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How to Turn Back the Clock

17 IS BODYWORK ENOUGH? (Confessions of an ex-bodyworker)

18 THE POWER OF YOGA Tapping Into the Life Force



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he seventh annual Fall Enlightened Soul Expo will be held October 12 and 13 this year at the Southfield Pavilion. The location change from Ann Arbor was made to better reach people in the Metro Detroit area, as well as to avoid University of Michigan home football weekends. The Expo has become the largest indoor event of its kind in Michigan, with approximately 150 holistic booths from around the Midwest. Attendance continues to grow each year as people seek out the esoteric (aura photos, psychic readings) and the alternative (energy work, CBD oil, natural home and body care products) offerings. Free presentations are included with Expo admission (prices vary for readings and other services). Standard 10-by-10-foot vendor booths cost $275 and six-by-eight-foot booths are $200, with discounts for double booths. Admission is $11 adult daily ticket/$14 weekend pass includes free parking, free presentations and student/child prices; prices for services vary. Location: 26000 Evergreen Rd., Southfield. For advance discounted tickets and more details, visit Vendors can register at See ad page 11.

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ishi Singhal, a certified yoga teacher, integrative health coach and public health professional, offers one-on-one coaching and is available anytime, anywhere via Skype. She says, “We are here to love, play, and live joyously. However, our attention to what's lacking and what's wrong with the world holds us in a pattern that seems to be unending. You can feel better and at peace, now. Sage is here to guide you to that place.” Sage by Nishi, LLC, helps people to master their inner world by changing the belief that we Nishi Singhal need something outside of us to change how we feel inside. “This profound shift will improve well-being and instill inner peace, as well as, lead you down a path of a truly great life experience," advises Singhal. “As Eckhart Tolle says, ‘If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place.’” For more information, call 734-834 5995, email or visit Sage See ad page 36.

Materials Unlimited Extends Anniversary Sale


aterials Unlimited is celebrating their 48th anniversary by offering a 20 percent discount storewide through September. The three-floor retail outlet showcases all varieties and styles of

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antique lighting, antique hardware, antique home decor, antique leaded glass windows, vintage doors and vintage furniture. The staff is adept at helping the customer choose the proper style and function that would be period-appropriate for the customers home or garden. In 1972, Materials Unlimited began saving countless architectural treasures. Forty-eight years later, they are keeping the vision to save and repurpose antiques with an extensive online presence and a full-service antiques restoration facility housed in a massive art deco building in beautiful downtown Ypsilanti. Location: 2 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. For more information, call 734-483-6980 or visit See ad page 21.

Free Mindfulness Meditation Classes


indful Dexter, a free mindfulness meditation initiative of the 5HealthyTowns Foundation, is the first of its kind in the area, open to anyone, twice a month during September through May. Sessions are non-religious and simply provide a safe, welcoming environment to develop or deepen a mindfulness meditation practice. During the hour-long sessions, participants have an opportunity to practice a simple guided meditation led by qualified, experienced mindfulness facilitators, experience a period of silent meditation and participate in or listen to a discussion on a mindfulness topic. The sessions don’t build on each other, so they can be attended as needed. Meetings are held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. the second Saturday of each month, at the Dexter District Library and from 6 to 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at the Dexter Wellness Center. Jeanette Brooks, coordinator of Mindful Dexter, says, “Mindfulness meditation is a powerful skill anyone can learn, and there’s increasing evidence of its positive impact on health.” 5Healthy is a nonprofit wellness foundation that serves the towns of Dexter, Chelsea, Grass Lake, Manchester and Stockbridge. Locations: Library, 3255 Alpine St., Dexter; Wellness Center, 2810 Baker Rd., Dexter. For more information, visit mindfuldexter.

Local Educator Releases New Children’s Book


aren Patterson, vice president of Volunteers and Humane Education at the Humane Society of Huron Valley Ann Arbor, has published her first children’s book, Harley Saves the Day. She says, “Empathy for others is not a skill that people are born with; rather it is something they develop through life experiences, role modeling and even from reading books! Harley Saves the Day encourages youth to not only see from the perKaren Patterson spective of others, but also to see how their actions may impact others. It’s a cute and fun story that will help kids to think critically about how their words and actions may impact other people and animals.” Patterson holds a master’s degree in education specialization in humane education and is a certified humane education specialist. She is also a former elementary classroom teacher at Wayne Westland Schools with a Michigan elementary teacher certification. Signed copies are available for $12 (free shipping) at Karen

Professional Acting Classes Start September 14


edbud Productions has offered Meisner-based acting classes for adults and high school students for more than 20 years. Registration is underway for the next Fall Acting Class for Adult & High School Actors term, which will occur on Saturdays from 3 to 6 pm. Classes begin on September 14 and consist of 10 sessions, ending November 23 (no session on October 19). Local teacher, director and actress Loretta Grimes trained

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news briefs at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, in New York, and uses the techniques of acclaimed acting teacher Sanford Meisner. Sessions will focus on emotional work, improvisation and scene study. Tuition is $190 for the semester. Location: 1101 Ravenwood, Ann Arbor. For more information or to register for class, call 734-663-7167 or email, or visit

More Electric Cars are Coming


he city of Ann Arbor is increasing its fleet of electric vehicles (EV) fleet. As part of national Climate Mayors Electric Vehicle Purchasing Collaborative, they are one of 127 cities that have committed to collectively buy more then of 2,100 electric vehicles by the end of 2020. Ann Arbor Sustainability and Innovations Manager Missy Stults says, “The collaborative is an opportunity to learn from peers around the nation about their electrification journey, while also


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sharing our experiences.” There is also opportunity to buy electric vehicles together in quantity. The city’s goal is a 25 percent reduction in fleet-related emissions by 2025, as well as power municipal operations with 100 percent clean and renewable energy by 2035. The city currently has three electric vehicles in use and it intends to buy at least 13 more in the coming year. Stults says, “We’re starting with light-duty vehicles because we have far more electric vehicle options on the market. This includes vehicles in the city’s carpool, as well as vehicles used by community standards officers and at our water treatment plant.” The city will monitor the market for EV garbage truck and emergency vehicle options. For more information, visit

Share the Harvest


he 2019 UM Sustainable Food Program Harvest Festival celebrates the harvest season with food, music, farm tours and activities for people of all ages from 1 to 4 p.m., September 29.

Participants will connect with local food leaders and learn about sustainable food initiatives in our community. Admission free and donations are appreciated to support the UM Sustainable Food Program mission to foster opportunities for experiential learning and leadership in sustainable food systems. For more information, visit Tinyurl. com/2019HarvestFestival.

Learn the Wisdom of the Mamas


ertified Xolar Vibronics holistic health educator and life coach Ikaro Phoenix will give a talk, Consciousness the Medicine Of The Spirit: Reconnecting with the Original Living Wisdom of the Creation for Personal And Planetary Healing, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., September 14, at the Ypsilanti Food Co-op. Phoenix says, “Nature is a self healing system, as is the human being. Disease is the obstruction of the natural forces within us and outside of us. Nature provides in every single moment the living instructions of how to interact in harmony and balance. Restoring the harmony of the natural worldk as well as our own inner harmony and physical wellness, comes Ikaro Phoenix through living in harmony how nature guides us. It is not up to humans to say how to heal nature or themselves.” Phoenix is a native of Michigan who has spent the last 15 years learning and practicing the Original Living Wisdom of the Mother, as passed by a few of the last remaining holders—the Mamas of Colombia. A Mama is a holder and caretaker of the creation. Admission is free. Location: 312 N. River St., Ypsilanti. Preregister online at Xol For more information, call 734-210-0463 or email Ikaro@ September 2019


Cold or unsupportive mothering styles can harm a child’s health into adulthood, Loma Linda University researchers have found. Compared to adults mothered in a “warm” style, adults that had been mothered in a “cold” manner had an average of 25 percent shorter telomeres, indicating faster cellular aging, a shorter life span and greater susceptibility to disease. The study was based on follow-up blood samples of 200 adults originally enrolled in cohort studies of 130,000 people starting in 1976. Those that described their mothering as cold tended to be overweight or obese as adults, with less education. A father’s parenting style had a much smaller effect and was not significant enough to impact telomere length, the authors found. 12

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For runners, food is fuel, and a new study lays to rest debates about which diet is best. Researchers at Leibniz University, in Hannover, Germany, recruited 76 men and women runners, divided equally between vegans, vegetarians and omnivores. They had an average age of 27 and ran recreationally two to five times a week. The runners were asked to pedal to exhaustion on a stationary bike, and researchers found that all three groups had similar exercise capacity and power output, and similar lactate production during exercise. The researchers concluded that vegan diets were “a suitable alternative for ambitious recreational runners.”

Regular exposure to sunlight decreases the incidence of irritable bowel disease (IBD) in children, researchers from the Australian National University report. They compared 99 children with IBD with 396 healthy children using interviews with parents to establish a database. For every 10 minutes of sunlight exposure a day on average, there was a 6 percent reduction in risk, and 30 minutes a day reduced the risk by 20 percent. Also, children with deeper tans were at lower risk. IBD, which includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, has been shown in previous studies to be less common among people that live in sunnier places and closer to the Equator.

