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Lehigh Valley For 7 Years of Support “When we were first contacted about the beginning of Natural Awakenings, we knew it was a publication whose time had come for those in the Lehigh Valley who value natural living. Since then, Natural Awakenings has supported those who have chosen natural healing and natural lifestyles in a consistently evolving way. Thank you for keeping this message in front of readers.”

“I can't believe it's been 7 years already. I feel like we are part of a great holistic family waiting to share and experience wellness together. I ask all new people coming into our wellness spa, "How did you hear about us?" Probably 92% mention Natural Awakenings Magazine. I love that your readers support us.”

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“Congratulations! I appreciate that you provide resources for those who are interested in living a more positive and proactive life. This publication serves everyone by publicizing local events and individuals who bring healthy practices, optimistic lifestyle options, and advantageous food choices to the community. I have had the privilege of meeting and helping many wonderful people through this publication.

“I can’t believe 7 years have passed since my first ad in Natural Awakenings! Thank you so much for being so instrumental as my business grew and I was able to increase the size and content of my ad. I am happy to say that 30% of my business is a direct result of us being partners and your encouragement and support.” Beverley Bley, CHANGE, Coopersburg

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Natural Awakenings Magazine “I feel grateful to be part of health and wellness education in the Lehigh Valley. As a traditional medicine practitioner that has taken a non-traditional medical approach I feel such deep gratitude to be able to have a place in our community for individuals looking for natural means to heal on all levels. Thank you Natural Awakenings!” Sherry Wachter, Pathways Holistic Center, Emmaus

“Congratulations to Lehigh Valley Natural Awakenings on another successful year! We truly appreciate your efforts in helping us get the word out about everything that we offer. Every time someone finds us through your magazine, their life is changed for the better. We value our relationship with you, and we wish you continued growth and success.” Namaste! Jessie Thompson, The Yoga Loft of Bethlehem

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une marks our seventh anniversary of awakening the Lehigh Valley to the benefits of healthy living on a healthy planet. We’ve experienced ups and downs, starts and stops and many joys plus a whole lot of hard work and crazy hours, but the whole experience has been awesome. This magazine was conceived as a catalyst for change. When I started in 2007, I believed that the ancient wisdom of hands-on bodywork, chiropractic care, herbal therapy, good nutrition, active lifestyles and a positive outlook blended with cutting edge non-surgical innovation was a powerfully effective and truthful path that could not be denied. Today I enjoy many positive comments that reflect society’s greater understanding of the value we bring to the media landscape. Thanks go to all those that make this adventure in natural living possible. Our mission has brought me into contact with wonderful, welcoming people. We recognized our first eight advertisers on page 3. We are blessed to have so many supportive advertisers and thousands of readers that, in turn, support those advertisers. It’s a triple win in which everyone comes out healthier and happier at the end of the day. We have succeeded in blazing a trail throughout our region. The Lehigh Valley edition was the first Natural Awakenings magazine franchise in Pennsylvania and I’m happy to report that we are now completely surrounded by sister franchises. I look forward to publishing cutting-edge information and connecting readers to local resources that supports their best possible health. I can’t imagine doing anything more rewarding. Enjoy this issue and look for us being here for you for many more years to come.

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newsbriefs Scenic Bike Train Provide Best of Both Worlds


icyclists can enjoy a relaxing train ride up the Lehigh Gorge for 25 miles, and then pedal back down to Jim Thorpe at their own pace along the Lehigh Gorge Rail-Trail on June 7 and 8. After the one-hour scenic train ride, bikers will be dropped off at the Lehigh Gorge trailhead. Along the way, cyclists will pass canal remnants, swim spots, scenic overlooks and railroad trestles. The many sparkling waterfalls provide great photo opportunities. Arrival times are 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and bicycles are available for rent. If you do not have the time or inclination to pedal the whole Lehigh River Gorge Rail Trail, Pocono Biking offers the mid-way ride; a pleasant 10 or 15 mile, 100% gentle downhill ride lasting approximately 2 to 4 hours all summer long. This mid-way adventure allows you to arrive later and have a very enjoyable afternoon or the reverse – ride in the morning and still make that evening engagement. Cost: with own bike, $19.99/adult, $9.99/kids 3-12; with rental bike: $39.99/adult, $34.99/kids 3-12. Advance tickets/ reservations are required and can be made by calling Pocono Biking at 570-325-3654.

Meet the Animals at Gress Mountain Ranch Summer Camp


he nonprofit Gress Mountain Ranch in Orefield will host a Ranch Camp for three weeks this summer, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 23 to 27, July 14 to 18 and August 4 to 8. The ranch is home to more than 50 animals that have been neglected or abused. Children from third to ninth grade may sign up a week full of activities, excitement and engagement, with donkey cart rides, needle felting, games, horsemanship and more. Kids can also work directly with the animals, feeding and caring for them and learning each of their personalities. They will learn the value of teamwork and even meet and observe a veterinarian in action for an afternoon. Cost for an entire week is a $200 donation to the Gress Mountain Ranch. To register, call Kathryn Gress at 610398-2122 or email

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newsbriefs Fourth of July Race to Support YMCA


he 16th annual Firecracker Four-Miler run/ walk and free kids fun run will be held July 4, at Fairview Park, in Palmer Township, to benefit youth wellness programs at the Family YMCA of Easton, Phillipsburg and Vicinity The race is again dedicated to the memory of Spencer H. Smith, who became a member of the Y family in 1995. Smith was a workout enthusiast and after retiring from LSI, could be seen every morning in the wellness center. He was dedicated to health and wellness and always gave his effort 100 percent, while still making time to talk to other members. AccuCare Chiropractic will be checking posture and spines before and after the race and a therapist will be giving chair massages. For more information, call Sharon Dachisen at 610-2586158, ext. 17, or email


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Cherry Valley Festival


he fourth annual Cherry Valley Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 14, at the Josie Porter Farm, in Stroudsburg, to celebrate the unique natural environmental qualities of the valley and raise awareness of conservation efforts underway. The day will be filled with family-friendly activities that include educational speakers, nature walks, farm tours, demonstrations and environmentally themed vendors, arts and crafts. Live entertainment throughout the day will be provided by strolling musicians from the Pocono Bluegrass & Folk Society. Food, drink and a silent auction benefiting the nonprofit Brodhead Watershed Association (BWA) round out the event. The BWA is committed to enhancing public understanding of conservation and water issues and assists municipalities, residents, businesses and groups with protecting natural resources through education, workshops, seminars, public programs and stream monitoring. Admission is free. Location: Josie Porter Farm, 6514 Cherry Valley Rd., Stroudsburg, PA. For more information, call 570-807-8915, email or visit See ad, page 12.

2014 Alliance Directory is Here!


key part of the work of the Alliance for Sustainable Communities-Lehigh Valley is to share and publicize information from organizations and businesses that promotes sustainable communities. Their annual directory supplies information to thousands about the many organizations and businesses that promote sustainability in the Lehigh Valley, and provides a view of the size and scope of the local sustainability movement. The 2014 Alliance Directory is now available at many nonprofits and businesses throughout the Lehigh Valley—a list is available on the website at In addition, Sustainable Lehigh Valley features a “Voices of the Valley” section containing essays from diverse perspectives about the actions, projects, and concerns of those promoting sustainability here. The Alliance has also launched the Sustainability Commons is a new workspace for individuals, organizations, and informal groups to connect, discuss, collaborate, and share on all sorts of sustainability-related topics and projects. The commons workspace allows access to multiple aspects of sustainable communities, including air quality, climate action, Committee of 100, community health, food, food-health connections, fracking, Transitions Lehigh Valley, and much more. Joining the Sustainability Commons simply means you can participate in this free workspace. You can see what the various communities are doing to promote sustainability in the Lehigh Valley area. You can become a member of one or more existing communities—or start one. For more information or to get involved, call 484-851-3045, email or visit natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Solstice Expo & Holistic Fair in New Hope

Experience Summer Camp the Waldorf Way


he Society for Metaphysical Enlightenment invites participants to tune up their body, mind and spirit and experience the love of higher consciousness at the Sixth Annual Solstice Expo and Holistic Fair from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., June 21 and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., June 22, at the New Hope Eagle Firehouse. Keynote Speaker is Art Gutkin, a meditative spiritual healer. Other guest speakers are scheduled every hour. Area energy healers and practitioners, along with mind/ body therapists and holistic practitioners, will offer massage and stress management techniques and many more healing modalities. Artwork, jewelry and crystals will also be displayed for purchase, along with a natural food court.

iver Valley Waldorf School will offer three camps this summer for children from 3 to 12 years old. Campers 3 to 6 experience lots of fun and lots of outside time, including water play, baking, crafts, puppet stories and creativity. This camp is consistent with the child-centered practices and principles of Waldorf education. The Old-Fashioned Camp for grades 1 to 3 harkens back to earlier, simpler times. Campers will be in the woods, the play yard and the all-purpose room: making crafts, creating fairy houses, playing in water, listening to stories and playing games. There will be lots of time to explore, create, relax and have fun,. Older children in grades 4 to 7 will love learning a variety of circus skills, such as juggling, plate-spinning, clowning, acrobatics and even trapeze. Circus skills build confidence, self-esteem and teamwork.

Cost: $7. The New Hope Eagle Firehouse is located at 46 North Sugan Road in New Hope. For information, call 267-261-2769 or visit See ad, page 7.

Location: 1395 Bridgeton Hill Rd., Upper Black Eddy, PA. For more information, call 610-982-5606 or visit River See ad, page 12.



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Pooches Play While You’re Away


riority Dog, a canine cagefree boarding and daycare center in New Tripoli, is now booking summer vacation boarding and daycare for dogs whose owners consider happiness and contentment of their pets a requirement in their absence. Dogs can go back to nature by running, playing and relaxing in the wide-open space of six securely fenced acres. Emphasis is on the quality of exercise at Priority Dog. Priority Dog is located in the serene countryside where dogs breathe clean, fresh air. Dogs are free to go inside or outside on their own and the land is maintained without the use of chemicals. Dogs will also enjoy a natural raw diet while at the facility. Owner, Susan Fanok, a certified veterinary technician, established Priority Dog because of a passion for dogs. “We wanted to create an environment that allowed 24-hour socialization and where dogs can be dogs,” states Fanok. “Dogs love it. This is truly a unique dog experience.” Priority Dog is located close to the intersection of Routes 100 and 309 at 5890 Kistler Road in New Tripoli. Boarding times are available by calling 484-553-6110 or visiting See ad, page 49.

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newsbriefs Easton Main Street Free Summer Concerts Series


aston Main Street is bringing plenty of music to the community with their free Summer Concert Series. Kicking off the series is the fourth installment of Live at Riverside. Featuring bleacher seating and great views of the Delaware River, the amphitheater has lots of room to boogie. Attendees can enjoy beer, wine and light dinner fare at the Riverside Pub Tent, provided by Porters’ Pub and Black & Blue. Live at Riverside concerts are held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., on the first Friday of the month through September. Live in the Square concerts, in Centre Square, located in the heart of downtown Easton, make for a great evening out from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., on the last Friday of the month through September. Easton Main Street is also hosting Tunes at Noon, a lunch-hour concert series held in Centre Square, from noon to 1 p.m. Fridays in June. Admission is free to all events. Riverside Amphitheatre is located in Riverside Park, along Larry Holmes Dr. Free parking is available across the street in the Gov. Wolf lot.


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Plant-based Summer Cookout and Grilling Class


ood coach Michelle Trent and Chef Natalie Hyczko, of The Joyful Elephant, will demonstrate the best methods to grill a variety of fresh vegetables and veggie burgers from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., June 19 (rain date June 26), to add to the enjoyment of summer outdoor grilling. These plantbased experts will be grilling vegetables to perfection and demonstrate recipes to make homemade veggie-bean burgers. Participants may sample homemade dipping sauces and burger toppings and learn how to develop a 100 percent plant-based summer cookout that is nutritious and tasty to delight vegans and meat-eaters alike. Cost is $55 per person, dinner included. Location: Twin Ponds Center, 628 Twin Ponds Rd., Breinigsville, PA. To register, call 610-395-3355 or visit For info about the instructors visit

Journaling and Art at Edge of the Woods Nursery


rtists and nature enthusiasts are invited to come and use the nursery as a backdrop for visual and written expression on June 21 at Edge of the Woods Native Plant Nursery. Bethlehem Palette Club artist Kay Stauffer will lead a class on plein air painting from 9 a.m. to noon. The class will begin with a demonstration of how to lay out and begin painting. After the demonstration, the remaining time will be reserved for participants to continue to paint their subject matter. All levels are welcome and any media is acceptable. Pam Ruch, artist, writer and horticulturist, will teach how to in discovering and relating to the world around us in a new way, through journaling from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. She will discuss the basics of nature journaling and share helpful drawing and writing exercises. Writers of all levels are welcome.


Cost is $25 for each activity, some supplies provided. Location: 2415 Rte. 100, Orefield, PA. Register (required) at For more information, call 610-442-2496 or visit

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newsbriefs Support Group for Sexual Trauma and Pain


lexandra Milspaw, Ph.D., LPC, is offering mindfulness-based support groups on the first Saturday of every month for those coping with chronic pelvic and sexual pain. Participants can learn how they can reboot their minds and bodies to restore calm to the nervous system, help heal trauma and rejuvenate natural healing mechanisms. Cost is $20/person. Reservations are required. Milspaw is currently the only licensed professional counselor specializing in the treatment of chronic pain, trauma and sexuality concerns in the Lehigh Valley. With an integration of complementary approaches, she draws from Mindfulness, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, hypnosis and sex therapy to incorporate what is most helpful for each individual. Support group cost is $20 (reservations required). Milspaw is accepting new clients for private sessions at 623 W. Union Blvd., Ste. 1C, in Bethlehem. For more information, call 484894-1246 or visit See ad, page 60.


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Energypath 2014 Conference Promotes Sustainability


he Energypath 2014 Conference, presented by the Sustainable Energy Fund, will take place on June 19 and 20 at Albright College, in Reading, Pennsylvania, to nurture and stimulate sustainable energy awareness. Participants will learn about renewable technologies, energy-efficiency techniques and ways to start or expand a career in the energy industry with a crash course in sustainable energy. Preconference Energy Camps will be held from June 16 through 18 to provide attendees a deeper understanding of sustainable energy technologies through a combination of classroom and hands-on training, including sessions on basic and advanced technology and energy policy. The keynote dinner, at 6:30 p.m., June 19, features a lecture from John Szerdi, a leading energy policymaker who has extensive experience integrating Living Machine technology and other natural energy and water systems in diverse environmental project applications for distinctive image and branding benefits. Tickets range from $39 to $249. For more information and to register, call 610-264-4440 or visit

First-Ever Lehigh Valley Yoga Festival


he inaugural Lehigh Valley Yoga Festival, cosponsored by Save the Kales and Natural Awakenings magazine, will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., July 26, at the Easton Nurture Nature Center. The nonprofit Pratyush Sinha Foundation is bringing popular local yoga teachers together to share many different styles of yoga during the festival. Special guest Sean Johnson and the Wild Lotus Band and Dalien, aka 13 Hands, will perform, and there will be a vending area for like-minded artists, wellness practitioners and health food offerings. Activities include yoga classes, workshops, speakers, kirtan and children’s yoga. From the beginning student to the more experience practitioner, the Festival offers the perfect opportunity to discover new approaches and styles. A portion of the proceeds supports the Pratyush Sinha Foundation, dedicated to helping local at-risk youths to combat addiction, violence, aggression and school drop-out rates by giving them the opportunity to practice yoga and meditation. The foundation is seeking additional donors, sponsors and vendors. Location: 516 Northampton St., Easton. Potential sponsors may visit For more information, visit See ad, page 8.

