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feel good • live simply • laugh more

Taking Care While Giving Care Helpers Must Nurture Themselves, Too


Kamini Desai

Explores a Yogic Life

Inner Calmness Brings Self-Mastery

Creative Hearts

Art, Music and Dance Pierce through Dementia

A Lovely Loo That’s Green Too




Tips for EcoFriendly Plants, Shades and Cleaners

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contents 5 newsbriefs 10 healthbriefs 13 globalbriefs 10 14 ecotip 14 actionalert 18 fitbody 20 naturalpet 22 greenliving 28 healthykids 13 3 1 inspiration 32 wisewords 14 34 healingways 36 consciouseating 42 calendar 45 naturaldirectory 47 classifieds

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24 CONSCIOUS CAREGIVING Nurture Yourself While Helping Another by Deborah Shouse



FOR LITTLE ONES Teaching Kids to Be Calm and Focused


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lease join us in welcoming our new staff this month, here to support and serve the growing outreach of this magazine through sales, distribution, photography and the many other talents we call on to put this resource to work for you. I expect you’ll meet our newest faces around town, Erika and Evan Oliver, Kay Timm, Shannon Samczyk, Traci Przybylek, Whitney Veihl, Steve Middendorp and Allyson Garstecki and hope you introduce yourself. Kyle and I have enjoyed watching our little company grow over the past six years since donning the mantle of ownership. It’s taken us on an exciting journey we will always remember because of the kindred spirits we encounter at every turn and the sheer scope of learning that’s led us onward at every turn. We are everlastingly grateful to everyone that has supported the magazine since its inception and made this dream possible for our community. We eagerly look forward to the exciting developments still awaiting us in the future, some of which are already on the way for Natural Awakenings readers. This month we celebrate National Yoga Month, and our September Calendar highlights the yoga events sweeping West Michigan. If you have never tried yoga, this month is a perfect opportunity; many studios are offering free trial sessions. Before venturing out, be sure to read up on its benefits and other tips in these pages to enhance the start of your yogic journey. At some point most of us will likely find ourselves caring for a loved one suffering from an illness or issues associated with aging. Deborah Shouse’s “Conscious Caregiving” feature article offers practical ideas for how to do it well. Even though being a care partner may feel like a burden for some, with an awakened approach, it can be a more enjoyable and rewarding process than we imagined, both for those receiving care and the family and friends giving it. Who among us couldn’t use a bit of assisted living? I am continually reminded of this when I think of my late grandmother, who was always giving of herself to help others in need. She got so much joy out of knitting booties and hats for the newborns and cozy afghans for the cancer patients at Grand Rapids’ Blodgett Hospital. Other times she’d be out and about visiting local area hospital patients where she would companionably sit for a spell, perhaps performing small kindnesses. She lived alone in later life and enjoyed the opportunity of spending time with those that benefited from her loving gestures. I only hope that I have inherited some portion of her selflessness. This issue tips our hat to all of you who assist others when they need it, and I trust that something you read in this month’s issue will in turn help you. Thank you for all that you are doing to enhance community life. In gratitude,

Amy Hass, Publisher Never Glossy. Always Green. Natural Awakenings practices environmental sustainability by printing on post-consumer recycled paper with soy-based ink. This choice avoids the toxic chemicals and high energy costs of producing shiny, coated paper that is hard to recycle.


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n introductory presentation to Passage Meditation will be held on September 18 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Unity of Grand Rapids. The presentation includes books and tapes by Easwaran, a sharing on meditation and the allied skills, instructions for and a ten minute period of meditation and Easwaran on DVD, called one of Easwaran the foremost teachers of meditation in our times. Marsha Grice is the program coordinator for the Passage Meditation fellowship in Grand Rapids. This form of meditation involves slow repetition of a prayer or inspirational passage. It requires concentration, sitting still and being silent. Due to the often fast pace and chaos of the mind, it is difficult.

samples. There will be massage therapists offering free massages and drawings for gift baskets, gift certificates and a grocery cart full of groceries. Nature’s Market is a family run business that opened in 1987 and is now run by sisters, Theresa Hoerig and Diane Slayer. It has provided organic and non-GMO groceries and supplements to the local community for over 25 years. They now offer an increased variety of frozen and refrigeration products including organic eggs, milk and meats from local farmers; a large allorganic produce section featuring local produce when available; new bulk bins (80% organic) with grains, beans, granolas, dried fruits, snacks, nuts, seeds and gluten-free products; personal care with several name brand organic companies; toxic chemical free make-up lines; essential plant oils; and a large gluten-free and allergen-free section. Nature’s Market carries vitamins, minerals, herbs, homeopathic products, diet products, whole green foods, super fruits, digestive care, amino acids, protein powders and more. Regular store hours on September 20 will be 8:00 a.m.6:00 p.m. Visit or call 616394-5250 for more information. See ad, page 28.

Presentation takes place at 1711 Walker NW. Interested adults are welcome and no registration is needed. Free will donations are accepted. For further information, visit

Expansion Celebration


ature’s Market, a health food store in Holland, has expanded. An expansion celebration will be held on Saturday, September 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The celebration will include local vendors (Evergreen Lanes, 2 Chix and a Mix and many others), and representatives from numerous larger companies to answer questions and hand out free

Fresh Produce for the Hungry


or the fifth year, local garden center Horizen Hydroponics is teaming with backyard gardeners to help put fresh produce on the tables of West Michigan’s hungry. The year-round gardening retailer will accept donations of fresh produce now through September 20th and deliver the much-needed food to those in need through the hunger-relief charity Feeding America West Michigan.

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“Fresh produce is often hard to come by at food banks, and local gardeners often grow more than their family will use. We’re asking gardeners to help feed the hungry by donating locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables,” says John Ujlaky, Horizen Hydroponics owner. “At last year’s festival, we collected and donated over 1,300 pounds of nutritious, tasty backyard produce to the needy right here in West Michigan, and we hope to exceed that amount this year.” A grand prize of $500 in gardening equipment will be awarded to the person donating the most produce by weight. Horizen Hydroponics will announce the winner at the 5th Annual Grand Harvest Festival, Saturday, August 25th from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The free family festival benefits Feeding America and features local and industry vendors like Henna Tattoos, with a farmer’s market feel, offering local honey, hula hoops and activities including a children’s bounce house, games, prizes and more. Horizen Hydroponics is located at 1614 Leonard NW, at the corner of Leonard and Walker St. Hours for drop off are Monday through Friday from 10a.m.-7p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Sunday noon-5:00 p.m.. For more information, visit

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Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour


aitreya Loving Kindness Tour, a free, public exhibition of ancient and sacred relics of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni and many other great Buddhist masters from India, Tibet, Korea and China, is coming to Grand Rapids, September 25-28. The collection includes the relics of 44 other Buddhist masters from different parts of the world. Tour events are multi-faith and multi-cultural, bringing communities together in harmony. When thinking of relics, one might think of something dead, inanimate and maybe not very appealing, such as clothing, bones or tooth fragments, but that is not what these relics are. When a spiritual master is cremated, beautiful, pearl-like crystals are found among their ashes. Visitors of the relics may participate in a Blessing


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Ceremony where the relics of the Buddha are gently placed on the crown of the visitor’s head for a personal blessing. The exhibitions provide a chance for people to connect directly with some of the greatest spiritual Masters of all time and to reflect on their own potential for a kinder and more loving heart. The relics will be displayed at the Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St. NE Grand Rapids, during September 25-28 at the following times: Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (opening followed by viewing), Friday & Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 6:00 p.m. For more details, contact Theresa Pearce at or follow the event on Facebook at Public Exhibition of the Buddha Relics in Grand Rapids September 25-28.

Spiritual Fertility


n November 15 and 16, Debbie Mast RN MSN will be drawing from her Western and Shamanic Healing training to share wisdom blended from these two in a seminar, Spiritual Fertility: Our lives after Menopause. This seminar includes teachings on menopause as one of four life phases of feminine power, decoding the information contained in ‘signs’ of the change and personal practices to birth spirit children as physical fertility draws to a close. For those who have achieved menopause, there will be a Purification Lodge Ceremony to celebrate this passage and seek one’s way forward. Menopause can be a powerful passage rather than something that is treated as a disease. If you are over 40, your body has already begun the transformative process that leads to the achievement of menopause. However,

this is not the end of fertility as women’s fertility is unlimited. As our ability to birth physical children decreases, our capacity to birth our dreams – our spirit children – increases. For more information, contact Marie Stycos at memstycos@ or 616-856-4957. This event is sponsored by Owl Hawk Clan, a teaching lodge of the Deer Tribe Metis Medicine Society, located in Grand Rapids.

International Speaker


n international spiritual teacher, Hànanda Whittingham, will be in residence from September 20 to November 28, offering classes at the Michigan Self Realization Meditation Healing Centre (SRMHC) in Bath, Michigan (near Lansing). The Centre, a beautiful retreat and lodging facility in the woods, has offered year-round classes, free Hànanda Whittingham events for the community and delicious home cooked vegetarian meals since 2003. Whittingham, who has trained extensively at the SRMHC’s founding Centre in England, will teach a series of classes for adults and children available for the first time in the United States. Instruction will include courses on Pure Meditation, which includes Raja-Kriya Yoga, Abundance and Energy Flow, Being Still and Mindful (for kids 5-12), Creating Families, Creating Partnerships, Energy and Modern Technology, Listening and Communication Skills, and Animal Healing. The classes range from single

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sessions to a full-week residential retreat, and private appointments are also available. Some classes are free, others require tuition fees. However, since the Centre is a non-profit educational organization, it may be possible to offer scholarships for those who are not able to pay the complete fee. For complete information, see descriptions of each course at or contact the Centre at 517-641-6201 or info@

Weekend Workshop With Darren Rhodes


n October 4 and 5, Darren Rhodes will come to Michigan for a weekend workshop at PeaceLab Yoga. The four-part workshop includes two sessions of YogaHour and two sessions of Barefoot Bootcamp. YogaHour, founded by Rhodes himself, is an accessible, inexpensive, expertlytaught flow yoga class Darren Rhodes that offers clear and specific alignment instructions for each pose. Barefoot Bootcamp is a dharma difficult yet doable challenge; 200 poses on Saturday and Sunday. It’s asana without much academia. It offers education via experience. Rhodes is the author and model of the Yoga Resource Practice Manual eBook featuring photographs of him in 400 yoga poses with instructions. Yoga Journal named him one of the “21 Talented Young Teachers Shaping the Future of Yoga”. This workshop is open to anyone with a regular yoga practice who has no significant injuries or limitations. For more information or to register, contact the studio by phone at 616-745-0310 or by email at melanie@ See ad, page 17.

New Institute of Ayurvedic Studies


n the spring of 2015, a new, state licensed institute of Ayurveda will be opening in Kalamazoo. The program of study is for individuals who aspire to become Ayurvedic Consultants, helping and supporting those who wish to transition to a healthy, holistic lifestyle. The institute’s program, Ayurveda: The Science of Life, is designed with a broad audience of people in mind, providing a foundation of Ayurvedic knowledge to healthcare educators and professionals, wellness practitioners, yoga teachers, massage therapists, chiropractors and health-conscious individuals whose interests lie in providing holistic-health alternatives either for themselves, their friends and families or for their clients. The one-year certificate program in Ayurvedic Studies consists of twelve intensive weekend courses held monthly throughout the academic year. The courses are taught by highly qualified instructors, most of whom hold B.A.M.S degrees from well-known Ayurvedic Colleges in India, and all of whom are experienced teachers of Ayurveda who currently practice Ayurveda in the U.S. The school is seeking qualified applicants for the program. Contact Ruth Small, Ph.D., Director at 269-381-4946, or write to her at c/o The Sambodh Society, Inc., School of Ayurveda, 6363 N. 24th Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49004. See ad, page 47.

