to radically improve their health and energy, know their purpose and begin living their dreams. Raw vegan since 2002, Ellen has unique expertise to guide you on a path of real transformation. She offers private coaching, private retreats, and popular annual group retreats in Michigan and Costa Rica.


As a certified Life Coach, Maria is a master at helping her clients get unstuck, become unstoppable and see their lives soar. Experience her simple, yet profoundly powerful coaching process and remove obstacles that interfere with having: a great love, a great job, a great life. Maria coaches adolescents, adults and couples and offers a complimentary first session.  


Joan Rose, an Upledger certified practitioner, has offered CranioSacral Therapy for over 25 years. A light touch and deep listening allow healing to occur.



Brandy Boehmer 734-709-8313 2350 Washtenaw Ave, Ste 14, Ann Arbor Colon Therapy is the slow and gentle insertion of purified water into the colon (large intestine) for the cleansing of poisons, mucous and accumulated fecal matter. It is also used to stimulate the colon to recover its natural shape, tone, and peristaltic wave action. No chemicals or drugs are used—thus it is a safe, gentle health-giving alternative. Brandy Boehmer is National Board Certified in colon hydrotherapy through the International Association for Colon Therapy.


Certified Reflexologist 2002 Hogback Rd, Ste 14, Ann Arbor 734-649-2891 Feeling stressed? Just can’t seem to relax? Foot Reflexology, known for its relaxing and restorative qualities, can help you feel better. Call today. $20 off your first session with this ad. See ad page 41.


2365 S Huron Pkwy, Ann Arbor, 48104 734-677-8700 Ann Arbor Smiles is a state-of-theart general and cosmetic dental office dedicated to treating the whole person in a caring and compassionate manner. Most insurances accepted and financing is available. See ads pages 3 and 30.

HEALING TOUCH ANCIENT WAYS OF HEALTH 3001 Plymouth Rd, Ste 101 Inside Inspire Behavioral Health 858-344-9417

Healing Touch can heal old injuries and offers solutions when conventional treatments fail. Balance your energy and feel the difference. Nurturing energy therapy. Licensed, insured.


MHealthy offers wellness and health risk reduction services, including: Exercise, Nutrition, Weight Management, Tobacco Treatment and Alcohol Management, for U-M employees, and the public.


5060 Jackson Rd, Ste. A, Ann Arbor 734-887-6655 Farm to Table, Fast! Craft a bowl from fresh, local ingredients or get a superfood packed smoothie. Our dynamic seasonal menu is allergenfriendly with vegetarian and vegan options. See ad page 23.


715 N University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 734-214-6666 We work with passion for making only real food, made with fresh, local and organic ingredients. We want to offer you a genuine Italian food experience. Our store is not only a restaurant or a bar, our store is an artisanal food lab, where we make bread, pizza, pastries, salads, soups and fresh pasta everyday, following the path of the Italian tradition, but also offering gluten-free and vegan dishes. See ad page 11.


2444 Packard Road, Ypsilanti 734-572-4428 Your mouth is a window to your overall health. Cori Crider, DDS, earned her dental degree with honors from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, has practiced in the community for 30 years and will help you acheive optimum oral health. See ad page 11.

HOLISTIC DOCTOR DR. MALCOLM SICKELS, M.D. 210 Little Lake Dr, Ste 10 Ann Arbor, 48103 734-332-9936

Malcolm Sickels earned his M.D. from the University of Michigan, where he taught fellow medical students about different approaches to health. Board certified in Family Medicine and Holistic Medicine, he is in solo practice on the west side of Ann Arbor.  Learn more at Dr See ads pages 14 and 18.


415 N Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 734-436-8991 Spa experiences to bring forth the stillness within, and radiance throughout. Drawn from the traditions of Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine, and combined with the latest aesthetic advancements to deliver results. Non invasive DNA skin rejuvenation, dynamic cupping massage, intuitive bodywork. See ad page 17.


1954 S Industrial, Ann Arbor 734-213-7447 We invite you to partner with us for a naturopathic, patient-centered approach to restoring and maintaining your pet’s health. We focus on health span—not just life span. See ad page 36.


2345 S. Huron Pkwy, Ann Arbor In the Parkway Center 734-973-8990 Discover Michigan’s only homeopathic pharmacy open to the public. Herbs, Nutritional Supplements, Aromatherapy, Distinctive Gifts & Jewelry. Specializing in products for maintaining health & preventing disease. See ad page 29.

February 2019



154 S Industrial Dr, Saline, MI 48176 734-429-7460




Dr. Abbie Walker, DDS, MS 2365 S Huron Pkwy, Ann Arbor, 48104 734-677-8700 Ann Arbor Smiles is a state-of-theart general and cosmetic dental office dedicated to treating the whole person in a caring and compassionate manner. Most insurances accepted and financing is available. See ads pages 3 and 30.

36 N Huron St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197 734-905-7980 Everyday enchantments and inspirations: Divine Wares, Vintage Relics, Gallery Arts and Sacred Swag. Be the mystery unfolding. Shopping, classes, workshops & events. See ad page 32.

SMOKING CESSATION FREE AT LAST! HYPNOSIS Center - A Joyful Journey 734-883-8775

Stop smoking in one visit. Afraid it’s going to be too painful or too difficult? Our unique specialized and proven system makes it easy. Become a happy and permanent non-smoker today. See ad page 32.


Billie Wahlen • 734-276-6520 Kundalini yoga classes, workshops, gong meditations, Sat Nam Rasayan Healing and Level 1 Teacher Trainings in the Ann Arbor area. Yogi Bhajan started the 3HO organization to share these ancient yogic techniques and uplift humanity.


Lose weight now with hypnosis. Achieve permanent positive life and habit changes through our safe, rapid and effective system. Tap the potential of your mind to create the health and vitality you’ve always wanted. See ad page 32.


400 W Russell St, Ste 2370, Saline, 48176 734-664-2255 Reduce stress, move forward with Andrea Kennedy, a full-time reiki practitioner and instructor with 23 years’ experience. Try Reiki Special: 1st session only $25. See ad page 31.



462 Jackson Plaza, Ann Arbor MI 48103 734-302-7575

SONG OF THE MORNING YOGA RETREAT CENTER 9607 Sturgeon Valley Rd. Vanderbilt, MI 49795 989-983-4107

Find spiritual refreshment amongst 800 acres of natural beauty for your own personal retreat or participate in workshops, yoga classes, meditations or Sunday Service. Accommodations and gourmet vegetarian meals available.

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home products. See ad page 25.




Shannon Roznay, DC, specializes in Nutrition Response Testing and Activator Chiropractic. Thrive! also carries natural foods, skin and


Pomerance Integrative Dental Care, where Dr. Sheryl Pomerance—not “just a dentist”—offers comprehensive care in all aspects of dentistry, facial growth and development, function and airway. See ad page 31.


6901 State Rd, Ste D, Saline 734-470-6766

We help you on your journey to achieve optimal health and feel your best through whole food nutrition and supplements. See ad page 33.

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Natural Awakenings of Greater Ann Arbor - February 2019  

Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health...

Natural Awakenings of Greater Ann Arbor - February 2019  

Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health...