Yoga Loft Summer Series Classes


he Yoga Loft or Bethlehem is offering a 60-day summer special of unlimited yoga for $179. With more than 30 inspiring classes of different yoga styles for all that love yoga; beginners through advanced, can immerse themselves in the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of this powerful practice, The Yoga Loft is also providing an in-depth Yoga Immersion Certificate Program, beginning June 13, designed for those that wish to deepen their personal practice in postures, anatomy and alignment, breathing and yoga philosophy. In addition to classes at the studio, several stand up paddleboard yoga workshops are scheduled for the summer. Students will learn the basics of paddling, placement of the body on the paddleboard and water safety. The group we will paddle out to the yoga class location, drop anchor and practice variations on favorite yoga poses including sun salutations, warrior 1 and 2, side planks, seated postures and twisting poses, ending the class with a glorious version of savasana. Location: 521 East 4th St. For more information, call 610-8679642 or visit See ad, page 25. natural awakenings

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Program Teaches Medical Reflexology


he International Academy of Medical Reflexology (IAMR) is offering a medical reflexology training program beginning Monday July 7 to be held at The Spa at McCann at 2200 North Irving Street in Allentown. Graduates from the program include nurses, chiropractors and acupuncturists who receive a diploma recognized by the State of Pennsylvania. Medical Reflexology is an integrative health science through which an exercise pressure is applied to reflex areas encouraging improved instruction to each gland, organ and part of the body, thus persuading the body to biologically correct, strengthen and reinforce itself to reach balance and normalization. “Since 1997, we are the only licensed program in medical reflexology in the United States as a post-secondary school and we are licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools,” says founder and director, Professor Lorraina J. Telepo, MRP. “The informational sessions at the McCann School of Business allow prospective students to learn more about our programs.” The IAMR Reflexology Clinic in Allentown also offers medical reflexology treatments by appointment. For more information on the clinic or upcoming training programs, call 267-4244549 or visit IAMR practices under the classification: Instructional Program Career Code (CIP) 51.9999 – Health Professions and Related Sciences, Other. See ad, page 9.


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Yummy Berries Cut Heart Attack Risk by a Third


ating three or more servings of blueberries and strawberries a week may help women reduce their risk of a heart attack, according to research from the University of East Anglia, in collaboration with the Harvard School of Public Health. The berries contain high levels of powerful flavonoids called anthocyanins, which may help dilate arteries, counter buildup of plaque and provide other cardiovascular benefits. Published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, the study involved 93,600 women ages 25 to 42 that completed questionnaires about their diet every four years for over 16 years. Those that ate the most berries had a 32 percent reduction in heart attack risk compared with those that ate them once a month or less, even if they ate a diet rich in other fruits and vegetables. “This is the first study to look at the impact of diet in younger and middle-aged women,” remarks the study’s lead author, Aedín Cassidy, Ph.D., head of the university’s nutrition department. “Even at an early age, eating more of these fruits may reduce risk of a heart attack later in life.”

Tapping Acupressure Points Heals Trauma in Vets


motional Freedom Techniques (EFT) may be an effective treatment for veterans that have been diagnosed with clinical posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a study published in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. EFT involves tapping on acupressure points while focusing on traumatic memories or painful emotions in order to release them. As part of the Veterans’ Stress Project, an anonymous clinical study comprising more than 2,000 participants, 59 veterans with PTSD were randomly assigned to either receive strictly standard care or also experience six, hour-long, EFT sessions. The psychological distress and PTSD symptoms showed significant reductions among veterans receiving the EFT sessions, with 90 percent matriculating out of the criteria for clinical PTSD. At a six-month follow-up, 80 percent of those participants still had symptoms below the clinical level for PTSD. According to Deb Tribbey, national coordinator for the Veterans’ Stress Project, PTSD symptoms that can be resolved with the combined therapy include insomnia, anger, grief, hyper-vigilance and pain. For more information, visit or


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Saw Palmetto Combos Combat Enlarged Prostate


hree studies published in 2013 support the effectiveness of saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) extract for the treatment of prostate inflammation and other symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), commonly called enlarged prostate. In addition, both lycopene, a dietary carotenoid with strong antioxidant value, and selenium, an essential trace element that promotes an optimal antioxidant/ oxidant balance, have been shown to exert beneficial effects in BPH. Researchers from Italy’s University of Catania studied 168 patients with prostate enlargement among nine urological medical clinics. Those taking a combination of saw palmetto, selenium and lycopene experienced greater reductions of inflammation markers and reduced risk of prostate cancer after three and six months of treatment. In an Australian study from the University of Queensland’s School of Medicine of patients with BPH, 32 men took an encapsulated formula containing saw palmetto, lycopene and other plant extracts, while 25 men were given a placebo. After three months of treatment, men receiving the herbal formulation experienced a 36 percent reduction in related symptoms, while the placebo group showed an 8 percent reduction. The herbal supplement group also showed a 15 percent reduction in daytime urination frequency and an almost 40 percent reduction in nighttime urination frequency. The long-term effectiveness of saw palmetto supplementation was reinforced in a Russian study of 38 patients with early prostate enlargement. After 10 years of receiving 320 milligrams of saw palmetto extract per day, researchers found no progression of the condition among the patients.

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Mindfulness Meditation Reduces the Urge to Light Up


indfulness meditation training may help people overcome addiction by activating the brain centers involved in self-control and addictive tendencies, suggests research from the psychology departments of Texas Tech University and the University of Oregon. Scientists led by Yi-Yuan Tang, Ph.D., studied 61 volunteers, including 27 smokers, randomly divided into groups that either received mindfulness meditation training or relaxation training. Two weeks later, after five hours of training, smoking among those in the meditative group decreased by 60 percent, while no significant reduction occurred in the relaxation group. Brain imaging scans determined that the mindfulness meditation training produced increased activity in the anterior cingulate and the prefrontal cortex; regions associated with self-control. Past research led by Tang showed that smokers and those with other addictions exhibited less activity in these areas than those free of addictions. The current study previously determined that myelin and brain cell matter in these two brain regions increases through mindfulness meditation.

Beets Beat Down Blood Pressure


wo small studies have linked beets with lower blood pressure. A study from the University of Reading, in England, served beet-fortified bread or bread without beets to 23 healthy men. Those that ate the fortified bread experienced reduced diastolic blood pressure and less artery stiffness during the six hours afterwards. Australia’s Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute studied 15 women and 15 men, divided randomly into groups that consumed either 500 grams of a placebo juice or beets with apple juice. During the 24 hours after consumption, the researchers noted a statistically significant reduction in systolic blood pressure of four to five points among the men drinking the beet juice.


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Harvard Medical School study found that how well women age in their 70s is linked to the way they ate earlier in life. Researchers started with 10,670 healthy women in their late 50s and followed them for 15 years. Published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the results saw fewer chronic diseases among women that followed diets heavy in plant-based foods during midlife; these women were also 34 percent more likely to live past 70. Those that ate most similarly to the Mediterranean diet had even better outcomes—a 46 percent greater likelihood of living past 70 without chronic diseases. Eleven percent of the subjects qualified as healthy agers, which researchers defined as having no major chronic diseases, physical impairments, mental health problems or trouble with thinking and memory. According to lead author Cecilia Samieri, Ph.D., midlife exposures are thought to be a particularly relevant period because most health conditions develop slowly over many years.

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Involved Dads Make for Smarter, Happier Kids It’s well known that involving fathers from the start in children’s lives has a significant positive impact on their development, including the greater economic security of having more than one parent. Yet, there’s more to the “father effect”. Numerous studies have found that children growing up in a household with a father present show superior outcomes in intelligence tests, particularly in nonverbal, or spatial, reasoning that’s integral in mathematics, science and engineering. The IQ advantage is attributed to the way that fathers interact with their children, with an emphasis on the manipulation of objects like blocks, roughhousing and outdoor activities, rather than language-based activities. A study of Chinese parents found that it was a father’s warmth toward his child that was the ultimate factor in predicting the child’s future academic success. A recent Canadian study from Concordia University provides new insights into a father’s impact on a daughter’s emotional development, as well. Lead researcher Erin Peugnot concluded, “Girls whose fathers lived with them when they were in middle childhood (ages 6 to 10) demonstrated less sadness, worry and shyness as preteens (ages 9 to 13) compared with girls whose fathers did not live with them,” he says. Source:

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Lawn Upload Grass Releases Surprising Amounts of CO2 Which emits more of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide: a cornfield or a residential lawn? According to researchers at Elizabethtown College, in Pennsylvania, it’s the grass. David Bowne, an assistant professor of biology, published the study results in the Soil Science Society of America Journal. After measuring carbon dioxide released from each setting, the scientists found that urban areas deemed heat islands may have a smaller overall impact than previously thought, compared with suburban developments. Previously, the heat island effect has been perceived as a phenomenon that occurs only in cities, where the mass of paved roads, dark roofs and buildings absorb and concentrate heat, making cities much warmer during hot days than other areas. Both carbon dioxide releases and soil temperature were measurably higher in residential lawns than in croplands and higher temperatures are directly associated with carbon dioxide efflux. Bowne says, “As you increase temperature, you increase biological activity—be it microbial, plant, fungal or animal.” Increased activity leads to more respiration and increased carbon dioxide emissions. Source:

Imperiled Parks Laws Permit Oil and Gas Drilling in Iconic Public Lands News that the U.S. Department of the Interior will allow drilling for oil and gas in a proposed wilderness area in southern Utah’s Desolation Canyon puts a spotlight on the practice. A report by the Center for American Progress reveals that 42 national parks are at risk, including 12 where oil and gas drilling is currently underway and 30 where it could be in the near future. Among the threatened wild places are iconic American national parklands, including Grand Teton, in Wyoming, Mesa Verde, Great Sand Dunes and Dinosaur National Monument, in Colorado, Santa Monica Mountains, in California, Glen Canyon, in Arizona, Carlsbad Caverns and Chaco Canyon, in New Mexico, Everglades and Gulf Islands, in Florida, Arches and Canyonlands, in Utah, and Glacier, in Montana. The reality is that all public lands, including national parks and wildlife refuges, are potentially open to oil and gas leasing unless they are designated as “wilderness”, the highest form of land protection designated by the government. Source: The Wilderness Society (

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not chromium sulfate. Carbon monoxide seeping in from engine combustion can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea and fatigue and even trigger asthma. The potential exists “if there’s a leak in the system between the engine and the rear of the vehicle and there’s even a small hole in the body structure,” advises Tony Molla, a vice president with the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. “Have the exhaust system inspected by a certified technician to make sure everything is secure and not rusted or leaking.” Also have the cabin air filter checked. Part of the ventilation system,

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JOURNEY TO MATURITY Setbacks Make Boys Into Men by Nick Clements


e all know hard-charging young men that have their foot planted firmly on the accelerator. They claim that easing off would damage their career and be an admission of failure. They are wrong. Those enjoying early successes can grow up overstressed by trying to stay on the fast track at any cost. These alpha boys are doing what they think others want them to do. In many cases, they are influenced by subtle and overt pressures from parents, peers and celebrity lifestyles, as well as advertising and video games. As a consequence, these men, obsessed with superficial goals, are emotionally stunted, controlling and unable to form long-term relation-


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ships. The good news is that if they can recognize these symptoms and want to change, they may be ready to mature into an alpha wolf, a whole different kind of man. An essential catalyst for this change usually comes from experiencing personal wounding: being overlooked for a promotion, feeling redundant, losing a friend or status or perhaps sacrificing a former identity to parenthood. Ultimately, the true test is how he faces such failure and deals with his emotions without labeling himself as weak. The hallmark of mature manhood is how a guy acknowledges his diminishment, not how he manages success. When he stops hiding from

himself, signs of his emerging as a mature hero, an alpha wolf, will appear. He’ll recognize that he makes mistakes, absorb and acknowledge his vulnerability, admit he doesn’t know all the answers and become comfortable with this loss of control. These are the lessons a man must learn to become a more realistic, whole and three-dimensional individual. How he reacts to setbacks and takes responsibility for his actions molds character and helps him take his rightful place in society, rather than a false position. Instead of being obsessed by competing for things and one-upmanship in the material world like an alpha boy, the alpha wolf grows up by adding strong spirituality and compassion to his life skills. He sees the bigger picture, and by viewing people as friends rather than rivals, is better able to forge mature, loving relationships and be a better father. Our sons need to be exposed to emotionally intelligent role models and discussions of attendant values and traits. It’s not a simple or easy path, but it’s an essential process for boys and men that benefits them and everyone in their lives. Nick Clements is an inspirational speaker, workshop leader and author of a trilogy of books on male spirituality and rites of passage, including his recent novel, The Alpha Wolf, A Tale About the Modern Male. He also blogs on masculinity at Learn more at

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Unleashing Unlimited Potential with Panache Desai by April Thompson


orn into an East Indian family in London, England, Panache Desai grew up steeped in spiritual practices like meditation. Though recognized by spiritual teachers as possessing a special gift, Desai rejected his spiritual foundation as a teenager, trading it for the excitement of London’s rave music scene of the 1990s before

moving to America. It wasn’t until he was 22 and living in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Venice Beach that the pain of the way he had rejected his true inner nature reached a crescendo. In opening himself up to the possibility of the divine, Desai underwent a spiritual awakening that has led him to dedicate his life to helping others make their own journey



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from self-rejection to contentment. Unaffiliated with any one religious or spiritual tradition, Desai works with simple, yet powerful principles of energy to help free people from self-imposed limitations and unlock their potential. His first book, Discovering Your Soul Signature: A 33-Day Path to Purpose, Passion & Joy, just released, is a departure from his earlier focus on creating meditation CDs and other audio recordings.

What was the key turning point in embracing your life’s calling? Every time I would visit a spiritual teacher as a kid, they would say, “We’ve been waiting for you.” But I just wanted to be normal and was also skeptical; not every well-intentioned person is necessarily leading you home. I reached a turning point when I knew something had to change. I told myself that if this thing called God really exists and if I’m here to be a messenger, I have to experience it personally. In that moment, I began to undergo a transformation that culminated in a direct experience of the divine; an infinite ocean of energy vibrating with unconditional love. I felt part of what every spiritual teacher has been telling the world for thousands of years: that the true nature of reality is love, a love that expresses itself through all life forms. That experience allowed me to accept my role of helping others see and achieve their potential.

How does the universal energy you speak of affect us and how can we shift our dance with it? We are vibrational beings inhabiting a vibrational universe. Yogis and mystics from traditions throughout time have known this. The subtlest form of vibration is the soul, which is overlaid by the emotional, with the physical as the outermost layer of energy. Because the emotional layer can accumulate a density that enshrouds our soul’s light and potential, it’s impor-

tant to address it. Energy is like water—it wants to flow and can shift states at any moment. Judging or rejecting any aspect of our genuine identity disrupts that flow of energy. For example, if instead of being available to feel your anger when it arises you repress or deny it, that accumulating emotion acquires density and over time, becomes rage. But if you can learn to slow down and lean into the emotion, the anger can wash through and out of you and energy again flows freely. By allowing ourselves to acknowledge, experience and release these emotions without judgment, we are clearing the obstacles to our authentic self, what I term one’s “soul signature”.

How is discovering our soul signature related to finding our calling?

The soul signature is our purest potential expressed. You can have a calling to be a writer, but unless you are connected to who you are at the deepest level, your writing won’t have the same impact. Accessing our soul signature is a process. We didn’t end up where we are overnight, and it can take time to get back to that place where we can express our truest selves by working with the techniques of energy transformation described in my book.

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Way of Burial, was published. He traveled the country speaking to college students, church congregations, hospice workers, home funeral providers and more about green burial and funeral issues—and continues to do so today. Harris garnered the attention of a local cemetery, Fountain Hill, which asked for his help in planning a natural burial ground within the boundaries of its property. He volunteered his time and helped put together a coalition of people to help plan the green cemetery, to be located on what was then a quarter-acre mowed green field. With the help of landscape designers, architects and others, all of whom also donated their time, they plotted, planned and turned the plain, grassy field into a beautiful meadow of wildflowers and grasses native to Pennsylvania. In 2012, Green Meadow at Fountain Hill Cemetery—the Lehigh Valley’s first and only green cemetery—was officially launched. Here, the deceased return to the earth in vault-free graves, laid to rest in caskets made from a range of biodegradable materials, like wicker, pine, sea grass and even cardboard. Bodies are not embalmed and graves are marked with rustic fieldstone that is collected from the region and laid flush to the ground. “In a traditional cemetery, measures are taken to preserve the body and prevent decay,” notes Harris. “Bodies are chemically embalmed and laid to rest inside a metal casket that’s lowered into a concrete vault. But, those methods only offer temporary preservation; the body will still decay. At Green Meadow, we embrace the natural cycle of life. We allow bodies to decay and became a part of the soil, to push up vegetation, and rejoin the natural cycle of life that turns to support all those we leave behind.” The cost of a green burial can vary, depending on what a family chooses, but it doesn’t have to be expensive. For example, loved ones may provide a coffin (made of biodegradable materials), have a home funeral and do the trans-

port themselves (with proper paperwork). But, the real benefit is upon death, realizing you may get back to earth, renew the soil, create oxygen and preserve a bit of land for those you leave behind. If that’s not enough, Harris has done plenty of research to determine the environmental impact of a modern funeral, and his findings are astounding. He explains, “The modern burial uses a vast amount of resources and leaves a trail of environmental damage in its wake. A typical 10-acre swatch of cemetery ground, for example, contains enough coffin wood to construct more than 40 homes, nearly 1,000 tons of casket steel and another 20,000 tons of vault concrete.