Flirt Fitness Expansion


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C. Flirt Fitness is excited to announce many new classes with the expansion such as Yoga, Zumba, Booty Camp, their $5 community class, “Poling for Pups” and more. For students looking to try out classes, new and old, Flirt Fitness is now offering a new, one time class called “The Flirt Experience”. This class is a two hour class that allows new students to “try it before they buy it” and experience everything offered at Flirt Fitness, including their signature pole classes, Cardio Pole, Burlesque, Spin Pole and S.L.A.P. The Flirt Experience costs $50. Mention this Newsbrief to receive the class for just $27. Flirt Fitness is located at 5366 Plainfield Ave. NE Ste. J in Grand Rapids. Visit for more information. See ad, page 34.

Spiritual Unity of Nations dedicated to the world as one family. Camille Albrecht is an astrologist, spiritual teacher, medium, and Director of the Julian Teachings Organization. Maureen Wolverton is a Grand Valley State University Professor and Pew Teaching Excellence Award winner. Steve Krejcik is a Coptic Minister and Shaman healer. Advanced tickets are $35.00 per person or $39.00 at the door at Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St. NE in Grand Rapids. Event runs 12:30 to 5:00 p.m. Register at or call The Coptic Center at 616-5311339. See ad, page 25.



Aim High Seminar


optic Fellowship International presents Aim High: Reach For Your Capstone on November 1. The one-day seminar features international radio and TV host and award winning author of 24 books Thom Hartmann with counselor, numerologist and Egyptologist, John Davis, Camille Albrecht, Maureen Wolverton and Steve Krejcik. Davis is also a Minister and Director of Coptic Fellowship International, a philosophy based on the Mystery Schools of ancient Egypt and Director of

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ongratulations to Sandy Parker, BS, who recently completed certification as a Restorative Exercise™ Specialist. This 200 hour course is based on biomechanical understanding of disease and injury prevention through corrective exercises and increased movement. Parker is the owner of On The Path Yoga. See ad, page 16.

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ssential oils show promise in preventing infections from the fungi Candida albicans and the bacteria methicillinresistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), according to several recent studies. Romania’s Polytechnic University of Bucharest researchers found that topical application of the essential oils from Salvia officinalis (sage) and Anethum graveolens (dill) provided significant inhibition against the C. albicans fungi when compared with a standard antiseptic dressing. Scientists from England’s Manchester Metropolitan University compared the effects on three strains of MRSA in wound dressings containing the essential oils of patchouli, tea tree, geranium, lavender and grapefruit seed extract against a conventional antibacterial dressing of silver sulfadiazine cream. Each oil was applied independently and in combination with wound dressings. Grapefruit seed extract and geranium oil were found to most effectively inhibit the MRSA strains.

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raditional medicines have long utilized tongue analysis to diagnose various disorders. Now, a recent study from the Republic of Korea’s Institute of Oriental Medicine supports the accuracy of this ancient health practice in the area of sleep dysfunction. The researchers studied two separate groups of 153 people and 454 elderly people; in both, the color of their tongues was analyzed and compared with cases of sleep disorders within each group. Those experiencing sleep dysfunctions had a paler tongue color compared with those in the healthy group; they also had more thickly coated tongues.

Vitamin D3 Cuts Antibiotic Use by Elderly


esearch from the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, in Australia, has found supplemental vitamin D3 reduces the incidence of infection among seniors. More than 600 subjects, ages 60 to 84, were divided into three groups and for one year took either 1,000 international units (IU) a day of vitamin D3, 2,000 IU a day of vitamin D3, or a placebo. Those given the 2,000 IU of vitamin D3 per day were 28 percent less likely to require antibiotics prescriptions than those taking the placebo. Those older than 70 years were 47 percent less likely to be prescribed antibiotics than the placebo group.



esearchers from the University of Kentucky have determined that snacking on raisins can decrease high blood pressure and reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes. For 12 weeks, 46 men and women snacked on either processed snack foods or raisins. At the beginning and end of each month, the researchers tested for blood glucose, diabetic risk markers and blood pressure. Raisin snacking was found to reduce blood pressure while improving blood glucose and diabetic risk factors. The researchers concluded, “Regular consumption of raisins may reduce glycemia and cardiovascular risk factors, including blood pressure.”

Benefits of Water for Labor and Birth


irth is a powerful and sometimes overwhelming experience of sensations. Some sensations women feel are pressure, stretching, burning, pulling, and some pain. There a r e m a ny g r e a t natural options to help with the birth process. Hydrotherapy has been used for thousands of years and plays an important role. Immersion is often more effective and safer than an epidural, and some people even call waterbirth an “aquadural”. The following is a list of the many benefits of water during labor and birth: • Greater comfort and mobility • Reduction of pressure on the abdomen • Helps mother to conserve her energy • Promotes deeper relaxation

Antioxidant Supplements Improve Eye Health


• Water relaxes pelvic floor muscles • Wa t e r s t i m u l a t e s t o u ch a n d temperature nerve fibers of skin • Facilitates a dysfunctional labor

ye health may be improved by taking certain antioxidant supplements, according to researchers at Austria’s Medical University of Vienna. They studied 40 healthy volunteers between the ages of 18 and 30 split into two groups, giving a control group a placebo pill and the other a supplement containing vitamins C and E, lutein, zeaxanthin, zinc, copper, selenium, gingko biloba, flavonoids, omega-3 fatty acids and alpha-lipoic acid. The medical scientists tested the health and blood flow of the retinal artery, which feeds the eye with blood and nutrients. The results of the two-week trial showed the supplements significantly improved blood flow through the retinal arteries. The supplements also helped protect the retinal arteries from free radical damage. The scientists concluded that such supplementation can prevent a type of cellular dysfunction in the eye induced by oxidative stress that is assumed to play a role in age-related macular degeneration.

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n addition to an increased likelihood of achieving academic success, children that participate in game-based educational training also have a significantly lower risk of developing future cardiovascular disease, according to University of North Carolina researchers in a paper published this year in Science magazine. Launched in the 1970s, the Carolina Abecedarian Project studied more than 100 children beginning when they were just over 4 years old. Fifty-seven focused on language skills while also receiving nutritional and health services. A control group received the same nutritional and health services, but not the early language education. Early education turned out to be an indicator for significantly healthier individuals when they had reached the age of 30, with a lower average systolic blood pressure than those in the control group and no symptoms of metabolic syndrome—a condition related to diabetes, heart disease and obesity. Twenty-five percent of the control group had metabolic syndrome symptoms at age 30.

Mindfulness Meditation Can Hinder Onset of Alzheimer’s


pilot study from the Harvard Medical School indicates yet another benefit of meditation. The researchers tested 14 people with mild cognitive impairment, which often leads to Alzheimer’s disease, and provided them with either Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction training or standard care. Brain imaging tests indicated that those engaged in meditative training had increased activity and connections among three areas of the brain—the posterior cingulate cortex, medial prefrontal cortex and left hippocampus. Although larger studies are needed, study authors remark, “These preliminary results indicate that in adults with mild cognitive impairment, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction therapy may have a positive impact on the regions of the brain most related to mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease.”

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Major University Offers Integrative Medicine Certificate The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is inaugurating an online Integrative Medicine Program in partnership with the Metabolic Medical Institute and accepting applications toward graduate certification in integrative medicine. Integrative medicine focuses on the whole person, and the curriculum includes prevention, self-care, nutrition, exercise prescription, dietary supplements and wellness-based therapies. Students also review advanced predictive diagnostics, biotechnology, and systems biology utilizing proteomics, genomics and metabolomics. Graduates will gain cutting-edge knowledge to make well-informed decisions with their patients about treating disease, promoting vitality and optimizing aging. To learn more and enroll in the program, visit

Apple Crunch

Celebrating Pesticide-Free Orchards The nationally acclaimed Rodale Institute will celebrate its fifth annual Organic Apple Festival on September 21 in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, more than 30 years after planting the trees. Organizers note that when growers select just one genetic variety of apple to reproduce and cultivate, they create a monoculture that easily becomes more susceptible to pests and diseases than an orchard that hosts several varieties. An array of insects and blights favor this all-American fruit, which is why standard apples are the single-most pesticide-contaminated produce item at conventional groceries. Large agribusiness operations typically grow fruit bred for durability and color during shipping and shelf life. Organic apples, by contrast, are chosen for flavor and regional adaptability. Source:

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Greenland a Big Contributor to Sea Level Rise New research by University of California-Irvine and NASA glaciologists published in Nature Geoscience shows that Greenland is more vulnerable to warm ocean waters from climate change than previously thought. Newly discovered deep valleys stretch for dozens of miles under the Greenland ice sheet in bedrock well below sea level. As subtropical Atlantic waters hit the fronts of hundreds of glaciers, their edges will erode much further than had been assumed and release far greater amounts of water. Ice melt from the subcontinent has already accelerated as warmer marine currents have migrated north, although older models predicted that once higher ground was reached in a few years, the ocean-induced melting would halt, Greenland’s frozen mass would stop shrinking and its effect on higher sea waters would be curtailed. Source: Environmental News Network (

Cleaner Air

New EPA Rules Proposed for Climate Change The White House plans to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030. Each state will have its own goal within the overall national pollution reduction effort, an attempt to be politically and practically flexible in its implementation. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy explains, “Each state’s goal is tailored to its own circumstances, and states have the flexibility to reach the goal in whatever ways work best for them.” States can renovate existing coal-fired plants with newer, cleaner burning technology; switch coal plants to natural gas, which produces much less carbon; and work to persuade residents to be more efficient in their use of electricity. States can also band together in cap-and-trade networks for emission reductions, in which companies buy and sell permits allowing them to produce a certain amount of carbon emissions. Clean producers can be sellers, dirtier producers buyers. The program represents an absolute reduction in U.S. carbon emissions of nearly one-third, rather than a simple slowing in the growth rate of emissions. Contrary industry groups, many Republicans and some coal-state Democrats oppose the proposal due to its anticipated costs and increased regulations. Source: The Christian Science Monitor

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Overcharging Mobile Devices Wastes Money Smartphone maker Nokia estimates most devices need only about two hours to fully charge, making overnight charging highly wasteful; users also should disengage and unplug chargers from the wall when they’re done. Another helpful tip from is not to wait until cell phone power is nearly or completely depleted before recharging, because full discharges put a strain on the battery that can shorten its lifespan. Umbra Fisk, an environmental columnist at Grist. org, advises using a power strip and even a timer as parts of a central charging area for all mobile devices to facilitate monitoring and reduce overcharging. Energy Star-qualified ( cordless phones demand about half the energy of standard units. Energy Star reports that the average U.S. household spends $100 annually to power devices while they are off, constituting nearly 10 percent of annual electric utility bills and amounting to an annual total of 100 billion-plus kilowatt hours of U.S. electricity consumption and more than $10 billion in annual energy costs.