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Sleep Tight to Keep Ulcers at Bay About one in 10 Americans develops painful peptic ulcers, open sores in the lining of the stomach and duodenum, that are sometimes caused by an overgrowth of the Helicobacter pylori bacteria. Drug therapy to eradicate the bacteria involving two antibiotics and one acid suppressant is usually successful, but about 10 percent of cases recur. A key factor may be sleep quality, suggests a new study from the University of Hong Kong. Researchers followed 1,420 people that had been treated for peptic ulcers for three years. The ulcers recurred in 8.3 percent of them, and those that had poor sleep—including taking longer to fall asleep and waking more during the night—were significantly more likely to be re-infected. Longer total sleep times helped reduce infection recurrence.

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Foot Reflexology Basics

Foot reflexology has been a healing modality for thousands of years. From Egypt, to China, to India and other areas in Asia, Europe and North America, people have relied on reflexologists for help with pain relief and preventive health care. Foot reflexology is therapeutic foot massage, based on the premise that the body is an interconnected whole and that massaging areas on the feet can benefit corresponding organs and glands. Areas called reflex zones are represented on both feet. Massaging a reflex zone is like massaging the corresponding organ or gland, bringing enhanced blood circulation and nerve conduction to help the organ function better. Massage can be either gentle or firm, depending on the reflexologist’s training. Firm massage is thought to break up accumulated tension and firm areas in the tissue, enabling circulation and energy flow. Gentle massage encourages the tissue to relax on its own, starting the healing process. Gentle massage also softens the nervous system reflex zones and calms down the “fight-or-flight” response; this results in a relaxed mind and body, which is optimal for healing. Reflexology can help not only with general bodily health and peace of mind; the massage itself is also soothing to sore, swollen or injured feet. Regular reflexology massage can also keep the feet in good shape, preventing possible recurrences of painful conditions like plantar fasciitis. This ancient, yet modern, therapy might be the perfect addition to a person’s health regimen.

Denise Held, RN, a certified Reflexolo-Chi foot reflexologist, has office hours at the Natural Healing Center, 2002 Hogback Rd., Ste. 14, in Ann Arbor. For more info, call 734649-2891, or visit See ad page 33.

Lower Anxiety to Ease Allergies People with generalized anxiety disorders affecting all aspects of life are more likely to have seasonal allergies triggered by grass or tree pollen and people with depression are more likely to suffer from chronic allergies triggered by such irritants as animal hair and dust mites, report German researchers at the Technical University of Munich. In the study of 1,782 people, they also found that food and drug allergies were unaffected by psychosocial disorders.

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ing researchers like Nobel laureate Elizabeth Blackburn, it is now understood that prolonged daily stress weakens DNA structures by shortening chromosome-protecting telomeres, a major component in premature cell death and the trigger of genetic, predisposed markers for disease. Studies by Dr. Owen Wolkowitz, of the University of California, San Francisco, demonstrate the link between shortened telomeres and insufficient response to free radicals, resulting in chronic inflammation, now believed to be the catalyst of most degenerative diseases. Psychological stress, according to research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by Sheldon Cohen of Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, changes how the body regulates inflammatory response. “Stress and inflammation cause pain and disease,” says Certified Reflexologist

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t has been said that stress kills, and it often can be a slow and premature process, leading to common but avoidable symptoms of decline: impaired memory, loss of mobility, fatigue and decreased libido. Good nutrition, getting enough sleep and staying active contribute to vitality; however, fortifying the nervous system is critical to combating age-accelerating stress hormones like cortisol. The key to keeping body and mind young may lie in the therapeutic modalities of bodywork, an umbrella term for up to 350 methods that include massage, energy work and meridian-based therapies like acupuncture, shiatsu and reflexology, which can improve quality of life and promote cellular integrity. Once considered a luxury confined to spas and private home sessions, bodywork is moving into the medical mainstream with reputable 14

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hospitals like the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, in New York City, which offers reiki sessions and instruction for patients and caregivers. According to a survey by the American Hospital Association, reiki and its close cousin Therapeutic Touch comprise one of three top complementary therapies in American hospitals, along with massage therapy and music. The Arthritis Foundation recommends massage for all types of arthritis and pain syndromes like fibromyalgia, as it can reduce discomfort and stress.

The Chemistry of Premature Aging

Busy lives without enough downtime can set up the body to be in a chronic state of “fightor-flight”, which compromises cardiovascular health, nutrient absorption, waste elimination and immunity. Thanks to groundbreak-

and holistic practitioner Martha Garland, of CreativeSpirit Healing Arts, in Baltimore. “All of this that we carry in our bodies will make us feel much older than our years.” Through application of pressure on specific reflex zones on the feet, hands and ears, reflexologists like Garland can help promote the natural flow of bodily functions. “Reflexology, a modality that is separate from massage therapy, reduces the tension, stress and pain that we hold in our feet and in the rest of our body, which can promote longevity and better quality of life,” she says. Certified craniosacral therapist Margaret Connolly, of Narberth, Pennsylvania, agrees that mental or emotional strain plays a key role in the aging process. “During stress, the body is primed to resist or escape a threat, and in that situation, it’s not going to prioritize restorative activities,” she says. Craniosacral therapy (CST) focuses on the cerebrospinal fluid and the meninges surrounding the brain, spinal cord and related connective tissue, and helps the body drop out of excessive fight-or-flight mode.

Pain, Serotonin and Substance P

Bodywork and its ability to impact the chemistry of stress has far-reaching effects on most bodily systems. Studies in 2016 from the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine have shown that massage therapy helps to regulate hormones, boost immunity, improve attentiveness and ease the symptoms of depression. Licensed Massage Therapist Michele Duncan King, of Sea Spell Massage, in Cannon Beach, Oregon, knows firsthand how her work can assist in counteracting the energy-sapping effects of stress. “When the digestive system doesn’t go into the ‘rest-and-digest’ state via activation of the parasympathetic nervous system, it can affect muscles, joints, organs and hormones. This, along with elevated cortisol, can certainly make us function less optimally, making us feel older and less vibrant.” Traditional massage modalities such as Swedish, deep tissue, Thai and Lomi Lomi help reduce blood pressure, boost immunity by augmenting natural killer cells, decrease symptoms of depression and support the cardiovascular system. It can also assist lymphatic movement, which can prevent cold hands and feet and achiness. Massage also raises serotonin and dopamine levels, neurotransmitters that play vital roles in memory, mood regulation and immunity.

Most significantly, higher serotonin levels are linked to lower levels of substance P, a neuropeptide that is central in pain perception. It soars during times of stress, anxiety and insufficient sleep, and has also been linked to tumor growth and inflammatory conditions.

Multidimensional Well-Being Bodywork can assist the physical body, but it can also be a restorative balm for the emotions and psyche. “As human beings, touch is so important. Massage modalities

can be hesitant. Connolly encourages both women and men to experience CST and other modalities. “Sometimes men are a bit nervous about being touched, whether the practitioner is male or female. Even when open to hands-on therapy, some men believe extremely deep pressure is needed in order to be effective.” Not so, says Connolly, who cites the experience of Mark Bertolini, CEO of the Aetna health insurance company, who credits CST with saving his life when he was contemplating suicide and suffering severe neuropathic pain from a skiing accident.

During stress, the body is primed to resist or escape a threat, and … it’s not going to prioritize restorative activities. ~Margaret Connolly invite safe, healing touch,” says Anita Bondi, licensed massage therapist and a founder of the Wellspring Holistic Center, in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. “A good therapist will also educate a client about other benefits of a more holistic lifestyle. I believe any time we give ourselves permission to listen to the body’s wisdom and follow its lead, we reduce stress and increase well-being.” While women are more apt to include bodywork sessions in their health care, men

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CST can also have an impact on women’s hormonal changes. “Very slight movement of tissues near the pituitary gland can exert a subtle pumping motion on the master gland in a way that will facilitate its ability to produce and release hormones,” explains Connolly. The therapy is sometimes used in conjunction with acupuncture, which

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Highlighting Bodywork Benefits For Her:

n Shiatsu and acupuncture for hormonal imbalance, insomnia, migraine headaches, irritable bowel syndrome n Swedish, deep tissue and aromatherapy massage for stress reduction,

premenstrual syndrome, pain, food cravings

n Craniosacral therapy for headaches, back and joint pain, morning sickness, postpartum wellness n Maya Abdominal Massage (Arvigo techniques) for reproductive

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also impacts hormones and works on the brain. A 2018 study by Chinese researchers published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine shows neuronal improvement through acupuncture in both cognitively impaired patients and healthy individuals.