Add to that a volume of toxic formalin nearly sufficient to fill a small backyard swimming pool.” Harris continues to promote the cemetery locally, give talks and help maintain the site. He even has two plots of his own. “I look at Green Meadow, and natural burial, as a way to leave something behind. I like the thought of my daughters one day sitting in the meadow, not just thinking about their father but communing with nature. For me, that’s a powerful legacy.” Green Meadow is located at 1121 Graham St, Fountain Hill. For more information, call 610-868-4840 or visit See ad, page 15.

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How Telling Our Truths Can Set Us Free by Judith Fertig


fter his deployment in Iraq, U.S. Marine Captain Tyler Boudreau returned home in 2004 with post-traumatic stress syndrome and an emotional war wound that experts now call a “moral injury”. He could only sleep for an hour or two at night. He refused to take showers or leave the house for long periods of time. He and his wife divorced. “My body was home, but my head was still there [in Iraq],” he recounts. At first, Boudreau tried to make sense of his conflicted feelings by writing fiction. Then he wrote a detailed, nonfiction analysis of his deployment, but that didn’t help, either. In 2009 he

wrote a memoir, Packing Inferno: The Unmaking of a Marine, that came closer to conveying his personal truth. “I needed to get back into the story,” he says, so he could pull his life back together in Northampton, Massachusetts. Like Boudreau, we all have stories—ongoing and ever-changing—that we tell ourselves to make sense of our lives. They can help us heal and powerfully guide us through life, or just as powerfully, hold us back. In 1949, Sarah Lawrence College Professor Joseph Campbell published The Hero with a Thousand Faces, in which he outlined a master monomyth. It involves leaving everyday life and

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How does telling our truth help heal our body? Professor James Pennebaker, Ph.D., chair of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, is a pioneer in the mind-body benefits of story, which he explores in Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotions. In the late 1980s, while consulting for the Texas prison system, Pennebaker discovered that when suspects lied while taking polygraph tests, their heart rate rose, but when they confessed the truth, they relaxed. “Our cells know the truth,” writes microbiologist Sondra Barrett, Ph.D., who also blogs at, in Secrets of Your Cells, “Our physiology responds to what we’re thinking, including what we don’t want people to know.” When we are afraid to tell a story and keep it in, “Our cells broadcast a signal of danger,” she explains. “Molecules of adrenalin, along with stress hormones, connect with receptors on heart, muscle and lung cells—and in the case of long-term sustained stress, immune cells.” We experience increased heart rate, tense muscles, shortness of breath and lower immunity when we’re stressed. She notes, “When we release the stories and feelings that torment us, our cells respond with great relief and once again become havens of safety.” We need to tell our stories even in facing life-threatening illness, and

maybe because of it. Dr. Shayna Watson, an oncologist at the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario, in Canada, encourages physicians to listen to patients. “In the name of efficiency,” she reports in an article in Canadian Family Physician, “it’s easy to block out patients’ stories and deal only with the ‘facts’, to see the chat, the time and the stories as luxuries for when there is a cancellation. The study of narrative tells us, however, that in these easily neglected moments we might find more than we expect; there can be understanding, relationship building and healing—the elements of our common humanity.” A current problem is but a dot on the entire timeline of a person’s existence. By keeping their larger story in mind, patients can find a wider perspective, with the strength and resolve to heal, while the physician can see the patient as a person, rather than a diagnosis.  

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“You have to celebrate the person who is still with you,” Shouse says, noting we may discover a different, but still interesting, person that communicates in ways other than talking. She recommends employing a technique she calls The Hero Project, which she developed with her partner, Ron Zoglin. It uses words, photos and craft supplies in what Shouse terms “word-scrapping” to generate and tell a new story that helps keep the personal connection we have with our loved one and make visits more positive. She shares more supportive insights at Sharing an old story may also provide a rare link to the past for a person with dementia. “Savor and write down the stories you’re told, even if you hear certain ones many times,” Shouse counsels. “By writing down the most often-repeated stories, you create a legacy to share with family, friends and other caregivers.”

Power of the Wrong Story

Our thoughts are a shorthand version of a longer life story, says author Byron Katie, a self-help specialist from Ojai, California, who addresses reader stories via blog posts at Sometimes we tell ourselves the wrong story, one that keeps us from realizing our full potential, while making us miserable at the same time. Examples might include “I will always be overweight,” “My partner doesn’t love me” or “I’m stuck here.” Katie’s book, Who Would You Be Without Your Story? explores how we often take what happens in our lives, create a story with negative overtones, believe that version of the story


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and make ourselves unhappy. “The cause of suffering is the thought that we’re believing it,” she says. By questioning our stories, turning them around and crafting new and more truthful ones, we can change our lives.

Power to Heal the Community

Humorist, speaker, and professional storyteller Kim Weitkamp, of Christiansburg, Virginia, knows that the power of story creates wider ripples. She sees it happen every time she performs at festivals and events around the country. “It is naturally in our DNA to communicate in story form,” she advises. “The power of story causes great revelation and change in those that listen.” She cites supporting studies conducted by psychologists Marshall Duke, Ph.D., and Robyn Fivush, Ph.D., at the Emory Center for Myth and Ritual in American Life, in Atlanta, Georgia. “They found that children—at ages 4, 14, 44 or 104, because we’re all children at heart—are more resilient and happy and rebound faster from stress when they know their family stories. They know they’re part of something that’s bigger than themselves that people in their family have kept going,” says Weitkamp. “When people leave a storytelling event, they leave telling stories,” she says with a smile, “and that results in happier and healthier families and communities.” Judith Fertig tells stories about food at from Overland Park, KS.

Honing Your True Story Write the Truth

James Pennebaker and fellow researchers at the University of Texas at Austin found that a simple writing exercise can help free people from emotional burdens, as first reported in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. Here’s how to apply it: Every morning for four consecutive days, write down feelings about what is bothersome: Something you are thinking or worrying about too much. Something you feel is affecting your life in an unhealthy way.

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The idea is to write about the emotions that surround this thing you’re reluctant to admit or speak about. Pennebaker says it’s not necessary to reread what’s written or tell anyone about it. The simple act of writing down emotions surrounding a story begins the process of releasing it and relaxing.

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Story Slams

The Moth organization features true stories told live by people of all ages on The Moth Radio Hour, the Internet and at group story “slams” around the world. At, would-be storytellers find tips on how to craft their tales for a listening audience at live story slams around the world, as well as via web-

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Now write down honest answers, which might be something like: “I’m not really stuck, I just think I am. Deep down, I know I have the power to move forward, but am unsure about the direction or way to go about it, so I feel anxious. Without the thought of ‘I’m stuck,’ I would feel freer to find a solution.” Then, turn those thoughts around, for example, to, “Really, when I think about it, I feel much freer than when I deny or gloss over my erroneous thought.” When we turn around a specific limiting thought, we can experience the power of letting go of not only a misguided, but ultimately untrue internal story. natural awakenings

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Musician with a Cause Jack Johnson Plans Shows with the Planet in Mind by Meredith Montgomery


inger-songwriter Jack Johnson’s touring concerts have almost always doubled as fundraisers for local environmental nonprofits. “Early on, we recognized that we could not only fill a room, but also raise funds and awareness for nonprofit groups we believe in,” says Johnson. Then, as he started playing larger venues, “I realized the power of touring to connect our fans with local nonprofits in every town we played.” Johnson and his wife, Kim, also founded two environmentally focused charitable foundations, and during the past five years, all of his tour proceeds have been donated to them, in turn going to hundreds of environmental education nonprofits worldwide. The enabling commercial success began in 2001 when his debut album successfully established this Oahu, Hawaiian’s trademark mellow surf-rocker style. Since then, he’s released five more studio albums, including the most recent, From Here to Now to You. “While I have so much gratitude for the support our music receives, for me, music has always been a hobby, a side thing. It grew into a way to work in the nonprofit world. Being engaged in environmental education almost feels like my real job, and the music’s something we’re lucky enough to provide to fund related causes,” says Johnson. As the size of his audiences grows, so does the size of his potential environmental footprint. On the road, Johnson’s team


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works with the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance to fuel all tour trucks, buses and generators. Comprehensive conservation efforts including refillable water bottle stations, plus organic cotton T-shirts and reusable or biodegradable food service ware are standard at his shows. “We try to be environmentally conscious every step of the way,” says Johnson. “Our record cases and posters use recycled paper and eco-friendly inks. We record albums in my solar-powered studio. It’s an ongoing learning process and conversation as we find even better ways to do things.” Johnson’s team often requests increased recycling efforts and use of energy-efficient light bulbs at venues, advancing long-term eco-changes everywhere they perform. He explains, “Our thinking is that once they change the light bulbs for us, they’re not going to go back to the old light bulbs after we leave. Many venue managers tell us they have stuck with the improvements because they realize that they’re easy to do.” Marine pollution and single-use plastics are issues high on the musician’s environmental list, but the topic he’s most passionate about is food. In his home state of Hawaii, 90 percent of food is imported. “The idea of supporting your local food system is a big deal in our family and we take that point of view on the road because it’s a vital issue anywhere you go,” he says. At each tour stop, all of the band’s food is sourced within a specific radius. Johnson also works with radio stations to promote regional farming, helping to build community and fan awareness of the benefits of supporting local farms. At home, Johnson has solar panels on the roof and drives an electric car. The entire family, including three children, participates in recycling, worm composting and gardening. “It’s fun to take what we learn at home on the road and bring good things we learn on the road home,” he says. The Swiss Family Robinson is one of the family’s favorite books. “We love figuring out ways to apply ideas,” he remarks. “For our first water catchment system, we got 50-gallon drums previously used for oil and vinegar from a bread bakery and attached spigots. The kids were so excited to watch them fill the first time it rained.” Johnson finds that all of the facets of his life work together. For example, “Music is a social thing for me. I get to share it with people. Surfing is where I find a lot of balance; it’s a more private time. But I also come up with lyrics and musical ideas while I’m surfing.” Johnson’s approach to inspiring all generations to be conscious of the environment is to focus on the fun, because it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the big picture. Understanding that his own kids are among the future stewards of planet Earth, he works diligently to instill values of creativity and free thinking. Johnson reflects, “When I look at things that are in the world now that we would have never dreamed possible when we were growing up, I recognize how much can change in one generation. Looking for answers that aren’t there yet—things nobody’s thought of—that’s what’s going to solve problems.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Mobile/Baldwin, AL (

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Qigong Steps Up Vitality and Serenity by Meredith Montgomery i” (pronounced chee) refers qigong is less on its physical mechanto the life force or vital ics and more on understanding how energy present in all things the vital force moves through the body throughout the universe while “gong” and can be used to enhance health means dedicated effort or steady and longevity. practice of a skill. Qigong is the art Inside the body, there’s an inteof working intensely with this energy, grated network of subtle energy centers cultivating life force. that international Qigong Master Acupuncture physician and Robert Peng believes are connected to qigong instructor Walter Hayley, in the capacity for genuine happiness. The Bonita Springs, Florida, became pasgoal is to awaken and pack these censionate about qigong while working as ters with qi. “By repeating slow, gentle a stockbroker in need of stress relief. movements over and over, you can He compares qigong’s movement of develop the body’s capacity to draw qi energy in the body to water running from the universe. It can be stored in through a hose: “Qi is concentrated in these centers and later channeled back channels throughout the body. Think of through the body to empower your the qi as water and those channels as daily activities,” explains Peng, author a garden hose branching out to every of The Master Key: The Qigong Secret aspect of the individual. Stress, whether for Vitality, Love, and Wisdom. physical or emotional, can kink the He focuses on three of the body’s hose. Qigong helps get the kinks out,” big energy portals: the “third eye”, he explains. “It relaxes the body, letting located between the eyebrows; the energy flow more efficiently, allowing “heart center”, at the center of the the body to heal itself.” chest on the sternum and the “sea of Qigong styles vary, but Hayley qi”, just below the navel. The idea is remarks that most involve slow movethat when energy is accessed in these ment, focused awareness and special three centers, specific spiritual qualibreathing techniques. Many describe ties are accessed: wisdom, love and the practice as a moving meditation. vitality (respectively). Harmonizing all Qigong teacher Judith Forsyth, three is ideal. in Mobile, Alabama, says, “It’s often Peng advises that when these esdescribed as the mother of tai chi. sential elements are woven together When the quiet, internal energy art of in balance, dynamic happiness is qigong mixed with the powerful exter- possible. “You begin to project more nal martial arts, it developed into tai wisdom, love, vitality, inspiration and chi.” She emphasizes that the focus of peacefulness. Conversations flow



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more smoothly. Your life becomes more productive, meaningful and serene,” he says. “Whatever the challenges encountered, you’ll be better equipped to deal with them, while remaining inwardly content.” Forsyth was first guided to qigong when the prescribed rest, drugs, exercise and physical therapy following an accident left her with lingering neck and back problems. She recalls, “After eight weeks of practice, I experienced significant physical improvement, not only where I had considerable pain, but in my overall energy level, ability to sleep and the condition of my skin and hair. The peace and harmonizing meditation benefits of qigong were also affecting me positively in other ways. I became less worried, less of a perfectionist, less stressed out and began to experience more joyfulness.” While all styles benefit overall health, specific qigong exercises may be prescribed for specialized needs, from athletic conditioning to management of chronic conditions such as arthritis, hypertension or cancer. The gentle movements can be performed by almost anyone at any age and ability level, even those confined to a chair or bed. “Qigong speaks to the body and the body then addresses the condition,” Hayley remarks. The experts advise that qigong is best practiced every day, even if for just five minutes. “A group class offers a synergy that a home practice lacks, but the more important practice is at home,” observes Hayley. Some personal instruction is ideal so the practitioner receives feedback, but books and videos make qigong accessible to everyone, everywhere. Hayley reminds newbies, “Just be patient. If one form doesn’t suit you, remember there are thousands of different forms to try.” Peng’s advice to beginners is, “Be happy! Think of the exercise as lighthearted play and remember to smile as you move.” Meredith Montgomery is the publisher of Natural Awakenings Mobile/Baldwin, AL (


igong and Tai Chi are inextricably related with many explanations about the similarities, differences and lineages. According to the Mayo Clinic, Tai chi is a noncompetitive, self-paced system of gentle physical exercise and stretching. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion. An additional benefit of tai chi is cognitive function and dementia prevention. The learning and memorization of tai chi is a puzzle for the mind and the body, thus stimulating various parts of the brain. A tai chi practice can be gentle or more rigorous depending on the style or teacher. For quality instruction in the Lehigh Valley, we profile two established programs for the reader to find the style that is right for them.



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ing Zhao, owner of Authentic Eastern Health in Bethlehem, came to the United States from Mainland China in 1995 as part of a scholar exchange program with Northampton Community College. With over 42 years of teaching experience, she is a certified Tai Chi Master and has taught Tai Chi to thousands of students in her studio and in programs with universities, hospitals and other facilities around the Lehigh Valley. Not only is the movement taught, but students also learn the Chinese cultural background and the philosophy behind the movement. Ping’s classes include 18 steps levels 1 & 2, Tai Chi and Qigong Therapy, chair Tai Chi and many ancient routines such as 8 pieces brocade, yijinjing, push hands, 5 animals frolic and wild goose, which are done specifically to support body function such as circulation, organ health and respiratory health. Ping also offers a Certified Tai Chi Teacher Program, designed for those who want to gain a deeper understanding of Chinese culture, philosophy and medicine within the context of Tai Chi. She also offers instructional DVD’s for home practice.

t The Yoga Loft, of Bethlehem, Tai Chi classes with Hilary Smith are a combination of group and individual instruction. Perfecting and refining techniques is essential in the study of this art, and so in addition to group practice, students work at their own pace to achieve their personal best. Hilary emphasizes proper body alignment and precision in order to maximize the benefits of physical wellness, mental focus, and connection to spirit that are available through a regular Tai Chi practice. Adults who are interested in healthy aging will find these classes especially rewarding. Hilary has been studying Tai Chi since 1989, and teaching since 1994. There are both daytime and evening Tai Chi classes offered on a weekly basis, and Free Intro classes offered at select times throughout the year.  All are welcome to join our community of friendly and dedicated Tai Chi practitioners. Upcoming Free Intros (a pre-requisite to registering for classes) are: Thursday, June 19 and Tuesday, June 24 at 7:45 p.m., and Wednesday, June 25 at 10 a.m.