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Planetary Push

Public Demands Climate Change Solutions People throughout the U.S. and worldwide, representing hundreds of grassroots and non-government organizations, will converge on New York City for the Peoples Climate March on September 21. As United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon calls for heads of state to mobilize at a historic U.N. Summit on Climate Change that weekend, the people will demand action via the largest-ever climate change citizens’ demonstration. Concerned groups and individuals expect to exchange ideas, articulate common challenges and address solutions. Learn more and sign up at Find a partial list of participating organizations at

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hances are, if you look in your closet or pull open your dresser drawer, you will find something that is screen printed. Maybe you will find your old t-shirt from high school, a hooded sweatshirt with the logo of the company you work for or even a shirt from the mall with a Californian landscape on it. Screen print is everywhere. We all see it, we all own it, but what many of us fail to realize when we throw on that screen printed t-shirt is the difference we can make by choosing an environmentally friendly source for printed items like that t-shirt. Green Ink Works in Wyoming, a water based screen printing company has taken that realization to heart, offering quality screen printing with an environmentally friendly process. Owners of Green Ink Works, Dan and Kristen Britten, have been around the printing industry for many years. Dan grew up gaining experience from his family’s printing business, Raenell Press which prints on paper, and Kristen went to school for graphic design and started Britten Designs in 1996. In June of 2011, the two officially put their experience and expertise together to form Green Ink Works. The idea behind Green Ink Works was that people should be able to find screen printed apparel and promotional products that are produced by low-impact materials, sourced locally and/or that are

made from recycled products. In other words, people should be able to make a difference with what they buy. Green Ink Works is therefore committed to practicing Environmental-ly Preferable Purchasing, meaning buying products or services that have a lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment when compared with competing products or services that serve the same purpose. By paying greater attention to where our products come from, or the impact they leave, consumers are able to make a big difference. For example, Green Ink Works strives to provide American-made products. Buying local products supports the local economy and cuts down the impact the product has on the environment even simply by the reduction in shipping distance. Merely checking the tag on a t-shirt to see where it was made and choosing local products over imported products creates a greater demand for local products and a lesser demand for imported products and ultimately supports local businesses and boosts the local economy. Also, as Green Ink Works does, choosing waterbased ink for printed products over Plastisol (a widely used screen printing ink) significantly reduces the footprint

of the product left on the environment by avoiding the use of harmful chemicals or toxic substances. What it comes down to is making environmentally-conscious decisions with each decision we make. Kristen is adamant about doing so, and says, “One of my goals, with really anything I do, is to make everything as earth-friendly as possible.” When they initially bought the space that now hosts Green Ink Works, the Brittens worked hard to re-use and/ or re-purpose anything they could to make even their office environmentally friendly. Just one step inside the door, and customers might notice the old pool balls, re-purposed and hanging on the wall, that now function as wallhanging mechanisms, but they likely won’t notice the recycled carpet, the reused doors and lighting fixtures or the environmentally friendly paint on the walls. They might not even notice that the t-shirts, notepads, pencils, pens, bags, water bottles, coasters, cups, mugs and more that can be ordered through Green Ink Works are made from recycled materials or sourced from right here in the United States. In addition to their extensive services in printing and offering products that better suit the environmentally friendly customer, Green Ink Works also provides inhouse graphic design. Kristen, with Britten Designs, provides highquality graphic design services and is dedicated to creating individualized designs, working with the customers to get exactly what they want and customizing virtually any aspect of their order from the very hue of the color to the fine details of the design. Green Ink Works is pleased to make their customers a little happier and the world a little better, one printed product at a time. Green Ink Works is located at 3647 Clyde Park Ave. Ste. 2 in Wyoming. For more information, call 616-254-7350, email or visit See ad, page 47. Amanda Merritt is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings Magazine. Contact her at Mandi.

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Say Yes to Yoga It Boosts Health, Peace, Community and Spirituality by Lynda Bassett

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ois Parker Carmona first stepped into a yoga studio looking for better physical health. “I was doing hot vinyasa because I wanted to sweat. I wanted to feel better,” she recalls. Many people on a similar quest try yoga for the first time during September’s National Yoga Month (YogaHealth, founded by Johannes Fisslinger. “This year, more than 2,200 yoga studios will offer informative public events or a free week of classes to new students to educate everyone about the health benefits of yoga and inspire a healthy lifestyle,” says Fisslinger. “Yoga and mindfulness are an essential part of America’s newly emerging health paradigm.” Like many others, as Carmona deepened her practice, she discovered that yoga’s benefits transcend the physical. Then she went further, becoming a certified Baptiste yoga instructor and co-owner of Melrose Yoga, in Melrose, Massachusetts. “Many of us are so busy and consumed with the constant motion of day-to-day activities that we lose complete track of who we are, along with the state of our bodies,” she says. “Yoga reconnects me with myself.”


One reason that people try yoga is to improve their flexibility. A recent report from Yoga Alliance, a nonprofit association based in Arlington, Virginia, states that it can improve flexibility and mobility and increase range of motion over time as ligaments, tendons and muscles lengthen and become more elastic. It also helps relieve muscular tension throughout the body. The Alliance’s Danica Amore notes that flexibility means different things to different people. “A senior might define flexibility as being able to pick up the grandkids, while young people might consider it essential to their athletic abilities.” Flexibility can also mean being able to turn around easily while backing out of the driveway or running with fewer injuries, adds Carmona. Improvements in flexibility generally depend on an individual’s age, health and commitment to practicing yoga, as well as the style chosen. “There are so many different lineages of yoga, and each teacher has his or her own style. Plus, each individual progresses at their own pace,” Amore explains. “It’s really a question of where you want this personal practice to take you and how you embrace it in your private life.” The bottom line is that everyone’s journey is different.

Mental Health

Many experts concur that yoga can be effective in reducing stress. As students continue their practice, they feel less stress and an increased sense of peace and relaxation, along with other mental health benefits. “Yoga gives you what is often called a ‘witness consciousness’,” says John Kepner, executive director of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, in Little Rock, Arkansas. “Being able to observe the external events around you, but not being caught up in the drama. In modern terms, it’s an increased ability to stay cool, calm and collected. After a good yoga class, your troubles can appear further away.”

Improved Relationships

When stress is reduced, an increased sense of calm tends to permeate all areas of one’s life, observes Kepner. “Based on my experience, yoga also helps improve relationships.” He has taught the same group of students for 10 years and notes their special relationship: “If one goes to the same yoga class regularly, a friendship tends to develop with others in the class, called Songhai. After a while, practicing together becomes one of the most valuable parts of the practice,” he says. This beneficial, deeper sense of community—a major allure of a longterm yoga practice—develops mainly from the intangible sense of working together in terms of physical, mental and spiritual support.

Spirituality and Connectedness

“Even beginning students quickly realize how connecting with their bodies and their breath helps them in their everyday lives,” says Carmona. “It adds a transcendent dimension to everything you do in life.” In addition to its more immediate tangible benefits, other long-term benefits experienced by students may be harder to define or quantify. Carmona observes, “People generally say that yoga has changed their life, physically, mentally and spiritually.” Lynda Bassett is a freelance writer outside Boston, MA. Connect at

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Pet Massage Providing Valuable Benefits to our Furry Friends

by Kim Racette Fival, the Dandie Dinmont terrier, receiving a massage treatment from Licensed Veterinary Technician Amy Townsend


fter her beloved Maltese was hit by a car, the only way Alice Houlihan, CMT, could touch him was to gently scratch his head. Wellington’s body was so badly bruised that he was in terrible pain, and Houlihan wanted to help. She began researching and realized that canine massage might be the only thing that could return her playful and active pet to health. “I trained at the Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupuncture and Massage for six months, and while learning I was able to help him,” explains Houlihan. “He is still a bit stiff, but his quality of life returned and he is doing great.” She has since opened Zen Dog Canine Massage, in Grand Rapids, providing therapeutic massage services and teaching pet owners how they, too, can help their furry best friends. Providing massage training for pet owners is also a priority for Yolanda Cordele, owner of Midwest Massage and Salon. A full-service cosmetologist, she first trained as a massage therapist for humans, but has since also become accredited to work with numerous nonhumans, including horses, dogs and


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the occasional cat. “When the owner is familiar with massage techniques, they are Johnny on the spot instead of having the delay in calling a therapist, and can immediately work on issues they see with their horses or canines,” she explains. “I encourage them to watch me, and then they can repeat what they have seen me do.” As a horse lover, Cordele says with a smile that because she couldn’t afford to own a horse of her own, she trained in equine massage and takes great pleasure in working with them. Cordele says, “They are magnificent creatures who want to please, and they’re very hard workers. What they do for a living is very different from us, because they carry riders on their backs. If the rider isn’t properly trained, the horse has to compensate, often throwing off their body mechanics.” Pain also may create behavior that is easy to misdiagnose, creating a cycle that neither the owner nor the horse can stop. “An animal in pain might bite, or exhibit aggressive behavior, and often the owner interprets that as mean,” she points out. “Actually, it’s a cry for help.”

While the benefits of human massage are well documented, Cordele says that it should be more quickly recommended for animals because the results are often the same. “Not only does massage work the muscles, improve flexibility and boost circulation, but it actually changes the chemical soup in their body,” she says. “It releases serotonin and endorphins, and helps the mind, body and spirit, just like it does for humans.” Massaging pets can provide benefits to their human owners too, explains Amy Townsend, CMT-P, a licensed veterinary technician who is also certified in canine massage and canine rehabilitation. Working at both Whiskers University and Eastown Veterinary Clinic, she sees two sides of treatment. “Not only does massage help a pet who has been injured or has specific physical ailments, but it can also help animals dealing with emotional issues, including separation anxiety, depression, and aggression,” she says. “These can often be helped with massage, and can dramatically change their behavior in the home.” One of Townsend’s clients was dealing with several difficult behavior issues. “Her dog was defecating in the bed, behaving too aggressively towards her grandchildren, and had become a daily problem,” she shares. “The animal’s severe separation anxiety was lessoned by lowering and relaxing her nervous

system through massage treatments, leading to less worry by my client and a better quality of life for all concerned.” Townsend explains that the results of canine massage therapy can often be seen within three to four weeks, depending on the severity of the ailment. “Dogs have a much more rapid tissue response to massage than humans, and it usually doesn’t take more than 20 minutes to massage even a large dog,” she says. “The lovely thing about dogs is there is no emotional barrier to get through, so they start to relax immediately.” Older animals, with aging joints and muscles, also benefit from massage, points out Houlihan. “It improves circulation to

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push nutrients throughout the body and prevents muscle atrophy, and lubricates the joints with synovial fluid to make it more comfortable for them to move,” she explains. “We encourage a holistic approach, and part of that is making our older pets more comfortable.” Rates for pet massage can vary, but Townsend says a good ballpark is $30 per session. “It really depends on what you are hoping to accomplish, but when you look at vet bills for pain medications and anti-inflammatory drugs, it can be a reasonable alternative.” Animal massage is not intended to treat or diagnose, she emphasizes, a sentiment echoed by both Houlihan and Cordele. “If the animal is suffering from a fever or infection, massage can actually create other issues,” Townsend says. “A team approach with the animal’s caregiver is always important, with vet consent crucial.” For more information, contact Yolanda Cordele at Midwest Massage and Salon (616-949-4000); Alice Houlihan at Zen Dog Canine Massage (616-634-7585); and Amy Townsend at either Whiskers University or Eastown Veterinary Clinic (616-481-9308). Kim Racette writes for a variety of local publications and websites, and is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine.