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Most practitioners believe that deriving benefits from bodywork requires consistency, which can support longevity in unexpected ways. Garland says, “What really makes a difference in reducing chronic stress is consistent stress reduction. One session occasionally will feel good and reduce tension temporarily, but will not make a major difference in reducing stress in the long term.” King agrees: “A massage once a month is my recommendation for ideal overall maintenance, and more frequent sessions for specific conditions or goals.” Research and results confirm that well-being is not a luxury, but a necessity, and puts to rest the idea that bodywork is a guilty pleasure. “The more we do to help ourselves, the better our lives will be as we age,” says Bondi. Marlaina Donato is certified in massage and bodywork, and is the author of several books. Connect at

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by Eric Cooper was in pain for over 30 years, and I searched for anything to help relieve my pain. In my quest, I studied many bodywork modalities. In massage school, I learned the names of muscles, where they attach, techniques for kneading muscles, petrissage (firm kneading strokes), efflorage (long, flowing strokes), trigger point compression, and fascia release. I learned to look at the body from a mechanical perspective, to see my client on the table as anatomy, like a machine made of parts. Bodywork is typically manipulation of the patient’s anatomy. But these techniques, soothing as they might be, did not ease my pain. My education in massage therapy didn’t look at the deeper reasons of why the client is stuck in those patterns of tension. I was interested in achieving long-lasting pain relief. Pressing on sore muscles only tricks the brain into relaxing the muscles. The muscles are the loyal workers, doing what the brain and spinal chord tell them to do. There is no muscle memory, only nervous system “memory”. The muscles that I was pushing against during massage sessions were being actively tightened by the nervous system. Massage is passive (on the part of the client) and may give temporary



release and a feeling of well-being, but that feeling fades as the system returns back to the pattern of how it wants to hold the tension. This leads to long-term clients, (good for the therapist) but does not touch the root of the problem, that the tension patterns are learned by the nervous system, and must be un-learned by the nervous system in order to achieve relief. People present with similar problems: sore back, hunched-over, tight front, postural distortions. Chronic tensions are in these learned patterns of stress response, injury reaction and repetitive motions. Problem pain patterns are learned as persistent high tensions becomes normalized and un-noticed. It takes involving the brain to change these recurring patterns. Somatic, slow movements create the feedback the nervous system needs in order to re-learn what relaxed truly is. This type of sensory-motor learning results in long-term improvements in posture and pain relief. Because of these persistent tensions, the internal sensory map of the body is missing many pieces, which results in a distorted inward perception of bodily space. The whole system organizes around these missing pieces of bodily self-perception.

Slow movements allow feedback for the brain to fill in the missing pieces. A somatic approach (brain + body) is the most effective way to change these deep involuntary tension habits. Know this: you are not merely a body on the table. You are a sensing being, a soma. It takes a somatic viewpoint to reintegrate the places that were lost, to release the pain, and to be whole again. Try this: close your eyes, be very still, look inside and see what you notice. Perceive your sense of internal space. Sense your muscle tension. Is there a difference between the sides? Where do you sense the residue of stress? Where can you not sense yourself? To have an significant experience of how you can teach your brain to give you back voluntary control of tension, try my video titled Opening the X of the Front at youtu. be/jana_n1zFUY. – Eric Cooper, CCSE I help people integrate mind and body to be free from troublesome tensions. 743-436-1041 South of Chelsea, MI. September 2019


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Its stress-busting capabilities help to support challenged adrenal glands and lower elevated blood pressure. Getting on the mat can improve insulin sensitivity in diabetics and also help balance immune responses in individuals with autoimmune conditions or insufficient natural killer cells. Combined research from 22 studies by the University of Edinburgh reveals that yoga, compared to both sedentary lifestyles and other forms of exercise such as walking or chair aerobics, improved the lower-body strength and flexibility in individuals age 60 and older. The findings published earlier this year in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity also showed improved quality of sleep and fewer symptoms of depression.

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ongevity is something most of us strive for, and increasingly, research shows that implementing a consistent yoga practice can be a fruitful investment toward that goal. Yoga is an eight-branch system of well-being that encompasses

exercise, meditation, conscious breathing, diet and other elements, but how it effects mind-body fitness alone is proving to be a reliable defense against age-related loss of mobility, cardiovascular disease and depression.

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Yoga’s inverted poses increase blood circulation to vital organs, including the intestines, which facilitates assimilation of nutrients and waste elimination. Asanas like shoulder stand, bridge and downward-facing dog stimulate blood flow from the lower extremities to the heart and fortify red blood cells by increasing hemoglobin, guarding against blood clots, stroke and heart attack. Yoga can also strengthen the bones. A 2016 study published in the International Journal of Yoga shows improved bone mineral density in women with postmenopausal osteoporosis.

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“Much like a house that sits empty or a car left to sit unused in a garage, our human parts can age and rot without movement. Movement creates more energy,” explains Nancy Poole, a teacher at Clarksburg Yoga and Wellness, in Clarksburg, Maryland. Joints lose flexibility as we age, but yoga movement provides them with essential oxygen, blood and nutrients. Lisa Moore, owner of Free to Be Yoga, in Great Falls, Montana, underscores, “A joint needs to move through its full range of motion to function well. Movement helps lubricate and cushion joints, provides nutrition and removes wastes.”

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A 2014 hatha yoga study published in the Journals of Gerontology revealed increased cognitive function in older adults after eight weeks of yoga three times a week. Yoga’s super power lies in its capacity to reset the autonomic nervous system and ramp up mood-boosting serotonin while decreasing monoamine oxidase, an enzyme that disarms the effects of stress hormones like cortisol. Under the influence of yoga, the brain is bathed in calming neurotransmitters, combatting depression and anxiety, and instilling a sense of optimism. “Yoga also helps us to embrace the hard times and ride the waves. With the tools that yoga provides, we can swim toward the light. It also helps us to experience a more intimate relationship with body and soul, and in turn make better choices in all aspects of life,” notes Carmen Ferreira, owner of the Sunshine Barre Studio, in Rocky Point, New York. Moore concurs, advising, “Yoga gives us powerful tools so we may age gracefully. One of them is to manage stress with equanimity.”

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ntrepreneur, DJ and author Radha Agrawal is on a global mission to catalyze community and connect people meaningfully through shared values, talents and passions. Driven by her love of movement and music, Agrawal founded Daybreaker—early morning yoga sessions followed by live-music, alcohol-free dance parties that are being held in 26 cities worldwide—which are helping to break down the loneliness and isolation increasingly common to urban settings. She also co-founded the THINX line of period-proof underwear with her twin sister Miki and friend Antonia Saint Dunbar, and is now launching LiveItUp, a virtual “life school” featuring 21-day challenges from renowned guides such as Whole Foods CEO John Mackey and functional medicine specialist Mark Hyman, M.D. Her recent book Belong: Find Your People, Create Community and Live a More Connected Life shares her personal journey of finding her place and people in life, and offers hands-on exercises to help others do the same. Agrawal lives with her husband and daughter in Brooklyn, New York, where she still loves to go out and celebrate life with friends several nights a week.

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I grew up in a community-driven town in Montreal. My dad is Indian and my mom is Japanese, and I had a built-in sense of community within those two cultures. Yet I sleepwalked through my 20s; at 30 years old, I woke up realizing I didn’t feel a sense of belonging anymore and started on an intentional journey back to community. I was also shocked into action by the statistics around our lack of community. One in four Americans report having no friends to confide in; the number jumps to one in three for those over age 65. Another study showed that not having social ties is as harmful to our health as being an alcoholic, and is twice as harmful as obesity.

What steps can help people that are feeling isolated start to find community?

It starts with an internal journey of self-exploration. Make a list of your values, interests and abilities, and see where they intersect and how you can use them to serve your community. They may be bringing music to a space, asking questions or hosting, which is my particular gift. Then find 10 communities that align with those interests and explore them in a light-touch way until you find the ones you want to participate in more deeply.

What is the key to cultivating nurturing friendships?

Again, start by taking a self-inventory: the qualities you seek in a friend, the qualities you don’t want and the qualities you need to embody as a friend. Take stock on how you are showing up for your friends, and note if you are making excuses for yourself or your friends. I realized in doing this that I was often triple-booking myself and prioritizing everything but friendship, and made an effort to change. Now I look for friends who love adventure and lean in and say yes to life. Now, at 40, I seem to meet new people every day who come from the same star and make friends so much faster having done that hard work in my 30s.

What are the key components of a healthy, thriving community?

Community is built on safety and sustained on mystery. With Daybreaker, the mystery is not knowing the next theme or DJ or “Wow!” moment, but our members have the safety of knowing it will be a wellness-oriented event and a safe space where they will be hugged upon entry and can dance with reckless abandon every month. It takes effort to keep the excitement alive, but as a result, Daybreaker is scaling and gaining momentum.

How do we find the proper balance of commitments and interests?