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turtle—at ease in your own shell.

~Bill Copeland

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A River Worth Keeping by Delaware Riverkeeper Network


he Delaware River flows free for 330 miles from New York State through Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware on its way to the Atlantic Ocean. The millions of people who cross it daily may be vaguely aware that George Washington made history when he crossed the river in December 1776, but few recognize its importance to their daily lives. Though the watershed drains only four-tenths of one percent of the total continental U.S. land area, 15 million people — about 5 percent of the nation’s population — rely on the Delaware River Basin for their drinking water. This includes the largest and fifth largest cities in the nation – New York and Philadelphia – that rely on the Delaware River. The Delaware River Basin is a place of contrasts. The clean, clear waters of the River’s upper and middle reaches and its cold tributary streams support a widely diverse landscape rich in fish and wildlife where residents enjoy a more rural way of life. It is also where the visually stunning Delaware Water Gap lies. Every year, millions of visitors take advantage of the wide range of recreational opportunities it offers. The lower end of the River and its Estuary host the world’s largest horseshoe crab population and an active commercial fishery, yet are marked by heavy industry and busy shipping traffic. The Delaware River Port Complex (including facilities in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware) is the largest freshwater port in the world and is the largest for steel and paper in North America.


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The Uplands

The Delaware River’s Uplands extend from the Catskill and Pocono mountains where it bubbles forth as cool mountain springs and trickling streams, to Hancock, NY where its East and West Branches meet to form the main stem, which flows down to the Delaware Water Gap. Throughout this stretch of river you can see the beauty of a vegetated riparian bank, many historical sites, and a diverse wildlife population. The landscape in the Delaware Uplands is surely a sight for sore eyes, there is a contrast of farmland and villages on the valley floor, with forested hills surrounding. The Delaware River Gorge, which extends from Matamoras, PA and continues for much of the corridor’s length, is located within the Uplands region. This remarkable feature has been identified by the Pennsylvania Geological Survey as an “outstanding scenic geological feature.” Recreational use of the Delaware is very popular in its upper reaches. The clean, fresh water and the surrounding woodlands provide for excellent recre-

ational fishing opportunities. Sightseeing, swimming, camping, hiking, biking, horseback riding, and canoeing are just a few of the many activities people enjoy. This relatively unpolluted portion of the Delaware River is a remarkable piece of nature but one in danger of being loved too much. Among the biggest threat is from those who want to see it each morning and evening -- those who build on its shores -- and those who want to live next to its cool, clean headwater streams. It is possible to love a river too much. If we destroy the River’s upper reaches, we destroy the River. Among the newest threats to the River are the potential for shale gas development as well as all of the pipelines, compressors and other infrastructure being constructed to support it. While the Delaware River is currently protected from gas wells, drilling and fracking as the result of a moratorium premised upon the Special Protection Waters designation secured by a legal petition and advocacy from the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, it is a protection that could be lifted with one vote by the Delaware River Basin Commission. And the moratorium does not protect us against the construction of pipelines, compressors and other gas drilling infrastructure already cutting its way across our river and region. So we must all be vigilant and vocal – fighting to keep the moratorium in place, to stop the pipelines and to advocate for an energy future based on increased efficiency and truly sustainable options such as solar. The Piedmont

The steep slopes of the Delaware watershed’s Uplands end abruptly at the

narrow opening of the Kittatiny Ridge with the 3,000-4,000 foot peaks of the Pocono and Catskill Mountains giving way to the gently rolling hills and sweeping valleys of the Piedmont. The difference between the two regions is dramatically illustrated as the River flows through the Delaware Water Gap. Similar geologic gaps occur in the Appalachian ridges as several Delaware tributaries enter the Piedmont. The Piedmont region’s southern border is defined by the fault-line that extends from Philadelphia north to Trenton. This fault also defines the end of the continental shelf, and its slight drop prohibits most tidal waters from extending any further upstream. There are three distinct regions in the Piedmont - Great Valley, Upland Piedmont, and Lowland Piedmont, with all three areas being characterized by dolomite and limestone bedrock. Quaint River towns in the Piedmont region like New Hope, PA, and Lambertville, NJ offer natural beauty and creative getaways from city life. As the Delaware runs through the region it not only widens and slows, but its flow is increased by the confluence of the Schuylkill and Lehigh Rivers, respectively the first and second largest tributaries in the watershed. The Estuary

Estuaries are areas partially surrounded by land where rivers meet the sea. They are characterized by varying degrees of salinity and complex water movements affected by ocean tides and river currents. They are also highly productive ecosystems with a range of habitats for many different species of plants and animals.¹ The Delaware Estuary stretches 134 miles from the Trenton falls to the

mouth of the Delaware Bay between Cape May, NJ and Cape Henlopen, DE. Approximately 8 million people live within the Delaware Estuary’s watershed, many depend on it for food and drinking water. Numerous species of plants and animals, such as oysters, crabs, diamondback terrapins, duck and humpback whales thrive on the Estuary’s highly productive ecosystem. The Delaware Estuary is also home to the world’s largest horseshoe crab population and its 1.1. million acres of wetlands provide critical habitat for 35% of the region’s threatened and endangered species, including the endangered ruseate tern and the threatened bald eagle and piping plover. As part of the Atlantic flyway, the Delaware Bay area is host to the second largest population of migrating shore birds in North America. Birds including Sanderlings, Sandpipers, Red Knots, Plovers and others arrive from South America to this area in late May and use it as resting and feeding grounds. The Economic Impact of the Delaware River A clean Delaware River reduces the cost of water treatment and increases property values for homes and businesses. The many economic values including income, jobs, tax revenues generated by the Delaware River is available on our website at River_Values_Report.pdf. By protecting and restoring our River we earn tremendous economic and ecological benefits while the quality of life for residents throughout the Delaware River watershed increases. The Threat to the Delaware River The Delaware River and its tributaries and watershed are under a constantly growing number of assaults. Individually each does damage, but cumulatively these impacts may be irreparable. Development projects that contribute to sprawl, the aggressive extraction of resources using toxic chemicals, floodplain, habitat and wetlands destruction, new and increased pollution discharges to the River and tributaries, proposals to fill sections of

the River, Bay or tributaries for development projects, over-harvesting of species, blasting, dredging, damming, dumping, catastrophic events and spills and more, all combine to harm our watershed and the communities, both human and non-human, that rely upon it. The Delaware Riverkeeper Network Rivers cannot defend themselves, but the Delaware River does have a voice through its spokesperson the Delaware Riverkeeper , a woman named Maya van Rossum,her organization theNetwork. The Delaware Riverkeeper Network champions the rights of our communities to a Delaware River and tributary streams that are free-flowing, clean, healthy and abundant with a diversity of life. The Delaware Riverkeeper Network is unique in that it is founded upon the expectation of personal and community responsibility for river protection, as personified by Maya van Rossum, Delaware Riverkeeper, who also serves as leader for the organization. The Delaware Riverkeeper Network is a vigilant and vocal advocacy organization that has been working throughout the Watershed for 25 years and is powerfully positioned to identify and address the challenges that face our River and communities. From the Highlands to the Delaware Bay, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network gives voice, strength and protection to the communities and waterways of the Delaware River. Through independent advocacy, and the use of accurate facts, science and law, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network works to ensure the rich and healthy future that can only exist with a clean, healthy and free flowing river system. To learn more or become part of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, join online at or call 215-369-1188. Notes: ¹ - Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan for the Delaware Estuary Public Review Draft PA, Pg. 4, December 1994

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Stand Up Paddleboards Spell Family Fun by Lauressa Nelson


ost kids growing up in Chattanooga have crossed the Tennessee River via the Walnut Street pedestrian bridge; far fewer have been on the river beneath it,” remarks Mark Baldwin, owner of area paddle sports outfitter L2 Boards. Using


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stand up paddleboards (SUP), he loves guiding adults and children on their own up-close discoveries of the river’s cliffs, caves, fish, turtles and birds. Waterways are enchanting at any age, and SUP recreation naturally tends to inspire creative quests. Its

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physical and developmental benefits are a bonus. “The stand up paddleboard is the bicycle of the water. Because paddleboarding can be done at any age and fitness level, the whole family can enjoy it together,” says Kristin Thomas, a mother of three in Laguna Beach, California, SUP race champion and executive director of the Stand Up Paddle Industry Association. “Children are fascinated by the play of the water and the motion of the board. Parents can acclimate an infant to flat-water paddling by simply creating a well of towels onboard, with the baby snuggled between the feet, looking up at them,” advises Lili Colby, owner of MTI Adventurewear, near Boston, Massachusetts, which makes life jackets for paddle sports. She notes that U.S. Coast Guard law requires that children 30 pounds and under wear infant life jackets to provide special head and neck support that turns a baby’s face up with an open airway within three seconds of entering the water. It’s a good idea to first practice paddling short distances in shallow waters near the shore. Toddlers are more likely to lean overboard to play in the water, Colby cautions, so engaging in nature-inspired games along the way will help occupy them onboard. “Young children introduced to water sports in the context of positive

family interaction typically become eager to paddle on their own,” observes Tina Fetten, owner of Southern Tier Stand Up Paddle Corp., who leads a variety of SUP experiences throughout New York and northern Pennsylvania. “If they are strong swimmers, I bring them on a large board with me and teach them the skills for independent paddling.” Although SUP boards look like surfboards, stand up paddling is commonly taught on flat water, making it easier and more stable than surfing. Still, swimming competence and adult supervision are prerequisites to independent paddling according to paramedic Bob Pratt, co-founder of the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, which leads water safety classes in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. “Parents should outfit all children with a life jacket, Coast Guard-approved for their age and weight, as well as a leash, which attaches to their ankle and the board with Velcro straps,” Pratt says. “If children fall into the water, a tug of the leash enables them to quickly retrieve their largest floatation device, the board.” Experts agree that success is relatively easy, so children build confidence quickly. The sport can be adapted to suit individual needs and positions, including moving from standing to sitting or kneeling, says Fetten, who teaches adaptive SUP lessons in a community pool. As she sees firsthand, “All children, especially those with disabilities, benefit from the empowering feeling of attaining independent success.” “A water-based sport is the healthiest outlet children can have,” attests Wesley Stewart, founder of Urban Surf 4 Kids, a San Diego nonprofit that offers free SUP and surf clinics for foster children. “Being on the water requires kids to focus on what they’re doing and has the ability to clear their minds and give them freedom. It’s like meditation. Plus, SUP is a low-impact, cross-training cardio activity; it works every part of the body.” Beyond the basic benefits, SUP keeps children engaged by offering endless opportunities to explore the geographic and ecological diversity of different types of waterways. SUP activities and levels can grow along with children; teens can try yoga on water, competitive racing and the advanced challenges of surfing. Fitness is a bonus to the rewarding ability to propel one’s self through the water. SUP enthusiast Lauressa Nelson is a freelance writer in Orlando, FL, and a contributing editor for Natural Awakenings.

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Living Off the Land Low- and No-Cost Ways to Feed a Family by Avery Mack

Whether it’s membership in a food co-op, tending a backyard garden or balcony tomato plant or foraging in the woods for edibles, living off the land means cleaner, fresher and more nutritious food on the table.


o switch from running to the market to stepping into a home garden for fresh produce, it’s best to start small. Smart gardeners know it’s easy to be overwhelmed by a big plot so they plan ahead with like-minded friends to swap beans for tomatoes or zucchini for okra to add variety. If one household is more suited to freezing excess harvests while another cans or dehydrates, more trades are in the offing. Start kids by having them plant radishes, a crop that will give even the most impatient child quick results. “You can’t do everything yourself,” counsels Kathie Lapcevic, a farmer, freelance writer and teacher in Columbia Falls, Montana. “I have a huge garden, expanded now into about 7,000 square feet, that provides 65 percent of what our family eats,” she says. “On the other hand, I can’t imagine life without nut butter and found I can’t grow Brussels sprouts. A few trips to the store are inevitable.” Lapcevic plants non-GMO, heirloom varieties of seeds in her chemical-free garden. She adds a new variety or two each year and reminds


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peers that it takes a while to build good soil. Three years ago, she also added pollinator beehives on the property. Their honey reduces the amount of processed sugar the family uses. From Libby, Montana, Chaya Foedus blogs on her store website about kitchen self-sufficiency. “Foraging is a good way to give children a full sensory experience,” she remarks. “We turn a hike into a mission to find and learn about specific foods, where they come from and what to do with them.” To start, select one easily identifiable item for the kids to pick. “In Libby, that’s huckleberries,” says Foedus. “Similar to blueberries, they grow on a bush, so they’re easy to see and pick. Huckleberries don’t grow in captivity—it’s a completely foraged economy.” Michelle Boatright, a graphic designer and hunter of wild plants in Bristol, Tennessee, learned eco-friendly ways to forage from a game warden friend. Five years later, her bookcase holds 30 books on edible plants—she brings two with her on excursions. “When in doubt, leave a plant alone. It’s too easy to make a mistake,” she

advises. “Know how to harvest, too— take only about 10 percent of what’s there and leave the roots, so it can grow back. “For example, ramps, a wild leek, take seven years to cultivate,” says Boatright. “Overharvesting can wipe out years’ worth of growth. In Tennessee, it’s illegal to harvest ramps in state parks. Mushrooms are more apt to regrow, but leave the small ones.” As for meat, “I was raised to never shoot a gun, but to make my own bows and arrows,” recalls Bennett Rea, a writer and survivalist in Los Angeles, California. “Dad used Native American skills, tools and viewpoints when he hunted. Bow hunting kept our family from going hungry for a few lean years and was always done with reverence. It’s wise to take only what you need, use what you take and remember an animal gave its life to sustain yours.” Rea uses several methods for obtaining local foods. “Living here makes it easier due to the year-round growing season. For produce, I volunteer for a local CSA [community supported agriculture] collective. One hour of volunteering earns 11 pounds of free, sustainably farmed, organic produce— everything from kale to tangerines to cilantro. “Bartering is also an increasingly popular trend,” he notes. “I make my own hot sauce and trade it for highend foods and coffee from friends and neighbors. Several of us have now rented a plot in a community garden to grow more of our own vegetables. I only buy from stores the items I can’t trade for or make myself—usually oats, milk, cheese and olive oil.” Truly good food is thoughtfully, sustainably grown or harvested. It travels fewer miles; hasn’t been sprayed with toxins or been chemically fertilized; is fresh; ripens on the plant, not in a truck or the store; and doesn’t come from a factory farm. The old saying applies here: “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect via

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hristopher Nyerges, of Pasadena, California, author of Guide to Wild Food and Useful Plants and Foraging California, has spent 40 years teaching others to find free food safely as part of an ongoing curriculum ( He knows, “Wherever you live, common weeds and native plants can supplement food on the table.” He particularly likes to use acorns as a food extender, grinding them into a powder and mixing it 50/50 with flour to make bread and pancakes. For greens, he likes lamb’s quarters (Chenopodium album), a weed that crowds out native plants, but is easily found, nutritious and versatile. He uses the leaves like spinach and adds the seeds to soup or bread batter. He likens it to quinoa. Nyerges characterizes himself as a lazy gardener. “Forget having a tra-

ditional lawn. Grow food, not grass,” he says. “I like plants that take care of themselves and then of me.” Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) and New Zealand spinach (Tetragonia tetragonioides) are good edible ground covers. Purslane leaves add a lemonpepper crunch. “If the neighbors complain, plant some nasturtiums—they’re pretty and good to eat, too,” he notes. Varieties of cactus, like the prickly pear, are also edible; remove the thorns and cook the pads with tofu or eggs. “I’m all for using technology, but know how to get by without it, too,” Nyerges advises. “There’s no such thing as total self-sufficiency. What we can be is self-reliant and knowledgeable users. Begin by learning and applying one thing.” He’s found, “There aren’t directions to follow; the path to selfreliance is different for each person.”