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A Lovely Loo that’s All Green, Too Tips for Eco-Friendly Plants, Shades and Cleaners by Avery Mack


ey elements like low-flow faucets and showerheads, VOC-free paint, sustainable flooring and nonporous countertops form the foundation of an eco-friendly bathroom. Now let’s take a look at the softer side of green. Start by considering the use of honeycomb window shades and double-glazed windows to keep this most intimate room comfortable year-round and reduce utility bills. Periodically letting in fresh air helps keep the room dry and reduces growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. While the kitchen harbors the most germs in the house, the bathroom is a close second. Instead of harsh chemical cleansers, try white vinegar, a safe and economical alternative. Its acidity is effective in killing most germs. Madeleine Somerville, of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, author of All You Need Is Less, uses heated vinegar misted on the shower door to remove soap scum. To achieve a shiny tub, she advises mixing one-quarter cup of baking soda, one tablespoon of natural dishwashing soap and enough water to make a paste. The baking soda also freshens the drain when the tub is rinsed. Toilet bowl ring 22

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stains can be scrubbed away with a pumice stone. “Cleaning faucet aerators and exhaust vents on a regular basis extends equipment life, maintains efficiency and prevents minor plumbing problems,” advises Keita Turner, a New York City area interior designer. Turner has also installed dual-flush toilets that necessitate less water and upkeep. Bathroom odors are another concern. A few drops of essential oil on a cotton ball placed inside the toilet paper roll freshens the air every time the roll turns—without the plastic waste byproduct from store-bought brands. Baking soda removes odors in the bath like it does in the fridge. Upgrade from a simple bowlful by designing a mini-Zen meditation spot using a flat, open wooden box and a doll housesized rake. Adding a smooth rock or two for texture heightens visual appeal. Green plants can chip in by absorbing odors, as well. Many, like the Boston fern, thrive in shower steam. Flowering plants add an inviting touch. Be sure to choose child- and pet-safe greenery. Even quick, water-saving showers eventually result in towels and wash-

cloths destined for the laundry. The Good Housekeeping Research Institute suggests that towels can be used up to four times before washing if they are hung to dry between showers, reducing both water and energy usage. To avoid spreading germs, personalize towels and washcloths for each child by color or marking with an initial or colored dot. Organic cotton towels are eco-friendly, comfy and widely available, as are organic cotton bath mats. For the crafty, make a mat from recycled towels or upgrade to a foot-massaging mat made from recycled wine corks. On special occasions when a soothing bath is called for, add a whimsical touch with Mr. Green, the world’s first rubber duck made in the U.S. from environmentally friendly, recycled and recyclable material. “Recycled materials call for different sculpting and molds, so designing Mr. Green was the hardest thing we’ve ever done,” says Craig Wolfe, president of CelebriDucks, in San Rafael, California. It’s a fun way to remind kids about going green while they spend a few extra minutes getting clean.

Cleaning Recipes Freshen drains and keep oils and lotions from clogging bathroom pipes by pouring one cup of baking soda into the drain, followed by a cup of hot, white vinegar. After it foams, wait five minutes and then flush with hot water. Mix two tablespoons of salt with one teaspoon of white vinegar to form a paste effective for cleaning chrome faucets. Scrub chrome with a cut lemon to remove hard water stains. Use lemon juice and an old toothbrush to scrub grout. Periodically douse the toilet with a half-cup of lemon juice and swish with a toilet bowl brush to keep it fresh. Add a few tablespoons of lemon juice into a spray bottle filled with water to clean windows and mirrors. Primary Source:

To indulge in post-shower personal pampering, consider healthenhancing coconut oil for head-to-toe moisturizing. As a hair treatment, coconut oil blocks protein loss and reduces frizz. Make a home exfoliating sugar scrub by combining onehalf cup of virgin coconut oil, one cup of organic sugar and 20 drops of lime or another essential oil to gently scrub away dry winter skin. Dry skin and ragged cuticles also benefit from whipped coconut oil. Its antifungal properties help keep toenails healthy and sandal-ready. Goat’s milk soap can reduce symptoms of dry skin, eczema and psoriasis. Its alpha-hydroxy acids remove dead skin cells. Add honey as a natural antibacterial boost. Mixing in colloidal oatmeal produces a gentle exfoliator. Let the next upgrade of the bathroom be of a more personal nature aligned with our core values of being good to our family and our home planet. Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect via AveryMack@

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to keep her husband as engaged and active as possible. When she had difficult issues to discuss, she’d make a “talking date” with him, offering choices by saying, “I’d love to chat with you. Would Tuesday before dinner or Thursday after breakfast work for you?” Before the date, she’d select a comfortable room and clear her mind by meditating, napping or mindfully sipping herbal tea. The conversations would cover anything from how to work with their health professionals to plans for his end-of-life ceremony. They agreed on strategies and worked together as a team.

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f you’re depressed, tired or sick, your caregiving is likely to suffer,” counsels John Schall, CEO of Caregiver Action Network, in Washington, D.C., and a former family caregiver. “For the sake of your loved one, take care of yourself.” The AARP estimates that some 34 million family caregivers provide for someone that is ill or disabled in the U.S. According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, in Bethesda, Maryland, caregivers generally struggle with finding time for themselves, managing emotional and physical stress and balancing work and family responsibilities. Experts suggest that the following seven steps can help people enjoy a healthier, less stressful and more conscious approach to care giving— and receiving.

Reframe Care

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member that could help her. However, gradually, the Minneapolis-based international caregiver advocate and founder of learned to welcome help from others. “Being perfect gets in the way of true connections,” she observes. Although La Bey began her caregiving out of love, the volume of related tasks soon sparked stress. That’s when she taught herself to slow down and reframe her outlook: Before going into her mom’s room, folding her laundry, scheduling healthcare practitioners and delivering dinner, La Bey paused to consciously ask: “Is Mom safe, happy and pain-free?” Centering on those three questions reminded her that she was doing this work out of love. Psychotherapist Diana Denholm, Ph.D., of West Palm Beach, Florida, heightened her own consciousness by learning to see caregiving as a collaborative effort. Denholm, author of The Caregiving Wife’s Handbook: Caring for Your Seriously Ill Husband, Caring for Yourself (, sought

“I’ll carry your luggage for you, Dad, since you’re not feeling well”… La Bey still remembers her father’s downturned mouth as she tugged the suitcase out of his hands. “I was trying to be helpful, but instead I took away his dignity and power,” she later realized. “If I had packed his bag lighter, he could have carried it like always.” When are we helping and when are we doing too much? “Put yourself in the sick person’s shoes. Avoid doing something the person can do for himself,” agrees Denholm. Controlling behavior changes the dynamics of the relationship and can put the caregiver in a parental role. She recommends a holistic brainstorming exercise in which the caregiver writes answers to such questions as: What am I frustrated about? What really annoys me? Why am I angry with myself? The results offer a window to understanding our own feelings. “Feeling anger could mean we’re acting codependently and taking on too many responsibilities,” Denholm says. “The caregiver’s job isn’t to save the patient, but merely to support him or her in necessary ways.”

Ask for Help

“I don’t want to be a burden,” and “We’re afraid of losing our privacy,” and “I’m the only one who can take care of him; no one else can do it right,” are common concerns. “These self-limiting beliefs prevent people from reaching out for help,” says family caregiver and life coach Yosaif August,

founder of Yes To Life Coaching (, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and author of Coaching for Caregivers: How to Reach Out Before You Burn Out. August quotes a recent Johns Hopkins study that reported caregivers might improve their health “… when caregiving is done willingly, at manageable levels and with individuals who are capable of expressing gratitude.” Accepting assistance makes caregiving more manageable. August understands how overwhelming the experience can be and advises caregivers to ask themselves: “What do I need help with right now?” Keep answers specific, such as, “I need someone to prepare dinner tomorrow night, mow the lawn and pick up our vitamins.” August also suggests creating a family Declaration of Interdependence, a personal statement documenting how the family prefers to be helped, along with the attitudes and behaviors they find especially supportive. Encourage family and friends to ask these two questions: “Are you open to advice?” and “Is this a good time to talk about your spouse’s condition?” Make much-needed breaks sacrosanct from such discussions.

Nurture through Nourishment

More than 50 percent of caregivers surveyed in a 21st-century study spearheaded by the National Alliance for Caregiving reported, “I don’t have time to take care of myself.” That can translate to a lack of exercise, an unhealthy diet and little or no respite. “If you aren’t healthy and strong, you can’t properly care for anyone else,” says Liana Werner-Gray, New York City natural lifestyle consultant and author of The Earth Diet ( To begin each day, she advises drinking one cup of warm water with juice from half a lemon, explaining that stress produces acid and lemon water metabolizes as alkalinity and helps keep the body’s pH balanced. For healthy snacks, Werner-Gray recommends easy and nutrition-rich choices like fresh fruits, green smoothies, organic nut butters and a trail mix

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n Weed their garden. n Cook a meal. n Schedule a walk together. n Sit with a loved one for several hours so they can run errands. n Volunteer to get their car washed. n Take them to a movie or out to dinner. n Buy a gift certificate to use online. n Treat them to a massage. of raw nuts, seeds and dried fruits. Save time with the smoothies by making a large batch and freezing portions to enjoy later. A basic recipe might include two handfuls of greens, such as spinach and kale, a banana and other fruits, almond milk or purified water and maybe adding flaxseed, cinnamon or goji berries. When appropriate, share the same health-boosting foods with the loved one. Victoria Moran, of New York City, is the director of the Main Street Vegan Academy and author of a dozen books on health and well-being including Main Street Vegan and Living a Charmed Life. She offers such conscious eating tips as eating full meals of “real” food instead of snacks; selecting beautiful foods; and ritualizing indulgences, such as a special spot for relaxing with high-quality dark chocolate and tea using good china while listening to classical music. 

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Even though caregivers may feel they don’t have time to spare, Dr. Jordan D. Metzl, author of The Exercise Cure, says it’s vital to incorporate physical activity. He recommends starting by walking 30 minutes a day for one month. If necessary, it can be done in 10-minute increments.

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when she drifts According to Make a list of favorite off to sleep. She a study by Mayo ways to relax and renew also writes out her Clinic Physician James Levine, during short respites, such intention for the day, envisioning Ph.D., in Scottsdale, as reading, listening to positive outcomes. Arizona, “Sitting She might affirm: is the new smokmusic, stepping outside, “I am going to ing.” Researchers have linked sitting sipping coffee with friends have a grace-filled day. Things will go for long periods of or taking a hot shower, smoothly.” time with a number Denholm of health concerns and refer to it often. centers herself by that include obesity, petting her cats. Some caregivers chant metabolic syndrome and increased or practice meditation or mindful risks of death from cardiovascular breathing, while others might take a disease and cancer. The solution is to move more and sit less—walk while walk, shop, or sit quietly in a church. on the phone and stand up while reading. Metzl suggests a stretch break Notice Blessings every 20 minutes. Three of his “comLa Bey discovered that her journey as mandments” for fitness are having fun, a caregiver also dramatically enhanced setting goals and minimizing sitting. her own life. “Mom taught me so “Schedule exercise and respite much,” she relates. “I learned compasbreaks and make them as inviolate as a sion and unconditional love on multidoctor’s visit,” advises Schall. ple levels. I learned to live in gratitude, instead of loss.” Commune with Spirit August notes, “Even in the tough August suggests establishing a twofold times, I experienced an engaged, poiconsciousness-raising ritual to welcome gnant and rich connection with and appreciate life. Begin each day by my parents.” showing gratitude for being alive and For Denholm, treasured gifts inend it focused on forgiveness and graticluded strengthening her communicatude. “When you cultivate gratitude, tion with her husband and working as you notice more things to be grateful a team. for,” says August. “Allowing yourself to reach out for assistance and make time for respite La Bey concurs, and writes down will deeply enrich your caregiving exat least five things she is grateful for perience,” concludes Schall. every day. She mentally replays time with her mom and appreciates the Deborah Shouse is the author of Love in little moments and signs of hope, the Land of Dementia: Finding Hope in like “the twinkle in Mom’s eye or the the Caregiver’s Journey. Follow her blog at way she held hands and smiled.” This puts her in an upbeat frame of mind