Developing boundaries is key. When I first started Daybreaker, I would say yes to everything, and I was exhausted all the time trying to please everyone. Now that I have a daughter, my time is even more precious. If I ask myself if something is giving me energy and fulfillment and the answer isn’t a deep yes, then I know it’s a deep no. Celebrate your abundant energy, though; it’s a blessing to have lots of interests and friends. Stay curious to where you are in life and what the world has to offer. April Thompson is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. Connect at


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by Kapila Castoldi tmanam viddhi means “Know thyself.” This is the secret that the ancient Indian seers discovered and then offered to the suffering, crying and striving humanity. In order to know oneself, one has to discover oneself first, not an easy task in a world that is constantly bombarding us with stimulations. To discover ourselves, we need to find refuge in a quiet place from time to time and begin the process of observing what we truly are. We are not the body, we are not the mind, we are not what we feel we are. Today’s world believes that the mind is all, that the mind is the source of the highest possible experience of reality. When we live in the mind, we are bound to the body. To discover ourselves, we need to go beyond the mind. To do this, we either learn to access the

higher levels of the mind or we learn to dive deep within our heart. In the process, we discover that the mind is composite of various layers. Above the physical mind, the mind from which we normally function and takes care of governing our body, there are the realms of imagination, of intuition and of wisdom. From there, we can embrace the world as one, undifferentiated reality. From this viewpoint, all our problems cease to exist, as we learn to identify with the whole of humanity. The alternative process is to enter deeper and deeper into the inner part of our being by meditating on the heart, searching for our soul, the source of infinite wisdom-light. This way, we are merging our individual little droplet of water with the immense ocean and become one with that ocean; we partake of the wisdom of our own soul. Ultimately, these seemingly different paths lead to the same place: self-discovery. Through the guidance of our soul or the raising above all toils of life, we begin to perceive who we truly are. Not this weakling full of problems, sufferings, fears and worries, but a being that is striving for perfection and fulfilment. When we learn to go beyond the body and the mind, we learn that infinite peace, infinite joy and infinite love are all eagerly waiting for us. God has not hidden Your Heaven-treasures: Love, joy and peace. It is you who have hidden them In order to enjoy your Earthly game In a peculiar way. ~ Sri Chinmoy Dr. Kapila Castoldi, an instructor at the Sri Chinmoy Centre, will be offering meditation classes in Sept. and Oct. at Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S. Main St., in Ann Arbor. For more information, contact or visit Meditation

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Road, in Manchester. Children Chickens Corner is also available at child care centers and school locations by request. The Children Chicken Program is altered according to children’s needs. More than just “show and tell”, the general format is that children are introduced to the “chicken facilitators” and then participate in a movement practice to “be like chickens”, creating a playful direct experience for

the kids. Then the children are invited to touch, pet and hold chickens. (the chickens are very friendly). A short book is read about the chickens (nesting cycle, eating habits) and finally, they are invited to ask questions or play with the chickens. A study of 5,000 activists found that it was usually one pivotal moment of connection to nature that inspired their activism. Many schools and kids’ programs don’t have the funding to come out to nature, so Mother Bear Sanctuary brings the nature to the children. Increased health benefits, less stress and shorter healing time results from cultivating a deeper connection to animals and nature. Kids program and retreats seek to foster these connections. Mother Bear Sanctuary rescues animals, and then animals rescue people. Animal and Nature Communication Retreat bridges the gap to the natural world for adults and children alike. Explore your intrinsic connection to nature and animals through simple practices and learn how to fully hear your animal friends! Barbra White has more than 20 years professional experience as holistic therapist. It is her passion to help others realize their innate worth and intrinsic connections. She holds a master’s degree in transpersonal psychology with an eco-psychology focus. She has written four books on self-acceptance, is a bestselling Amazon author and created a training program called Self-Acceptance Process for Traditional Therapists. Healing from sensory processing disorder (ADD and Asperger’s), White has a deep, compassionate understanding of how to help children who have ADD and ADHD. Barbra has spoken nationally and hosts New York bestselling authors and world-changers on her radio show Beautiful Earth. Paula Long’s life advocacy is working with children. After graduating from University of Michigan, she began her 41year career teaching elementary school in Michigan and Texas. The last 20 years she taught in the Michigan School Readiness program. For more information, call Barbra White at 734-796-6690 or visit MotherBear


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Successful Bodywork Requires Thinking Outside the Box by David Stouffer t is well known that a healthy physical body is important for overall wellness. When something feels out of place, it is no surprise that bodywork therapies such as Structural Integration, chiropractic and physical therapy can restore balance to physical systems and maintain a positive emotional and mental well-being. What may be surprising is that new scientific evidence suggests that the human body is composed of an external energetic system that plays a role in maintaining aspects of our internal health. Much like the Earth has electromagnetic properties that extend well beyond its physical structure, emerging research suggests that humans also have magnetic and ionic components that extend well beyond the physical body. Thus, the health of the external human biofield may be important in maintaining complete wellness. The biofield is currently defined as interacting and interpenetrating fields of energetic information that help regulate and balance the function of a living organism. In the late 1990s, Dr. Valerie Hunt, a professor of physiology at UCLA, documented the existence of human biofields and measured biofield changes relative to thoughts, feelings, and environmental interactions. Evidence of a dynamic biofield was confirmed by audio and visual recordings that showed energy interactions with other humans and their environment. These may be the first quantitative findings showing conscious aspects of human beings extending and interacting with their surroundings. More recently, Dr. Shamini Jain, of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California at San Diego, showed evidence that the conscious biofield is intimately intertwined with aspects of mental wellness. One of her studies published in the Journal of Military Medicine demonstrates biofield therapy is more efficacious at decreasing symptoms of PTSD in active military personnel than traditional cognitive behavioral therapies. Another study co-authored by Jain showed evidence that bio-


field therapy can affect the function of internal physiology. In this study, breast cancer survivors that had biofield therapy showed a decrease in fatigue and stabilization of the stress hormone cortisol Because stress hormones are involved in inflammation of the body, mind and gut, biofield therapy may help prevent or treat inflammatory and stress-related diseases such as autoimmune diseases, heart disease, arthritis, stroke and anxiety. The journal Alternative Therapies recently included a study with evidence that fibromyalgia patients receiving biofield therapy reported a significant positive change in their symptoms related to depression and pain. They also documented that all of the patients receiving biofield therapy showed a decrease in the dosage of medication needed to get the same effect (decreased tolerance). Biofield therapy patients have reported a long list of positive outcomes ranging from migraine relief, decreased anxiety, decrease in medication, decreased pain and increased sense of well-being. Such anecdotal reports are common, but the process of healing is not yet fully understood. Still, hospitals are integrating biofield therapies into common care protocols. According to U.S. News and World Report, every one of the top 10 hospitals in the U.S. are incorporating some form of biofield therapy. There is increasing data supporting the existence of human biofields. The combination of anecdotal and scientific evidence suggests including biofield therapy in a wellness routine can enhance the regulation of physiological functioning, restore emotional balance and improve recovery from a myriad of health-related issues. Although the mechanisms of action are not fully understood, this safe and effective complementary modality should be considered as an important aspect of health care and a legitimate addition to any health routine that seeks complete wellness. David Stouffer offers Biofield Therapy at Symmetry Biofield Therapy. For more information, visit September 2019


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oldest medical systems. It works to rebalance mental and physical health in coordination with mind-body energy types called doshas. The primary ones—Vata, Pitta and Kapha—correlate to the five elements of space, air, fire, earth and water, and can fluctuate over time. An Ayurvedic diet can help address dosha imbalances and optimize health and well-being. New York City chef, restauranteur and author Divya Alter embraced Ayurveda while suffering from an autoimmune disorder that conventional medicine couldn’t cure. “Food was instrumental to my healing,” she says.

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n Ayurveda, food is medicine,” says Susan Weis-Bohlen, the Reisterstown, Maryland, instructor and author of Ayurveda Beginner’s Guide: Essential Ayurvedic Principles and Practices

to Balance and Heal Naturally. “How we feed ourselves is the first line of disease prevention and longevity.” First developed in India some 5,000 years ago, Ayurveda is one of the world’s

Eating in Season “Ayurveda is about living in harmony. Eating seasonally and locally, you not only get the most nourishment, but also rekindle your relationship to food and the environment,” says Nishita Shah, of The Ayurvedic Institute, in Albuquerque. “In Ayurveda, we look to seasons to determine what to eat based on what is naturally available, like eating light juicy fruits in summer rather than the heavy root vegetables abundant in winter,” notes Weis-Bohlen.


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Spices and herbs have powerful healing properties that can be combined in different ways to balance doshas in tune with the seasons. “In winter, use warming spices like ginger, cinnamon or chilies, and in summer, season with cooling spices like coriander and fennel, or fresh herbs like cilantro,” says Alter.