Foraging 101 by Chaya Foedus 4 Start small. 4 Get permission before picking on private property. 4 Make sure no chemical fertilizers or pesticides were used. 4 It’s easy to mistake a poisonous lookalike for an edible plant. Learn to identify both before picking. 4 Skip the mushrooms at first—learn from an experienced mushroomer before going solo. 4 Always taste-test at home; the woods are not the place to cope with a surprise allergic reaction. 4 Make a day of it. Enjoy the outdoors, learn more about native plants and invite kindred spirits along on the hunt. Source: Adapted from natural awakenings

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COACH High-Tech Boosts Healthy Routines by Linda Sechrist


hen President John F. Kennedy said in 1961 that the U.S. should commit to sending a man to the moon and return him safely by the end of the decade, few suspected the bounty of technological spinoffs that such National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) space missions would yield. Today, many of NASA’s research advancements, as well as technologies developed outside the space program, are put to good use in everyday life. Of particular interest are products used in fitness workouts. ABI Research, a technology market intelligence company, revealed the growing popularity of consumer health and wellness technologies in its latest market projections for wearable, healthrelated devices. Estimates are that 80 million wearable monitoring devices, including heart monitors and biosensors that read body temperature and motion, will be sold by 2016. When Clint, a global market research firm, conducted its most recent Fitness and Technology Survey, its findings showed technology at work. Based on 745 online interviews with people in seven countries, 72 percent of exercisers embraced some type of technology, including smartphone apps, to support their fitness routines two or more times a week. In recent years, amateur and professional athletes have increasingly


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benefited from technological advances that help them chart, improve upon and customize their fitness routines. Tracking fitness progress and weight loss is now just clicks away with personal devices such as a Wi-Fi scale, which accurately measures weight, body fat percentage and body mass index. Online graphs chart the individual’s progress. While the typical setting for measuring blood pressure and heart rate used to be in a physician’s office, hospital or pharmacy, new digital wrist blood pressure and heart monitors now allow exercise enthusiasts to do it themselves, wherever they are, helping ensure they are not exceeding the safety parameters of their fitness programs. User-friendly digital pocket pedometers and wireless activity-during-sleep wristbands both work in conjunction with a downloaded app to allow self-monitoring. Exercisers can track steps; distances walked cycled or swum; calories burned; total active minutes; and how long and how well they sleep. In some U.S. fitness centers, members have an option of working with an automated, virtual, personal trainer. This almost-do-it-yourself approach to professionally guided fitness begins with a survey of an individual’s lifestyle and goals to create a personalized fitness regimen. Each time exercisers go to the center, they insert a key into a “smart trainer”, generating the day’s 30-minute

customized workout. The technology focuses primarily on helping clients manage weight and maintain muscle. Other technologies, such as medical-grade, pneumatic [air] compression boot systems, are facilitating athome recovery for hip and knee surgery patients and quicker muscle recovery for serious athletes. Air-filled chambers remain inflated as pressure cycles sequentially move from the foot up the leg. The cycles flush out waste and replenish blood supplies to the muscles. More complex bio-analyzing systems retrieve feedback from the body’s electromagnetic fields, the multiple energy meridians and the frequencies of the body’s cells and organs. “Such systems are largely used by chiropractors, naturopaths, physical therapists and acupuncturists,” says Loran Swensen, CEO of Innergy Development, which owns AO Scan, maker of the Magnetic Resonance Bio-Analyzer. For people that struggle with traditional workouts or physical limitations, whole-body vibration technology may be a solution. “When you stand on the oscillating platform, the body reacts to the vertical vibratory stimulus with an involuntary muscle contraction; depending on the speed, muscles can react up to 23 times per second,” advises Linda Craig, co-owner of Circulation Nation, in Greer, South Carolina. Similar platforms are becoming commonplace in chiropractic practices. Consumer applications of medical devices have led to the home use of additional sophisticated technologies like laser therapy. Successfully used for more than 30 years in Europe to treat trauma, inflammation, overuse injuries and cosmetic issues, as well as to provide pain relief and healing, some forms have recently been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. With 129,397,925 gym members worldwide according to a recent International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association report, it’s safe to predict that consumer demand ensures even more significant technological advances are in our near future. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings.


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EVENT DETAILS: Please register for all activities. 215-538-0976 Rumi Poetry, Guitar Concert: June 1: 4 pm Potluck, 5 pm Concert Rumi offers us an opportunity to deepen our capacity for welcoming our Inner Sun where we come to know our life journey. Michael London, guitarist. Lisa DeVuono, poet. $20 plus appetizer. Aging as a Spiritual Practice: June 7, 1 pm – 4 pm Find meaning that goes beyond the physical fact of aging. Aging is a unique life transition that draws on an understanding of what it means to be alive. Learn to cultivate wisdom, compassion and gratitude in the face of challenges. Discover a new role in relationship to self, others and community. Barbara Gordon, M.A., LMFT. $40. Drumming Circle: First Saturdays 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Experience the incredible power and freedom of group drumming with its variety of rhythms that bring us together as community. Val Hopkins, Certified Drum Circle Facilitator. $20. Awaken To Health, Dragon’s Gate Tai Chi Chuan: Mondays, 7 pm – 8:15 pm Connect to your body with Ancient Movement Practices for overall health! Tap into calm, clear energy. All levels. Lyn Hicks. $15. Yoga and Drumming May 24, 2 pm–4 pm Join Suzie Liggett and Val Hopkins for rhythmic, movementfilled fun: Where the drum circle meets the yoga mat. $20. Metaphysics of Spirituality: May 6, 6:30 pm– 8:30 pm Discover aspects of a hidden world that will change your life. Rev. Arlene Curley. $20. Meditation: 1st and 3rd Thurs, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm Facilitated meditation class: meditate with others on a regular basis. Barbara Gordon. $10 Drumming Circle: May 3, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Experience the incredible power of group drumming with its variety of rhythms that bring us together as community. Val Hopkins. $20 Awaken To Health, Dragon’s Gate Tai Chi Chuan: Mondays, 7 pm – 8:15 pm Connect to your body with Ancient Movement Practices for overall health. All levels. Lyn Hicks. $15. Men’s Group: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 6:30 pm–8 pm Who are we as men in today’s society? Purpose in life? This group offers a time together for men to openly discuss ideas and insights. Jim Curley, MEd, certified holistic coach. $10 Spiritual Empowerment Series: 2nd Thursdays, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Activate inner resources and create new levels of personal fulfillment. Explore techniques for spiritual and metaphysical transformation. Rev. Tina Frazier, spiritual mentor, hypnotherapist. $20 Highly Sensitive People Support Group: 4th Weds. 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Are you highly sensitive? Do you know someone who is? This group views the aspects of the HSP as strength rather than weakness or flaw. Learn tools to integrate the positive self-image that comes with embracing one’s sensitivity. Rev. Tina Frazier, spiritual mentor, hypnotherapist. $20. Reiki II: June 14, 10 am – 5 pm. 8 CEs available. At this level Reiki works more powerfully. Learn how to transmit this healing energy over distance and time, apply to ideas and situations, eliminate unwanted habits and enhancing talents. Receive $200. Rev. Arlene Curley Ph.D. Sacred Sweat, Chakra Dancing in the Shire: June 21, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm On this Summer Solstice, breathe and dance to activate your body. With music and movement, restore the rhythms of the heart. Bring water, a towel and trust in the appearance of lightning bugs as we overlook the gardens. Kristen Allis Urffer, M.Ed: Certified Sarpana Yoga Teacher. $15


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SUNDAY, JUNE 1 Yoga Prop Shop with Jessie Thompson - Yoga props also assist us in practicing safely and finding ways to grow and deepen our practice in a stable, supported way. In this class we will practice a variety of back bends, forward bends, twists and inversions and in each category we will try something new. 1-4:30pm.Yoga Loft of Bethlehem, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. Please call to reserve. 610-867-9642

this music in a rhythmic pattern releasing nervous tension. 3wk series 6/7, 6/14 & 6/21. 9:30-11am $15 drop in. or $35/3. No exp needed. ruLiving Institute, 525 Main St, Bethlehem. 610-691-5483


Tea & Play – Enjoy a cup of tea while your little one explores the beautiful natural world of a Waldorf classroom. Meet other parents, get to know our teachers and experience our early childhood program! Children from birth to age 4 are welcome. 10-11am. Call to register 610-982-5606, 1395 Bridgeton Hill Road, Upper Black Eddy.

Body Mythology: Moving into Oneness with Ria Swift- Our history is stored in our bodies and all of this can be accessed and released through creative processes of drawing, moving, writing, and breathing. 11am-3pm , $60, Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown, Unit #7. 484-515-8356. Reiki 1st Degree Traditional Usui Certification – Learn how to use in daily life--self-healing, others, business, pets. Includes intro to chakras, auras and how to affect physical, mental, emotional and spiritual layers. Includes attunement, manual, book and certificate. 10-4pm. $125. Info/registration call Andrea Brock at 610-428-0589, Bethlehem.



Effortless Meditation Intro to 10 hour course with Greg Schweitzer. Experience a calming revitalizing rest that melts away pressure and stress. Heart attack, stroke, memory loss, diabetes, weight, pain, anger – are all linked to stress. Here’s an antidote! 7:30-9:00 pm, $20, Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center, West Lehigh Valley, Register 610-395-3355.

FREE: Does Your Walk Cause Pain? Lecture & Demonstration – Betsy Wetzig, Movement Researcher. Make healthy walking a true wellness tool: prevent and reverse joint and muscle pain, increase strength, balance, and flexibility, enhance physical abilities and talents, and improve brain function. 5-6 pm, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610-395-3355


FRIDAY, JUNE 6 Free Intro to Yoga – Designed for anyone new to yoga and looking to increase flexibility and vitality. 6:30pm. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. Please call to reserve. 610-867-9642 Monthly Asana Intensive – With Jessie Thompson. This class is designed for intermediate to advanced students and yoga teachers, serving to introduce new levels of understanding of the postures and the practice of yoga. 4pm. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. Please call to reserve. 610-867-9642

SATURDAY, JUNE 7 Beyond Hoop Dance 101 – With Leigh OrnerCarnese. Take your hoop dance to the next level. Learn how to string all of those great tricks together to create your own unique flow. 1:15-2:45pm. Easton Yoga, 524 Northampton St, Easton. 610923-7522 Balanced Motherhood: Dream, Dare, Delight – Shonda Moralis. Want more energy, balance and calm in your life? Join us for a morning of guided meditation, connection & exploration into your unique formula for a well-lived life. 9 amnoon, $49, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 484.772.5395 Beyond Hoop Dance 101 – Effortless Meditation Intro to 10 hour course with Greg Schweitzer. Experience a calming revitalizing rest that melts away pressure and stress. Heart attack, stroke, memory loss, diabetes, weight, pain, anger – are all linked to stress. Here’s an antidote! 9–10:30 am, $20, Twin Ponds Center, West L.V., Register 610-395-3355. Stress Relief Series – Kundalini Yoga with Iris Kish. Completely relax and get out of that left lane. Explore our breath as the music in which brings us back into ourselves. The body will move to

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11 Puppet Show & Play – Our pre-school teachers invite you and your children to enjoy a magical puppet show and play time. Meet other parents, get to know our teachers and experience our early childhood program! Birth to age 6 welcome. 9-10am. Call to register 610-982-56060, River Valley Waldorf School, 1395 Bridgeton Hill Road, Upper Black Eddy. Healthy Networking Event – Meet other healthy business owners, freelance artists and network. $15 before on event night or $20 at the door. Anthony Ashley Hair Design, 1740 West Allen Street, Allentown. 610-434-0180.

THURSDAY, JUNE 12 Curvy Yoga – With Leigh Orner-Carnese. Curvy Yoga is a body positive yoga class for people of all shapes, sizes, abilities and age levels. Anyone can practice yoga, you just need the tips and techniques to create the practice for your actual body. 5-6:30pm. Easton Yoga, 524 Northampton St, Easton. 610923-7522 FREE: Does Your Walk Cause Pain? Lecture & Demonstration – Betsy Wetzig, Movement Researcher. Make healthy walking a true wellness tool: prevent and reverse joint and muscle pain, increase strength, balance, and flexibility, enhance physical abilities and talents, and improve brain function. 5-6 pm, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610-395-3355 Who Are Your Spirit Guides? – Learn many ways in which we are sent messages and guided. The role of our guides and Guardian Angels and their purpose. Experience a deep, guided journey to meet your main spirit guides or Angels and receive their messages for you. 6-8pm, $39. Call Andrea Brock at 610-428-0589, Bethlehem.

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savethedate CHAIR ALIGNMENT INTENSIVE SUNDAY, JULY 13 An excellent way to study our own asana practice and allow us to achieve more awareness and precision in our body for the pose. In this workshop we will focus on how a yoga chair can be used to align and refine all different types of poses, standing asanas, sitting asanas, forward extensions, twists, inversions and backbends. This workshop is not meant for new beginners. 1:00-4:30 pm. The Yoga Loft 521 E. 4th St., Bethlehem. 610.867.9642

savethedate A NATURAL HEALTH FORUM PROSTATE PROBLEMS TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 6PM Join us for a free, informal Question and Answer Forum with Dr. Michael Jude Loquasto ND, PHD, DC. Bring your health related questions and benefit from Dr. Mike’s 50 years of experience in Natural Health. Understand how chiropractic internal medicine, custom herbal formulations and non-invasive oral chelation can benefit you. All are welcome with RSVP. Held at A Natural Medicine Clinic, 2571 Baglyos Circle, Suite B-27, Bethlehem. Call 484-821-1460 for a reservation.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 14 Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga – With Melanie Smith. Imagine yourself moving through a heat building, core strengthening vinyasa flow yoga sequence while floating on the water with the warm sunshine and refreshing water below you. More sessions on 7/12 and 8/16. 2-5pm. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. Please call to reserve. 610.867.9642 Who Are Your Spirit Guides? – Learn many ways in which we are sent messages and guided. The role of our guides and Guardian Angels and their purpose. Experience a deep, guided journey to meet your main spirit guides or Angels and receive their messages for you. 11-1 pm, $39. Call Andrea Brock at 610-4280589, Bethlehem.

SUNDAY, JUNE 15 The Breathing Class – With Megan Ridge Morris. Designed to help you develop a deeper understanding and awareness of your breath. Each workshop will begin with a gentle physical poses followed by an exploration of different breathing techniques that help to release tension and stress. 4-6pm. The Yoga Loft 521 E. 4th St, Bethlehem. 610.867.9642

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18 Comprehensive Chakra Workshop – Learn what chakras are, areas of life affected and represented by each, signs of an unhealthy chakra, colors and aromatherapy to use for healing and strengthening each chakra, tones, tools and meditations to clear and heal your chakras and much more! 6-8 pm, $39. Call Andrea Brock at 610-428-0589, Bethlehem. Two Rivers Roller Derby Night at the Market – Bring your roller skates and skate around the circle! 4-9pm. More Info at Easton Farmers’ Market Centre Square, Easton. FREE: Help for Men’s Health – Dr. Tom Wachtmann, DC. Are you struggling with: erectile dysfunction, your cardiovascular system, blood pressure, memory, diabetes, IBS, weight, pain or stress? Join us for a very enlightening talk on how these concerns can be helped – naturally. Women welcome! 6:30-7:30 pm. Twin Ponds Center, West LV, 610-395-3355 FREE: Set Yourself on Fire: Emotional Resilience & Peak Performance – Meg Deak. Discover the role emotional intelligence plays in getting the best from yourself and others. Learn ways to increase your emotional awareness and resilience. 5:30-6:30 pm, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610.395.3355.

THURSDAY, JUNE 19 Effortless Meditation Intro to 10 hour course with Greg Schweitzer. Experience a calming revitalizing rest that melts away pressure and stress. Heart attack, stroke, memory loss, diabetes, weight, pain, anger – are all linked to stress. Here’s an antidote! 7:30 – 9:00 pm, $20, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610.395.3355. Summer Cookout & Grilling Class – Michelle Trent. Learn how to create a 100% plant-based summer cookout on your outdoor grill that is healthy and delicious. In this hands-on class we will prepare grilled vegetables and homemade veggie-bean burgers. Meal included. Rain date 6/26/14. 6:30-8:30 pm, $55, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610.395.3355.