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everal years ago, Micah McLaughlin went to the doctor. He wanted answers, he wanted results and he wanted to know how to prevent certain issues from returning, but he got none the like. He left after being told that these issues would be a part of his life for the rest of his life, but refused to see that as a valid option because he’d never had these issues before. McLaughlin dove into research, taking the matter into his own hands, and eventually came out with those answers, results and preventative methods he was initially looking for. With this experience, he realized how hungry other people might be for information about their own health and how strongly he had a passion for the naturopathic approach. McLaughlin saw the difference naturopathy made in his own life, and for the past six years, has had the pleasure of bringing that difference to the lives of his clients at Continuum Healing, a natural health clinic in Grand Rapids. Although naturopathy may seem quite new to many people who are used to the typical Western medical approach, many of the tools harnessed by naturopaths are ancient and have been used in indigenous cultures for hundreds, and in some cases, thousands of years. The use of herbs, diet -changes, homeopathy, botanical medicines and much more creates a large palette of options within the naturopathic realm, and while a decent amount of the medical world still focuses on treating symptoms, naturopathy looks instead at the root causes and uses that large palette of options to understand and even prevent ailments instead of only being able to treat them after symptoms already occur. McLaughlin says, “It’s really our job as naturopaths to help, to interpret what the body is saying. We’re really trying to understand the disharmony

in the body and bring it back into harmony.” With this approach in mind, Continuum Healing is able to keep their client base broad, working with people that deal with depression, anxiety, stress, digestive issues, allergies, asthma and countless other ailments. McLaughlin stresses that there is really no ailment that they will not work with, and says that if they are unable to provide what their clients need, they are able to refer him/her to other practitioners within their network that can provide it. When it comes down to it, the staff at Continuum Healing acknowledges that healing does not come from a five-minute appointment with a prescription at the end to ease symptoms. It comes from sitting with people, getting to know them and helping them connect the dots. It comes from looking at the whole picture of what is going on and acknowledging the need to be aware of your body. “The world feels pretty loud and busy—most people feel ragged, tired and exhausted. A lot of people don’t feel taken care of or nurtured,” explains McLaughlin. Continuum Healing focuses on creating a transformative space where clients are seen and heard through nurturing, empowerment and education, and where they can feel a difference and make a difference in their lives. “People long for a connection to the Earth, to their bodies, to their selves. We have a desire to come back to what we once knew,” says McLaughlin, “A lot of what we’re doing at Continuum Healing is teaching people to take care of themselves, and then empowering them to do it. We’re reminding people that they’re important and that their self-care is important.” McLaughlin and the staff of two other naturopaths and two massage therapists allow Continuum Healing to be a safe place where their clients can feel that connection they long to feel.

They allow it to be a space where their clients can open up, rest and are taken care of. All five practitioners work hard to be present with their clients and not just treat their problems. They slow down, they make sure their clients are heard and they walk alongside those clients to help them learn how to heal, change, transform and become better versions of themselves. In addition to their daily services, Continuum Healing also offers classes and events throughout the year. This month, McLaughlin, his brother Luke and Chad Morton are hosting Holistic Survival Training from September 5 to 7 in Sidney, Michigan. Participants will learn about wild edibles, wild medicinals, primitive fire starting, body awareness, basic survival kits and reconnecting to the land. From October 31 to November 2, Continuum Healing will host a Holistic Counseling Workshop with Dr. Moshe Daniel Block, ND, HMC. This class will teach participants how to ask their clients the right questions and enable them to make profound breakthroughs, gain awareness and develop the understanding required to become their own healers. Continuum Healing is located at 1324 Lake Dr., Ste. 4, in Grand Rapids. Continuum Healing is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, call 616-2502497, email Info@ContinuumHealing. com or visit See ad, page 18. Amanda Merritt is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine. Contact her at Mandi.

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indfulness, simply defined, is being in the moment. Using simple tools can help us consciously notice our breath, bodies and sensations, as well as what is happening around us. As we practice noticing, we can more readily return to the moment and more immediately connect with ourselves and others. Integrating five mindfulness practices into our young children’s lives is easy and yields powerful dividends.

Build Relationship with Breath

Connecting the rhythm of breathing to experiences helps children understand how to calm down. (Older children might enjoy learning the effects of breathing throughout their system.) First, ask children to notice their breath. Invite them to put a hand in front of their nose and breathe and say, “This is breath. All living things breathe.” Encourage them to share their response to the experience. Next, move to modeling breathing patterns in relation to experiences and feelings such as, “I feel so frustrated that my breath is moving fast. Look at my chest.” Then model returning to calm breathing with, “I am putting my hand on my chest and reminding myself to take longer breaths.” Help children notice how their breath changes throughout the day. Games can support this increased awareness. Ask the child to lie down, place their hands on their chest

and belly and lie still. Ask them to notice their breath, and then have them stand up and jump up and down before noticing their breath again. After hard play, tell them, “Your breath is moving so fast because you were running hard.” At bedtime, soothingly note, “Your breath is getting sleepy and slow.” Remember to be a witness, rather than a judge. Play is an excellent way to discover how breathing changes. Partner with a child to try to simulate how favorite animals breathe. Invite them to try sustaining a sound, such as chanting a vowel letter, and time how long they can do it.

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Practice a regular mind/body check-in. At breakfast, inquire, “How are you feeling today?” or “Feelings check! At the moment, I am feeling tired and excited. What about you?” The idea is not to change or fix anything, just to notice, allowing a broadly defined perspective. Children might be able to describe a specific feeling or only an overall sensation like jumpy or buzzing.

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Paying attention to sensations can bring children and adults into the moment. Integrate sensory awareness into daily life with simple questions like, “What do you see? What do you hear? What do you smell?” We can bring this practice with us everywhere—into the waiting room at the dentist’s office, in the car or on a plane.

Practice Moments of Quiet

Intentionally quiet moments support the development of mindfulness and empower children to consider “not doing” a valid part of everyday life. When they are given the opportunity for quiet time, they often love it. Try asking the child to get so quiet that they can hear a particular sound in the room—their breath, the tick of a clock or the hum of a computer. Once they hear it and you do too, you can dismiss the practice session with a bell, gentle clap or another soft sound.

Send Well Wishes

The traditional Buddhist practice of mettha, or loving kindness, meditation involves reciting phrases that we direct first to ourselves and then outward toward others. For example, think, “May I be safe. May I be well. May I be at peace,” and then repeat the same phrases for someone we love, someone we don’t know personally and ultimately, all beings. When, for example, children ask why ambulances emit such loud, wailing sounds, we might explain, “Emergency rescue workers are helpers. Their sirens mean they are going to help someone. When we hear the sirens, we can wish them well by saying, ‘May they be safe.’” Traci Childress, co-founder and executive director of the Children’s Community School, in Philadelphia, PA, teaches mindfulness practices and yoga. Learn more at

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m” is a Hindu sacred sound considered the greatest of all mantras, traditionally used in prayers, chants and meditation— possessing high spiritual and creative power, it can be recited by anyone. Om is both a sound and a symbol rich in meaning and depth. When pronounced correctly, it is actually “AUM.” Aum consists of four syllables: A, U, M and the silent syllable. The first syllable is A, pronounced as a prolonged “awe.” The sound starts at the back of the throat and is stretched out; sense the feeling of the solar plexus and chest vibrating. The next is U, pronounced as a prolonged “o-o-,” with the sound gradually rolling forward along the upper palate and vibrating the throat. The third syllable, M, is pronounced as a prolonged “mmmm,” with front teeth gently touching. Start to feel the top of the head vibrate. The last syllable is the deep silence of the infinite. As intelligence rises from the deep silence, merge the chant from the M to the deep silence.

Why do we chant it?

Everything in the universe is pulsating and vibrating—with nothing standing still. The sound Om, when chanted, vibrates at 432 Hz, the same vibrational frequency found throughout nature. By chanting the keynote sound of the universe, we are symbolically and physically tuning in to and acknowledging our connection to all other living beings, nature and the universe. The universal vibrations and rhythmic pronunciation also physically affect the body by slowing the nervous system and calming the mind, similar to the effects of meditation. When the mind relaxes, blood pressure decreases and ultimately, heart health improves. Finally, chanting AUM is wellsuited to mark the beginning or end of a yoga practice or meditation session or as a respite from regular daily activities. It signifies that this is a special time to care for ourselves and practice being mindful. Sam Saunders lives and teaches yoga in Dubai. Connect at

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Kamini Desai Explores a Yogic Life

Inner Calmness Leads to Self-Mastery by Linda Sechrist

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amini Desai’s Ph.D.-worthy versatile body of teachings combines her lifelong interests in Western psychology and Eastern philosophy. Trained at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, she develops and leads core programs for Florida’s Amrit Yoga Institute, providing advanced studies dedicated to the science and system of integrated human development. A resident of Salt Springs, Florida, and the Netherlands, she teaches in 10 countries on three continents.

It means being focused on inner peace. Through the study of yoga as a complete science of self-mastery, I’m cultivating the realization of my highest self beyond body and mind. This intention is the director of my unfolding life. I like to use the metaphor of a ship. If this higher self as a wise captain isn’t steadily setting the course at the helm, then on any given day, the happy, sad, grieving, enthusiastic or depressed me will likely be steering my life in a contrary direction and I’ll just be going in circles. In the Integrative Amrit Method of Yoga, along with the integrative method of yoga nidra

that I practice and teach, my focus is on the release of body energy, rather than any physical pose. Energy is healing. When energy is freed up, it naturally calms the mind and creates a spontaneous, meditative state in which the highest self can be experientially known. To free energy, I attune to the sensations resulting from the physical alignments in any yoga posture. Each pose focuses attention on sensations occurring along the meridian lines in the body, allowing areas that are blocked and limited to open up and energy to optimally flow. Then, in what Amrit yoga describes as the “second half of the posture,” I close my eyes and feel that released energy becoming magnified through my attention. The stronger the energy becomes, the more the mind organically dissolves into a meditative state where mental, emotional and physical healing can happen spontaneously.

What was it like to grow up as the daughter of Yogi Amrit Desai, a well-known guru? I feel blessed that I was exposed to my father’s teachings from a young age. His message that I first embraced was that people and things will always change, and if I rely on either of them for

happiness and peace of mind, I’m depending on the undependable. The need is to find internal stability in the midst of every polarity. My dad, now approaching 82, has always been an example of one whose entire life is about moving towards a changeless state of being and of what it means to remain a nonjudgmental witness to all that happens in life. Still, I had to learn my own lessons.

How have you benefited from yoga? I began studying with my dad when I was 16. Now, at 46, I more fully value the depth of yoga. The longer I practice, the more grateful I am that my mind is less fragmented than it otherwise would be. I’m progressively able to deal with situations that would have sent me over the edge before. I more naturally avoid wasting a lot of mental energy in internalized, “If they say this then I’m going to say that,” conversations. With less mental chatter, I have more energy and stamina to focus on what is in front of me. I can be totally absorbed in each present moment for a deeper sense of fulfillment in what I’m doing.


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How do you feel about the Westernization of yoga? Individuals that begin any style of yoga for its physical benefits are off to a good start, but anyone that maintains a regular practice becomes curious about yoga’s other benefits, like relaxation, more peace and a sense of happiness that arises without any apparent cause. Eventually they ask, “Why is this good thing or greater bliss happening to me? What else is there besides postures?” Although everyone eventually learns many life skills, we rarely learn how to live our lives well, manage our emotions and relate to others in ways that create more peace and happiness within. These are the uncaused benefits of yoga that people come to love. Find more of her words of wisdom in articles posted at Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit ItsAllAbout for the recorded interview.

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“Looking at art and making observations gives people living with dementia a chance to exercise their imagination and creativity,” says Susan Shifrin, Ph.D., director of ARTZ Philadelphia, part of the Artists for Alzheimer’s program founded by John Zeisel, Ph.D., and Sean Caulfield. “There are no right or wrong answers. People are enlivened, realizing they still have ideas to contribute.” Prior to a museum visit, an ARTZ facilitator brings photos of familiar works of art that evoke memories, emotions and conversation to a care facility. The facilitator then tailors a museum visit so that the most engaging works of art are viewed. A similarly beneficial at-home ARTZ experience relates to the individual’s background or interests, looking for images that tell a story 34

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about families or feature animals the loved one likes. “Use open-ended, non-judgmental questions to discuss the art,” Shifrin suggests. “It’s all about listening to the response and encouraging the conversation.”