Ayurvedic Prep Tips Proper combination and selection of ingredients are a critical component of Ayurveda, according to Alter, author of What to Eat for How You Feel: The New Ayurvedic Kitchen. She says, “Well-prepared food is easy to digest and protects prana—the food’s living force or energy—so it can nourish and energize.” Ayurveda also focuses on the “six tastes” ideally present in every dish: sweet, sour, salty, astringent, bitter and pungent. “Western cuisine has a strong salty and sweet bias. Health issues arise from an imbalanced palate,” says Shah. Alter adjusts taste profiles according to the season and the individual’s dosha. “Bitter foods can be very cleansing and help eliminate winter sluggishness. More

pungent foods are good in the spring, when the body may feel congested and heavy after winter,” she says. To address diners’ differing doshas at her restaurant, Divya’s Kitchen, Alter focuses on seasonal dishes that incorporate all six tastes. “By definition, these are tri-doshic foods which can balance all three dosha types.” Good tri-doshic foods include asparagus in spring, berries in summer and root vegetables in winter. “Cooked leafy greens can also be tri-doshic,” says Alter, adding that spices can tweak the natural dosha effect of a given food.

Ancient Cooking for Modern Lifestyles Ayurveda’s rules of the kitchen—such as avoiding cold, raw, processed or microwaved foods, not combining fruits with other foods, and making lunch the heaviest meal of the day—can run counter to the typical Western diet, but with time, Ayurvedic cooking can become intuitive. Ayurvedic meals don’t need to be complicated or challenging to prepare. “A simple apple or plain rice can nourish us,” says Shah. One of Alter’s favorite recipes is

an apple or pear stewed with cloves, prepared and eaten first thing in the morning to stimulate the digestive system. Plain almonds are another good protein snack, especially in aiding digestion when soaked and peeled, she advises. A “Buddha bowl” packed with colorful, sautéed vegetables, lentils and a grain like quinoa, barley or millet makes for a simple, nourishing, well-balanced meal, says Shah. “I try to add just enough spice to enhance the flavor, while still being able to taste the sweetness of a carrot or the bitterness of chard.” A cook’s mindset is as important as the meal itself, say Ayurvedic practitioners. Alter believes mindfulness while cooking and eating not only enhances our experience, but also our digestion. Ayurvedic cooking should be fun, ignite curiosity and taste great—not feel restrictive or lack flavor, says Shah. “Food should bring joy, and bring us back in tune with our bodies. Our bodies are smart and will tell us what they need.” April Thompson is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. Connect at

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any Silicon Valley executives that design devices and apps have put their own children in tech-free Waldorf schools, reports The New York Times; even Bill Gates and Steve Jobs strictly limited their kids’ screen time. They know firsthand what many parents fear—that kids are missing out on developing life and social skills because of technology that has been deliberately designed to be addictive. Recent studies link excessive digital use by kids to anxiety, depression and, ac-

cording to a team of University of Southern California scientists published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, a doubled risk of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder compared with infrequent users. However, there are sound strategies that we can use to help kids navigate the electronic wilds, say experts. “Parent like a tech exec by establishing strong tech limits and actively engaging your kids instead with family, school and the outdoors,” advises Richard Freed, Ph.D., a Walnut Creek, California, child and teen

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Ban devices at meals and bedtime. Just having electronics in sight interrupts focus, University of Texas at Austin researchers found. At night, make sure devices are turned off an hour before bedtime, and then collect them into a recharging basket by the front door. Keep phones, computers and tablets in a public part of the home—out of kids’ bedrooms—so that online activities are in plain view.


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Bicycle with kids in a park. Enroll them in sport teams and art classes. “Part of the challenge we face as parents is that these devices make things easier for us because our kids are occupied, so if we want to change our kids’ tech behavior, we’ll have to change how we do things, as well,” says Mariam Gates, an educator and author of Sweet Dreams: Bedtime Visualizations for Kids.



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During one Sunday a month at home, a weekend away camping or a vacation at a remote spot, keep all devices off and away—and watch how kids grow more responsive as they tune back into “real life”.



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She cleaned fervently—vacuuming, wiping down hard surfaces, and bathing and brushing the dog every day. Everyone had to wash their hands frequently. In addition, the room where other dogs were groomed had to be thoroughly cleaned after each session. It all eventually became too exhausting, and the husky was rehomed. But there may have been other options available to the family, say practitioners that treat patients with pet allergies. “I personally would rather not recommend that a patient not be around animals, because there are so many health benefits that animals can bring,” says Rosia Parrish, a naturopathic doctor at Boulder Natural Health, in Colorado, and a spokesperson for the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

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essica Martinez, a medical assistant and part-time dog groomer in Rockford, Illinois, was growing her family—a husband, two daughters and a young

beloved husky. When their third daughter was born with health problems and an allergy to dogs, Martinez was determined to manage the situation.

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Some families opt for one of the so-called hypoallergenic breeds of dogs or cats. However, experts at the American Lung Association and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology advise that all warm-blooded animals shed dander: flecks of skin containing proteins that can cause allergies. Additional allergens exist in proteins from saliva, urine and feces. Because proteins, not fur, are to blame, even short-haired or hairless dogs and cats can elicit an allergic response. They’re present in the dander of all mammals, including

horses, rabbits, cows and mice. “Allergies are caused when the immune system cannot discern the difference between a safe protein, such as egg, and a dangerous protein, such as mold, and it starts attacking the wrong ones,” says Barbara Meconis, a registered nurse and owner of Holistic Care Approach, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In the home, these proteins can easily become airborne and cling to surfaces and clothing. They can be carried by people to pet-free schools and hospitals, making the proteins difficult to avoid, so for those that deal with symptoms that range from watering eyes to difficulty breathing, allergies can flare up in unlikely places.

Parrish suggests that making lifestyle changes may enable some people to keep a furry friend in their lives. Effectively preventing allergic reactions requires limiting exposure to the offending animal proteins. This can mean vacuuming often, using HEPA-grade air filters, removing carpeting, leaving coats and shoes at the door and washing sheets, mattress covers—and the pet—on a regular basis.

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At Holistic Care Approach, Meconis is trained in Nambudripad’s Allergy Elim-

Traditional Medical Response “Allergies are one the most complex, unresearched topics,” says Meconis. Because of the general lack of knowledge in the field of immunology, people with allergies may have difficulty finding relief, especially when multiple or severe allergies are present. Pet owners aren’t given many choices. “In the last five years, there is a working theory regarding being desensitized with incremental exposures, but there is no proof,” says Meconis. “Elimination has always been the answer from mainstream allopathic medicine, so if you are allergic to pets, they say, ‘don’t have a pet.’”

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ination Therapy (NAET), a combination of allopathy, acupuncture, chiropractic, kinesiology and nutrition. Treatments are typically effective in as little as one session per allergy. “We reprogram the immune system so that it no longer ‘sees’ that particular allergen as an invader,” Meconis says. “By removing disharmony at the intercellular level, the body stops being so reactive.” Founded in 1983 by Devi Nambudripad, a California chiropractor and acupuncturist, today there are more than 12,000 NAET practitioners and they can be found at Parrish recommends natural treatments for affected people such as steam showers and baths with thyme, eucalyptus and menthol to help clear passageways, along with anti-inflammatory supplements like boswellia, quercetin, nettle leaf, fish oil and magnesium. “Unless an allergy is severe, I think that living around cats, dogs and other furry animals is a really good thing and brings so much love and sloppy kisses into our lives,” she says. However, for a serious allergic reaction such as asthma, a pet lizard may be in order. Julie Peterson has contributed to Natural Awakenings for more than a decade. Contact her at

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Conservation Stewards Program Kickoff – 6-9pm. Conservation Stewards are volunteers who help protect and restore our state’s natural areas and ecosystems. They help remove invasive species, build trails, collect data, and work with naturalists, biologists, and land managers to preserve public land. $250. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor. Registration required:

Stewardship Workday: Stapp Nature Area – 9am12pm. The National Day of Service and Remembrance promotes community service as a tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors and responders. Help remove the invasive shrubs threatening this mature forest. Tools, snacks and know-how provided. Free. Meet at the park sign on the corner of Huron Pkwy & Tuebingen Pkwy, Ann Arbor.

Gardens & Gardening at the U-M – 7-8pm. Dr. Anton Reznicek, research scientist & curator of vascular plants at U-M, shares his knowledge of the many garden museums there. Presented by Ann Arbor Garden Club. Free. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor. 734-6477600.

Preserving the Harvest – 1-3pm. Learn how to can and preserve your garden’s bounty with local food blogger Cynthia Hodges. She will offer tips and tricks on how to do this successfully through a live demo. Downtown Library, 343 S Fifth Ave, Ann Arbor. 734-327-4200.

Healthy Immune System – 7:15pm. If you are looking for ways to improve your immune system to keep you feeling your best, join us for this seminar to learn how to boost your defenses naturally. Free. Thrive! Wellness Center, 6901 State Rd, Ste D, Saline. 470-6766. Open Stage – 8pm. Take your music to the masses. Open Stage nights offer supportive audiences and a terrific space. Fifteen performers have 8 mins (or 2 songs) each to do their thing. $3, $2/members, seniors, students. The Ark, 316 S Main St, Ann Arbor. 734-761-1800.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 Your Voice Is Vital: Sound and Drum Circle Plus – 6:30-8:30pm. Experience the magic of using your voice, drums and other instruments, led by visiting sound healer. $30. 3820 Packard Ste 280, Ann Arbor. 734-358-0218.