FRIDAY, JUNE 20 Nutritional Live Blood Cell Analysis – A unique method of examining a small droplet of blood to reveal information on the general wellness and nutritional needs of the individual. Blood screenings along with a 20-30 minute consultation are performed by Gwen

Ward N.D. $60. Health Habits Natural Food Store on RT 873 in Schencksville Call 610-767-3100 to schedule Chakra 101 – The Heart Chakra, Let Your Love Light Shine with Alicia Wozniak. The “Heart” chakra leads the way in connecting the physical chakras to the spiritual chakras. Here we open our hearts to unconditional love, compassion, forgiveness; developing a deep, real connections with ourselves, others and the sacred. 6:30 – 8:30 PM at Easton Yoga, 524 Northampton St, Easton. 610-923-7522

SATURDAY, JUNE 21 Reiki Today Conference – Addresses a variety of topics of interest to Reiki practitioners, healthcare professionals, and those in the general community who are interested in expanding their knowledge about Reiki as a complementary modality that facilitates overall health and wellness. Includes two keynote speakers, panel discussion, and choice of one workshop, Reiki share, and lunch. Moravian Theological Seminary, Bethlehem. For complete details and to register, visit Yoga 101 – Introduction to Yoga for Beginners with Theresa Muth. We will be using traditional beginner’s level postures to build your body awareness and mobility in a supportive and caring setting. 11am-12pm. $40/8wks. Easton Yoga, 524 Northampton St, Easton. 610-923-7522 Inversions 101 – Headstand, Strength, Balance and Variations with Alicia Wozniak. Headstand is as much about balance & awareness as it is about strength. There are several expressions of headstand, some are easier than others. Learn proper modifications and alignment principles. 10-11:45am. Easton Yoga, 524 Pine St, Easton. 610-923-7522 Summer Solstice Sunrise – Yoga Class and Meditation Sadhana with Sarah Parker-Givens People have been celebrating this sacred day over a millennia with meditation, dance, prayers and reverence. Join us for this special outdoor yoga class to raise funds for the Shanthi Project. All levels welcome! 5:15-7am at Scott Park in Easton. Please call Easton Yoga for more information 610-923-7522 7 CEs Massage: Energetic Tissue Release Intro – Kathleen Sterner. Students learn to palpate body rhythm and work in tandem with the body’s inner healer. Learn through gentle touch to “listen” to the body and assess areas of tension and restriction while assisting to release the area. 7 CE’s, Public Welcome, $119, 9 am-5 pm, Twin Ponds Center. West LV, Register 610-395-3355 Effortless Meditation Intro to 10 hour course with Greg Schweitzer. Experience a calming revitalizing rest that melts away pressure and stress. Heart attack, stroke, memory loss, diabetes, weight, pain, anger – are all linked to stress. Here’s an antidote! 9–10:30 am, $20, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610.395.3355.

SUNDAY, JUNE 22 Summer Solstice Celebration – With Deanna Nagle. Honor the longest day of the year with a celebration of light. The start of our practice will be filled with energy and movement. We will look back at our own unique journey since the winter solstice and consider which intentions have taken root. 1-3:30pm. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. Please call to reserve. 610.867.9642 7 CEs: Side Lying Massage Techniques – Kathleen Sterner. Clients who are pregnant, elderly, injured, or post-surgical often times cannot lie on their stomachs for massage. Side-lying and other solutions for unusual challenges will be taught. 7 CE’s, Prereq: Massage Diploma, $119, 9 am-5pm, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610-395-3355

MONDAY, JUNE 23 Overcoming Lyme Disease – Free Lecture on factors that aggravate and ameliorate Lyme disease. Learn what you can do to lessen the effects of chronic Lyme disease from the Naturopathy, Oriental Medicine and Bau-biology point of view. 4-7pm. Lisa Baas, Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, 2358 Sunshine Rd, Allentown. Registration Required Call 610.841.9300


cellular level in early stages of some diseases. Call 856.596.5834 for appointment at Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center, West Lehigh Valley FREE Introduction to Tai Chi and Qigong – Come learn how these arts can energize your body and quiet your mind. 11am. Steel Fitness Premier, 250 Cetronia Rd., Suite 100, Allentown. Contact experienced instructor, Hilary Smith, RN, with questions at 610 751-6090.


savethedate HERBAL OUYTREACH CLINIC 1ST MONDAY OF THE MONTH BY APPOINTMENT This sliding scale teaching clinic is held once per month to offer expert herbal and nutritional advice to economically challenged people seeking relief from chronic disease. The fee for clients is from $0 to $$$ based on what they can afford. The $0 client can even get herbs for free. Do not let lack of money keep you from your best possible health. Appointment required. 908-689 6140. Changewater Wellness Center, Changewater NJ.

Free Range 5K – Run and Walk along the scenic LeDigestive Health Seminar – Dr. Maulfair will be high River. Afterward enjoy farm fresh food, craft beer discussing digestive health and the relationship to auto from Weyerbacher Brewing Co. and live music and free immune disease. Learn his approach to digestive prob- massage provided by Easton Hospital. 8:30am. Scott lems. Free. 6:30pm. RSVP 610-682-2104. Maulfair Park, Easton. Register at Medical, 2970 Corporate Court Orefield. Is Pain Your Walking Partner? Workshop – Betsy Career Manifesting – Identify your path and what Wetzig. Walk correctly and your partner may stay you love to create the business/job/career that would home! Use your body “ergonomiclly” for your best, serve your highest good and passions. Quizzes, healthiest walk − prevent joint problems, bunions, visualizations, Feng shui, goal setting, Boxbranding, 421 Emmaus, PAand 18049 P: 610-421-4443 • F: 610-421-4445 back pain more! •$45, 9 am-12:30 pm, Twin networking start the process of creating and allow- Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610.395.3355. • ing. Andrea Brock combines years of experience in FOURTH ANNUAL MID-ATLANTIC business/corporate world with energetic tools. 6-9 Vibrate the Cosmos - Sound Immersion Through Gong and Chant. A unique blend of sacred manWOMEN’S HERBAL CONFERENCE pm, $45. Call 610-428-0589, Bethlehem. Ad Proof for Natural Awakenings tras, cosmic instrumentals and a wall of gongs by OCTOBER 4 AND 5, 2014 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25 Pittsburg artists Crown of Eternity. $15 /$20 day of, This year Rosemary Gladstar: “Sage and Thyme” Mandala Magic Workshop – LearnTo: what Mandalas Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown, P: 610-421-4443 writer is our keynote speaker. Join us for a speare, purpose, benefits from observingEmail: and using. Cre- Unit #7. 484-515-8356 cial weekend honoring the age-old wisdom of F: 610-421-4445 ate your own personal Mandala for clearing blockages herbal and natural medicines. Learn more about SUNDAY, JUNE 29 and creating new pathways to attain the life you want. using, identifying, preparing and growing herbs Yogaand for complete an Ecstatic the Heart – With information: Experience clarity, revelations about your life to inspire Please signKundalini your proof following for yourself, for your family. Connect with likeCrown of Eternity. This workshop will rewire your beneficial change. Guided group meditation.(Ad 6-8 is pm,shown spiritedads.) women, laugh, sing, dance and be inspired at actual size. See second page for larger $39. Call Andrea Brock at 610-428-0589, Bethlehem. nervous system by bypassing old subconscious by great teachers. Stretch your mind, enjoy the FREE Introduction to Tai Chi and Qigong – Come trauma and strengthen the pathways that hold outdoors, camp and rejuvenate. For more details learn how these arts can energize your body and quiet your highest amplitude of light and heart energy. andcorrect to register early, please visit our website at Ad is approved: contact information and spelling is 9:30am-12:30pm, $35/ $40 at the door. Quiet Heart your mind. 8pm. Steel Fitness Premier, 250 or call 610-683-9363. nia Rd., Suite 100, Allentown. Contact experienced Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown, Unit #7. Ad is approved with changes indicated instructor, Hilary Smith, RN, with questions at 610 484-515-8356 751-6090. Deeply – Restorative Yoga with Alysha AdRelax is not approved – make changes indicated Pfeiffer. Use yoga props such as blankets, bolsters, Reiki 2nd Degree Traditional Usui Certification THURSDAY, JUNE 26 sandbags, and more to elevate and support the – Learn 3 powerful symbols for intensifying treatThermographic Diagnostic Imaging for Breast body. In this 2-Hour deep relaxation you will also ments, distance healing, protocol for habit/addiction Health Assessment – Dr. Getson. This is a safe, use various breathing techniques to quiet the mind clearing, healing the past and future, empowering non-radiologic, and pain free state-of-the-art, FDA and calm the body. 4pm. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem, and programming objects including crystals and approved technology that detects changes at the 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. Please call to reserve. calendar events. Includes 3 attunements, manual and certificate. 10-4pm, $150. Call Andrea Brock 610.867.9642 at 610-428-0589, Bethlehem.


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ongoingevents daily Care Alternatives Volunteers – Care Alternatives is actively recruiting Reiki Practitioners, Certified Massage Therapists and Comfort Volunteers to impact the lives of Hospice patients. 866-821-1212.

stress to joints. Improve strength, posture, flexibility, balance and lung capacity. Balance the nervous system. 6-7pm. Allentown YMCA & YWCA, 425 S. 15th St. Call 610-434-9333. Community Exchange Time Bank - When neighbors exchange services everyone benefits. Group Orientations held on the Third Monday of each month at The Center for Healthy Aging at LV Hospital, 17th and Chew Streets, Allentown. 610-969-2486.



Pilates Yoga Fusion – Certified Fletcher Pilates Teacher Char Brummundt. A fusion of the best of Pilates & Yoga. Learn to move with awareness and control using breath to help remove stress and restore. No exp required. 6:30pm. ruLiving Institute, 525 Main St, Bethlehem. RSVP to 610-691-5483   Sunday Services – Metaphysical and non-denominational. Rev. Lloyd Moll, Pastor - Unique Sunday services 10:30am. All welcome! St. John’s Church of Faith, 607 Washington St Allentown. 610-776-7211  Yoga/Level 1&2 – Pick up the pace from the Level 1 classes and begin intermediate poses. Learn how to safely practice deeper variations of the poses. 10:30am Yoga Loft, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610-867-9642

Better Parent/Child Connection - Enjoy the benefits of a deeper connection with your child and have fun wiggling, giggling, moving, and dancing with colorful props in a creative way! Children 4-7, 9:30am, parent /child $15, add child $5, Pvt. available, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610-395-3355 Pain Relief Movement Training – The simple, easy exercises of Coordination Pattern™ Training can help you release chronic pain and stress of knees, hips, back, and neck while improving the way you function, both physically and mentally. 7–8 pm, $75/6 classes, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610-395-3355 Classical Raja Yoga - Offers philosophy, postures, breathing techniques, cleansing practices, relaxations and specific meditations. Handouts included. No exp nec! 12-1:30pm, $11/ $13 walk-in. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown 484-515-8356 Kundalini Yoga - Kundalini Yoga is a science of the mind and body utilizing: pranayam (breath exercises), kriyas (posture sets), and meditation. 5-6:30pm, $11 in advance or $13 walk-in. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown. 484-515-8356 Bellydancing with Carmen Garrison- Explore Egyptian and Near East movements, music, and culture with emphasis placed on proper posture, hip articulations, and body isolations. 6:45-7:45pm. $88/8wks. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown. 484-515-8356 Mindfulness Movement – Spend a blissful hour of mindfulness movement and meditation. All welcome.  No experience required. 7:30pm. ruLiving Institute, 525 Main St, Bethlehem. RSVP to 610-691-5483  Open Level Yoga – With Krissy Matthew. 9:30am. With Gary Grube 5:30pm. Kula Heart Yoga & Wellness Center 3400 Bath Pike (512/Center St.) Suite 201, Bethlehem. 610-597-5616 Encore – Cancer Support and Exercise Group. All female cancers may become a part if this group.  This YWCA program has been in existence for over 30 years. 6:30-8pm. Allentown YWCA, 425 S. 15th St., Allentown. 610-434-9333.   New Warrior Training Adventure – Sponsored by The ManKind Project. The training adventure provides men an opportunity for focused self examination and personal growth. A local MKP men’s group meets in the Lehigh Valley every other Tuesday. For more info call 866-820-1691 or visit MAREA Meeting – Monthly meetings of the MidAtlantic Renewable Energy Association held the last Tuesday of the month. Open to the public and free. Held at TEK Park in Breinigsville at 7pm. Get involved with promoting green energy. Visit www. for more information. Community Reiki Clinic – Collaborating practitioners serve all who want to experience the healing

monday Prevent & Overcome Injuries – Carol Siddiqi. Gentle Feldenkrais® lessons allow you to observe how you move, any unnecessary tension, and improve your overall coordination. Learn simple movements to prevent and overcome injuries. 5:45pm, $75/6 cl, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610-395-3355 Restorative Yoga – Carol Siddiqi. Helps you perform daily activities pain free and with greater ease by developing deeper self-awareness using the basics of Kripalu Yoga combined with the gentle movements of Feldenkrais®, 7-8 pm, $88/8 cl, Twin Ponds Center, W Lehigh Valley, Register 610-395-3355 Breathing & Meditation - Learn and practice traditional breathing & meditation techniques as taught by the ancient Himalayan yoga masters. No experience necessary! 5-5:30pm. Donation-based. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown 484-515-8356 Classical Raja Yoga – Offers philosophy, postures, breathing techniques, cleansing practices, relaxations and specific meditations. Handouts are included. No experience necessary! 11am-12:30pm & 5:457:15pm, $11/ $13 walk-in. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown 484-515-8356 Vinyasa Flow Yoga - An energetic & flowing class, focusing on aligning your body, mind and heart for an optimal flow while incorporating precise instruction, this class creates clarity and openness in oneself. 7:30-8:45pm, $11/ $13 walk-in. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown. 484-515-8356 Open/Vinyasa Flow Yoga – With Esperanza Brizuela-Garcia. 9:30-11 am. Kula Heart Yoga & Wellness Center, 3400 Bath Pike (512/Center St.) Suite 201, Bethlehem. 610-597-5616 Yoga/Gentle & Level 1 – Work at a slower pace to build strength and flexibility. A great place to start if you are new to yoga, or have not been physically active in a while. Restorative postures and breath work for healing and relaxation. 6pm. Yoga Loft, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610-867-9642 Yoga for Health – A physical style yoga class for the mind, body and spirit--without the impact and


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benefits of Reiki. 1st Tuesday of every month. Sessions are 20 minutes each. 6-8:30pm. RSVP required to 610-739-4201. Church of the Manger, 1401 Greenview Drive, Bethlehem. Near Westgate Mall  

wednesday Self-Discovery thru Movement – A fun class to feel physical release, stress reduction, and connect to “self.” Learn the 10 rhythms and movement patterns we all use in our daily life while exploring yours. 10am, $115/6 wks or $20/cl, Twin Ponds Center, W Lehigh Valley, Register 610-395-3355 Intro to Vinyasa Yoga - Connect breath with movement, learn progressive postures, modified to your needs. 9-10am, $44/4wks, Quiet Heart Yoga, Fitness & Holistic Health, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown, 484-515-8356 Family Yoga - Make animal sounds, sing songs, find balance and coordination! Kids ages 0-7. 4:455:30pm, $11/ $13 walk-in for 2 people, $5 extra per person. Quiet Heart Yoga, Fitness & Holistic Health, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown. 484-515-8356 Classical Raja Yoga - Offers philosophy, postures, breathing techniques, cleansing practices, relaxations and specific meditations. Handouts are included. No experience necessary! 10:30am-12pm & 5:457:15pm, $11/ $13 walk-in. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown. 484-515-8356 Svaroopa® Yoga – Releasing the core tensions held in the deepest layers of your body this therapeutic healing form of yoga decompresses the spine from the tailbone up using props and supported poses. 6:30pm. ruLiving Institute, 525 Main St, Bethlehem. RSVP to 610-691-5483   Tai Chi – Improve strength and promote calm and harmony by improving energy flow. 11am. Please call to reserve your space. 610.867.9642. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem Yoga for Health – A physical style yoga class for the mind, body and spirit--without the impact and stress to joints. Improve strength, posture, flexibility, balance and lung capacity. Balance the nervous system. 6-7pm. Allentown YMCA & YWCA, 425 S. 15th St. Call 610-434-9333. YogaStretch® – A style of yoga for active older adults. Includes a variety of safe and fun yoga postures.  Using a chair for support. Build flexibility and endurance. 1:30pm. YMCA/YWCA, 425 S. 15th St. Allentown. 610-434-9333. Easton/Bethlehem Area Lyme Support Group – Meets the 1st Wednesday of month to discuss and answer questions. 7pm. Country Meadows, 4035 Green Pond Rd., Bethlehem. Open to public. Contact Heidi at 610-882-2253. Spiritual Healing and Meditation – 7 PM - 9 PM 1st Wednesday of each month. Weather permitting. Everyone is welcome. St. John’s Church of Faith, 607 Washington Street Allentown 610-791-2641

thursday Classical Raja Yoga – Offers philosophy, postures, breathing techniques, cleansing practices, relaxations and specific meditations. Handouts are included. No experience necessary! 9-10:30am, $11/ $13 walk-in. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown. 484-515-8356