Musical Connections Trigger Happiness

Dan Cohen, of Brooklyn, New York, had a simple yet profound idea: Furnish people that have memory loss with an iPod loaded with their favorite music. It’s helping people nationwide reconnect with themselves through listening to their personal playlists. He has repeatedly seen how “The music transforms lives.” Cohen notes, “Residents who were formerly idle become engrossed in listening to their favorite music. They are empowered to choose the songs they want to hear. They become engaged as the music triggers memories. I’ve also seen the experience make people more social.” He recommends using headphones to minimize distractions. Sit together, turn on the iPod and watch for smiles of delight.

Dance Movement Integrates Souls

“Dance therapy enhances connections in the brain and uses movement to integrate body, mind and spirit,” says Erica Hornthal, owner of Chicago’s North Shore Dance Therapy, a psychotherapy practice that helps individuals cope with the challenges of dementia. Hornthal often notices a real change after people experience movement therapy. Often, when she enters a memory care facility she sees people withdrawn or sleeping. After she guides them in specific movements designed to connect mind and body, participants are usually awake, more alert and making eye contact. “We might reach our arms up, then down, to connect with ourselves. We might give ourselves a hug and then stretch toward our neighbor,” explains Hornthal, a board-certified dance movement therapist. “All the movements have a psychosocial goal.” She suggests that care partners play familiar music and encourage their loved one to move as they wish to. The care partner might move her head or wiggle her fingers to the music, invit-

ing the other to do the same. “Focus on what your loved one can do and celebrate their abilities,” Hornthal advises.

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“Even after memory and cognitive functions are damaged, the ability to create art can continue,” says Karen Clond, a licensed master social worker and dementia care specialist at the Alzheimer’s Association Heart of America chapter, in Prairie Village, Kansas. “The organization’s Memories in the Making art program works because the amygdala, the part of the brain involved with emotions and memory that processes feelings like fear, also processes beauty, appreciation and attachment.” Sally Jenny developed the program in 1988, which now boasts more than 4,000 participant artists a week. Facilitators create a safe and encouraging atmosphere to explore painting with watercolors, which can unlock memories, stimulate thoughts and promote social interaction. The process also produces tangible pieces they’ve created and can revisit. “The artists have complete con-


trol over their work,” Clond comments. “It’s a failure-free activity.” For at-home painting activities, she suggests inviting guidelines: Provide good-quality supplies; have no expectations; find something good in every effort; ask them to title their piece and affix their artist’s signature; call them an artist and provide artistic respect.

Telling Personal Stories Improves Well-Being

“Creative storytelling for dementia patients replaces the pressure to remember with the freedom to imagine,” remarks Joan Williamson, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a coordinator and master trainer with TimeSlips. She’s seen it improve communication, self-esteem and social interaction for people with memory loss. Whether exploring art, music, movement or storytelling, expressive therapies can enrich the lives and connections of people with dementia and their care partners. Deborah Shouse is the author of Love in the Land of Dementia. Visit

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hicken, beef, eggs and cheese all might first make one think of something specific to a grocery store, but they all start elsewhere; with an animal. When buying dinner, consumers do not always think about where that specific animal came from, and what its life was like, but doing so could change the food system of the entire nation. The high demand for animal products has put a low protection on the animals that supply us with those products. As noted by Farm Sanctuary, the largest farm-animal rescue and refuge network across North America, 97% of Americans oppose cruelty to animals, yet “factory farm” is now a household term and is an even greater nightmare than many ever imagined possible. By raising billions of farm animals each year, the “farmers” at these factory farms, and the consumers they sell to, often view the animals as cheap commodities rather than as individuals with their own needs and feelings. The brutal treatment of the animals that stems from this view of them often goes unnoted by the consumer because he/ she never witnesses it. When those farmers say something along the lines of, “Don’t have a cow” over such a horrid catastrophe, consumers should consider either taking that literally and avoiding the consumption of farm animals, or instead standing up to those farmers and demanding a safer, animal friendly environment for farm animals to be raised in a healthy and environmentally conscious manner. Farm Sanctuary has been intervening in this process since 1986, on a strong mission to protect farm animals from cruelty, to inspire change in the way society views and treats farm animals and to promote compassionate, vegan living. They do so by running three shelters that cover around 500 acres of land and offer rescue, rehabilitation and lifelong care for hundreds of saved animals, by educating

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millions of people on the effects of factory farming on our health and environment and by advocating for laws and policies to prevent suffering and promote compassion. As previously noted, 97% of Americans oppose cruelty to animals, but Vegetarian Times Magazine reported that a meager 0.5% of Americans follow a vegan diet, meaning only 0.5% of Americans can know they are not supporting factory farms and the cruel treatment of farm animals. While a vegan diet is not necessary to fully avoid supporting such an industry, consuming consciously can be highly affective, and taking part in Farm Sanctuary’s Walk for Farm Animals can be another big step. The Walk for Farm Animals raises vital funds for Farm Sanctuary’s lifesaving work and brings together thousands of people to change hearts and minds about farm animals. There are several walks throughout the nation this fall, one of which is here in West Michigan. On October 5, the West Michigan community will gather at the 6th Street Bridge Park in Grand Rapids from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. (check in begins at 1:00 p.m.) to make the 2.9 mile walk and raise funds to help support the work of Farm Sanctuary. The walk will take place rain or shine and will conclude with a celebration with free vegan food and musical entertainment by DJ Dan Plew. The Grand Rapids Walk for Farm Animals has set a goal of raising at least $9,000 to help Farm Sanctuary continue to do the work they do, rescuing farm animals, educating people and advocating for change in the laws and policies that currently stand for farmers and the treatment of their animals. For more information on Walk for Farm Animals, to register for the walk or to make a donation, visit Sophie Charles is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings Magazine.

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$10 Off Massage and Energy Healing- Book a Massage or Energy Healing session at Healing Ways this month and receive $10 off the standard rate. Call 269-221-1961 to make an appointment. 6363 North 24th St., Kalamazoo. i-Lipo Treatments- Receive a free consultation and treatment in non-surgical body contouring. i-Lipo is suitable for both men and women. The laser can be applied to the belly, thighs, upper arms, neck and fatty breast tissue- only in men. For more information call 616-453-4215. Standale. Free Seminars- Sylvan Learning offers free seminars and presentations to students, parents and teachers! Topics include Study Skills, Middle/High School Transitions, Time Management and Organization, Early Reading Strategies and more. 5890 Harvey St., Muskegon. 231-799-0613. Study Skills Back to School Sale- Take advantage of the Back-To-School Study Skills Special! Call Lisa Morgan at 231.799.0613 for more details. Sylvan Learning, 5890 Harvey St., Muskegon. Sun-Damage-Correction Facial- $10 off during the month of September. Mention Natural Awakenings and receive an additional $5 off. Lakeshore Natural Skin Care, Zeeland. 231-557-3619.


Free Yoga Trial Classes- September 2-6. Experience how the practice of yoga can enhance your well-being at a one hour class just for new students. Call 616-776-0836 or e-mail to save your spot. The Yoga Studio, 955 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids.


Guided Meditation and Healing Circle - 7:008:00pm. Escape from stress and discover an inner world of calm, peace and joy through guided meditation and energy healing from Healing in America-trained healers. Holistic Care Approach, 3368 Beltline Ct., NE, Grand Rapids. Newborn Breastfeeding Basics- 6:30-8:00pm. Learn the basics for breastfeeding with breastfeeding counselor Laurie Vance. Cost of $125 includes a breastfeeding book and an in home visit during your first two weeks with baby. Call Laurie, 616914-6041, to reserve your spot. Cedar Tree Birth & Wellness Center, 915 Cherry St. Grand Rapids.


Healthseekers Class – 6:00-7:15pm. Are you suffering from health challenges that have not responded to traditional methods? Dr. Pierce weds low-impact chiropractic to a unique system utilizing homeopathy, meridians and muscle kinesiology. Pinpoint your system’s needs to optimize healing at a


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Visit for guidelines and to submit entries. All Calendar events must be submitted online by the 15th of the month prior to publication. In honor of National Yoga Month, shaded listings denote yoga related events. deep level. RSVP. Angel Touch Family Chiropractic. Muskegon. 231-670-0179.


Preparing for Your Newborn- 6:00-9:00pm. A ‘must take’ class as you prepare for birth! Join Erica Guthaus, postpartum doula, as she guides you through learning the essentials of caring for your baby and yourself. $50/couple. 915 Cherry St SE, Grand Rapids. Submit registration to crowninglotus@ Full Moon Adventure Workout- 9:00-10:15pm. Workout with Eco Trek Fitness in the dark. Details at Email SignUp@ to sign up. Bring a flashlight! $5 per person. Grand Haven.


Circumcision Information Session- 7:00-8:00pm. Discuss the myths and risks of circumcision with Naturopath Heather Dexter. Pre-register by e-mail, $10. Cedar Tree Birth and Wellness, 915 Cherry St. Grand Rapids.


Learn Trigger Point Massage- 6:00pm. Attend this free class and learn what a trigger point is, how to manage it and how to get rid of it with hands on training. 4150 East Beltline Suite 4, Grand Rapids. Please call to RSVP, 616-447-9888. Germinating Culture- 6:30pm. Join us as we welcome Emily, owner of Bloom Ferments, and she tells us about the health benefits of kombucha and teaches us how to make this delicious, healthful beverage at home. Harvest Health Foods, 6807 Cascade Road SE, Grand Rapids.


21st Century Movement and Medicine- 7:308:30pm. Sandy Parker, BS, CPT and Anne VanderHoek, NT in a lively discussion of the future of wholistic health. Open to the public at On The Path Yoga at 701 E. Savidge #3 Spring Lake. Call 616935-7028 for more information. Three Steps to Unleash Your Full Potential8:00pm. What would your life be like if you could unleash your full potential, your health, your career or your relationships? Learn three simple steps that can do just that for you in this free webinar. To register, go to or call 269-832-3573.


Birth Workers Potluck- 6:00-8:00pm. Come connect with other birth workers in the community and discuss issues, comments and encouragement within our area. Please bring a dish to pass. Cedar Tree Birth & Wellness, 915 Cherry St. Grand Rapids.

Restorative Yoga- 7:00-8:30pm. Enjoy supported poses that deepen relaxation, restore energy and reduce stress with Restorative Yoga with Jessica Roodvoets at Expressions of Grace Yoga, 5270 Northland Drive NE, Grand Rapids. Call 616361-8580 or visitwww.expressionsofgraceyoga. com for details.


The Transformational Power of Self-Love9:00am-1:00pm. Explore how the lack of Self-Love directly impacts everything in our lives, addressing everything from perfectionism, self-doubt, and addictions to accessing your power and true authenticity. Suggested donation of $25. Unity of Grand Rapids, 1711 Walker Ave. NW, Grand Rapids. Pregnant Mama Retreat- 9:00am-5:00pm. Sacred Pregnancy Grand Rapids is holding a weekend pregnant mama retreat September 13 and 14 at Midwifery Matters, 118 E. Benton Street in Greenville. Register at Cost is $225 including supplies, lunch, henna and maternity photos. Stance and Gait Essentials- noon-1:30pm. Lifestyle and habitual movement patterns can alter your way of standing and walking. Learn the difference between posture and alignment and how to positively influence your health. Space is limited, call 616-935-7028 to reserve your spot. $5, On the Path Yoga, 701 E Savidge St., Spring Lake. Your Healing Gift; An Introduction to Energy Healing- 1:00-4:30pm. This introductory class will show you how to awaken your healing gift and invoke remarkable changes within your life. Taught by Healing in America Certified Trainer Laurie DeDecker, RN, MHIA. $45. Holistic Care Approach, 3368 Beltline Ct., NE, Grand Rapids. Call 269-908-1016 to register.