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Monarch Migration Festival – 1-3:30pm. Join LSNC in a celebration of the monarch butterfly’s migration, and help contribute to conservation efforts for monarchs by engaging in a variety of butterfly-related activities. $5/person. Gallup Park, 3000 Fuller Rd, Ann Arbor. Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. Registration required by Sept 6: 997-1553 or Dawn Farm 46th Anniversary Jamboree – 1-6pm. Enjoy auctions, kids’ events, live music, great food and more. We welcome the whole family to explore the farm, enjoy fellowship and to celebrate recovery. Free. 6633 Stony Creek Rd, Ypsilanti. More info: Pilar’s Stands with Immigrants & Refugees – 4-7pm. A community benefit dinner for 4 amazing nonprofits: Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, Washtenaw Interfaith Council for Immigrant Rights, Washtenaw Congregational Sanctuary, and Michigan Support Circle. $45/adults; $12/kids under 12. White Lotus Farms, 7217 W Liberty Rd, Ann Arbor. events/353186552052248/?active_tab=about.

Bird Walk: Mary Beth Doyle Park – 5-6:30pm. Join NAP’s ornithologist, Juliet Berger, on a walk around this diverse park, which includes a storm water retention pond often frequented by migrating shorebirds. Meet in the parking lot at the end of Birch Hollow Dr, Ann Arbor.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 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, Ann Arbor. Info & to register: 734936-8803.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 Stewards’ Circle – 7:30-8:30am. Topic: Stiltgrass. Learn why stiltgrass is so troublesome, what the long-term plans are for treating it, and why collaborations may be a good structure for addressing ecological problems. 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, Ann Arbor. 734-996-3190. How to Prepare for a Honey Contest – 6:308:30pm. A presentation on everything a beekeeper needs to know about honey contests, including what judges look for and how to make sure your entry is viewed favorably by the judges. Presented by Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers. Free. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor. 734-647-7600.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 Open Stage – 8pm. Take your music to the masses. Open Stage nights offer supportive audiences and a terrific space. Fifteen performers have 8 mins (or 2 songs) each to do their thing. $3, $2/members, seniors, students. The Ark, 316 S Main St, Ann Arbor. 734-761-1800.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 Yoga for Kids – 10-10:40am. Preschool-Grade 2. Certified yoga instructor Carol from Super Fun Yoga Time will lead a relaxing and fun yoga class designed for kids. Westgate Branch, 2503 Jackson Ave. 327-8301.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 Celebrating Our Fullness: Full Moon Gathering – 7-9pm. These gatherings are deeply sweet, meaningful and connecting. We come together to Celebrate Our Fullness as human beings, mark the rhythms of time in community, to support one another on this great journey, and have a lot of creative fun. Love offerings. Evenstar’s Chalice, 36 N Huron St, Ypsilanti. 734-905-7980.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 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. 734-476-8474. Critters Up Close: Insects – Sept 14 & 15. 10am4pm, 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, Ann Arbor. 734-997-1553. Psychic Saturday Party – 12-5pm. Variety of psychic readers, shopping, snacks. Door prizes in first hour. $3 admission. Readings $2/min (15 mins minimum). 3820 Packard Ste 280, Ann Arbor. 734358-0218. Acting Classes For Adults & High School Students: Fall Term Begins – 3-6pm. Saturdays, Sept 14-Nov 23; no class Oct 19. Taught by local teacher, director and actress Loretta Grimes. Using the techniques of acclaimed acting teacher Sanford Meisner, sessions will focus on emotional work, improvisation and scene study. $190. 1101 Ravenwood. To register: 663-7167 or MeisnerClass@

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 Understanding Food Labels – 7:15pm. Learn how to better understand what’s in your food, which ingredients to look out for, and how to decide which items are best for your body. Free. Thrive! Wellness Center, 6901 State Rd, Ste D, Saline. 470-6766. Discover Our Underwater Forests: Michigan’s Aquatic Plants – 7:30pm. Dr. Jo Latimore, Michigan State University aquatic ecologist, explores the variety of submerged and floating native plants found in Michigan’s lakes and rivers and more. Free. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor. 734-647-7600.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 What Is the Best Way to Stem Climate Change?: Green New Deal and/or Carbon Tax and Dividend

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calendar of events – 7:30pm. Learn about these initiatives that seek to stem climate change. Presentation by Richard Barron of the Citizens Climate Lobby. Presented by Sierra Club Huron Valley. Free. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor. 734-6477600.


Spirit Gallery Reading – 7-9pm. With Lisa Bousson. Evidential psychic medium provides proof that spirit communication with your loved ones is indeed possible. $25/advance, $30/door. Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building, Ann Arbor. 734-358-0218.

Does Addiction Treatment Work? – 7:30-9pm. By Carl Christensen, MD, PhD, D-FASAM. Free. St. Joseph Mercy Michigan Heart and Vascular Institute Auditorium, 5325 Elliott Dr, Ypsilanti. 734-4858725.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 The Ultimate Plant Course – Sept 21-22. 5-9pm, Thurs; 9am-5pm, Fri & Sat; 9am-4pm, Sun. Learn all about plants from Instructor Wayne Weiseman. Go home with plant-based products created in class. $399. Symbiosis Ranch, 1798 W Wing Rd, Mt Pleasant. 989-773-1714. 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 – 7-8:45pm. 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 and those new to reiki, too. Free. Mainstream Reiki, 400 W Russell St, Ste 2370, Saline. 734-664-2255.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 Meditative Drawing – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn drawing patterns and techniques for mindful doodling to create your own bookmark. Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E Eisenhower Pkwy, Ann Arbor. 327-4200.

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UMMAAfter Hours – 7-10pm. Enjoy live music, gallery talks, food, and more at this free community event. UMMA, 525 S State St. 764-0395. New Prairie Music Healing Workshop – 7-8:30pm. Hands-on workshop using coloring/ painting, words/stories, and sounds/frequencies, plus violin performance by visiting healer/musician. $35. 3820 Packard Ste 280, Ann Arbor. 734-3580218.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 Storytime at the Museum – 11:15am-12pm. Children ages 3-6 invited to hear a story in the galleries, followed by a short activity responding to the art on display. Parents must accompany children. Siblings welcome. UMMA, 525 S State St, Ann Arbor. 734764-0395. A Honey Bee Presentation with Bee Present Honey – 2-3pm Grade K-5. Local Beekeeper Rebecca Wittekindt will offer games, activities, and crafts to teach you about bees and what beekeepers do. Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr, Ann Arbor. 734-327-4200. 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. Downtown Library, 343 S Fifth Ave, Ann Arbor. 734-327-4200. Community Drumming Circle – 7-8pm. Gather to drum, rattle, dance, sing and shake away all of the negative energies. Help raise the collective vibra-

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 Stewardship Workday: Ruthven Nature Area – 9am-12pm. Help cut exotic shrubs to keep them from re-establishing in these areas. Tools, snacks and know-how provided. Free. Meet at the Gallup boat launch parking lot, at the southeast corner of Huron Pkwy & Geddes Rd, Ann Arbor. Peace Invocation – 3-5pm. An immersion in poems, chants and songs dedicated to peace. Offered free of charge by Dr. Kapila Castoldi of the Sri Chinmoy Centre. Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S Main St, Ann Arbor. To register: 734-994-7114 or Castoldi@

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 Exploring the Mind: Understanding Memory: How it Works and How to Improve it – 7-8:30pm. Join professor Thad A. Polk as he dives into the psychological and neural mechanisms that underlie our amazing ability to remember, including a discussion on the ways to maximize our memory by applying techniques that have been scientifically demonstrated to improve retention. Downtown Library, 343 S Fifth Ave, Ann Arbor. 734-327-4200. Domiciles & Deities: An Interactive Introduction to Traditional Astrology – 7:30-9pm. Learn the fundamentals of traditional Greek astrology through

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a series of interactive role-playing games. $30/ class. 3820 Packard Ste 280, Ann Arbor. 734-3580218.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 Author Event: Douglas Kelbaugh – 7-8:30pm. Douglas Kelbaugh discusses his new book, The Urban Fix: Resilient Cities in the War Against Climate Change, Heat Islands and Overpopulation. The book addresses how urban design, planning and policies can counter the threats of climate change, urban heat islands and overpopulation. Downtown Library, 343 S Fifth Ave, Ann Arbor. 734-327-4200.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 Usui/Holy Fire III Advanced Reiki Training and Reiki Master Class – Sept 27-29. 9am-5:30pm. Learn advanced reiki techniques including moving meditation, crystal grid work, receive new symbols and their uses, channel stronger and more effective reiki energy as well as expand your intuitive guidance. Be attuned to Holy Fire III Reiki energy as a Master Teacher. $800. Mainstream Reiki, 400 W Russell St, Ste 2370, Saline. 734-664-2255. Exploring Bhajans – 3-5pm. Bhajans belong to the Indian tradition of singing devotional songs dedicated to the various deities in a group or at a temple. Join in and experience singing Bhajans accompanied by the harmonium. Offered free of charge by Dr. Kapila Castoldi of the Sri Chinmoy Centre. Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S Main St, Ann Arbor. To register: 734-994-7114 or

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sunday Critter House Open Hours – Free and open to the public most Sundays, see our website for dates and times. Observe frogs, turtles, snakes, and more as they hop, crawl and slither in their homes. Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd, Ann Arbor. 734-997-1553. Readers/Healers  – Hours vary. Also Sat. Tarot, astrological and crystal readers scheduled every weekend; reiki energy healing. Call ahead or dropins. Evenstar’s Chalice, 36 N Huron St, Ypsilanti. 734-905-7980. 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, Ann Arbor. Pre-registration required: 1-Day Silent Meditation Retreat – 9am-5pm. 4th Sun. Find your inner peace and relaxation at suburban Monastery. Discussion and Q&A. Light lunch included. Free. Triple Crane Monastery, 7665 Werkner Rd, Chelsea. 734-757-8567. 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. $95/8 classes; $105/9 classes. Info: 734-662-6282 or


Sunday Morning Yoga – 10-11am. Meet for a free 1-hr morning yoga flow. No experience necessary; just bring a calm, positive mind and your mat. Fjallraven, 213 S Main St, Ann Arbor. 734-585-5628.