Family Herbalist Classes - Learn medicinal uses of plants from our area or herbs easily grown in your garden or in pots. $11/ $13 walk-in plus $5 per class materials fee. 5:45-7pm, Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown. 484-515-8356 Bellydance with Veils - Learn how to manipulate the veil with simple traveling steps and basic arm paths to create beautiful alignments, serpentine movements, undulations, and shimmies. 7:15-8:15pm. $88/8wk. Quiet Heart Yoga, 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown. 484-515-8356 Pain Relief Movement Training – The simple, easy exercises of Coordination Pattern™ Training can help you release chronic pain and stress of knees, hips, back, and neck while improving the way you function, both physically and mentally. 7–8 pm, $75/6 classes, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, Register 610.395.3355 Iyengar Yoga, Levels 1–2 – Diana Erney. Builds on preliminary poses with an emphasis on body alignment to develop strength, balance, and flexibility. Props used to assist students as they go deeper into each pose. 7-8:15 pm, $88/8 classes, Twin Ponds Center, W Lehigh Valley, Register 610-395-3355 Yoga for Stress and Anxiety – A beginner to intermediate combination of smooth flow postures with breath practices, followed by relaxation and meditation. Aimed to reduce stress levels while improving ability to respond to stress. 6:30pm. ruLiving Institute, 525 Main St, Bethlehem. RSVP to 610-691-5483     Open Level Yoga – With Krissy Matthew. 6-7:15pm. Kula Heart Yoga & Wellness Center, 3400 Bath Pike (512/Center St.) Suite 201, Bethlehem. 610-597-5616 Student Massage Sessions – 50-55 minute supervised massages done by students. $30. 2-9pm by appointment. Health Options Institute, 1926 2nd Street, Bethlehem.  610-419-3535. Monthly Peace Vigil – 2nd Thursday of every month, 4pm at the south approach to the Hill-to-Hill Bridge, 3rd & Wyandotte Streets, Bethlehem. Contact Vince 610-216-8103, or Tom 610-882-1136 for info. Tai Chi – Improve strength and promote calm and harmony by improving energy flow. 6:30-7:45pm. Please call to reserve your space. 610.867.9642. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem Stress Relief Coaching Group – Join others in a group setting to manage stress with multiple holistic approaches. 9:15am or 5:15pm. $25 session. Creative Holistic Therapy, 3037 S. Pike Avenue (Rte 145) #105, Allentown. 610-282-0709 to register. Free Herbal Consultations – Learn a natural way to address health and wellness issues. Herbalist available for Free Mini Consult, Every Thursday 11am -5pm. David Harder RH (AHG) at Nature’s Way, Easton. 610-253-0940. Community Exchange Time Bank - When neighbors exchange services everyone benefits. Group

Orientations held on the 1st Wednesday of each month 6pm. Lehigh Valley Hospital, Muhlenburg Campus, RT22 and Shoenersville Rd, Bethlehem. 610-969-2486 for more info. Mat Pilates – With certified Pilates instructor Paola Montes. 5:30pm. $15. Please call to reserve your space. 610.867.9642. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. Yoga/Level 1 – With Megan Ridge. Learn correct alignment and breathing in fundamental yoga postures. 9:45-11:00am. $15. Yoga Loft of Bethlehem 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610.867.9642 Pilates, Morning Stretch − Char Brummundt. A great introduction to Pilates. Have fun as you strengthen your back, shoulders and improve core strength while stretching and toning with balls, rollers, and towels. 9:30am, $75/6 cl. Twin Ponds Center, W Lehigh Valley, Register 610-395-3355 Pain Relief Movement Training – Betsy Wetzig. The simple, easy exercises of Coordination Pattern™ Training can help you release chronic pain and stress of knees, hips, back, and neck while improving the way you function. 7pm, $75/6 classes, Twin Ponds Center, West LV, RSVP. 610.395.3355 Iyengar Yoga, Levels 1–2 – Diana Erney. Builds upon preliminary poses with an emphasis on body alignment in order to develop strength, balance, and flexibility. Props used to assist students as they go deeper into each pose. 7pm, $88/8 cl. Twin Ponds Center, W Lehigh Valley, Register 610-395-3355

Matter of Balance – Emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls. Make changes to reduce fall risk at home and exercise to increase strength and balance. $25/8 wks, Allentown YMCA & YWCA, 425 S. 15th St. 610-434-9333. Encore – Cancer Support and Exercise Group. All female cancers may become a part if this group. This YWCA program has been in existence for over 30 years. 9am. Allentown YWCA, 425 S. 15th St., Allentown. 610-434-9333.   Yoga Flow/Level 1&2 – Learn how to safely align their flow and practice deeper variations of the poses they learned in Level 1. For those with some Level 1 experience and are looking for more. 9:30am. Yoga Loft, 521 East 4th St, Bethlehem. 610.867.9642   Yoga for All – With Scott. Come together to celebrate life and to feel good. All levels and ages welcome. Donation. 5-6pm at Kim’s Healing Center, 1223 Butler St., Easton. 610-559-7280  


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Dr. Robert W. Livingston III, DC, L.Ac. Dr. Jennifer K. Bollinger, DC, L.Ac. 8026 Hamilton Blvd. Trexlertown, PA 18087 610-395-5509   LiveWell Integrated Health offers traditional Chinese acupuncture, chiropractic, body work, and nutritional and lifestyle coaching. Being healthy is a lifestyle choice.... choose to LiveWell. See ad, page 23.


Laura Eastman, MS, MAc, LAc 1617 Hamilton St. Allentown, PA 484-619-3882

Traditional acupuncture practiced in an open setting. Effective for treating acute sprains/strains, pain (chronic, arthritis, low back), headaches (including migraines), allergies, depression, digestive issues, support for lifestyle changes, infertility, PMS, anxiety, stress and much more. Personalized treatments for your physical, mental and emotional health delivered at a flat rate of $20. M 12-5, Tu 8:30-12, W 8:30-12, Th 2:30-6:30, F 12-4 and Sa 8:30-12

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Camilla V. Bullman, HHP 755 Memorial Parkway, Suite 203 Phillipsburg, NJ 08865 908-763-3402

Empowering you on your journey to wellness and vitality. Holistic Health Practitioner, Certified Aromatherapist, and Certified Wellness Consultant specializing in Aromatherapy and wellness consultations for women. Gilding, teaching and supporting clients to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle. By appointment only.

YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS Marilyn York, Independent Distributor # 489656 1-877-436-2299, ext. 2

Young Living has specialized in growing, distilling, and selling t h e r a p e u t i c - g r a d e , o rg a n i c Essential Oils for 20 years. Over 130 therapeutic-grade essential oils, and essential-oil enhanced nutritional supplements & products. Income opportunities option is also available.

BODYWORK MARIE RUXTON THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE Marie Ruxton CMT, CN 628 Chestnut St., Emmaus, PA 18049 610-965-2500

Marie is a certified massage therapist trained since 1997 in Advanced Myofascial Release Therapy, Therapeutic Massage, Reiki, Ear Candling, Homeopathy and Holistic Nutrition. Offers comprehensive custom bodywork for those wanting to overcome chronic pain and movement problems. Sessions range from a (2 hour) Head to Toe meltdown massage to “Just Neck and Head” massage for those needing stress relief. See ad, page 35.


Kelly Kark, LMT 2591 Baglyos Circle C-44 Bethlehem Pa 18020 484-554-7530 • Licensed massage therapist with over 12 years experience in the medical field. Offering Medical Massage, Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue Massage and Powerstrips FDA approved pain device. Specializing in pain relief, injury recovery, mobility and over all wellness. Insurance accepted. Handicap accessible. Don’t just feel good for a day, feel good for a lifetime. See ad, page 35.


Dr. Robert W. Livingston III, DC, L.Ac. Dr. Jennifer K. Bollinger, DC, L.Ac. 8026 Hamilton Blvd. Trexlertown, PA 18087 610-395-5509   LiveWell Integrated Health offers traditional Chinese acupuncture, chiropractic, body work, and nutritional and lifestyle coaching. Being healthy is a lifestyle choice.... choose to LiveWell. See ad, page 23.

LYNCH CHIROPRACTIC Christine Lynch 113 E, Broad St, Bethlehem 510 Chestnut St, Emmaus 610-966-3335

Dr. Lynch has been practicing for 24 years. She loves getting patients out of pain fast, and without drugs or surgery. Chiropractic care restores health and prevents injury by improving the structural integrity of the body, primarily the spine. Specializing in reliving low back pain, sciatica, neck pain, stiff neck, headaches, TMJ, asthma, carpal tunnel and more. See ad, page 9.


Barbara Berger, CPC, CCC Allentown, PA 484-862-9523 When work and true self aren’t aligned, it affects our integral wellness. I provide Career Coaching to help align who you are with what you do or how you do it. Specializing in women in transition, mid-career professionals and college students.

COLON HYDROTHERAPY NEW LEAF WELLNESS CENTER 21 Main Street Clinton, NJ 08809 908-333-4146

Offering colon hydrotherapy, detoxification, wellness coaching and other services to cleanse, maintain and restore health. Colonics are a hygienic and safe method of removing toxins, can boost your immune system, restore proper ph in the body and restore regular bowel movement.


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1121 Graham Street Fountain Hill, PA 18015 610-868-4840

Get results for your depression, anxiety, fear, insomnia, trauma, chronic pain, and family issues (including adult autism). In private practice for 8+ years, from serious diagnosis to ‘getting life on track’ via coaching, your unique needs are attended warmly, pro-fessionally, confidentially, and respectfully. Talk Therapy, Relaxation, Reiki, Art, and natural modes empower YOU. Call for free consultation.

REV. LYN S. FELIX, MSW, LCSW, CHT, RM Smart Solutions and Creative Holistic Therapy 3037 S. Pike Ave. #105 Allentown, PA 18103 610-282-0709

A holistic counselor and coach, using hypnotherapy, chakra energy clearing, Reiki, mind-fulness & more to help you shift from limited, fear-based thinking, believing, and behaving patterns into living from your magnificent essence. Experience joy as you resonate with higher vibrational frequencies in all aspects of your life.

The only green cemetery in the Lehigh Valley. A cemetery of wildflowers and grasses native to Pennsylvania. Return to the natural cycle of life to nourish the soil, green the meadow and live on. Nondenominational. Non-profit. Speakers available to visit organizations.

FUNERAL SERVICES NICOS C. ELIAS FUNERAL HOME, INC Nicos C. Elias, Supervisor Allentown, PA 610-433-2200

Mr. Elias offers several different green and eco-friendly funeral plans using biodegradable caskets, preservation without chemicals, and earth friendly paper goods. A natural, back to the earth approach. Biodegradable urns for those choosing cremation. Also offering assistance with home-based funerals.


Mikhail Artamonov, MD 1004 Van Buren Rd. Easton, PA 18045 610-438-4460


Georgine Y. Miller, Ph.D, LPC 10 S. 13th St., 2nd fl. Allentown, PA 18103 610-740-3031

Struggling with losses or challenges in your life? Want to change but you feel blocked? We can work together to overcome the obstacles holding you back. Over 30 years experience specializing in grief, loss, change, anxiety, depression, and creative blocks. Individualized treatment using combinations of guided imagery, breath work, mindfulness, and relaxation techniques. Evening and weekend times available. Initial consultations are offered for $20.  


Andrea Brock, Certified Spiritual Healer 199 Nazareth Pike, Bethlehem, PA 18020 610-428-0589 Customized healings/programs for living your authentic and inspired best life. Quantum Healing Hypnosis, Past Life Regressions, Soul Retrievals, Reiki, Crystal, Sound, Shamanic Healing, Access Bars, Energetic Facelifts, Readings, Lifestyle Advisor, Space Clearing, Workshops, Ceremonies, Weddings, Corporate Consulting. Available 24/7.

We offer a cutting-edge therapy to grow your own hair without surgery or medication. Platelet Rich Plasma from the patient’s own blood stimulates the growth of blood vessels in the scalp, enhancing and creating new hair follicles. This procedure reverses hair miniaturization and pattern baldness with a safe, natural and simple procedure. See ad, page 5.


Kathleen DeVaul, MSN, RN, CHC 420 Hamsher Avenue, Topton, PA 19562 484-661-6786

Offering integrative health coaching services that are individualized to meet your needs and goals.   Find out how to lose weight safely, increase your energy, and live an abundant life.  Specializing in preventing and managing chronic diseases, gluten sensitivity and gluten allergy.  Let us help you navigate your path towards wellness today.  Please call for your free initial health consultation!

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4833 Chestnut Street Emmaus, PA 18049 610-966-7001

Celebrate YOUR life. Holistic Nursing, Life Coaching - All levels. Massage, Raindrop Therapy, Body Ecology Specialist. Gut health specialist, Lifeline program. Never duplicated Nutritional Meals, fresh green drinks, wheatgrass, sprouts and more, Journey Within with LIFE & SOULutions. Feel safe to feel and express your emotions.


561 Main Street, Suite 290 Bethlehem, PA 18018 484-893-0096 Discover the POWER of your unconscious mind. With hypnosis, you CAN overcome stress, pain, depression, or fear. You CAN successfully manage your weight and quit smoking - whatever is keeping you from the life you want. We offer a variety of effective techniques. FREE consultation. See ad, page 21.


Elizabeth Sanchez Certified Business & Lifestyle Coach 44 E. Broad St. Suite 120 Bethlehem PA 18018 610-417-0665 Empowering you to live on Purpose with Passion. Are you ready to achieve a healthier lifestyle, happier relationships and gain confidence to clearly identify the path to your true potential? Change your thoughts and take action on creating a life that you love. Call to set up a FREE 15 minute Discovery Session to find out what is best for you and your personal growth. Private Sessions & Group workshops available.


Reiki Master/Teacher – Aromatherapist Emmaus, PA 18049 610-393-2036

Offering Reiki, Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Crystals, Wellness Classes and Retreats. Helping women find their inner balance and to empower them to become more active participants in their personal healing through a holistic approach to life. Barbara Fenton is also an independent Distributor of Young Living Essential oils.  Visit  to purchase or for income opportunity info. 

QUIET HEART HOLISTIC HEALTH 5531 Hamilton Blvd., Lower Macungie, PA 18106, Unit #7 484-515-8356

Dedicated to improving and balancing mental, spiritual and physical health. Holistic Family Counseling and Biofeedback, Reiki, Shiatsu, Pranic and Shamanic Healing, Past Life Regression, Crystal Healing, and more. Therapeutic Massage modalities: Deep Tissue, Hot Stone, Ayurvedic, PreNatal Massage, & Herbal Poultice. Classes in Raja, Vinyasa & Kundalini Yoga, Bellydancing, Drumming, Chanting, Reiki, QiGong, Crystal Healing and Herbal education.


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NATURAL DENTISTRY COSMETIC AND NATURAL DENTISTRY Carol Sherman DDS 2600 Newburg Rd. Easton, PA 18045 610-252-1454

We begin with a Natural or Holistic approach to enhance your physical health and eliminate any compromise to the immune system. Mercury free, non-surgical periodontal treatment, tooth whitening, cosmetic makeovers and herbal support in a gentle, relaxing and caring atmosphere. See ad, page 14.


Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center 628 Twin Ponds Rd., West Lehigh Valley 610-395-3355 Destress, revitalize and be healthier with scientifically validated and physician recommended Effortless Meditation. Experience rest deeper than sleep! Greg Schweitzer taught for Deepak Chopra, M.D. and other notables for 30+ years. Introductory classes and a 10-hour course.

MANTRA MEDITATION YOGA Paul Wilson, D.Ay 6730 Geissinger Rd. Zionsville, PA 484 695 6880

Meditation is nourishment for the soul. Experience the deep calm within you. Learn a simple but profound technique that brings rest to the body, clarity to the mind and effectiveness in action. Paul has been a teacher of Mantra Meditation Yoga for forty years and also gives Ayurvedic consultations.



Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center 628 Twin Ponds Rd, West Lehigh Valley 610-395-3355

The Feldenkrais Method reconnects the body to its natural movements, focusing on the relationship between motion and thought. It works with the nervous system, rather than muscles or bones, to improve everyday motion, such as walking, running, golfing, biking, yoga, posture, breathing, etc.

NORTHSTAR DENTAL CARE Marwan Bassil, DMD, 430 Nazareth Pike, Suite 2A Nazareth, PA 18064 610-365-5000

Providing a full scope of general and cosmetic dentistry with expertise ranging from to inlays, onlays, root canals, crowns, bridges and clear braces. Dr. Bassil can correct a wide variety of so-called permanent cosmetic dental problems, and can literally redesign your smile. Mercury-Free and Fluoride-Free. See ad, page 31.


DR. MICHAEL JUDE LOQUASTO, ND, PHD, DC Lehigh Valley Professional Center 2571 Baglyos Circle, Suite B-27 Bethlehem, PA 18020 484-821-1460 Specializing in Natural Medicine for over 25 years, Dr. Loquasto holds doctorates in Naturopathy, Nutrition and Chiropractic Internal Medicine.  He is also a Master Herbalist as well as a certified Clinical and Dietitian Nutritionist.  Dr. Loquasto offers custom formulations for specific conditions and non-invasive chelation therapy.  In addition the following tests are done at the clinic:  live cell microscope, circulation testing, EKG, pulmonary lung testing, bone density, x-ray, scanning for foot & ankle problems, blood pressure, blood oxygen levels and blood testing for diabetes and other health issues. Cold Laser Therapy for pain. The goal is to restore and/or maintain a healthy lifestyle.


Family Physician Board Certified Thermologist Serving Bethlehem, Easton and Fogelsville 856-596-5834

A board certified family physician for 35 years and co-founder of Health Through Awareness in Marlton, NJ. An internationally recognized expert in the diagnosis and treatment of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy/Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (RSD). An advocate for health and preventive medicine championing thermography as an early diagnostic tool for many health conditions including breast health.Certified by four Thermographic Boards. Outreach assessments available in PA. See ad, page 28.

MAULFAIR MEDICAL CENTER Conrad Maulfair, D.O. 2970 Corporate Court, Suite 1 Orefield, PA 18069 610-682-2104

Dr. Maulfair is an Osteopathic Physician bringing four decades of knowledge and experience in alternative, complementary medicine to his patient care. Help for all conditions and all ages. Offering Chelation Therapy, Hubbard Method Sauna detoxification – Purely You, and many other treatment programs. Maulfair Medical Center brings the best of both worlds to their patients. See ad, page 33.

MJA HEALTHCARE NETWORK MIKHAIL ARTAMONOV, MD PHD 1104 Van Buren Road, Suite 101 Easton, PA 18045 610-438-4460

Combining Allopathic (Western) medicine, Oriental medicine and the newest medical technology to offer patients complete and personalized health care. Certified in Physical medicine and rehabilitation, Pain medicine, Independent Medical Examination and Addiction Medicine, Electrodiagnostic Medicine, Medical Acupuncture, Functional and Anti-Aging Medicine.See ad, page 5.


Family, Environmental and Preventative Medicine Nicholas DiMartino, D.O. 5724 Clymer Rd, Quakertown, PA 215-536-1890 Woodlands Healing Research Center is a family practice supporting individualized natural approaches to health. We offer lifestyle and nutritional consultation to achieve optimal health and vitality. We also offer complete women’s services including GYN, menopause, osteoporosis and bioidentical hormone therapy. See ad, page 19.



Debra E Dallas, PhD, MIfHI, DCNT 4048 Freemansburg Avenue Easton, PA 18045 610-253-1977

Dallas Wellness Center is a health oriented center that recognizes each person as an individual. We offer Iridology, Thermographic Imaging, Nutrigenomics and Nutrition, Hair Analysis, and Ion Cleansing. When people have been everywhere else and are still sick, they come visit us. See ad, page 15.

Nicholas Theodorou ND 5 Stonecroft Drive Easton, PA 18045 610-258-1894

“Dr. Nick” Traditional Naturopath. Get and stay healthy. Proven FivePoint Program teaches you about eating a wholesome diet, prudent exercise, the proper use of supplements, getting quality sleep and reducing stress. Internationally recognized expertise on nutritional supplements including glutathione enhancement! Free miniconsults! Call or email for information.



628 Twin Ponds Rd., West Lehigh Valley 610-395-3355 Let our world class practitioners help you relieve stress, renew your overall health and achieve more in your life. Our services are appropriate for people of all ages. Call today for more information or to register for a private session, class or workshop. See ads, pages 13 and 21.


Ping Zhao ND, IIPA Certified Iridologist 3005 Brodhead Rd., Suite 100 Bethlehem 18020 610-866-9087

The Natural Way to Health. Using Iridology, Sclerology and Tongue Analysis to identify the parts of the body that may be in an overactive or underactive state, and where pain or inflammation is originating from. Promoting a healthy balance and prevention of disease using Herbal & Nutrition Consultation along with Therapeutic Acupressure and Tai Chi, Qigong exercise.

NATURAL HEALTH PROMOTION LLC Tina Stashko, N.D. PhD MIfHI Emmaus, Pa. 18049 610-965-8132

Specializing in preventative healthcare, digestion and nutrient absorption, and thyroid and adrenal health. Modalities such as iridology, sclerology and biochemical balancing enable the development of your unique program for optimum health. These programs are easy to follow and incorporate into your daily life. Reach your full health potential!  See ad, page 29.

Dian Freeman Morristown, NJ 973-267-4816

Nutritionist Dian Freeman and staff nutritionists LuAnn Peters - Brenda Woodruff of Dian’s Wellness Simplified in Morristown, NJ, offer private nutritional consultations, Applied Kinesiology and Ondamed biofeedback sessions. Dian also teaches classes and a nutritional certification course in preparation for the national Certified Nutritional Counselor (CNC) exam.  Also, to address energetic and vibrational healing, a variety of crystal and energy healers are available by appointment and LuAnn mixes personalized formulas combining various Bach flower remedies.


Gale Maleskey, MS, RD, LDN Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center 628 Twin Ponds Rd., West Lehigh Valley 610-395-3355 Learn how to live a healthier life, recover from serious illness, lose weight, gain energy, and develop life-sustaining habits, using a coaching-based, integrative nutrition approach. Gale Maleskey is a registered dietitian, licensed Wellness Coach, and trained at Dr. Andrew Weil’s Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. Call for a free 20-minute, get-acquainted chat. 

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Michelle M.L. Trent, NET, CPT Food Coach and Certified Personal Trainer Bethlehem, PA 484.515.6603 Providing food coaching, menu planning, and hands-on cooking demos. My training is in plantbased diets for weight loss and disease prevention and reversal as seen in the film Forks Over Knives.  I support, motivate, and encourage you to reach your wellness goals.  I help you to try new recipes and broaden your skill set so that you can feel confident in preparing healthy, tasty meals.


Migraines, Fibromyalgia, Bloating and Digestive Tract problems: These all have symptoms caused by or worsened from food sensitivities. Targeted diet therapy can improve or eliminate these symptoms. Call for a free consultation. Peggy Shannon MS RD, Licensed Nutrition Therapist


Certified Personal Trainer Northampton, PA 610-462-5142

Take little steps for big changes! Get healthy and fit in a private setting without the intimidation of a gym. Specializing in women’s fitness. Personal training sessions that focus on you and only you. Let me help you achieve your health and fitness goals through one-on-one cardio and strength training. Contact me today to make an appointment or for group fitness schedules.


Paula Michal-Johnson, Ph.D. Classical Reiki Pennyslvania 484-686-7388

Consultations & Reiki sessions to promote health, wellness and recovery from physical, emotional and spiritual trauma. Co-founder of The Pennsylvania Reiki Consortium and authorized teacher of the Jikiden Reiki Institute in Kyoto, Japan. Teaching Reiki nationally and locally. Reiki I, Shoden, Reiki II, Okuden, Reiki III, Shinpiden.


Tara Gallus, Reiki Practitioner & Teacher Bethlehem, PA 610-739-4201 Supporting you in living a fuller, more healthy, balanced life. Relax, relieve stress, and improve your overall physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. Consultations, private sessions, & Reiki classes. Co-founder of The Pennsylvania Reiki Consortium and ABMP Member. 15 years of experience. Trained in Western, Traditional, and Jikiden Reiki Practices.

LIFE’S PATH REGRESSION THERAPY Saucon Valley, PA 18015 610 972-0400

Regression hypnotherapy helps you remember events from your past that may be the root-cause of your problems today. Whether your subconscious mind revisits earlier times of this life, or past lives, you will be amazed at its vast knowledge, and the therapeutic effects of the process. You can connect to loved ones from the other side, and discover who you are as a soul, where you are coming from, and where you are heading.


623 West Union Blvd., Suite 1C Bethlehem, PA 18018 484-894-1246

Counselor and educator specializing in sexuality, trauma, and chronic pain utilizing NLP and mindfulness-based approaches. Learn easy, quick techniques to move towards healing your life and relationships by reprograming your nervous system’s response to stress and pain. “Breathe. Believe. Be.” Any-

Michelle Redden West Allentown, PA 601-600-0066 Encouraging you to be the best “Me” that you can be using Quantum Biofeedback, a cutting edge computerized technology that assesses and harmonizes an individual’s energetic signature. Reduce stress to help reduce pain, sleep disturbances, allergies and address emotional issues such as fear, anxiety, depression and anger.

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361 E. Main Street Kutztown, PA 19530 484-788-8328 Jyorei was developed by Mokichi Okada in Japan in the early part of the twentieth century. It is a simple yet profound healing art in which spiritual Light is focused on others. One Jyorei session usually takes about ten minutes. No fee is requested for the session, although donations are accepted. Hours: Mon, Thu and Fri 3pm5pm; Sat 1pm-3pm


188 Shiloh Court Whitehall 484-695-8265 • ROLF METHOD OF STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION highly effective hands-on approach for improving posture, alleviating chronic pain, increasing energy level, and enhancing flexibility through restoring your body to its natural state of alignment. Enjoy moving freely again! Board Certified Structural Integrator CM and Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. See ad, page 15.


Serving Bethlehem, Easton and Fogelsville 856-596-5834 A Board Certified Thermographic Technician has imaged thousands of patients for many types of health concern and administers outreach thermogram assessments in several eastern PA centers regularly. A Holistic Health Counselor and is a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. A founding partner of Health Through Awareness in Marlton, NJ, a cooperative wellness center that provides a variety of alternative services to facilitate healthy living including nutrition and lifestyle counseling, Reiki, thermography, and biopuncture. Liesha.


3247 B Wimmer Rd., Bethlehem, PA 18020 610-865-4348

Dr. Gabriel-Fraynert is a veterinarian certified in medical acupuncture for animals since 2005.  She has been practicing Integrative Veterinary Medicine using both conventional and holistic modalities, including Chinese and Western herbs, Homo-toxicology/Homeopathy, and Nutraceuticals. Dr. GabrielFraynert feels an integrative approach allows for greater breadth of treatment options for many underlying and/or pre-existing medical conditions.


3247 B Wimmer Rd., Bethlehem, PA 18020 610-865-4348

Dr. Kristen Fenstermacher is a equine veterinarian certified in veterinary chiropractor by the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association. She provides chiropractic services for cats and dogs at the Animal Therapy Center.  


3247 B Wimmer Rd. Bethlehem, PA 18020 610-865-4348

Vyolet Albano is certified canine massage practitioner who completed her certification at the Integrated Touch Therapy School in Circleville, Ohio.  Having an interest in non-invasive modalities for addressing animal pain, she is also a Master of Chi Energy, Reiki and Quantum Healing. Vyolet provides massage and reiki services for dogs and cats at the Animal Therapy Center.



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Beth is a physical therapist with 20 years experience, including special education in canine anatomy and rehabilitation. She utilizes many of the same rehabilitative techniques and therapies developed for humans to help your companion animals recover from injury, surgery, or to improve life in their golden years.


Mikhail Artamonov, MD PhD 1104 Van Buren Road, Suite 101 Easton, PA 18045 610-438-4460 • Lose up to 20 pounds in 6 weeks with medically supervised weight loss. We take a personalized approach to weight loss based on science. The continual body composition monitoring included in our program ensures the weight loss is truly coming from fat, not muscle. Ongoing behavioral counseling teaches people how to work with their body’s natural tendencies to lose weight and keep it off. See ad, page 5.

Bringing community of the hearts together as we embrace diversity & c e l e b r a t e l i f e . Diverse yoga classes, certified/registered yoga teachers, Yoga Te a c h e r Tr a i n i n g , Kid’s/Family yoga, Therapeutic, Restorative, Anusara Inspired, Kundalini, Prenatal, & Pilates.  Workshops with internationally renowned teachers.  Massage therapy services in our beautiful wellness center. New student special $30 for 30 days unlimited yoga.


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The Yoga Loft offers quality yoga instruction for students of all levels in a variety of styles. We also offer workshops and other special events, Certified Yoga Teacher Training, Belly dance, Tai Chi, Prenatal Yoga, and Mat Pilates See ad, page 25.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters – Needs volunteers for children living in Phillipsburg. Please call today to learn how you can help a child grow up. 908-689-0436 or INFO@BBBSHSW.ORG Healers Wanted – Help us to aid in the healing environment at Pocono Medical Center. Seeking volunteers for the Complementary & Alternative Medicine Program. Interested practitioners in Reiki and massage, artists and musicians please contact Jill Howell at 570-476-3443 or email JHowell@ .

Work From Home – Apply now to join our team promoting a new international line of health and wellness products. Work-from-home opportunities for energetic, reliable, motivated individuals who want to either supplement their current income or create high income. Full training and corporate support. Call Carina at 610-401-3784.


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Aromatherapy Certified Course Online – A solid introduction to the science and art of Aromatherapy in 6 weeks or the course can be taken in your own time, to fit into any schedule. Reasonably priced. For more info or to register contact Barbara Fenton at 610-393-2036 or

OPPORTUNITIES Body-mind-spiritual healers needed – Looking for licensed massage practitioners, nutritionists and/or dietary specialists, yoga teachers, reflexologists, Pilates instructors, chiropractors, craniosacral therapists, meditation teachers, certified biofeedback practitioners, and acupuncturists. Positions will be contractual and per diem in nature. Payment terms and space usage will be negotiated at the time of the interview. Please call Chris at Arcana Aura Bethlehem 484-553-3921. Distributors Needed – To sell Innovative new ecofriendly product available with open market in PA. Visit For more information E-mail: Part Time Help Wanted – For organic café in Trexlertown. Veggie prep, dishwasher, order taker. Must be a friendly, reliable, energetic, multi-tasker who loves the fast pace hustle of the kitchen. Experience preferred, but not necessary. Call Sarah at 267-278-4939 Licensed Massage Therapist – Become part of a growing lifestyle center. Send resume to Licensed Counselor, Psychologist or Social Worker – To become part of a growing lifestyle center in downtown historic Bethlehem. Part time to start.  Send CL/ resume:

Love scented candles? We are looking for distributors. or call 908-3192455 for more info. Licensed Massage Therapist – Independent contractor, needed at Twin Ponds Center. We are located just west of Rt. 100, off Schantz Rd. in the west end of Lehigh Valley. Please call 610-305-3355 for more information.

PRODUCTS Tai Chi and Qigong DVDs – Aleviate many health ailments by practicing Tai Chi and Qigoing any where and any time with quality DVD instruction. Simple to learn and can be practiced by anyone, young or old. Advanced through Expert levels available at

SERVICES Do you hear voices? – You are not alone. Support groups forming in Stroudsburg. Contact Paul Boggia at 570-421-3670.

SPACE TO RENT Beautiful Office Space – Tannersville PA location offers a quiet and relaxing environment in a holistic healthcare center. Relatively quiet professions such as business or life coaching, architecture, counseling, therapeutic, are desirable. Handicap accessible. Please call 570-332-4365 for more information. Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center – A conveniently located beautiful, relaxing environment, offers hourly/daily rates for room with capacity of 50 people. Great for workshops, seminars, etc. Located just west of Rt. 100 between Fogelsville and Trexlertown, call 610-395-3355 Large open space available to rent hourly – In Bethlehem yoga studio with wood floors, lots of light and free parking. Please contact info@ or 610-867-9642.

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