StorySpinners Monthly Meeting- 7:00-9:00pm. Lovers of stories meet to listen and tell stories - personal, folklore, humorous. Join us! StorySpinners. org, 2550 Burritt St. NW, Grand Rapids. Spirt of Mantra- 7:00pm. The chanting of OM is a powerful method of awakening the individual consciousness from ego limitations to its full potential of infinitude. Breathwork, meditation, and mudras will also be explored. Healing Ways, 6363 North 24th St., Kalamazoo.


Lovingkindness Meditation- 12:15-1:15pm. Awakening friendliness toward all beings and loving acceptance of ourselves with Jessica Roodvoets at Expressions of Grace Yoga, 5270 Northland Drive NE, Grand Rapids. Call 616-361-8580 or visit for details.

Healing Energy Circle- 6:00pm. Following a discussion with Interfaith Pastor Sherry Petro-Surdel from 6-7 pm, join us in a Healing Energy Circle to promote wellness for ourselves and others. Join us for all or part of the gathering. Spirit Space is an interfaith spiritual enrichment center, Spirit-Space. org. Saugatuck, 616-836-1555. Healthseekers Class – 6:00-7:15pm. Are you suffering from health challenges that have not responded to traditional methods? Dr. Pierce weds low-impact chiropractic to a unique system utilizing homeopathy, meridians and muscle kinesiology. Pinpoint your system’s needs to optimize healing at a deep level. RSVP. Angel Touch Family Chiropractic. Muskegon. 231-670-0179.


Introduction to Passage Meditation- 7:00-8:00pm. Taught by Eknath Easwaran at Unity of Grand Rapids, 1711 Walker N.W., Grand Rapids. Interested adults welcome. No registration needed. Free will offering. More information at Three Steps to Unleash Your Full Potential8:00pm. What would your life be like if you could unleash your full potential, your health, your career or your relationships? Learn three simple steps that can do just that for you in this free webinar. To register, go to or call 269-832-3573.


Expansion Celebration- Door prizes, giveaways, food demonstrations and more to help celebrate the expansion of Nature’s Market, a natural health food store with a large bulk section, personal care products, supplements, organic produce and groceries, and more., 1013 S. Washington Ave., Holland. Being Still and Mindful Course- 9/20 and 9/21, 10:00-10:45am. For young people, ages 5-12 years. Self Realization Meditation Healing Centre, 7187 Drumheller Rd, Bath. Pre-registration needed: or 517-641-6201. Call or see our website for more:

Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour- Sept. 25-28. A free, public exhibition of ancient and sacred relics of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni and many other great Buddhist master. The relics will be displayed at the Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St. NE Grand Rapids. Contact Theresa Pearce at for more information.


Grand Opening- 3:00-7:00pm. Live music, free food, door prizes and a chance to win a Disney Trip for five! This Grand Opening is to celebrate the opening of AlignLife of Norton Shores, a natural health center that focuses on nutrition, chiropractic, toxin elimination and more. Visit or call 231-737-5433.


Labyrinth Workshop- 1:00-4:30pm. Get acquainted with labyrinths, view photos while learning a bit of history, discover the differences in design, explore basic practices, practice drawing designs, delight in meditative moments and so much more. Call 708-957-1284 or 616-886-2716 to register or visit for more info. Saugatuck.


Calling All Lightworkers- 1:00-5:00pm. Learn what a lightworker is and the role of a lightworker. If you feel stuck, unbalanced, or want to connect with other like-minded individuals on a metaphysical level, this class is for you! $30, Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Airport, 3063 Lake Eastbrook Blvd, Grand Rapids, RSVP CHV Jazz Concert- 4:00-6:00pm. If you like jazz music, you will not want to miss Cooper, Hay, Van Lente (CHV) Group, a great blend of talent and instrumentation. They will delight jazz lovers, lift spirits and energize moods. Call 269-857-2800, visit or Saugatuck.


Sing Song Yoga- noon-12:30pm for ages 2-6, 12:451:30pm for ages 6-11. Introduce your children to the joys of yoga in a class full of music, movement and merriment! Learn more and register on-line at Prices vary $3-8. 955 Cherry St SE, Grand Rapids.

Creating Families- 9/29 and 10/1, 7:00-8:15pm. For parents, intending parents and anyone wishing to be a part of a larger Spiritual Family. Self Realization Meditation Healing Centre, 7187 Drumheller Rd, Bath. $60 for both nights. Pre-registration needed: or 517-641-6201. Call or visit for more information.



Eight Week Pregnancy Journey- 3:00-5:00pm. Sacred Pregnancy Grand Rapids is holding an eight week pregnancy journey series for women at Cedar Tree Birth & Wellness, located at 915 Cherry St SE in Grand Rapids. It begins on Sunday, Sept. 21 and ends on Nov. 9. Register today at:


Ask the Doulas- 6:00pm. Join Juliea Paige and Erica Guthaus of Crowning Lotus bEARTH Services for discussion and exploration as we cover why every expectant and new parent needs a doula on their team. Hosted at EcoBuns in the Holland Town Center. Free. 12330 James St, Holland.

Ovulation Orientation- 7:30-8:30pm. Taking a more natural look at our cycles and becoming more familiar with fertility awareness as well as the issues that are important to you. Fee includes a sea sponge or cloth pad. Email to register. Costs $10. 915 Cherry St. Grand Rapids.

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Vibrational Healing- 1:00-3:00pm. Recline back and hear healing rhythms and vibrations created with drums, gongs, singing bowls and voice toning. These sounds induce quiet in the mind and relaxation in the body for a deep and effortless meditation experience. All are welcome. $25 with pre-registration online:, Grand Rapids.

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The Last Set of Self-Help Tools You Will Need To Use- Enjoy six free workshops at UGGR in Ada. Titles include: On Creating Consciously, A Course in Miracles: What is the World?, Healing through Relationships, Codependence to Interdependence and more! Call 616-6827812 or visit, Workshops/ Classes for more information.

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Intuition Workshop- 1:00-4:00pm. Learn many ways to improve your intuitive abilities and learn about new brain research in this area. Open your heart to the inner voice that is always with you. Saugatuck. Call 269-637-3781 or visit

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Medicine Beyond Medication: The Heart of the Matter. Universal Health Solutions brings traditional, holistic, and integrative medical communities together for this conference to consider collaborative models of care for heart health. Register and learn more at www. Early Bird Registration: $249, Student Pricing: $99, Full Registration: $299. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids.

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responsibility; be able to pay off debts, and live generously and without finance-related stress. Unity of Greater Grand Rapids. Call 616-682-7812.

Community Class- 4:00-5:00pm. We’re back in the Studio! Community Class for $5. All proceeds donated to the Charity of the Month. Bodhi Tree Yoga & Wellness Studio, 218 W 18th Street, Holland. Visit for information.

A Course in Miracles-Tuesdays at 6:30pm or Wednesdays at 9:30am. Unique study in teaching forgiveness as the road to inner peace and the remembrance of the unconditional love of God. Unity of Greater Grand Rapids. 6025 Ada Drive, Ada.

Sunday Series- 6:00pm. Explore spirituality, universal truths, self-mastery and balanced, positive, loving and joyful living with The Coptic Center and their ongoing offering of enlightening Ministers, Teachers and guest presenters. Love offering. 0-381 Lake Michigan Drive, Grand Rapids. For more information, see Spirit Space Sunday Worship- 10:30am. Spirit Space is an inter-faith gathering place for worship and spiritual enrichment. Join us for inspiring messages called Reasonings Take a virtual tour at Spirit-Space. org. 616-836-1555. 3493 Blue Star Hwy, Saugatuck.

Monday Intermediate Hatha Yoga with Mitch Coleman – 6:15-7:30pm. All levels. Drop-ins welcome. Visit for more information. Classes meet at White River Yoga Studio, 8724 Ferry St. Montague. 231-740-6662. A Course In Miracles Healing Circle- 7:00-8:30pm. Want peace in your life regardless of the circumstances? Clarity? Inspiration? All are welcome. Free. Fountain Street Church, Grand Rapids. 616-458-5095. Align Your Life Workshop- 6:00pm, 1st and 3rd Mondays. Workshop focuses on giving you tips to maximize your health and save you money in healthcare. Leave feeling inspired and ready to conquer your toughest health problems. RSVP as space is limited. 935 W. Norton Ave Suite D, Norton Shores.

Tuesday Gentle Hatha Yoga with Mitch Coleman- 7:459:00am & 9:15-10:30am. Drop-ins welcome. Visit for more information. Classes meet at White River Yoga Studio, 8724 Ferry St. Montague. 231-740-6662. Mother to Mother Support Circle- 10:0011:00am. Support circle for mothers to share experiences in a breastfeeding friendly environment. This is for mothers with babies in arms to toddler. Cedar Tree Birth & Wellness Center, 915 Cherry St. Grand Rapids. Morning Flow Yoga- 10:15-11:30am. Unwind your body and your mind. A Yoga practice intended to gradually increase flexibility, strength and a range of motion. Laketown Healing Arts,, Holland. Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University6:30pm. Learn how to get to a place of financial


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Wednesday $20 off BioMeridian Assessments- Food allergies, environmental allergies, organ function and real food menus and shopping lists for families that are healthy and kid-approved. Visit or 616-365-9176. Grand Rapids. Discussion & Meditation at Spirit Space – 6:008:00pm. Discussion to promote spiritual enrichment; questions welcomed and then meditation. Spirit Space is an interfaith church and spiritual enrichment center. Call 616-836-1555 for more information. Visit Saugatuck. Creation’s Lessons for Living- 7:00pm. 2nd Wed of month. Creation desires to help us grow, mature, evolve. Connect with Creation’s wisdom through the teachings and ceremonies of the shamanic Sweet Medicine SunDance Path. Donation. Call 616-8564957 for more information. Join me in learning to walk in beauty. NE Grand Rapids.

Thursday Advanced Hatha Yoga with Mitch Coleman – 6:15-7:30pm. Drop-ins welcome. Visit for more information. Classes meet at White River Yoga Studio, 8724 Ferry St. Montague. 231-740-6662. Morning Flow Yoga- 10:15-11:30am. Unwind your body and your mind. A Yoga practice intended to gradually increase flexibility, strength and a range of motion. Laketown Healing Arts,, Holland.


Hatha Yoga- 9:00-10:15am. A Little more invigorating, this is a great class to learn the foundations of a yoga practice. Laketown Healing Arts,, Holland. Gentle Hatha Yoga with Mitch Coleman– 9:0010:15am & 10:30-11:45am. Drop-ins welcome. Visit for info. Classes meet at White River Yoga Studio. Montague. 231-740-6662. Sweetwater Local Foods Market- 9:00am-1:00pm. Hackley Health at the Lakes building on Harvey Street. We are inside if the weather is bad. We are a double up bucks and bridge card market. Hesperia. 231-861-2234.

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Aim High: Reach for Your Capstone12:30pm. The one-day seminar features international radio and TV host Thom Hartmann at the Fountain Street Church, Grand Rapids. Advanced tickets $35, tickets $39 at the door. Register at The event begins at 12:30pm. For more information call The Coptic Center at 616-531-1339.

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Mantra Sadhana- Especially for students and practitioners of Ayurveda, take part in our Annual Mantra Sadhana at the Sambodh Center, 6363 North 24th Street, Kalamazoo and learn the Dhanvantari Mantra, patron deity of Ayurvedic Medicine for blessings of sound health for one’s self or others.

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Gentle Yoga- 10:30am. Designed for every ‘body” in mind. Join Kathy Howard at Bodhi tree Yoga & Wellness Studio, 208 W 18th Street, Holland. Check out or call 616-392-7580 for more information.