Mindfulness-Based Dementia Care – Mondays, Sept 30-Nov 18. 10am-12pm. A free, 7-wk program designed for family caregivers of persons with dementia. Presented by MI Alzheimer’s Disease Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor. Info & to register: 734-936-8803.

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First Sundays at Evenstar’s Chalice – 10-11:30am. An opportunity to create sacred space in which to commune, nurture, share and play. Donation. 36 N Huron St, Ypsilanti. 734-905-7980.

1415 Miller Rd, Ann Arbor. 734-945-7612. Info@ Sunday Online Meditation from Anywhere – 11am-12pm. Building an international sangha by connecting loving hearts. Donations welcome. To receive a link: or Tibetan Buddhist Sunday Service – 11:15am. Join us for short sessions of sitting meditation, compassion meditation, teachings and discussion. Free. Ann Arbor Karma Thegsum Chöling, 614 Miner St, Ann Arbor. 734-649-2127. Japanese Reiki Practice Circle – 1-3pm. 1st Sun. With Andrew Anders. A monthly reiki gathering event for all local practitioners to practice together. $15. Info: 734-480-8107 or Kirtan Dance – 1:30-3pm. 2nd Sun. Combines the healing vibrational practices of devotional singing and dance. $15/class; $50/4 classes. Sadhana Dance Theater, 607 Robin Rd, Ann Arbor. 734-330-3051. Holistic Health Group – Thru Sept 29. 2-3:30pm. This group is for people who would like to start to learn about reconnecting with the natural world, recovering original practices of investigating how we lost our close connection with the creation and how to function with it again. By donation. Various locations around Ann Arbor. Please contact for more info. 734-210-0463., 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, Ann Arbor. 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. $5-$10 sliding scale. Phoenix Center, 200 S Main, Ann Arbor. 734-604-4416. ContactImprovAnn Free Yoga Class – 4:30pm. 2nd to last Sun. Bring own mat and enjoy a relaxing flow designed for all

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levels by a certified yoga teacher with over 3 yrs teaching experience. Om of Medicine, 111 S Main St, Ann Arbor. 734-369-8255. Sunday Group Meditation – 5-6pm, sitting meditation; 6-6:30pm, mindful sharing. Deep Spring Center, 704 Airport Blvd, Ann Arbor. Info, Tana: 734-477-5848 or Inspiring Talk by Mata Yogananda – 7pm. Spiritual talk, pure meditation and silent prayer, with Winged Prayer for all in need at 9pm. Free. Self-Realization Meditation Healing Centre, 7187 Drumheller, Bath. 517-641-6201. Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Jam – 7-9pm. 2nd & 4th Sun. Singers, guitarists (acoustic and electric), bass, mandolin, uke, banjo, percussion, keys. 2/ session. Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave, Ann Arbor. Sign up to play: Ann-Arbor-Acoustic-Jam. 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, Ann Arbor. 734358-0218.

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, Ann Arbor. For schedule: 734-761-6012 or Tai Chi: Beginning through Advanced – MonThurs. With Good EnerChi Studio and Staggerin

Dragon School of Tai Chi. Free/low fee. Info, Karla: 734-325-4244 or Energy Work/Self-Care Practices – 9-10am, Mon. Also Tues &/or Thurs, 6-7pm. $185. Peaceful Dragon School, 1945 Pauline Blvd, Ste B, Ann Arbor. 734-741-0695. Parkridge Community Meetings – 10-11am. Parkridge Community Center, 591 Armstrong Dr, Ypsilanti. Stretch and Strength Yoga – 10-11am. Build strength, increase flexibility and improve your overall fitness. $15/nonmember, $10/member. Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr, Ann Arbor. 734-747-0123. 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, Ann Arbor. 734-741-0695.

tuesday 10% Off Tuesdays at The Find – 10am-4pm. New upscale family resale shop in downtown Chelsea. Hrs: Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm. 136 W Middle St, Chelsea. 734-593-7044. Ypsilanti Farmers’ Market: Downtown – Thru Oct 29. 3-7pm. 16 S Washington, Ypsilanti. Cobblestone Farm Market – Thru Oct. 4-7pm. Includes a variety of children’s activities and/or musical entertainment each week. Free admission. Cobblestone Farm, 2781 Packard, Ann Arbor. 

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, Ann Arbor. 734-794-6250.

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. 734-905-7980. EvenstarsChalice. com/realization-process.

A Course in Miracles Study Group – 6:45-8:45pm. 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, 734-327-0270.

ICPJ Racial Justice Book Group – 7-9pm. 3rd Tues. Ann Arbor Friends Meeting, 1420 Hill St, Ann Arbor.

Meditation Sitting Group – 7-8pm. Washington Street Educational Center, Room 114, Chelsea. More info, Carol Blotter: 734-475-0942.

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ICPJ Latin American Caucus Meeting – 7-9pm. 2nd Tues. Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, 1414 Hill St, Ann Arbor.

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, Ann Arbor. 734-330-4996.

wednesday Ann Arbor Farmers’ Market – Thru Dec. 7am3pm. Also Sat. 315 Detroit St, Ann Arbor. 734-7946255. Chelsea Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct. 1-5pm. Chelsea State Bank parking lot, corner of Old US 12 & M 52, Chelsea. 734-475-6402. ICPJ Climate Change and Earth Care Caucus Meeting – 3-4:30pm. 2nd Wed. Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, 1414 Hill St, Ann Arbor. Tibetan Buddhist Meditation and Study – 7-8:15pm. Join us for silent sitting meditation followed by discussion of important Mahayana Buddhist topics such as developing compassion, training the mind, and understanding emptiness. Instruction provided. Free. Ann Arbor Karma Thegsum Chöling, 614 Miner St, Ann Arbor. 734649-2127.

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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 backgrounds and levels. Free. Triple Crane Monastery, 7665 We r k n e r R d , C h e l s e a . 7 3 4 - 7 5 7 - 8 5 6 7 .

ICPJ Racial and Economic Justice Caucus Meeting – 12-2pm. 2nd Thurs. Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, 1414 Hill St, Ann Arbor. Happy Hour Massage – 3-8pm. We’ll match your needs with an expert therapist who can tailor a massage to your wellness needs. $55/60 min, $80/90 min. Balance Massage Therapy, 5155 Plymouth Rd, Ann Arbor. 734-660-5919. Meditation Class – 7-8pm. Short lesson and meditation, followed by discussion with instructor Lori Barresi. Drop-in, every other Thur. $10. Enlightened Soul Center, 3820 Packard, Ste 280, Ann Arbor. 734358-0218. 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, Ann Arbor. 734-9752745. 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, Ann Arbor. 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, Ypsilanti. 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. 734- 625-1844 or Ypsilanti Open Meditation – 11am. With Ypsilanti District Library. Meditation encourages and develops concentration, clarity, emotional optimism, and positive ways of being. Sessions are guided weekly drop-ins. Free. More info: 734-482-4110, SKonen@ or

Dances of Universal Peace – 7-9pm. 1st Fri. The dances are a form of moving meditation that require neither partner nor experience. $5. Info: 419-4756535, or PeaceDance.

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. 734-905-7980.


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Ann Arbor Farmers’ Market – Thru Dec. 7am3pm. Also Wed. 315 Detroit St, Ann Arbor. 734794-6255. Chelsea Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct. 8am1pm. Downtown on Park St, Chelsea. 734-4756402. Saline Summer Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct. 8am-12pm. Downtown, S Ann Arbor St, half block south of Michigan Ave, Saline. farmersmarket. Sustainable Saturdays – 9am-12pm. Join us for a morning of coffee, snacks, sustainable art projects and some fresh air. Start the morning at 9am for a quick urban hike. Free. Fjallraven, 213 S Main St, Ann Arbor. 734-585-5628. Ypsilanti Farmers’ Market: Depot Town – Thru Oct 26. 9am-1pm. 100 Rice St, Depot Town, Ypsilanti. The Breastfeeding Cafe – 10-11:30am. Come and meet other women who are breastfeeding or want to be breastfeeding their babies. 722 Brooks St, Ann Arbor. 734-975-6534. Readings and Reiki – 11am-7pm. Drop-in tarot, astrology, crystal or intuitive readings and reiki energy healing every weekend. Prices vary. Evenstar’s Chalice, 36 N Huron St, Ypsilanti. 734-905-7980.