Saturday Is Food a Problem for You? - Do you eat when you’re not hungry? Do you binge, purge, or restrict? Is your weight affecting your life? Contact Overeaters Anonymous. No dues, fees, weigh-ins or diets. For Grand Rapids area meeting list, call 616-3361359 or visit

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Vikki Nestico, R.Ac., Dipl. OM Acupuncture + Chinese Herbal Therapy 616-940-1177

Grand Wellness offers a holistic perspective on wellness and promotes healing through acupuncture, Chinese herbal therapy and eastern nutrition. Set up a free consultation to discuss how Chinese medicine can help your specific health concerns. See ad page 6.

BODY CARE PRODUCTS MOONDROP HERBALS, LLC Cottage of Natural Elements 351 Cummings, NW Grand Rapids, MI 49534 616-735-1285

Your Local Source for all things Natural and Botanical. Hand crafted bath & body products, tea, bulk herbs, essential oils, other raw ingredients, containers, local artwork, unique gifts. Practitioner discounts. Space rental and artisan consignment. See ad page 18.


959 Lake Dr SE, Suite 2, GR 49506 *Second Floor of Blackport Building 616-419-8115 Your retail location for makeup, body care, & household products that are organic, non-GMO, vegan, gluten free & cruelty-free! Products offered score ‘0-2, Low Hazard’ on Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database.


Certified Massage Therapist offering Therapeutic, Hot Stone & Matrix Massage. Certified Wholistic Kinesiologist, Certified Matrix E n e rg e t i c s P r a c t i t i o n e r, Reconnection Healing Practitioner, Certified Herbalist, Certified Acutonics Practitioner, and a Certified Reflexologist. See ad page 33.

CHIROPRACTIC CARE DYNAMIC FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC Dr. Ronda VanderWall 4072 Chicago Drive, Grandville 616-531-6050

Family owned and operated in the heart of downtown Grandville, Dynamic Family Chiropractic focuses on lifestyle improvements through living a maximized life. A safe and natural approach to health through the combination of exercise, nutrition, detoxification and chiropractic care.


Dr. Andrew Schafer 1801 Breton SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506 616-301-3000

Tr e a t i n g m u s c u l o s k e l e t a l conditions, but specializing in b ac k p a in , n eck p ai n , a n d headaches. Also offering physical therapy, massage therapy, and postural awareness. Most insurance accepted. Breton Village area. See ad pages 7 & 30.


Mary De Lange, CCT. LMT. 1003 Maryland Ave, N.E., Grand Rapids 616-456-5033 Certified therapist since 1991 offering colon therapy in a sterile and professional environment. Using a holistic approach, colonics relieves constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloat, poor digestion, back pain, body odor and more. See ad page 5.


Natural Health & Healing Center 723 Kenmoor SE Grand Rapids 49546 616-481-9074 Offering an advanced clientcentered dimension of colonics: gentle, safe and effective. Eliminate toxins and enhance well-being. 16 years of experience. Also offering Quantum Biofeedback sessions. I-ACT certified Instructor.


Barbara Zvirzdinis, WK, CMT 616-581-3885 Matrix Energetics is a system used to heal, transform and create new possibilities in your life. Using the principles of quantum physics and subtle e n e rg y d u r i n g a M a t r i x Energetics session we are able to enter into different realties and download new possibilities for your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual selves. See ad page 33.


”What you put on your skin, goes within!” Choose safe, effective essential oils for relief from pain, hormonal issues, diabetes, digestive issues and allergies. Also offering “clean” skin care products, GMO-free Meal Replacement Shakes, Masaji, NutriSmart, Liver Detox, Bio-feedback and Ionic detoxing Foot Baths. FREE monthly classes. See ad page 10.


doTERRA Essential Oils IPC #406390 616-340-5115 Our oils effectively reduce or eliminate many c h e m i c a l s , pharmaceuticals and general medicines in your environment. I offer Zyto Compass biofeedback scans, AromaTouch Technique application and free educational oils classes. Call to schedule an appointment today. See ad page 10.


Barbara Borgeld Independent Distributor # 1182115 5 W. Main St., #8 / Boyne City, MI 49712 386-366-1903 Discover the high potency, 4,000-yearold therapeutic properties in Young Living Essential Oils. Learn how the oils enhance health--yours, as well as others who seek holistic options. (Seen on the “TODAY” show). Income Opportunities also available. Free Training. See ad page 21.

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332 S. Lincoln Ave Lakeview 989-352-6500

534 Fountain NE, Grand Rapids MI 49503 616-262-3848

A Certified Physician Assistant since 1976, specializing in naturopathic and homeopathic care. Family care. Also, certified Silva Method instructor. We use Clinical Homeopathy to assist traditional medications. We take most insurances. See ad page 20.

Hakomi Therapy can truly change your life. It’s a mindfulnessbased, experiential therapy for transforming the unconscious patterns that keep you from the love, joy, and fulfillment you deserve. Offered with exquisite care and attentiveness.



Pastor & Casey Brian Kalamazoo 269-221-1961


Massage Therapy, Energy Healing, Spiritual Counsel, Healing Services for Groups and more. We fully support you in experiencing Healing in all aspects of your life: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual...

Shawn Merkel, ASID 616-916-1071 - Complete Interior Design Services for your home or business. Specializing in creating, harmonious, nurturing spaces, by incorporating feng shui principals and repurposing your existing treasures. Let your space become a reflection of who you are. See ad page 23.




Educational programs for personal health improvement - Workplace wellness programs - Wellness Forum Foundation focused on school nutrition and children’s health - National conferences.


Bob Huttinga PA-C & Rev. Barbara Huttinga 332 S. Lincoln Ave, Lakeview 989-352-6500 Affordable, natural approach to better health. Certified nutritional consultant with 22 years experience. Offering select, high quality vitamins, minerals, herbs, children’s products, essential oils, homeopathics, weight loss and more. Professional discounts and senior pricing. See ad in page 20.


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Certified Wholistic Kinesiologist, Certified Matrix E n e rg e t i c s P r a c t i t i o n e r, Certified Massage Therapist, Reconnection Healing P r a c t i t i o n e r, C e r t i f i e d Herbalist, Certified Acutonics Practitioner and Certified Reflexologist. Specializing in muscle testing, massage, energy medicine, nutritional counseling, lectures and classes. See ad page 33.


Jaci Timmermans, MT 4072 Chicago Drive, Grandville, MI 49418 616-531-6050 I offer Swedish massage with Integrated Te c h n i q u e s , c h o s e n specifically to your unique body. Relieve those tired and sore muscles and rejuvenate! Call for ongoing monthly specials and discounts.

HANDS ON HEALING PROFESSIONAL MASSAGE THERAPY LLC Pattie Kooy, LMT, CMMT, CMT, HTP 5286 Plainfield NE Plainfield Twp, MI 49525 616-648-7217

Professional massage therapist offering Medical Massage, Manual Therapy, Hot Stone, Healing Touch Therapy, Essential Oils, Infrared heat lamp, Bioenergetic Therapy, Hot castor oil packs, Chinese herbal liniments & Detox Massage. Mention ad for $10 off hour massage.


Mary De Lange, CCT., LMT. 1003 Maryland Ave NE, Grand Rapids 616-456-5033 Over 21 years of professional experience and trained in a complete range of modalities. Whether you are seeking relaxation, renewal, or treatment for a specific condition, Mary will help find an approach that is helpful for you. See ad page 5.


Sheri Beth Schafer, CMT, Ayurvedic Bodyworker, Reiki Master 1801 Breton SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506 616-301-3000 We have multiple certified massage therapists offering relaxation, prenatal, deep tissue massage, and medical massage. We also offer Reiki, chakra balancing, and Ayurvedic bodywork. Breton Vi l l a g e a r e a . w w w. See ad pages 7 & 30.


In private practice since 1982 specializing in homebirth. Over 1450 births attended. Offering midwifery care that maintains a family-centered safe birth experience. Empowering women to stay healthy during pregnancy, give birth naturally and parent in the best ways. Free initial consultations including Prenatal check up.


Leslie Cornwell, CNM 616-258-2386 Looking for different care for your pregnancy outside the traditional maternity system, we have what you have been looking for. High quality care for preconception, pregnancy, and beyond. See ad page 8.


Sara Badger, Midwife Jodi Borsk, Junior Midwife Casi Russo, Senior Student A full service Midwifery group partnering with you to provide prenatal care, education, and choice. The first birthing center in Grand Rapids to add to women’s birth choices. Contact us for a free consultation 559-907-5341.See ad page 26.

REIKI PRANA HOUSE REIKI & MASSAGE Jen Gemski, CMT, Reiki Master Practitioner 1345 Monroe Ave NE Ste 204 616-970-3003 Find relief from anxiety, depression, grief, chronic pain, or pain/ discomfort due to cancer treatment. See how Reiki can transform your life from chaos to harmony, you can find balance again! Awaken the healing within. See ad page 30.


5286 Plainfield Ave., NE Grand Rapids 49525 616-364-9191

An award winning Hair Stylist with 30 years Advanced Education, that uses and sells Organic Hair Care Products as well as uses a professional line of Organic Hair Color. Ionic Detox Foot Baths also available.



Attn: Ruth Small, Director 6363 N. 24th St., Kalamazoo, MI 49004 abtVedicInst.html State-Licensed PostSecondary AYURVEDA SCHOOL Opening Spring 2015. One-year Certificate Program: healthcare/ wellness educators and professionals, yoga teachers, massage therapists, chiropractors, dieticians, holistic-health advocates, and self-care. Highly qualified Instructors. Accepting Applications.


0-11279 Tallmadge Woods Dr. Grand Rapids, MI 49534 616-791-0472



10500 Chicago Drive Holland Twp/Zeeland MI 49464 231-557-3619 Specializing in advanced, customized skin care using all-natural, organic skin care products from Elina Organics. Facials, Back Facials, Foot Facials, Hand Facials, Tummy Facials, and “Beautiful Legs” services. Needle-Free Mesotherapy, TriPolarRF, DermaLaser, LED, Microdermabrasion, Peels, Body Wraps, Body Scrubs, Brow Shaping, Aromatherapy, Signature Scent, Hair Restoration, Bamboo Massage, RainDrop, Air Compression Lymph Drainage Massage, Acupressure, Reiki, Infrared and Ionic Cleanses, Ear Candling, and more! See ad page 34.


3637 Clyde Park Ave., Suite 2

State licensed school for Wyoming, MI 49509 massage and bodywork. 616-254-7350 Offering high quality, affordable massage Custom screen printed certification courses as apparel using water-based well as NCBTMB and discharge inks. Earth continuing education friendlier screen printing courses for the experienced therapist. Located with a different look and conveniently to Grand Rapids, Standale, Walker and feel. Also offering promotional products with an Allendale. emphasis on the environment.


503 East Broadway St. Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 989-773-1714

Educational Programs Offered: Natural Health Program - Four Years (one weekend a month); Massage Therapy Program - One Year (two weekends a month); Holistic Doula Practitioner Program - Six Months (one weekend a month). Individual classes available. See ad page 2.

classifieds To place a Classified Listing: E-mail listing to Must be received by the 15th of the month prior to publication. $1.00 per word; must be pre-paid.

FOR RENT Small Office Space - for alternative health practitioner in busy Chiropractic Clinic in great Kentwood location. Call Erin for details at 616389-5166.

HELP WANTED Look for this symbol throughout Natural Awakenings for Natural Awakenings Network (NAN) providers offering savings to NAN members.

Certified Massage Therapist - Busy Kentwood Chiropractic Clinic is looking for a part/full time Certified Massage Therapist. Competitive salary and benefits. Please submit resume via email to

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