Free Senior Swim at Dexter Wellness Center – 1-4pm. 4th Fri. Seniors (60+ yrs) are welcome to use the Wellness Center pools for free. Dexter Wellness Center, 2810 Baker Rd, Ann Arbor. More info: 734-580-2500.


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Poor People’s Campaign Washtenaw County: Weekly Coffee & Catch Up – 2:30-4pm. B-24’s Espresso Bar Eats and Entertainment, 217 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Reunión de Cosecha Ann Arbor – Thru Dec 13. 6pm. Hosted by Movimiento Cosecha Ann Arbor. The Church of the Good Shepherd, United Church of Christ, 2145 Independence Blvd, Ann Arbor. 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. 734-320-4958 or KNelson@KathleenNelson 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. 740 E Shore Dr, Whitmore Lake. 734-417-5804.

classifieds HELP WANTED RELAXSTATION, voted A2’s best massage, is hiring! Our massage therapists earn $35K to $40K annually as W-2 employees for a 30-hour (including breaks) weekly schedule. Three work environments: traditional full-body massage in individual rooms at Phoenix West, walk-in massage at our Huron building, onsite chair massage at UT and local businesses. Free parking. Friendly, diverse and supportive community of co-workers. Relaxstation. com. Ask for Allen, 734-623-1951.

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September 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 26.



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 MASSAGE THERAPY 1974 A ntiques & A rchitectural S alvage 300 W Huron, Ann Arbor, 48103 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 21.


Margo Hertzfeld, Certified Aromatherapist 419-360-0169


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.


400 W Russell St, Ste 2370, Saline 734-664-2255

Clinically certified aromatherapist offers holistic consultations with Check us out on customized blends of professional During your reiki session, I see quality essential oils. Trust Margo issues 2W. Michigan Ave. Ypsilanti, MI 48197 (734) 483-6980 Tue - Sat 10-5 Sunaffecting 12-5 your energy and to help you understand the comrecent life experiences then share plicated world of aromatherapy. insights and fresh perspectives Her holistic approach can help you assisting you in moving forward. maximize your benefits from this powerful therapy See ad page 13. and minimize side effects. Aromatherapy is a wonderful way to integrate natural healing into your life. Phone consultations are available. 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.


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Nishi Singhal, MPH, RYT-200, Certified Health Coach 734-834-5995

Sage offers one-on-one wellness coaching to help you connect to your intuition’s guidance. This guidance will alleviate perceived problems, mental blocks, and patterns that no longer serve you. Nishi will help you reach beautiful insights to enhance your capacity of emotional wellness.


Barbra White 8830 Currie, Northville, MI 734-796-6690 • Barbra, a Shamanic healer, animal communicator and mentor, helps people to connect to their passion, and usher in a new paradigm of sustainability. Healing sessions and mentoring available. See ad page 32.


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


715 N University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 734-214-6666

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.

We work with passion for making only real food, made with fresh, local and organic ingredients. 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 24.




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 33.


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.


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 4.

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 8 and 9.


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.


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 18.


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 29.


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 15.


734-239-3344 My goal is to always give the best massage you’ve ever had. I have been a Medical Massage Therapist since 1986. “I will get the pain out.” Muscular, sciatica, back pain, etc. $75/half hr.


John Du Bois, CMI, CMR 247 W. Main Street, Milan 734-439-8800 • MoldPro offers chemical-free mold remediation, independent certified mold testing, inspection and consultation services all over SE Michigan specializing in mold biotoxin illness clients.

September 2019


community resource guide MUSCLE TENSION SOLUTIONS

Liberate yourself from suffering.


734-436-1041 Teach your nervous system to undo your specific patterns of tension, postural difficulties, stiffness and pain. Effective for back, neck, hip, shoulder, leg, jaw pain. See ad page 16.

Gnosis is the practical, fact-based knowledge of consciousness that guides us to our full potential and innate happiness.


ALLISON DOWNING, LMT, BCTMB Center for Sacred Living 210 Little Lake Dr, Ste 7, Ann Arbor, MI 48108 269-200-7530

Now, for the first time in history, it is possible for anyone to study the most sacred and ancient knowledge. This knowledge is profound, nearly incomprehensible, and ultimately only useful when made practical in one’s daily life. Live it, and the truth will be made starkly evident. Learn more at

Find freedom from pain. Achieve new levels of health and wellness, and living with Allison Downing, LMT. Through massage therapy, we will help you move towards your long-term health goals.


West End Hair Salon, 5100 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 734-829-7620 Using only organic and low-chemical products, I am passionate about working with hair in a healthy and pleasant environment. Color is my specialty!


Experience is better than belief.

Homeopathic Pain Relief Cream 973-715-9097

Try Aunt Alberta’s Remedy to ease pains from sciatics, gout, arthritis, fibromyalgia and more. The relief cream penetrates deep into the skin and muscle tissues. Use her homeopathic pain cream for relief. Buy a 4-oz jar for $15, great price. See website for other options.


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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.


Catrina Holland 517-879-9321 Yoga dedicated to you. Catrina specializes in private yoga lessons for individuals and couples. Classes are available in studio or in the comfort of your home. All levels, including beginners, and any limitations welcome. Call Catrina today for more information.


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 13.

RETREATS 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.



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.

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 13.


CENTER - A JOYFUL JOURNEY 734-883-8775 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 13.


462 Jackson Plaza, Ann Arbor MI 48103 734-302-7575 We help you on your journey to achieve optimal health and feel your best through whole food nutrition and supplements. See ad page 25.

THRIVE! WELLNESS CENTER 6901 State Rd, Ste D, Saline 734-470-6766

Shannon Roznay, DC, specializes in Nutrition Response Testing and Activator Chiropractic. Thrive! also carries natural foods, skin and home products. See ad page 19.



o many healthy outdoor activities await us in the summertime—picnics, sporting events and boating, just to name a few. Best of all is the cornucopia of fresh, local produce we find to fuel our seasonal fun. A plethora of farmers’ markets spring up each year that allow us to skip the middleman and get food straight from the people that grow it. Not only is it more nutritious than store-bought, it creates a much smaller carbon footprint on the environment than extensive shipping and we get to talk to farmers about how we can make better decisions all-year long. ANN ARBOR’S FARM MARKET


Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7am-3pm Ann Arbor’s Kerrytown district 315 Detroit St., Ann Arbor 48104

Tuesdays, 3-7pm Saline District Library, 555 N. Maple Rd., one-half mile north of Michigan Ave.



Tuesdays, 4-7pm 2781 Packard Rd., Ann Arbor 48108

DIXBORO FARMERS’ MARKET Fridays, 3-7pm 5221 Church Rd., Village of Dixboro, Ann Arbor 48105

PITTSFIELD CHARTER TOWNSHIP FARMERS’ MARKET Thursdays, 3-7pm Pittsfield Township Admin. Building; 6201 W. Michigan Ave. Ann Arbor 48108

ST. JOSEPH MERCY ANN ARBOR Wednesdays, 11am-1pm Lobby of St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, 5301 McAuley Drive, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

WESTSIDE FARMERS’ MARKET Thursdays, 3-7pm Corner of W. Maple & Jackson Rd., 2501 Jackson Rd., Westgate Plaza, Ann Arbor, 48103


Wednesdays, 2-6pm Corner of Old US 12 and M 52 Saturdays, 8am-12pm Lower library lot along Park St.


Saturdays, 8am-12pm Downtown Saline on S. Ann Arbor St., one-half block south of Michigan Ave.

Downtown Ypsilanti Farmers' Market Tuesdays, 3-7pm 16 S Washington St., Ypsilanti MI 48197

DEPOT TOWN FARMERS’ MARKET Saturdays, 9am–1pm Freighthouse Plaza, 100 Rice St, Ypsilanti MI 48198


Thursdays, 11am-2pm Towner Human Service Center, 555 Towner Downtown Thursdays, 4-7pm Corner of MacArthur and Harris in Superior Township Fridays, 10am-1pm Growing Hope Center, 922 W. Michigan Ave

DEXTER FARMERS’ MARKET Saturdays, 8am–1pm Tuesdays, 2-6pm 3233 Alpine St., Dexter 48130

MANCHESTER FARMERS’ MARKET Thursdays, 3:30-7pm Chi-Bro Park: 209 Ann Arbor St, Manchester, MI 48158


Fridays, 4-7pm Tolan St. and Main St., Milan September 2019



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Natural Awakenings of Greater Ann Arbor - September 2019  

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

Natural Awakenings of Greater Ann Arbor - September 2019  

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